Load remaining images On Monday night, Trey Anastasio opened his December solo acoustic run with a performance at the Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona.As Trey stepped onstage to a round of applause, fans immediately began to shout out the songs they wanted to hear. Trey mused, “Ah, god, I already heard a request.” He continued, “I wasn’t gonna play this first, but I will” before starting into a “quiet folk version” of one of the newest additions to the Phish repertoire: Kasvot Växt “cover” “Turtle In The Clouds”. As he eased into the song—which marked just its second time played live after its Halloween debut—Trey mused at the tune’s purported origins, noting, “This is, like, a quiet folk version. Which I think is actually the way it was originally written. In the cold, wet, lonely, snowy landscape of…loneliness…”As he finished “Turtle In The Clouds”, an amused Trey committed to the Kasvot bit, joking, “I didn’t think I was gonna start the show with a cover, but…Thanks, everybody. And thanks to the guy that yelled that out. That’s a good idea. That’s better than what I was gonna play…’Jennifer Dances’ [laughs]…my favorite Phish song.”The show continued in more conventional fashion from there with “Strange Design” and instrumental chestnut “The Inlaw Josie Wales”. After “Josie”, Trey took a moment to reflect on how Phish used to come through this part of the country frequently in the early 90s…”and what happened?! We never come here anymore! I think you guys stopped inviting us or something,” to which the crowd responded with amused indignation. “Anyway,” he continued, “I’m hoping to change that,” before starting into a sing-along “Sample In A Jar”.“Theme From The Bottom” was up next, followed by some more amusing banter about the beauty of the room and his beloved old guitar from the ’40s. “I have this theory,” he explained. “It’s probably nonsense, as most of my theories are, but I do have a strange theory, sometimes when I play a new guitar, that, like, it hasn’t accepted the fact that it’s not a tree anymore…New guitars are like, ‘Ugh, Why’re you putting me in this weird shape and trying to make me make these sounds?’ And then what I think happens is…so the tree grows…and when the tree ends its life and becomes a guitar, there’s two things that can happen: One, the tree becomes a log, and the log…haha…the log, in the fire—in my weird mind—is giving back all the energy it soaked up from the sun. That’s what fire is, right? I mean, I’m sure that’s not what fire is, but it makes as much sense as any other theory, you know what I mean? [laughs]. … So my theory is, when the guitar is made out of the log—once the guitar is old enough to accept that fact that it’s now a guitar and no longer a tree, it then gives off its energy that it soaked up from the sun: that’s music. … I want someone in the audience to go *cough* ‘bullshit!’ *cough*…[but] that’s what I think.”“Heavy Things” followed, with Trey inviting the crowd to fill in the sonic gaps for its closing “woo-hoos” and “wah-ahs.” “That was just a test,” Trey remarked as he finished the song. “But you guys sounded really good. So now you can help me, ‘cus I can’t do both parts at once,” before starting into “Limb By Limb”. The crowd did their part on the Phish favorite, audibly filling in the holes in the round.“Wolfman’s Brother” came in next, before the first true edition of “Storytime with Trey” of the evening. As Anastasio noted after finishing the song, “You just saw that at the end of that jam, I drooled… [laughs]. The guys in the band said that they were gonna get me a drool cup, because when the jams would get really deep, I’d, like, lose control of my bodily functions…They’d be like ‘man, we gotta get you a drool cup one of these days…’ Also, in the 90s, in that era, there were a couple years where we would warm up for Santana. It was so cool, everyone in the band was so nice, especially Carlos. To this day, I’m astounded. Because we were so young, and we played in so many countries—and areas of this country—where nobody had any idea who we were. We were just starting out. And he would always invite everybody to come up and jam. And I always thought, he had nothing to gain from this. He was putting on a show. It was an incredibly nice gesture, the older I get the more I think about what a nice thing that was because we all learned so much from that. … And the reason I just thought of that was, he also pointed out once to me that I drooled. He thought it was really cool, like ‘hey, that’s great, man,’ doing that Carlos thing that he does [laughs]. … You guys ever drool during the jams? That’s the whole intention. That’s what we say before we come onstage. ‘You think we can make them drool?’”After some additional banter about Phish’s last time in Mesa in 1994, Trey’s memory was challenged by the