What’s Now and What’s Next for Innovative Media Experiences at NAB Show

first_imgIt’s good to be back at the NAB ShowOpens in a new window, which is under way this week in Las Vegas. This is one of the largest gathering places for people in the media, entertainment, and broadcast industries. At this week’s show, more than 100,000 attendees will deepen their understanding of what’s now and what’s next for innovative media experiences.From my perspective, there’s revolution in the air. We are in the middle of a technology transformation driven by mobility, broadband and the cloud. Already, the visual cloudOpens in a new window is enabling the creation and delivery of video and graphics applications that deliver more high quality content to more users, faster than ever before. But user demand for new experiences like virtual reality, augmented reality, and 360 degree video increases the need for our industry to accelerate the pace of innovation.At Intel, we are investing in innovations that will unleash the power of cloud computing for the media and broadcast industry. For example, we’re collaborating with Carnegie Mellon University on a three-year, $4.125 million research program to develop a range of visual cloud capabilities that advance media creation, data center graphics, immersive media, and media analytics. We’re excited to announce this collaborationOpens in a new window – and showcase more advancements – over the next week at NAB Show.Visual Cloud Experiences: What’s NextIn my Super Session on MondayOpens in a new window, I will be joined by Dave WardOpens in a new window, chief technology officer at Cisco, A. R. RahmanOpens in a new window, two-time Academy and Grammy Award winner, and Dave Andersen,Opens in a new window associate professor at the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, to talk about technologies that enable amazing visual cloud experiences.Dave Andersen will highlight the groundbreaking work now under way at the new Intel Science and Technology Center for Visual Cloud Systems at CMU.Dave Ward will discuss how Cisco and Intel are working togetherOpens in a new window to develop a flexible, scalable infrastructure that supports network transformation and an explosion in video content.AR Rahman will offer a sneak preview of his upcoming VR movie, “Le Musk” and talk about the importance of technology to his creative process, and will alsoMedia Production: What’s NextOn Tuesday, I will be back on the stage to join Dave Ward for his Super SessionOpens in a new window, titled “The Naked Truth about Media Production in an IT Stack.” In this presentation, Dave will throw down a breakthrough concept: software-defined studios, with distribution pipelines for live broadcasts, buttressed by corresponding and creative use cases around remote production, infrastructure flexibility, and resource optimization. This is all part of the move toward a common IT infrastructure, stretching from content acquisition to distribution. I will join Dave to talk about the importance of virtualized infrastructure for media production and to offer my thoughts on what lies ahead for the media and broadcast industry.Demos: What’s NowThe NAB Show is also providing a forum for showcasing the next generation of amazing visual experiences with the latest media solutions powered by Intel architecture, media accelerators and software. That’s the case with the technology demos in our booth #SU9410, located in the South Hall.These demos include a look at the new Intel® Visual Compute Accelerator 2 (Intel® VCA 2).Opens in a new window Built around the energy efficient Intel® Xeon® Processor E3 v5 family with Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics P580, the Intel VCA 2 PCIe* add-in card enables over-the-top (OTT) content providers, telecommunications service providers, and cloud gaming providers to deliver the rich visual experiences end users seek. In this end-to-end immersive VR demo, stitched streams from a Nokia OZO VR camera are encoded to dual 4K streams by the Haivision KB 4K Encoder powered by Intel® VCA 2, and delivered to VR goggles, enabling the visitor to have a full 360-degree view of the expo floor.In another in-booth demo, show attendees can grab a seat for the first-ever preview in virtual reality of AR Rahman’s Le Musk—another sign that the future of entertainment will be immersive. VR clips from the movie will be shown for the first time on three Cinema VR chairs in the Intel booth. The VR experience doesn’t stop there. We’re also showing how workstations powered by Intel® Xeon® processors can seamlessly stitch together content images captured with a GoPro Omni Rig in 8K into one 360-degree video that is viewed with a VR headset.We’re also giving a close-up look at cloud-based end-to-end video delivery, highlighting the flow of content from creators to end customers. This demo will be showcasing Intel® True VROpens in a new window content captured during the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA 2017 men’s basketball tournament, giving users a courtside seat right in the action.Also in our booth, we will feature a studio video-over-IP networking demo using field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The demo shows how studios can move from broadcast-specific software-defined infrastructure (SDI) video transport to a standard IP network, which lets them take advantage of lower cost commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment while they prepare to virtualize their studio ecosystemOpens in a new window.The Ecosystem: What’s NowAt Intel, we place a great deal of importance on ecosystem collaboration to advance innovation. To that end, our in-booth demos feature a range of technologies from companies that include Adobe, Artesyn, Beamr, Coveloz, GoPro, HPE, eBrisk, Haivision, Ittiam, Korusys, Nokia, Sony, Spin-Digital, Vantrix, and Voysis. Two of these companies, Beamr and Ittiam, will be demonstrating software-based HDR10 HEVC encoders that leverage the integrated Intel® Iris™ Pro graphics technology in the Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1500 v5 to support high quality encoding by service providers and broadcasters without incurring the cost and complexity of platforms with discrete GPUs.Additionally, our Thunderbolt™ technology communityOpens in a new window is showcasing products from Akitio, CalDigit, G-Technology, GWC Technology, Intel, Kensington, LaCie, OWC, OpenDrives and Thunderbolt™ in booth #SL2424 and in an Airstream trailer parked outside the South Hall entrance. Thunderbolt™ technology is a high-speed, dual protocol I/O designed to dramatically increase data transfer rates.Coming AttractionsWe are excited for NAB attendees to discover the next generation of amazing video experiences delivered with the latest media solutions powered by Intel architecture, media accelerators and software. In the days after the NAB Show, you can tune into the Intel Chip Chat channelOpens in a new window to catch podcasts that will highlight some of the innovative ways that our partners are putting Intel technologies to work to capitalize on the revolution driven by mobility, broadband, and the cloud.last_img read more

