ClearWELL gets new managing director

first_imgFlow assurance and production optimization specialist, ClearWELL Oilfield Solutions, has appointed a new managing director of the company.ClearWELL said on Tuesday that the appointment of Alasdair Fergusson was made to increase the company’s international footprint.Fergusson has more than 25 years of oilfield management and marketing experience having worked for major service companies in Europe and the Middle East. Most recently, he held the Paris-based position of business manager Europe and Africa, production technologies at Schlumberger’s M-I SWACO, where he led and grew business capability in new markets.Before joining Schlumberger, Fergusson was the director of eastern hemisphere engineered chemistry department at Weatherford, based in the UAE, where the team delivered its largest-ever contract win. This was preceded by a ten-year stint at Baker Hughes.The appointment follows FrontRow Energy Technology Group Limited’s recent acquisition of 50% of ClearWELL from previous owner MSL Oilfield Services, which retains the remaining 50%.Fergusson said: “I am delighted to be appointed to lead ClearWELL at such an exciting time for the business. ClearWELL offers a step-change in treatment cost for a huge number of wells world-wide, and we now have a business totally focused on delivering this technology.“World oil production is at an all-time high, and we produce seven times as much water from these wells as oil, so the demand for cost-effective handling of the scaling problems in that water is huge.“I’m very much looking forward to working with the FrontRow team and benefitting from the experience that MSL bring.”FrontRow CEO Stuart Ferguson said: “Alasdair’s appointment is a significant boost not only to ClearWELL, but also to the wider FrontRow group. The results he has achieved throughout his career to date are impressive, and the experience he brings to our team will be extremely valuable moving forward.“Alasdair is the first appointment for ClearWELL post-acquisition, however, we expect to see staff numbers continue to increase as the company fulfills its high-growth potential and deploys more units in the field. We have set ambitious targets, and are confident these targets will be met under Alasdair’s leadership.”Martin Clark, managing director at MSL Oilfield Services, added: “Alasdair’s experience in the oilfield industry, combined with his motivation and drive, makes him the ideal candidate to lead ClearWELL successfully.”last_img read more

Assemblyman Wars Against Red Light Cameras

first_imgBy John BurtonState Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon is not letting up on his battle against the red light camera program and wants the program eliminated.“I’m not going to stop. As long as people’s lives are in danger and people are unjustly being punished I will be unrelenting,” he vowed.O’Scanlon, R-13, made those comments while discussing his recent criticism leveled at the state Depart­ment of Transportation (DOT) report on the program which analyzed two year’s worth of data from two Newark intersections and 12 months of information from 24 other locations.O’Scanlon contends the state report offers a skewed take on the findings to put the program in a positive light.“In order to say something positive about the pilot program here in New Jersey, you have to torture the data to the point it’s irrelevant,” he said.The report concluded that the safety data were promising and it showed a decrease in right-angle crashes.Scanlon has been waging this war for a while now, voicing his objections to the traffic safety pilot program, approved by the Legislature in 2009. It is slated to run for five years.“For me it’s a justice thing,” he said last month. “Govern­ment shouldn’t be designing rules to rip people off.”He charges that the program is unjustly issuing violations for cars traveling through the camera-manned intersections. This may be being done with the government acting – perhaps unintentionally – in collusion with the private industry managing the cameras, according to O’Scanlon.The assemblyman has also alleged yellow lights are incorrectly calibrated, shorter than the law allows, so motorists are being photographed running red lights and are therefore subject to unwarranted summons. The result, he said, is the program is failing to make intersections any safer and might actually be making some even less safe.The pilot program has been operating in 25 municipalities throughout the state at roughly 100 intersections that DOT spokesman Joe Dee said, “have proven to be problematic in terms of crashes and severe crashes.”None of those intersections are in Monmouth County, where O’Scanlon lives and his legislative district represents 16 of the county’s towns. The closest intersections to the area are in Woodbridge in Middlesex County and Brick, located in Ocean County.While the issue doesn’t directly affect his district, O’Scanlon said there is a bigger issue at hand. “If we’re not going to have rational regional traffic laws,” he said, “people are going to lose respect for law on every level.”American Traffic Solu­tions, with its U.S. headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz., installed the cameras and operates them. The system works when the traffic signal turns red, not yellow, with the cameras photographing motorists driving through an intersection or making an illegal right turn on red. Traffic citations are then mailed to the car owners, said Charles Territo, vice president of communications for American Traffic Solutions.“The bottom line is that cities and municipalities using red light setting cameras have seen a significant reduction in the number of violations being captured and the number of crashes and injuries,” Territo said in response to O’Scanlon’s allegations.Local governments have been using the devices for about 20 years. Currently there are about 7,000 of them in operation around the U.S., he said.O’Scanlon’s most recent criticism is leveled at the newest DOT report that O’Scanlon called “wholly statistically invalid.”The report found the pilot program should continue until it sunsets in 2014, giving the Legislature sufficient data to debate continuing and expanding or canceling the program, the DOT’s Dee said.While O’Scanlon contended “there’s an agenda on someone’s part,” given the “unwarranted positive spin” in the report to support the program, he wouldn’t offer any hints as to who was behind the agenda. However, he said he didn’t think it was on the “commissioner level.”O’Scanlon said the program “cannot go on (until 2014) in its present form. It should be killed right now.”last_img read more