local crowd. “2000? I don’t remember 2000. What the hell happened in 2000?! Once we got offstage at Big Cypress, it’s all just a [blur] ’til 2009…” He also took a moment to remember a show at Phoenix’s Celebrity Theatre in 1993, and how it reminded him of his fiercely independent grandmother who, after being left by two husbands and finding success as an ad executive, found love at the age of 70. “It was, without question, the first and only time she was in love in her life. So when we played at the Celebrity Theatre, [grandma’s third husband] Harry got up onstage and sang a song for the Phish crowd. They had a sort of theme song. This is the song, but you gotta bear with me ‘cus I learned this like six seconds before I got onstage. … Song’s called ‘You Gotta See Mama Every Night (Or You Can’t See Mama At All)’”.Following the quick reading of “You Gotta See Mama Every Night” for his grandma, Trey moved into “Brian and Robert”, “Mountains in the Mist”, “Everything’s Right”, “The Wedge”, and “All of These Dreams”. Next, Trey transitioned to a moving rendition of “Till We Meet Again”, the instrumental he penned for his dearly departed friend Chris Cottrell (a.k.a. C. Cott), before answering another crowd request with “Let Me Lie”.Quintessential Phish acoustic favorite “Waste” followed, with Trey taking a moment to talk about “The Problem” with the next song—namely, that it’s hard to remember all your songs when you have more than 300 of them—before making a (solid) attempt at an acoustic “Pebbles and Marbles”. “Free” flowed in from there, followed by “Bouncing Around The Room” and, finally, a set-closing “Wilson”.After a very brief encore break due to time constraints (“You guys in a rush to get out of here?”), Trey got the bright idea to open his encore with Oysterhead‘s “Rubberneck Lions”. With time for a couple more, Trey broke out his most impressive display of musicianship on the night, kicking into “Ghost” before taking a detour into the second Kasvot Växt song of the evening, “Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S.”. After a “S.A.N.T.O.S.” refrain, Trey seamlessly returned to “Ghost” for another verse before once again shifting into “Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S.”, adding that there was an additional verse which he initially “forgot when we were ‘covering’ this song”. Finally, following the ghostly “S.A.N.T.O.S.” medley, Trey closed out the performance with upbeat Big Boat anthem “More”.The Trey Anastasio acoustic solo tour has just started, and we’ve already gotten amusing stories, Phish fan-favorites, rare bust-outs, and a healthy helping of “Faceplant Into Rock”. After such an entertaining opener, you can be sure that this run will be one worth following.Trey Anastasio’s solo acoustic tour continues on Wednesday, December 5th at The Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA. For a full list of upcoming Trey Anastasio solo dates, head here.You can view a gallery of photos (courtesy of photographer Lindsay McHenry) and check out full audio and a selection of videos from the performance below:Trey Anastasio (Solo Acoustic) – 12/3/18 – Full Audio[Audio: [email protected] via Jam Buzz]“Turtle In The Clouds”[Video: rdeal1999]“Rubberneck Lions”, “Ghost” > “Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S.” > “Ghost” > “Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S.” [Video: rdeal1999]Setlist: Trey Anastasio (Solo Acoustic) | Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center | Mesa, AZ | 12/3/18Set:: Turtle in the Clouds , Strange Design , The Inlaw Josie Wales, Sample in a Jar, Theme From the Bottom, Heavy Things, Limb By Limb, Wolfman’s Brother, You Gotta See Mama Every Night, Brian and Robert, Mountains in the Mist, Everything’s Right, The Wedge, All of These Dreams, Till We Meet Again, Let Me Lie, Waste, Pebbles and Marbles, Free, Bouncing Around the Room, WilsonEncore: Rubberneck Lions, Ghost > Say it to Me S.A.N.T.O.S. > Ghost > Say it to Me S.A.N.T.O.S., More Trey Anastasio solo acoustic; first acoustic performance by Trey. Trey Anastasio solo acoustic.Trey Anastasio Solo Acoustic | Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center | Mesa, AZ | 12/3/18 | Photos: Lindsay McHenry
NEW YORK (AP) — Cable news has never been more in vogue, and more competitive. The Nielsen company said several CNN and MSNBC shows scored their best months in the ratings ever. CNN as a whole had its best month in history, while MSNBC beat Fox News Channel in prime time for the first time in more than 20 years. It was the first time Fox News had finished third in the prime-time ratings since 1999. Fox has led in the ratings for 19 years. With a more typical week last week, Fox returned to first in prime time but the general trends continued with the network losing viewers while CNN and MSNBC are gaining.
