SEALNG Expands Presence in America with ÉNESTAS

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy of WMN Mexico-based LNG company ÉNESTAS has joined SEA\LNG, a multi-sector industry coalition aiming at accelerating the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel.With the addition of ÉNESTAS, the SEA\LNG coalition bolsters its efforts to drive forward LNG as a marine fuel and to progress its role as a viable solution in the energy transition within shipping.As the largest private LNG company in Mexico and with the largest LNG distribution network, ÉNESTAS is expected to support the coalition’s vision of a competitive global LNG value chain for cleaner maritime shipping by 2020.Commenting on the latest addition to the coalition, Peter Keller, SEA\LNG chairman and executive vice president, TOTE Inc., said: “SEA\LNG continues to unite organisations from across the LNG value chain to address market barriers to LNG uptake, and to help transform the use of LNG as a marine fuel into a global reality. With several ports under development in North America, including in the Gulf of Mexico, we look forward to leveraging ÉNESTAS’ vast network and capabilities within the region to support the continued growth and investment in LNG bunkering infrastructure.”Since launching in July 2016, SEA\LNG’s membership has grown rapidly from 13 to 34 members, demonstrating the industry’s attention to LNG as a cost-effective, safe, and environmentally friendly long-term bridging solution to a zero-emissions shipping industry.“We expect LNG to become the dominant fuel for transportation by road, rail, and sea. LNG is currently the most safe, clean, and economically viable marine fuel on the market and will continue to substitute diesel as the fuel of choice. We’re excited to be part of SEA\LNG and to work with our fellow members to promote knowledge and understanding of the full benefits that LNG has to offer,” Caio Zapata M, chief executive officer, ÉNESTAS, said.LNG emits zero sulphur oxides (SOx), virtually zero particulate matter (PM), and compared to existing heavy marine fuel oils, LNG can emit 90% less nitrogen oxides (NOx).With regards to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the maritime sector, reductions of up to 20% are achievable now with LNG. As technology continues to develop, these reductions will increase. Furthermore, LNG, in combination with efficiency measures being developed for new ships in response to the IMO’s Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), will provide a way of meeting the IMO’s decarbonization target of a 40% decrease by 2030 for international shipping.last_img read more

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Reliance BP to develop deepest gas discovery in KGD6 by 2022

first_imgNew Delhi: Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and its partner BP Plc of UK Tuesday announced investment sanction for development of their deepest natural gas discovery in the flagging KG-D6 block by 2022. Reliance-BP will develop the MJ, or D-55, gas find in sync with the previously approved projects to the develop two sets of discoveries in the block that will together add 30-35 million standard cubic metres per day of natural gas production in phases. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsMJ gas find, located about 2,000 metres directly below the currently producing Dhirubhai-1 and 3 (D1 and D3) fields in the KG-D6 block, is estimated to hold a minimum of 0.988 Trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of contingent resource. “MJ is the third of three new projects in the Block KG-D6 integrated development plan and its approval follows sanctions for the development of ‘R-Series’ deep-water gas field in June 2017 and for the Satellites Cluster in April 2018,” the company said in a press statement. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefReliance-BP did not give the individual cost of the three projects but said they together will cost an estimated Rs 35,000 crore. The three projects will develop a total of about 3 Tcf of discovered gas resources. “These projects together, when fully developed, will bring about 1 billion cubic feet a day of new domestic gas onstream, phased over 2020-2022,” the statement said. Reliance and BP had in June 2017 announced an investment of up to Rs 40,000 crore in the three sets of discoveries to reverse the flagging production in KG-D6 block. These finds were expected to bring a total 30-35 million cubic metres (1 billion cubic feet) of gas a day onstream, phased over 2020-22. R-Cluster will be first to come on stream, delivering gas in the second half of 2020-21 fiscal.last_img read more

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Kristin Kreuk on weird experience of making new CBC series Burden of

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement “That’s a weird experience for me to own.” “To be around them, it feels like, ‘Oh God, your entire life I’ve been on a set,’” says Kreuk during a press tour in Cannes, where the series was being shopped internationally. Advertisement Compounding that feeling is working opposite young actresses who were her age when she started out on “Smallville.” The 35-year-old Vancouver-native has spent half her life in the spotlight. She was still a teenager when “Smallville” launched in 2001, making her an instant Comic-Con crush as Clark Kent’s girlfriend Lana Lang. After a dozen years as a CW ingenue, she finally felt like the grown-up on the set while making CBC’s “Burden of Truth,” which premieres Wednesday. CANNES, France — Viewers have watched former “Smallville” and “Beauty and the Beast” star Kristin Kreuk grow up on television. Advertisement These young actresses didn’t grow up watching “Smallville,” Kreuk points out, “because they would have been three!” Twitterlast_img read more

