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IOC sets up trading desk at Delhi office to buy crude on real-time basis

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s top refiner Indian Oil Corp (IOC) has set up a trading desk at its office here to buy crude oil from international market on a real-time basis, helping it cut import price by locking in best price and quality, its Director (Finance) A K Sharma said. IOC, which buys 30 per cent (15 million tonne) of its oil requirement from spot or current market, had set up a trading office in Singapore in 2017 but has now developed in-house software and trading team to buy crude oil on a real-time basis. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIt made the first purchase through the desk on March 25 when it bought one million barrel of Nigeria’s Agbami crude, he said. While private sector firms like Reliance Industries have had a local trading desk for buying of crude and exporting fuel it produces, IOC would be the first state-owned refiner to set up such a desk. Sharma said the Singapore desk was used to buy crude oil on a short-tender basis where the purchase was decided in two-hour time after receipt of offers from an international seller. This is compared to 10 hours taken to decide on purchase in traditional tenders. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostBut with a trading desk at its office in the national capital, IOC is deciding on purchases on a real-time basis, he said. “This helps us get the best price and most suitable, value giving crude,” he said. In traditional tenders as well as short tenders floated through the Singapore office, IOC would seek quotations from international sellers for a particular grade and quantity of crude oil. It would decide on the price based on the lowest bid rate with no scope of any negotiations on the offer. However, with the trading desk now, it on a real-time basis negotiates with crude traders, often pitching price of one with another to get the best rate. “We have set up a compliance process,” he said. “We have established an in-house process where four traders, without interacting with one another, lock in best available price. A supervisor, who does not have the benefit of the identity of the seller, then instructs for further negotiations on an offer based on offers from other sellers. The traders then negotiate with the seller to bring down the price.” IOC plans to transfer the trading desk once it stabilises in Singapore to do the real-time purchase of quantities of crude oil it buys from the spot market. Also, it could trade on fuel its refineries would export, he said. The company buys about 70 per cent of its crude needs from oil companies such as Saudi Aramco of Saudi Arabia and SOMO of Iraq on annual term contracts. The rest is bought from the spot market through tenders. Sharma said ultimately most of the spot purchases would be done through the trading desk. He, however, did not give a timeframe for moving to that. Currently, one cargo of 1 million barrels are bought through trading desks at Singapore or at New Delhi. Sharma said IOCL Singapore Pvt Ltd – the company’s Singapore subsidiary – will ultimately handle the trading desk. IOCL Singapore has two officers as compared to four traders plus supervisor and compliance officer at the trading desk in the national capital, he said adding the company will gradually increase its workforce in line with transactions. Singapore is the trading hub for the world’s biggest consumer region and an office there will help it have better access to information and speedier decision making. Before 2017, public sector oil companies would often lose out on opportunities to buy cheaper crude from the international spot markets as their sourcing policies required them to float a tender and obtain approvals from the oil ministry before they could place an order. The process used to take up to two months. While these companies had board approvals to set up offices abroad, they could not go ahead due to policy constraints and concerns over transparency in the public procurement policy. The trading desk is part of progression IOC has seen in crude procurement policy since 2016 when the government gave flexibility to state refiners to devise their own crude import policies. Prior to that, IOC used to take 26 hours to decide on a tender for import of crude oil from spot or current market. In April 2016, after the Cabinet gave state-owned oil refiners freedom to devise their own crude import policies, the time has been shrunk to 12 hours. Time for deciding on tenders for export of petroleum products or fuel was cut to just 9 hours from the previous 35 hours. “Earlier, we had a three-member committee comprising two company executives and one senior official of the ministry of petroleum and natural gas to decide on awarding tenders for import of crude oil from the spot market. Now we have an internal committee which can take decisions quickly,” he said.last_img read more

Intimate proposal: New Zealand PM, partner, cops… and a dog

first_imgWellington: New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday joked that her partner’s marriage proposal was an intimate moment with just the two of them, a police protection officer, a couple of locals and a dog that tried to eat chocolate her partner had brought with him. Ardern was speaking publicly for the first time about her engagement to her longtime partner Clarke Gayford over the Easter break in the town of Mahia. She said she taken by surprise by Gayford’s question and the couple has yet to make any wedding plans. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportReporters on Friday noticed Ardern wearing a ring on her middle finger, a variation from the traditional ring finger, and her office later confirmed the couple was engaged. Ardern said the ring belonged to Gayford’s grandmother. “So I have not been trying to hide our news from anyone,” she said. “It simply doesn’t fit on the right finger, so that’s why it’s sitting in the middle.” Ardern and Gayford have a 10-month-old daughter, Neve. Ardern became just the second elected world leader in modern history to give birth while holding office last June. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsArdern said Gayford had proposed to her atop a hill with a “beautiful” outlook in the coastal township. She said the proposal was so low key that the police officer from the Diplomatic Protection Service (DPS) assigned to her had no idea what was going on. “It was Clarke, myself, a member of the DPS, so very intimate,” she joked. “A couple of locals from Mahia, and a dog which then tried to eat the chocolate that Clarke bought me at the same time. So it was very romantic.” Speaking at a news conference in Wellington, Ardern declined to answer some questions about the proposal or show off her ring. “This is a very public job and I’m quite happy to put quite a bit of ourselves out there,” she said. “But there are some things I wouldn’t mind keeping to ourselves.” Gayford is Neve’s primary caregiver and a presenter on a TV fishing show. The 38-year-old Ardern was widely praised for the compassion and leadership she showed after a gunman killed 51 worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15. Ardern has since helped introduce new gun restrictions in New Zealand and spoken out about the way the gunman was able to use social media to promote his views. Time magazine last month included Ardern on its list of the 100 most influential people in 2019.last_img read more

