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Sembcorp Builds Worlds First FSO with 40Year Hull Lifespan

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Sembcorp Marine Sembcorp Marine has completed the world’s first floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel with a 40-year hull lifespan, the FSO Ailsa.The unit, built for oil and gas company MODEC and christened on May 9, will enter service with a hull designed to have twice the average hull fatigue lifespan of other newbuild FSOs, as verified by marine assurance company DNV GL.A longer hull fatigue life enables ships to withstand harsher and more extreme environmental conditions, such as rogue waves, corrosion, large ambient temperature variation and thunderstorms.Equipped with a 430,000-barrel condensate storage capacity, FSO Ailsa also boasts a 25-year continuous operability without drydocking and full compliance with strict UK safety regulations for harsh-environment operations. The unit is scheduled to set sail next month for the Culzean gas field in the UK North Sea.“FSO Ailsa, the 46th floating unit MODEC has accomplished for the offshore oil and gas production industry, represents a significant milestone for us as it is the first one we have built for the North Sea oil and gas sector,” Sateesh Dev, President & CEO of MODEC Offshore Production Systems (Singapore), said.FSO Ailsa is Sembcorp Marine’s first floating storage and offloading newbuild project, constructed over 22 months with a zero Lost Time Incidents record.last_img read more

UN alarmed by reported new atrocities against displaced civilians in DR Congo

The United Nations refugee agency said today it is alarmed by recent reports that displaced people have been tortured and killed in their camps by armed elements in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).“Displaced Congolese are constantly threatened by various groups and militias who accuse them of collaborating with one armed group or another,” said Adrian Edwards, the spokesperson in Geneva of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The agency reported that since the last quarter of 2011, armed groups have been intruding on camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in North Kivu province, violating their civilian character.The main affected camps are in Nyanzale, Mweso and Birambizo in the Masisi territory, about 90 kilometres north-west of the provincial capital of Goma.Mr. Edwards said that seven IDPs were beaten to death on 13 December because they had refused to take part in forced labour imposed by the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR). UNHCR has also received reports of IDPs being tortured, he added.The ongoing violence is also hindering humanitarian access to the camps and preventing aid workers from protecting and assisting the displaced people. Currently, only eight IDP camps out of 31 are accessible to humanitarian workers without military escort, said Mr. Edwards.“UNHCR calls on all parties to respect the civilian character of IDP sites in North Kivu. We are appealing to provincial authorities to increase security in and around the camps,” he stated.The agency is also liaising with the UN peacekeeping mission in DRC, known as MONUSCO, to increase the presence of security forces in areas most in need of protection and to ensure the safety of civilians living in the IDP sites.There are almost 79,000 displaced Congolese currently living in 31 IDP camps in North Kivu. Many of them cannot go home due to continued insecurity and renewed fighting between armed groups and the military in their villages.North Kivu is home to more than 600,000 IDPs, over one third of the 1.7 million displaced across the country. 3 February 2012The United Nations refugee agency said today it is alarmed by recent reports that displaced people have been tortured and killed in their camps by armed elements in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). read more

Departure and arrival times of several flights changed for June 3rd

Colombo00.45 a.m.Bangkok05.50 a.m. The following changes have been made to scheduled SriLankan Airlines flight times on Sunday 3rd June (all times are local): Singapore07.40 a.m.Colombo09.00 a.m. DepartureDeparture TimeArrivalArrival Time DepartureDeparture TimeArrivalArrival Time Colombo00.35 a.m.Kuala Lumpur06.55 a.m. Kuala Lumpur07.55 a.m.Colombo09.00 a.m. 2)      UL306/7 on 03rd June will be advanced. 7)      UL306 on 03rd June. 6)      UL318 on 03rd June. DepartureDeparture TimeArrivalArrival Time DepartureDeparture TimeArrivalArrival Time Colombo06.25 a.m.Singapore13.00 p.m. 5)      UL302 on 03rd June will be advanced. Bangkok06.50 a.m.Colombo08.40 a.m. DepartureDeparture TimeArrivalArrival Time Colombo06.30 a.m.Kuala Lumpur12.50pm DepartureDeparture TimeArrivalArrival Time Colombo00.01 a.m.Singapore06.40 a.m. DepartureDeparture TimeArrivalArrival Time Colombo00.01 a.m.Singapore06.40 a.m. 1)      UL318/19 on 03rd June will be advanced. 3)      UL402/3 on 03rd June will be advanced SriLankan Airlines said that it regrets any inconvenience caused to its valued customers, due to a factor that is beyond the airline’s control. 4)      UL314 on 03rd June will be advanced. Colombo00.35 a.m.Kuala Lumpur06.55 a.m. DepartureDeparture TimeArrivalArrival Time 8)      UL402 on 03rd June. Colombo00.45 a.m.Bangkok05.50 a.m. The departure and arrival times of several flights have been changed for June 3rd due to the launch of an experimental flight over the Indian Ocean.SriLankan Airlines said that it has advised its customers that the departure and arrival timings of several flights at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) on Sunday 3rd June 2018 have been changed due to the launch of the experimental flight over the Indian Ocean by a country in the region on this day. Corporate CommunicationsSriLankan Airlineswww.srilankan.com read more

