Justice Teaching at Bethune Elementary School of the Arts

first_imgJustice Teaching at Bethune Elementary School of the Arts October 15, 2013 Regular News PEMBROKE PINES ATTORNEY BRUCE BLITMAN has been the Justice Teaching volunteer for Bethune Elementary School of the Arts since 2009. However, his first visit of the 2013-14 school year was different than the previous year. The teacher with whom he has volunteered for years, Sherri Moss, now teaches third grade rather than fifth grade. Blitman presented a lesson plan on Constitution Day that emphasizes the importance of fair rules and laws in a democratic society. The visit culminated with Blitman giving each student a personal copy of the United States Constitution. Blitman described his first Justice Teaching experience with third-grade students as very positive, and he has committed to visiting Moss’s class at Bethune Elementary multiple times during the 2013-14 school year. For future sessions, he plans to approach subjects such as bullying and also present guest speakers, including judges and prosecutors. “I have had the most amazing experiences of my teaching career because of our volunteer and Justice Teaching,” Moss said. “I still find it difficult to believe how lucky I am to have such important, busy people take so much time and effort to assist me with educating my students.” To learn more about becoming a Justice Teaching volunteer, visit www.justiceteaching.org.last_img read more

Statoil on Track with Mariner Field Development Project

first_imgStatoil has started the build-up of its Aberdeen operating organisation and reported today at SPE Offshore Europe 2013 that the company and its partners are on track with the Mariner field development project.The Mariner heavy oil field was discovered in 1981. Statoil entered the license as operator in 2007 with the aim of finally unlocking the resources.The company and its partners took the final investment decision in December 2012 and the UK government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change announced their approval of the field development plan in February 2013.“This is the largest new offshore field development in the UK in over a decade. It has been 30 years in the making, and now we are on track developing the field and preparing for 30 years of production,” says Lars Christian Bacher, Statoil’s executive vice president for Development and Production International.Statoil expects to start production from Mariner in 2017. The average production is estimated at around 55,000 barrels of oil per day over the plateau period from 2017 to 2020.Expected recoverable oil volumes are estimated to more than 250 million barrels.Statoil has started the build-up of its local organisation in Aberdeen and is planning to have a new operations centre in place by 2016.“The project will lead to substantial job creation in the region with more than 700 long-term, full-time positions,” Bacher says.Statoil aims to recruit most of these positions locally, and is now launching a branding campaign in Aberdeen to support recruitment efforts.“We started the year with one employee in Aberdeen and expect to have a 75-person strong organisation by year end,” Bacher says.Statoil has utilised its extensive heavy oil experience from Norway, Brazil and Canada in its efforts to find a viable development solution for the Mariner heavy oil field.The field will be developed with a production, drilling and quarters platform based on a steel jacket with 50 active well slots, and a floating storage unit of 850,000 barrels capacity. In addition a jack-up drilling rig will be used to assist the drilling for the first four to five years.The UK and global supplier industry will play a central role in the development of the Mariner project. The majority of facility contracts have been awarded, in addition to the contracts for drilling from the fixed platform and the jack-up rig.Contracts within operations and maintenance, drilling and well services, and business support will be tendered from 2013 to 2016.The majority of suppliers within these areas will be based in the UK, generating many long-term, UK-based jobs with contractors. Statoil has established an Aberdeen procurement organisation, and is actively informing UK suppliers of its plans and activities.Following the award of the major facilities contracts Statoil is currently ramping up activities at the construction yards. Offshore installation of the platform jacket is scheduled for mid-2015, followed by topsides during 2016.Statoil is also the operator for the Bressay heavy oil field on the UK continental shelf where expected recoverable oil volume is 200-300 million barrels.“We have chosen a stepwise approach starting with Mariner to ensure experience transfer and learning before we move forward with Bressay. The Bressay field’s reservoir characteristics make it even more challenging than Mariner. Our focus is now on making the required preparations for project decision and execution, including necessary preparations for authority approval,” says Bacher.Statoil and its partners have selected a development concept with clear similarities to the Mariner project, but with some differences due to subsurface characteristics. The Mariner contracts include options for Bressay, and execution planning is in progress.Press Release, September 03, 2013last_img read more