Virat Kohli: Team India set for new beginning post-Dhoni

first_imgAustralia have already won the four-match Test series 2-0 against IndiaIndia go into the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia on Tuesday embarking on a new era after the shock retirement of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.It will be testing times for the new and fiery skipper Virat Kohli following Dhoni’s retirement from the longest format of the game after the third Test at Melbourne.Kohli will hope to learn from Dhoni’s calm demeanour but this sentiment will surely be questioned on the field by Australia, who have already bagged the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.Though India have lost the series 2-0, they have been competitive throughout, giving a tough fight to the home side.Despite a couple of failures, India’s batting has largely clicked and there is no reason why Kohli and his men will not rise to the occasion on a batsman-friendly pitch at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).Kohli has been in prime form in the three Tests so far, hitting 499 runs at a staggering average of 83.16 which includes three centuries.Opener Murali Vijay has provided stability at the top when his partner Shikhar Dhawan has failed while middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane has also impressed.India’s most successful bowler of the series Varun Aaron is back after attending his grandfather’s funeral and is likely to be included in the playing XI as wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha will take over from Dhoni to play his fourth Test and his first as the main choice ‘keeper.Meanwhile, there is only one change in the Australian squad from Melbourne. In a relief for the Indian batsman, left-handed pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson is out of the SCG Test with hamstring soreness and will be replaced by Mitchell Starc.advertisementThough stand-in skipper Steven Smith has said that his team will try to play in a relaxed manner as they have already won the series, an aggressive Kohli is unlikely to back down from the heated exchanges that have taken place so far.The match will also see a return to the ground where the late Phillip Hughes was hit by a bouncer on his head on November 25 that led to his tragic demise two days later.There was an outpour of emotion for Hughes at the start of the first Test in Adelaide and a similar situation is expected.Had no clue MS Dhoni would quitKohli spoke about what happened just after the third Test against Australia at Melbourne when Dhoni entered the dressing room and announced his sudden retirement from Test cricket.”We were doing our usual thing after the game, packing our bags and stuff, and then he came in and said he wants to say something. And he just announced it,” Kohli was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.Kohli also added that the whole team was shocked to hear Dhoni’s decision as it came all of a sudden like a bolt from the blue.”We were all taken aback by his decision because it was so sudden, we had no clue. We never saw it coming,” Kohli said.”It was pretty shocking at that point for all of us and we didn’t really know what to say to him because it was a very emotional moment for him. We, as youngsters who’ve started under his captaincy, it was a very strange moment for us.”The 26-year-old middle-order batsman also believed “there is so much to learn” from the former skipper, and said he would not shy away from taking Dhoni’s advice.”There’s so much to learn from him, especially in tough situations. His composure, his decision-making at important times; these are the things that are priceless. Any captain would like to have them,” Kohli said.”I hope I can be as calm as him but everyone has different styles. As long as you can try and pick out the positives from every person, that’s how you improve every day. I know what skills he has as a captain and I’ll always try to pick his brains and take advice from him whenever I can.”Kohli also captained the tourists in the first match of the Test series in Adelaide and almost won India the game before the middle and lower-order crumbled like a pack of cards, resulting in Australia clinching the encounter.last_img read more