UN agency trains developing nations on nuclear facility management

The curriculum for the week-long course has been developed over the past five years, and global experts will lead working sessions, discussions and case studies to inform students on how to retain nuclear knowledge and manage resources.Typical IAEA workshops for nuclear knowledge management are geared towards participants of equal experience levels so they can share their experiences.“But this idea of this school is different,” said Andrey Kosilov, one of this week’s course directors and a consultant for the IAEA, which believes that nuclear safety can be promoted by the smooth transfer of knowledge from one generation to the next.“We are bringing together young professionals who are not yet active in the area and giving them the knowledge and practical guidance on how they can begin nuclear knowledge management programmes in their own organizations.”The course – organized by the IAEA, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the World Nuclear Association and the Central European Initiative – is in its fifth year. 3 September 2008The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today kicked off a programme in Trieste, Italy, to train young professionals from developing countries on all aspects of managing knowledge pertaining to nuclear facilities. read more

Sierra Leone UNbacked Court takes custody of alleged body of former rebel

According to a statement issued yesterday, the alleged body of Mr. Sam Bockarie was finally returned from Liberia on Sunday, following weeks of diplomatic pressure on the Government of Liberia.Liberian authorities claim Mr. Bockaie was killed on 6 May during an alleged arrest attempt by Government forces. However, last week, the Government changed its story and announced that the former rebel leader had been plotting a coup attempt against President Charles Taylor’s regime. David Crane, the Court’s Chief Prosecutor, said given their “delaying tactics and obstruction,” he seriously doubted the Liberian authorities’ account of the incident. He promised, however, that the truth would be uncovered “in due time,” saying “the people of Sierra Leone deserve to know whether Bockarie is dead, and if so, in what manner he died.” On 7 March, the Court indicted Mr. Bockarie and another rebel leader, Johnny Paul Koroma, for alleged atrocities – ranging from murder and sexual slavery to forced conscription of children and attacks on UN peacekeepers – committed during Sierra Leone’s 10-year civil war. Both were connected with the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF). Mr. Koroma remains at large, purportedly holed up in a small Liberian village.Mr. Crane again called for Liberian authorities to arrest and transfer Mr. Koroma to the Court’s custody. “If there is to be any lasting peace and security in the region, Koroma must have his day in Court,” he said.The Special Court, created through an international agreement between the United Nations and Sierra Leone, is mandated to try those who bear “the greatest responsibility” for atrocities committed during the country’s civil war. read more

Big drop in van and truck demand through 2009

DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Trucks 221,132 16,131 – 20.6% – 35.6% % change New van and truck registrations in the United Kingdom – 2009 December – 14.3% Year 186,386 14,037 34,746 – 39.5% – 36.2% % change Vans – 46.9% Total 2,094 “Van demand dropped sharply in 2009, though eased at the year-end. Truck registrations dropped further and faster in the final months of the year. Business demand and consumer confidence remains low and the effects of recession will be slow to clear in key parts of the commercial vehicle markets. It is essential that government helps to sustain economic recovery by encouraging capital investment and more affordable finance,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. For more, please see the attached document Registrations: 16,131 in December; 221,132 for the year, down 36.2%.Trucks: 2,094 in December; 34,746 for the year, down 39.5%.Vans: 14,037 for the month; 186,386 for the year, down 35.6%. read more