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Oz police raid properties linked to New Zealand terror suspect

first_imgMelbourne: Australian counter-terrorism police on Monday searched two homes linked to the family members of the gunman accused of killing 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch to obtain material that may assist New Zealand Police in their investigation into the terror attack. The attacker, identified by authorities as Australia-born Brenton Tarrant, 28, targeted immigrants during Friday prayers. Witnesses said victims were shot at close range. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHe was arrested shortly after entering two mosques —Masjid Al Noor and Linwood – with high-powered weapons and shooting dead 50 people, including five Indians. The New South Wales (NSW) Joint Counter Terrorism Team on Monday raided two properties on the state’s mid-north coast. One of the properties being searched belongs to Sharon Tarrant, the mother of the attacker. ”Around 8.30 this morning (local time) officers from the NSW JCTT executed a search warrant at a home in the town of Sandy Beach, near Coffs Harbour. A short time later, a second search warrant was executed at another home in Lawrence near Maclean,” the statement said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”The primary aim of the activity is to formally obtain material that may assist New Zealand Police in their ongoing investigation,” it said adding “the family of the Australian man arrested in Christchurch continues to assist police with their inquiries.” Police further assured the community that that there was no information to suggest a current or impending threat related to this search warrants. The NSW JCTT comprises representatives from the Australian Federal Police, NSW Police Force, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and the NSW Crime Commission. In an interview with Nine News, Tarrant’s family expressed shock and apologised for his role in the shooting. His uncle, Terry Fitzgerald, mourned the victims in Christchurch. “We are so sorry for the families over there, for the dead and injured,” he said. His grandmother, Marie Fitzgerald, told reporters she could not fathom how “somebody in our family would do anything like this . The 81-year-old said her grandson was “obviously not of sound mind . The family had dinner with Tarrant 12 months ago for his sister’s birthday in Grafton. Tarrant, a self-avowed white supremacist, lived in Grafton, 500km northwest of Sydney, where he worked as a personal trainer at Big River Gym. He moved to the New Zealand city of Dunedin at some point in the last two or three years. Tarrant did not request bail during a brief court appearance on Saturday and will next appear on April 5. He has been charged with one count of murder but further charges are expected. Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton defended the ASIO and the Australian Federal Police against suggestions they had failed to identify the danger Tarrant posed. He said Monday that Tarrant had spent only 45 days in Australia over the past three years and was not on any terror watch lists. His social media ravings were missed because of the massive amount of digital traffic which has to be monitored. “There is only so much content that can be covered, assessed and analysed by ASIO and other partner agencies,” said Dutton. He also rejected claims the security authorities were only focused on Islamic terrorists, ignoring right-wing extremists. Dutton said Australia’s security agencies are very concerned about retaliatory or copycat attacks in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack. Tarrant’s travels through Europe, Turkey and Asia are now being examined in detail, in part to see if he had any overseas help in carrying out the massacre.last_img read more

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Afghanistan UN assesses border management to cope with spike in returns from

“With returns in 2017 on track to meet or even surpass the levels of last year, it is essential to have a comprehensive understanding of the current procedures at the border, and to look at how they can be improved,” said Laurence Hart, Afghanistan Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in a press release.In 2016, 600,000 Afghans returned from Pakistan through the Torkham border crossing in Nangarhar province and the Spin Boldak border crossing in Kandahar province. Over several visits to Torkham and Spin Boldak in April, the assessment team met with officials from the Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, Border Police, customs officials, humanitarian actors and migrants.Based on interviews and observations at the borders, IOM will produce an assessment report addressing key areas of administrative and operational capacity including infrastructure and available equipment; human resources and competencies; the regulatory framework guiding relevant government agencies; procedures and workflow; capacity gaps and issues. “The report resulting from the assessment will include short-term recommendations for streamlining registration, document security and other border procedures, as well as technical assistance needs that could be addressed by IOM over the longer term,” said IOM border management expert Erik Slavenas. As a first step toward improving efficiency at the border, the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, with the support of IOM, rolled out the Afghan Returnee Information System (ARIS) in late 2016. ARIS, a digital registration process for both undocumented and refugee returnees, replaced a paper-based registration system. It allows for better data collection and data sharing. read more

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Football How will Ohio State rotate running backs JK Dobbins and Mike

OSU freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs a play during the 2017 season opener vs Indiana. OSU won 49-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State running back Mike Weber was fully equipped, taped up and ready to play against Indiana in Week 1 if necessary. After the Buckeyes’ 49-21 victory, coach Urban Meyer said last year’s starter could’ve played, but was feeling “80 percent” and was “on call.”Once freshman J.K. Dobbins began taking handoffs, it became clear Weber, who had been dealing with a hamstring injury since the beginning of fall camp, wouldn’t be needed. Dobbins sliced through an Indiana defense that held Ohio State to just 13 first-half points, taking 29 carries for 182 yards. His rushing yardage total is the most of any freshman making his debut for the Buckeyes, and more than Weber rushed in any game last season.At Monday afternoon’s press conference, Meyer said Weber had a good practice, went full speed and will play against the Sooners Saturday night. Given the ascendance of Dobbins, Meyer and co-offensive coordinators Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day must determine how to split snaps and touches in future games.Ohio State redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (left) speaks with running backs coach Tony Alford (right) prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorMeyer also said Monday he hadn’t determined how the tandem will rotate in Saturday night’s game against Oklahoma and reiterated the uncertainty the next day. “They’ll both certainly play and I think they’re good complements to each other,” Meyer said on the Big Ten coaches teleconference Tuesday afternoon. “Kind of remains to be seen on how we use it. But they’ll both play.”One possibility is that both Dobbins and Weber, who was just the third freshman to rush for more than 1,000 yard in school history, could share the field at the same time.“It just gives us a lot of options,” redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett said. “Whether it be triple-option or things we have going on, all three of us having the threat to run, or having them getting out of the backfield and having them in routes as well. I think that it just opens a lot of things up for us offensively.”Regardless of how they rotate or whether they’re on the field at the same time, Dobbins’ and Weber’s teammates are acutely aware of how different they are and how that might allow them to complement each other.“[Dobbins is] kind of one of those guys who can get into those creases and be able to kind of just flip things and roll,” redshirt senior center Billy Price said. “Mike kind of is that bruiser. He is that guy that’s able to kind of get in there and if he needs a couple extra yards.”Barrett agreed with Price and mentioned Dobbins could benefit from Weber’s return because it will allow him to rest. Besides, having too much talent in the backfield is a problem most coaches would welcome. In running back coach Tony Alford’s performance self-review of the 2016 season, he wrote that Ohio State needed more production from its backup running backs. With Dobbins and a healthy Weber, that doesn’t seem to be a dire issue this year.Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins runs out of the tunnel prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorAnd don’t be surprised if a couple other backs earn carries against Oklahoma.Against Indiana, sophomore Antonio Williams carried the ball seven times for 44 yards, finding the end zone twice. He played a similar role, albeit in a lesser capacity, to what Weber might play against Oklahoma. The 5-foot-11, 208-pound Williams had just six carries in 2016, and if Weber doesn’t feel fully healthy, Williams might be called into action in goal-line and short-yardage situations.Demario McCall was also listed as a running back on the first two depth charts of the season, though he said in August he was primarily working with the H-backs. Last year, as a freshman, McCall took 49 rushing attempts for 273 yards, showcasing his athleticism and explosiveness. However, on his call-in show on 97.1 last Wednesday, Meyer said he was still recovering from a sports hernia he suffered in the spring.Considering Ohio State’s seemingly never-ending search for a playmaker and its continued transition to the new coordinators’ style of offense, expect the Buckeyes to test different packages utilizing multiple running backs to confuse Oklahoma’s defense. Ohio State and the Sooners kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Number of over65s needing 24hour care to rise by third over next

