The Top Natural Gas Drillers in the United States

There are quite a few oil drillers in the United States, and they are often not given much spotlight. These four large companies are doing a wonderful job when drilling in an environmentally friendly way, and this article explains how these companies are giving the finest services to the country. Oil drillers must drill in a safe manner, and these four are known for doing their finest work in America.

#1: Cunningham Energy
Cunningham Energy (http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160511006162/en/Cunningham-Energy-S.A.-Announces-Formation-Panama-Office) is a large company that has been drilling in America, and there quite a few different people who are looking for safer ways to drill including Cunningham Energy. The company has grown quite a lot in the past few years as they bring the best technology to the table to drill. Drilling is quite important as it adds to the American oil market, and Cunningham Energy offers many jobs to the public as a result.

#2: Seadrill
Seadrill drills off shore where they have made one of the largest pushes to create oil rigs. They are exploring often because they know there is large potential on the sea bed, and they want to ensure there is a way to supply all the oil refiners in America, and their rigs often dot the seas because they have created a better drilling system that creates jobs.

#3: Vermilion
Vermilion has done quite a lot of drilling in America, and they are known for the jobs they create in each market where they are drilling. They have built up large markets where they are drilling for oil. They have created many new techniques that will be used to help drill for oil in the safest manner possible, and they are hoping to help people who need jobs or wish to work in the industry.

#4: MV
MV is the last company on the list, but they are as powerful as the others. They have created many different jobs for the people living where they drill, and they are growing large drilling operations that help America create as many different jobs as possible.

Someone who wishes to study the oil industry, and there are many different people who are searching for a job that will make a difference in the world at-large. Cunningham, Vermillion, MV and Seadrill are all a part of a larger industry that is growing to help others. Every barrel of oil drilled brings jobs and commerce to America.

Sheryl Sandberg Tells Virginia Tech: Anyone Can Be Resilient

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg had a message of resilience and hope for Virginia Tech graduates on Friday.

“I’ve spent the last two years studying resilience because something happened in my life that demanded more of it than I ever needed before,” Sandberg said in a prepared draft of her speech.

 In 2015, Sandberg’s husband, SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg, died of a cardiac arrhythmia while they were vacationing in Mexico. She suddenly became a widow in her 40s with two small children.

“Sometimes I can’t believe it actually happened. I woke up on what I thought would be a normal day. And out of nowhere, my world changed forever,” she said.

Sandberg said losing her husband has “fundamentally changed” how she views the world and how she lives in it every day. She said that Virginia Tech graduates have also faced challenges, heartbreak, illness and shared losses, like the shooting at the university in 2007, which was the second deadliest mass shooting in US history.

“You know that life can turn in an instant. And you know what it means to come together, to pull together, to grieve together, and most importantly, to overcome together,” she said.

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Source: money.cnn.com

UAE Helps Children’s National Medical Center Access New Tech

In the never-ending battle of providing the best child care available, the Children’s National Medical Center has gotten support in recent years from an unlikely source: the country of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

A Middle Eastern country located on the southeast part of the Arabian Peninsula along the Persian Gulf, the UAE has a small population (estimated 9.2 million), but is big when it comes to wealth. Despite its small size of 32,000 square miles, the UAB has prospered due to its oil and natural gas reserves. Many see the country as a rising power in the Middle East and its largest city, Dubai, has already emerged as a global city in regards to business, transportation, and tourism.

The country uses a Western-style business model despite being having a monarchy form of government. Due to its wealth, the UAE government has already spent millions on advanced technologies, but are also sharing some of the advances with others.

An example of their role as a benefactor is the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. which has received several million dollars in donations over the past few years to help fund greater use of robotics in surgery and 3D tissue printing. The latter could help recreate certain small parts of human anatomy such as eardrums by using a 3D-print of bio-tissue.

However, an even greater positive effect could emerge if the use of robotics is perfected to the point where robots can carry out some of the more routine surgeries. If robots can conduct such surgeries with minimal supervision from actual surgeons, then they could help ease the burden of surgeons in the near future. By taking over some of the more routine surgical work, robots could unintentionally free up professional surgeons to focus on more complicated procedures.

