Two companies outline employee antiviral programs

first_imgApr 20, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Faced with the reality that an effective vaccine is not likely to be available for at least the first several months of an influenza pandemic, some corporations are buying antiviral medications for their employees—both to protect them and to improve the chances that the company could keep providing vital products and services through a pandemic.Few companies have revealed their plans concerning the use of antivirals, but two of them recently described their plans to supply employees with oseltamivir (Tamiflu): the US division of Roche, the company that makes Tamiflu, based in Nutley, N.J., and Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), an energy company that serves nearly 2 million electric customers and 1.6 million gas customers in New Jersey.Tamiflu is a neuraminidase inhibitor that the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends as the treatment of choice for people infected with H5N1 avian influenza; it is regarded as the best hope for treatment if H5N1 evolves into a pandemic strain. The WHO lists the other licensed neuraminidase inhibitor, zanamivir (Relenza), as a second option for treating H5N1.Roche and PSEG are among the first large companies to supply their employees with Tamiflu, and their experiences may hold lessons for other companies considering such programs.Employee antiviral programs gain momentumAntiviral programs for businesses range from modest stockpiles that would cover only certain at-risk employees to more comprehensive plans intended to cover all workers and even their families.Roche spokesman Terry Hurley told CIDRAP News that 350 corporations have purchased Tamiflu for their employees. Companies don’t order the drug directly from Roche; they obtain the medication either from distributors that ship it to a company clinic, from a pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) that mails the medication to employees, or from local pharmacies.The idea of companies supplying their employees with antiviral medication, however, has generated some controversy. When Roche rolled out a pandemic planning Web site last July to market Tamiflu to companies, some medical and policy experts charged that the company was favoring more lucrative corporate requests over government stockpile orders.Mike McGuire, vice president of anti-infectives for Roche, said the company waited until its production capacity reached 400 million treatment courses per year before following though with its employee program. The company’s US facilities can produce 80 million treatment courses annually, he said. “Once we filled a number of government orders around the world, had enough for seasonal orders, and had enough to fill our other orders, then we decided to fill our own,” he said.The decision to stockpile or supply antiviral medications isn’t an easy one for businesses. Medication cost is one factor to consider, said Stuart Weiss, MD, an emergency medicine physician, pediatrician, and disaster planning expert who has worked for government agencies and healthcare organizations. Also, employee antiviral programs should include a strong educational component and medical screening, which also add to program costs, he said.”Just giving someone a box of pills without the educational component is wrong,” said Weiss, who is a founding partner of MedPrep Consulting Group, based in New York City.Other factors that companies may weigh when considering an employee Tamiflu program include the drug’s 5-year shelf life and scientific uncertainty about efficacy and dosing against an emerging pandemic influenza strain. Antiviral-resistant H5N1 strains have been isolated from a few patients in Vietnam and Egypt. The WHO suggested this week that physicians might consider doubling the standard dosage of Tamiflu for H5N1 patients.Weiss said companies shouldn’t substitute an employee antiviral program for a comprehensive pandemic plan. “Just buying antivirals in a vacuum is a waste of time and resources,” he said. Plans to protect employees should also involve social distancing, personal protective equipment, and other mitigation strategies.Why now?Representatives from both Roche and PSEG said the decision to supply employees with Tamiflu represents the next step in their pandemic planning. “We need to still be able to produce lifesaving drugs [during a flu pandemic], and we’re extremely proactive,” McGuire said. The unpredictability of a pandemic drove Roche’s decision to have the drug ready for employees ahead of time. “We’re not even sure the doctors will be in their offices when the pandemic hits,” he said.Ronald Mack, MD, medical director at PSEG, based in Newark, N.J., said the company takes the threat of a pandemic very seriously. “We have been sensitized to this type of threat by our past experience responding to 9/11, SARS [severe acute respiratory syndrome], anthrax, the Northeast blackout [of August 2003], and the terrorist threats against downtown Newark,” he said.Implementing