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Search underway for Kosciusko County fugitive

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleButler University among the latest colleges to switch to virtual learningNext articleNotre Dame is #10 on an unusual preseason poll Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Facebook Twitter IndianaLocalNews Search underway for Kosciusko County fugitive Google+ Facebook Google+ By Jon Zimney – August 24, 2020 0 461 (Photo supplied/Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office) The search is on for a man in Kosciusko County who police say is wanted on an active arrest warrant for felony failure to appear.The charge facing David Michael Eppert, 41, stems from a methamphetamine count.Investigators say he’s been known to frequent the Syracuse area.Eppert is described as:Age: 41Height: 5’7″Weight: 155 lbsHair: BrownEyes: BrownIf you think you’ve seen him, contact the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office or Michiana Crime Stoppers. Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

Fun Home Stars Show Off the New Edition of Alison Bechdel’s Graphic Memoir

first_imgFun Home stars Beth Malone, Sydney Lucas and Emily Skeggs got a new book for their collections on April 9: A new edition of Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir! The book, which inspired the new musical, now features the logo from the Broadway production on the front cover. The memoir and musical both tell the story of Bechdel’s dysfunctional relationship with her father, as well as the exploration her own sexual identity. Check out the stars with their new reading material, then see Fun Home, opening officially April 19 at Circle in the Square. View Comments Fun Home Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016last_img

The 5x5x5 Growth Awards

first_imgThe 5x5x5 Growth Awards celebrates the top 5 fastest growing Vermont businesses in each of 5 categories: Technology, Contracting, Retail, Wholesale and Manufacturing.The event is moderated by Lisa Ventriss, president of the Vermont Business Roundtable, and will feature presentations by the presidents and CEO’s of Connor Contracting, Inc.; Vermont Pure Holdings, Inc.; Hubbardton Forge Corporation; Gardener’s Supply Company; and Chroma Technology, Inc.A question & answer period will follow the presentation. The businesses honored include: Neagley & Chase Construction, The Snyder Companies, ARC Mechanical Contractors, Wright & Morrissey, Casella Waste Systems, Seventh Generation, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Bond Auto Parts, Vermont Teddy Bear Company, Sonnax Industries, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, King Arthur Flour Company, Feed Commodities International, Bethel Mills, Kinney Motors, Allen Engineering Pools & Spas, IDX Systems Corporation, Vermont Medical, Resolution and IVEK Corporation.The event begins with a networking reception with the honorees, followed by the presentation. Opening remarks will come from Vermont Business Magazine Publisher, John Boutin, and Keybank President, Scott Carpenter.The event is free and recommended to all small business owners and business people. It will be catered by the Sheraton Conference Center. To register, please call (802) 660-4471 by September 25th, or, register online at [email protected](link sends e-mail).For questions and information about the 5x5x5 Growth Awards please contact John Boutin or Mary Collins at Vermont Business Magazine at (802) 863-8038. Or view details about the event online at www.vermontbiz.com.last_img read more

Almost 90 Percent of the Entire Venezuelan Armed Forces Don’t Support the Current Military Leadership