The team developed the Population Ageing and Care Simulation (PACSim) model as little research had previously been done on how levels of dependency might change for different generations of older people.PACSim accounts for multiple risk factors for dependence and disability, including a wide range of sociodemographic factors (such as level of education) and health behaviours (for example, smoking status and physical activity), as well as 12 chronic diseases and geriatric conditions including coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, cancer and depression.Using longitudinal data from three large nationally representative studies of adults (aged 35 and older), the study modelled future trends in social care needs for the population aged 65 and older in England between 2015 and 2035, according to varying levels of dependency.Adults were categorised as high dependency if they required 24-hour care, medium dependency if they needed help at regular times daily, low dependency if they required care less than daily and were generally looked after in the community, or independent (without care needs). The number of adults aged 65 and over needing round-the-clock care will rise by over a third to more than one million during the next 20 years, experts have suggested.The number of over-85s requiring 24-hour care will almost double to 446,000 in England by 2035, according to a new modelling study published in The Lancet Public Health.The research, carried out by Newcastle University and the London School of Economics and Political Science, found there will be plenty of people living independent lives, with the number of over-65s living without care needs set to rise to 8.9 million – an increase of more than 60% from 5.5 million in 2015.They predict this increase in independence will be seen mainly in men.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Nevertheless, they said the estimates predict a rise in the number of people living into old age with multiple long-term conditions, with the majority (80%) of older adults with dementia and in need of substantial care in 2035 likely to have two or more other diseases. Alzheimer’s Society chief executive, Jeremy Hughes, said: “These new estimates paint a challenging future, with the number of people needing constant care – the majority of whom will be living with dementia – starkly increasing in the next 20 years.”After decades of starved funding, the social care system is buckling under the strain.”Through our helpline we hear of people with dementia being forced to choose between a wash or a hot meal due to the limited time of a homecare visit, and ending up in hospital with an infection because they didn’t have the support to shower each day.”A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “In the Autumn we will set out our plans to reform adult social care alongside our long term plan for the NHS, so we can address the challenge of our growing ageing population head on and ensure services are sustainable for the future.” They said their study highlights the importance of ensuring that health and social care services adapt to the unprecedented needs of an increasing older population with complex care needs, with the authors warning that relying on the informal carers who provide around £57 billion worth of care in the UK is not a sustainable solution.Professor Carol Jagger, from the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, said: “The challenge is considerable.”Our study suggests that older spouse carers are increasingly likely to be living with disabilities themselves, resulting in mutual care relationships that are not yet well recognised by existing care policy and practices.”On top of that, extending the retirement age of the UK population is likely to further reduce the informal and unpaid carer pool, who have traditionally provided for older family members.”These constraints will exacerbate pressures on already stretched social care budgets.” The researchers also analysed how the burden of dementia with and without other chronic diseases will change demand for social care over the next 20 years.For instance, while numbers of over-65s with dementia will fall by around a third (equivalent to 16,000 less people) by 2035, those with dementia and two or more conditions will more than double (equivalent to an additional 493,000 people).Prof Jagger said: “This expanding group will have more complex care needs that are unlikely to be met adequately without improved co-ordination between different specialities and better understanding of the way in which dementia affects the management of other conditions.”Nick Forbes, senior vice chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA), said: “This report is a further warning of the crisis in adult social care and the urgent need to plug the immediate funding gap and find a long-term solution on how we pay for it and improve people’s independence and wellbeing.”With people living longer, increases in costs, decreases in funding, care providers closing and contracts being returned to councils, the system is at breaking point, ramping up pressures on unpaid carers who are the backbone of the care system.”Adult social care services face a £3.5 billion funding gap by 2025, just to maintain existing standards of care. The likely consequences of this are more and more people being unable to get quality and reliable care and support, which enables them to live more fulfilling lives.” Estimates suggest that the number of people over 65 will increase by just under 50% from 9.7 million in 2015 to 14.5 million in 2035, and highlight the very differing future care needs of men and women.Between 2015 and 2035, life expectancy for men aged 65 is projected to rise by 3.5 years to 22.2 years, and the average number of years spent independent is expected to increase by 4.2 years (from 11.1 years to 15.2), while time spent living with substantial care needs (medium or high dependency) is likely to decline.In contrast, for women average life expectancy at 65 will increase by just three years (from 21.1 to 24.1).Over this time, the average number of years spent independent is expected to rise by less than a year (from 10.7 years to 11.6), and women will spend almost half of their remaining life with low dependency needs such as help with activities like washing and shopping, alongside a small increase in years requiring intensive 24-hour care (from two years in 2015 to 2.7 years in 2035).Prof Jagger added: “Over the next 20 years, although young-old cohorts (aged 65-74) are more likely to enter old age independent, the proportion with multi-morbidities is projected to rise with each successive cohort, and this will result in a greater likelihood of higher dependency with further ageing.”However, trends for men and women are likely to be very different, with women experiencing more low-level dependency than men, highlighting the importance of focusing on disabling long-term conditions such as arthritis that are more common in women than men.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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World Handball left back 2017

