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Indian Doctor Pleads Guilty to Sex Offence in OhioIndian Doctor Pleads Guilty to Sex Offence in Ohio

first_imgAn Indian pediatric gastroenterologist, Arun Aggarwal, pleaded guilty to four counts of gross sexual imposition in Ohio. He had earlier pleaded not guilty to the allegations of improperly touching the breasts of two teenage female patients.“Between Dec. 23, 2013, and Nov. 10, 2014, the defendant, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Dayton Children’s Hospital, inappropriately touched teens during medical examinations. The inappropriate touching was not a medically necessary part of the examination,” Montgomery County prosecutor Mat Heck said in a statement.Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Mary Wiseman gave Aggarwal a 10-month sentence on Dec. 21, 2017, of which he has served four months during the trial in the Montgomery County Jail, on a $500,000 bond. He will be registered as a sex offender if he resides in Ohio. However, the doctor is on a work visa and has agreed to return to India.“This gives him certainty and ends a very difficult saga in his life and he’s eager to get back to India and move ahead,” Samuel Shamansky, Aggarwal’s attorney, said, according to NewsIndiaTimes.Aggarwal will be treated as a Tier-1 offender i.e. if he stays in the United States he will not be permitted to live within 1,000 feet of a school, preschool or daycare. He will also have to register his address every year for the next 15 years.The 40-year-old doctor was arrested on Aug. 18 at Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., where he had flown in from Cleveland, Ohio, to catch a connecting flight to India.After Aggarwal was indicted, Dayton Children’s Hospital issued a statement saying, “We are deeply saddened by this situation and, as we have throughout the investigation, fully support the efforts of the officers and prosecutors in their thorough and intensive investigation. The safety of our patients is our top priority. We want to assure parents that we will not tolerate any actions which could impact our quality of care or breach the trust placed in us by patients, parents and the community.”However, the hospital was criticized for failure on its part to report the incident. The initial investigation against Aggarwal began in 2015 after two teenagers reported against him.“While the hospital was cooperative during the investigation and prosecution of the defendant, it is still very concerning that doctors who learned of the allegations against him by his patients never reported the matter to the police or Children Services,” Assistant County Prosecutor Leon Daidone said. However, the other physicians will not be charged for not reporting the incident. Related ItemsChild rightsOhiolast_img read more

The Euro-invasion continued in the NBA draft 2016The Euro-invasion continued in the NBA draft 2016

first_imgA total of 9 European players were selected in the first round of the NBA draft, or if you prefer the NBA distiction, seven international players from Europe and two European playing in the NCAA.With Croatian forward Dragan Bender being picked 4th and getting into an elite club and Georgos Papagiannis stunning everyone on the 13th pick, once more the NBA draft had more than just a European flavour.Dragan Bender became the 6th European player selected in the Top 4 after Kristaps Porzingis, Andrea Bargnani, Darko Milicic, Pau Gasol and Enes Kanter. He was followed by Austrian center Jakob Poeltl at no9 by the Raptors and Lithuanian big man Domantas Sabonis at no11. Both of them were not considered international players, because they played in the NCAA.Sabonis, who had his father, legend Arvydas Sabonis, near him in the Green Room, after being drafted by Orlando he learned that he was send to Oklahoma City together with Ersan Ilyasova and Victor Oladipo in exchange for Spaniard Serge Ibaka. Still the biggest sensation of the draft was Greek center Giorgos Papagiannis who was picked at no13, the highest pick ever for a Greek player, by the Sacramento Kings. Papagiannis who said that he wants to continue his career in the NBA and leave Panathinaikos had an amazing run during the last 20 days that put his name in the map of the draft after his workouts in the States. Juancho Hernangomez was picked at no15 by the Denver Nuggets. Boston selected French power forward Guerschon Yabusele with the no16 pick and Croatian center Ante Zizic at no23.  The Sixers also got Frenchman Timothe Luwawu with the 24th pick  and Turk swingman Furkan Korkmaz at number 26.Also on draft night, the rights of Bogdan Bogdanovic has been traded from Phoenix with no13 pick – with ended up being Papagiannis – to Sacramento for the no8 pick, while Sacramento traded Marco Belinelli to Charlotte for the 22 pick.In the second round Croatian Ivica Zubac was picked by the Lakers (32), Serb Rade Zagorac by the Celtics (35), French guard David Michineau by New Orleans (39), French guard Isiaia Cordinier (44) and French forward Petr Cornelie by Atlanta (45) and German forward Paul Zipser by Chicago (48) and also Ukrainian Joel Bolomboy from Weber State by Utah (52) for a total of 16 European players in the draft.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Balancing AI chip requirements with high-level synthesisBalancing AI chip requirements with high-level synthesis

