zoom Becker Marine Systems and Dutch towage company KOTUG signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a LNG Hybrid Barge in the Port of Rotterdam with effect from June 2017.The LNG Hybrid Barge, a floating energy plant, is designed to provide environmentally friendly power for ships in ports. Under the deal, the LNG Hybrid Barge will deliver clean energy to moored cruise ships, traditionally key clients of KOTUG.KOTUG will move the LNG Hybrid Barge and will provide commercial, technical and operational management of the LNG Hybrid Barge.During winter season the LNG Hybrid Barge will be able to deliver heat to factories or to the central city heating system in addition to electricity.Becker Marine Systems (BMS) is the owner of the LNG Hybrid Barge and provides services to charter out the barge. The LNG Hybrid Barge concept is developed by LNG Hybrid, a division of Becker Marine systems.Dirk Lehmann, Managing Director of Becker Marine Systems said: “The LNG Hybrid Barge is the first flexible solution supplying clean LNG energy to cruise ships during summer season and providing the flexibility of generating electric energy and heat into a public grid system or industrial users during winter season. We see this advanced flexible solution as an opportunity for Rotterdam and other international ports.”“As a leading towage company and with our strong focus on innovative technical and environmental solutions, we strive for reducing our environmental footprint and encouraging our suppliers, clients, business partners and stakeholders to reduce their environmental impact,” comments Ard-Jan Kooren, CEO of KOTUG.This new, innovative concept, has also drawn significant attention from key players in the LNG market, like Cruiseport Rotterdam, Dutch National LNG Platform and Shell.“We see the LNG Hybrid Barge as a unique solution for the maritime industry. We will follow these developments closely as we do believe that the delivery of electricity through LNG is possible for (cruise) ships, factories and cities, while not having to invest heavily in additional electricity infrastructure,” said Arjan Stavast, Shell’s Downstream LNG Business Development Manager for Europe.
zoom Petroleum and chemical tanker owner AET Tankers has held a double naming ceremony of two long-range (LR2) petroleum tankers built by South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). Christened at HHI’s yard in Gunsan, Korea, Eagle Lyon and Eagle Le Havre will both qualify for the Green Passport notation, having been designed to optimise overall operational efficiency and minimise environmental impact.AET Tankers said that the 114,000 dwt vessels have been fitted with the most modern energy efficient engines, auxiliary equipment having advance power management systems, along with the latest hull, tank and ballast epoxy coatings.“Both vessels have been carefully designed to provide optimal operational and environmental efficiency,” Yee Yang Chien, Chairman, AET and President/Group CEO, MISC Berhad, said.The Singapore-flagged Eagle Lyon and the French-flagged Eagle Le Havre have been taken on long-term charter by French oil major Total.The LR2s unveiled in Gunsan are the latest addition to AET’s fleet, which now includes 12 VLCCs, six Suezmaxes, one Panamax, 46 Aframaxes, four DP tankers, 13 CPPs, five LR2 tankers, 13 chemical ships and an LPG tanker.Its current orderbook includes a further two Suezmaxes and four more Aframaxes.
New York-based dry bulk shipping company Foremost Group has taken delivery of Ting May, a new Post-Panamax bulk carrier.The 85,004 dwt newbuilding was handed over to its owner by Japanese Oshima Shipyard in Nagasaki Prefecture.As informed, this newest eco-friendly vessel will be immediately put in service for Bunge Limited, the ship’s charterer, which will deploy it to transport its dry-bulk cargoes to ports around the world.According to Foremost Group, the 228.5-meter-long bulker is financed by the First Commercial Bank of Taiwan.“This newest vessel is a great addition to our fleet of eco-friendly ships that transport major dry-bulk commodities around the world,” Angela Chao, Foremost Group Chair and Chief Executive Officer, commented upon taking delivery of the latest addition to the company’s fleet.Founded in 1964, Foremost Group charters its fleet to dry bulk companies which use the ships to move their commodities. Its fleet is comprised of environmentally friendly ships built to the company’s stringent specifications. The average age of the fleet is less than five years old.Apart from the recently delivered Ting May, Foremost has eleven bulkers on order at Oshima and China’s Shanghai Waigaoqiao and Chengxi shipyards, data provided by VesselsValue shows.