Did Early Islam Promote Science?

first_imgNature published a news feature this week crediting a religion, Islam, with advancing science, but saying nothing about the Christian roots of science.1  It begins,Western science owes much to Islam’s golden age – a debt that is often forgotten.  To help redress the balance, Fuat Sezgin has reconstructed a host of scientific treasures using ancient Arabic texts.  Alison Abbott reports.Sezgin (professor emeritus on the history of science at the University of Frankfurt) is given very positive press.  His mission is to help Westerners realize that “the Arab world was the guardian of the ancient Greeks’ scientific knowledge during the Middle Ages, before the European Renaissance rediscovered and extended it.”  He has opened a museum in Germany with 800 machines built from descriptions in medieval Arab texts.1Alison Abbott, “Islamic science: Rebuilding the past,” Nature 432, 794 – 795 (16 December 2004); doi:10.1038/432794a.For contrasting view, see our online book in progress, The World’s Greatest Creation Scientists. 432, 794 – 795 (16 December 2004); doi:10.1038/432794a.The history of science is a complex subject involving centuries of political and ideological trends, thousands of players, and multitudes of documents, but two things are clear: true modern science was born in countries that had a Christian world view, and the greatest scientists of the scientific revolution came from a Christian background.  Without slighting the contributions of the Greeks and Arabs, to portray otherwise is to distort history.    Half truths are deadly because they contain some truth.  It is true that medieval European scholars were in debt to the Arabs for Greek texts, machinery, medicine, mathematics and more.  It is true that Arab scholars made significant advances in medicine, astronomy, and mathematics before the European Reformation and Renaissance.  But it is also true that Islam conquered countries mercilessly with the sword (as it does now) and would have overrun Europe had not the Europeans resisted.  Would their complete domination of Europe ushered in a golden age?  Would the rise of science have been as meteoric under the caliphs as it was under the Reformers?  Why is Nature so quick to praise the religion of Islam, and so silent about the Christian faith of most of the founders of modern science?    Any scholar, including Sezgin, who brings historical facts to light is deserving of credit.  If he is helping correct some imbalances in the history of science, that is good.  Displaying devices that Arab inventors made, including complex astrolabes, surgical devices, water clocks and anesthetics, is as worthwhile as displaying those made by the Chinese, the Egyptians or the Mayans.  But to suggest that Europe stole science from the Muslims is a distortion.  Despite centuries of opportunity, a true self-sustaining scientific enterprise did not arise in Islamic countries, and Islamic countries today are some of the most scientifically backward of all (see 11/21/2004 headline).    Science involves not just making inventions but striving to understand the working of the world.  Most cultures, in spite of their religions, have shown skill at architecture and invention, often due to necessity (war, sanitation, healing sickness or injury, providing water supply and food), or for artistic purposes.  All societies, additionally, have innately intelligent or skilled people who can achieve greatness and satisfaction in their works.  But that is not the same thing as science.  Only in Christian Europe did a true scientific revolution take place, largely because Christian philosophers saw nature as a handwork of God that operated under His law.  Abbott mentions many inventions in her article, but not any Arab search after scientific principles; yet she uses the phrase “Islamic science” repeatedly when Islamic technology would be more appropriate.  It is odd that Nature would have so much good to say about the Greeks whose works the Arabs translated, but whose scientific ideas were so often wrong, based not on the scientific method but usually on the reasonings of their fallible minds.  Yet much of Islamic “science” included a slavish devotion to the wisdom of the Greeks, especially Aristotle.  It took a long time for the Europeans to wean themselves off Aristotle and learn by experiment, like the work of Robert Boyle and Johannes Kepler (both devout Bible-believing Christians) that nature operates primarily through God-ordained natural laws.  These scientists, like many other Christians, explored nature not for gain or fame or pragmatism, but sheerly for the joy of discovering the workings of God.    Abbott grossly whitewashes the Islamic sword of terror.  Notice this sentence: “As the reach of the Islamic world spread, stretching from northern India to Spain, they absorbed as much knowledge as they could from each conquest.”  Listen, people: the Islamic world did not “spread” like soft margarine on a butter knife, with the bread of humanity eager to soak it up.  The knife was a butcher knife, sharp and red with blood.  The caliphs Abbott speaks so well of promoted learning as much for personal fame and national fortune than for understanding.  Here is another whitewash:In the fifteenth century, the Islamic world shrank under military pressure from western Europe – the last Muslim forces were forced out of Spain in 1492, the year Christopher Columbus reached America.  By this time, the European Renaissance was under way and Islamic knowledge was sucked up by powers on the rise, such as Spain and France.Oh, those nasty Europeans, with their military and political ambitions trying to suppress the wisdom of the peace-loving Muslims, but taking their knowledge as booty.  Abbott should thank God that the Europeans finally had the guts to oust a religious empire that wanted to take over the world by the sword.    This is the same religion terrorizing our world today.  Cry about separation of church and state in America?  There is none in Islamic countries.  This is the same religion holding its populace hostage to a seventh-century culture, impoverishing its citizens, denying its women of basic human rights and teaching a distorted history of the world (i.e., Jews were the Nazis, and there is no Israel).  Tell the truth, Nature – the whole truth.  Anthony Flew, the former atheist philosopher (see 12/09/2004 headline), said, “Islam has neither suffered nor enjoyed either a Reformation or an Enlightenment.”  He added, “As for Islam, it is, I think, best described in a Marxian way as the uniting and justifying ideology of Arab imperialism” —I would never regard Islam with anything but horror and fear because it is fundamentally committed to conquering the world for Islam.  It was because the whole of Palestine was part of the land of Islam that Muslim Arab armies moved in to try to destroy Israel at birth, and why the struggle for the return of the still surviving refugees and their numerous descendants continue to this day.He also described reading the Quran as “a penance more than a pleasure,” and compared Jesus and Muhammed thus: “for goodness sake, Jesus is an enormously attractive charismatic figure, which the Prophet of Islam most emphatically is not.”  Muhammed was no scientist.  He was a superstitious, impetuous, conceited, philandering, bloodthirsty tyrant.    Yet Nature seems to be on a new campaign to whitewash the very religion that is responsible for the most terror, the most tyranny, the most genocide and the most unenlightenment in the world today.  Imagine schools of the future slighting or ignoring Newton or Galileo, but paying homage to Avicenna and Muhammed as the fathers of science.  Imagine Christianity and Judaism being ignored or condemned as anti-intellectual.  Visualize the educational laws of the future forbidding the teaching of both atheistic Darwinism and Christian (European/American) science in the science class, but extolling the work of Arab scholars.  Imagine them recounting for students selective horrors committed by Europe and Israel in their conflicts with Muslims, but sweeping under the rug centuries of atrocities committed with the sword of Allah.  Would this be an improvement on the current tyranny of naturalistic science in the schools?  Is this the kind of new politically-correct philosophy of science that Nature will promote after the fall of the current idol, Charles Darwin?  Will Sagan, the popularizer of atheistic science, be eclipsed by Sezgin, the popularizer of Islamic science?  Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse, you find the devil is clever.(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Get a Viral Launch Page For Your Startup With LaunchRock