SPORT-UEFA-GOALLINE 2 LAST

first_imgPlatini, who had been the favourite to win FIFAs Platini, who had been the favourite to win FIFAs presidency, has denied wrongdoing and vowed to appeal his ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.UEFA said “there will be no presidential election scheduled” until sports appeals bodies have ruled on Platinis case.The French football legend withdrew from the FIFA presidency race on January 7. Infantino is facing tough competition from four rivals in the contest to become the most powerful man in football.But, he said, those clamouring for an end to the scandals and allegations that have tarnished world football should have confidence in his leadership, dismissing the notion that he was a regional candidate.”I am not the UEFA candidate. I am the European candidate…I am the football candidate,” he said.Thirty-nine people have been charged by the United States with corruption in football going back decades, while Swiss prosecutors have also opened investigations targeting Blatter and the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, won by Russia and Qatar respectively.Top corporate sponsors of the World Cup like Visa and Coca-Cola have demanded sweeping change in global footballs management.”They know me,” Infantino said when asked if he had made contact with these corporations during his campaign. “They know how I work. They know who I am.”FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin al Hussein of Jordan has already sounded an alarm over impropriety in the campaign.Hussein said a development deal agreed between the Asian and African confederations looked like a scheme to secure Africas backing for Asian football chief and FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa of Bahrain.advertisementAsked about fears of vote buying, Infantino said “he had no concerns at all with regards to this election.” AFP AH AHlast_img read more

Unai Emery still hoping to bring in Samuel Umtiti

first_imgAdvertisement Unai Emery Is Eyeing To Finish In The Top Four In This Season. AdvertisementThe manager of the Gunners, Unai Emery is still hoping to bring in Samuel Umtiti at the Emirates in the next summer transfer window. The Gunners are currently having a low budget for the summer transfer window. The whole scenario will depend on where the Gunners finish in the Premier League after the end of this season.The Gunners have not been successful to qualify in the Champions League for last few seasons. If they are able to finish in the top four positions in the Premier League after the end of this season, the transfer budget will certainly increase for the Gunners.Arsenal badly need some inclusions in the central defense to do well in the Premier League as well as in Europe in the next season. The pair of Koscielny and Mustafi are not performing as expected. The inclusion of Sokratis Papastathopoulos did not help much to strengthen their defensive unit.Samuel Umtiti might just be the right choice for the Gunners to solve their defensive problems. Umtiti is not getting regular chances for the Catalan Giants after recovering from his injury. So, he might also wish to join the Gunners in the next season to play regular first team football. Olivier Giroud not certain about his future at Stamford Bridgelast_img read more

Jyoti Kumari to Mehjabi Siddiqui: These Bigg Boss contestants underwent drastic transformation post the show

first_imgPopular reality show Bigg Boss has shaped up careers of many in all these years. Some have shined like a star while others have gone missing from the screen. Well, the show’s contribution is not just limited to professional front but it has boosted and motivated many contestants in a bid to transform themselves. From losing weight to catching up with latest fashion trends, these four BB contestants made an impact with their makeovers post the show.And rightly so, we give due credit to Bigg Boss for this.Jyoti Kumari: Jyoti KumariThis season’s youngest contestant Jyoti surprised viewers with her makeover after she left the show. The motormouth, who sported a girl-next-door image during her BB stint, was usually seen without make-up and hair tied up in a braid. But her recent pictures that are doing the round on social media have a new story to tell. She can be seen wearing trendy outfits with hair let loose and completing her look with bright lip colours.Mehjabi Siddiqui:Bigg Boss 11 contestant Mehjabi Siddiqui’s transformation post Bigg Boss is really commendable. She enjoyed her stint in the house as one of the four padosis. In her short and sweet journey, she stood up for wrong, had an opinion, fought and made a few friends in the house. Mehjabi SiddiquiOne such instance that we can never forget is, when Arshi Khan called her ‘kaali daayan’ and Mehjabi gave a befitting reply to her. She had said, that–“if you see me decked-up with all the layers of make-up that you people apply, you will not be able to recognize me. I look that good and charming.”advertisementAlso she had said that she has no insecurities about her complexion and is proud of her skin colour.Lokesh Kumari Sharma:Lokesh Kumari Sharma, the chubby and cute aam aadmi contestant, won many a heart in her extremely short stint on Bigg Boss 10. Everyone’s favourite Lovie was the biggest entertainer of the BB 10 house. She created a lot of buzz when she posted pictures of her drastic physical transformation that includes weight loss and style makeover.After losing oodles of weight, and undergoing a fashion makeover, Lokesh looks like a million bucks.Manveer Gurjar:Manveer Gurjar’s rough and rugged look was talk of the town in Season 10. He sported a heavy beard and thick mustache for almost the entire season. It was only during a nomination task that Manveer shaved it off. Post the show, Season 10 winner impressed his fans with great dressing sense and clean look. He keeps posting pictures and videos on his Instagram page.last_img read more