an employee Tamiflu program for a large organization takes time, Mack said. “We considered that it would be difficult to do for the first time under urgent circumstances, which would produce competition for resources, and elected to act now,” he said.Who receives it?All Roche employees are eligible to receive Tamiflu, said Ann Peterka, MD, the company’s director of employee health services. The company plan is intended both to maintain the company’s ability to continue producing essential drugs and to protect employees, she said.”We provided Tamiflu to all of our employees since everyone will be needed to get the business back to normal once a pandemic wave has subsided,” Peterka said. “And since we have a critical role in ensuring that we are able to supply Tamiflu to all of our stakeholders during a pandemic without interruption, it is important to protect our employees from getting infected so we have the best chance of accomplishing this objective.”Alex Nawotka, director of commercial operations at Roche, said covering all employees will help company operations return to normal more quickly after pandemic waves pass. “We felt that all of our employees are important in that effort,” he said.PSEG’s Tamiflu program also includes employees’ spouses, dependent children, and domestic partners, Mack said. The goals are to further protect employees and decrease their worries about their families during a pandemic, he said. “The sense is that our workers would not appear [for work] unless they felt that their families were secure. We are a very family-oriented company—multigenerational employment is not unusual,” he added.Neither company was willing to reveal how much Tamiflu would be supplied to each employee or family member.Steps for prescribingSources at both PSEG and Roche say the employee Tamiflu program is just one facet of a broader pandemic flu awareness program, and employees are educated before doctors screen and prescribe them the drug. Other elements include hygiene messages on hand washing and cough etiquette.Roche employees must complete a computerized educational module before they qualify for the Tamiflu program, Peterka said. After they finish the module, they meet with a company doctor who reviews their medical histories, clears them to receive the drug if no contraindications are found, and gives them Tamiflu packaging materials to review. Roche has contracted with a physician network that can do the screenings on- or off-site, she said.After an employee has completed the educational material and met with a physician, the prescription is sent to a PBM, which mails the employee his or her Tamiflu supply.At PSEG, employees attend one of several group information sessions, held February through May and led by physicians, Mack said. Employees complete three brief forms—a medical history, a privacy statement, and an education acknowledgement form—and meet individually with a physician. Those who are cleared to receive Tamiflu are given a supply of the drug, along with instructions for taking it.In June, after employee prescriptions are processed, said Mack, family members will go through a similar process to receive their supplies of Tamiflu.What triggers taking the drug?Another issue for employee antiviral programs is what to tell workers about when to take the drug. Using it for treatment means using it only during the illness, but taking it for prevention during a pandemic could mean taking it for many weeks. Roche and PSEG take different approaches on this point.Roche said its employee Tamiflu program follows World Health Organization guidelines for seasonal flu treatment and prevention (the WHO says that antivirals can be used preventively as well as for treatment). However, Peterka said employees are told to consult a medical practitioner before they take the drug. “We don’t want them self-diagnosing,” she said.Mack said for now PSEG intends for employees to use the antiviral medication to treat flu symptoms in the event of a known pandemic but not for prevention. “This may be modified if an actual pandemic evolves,” he said.Maintaining awarenessBoth companies said their Tamiflu programs are just one element of ongoing pandemic communication with employees. Mack said PSEG uses seasonal flu as “practice” for a pandemic; for example, the company makes it easy for employees to get their seasonal flu shots by offering them during work at company expense.Roche and PSEG have installed touchless water faucets and towel dispensers and have posted educational messages on proper handwashing techniques and cough etiquette.The Tamiflu program isn’t a one-shot educational push, Nowatka said. Some of the ongoing efforts at Roche are aimed at teaching employees the difference between seasonal flu, pandemic flu, and the common cold, he said. “We use a variety of venues: e-mail, kiosks, posters, and weekly newsletters,” he said.See also: WHO guidelines for pharmacologic management of H5N1 patients, May 2006Apr 19 WHO statement mentioning possible high-dose oseltamivir treatment for H5N1 patientslast_img read more