Dealer.com (www.dealer.com(link is external)), the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, and Burton Snowboards, the world’s leading snowboard company, today announced the completion of the first ever Summer Commuter Challenge ‘ a competition which called on employees of both Burlington, VT-based companies to use creative commuting methods in an effort to reduce CO2 emissions. As an extension of the Vermont Way to Go Challenge, Dealer.com and Burton turned their common goal of reducing their carbon footprints into a friendly competition to see which company could drive greater employee participation in the challenge during the summer. Throughout June, July and August, employees from both companies were encouraged to use alternative modes of transportation such as walking, carpooling and telecommuting. Employees logged their creative commuting activity on www.burtonvsdealer.com(link is external), a website specifically developed to track the ongoing progress of both companies. During festive meetings at the end of each month, employees from Dealer.com and Burton met to discover the winning company for the month, recognize top commuters and celebrate each other’s efforts. ‘Participating in the Commuter Challenge with Burton was incredibly fulfilling and fun,’ said Dealer.com CEO Mark Bonfigli. ‘Not only did both companies make a meaningful impact on our overall carbon footprints, but we all enjoyed coming up with creative, and sometimes unique, methods of clean and green transportation.’ The challenge began June 5th and culminated on August 27th with employees from both companies saving approximately 170,000 lbs of CO2 emissions by adopting alternative commuting methods in June, July and August. While Dealer.com came out ahead each month in the friendly competition, a total of 412 employees from both companies participated in the challenge throughout the summer. Both companies celebrated the culmination of the Commuter Challenge in downtown Burlington on Tuesday, September 7th. Employees who participated in the challenge were recognized, and prizes were awarded to those who used alternative modes of transportation to commute the most, commute at least once every week or commute each day throughout the summer. In addition, each commuter was eligible to win one of 40 door prizes donated in part by local businesses that sponsored the challenge. About Dealer.com (www.dealer.com(link is external))Dealer.com is the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, providing award-winning SaaS-based e-marketing solutions to OEMs, auto dealers and media companies. Headquartered in Burlington, Vermont with additional offices in Manhattan Beach, California, the company’s innovative websites and integrated online tools include advertising alternatives that significantly lower the cost of customer acquisition, enhancing dealers’ efficiency and profitability. Recent national and international accolades include placing No. 14 on Outside magazine’s 2011 list of Best Places to Work in America and receiving two Stevie Awards from the American Business Association for Best Overall Company of the Year and Fastest Growing Company of the year in 2011. Dealer.com has also by honored by Inc. magazine as one of the 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces in addition to securing a place on both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 rankings in 2010. Dealer.com wasalso ranked first in SEO effectiveness among auto dealer website providers for the third consecutive year in 2011 by Sorgenfrei LLC. About Burton Snowboards (www.burton.com(link is external))In 1977, Jake Burton Carpenter founded Burton out of his Vermont barn. Since then, Burton has fueled the growth of snowboarding worldwide through its groundbreaking product lines, its team of top snowboarders and its grassroots efforts to get the sport accepted at resorts. In 1996, Burton began growing its family of brands to include boardsports and apparel brands. Privately held and owned by Jake, Burton’s headquarters are in Burlington, Vermont with offices in California, Austria, Japan and Australia. For more information visit www.burton.com(link is external).September 9, 2011 (Burlington, VT) ‘ Dealer.com
If the county is removed from the cluster zone entirely, table size at restaurants could increase and schools would no longer be required to do mandated testing. However, if the area is moved into the orange zone, places of worship would be limited to 25 people, mass gatherings would be limited to 10, and high-risk, non-essential businesses such as gyms and personal care would be forced to close. Broome County has three possibilities: remain in the yellow zone, move up into the orange zone, or have all restrictions removed. “The numbers that we’ve been seeing over the past 4-5 weeks are concerning numbers,” Garnar told 12 News Friday. “For the first six or seven months of this pandemic, Broome County saw a positivity rate that was hovering right around one or under one, and so it’s really been in the past month we’ve gone over that.” Garnar said the yellow zone’s seven-day rolling positivity rate is 5%, and the county’s overall positivity rate is roughly 3.5%. According to metrics released by the state, this could mean the county moves into the orange cluster zone. However, Garnar said positivity rate isn’t the only factor the state weighs in making its decision; he added Broome County has other factors in its favor such as the rapid testing site and how the virus is currently spreading. (WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar told 12 News Friday he expects the state to make a decision on the county’s yellow zone status sometime next week. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) previously announced he would make a decision by Friday, November 6. Earlier this week, Gov. Cuomo moved a portion of Orange County from the red zone to the orange zone.