WORLD BEST LEFT BACK 2017? Vuko Borozan (RK Vardar Skopje – Montenegro) Momir Ilic (Telekom Veszprem – Serbia) Sander Sagosen (PSG Handball – Norway) Mikkel Hansen (PSG Handball – Denmark)View Results Mikkel HansenMomir IlicSander Sagosenvuko borozanWorld Handball left back 2017  Loading …CLICK AND VOTE:WORLD BEST LEFT WING 2017WORLD BEST LEFT BACK 2017WORLD BEST PLAYMAKER 2017WORLD BEST RIGHT BACK 2017WORLD BEST RIGHT WING 2017WORLD BEST LINE-PLAYER 2017WORLD BEST GOALKEEPER 2017WORLD BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER 2017 ← Previous Story World Handball left wing 2017? Next Story → EHF Cup: Berlin win in Porto – Tatabanya with +1 to Chambery read more

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Chrome 17 beta boosts malware defenses and learns a new speed trick

first_imgIn recent times all the major web browsers have made serious leaps in terms of speed thanks to improvements in HTML parsing, JavaScript engines, and the arrival of hardware accelerated rendering. As differences in performance become less apparent, it’s becoming more and more important for companies like Google and Microsoft to differentiate their browsers in other ways. Lately, they’ve taken to trumpeting advances in browser security — and with the arrival of the Chrome 17 beta, Google is expanding its browser’s malware defenses.Chrome has always offered a decent level of protection by tapping into Google’s SafeBrowsing intelligence. In fact, a report recently suggested that Google might have been boosting Chrome’s SafeBrowsing abilities by giving it preferential access to bits that were off-limits to competing browsers like Firefox and Safari. In Chrome 17, Google is taking a page from Microsoft’s book on malware protection.Chrome already prompts users when downloading certain file types like .EXE or .MSI, but it lacks the ability to offer any kind of insight as to whether or not downloads are actually malicious. It’s merely a warning to remind users to think carefully before saving files onto their hard drives. Chrome 17 now checks downloads against SafeBrowsing data — if a file is known to be malicious or originates from a site that has a reputation for pushing malware, Chrome will sound the alarm. The official blog post makes it clear that no mechanism like this is perfect, and it’s still a step behind the protection offered by Internet Explorer 9.Because it’s essentially definition-based, Chrome’s new malware defense — although improved — isn’t quite as adaptable as Microsoft’s reputation-based blocking. Regardless of which system offers better protection in real world use, this is a change that will help users avoid malware infections and online booby traps pushing fake antivirus software.The new release isn’t all about security, either. Chrome 17 also adds some new intelligence that melds its existing pre-rendering abilities with the power of the Omnibox. When you begin typing a URL that Chrome has learned you’re likely to visit, pre-rendering will kick in and fetch the page. When you finish typing and hit enter or mouse up to the suggested URL and click through, the page appears to load more rapidly — because Chrome’s been pulling down bits in the background. It won’t always make a big difference, but when Google has built a reputation for offering a blazing fast browser, fractions of a second count.Grab the new Chrome 17 beta release from Google, or restart your browser if you’re already running that channel to update it and try out the new features.More at Googlelast_img read more

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Monet masterpiece sells for almost €100 million at New York auction