H5N1 hits Nepal for first time, strikes another Indian state

first_imgJan 20, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Animal health workers in Nepal are culling thousands of poultry in response to the country’s first outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza, as officials in India said the virus spread to another Indian state, Sikkim in the northeastern part of the country.In a Jan 16 report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), government officials in Nepal said the virus struck backyard poultry in a village in Jhapa district in the southeastern corner of the country. The outbreak killed 14 of 13,000 susceptible birds in the area.Investigators have not determined the source of the outbreak, the OIE report said.Laxman Hamal, a government administrator, said more than 10,000 chickens and ducks have been culled over the past 4 days, Agence France-Presse reported today. Hamal said officials have banned the sale, transport, consumption, and farming of poultry in the outbreak area for the next 3 months to control the spread of the virus.Elsewhere, a veterinary official in India’s Sikkim state said today that tests have revealed the H5N1 in dead poultry and wild birds, Reuters reported today. Sikkim, located in northeast India, is the country’s smallest state and borders West Bengal state, as well as Nepal and China, all of which have reported recent H5N1 outbreaks.Officials plan on culling about 15,000 chickens and ducks in Sikkim, the report said.India’s health ministry has sent a rapid response team to the area to conduct surveillance in nearby residents and has shipped oseltamivir (Tamiflu), masks, and other protective equipment to the area, the Times of India reported today.India has battled sporadic H5N1 outbreaks since 2006, most recently in several districts in West Bengal and Assam states.See also:Jan 16 OIE reportlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, April 11