Maurice Clarett taking steps toward reforming criminal rehabilitation

In December 2014, Maurice Clarett spoke at a correctional facility in Marion, Ohio. There, the former Ohio State star running back sparked a relationship with Gary Mohr, the Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction over prison reform discourse.On Wednesday at the Riffe Center in downtown Columbus, Clarett is one of four speakers — along with Mohr — as a part of the U.S. Justice Action Network’s discussion on Ohio’s options to improve public safety and overall effectiveness of its justice system, per the release.“It opens the conversations to ‘Hey, not everybody needs prison,’” Clarett said. “When guys seem to get in trouble, it’s not like a one size fits all. It’s not like, ‘Hey, throw them in jail and everything will be repaired.’ It’s really setting that extra layer of offering some sort of deterrence and redirection.”Clarett was a member of the 2002 OSU national championship team, then found himself in trouble and was eventually kicked out of the program. He spent three-and-a-half years behind bars at Toledo Correctional Institution on charges of aggravated robbery.That’s where his life began to change.Former OSU running back Maurice Clarett speaks at an OUAB event Feb. 20, 2014 in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union.Credit: Lantern file photoKhellah Konteh, warden of Toledo at the time, was arguably the biggest influence on Clarett and the reason he was able to turn his life around. Konteh placed Clarett into programs where Clarett began to feel a purpose. Clarett said that Konteh told him that he believed in him and made him feel appreciated, which helped him to assimilate into a brotherhood through rehabilitation.“He ran the prison right,” Clarett said. “If you want to look at the model example, you can look at Kellah Konteh. He was the warden of the year for a reason. Just the way he engaged with guys and tried to rejuvenate their lives and just so much stuff he did. I can go on and on and on, but the man changed my life.”Once he was released from prison, Clarett began speaking to high school students, which evolved into larger groups of individuals and eventually sparked a cross-country tour in 2015 to football programs such as Florida State, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi State and TCU.In June 2016, Clarett opened an intensive outpatient program known as The Red Zone, which offers alcohol and drug addiction treatments and mental health problems among other services. The Red Zone works with roughly 300 families, and houses 30 men and 15 women.His speech on Wednesday serves as one of several steps toward a goal of community integration for people when their sentences end and a more centralized focus on rehabilitation for criminals.In prison, if you don’t get it yourself, it’s not going to happen. And the prison doesn’t do a great job of creating circumstances for you to grow. I can speak to that from experience. – Maurice ClarettWhen Clarett was released from prison, he said, there wasn’t anywhere for him to turn to except the same areas where he would continually get into trouble or areas that had a criminal mentality. That experience made Clarett realize that there are other circumstances at play. Some people who continue to go back to jail aren’t necessarily given a chance based on their circumstances. Without the appropriate resources, how can these people change and stay out of prison?“Our society can be better and open to accepting more people who have felony convictions or different hindrances,” Clarett said. “There is a lot of laws that are in place — like MDO (major drug offender) — there’s a tremendous amount of laws and a tremendous amount of languaging that goes in place that shouldn’t necessarily be in place … There needs to be more professionals inside the system. There needs to be more social workers inside the system. It’s kind of insane to believe that the gentleman or the woman who happens to be the correctional officer, who happens to have the most contact with the inmates, happens to be the least educated.”The Red Zone is located in Youngstown, Ohio — Clarett’s hometown. He splits his time between his roots and his current city of Columbus. A native of Canal Winchester, nearly 20 miles outside of the city, Clarett sees a lot of the same problems in Youngstown present in Columbus. In 2016, Columbus’ homicide rate was seventh highest in the country and the city has one of the nation’s largest opioid problems.Among several social constructs that factor into criminal activity, Clarett said education is one that correlates to abusers of alcohol and drugs and those with mental health issues.“Society is such in a way that if you don’t make it to college, you’re almost forgotten about. If you don’t make it to college, either community college or state college or university of some sorts, society just doesn’t have any resources for you,” he said. “Guys that have been left out that don’t have guidance, and they’re done with high school, they’re in between jobs, they don’t have a set of skills, and for whatever reason, things just break down and they just can’t piece this thing together … There are places to help you develop if you’re stuck in that rut. Prison often isn’t the best platform for guys to spring from. Prison is often one of the worst places to go to learn more about what you’ve learned before to get you into that space.”Clarett doesn’t claim to be knowledgeable on the facts and the studies of prison rehabilitation. That’s where Mohr and Robert Alt, president of the Buckeye Institute, factor into the discussion. Clarett said what he can do is tell it like it is from his personal experiences inside and outside the system.Maurice Clarett watches former OSU basketball player Kristin Watt (right) speak at a forum about paying college athletes on April 16, 2016. Credit: Lantern file photoWhile Clarett continues to lecture on prison rehabilitation reform, he said he is working toward a degree at OSU.“I’m working with an individual down there right now to finish my degree,” he said. “I’ll knock out some coursework at Columbus State this summer … I probably got two-and-a-half years left. I completed some work while I was in prison, but the ultimate goal is for me to come back and finish at Ohio State.”Clarett said he does not have a set graduation date or a selected major at the moment. He is planning to take classes that cater to his skill set, such as business, social work, education and other subject matter.Wednesday’s speech is one of many ways Clarett has impacted communities since his time in prison. He said he never thought he would turn out to become an inspirational speaker, but there come responsibilities with his platform as a recognizable athlete and someone who has witnessed the prison system in America from both sides.He’s trying to do right by those opportunities.“In prison, if you don’t get it yourself, it’s not going to happen. And the prison doesn’t do a great job of creating circumstances for you to grow. I can speak to that from experience,” he said. “Hopefully we can create a different platform or a different layer that can assist guys and getting out of prison and moving forward to allow them to not perpetuate the same things that have been going on for the past 20 to 30 years.”The event is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. read more