first_img Wednesday 15 May 2019, 7:38 AM May 15th 2019, 7:38 AM Short URL 18,438 Views https://jrnl.ie/4635107 By AFP A CLAUDE MONET painting from his celebrated Mueles – or Haystacks – series sold for €98 million in an auction record for the French impressionist painter.The work went up for auction at Sotheby’s in New York on Tuesday – the first time since 1986 – and claimed one of the highest prices ever seen at auction. The total, which includes fees and the commission, was more than 44 times the previous record for the work.It was the first time an impressionist painting commanded such a high bid at auction.Monet painted 25 Mueles compositions during the winter of 1890-1891 at his home in Giverny, in France’s Normandy region. In each piece, Monet showed the light and surroundings of the same scene as they changed at different times of the day, with varying seasons and during various types of weather.Another painting from the series was sold in November 2016 by Christie’s auction house in New York for more than €72 million.The latest piece sold at Sotheby’s is among the most immediately recognizable Monet  paintings.“We feel – and I think people when they stand in front of this would largely agree – that this is an even nicer example” than the one sold in 2016, Sotheby’s Julian Dawes said. “It’s enchanting, you just can’t look away,” he added. The anonymous collector who brought the painting to be auctioned had purchased it in 1986 at Christie’s for just $2.5 million.The last record for a Monet painting was set in May 2018 during a Christie’s sale when his Nympheas en Fleur or ‘Water Lilies in Bloom’ sold for €75 million.“This could be a defining moment for Monet’s market,” Dawes said.Despite the allure and popularity of contemporary art, Dawes said impressionism has an enduring quality.“Something that I really like about impressionism in general is that the market tends to be really consistent. People love impressionism,” he added.“It doesn’t change from generation to generation. These paintings are 150 years old and they’ve always been beloved.”© – AFP 2019 Share21 Tweet Email3 Monet masterpiece sells for almost €100 million at New York auction The anonymous collector who brought the painting to be auctioned had bought it for €2.2 million. Image: DPA/PA Images 20 Comments Image: DPA/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Alphington students visit Greece

first_imgIn an expedition many only dream about, 46 lucky Alphington Grammar students embarked on a five-week international trek around China, Turkey, Gallipoli and Greece.The students from year 9 and 10 recently returned from their international tour, having visited a number of archaeological and historical sites, and of course, mingling with the locals to truly understand the intricacies of international travel. In Greece, the students visited the island of Crete and were fortunate enough to retrace the steps of many soldiers who fought in the battle of Crete. They met with members of the Hania municipality, and were given special Crete show bags during a morning tea.Principle Vivianne Nikou joined the students on the last two weeks of the trip, and saw first-hand how much the students were learning about international cultures and history. “The five-week experience to three countries was the first of its type in Australia,” she said. “Our students will be required to have global skills and competencies with strong cultural understanding … what better way to develop independent habits of mind than to learn by doing.”The students followed an itinerary that focused on five themes, including heritage, work, family, education and future challenges. Those who didn’t join the international trek were able to go on an Australian tour, visiting Coober Pedy, Uluru, Kings Canyon and Alice Springs.Forty-eight students were able go on camel rides, trek through the sacred lands of Uluru and camp in the desert, something many had never experienced before. “Many of our students have not explored the vastness of Australia, especially the interior … a trek like this one challenged the 48 students physically and emotionally as they learnt more about their own country and themselves,” Dr Nikou said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Victoria to examine impact of penalty rate cuts

first_imgThe Victorian Labor Government made a submission to the FWC review strongly opposing any change to penalty rates. A motion was moved on Thursday which will see the establishment of a Parliamentary Committee to examine the impact of the Fair Work Commission’s decision. The Committee will look at the impact of penalty rate cuts on award-reliant workers, women, and young people across Victoria exploring how the state can act to protect workers and prepare a final report by 1 September 2017. Apart from holiday penalty rates being affected and cuts in the fast food, retail, and hospitality industries, the Commission is now considering even more penalty cuts in the hair and beauty, tourism, clubs and restaurant industries. This could leave even more Victorians facing a cut to their take-home pay. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Google dévoile la liste des demandes gouvernementales

first_imgGoogle dévoile la liste des demandes gouvernementalesDans un souci de transparence, Google a publié dans son rapport semestriel la liste des pays lui ayant demandé de supprimer des liens ou de leur fournir des informations sur des internautes au cours des six derniers mois de l’année 2010.Lundi, Google a publié dans son Transparency Report (lien non disponible), la liste des pays lui ayant demandé en 2009 et 2010 de supprimer certains contenus, ou de lui donner des informations au sujet d’utilisateurs des sites du géant de Mountain View. “Comme d’autres entreprises de communication et de technologie, Google reçoit régulièrement des demandes d’organismes gouvernementaux ou de tribunaux à travers le monde. Elles peuvent porter sur la suppression de contenu de nos services ou sur la mise à disposition de renseignements sur les utilisateurs”, explique la firme.Au cours du second semestre 2010, c’est le Royaume-Uni qui a émis le plus de demandes. Au total, Google a accepté de supprimer dans le pays quelque 93.360 éléments, sur 93.518 demandes qui concernaient en majeure partie des publicités mensongères. La Corée du Sud se montre elle aussi très vigilante. Elle a en effet soumis 32.000 demandes, pour supprimer des liens vers des numéros d’identité nationale (RNN). Vient ensuite le Brésil, qui achève le trio de tête avec 12.363 demandes. Certaines émanaient des tribunaux électoraux et concernaient des contenus liés aux campagnes électorales. Alors qu’aux Etats-Unis, Google a supprimé 1.110 éléments diffamant un homme et sa famille, la Direction centrale de la police italienne a exigé la suppression d’une vidéo publiée sur YouTube peu flatteuse envers Silvio Berlusconi, et qui simulait son assassinat par arme à feu. En Thaïlande, raconte Google, le ministère de l’Information, de la Communication et des Technologies a réclamé la suppression de plusieurs contenus qui critiquaient le roi, “et n’étaient donc pas conformes aux lois de lèse-majesté en vigueur en Thaïlande”.À lire aussiUne incroyable intelligence artificielle donne vie à la Joconde de Léonard de Vinci (Vidéo)Google dévoile en outre la liste des pays ayant réclamé des informations sur des internautes. Les Etats-Unis arrivent alors en tête du classement avec 4.601 demandes, dont 94% ont été satisfaites. Suivent le Brésil et l’Inde avec respectivement 1.804 et 1.699 demandes. La Grande-Bretagne est quatrième (1.162 demandes), et c’est la France qui achève le top 5. Seules 56% des 1.021 demandes faites par le pays ont obtenu une réponse. “Nous avons créé l’outil ‘Demandes gouvernementales’ pour vous permettre de connaître le nombre de demandes de renseignements sur les utilisateurs et de suppression de contenu de nos services, de la part des organismes gouvernementaux. Nous espérons que cette nouvelle étape vers davantage de transparence sera utile dans le cadre des discussions en cours concernant la portée et la légitimité des demandes des gouvernements”, souligne la firme de Mountain View pour expliquer la publication de ces éléments.Le 28 juin 2011 à 19:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Voiture électrique 400 bornes de charge rapide bientôt installées en Europe

