Vermonter to head FairPoint’s northern operation after organizational shakeup

first_imgConsolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NYSE: FRP) announced today a number of organizational changes. David Hauser, chairman and chief executive officer of FairPoint Communications, announced that effective immediately he is making several organizational changes in order to position the company to better tackle the integration issues of its systems in northern New England. Executive Vice President Jeff Allen of Essex Junction, Vermont, will now oversee all of FairPoint s Northern New England Operations. Over the past two weeks I have met with FairPoint s leadership team to assess our situation, said Hauser. From these meetings one thing is very clear to me. We must direct our full attention to tackle the integration of our systems serving northern New England. These changes will help FairPoint more effectively address the systems issues and address them quickly.On Tuesday (July 14, 2009) the Vermont Department of Public Service filed a Show Cause Petition with the Public Service Board, requesting an investigation to determine if FairPoint Communications is capable of continuing its telecommunications in the state.  At stake is the company s Certificate of Public Good, or CPG which is their license to conduct business as a regulated utility in the state. Vicky Weatherwax has been appointed vice president of business solutions, and will report directly to Hauser. She will be responsible for developing a comprehensive plan of action with appropriate milestones to address the systems integration problems. The company s Project Management Office team will report to Weatherwax. She has more than 20 years of experience in telecommunications, including network design, construction, project management and network cost optimization. She has an MBA from Wake Forest University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in information technology.Additionally, Executive Vice President Jeff Allen will oversee all northern New England operations. He will lead the operations, engineering, customer sales & service, sales, billing and support teams. Allen will report directly to Hauser. Allen joined FairPoint in 2007 and has more than 20 years of telecommunications experience. He has served in a number of leadership positions with FairPoint and recently led the company s systems stabilization plan in northern New England. Allen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and prior to joining FairPoint served as chief executive officer of the data communications provider Intellispace, Inc. The company also annnounced that President Peter Nixon will oversee the supply chain function, regulatory compliance, external/government affairs, broadband stimulus package /economic development and Telecom Group operations. Nixon has worked at FairPoint since 1997 and began his career in telecommunications with Chautauqua and Erie Telephone Corporation. He served in a number of senior leadership positions with FairPoint, including chief operating officer and senior vice president of corporate development.Hauser also announced the company will hire a chief information officer and will immediately begin a search to fill this position.About FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc. is an industry leading provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. FairPoint is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FRP. Learn more at is external).Source: FairPoint. PORTLAND, ME (July 15, 2009). Vermont Public Service Department, July 14, 2009.last_img read more

Saipem, Effiage consortium bags Tortue award with BP

first_imgFrench engineering company Eiffage and Italian oilfield contractor Saipem have been awarded a contract for engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) work on BP’s Greater Tortue Ahmeyim field located offshore Mauritania and Senegal. Source: EffiageEffiage said on Wednesday that BP awarded the company a €350 million ($400 million) deal for work on marine infrastructures on the Tortue LNG hub and terminal.The Tortue Ahmeyim field development is located in the C-8 block offshore Mauritania and the Saint-Louis Profond block offshore Senegal.The company added that the contract was awarded further to the execution of the FEED contract started in April 2018.The near-shore hub and terminal marine infrastructure are encompassing berthing facilities for a permanently moored FLNG, the loading of LNG Carriers, and an offshore breakwater to shelter those facilities.The 21 concrete caissons (16,500 tonnes), forming the breakwater will be built by Eiffage in Dakar, Senegal. Also, 2.5 million tons of quarry materials required for the underwater rumble mound for the caissons bed is expected to be produced, transported, and loaded for installation from Mauritania.As for Saipem’s scope, it includes the use of subsea construction vessel Saipem 3000 for the installation of berthing and loading facilities. Up to 22,000 tonnes of marine structures will be fabricated at the Saipem shipyard in Indonesia in Karimun, the biggest construction yard in Southeast Asia.While the contract value for Saipem has not been officially disclosed Offshore Energy Today has learned that the deal was worth between $350-400 million.In related news, BP awarded Golar LNG a contract on Tuesday for an FLNG unit to be deployed at the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project.Namely, Golar won a 20-year firm charter contract for an FLNG unit which would be converted from the LNG carrier Gimi by Keppel in Singapore.Construction of FLNG Gimi will cost $1.3 billion and will take around four years. Expected to start production in 2022, the FLNG Gimi will liquify gas as part of the first phase of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project and be located at aa nearshore hub located on the Mauritania and Senegal maritime border.The floating unit FLNG Gimi is designed to produce an average of approximately 2.5 million tonnes of LNG per annum, with the total gas resources in the field estimated to be around 15 trillion cubic feet.Worth noting, Singapore’s Keppel has agreed to subscribe for 30% interest in Gimi MS, a newly formed subsidiary of Golar, which will operate the FLNG unit.Keppel and Golar have previously partnered on the FLNG Hilli Episeyo, the world’s first FLNG conversion project, deployed offshore Cameroon.Most recently, BP awarded TechnipFMC a large contract for the EPCIC on the FPSO unit to be deployed on the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Big CHAN Battle: Imama pleads for support, patience from Nigerians