Potash power plays whos next

first_imgBy Marc Davis,, A rebounding fertiliser industry and an eye-popping $39 billion dollar bid for Potash Corp by the world’s largest mining company, BHP Billiton, are telling signals – ones that suggest that Canada’s tiny handful of potash producers and aspiring miners are ripe plums for the picking. So say a number of investment industry analysts and money managers, who believe that more multinational metals miners may yet muscle-in on Canada’s highly lucrative potash mining business. One senior Toronto-based financier for a major investment bank whose expertise is in the fertilisers and agricultural sectors told “Our expectation is that this development will lead to a tightening up of the supply side for potash and will likely lead to other deals in the sector. We could even see some earlier-stage companies become more attractive takeover candidates. These are development stage non-producers that could actually become producers in the relatively near future,” says the source, who is not authorised to speak to the media and asked not to be identified.“I would anticipate that any acquisition deals might come from mid-cap to larger-cap mining companies. It’s interesting to see that large cap companies have already been picking up junior players, such as with BHP buying out Athabasca Potash earlier this year,” he adds.Potash Corp is arguably the flagship for the global potash industry as it is the world’s largest and lowest cost producer. It also made over half a billion dollars in earnings in Q2 of this year, alone. And the company is on record suggesting that the future for potash sales is so bright that this initial offer from BHP isn’t worth taking seriously.But BHP has very deep pockets and can always improve on its bid for Saskatchewan-based Potash Corp in a deal that would give it 20% of the world’s potash market. A relative newcomer to the potash business, the diversified Australia-based mining giant laid down the gauntlet some time ago by declaring its mandate to become a major player in the potash industry within the next decade. And such a declaration is now proving to be much more than bravado.Market analysts all agree that the biggest prospective corporate takeover in Canadian history would be a strategic coup for BHP. This is because the combination of a burgeoning global population and the shrinking of the world’s arable land mass are heightening the need for a significant boost in crop yields.This is particularly the case in China, India, Brazil and other emerging major economies, where potash-based fertilisers are still being considerably under-used. In fact, the world faces a permanent food crisis and global instability unless countries act now by working towards doubling agricultural output by 2050. This is the conclusion of a report that was released in 2008 by government representatives of the Group of Eight (G8) nations.Meanwhile, the renewed excitement in Canada’s potash sector is fueling speculation that its other two dominant potash producers – Agrium Inc and the Mosaic Co – may also become targets of other well-financed foreign mining companies. They include Brazil’s Vale SA, which is the world’s second largest miner. It has already been moving aggressively into the global fertiliser business over the past couple of years.But Vale is likely more interested in Canada’s two advanced-stage potash juniors than either Agrium or Mosaic, according to Raymond Goldie, PhD, a Toronto-based senior mining analyst and vice president for the investment bank Salman Partners.”I think Vale is most interested in being a wholesaler of bulk commodities, and is not interested in the retailing of agricultural products, which is a growing part of Agrium’s business. So I think Vale is more likely to be interested – much like the Chinese – in a junior play, rather than Agrium,” he says.Other big league potential suitors include any number of cash rich Chinese state-owned mining enterprises, all of which are looking to satisfy the new superpower’s voracious appetite for raw commodities. Some of them have already shown a keen interest in locking-in future Canadian potash supplies without being beholden to Canada’s potash cartel. Especially since Saskatchewan hosts the planet’s richest and most prolific potash fields.Due to Canada’s wealth in this indispensible and irreplaceable agricultural nutrient: “China and India would seem to have an extra incentive to finance the development of greenfield potash projects,” says Salman Partners’ chemicals, fertilisers and agriculture investment analyst, Jaret Anderson. BHP’s bold move to acquire Potash Corp isn’t the company first foray into the Canadian potash sector. In a deal worth $341 million or $8.35 a share, BHP snapped up tiny Athabasca Potash Inc. earlier this year. (This now leaves only three remaining publicly traded potash exploration and development companies in Saskatchewan).By gobbling up Athabasca Potash, BPH now owns the sizeable Burr deposit, which weighs-in at 425 Mt in the measured and indicated category. BHP is also making headway elsewhere in Saskatchewan, where it is developing the world’s largest ever potash mine, the Jansen project, which is scheduled to be commercialized in 2013 or 2014.Vale also already has a strategic foothold in Saskatchewan, where it has a solution-extraction potash mine-the-making near Regina. Vale’s vaulted ambition to compete with BHP as a future potash powerhouse also makes it another potential buyer for the two remaining advanced-stage potash juniors in Saskatchewan, Potash One (TSX: KCL) and Western Potash Corp.The most obvious fit might be Western Potash as Vale’s potash project actually borders the junior mining company’s Milestone deposit. This is particularly encouraging for Western Potash, which believes that its own deposit exhibits similar geological features – ones that are also likely suitable for the realization of an energy-efficient and therefore cost-efficient solution-extraction mine.The Milestone project is also located in close proximity to the largest solution-extraction potash mine in the world – Mosaic’s Belle Plaine mine. It has been in operation for over 40 years and is still going strong at around 2.8 Mt/y of output. But Western Potash is being coy about any possible buy-out interest from Vale, especially since the company’s president, Patricio Varas, is leading a delegation to China early next month for “advanced talks with potential strategic and/or financial partners,” according to company spokesperson John Costigan.The low-capitalised mining junior is brimming with confidence, having just completed a scoping study (a very preliminary blueprint for a mine), as well as benefiting from a measured and indicated resource estimate of 174 Mt of potash. All of which translates into a potential mine life of around 50 years, with an estimated output of about two Mt of potash per year, Costigan says.Potash One’s Legacy deposit is similarly-sized to the Milestone project, at 189 Mt measured and indicated, and is undergoing a feasibility study to assess whether it has the makings of an economically viable mine. An investor relations spokesperson for Potash One declined to comment on whether the company has been made any formal takeover offers.Jacob Bout, a fertiliser analyst for the Toronto-based investment banking heavyweight CIBC World Markets, also believes that these potash juniors are up for grabs.“Companies involved solely in exploration of potash are likely take-out candidates, either by diversified mining companies seeking a way into the potash industry or by countries looking to lock-in supply,” he stated in a research report entitled ‘Global Potash Supply – A Focus on Saskatchewan Exploration.’last_img read more

Cullen backing Leinster to break Lawes against Saints

first_imgTHIS TIME LAST year, Leinster were gearing up for two weeks that everyone knew would be decisive; back-to-back Pool 5 clashes with Top 14 powerhouses Clermont.Coming out on the other side, the eastern province had just two points and their hopes of advancing to the quarter-final stages were in tatters. That’s how crucial the December double-headers are in the Heineken Cup and the memory of that failure serves as a motivator for Leinster this week.As they prepare for Saturday’s trip to Franklin’s Gardens to take on Northampton, captain Leo Cullen admits that this two-game block is the key to progress.“It’s where we went out of the tournament basically last year, losing those back-to-back games against Clermont. Even though we got a bonus point away – everyone thought that was great – it didn’t mean a huge amount because of the fact that we got beaten again the following week.It’s a very difficult transition, playing the same team back-to-back. So we need to learn the lessons that we got last year and get a little more out of these two games. It’s a tough challenge away and then a different challenge the week after.”Cullen made his first start of the season in Saturday’s 36-19 win over the Scarlets, having recovered from a long-term Achilles injury. Indeed, it was the 35-year-old’s first game since the RaboDirect Pro12 final against Ulster last season.The Wicklow native admitted with a smile that he was happy to get through the full 70 minutes – the lock was sin binned for repeated infringements – but also underlined that how “frustrating” his extended period on the sidelines had been.Cullen returns to the selection mix for this weekend, although the form of Devin Toner and the relatively greater amount of game time Mike McCarthy has racked up may mean he is not involved. Whoever is in the second row will be up against the spectacularly good Courtney Lawes, a player Cullen greatly rates.“I think he’s probably been the form second row in England over the last couple of years. I thought even in the November internationals he looked very, very strong. He has a very well-rounded game.Lawes played against Leinster in the 2011 final. ©INPHO/Billy Stickland.“He’s a very powerful guy for starters. His line-out work is very good and his kick chase and some of his tackling is impressive stuff. So yeah, he’s an imposing figure and with Christian Day, Samu Manoa, whatever combination they go with, they’ve got good quality in there.”Lawes is part of an impressive Northampton team under the stewardship of Jim Mallinder, one which has lost just twice this season [19-13 away to Castres in Europe and 26-24 away to Gloucester domestically].Cullen himself has plenty of experience of playing against the Saints, having spent two seasons in the Premiership with Leicester. There is also the obvious history between Leinster and Saturday’s opponents; Northampton led 22-6 at half-time in the 2011 Heineken Cup final before the Irish province completed one of the great comebacks to win 33-22.Leinster man Cullen feels Mallinder’s team has improved since then and says that recollection will drive them this weekend.[They’re] a really quality team. I think they’re trucking along really well in the Premiership at the moment and they’ve a very,very strong forward pack. I’d know Northampton well from my time in England. It’s a really great ground and it’s a massive challenge for us.“I think they’re a much more rounded team now. They’ve added some quality signings in George North, [Kahn] Fotuali’i, Salesi Ma’afu. So they’ve added a lot of quality to their squad and they’re probably a bit more mature than they were a couple of years ago when we played them in that Heineken Cup final.“I’m sure they are going to be gunning for this game. I’m sure they would like to make amends for that final.”Like rugby? Follow’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Leinster ‘optimistic’ O’Driscoll will play against NorthamptonSaints’ Ben Foden out of Leinster double header and may miss England’s Six Nations startlast_img read more

