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Oriel students form gleeful club

first_imgStudents at Oriel are setting up their own glee club inspired by the popular TV show Glee.The proposal was presented as a motion to a JCR meeting originally as a bit of a joke. However, Ben Bluemel, one of the proposers said, “The response to the idea has been incredible.”Bluemel hopes the club will help bring members of the college together, and pointed out there were all sorts of students involved, including sportspeople and non-sportspeople, in the same spirit as the show.An ex-member of the very successful Oxford a capella group Out of the Blue will be helping them put together and practice their first number. They will be performing a mash-up of With or Without You and Don’t Stop Believing at their next JCR meeting.“There’s a lot of pressure,” commented Bluemel. They hope the popularity of the club will inspire other colleges to set up groups for them to rival or, at least, to crew date.last_img read more

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Cruise Ships Push Fincantieri’s Revenues Up

first_imgItalian shipbuilder Fincantieri delivered a higher revenue in the first quarter of 2018, mainly driven by the increase in the volumes of the cruise ships business.The shipbuilder’s revenue for the period ended March 31, 2018 by 11% to EUR 1.22 billion from EUR 1.1 billion reported in the same quarter a year earlier, in line with the Business Plan 2018-2022 targets.EBITDA as of March 31, 2018 stood at EUR 89 million, up 33% year-on-year, with EBITDA margin of 7.3%, improved from the 6% of the first three months of 2017.Total backlog was at over EUR 27.7 billion, covering approximately 5.5 years of work if compared to 2017 revenues. Backlog as of March 31, 2018 was EUR 21.8 billion, against EUR 20.8 billion at March 31, 2017, with 104 ships in the order book.“The first quarter 2018 results are a confirmation of the strategic lines of development set forth in the business plan we presented at the end of March, and are in line with the growth trends registered in the past two years. With production volumes and margins yet again growing, our company continues to prove its ability to create value in an extremely complex sector,” Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri’s Chief Executive Officer, said.“Bolstered by this important first step, we will continue along the growth path that will see us taking center stage in the world shipbuilding industry in the coming years,” Bono added.Shipbuilding margins confirm the positive trend, reporting further improvements due to the construction of more profitable cruise ships and to the positive contribution of the advancement of the activities related to Italian Navy’s fleet renewal program.Offshore revenues recorded an increase of around 17% compared with the first three months of 2017, despite the negative impact of changes in the Norwegian Krone/Euro exchange rate. This performance is largely due to the continuation of diversification strategy operated by VARD, which has generated an increase of production volumes, especially in Romanian shipyards.In a context of gradual recovery of revenues growth, the segment’s profitability reflects the continuing process of adjustment of the production structure to the challenges of the portfolio diversification efforts.Full year 2018 results are expected to be consistent with the 2018-2022 Business Plan targets. For 2018, the group confirms a growth in revenues of 3/6% and an EBITDA margin around 7.5%, mainly related to higher profitability in the shipbuilding segment.last_img read more

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Morne Bruce Storage tank nearing completion

first_imgLocalNews Morne Bruce Storage tank nearing completion by: – May 19, 2012 Share The construction of the five hundred thousand gallon water storage tank at Morne Bruce is nearing completion with an estimated completion date set for the end of May 2012.The four million dollar project which was funded by the government of Dominica is expected to improve the water supply system for the city of Roseau and environs including the lower parts of Kings Hill as well as to provide water for the Windsor Park Sports Stadium and a supply for the sale of bulk water to cruise ships. The Contractor ACE engineering has been working on the project for the past year.General Manager of the Dominica Water and Sewerage Company Ltd (Dowasco), Bernard Etinoffe confirmed this on Monday during an interview with GIS news.“What is happening now is basically the sealing of the side of the tank and then some work on the outside has to be done. It should take a few days to complete this five hundred thousand gallon storage tank… It’s divided into three chambers, one of which can be dedicated to the Windsor Park Sports Stadium; one can be dedicated to the cruise ships so that when we are feeding the cruise ships or when there’s an activity in the stadium utilizing large volumes of water the people in Kings Hill and Morne Bruce and Roseau will not suffer from water shortages. In the past what you found was that we could not serve ships sometimes because if we did that persons would not have water, so with this much needed storage we can expect much improvement in the water supply to Roseau and environs, Kings Hill, lower Morne Bruce and the Stadium. The storage tank has the capacity to serve for probably two days or so in the event that there is something happening at the intake.”The Dowasco official accompanied the Minister responsible for Water Resource Management, Hon. Reginald Austrie on a tour of the project site in May to view the status of the work done thus far.Chief Engineer at Dowasco, Magnus Williams explained what the new system involves.“Each chamber requires a separate outlet and distribution pipes. The pipes for each of these chambers are interconnected in the event that we want to supply water from one pipe to another area so various valves have to be installed so that we can [achieve} that particular isolation. Also we’re required to place valves on the supply lines. They are what we call float valves. They will be used to control the tanks and shut off the supply when tanks are filled. [There] are pipes to control the overflow and for emptying and washing out the tanks. These pipes are also interconnected. They go to the concrete chamber and then through a washout line. Two pipes were installed, one for Bath Road and the other to the Botanic Gardens. One is a direct connection to a bulk water line so we can serve water to the cruise ships.” The Morne Bruce storage tank will be fed from the treatment facility in Antrim from the main intake in Springfield.Meantime, Minister for Water Resource Management, Hon. Reginald Austrie says the completion of the tank will mark a major milestone in government’s attempts to make potable water available to all Dominicans within the next two to three years.“Government has been spending quite a bit of money in terms of new and improved water systems. To date I can tell you, we’ve spent over fifteen million dollars on improving and [upgrading] water systems all across the country. Campbell, Warner, Delice and Petite Savanne all have improved water systems. Right now we’re in the final [stages] of completing Penville’s [and] Concorde’s [water system], the West Coast Water supply project in currently ongoing right now.”Government Information Service 9 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more