For the second day in a row, there were no new infections in Hubei outside of the provincial capital of Wuhan, where new cases fell to the lowest level since Jan. 25.Special institutions like prisons, detention centers and nursing homes in Wuhan, which have seen nearly 1,800 confirmed cases as of March 5, still have potential risks in virus control and prevention, the Communist Party’s Politics and Law Commission said on Saturday.The total number of confirmed cases in mainland China so far is 80,651.The death toll from the outbreak in mainland China was 3,070 as of the end of Friday, up by 28 from the previous day.The central province of Hubei, the epicenter of the outbreak, reported 28 new deaths. In the provincial capital of Wuhan, 21 people died. About a quarter of China’s new confirmed cases and almost all of those outside the epidemic’s epicenter in Wuhan originated outside the country on Friday, according to official data.Most of these cases, which include infections of Chinese nationals who caught the virus abroad, were in China’s northwestern Gansu province, among quarantined passengers who entered the provincial capital of Lanzhou on commercial flights from Iran between March 2 and March 5.Mainland China had 99 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections on Friday, the country’s National Health Commission (NHC) said on Saturday, down from 143 cases a day earlier and marking the lowest number since Jan. 20, when the NHC started to publish nationwide figures. Topics : Outside of central China’s Hubei province, there were 25 new confirmed cases reported on March 6, of which 24 came from outside China.The capital Beijing reported four new cases on Friday, of which three came from Italy, according to a notice from the Beijing health commission posted on its official Weibo account on Saturday.There were also three cases in Shanghai that originated abroad, and one in Guangdong province on Friday, according to the National Health Commission.The total nationwide number of cases that originated outside China reached 60 as of the end of Friday.
Brisbane saw its highest net internal migration numbers in a decade.BRISBANE is Australia’s hottest capital city destination for internal migration, netting its highest numbers in a decade as housing affordability begins to bite in the south.Latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures saw Brisbane notch the highest internal migration net gain of all capital cities (10,149 people) last financial year, at a time when Sydney lost double that number (-23,176).Brisbane’s north also delivered the strongest net gain of all local government areas in the country off Moreton Bay LGA (6,264), followed by Gold Coast council (6,247) and the Sunshine Coast (6,200). North Lakes saw the strong net gains of Queensland suburbs, followed by Upper Coomera, Pimpama and Dakabin. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoLifestyle factors saw suburbs in the Gold Coast log strong gains of all Queensland suburbs, though North Lakes in Brisbane’s north did lead the charge. Picture: Queensland TourismBrisbane’s net gains were higher than that of Melbourne (8,300) and Hobart (400), while other capitals joined Sydney to log net losses including Adelaide (-6,100), Perth (-3,300), Darwin (-1,200) and the Australian Capital Territory (-180).Melbourne had biggest net gains came from the 25 to 44-year-old age group (6,200) with its biggest arrivals coming from the Rest of Victoria (24,200) and Sydney (13,700). BIGGEST GAINS: North Lakes – Mango HillUpper Coomera – Willow ValePimpamaDakabin – KallangurDeeragunCoomeraOrmeau – YatalaSpringfield LakesCaloundra – WestMurrumba Downs – Griffin (Source: ABS net internal migration estimates) Popular windsurfing location, Moreton Bay, had the strongest gains of LGAs in the country.The capital city breakdown showed that Brisbane’s largest interstate migrants came from Sydney (9,900) in the 2015-16 financial year, as well as 9,200 people from the rest of New South Wales. The Queensland capital’s biggest source of internal arrivals was the Rest of Queensland which saw a whopping 42,100 people move into the city.Young people led the charge to Brisbane, according to ABS, with the largest age group net gain coming from 15 to 24-year-olds (4,200 people), followed by 25 to 44-year-olds (2,700) and 0 to 14-year-olds (2,600).