Mozillas Flash Player replacement looks impressive for both games and video

first_imgWe haven’t heard much about Mozilla’s HTML5 replacement for the Flash plug-in since last year, but work on Shumway has been quietly progressing. Recently, a pair of the Foundation’s developers took to YouTube to show off what Shumway can do — and it’s pretty impressive.The video demo starts with a simple physics simulation using Box2D, and Shumway handles the falling blocks with ease. Most folks who still lean on Flash in their browser need a bit more functionality than that. Fortunately, Shumway is up to the challenge.The demo also shows Shumway running AddictingGames’ Mining Truck. It’s not the most advanced Flash game around, but it’s certainly a good test for a Flash Player replacement built using only standard Web code.But what about watching videos? Flash still dominates online streaming, so it’s imperative that Shumway be able to take over plug-in duties there, too. It doesn’t look like that task will be a problem either.Yuray Delendik’s short demo shows Firefox Nightly and Shumway playing the trailer for Man of Steel on YouTube, and it runs at least as well as YouTube’s own HTML5 player did in its early days.Clearly Mozilla has a long way to go before Shumway is ready to land in the stable version of Firefox, but the development team has made impressive progress over the past twelve months.Once Shumway is ready, Firefox users will be able to kick the Flash plug-in to the curb without missing out on all the Flash-powered content that still lingers on the Web.The best part: Mozilla’s sharing all the code as it always does, so Shumway could find its way into other browsers, too.last_img read more

Garda gets €250k damages after being forced to retire early due to

first_img 19,673 Views Thursday 1 Dec 2016, 6:26 PM 52 Comments Share20 Tweet Email Dec 1st 2016, 6:26 PM By Saurya Cherfi Image: Leah Farrellcenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File photo of Garda jacket A 56-YEAR-OLD former Garda, who was forced to retire on medical grounds after he suffered injuries following a “vicious and terrifying” assault, has settled a claim for compensation against the Minister for Finance.The High Court today heard that the minister had agreed to pay €250,000 compensation to Gerard Walsh, who thought he would die in the assault.Walsh had told the court that in June 1992 he was stationed in Tramore, Co Waterford. He and colleagues had been clearing a pub in Portlaw, Co Waterford, when he suddenly received a blow from behind to his right temple.Walsh told his barrister, Bruce Antoniotti SC, he failed to grab his assailant’s hands. The man, who the court heard was a martial arts champion, had then hit and kicked him repeatedly.Antoniotti, who appeared with barrister David Richardson, said that after his client had fallen, his assailant grabbed him from behind and tried to choke him by putting his thigh and lower leg around his neck.Walsh told Justice Bernard Barton that he had been choking and gasping and thought he would lose consciousness. He had been terrified and fearful for his life and had felt he was blacking out.Arthritis and depression The court heard that Walsh’s colleagues intervened and put an end to the vicious assault. He had been unable to stand due to pain in his left knee. His colleagues had carried him to a lounge area.Walsh said he was later taken by ambulance to a hospital. He had suffered bruising on his face, a swollen knee and soft tissue injuries to his body. The court heard he had strangulation marks.He told the court he suffered headaches for weeks and his neck had been sore for several years. He had suffered a tear to the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee for which he had later needed to undergo surgery. Walsh said he had ongoing pain in his knee and had restricted movement.He had lost his confidence following the assault and had later developed psoriatic arthritis, a form of arthritis that affects the skin and the joints, in his feet, elbow and shoulders.He claimed his arthritis had been triggered by the assault. He had later developed depression symptoms and had been unable to return to full Garda duties.Walsh, who now lives in Rathcormac, Co Cork, had been informed in 2001 that he was being retired on medical grounds, because of “infirmity of his mind and body”.He sued the minister for compensation for his injuries and also for loss of earnings and loss of pension.Michael J Durack SC, for the minister, had argued that Walsh’s arthritis was not linked to the assault.Following an adjournment, Richardson told Judge Barton that the case had settled. The judge approved a settlement agreement between the parties and ordered that €250,000 compensation be paid to Walsh, along with his legal costs.Read: Hostages rescued after standoff with gunman in FloridaRead: Cork students attending classes in ‘freezing’ GAA dressing rooms after school fire Short URL Garda gets €250k damages after being forced to retire early due to ‘vicious’ pub assault Gerard Walsh said he thought he would die in the attack, which happened in 1992. File photo of Garda jacket Image: Leah Farrelllast_img read more

