SCFs Tanker Carries Its First Crude Oil to Murmansk Port

first_imgzoom The 2016-built Arctic shuttle tanker Shturman Albanov, owned by Russian shipping major Sovcomflot, delivered its first shipment of crude oil produced at Gazprom Neft’s Novy Port field to the port of Murmansk on September 16.The cargo, comprising 34,000 tonnes of crude oil, was loaded at the Arctic Gate terminal, near Cape Kamenny in the Gulf of Ob, earlier last week.Shturman Albanov is the lead ship in a series of Arctic shuttle tankers ordered by Sovcomflot Group under a long-term contract with Gazprom Neft.Featuring around 42,000 dwt, a length of 249 meters and a width of 34 meters, the vessels are designed to carry crude oil from the Yamal peninsula to the port of Murmansk all year-round.The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) assigned the vessels an ice class Arc7, while the construction of three vessels of the series was financed by Sberbank CIB under a 14-year USD 340 million credit facility agreement signed in December 2015.The Russia-flagged Shturman Albanov joined SCF’s fleet on 16 August, after which it sailed to its loading point in the Gulf of Ob.“The successful start to the operation of SCF’s Arctic shuttle tanker Shturman Albanov is really a landmark event. In fact, Sovcomflot’s new tankers will enable the year-round transportation of oil from the estuary of Ob for the first time in history,” Sergey Frank, Chairman and CEO of PAO Sovcomflot, said.last_img read more

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Better Spot Rates Help Odfjell Shrink Loss

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay Norway-based tanker and terminal operator Odfjell has continued the trend of reducing its quarterly loss amid improved spot rates and lower bunker costs.The company’s net loss stood at USD 10.1 million in the second quarter of 2019, shrinking from a loss of USD 15.4 million reported in the previous quarter.Revenues improved to USD 243.2 million from USD 238.3 million in the preceding three-month period. Similarly, EBITDA marked a rise in the three-month period reaching USD 56.8 million, compared to USD 47.2 million in the first quarter of 2019.“The improvement in both spot and COA rates are still modest, but we continue to believe that we are in the early stage in the recovery of the chemical tanker market,” Kristian Mørch, CEO Odfjell SE, commented.Several vessels on time charters redelivered in 2019 were replaced by vessels at more favorable terms, contributing to the improved Odfjell Tankers EBITDA this quarter, that was at USD 50 million, up from USD 40 million seen in the previous quarter.The decreased Odfjell Terminals EBITDA of USD 6 million in the second quarter was attributed to a USD 1.6 million impairment related to the Ethylene project in Houston, after this project did not materialize.“We expect next quarter to be slightly affected by the seasonal slowdown in the chemical tanker market, but we still expect to report figures in line with the second quarter.”In the quarter ended June 30, Odfjell expanded its fleet with two vessels, a super-segregator was taken on long term bareboat charter, that was previously on commercial management to Odfjell Tankers, and one coated MR. The company is scheduled to take delivery of its first “super-segregator” newbuilding (49,000 dwt) from Hudong in August. The second newbuilding is expected to be handed over in October 2019, while the third vessel from the batch would join the fleet in January 2020.The two vessels from Fukuoka Shipbuilding are scheduled to be delivered in the first half of 2020 on long-term bareboat contracts.The quarter also saw the company shed its stake in Odfjell Terminals Jiangyin (OTJ), China. The divestment is part of the company’s strategy to grow and focus on chemical terminals in locations where it can harvest synergies between its tanker and terminal branches.Odfjell further revealed that it was preparing for the new 2020 sulfur requirements by including new bunker adjustment clauses taking IMO 2020 into account into renewed contracts. Some contracts also include clauses where there is optionality to exit from the contract if an agreement on reference price can not be reached, the company said.last_img read more

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SDMC Mayor Kangra calls on LG Anil Baijal

first_imgNew Delhi: SDMC Mayor Sunita Kangra on Thursday called on LG Anil Baijal to seek his intervention in averting financial crisis of SDMC. She also handed over a detailed letter justifying SDMC’s claim for the release of funds as per recommendations of the 5th Delhi Finance Commission and halt implementing the devolution of funds with retrospective effect as decided earlier by the third DFC in the year 2008. Kangra stated that Delhi government has decided to recover Rs 275.46 crore by implementing the recommendations of 5th DFC with retrospective effect. It may be pertinent to note that Rs 1,832.59 crore non plan and plan fund together released in the year 2016-17 has been drastically cut to meager Rs 781.84 crore in 2019-20. In the plan fund, 5th DFC made recommendation of Rs 1,555.70 crore but Delhi government has allocated only Rs 617.70 crore and that too has not been released fully as per the existing norms for the release of first installment. The major expenditure of SDMC which used to be Rs 2,198.87 cr in 2012-13 is expected to go up to Rs 4,880.00 cr in 2019-20. She added that after curtailment of funds, it will be difficult for SDMC to release salary and pension to its employees and it will not be in a position to take care of its obligatory functions like sanitation, control of vector borne diseases and maintenance of drains etc.last_img read more

