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Energy recruitment trends report reveals expectation gap

170321 Oil and Gas airswift infographics RGB The first Global Energy Talent Index (GETI), which surveyed more than 16,000 energy professionals globally across the oil and gas, renewables, power, nuclear and petrochemicals sectors, reveals a significant difference in expectations between hiring managers and candidates

The report by Airswift, the global workforce solutions provider for the energy, process and infrastructure sectors, and Energy Jobline, the world’s leading jobsite for the energy and engineering industries, indicates that energy candidates are more optimistic than hiring managers, with 48 per cent of Middle East professionals predicting an increase in salaries over the next 18 months – compared to just 25 per cent of those hiring.

Janette Marx, chief operating officer at Airswift, says, “It’s absolutely essential that hiring managers and employees are on the same page if the energy industry is to continue attracting and retaining the talent it needs for a successful future. But at the ...

Gulf petrochemical industry outpaces global growth

TASNEE 001 The petrochemical industry in the Gulf region grew by 3.7 per cent in 2016, largely due to new capacity added in Saudi Arabia, according to an annual study by the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA)

BAPCO to explore for unconventional oil offshore

Yahya Alansari zoom The Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) is planning some groundbreaking initiatives to increase its hydrocarbon reserves, among them the exploitation of unconventional oil deposits offshore, reveals Yahya Al Ansari, manager of Exploration at BAPCO, in an exclusive interview with Oil Review Middle East

Halliburton introduces SpectrumSM Fusion coiled tubing service

Halliburton North Belt Sign 04 West Side Red Sign Removed Hybrid coiled tubing services combine diagnostic and intervention capabilities in a single trip downhole 

Gulf Petrochem appoints ex-Bharat Petroleum director as strategic advisor

RK Mehra 033 Gulf Petrochem Group announced last week that its Board of Directors has appointed Rakesh Mehra as strategic advisor for the group, effective immediately 

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Lyft will let you round up the cost of your ride and donate the rest to charity

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Lyft is building on its good PR streak with a new way to donate to charity. 

Riders who #DeletedUber or just really like Lyft will be able to round up the cost of their ride to the nearest dollar and donate the rest to charity.

Lyft users can't choose exactly which charity, but they do get the option to look through causes including the environment, veterans and LGBTQ equality. 

To start donating, you have to opt into Round Up & Donate in the app's settings. Then every ride will be rounded up, with the change distributed across good causes. You can always opt out, but donating is not decided per ride.   Read more...

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10 things named after Sir David Attenborough

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Sir David Attenborough is accruing quite a substantial collection of things named after him. This week our favourite documentarian was the inspiration for the name of a 430 million year old fossil

And there's an an abundance of other species and objects, including a boat, that carry the Attenborough name. 

Here are ten of the best namesakes, starting with that fossil:  

1Cascolus Ravitis 

Cascolus ravitis is the name of the 430 million year old fossil of a one centimeter long crustacean that was found preserved in volcanic rock. The first name of the new species is the Latin translation for Attenborough. Read more...

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Uh oh: The 'Pretty Little Liars' series finale will have a 'huge twist'

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Pretty Little Liars is notorious for creating a dozen more questions for every one it answers, so it’s no surprise that the Freeform show set up a big mystery even before it kicked off its panel at the fan-friendly PaleyFest on Saturday.

Before the cast (Ashley Benson, Tyler Blackburn, Shay Mitchell, Andrea Parker, Janel Parrish, Sasha Pieterse and Ian Harding) and producers (I. Marlene King and Joseph Dougherty) took the stage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, audience members were treated to the first minute from episode 11 of PLL’s seventh and final season. 

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Fun relief for children in north-east Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, north-east Nigeria, 30 December, 2016 – Just for a moment, Maimune could forget about her problems. It’s ‘Fun Day’ for children at Dalori camp for people who fled their homes because of violence in north-east Nigeria. It’s a day to play silly games and to make music with other children, to laugh and just be children.

Children displaced from east Aleppo: distressed, injured, alone

ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 29 December 2016 – For the families who fled the fighting in Aleppo city, the arduous journey was full of chaos and horror. Terrified and alone, many of the children arrived in shelters unaccompanied or separated from their families, with many suffering from injuries.

After years of conflict, schools reopen and hope returns to Fallujah

FALLUJAH, Iraq, 27 December 2016 – The walls of Fallujah are scarred with bullet holes. Six months ago, 85,000 people fled the city as bombs fell on their houses in the fight to retake the city. Many others had escaped earlier.

In Nigeria, newly accessible areas reveal scale of crisis

BANKI, Nigeria, 22 December 2016 – Less than 3 km from the Cameroon border is the Nigerian town of Banki in Borno State. The town's main street, once a thriving commercial area with cross-border trade, is now deserted and lined with buildings that have been destroyed during the conflict.

From shoemaker to student: Aleppo teenager goes back to school

TARTOUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 19 December 2016 – When a UNICEF team first met 14-year-old Wahid a few months ago, he was fetching water for his family in ‘1070’, a complex of unfinished apartment buildings in a neighbourhood of western Aleppo.

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