Exxon names new Malaysia head

first_imgEdward E. Graham has been appointed as the President and Chairman of ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc. and chairman of the ExxonMobil Subsidiaries in Malaysia with effect from June 1, 2017.He succeeds See Kok Yew, who has assumed the position of Vice President, Global Real Estate & Facilities, ExxonMobil Global Services Company, located in Houston, Texas.Prior to his appointment, Graham was the Vice President and Production Manager for ExxonMobil Iraq Limited.Graham started his career with ExxonMobil in 1989 when he joined Exxon Production Research Co. in Houston. He subsequently held various technical, supervisory and management positions in facilities surveillance, projects and production operations within the U.S.In 2006, Graham moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland where he was assigned as ExxonMobil Canada’s Operations Technical Manager. He later became the Operations Manager, where he was responsible for operations, maintenance, construction and logistics activities for the Hibernia and Sable production assets.In 2010, he returned to functional headquarters in Houston where he assumed the post of ExxonMobil Production Company SSH&E Manager, with oversight for the safety, security, health and environmental teams located around the globe supporting ExxonMobil’s production operations. Two years later, he became ExxonMobil Production Company’s Producing Operations Manager, having functional oversight of the company’s operations, maintenance, and logistics teams located around the world.Since 2013,Graham has served as the Vice President and Production Manager for ExxonMobil Iraq Limited where he was responsible for the company’s oil and gas operations in Iraq. As contractor for Iraq’s South Oil Company, ExxonMobil manages the development of the world-class West Qurna I oilfield.Graham holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Rice University in Houston, Texas.last_img read more

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Eagle project built around valley’s past

first_imgNEWHALL – When it came time to do an Eagle Scout project, Scout Ricky Courtney decided to put his talents in the video production field to use and help out the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society at the same time. The 18-year-old Canyon Country resident graduated last spring with honors in video production from Valencia High School, and is currently enrolled in the radio, television and film program at College of the Canyons. On Tuesday, Courtney unveiled his latest production and presented it to the historical society: A portable video kiosk complete with television monitor, a DVD player, a VHS player and two seven-minute videos he produced while at Valencia High. “In high school, I started doing films about Santa Clarita Valley history, so I thought it would be beneficial to help out the historical society, since I’m so interested in history myself,” Courtney said. “I hope that the kiosk will be used as a valuable learning tool for the community and it will help the historical society in their projects for many years to come.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Pat Salatore, the society’s executive director, accepted the kiosk on behalf of the society, and said there are many ways the organization can use the donation. “We plan to start using it immediately,” Salatore said. “It’s portable, so we can take it to board meetings; we can show visitors the historical society videos that we have produced; show feature films that have been filmed in our valley; and when we’re not showing films, the DVD player can also show static displays, like photos.” “I can find tons of different ways to use it. We’re really happy that he chose us for his Eagle project,” she said. Courtney used volunteer labor from fellow Scouts and adults for the construction of the kiosk, built with donated Douglas fir, and the two poster stanchions that can be used to promote the videos that will be displayed. The two videos, produced over a two-year period, show the devastation of the 1928 St. Francis Dam collapse that killed hundreds from Saugus to Oxnard, while the other tells the story of Beale’s Cut, the original path through the Newhall Pass that opened in 1864. “The St. Francis Dam is an interesting topic and it’s got an interesting emotional element to it because of the aftermath,” Courtney said. “The Beale’s Cut video started as a simple idea, but ended up becoming more interesting to me when I realized that Santa Clarita’s version of the history of this landmark is much different from the state’s version.” Courtney decided to go with the state’s version of events, that Gen. Edward F. Beale owned this slice through a ridge in Newhall and ran it as a toll road. Local less-documented records say Beale was in command of Fort Tejon and ordered soldiers to dig the cut for him. The planning for the project started in March and the kiosk was completed Nov. 12. Courtney’s scoutmaster, Jim Kerr, was on hand for the presentation and said he was not surprised that Courtney’s project was a little unconventional. “Ricky’s more of a creative type and I thought he would do something that involved creativity,” Kerr said. “This is not a typical tote-that-barge, lift-that-bail type of project. This is right up his alley.” Sharon Cotal, (661) 257-5256 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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DD Fitness: Weight loss products and online influencers who lie to their followers