Over the last five years, PGB – initially the industry-wide pension fund for the printing sector – has taken in more than 10 schemes from other sectors, including the cardboard industry, the wholesale sector for flowers and plants and the maritime fishing industry.The scheme for the rubber and plastics sector also recently joined.PGB reported a return on investments of 4% but saw its net return drop to 1.4% after losses on its currency hedge.It had covered 81% of its currency risk through forward contracts.PGB reported asset management and transaction costs of 0.24% and 0.06%, respectively, and said it had spent €158 per participant on administration.Its coverage ratio stood at 97.5% at the end of June.In other news, Shell’s new individual defined contribution scheme (SNPS) said in its annual report that its sponsor was exploring its options for setting up a general pension fund (APF) for its two company schemes.In 2013, Shell Netherlands closed its €25bn defined benefit scheme SSPF and started SNPS for new workers, which now manages €56m in assets.With its plan, Shell becomes the second company to place its company schemes in an APF.At the moment, Unilever is waiting for a license to operate a general pension funds for its closed DB scheme Progress and its new DC pension fund Forward.Recently, Rob Kragten, director of both Unilever schemes, claimed APF legislation was not geared to transforming company pension funds into general pension funds, which had caused delay in the licensing process. PGB, a €23.5bn ‘multi-sector’ pension fund in the Netherlands, has said it will continue to focus on achieving “controlled growth to benefit participants” despite the lack of clarity on the new pension system.In its 2015 annual report, chairman Ruud Degenhardt said increasing PGB’s scale would allow it to reduce costs and negotiate better contracts with asset managers.Added scale would also increase the scheme’s options for diversifying its investment portfolio.Degenhardt said PGB would not need the new general pension fund (APF) to achieve its goal.
Oxford UniversityHow We Run Our Money: USS Bill Galvin and Guy Coughlan of the UK’s Universities Superannuation Scheme outline their measured approach to valuation to Joseph Mariathasan UK’s biggest scheme ‘could take more risk to cut deficit’ – expert panel A panel of experts scrutinising the valuation of USS has recommended a series of changes that could reduce its reported deficit significantly and cut planned contribution increasesUSS: Further delay to funding agreement risks regulatory action USS has said it will not incorporate revised risk appetite information from sponsoring employers into its latest funding agreement in part because of concerns a further delay could bring a regulatory penalty Credit: Warwick University UCU branchUCU members striking at Warwick University over USS proposals in 2018The first two options put forward last week included the same contribution rates that USS consulted on with employer organisation Universities UK (UUK) earlier this year: a fixed rate of 33.7% in the first proposal, or 29.7% with sufficiently strong contingent contribution arrangements for the second.A new third option of 30.7% was also offered by USS, subject to a 2020 valuation.According to USS, any of the three options would see a “significant reduction” in the contributions required from 1 April 2020, using data and assumptions from the scheme’s 2017 valuation.The current contribution rates of 10.4% from members and 22.5% from employers are set to rise in October 2019 to 11.4% and 24.2%, respectively.The UCU and UUK will consider the options at future formal JNC meetings.However, UCU head of higher education Paul Bridge confirmed the union would push its policy of “no detriment”, which states that members’ benefits should not be reduced and their contributions should not rise.He said: “We have come a long way from the start of this dispute when we faced the end of the guaranteed pension at a cost to members of around £200,000 over the course of their retirement.”While the union had made substantial progress in avoiding the “very large increases originally proposed by USS”, Bridge said, none of the three options would satisfy the union’s “no detriment” policy position.Bridge added: “Once there is a clear proposal, it will need to be considered by UCU and UUK within the JNC where we will press our policy of no detriment. It will then be for our members to decide what happens after proposals emerge from the JNC negotiations.” Staff across the UK went on strike last year after the scheme’s Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) proposed closing the DB section, having reported a £7.5bn funding shortfall in 2017. Further reading A range of new options put forward by the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) to solve an impasse with staff organisations last week have been criticised by the University and College Union (UCU).The £64.4bn (€74.4bn) USS – the UK’s largest defined benefit (DB) pension scheme – last week published a third option for employee and employer contributions in an attempt to break a deadlock in discussions over the future of the fund.In response to the three options for finalising the 2018 valuation, the UCU said its members would ultimately decide the next steps over the future of the scheme. However, it noted that none of the proposals satisfied the union’s “no detriment” policy.The row is the latest between the USS, its supporting employers and the higher-education staff that make up the majority of its members. Over the past few years, the two sides have clashed over potential cuts to benefits or increased contributions that could fill the fund’s significant deficit.