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Civil Defence dept puts boatmen, rescue teams & emergency vehicles in place to safeguard Kolkatans

first_imgKolkata: The Disaster Management and Civil Defence department has taken up adequate preventive measures to combat the cyclone Fani, which is expected to hit various South Bengal districts on late Friday evening.According to a Civil Defence official, all arrangements have been put in place in the coastal districts of the state, including the city. As many as 44 boats have been swung into action to handle emergency situations. Around 150 boatmen have been deployed in various districts, which include West Midnapore, East Midnapore, Jhargram, Hooghly, Howrah, North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas and Kolkata. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The boatmen have been given special training on rescuing people in danger. They have also been imparted with police training. Civil Defence Rescue vehicles have already been pressed into action in various districts. Around 17 such vehicles equipped with various modern instruments have been engaged in the coastal districts. The rescue vehicles will have equipment needed to cut uprooted trees and rescue people from buildings in case of an emergency,” a Civil Defence official said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHe also stated that as many as 34 quick response teams have been formed in various districts, including the city. Each rescue team comprises eight members who have special training in various fields related to disaster management. The teams have modern equipment to tackle the impending crisis. It has also been learnt that 65 Nuliahs (divers) and fishermen have been deployed in Digha and Mandarmani in East Midnapore since Thursday. The Nuliahs have been kept in the coastal regions of the district, where they will keep an eye on the sea beaches. They may also voyage into the sea if the situation demands. The Nuliahs have special training to float in the sea and rescue people. It may be mentioned all the disaster management and civil defence mechanisms have been put in place since Thursday. The district administration will decide how long the rescue teams and civil defence personnel will remain stationed in the districts. All the disaster management officials in the city have been alerted.last_img read more

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UN agency lauds thinktank plan to revamp US policy on global food

The report, from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, outlines a plan of action which it says any US administration could embrace on a bipartisan basis. It recommends a doubling of emergency assistance and making rural development and agricultural productivity new foreign policy priorities. “This challenge cannot be solved without US leadership. This study is a roadmap, a wake-up call,” WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said during the report’s presentation this week in Washington. Ms. Sheeran also highlighted the report’s call for a modernization of the global food aid system. Improving the “speed, agility, liquidity and flexibility” of that system was a challenge not only for the US but also for the world, she said.“Food security is so fundamental to human existence that it is not only a humanitarian issue but also perhaps the key security issue of our time.” With food prices expected to remain high, the UN has set up a task force, chaired by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, to promote a comprehensive solution to the global food crisis. Its action plan provides for long-term solutions, such as boosting agricultural production, but also short-term measures to meet the immediate needs of the hungry poor who have been most affected by high food prices. The WFP said that, according to most estimates, food prices will remain high at least until 2012. 31 July 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today praised a new report by a Washington-based think-tank which calls for the United States to take a fresh strategic approach to the global food crisis. read more

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TELO will not back budget if detainees not freed

The Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) which has two members in Parliament, has decided not to back the 2016 budget during the third reading if the Tamil political prisoners are not freed.TELO leader, Parliamentarian Selvam Adaikalanathan informed this decision to Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan today. The TNA, which includes TELO and several other Tamil political parties, backed the budget during the second reading last week. Following a meeting held today, TELO decided to take the position that all Tamil political prisoners arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) must be given a general amnesty. The third and final reading and the final vote on the 2016 budget will be taken on December 19. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Ohio State womens basketball races by Nebraska

Some fans may have mistaken the Ohio State women’s basketball team for a track squad Thursday night. The No. 12-ranked Buckeyes (18-1, 5-1 Big Ten) capitalized on several miscues by No. 20 Nebraska (15-3, 4-2 Big Ten), which resulted in 20 fast-break points and, eventually, an 82-68 victory. “It’s like we’re all fast in all different ways,” senior guard Samantha Prahalis said after the game. “We all add something to defense that gives us offense, so I think that’s kind of scary.” The Cornhuskers took the opening score against the Buckeyes, but it was the first and last time Nebraska would have the lead. “There were 20 points in the game where we didn’t guard them because they either stole it from us or they leaked out and got an easy basket, so transition offense was really critical” said Nebraska coach Connie Yori. “I’m not sure our kids knew the quickness level that was going to be on the floor today.” Although the Buckeyes were ahead for a majority of the game, the team understood the Cornhuskers were undefeated in the Big Ten when trailing. “When I watched film on Penn State, it seemed like Penn State was in control but they kept coming back so I kind of knew that all of the momentum might be on someone’s side, but I knew they could still comeback,” Prahalis said. Junior guard Tayler Hill led all Buckeye scorers with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Prahalis followed with 19 points and nine assists, while sophomore center Ashley Adams and redshirt junior Amber Stokes added 13 and 12 points respectively. The Buckeyes were 32-of-61 from the field, while going 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Nebraska was lead by freshman forward Emily Cady who contributed 24 points, while sophomore Jordan Hooper added 19 points. The Buckeyes have won three straight games since suffering their first loss against Michigan on Jan. 7. “I don’t think I’m coaching any sopranos, concert pianists, I haven’t seen a violin in the locker room. Basketball is their thing and if losing a basketball game sends you crazy then I got serious issues,” coach Jim Foster said. “It happened to my team last year, but they figured it out. Again it’s about today, and now it’s about Illinois.” The win improves the Buckeyes to 3-0 this season against ranked opponents. Before the game OSU and Nebraska were tied for second place in the Big Ten. The win puts the Buckeyes one game behind No. 13 Purdue (15-3, 5-0 Big Ten) for first place in the conference. The Buckeyes will meet the Boilermakers on Feb. 12 at the Schottenstein center. While the Buckeyes can celebrate this victory, they will travel to Lincoln, Neb., on Feb. 26 to play the Cornhuskers again in the final game of the regular season. The Buckeyes will next host Illinois on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Schottenstein center. read more

