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Robert Falgout, retired Nicholls agriculture professor and director of the Cane Sugar Refiners’ Institute and the Raw Cane Sugar Manufacturers’ Institute, was presented with the Crystal Award for achievement in sugar technology at the international Sugar Industry Technologists annual meeting on May 20.
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Chris Remont has joined Bollinger Shipyards as director of Program Management.

Sugar industry honors retired Nicholls professor
THIBODAUX — The director of two internationally renowned sugar industry education programs at Nicholls State University was honored for his work in Toronto last week.
Robert Falgout, retired Nicholls agriculture professor and director of the Cane Sugar Refiners’ Institute and the Raw Cane Sugar Manufacturers’ Institute, was presented with the Crystal Award for achievement in sugar technology at the international Sugar Industry Technologists annual meeting on May 20.
Falgout, who retired as a professor of agriculture in 1998, has directed the sugar institutes for 37 years. He will retire after teaching his final pair of workshops this summer. The two-week summer programs, aimed at mid-management professionals in the sugar industry, attract attendees and industry experts from all over the nation and up to 40 countries on nearly every continent.
“Nicholls has become a world leader in sugar education,” said Falgout. “If you want to be something in the sugar industry, the road to success leads through Nicholls.”
Technical and engineering graduates generally know little or nothing about sugar refining and processing, so companies send them to Nicholls to learn in less than two weeks what would otherwise require several years on the job.
For more information on the Cane Sugar Refiners’ Institute, the Raw Cane Sugar Manufacturers’ Institute and other adult education programs, visit the Office of Continuing Education at nicholls.edu/continuing-ed or call 985-448-4444.

Bollinger hires program management director
LOCKPORT — Bollinger Shipyards announced that Chris Remont has joined the company as director of Program Management. Remont will oversee all aspects of program management for Bollinger Shipyard’s Lockport new construction facility, with an emphasis on the present U.S. Coast Guard Fast Response Cutter program.
The announcement was made by Ben Bordelon, Bollinger executive vice-president and chief operating officer, who said, “Mr. Remont’s extensive background and experience in engineering, planning and production, and his proven ability to successfully perform in all aspects of shipbuilding and repair makes him a great addition to our team.”
Prior to joining Bollinger, Remont held the position of director, Engineering, Central Planning and Production Control of Avondale Engineering and Construction, a subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries. He previously held the position of Director of Electrical Engineering – Ingalls Shipbuilding, and has more than 22 years of experience in the U.S. in commercial manufacturing, including shipbuilding.
He earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering technology from Louisiana Tech University in 1993, and a master’s of business administration from Nicholls State University in 2006.

Audit: State regulation of wells inadequate
BATON ROUGE (AP) — More than half the oil and gas wells in Louisiana were not inspected within a three-year guideline set by the state, and more than 2,800 orphaned wells in the state have not been plugged as of July 2013.
Those are among the findings of an audit that cites the state Department of Natural Resources Office of Conservation for inadequate management of oil and gas well regulation.
The audit, released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office, also notes a failure to collect fines.
In a response to the audit, Commissioner of Conservation James Welsh wrote that the office agrees with the findings, noting the office has been struggling with how to write rules to require a financial security.

Swift Energy announces test results on wells
HOUSTON (AP) — Swift Energy Company’s three new Eagle Ford wells in the Fasken area of Webb County have an average initial production rate of 21.4 million cubic feet of gas per day.
Houston-based Swift Energy on Monday announced the test results.
The company also completed two new Eagle Ford wells in McMullen County. Those wells had an average initial production rate of 1,404 barrels of oil equivalent during their test periods.
Swift Energy is an independent oil and natural gas company with operations mainly in Texas and Louisiana.

Justiss Oil pays nearly $620K
in back wages
JENA (AP) — Justiss Oil Co. Inc. has paid 270 current and former employees nearly $620,000 in back wages after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.
The investigation, announced Monday, found that the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime and record-keeping provisions when it did not pay its workers for time spent at mandatory staff meetings and failed to record the time spent at those meetings.
Federal labor officials say the company has paid all back wages in full, $619,830, and agreed to comply with all applicable FLSA provisions in the future.
Justiss, established in 1946, is an oil field services company with about 408 employees. It is mainly a land-based drilling, exploration, production and well-servicing company.

Allen’s TV Cable plans to offer ESPN SEC Network
The new ESPN SEC Network, set to launch in August, is expected to be part of the line-up for Allen’s TV Cable Service Inc. according to Gregory Price, president of Allen’s in response to recent customer inquiries.
“We are currently in active negotiations with ESPN/Disney/ABC Family to continue carriage of a host of their networks after our current agreement expires July 31, 2014, and our negotiation includes carriage of ESPN’s new services the SEC Network and Fusion,” Price said. “We fully anticipate that these services will be available to you, our valued customers, when they launch on Aug. 14, 2014.”
The SEC Network (also known as the SEC ESPN Network) is an upcoming cable college sports network dedicated to coverage of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The network will be operated by ESPN as part of a 20-year partnership, and feature coverage of SEC sports, along with news/analysis programs and other content focusing on the SEC’s member schools. SEC Network will air events across the 21 sports that the conference sponsors; within its first year, the network and its digital outlets plan to broadcast at least 1000 live events, with at least 450 on television.
The network will broadcast about 45 football games, 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games and 75 baseball games each year. For football, SEC Network plans to air three Saturday games per week in early, afternoon, and evening windows according to ESPN.

Associated Press and staff reports.

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