first_imgChurch, not state, should save pensionI agree with Frank J. Ciervo’s April 7 letter that the Catholic diocese must step up on St. Clare’s pension. However, I have a question. Why should state taxpayers offer anything? When my husband’s union was in similar trouble, mainly due to the sub-prime crisis, there was no one to help. The union was on its own and was able to recover without a burden on the already hard-hit taxpayers. Just sayin’.Mary Jo VendittiGlenville More action needed to reduce pollutionThe recently enacted state plastic bag ban is a step in the right direction.However, this proposal won’t be a total ban, but rather a partial one, because many plastic bags will not be affected.Environmentalists already are complaining, and although I’m tempted to complain too, I won’t. I realize that this proposal won’t solve the worldwide plastic bag pollution crisis. However, it will make a significant dent in reducing plastic bag waste in New York state. As a matter of fact, according to a Gazette March 29 front page article, not all bags will be banned.This ban will not include food takeout bags used by many restaurants, those that are used to wrap deli or meat-counter products, bags for bulk items, newspaper bags, garment bags and bags sold in bulk, such as trash and recycling bags. Moreover, counties can opt out (don’t have to charge) the 5-cent fee for paper bags.Earth Day is April 22, and this ban came right on time. But I hope that soon, New York will also consider banning other harmful waste, like Styrofoam packaging, cups and containers, in addition to other single-use plastic items like bottles, silverware, cups, lids/caps, straws, dishes, food containers, cigarette lighters, markers, disposable razors, etc. These are poisoning our soil and water.All leaders at all levels of governments — from towns, to counties, the state and federal level — must take steps to curb pollution soon. Scientists have already warned us that we may have 10 years, at the most, to fix this environmental mess before we’ll have an environmental Armageddon.  Act now or perish later.Ottavio Lo PiccoloSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Popular vote would have changed historyI’ve never been a fan of the Electoral College for U.S. elections. The argument that it gives smaller states equal recognition with the larger states is misguided. It is such bogus logic based in part on where candidates devote their time and resources. No candidate spends time campaigning in Wyoming to get three electoral votes.However, they might care to convince the 577,000 people that live there to vote for them, since we’ve had some close national elections where states like Wyoming could make the difference. Thus, elections based on the popular vote are more logical and fair. Just think how history would have changed if we had used the popular vote to select a president. For example, we wouldn’t have George W. Bush to waste trillions of dollars and lose the lives of thousands of Americans and our allies trying to overthrow Iraq and bolstering al-Qaida, the Taliban and eventually inspiring ISIS, as well as avoiding the Great Recession that he created.Instead, Al Gore would have led us to combat climate change among other great initiatives that benefit Americans, not the military-industrial-complex that Eisenhower warned us about. Next, we wouldn’t have the most incompetent president in United States history with Donald “Show Me the Money” Trump. There is not enough space to detail how bad he is. Hillary Clinton wouldn’t have kissed Putin and Kim’s rings, nor let the Saudis get away with murder, literally.  Shouldn’t every vote count? Make the candidates work to earn our vote.Raymond HarrisGlenville Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDems have plenty of questions to answerAll those people that support the killing of babies through abortion should go see the movie “Unplanned.” Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his friends who were cheering for it and lighting up the buildings would probably enjoy it. I wonder if the governor’s mother, Matilda Cuomo, would support abortions.All socialists should go live in Venezuela for a few months. They would not be allowed to take anything with them.Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thinks losing your jobs to automation would be great because then you would have time to hike, play games or sit around. Fantastic idea, as long as a few of the freshman congresswomen were the first to go. Hopefully, she will never have children.All your climate change fanatics should become vegans and never use private planes or limos or have more than one home. They also should be using only solar or wind. No wind or sun for a few days? Too bad.What happened to the anti-hate resolution? All they do is talk hate at and about Trump, 24/7. Hypocrites.Why do House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer refuse to meet with Angel Parents who have had their family members killed?How many politicians who support immigrants coming here illegally pay their help at least $15 per hour with full benefits? Let’s investigate their W-2 forms.Thank God for all those Democrats that told us every day that they had solid evidence that Trump colluded (MSNBC and CNN). When will they resign?Bonnie DeckerSchenectadycenter_img Women deserve to be paid equal to menOnce again, on April 2, women took time from their busy work days to acknowledge Equal Pay Day. According to laws already on the books, Equal Pay Day for all women should be Dec. 31.But it’s not. The average woman must work far into the next year to earn what the average man earned the previous year.It takes until April 2 for women who work full-time to catch up with their male counterparts; mom’s equal pay compared to dad’s happens on June 10; black women reach parity on Aug. 22; and equal pay day for Latinas is observed on Nov. 20. There are wide wage gaps among Asian women, so some catch up by March 5, but others not until mid-July.The gender gap in base pay varies by industry. In education, which has a large number of area employees, it is 2.4 percent, according to Glassdoor and Bizwomen, while in media, it is 6.4 percent.Change needs to happen. But there is good news. Our Legislature and governor have the opportunity to pass game-changing laws this session. And Congress may finally move forward on common sense reform.That will only happen if we all speak out, contact our elected representatives, and call for equal pay for all New York women, now. Linda GushSaratoga SpringsThe writer is co-president of the League of Women Voters Saratoga County. Suprunowicz owed coverage upon deathOn March 24, we offered our final respects to a local and state hall of famer Dick Suprunowicz.Mr. Suprunowicz passed without one mention in The Gazette Sports of the loss of this great basketball player.Please allow me to provide to you that Mr. Suprunowicz and other family members all played basketball and are each Hall of Famers. After high school at Mont Pleasant and great records, he proceeded to Syracuse, where he continued his basketball and academic career. His accomplishments during his basketball days were written in many of The Gazette sports pages.After basketball, Dick then choose a career of teaching and became vice principal at Linton High School. His records as a basketball coach at Mont Pleasant were highly recognized. If you lived in the Schenectady area and followed this family of players, Dick Suprunowicz, Michael, Bill and Walt, then you were treated to some great basketball.I’m saddened by the loss of this man who helped kids in many ways throughout out his educational career.I’m further saddened that no acknowledgment was presented in The Gazette Sports section. If not for the obituary offered and paid for by the family, no one would have known of Dick’s passing other than family and close friends. To you, Mr. Suprunowicz, we bid you a thank you for all you have offered to many fans and students. May you rest in peace. And our condolences to the Suprunowicz family.Charlie BrownBallston Lakelast_img read more

