From the calming and relaxing properties of lavender, to the antiviral offerings of lemon balm the Harvard Countway Community Garden offers a wealth of medicinal herbs in the heart of Boston’s urban medical area.On September 27, a bright and crisp fall day, Stephanie Zabel led a community talk on medicinal herbs as part of the garden’s harvest celebration. A curatorial assistant at Harvard’s Herbarium and an herbalist in her free time, Zabel discussed the many uses and herb-derived treatments of plants including betony, catmint, chamomile, clary sage, comfrey, feverfew, lady’s mantel, lemon balm, rosemary, and stevia. Zabel’s inviting and informative talk focused on the practical uses for many of these plants, breaking down the best way to use the herb whether as a tea, tincture, poultice, or salve.Zabel highlighted comfrey’s ability to heal external skin conditions such as eczema, bruises, and minor cuts, the extremely sweet properties of stevia, often used as a sweetener substitute, and wood betony’s affinity for treating anxiety and headaches.View a video of Zabel talking about medicinal herbs.Created in 2012 by staff, students, and faculty from Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, the Countway Community Garden not only provides the Longwood campus with fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs, but also serves as an educational resource. The medicinal herb garden offers opportunities for hands-on experience and research, and exploration of both the traditional and modern-day uses for medicinal plants. Read Full Story
Can anyone ask for a more consistent track record?Eat your heart out, Bernie Sanders. While you’ve espoused the same values and principles for a few decades, the Donald has been lying his entire life.When questioned about his image, Trump supposedly replied: “Do I lie? Of course I do. I didn’t get to where I am today by telling the truth. But I love integrity!”Most impressive of all may be Trump’s delusional self-perception. A stretch, perhaps, for the Liar’s Club requirements, but let’s not forget that a delusional person is more likely to have little or no remorse when lying. And we know the Donald does not apologize even when caught red-handed.Who better to lead an organization of spin doctors than a man who comments that Mexican immigrants are rapists and criminals, and in the next breath says that he will win the Latino vote because the Latino voters love him? That’s lying bordering on the psychotic! He’s a shoo-in for the job.But who to select as his running mate? Those in Trump’s inner circle report that he is considering Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka El Chapo, the Mexican drug lord. Smart. Thinking outside the box. Who better than a billionaire drug smuggler to appeal to the Latino constituency? And, what’s more, El Chapo shows signs of being as delusional and grandiose as Trump. The New York Times reports that he has said that drugs destroy, but he has found no other way to make a living. When asked about the trail of blood he leaves behind in his drug business, El Chapo replies that all he does is defend himself. “But do I start trouble? Never.”And, most Trump-like of all, he had plans to make a movie about his life.A liar with international creds and box office potential.Told that El Chapo had been recaptured by the Mexican police, Trump laughed. “I’m rich,” he chortled. “Think those lowlifes won’t give me what I want? Think again. I’m a business man. I make deals. I want this guy. He’s tough. He’s a winner. I like winners.”Trump, fully aware of the birther issue, insists that he has uncovered documents that certify that El Chapo is actually an American citizen. Case closed.Can’t you just see it now? Masses of the faithful gather at a “Trump for Liar’s Club President” rally, waving placards that scream new Trump sound bites, keeping the Liar’s Club members in thrall:“Fake it ‘til you make it.”“The truth is overrated.”“We’re going to lie so much, you’re going to get sick and tired of lying.”They are hungry for more Trump–no matter what he says, no matter what his goals.And the Donald, poised to address them, dons his baseball cap, emblazoned with his new message: White Lies Matter It goes without saying that we’re sick and tired of being lied to.But we love this guy.“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” ~Winston Churchill Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York “You long to ‘leap at a single bound into celebrity.’ Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable. Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else, – very rarely to those who say to themselves, ‘Go to, now, let us be a celebrated individual!’ The struggle for fame, as such, commonly ends in notoriety; – that ladder is easy to climb, but it leads to the pillory which is crowded with fools who could not hold their tongues and rogues who could not hide their tricks.” ~Oliver Wendell HolmesBy Arnie DodgeDespite what happened in Iowa, Donald Trump may yet have his way and become the 45th President of the United States. If he does, his head is very likely to explode. The run up to the nomination is a narcissist’s dream. Imagine if he actually makes it all the way. The pressure on his psyche is sure to be uncontainable. At the Inauguration we may watch a blood-soaked Supreme Court Justice and five to 10 of Trump’s concubines—there to celebrate their emperor’s coronation–screaming in horror, as they witness the incipient leader of the free world self-detonating before their eyes.Now, let’s imagine that Trump does not win the election. He is a loser. In fact, he is the biggest loser. How can he possibly go on, his megalomania fatally damaged? What does he do? Go home and get under the covers? Build another Trump tower? Fire more employees. Offer a billion dollars to Kim Jong-un to step down so he can assume the presidency of North Korea? After all, president of some country is better than president of no country.Or, is there another possibility for fame? A post that may be more suited to his gifts. One that ensures that millions of his followers–still sick and tired of politically correct politicians—will stay the course and follow their leader.Rumor has it that Trump, should he lose the election, will try for the Presidency of The Liar’s Club.Herewith a quote from one of the members of the club found on “The Liar’s Club, A Blog by People Who Lie for a Living”:“Lying is essential to good story-telling. Daily, we writers . . . write down a bunch of untruths, piling one on top of another, page after page. We compound them, massage them, edit them, spin them, until we’re satisfied that, despite how outlandish or other-worldly these lies are, you the reader will swallow them.”Can there be a more appropriate leadership opportunity for the Donald?Getting ahead of the curve, sources report, he is already considering his Board of Directors. Names on the short list are Charles Ponzi (posthumously), Richard Nixon (posthumously) and Bernie Madoff (ex officio).Circulating Trump’s bona fides for the new position will be an easy task for his team. His credentials for residency in the liar’s club executive suite will be drawn almost exclusively from his national presidential bid. Most would agree that Trump, during his rallies, the debates, the interviews with journalists, has taken prevarication to a whole new level, one that followers and detractors alike find breathtaking. The Trump brand, if you will.Gross exaggerations, sociopathic insults based on stereotypes, torrents of slurs and half-truths, outlandish (and transparent) contradictions, impulsively spewed epithets, calculated misstatements designed to reinforce his position, grandiose declarations about international issues that are stunningly incorrect, accusations based on hearsay, ad hominem attacks on rivals to divert attention from his inability to answer a question. And behavior, throughout these public displays, befitting a troubled adolescent: tantrums, bathroom jokes, rants, threats.