first_imgThere is no end to the amount of weight loss products that have entered the market here in the last few years.Every month, a new company come along with their new product that is ‘guaranteed’ to help you to lose weight.It isn’t surprising that they help you to lose weight when they all seem to follow an extremely low-calorie diet model that revolves around 2 shakes and one meal. Then if you are hungry, you always have their other supplements or snacks that you can also buy, or their reps can sell you.That’s a good scenario.The other scenarios are the tea and coffee sellers who push laxatives disguised as weight loss drinks onto their customers.This time, you can eat healthy meals, but they don’t get to stay in you very long as you will be dispersing them out of your system as fast as they go in. I’ll make this very simple.THERE ARE NO QUICK FIXES THAT WILL ALLOW YOU TO LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF!But the real issue that is happening right now is that these companies are recruiting online and local ‘influencers’ to promote and sell these products.There are 2 types of these ‘influencers’People who don’t know any better and think the products actually do help.People who know the products are a scam but sell them anyways.While you may think of giving a bit of leeway to the people in the 1st category, the fact remains that if they don’t understand nutrition, they have no business selling this nonsense. But, the people in the 2nd category are the real issue.They know and understand that the products are short term money wasters, and no one will keep the weight off long term.But they still lie to their followers and they still lie to their friends to get them to buy it.They also, then push these people to become sales reps and give them this imaginary dream that they will become rich from selling the products. They sound as if they have the answers to all your weight loss and financial problems.They don’t.Make no mistake about it, the reality is that all they want is your money and they want you to sell more, so THEY can make more money.The REAL money comes from getting people to sell for them.Instagram is currently riddled with these ‘influencers’ and it’s disgusting to watch.Unfortunately, it seems as if there will always be a place for these products in the market.Firstly, because there are always opportunists waiting to make money from people who are either desperate or are willing to try anything to help them to lose weight.Secondly, because there will always be people who want to do as little as possible to try and get the results, they want(They usually complain about how they can never keep the weight off)There are no quick fixes when it comes to sustainable weight loss.If you want to really lose weight and keep it off, you probably know by now that weight loss products AREN’T the way to go.#leanin2019If you would like help to lose weight in a sustainable way by eating tasty food, then my lean in 2019 program can help.We are always welcoming new members in and you can and out all information through the link below.FIND OUT MORE HERE!DD Fitness: Weight loss products and online influencers who lie to their followers was last modified: August 16th, 2019 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Adams plans return after two-year ban

first_imgHeavyweight Ali Adams plans to return to the ring next month following a two-year ban for an anti-doping offence.The Chelsea-based Iraqi, 32, was suspended after testing positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid, after his fourth-round stoppage defeat against Audley Harrison in May 2012.He has reapplied for a license from the British Boxing Board of Control and has re-signed with manager Steve Goodwin.Adams said: “I am delighted to be back. I made a genuine mistake and paid the price. That is now behind me and I want to move on.“I class Steve as a friend. He kept in contact with me throughout my ban and gave me support.“I will keep active and build up towards titles. It is time for the talking to stop and for me to do my stuff in the ring and I am so hungry now to put things right.”The defeat to Harrison was the fourth loss of Adams’ 18-fight career and took his record to 13-4-1.See also:Harrison destroys Adams on ring returnAdams tests positive for banned substanceFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Chelsea Ladies pipped to WSL title