first_imgVoiture électrique : 400 bornes de charge rapide bientôt installées en EuropeHier, le constructeur japonais Nissan a lancé en Alsace un projet d’installation de 400 bornes de rechargement rapide pour véhicules électriques. Ces bornes seront mises en place dans toute l’Europe d’ici quelques mois.En un an, le constructeur automobile japonais Nissan a vendu en Europe près de 2.000 exemplaires de la Leaf, son véhicule compact 100% électrique. Renault, son partenaire, lancera d’ailleurs cet automne sa citadine électrique Zoé. Mais pour développer ce marché “il fallait résoudre le problème de l’oeuf et de la poule : à l’heure actuelle, on ne sait pas si on a peu de bornes parce qu’il y a peu de véhicules, ou l’inverse. Il fallait donc aller de l’avant”, explique Grégory Nève, directeur de la communication de Nissan pour l’Europe occidentale.À lire aussiMal des transports : pourquoi est-on malade en voiture et comment l’éviter ?C’est ainsi que des bornes de rechargement rapide sont actuellement en train d’être installées à travers l’Europe. En tout, 400 bornes d’une forte puissance (50 kilowatts), qui permettront de recharger la batterie d’une voiture électrique en moins d’une demi-heure, contre 8 à 10 heures sur une prise de courant normale (3 à 3,5 killowatts) à la maison. L’une des deux premières bornes a été inaugurée sur le parking d’un hypermarché à Haguenau dans le Bas-Rhin, avec l’idée que l’utilisateur pourra recharger son véhicule le temps de faire ses courses.Une autre borne a été inaugurée hier à Amersfoort, aux Pays-Bas. “L’idée est de rassurer les usagers, qu’ils sachent qu’ils disposent, à une distance raisonnable, d’un lieu de recharge rapide”, a expliqué le responsable de Nissan cité par l’AFP. Par ailleurs, il est toujours possible de recharger sa voiture pendant la nuit à son domicile et en mode lent. En tout, Nissan prévoir d’équiper 40 lieux en France de bornes rapides, qui seront compatibles avec tous les véhicules électriques existant y compris ceux ne disposant que du mode de charge lent. A noter que le conseil régional d’Alsace, qui propose une subvention de 5.000 euros aux automobilistes désireux de passer au tout-électrique, a participé à hauteur de 61.000 euros à l’installation de six bornes.Le 22 mai 2012 à 13:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Titus O’Neil to be keynote speaker at Navy museum festival

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Roman Reigns is in Remission Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35center_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Pinterest Cesaro announces that he will make an appearance at NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Courtesy of WWE.com:The Navy UDT-SEAL Museum announces Titus O’Neil as Muster keynote speakerThe Navy UDT-SEAL Museum has announced their primary speaker for the 30th Annual Muster and Music Festival Weekend. WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil (Thaddeus Bullard) will deliver the keynote address for the festive and commemorative event.“We are grateful to welcome Mr. Bullard as our keynote speaker,” said Rick Kaiser, Executive Director of the Navy SEAL Museum. “His unwavering patriotic commitment to our military and positive influence in the community makes him a compelling advocate for the cause.”“My content of character is a constant reminder of what is truly important to inspire others,” said O’Neil. “Nobody’s character is higher than that of the individuals who make up our Navy SEAL teams, and I am truly honored they have entrusted me with this humbling opportunity.”The Museum will host the Muster and Music Festival Nov. 6-8, Veterans Day Weekend. The celebration begins Friday evening with a cash bar happy hour and live music. Saturday commences with an early morning 5K beach run, followed by an afternoon of special guest speakers, including O’Neil, and several SEAL capabilities demonstrations on Museum property. Entry into the facility is included. This family friendly venue will showcase the SEAL parachute team, the Leapfrogs; the K-9 tactical team; and additional enemy apprehension displays. More than 10,000 spectators are anticipated to attend.For more information about the Navy SEAL Museum and the 30th Annual Muster and Music Festival Weekend, please visit: www.navysealmuseum.org. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need ItVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:37/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 85.42%0:05Remaining Time -0:32 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Former WCW Champion David Arquette wrestling for Championship Wrestling from Hollywood Ronda Rousey Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionslast_img read more

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Seven years and counting Maskanoo on Monday in Provo