SAN FRANCISCO – An Air Canada plane with 140 people on board came within 30 metres of crashing onto two of four planes lined up to take off at San Francisco International Airport last week, according to a preliminary report Canadian air safety regulators released Thursday.The finding provided the first official accounting of how close the Air Canada plane came to causing what could have been one of the worst disasters in commercial aviation history.Instead of lining up to land on the runway, the pilot of the flight from Toronto mistakenly descended toward a parallel taxiway just to the right of where four other airliners were idling in the darkness. Taxiways are the aviation equivalent of feeder roads that planes use to roll between runways and terminals, and have different lights than runways.Canada’s Transportation Safety Board released a short summary of the July 7 incident, which U.S. authorities are still investigating. The summary said Air Canada Flight 759 had already travelled one-quarter of a mile over the taxiway before aborting the landing.As the Airbus 320 pulled up sharply it flew 30 metres over the first two jets, about 60 metres above the third and about 90 metres over the fourth, the summary said. It then circled and landed safely.“This was very close to a catastrophic event,” said John Cox, a safety consultant and retired airline pilot.The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, which is heading the investigation, has not released any information and spokesman Keith Holloway said he could not comment on another agency’s data.Transportation Safety Board of Canada spokesman Chris Krepski said he could not confirm the source of the data in the document, which was released as part of a “daily notification log” of safety incidents that Canadian air operators are obliged to report to regulators.The most likely source was Air Canada, but company spokeswoman Angela Mah would only say in an email that the airline is “investigating the circumstances and co-operating with authorities.” She said because of the investigation, she could provide no more information.Collisions on the ground are particularly dangerous because planes waiting to take off are loaded with fuel. The deadliest crash in aviation history occurred in 1977 when a KLM Boeing 747 taking off in the Canary Islands plowed into a Pan Am 747 that was waiting to take off; 583 people died in the crash and fires.There are several cases in the United States when landing planes either hit another aircraft on the ground or barely cleared one. In the instances that safety consultant Cox recalled, including several at Los Angeles International Airport, the pilots of the landing plane could not see the other airplane.“What is so unusual about this one is the airplanes could see each other and they still got this close,” Cox said. “These guys really did intend to land on this taxiway.”In audio posted on liveatc.net, which records flight communications, the pilot said he sees “some lights on the runway,” apparently alluding to planes on the taxiway.According to the report released Thursday, the plane at that point was less than a mile from the taxiway. It would have been flying well over 160 kilometres per hour.“That’s awful to let it go that far,” said Chris Manno, an American Airlines pilot for 32 years who regularly lands in San Francisco. “Pretty egregious.”The controller assured the pilot there is no one on the runway. Seconds later, another voice — apparently one of the pilots on the taxiway — interjects, “Where’s this guy going? He’s on the taxiway.”Only at that point did the controller order the Air Canada jet to pull up.___Pritchard reported from Los Angeles. Contact him at https://twitter.com/lalanewsman
OTTAWA — Federal party leaders have scattered across the country today as the election campaign starts to ramp up in earnest.Today was the legal deadline for Justin Trudeau to ask the Governor General to dissolve Parliament and call the election, but the Liberal leader got the jump on that by starting the campaign last Wednesday.The first six days were marked by numerous candidates across the partisan spectrum turfed from their rosters or forced to apologize for past homophobic and racist remarks.The Liberals were also haunted by the re-emergence of the SNC-Lavalin scandal and questions about the RCMP investigation running up against issues of cabinet confidence, while Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer found himself again needing to address his socially conservative views.And the NDP found themselves constantly facing questions about whether they were ready to run at all, considering they had yet to nominate dozens of candidates.Today, all three main parties hope to regain some solid footing with the Liberals in and around Toronto, the Conservatives in B.C. and the NDP in Quebec.The Canadian Press