first_imgRelatedPosts Abia Warriors appoint new head coach COVID-19: Three new cases in Ogun are Togo returnees – Commissioner Yobo doesn’t need coaching experience to be on Eagles bench — Bosso Head Coach of Super Eagles B, Imama Amapakabo, has called on football loving Nigerians to turn out en masse and support the Eagles massively as they battle the Sparrow Hawks of Togo at the Agege Stadium in Lagos on Saturday.The CHAN 2020 second leg qualifying match is a game Nigeria must win by at least 3-0 to scale through to the finals billed for Cameroon next year summer, and the former goalkeeper says what the team needs to achieve the ultimate goal is total backing from Nigerians.Amapakabo said: “We have done what we need to do for the work at hand.“We have learnt a lot going into this encounter and we are very optimistic everything will turn out well.“What we cannot provide for ourselves is support.“And that is why we are asking for full support and understanding all through the game.“The players need every show of love for optimal output on the pitch.”The Eagles had their last intensive training at the venue of the match on Friday morning as the rains showered across Lagos.The session lasted from 8am through 10am.Nigeria lost by 4-1 to Togo in the first game played last month in Lome despite scoring first and taking good control of the match for a major part of the 90 minutes.Since the first game, eight new players who were not in Lome have joined the team and this has given the team better colouring and a lot more positive charge.The aggregate winner of the two-legged fixture will qualify for the African Nations Championship to be hosted by Cameroon next year.Nigeria is hoping to qualify and finish better than their silver medal outing in Morocco last year, while the Togolese are looking for a first berth at the continental competition designed solely for professionals featuring in their domestic leagues.Tags: chanImama AmapakaboSuper Eagles BTogolast_img read more

Indians’ Carlos Carrasco diagnosed with Leukemia, hopes to play again this season

first_imgCleveland’s Carlos Carrasco is taking a break from MLB.The Indian’s pitcher told Dominican television station CDN 37 Friday that he’s stepping away from the field because he has been diagnosed with Leukemia. However, he’s hopeful to return later this month. “At the end of May, they shut me down because they saw something wrong with my blood,” Carrasco said, according to USA Today. “The doctors got a little worried and they sent me for a blood test, another blood test. The blood levels were off, the platelets were really high. “The following week, my wife and I went to the hospital, and they told us I have leukemia. That’s one of the reasons why I’m not playing right now, but I’ll be back at the end of July.” Related News Carrasco, 32, hasn’t pitched since he was diagnosed. He has a 4-6 record this season, and has posted a 4.98 ERA in his 10th year with the Indians, who are second in the American League Central standings with a 48-38 record.center_img Christian Yelich breaks boat window during Home Run Derby practice, someone calls police (really) MLB suspends Phillies’ Odubel Herrera for 85 gameslast_img read more

Irma Karisik won 6th Place at the World Cup in Moscow

first_imgIrma Karisik, a BH representative in sledding on natural track, achieved a remarkable result by winning the 6th place at the World Cup in Moscow.Senad Omanovic, President of Sledding Association of BiH noted that she is a very talented and valuable athlete and that they are very proud of her and, considering her possibilities, they expect a better result, even medal, from her.Irma Karisik is also the coach of our representatives in sledding on the natural paths, which makes her success even bigger.On the World Cup for juniors in Innsbruck, our representatives in sledding have achieved a very good result, considering that this was the first official race for our boys.From a total of 52 competitors, Mirza Nikolajev won the 22nd place (19 points), Hamza Pleho 23rd place (18 points) and Zlatan Jakic won the 27th place (14 points).Our juniors are now on the official training in Oberhoff (Germany) with their coach Senad Omanovic, as released from the Sledding Association of BiH.(Source: read more