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 23, 2016 – For seven years now, Maskanoo has taken over the Grace Bay strip in a festive street parade and island concert which draws thousands to the site.  Organizers and managers of the event:  Stacy Cox, with the TCHTA; Karen Whitt of the Palms Resort and David Bowen with Grace Bay Resorts gave a rundown of what visitors and residents can expect at the free celebration.“I also want to encourage you to come out in your masks. One of the trends that we’ve seen over the last couple of years is that many of the hotels actually have teams that come not to do the mask Junkanoo parade, but just with their costumes, their mask, their decorating, the guest are getting involved, the tourist are getting involved and their learning a lot about our culture and heritage here in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and that’s really what it’s all about. So it’s a fun event,” said Karen Whitt, Palms Resort.“One of the important things that we take seriously is security, as you know last year was flawless.  We want to thank the police and Dove Security.   We have twenty police and we have twenty security on the ground, also we have a number of securities at different locations to help protect the area.   We want to make sure that people, when you come here with the kids, don’t allow them to wonder in the dark areas.   Also we want to discourage underage drinking, there will be no bottles allowed, all drinks will be in plastic cups, but security will be at its best.   We want to discourage all of you who have a cooler and think you can come on board, not this year baby, keep your coolers home.”  David Bowen, Founder & Grace Bay Resorts“So we look forward to you the public being a part of Maskanoo 2016”  Stacy Cox, TCHTA Executive.  The TCHTA Maskanoo begins at 3pm and runs until Midnight in Grace Bay. Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIMaskanoo2016 Recommended for you #MagneticMediaNews#TCIMaskanoo2016center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Maskanoo set for Monday, Boxing Day in Grace Baylast_img read more

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The best VR display Ive ever seen costs only 6000

first_img The 51 best VR games Then I’m in a plane cockpit, a flight simulator in Prepar3D by Lockheed Martin. I look at the gauges and readouts all around me. Perfect.I’m taken to other settings: a Japanese mountaintop, rendered in Unity. The studio of Finnish artist Tommi Toija, captured in incredibly detailed photogrammetry, with real sculptures and surreal art all around me. A living room design with furniture so detailed I lean in to look at the weave and texture of cushions and can’t see any pixels at all — just ever-so-slight angles where the polygons occasionally show. It often looks hyperreal. The “screen door” effect that’s always in VR headsets was gone.1-htc-vivepro-left-varjo-vr-1-rightVarjo’s comparison of a car interior in HTC Vive Pro (left) vs Varjo VR-1 (right). That’s pretty much what it looks like. Varjo The benefitsNo, I haven’t tried every VR headset out there, including the 8K Pimax or HP’s upcoming high-def VR headset, Copper. Those headsets have pixel resolutions that are higher than the Varjo VR-1. But Finnish startup Varjo, founded by former Microsoft and Nokia Research employees, has a headset with a pixel density that seems unbeatable. The Varjo VR-1 does it with mirrors, combining two displays in one. The center of its display shows VR at over 60 pixels per degree, which Varjo says is enough to achieve “retina” level human fovea resolution. It was 63 on the headset I tried — according to Varjo’s founders, the number could vary slightly by unit, but all will be over 60. The HTC Vive Pro, by comparison, has a pixel density of roughly 16 pixels per degree. You can find a pretty good discussion on pixel density in VR headsets at Road to VR for more explanation on that front. It’s a little like the importance of pixels per inch (PPI) for 2D phone, laptop and tablet displays.At any rate, the difference feels massive, especially for making out fine detail in anything. A high-resolution recreation of an art studio that I walked through let me lean in and examine sculptures to explore tiny changes in material and paint. Another demo, this time in an art museum, brought me inches away from scanned paintings. I was able to see brushwork and paint without any pixelation.Varjo’s founders have backgrounds at Nokia and Microsoft, and CEO Niko Eiden developed optical technology at Nokia Research that became part of the Microsoft HoloLens. The Varjo VR-1’s display combines a 1,920×1,080-pixel low persistence micro-OLED and a 1,440×1,600-pixel low persistence AMOLED per eye, using a half-mirror to blend the two displays, and a high refractive magnifying lens to create a super high-def part in the center. It sounds utterly bizarre, but in my eyes it felt normal — even if I knew the center display was more high-res than the edges.varjo-vr-headset-13The eye tracking demo was lightning-quick. Joshua Goldman/CNET There’s also “20/20” eye tracking, developed in-house, which Varjo’s founders boast is the best and most accurate, beating upcoming competitors such as the HTC Vive Pro Eye. It’s hard to verify that in a demo, but I was put in an air traffic control simulation by Superbright, from Poland, where I stood surrounded by computer monitors, watching planes taxi and take off. As my eyes moved around, I saw a circle flit to match my vision, highlighting the monitor’s information, targeting planes and bringing up pop-up information, or seeing flight trajectories. I saw my eyes move around a map, highlighting time zones. Sometimes it felt like the things I selected happened before I even knew I’d go there with my eyes.The Varjo VR-1 is just a headset: you bring the rest. It’s designed to connect with Steam VR, works with Steam VR 2.0, and is compatible with HTC Vive’s Lighthouse room sensors and controllers. But at $5,995, it’s also aimed squarely at professional needs and specific requests from clients working in 3D creation and simulation that want absolutely perfect clarity. This is a specifically engineered design, made along with feedback from early partners including AirBus, Audi, Bohemia Interactive Simulations, Foster & Partners, Saab, Sellen, Volkswagen, and Volvo. After all, people are designing cars in VR now. Varjo’s headset is the VR equivalent of a super premium monitor.varjo-vr-headset-11Looking at an art gallery, where the detail level gets pretty crazy. Joshua Goldman/CNET The drawbacksThe field of view on the Varjo VR-1 is smaller than other mainstream VR headsets (87 degrees, smaller than the Vive Pro’s 110 degrees), which can make it feel a bit more like looking through a porthole than visiting an expansive world. But Varjo’s headset is trading that wider canvas for a pixel-dense experience. For some customers, according to Varjo, it could make a lot of sense. But for others, at that price, definitely not.It’s also not operating at that crazy 60-plus pixels-per-degree retina-level resolution across the entire field of view. That’s only in a central zone that covers a majority of what you might be looking at straight-on. The rest of the display defaults back to 16 pixels per degree, more like an HTC Vive Pro. And even though the headset has eye tracking, the high-res part of the display won’t follow your eyes around. You’ll need to make sure anything is lined up in the center. The difference between center and edge bled away as I used the headset, but it’s there. I wish the “bionic” center display was larger, or at least able to follow my gaze.varjo-vr-headset-03That faceplate? Removable, with other parts to come. Joshua Goldman/CNET Mixed reality is comingThe Varjo VR-1 can, wildly enough, swap faceplates, meaning the headset is aiming for mixed reality as well as VR. The company is working on a mixed-reality add-on, targeted for this summer. It will add the necessary sensors to make the experience a potential HoloLens or Magic Leap competitor, albeit at a significantly higher price. It’s unclear how the headset will incorporate mixed reality, but Varjo aims to do it with that same 87-degree field of view. That would be better than either Magic Leap or HoloLens if Varjo could pull it off.This headset isn’t the answer to everything that VR needs. But it shows that VR can get to retina-level quality, and it’s awesome. Now stay patient for that to become something you can actually afford at home someday. 53 Photos 8 Wearable Tech Disney doubles down on VR entertainment 1:50 Varjo VR-1 is like retina display VR on your face. Joshua Goldman/CNET If you’ve ever felt like VR headsets weren’t high-res enough, I’m here to tell you I’ve seen the solution. I’ve finally tried a headset that reached retina display. And you can try it too… if you have $6,000.Up in a hotel suite at the Mandarin Oriental here in New York, I slid on the mirror-fronted Varjo VR-1 headset, just like any other head-mounted display I’ve ever put on. But what I saw was nothing like other VR. I’d steeled myself against other reports I’d read from VR sites that had gotten early demos last year and declared the experience “breathtaking.” But even so, Varjo’s ultra high-def VR headset has a clarity I’ve never seen before.I’m looking at a car design, a model made by Autodesk, spinning around in front of me. The finish, the hubcaps, everything looks ultra crisp. It’s like seeing everything on the best gaming monitor. Or like I’m seeing it in real life. Now playing: Watch this: Tags Comments Share your voice Steam Virtual Reality Augmented reality (AR)last_img read more