a month agoFikayo Tomori on Chelsea screamer: I thought ‘why not?’

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fikayo Tomori on Chelsea screamer: I thought ‘why not?’by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFikayo Tomori has spoken of his wonder goal in Chelsea’s win at Wolves.The fullback hit a screamer for the 5-2 win.”First up Azpi was calling me back to stop the counter-attack, and the ball broke out,” he told chelseafc.com.”I thought ‘why not?’ and thankfully it managed to hit the back of the net. I’m obviously really pleased!”In training the past couple of weeks Willy Caballero’s been giving me a bit because I’ve skied a few! I just wanted to concentrate on trying to keep it down and hitting the target.” last_img

8 days agoMan City join interest in Red Bull Salzburg star Erling Haaland

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City join interest in Red Bull Salzburg star Erling Haalandby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City have joined the interest in Red Bull Salzburg star Erling Haaland.The Norwegian striker has caught the attention of top clubs after a staggering 18 goals in 11 games this season.The 19-year-old is also wanted by Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United among a number of others.And City have joined them after sending scouts to watch the forward against Liverpool in the Champions League, says The Sun.It is understood Salzburg are looking to get around £50m for Haaland, but would be reluctant to sell in January. last_img

A College Football Game Was Played At 11 AM Today – Here’s Why

first_imgmissouri state opens its season at homeWe’re approaching the second weekend of the 2018 college football season. There are a couple of big games on Saturday, with Texas A&M hosting No. 2 Clemson and South Carolina hosting No. 3 Georgia.One Week 2 college football game has actually already been played, though.Missouri State had its home opener this morning, right in the middle of a school day. Why? Bad weather is approaching the area this weekend.There were a couple of cancellations in Week 1 – Nebraska and Iowa State both called off their games due to weather – and Missouri State didn’t want the same to happen to their home opener.So, the game was played this morning at 11 a.m.“Home opener for Missouri State football today as the Bears host the Blue Tigers of Lincoln College. I respect anyone who was able to shift schedule and make it to this Thursday 11:00 kickoff. Tough decision for the Bears due to impending weather,” tweeted Matt Vereen.Home opener for Missouri State football today as the Bears host the Blue Tigers of Lincoln College. I respect anyone who was able to shift schedule and make it to this Thursday 11:00 kickoff. Tough decision for the Bears due to impending weather pic.twitter.com/Zns89yVPaG— Matt Vereen (@MattVereen) September 6, 2018The first touchdown of the season was a good one, at least.First home #MSUBears touchdown of the 2018 season!A 59 yard TD pass to from Peyton Huslig to Nick Masoner.#BearUp ?⤴️ pic.twitter.com/FtAhSvUDp7— MO STATE Football (@MOStateFootball) September 6, 2018Here’s what the scene on campus looked like:Students walk to class while the Missouri State football team walks into the stadium. pic.twitter.com/hpEfh7hU3t— Wyatt Wheeler (@WyattWheeler_NL) September 6, 2018That’s pretty bizarre.last_img read more

ESPN’s Bowl Projections For Iowa After Northwestern Loss

first_imgIowa football walk out onto the field.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: The Iowa Hawkeyes get set to walk on the field against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Iowa lost another heartbreaker on Saturday – this time to Northwestern – ending their hopes of winning the Big Ten East. That also means the Hawkeyes don’t really have a shot at the Rose Bowl.So which bowl game is Iowa slated for right now? ESPN’s analysts differ in opinion. Kyle Bonagura thinks the Hawkeyes could take on Florida in the Outback Bowl.Mitch Sherman, meanwhile, thinks the Hawkeyes could be headed to California to play in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl against Utah.They’d be tough locations for Iowa fans.Sherman had an interesting tweet regarding Iowa’s situation. He says a Hawkeyes fan told him he’d love to see the team take on Iowa State in a bowl game – as a rematch.An Iowa fan told me this morning he’d love to see a bowl-game rematch with the Cyclones. Funny, because in Ames yesterday, I heard the same thing from more than one person on the ISU side. (Don’t hold your breath.) https://t.co/obLCxQQjsY— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) November 11, 2018That’s unlikely to happen, but it would make for a much more important game to end the season.Iowa, at 6-4, still has Illinois and Nebraska on the schedule. Two wins would greatly improve the team’s bowl resume.last_img read more

