The study will cover a range of development approaches for the Pilot field and includes the facilities, marine and subsea scope of work Image: Crondall Energy has partnered with Pharis Energy. Photo: courtesy of rawpixel from Pixabay. Crondall Energy, the floating production and subsea engineering specialist, has been awarded a contract by Pharis Energy to deliver the Concept Select study for the operator’s heavy oil Pilot Field development in the Central North Sea.Pharis Energy hopes to become the first operator in the world to use steam flooding in a major offshore project – one of the concepts to be explored as part of Crondall Energy’s Concept Study.The study will cover a range of development approaches for the Pilot field and includes the facilities, marine and subsea scope of work. Crondall Energy’s engineers will develop and assess facilities and subsea configurations as well as various oil separation and artificial lift technologies to determine an optimum solution for the development.Crondall Energy’s Group Managing Director, Duncan Peace, said: “We are very pleased to continue our work with Pharis Energy on this exciting project and we welcome the confidence shown in our engineering teams to develop a commercially viable concept for the project. The breadth and complexity of this development play to the strengths of our multidisciplinary team and we look forward to progressing the study.”The Pilot field is located in block 21/27a of the UK central North Sea and is estimated to contain 230 MMbbls of proven plus probable oil-in-place, of which around 60 MMbbls will be recoverable in a waterflood scenario whilst 113 MMbbls could be expected to be recovered in a steam flood.Stephen Brown, Pharis Energy’s CEO, added: “We are delighted to be progressing the Pilot project and continuing our good working relationship with the folk at Crondall Energy. The Crondall Energy team not only know the theory of how to go about developing offshore oil fields but also really understand the practicalities of weaving the development concept together with the team of engineers, contractors, rig and vessel owners, consultants and suppliers, into a financeable project.”Crondall Energy previously supported the project by reviewing the CAPEX for the development. Source: Company Press Release
Job DescriptionThe Division of Gastroenterology at Carilion Clinic is looking foran experienced Research Associate to work on translational researchprojects in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) led by the PI – DrDario Sorrentino – examining several aspects of prelinical Crohn’sdisease including capsule endoscopy screening of individuals atrisk, non invasive marker discovery, the role of microbiome indisease etiology, pathogenesis and early diagnosis. In addition,other ongoing projects will examine the role of stool markers ofinflammation in evaluating response to treatment and diseasemonitoring in IBD patients. Typically, the Research Associate willsupport the PI and the co-investigators in the performance ofvarious patient recruitment and technical activities as well assample collection, storage and multiple laboratory analyses(including microbial analyses). This role will report directly tothe PI and serve as part of the research team workingcollaboratively on several funded grants. Research supportresponsibilities are at a medium to advanced academic level.Required Qualifications• MS in biology, biochemistry or related field, and/or theequivalent/superior level of training and experience.• Experience in clinical investigator-initiated studies (patientscreening, recruitment, sample collection and storage).• Experience with biospecimen handling and processing.• Intermediate to advanced level laboratory skills (sampleprocessing/analysis, multiple cell and microbial laboratorytechniques).• Demonstrated data entry experience.• Demonstrated organizational skills and experience with datamanagement.• Ability to adapt to a fast-paced research/academic environmentwith multiple and variable duties.• Proficiency with scientific writing and excellent oralcommunication skills – previous publications and activeparticipation/organization of scientific meetings a plus.• Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality andprofessionalism.Preferred Qualifications• Assessing research risks and potential corrective action• Project management• Experience with data analysis software (R, Matlab, SPSS,etc.)Appointment TypeRestrictedSalary InformationCommensurate with experienceReview Date1/15/2021Additional InformationThe successful Candidate will be required to have a criminalconviction check.About Virginia TechDedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve),Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking ahands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to beleaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institutionthat enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout theworld, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicatedto knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers morethan 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eightundergraduatecolleges , a school ofmedicine , a veterinarymedicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The universityhas a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campusin Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus inRoanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices andresearchcenters . A leading global research institution, Virginia Techconducts more than $500 million in research annually.Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, orapplicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (includingpregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, geneticinformation, national origin, political affiliation, race,religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwisediscriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about,discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation ofother employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected bylaw.If you are an individual with a disability and desire anaccommodation, please contact Pamela Stell firstname.lastname@example.org during regular business hours at least 10business days prior to the event.Advertised: December 18, 2020Applications close:
Members of the Ocean City High School boys and girls cross country teams wait for their flight to take them to the Disney Classic races in Orlando, Fla. (Photos provided by cross country teams) By LESLEY GRAHAMThere’s a lot that goes into the preparation for a cross country race. Miles are run, pasta eaten, shoes laced, lucky socks laundered and ready for race day.What generally is not accounted for is a canceled flight that leaves over 70 Ocean City cross country runners and coaches stranded at the Philadelphia airport with no way to travel to the Disney Classic in Orlando.The boys and girls cross country teams departed for Philadelphia International Airport after school on Thursday, with a scheduled flight to Orlando International Airport that evening.After receiving notification of the flight being delayed twice and eventually canceled, the coaches began notifying students and parents of their impending return to Ocean City, since their original airline was unable to get a flight out to Orlando until the following Wednesday – well past scheduled race time.Members of the Ocean City High School boys cross country team pose in front of the ESPN Wide World of Sports sign at Disney World.According to Assistant Coach Steve Hoffman, the coaches were already alerting the bus company to transport the team back to Ocean City. Parents were arriving at the airport to make sure there were enough options to get everyone home safely.“It was really overwhelming how many people were willing to help us when we needed it the most,” Hoffman said.Little did the coaches know, the help wouldn’t stop with friends and family. Some members of the team were working on Plan B. Instead of being defeated and calling it a night, the Ocean City team took to social media, hoping for a miracle. And Delta Air Lines answered their prayers. Well, more specifically, their tweet.Drake Castañeda, a spokesperson for Delta, said the airline was alerted through its digital media team that a high school team was stuck in Philadelphia trying to make it to Disney.“No one even batted an eye that it wasn’t an originally scheduled Delta flight that was canceled. It was just an opportunity to do the right thing,” Castañeda said in a phone interview Sunday.In less than two hours from the time of being notified via social media, Delta had secured a plane, a crew and all the necessary logistics to fly the OCHS cross country teams to Orlando to compete in the Disney Classic.Members of the girls cross country team at the Disney Classic.Philadelphia to Orlando is not a normal direct route for Delta because Philadelphia does not serve as one of its major hubs. There was not a fleet of spare planes laying in wait in case of emergency. But Delta felt the need to help the stranded runners have the opportunity to compete, Castañeda said.“It’s amazing but not surprising. The competitive advantage is gained by taking care of people, and we encourage all our employees to do the right thing and lead by example,” Castañeda said.After what was originally scheduled as a 6 p.m. departure from Philadelphia, the team members were now flying in the wee hours of the morning, taking off just after 4 a.m. Following a two-hour flight, both teams were checked in and ready to race by 8 a.m. – a good thing since the race started at 10 a.m.Emma Sardy, a senior on the girls team, said the whole experience was overwhelming.“We had been waiting for hours, and after months of training the thought of not getting to the race was devastating. We are all so grateful that Delta helped our team and made our trip possible,” Sardy said of the ordeal.Assistant Coach Hoffman echoed Sardy’s sentiments. “The amount of effort and compassion Delta had to save a flight that wasn’t even theirs to begin with was amazing,” he said. “We always talk about being present in the moment and enjoying the experience.”Thanks to Delta’s efforts going above and beyond, the teams were able to do just that.The crowd applauds during the races.
Fast FOOD chain McDonald’s said it has no intention of ditching its recently-introduced Toasted Deli Sandwiches, despite disappointing sales and a planned replacement of some of the range this summer.“There are no plans to cut back or drop the range,” said McDonald’s, after its UK chief operating officer declared himself unimpressed by sales since the toasted sandwiches were introduced last September. “Their popularity continues to grow.”The company declined to give sales figures but claimed that any disappointment at the figures was based on high expectations for the range, which was designed to sit alongside the salads and other ‘healthier’ products it has introduced.McDonald’s said that it was working on new versions of the sandwiches to replace some products in the range this summer. The launch of the range in the UK followed its introduction in the US and Canada; the range is not on sale elsewhere.