Southland Conference opponentsSouthland Conference play will start March 8 in a three-game home stand against Stephen F. Austin (March 8-10). The Cards will play their next two Southland series on the road at McNeese State (March 15-17) and at Northwestern State (March 22-24) before returning home for Nicholls State (March 29-31) to close the month.April will feature a weekend trip to Sam Houston (April 5-7), a three-game home series against A&M-Corpus Christi (April 12-14), and road campaigns to Abilene Christian (April 18-20) and New Orleans (April 26-28). ACU and New Orleans will be part of a nine-game departure from the friendly confines of Vincent-Beck Stadium from April 16 (Texas) to Apr. 30 (Baylor).Home series against Southeastern Louisiana (May 3-5) and Central Arkansas (May 16-18) will round out the 2019 regular season, and the Southland Conference tournament will take place at Constellation Field in Sugar Land from May 22 until May 25. The NCAA tournament will start the following week, May 31-June 3, followed by the NCAA Super Regionals June 7-10 and the College World Series June 15-26.Recapping the 2018 seasonThe 2018 season featured a few bumps and bruises along the way, but ended positively for Lamar. The Cardinals swept Battle of the Border rivals McNeese State for the first time in a decade in the closing weekend of the regular season, and had Tanner Driskill drafted in the ninth round by the Washington Nationals. The 2017 and 2018 preseasons saw nationally ranked recruiting classes that were pegged as the best in the Southland, and the incoming 2019 class is expected to be just as good. Season ticket salesThe 2019 season tickets will be available at a later date on LamarCardinals.com. Stay tuned to LamarCardinals.com and @LamarAthletics on social media for all future updates.Fall scheduleThe preseason preparations for the 2019 season are just a few days away for Lamar with the fall, full-squad practice sessions slated to begin on Oct. 1 and continue until Nov. 14. Included in that slate are the Fall World Series games Nov. 12-14 and, thanks to a new NCAA rule that allows two exhibition games in the fall, preseason games at Texas State on Oct. 20 and at UTSA on Oct. 27. Non-conference opponentsReturning to Vincent-Beck Stadium for the first time since 2014, LIU Brooklyn will be Lamar’s first opponent of 2019. The Redbirds and Blackbirds will vie off in a three-game series Feb. 15-17. Lamar will briefly dip out of the state of Texas for a two-game road series at Tulane, then return for the Cardinal Classic, a tournament tradition that has taken place in five of the past six years.Other non-conference highlights before Southland play begins include a one-off at home against Houston (Feb. 26), a three-game home series against BYU (Feb. 28 – March 2), and a road game at Houston Baptist (March 5), which is normally a Southland opponent, but this season is not featured in Southland play.After Southland play begins Lamar will take brief breaks from conference action with single games at Rice (March 12), at home against Southern (March 19), at Texas A&M (March 26), at home against HBU (Apr. 2), at UTSA (Apr. 9), at Texas (Apr. 16), at LSU (Apr. 23), at Baylor (Apr. 30), at home against Rice (May 7), and at TCU (May 14). A three-game series at Gonzaga will also take place May 10-12. Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – Featuring 28 home games, including 13 in the first month of the season, and 15 games against teams that made the NCAA postseason, the 2019 Lamar baseball schedule was released on Tuesday.The Cardinals will begin the year on Feb. 15 and open Southland Conference play on March 8.“I think we play an extremely challenging schedule. 12 of our 26 non-conference games are against NCAA tournament teams,” said head coach Will Davis. “We pride ourselves on being a team that will play anyone anywhere and I think we prove that with this schedule.”