Italian energy services provider Saipem reported a rise in 2019 Q3 revenue and profit. The company’s revenue for the quarter grew to 2,36 billion euros, up from 2,22 billion a year ago. Net profit was 30 million euros, compared to a net loss of 34 million a year ago.Illustration: Saipem’s Scarabeo 8 drilling rig; Image by SP Mac/Flickr – shared with permission from the photographerSaipem’s offshore and engineering and construction division reported a slight decline in revenue from EUR 1,06 billion in 3Q last year to EUR 998 million in Q3 2019.New contracts in the division came in at 661 million euros in the third quarter, down from 1,04 billion in the corresponding quarter of 2018.Saipem said that most significant awards for offshore E&C in the third quarter of 2019 related to three new contracts for BP, in consortium with Boshelf LLC and STAR GULF FZCO, for the development of the gas and oil field Azeri Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) off the coast of Azerbaijan.Saudi Aramco offshore fields boost onshore E&C order intakeWorth noting, Saipem’s Onshore Engineering & Construction saw a substantial increase in new contracts for the quarter, boosted by Saudi Aramco’s awards related to Berri and Marjan offshore gas fields.Namely, Saipem reported 3,57 billion euros in new contracts for the quarter for its Onshore E&C business. This is compared to $1.04 billion in the third quarter of 2018. What is more, new contract intake for the division in this single quarter surpassed the value of new contracts awarded to Saipem’s Onshore E&C division in the first nine months of 2018, during which Saipem had secured 3.3 billion euros in new contracts.“The most significant awards [to the Onshore E&C division] in the third quarter of 2019 relate to two new contracts for Saudi Arabian Oil Company, encompassing engineering, construction, and installation for the development of onshore facilities of the Berri and Marjan gas fields, both located in the Arabian Gulf,” Saipem said.The onshore E&C division’s revenue in 3Q 2019 slightly rose to 974 million euros vs last year 3Q’s 958 million euros.Offshore drilling revenue up Saipem’s offshore drilling business, operating 4 semi-submersible rigs, 2 drillships, 7 jack-ups and one tender assisted drilling barge, saw its revenue rise to 121 million euros, up from 115 million in q3 last year, with new contracts in the quarter valued at 128 million, up from 29 million secured in q3 2018.For this division, the most significant awards in the third quarter of 2019 relate to a new four-year contract for ADNOC in the United Arab Emirates, continuing ongoing operations utilizing the jack-up rig Perro Negro 8.Onshore drilling revenue and contract intake also grew in the quarter. Revenue was 136 million, up from 124 million, and new contracts valued at 42 million euros were secured, an increase versus 18 million euros awarded in Q3 2018Overall, in the first nine months of 2019, Saipem was awarded new contracts amounting to €13,9 billion compared to €6,1 billion in the first nine months of 2018).The backlog at September 30, 2019, amounted to €19,8 billion of which €4,7 billion in Offshore Engineering & Construction, €13,745 billion in Onshore Engineering & Construction, €821 million in Offshore Drilling and €492 million in Onshore Drilling), of which €1,9 billion is to be realized in 2019.Looking ahead, Saipem said that high volatility in the oil price and the persistently low level of new investments by the oil companies will continue to characterize the last part of this year.“In the first nine months, some important Final Investment Decisions (FIDs) in the gas segment contributed significantly to the high level of contract awards. The backlog at the end of September 2019, combined with forecasts for current commercial tenders, allows us to forecast revenues of around €9 billion for 2019, with adjusted EBITDA margin above 10%,” Saipem said.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email.Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form, where you can also see our media kit.