first_imgDiálogo: What military unit did you belong to in Venezuela?First Sergeant: I was part of the Venezuelan Armed Forces’ Special Forces. I was an instructor of light and crew-served weapons. It was a school where we conducted international courses for special forces. We received students from Bolivia, China, Cuba, and Ecuador, until recently. We trained them in land, sea, and air techniques.Diálogo: When you entered the armed forces, Hugo Chávez was the president of Venezuela. What’s the difference between serving under Chávez and under Nicolás Maduro’s current government?First Sergeant: There has been a drastic change now with Maduro, compared to the Chávez administration. During the Chávez government, there was a clear and recognized ideology. But when Maduro took office, the Venezuelan military forces began to crumble from the inside. I’m saying this with full awareness of the situation, because I had a strategic position within the Armed Forces, and I saw how they began to destroy everything, day by day. I saw how they manipulated everything: resources, food… And it was always the high commanders, because I used to work with the high command.Diálogo: Are you talking about corruption among the military forces’ leadership?1st Sgt.: Yes, a lot of corruption among high-ranking commanders. Today, many of those who are over there live in fear, because their families are in Venezuela and they are afraid of taking action, because who can keep their families safe?Diálogo: So, many service members within the Venezuelan military are living in fear for what might happen to their families?1st Sgt.: Yes, of course. I was there; I experienced that up close. I used to be a weapons instructor at the Special Forces School, and I remember how they threatened many of the boys in the unit. There was even an operation where one of our men was killed and another wounded when they found an ELN (National Liberation Army) camp in Venezuela. I asked why we didn’t do anything about it, if we knew where they were, and the general in charge told me to shut up. I was then removed from the operation. I didn’t want to stay silent. I had already been 14 years [in the service], and I wanted to protect my troops.Diálogo: What was the breaking point that led you to decide to leave the country for Colombia?1st Sgt.: I had been thinking about it for a few years, but I had to do it right, because my family’s safety was first and foremost. I wasn’t going to put my children at risk. One day I told my wife to get things ready because we were leaving for Colombia.Diálogo: Interim President Juan Guaidó encouraged the military to leave. Did this influence your decision?1st Sgt.: Yes. I saw that he wanted to take sound action for the country, so that motivated me a bit with the decision that was already in my head.Diálogo: Do you know about any colleagues of yours who want to step down and do the same thing?1st Sgt.: Yes, plenty! Almost 90 percent of the entire Armed Forces want to step down. I’m sure about that. I spent 14 years there, I led troops and subordinates, and most of them want to do things in a better way, but they can’t. Their safety and that of their families are threatened. I still have contact with many of them, and they tell me: “You’re fine now, you’re in Colombia… but us, what do we do?’’Diálogo: You have been in Colombia since December 2018. How was your trip to get here?1st Sgt.: It was quite tough, especially for my family, my children. I left Venezuela through Paraguachón [and we spent] three days walking through trails. I even wore my uniform, because I had colleagues at different checkpoints, and that’s why I was able to move. Every time I saw them I told them that I was on an official mission, and that’s how I was able to move from place to place until we reached Colombia.Diálogo: What will it take for things to change in Venezuela?1st Sgt.: My colleagues in the Armed Forces have the opportunity to change this. They must be brave enough and take the actions they have to take. Because they know perfectly well what they have to do. We are specialists; we don’t need anyone to come and help us in this fight. We are trained and are capable of taking the actions we need to take. Is there fear? Of course there is, but we are all sick and tired of fear. It’s time to take actions. The current government is not fulfilling the constitution nor the main function of the military forces.Diálogo: What message would you send to your colleagues in the Venezuelan military forces?1st Sgt.: My main message is to be strong, to be brave. I pledged allegiance to the flag and I committed myself to defend my country with my life, if necessary. I was trained by the special forces; I know that I’m willing to give it all for my country. I told some of my colleagues: If necessary, we must take up arms and take action. I’ll do it. I tell my children: I’m on my way out, but you are the ones who will inherit this country. What I want most is for them to return to Venezuela, and for the country to be free. By Carolina González / Diálogo September 13, 2019last_img read more