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New Pike River evidence again raises question about the need to make

first_imgAustralian based refuge chamber manufacturer MineARC Systems says the most recent developments to come out of Pike River “indicate that at least two miners may have survived the initial blast. Expert imaging analysis taken from inside the mine after the first blast, depict what could be two fully clothed miners lying face down, and a nearby rescue box having been opened – indicating they may have attempted to exit the mine before being overwhelmed with smoke and/or toxic gases.” The company suggests this latest evidence, whether eventually confirmed or otherwise, “provides the clearest indication yet that a review of Australian/NZ mine safety legislation is justified – making emergency refuge compulsorily in all underground coal mines.”MineARC System’s General Manager Mike Lincoln: “It’s ironic really. Last year MineARC was recognised as the West Australian Exporter of the Year by the WA Department of Commerce, and was a finalist at the Australian Exporter of the Year Awards. It’s a testament to how overseas governments and industry, particularly in coal, have adopted Australian mine safety technology – realising the important role it plays in keeping their miners safe underground. The long standing irony has always been that Australia’s own coal mining sector doesn’t officially share this view in regards to emergency refuge. The use of emergency refuge has long been regulated in Australia’s ‘hard rock’ (metalliferous) mining industry, where the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) Guideline (Refuge Chambers in Metalliferous Mines) effectively governs the industry.“In the past few years there have been a number of incidents here in Australia where refuge chambers have helped save lives, most recently at BHP’s Leinster Nickel mine in 2009. For some reason though attitudes in the Australian/NZ coal industry have remained fixed on this particular safety issue. For years we’ve found it very difficult to even broach the idea of emergency refuge in Aus/NZ coal circles, even as a last resort.”“This has unfortunately left us lagging behind other developed producers, and some distinctly less developed producers. The US and China both have fixed industry legislation making refuge chambers compulsory in all underground coal mines. In the next few years we expect South Africa, Turkey, Russia and even India to follow suit.”“The prevailing attitude domestically seems to stem from the fundamental policy that personnel should do all they can to exit a mine during an emergency. This is the primary policy of any coal mine, and one which we fully support. However this emphasis on ‘getting out’, seems to have become so entrenched in the Aus/NZ mindset, that we’ve lost sight of the fact that incidents can and will continue to occur in which miners are simply unable to exit the mine themselves. We’ve seen many times all around the world incidents where miners have become trapped or cut off for long periods, injured or simply overwhelmed by gas or smoke as they attempt to escape – leaving them with nowhere to turn. “This is where emergency refuge should be used as a last resort; providing somewhere for miners to sit out an emergency in safety, protected from the extreme elements outside, whilst waiting to be rescued.”“Chile’s miners survived the initial 17 days underground due to a refuge chamber that was clear of the major rock-fall and managed to maintain sufficient air supply.  Two months later they were returned to the surface safe and well.“MineARC refuge chambers are designed to withstand major primary and secondary blasts. The second blast at Pike River, which all but destroyed any hope, occurred five days after the first. Clearly gas levels remained extremely high during that period and any attempt to enter the mine would have undoubtedly put others at a level of risk. But given that refuge chambers are fitted with communications systems and self monitoring systems that report back up to the surface, we may well have benefitted from a clearer indication as to the presence of any survivors, and to whether a rescue attempt should be enacted.“Unfortunately we know that industry worldwide is often reactive as opposed to proactive when it comes to enforcing new safety measures.  In regards to refuge chamber legislation this was certainly the case in the US after the Sago mine explosion (2006), in Chile after San Jose (2010) and also in China, where thousands of coal mining related fatalities occur each year. After each of these major incidents however mine refuge legislation was swiftly reviewed and enacted.“What we’re concerned by, is that despite what’s happened at Pike River, and particularly in light of this latest evidence, will the Australian/NZ coal industry remain fixed in its attitudes towards legislating emergency refuge?“Certainly in Australia/NZ there have been a couple of notable positive exceptions to the prevailing attitude. Solid Energy’s Huntley East Mine in New Zealand has long term entrapment refuge chambers manufactured by MineARC. And in August 2010, US firm Peabody was the first underground coal operator in Australia to install a long-term entrapment refuge chamber at its North Goonyella mine in Queensland. This 10-person MineARC refuge serves as a last resort to miners trapped in the mine and is therefore an integral part of North Goonyella’s emergency response plan (ERP).“However this is an example of a foreign-based operator importing what it knows to be world’s best practice safety measures into its Australian operations.  Usually it’s us telling the rest of the world how to do things the safe way.”last_img read more