first_img Continue Reading Previous PORT: SoM IoT / Industry 4.0 modules for integration into LINUX environmentsNext Building Arduino breadboards without jumper wires On the brink of the Design Automation Conference (DAC), EDA companies are busy sharpening their message for the industry’s biggest annual conference.  For Mentor, a Siemens business, this year is all about Artificial Intelligence.Joe SawickiIn an interview with EE Times , Joe Sawicki, executive vice president of the Mentor IC EDA group at Siemens, said that the industry is surprised at the swift progress of fundamental AI research in universities. Even more surprising is that in the span of just a few years, these advances have spread and become almost ubiquitous throughout the commercial market. The improvements in AI are across almost all categories of the technology, from neural networks to machine learning (ML) to deep learning and inferences. For EDA companies, it has become imperative “to meet the growing needs by IC designers exploring various AI architectures,” Sawicki noted.Asked about EDA’s role in AI, Sawicki claimed that “EDA tools can improve the levels and performance of AI” to a point previously not available.Second, AI and machine learning are already used in full-chip manufacturing databases. AI/ML-powered Calibre tools are good examples. Already commercially available, Calibre Machine Learning OPC, for example, optimizes optical proximity correction. Calibre LFD with Machine Learning is deployed for advanced lithography simulation, according to Mentor.Mentor, citing Samsung Electronics as a customer for its Calibre tools, noted Samsung’s foundry technology team used the new Calibre LDF with Machine Learning to improve accuracy by 25 percent when compared with Mentor’s earlier Calibre LDF solutions.Third on Sawicki’s list is Mentor’s expanding portfolio of AI/ML-enhanced EDA tools. Last year, Mentor acquired Solido. The deal launched Mentor’s AI trajectory, adding a lot of AI expertise and customers. Solido’s customers – which Mentor claims include 15 of the world’s 20 largest global chip design firms – are using machine learning to “reduce the number of simulations, and significantly improve the yield,” explained Sawicki. Explosion of architecture As AI-based architecture has exploded, so too has its enabling tools. Designers of AI chips for edge devices, for example, need to explore many factors – including architectural complexity, power budgeting and high-speed IO. Many AI accelerators definitely demand much computational power than previously anticipated.Ellie Burns, marketing director, digital design implementation solutions for Mentor, told us, “None of the AI chips available today – regardless if it’s a GPU for training, or a generic Tensor Processing Unit – would be able to fit the bill” for specific AI acceleration needs.  CPUs/GPUs would use up way too much power, she said. Even generic ML accelerators lack the massive computational power and parallelism necessary to run certain real-time AI applications. In fetching some data and instructions from memory, CPUs always consume too much power, she added.Facing such problems, designers start thinking about building their own AI accelerators. For that, they need tools for “architectural exploration,” Burns explained. This is where high-level synthesis (HLS) comes in, she added.HLS programmed in C/C++, for example, makes architectural exploration much easier. HLS plays a critical role for designers to “get AI right, especially around memory.”Chip designers have a lot to consider before developing AI accelerators for edge applications (Source: Siemens)Chip designers have a lot to consider before developing AI accelerators for edge applications (Source: Siemens) In Mentor’s opinion, HLS “enables the fastest path to build optimized AI/ML accelerators for edge applications.”Today, there is no single right answer for AI accelerators. Designers in different fields are all looking for a specific design for their own AI accelerator applications. Some accelerators might employ strategies such as optimized memory use, and the use of lower precision arithmetic to accelerate calculation and bump up computation throughput.Google’s TPU, for example, is specifically designed for a TensorFlow framework, which is extensively used for convolutional neural networks (CNN). It focuses on a high volume of 8-bit precision arithmetic.  But depending on a specific neural network or a class of network, an entirely different strategy is feasible. A designer could use half-precision and the 16-bit floating-point format for AI acceleration.Mentor’s new Catapult HLS AI toolkit, Mentor explained, delivers a few essential elements for AI acceleration design. It offers an FPGA demonstrator, so that designers can test new algorithms. Catapult HLS also offers “an object detection reference design and IP to help designers quickly find optimal power, performance and area implementations for neural network accelerator engines.” The company stressed that this is a task previously “not possible with hand-coded register transfer level (RTL) designs.” Customers? In its press release, Mentor identified Chips&Media, an AI silicon company based in Korea, as a customer for Catapult HLS technology. The Korean company is incorporating deep neural networks in its video and computer vision IP cores.Earlier this year, Mentor also disclosed that Graphcore, an AI acceleration chip startup billed as the only Western semiconductor “unicorn,” is using Mentor’s EDA technology. Graphcore used Mentor’s design-for-test (DFT) and silicon bring-up tools called Tessent to deliver Graphcore’s Colossus Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU).Laurie Balch, Research Director at Pedestal Research, when asked about AI-enhanced EDA tools, told us, “We are still in a very early implementation phase” – especially using AI/ML in “tools across the spectrum.” Noting that there is a natural connection between AI and EDA tools, she observed that everybody in the EDA industry is pumping resources into AI.— Junko Yoshida, Global Co-Editor-In-Chief, AspenCore Media, Chief International Correspondent, EE Times >> This article was originally published on our sister site, EE Times: “Mentor Juices AI Chips with AI.” Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Analog center_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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Breathless Nation | BooksBreathless Nation | Books