Long Island Halloween Haunted Houses & Spooky Walks 2019

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Bayville Scream ParkFor those who believe they can bare to brave a marathon of scares, Bayville Scream Park dares you to enter. Six haunted houses come together under one park to frighten even the most fearless of wanderers. Family and child oriented attractions are featured during the weekends before sundown. 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville bayvillescreampark.com 516-624-4678. $21.75-$25.75, 6-Attraction unlimited ticket: $75. 6 p.m.-12 a.m. Fri.-Sat., 6-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. through Nov. 4.  Chamber of HorrorsThe largest indoor haunted house returns to host three bone-chilling attractions, a live horror stage show, and 40 actors ready to make your nightmares come true. Once again voted the No. 1 haunted house in New York by newyorkhauntedhouses.com. 1745 Expy Dr N., Hauppauge, chamberofhorrorsny.com 516-710-1845. $35, R.I.P. Pass: $45. 7:30-11 p.m. Fri., 7-11 p.m. Sat., 7-10 p.m. Sun every weekend in October and Oct. 30-31 beginning at 8 p.m.Darkside Haunted HouseMore than 14,000 square feet of scares comprises this 21 year old haunted landscape, made up of both an indoor attraction “The House” and outdoor space “The Village”.. 5184 NY-25A, Calverton, darksideproductions.com 631-369-7227. $30-$40. 6-10 p.m. Sun., 7-11 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Fri., 6 p.m.-12 a.m. Sat. through Nov. 3.Darkness RisingVenture into a mid 17th century village cursed by unspeakable horrors in a completely revamped attraction. New sets, special effects, and scares comprise the haunted landscape. Proceeds will again be donated to YES Community Counseling Center. 800 Chettic Ave., Copaigue, darknessrising.org, 516-799-4747. $25. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Fri.-Sat., 6-10 p.m. Sun., 7-10 p.m. Thur. 24 and HalloweenDreams and NightmaresA brand new limited run experience takes over the Hempstead House, as visitors are plunged into beautiful and terrifying dreamscapes over the course of this 60 minute experience. The mature content is suggested to be consumed only by those 16 and older. 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point sandspointpreserveconservancy.org 516-304-5076. $40. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 18-20, Oct. 24-25, Oct. 30-31.Gateway’s Haunted PlayhouseFeel your heartbeat quicken and stomach drop at Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse, featuring “The Midway”, a fear-fueled carnival where food, drink, and attractions such as fire breathers and fortune tellers meet.  215 South Country Rd., Bellport, gatewayshauntedplayhouse.com, 631-286-1133. $30-$45. 7-11:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 7-10 p.m. Sun., Wed.-Thurs. through Nov. 2.Haunted Trail Nights This year, the Manor forgoes the nighttime haunted trail for a terrifying “escape the haunted funhouse challenge.” Children will also enjoy the “Not-So-Spooky-Trail”, a guided tour through the trail that ends with pumpkin picking. $7-$15. 210 Manor Rd., Huntington, manorfarmhauntedtrailnights.webs.com, 631-213-1927. Not-So-Spooky Trail: 5 p.m. Oct. 18-19, Oct. 25-26. Escape the Haunted House: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 18-Nov. 10 (Reservations Suggested)Joe Allocco’s Franklin Square HorrorCelebrate the last year of the Long Island haunted house staple as they prepare to go all one for their 23rd and final Halloween. Voted “Best Haunted House on Long Island” five years in a row. 1148 Norbay St., Franklin Square, Facebook.com/FranklinSquareHorror 6-10 p.m. Oct. 31.Milleridge Halloween Village and Haunted HouseMore than just a haunted house, this village is inhabited by stilt walkers, fire eaters, magicians, face painters, and fortune tellers, and offers a pumpkin patch, trackless train, and bounce houses. Try your hand at the escape room truck, the village’s latest attraction. 585 North Bwy., Jericho, milleridgeinn.com, 516-931-2201. Admission: Free. Haunted House, Tarot Cards, Escape Room Truck: $15 Pumpkin Picking: $8 small pumpkin, $12 large pumpkin. Train: $6. Bounce House: $5. 6-10 p.m. Fri., 1-11 p.m. Sat., 12-6 p.m. Sun. Oct. 4-27.Rise of the Jack O’ Lanterns Upwards of 5000 intricately carved pumpkins illuminate the garden path in this revamped classic. More giant pumpkins, more animated pumpkins, and brand new 3d sculpted pumpkins make this a night to remember. 71 Old Westbury Rd. Old Westbury, therise.org, 516-252-3392. $22-$26. 6:00-10-30 p.m. Oct. 4-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-28.Restless Souls Haunted House ComplexWith both an indoor and outdoor haunted attraction, escape room, and 3D attraction “Klownkatraz”, there is a fright for everyone at this complex. 301 West Hills Rd., Huntington Station, restlesssoulsli.com 631-319-9662. $27. 6-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 5-9 p.m. Sun. Oct. 11-13, Oct. 18-20, Oct. 25-27Schmitt’s Farm Haunted HouseCelebrate the 25th anniversary of Melville’s family owned haunted house asylum and psycho path corn trail, with daytime walkthroughs featuring on actors on the weekends, and select nights where visitors brave the asylum with nothing more than a lantern. 26 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, schmittsfarmhaunt.com, 631-271-3276. $15. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Fri-Sat., Sun. Wed., Thurs. 7-11 p.m., Mon. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 4-6, Oct. 11-14, Oct. 18-20, Oct. 24-27, Oct. 30-Nov 2.Spooky FestYounger Halloween-goers will enjoy the less intense activities hosted at the exhibit, which features a scare-free walk, face painting, live animals, and more. 1450 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre cstl.org/spooky-fest 516-764-0045. $10-$15. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Oct. 18-20, Oct. 25-27, Nov. 2.Spooky WalkThe longest haunted trail in Long Island is back, clocking in at about 45 minutes of sheer terror. All proceeds are donated to Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, a camp for children and adults with special needs. 2 Chet Swezey Rd., Center Moriches, spookywalk.com, 631-878-1070. $20. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 18-19, Oct. 25-26.Yaphank Trail of TerrorThis year’s trail fuses old horror favorites with brand new scenes, and the concession stand bonfire, and movies return to make an unforgettable experience. 65 Main St., Yaphank, yaphanktrail.wixsite.com 631-282-8223. Free. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 11-12, Oct. 18-19, Oct 25-26.last_img read more