first_imgChelsea Ladies were pipped to the Women’s Super League title on goal difference by Liverpool as they suffered an agonising 2-1 defeat at Manchester City Ladies on a gripping final day of the season.Birmingham’s failure to beat Notts County meant a draw would have been good enough to secure a first major trophy in the team’s 22-year history.But first-half goals by Jill Scott and Toni Duggan put City in control and although Gilly Flaherty’s header gave Chelsea hope and the hosts had Abbie McManus sent off, a dominant Chelsea were unable to find the equaliser.Liverpool, who started the day in third, scored three second-half goals to beat Bristol Academy 3-0 and retain their title.Chelsea’s players were inconsolable after the game, but they have at least qualified for the Champions League for the first time in their history.The day started badly when goalkeeper Marie Hourihan had to be taken off when she damaged her shoulder after colliding with Georgia Brougham and falling awkwardly inside 10 minutes.And the change visibly affected Emma Hayes’ side.Hourihan’s replacement, debutant Claire Farrow, was almost beaten by Natasha Flint within a couple of minutes when she hesitated as she came off her line.Chelsea did almost go ahead when Rachel Williams had a header cleared off the line by McManus after great work by Eni Aluko on the left wing.But it was the hosts who deservedly went ahead, Farrow making a mess of an awkward bouncing shot by Scott.The visitors started to look shaky and Duggan’s stunning strike after a fine team move made it 2-0.Chelsea began to find their rhythm towards the end of the first half, but could not reduce the deficit going into the break.Aluko continued to be their best attacking player in the second period, consistently finding space and threatening to set up a goal.City had the clearest chance in the early stages, Flint heading wide with the goal gaping.But Chelsea were doing the majority of the pressing and always looked capable of finding a way back into the game and they did just that when Flaherty headed home from a corner.McManus then saw red for elbowing Yuki Ogimi with 14 minutes remaining, but Chelsea could not take advantage.Jackie Groenen blazed a glorious chance over the bar following another corner and Ogimi was denied in injury-time as City held on.Chelsea 4-2-3-1: Hoirihan (Farrow); Blundell, Bassett, Flaherty, Borges (Buet); Spence (Groenen), Chapman; Williams, Ji, Aluko; Ogimi.Subs not used: Wilhelmsson, Rafferty, Coombs, Meiwald.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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South African cola wars III