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WHS SOFTBALL Wildcats Win Season Opener At Woburn 53

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Varsity Softball team opened its season by defeating Woburn High at Library Park in Woburn on Thursday, April 11, 2019 by a score of 5-3.The Wildcats got off to an early start by scoring two runs in the first and second innings. Kayla Bourrell reached on an infield error. Jenna Sweeney got the first hit for the Cats with a single to center. After Ally Moran moved the runners along, first basemen Bella Kieran smashed a 2-RBI single to right.In the second inning, Chase Andersen (BB) and Ashley Crawford (reach on error) scored on Kayla Bourrell’s single to center.In the third inning, Woburn came roaring back with three runs of their own after a bases loaded triple. Ally Moran struck out the next batter to strand the player at third.The Cats scored their final run in the sixth after a triple by Jenna Sweeney and an RBI single by Ally Moran.In the seventh inning, with the Tanners threatening, Kayla Bourrell made a great defensive play and got a force out at third with Chase Anderson covering. With two outs and the bases loaded, Ally ended the game with another strikeout.Both Jenna Sweeney (2-3, triple, 2 runs scored) and Bella Kieran (3-4, 2 RBI) had monster days at the plate. Ryan Bailey and Ashley Crawford also hit the ball hard, but great plays were made by Woburn defense.“This was a great way to open a season,”said coach Audrey Cabral. “We are inexperienced but we made all the plays that we needed to today. Two things that we learned from today’s game is that we missed some signs and we have to do a better job at sliding.”Pitcher Ally Moran allowed just five hits while striking out 14 in the contest.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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Winchester, Lose To Arlington In Close GamesIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Win Back-To-Back Games, Moran Gives Up 3 Hits While Striking Out 22In “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Lexington, Moran Picks Up Another WinIn “Sports”last_img read more

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Nifty Hits all Time High Ahead of Budget Sensex Opens Higher with

first_imgParenteral Drugs India LtdPADG31.35+4.35+16.11 BN Rathi Securities LtdBNRA14.75-1.85-11.14 Somi Conveyor Beltings LtdSOMI28.10+4.65+19.83 Aarey Drugs and PharmaceuticalsADPH19.88+3.31+19.83 Super Crop Safe LtdSUPC17.59+2.83+19.17 IVP LtdIVPL53.70+8.95+20 Modi Naturals LtdMODN20.60-2.25-9.85 NameSymbolLast traded in ₹Change in ₹Change in % Shelter Infra ProjectsFGIS6.40-0.59-8.44 In the meantime time top gainers from NSE were Parenteral Drugs India, IVP Ltd, Sarla Performance Fibers, Time Technoplast and Jayaswal Neco Industries, whereas, top losers were Blue Chips India, Jenson and Nicholson India, Landmark Property Development, Vardhman Polytex and ELGI Rubber Co Ltd. But, the positions of the above listed companies changed frequently during trading hours.The NSE index futures traded on Monday rose 0.1 percent and the MSCI-Asia Pacific excluding Japan’s index fell 0.13 percent.At 11:55 am, among 12 Indian stock indices; three fell. Those were BSE Oli&gas stocks, FMCG stocks and Bank stocks. Stock price of Oil and gas fell by ₹64.20 at ₹11,184.99, while FMCG’s stocks also declined at ₹6805 at ₹9.24 during trading hours. In the mean time, all stock prices in banking sector recorded low.BSE Bankex index recorded ₹17706.78 with loss of ₹117.75 and 0.66 percent. But, South Indian Bank in NSE index rose by ₹1.25 at ₹34.35, after US-based Pabrai Investment Fund bought 19.6 million shares on Friday. InfosysReutersHowever, stock index of IT sector surged during trading hours at 12 pm on Monday. Stock price of IT index was recorded ₹9487.04 with surge of ₹175.85 and 1.89 percent. Stock prices of all listed companies in IT sector rose, whereas, Infosys’ stock profited the most with surge of ₹75.80 and 2.37 percent. Its price was recorded ₹3315.95 at 12:05 pm.Besides this, stock price of Adani Ports, Reliance communications, Tata Consultancy Services and IDFC among few others rose, while stocks of Hindustan Unilever, ITC, United spirits and few other stocks of Banking and Oil fell during trading hours.World Markets:Among Asian markets Japan’s Nikkei and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell by 57.69 points and 15.17 points respectively at 12:30 pm. Nikkei was recorded at 15379.44 points and Hang Seng was recorded 23531.19 points.In the mean time, all US market indices rose. Dow, S&P, NASDAQ and TR US Index surged by 92.02 points, 10.82 points, 28.19 points and 0.97 points respectively. While, among European markets; only FTSE 100 appeared surging at 6866.05 points with an increase of 0.84 points and DAX, CAC 40 and TR Europe fell by 20.35 points, 20.90 points and 0.23 points respectively.However, at 12:24 pm, NSE index was recorded at 7765 points with an increase of 13.90 points and BSE index was recorded at 26026.23 points with surge of 64.17 points. Biopac India Corp LtdBNRU14.85-1.60-9.73 Top losers from BSE as on July 7, Monday at 11 am:NameNameSymbolSymbolLast traded in ₹Last traded in ₹Change in ₹Change in ₹Change in %Change in %NameBN Rathi Securities LtdSymbolBNRALast traded in ₹14.75Change in ₹-1.85Change in %-11.14NameModi Naturals LtdSymbolMODNLast traded in ₹20.60Change in ₹-2.25Change in %-9.85NameBiopac India Corp LtdSymbolBNRULast traded in ₹14.85Change in ₹-1.60Change in %-9.73NameFourth Generation Information SystemsSymbolBIOPLast traded in ₹5.65Change in ₹-0.54Change in %-8.72NameShelter Infra ProjectsSymbolFGISLast traded in ₹6.40Change in ₹-0.59Change in %-8.44 Fourth Generation Information SystemsBIOP5.65-0.54-8.72 At 10:30 am on Monday, BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty surged by 0.44 percent and 0.25 percent respectively, ahead of the budget scheduled for Thursday. The Indian rupee strengthened by 4 paise at 59.69 per dollar during early trade, versus previous closing of 59.73 a dollar on Friday.On Friday, INR saw its highest weekly gain in one-and-a-half months and Indian stock market received foreign flows worth ₹9.43 billion. According to Reuters, rupee gained its highest record since 16 May, 2014.”The rupee is likely to trade in a range of 59.60 to 60.40 until the budget,” Reuters quoted Hari Chandramgethen, head of foreign exchange trading at South Indian Bank.”The budget can very well have a huge impact on the market. Traders will be keenly watching how the government tackles the fiscal side problems and inflation,” he added.The Sensex opened at 9:08 am with surge of 74.16 points at 26039.67 points versus previous closing of 25962.06 points, whereas, the Nifty opened at 9:15 am with an increase of 22.75 points at 7774.75 points versus the previous closing of 7752 points.Later at 10:30, Sensex and Nifty surged at 26116.73 points and 7791.4 points. Monday’s index was recorded as third consecutive all time high versus previous sessions.Besides, top gainers from BSE as on July 7, Monday at 11 am:NameNameSymbolSymbolLast traded in ₹Last traded in ₹Change in ₹Change in ₹Change in %Change in %NameIVP LtdSymbolIVPLLast traded in ₹53.70Change in ₹+8.95Change in %+20NameAarey Drugs and PharmaceuticalsSymbolADPHLast traded in ₹19.88Change in ₹+3.31Change in %+19.83NameSomi Conveyor Beltings LtdSymbolSOMILast traded in ₹28.10Change in ₹+4.65Change in %+19.83NameSuper Crop Safe LtdSymbolSUPCLast traded in ₹17.59Change in ₹+2.83Change in %+19.17NameParenteral Drugs India LtdSymbolPADGLast traded in ₹31.35Change in ₹+4.35Change in %+16.11 NameSymbolLast traded in ₹Change in ₹Change in %last_img read more