Regeneration: A guide to good design

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Arsenal rebuff Monaco approach for Emile Smith Rowe with Mikel Arteta keen to work with midfielder

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 25 Aug 2020 12:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.6kShares Arsenal rebuff Monaco approach for Emile Smith Rowe with Mikel Arteta keen to work with midfielder Advertisement Advertisement Monaco are interested in signing Emile Smith Rowe from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have rebuffed an approach from Monaco to sign Emile Smith Rowe, with Mikel Arteta keen to work with the young midfielder next season.Smith Rowe, 20, made his first-team debut for the Gunners in 2018, having spent almost a decade in the club’s academy.The attacking midfielder was sent on loan to RB Leipzig during the 2018-19 campaign and to Championship club Huddersfield Town last season.Despite his limited experience, Smith Rowe has attracted attention from French giants Monaco, with their sporting director Paul Mitchell said to be a huge admirer.ADVERTISEMENTAccording to the Daily Mail, Monaco have contacted Arsenal about a possible transfer deal for Smith Rowe but were quickly rebuffed, with the Gunners currently unwilling to lose the player.AdvertisementAdvertisementWhile Arsenal are reluctant to sell Smith Rowe, they could still loan him out for the 2020-21 season, with Crystal Palace, Fulham and Leeds United said to be keen.Speaking last month, Gunners boss Arteta hinted at a first-team role for Smith Rowe this season. Mikel Arteta is an admirer of the 20-year-old midfielder (Picture: Getty)‘He’s a player with very specific qualities to play in those pockets in that position as an attacking midfielder,’ Arteta said of Smith Rowe.‘I am excited to work with him. I have been talking with him and I have followed him during his spell on loan.‘I think he’s someone who can be pretty impressive. I’m pleased by what I’ve seen from him.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 City‘He needed that exposure and he looks more mature now. I think he will be in a much better place when he comes back in pre-season.‘The young players want to be important, they want to take the important numbers, and I like that.‘It’s a good step, and they can be important in the future, but it’s up to them to decide that.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal in the running to sign midfielder with Man Utd also keenMORE: Gabriel’s agent reveals Lille ace turned down bigger offers to join Arsenallast_img read more That Works: Launch of Our Pilot

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Design That Works.Build for every device.More than a third of our users are mobile. The mobile version of the pilot website is not just a scaled-down version of the desktop site — it is an experience designed specifically for users on mobile devices.Navigation That Works.Help users find what they need fast.Think “less bloat, better access to services.” The pilot site gives users multiple ways to find the services they need — via search, trending services, and browsing. And we want to organize services in a way that makes sense to Pennsylvanians, not bureaucrats.Data That Works (for you).Use analytics to make content decisions.We know what is important to users because they are searching for it, clicking on it, and viewing it. Let’s use that data to inform our content decisions and improve features, like adding a “trending” to the search bar.Today’s launch is just the beginning, and we will set more goals for the site over the next months of the pilot as we add, subtract, and fine-tune.Help us make work better for you — check out the new site and take the feedback survey. By Krystal Bonner, Digital Director Government That Works,  Innovation, That Works,  Results,  The Blog That Works is a series of blog posts dedicated to Pennsylvania digital initiatives. For the first post, we’re talking about the launch of the new pilot.At the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, we’re focused on building a Government That Works — and that includes improving how you access government services and information online.Today, we launched a new pilot site. This 60-second video will introduce you to some of the main features of the redesigned pilot site.On the new pilot site, we will test out ideas to serve you better digitally. You can help us figure out what works and what doesn’t on the new pilot by giving us feedback on our new look. You can also view the old version of at while we tweak the new website.As the former owner of a cabinet company, I know how important customer service is to growing a successful business. As governor, my customers are the citizens of Pennsylvania. I am proud to launch a new that has been built from user feedback and utilizes data and design in order to best serve the citizens of the commonwealth. – Governor Tom WolfUsers of the old told us they couldn’t find what they were looking for. That’s not government that works. For our pilot launch, we focused on these three goals. June 17, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: That Works: Launch of Our Pilotlast_img read more

