Havyard hopes to bolster business with R&D project

first_imgNorwegian ship technology company Havyard has chosen Kristian Steinsvik to steer the company’s new research and development initiative.Steinsvik will be responsible for the direction and structure of the development work and will contribute his expertise in various projects. He has a master’s in engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, with hydrodynamics as his field of expertise.He has worked as a researcher in Marintek, which is now part of SINTEF, and as an engineer in Det Norske Veritas where he was also involved in research work. He is now looking forward to boosting Havyard’s R&D activities by coordinating the Group’s development work.Believing this new initiative will have several benefits, Steinsvik commented: “The fact that several business areas and disciplines are coming together to exchange knowledge and ideas will have an effect in itself. We will continue with the projects that we are ready to start on already now. And we will also take steps to ensure a more long-term perspective in this work.”“We also need to look at our services and tools – for example creating a calculation tool that will enable us to work much faster, or developing services internally that we have previously had to hire from external suppliers.“Several long-term projects are already under way. To mention just a few examples, Havyard Design & Solutions has developed design concepts in new segments, a new bow and stern concept, and a complete simulator for the ships we develop. Now we will gather the knowledge in the Group, draw on each other’s expertise and help to ensure further growth and development.”CEO Geir Johan Bakke says: “There are certain threats in the current market situation, but there are also opportunities. We are now gathering our development work in one group, which will free up resources for innovation and fresh ideas.”last_img read more

EPL: Alex McLeish sacked as Aston Villa’s manager

first_imgAlex McLeish has been sacked as Aston Villa manager after 11 months in charge at Villa Park.The news comes less than 24 hours after Villa’s 2-0 defeat at Norwich City on the final day of the Premier League season as the club finished just two points above the relegation zone.The 53-year-old Scot was at the club’s training ground on Monday morning to say his farewells to the Villa staff.A club statement read: “Aston Villa can confirm that Alex McLeish’s contract has been terminated with immediate effect. The club has been disappointed with this season’s results, performances and the general message these have sent to our fans.“The board wishes to assure supporters that we are conscious in every sense that Villa expects and deserves more and we will strive to deliver this.”Villa chairman Randy Lerner said: “We need to be clear and candid with ourselves and with supporters about what we have lacked in recent years.“Compelling play and results that instil a sense of confidence that Villa is on the right track have been plainly absent. “The most immediate action that we can take is to look carefully at our options in terms of bringing in a new manager who sees the club’s potential and embraces our collective expectations.”The early favourite for the Villa Park role is Norwich City boss Paul Lambert, who has guided the Canaries to a 12th-place finish after an impressive debut campaign in England’s top flight.However, Norwich chief executive David McNally insisted earlier on Monday he is ready for a fight to keep Lambert at Carrow Road.last_img read more

Dog attacks letter carrier in Torrance

first_imgHer daughter collected the dog and took her inside, but Torrance Animal Control officer Shannon Behn impounded the animal for a 10-day quarantine at the county animal shelter in Carson. Crying, Evie Vassiliou placed Xena into a cage on Behn’s truck. It was unclear Friday what will happen to the dog, which is now housed in the same shelter as Chucky, the dog that attacked Choi. Vassiliou’s mother said her daughter adopted Xena about three years ago while volunteering at a Noah’s Bark adoption event. “She was feeling so bad. Nobody wanted that dog,” her mother said. “She said, `Mom, she needs a home.’ She fell in love. She loves that dog.” The daughter declined to comment. The mail carrier said the dog has barked at him for years when he walks by. He considered the dog a threat. Findon sought treatment for his wound at a local medical clinic. His supervisor finished delivering the neighborhood’s mail. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The postal worker, Tim Findon, said the puncture wound on his left hand was not serious, but it was the first time a dog had bitten him in his 13 years walking the north Torrance route. “I don’t like getting bitten,” he said. The attack occurred less than a week after south Torrance residents held a party for recovering mail carrier Moon Choi, who was severely mauled by a pit bull in August. Findon, 42, said he was walking in front of a house in the 4100 block of 180th Street at about 2:45 p.m. when the dog broke free from its leash. The dog’s owner, Evie Vassiliou, had attached Xena to a leash to give her a bath because relatives were visiting Friday, said Vassiliou’s mother, Agnes. When the mail carrier walked by, Xena became agitated, lunged at him and broke the chain. Vassiliou was unable to stop the animal, the mother said. BITE: The postal worker says he feared the boxer mix because it has barked at him for years. By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER A dog broke free from its chain in Torrance on Friday and bit a mail carrier who said he always feared the barking boxer mix as he walked his route. last_img