first_imgaudrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market If you want to see the virality of LaunchRock in action, search Twitter for “Maple Butter,” a new project from Flowtown‘s Dan Martell. And the sign-ups for LaunchRock itself aren’t too shabby – over 5000 since the website went live this weekend.The LaunchRock service gives you the tools to build your launch page – you simply point the A record of your domain to the IP address LaunchRock provides. You’ll get a unique URL to share as well as analytics about who and how much sharing is going on.According to co-founder Jameson Detweiler, “I look at it this way, you manage email marketing campaigns with tools such as Mailchimp and Constant Contact, and you manage support with tools such as GetSatisfaction and Zendesk. Why not a tool that’s built to assist in the various vital steps of launching and growing a business?”The LaunchRock team say that they’re planning on adding some additional features, including A/B testing of marketing messages and a LaunchRock widget on your own hosted landing page. But in general, says Detweiler, the focus is helping people “rock” the launch process. “We want to expand on what we’re doing here and build tools to help people find their best users and engage them as effectively as possible.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#tips We’ve written before about the importance of having a Web presence for your startup, even if you aren’t prepared to launch. But a team at this weekend’s Startup Weekend in Philadelphia has taken this idea one step further, designing a product that will help startups build viral launch pages: LaunchRock.LaunchRock is one of those incredibly simple but incredibly awesome ideas. Built by Jameson Detweiler, Dave Drager, and Stephen Gill over the three days of Startup Weekend, LaunchRock makes it incredibly simple to get interested users signed up for your startup service or product, pre-launch. Of course, any “please give us your email address” option can do that, but LaunchRock makes it incredibly easy for users to share the link to your launch page to friends. Even more importantly, it rewards those users who are most eager – based on the number of friends they invite – by bumping them up the list of those slated to get access to your site. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Local Context Matters to Women’s Lives: A Report from Delhi