The Brisbane home with its very own post office is for sale

first_imgThe post master used to live in the house.Agent Phil McGrath believed the post office was built some time in the ‘40s.“It was the real hub of Nudgee in the 1960s up until its demise,” Mr McGrath said.It was shut down in the 80s and has sat unused since then. The home is on the market right now.As well as a unique piece of Nudgee history, the former post office building could be put to another use.The building has a commercial character overlay and could be used as a clubhouse, shop or an office. “The owner is hoping that someone will buy it to use for commercial purposes,” he said. The home (and the former post office) is on the market now for offers above $570,000. LOOKING BACK: This unused building used to be very important for the suburb.THIS Nudgee home comes with an added feature that is a bit out of the ordinary — it’s own post office.The three-bedroom home at 473 St Vincents Road recently came onto the market through Place Kangaroo Point.center_img The home comes with something extra.At first glance it looks a lot like the hundreds of other old Queenslander homes around Brisbane, except for the unusual smaller building to the side.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoAlthough it has long since closed down, the small 52 sqm building was once the post office for the suburb of Nudgee. last_img read more

Owner occupiers helping QLD ride out market turbulence

first_imgThe development at 63-69 Dickenson Street, Carina, is four to six weeks away from completion.He said it was “a challenging and tougher market at the moment than prior to August 2016” with market demand expected to remain the same the next 12 to 24 months.“As construction finance is becoming harder to obtain from Australia’s big banks we can foresee many developers looking to use second tier lenders for finance or form syndicates to finance projects. Michael and Chris Papa of Scotmore who are among those who have helped seen a surge in owner occupiers underpinning property development.OWNER occupiers have reclaimed their title as the mainstay of the Queensland residential construction market, fuelling demand for hundreds of builders across the suburbs. Latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed Queensland had the highest growth rate in approvals for private sector houses (1.6 per cent) though apartment approval growth was in negative territory (-11.5 per cent). The number of houses approved for construction in Queensland in April (2269) was the highest trend result achieved in a decade for the Sunshine State, while non-house approvals were at 1523, a farcry from its 2015 monthly peak of 2409 achieved two years ago.Chris and Michael Papa of Scotmore were among builders riding the multi-unit trend, producing almost 70 individual apartments and townhouses in the past four years. Scotmore’s latest development at 63-69 Dickenson Street, Carina, is 75 per cent sold, with each buyer an owner-occupier.“Owner occupiers have been our largest increasing buyer demographic in the past few years,” Chris Papa told The Courier-Mail. “In previous years approximately 80 per cent of our buyers were owner occupiers and 20 per cent were investors but in recent years the buyer ratio has increased to approximately 98 per cent of owner occupiers and 2 per cent are investors.” Beach shack sells for record $11.2m Huge drop in Brisbane land prices Where to buy for under $500,000 Every buyer so far in their current 29 apartment project at 63-69 Dickenson St Carina — which was 75 per cent sold — was an owner-occupier, he said, with the remaining 25 per cent expected to also go the same way.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago“Obtaining finance for the construction of a project in recent years has been one of the biggest changes for all developers,” he said, with all lending institutions requiring pre-sales from developers before approval was granted. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:28Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:28 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenPrestige property with Liz Tilley07:29 The brothers focus on high quality finishes which are especially important to the owner-occupier market.“The success of the developer to acquire finance will determine whether construction will begin but it will be interest percentage charged by the financier and the management of the project which will determine the viability and profitability of the development.”Managing that level of risk and exposure in the volatile conditions was important, he said.Scotmore’s latest project at 63—69 Dickenson St Carina was now four to six weeks away from completion, he said, with a mix of two and three bedrooms apartments with single and double lock up garages still available priced from $535,000. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK last_img read more