JRE Hrvatske joined the initiative “Voice of Entrepreneurs”

first_imgYou can find out more about the Voice of Entrepreneurs initiative and their demands to the Government at Facebook or on official website The “Voice of Entrepreneurs” initiative gathered over 10 entrepreneurs and their entrepreneurs over 90.000 days. By joining the Voice of Entrepreneurs initiative, the Young Restaurateurs of Europe (JRE) – Croatia, which brings together 14 renowned Michelin-starred restaurants, has publicly expressed the need and necessity of effective economic measures to preserve jobs and reduce the economic consequences of the crisis. Covid-4.  Fine dining as a zone of luxury and socially integrative activities because of these two criteria belongs to entrepreneurship that will recover the longest: people do not have to travel and eat in expensive restaurants or socialize with fine dining dinners and spend on pairing food and wine, Gashi points out and adds : “Between 60 and 90% of fine dining restaurant guests are international gourmet clients who will not be coming to Croatia this year. Therefore, the business of this hospitality sector in 2020 is vitally endangered, with significant negative effects on the next season, and a quality model of retaining workers and economizing business in conditions where there is no income are necessary for the survival of the sector” It is important to emphasize that the business of fine dining restaurants employs a large number of year-round and skilled workers and through raising the quality of our tourism directly affects the extension of the tourist season and positioning Croatia in top gastro destinations. JRE Croatia joins associations and entrepreneurs through the initiative “Voice of Entrepreneurs” who advocate for the adoption of effective measures in the economy.center_img “Consolidation and solidarity of entrepreneurs is necessary at this time. Government measures do not offer solutions for preserving jobs and maintaining the economic cycle for entrepreneurs who make up 90% of the Croatian economy. Although each entrepreneurial sector has its own specifics, including the hospitality segment we deal with, the measures expressed in the Voice of Entrepreneurs articulate the basic needs of all of us in the real sector, especially in medium, small and micro companies to which we belong, together with our employees.”, Said Marina Gaši, President of JRE Croatia.  “Long-term efforts to recognize Croatia as a gastronomic destination, in which our members have made a huge contribution, may fail at this moment if we do not take decisive and appropriate measures. We will permanently lose the knowledge and skills of all our employees if we fail to keep them in their jobs, so this is perhaps the biggest risk of this crisis.Gaša adds that since it is impossible to predict how long this crisis will last, they support the initiative to form a crisis headquarters and adopt real, effective measures by the Croatian Government, and that they expect the Government to take steps that will practically help the long-term sustainability of the economy. Initiative – Voice of Entrepreneurs, is at this point an informal group of citizens who spontaneously gathered in the second half March 2020. years. The initiative was launched by a group of entrepreneurs who felt that there were not enough votes from the private sector in the public space and that there was an obvious lack of awareness of the seriousness of the moment and the consequences that are likely to befall our economy, primarily for micro, small and medium entrepreneurs. 70% of workers in the private sector. This association of the most creative gastronomes, founded in 1974, has about 350 of the best young top chefs and restaurant owners in Europe, including 14 renowned Croatian restaurants.last_img read more