Tropical Smoothie Cafe may move to Farmington strip center

first_imgFarmington planning commissioners got a first look Monday at plans to bring a Tropical Smoothie Cafe to the World Wide Center, located at Grand River and Whitacre.Architect Scott Monchnik said the restaurant will occupy a new 1700-square-foot building on the east end of the parking lot. The proposal also includes a new facade on the main building, roof replacement, a new monument sign, and parking lot repairs.The owner submitted plans to revitalize the center in 2014, but approvals expired. Monchnik said that adding the outlot will allow the owner to secure financing and hopefully lead to a “new tenant mix and new life can be instilled into the existing project.”“It’s an older building, an older development,” Economic and Community Development Director Kevin Christiansen said. “There’s been a need for building maintenance for some time.”Commissioner Cathi Waun asked why outbuilding was placed on the east side, which is closer to the residential street and adjacent Panera Bread. Monchnik said the lease for the tenant on the west side did not allow for placement there.Commissioner David Gronbach noted the poor condition of parking lot and the lack of a landscaping plan to address removal of trees from the boulevard along Grand River.“The existing trees are old and very, very full, which makes it a little bit hard to see the center,” Monchnik said, adding that new trees will be planted in the parking lot islands.Gronbach also commented on narrow sidewalks and the lack of handicap access ramps. Christiansen said older strip malls were built in different times, to different standards. Bumping out the sidewalk would require reconfiguring the parking lot.“That can limit the owner’s willingness to do some of these things, so we have to work together,” he said.Christiansen said plans show a shortage of parking spaces overall and stacking spaces for the drive-through window. The city is also working with the owner to improve a screening wall that separates the back of the building from the neighborhood and to provide trash enclosures.Commissioner Steve Majoros noted the “ton of cost” in the proposed improvements and asked what would keep the owner from just putting up the outbuilding.“The guarantee you have is through the permit process and the financial guarantees that are provided,” Christiansen said. “If there’s nothing done… properties have a responsibility to follow the property maintenance code, and we have to follow up with code enforcement.”Comments from the Planning Commission meeting will be worked into a revised site plan. Before final review, the proponent must request the variance on parking requirements; Christiansen expects that to happen at the July Zoning Board of Appeals meeting. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GCHSHL Comes To The Q Arena For 2016-17 Season

first_img Co-editor, photographer covering the Cleveland Monsters, Gladiators and Indians. Also, passionate about high school sports, be sure to follow David on Twitter and Instagram @neosi_sprouse for in-game updates and up-to-the-minute developing news. David Sprouse Always in at 5:00. Excited to see #GCHSHL is coming to @TheQArena. Keep up to the minute with coverage on @NEOSportsInside to #BaronCup2017 https://t.co/qx9z8xu0hv— David Sprouse (@NEOSI_Sprouse) December 1, 2016Come out this Friday and enjoy high school hockey between St. Ignatius vs Walsh Jesuit Friday, December 2nd at  4:00pm before The Monsters take on The Milwaukee Admirals at 7:00pm. It’s Blue Jackets Night, so wear your Columbus gear and enjoy a $1, $2, $3 refreshments as you cheer on your favorite team… and your other favorite team, The Cleveland Monsters, in their  NHL affiliate colors, Red, White & Blue.For up-to-the-minute information and all the best of Cleveland sports, stay tuned to NEO Sports Insiders and it’s dedicated staff of writers, analysts,authors and columnists. Enjoy the season! Related TopicsAHLBaron CupCleveland MonstersGCHSHLGreater Cleveland High School Hockey LeagueHigh School HockeyOHSAAQuicken Loans ArenaThe Q Arena Quicken Loans Arena is hosting fast-paced, high school hockey action this season in conjunction with Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League (GCHSHL) for special two for one game paired with The Calder Cup Champion, Cleveland Monsters to follow.(More details.)last_img read more