Another tech advance in which the hospital is working on, through funding from the UAE, is the Surgical Robotic System where eye-sensing cameras and mechanical arms are controlled by a surgeon sitting at a console. Through this system, some hysterectomies have reportedly been done.

Thanks to the funding from the United Arab Emirates, the medical center is hoping to advance medical care for children in new ways over the coming years.

Oil Exploration Techniques in North America

The old standard way for drilling for oil/natural gas was vertical drilling. The depths would go from a few thousand feet to five miles. Vertical drilling means that to gather all that is available in an area, multiple wells would need to be dug. Today, companies have a variety of choices fro drilling. These new choices allow companies to reduce their impact on any specific area including environmental sensitive ecosystems as well as wet lands. New methods also mean smaller holes, less noise and allows for the operation to be completed quicker.

These new methods include horizontal digging. These wells will start with a vertical hole, but then using steerable tools take a turn to go across land verses continuing down. This means that they can gather all of the resources over a wider area from one location. Extended Reach Drilling (http://www.offshore-mag.com/articles/print/volume-74/issue-9/drilling-and-completion/extended-reach-drilling-systems-address-downhole-challenges-p1.html) allows companies to tap natural gas and oil in areas where vertical wells will not work. This method can also be used off shore. It allows for multiple wells from one platform. Complex Path Drilling will have many twists and turns allowing to tap into multiple locations from one well. This method is more cost effective and produces less waste.

Companies are more aware of protecting the environment too. These new methods help by allowing the digging of wells in sensitive areas with much less disturbance to the environment. Also, using an advanced 3-D Seismic equipment to do a survey before digging is important. No more guessing if there is something there to dig for. Clean up is also an important factor in protecting the environment.

Cunningham Energy (https://twitter.com/cunningham_eng?lang=en) based in Charleston West Virginia is a great example of one company that has begun using the horizontal method. The company is responsible for acquiring, exploring and producing oil and gas in Appalachia, West Virginia, Illinois and the Williston Basins. The company is using new technologies and is making responsible decisions to protect our environment.

Undercover Colors: More than just Nail Polish

The Alarming Number of Rape Cases
It’s an unfortunate side of reality that no one wants to think about. It’s the fact that sexual assaults, rape, and cases of advantage happen everyday. People fall victim when they are least expecting it. Women fall prey to unwanted sexual advances often when they are in a public place such as a bar or a party where alcohol is involved. It can happen if a woman is out by herself, with a group of friends, or in a one on one setting. Now days, women have to be especially careful when online dating. They’re meeting up with someone they don’t know and sometimes that can be a recipe for disaster.

It’s Not Always Feasible To Keep An Eye On Your Drink
People always say that women especially need to be constantly vigilant when they’re drinking. They need to monitor their surroundings and keep their eye on their drink. They should do things like tell the bartender when they’re on a date with someone for the first time. As great of ideas as these are, they’re not always practical and sometimes people don’t always remember to do these things when they’re out having a good time. Unfortunately there are people out there who are looking forward to these opportunities so that they can do something sinister. There are serial rapists out there who know exactly what to look for in an unsuspecting victim.

A Genius Idea Is Born
Rape culture is somewhat of a taboo topic. People’s opinions differ on what exactly rape is, how often it happens, and what the criteria is. People shy away from discussing it an coming up with ways to prevent it. Thankfully, a group of male engineers didn’t let that deter them from coming up with a creative solution and prevention product when it comes to date rape. They have created Undercover Colors, a nail polish that will detect when something is put in a drink. The nail polish is designed to change color if a drink has been tampered with. It’s creative, it’s practical, and it’s saving lives.

How Does It Work?
All a lady has to do is apply the nail varnish to her nails. If she suspects that her drink has been tampered with, all she has to do is dip a finger into the drink. If her polish changes colors then yes it has been. It’s an easy way to quietly and safely test a theory. Many women are sexually assaulted in their lifetime and this is an easy way to either prevent it or put a woman’s mind at ease if she’s nervous that her drink has been altered. The product is called Undercover Colors and is expected to be available this year. Overall, it will change lives and help prevent date rape from occurring.