Vermont Business Magazine The “Employee Owners of Vermont,” a group of local employee-owned companies that work together to benefit Vermont communities, recently celebrated the conclusion of their most successful collaboration to date. For the month of October, which is Employee Ownership Month, the companies decided to collect donations for the Vermont Food Bank, and set the goal of raising $5,000.That target was quickly surpassed, and the group had raised a total of $17,800 by the end of the month, making it the largest campaign to have run on the Food Bank’s online fundraising platform by a factor of more than three. “We are blown away by the success of the Employee Owners of Vermont’s fundraising efforts,” says Vermont Foodbank CEO, John Sayles. “The $17,800 that they raised will provide nearly 30,000 meals to families, kids, older adults, and individuals in Vermont struggling with hunger. These efforts will truly change lives. A wholehearted thank you to all of the Employee Owners of Vermont businesses who stepped up to make this possible!”Participating companies, which included Hallam-ICS, Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition, Vermont Information Processing, VHV Company, Stone Environmental, PC Construction, Carris Reels, Switchback Brewing Company, Chelsea Green Publishing, Heritage Aviation, and Gardeners Supply Company, also collected over 3,000 pounds of food that was donated directly to their local food shelves.Building on this success, the Employee Owners of Vermont group will be continuing to look for opportunities to collaborate for community impact while building stronger relationships between companies. “Employee ownership is based upon generosity and sharing and is good for employers, employees and their communities.” says Hallam-ICS CEO Keith Flaherty, “As Employee Owners of Vermont, we wanted to recognize Employee Ownership Month by giving to the communities where we live and work.”Source: Burlington, Vermont, November 20, 2018 — Vermont Employee Ownership Center
My name is Hadiya. And sometimes, I feel lonely.Even the people who know me best would be astounded by that assertion. Most people would label me an extrovert. I am confident. I have no trouble striking up a conversation with strangers, and do so — in bars, online, at the coffee shop. I play team sports once or twice a week. I have 1,605 Facebook friends — about 1,300 more than the average user. My life is very busy and full of lectures and concerts, meetings and comedy shows.It’s completely acceptable, even a bit of a brag really, to talk about needing or wanting alone time. Michael Harris, the author of Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World, writes about the transformative power of being alone, noting that “the capacity to be alone – properly alone – is one of life’s subtlest skills.” But admitting you don’t want to be alone, and that you are alone not out of choice but involuntarily is something completely different. Even in these over-sharing times, it is rare to hear someone say they’re lonely. Read the whole story: The National Post More of our Members in the Media >
Lundin Norway has marked the first anniversary of production from its Norwegian Continental Shelf newcomer, the Edvard Grieg platform. Oil and gas production from the Edvard Grieg platform started exactly one year ago and has been running almost continuously since the start-up on November 28, 2015, with production uptime at 96 percent.Lundin said on Monday that there had been no serious incidents on board and that the oil and gas production figures are higher than expected.Operations manager Kari Nielsen said: “Edvard Grieg is a fairy tale and nothing less. We believe this is the first time a new platform on the Norwegian shelf has delivered such results in its first year.“Between 40 and 60 percent is normal during the start-up phase, and this gradually improves over time. However, Edvard Grieg has produced virtually continuously from the very beginning. And those last percentage points missing from a full 100 mainly relate to planned turnarounds for maintenance and preparation.”Norwegian engineering at workThe main contracts for the construction of Edvard Grieg were performed by the Norwegian companies with Kværner as the primary contractor. Detailed engineering was done by Aker Solutions, the living quarters and helicopter deck were delivered by Apply Leirvik, while construction of the jacket was done at Kværner Verdal.The platform deck was constructed at Kværner Stord and with Aker Solutions in Egersund while Saipem executed marine operations.Karl-Petter Løken, the engineering manager for the Edvard Grieg development, added: “Choosing Norwegian contractors gave us an added degree of confidence. We had the advantage of geographic proximity which resulted in a very close and excellent cooperation.“Kværner and their sub-suppliers have extensive experience with developments for the Norwegian shelf. All of this ensured that we received a high-quality platform.”Edvard Grieg is Lundin Norway’s first own-operated platform. That meant that the company had to establish new operations organization in parallel with the development.“We recruited more than 100 people who would ensure efficient and safe production from the Edvard Grieg field. The entire operations organization was in place while the platform was still in the yard. This gave us the time to establish routines and work processes and to familiarize ourselves with the installation while it was still on shore,” said Nielsen.Lundin said that, on its one-year production start-up anniversary, production on Edvard Grieg remains at a very high production rate, and the platform is expected to reach plateau production of 100,000 barrels of oil equivalents a day in the fourth quarter this year.Edvard Grieg was designed as a field center and will receive oil and gas from nearby fields and future field developments for further processing. It is expected to begin processing oil and gas from Aker BP’s Ivar Aasen in December.From Edvard Grieg, oil is transported via the Grane pipeline to the Sture terminal in Øygarden municipality in Hordaland County, while gas is transported in a separate pipeline system to St. Fergus in Scotland.
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