Papua New Guineas plans to resume death penalty major setback – UN

“The High Commissioner has written to the Prime Minister stating her concerns about the planned resumption of the death penalty, and is calling on the Government to maintain its moratorium and subsequently join the growing number of Member States that have abolished the practice altogether, including 11 States in the Pacific,” said Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, during a press briefing in Geneva.Papua New Guinea has maintained a long-standing de facto moratorium on the death penalty since 1954, which was subsequently passed into law in 1970. “Resuming the death penalty again would be a major setback, especially after so many other States have subsequently abolished the death penalty or adopted moratoriums,” Mr. Colville said.“While recognizing the challenge presented by the recent alarming rise in violent crime in Papua New Guinea, including rape, torture and murder, the use of capital punishment has never been proved to be a more effective deterrent than other forms of punishment,” he added.In the same briefing, Mr. Colville also drew attention to the rise in executions in Indonesia, where four men have been executed since the country resumed the death penalty in March.“It is a very unfortunate development as Indonesia was close to establishing a moratorium on executions.”Indonesia had not carried out any executions since 2008. In January, Ms. Pillay urged the authorities not to carry out any further executions following the Government’s announcement that it would execute 10 convicted criminals.Since 2007, the General Assembly has adopted four resolutions calling on States to establish a moratorium on the use of the death penalty with a view to its abolition. Today about 150 of the UN’s 193 Member States have either abolished the death penalty or no longer practice it. read more

Ryanair axes 20 routes and its base at Glasgow Airport

first_imgEdinburgh Airport will benefit from the move Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, said he was torn between the pleasure of the new routes and relief that the cuts were not hitting Edinburgh, but added that the move was a “wake up call for the government”.Derek Mackay, the Finance Minister, said the decision was disappointing and claimed the continued uncertainty around Brexit was having a negative impact on route development. The budget airline Ryanair has claimed hundreds of jobs are under threat as it blamed the Scottish Government for its decision to close its base at Glasgow Airport.The number of routes operated from the airport will be cut from 23 to three, with five being transferred to Edinburgh.The airline opened a new base at Glasgow Airport in 2014, but will only fly to Dublin, Krakow and Wroclaw from Glasgow in its winter 2018 schedule. It plans to operate 45 routes from Edinburgh, including 11 new flights.Ryanair said it had run out of patience waiting for the Scottish Government to reduce Air Passenger Duty (APD) tax after ministers promised it would be halved.Glasgow Airport said it was “bitterly disappointed” and there was “no doubt” the failure to replace APD with a cheaper air departure tax (ADT) in Scotland was behind the moveDavid O’Brien, Ryanair’s chief commercial officer, said 300 indirect jobs could be lost at Glasgow with a potential fall in around 500,000 passengers. He said the government was still committed to reducing passenger duty by 50 per cent by the end of this Parliament and wanted to “get on and deliver it”.He claimed it had been deferred while issues were resolved over plans to continue to exempt journeys from airports in the Highlands and Islands, which requires EU approval under state aid rules.In October, he claimed the “mess” was the UK Government’s fault while the Treasury said it was the responsibility of the SNP administration to make sure any new tax complied with the rules.Christine Jardine, the Liberal Democrat MP and Scottish affairs spokesman, said the Scottish Government’s “shambolic” handling of the policy had undermined its credibility with business.She added: “Opposition parties and the Scottish public were unconvinced by their pledge to cut airport taxes.”The whole policy fell through when a close reading revealed that the whole thing had been impossible all along.” “There are other markets in the UK and Europe which offer a more compelling proposition.”Mr O’Brien said the “flip side” was a possible 700 jobs being created in Edinburgh. Ryanair also said Brexit was a background factor threatening Scottish tourism and the airline industry.A spokesman for Glasgow Airport said that despite repeated warnings from both airports and airlines about the potential impact of the policy not being implemented, it was now faced with the “stark scenario that includes the loss of 20 services and a significant number of jobs”.”This is the second example in as many months of an airline cutting capacity in Scotland because of the lack of movement on ADT,” he added. “The reality is this capacity will be reallocated elsewhere in Europe to countries with more favourable aviation taxation policies to Scotland’s detriment.”center_img Please see below our reaction to the news Ryanair is to cut 20 routes at Glasgow Airport from November 2018. The airline will continue to operate its three-times daily route to Dublin and twice-weekly services to Krakow and Wroclaw as normal. pic.twitter.com/uAM2WeaVwE— Glasgow Airport (@GLA_Airport) February 27, 2018 He added: “Sadly the weaker Scottish market is even weaker still in Glasgow which simply can’t bare the burden of APD at £13.”This should not come as a surprise to the government, we did say that our growth in Glasgow was based on their promise to abolish APD, which morphed into a promise to half APD, which suddenly has disappeared into the ether and quite frankly we don’t have any more patience. edinburgh airportlast_img read more