Oceaneering bags North Sea inspection contract with Petrofac

first_imgHouston-based subsea engineering company Oceaneering has secured a three-year provision of inspection enactment services contract with Petrofac’s Engineering and Production Services division in the Western Hemisphere, growing its asset integrity portfolio within the U.K. Continental Shelf (UKCS).Oceaneering said on Thursday it would retain its existing contract on one of Petrofac’s Duty Holder assets, while expanding its service scope to include two additional North Sea facilities.Oceaneering will provide inspection management, shutdown and project support for Petrofac, which manages these assets under its Duty Holder and service operator contracts. The contract includes two additional one-year options. The work will be carried out by Oceaneering’s Asset Integrity team in Aberdeen.Bill Boyle, Senior Vice President for Oceaneering’s Asset Integrity Division said, “The addition of inspection enactment services enables us to further align ourselves with Petrofac’s commitment to providing value-added solutions that minimize risk, enhance integrity, reduce costs and unlock more value.”Oceaneering’s Asset Integrity division provides conventional and advanced non-destructive testing (NDT), specialist inspection solutions and integrity management capabilities.last_img read more

Vidic accepts United questioning

first_imgManchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic has accepted questions are being asked of the club as they prepare to begin their Premier League title defence. They made the best possible start by winning the Community Shield against Wigan on Sunday, but Vidic knows the questions will keep coming. “People are questioning everyone,” he said. “People are asking whether we can win the trophy again. Can we still be champions? “That is not just about the manager, it is the players as well. Can the players perform the same way as they did before? “We are trying hard to show what we can do. We have a good work ethic to start with and everyone wants to put themselves back into contention. “Most importantly, I see the hunger. I am pleased with that because we will definitely need it if we are going to achieve what we want this season.” With his own international career at an end, Vidic is in a minority of players who will be able to train at full throttle at United’s rebranded Aon Training Complex this week. Moyes was set to lose eight players to England seniors duty alone until Ashley Young withdrew from the friendly against Scotland due to an ankle injury that threatens his participation in Saturday’s opener at Swansea. Full-back Rafael would have missed out through suspension anyway, but is now facing at least four weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury suffered during the first-half at Wembley on Sunday. Press Association Whilst it was always obvious the arrival of David Moyes in place of Sir Alex Ferguson would bring a sense of weakness to Old Trafford, Vidic does not believe it is just a new manager that is bringing increased scrutiny. For the Serbian accepts his team-mates also need to prove they can reach the levels of previous seasons without the spectre of Ferguson looming over them. They are both blows for Moyes, who will want as many options as possible available to him for the encounter at the Liberty Stadium. That game will be followed by matches against Chelsea and Liverpool, with a trip to Manchester City following not long afterwards, which raised an eyebrow from Moyes, who wondered whether someone at the Premier League was having fun at his expense. Certainly Vidic has known nothing like it. “It is the toughest start we have had since I have been here,” he said. “Obviously the first game is always important, especially when it is away. Swansea will be a tough place to go. They have some new signings. “But I am looking forward to it. The players want to play big matches. They want to play hard matches. “When you play for Manchester United you have to accept that challenge and be ready. You have to win every game.” It will be a welcome relief to Moyes that Vidic has recovered from the sciatica problem that prevented him flying out on United’s epic tour of Australia and the Far East, where so much of their fitness work was undertaken. “I did train with the reserves in England, so I had a pre-season,” he said. “It was just that I didn’t have as many matches as the other players. But I have played two full 90 minutes now. “I am feeling fit and as the season goes along and we have more games I will get better and better. But that is the same for every player. At the moment I feel really good and I am looking forward to the new season.” last_img read more