Management Systems Need to be Certified – Industry Minister

first_imgIndustry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, is encouraging local businesses to attain internationally accepted certification of their management systems, as this will positively impact their organisations.The Minister was speaking at the inaugural staging of Certification Day, hosted by the National Certification Body of Jamaica (NCBJ) at the Knutsford Court hotel in New Kingston, on March 27.He noted that the certification of local management systems to international standards will also impact positively on Jamaica’s reputation as a standards-driven business environment, which will do well for the country’s economy.Mr. Hylton emphasized that the Ministry is committed to embracing the highest international standards, as part of efforts to reshape the Jamaican economy and restore investor confidence.“It is therefore important for us to ensure that at all times, we are operating in accordance with global standards and that the requisite certification is in place for Jamaican goods,” he stated.The Minister said this has become more important as the government continues to work towards establishing Jamaica as the fourth node in the global logistical supply chain.“(These) plans are well advanced, and each day, we receive more and more overtures from global investors who understand the importance of the logistics hub in Jamaica, to global trade,” he added.Mr. Hylton said the global logistics hub in Jamaica will see the country servicing the needs of hundreds of thousands of consumers locally, and millions of consumers across the globe, and as such, international certification is a critical component.The Minister congratulated the NCBJ on attaining international accreditation from the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB), which allows the NCBJ to offer certification to Quality Management Systems – ISO 9001, and Environmental Management Systems – ISO 14001.Mr. Hylton said that attaining and maintaining internationally accepted accreditation from the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board is a significant step in strengthening the country’s international certification programme.“What is even more noteworthy is the fact that the NCBJ has consistently continued to expand specific industry scopes, strengthening its capacity to meet the requirements of organisations seeking certification,” he said.In the meantime, Chairman of the Standards Council at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica, Professor Winston Davidson, said the purpose of Certification Day is to set aside time to consider the importance and advantages of management systems certification, and to recognise the visionary leaders of companies who have strategically guided their organisations to attain this achievement.The NCBJ offers a variety of services, including but not limited to certification of management systems to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.By Ataliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Rehabilitation Programme at Rio Cobre Juvenile Facility Strengthened

first_img The rehabilitation programme for incarcerated youths at the St. Catherine-based Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Facility is being strengthened to assist their productive re-entry into society.Under the ‘New Path’ project, the classrooms at the all-male facility were recently upgraded to allow for expanded skills training and HEART Trust/NTA certification.Superintendent of the facility, Martin Dryden, welcomes the support under New Path.“Our thrust is to have them (wards) in a position where they can play a role in nation-building.  They came in as part of the problem; now they will go out as part of the solution. That is my objective,” he says.“I am all about rehabilitation, not punishment,” he emphasises.The facility, which houses boys aged 12 to 18 years old, offers a rehabilitation programme that is focused on academics, skills training, and sports, among other activities. Among the skills areas are agriculture, food and nutrition, sewing, and winemaking.Mr. Dryden tells JIS News that the boys have been doing well in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) over the years.Their academic achievements, along with trophies and cash prizes won for showcasing their creative talents at the annual Jamaica 4-H exposition, have been a source of pride and motivation for the boys, he notes.New Path, which is being implemented in juvenile facilities across the island, is aimed at providing hope to marginalised young people who have come into conflict with the law by providing them with the requisite skills necessary for reintegration.It offers and facilitates weekly counselling, technical and vocational training, conflict-resolution programmes as well as opportunities for apprenticeship and internship.It includes a music programme, in collaboration with the National Youth Orchestra, and a sports aspect facilitated by the Youth for Development Network.The initiative is being implemented by the Department of Public Security of the Organization of American States (OAS), in collaboration with the Trust for the Americas, and with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Commissioner of Corrections, Ina Hunter, says New Path has diversified programme offerings in juvenile institutions with an emphasis on psychosocial development and holistic programmes that address the needs and talents of children.She says that the staff members have also been empowered, through training, to address and better manage the challenges that children face, thereby ensuring the sustainability of the initiative.OAS Country Representative in Jamaica, Jeanelle van Glaanenweygel, explains that the programme works to uncover the potential of the incarcerated youth and help them to become “thriving citizens”.She says it provides both the wards and the correctional officers with practical training in order to facilitate the reintegration process.For USAID Country Representative, Jason Fraser, New Path is helping to improve the behaviour of the youth, while equipping them to become productive members of society.“It presents the core areas and needs of the youth that should be targeted during the time in the correctional centres. It is fundamental to transform the juvenile system, and accomplish the reintegration of the young offenders,” he notes.He commends the more-than-60 staff members at the DCS, which include correctional officers, case managers, and teachers, who are part of a “mission to assist the young people to achieve their full potential”.Curriculum Advisor at the OAS, Kimberly Seymour, shares that through coordination with the DCS, action plans have been developed to guide the training activities over the next year. Story Highlights The rehabilitation programme for incarcerated youths at the St. Catherine-based Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Facility is being strengthened to assist their productive re-entry into society. Curriculum Advisor at the OAS, Kimberly Seymour, shares that through coordination with the DCS, action plans have been developed to guide the training activities over the next year. Their academic achievements, along with trophies and cash prizes won for showcasing their creative talents at the annual Jamaica 4-H exposition, have been a source of pride and motivation for the boys, he notes.last_img read more