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Game of Thrones fans convinced that Daenerys Drogon had dragon babies

first_imgGame of Thrones season 8 dragonGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 “The Last of Starks” featured the brutal death of Missandei and the terrible execution of Daenerys Targaryen’s second dragon, Rhaegal. Fans, however, are convinced that Daenerys’ Drogon had several dragon babies and they all will debut in the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones season 8.Daenerys Targaryen was full of rage and angst when she approached King’s Landing but was initially defeated by Euron Greyjoy who destroyed plenty of her ship and even shot down her another dragon. The powerful character is now at an incredible disadvantage and even we all know that she is not a very good war strategist as she was solely dependent on her Dothraki army and her dragons. More than half of her Dothraki clan is now dead and burned, whereas all that remain is one alive dragon, Drogon.Speaking of Drogon, fans on Reddit are convinced that there might be more dragons out there in the story which we are unaware of at this point. The user cited that it is possible that one of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon laid eggs during a moment off the screen in a previous season. The theory directly points towards Drogon, who was absent in season five. It was around that time when Dany was trying her best to keep a tab on all of her dragons. As per the user, there is a possibility that Drogon is actually a female dragon, who laid eggs in secret and hide them in a faraway place.As per the fans on Reddit, Drogon hid her eggs in order to save them from the outside world. Now those dragons are finally grown up and they will join their mother in her fight against Cersei Lannister. Game of ThronesGame of Thrones Official Facebook”What made me rethink this theory was after I saw an EP5 promo where Euron Greyjoy looks up at the sky and hears a roar of himself. Hears that the grunt is very different and gets scared. Since he has seen the dragons for a long time he wouldn’t be scared for just a dragon, but what if there are more dragons?” Redditor wrote in his viral post.It should be noted that even Euron Greyjoy actor has teased the return of another dragon in one of his recent Instagram post. But are we really going to see more dragons in the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones? Well, we just have to wait for the next episode to air to find out more about Drogon and her possible dragon babies.last_img read more