Over €815000 paid to coroners by local authorities in one year

first_imgOVER €815,000 WAS paid out by local authorities to coroners in 2012, according to figures released by Minister Alan Shatter.There are currently 41 coroners who provide a service for 47 jurisdictions with some covering two jurisdictions.Of these, 16 were appointed through the Local Appointments Commission process and 24 are engaged on an acting basis and all are required to have been either a lawyer or a doctor for more than five years.Shatter said the remuneration for a coroner is made up of a basic retainer, which is intended to cover, for example, on-call duty and office expenses, and a fee per case which is paid in relation to work carried out on the following basis: This table shows retainers paid in each district in 2012: Death reported: €129.68;Death certified following post mortem: €188.54; andDeath certified following post mortem and inquest: €522.97.center_img Click here for larger versionThe largest sum of over €44,000 was paid in Cork, with €21,774 paid in 15 of the coronial jurisdictions.In response to a number of parliamentary questions, Shatter said the Coroner’s Bill is in the course of being reviewed in his department and “in that context all governance and administrative matters in relation to coroners will be examined to determine how reform can be achieved in a cost effective manner”.Read: Coroner calls for greater advertising of suicide helplines in pubs>last_img read more

Speed Camera Issues Ticket For 400MPH Over The Limit

first_imgStay on target Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysAston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain Lair Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img If you drive a car with any regularity, chances are good that you’ve been nabbed for exceeding the speed limit. I’m willing to bet that you’ve never gotten nailed for driving 14 times the posted speed, however.One bewildered driver recently received just such a citation. A Belgian man was clocked by a traffic camera at the asphalt-melting speed of 696kph (432mph). The offense took place in a 50km/h zone in Quiévrain, a small town with a population of about 6,600.While it’s certainly possible for a car to achieve speeds like that, typically it’s done by wheeled land-jets on very, very flat stretches in remote desert areas. You don’t generally read about a car like an Opel Astra ripping up the roads at just over half the speed of sound.The Astra, in case you’re not familiar, is pretty similar to a Chevrolet Cruze. It’s built to impress drivers with its fuel economy, not its quarter-mile times. The speedometer tops out at a far less jaw-dropping 260kph.One of the sportier models, the Astra G OPCThere’s really no technology out there that would turn an Astra into something capable of blowing by an F1 racer like it was standing still. Nothing except a glitchy speed camera, that is.The stunned driver knew something had to be amiss as soon as he opened the letter from the Belgian authorities. Not quite ready to fork over the nearly $8,000 cover the ticket he questioned the report’s accuracy.A coding error was blamed for the mishap, but the driver didn’t get off scot-free. The driver was issued a new ticket for 60kph and much more easy-to-swallow fine of about sixty bucks.Authorities asserted that despite the spectacular slip-on on the driver’s speed it wouldn’t have fired at all if he hadn’t been far enough over the limit to warrant a ticket. He opted not to push things and take the 99.2% discount.Ticket image via The Telegraphlast_img read more