Venture capital trio brings hope to Connecticut

The venture capital market in Connecticut looks to have gotten a lot brighter. It has been announced that three new venture capitalist firms have laid stakes in the state. The three companies together are said to have brought an additional $130 million capital to existing and prospective businesses. All companies, from large scale to small ones, will be able to take advantage of this new resource in venture funding.

The three new venture capital firms coming to Connecticut are Enhanced Capital Connecticut, Advantage Capital Connecticut Partners under managing partner Ryan Brennan, and Stonehenge Capital Fund Connecticut. These new venture firms were developed after the state of Connecticut passed new incentive laws for insurance companies. The Insurance Reinvestment Tax Credit Program provides Connecticut insurance companies tax breaks and incentives to those who invest in high growth businesses through various fund managers. The new companies and their funds are said to be earmarked for Connecticut based companies and ones who have a workforce of 250 workers or less.

Officials from all three of the new venture capitalist firms says they are looking to invest in a wide range of businesses and areas. Liddy Karter, the director of Enhanced Capital Connecticut, has raised about $30 million. Karter says that her firm will award monies in upwards of $3 million to qualified firms. This money would be released regardless of what stage that a business could possibly be in.

Advantage Capital has announced that they have supplied $72 million in funds to 8 different Connecticut based companies. Advantage has focused their efforts on the technology sector in the state by investing in software companies and retail websites.

Stonehenge Capital says that they are willing to invest up to $10 million in businesses and ventures that they seem fit. Since 2009, venture capitalist firms and investors have earmarked over $500 million in funds for Connecticut businesses.

Nutritional Supplement Company Expands Product Offerings Globally

With head quarters in Texas, Mannatech Incorporated (http://mannatechscience.org/) is a global company specializing in health and wellness. Their global operations supply products that transform lives. One of their main products is an exceptional line of essential oils. These oils are sent to Japan, Australia, Europe and South Africa. Mannatech has more than twenty years of experience in twenty-six countries.

At the annual MannaFest conference in Dallas, a new line of essential oils was revealed. This will be the first product available in the United States. This launch was so incredibly successful Mannatech is now supplying Taiwan, Canada and Korea as well.

Alfredo “Al” Bala is the companies CEO and feels this expansion is the beginning of a new era for Mannatech. His goal is to improve the lives of their customers with the marketing of their products across the world.

Mannatech has been able to formulate Glyconutrients into two different carrier oils. The first is a Sweet Almond and Aloe and the second a Fractionated Coconut and Aloe. The carrier oils will reduce potency since the concentration in the essential oils is so high. Several of the markets the company serves will also be offered Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Peppermint and Eucalyptus. These oils come from natural plants and different cultures have been using them for centuries for their many benefits. They give support emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually.

There are numerous quality specifications Mannatech meets with their oils. They are tested for purity and do not contain any preservatives, synthetics or solvents. They are never tested on animals and meet all IFRA standards.

Mannatech has recently started supplying China with their Ambrotose products. The powder consists of aloe vera in a gel form. Also available will be a TruHealth system for the loss of fat, a nutritional shake and a product designed to boost the metabolism. The middle class in China is growing quickly and looking for a way to take care of the health needs of their families. This is why Mannatech created an e-commerce website to give these people access to the products they need.

Considering Mannatech has over a hundred patents in the global marketplace, they are able to offer a wide variety of products. All of the technology they use has been scientifically validated and published. These are natural products whose purpose is to ensure the health and well being of everyone they touch.

Tear Down This Mall? No, Reinvent it.

It was bound to happen. Sooner or later, the convenience of shopping online would become the “only” way to shop. Suddenly, the idea of the super malls on large acre sites is no longer the most desirable trend. Although it appears this may be the beginning of the end for these supersized shopping malls, commercial real estate planners and designers are already creating “malls of the future.”

Malls Downsize
The innovative real estate planners and designers of these futuristic malls have a better idea: Design malls that connect to the realistic type of shopping customers find most convenient. Shopping online does not fill all the needs of shoppers. However, surprisingly shoppers still want to  shop in high end stores with the most recognizable brand names. Think mini Rodeo Drive in local towns and cities.