NSW grant for all ages drug and alcohol free music events

first_imgNSW Minister for the Arts George Souris today announced $110,000 in funding to aid young people in the state to stage drug and alcohol free music events. Indent, a youth network for contemporary music, will distribute the funds through Partnership Grants, which will fund all ages’ festivals, music video competition, band nights and competitions. “The Indent project is a key skills development opportunity for any young person interested in finding out more about the music and entertainment industries.” Mr Souris said. “From the grants, the tour and the many workshops on offer, Indent empowers young people by giving them the skills and confidence to take control of their local youth events.” In addition to the 2012 grants, Indent will provide further assistance to young people wanting to find out more about the all ages industry through the launch of “X Festival: A Do – It – Yourself Guide To Running Music Events”, the annual Open Day mini-conference on March 9 and the continued annual workshop program. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Vancouver police see jump in reports of unauthorized debit card charges

first_imgThe Vancouver Police Department said Monday that it has recently seen a jump in reports of unauthorized debit card charges.People unfortunate enough to lose money in this way may have been victims of skimming, according to the police department.A skimmer is a device generally affixed to the mouth of an ATM, and it surreptitiously swipes credit and debit card information when bank customers insert their cards into the machines. There are also pieces placed on top of cash withdrawal slots that record people putting in their personal identification number.“Criminals sell the stolen data or use it to buy things online. You won’t know your information has been stolen until you get your statement or an overdraft notice,” the police department warned in a Facebook post.Vancouver police are unaware of any problem spots with multiple victims, so they offered a few tips to avoid potential theft: Pay inside at gas stations, avoid using debit or credit cards, if possible, and regularly check your bank accounts.People can also take steps before they use an ATM by checking if the machine has been tampered with in any way. The plastic mouth pieces around the card intake or cash slot should not be loose or easy to remove.Skimming has been reported elsewhere in the county. In August, the Woodland Police Department reported getting multiple calls about a skimmer at a Fibre Federal Credit Union. The thieves moved fast and cleared out several accounts before police were informed about the device, Police Chief James Kelly told The Columbian.last_img read more

From gross to cool at Fall Family Field Trip Day

first_imgPatricia Colburn, 10, backed away slightly when her mom, Denise Colburn, began to gently unwrap the foil casing of an owl pellet at Saturday’s Fall Family Field Trip Day run by Columbia Springs.The pellet, made up of leftover bones, fur and other indigestibles hacked up by owls after a meal, initially grossed out the Peter S. Ogden Elementary fourth-grader.“Oh my God, why do I have to do this?” she asked her mom.“You don’t want to do this?” her mother responded calmly.“Just, uh, take it off the foil,” Patricia said, poking at the greyish, furry ball with a toothpick as her mom dropped it onto a piece of laminated paper.Family Field Trip Day is put on twice a year by the nonprofit group, which is headquartered at the historic Vancouver Trout Hatchery. It’s designed to teach elementary school age children and their families about nature through a variety of mushroom and nature hikes, and hands-on educational activities.It was a less than stellar turnout on the rainy, windy Saturday, but the 150 or so participants that did turn up made up for the lack of a crowd with their enthusiasm.last_img read more

Top Republican on Climate Panel Sees Bipartisan Opportunities

first_img ADC AUTHOR Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.), said he wasn’t interested in joining the new House select committee on climate change, but now that he’s the panel’s top Republican, he is looking for ways to work with the Democratic majority.“There are adaptation and mitigation measures that I think should be carried out, and it’s a mistake to pretend as though those changes aren’t happening or to not acknowledge it,” Graves told Roll Call. “I think the fiscally conservative thing to do is actually to make proactive adaptation type investment. … I do feel strongly about that.”The committee’s chairwoman, Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), has signaled optimism that she and Graves can lead the committee to produce results.“The good news is that climate solutions, from deploying more clean energy to making our homes and businesses more energy-efficient, enjoy broad bipartisan support,” Castor said, according to the Roll Call article.Rep. Garret Graves at Navy Week New Orleans in 2015. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Wolpertlast_img read more

Delhi school first to provide live CCTV footage to parents CM

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday claimed that a Delhi school has become the first in the world where parents can access live CCTV feeds of their child studying in the class. The Chief Minister also said all the city government schools will have CCTVs inside the classrooms by November this year. Kejriwal, along with his Deputy Manish Sisodia, kicked-off the Delhi government’s CCTV project in the classrooms by inaugurating the scheme at Shaheed Hemu Kalani Sarvodaya Vidyalaya in Lajpat Nagar here. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us This is the first Delhi government school where CCTVs have been installed not just in the campus, but also inside all the classrooms with a view to enhance security. During his speech, Kejriwal said all schools will have CCTVs inside the classrooms by November this year. He said Delhi’s project of installing CCTVs in classrooms “will prove to be a milestone in the education sector for the entire world”. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “Today is a historic day, not just for the country but also for the world. There are many schools in various countries in the world where CCTV cameras are being installed, but perhaps this is the first instance where live feeds from every classroom are being provided to parents through a mobile app,” the Chief Minister said. According to the government, the live feeds of classrooms will be provided to parents of children through a mobile app. Parents will only be able to access the feed for their own child’s classroom using a password that they will be provided with by the school. The School Principal, the concerned Deputy Director of Education, the Director of Education, and the Education Minister shall have access to live feeds as well as delayed feeds for one month. Advertise With Us Kejriwal, who visited a six-year-old rape survivor earlier in the day, said there are some perverted elements in society who have no fear of any consequences. “A CCTV camera in the vicinity captured the crime and the culprit was caught within a few hours. If he had known he was being recorded by a CCTV camera, perhaps he would not have committed the crime. CCTVs not only serve to give us important evidence needed to nab culprits and ensure strict punishment, but they also create a system of deterrence. In today’s environment, when children step outside the house, parents are anxious about whether their child will return home safely. With this CCTV project, they can check during the day whether their child is safely inside the classroom,” Kejriwal added. He also claimed that it will have a positive impact on education. “There are some mischievous children in schools who disturb all other children. Some who leave for school from home, but then skip all classes. Now, these activities can be curbed. Children will have to maintain discipline and decorum in school.” Speaking about the privacy concerns, he said children do not come to school for any private activity but to learn. “By providing parents with a live feed of the classrooms, we are actually making the government accountable to you for every minute your child spends in our schools. If you find that there was something wrong with the classes on any day, you can question the government about it. If any CCTV camera is damaged then parents can immediately hold us accountable and ask why they’re not able to view feeds. This is what real democracy looks like. This project will strengthen democracy. Democracy does not mean we vote once in five years, and then not be able to question our elected representatives.” Confident about the success of the project, he said he is expecting spectacular results next year as a result of this project. Sisodia, who is also the city’s Education Minister, said the teachers too will be benefitted from the project. “Teachers face allegations of absenteeism from classrooms. No one will now be able to wrongly accuse teachers of skipping classes. During the pilot of this project, I was concerned that everyone may not like CCTVs inside classrooms but I was surprised to find that both students and teachers gave a positive response to the project. We have observed an identifiable improvement in the behaviour of children in the schools where this project was piloted,” Sisodia said.last_img read more