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New film explores how Arctic ecosystems are affected by climate change

first_imgUAF scientist Chien-Lu Ping works with students on his Arctic soils field tour in 2015. (Texas Tech Public Media photo)A new documentary film looks at how climate change is affecting Arctic ecosystems.Listen nowBetween Earth and Sky-Climate Change on the Last Frontier was created by scientists.Executive producer David Weindorf is a dean at Texas Tech. He said bringing students to the edge of ANWR to examine arctic soils was life changing for them because the remote arctic places was no longer an abstract place on a map.“They got to see how the pipeline and mining exploration are impacting the land surface in Alaska so I started bringing students up every year,” Weindorf said.Weindorf said Arctic soils are rich and deep with organic material, something that isn’t seen in Texas. The students studied the differences between the stunted growth of black spruce on the northern side of the slope where permafrost is prevalent.“Whereas on the south facing slopes you typically don’t have permafrost, there’s more solar radiation there, keeps things warmer so seeing that kind of dichotomy, going around the slope, one side to the other, you can see tremendous differences in the soil profiles in Alaska, it was just dramatic to see that,” Weindorf said.Weindorf said the scientific changes he’s observed in the arctic over the last decade are striking and the interviews he conducted with Alaska Natives and other Alaskans back up what the science reveals.“We felt like that was a really important piece of the film, to go to Kotzebue and Shishmaref and Nome and those areas that are really on the front lines of these changes, and hear from those people and how that science is impacting and their everyday lives,” Weindorf said.Weindorf said he wants the film to be educational for people in the Lower 48, saying the film has no other agenda than scientists documenting the truth about a changing climate.“To let them know, ‘Hey. You’ve never been to Alaska. You’ve never been to the Toolik research station, up on the North Slope. You haven’t seen the kind of things that we’ve seen. But we can tell you things are really accelerating as far as changes that are going on up there,’” Weindorf said. “These aren’t just abstract things that we might hear about in the news. This is impacting people’s lives.”Between Earth and Sky-Climate Change on the Last Frontier will show on Sept. 29 at the Bear Tooth Theater in Anchorage and Sept. 30 in Palmer.last_img read more

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Astros Strong Book Celebrates Houstons Championship Run

first_imgListen The Houston Chronicle has put together a book called Astros Strong: Houston’s Historic 2017 Championship Season. The book compiles the Chronicle’s most memorable writing and photography from spring training to the last out of the World Series.Jake Kaplan, the Chronicle’s Astros beat writer, and sports columnist Brian T. Smith tell us more about the book.Michael HagertyJake Kaplan, Astros beat writer for the Houston Chronicle, and Brian T. Smith, sports columnist for the Chronicle. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share 00:00 /02:04last_img read more

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