New Delhi: Three Indian women paddlers on Monday qualified for the main draw of ITTF World Championships on the second day of the competition at Budapest. Suthirta Mukherjee, Madhurika Patkar and Archana Kamath have joined Manika Batra in the main draw of women’s singles, while Anthony Amalraj and Manav Thakkar are just a match away from making the cut in the men’s singles. Having won their first-round women’s singles group matches on the opening day on Sunday, Madhurika defeated Catherine Spicer of Trinidad and Tobago 11-3 11-8 11-3 11-6, while Suthirta beat Rachel Moret of Switzerland 14-12 12-10 11-8 11-9 and Archana overcame Slovak’s Eva Odorova 4-11 8-11 11-9 11-5 11-6 11-5 to top their respective groups. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhArchana, who had a tough opening match yesterday, where she struggled to beat Ivana Petric of Montenegro 11-8 8-11 11-7 11-5 11-5, on Monday also she was 0-2 down before she managed to get the better of her Slovak opponent to win the last four games. On the other hand, it was rather easy for Madhurika, who beat Latvia’s Sabina Musajeva 11-4 11-4 9-11 11-4 11-7 in the opening match. Suthirtha prevailed over Celia Baah Danso of Ghana 11-4 11-5 11-1 11-8 in her first group match. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterManika, because of her world rankings, was one of the top 64 women paddlers who had received direct entry into the second stage. In men’s singles qualification rounds, Amalraj and Manav had topped their respective groups but will have to play their preliminary round to make the main draw, where they could join G Sathiyan and A Sharath Kamal. After accounting for Poland’s Patryk Chojnowski 11-8 11-9 5-11 6-11 11-5 11-6 yesterday in the first group match, Manav defeated Nicholas Tio of the US 11-6 11-9 13-11 12-14 11-3 today to secure the top place in the group.
Rabat – A Marrakech villa used for the shooting of some scenes from Spectre, the latest James Bond film to be released on November, is on sale for a whopping £3.2 million, according to the Telegraph. Dar Bianca is a metal and glass villa built nine years ago by its French owners with the assistance of Algerian architect Imad Rhamouni, a protégé of French designer Philippe Starck.The villa appears in Spectre, a new James Bond film featuring Daniel Craig in his fourth performance as agent 007, and Christoph Waltz as Franz Oberhauser, the film’s antagonist. Following a trail from Mexico to Italy, Austria and Morocco, the story features James Bond’s first encounter with the global criminal agency known as SPECTRE.A cryptic message from the past will lead agent 007 to Mexico and Italy, where he meets the beautiful widow (Monica Bellucci) of an infamous criminal. Directed by Sam Mendes, the film is due to make its worldwide release on November 6, 2015.According to the Telegraph, another Marrakech villa was used this time by the crew of Mission Impossible 5 for some scenes in the summer blockbuster. The minimalist villa is on sale for €3.5 million through Kensington Morocco, a Real Estate agent.“It’s a very modern property with a stunning location overlooking the mountains. Despite its modern, cubic look, it also adheres to Berber traditions of architecture as it’s built from pisé or rammed earth,” says Kensington’s managing director Marc Leon.International figures with deep pockets are being attracted to Marrakech as they regard it as a safe haven, says the British newspaper. According to Alex Peto, head of Aylesford Morocco, which specializes in prime residential property throughout the world, last year’s highest ticket sale in Marrakech was a €100m palace reportedly bought by the Emir of Qatar.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
“This significant step will help regularize the stay for many Afghans at a time when return to their home country may not be possible,” Duniya Aslam Khan, spokesperson at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters at the UN’s Geneva Office.The six-month registration programme started yesterday in the capital Islamabad and Peshwar, in the north-west, which hosts the largest number of undocumented Afghans. The programme is expected to be rolled out throughout the country starting on 16 August.Afghans registered under the new scheme receive African Citizen cards, which allow them to legally stay in Pakistan until the Government of Afghanistan can issue them passports and other documents, and provides protections under Pakistani law. “The initiative will bring much needed relief for many Afghan families where some were registered refugees, while others had no legal status,” Ms. Khan said. The registration project comes after three years of consultations between the Governments, and is part of Pakistan’s Comprehensive Policy on the Repatriation and Management of Afghans, which was endorsed by its cabinet in February this year. “I am feeling confident that I will have at least some sort of identity while in Pakistan,” Mohammad Rehman, who was born and raised in Pakistan to Afghan parents, told UNHCR. “If the police arrest me now, at least I will be released without much trouble.”