DWS Group, B&CE, The People’s Pension, Legal and General Group, Nest Sammelstiftung, PTL, River and Mercantile, SUSI Partners, RobecoSAMDWS Group – Kevin White and Simon Wallace have been named global co-heads of alternatives research and strategy, reporting to Pierre Cherki, head of alternatives and co-head of the investment group. Both have been with DWS for several years – White since 2015 and Wallace since 2011. White, who is based in New York, has worked closely with the alternatives team in his role as head of Americas strategy in alternatives, while Wallace has been head of research for Europe for alternatives.“Kevin and Simon have been working closely with the team on key global initiatives on behalf of our clients in their regional leadership positions for several years and are well-positioned to step into their new roles,” said Cherki.B&CE – The provider of £8bn authorised master trust, The People’s Pension, has appointed Sue Hunter as chief finance officer. Hunter will join B&CE on 12 November after a long period working at Legal and General Group in a variety of finance director roles. Nest Sammelstiftung – Thorsten Buchert is the new managing director of the CHF2.7bn (€2.4bn) Swiss collective foundation, succeeding Peter Beriger. Felix Pfeifer has been succeeded as president of the trustee board by Jeanette Leuch, who is a partner at invalue, one of the employers signed up to Nest for occupational pension provison.PTL – The UK professional trustee and governance services firm has hired River and Mercantile’s former head of defined contribution pensions as head of proposition development, a new role. Britt Hoffmann-Jones has re-joined the pension industry after taking a career break to start a family.SUSI Partners – As of January next year, chief executive officer duties at the Swiss infrastructure manager will be shared between Marco van Daele and Marius Dorfmeister. This is due to current ceo and founder Tobias Reichmuth stepping down from the management of the company to become chairman of the board of directors.Van Daele is currently chief investment officer and will keep this role in addition to becoming co-CEO. Dorfmeister joined SUSI Partners recently from sustainability investment specialist RobecoSAM, which he left earlier this year alongside then fellow co-CEO Daniel Wild. At SUSI Partners, Dorfmeister has been global head of clients and member of the executive management since 1 October.Björn Bajan, currently chairman of the board of directors, will become deputy to Reichmuth from the beginning of January.River and Mercantile Group – Kevin Hayes, the group’s chief financial officer, has confirmed his intention to retire in the next six months. He joined the firm prior to its IPO in February 2014 and alongside his CFO role has been the global head of solutions over the last 12 months.Hayes will be returning to the US where his family reside and will take up a new role outside asset management. He will remain on River and Mercantile’s board until its AGM on 9 December. He will not, however, stand for re-election as a director at the AGM.Ilmarinen – Mikko Helander is resigning from his role as chairman of Ilmarinen’s board of directors, having been in the job since 2016, Finland’s largest pensions insurance company reported. He is being replaced by Matti Harjuniemi, currently chairman of the company’s supervisory board, who will take over as chairman of the board of directors on 1 January 2020. At the same time, Harjuniemi will step down as head of the supervisory board. Helander is president and chief executive oficer of Finnish retail group Kesko, and Harjuniemi is senior adviser at Finnish industrial machinery firm Metso.The executive management of Finland’s pensions insurers is overseen by two layers of oversight – the board of directors and the supervisory board. Helander’s departure and Harjuniemi’s appointment are part of several changes being made to the composition of Ilmarinen’s two non-executive boards, as a result of the company’s new articles of association, which made certain changes including new rules on length of tenure.
Well-Centric, a specialist operating in the well integrity and production technology sectors of the oil and gas industry, has secured a contract with independent exploration and production company, Chrysaor.The contract is worth up to £300,000 ($397,800) per year, Well-Centric said on Monday.The one-year contract, which has two, one-year extension options, will see Well-Centric provide offshore services across three North Sea platforms; Lomond, Everest and Armada. Services include surface wellhead and xmas tree repair, testing and maintenance. Annulus top-up operations will also be carried out using Well-Centric’s innovative Annulus Lubrication Filling (ALF) Valve. The company will also be providing workshop testing, refurbishment and storage of equipment.Well-Centric CEO, Gary Smart, said: “Securing this contract was a direct result of work we previously carried out on all three North Sea assets, and demonstrates Chrysaor’s confidence in our ability to successfully deliver efficient and cost-effective services.“Our services are of special benefit to assets operating in the mature phase, such as the Lomond, Everest and Armada platforms. This contract award demonstrates Well-Centric’s capabilities as a multi-disciplined well integrity organisation, and enables us to continue strengthening and optimising our portfolio.Well-Centric, alongside Well-SENSE Technology and ClearWELL Oilfield Solutions, is part of FrontRow Energy Technology Group – a group of complementary upstream oil and gas technology focused businesses.This is yet another in line of contracts awarded by Chrysaor since its takeover of a package of Shell’s North Sea assets. Namely, Chrysaor previously awarded contracts to Stork, Sparrows Group, Return To Scene Limited, and DNV GL.