Dani Ceballos won Mikel Arteta’s trust after surprising Arsenal coach in Dubai

first_imgCeballos forced his way back into Arteta’s plans (Picture: Gett )Dani Ceballos reportedly forced his way back into Mikel Arteta’s side after an impressive performance at Arsenal’s winter training camp in Dubai.The Spaniard is back playing for Arsenal after a dismal spell following Arteta’s arrival last December.Ceballos made his return to Premier League action against Newcastle last month, but there was a period of time when he tried to force his way out of Arsenal.The 23-year-old told Arteta and Arsenal chiefs he wanted to terminate his loan spell in January and link up with Valencia back in La Liga.ADVERTISEMENTArsenal turned down that transfer request and the Athletic claim coaches and Arteta were surprised by what happened next.AdvertisementAdvertisementWhen the transfer window closed, Ceballos threw himself into training and was a stand-out performer in Dubai during the winter break. Coral BarrySaturday 14 Mar 2020 10:37 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.5kShares Dani Ceballos won Mikel Arteta’s trust after surprising Arsenal coach in Dubai Arteta was surprised by Ceballos’ renewed efforts in training (Picture: Getty)Arteta and his coaching staff were surprised by Ceballos’ renewed efforts and the midfielder is now a regular again.Ceballos was lured to Arsenal by former coach Unai Emery and the Gunners will have to decide whether they want to try and sign the Spain international permanently.Real quoted Arsenal £36million last summer and that figure may increase if Ceballos continues to impress.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArteta is hopeful of a busy transfer summer, but if the club missed out on Champions League football, the budget will be significantly affected.There is also the issue on the ongoing coronavirus which has forced the Premier League to suspend the season.The summer transfer window may need to be adjusted if games have to be rescheduled and Premier league chiefs are set to meet next week to further discuss what should be done.MORE: Arsenal line up transfer move for Wolves star Diogo Jota as Mikel Arteta plans summer rebuildMORE: Michael Owen backs two Arsenal youngsters to emulate Pierre-Emerick AubameyangFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Gov. Wolf: Now is the Time for Pennsylvanians to Buy Health Insurance

first_img November 07, 2019 Healthcare,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA — Today, Governor Tom Wolf and Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman advised Pennsylvanians that now is the time to buy health insurance on the federal exchange, healthcare.gov, as open enrollment continues for Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans through Dec. 15. Consumers have more options in Pennsylvania, and many will find they qualify for subsidies.“Today, I am encouraging Pennsylvanians to take advantage of this year’s open enrollment period as we’ve worked hard to make health care more affordable and accessible in the state,” Gov. Wolf said. “With expanded choices and lower premiums, more Pennsylvanians will be able to afford the health care coverage they need, providing peace of mind and a healthier future.”This is the last enrollment period that Pennsylvania will rely on healthcare.gov for health insurance plans. Gov. Wolf signed a bill in July to create a state-based exchange that will be less costly to operate than it is to participate on the federal exchange. The state-based exchange is expected to be operational in 2021.This historic reform creates an online exchange operated by the state that will save insurance purchasers money, pay for some of the health care costs for high-cost individuals, and lower premiums, in particular for low-income Pennsylvanians.“The insurance department is pleased that insurers remain committed to providing ACA coverage options to hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians,” Insurance Commissioner Altman said. “Nearly 80 percent of Pennsylvanians qualify for subsidies to offset their monthly premiums. I encourage individuals who do not get coverage through an employer or other state or federal programs to shop for coverage and compare plans using Consumers’ Checkbook on the department’s website.”The Checkbook tool allows consumers to view plan options, estimate monthly premiums and total annual out-of-pocket costs for each plan, and calculate available subsidy assistance.Gov. Wolf and Commissioner Altman stressed that ACA health plans must cover essential health benefits, including pre-existing conditions, preventive doctors’ visits, emergencies, maternity and newborn care, prescription drugs, and mental health and substance use disorder treatment.“As the White House continues to attempt to slash the ACA, taking insurance away from rather than increasing the amount of affordable coverage, I’ve fought to get every Pennsylvanian covered by health insurance, and to bring down costs so Pennsylvanians aren’t forced to choose between health insurance and new shoes for their kids, car repairs or rent,” Gov. Wolf said.“Our uninsured rate has fallen to just 5.5 percent, the lowest on record for Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “Until that rate is at zero, I will continue to fight for affordable health care coverage for every Pennsylvanian.”For more information on how to enroll and to access the Consumers’ Checkbook, visit the Pennsylvania Insurance Department online. Gov. Wolf: Now is the Time for Pennsylvanians to Buy Health Insurancecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Dutch pension funds’ recovery plans approved despite ‘vulnerabilities’

