WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “WHAT we are proposing to do is safe”.That was the message from Irish Water to local councillors this week when the company explained its plans to run a pilot orthophosphate treatment programme in Limerick.Irish Water officials briefed public representatives this Monday on their plans to reduce lead levels in the city’s drinking water supply. A proposed pilot programme in partnership with the Council, will see an orthophosphate treatment plant added at Limerick City Water Treatment Plant.The programme has the approval of the Health Service Authority (HSE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).According to Irish Water, orthophosphate is a food grade product, normally used in the food and beverage industry, and is safe for human consumption. They claim there is 500 times more phosphorus in a glass of milk than there is in a glass of water that has had the chemical added to it.Irish Water also makes out that the average person takes in between 1,000 and 2,000 milligrammes of phosphorus daily, and the amount which would relate to water treated with orthophosphate would be three milligrammes.Head of asset management at Irish Water, Jerry Grant, maintains that orthophosphate treatment addresses the public health objective in reducing the level of lead dissolved into water passing through lead pipework.“By doing so, it’s possible to reduce lead consumptions levels in a safe way and I would like to reassure people in Limerick that what we are proposing to do is safe. This is not a new method of reducing lead levels. It is, in fact, already being done in many countries for many years,” Mr Grant explained.“One other key element of this pilot programme is to study the environmental effect of its introduction in Ireland. Our expectation, based on the experience in other countries, is that orthophosphate treatment will continue as a mitigation measure for as long as lead pipes remain in properties.“Limerick was chosen as the pilot project because of the high level of properties with lead service pipes and also because the waste water is not discharged into an inland fresh water river or waterway”, he said. Previous articleInformation evening on proposed N21 Adare Western Approach Improvement SchemeNext articleMayor welcomes international students to LIT Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Linkedin Advertisement NewsLocal NewsIrish Water claims that Limerick pipe treatment chemical is safeBy Alan Jacques – September 11, 2015 822 Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA)Health Service Authority (HSE)Irish Waterlimerick Email Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live
Initial success or total failure.That was the motto Matthew J. Allen’s team lived by day in and day out. His team was responsible for decommissioning Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s) during active wartime in Afghanistan. Allen and his Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team were on call 24×7 to defuse IED’s as they were discovered to clear the way for troops.In October 2013, his team was called in for what has been dubbed the “Block Buster Truck Bomb,” one of the largest Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBID) ever discovered.In comparison to the truck bomb that leveled buildings and killed 168 people in Oklahoma City back in 1995, this bomb was estimated to be more than 12 times larger at 61,500 pounds. If that wasn’t distressing enough, the massive bomb was composed of a chemical compound that proved deadly to Allen and his team.In the 12 hours it took to decommission the massive VBID, Allen and his team continually inhaled the chemical compound which has been known to cause respiratory trauma. For Allen and a few of his teammates, the prolonged exposure led to cancer. Lucky for Allen, during a routine medical visit, his esophageal cancer was detected.“They caught it extremely early so it was really good, they took care of it, took it out and I just get monitored now,” says Allen. Due to his early diagnosis, the rest of his team were tested and treated as well.Allen initially joined the Army as a young college kid looking for direction in his life. What he came away with was a lifetime of memories and experiences that he now uses in his daily life and his job at Dell.“Attention to detail is key here, as one small misstep causes orders to break, be miss-shipped or wrong items/pricing to be placed.Share“Attention to detail was a big thing for us.” Allen said, “In schooling and in the field, you make a mistake, you fail. With my job here at Dell, I am very detail-oriented, making sure I get everything right the first time.”That attention to detail has garnered the appreciation of his management team and his customers at Dell.“Allen has been a home run hire for us,” raves Allen’s manager, Greg Smith. “Allen manages the tactical execution of our Federal consumer program business. Allen had some legacy customer issues that he needed to solve before he was really able to be proactive. He had no problem jumping in, researching the root cause of the issues, putting a plan in place to solve, and then putting that plan into action. Attention to detail is key here, as one small misstep causes orders to break, be miss-shipped or wrong items/pricing to be placed. I have several customer ‘raving fan’ emails for Allen, which only further cements his place as a rockstar on our team.”With Allen’s days of defusing intricate and enormous bombs behind him, he now repurposes his talents to calmly defuse potentially detrimental customer issues for Dell, ensuring the success of his customers’ organizations and proving himself invaluable to his Dell team.We’re actively recruiting the next generation of movers, shakers and innovators and we think military experience fits the bill. Learn more about how you can discover what it feels like to focus on a healthy lifestyle after your military service, meeting personal and family needs all while empowering career growth at Dell.