LAKE LOUISE, Alta. — Switzerland’s Beat Feuz was the fastest in practice Thursday for the World Cup downhill Saturday.The downhill winner last year at Lake Louise, Feuz had a time of 1 minute 45.90, seconds. Dominik Paris of Italy was second, 1.17 seconds back. Austria’s Johannes Kroell was third, 1.32 seconds behind.A third training run is set for Friday ahead of the downhill and Sunday’s super-G.The Associated Press
The second season of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) starts April 12, which will be about the time people ask, “There’s a professional women’s soccer league?” Yes, there is: It’s the third attempt since 1999 at professionalizing women’s soccer in the U.S. The previous two leagues both folded after only three seasons, so to say that Year 2 is crucial for the NWSL’s survival would be an understatement.This season also carries the added pressure of needing to be really competitive in the run-up to summer 2015’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. If the U.S. national team hopes to have the best shot at the World Cup, it needs to be playing at the highest level. That means the rest of the players in the league (those who won’t be going to the World Cup) need to be very good. But it isn’t easy to entice international talent (or even domestic talent) with the lurking ghost of two failed leagues and a salary that typically ranges from $6,000 to $30,000 (with most players seeing the lower end of that range).Herein lies the biggest problem for the NWSL: To keep the league afloat, it is paying preposterously low salaries. And who can afford to play professional soccer for $6,000 per year? Mostly women in college or only a few years out, as well as those with minimal national-team-level experience. And though this modest budget has helped the league’s bottom line, it has made it more difficult to attract high-level players — well, high-level players who are not members of the U.S. national team.When the NWSL was organized, U.S. Soccer, the sport’s governing body, agreed to subsidize the salaries of U.S. national team players — typically the best and most expensive players in the league. Last year, the Canadian and Mexican federations agreed to do the same, so the league evenly allocated all national team players among the eight teams. (A ninth team, the Houston Dash, was added this year, so many players were reallocated.)With a roster squad of 20 — assuming each team has the maximum three “free” U.S. national team players and three “free” Canadian or Mexican national team players — this leaves 14 roster spots to be filled. Last year’s salary cap was $200,000, so, divided evenly, pay would be less than $15,000 per player for the entire season.On Wednesday, each team had to cut its roster to 25 players, with five more cuts to come before the season begins. We wanted to look at the distribution of talent in this season’s player pool to see who is trying to play professional women’s soccer. Below is a chart that illustrates the relative experience and age of the 228 players who remain (not all teams had released their roster cuts by Wednesday’s deadline):We counted one year out of college as finishing collegiate soccer in 2013, although technically these players are still in college (most are just about to graduate). For national team experience, we counted the number of consecutive years a player appeared in the full national team player pool. This data does not reflect international players who did not play college soccer and also probably over-represents younger players who are more likely to be released when the final rosters are cut to 20 in the coming weeks.Still, it’s interesting that the NWSL pool is dominated by players two years out college with zero years of national team experience — there are currently 42 of these women. The median number of years of national team experience is zero, which makes sense because the national team pool is very small — typically about 30 players per year. Almost half of the player pool is made up of women only one or two years out of college.This data doesn’t speak to the longevity of a player’s career, which varies wildly by individual. The data also doesn’t mean that a freshly graduated collegiate player is any worse or better than Christie Rampone, the league veteran with 17 years of national team experience. There are wunderkinds in every sport, but overall we think that more professional experience probably means more talented players.The main thing the data illustrates is that the NWSL is skewing young and inexperienced, which might have more to do with finances than soccer ability. For most players, and people in general, there are only so many years you can do the thing you love on a $15,000 annual salary before you have to move on.