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 31, 2010June 21, 2017By: Sara Stratton, Director, MNCH/FP Programs, IntraHealth InternationalClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post was originally published on IntraHealth’s Global Health Blog.To the business world, it’s location, location, location. Here in Delhi, though, at the Global Maternal Health Conference, the mantra is context, context, context. There are many ways to improve and save women’s lives, but the success of any given intervention depends on local context. What works in one country or one community may not work in another. Many people here are talking about the importance and value of understanding how and why an intervention succeeds or fails at the local level. This means investigating and evaluating not just how widely an intervention reaches or the quality of the services, but also the specific, local factors that play into its uptake and impact. How do these realities affect whether an intervention that saved lives in one place would work equally well somewhere else?This idea of the importance of the local context became woven into presentations on the first day of this groundbreaking conference. In one session, a representative of the SEWA Rural Society for Education, Welfare and Action, Rural (SEWA Rural) talked about how they had found that in Gujarat, India, a woman’s decision to deliver at home or in a hospital in her last pregnancy often influences where she delivered in a subsequent pregnancy. The question for us all to ponder was raised: is the key to saving women’s lives to encourage them all to deliver in hospitals? If so, how much would this cost? Can governments really afford this now? How far would women have to travel to a hospital? The reality, though, is that for some communities, encouraging hospital- or health facility-based delivery may be part of the answer, but in others it may still be an impractical approach. This question led to a discussion about home delivery versus institution-based delivery—as well as the value of traditional and trained birth attendants.Whether we are talking about where women deliver, how they deliver, who helps them deliver, what we are really talking about is how we evaluate and minimize a woman’s risk during pregnancy and childbirth. Where distance and a lack of health facilities make facility-based delivery improbable, a community may need programs that improve the quality of care offered by trained birth attendants during a home delivery even though in an ideal world there would be another option. What I’m hearing in Delhi is, in some ways, what I already know. There are no easy answers. We must support communities to succeed within the context of their own limitations in terms of the availability of and access to health facilities and health workers. At the same time, we have to remain committed to helping communities to change these limitations.Sara Stratton is the director of MNCH/FP programs at IntraHealth International.Stay up to date with the conference happenings! Follow the Maternal Health Task Force and EngenderHealth on Twitter: @MHTF and @EngenderHealth. The conference hashtag is #GMHC2010.For more posts about the Global Maternal Health Conference, click here.For the live stream schedule, click here.Check back soon for the archived videos of today’s presentations.Share this:last_img read more

10 months agoNew Inter Milan chief Marotta: Juventus wanted Icardi

first_imgNew Inter Milan chief Marotta: Juventus wanted Icardiby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Inter Milan sports chief Beppe Marotta admits Juventus asked after Mauro Icardi in the past.Marotta left Juve as general manager in October to join Icardi at Inter.“Asking after players is part and parcel of the job that every sporting director has to do, either directly or through a third person,” Marotta said.“Certainly, also with in mind the idea of moving on Gonzalo Higuain, we might’ve asked after Icardi. However, Piero Ausilio can confirm that we never sat down to negotiate with Inter or discuss costs.“Icardi remains a player at the top level, but there was never anything concrete in an eventual transfer from Inter to Juventus.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