Second LNG MEGI Joins Teekay’s Fleet

first_imgOwner and operator of liquefied natural gas carriers Teekay LNG Partners took delivery of the Oak Spirit, the second of nine LNG newbuilding vessels powered by M-type, Electronically Controlled, Gas Injection (MEGI) twin engines, on August 1, 2016.The Oak Spirit joined its sister vessel, the Creole Spirit, which was launched in June 2015.Following its delivery, the Oak Spirit started its five-year fee-based contract with Houston-based energy company Cheniere Energy, lifting volumes from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass LNG export facility alongside the Creole Spirit.Built at South Korean Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard, the Oak Spirit was launched in September last year.Seven more vessels are being built at DSME – including the Torben Spirit. Earlier this month, Teekay said it has been considering to postpone the delivery of this vessel by up to ten months.Two additional LNG MEGI newbuildings will be built at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard, according to the company.Image Courtesy: Teekaylast_img read more

MOL Total Pen Deal on LNG Bunker Vessel

first_imgzoom Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS) have signed a long-term charter contract for a large LNG bunker vessel of 18,600 cbm.The vessel will be built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in China and is scheduled for delivery in 2020. It will be fitted with the Mark III membrane containment system provided by the French company GTT.The bunker vessel will operate in Northern Europe and will be the first ever capable of supplying large quantities of LNG in one single bunkering operation, Total said.It will be used in particular to supply CMA CGM’s new LNG mega containerships, in line with the 10-year contract of 300 kt per annum signed with TMFGS in December 2017.With this vessel, TMFGS intends to serve the emerging marine LNG market for the containership segment, including those sailing on the Europe-Asia trade.Featuring a length of about 135 meters, the vessel will be highly-maneuverable and will meet the highest environmental standards through the use of LNG as fuel and a complete reliquefaction of the boil-off gas.Total’s first LNG bunker vessel will be managed by MOL (Europe Africa), a UK subsidiary of MOL.“MOL’s track record in LNG shipping already includes major achievements with Total. Combined with our strong historical activity in the bunker industry and our global footprint in LNG, this pioneering agreement offers a major contribution to the development of LNG as a marine fuel and illustrates Total’s strong commitment towards the use of this new fuel,” Olivier Jouny, Managing Director of TMFGS, said.“ This is a key milestone for MOL and also a stepping stone to further enhancement of the two companies’ relationship of not only in conventional fuels but also LNG as a marine fuel. We are confident that our joint technical and operational expertise will contribute positively to this new business development,” Takeshi Hashimoto, MOL Senior Managing Executive Officer, Energy Transport Business Unit, said.To remind, ahead of 2020 IMO sulfur regulations, the two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to combine their expertise in the development of marine LNG infrastructure and serve MOL’s future LNG needs.Image Courtesy: Totallast_img read more