Washougal School Districts new K8 campus designed with future in mind

first_imgWhen planning the new K-8 campus in the Washougal School District, school officials noticed they could fit six additional classrooms on the west of the building that they wouldn’t technically need when the two schools open on Thursday.Once they knew they could fit it in the school’s budget, they opted to include the classrooms. Superintendent Mike Stromme said there’s a possibility they’ll need the space eventually, and if they would have come back to build an addition on the school later, it would’ve cost more money than doing it at the moment.“You start looking at space in how you can reach students and teach students, and be adaptable,” Stromme said. “We have an opportunity to get things right, and it’s a lot easier to get things right on the first try than to try and come back and change something later.”The 122,000-square-foot campus replaces Jemtegaard Middle School and adds the new Columbia River Gorge Elementary School. Funding for the schools comes from a $57.7 million bond voters in the district passed in February 2015. Construction costs for the schools were a little less than $40 million, and the total cost for the project was about $50 million, according to Washougal Facilities Director Joe Steinbrenner.While thinking about building for the future and making sure there’s room for growth, district officials faced some extra scrutiny, as the campus sits inside the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, which imposes certain design restrictions for any new building project. The campus couldn’t have buildings taller than 35 feet and features a lot of earth tones.last_img read more

Rangers boss We will all take the blame together

first_imgRangers boss Steven Gerrard has admitted that he didn’t get the reaction he wanted from his Rangers players as they lost further ground in the Premiership title race at Ibrox, adding that they’ve all taken the responsibility together.Speaking to Evening Times Gerrard said:“It was not the result or the reaction I wanted after the weekend.“It was a six or seven out of ten and it wasn’t enough to beat a well-drilled Kilmarnock team.“We knew the onus would be on us to provide the quality. We got the first goal which should have given us a big lift but it never.“We continued to play slowly. It was a frustrating result and a frustrating performance.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“I can sit here and protect them all night and take the blame. If that’s what they want then I will.“But, they are Rangers players. They are the ones who have to go out and deliver and tonight they haven’t“We will all take the blame together but they have to take responsibility at some point. It is a concern that it has happened a few times now.“I know the players can play better than this. The performance wasn’t good enough. Two or three really put it in and maxed out for us but the rest weren’t at it.“I thought it was a pretty similar performance to Sunday. Not good enough.“I expected a better reaction. I think the fans deserved a better reaction and better performance and they never delivered it.”last_img read more

ASA Chairman Participates in RFDTV 2016 Presidential Candidate Town Hall Series

first_imgDuring RFD-TV’s new Rural Town Hall series, the American Soybean Association (ASA) had the opportunity to ask a 2016 presidential candidate questions about agricultural issues.Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is the first presidential candidate to appear on the new program, which is a series of one-hour prime-time specials focusing on rural American issues in advance of the 2016 presidential election.The first forum was conducted last week at the Stine Barn in West Des Moines, Iowa, where Gov. Jindal outlined his vision on issues such as healthcare, broadband, education and agriculture.ASA Chairman Ray Gaesser, Corning, Iowa, attended the forum and asked Jindall about his stance on agricultural biotechnology and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). To see what Jindall had to say, catch Rural Town Hall on RFD-TV when it premieres on Thursday, July 23rd at 10 p.m. ET.Questions are solicited from RFD-TV viewers, commodity organizations like ASA, rural educators, healthcare officials and officials from small rural communities facing unique challenges. All presidential candidates are expected to participate in this important forum over the coming weeks.last_img read more