Lundin Mining has been granted an exclusive three-year Investigation Permit for the Toral Project by the Territorial Service of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of the Autonomous Community of Castile and León. The 2,850 ha property is located 400 km northwest of Madrid, near to the regional city of Ponferrada. This advanced exploration project has a significant historic Zn-Pb-Ag resource and was acquired through a public bidding process for a land holding cost of €2,100 for the first three years. The government authority chose Lundin Mining’s three-year work proposal as the winning bid. The property covers over 6 km of strike length of the prospective Lower Cambrian Vegadeo Limestone formation which is regionally mineralized along more than 40 km of its extent, and includes hosting the Rubiales zinc-lead-silver deposit, located about 30 km northwest of Toral. Rubiales contained an 18.6 Mt mineral resource grading 7.3 % Zn, 1.3 % Pb and 13 g/t Ag and was mined by Cominco from 1976 to 1991. Rubiales produced extraordinarily high-quality zinc concentrate (life-of-mine average of 61% Zn with 95% zinc recovery; the lead concentrate contained 70% Pb and 450-550 gpt Ag with an 85% lead recovery). The concentrates were transported to the Asturianas zinc-lead smelter, located on the Asturias coast about 200 km to the west. The Asturianas smelter was designed to recover the mercury (0.16% Hg in concentrate) contained in the Rubiales zinc concentrate as a saleable product. Sulphide mineralization at Toral closely resembles the coarse-grained sphalerite and galena mineralization at Rubiales but Toral contains significantly more silver. The Toral property is accessed by excellent infrastructure, including a regional highway, high-voltage power line and a railway line which links to the Asturianas zinc-lead smelter via the city of León. Mining has traditionally been a significant part of the economy of this region which is strongly supporting the re-entry of new exploration and mining projects.The Toral project area was investigated by Peñarroya-España and associates from 1975 to 1985; this work included constructing an underground ramp on an adjacent property that contains a small lead deposit. Over 42,000 m of previous diamond drilling in 64 drill holes, including 41 wedged holes, was completed at Toral. These holes delineated a narrow (average 3.7 m wide) but continuous, sub-vertical, tabular zone of coarse-grained zinc-lead-silver sulphide mineralization with an 1,100-m strike length and a vertical height exceeding 400 m. Based on the previous drilling, the historical estimate of the Santa Barbara deposit at Toral was estimated at 4.7 Mt grading 9.8 % Zn, 7.6 % Pb and 51 g/t Ag. This historical estimate was calculated on by Peñarroya-España. The zone of sulphide mineralization is open along strike to the northwest towards the known lead deposit as well as along strike to the southeast and downdip at depths below 700-1,000 vertical m from surface. The Peñarroya-España drill core is available including the remaining halved sulphide intercepts.Lundin Mining is preparing to carry out a verification drill programme that will include re-logging and re-assaying the Peñarroya-España drill core and the drilling of six to eight holes within the historic resource zone, wedging holes off of pre-existing holes, in addition to drilling two to four exploration holes beneath the historic estimate to test the downdip potential. If results of this initial drill programme are favourable an extensive and aggressive delineation drill programme will follow with the objective of quickly outlining