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In Israel Squirrel Comet Emoji Signal Intent to Rent

first_imgStay on target A picture is worth a thousand words. But an emoji may be worth a thousand dollars.An Israeli judge recently ruled that the popular pictorial symbols show intent.As reported by Room 404, Yaniv Dahan last summer posted his apartment for rent on a classified ads site, attracting the attention of Yarden Rosen.Rosen texted Dahan on June 5 (translated from Hebrew, with original emojis): “Good morning Interested in the house Just need to discuss the details… When’s a good time for you?”Through repeated correspondence with Rosen and her partner, Nir Haim Saharoff, Dahan assumed the apartment would be taken, and removed his ad from the site.A series of released texts, however, highlight the couple’s reluctance to commit, delaying the deadline to return paperwork by telling Dahan they were busy packing up their current home.Instead of delivering corrections to the contract, Rosen and Saharoff allegedly “disappeared as if they had never existed,” Room 404 reported; the pair later said they were unhappy with the residence’s physical conditions, and decided to move elsewhere.While Dahan did find another boarder, his frustration with the original prospective renters did not dissipate: The landlord sued for ₪14,500 ($4,047) in damages, claiming reliance. This is a principle of contract law stating that someone who takes steps based on another’s expressed or implied intent can file suit if impaired when the other party doesn’t follow through.In this case, that “expressed or implied intent” came in the form of pictograms, according to Herzliya Small Claims Court Judge Amir Weizebbluth.“[Emojis] do not, under the circumstances, indicate that the negotiations between the parties have matured into a binding agreement,” the adjudicator said in his ruling. “However, the sent symbols support the conclusion that the defendants acted in bad faith.”By adding some seemingly random flare—dancing women, a peace sign, a comet, a squirrel—the couple apparently sealed their fate.“Indeed, this negotiation’s parties’ way of expression may take on different forms, and today, in modern times, the use of the ’emoji’ icons may also have a meaning that indicates the good faith of the side to the negotiations,” Weizebbluth explained, adding that subsequent texts using a smiley-face symbol mislead Dahan to believe “everything is in order.”“Even if I assume that the reason for the withdrawal from the negotiations was justified, the defendants should have notified [Dahan] that they are not sure of their desire to rent the apartment, and that [he] should consider his steps accordingly,” the judge concluded.Weizebbluth ruled partial compensation and trial expenses, costing Saharoff and Rosen a total ₪8,000 ($2,232). ‘Emoji House’ Feud Turns Calif. Neighborhood Pink With RageThis Twitter Bot Mashes Up Emoji To Create Fresh Faces last_img read more

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Microsoft wants to send WebRTC standard to rehab

first_img WebRTC puts video chats all in the browser Microsoft wants to iron out the wrinkles in the existing WebRTC 1.0 proposal with a new approach. Microsoft is suggesting a new CU-RTC-Web standard. The CU-RTC Web stands for Customizable, Ubiquitous Real Time Communication over the Web.”Ubiquitous” is a standout concern. The WebRTC 1.0 standard falls short in an absence of “ubiquitous deployability” and that is one of the direct criticisms from Microsoft. “The standard does not show signs of interoperability with existing VoIP phones, and mobile phones, from behind firewalls and across routers and instead focuses on video communication between web browsers under ideal conditions.”Microsoft is not comfortable with the fact that the standard builds on the legacy of SIP, which does not make for a stateless system. Applications would be forced “to resort to trial-and-error and/or browser-specific code,” Microsoft says. Instead, its proposed system would dispense with the constraints imposed by “unnecessary state machines and complex SDP and provides simple, transparent objects.”The WebRTC standard, meanwhile, has gathered some fans if not Microsoft, namely support of Mozilla, Opera, Ericsson, Cisco, and other companies. According to reports, Firefox, Opera and Chrome have implemented WebRTC on some level for plugin-free VoIP and webcam chats.Microsoft wants to reduce some requirements that it sees holding the technology back. Microsoft takes issue with what is an overly prescriptive standard, asking too much of the network transport logic to be implemented by the browser. What is more, according to the critics at Microsoft, Web developers do not have enough wiggle room if they are looking to customize how their real-time communication services respond to changes in network quality. According to Microsoft’s blog posting on Monday, signed by key names at Skype as well as Microsoft, “A successful standard cannot be tied to individual codecs, data formats or scenarios. They may soon be supplanted by newer versions, which would make such a tightly coupled standard obsolete just as quickly. The right approach is instead to support multiple media formats and to bring the bulk of the logic to the application layer, enabling developers to innovate.”Microsoft makes its case that its proposal empowers developers to create applications that can take advantage of the benefits offered by real-time media in a clear, straightforward way. Since Microsoft now has Skype under its wing, inevitable observations are that its move to offer a standard proposal of its own suggests some sort of business motive against competition. Those who have examined the proposal, however, conclude that the suggestions are useful and of benefit for a final outcome. The changes are more about making technical improvements than staging a political maneuver, commented one site; another report said it found the Microsoft proposals well-reasoned. © 2012 Explore further ( — Microsoft is telling the W3C WebRTC working group that it has a better idea than the WebRTC standard which is still in progress and under revision. The goal has been to come up with a Web standard that will enable real-time audio and video conferencing on the Web without requiring any plugins. Now, though, Microsoft has submitted its own proposal for real-time communication to the WebRTC working group. The WebRTC specification is undergoing revision through this W3C WebRTC working group. Citation: Microsoft wants to send WebRTC standard to rehab (2012, August 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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.last_img read more