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Offshore driller Noble Corporation on Thursday reported a net loss for the third quarter of of $97 million, on revenues $266 million.According to Noble, the result includes a pre-tax charge to operating expenses totaling $14 million relating to damage sustained by two of the company’s cold-stacked semisubmersibles during Hurricane Harvey.Excluding the charge, the net loss attributable to Noble Corporation in the third quarter of 2017 would have been $87 million, or $0.36 per diluted share.In comparison, in the third quarter of 2016 Noble Corporation reported a net loss attributable to the Company of $55 million on revenues of $385 million.Commenting on results for the third quarter, David W. Williams, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Noble Corporation plc stated, “Our premium fleet continued to attract the attention of top-tier customers around the world, as demonstrated by the more than $200 million of new contract awards in the quarter, further bolstering our excellent contract coverage. Also, we continued to generate positive free cash flow, despite the challenging industry environment, while maintaining our traditional high standards of operational performance.”Fleet op days downContract drilling services revenues for the third quarter of 2017 totaled $260 million compared to $272 million in the preceding quarter of the year, which included a $6 million write-off of a derivative instrument relating to contingent customer payments.Fleet operating days in the third quarter declined six percent due primarily to the jackup rig fleet, which saw three rigs complete contracts during the quarter, in addition to downward dayrate adjustments and reduced bonus revenues. These items were partially offset by higher mobilization revenues and one additional calendar day in the quarter.Contract drilling services costs in the third quarter totaled $165 million, and included the $14 million charge relating to the rigs damaged during Hurricane Harvey. Excluding the charge, drilling services costs for the third quarter would have been $151 million.Jack-up utilization dropsUtilization in the third quarter of the Company’s 14 jackups was 81 percent compared to 93 percent in the preceding quarter, with the decline due primarily to fewer operating days for the Noble Regina Allen, Noble Houston Colbert and Noble Mick O’Brien, as all three units completed contracts over the quarter.The decline in operating days was partially offset by the Noble Tom Prosser, which in September commenced a contract offshore Australia following an idle period. The contract for the Noble Tom Prosser contributed to an increase in average daily revenues in the third quarter to $127,200 compared to $121,300 in the preceding quarter. Following the close of the third quarter, the Noble Houston Colbert was awarded a three-well, estimated one-year contract for work offshore Qatar.The contract, which is expected to commence in February 2018, increases to 13 the number of jackups currently under contract in the Noble fleet, with five units expected to complete contracts during the fourth quarter of 2017.Floaters utilization at 39 pctThe Company’s floating rig fleet, comprised of eight drillships and six semisubmersibles, reported utilization in the third quarter of 39 percent compared to 37 percent in the preceding quarter of the year. The slight improvement was due to an increase in operating days on the drillship Noble Bob Douglas.Average daily revenues for the third quarter were $253,300 compared to $273,700 in the preceding quarter.The decline followed lower revenues on the drillship Noble Globetrotter I, partially offset by higher average revenues on the Noble Globetrotter II and Noble Don Taylor. At the close of the third quarter, five of the Company’s eight drillships were under contract, including the Noble Bob Douglas, which in July was awarded a three-year primary term contract for work offshore Guyana, with an expected contract commencement date of first or second quarter of 2018. Also, following the close of the third quarter, the rig was awarded an estimated 80-day drilling assignment in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, with an expected contract commencement in late November 2017. With this latest award, the Noble Bob Douglas, which in late-October completed a drilling assignment offshore Suriname, is now expected to remain under contract into early-2021.The Company’s contract backlog, which totaled approximately $3.2 billion at September 30, 2017, has remained essentially flat throughout 2017 following the addition of more than $800 million in contracts through the third quarter. Of the $3.2 billion total, which extends beyond 2022, an estimated $2.0 billion relates to the floating rig fleet, with $1.2 billion associated with the jackup fleet.Approximately 54 percent of the available rig operating days remaining in 2017 are committed to contracts, including 36 percent for the floating rig fleet and 73 percent for the jackup fleet. For 2018, 40 percent of available operating days are committed to contracts, including 34 percent and 46 percent of the floating and jackup rig days, respectively.Early stages of recovery have begunAddressing the outlook for the offshore industry, Williams stated, “We believe our industry continues to demonstrate that the early stages of recovery have begun. Discussions with customers about their future rig needs have intensified throughout the year and have resulted in contract awards across numerous regions.“As we sharpen our focus on 2018, we expect these early signs of recovery to yield measurable benefits to Noble. Our current contract backlog of $3.2 billion is expected to provide revenues in 2018 that exceed $860 million, with revenues of over $700 million in 2019, and these estimates exclude contract awards since the conclusion of the third quarter and any future awards. Also, our current expectation for 2018 is to generate positive free cash flow, as we have demonstrated in 2017.”