HOT OFF THE PRESS Read The 2018 Wilmington Fun On The Fourth Schedule

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Fourth of July Committee has just released the schedule for the 2018 Wilmington Fun on the Fourth celebration.The celebration will be held on and around the Wilmington Town Common from Friday June 29 to Monday, July 2.The carnival will run from 5pm to 10pm on Friday; noon to 10pm on Saturday; 1pm to 8pm on Sunday; and 5pm to 10pm on Monday.The spectacular fireworks display will take place on Monday, July 2 at 9:30pm.In addition to the popular Food Court, Community Meals will be provided by the Rotary Club (Hamburger & Hot Dogs on Friday); Knights of Columbus (Pancakes, Waffles & Eggs Breakfast on Saturday); Wilmington Minutemen (Pancakes and Sausages on Sunday); and Acacia Lodge of Wilmington/Tewksbury Order of the Eastern Star (Spaghetti & Meatballs on Monday).Concerts will be performed by Brandy!, Haywire, Four on the Flour, and the Reading Community Concert Band.Longtime traditions — like the 3-on-3 basketball competition, horseshoes, road race, ladies 2-mile walk, hospital bed race, and blueberry pie eating contest — all return.The Committee also released the schedule for the Wilmington Family Day on Saturday, June 30.The Wilmington Fourth of July Committee will be releasing additional information regarding these events in the coming weeks.(NOTE: The above flyers are from the Wilmington Fourth of July Committee’s Facebook page.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Read The 2019 Wilmington Fun On The Fourth ScheduleIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read The 2017 Wilmington Fun On The Fourth ScheduleIn “Community”BREAKING NEWS: Wilmington Fireworks Postponed To Sunday Night Due To ForecastIn “Breaking News”last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Tia Martignetti Graduates From Worcester Academy

first_imgWORCESTER, MA — Worcester Academy held its 184th Commencement Exercises on June 1, 2018 with 145 seniors graduating. Among the graduates was Tia Martignetti of Wilmington.The commencement speaker was longtime Worcester Academy arts faculty member Robert Thorn. Valedictorian was Chineme Amechi of Lagos, Nigeria, and salutatorian was Courtney Haley of Southborough, MA.About Worcester AcademyWorcester Academy is an independent co-ed day and boarding school for grades 6 to 12 and postgraduates. Our urban setting, diverse community, and innovative curriculum provide each student with unique opportunities for self-discovery, academic achievement, and personal empowerment. Visit us at www.worcesteracademy.org(NOTE: The above announcement is from Worcester Academy.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Tia Martignetti Makes Honor Roll At Worcester AcademyIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Tia Martignetti Named To Headmaster’s List At Worcester AcademyIn “Education”Wilmington’s Martignetti Named To Honor Roll At Worcester AcademyIn “Education”last_img read more

Bayern Munich vs Liverpool live stream Champions League preview probable XIs TV

first_imgClose Bayern Munich is the most successful team in GermanyAlex Hassenstein/Getty ImagesLiverpool: Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, James Milner, Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto FirminoGlobal TV Listings:USA: TNT USACanada: DAZNUK: BT SportItaly: Sky Sport ItaliaGermany: Sky DeutschlandFrance: RMC SportSpain: MovistarPortugal: Eleven Sports Ten Biggest Premier League Summer Transfer Deals Of 2018center_img Bayern Munich welcomes Liverpool to the Allianz Arena in the second leg of their Round of 16 Champions League clash on March 13.When is the match and how to watch it liveThe match between Bayern and Liverpool will start at 8 pm local time and 1:30 am IST (Wednesday).Sony Ten 1 & HD 1 will provide live television coverage of the match in India. The live streaming will be available on Sony Liv.Bayern Munich vs Liverpool previewThe first leg finished with both teams failing to score at Anfield but neither team would be too disappointed. While Bayern was playing the game away from home, Liverpool was playing a makeshift central defensive pair in the absence of the injured Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren while Virgil Van Dijk was suspended. Will Mo Salah put his hand up and be counted in Liverpool’s 2nd leg clash against Bayern?Clive Brunskill/Getty ImagesBut Jurgen Klopp will be delighted that he will have his best central defender Van Dijk back for this tie. He has been like a rock at the back for the Merseyside team and his presence will give tremendous respite to the German coach who returns to the stadium he often visited when in charge of Borussia Dortmund.On his return to Munich, Klopp will be looking to correct Liverpool’s dismal away run in Europe this season. Thus far, the Reds have lost all three of their games on the road in the group stages. Meanwhile, Bayern has been in tremendous recent form, winning three games in a row and scoring 12 goals since the two sides last met.Both sides will have players missing for this tie as Liverpool will be without Naby Keita while Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continue to be sidelined. For the home side, Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Muller are suspended while Arjen Robben and Corentin Tolisso will also miss the game. While the former is nursing a calf injury, the latter is suffering from a knee problem.Bayern will have to win this game to progress to the quarterfinal of the competition while Liverpool will simply have to avoid defeat. A goalless draw will take the game to extra-time while a stalemate with goals will ensure progress for the visitors. Probable XIs Bayern Munich: Manuel Neuer; Rafinha, Nicholas Sule, Mats Hummels, David Alaba; Javi Martinez, Thiago Alcantara, James Rodriguez, Serge Gnabry, Frank Ribery; Robert Lewandowskilast_img read more