sufficient resources required for a bankable feasibility study. Certain exploration and mine development expenditures are eligible for economic development grants and interest free loans.Karl-Axel Waplan, President & CEO of Lundin Mining, commented, “Toral has great potential to become a mine asset which we have acquired at very low cost, representing great shareholder value. There are many similarities between Toral and our Zinkgruvan orebody, including a steep, sheet-like shape which is good for mining, and the coarse-grained zinc-lead sulphides with low pyrite content and good silver credits that should be easy to process and could make high-value concentrates. If we can verify the historic estimate and exploration potential, our plan is then to fast-track the Toral Project to mine feasibility stage with the help of excellent government and local support that -we are receiving on this project. As International Mining July goes to press with a major article on the great revival of interest in Spain’s mining potential, comes the news that Lundin Mining has acquired the Toral zinc-lead-silver property in northwestern Spain.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has pleaded with the international community to let his government get on with the task of reducing its debt and sorting out its public finances without piling on extra pressure. However, it was a member of Papandreou’s own PASOK party, European Marine Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki, who added fuel to the fire by claiming that discussions are already taking place at an EU-level about Greece’s possible exit from the Eurozone. “It is a Greek responsibility to deal with our own crisis first and foremost,” Papandreou told an Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development forum in Paris. Addressing a roundtable to mark the OECD’s 50th anniversary, Papandreou underlined that despite press reports, Greece has had “impressive results in a year: it decreased the deficit by 5 per cent and the primary deficit by 7.2 per cent, while there are forecasts for a primary surplus in 2012, thanks to the drastic measures”. He also noted that in the first quarter of 2011 growth rates became positive, while over the past 5-6 months exports increased on a monthly basis and on an average of 35 per cent. Papandreou concluded his address by asking for breathing space for his government to carry out the reforms demanded by the EU and the International Monetary Fund. “Leave us in peace. We know that we have problems. Leave us in peace to work,” he said. Hopes that his government might enjoy a few days free of speculation were dashed by Damanaki’s statement.“The greatest achievement of postwar Greece – the euro and the country’s European course – are in danger,” she said in a statement. “The scenario of Greece distancing itself from the euro is on the table. “We either agree with our creditors on a program of tough sacrifices that brings results, and assume the responsibilities for our past, or we return to the drachma.” A spokesman for Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn denied there had been any talks about Greece leaving the euro. Damanaki’s comments were criticised by both members of the ruling PASOK party and the opposition. Speaking to Skai Radio, Former Agriculture Minister Katerina Batzeli suggested that the Greek commissioner’s comments were “more than unhelpful”. New Democracy spokesman Yiannis Michelakis was also critical of Damanaki. “Not only do dilemmas such as ‘in Europe or out of Europe’ not help, they create confusion and seriously damage the country,” he said.