first_imgIt’s a good time to read Siddharth Singh’s The Great Smog of India. As in previous years, large parts of the country are inhaling hazardous air. This will kill about 1.2 million Indians this year too.Fortunately, Singh’s book is not as gloomy as my opening lines-and that’s possibly because as,It’s a good time to read Siddharth Singh’s The Great Smog of India. As in previous years, large parts of the country are inhaling hazardous air. This will kill about 1.2 million Indians this year too.Fortunately, Singh’s book is not as gloomy as my opening lines-and that’s possibly because as a policy wonk working on energy and climate change, he seeks solutions. Such a dispassionate approach, seeking a silver lining amid the acrid smog, makes his book valuable.The Great Smog of India tells us a few home truths. First, that perfect data is not needed, so let’s not wait for it. We have enough information to act decisively. Second, other countries have managed to salvage an equally gloomy situation with firm but smart action. And third, that air pollution-and some of its individual solutions-exacerbate inequality. To simplify his nuanced case, using electric vehicles may clean up one city, but if it is coal that powers the electricity, pollution will be externalised.Singh goes to the root of each key challenge he identifies as contributing to muddying the air. He examines geography, mobility, energy, agriculture, governance, manufacturing and construction-almost all the factors that make the air toxic. Often, he brings in global histories to contextualise the challenge. I found the case of electric vehicles in the US fascinating. Did you know that in 1900, a third of all cars produced in that country were electric? That trend was crushed by the Ford Model T, the first mass-produced car with an internal combustion engine in an era when plenty of oil was available.advertisementThe story of Indian agriculture from the 1950s is instructive, too. Singh pulls in the interface between early agricultural policy to address hunger in a newly independent nation, ecological considerations about groundwater, and today’s stubble burning. These recent histories are important to build a public perspective. It is important that these be written about with authority, because otherwise they remain disaggregated oral history and fail to carry the credibility they ought to. As one who knows some (but not all) of these histories, I was delighted to find how well these were referenced. Building on this, Singh looks at national and local policy impacts and the lessons global solutions hold for India in 2018.Most thematic chapters compete with each other to inform. However, the chapter, ‘Made in India’, was disappointing-it didn’t carry the ‘big thinking’ of the rest. While Singh explores manufacturing and the success of the PAT (Perform, Achieve, Trade scheme of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency), the issue of the informal industries-significant in India-is absent. I’d also have liked to hear about current thoughts on clean production and the circular economy.I was struck by the book on a personal level too. I wheezed my way through the pollution of the late 1980s and 1990s. I could never run or play sports. I was rarely allowed ice-cream. My constant companion was a Ventolin inhaler. My childhood played out in an era before asthma became an epidemic, so it was hard even for my talkative self to share with anyone the isolating, scary space I inhabited several times a year. My otherwise rational parents were so fed up of my respiratory miseries that they dragged me at age 11 to pop in the famous fish of Hyderabad, believed to cure such ailments. Reading The Great Smog of India as an older person, who fights both air pollution and asthma, I caught myself tearing up a few times. Not for myself, but at the thought that all these years later, many, many more children live-and even die-in that isolated space where your mind watches your de-oxygenated body fight for another chance.That’s why I especially value that Singh uses his data with flair to exhort us to panic. To push the government to act, because only governments can move things at the scale we need today. He doesn’t say it, but he alludes to it-neglecting air pollution will put us on the path of becoming a failed state.last_img read more