ICICI Axis First Indian banks to join Swifts global payments initiative

first_imgICICI and Axis bank have become the first Indian banks to join global payment network Swift’s cross-border payment innovation initiative. Swift’s initiative already involves 70 other banks worldwide.PTI reports that in the first phase, the project will focus on business-to-business payments. Same day fund transfer, end-to-end tracking of transactions and transparency in handling fees are some of the outcomes the Swift initiative aims to accomplish.The initiative mainly helps corporate businesses enhance their foreign operations because of better efficiency in payments services offered by financial institutions located in various countries. This project is also expected to enhance supplier-vendor relationship.”By being the first domestic banks to join the global payments innovation initiative, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank reiterate their commitment to offering greater speed, transparency and predictability to their clients when it comes to cross-border payments,” Kiran Shetty, head of India and Subcontinent, Swift has said.Ajay Gupta, Senior General Manager at ICICI said the tie-up will better financial services availed by their corporate clients.”The global payments innovation initiative is one such initiative where we believe that our clients will immensely benefit with same day credit, increased visibility and certainty of charges. This will enhance the payments product in the correspondent banking portfolio thereby enhancing our value proposition to corporate clients,” Gupta said.Swift, based in Belgium, is a member-owned cooperative that provides a secure messaging system to financial institutions across the world. Currently, the network has more than 11,000 financial institutions (including banks) across the world, according to the community website.The network does not facilitate financial transactions but issues payment orders which can be settled through ‘correspondent account’ the institutions may have with one another.last_img read more

At A Glance New Google Features Tap Digital Smarts

first_imgAP Photo/Jeff ChiuGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai speaks under a video showing singer John Legend at the Google I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif., Tuesday, May 8, 2018.Google showcased its plans for the next several months as it kicked off its annual developers’ conference Tuesday. Many of the new features center on the use of artificial intelligence to help save time.Here are the highlights:___Maps: Google will use augmented reality to help guide you to your destination. When you pull up direction on Google Maps, you can look through the camera and get turn-by-turn directions while viewing the actual street. The app will also orient you and verify your position using local landmarks such as buildings and shops viewed through the camera. Google calls the technology VPS, or visual positioning system. The feature is expected this summer.You know how you try to figure out which way to go on Google Maps by hoping that dot moves the right way? Yeah, here’s what’s in the works to make that seem archaic. #io18 pic.twitter.com/R8mkzzKi0C— Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) May 8, 2018___Google Duplex: Google’s digital assistant will call actual people at businesses to make restaurant reservations and hair appointments and check holiday hours. In two demonstrations, a realistic-sounding automated voice used pauses and “ums” and “mmm-hmms” to sound more human during interactions with people. Google says the technology is rolling out as “an experiment” in coming weeks. Google says it’s still figuring out how to be upfront and let businesses know that they are talking to a computer.Google DuplexTerrifying Artificial Intelligence! pic.twitter.com/1tVMs7G3Ol— Porinju Veliyath (@porinju) May 10, 2018___Gmail: An autocomplete feature called “smart compose” uses artificial intelligence to suggest ways to finish sentences you start typing. For example, “I haven’t seen you” might be autocompleted to “I haven’t seen you in a while and I hope you’re doing well.” The feature will start rolling out this month.___Photos: When Google recognizes a photo of someone who is one of your contacts, it can suggest sending the photo to that person. It can also convert photos to PDFs and automatically add color to black-and-white photos or make part of a color photo black and white. The changes are coming in the next few months.___Google Assistant: Google’s digital assistant will get six new voices, including one based on that of singer John Legend, later this year. The voices aim to sound more natural and will include pauses that convey meaning. Google is also unveiling ways to let you issue multiple commands without having to say “Hey Google” each time. And it will reward kids who say “please,” similar to a feature Amazon is bringing to its Alexa voice assistant.Google Assistant will be able to make actual phone calls for you pic.twitter.com/GB1UNpz8Xi— The Verge (@verge) May 11, 2018___Lens: Google’s visual assistant will be built into the camera. Just point the camera at a building or sign to get more information. Or copy text from images of menus, documents and other sources into another app on your phone. Samsung phones aren’t on the list of phones getting the feature starting next week. Samsung has its own version, Bixby Vision.___News: Google is redesigning the News feature to present five stories you need to know, plus others that it thinks will be most relevant to you. For outlets with subscriptions, Google will allow you to subscribe directly through your Google account, without needing new passwords or credit card information. The feature should be available to everyone by next week.___Android P: The version of Google’s Android phone software will infuse basic functions with AI smarts. The battery will adapt to how you use apps in order to conserve energy. “Adaptive brightness” will learn how bright you like your screen based on manual adjustments, instead of automatically adjusting based on the how bright it is. Apple’s latest system, iOS 11, has a similar feature. Owners of some Android phones — none from Samsung — can get an early test version now.___Well-Being: Android P also includes features to combat overuse. A “shush” mode automatically turns on the “Do Not Disturb” mode when you turn your phone face down on a table. And “Wind Down Mode” will fade the screen to greyscale at a designated bed time to help you disconnect before bed.⚡️AI that can speak like a person⚡️A fresh look at Android P⚡️A revamped Google NewsAnd everything else from Google I/O this week! pic.twitter.com/Ro9hwxBFMg— CNET (@CNET) May 11, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