first_img30 May 2006Pepsi-Cola recently relaunched in South Africa with a breathtaking television commercial featuring its easy-grip bottle, a skyscraper construction site – and footballer David Beckham. It will have to do more as it makes its third attempt to wrest market share from one of South Africa’s most admired brand names.Pepsi-Cola left South Africa in 1985 in protest against apartheid. After Mandela became President in 1994 the company returned with great fanfare. Three years later – after taking a market whipping from Coca-Cola – Pepsi’s South African partner, bottling company New Age Beverages, folded.Ten years on, writes Robert Laing in the Mail & Guardian, “Coke faces a far more formidable foe. Pepsi-Cola’s parent company Pepsico is already entrenched in South Africa – not through drinks, however, but through crisps.”As Laing explains, Pepsico’s other arm – Frito-Lay – also re-entered South Africa after 1994, buying half of local crisp maker Simba for US$55-million in 1995 and upping this stake to turn Simba into a wholly owned subsidiary in 1999.“Frito-Lay’s crisps and Pepsi’s cold drinks each contribute roughly half of [Pepsico’s] sales, but the crisps business – where Pepsico does not face mighty Coke, only small regional players – is far more profitable,” Laing writes.Local franchise partnerThis time around, Pepsi is entering South Africa by way of a franchise deal with Pioneer Foods, home to popular South African household food and drink brands such as Ceres, Marmite, Weet-Bix, Bokomo, Safari and Liqui Fruit.Pioneer’s beverage subsidiary, Ceres Fruit Juices, will produce, bottle and distribute a range of Pepsico soft drinks – including Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, 7-Up and Mirinda – at Ceres’ plant in Gauteng province.In a statement issued in July 2005, Arnold Veraart, general manager of Pepsico’s sub-Saharan Africa business unit, said Pioneer Foods was awarded the franchise on the basis of its “successful track record in the local food and beverage industry – particularly in product development, packaging, distribution and marketing.“By using the extensive Ceres network to make Pepsi products more widely available, this will provide greater choice for consumers and retailers across South Africa,” Veraart said.‘Painting South Africa red’Pepsi will need all the help it can get against Coca-Cola, and not only because of its alliance with the formidable South African Breweries’ Amalgamated Beverage Industries.In an article on brandchannel.com titled “painting South Africa red,” Ron Irwin argues that Coke’s success in Africa “has been due to its savvy advertising as well as its ubiquitous involvement in local community life.“City dwellers in South Africa cannot fail to notice the Coke signs installed in every shop and roadside stand, but Coke has taken the initiative to reach poorer South Africans in rural areas as well. To this end it has initiated sports sponsorships, sports development, entrepreneurial development, scholarships and education projects.“It has also relentlessly found ways to get its products trucked into even the most remote corners of Africa, and has cultivated a reputation for corporate honesty and openness that has won the respect of African businesspeople from Cape Town to Madagascar.”‘Sphincter-tightening’ TV adPepsi knows this all too well, and clearly pulled out all the stops on the spectacular TV commercial announcing its return to South Africa.Chris Moerdyk, writing for Bizcommunity.com, waxed lyrical about the ad: “Those scenes on the skyscraper so high above the ground are breathtaking, and I can imagine they have millions of viewers not only sitting on the edge of their seats but sitting a few centimetres higher than normal as their sphincter muscles tighten up like agitated sea anemones.”But more will be needed to crack the South African market, as Moerdyk suggests, noting that the advert “doesn’t seem to have any sort of back-up. I have looked in vain at my local cafe and supermarket and haven’t seen any sort of Pepsi hype at all.”News24 columnist Stacey Maree is more forthright – nor is she impressed with the commercial’s use of David Beckham to welcome Pepsi back to SA.‘Gee thanks, Beckham!’Maree, in a piece titled “Gee thanks, Beckham!”, echoes the brandchannel article when she writes: “Remember that scene in The Gods Must Be Crazy? The little bushmen who’s struck on the head by a Coke bottle that fell from the sky? It’s an iconic South African scene.“Just recently, there’s the Coca-Cola Soccer Stars with a R250 000 first prize up for grabs,” Maree continues. “And the Coco-Coca Colab concerts in March that delivered international music acts to our doorstep.“Coke has done their homework and come down to grassroots level in a country that appreciates big corporations contributing to our development. It’s obviously a winning strategy.“What has David Beckham done to entrench himself in South African culture? Putting his hair in braids doesn’t count!“Pepsi, you’re off to a shaky start.”The global pictureOf course, South Africa is but a small battlefield in the context of the global “cola wars” – a conflict considerably heightened by the 2006 Football World Cup.What South Africans may not immediately be aware of is that Pepsi’s use of Beckham comes against the backdrop of a massive international “Pepsi Football 2006” campaign that aims to counter Coke’s “We All Speak Football” campaign.While Pepsi’s World Cup strategy revolves around sponsorship of individual football stars, Coca-Cola’s strategy is underpinned by its official partnership of the competition. Coke is one of Fifa’s “elite partners”, owning official sponsorship status for Germany 2006 – and, already, for South Africa 2010.In which case, perhaps Pepsi should take a longer view, and start looking for a South African player to add to its stable of superstars.Or maybe South Africans would have identified more readily if Pepsi had got Ronaldinho to introduce their South Africa commercial. South Africa’s style of football bears a closer resemblance to Brazil’s than to Europe’s.And Beckham is already cast, in the minds of local television viewers, as having “the best (shave) a man can get”.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Partnership to fast-track life-saving health innovations