4-Star QB Recruit Dwayne Haskins Posts Meme Taking Shot At Big Ten, Along With Notre Dame Hashtag

first_imgDwayne Haskins throwing a pass against Michigan.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to throw a pass in the second half against the Michigan Wolverines on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Four-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins is one of the most highly-coveted uncommitted passers in the class of 2016, and there isn’t a lot of clarity when it comes to the schools that he favors. Haskins, who has offers from most prominent programs, has recently visited his home state Maryland Terrapins as well as Rutgers, and has offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, and Wisconsin. None of that kept him from posting a Lion King meme, taking a shot at the Big Ten conference. His tweet also includes a curious Notre Dame hashtag. We’re not sure if he was sent the meme or if he made it himself, or what this says about the schools involved in his recruitment, but it is certainly interesting.#WeAreND— •Ⓜ️ay 3rd• Glo Day (@dh_simba7) May 4, 2015We wouldn’t read too much into this for now, but that probably won’t prevent recruitniks from over-analyzing it. In all likelihood, this was just a harmless joke sent in from a Notre Dame fan somewhere.last_img read more

61 dead in central Portugal wildfires many killed in cars

first_imgAVELAR, Portugal – Raging forest fires in central Portugal killed at least 61 people, many of them trapped in their cars as flames swept over a road, in what the prime minister on Sunday called “the biggest tragedy” the country has experienced in years.Portugal has declared three days of national mourning for the victims in the blaze “which has caused an irreparable loss of human life,” according to a government statement.A lightning strike is believed to have sparked the blaze in the Pedrogao Grande area after investigators found a tree that was hit during a “dry thunderstorm,” the head of the national judicial police told Portuguese media. Dry thunderstorms are frequent when falling water evaporates before reaching the ground because of high temperatures. Portugal, like most southern European countries, is prone to forest fires in the dry summer months.“This is a region that has had fires because of its forests, but we cannot remember a tragedy of these proportions,” said Valdemar Alves, mayor of Pedrogao Grande. “I am completely stunned by the number of deaths.”Interior Ministry official Jorge Gomes said that 61 people died from the flames and suffocating smoke while at least one more perished in a traffic accident related to the fires. Another 54 people were injured, including four firefighters and a seriously injured minor, Gomes told state broadcaster RTP.Authorities had previously said that 40 C (104 F) heat in recent days might have played a part in the inferno about 150 kilometres (95 miles) northeast of Lisbon. More than 350 soldiers were joining Sunday the 700 firefighters who were struggling to put out the blaze since Saturday, the government said.A huge wall of thick smoke and bright red flames towered over the top of trees near houses in the wooded region. Local resident Isabel Brandao told The Associated Press that she had feared for her life.“Yesterday we saw the fire but thought it was very far. I never thought it would come to this side,” she said. “At 3:30 a.m., my mother-in-law woke me up quickly and we never went to sleep again. We were afraid the fire would reach us.”RTP showed terrifying images of several people on a road trying to escape the intense smoke that had reduced visibility to a question of a few meters (yards). A young man shared a bottle of water with a distraught woman as she stumbled down the road.Gomes said that at least 30 people were killed when their vehicles were engulfed by flames on a road between the towns of Figueiro dos Vinhos and Castanheira de Pera, and three others died from smoke inhalation in Figueiro dos Vinhos. The rest of the bodies were found outside of the cars or in the forest, the official said.The official also said that firefighting crews were having difficulties in battling the fire, which was “very violent” in at least two of its four fronts.The European Union said it had activated its civil protection efforts responding to a call for assistance by Portuguese authorities. EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides expressed his condolences for the victims in a statement, saying the “EU is fully ready to help.”As a result, a Spanish firefighting aircraft was already assisting on Sunday morning and another one was expected to arrive later in the day. France was also sending three aircraft.Prime Minister Antonio Costa said that firefighting crews were having difficulties in approaching the area because the fire was “very intense.”On Sunday, Costa also tweeted his “deepest regret for the victims… and a word of encouragement and strength for all who help combat this scourge.”The loss of life due to a forest fire was the biggest in memory in Portugal. It has been over 50 years since 25 Portuguese soldiers perished fighting wildfires in 1966.“We are most likely facing the biggest tragedy of human life that we have known,” Costa said.Last August, an outbreak of fires across Portugal killed four people, including three on the island of Madeira, and destroyed huge areas of forest.Portugal’s civil protection agency, which co-ordinates firefighting efforts, issued a warning of the increased risk for forest fires in Friday. Citing the high temperatures, it said that all outdoor fires were prohibited.Many world leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, Pope Francis and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressed solidarity with Portugal.Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tweeted that he is “overwhelmed by the tragedy at Pedrogao Grande. The Portuguese people can count on our solidarity, support and care.”___Associated Press writers Joseph Wilson in Barcelona, Spain, and Aritz Parra in Madrid, contributed to this report.last_img read more