Notch making good progress towards 0x10c playable release

first_imgIn April Markus Persson, better known as Notch, decided on what his next big game would be. Having seen so much success with the launch of Minecraft he had the time and funds to do whatever he wanted. What he chose was a space MMO carrying the unusual name of 0x10c.So far we know that players will be in command of their own ship and can run around it like an FPS. Your ship will have a set amount of watts that must power everything, meaning there’s going to be lots of choice about what to run (shields, weapons, etc.), but a strict limit on how much of it can be powered up at any one time.Notch‘s main goal at the moment is getting to a first playable release. He intends to treat this game like the development of Minecraft where he releases publicly early and then develops alongside people playing it. And the good news is, he’s making great progress and has just today released the video you see above.It’s mainly an art test and experiment with dynamic lighting, but it does show a lot of progress has been made considering he started from scratch and has only been working on it a little over 6 months. We’ve got a 3D textured environment, collision detection, weapon use, and the latest feature–dynamic lighting.Your guess is as good as mine as to when a playable version will be released. I hope for Notch’s sake he’s been spending a long time building a solid backend as this won’t be like Minecraft that came out of nowhere and slowly built a following. Everyone is waiting for Notch’s next game and thousands of gamers will be eagerly waiting to sign up and login from day one.Track the progress of 0x10c over at the official website and forums.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | May 18, 2011 Imaging Informatics Bootcamp and CIIP Forum Offered at SIIM 2011 Related Content 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 May 18, 2011 – The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) announces tools and training to help medical informaticsprofessionals stay competitive in a rapidly changing environment. SIIM will provide fundamental, up-to-date education and solutions essential for imaging informatics professionals (IIPs) and their organizations at the society’s 2011 annual meeting, June 2-5, in Washington, D.C./National Harbor, Md.A pre-conference Imaging Informatics Bootcamp targets not only imaging informatics professionals to help them prepare with confidence for the ABII IIP certification exam, but also physicians, residents, administrators, physicists, IT managers, technologists, and engineers who are looking to gain a stronger understanding of the fundamentals of the PACS environment, and the competencies and skills required for practicing and administering imaging enterprise management systems. The IIP Bootcamp – a full-day, intensive training course on Wednesday, June 1 – provides a foretaste of the more in-depth education that occurs throughout the SIIM 2011 Annual Meeting.The SIIM Annual Meeting is the most important imaging IT healthcare meeting of the year for imaging informatics practitioners in all medical specialties. Eight learning tracks have been engineered in 2011 to be cohesive and relevant for using informatics and healthcare IT to deal with real-world concerns.A specific roadmap to guide IIPs through SIIM 2011 is available on the SIIM Annual Meeting website. Additionally, a CIIP roadmap is available for the go-to sessions at SIIM 2011 geared to the continuing education and re-certification of CIIP diplomats. SIIM provides certificates ofattendance to participants in the IIP bootcamp and all SIIM 2011 sessions for reporting continuing education hours to the American Board of Imaging Informatics (ABII).For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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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Google wants web developers to embrace AMP Great news for users more