first_img15 August 2014 The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and international non-profit organisation Path have launched a new partnership to speed up the development of sustainable, high-impact health innovations capable of saving the lives of vulnerable women and children in South Africa and beyond. The Global Health Innovation Accelerator (GHIA), launched in Cape Town on Tuesday, will combine the resources and expertise of the government, academia and private partners to advance the design and manufacture of safe, low-cost, medically approved and culturally appropriate products to meet the urgent health needs of South Africa’s poorest, most vulnerable women and children. SAMRC president Glenda Gray, speaking at Tuesday’s launch, said the partnership would be a game-changer in South African health care. “We desperately need to find innovative solutions that will save the lives of women during pregnancy and childbirth,” Gray said. “Interventions that prevent unnecessary stillbirths and neonatal deaths are critical as we endeavour to drive down mortality in children in Africa.” The partnership will tackle two problems that often block global health innovations from realising their potential. “First, many great ideas lack the support to make it all the way from research to product,” the SAMRC said in a statement. “Second, products designed for high-income markets are often not suitable for poorer communities that cannot afford them or lack the infrastructure to use them”. The GHIA will aim to push through these barriers to translate the best ideas from South Africa and around the world into widespread use, by shifting the nexus of global health innovation to the people who know Africa’s needs best: Africans themselves. For example, the SAMRC notes, more than one quarter of both pre-school children and women in South Africa, as well as 21 percent of pregnant women, suffer from anaemia, or iron deficiency, which is particularly dangerous during pregnancy, placing both mother and baby at risk of life-threatening complications. When health care workers screen expectant mothers, they can provide life-saving monitoring and treatment. But standard methods require a blood test, which can be a deterrent, or simply isn’t possible, in many places. To address this problem, the GHIA is partnering with a South African company and a US-based multinational to develop a new product that will make it easier and more affordable to diagnose anaemia. The device, which will be made in South Africa, measures haemoglobin levels in less than a minute using a clip that attaches to a fingertip. The screening is reliable, painless – and doesn’t require a blood test. The GHIA will assist with development expertise, funding and global networking to get the device into the hands of health care workers – giving millions more mothers and babies the chance of a healthy pregnancy and birth. “South Africa has reached a historic confluence of talent, resources and political will,” the SAMRC said. “Over the next decade, we are going to see an explosion of growth as South Africa’s top research and engineering resources, universities, companies and entrepreneurs create a new landscape of health technologies.” In 2013, funding and support from the Departments of Health and Science and Technology led to the establishment of the Strategic Health Innovation Partnerships (Ship) unit of the SAMRC in Cape Town. The GHIA will be based at Ship, and will serve as the conduit for taking the health technologies researched by Ship and those sourced and progressed by Path to scale. “We are on the cusp of a change that many South Africans have been working for years to achieve,” Gray said. “This is a tremendous opportunity for private sector partners, entrepreneurs, investors and researchers to contribute their ideas and talent to tackling global health challenges. “Together, we can deliver transformative health tools to communities, build South Africa’s future, and give millions of women, children and families the chance to thrive.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Sehwag hails BCCI move on appointing Fletcher

first_imgIndian opener Virender Sehwag reckons the BCCI did the right thing by appointing Duncan Fletcher as coach soon after Gary Kirsten’s departure as it has given the Zimbabwean enough time to settle with the side. “It’s good for India. It’s a good thing that the BCCI has found a replacement in quick time. It will obviously help the players and the new coach to settle down early. He (Fletcher) will get enough time to do home work before our series against England starts,” Sehwag said. Indian opener Virender Sehwag.Fletcher, a former England coach who guided them to the memorable 2005 Ashes triumph, would not be able to join the Indians during next month’s tour of the West Indies due to personal reasons but would be there when Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men tour England later this year. The former Zimbabwe captain’s appointment has evoked mixed reactions with some former greats including Sunil Gavaskar insisting that an Indian would have been a better choice. Asked whether he has had any interaction with Fletcher, Sehwag merely said, “No, I don’t know him.” Sehwag’s opening partner Gautam Gambhir, on the other hand, is not even thinking about the new coach right now as he is completely focussed on his role as Kolkata Knight Riders skipper in the ongoing Indian Premier League. “Right now, my concentration and focus is totally on the IPL. I am not thinking about all these things. I will only think about all this once the IPL ends,” he said. As Kirsten’s successor, Fletcher has massive expectations to live upto as the amiable South African left after taking India to their first World Cup title in 28 years besides being at the helm during some of the most memorable overseas triumphs of the team. – With PTI inputs advertisementlast_img read more

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