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Govt committed to welfare of residents says Mamata

first_imgKolkata: The state government is committed to the welfare of its people, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asserted Wednesday.The Chief Minister, on the occasion of Universal Health Coverage Day, said all government-run hospitals and health centres provide treatment for free to those in need. “Today is Universal Health Coverage Day. In #Bangla, healthcare is free at govt hospitals and health centres. We have also set up fair-price medicine shops and diagnostic centres, ICCUs, HDUs, CCUs, mother & child hubs and more. We are committed to the welfare of all,” she tweeted. Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day, observed every year on December 12, marks the anniversary of the first unanimous United Nations resolution calling for countries to provide affordable and quality healthcare to every person.last_img read more

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VIDEO Advanced Russian robot used to show tech superiority exposed as man

first_imgThe robot was intended to show Russian tech superiority, but it turns out it was so incredibly human-like because it was, well, a human. It was discovered that the “robot” was identical to an expensive robot costume sold by a company called Show Robots. The costume is designed to be used at parties, not for leverage in the renewed Cold War. Add this little gem to Putin’s greatest hits highlight reel. Come on down to Silicon Valley Vlad, we’ll show you what the real stuff looks like.Watch this to see how Boris was uncovered as a sham. Advertisement The U.S. and Russia have been competing for technological superiority since the Cold War, and it appears the rooskies have been reduced to taking some some shortcuts to keep up.In a recent Russian youth robotics forum, held to encourage younger kids to get involved in robotics engineering, a seemingly advanced robot named ‘Boris’ was brought onto the stage and touted as a legitimately advanced A.I. creation, but after some people started doing some digging, it was all exposed as fake news.Here’s footage of Boris crushing the tech conference with his “life-like” abilities, and his follow-up appearance on a Russian news program where they were still pushing the lie:last_img read more

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first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Related Content News | September 20, 2010 Cost, Time are Key Factors in Choosing Remote Radiology Services center_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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President voices support for extending moratorium on maritime zone evictions

first_imgRelated posts:Debate over maritime zoning legislation heats up Transport Ministry says Cañas-Liberia highway expansion will help local businesses, but residents are wary More than 85 percent of Limón residents support new port terminal, poll claims Costa Rica’s Supreme Court tells Talamanca: You can’t declare environmentalist expats ‘personas non grata’ Residents along the beaches of Puerto Viejo and other parts of the southern Caribbean can breathe a sigh of relief, at least for now. President Luis Guillermo Solís announced support for an extension of a moratorium on a law that would displace coastal residents in the southern Caribbean and other parts of the country, during his trip to the province of Limón on Saturday.“There is talk about creating a special regime for the Caribbean Zone, but it’s not possible to have this discussion under the threat of displacement for the populations who have been in this region since ancestral times. This government is not going to take arbitrary actions,” Solís said over the weekend in Puerto Viejo.According to the Maritime Zone Law, the 50 meters from high tide mark is publicly zoned, meaning it belongs to municipalities. The remaining 150 meters is completely restricted, and any type of construction is prohibited. Families who already live within the maritime zone must abide by a municipal zoning plan, obtain a municipal concession and pay a monthly fee. The Comptroller General’s Office previously ordered municipalities to destroy structures found to be in violation of the Maritime Zone Law.In September 2012, lawmakers passed a bill that established a 24-month moratorium on the land evictions. Solís said that while he supports the extension of the moratorium he did not specify for how long. The president said he hopes the Environment Ministry, lawmakers representing Limón, and coastal community members could come together to establish a “realistic” time frame. The Legislative Assembly would have to approve another bill extending the moratorium.Solís highlighted that he envisioned the moratorium extending to other coastal communities in Costa Rica. While much of the attention regarding the Maritime Zone Law has focused on the inhabitants of the Caribbean coast, residents on the Pacific coast also are affected. A peaceful protest last March was violently quashed when anti-riot police officers used tear gas to remove dozens of demonstrators protesting in support of the Coastal Community Land Bill from the Inter-American Highway in Chomes, Puntarenas.A bill that would create an “Urban Coastal Zone” that would halt the land evictions was approved by lawmakers in a first round of voting in March but has since stalled in the Assembly. The bill still requires a second approval, President Solís’ signature and eventual publication in the official government newspaper, La Gaceta, before becoming law. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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US plays down IS militants gains in Iraq