Ted Cruz Introduces Legislation To Keep Immigrant Families Together After They Cross

first_imgBob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneU.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at the Republican Party of Texas convention is San Antonio on Saturday, June 16, 2018.U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz announced emergency legislation Monday evening to keep immigrant families together after they cross the border into the United States.The legislation follows comments Cruz made on Saturday that essentially called for more resources to adjudicate asylum claims. He also called for keeping immigrant kids with their parents as long as those adults are not associated with criminal activity.“All Americans are rightly horrified by the images we are seeing on the news, children in tears pulled away from their mothers and fathers,” Cruz wrote in a release. “This must stop. Now. We can end this crisis by passing the legislation I am introducing this week.”The provisions of the legislation, according to the news release, include:Doubling the number of federal immigration judges, from roughly 375 to 750.Authorizing new temporary shelters with accommodations to keep families together.Mandating that immigrant families be kept together, absent aggravated criminal conduct or threat of harm to children.Providing for expedited processing and review of asylum cases so that — within 14 days — those who meet the legal standards will be granted asylum and those who do not will be immediately returned to their home countries.U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, Texas’ senior senator and the second-ranking Senate Republican, said on the chamber floor earlier Monday that he, too, would introduce legislation on this front.“It will include provisions that mitigate the problem of family separation while improving the immigration court process for unaccompanied children and families apprehended at the border,” he said. “To the greatest extent possible, families presenting at ports of entry or apprehended crossing the border illegally will be kept together while waiting for their court hearings, which will be expedited.”Cruz and Cornyn are part of a growing number of Republican federal lawmakers who are pushing back against the Trump Administration’s recently implemented “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which has so far led to the separation of about 2,000 children from their parents at the border. House Republicans are currently reworking a compromise immigration bill that would modify — but not end — the “zero tolerance” policy, NPR reported Monday.Cruz’s Democratic rival in his fall re-election bid, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of El Paso, spent part of the weekend demonstrating near a tent city in Tornillo, outside of El Paso. Sharelast_img read more