Signs of Changes to Come in Shopping Malls
The loss of rentals of smaller shops in large shopping malls is proof shoppers are ready for big changes. Mall planners and designers are artisans when it comes to remodeling shopping malls.Their first challenge is to create new concepts that will encourage shoppers to want to step away from their online shopping sprees long enough to have a look at the items they need in upscale stores. The signs of changes to come in shopping malls have already begun in many states throughout the U.S.

If you look at mall developer Westfield, they tend to be creating these type of village shopping centers. Their CEO Peter Lowy recently spoke on the subject at a conference at UCLA on the matter. “As a landlord, we’re investing in the real estate that retailers want to be in.” And that is in this new model of shopping mall.

The New Way to Shop
Any plan or design for these new shopping sites would look more like an exclusive shopping “village.” The hours of operation depend on the specific site location. In some places, this might mean stores open with hours that cater to the needs of shoppers who shop early mornings or late at night.

The smaller “village” style shopping sites would necessarily provide casual and high end restaurants, jewelry, apparel and cosmetics.   Book stores for browsers are also a “must have.” These types of shops offer items that are not found online or would be too costly or to valuable to ship. By keeping these items solely for their onsite stores, customer patronage increases.

 

The Year Ahead: It’s Not a Startup Visa, but It’s Close

Nigel Sharp isn’t making any plans past May 2017. He’s a U.K. citizen trying to build a startup in the U.S., which means he can’t get a conventional employer-sponsored work visa. His temporary one, granted with the support of the University of Colorado at Boulder as part of an entrepreneurship program, expires on May 28. “I have no clear path on what happens afterward,” he says. “I’m sitting here in Boulder, panicking.” His last company, presentation-software business Lionsharp, got $550,000 from American venture funds two years ago but folded after failing to secure further investment. Too risky, he and his co-founders were told, until you can find a way to resolve your immigration status and stay in the U.S. for good.

That’s why Sharp, a fast-talking 31-year-old, is keeping close tabs on a proposal from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The inelegantly named entrepreneurial “parole” would allow visa-less startup types to stay in the country for two years, with a possible three-year extension, if they own at least 15 percent of a U.S.-based startup formed in the past three years that’s raised $345,000 in investment capital. Sharp has checked all those boxes before. (Lionsharp was incorporated in Delaware.) “It may be the salvation that allows me to stay in the U.S. this time around,” he says. His new venture makes software designed to automate data centers.

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Source: bloomberg.com

Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Contributes to Economic Growth

The United States has returned back to traditional oil and natural gas production when it comes to renewable energy. There have been advances in hydraulic fracturing that have allowed energy companies to access the world’s largest oil and natural gas reserves.

So how does hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” work? Fracking uses subterranean explosives to fracture rock formations. Then water and chemicals are pumped into the fractures. This helps to expand the cracks and release oil and natural gas. Fracking has helped rapid growth in the U.S. energy industry and seeing oil formations produce over a million barrels every day.

This has created jobs to grow by over 40 percent. IHS Global Insight estimates that by the end of 2015 the production industry will have created 870,000 jobs. Manufacturing growth in oilfield equipment leads to big jumps in profit, which require staff to for the demand from everything from rigs to pipes and pumps. Natural gas is producing jobs and economic benefits around the world.

It is so important to focus on reliable and affordable energy for our economy. Affordable supplies and equipment have helped process large amounts of natural energy production. This has helped invigorate the petrochemical industry that relies on feedstock to make plastics and the other building blocks of modern manufacturing. These supplies are strengthening America’s steel industry, which is building new mills and hiring more employees to support hydraulic fracturing. Areas where the production of hydraulic fracturing are occurring are experiencing economic growth, the creation of jobs and increased tax revenue.

One particular oil producer that engages in hydraulic fracturing is independent company, Cunningham Energy. Based in Charleston, West Virginia, Cunningham Energy (CunninghamEnergyNews.com) is a leader in acquiring, exploring and producing oil gas in the Appalachian, Illinois and Williston Basins. Recently the company announced plans for two new shallow horizontal oil wells to be drilled in Kanawha County.

They believe that data has shown strong oil production in these shallow horizons. Cunningham Energy relies on past experiences with ever changing technology to succeed in efficient energy production. Innovation in the fracking process especially with Cunningham Energy, can provide benefits by balancing environmental costs helping the United States catapult toward energy independence (SPE.org).