first_imgReportedly, Google wants all the web developers to adopt the AMP approach for their websites. The AMP project was announced by Google on October 7, 2015 and AMP pages first became available to web users in February 2016. Nowadays, mobile search is getting more popular as compared to desktop search. It is important for web pages to appear in Google’s mobile search results, and this is why AMP is not optional for web publishers. Without AMP, a publisher’s articles will be extremely unlikely to appear in the Top Stories carousel on mobile search in Google. What is AMP? AMP is short for Accelerated Mobile Pages. As the name suggests, this open-source project aims to provide a straightforward way to create web pages that are compelling, smooth, and load near instantaneously for users. AMP consists of three components: AMP HTML: This component consists of regular HTML with some custom AMP properties. AMP JS: This component is responsible for fast rendering of your page. It implements all of AMP’s best performance practices, manages resource loading, and provides the custom tags. AMP Cache: It is used to serve cached AMP HTML pages. It is a proxy-based content delivery network for delivering all valid AMP documents. Why are web developers annoyed with AMP? This is the part which infuriates developers, because they have to follow the rules set by Google. Developing a website in itself is a difficult job and on top of that AMP adds the extra burden of creating separate AMP versions of articles. Following are some of the rules that AMP pages need to follow: To avoid delay caused by JavaScript in page rendering, AMP only allows asynchronous JavaScript. Resources such as images, ads, or iframes should mention their size in the HTML to enable AMP to determine each element’s size and position before resources are downloaded. CSS must be inline and the upper limit for the size of inline style sheet is 50 kilobytes. All resource downloads are controlled by AMP. It optimizes downloads so that the currently most important resources are downloaded first and prefetches lazy-loaded resources. Web font optimization should be kept in mind as web fonts are super large. Google Search Console checks your AMP pages and shares feedback stating what all improvements you can make to better align it with the restrictions set by Google. It basically wants full equivalency between the regular website and the AMP versions of the pages. It is not very easy to follow these restrictive rules. Many developers feel they have to do all the work they already put in to build the normal version of the site all over again specifically for the AMP version. Instead of creating two different versions, developers would be forced to build the whole site in AMP. Why Google wants web developers to accept AMP? It’s very rare to find websites that look good, have great performance, and fully follow the web standards. This becomes a huge challenge for search engines. Google’s crawlers and indexers have to process a lot of junk to find and index content on the web. Website built entirely in AMP are fast to load, fast to crawl, easy to understand, and in short makes Google’s life so much easier. One redditor stated in a long discussion thread, that the main problem is not “AMP” itself, but “Google treating it special” is. “The problems you’re describing I believe are problems with implementation not AMP itself. The only issue I really have with AMP is actually that Google treats it special. If you treat it like a web framework where you write slightly different html and get lazy loading and tons of integrations as built in components for free, it’s actually quite nice both for the user and for the programmer. The problems are that people want to put in all their normal functionality, continue trying to game SEO and ad revenue, and that Google wants to serve it themselves. If Google stopped trying to integrate AMP directly into their search results/CDN system, I’d be much more willing to support and use it. AMP itself is basically just a predefined set of web components and a limitation to not use taxing JS. You can even be partially AMP compliant and still leverage all the benefits with none of the negatives (including the fact that Google won’t host it if you aren’t fully compliant, I believe).” To know more on why Google wants developers to embrace AMP, read this article: Google AMP Can Go To Hell. If you are interested in reading about how AMP makes content loading quicker, check out this article: What is Google AMP and how does it work?. Read Next Like newspapers, Google algorithms are protected by the First amendment making them hard to legally regulate them Google launches a Dataset Search Engine for finding Datasets on the Internet Google Chrome’s 10th birthday brings in a new Chrome 69last_img read more

Shapeshifters world

first_imgWhat really put him out of business, though, was an increasingly sophisticated readership insisting on the credible in place of the unimaginable. SF degenerated into a study of conceivable relationships, and the Shape-shifter turned into a memory.It occurs to me, however, that while he specialized in rapid transformations we are all in a sense shape-shifters, at least in the first few weeks of our lives, albeit at a somewhat slower pace than the fictional character. We all started out as a gamete, a single cell with a lot of potential looking for a mate to unlock its powers. In a fertilization process our father contributes his own gamete, actually several millions of them of which only one succeeds, to create a single-celled Zygote which can be called an Embryo because it now contains all the instructions necessary to build and thereafter maintain a complete human being. This is an exciting time, as within hours the fertilized cell starts to divide into two identical cells then four and eight until it transforms into a hollow ball called a Blastocyst and starts looking for a place to stay.   During a week of house-hunting, the Blastocyst follows a chemical trail until it reaches an attractive site where it digs in and connects up to a convenient blood supply and waste disposal facility. Once installed, the cell replication rate increases enormously and the cells begin to differentiate into the many different forms required for bone, muscle, brain and lungs, which then fold in on themselves to form a legitimate Fetus. The odd thing is that the Fetus as it grows, it adopts a succession of different shapes which over the next few weeks seem to recapitulate the evolution of our species, from fish to saurian to ape to man. And even after birth we retain the opposable thumb, vestigial tail and vermiform appendix characteristic of our arboreal ancestors.What is even more remarkable is that while every mature cell has a specialized function, it also contains a complete set of instructions for building another human. What Darwin glimpsed in 1859 and Watson and Crick triumphantly confirmed in the 1950s is that all living things,  from bacteria to whales to trees and tomatoes and us, are related because we all sprang from the first RNA (ribonucleic acid) molecule which, having learned to replicate itself, became subject to the shape-shifting process called Natural Selection. This, quite automatically, selects for whatever works best in the environment of its time, without favoring any particular shape.   It all seems highly improbable, but if any mother can create a human out of a couple of cells in nine months, think what Nature can do in the two or three billion years since that first RNA molecule turned into two. Facebook Comments No related posts. Jack O’Briencenter_img Back in the early days of Science Fiction, when the task at hand was to subdue a recalcitrant universe, the Shape-shifter was a stock character, representing the ultimate foe. As you drew your trusty ray gun to eliminate the slavering dragon, he promptly turned into a nuclear blast which effectively trumped your pathetic weapon.last_img read more

Sidharth Malhotra shares his New Zealand memories in Ahmedabad

first_imgSidharth Malhotra, Tourism New Zealand’s Brand Ambassador for India shared his recent New Zealand experience at a media event in Ahmedabad. The Bollywood star spent a week in New Zealand last October and a video encapsulating his experiences captivated the audience.Speaking at the event, Steven Dixon, Regional Manager- South and South East Asia, Tourism New Zealand, said, “Sidharth is the perfect fit for New Zealand and his trip created great conversations about the destination, not just in India but in New Zealand too. Our country experienced the impact of Bollywood when Sidharth was surrounded by fans everywhere he went.”Dixon informed that India is a growing visitor market for New Zealand and welcomed 23,440 holiday arrivals from India to year-end April 2016, which is an increase of 16.4% on the previous year. He further added, “We can expect double-digit growth to continue from India in the next five years and Gujarat is one of our key regions for growth.”Recollecting the memories of his New Zealand tour, Sidharth Malhotra quipped, “My New Zealand trip was definitely the high point of the year for me. It is a stunningly beautiful country which offers an array of adrenaline pumping adventures, breath-taking views and rich cultural experiences. I urge people from Gujarat to visit this magical country and experience everything first hand.”last_img read more