Baby Monitor Market in Europe to Grow at a CAGR of

first_imgEurope Baby Monitor Market report, published by Allied Market Research, forecasts that the Europe market is expected to garner CAGR of 9% during the forecast period 2016 – 2022. France was the largest market, accounting for around 26% of the market value in 2015, owing to the large infant population and high spending on baby care in the country.The market is classified by product type into audio and video baby monitors. Video baby monitors accounted for a larger market share of around 88% in terms of value and 70% in terms of volume, in 2015. Widespread adoption of video baby monitors is primarily attributed to advanced features such as HD video transmission and recording, smartphone connectivity and others offered by them. The segment is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 9.5% in value terms, during the forecast period.Download PDF Sample Copy: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/1537Wireless baby monitor segment accounted for over 90% of the market in terms of value, in 2015. Furthermore, the segment is expected to grow at an attractive pace during 2016-2022, owing to increasing safety concerns among parents; and innovative product launches by the players operating in this segment. Demand for wired baby monitors would continue to decline in coming years as they are being increasingly perceived to be unsafe by parents.France, UK and Germany, together accounted for 71.0% of the overall market revenue in 2015. Ireland is forecast to emerge as one of the fastest growing markets for baby monitors owing to increasing population of working mothers in the country. Rest-of-Europe is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 11.1% during the forecast period due to increasing consciousness and rising spending towards baby care in countries such as Russia. Eastern Europe is characterized by higher adoption of relatively lower priced products.In terms of volume, the market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 8.3% during 2016 – 2022. Market would grow faster in terms of value, during the forecast period, due to increasing demand for higher-end products. In terms of volume, France and the UK, together accounted for around 48% of the overall market in 2015. Rest-of-Europe, comprising Russia and other Eastern European countries, is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 10.2% during 2016 – 2022.For Purchase Enquiry: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/1537Increase in the number of employed parents in the European countries is one of the major factors driving the baby monitor market. Over the past few years, there has been a shift in trend from audio baby monitors to video baby monitors. These baby monitors enable employed parents to monitor their baby or track babys movements, even from their workplace. Some models are also equipped with advanced features such as movement and breathing sensors and are also capable of sending warning signal in case of any adverse situation.Product launch is one of the prominent growth strategies adopted by the players operating in the market. For instance, in 2015, VTech Communication, Inc. (Hong Kong), a subsidiary of VTech Holdings Ltd. announced the addition of four new baby monitors to its Safe & Sound baby monitor product line. Similarly, Luvion Premium Baby products (Netherlands), a leading player in the Europe baby monitor market, introduced a compact size video baby monitor with advanced features such as room temperature display, digital full HD sound, and high image quality camera with 5m of night vision.The prominent companies profiled in the report include Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Motorola Mobility LLC., Angelcare Monitors Inc., Tomy Company Ltd., Vtech Holdings Ltd., ShenZhen Foscam Intelligent Technology Company Ltd., Summer Infant Inc., Koninklijke Philips N.V., Luvion Premium Babyproducts, and Withings Inc.Key Findings of Europe Baby Monitor Market:France is the largest European market of baby monitor in terms of value as well as volume.Rest-of-Europe accounted for around 21% of the market in terms of volume, in 2015.In terms of value, video baby monitor segment occupied a market share of 88% in 2015.Wireless baby monitor segment would account for around 96% of the market revenue by 2022.last_img read more

This autonomous 3D scanner figures out where it needs to look

first_imgIf you need to make a 3D model of an object, there are plenty of ways to do so, but most of them are only automated to the extent that they know how to spin in circles around that object and put together a mesh. This new system from Fraunhofer does it more intelligently, getting a basic idea of the object to be scanned and planning out what motions will let it do so efficiently and comprehensively.It takes what can be a time-consuming step out of the process in which a scan is complete and the user has to inspect it, find where it falls short (an overhanging part occluding another, for instance, or an area of greater complexity that requires closer scrutiny) and customize a new scan to make up for these lacks. Alternatively, the scanner might already have to have a 3D model loaded in order to recognize what it’s looking at and know where to focus.Fraunhofer’s project, led by Pedro Santos at the Institute for Computer Graphics Research, aims to get it right the first time by having the system evaluate its own imagery as it goes and plan its next move.“The special thing about our system is that it scans components autonomously and in real time,” he said in a news release. It’s able to “measure any component, irrespective of its design — and you don’t have to teach it.” This could help in creating one-off duplicates of parts the system has never seen before, like a custom-made lamp or container, or a replacement for a vintage car’s door or engine.If you happen to be in Hanover in April, drop by Hannover Messe and try it out for yourself.Featured Image: Fraunhoferlast_img read more

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Kenyan court acquits UK terror suspect of robbery

first_imgNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – A Kenyan court has acquitted a British man of robbery charges stemming from a 2008 attack on a police post that allowed him to escape from police custody.Magistrate Kiarie Waweru Kiarie said Friday the prosecution had failed to prove Jermaine Grant _who also faces terror charges_ had been involved in an assault on a police post near the eastern town of Garissa.Grant managed to flee during that attack, after being arrested by police who said he was on his way to Somalia to join the rebel group al-Shabab. He was re-arrested in 2011 in the coastal town of Mombasa and is now serving a three-year jail term for immigration offenses and lying to a government official. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Police say he is part of a cell that planned to attack Kenya in late 2011.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security systemcenter_img How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more