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Anbar provincial councilman Taha Abdul-Ghani said the militants killed dozens more captured security forces in the city as well as their families, without providing an exact figure. He said Iraqi and coalition warplanes were bombing the militants inside the compound.Weidley’s command said Friday in its daily summary of U.S.-led bombing in Iraq that coalition planes conducted 12 airstrikes in Iraq overnight Thursday. These included one airstrike near Ramadi that hit an IS headquarters. Four airstrikes near Beiji hit IS fighting units, destroying two fighting positions and a building, the U.S. military said.___Associated Press writers Sameer N. Yacoub in Baghdad and Bradley Klapper in Washington contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite major new setbacks in Iraq, the U.S. military command leading the fight against Islamic State militants insisted Friday that its strategy is working and that the militants’ takeover of a key oil refinery and a government compound are fleeting gains feeding an IS propaganda machine.“We believe across Iraq and Syria that Daesh is losing and remains on the defensive,” said Marine Brig. Gen. Thomas D. Weidley, chief of staff for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, the name of the international campaign fighting IS. “Daesh” is the Arabic acronym for the militant group that swept into Iraq from Syria last June and swiftly took control of much of Iraq’s north and west. “This is similar to the (techniques) they’ve used in the past where they’ve conducted attacks trying to gain social media gains by taking photos and documenting small-term gains and then using it for propaganda purposes,” Weidley said, adding that IS was inflating the importance of its success.“We’ve seen similar attacks in Ramadi over the last several months for which the ISF (Iraqi security forces) have been able to repel, and we see this one being similar to those,” he said, adding that the U.S. is confident the Iraqi government will be able to take back the terrain it has lost in Ramadi.Weidley called Ramadi a “critical city,” which appears to stand in contrast to remarks last month by Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.Dempsey said Ramadi was not central to the future of Iraq and said its potential loss “won’t be the end of the campaign” against IS. He also said the Beiji oil refinery, the site of fierce battles between militants and Iraqi forces, was a “more strategic” target for IS.In Ramadi, Iraqi troops were forced to withdraw during an attack in which three suicide car bombs killed at least 10 people and wounded dozens more, said Mayor Dalaf al-Kubaisi. The mayor said the militants raised their black flag over the captured government compound, which houses provincial and municipal government offices. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Even as Weidley spoke to reporters by phone from his headquarters in Kuwait, IS militants were defying his description of them as a force on defense. Iraqi officials said IS fighters had captured the main government compound in Ramadi, the capital of battle-scarred Anbar province. Other officials said they had gained substantial control over the Beiji oil refinery, a strategically important prize in the battle for Iraq’s future and a potential source of millions of dollars in income for the militants.The battle to push IS out of Mosul, the largest city in northern Iraq, which some had hoped would begin this spring, now seems a more distant goal.The Pentagon insists that it knew when it began a bombing campaign in Iraq in August 2014 that it could take years to force the Islamic State group out of the country, and while the militants have conceded some ground in recent months, including the northern city of Tikrit, they have proven remarkably resilient.Just over 3,000 U.S. troops are training and advising Iraqi forces and providing protection for U.S. forces and facilities. Weidley said there is no move afoot to either expand the U.S. presence or ask the Obama administration for authority to put U.S. troops close to the front lines of combat. Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 The White House said Vice President Joe Biden called Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday to reaffirm U.S. support in light of the attacks on Ramadi. It said Biden promised expedited security help, including delivery of shoulder-fired rockets and other heavy weaponry to counter IS car bombs.Weidley appeared to be pressing his own “information campaign” designed to counter the militants’ message of defiance. While conceding the militants’ were managing “episodic control” of certain terrain in Iraq, he insisted their advances were minor and unsustainable.The State Department offered a similar assessment. “There will be good days and bad days in Iraq,” State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said. “ISIL is trying to make today a bad day in Ramadi. We’ve said all along we see this as a long-term fight.”Weidley said IS fighters had launched a complex attack Friday on Ramadi as part of an effort to “feed their information and propaganda apparatus.” He said he could not confirm how much of the city had been lost to IS on Friday or what percentage remains in Iraqi control. He said his command had seen Islamic State social media postings of photos that depict a successful Ramadi offensive.last_img read more

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Australias Convention Bureaux Seek NEXTPractices

first_imgDestination Marketing Association International (DMAI) recently hosted a strategic-level workshop in Adelaide with AACB and its member bureaux to gather input for the DestinationNEXT scenario model and its phase 2 NEXTPractices.The workshop, attended by convention bureaux CEO’s, focused on the future of the global destination marketing industry. The DestinationNEXT vision is to provide Destination Marketing Organisations (DMOs) with practical, clear actions and strategies for sustainable success in a dramatically changing world.“DestinationNEXT is an international collaboration seeking DMO intelligence from around the world,” said Scott Beck, Chairman of DMAI. “The project will identify specific strategies that will help DMO’s be more successful in the future. I am excited to have AACB involved with the initiative. AACB’s recoginsed global leadership adds to the value and creditability of DestinationNEXT.”Direct input from bureaux CEOs will better define the current state of the destination marketing industry and position in the marketplace, identify major trends and issues, recommend action strategies, determine possible new DMO prototypes and prepare a tool kit to assist DMOs on an ongoing basis.“DMAI recognises the strong leadership of Australian convention bureaux and the contribution we make to the national economy,” said AACB President Lyn Lewis-Smith. “DestinationNEXT will help Australian convention bureaux identify possible new and sustainable priorities and strategies that deliver greater benefit and value to the economy. AACB is proud to be part of this international collaboration and continue to lead and support the business events industry in Australia.”Source = Destination Marketing Association Internationallast_img read more

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