Des militants de Greenpeace déploient une bannière contre VolkswagenVendredi, des militants écologistes ont déployé une bannière au-dessus du stand de Volkswagen au Salon de l’automobile de Genève. Ils accusent la marque allemande de ne pas en faire assez pour la protection du climat.Des militants de Greenpeace ont manifesté au Salon de l’automobile de Genève et ont déployé une bannière au-dessus du stand du constructeur allemand Volkswagen ce vendredi. Le but de cette manifestation était de dénoncer le manque de volonté affiché par Volkswagen en faveur de la protection de l’environnement. 35 activistes, dont douze Suisses, ont en particulier réclamé que la prochaine Golf consomme moins de trois litres aux 100 kilomètres.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Dans un communiqué, Greenpeace détaille : “VW, qui se targue d’être le constructeur automobile le plus vert doit se montrer aujourd’hui à la hauteur de ses aspirations”. Les militants souhaitent ainsi que Volkswagen équipe ses véhicules des technologies les plus avancées, en vue de préserver l’environnement. Selon eux, le constructeur allemand freine au contraire l’arrivée d’objectifs plus élevés notamment au niveau de la réduction des émissions de CO2 dans l’Union européenne.L’organisation écologiste explique également : “VW fait d’énormes efforts de lobbying au niveau européen contre l’instauration d’exigences plus sévères concernant les émissions de gaz à effet de serre”. Au lieu des objectifs fixés pour 2015 mais jugés trop peu ambitieux, Greenpeace réclame ainsi la production en série de voitures disposant des meilleures technologies d’ici à 2020.Le 10 mars 2012 à 09:42 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 3, 2017 – Nassau – Summer Camp came to a close for over 700 campers who participated in a three-week programme put on by the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development. The camp officially closed during a ceremony at Loyola Hall, July 31.Children from 5 to 15 years engaged in wholesome activities including needlework, ceramic painting, sports, liturgical dance, field trips, decorative arts and more at nine Urban Renewal Centres throughout New Providence. The theme for the camp was “It’s a Bahamian Thing.”The closing ceremony was attended by the Hon. Lanisha Rolle, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development; Vaughn Miller, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development; Members of Parliament, camp facilitators and parents.The inner-city urban campers represented their centres and performed songs, cultural dances, dramatization, and choral speaking during the three-hour event.In her address, Minister Rolle emphasized the importance of working together. “More than anything I want all of you to take from this experience the fact that the only thing that is going to make us stronger and better as a community is team work,” said Minister Rolle.She informed the campers that the Government is here to provide opportunities for them to realize their dreams and help to develop The Bahamas.An exhibition highlighting the work of the campers followed the ceremony.Story by: Kathryn CampbellRelease: BISBIS Photos/Patrick HannaPhoto CaptionsHeader: Children put on a dance routine at the Closing Ceremony1st Insert: At right, the Hon. Lanisha Rolle, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, and other Government officials are pictured as they cheer campers following a performance at Urban Renewal Summer Camp’s Closing Ceremony.2nd Insert: The Hon. Lanisha Rolle, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, speaks at the closing ceremony of Urban Renewal Summer Camp. Related Items:
(PhysOrg.com) — This will for some robot-alarmists seem like the last straw. For robot enthusiasts though it will seem more like refreshing innovation. A technology site says it is time to see robots expressing themselves in living rooms as well as labs across the globe: Robots are getting their own Facebook-style social networking site, according to a news release trumpeting this week’s launch of MyRobots.com. More information: www.myrobots.com/Press release Explore further Thanks to RoboEarth the bots can learn on their own This will be a portal designed for robot owners and builders to connect their robots, monitor their status, and control them. The site invites owners of robotic devices to create profile pages for them and upload photos. The portal also offers an option to have the robots generate their own status updates.As Gary Cutlack of Gizmodo described the new site, “All you need is a web enabled bit of hardware and the knowledge to link that to the site’s API, then your hand-made LEGO robot can start telling the world how many times it’s been charged today.”Project coordinator and robotics specialist, Carlos Asmat, of Montreal, said that “You can see MyRobots.com as the Facebook for robots and smart objects.” Like Facebook, there is no fee for signing up, although that may change. “The craziness will last for a limited (albeit undefined) time,” says the site. After that, a purchase of tokens will be required, but the sum is not yet specified. “Each one of your robots needs one token per month of access.”The portal is in beta, a point that the up-front language of the new site makes clear: “Such an innovative concept needs testing in the real world with real users. This is why we decided to open up the service to everyone even though there might be some rough edges to sand-off. If rough edges scare you, then you might want to wait until the service becomes more mature.”Internet-enabled robots can be connected to MyRobots with an open API in place. Robots that are unable to access the Internet directly can use a physical device called “MyRobots Connect.” The device is designed for any robot capable of serial communication to be connected to MyRobots. Once a robot is connected, the owner can monitor it via the web, giving it commands and receiving alerts.