Son of notorious Nunavut sex offender found dead in murdersuicide

first_img(Aakva Horne, 32, pictured, shot Sam Weetaltuk, 22, before turning the rifle on himself and committing suicide. Facebook photo)By Kent DriscollAPTN National NewsThe man Surete du Quebec say is responsible for the March 7 murder-suicide involving two men in Kuujjaraapik, Nunavik, is the son of Nunavut’s most notorious pedophile.Police confirmed Friday that Aakva Horne, 32, shot Sam Weetaltuk, 22, before turning the rifle on himself and committing suicide.Sources tell APTN Nationl News that Horne is the son of Ed Horne, the man convicted of a series of sexual assaults against children while he was a teacher in Nunavut between 1970 and 1985.The Nunavut and Northwest Territories governments have paid out $36.5 million in settlements to 152 victims of Horne.The SQ said in a published report that it’s believed “jealousy was likely at the root of the incident.”The spokesperson said the incident was a “clear” case of murder-suicide.kdriscoll@aptn.calast_img read more

Air Arabia Maroc to Launch Flights Linking Marrakech to London

Rabat – Air Arabia Maroc is expanding its offering of intercontinental markets. The low cost airline has announced the opening of a new line linking Marrakech to London Gatwick airport.The Marrakech-London line will be officially launched early November, intended to promote Marrakech as a touristic destination.The new line also aims to strengthen the connection of Air Arabia Maroc with Great Britain, one of the main European touristic attractions for Moroccans. Air Arabia’s service consists of two flights each week, on Wednesday and Saturday, starting November.“The opening of a line between Marrakesh and London Gatwick will undoubtedly contribute to the development of tourism in Morocco, which is one of our main objectives since our launch in the Kingdom,” said Air Arabia CEO Abel Ali.“By strengthening our connections with Great Britain, we will also improve our offer and better meet the needs and expectations of our passengers, whether it is business tourism or leisure tourism.“This new opening will add to five destinations served by Air Arabia, namely Montpellier, Frankfurt, Pau, Fez and Paris, which will be operational starting October 31.The company will also open a new line between Marrakech and Paris starting October 31. According to statement by the airline, flights will be offered aboard an Airbus 320 three days a week: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.On June 14, Air Arabia Maroc inaugurated eight new routes including a new flight between Fez and Marrakech, the first of its kind in Moroccan history. The flight will operate three times a week as a promotional offer. It currently costs MAD 250 one way. It has been developed in collaboration with Morocco’s National Tourist Office (ONMT). read more

Stop & Shop workers reach new deal after strike

BOSTON — Unionized supermarket workers in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have ratified a new contract that came out of an 11-day strike at New England’s biggest grocery chain.The last of five United Food & Commercial Workers locals involved in the strike approved the contract Wednesday with Stop & Shop. The locals represented about 31,000 workers.The union didn’t release vote tallies but said the contract was approved “overwhelmingly.”The union says among other things, the new contract preserves health care, pension and premium pay benefits.Quincy, Massachusetts-based Stop & Shop, a subsidiary of Dutch company Ahold Delhaize, says it lost as much as $110 million during the strike.Stop & Shop President Mark McGowan says in an emailed statement “we’re pleased to have fair and responsible new contracts in place.”The Associated Press read more

Security Council welcomes plans for setting up war crimes court for Sierra

The letter from the Security Council President, Ambassador Wang Yingfan of China, informs Secretary-General Kofi Annan that Council members have carefully reviewed the UN Secretariat’s plans to create a Trust Fund for donor contributions to the Court, dispatch a planning mission to Freetown to assess personnel and service needs, and conclude an agreement with the Government of Sierra Leone to establish the legal framework needed to begin the Special Court’s operation. “Members of the Security Council welcome these developments as a positive step forward in bringing justice to the people of Sierra Leone,” Ambassador Wang writes. He adds that the Council supports the process of regular informal consultations between the Secretariat and a group of interested States to continue planning for the establishment and operation of the Court. According to the letter, Council members also intend to use their “best efforts” to encourage donor States that have pledged support to expedite the transfer of funds to the trust account. read more