first_imgAccording to the regulator, a “small number” of schemes said they would fail to achieve the minimum required funding of 104% within five years.In this event, they will need to apply a rights discount within this period.The regulator said the projected recovery was driven largely by surplus returns, with anticipated returns of 4.7% on average. On average, premiums did not contribute to improvement. DNB said it was concerned about the application of the maximum allowed return assumptions, plans for “possibly premature” indexation or combinations of these factors. It said it would begin to engage with potentially vulnerable pension funds, adding that it would also factor in feasibility checks, which need to be submitted before 1 October.The recovery plans were drawn at the start of the year and do not take into account the impact on funding of the reduction of the ultimate forward rate (UFR) for discounting liabilities. The UFR – cut from 4.2% to 3.3% – directly reduced pension funds’ coverage by 3 percentage points on average, according to the regulator.It estimated the subsequent impact over the course of the recovery period would be an additional 5 percentage points.This would be the case if current interest rates remained stable, which would lead to a decreasing UFR, it said. The average recovery plan is based on a funding of 100.7%, including the UFR, at the start of 2015 and 104.5% at year-end.According to pensions adviser Aon Hewitt, the coverage ratio of Dutch pension funds was 102% on average, as of the end of August.Next spring, the recovery plans will be assessed in light of the pension funds’ position at year-end. Dutch regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) has approved all but one of the 155 recovery plans submitted by underfunded pension funds. However, it also noted that a number of pension funds – “mostly the larger ones” – had factored in the highest allowed return assumptions, and warned that proposed premiums failed to contribute to general improvement.None of the recovery plans provides for rights discounts.Some months ago, a rights cut appeared to be in the offing for a single pension fund, but it submitted a plan that will enable it to recover within 12 years without cuts, according to the regulator.last_img read more

ABS approves Diamond Offshore’s innovative drillship concept

first_imgABS, classification and technical services provider to the offshore industry, has approved Diamond Offshore’s new Floating Factory drillship design.ABS said that recent work on the Floating Factory drillship concept was an example of how the company worked with drilling contractors, in this case, approving the basic design for this innovative concept.The classification company added that the drillship was conceptualized as an asset that could adapt to carry out different functions for the entire life cycle of the well, changing from one operational phase to the next and reducing transition times between phases by carrying out some of the necessary functions off the critical path.ABS executive VP for global offshore, Ken Richardson, said: “ABS is working on multiple fronts to help the offshore industry find efficiencies and streamline operations. We are coordinating efforts for standardization and working one-on-one with companies that are changing the way offshore projects are executed.”Diamond Offshore senior VP for technical services, Karl Sellers, added: “We understand the need to reduce well delivery times and improve economics to try to drive down the costs of offshore development. We’re rethinking designs and making enhancements based on input from customers and equipment providers, and we’re relying on classification societies like ABS to help us validate our concepts.”The finalized concept for the Floating Factory drillship is based on Huisman’s HuisDrill 12000 design and includes a drill tower that enables tripping in unrestricted mode at 5,000 ft/hr in areas where there’s no surge and swab risk, such as open water.The tower also allows for 180 feet stands of pipe, compared with the more traditional 135 feet stands, removing the need for two pipe connections.Diamond Offshore also increased the length and width of the drillship design to create a large and flat deck. The Floating Factory design contains 50 percent more dedicated deck space than the average sixth-generation drillship.Preliminary calculations by Diamond Offshore suggest that the Floating Factory concept could shave 16.5 days from a 100-day well, on average. The bulk of this reduction would come from the high-speed tripping ability and the reduced connection time.last_img read more

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