“Soon, I will be able to connect to the robots in my home, and MyRobots will provide me with their current status such as if all is well, they have a problem or even if they require maintenance,” said Mario Tremblay, RobotShop CEO. Tremblay’s company is running the new site. RobotShop.com, is an e-commerce site specializing in service robotics.To say that this is the world’s first robot-sharing site would not be true, as there is also RoboEarth, described as “a giant network and database repository where robots can share information and learn from each other about their behavior and their environment.” The site is designed for robots to upload their experiences at solving a task so that other robots learn from the data. RoboEarth’s team members are Europe-based researchers with funding from the European Commission’s Cognitive Systems and Robotics Initiative.As for MyRobots, “Oυr main focus іѕ tο provide services thаt augment robot performance fοr еnԁ-users іn a friendly way,” ѕаid Asmat.Information about compatible hardware and the communication API is available on the site. MyRobots.com uses the Open Source ThingSpeak API. This is a data engine created by ioBridge. ThingSpeak provides the basic functionality to MyRobots, such as the transmission, storage and graphical visualization of data and sending messages to communicate with “smart” objects. ThingSpeak’s community includes users of the Arduino microcontroller. Citation: Robots get social network of their very own (no kidding) (2011, December 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-robots-social-network-kidding.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2011 PhysOrg.com
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Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Travel agents worldwide will now be able to access Castaway Island in Fiji booking information online with the launch of a new agent site detailing the island’s information, images and availability.Castaway sales and marketing manager Karen Marvell showed e-Travel Blackboard the new site where agents can browse a collection of images, get relevant up to date information, and check availability on a calendar before booking through a preferred wholesaler.”Castaway Island is so popular that come booking school holidays time, it can be hard to find availability,” Ms Marvell explained.Updated every Saturday, the calendar will allow agents to see live availability, making it easier to suggest dates to clients before booking with a preferred wholesaler.In addition, the images on the site give a detailed overview of Castaway Island and the resort facilities, including the very recent renovations on the property’s two pools.Ms Marvell also revealed that long time Castaway Island resort manager, Dawn Wakeham will be retiring on 26 May 2012, after 15 years with the island. Current manager of operations, Steven Andrews will step up to replace Ms Wakeham in May.Agents can log onto the site at www.agents.castawayfiji.com and use the following log in details:Log in – agentsPassword – castaway01Have a look around the site and tell us what you think.
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Arizona Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin will call it a career after 14 NFL seasons, ESPN’s Jim Trotter first reported.In a statement, Boldin said he wanted to commit his time to humanitarian work and fight for human rights. He added that his “life’s purpose is bigger than football.” Statement from Anquan Boldin on his decision to retire: pic.twitter.com/z19jekK33R— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) August 21, 2017The news comes as a surprise and three days after Boldin caught a pass for the Buffalo Bills in the team’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Top Stories Buffalo Bills’ Anquan Boldin warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 8 Comments Share Boldin, the 54th overall pick by the Cardinals in the 2003 NFL Draft, is second in Arizona’s record book with 586 receptions, behind Larry Fitzgerald’s 1,125. Additionally, Boldin is fourth in franchise history with 7,520 receiving yards and holds the second spot for most receiving yards in a single game with 217 yards against the Detroit Lions on Sept. 7, 2003 — his first NFL game.The 2003 Offensive Rookie of the Year — he still holds the NFL rookie record with 101 receptions that season — three-time Pro Bowler and one-time Super Bowl champion also won the 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.He is ninth in NFL history in total receptions (1,076) and 14th in receiving yards (13,779).The 36-year-old spent the first seven years of his professional career suiting up for the Cardinals. He then joined the Baltimore Ravens from 2010-12 before playing for the San Francisco 49ers in 2013-15. Boldin played with the Lions last year. According to Pro Football Focus’ Nathan Jahnke, Boldin recorded 3,495 yards after the catch. That ranks third, behind Wes Welker and Fitzgerald. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
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