Ban to dispatch top UN political aide to Ukraine as Security Council

Briefing the Council on the “severe deterioration” in Ukraine’s eastern and southern region, Jeffrey Feltman, Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, read out a statement in which Mr. Ban said the escalating violence and reported further loss of life in Slovyansk, occupied by armed separatist insurgents since 12 April, ‘is a stark reminder of how dangerous the situation has become.’ The UN chief urged all sides to exercise “maximum restraint” and appealed to those with grievances to voice them peacefully, so as to avoid more bloodshed. The Secretary-General also called for all parties to respect fully Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. He also stressed that a diplomatic solution is the only way out of the crisis and that all sides “must redouble their efforts to revive the spirit of compromise displayed during the 17 April Geneva talks” between Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union, at which an accord was reached on a series of steps to de-escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine, reportedly including demobilizing militias and vacating seized Government buildings. In addition, the UN chief announced that Mr. Feltman will travel to Kyiv and Moscow next week. The Under-Secretary-General is expected to meet with senior officials and international partners to promote de-escalation and reiterate the Secretary-General’s strong message that ‘all actors need to exercise utmost caution to prevent the extremely fragile situation from spinning out of control.’Meanwhile, Mr. Feltman filled in for the Security Council troubling details about the recent events, which he said “threaten a serious destabilization of the country and the region, as well as the unity of Ukraine itself.” In more than a dozen other cities in Donetsk Oblast and Luhansk, an increasing number of buildings are being held by armed groups. As for the situation in the eastern city of Slovyansk, he explained that the city of 125,000 in Donetsk Oblast has been occupied by armed insurgents since 12 April. During the ongoing operations by the authorities, according to Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, two helicopters were shot down overnight with at least one pilot killed. A number of other casualties have also been reported on the ground, on both sides. “The total cannot at this stage be completely verified. The acting Minister of Interior has stated that a number of road blocks have been removed from around the city, but from the media, we understand, that tense standoffs continue at least in parts of and around the city,” Mr. Feltman said. At the same time, the seven military observers under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and accompanying Ukrainian military staff being held by gunmen in Slovyansk remain in detention. To this end, he noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin has dispatched a Special Presidential Envoy to assist in the freeing of the hostages. “I reiterate the Secretary-General’s call to those responsible for their abduction to release them immediately, unconditionally and unharmed,” said Mr. Feltman.The crisis, he said, has also escalated in the Donetsk Oblast and in Donetsk itself, where yesterday self-declared separatists had seized the regional prosecutor’s office. “There have also been reports that the Ukrainian authorities have banned Russian passenger airplanes from flying to Donetsk and Kharkiv,” he said, adding that the UN had also seen reports of clashes during a pro-unity demonstration in the southern city of Odessa.Against such a troubling backdrop, Mr. Feltman told the Council in closing that in his discussions with regional players next week, he will continue to reiterate the Secretary-General’s message of restraint and immediate return to dialogue, including direct and constructive dialogue between Moscow and Kyiv. read more

On Girls in ICT Day UN urges increased opportunity in information and

“ICTs [information and communication technologies] are an exciting and rapidly-growing field, offering interesting, important and well-paid job opportunities,” said the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Houlin Zhao, in a statement. “A career in ICT allows girls to use their creativity, work in international environments, and participate in shaping our future,” he added, noting that with 95 per cent of all jobs now having a digital component, digital skills are no longer just an advantage, they are essential.Organized by ITU, the United Nations body responsible for issues that concern information and communication technologies, the Day aims to promote Girls in ICT by organizing events, partnering with other UN agencies, supporting organizers in their respective regions and hosting competitions. Marked every year on the fourth Thursday in April, ITU and the global technology aim to promote careers in the field to a new generation of young women. Launched by ITU in 2010, the Day is part of an international drive to encourage more females to study STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It aims to counter the decline in the number of female ICT students, which is in turn contributing to a predicted global shortfall of at least two million ICT jobs which will not be able to be filled.“I invite national governments to consider integrating basic coding skills into their national education curricula, alongside basics like reading, writing and arithmetic,” said the Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau, Brahima Sanou. “Girls and young women who learn coding, apps development and computer science will have powerful tools at their disposal to drive economic prosperity for themselves, and overall socio-economic development for their communities,” she added. In Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, female students now account for fewer than 20 per cent of tertiary ICT enrolments; down from nearly 40 per cent in the 1980s, when computer science courses first appeared on university curricula. Only around 3 per cent of total female graduates study ICT fields, compared with around 10 per cent of male graduates. This academic gender gap is reflected in the number of female ICT professionals, now estimated at just 20 per cent across the OECD. With strong backing from the IT sector and national governments, ‘Girls in ICT Day’ has rapidly grown into a global movement, with an estimated 3,500 events organized in over 140 countries, reaching 111,000 girls, since the event became a fixture on the UN calendar five years ago.Cisco, a major backer of the Day, is organizing events in more than 50 countries, aiming to reach over 3,000 girls, while Microsoft, a long-time advocate of ICT training through its Digigirlz programme, is launching its annual Pink Cloud girls in ICT event on April 23rd as part of Milan’s World Expo. read more