MORE RE-CONSTRUCTION WILL BE COMING TO PART OF PIERCE STREETMORE RE-CONSTRUCTION WILL BE COMING TO PART OF PIERCE STREET

first_imgBusiness owners on Pierce Street between 18th and 24th Streets met with city officials Thursday to talk about an upcoming construction project.City Project Manager Brittany Anderson says that section of Pierce will be reconstructed over two years, but the project is months away from beginning:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/PIERCE1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………and the Hunt School project. ;15Parts of Nebraska Street in that area have already been closed for the construction of utilities for the new elementary school.Anderson says some of the business owners were concerned about adequate access for their customers:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/PIERCE2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………during their business hours. ;22The project will include the replacement of all pavement, sidewalks, and utilities such as water mains, sanitary sewer, and storm water infrastructure.Anderson says public meetings will take place in the coming months to further explain the project.last_img read more

Selebwa tips AFC Leopards for glorySelebwa tips AFC Leopards for glory

first_imgKPL Selebwa: I don’t remember last time AFC Leopards lost Seth Willis Last updated 2 years ago 20:58 26/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexis Kitenge of AFC Leopards v Vihiga Goal Kenya. KPL Mathare United v Leopards Mathare United Leopards AFC Leopards booked a final berth with Kariobangi Sharks on Sunday after downing Vihiga United by a solitary goal in Nakuru AFC Leopards team manager Gilbert Selebwa is adamant that his side has what it takes to win GOtv Shield title.Ingwe booked a final berth with Kariobangi Sharks after downing Vihiga United by a solitary goal at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Sunday.Alexis Kitenge penalty was all the nine-time league champions needed to set a date with Sharks, who defeated Sony Sugar 2-0 in another semi-final. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Selebwa, the immediate former Muhoroni Youth coach, believes that Ingwe will clinch GOtv Shield title through thick or thin.”I do not remember the last time AFC Leopards lost a match in a final. They always push to get a win and since this is the only silverware that we have in our disposal, there is no two ways about it.”That does not mean that we are underrating Sharks, they are a good side and are even doing well in the league,” Selebwa told Goal.Though Selebwa admits that Ingwe are not in their best form, he remains optimistic that the team’s attitude will play a key role in the final.”Our team is not that strong, our mentality has been the main reason why we have been doing well in this tournament and it will once again push us to the top.”The winner of this competition will represent the nation in Caf Confederations Cup next year.last_img read more

Asian Boxing Championships 2019: Amit Panghal wins gold, Deepak Singh bags silverAsian Boxing Championships 2019: Amit Panghal wins gold, Deepak Singh bags silver

first_imgAsian Boxing Championships 2019: Amit Panghal wins gold, Deepak Singh bags silverIn his maiden international competition since moving up to 52kg from 49kg weight category, Amit Panghal won the gold. The Indian boxer defeated Kim Inkyu of Korea by a unanimous decision in the final on Friday.advertisement Press Trust of India BangkokApril 26, 2019UPDATED: April 26, 2019 12:43 IST India’s Amit Panghal came up with a dominant display in the 52kg final of Asian Boxing Championships on Friday (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAmit Panghal beat Korea’s Kim Inkyu by unanimous decision in the 52kg finalAmit’s strategy of stumping rivals with relentless attacks paid off against InkyuNational champion Deepak Singh (49kg) had to settle for a silverIndian boxer Amit Panghal (52kg) picked up his second successive gold medal of the year, claiming the top honours in the Asian Championships in Bangkok Friday.Panghal, who won the Asian Games gold medal last year, defeated Korea’s Kim Inkyu Korea in a unanimous decision. He came into the tournament on the back of a gold at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in February.This was his maiden international competition since moving up to 52kg from 49kg earlier this year.However, national champion Deepak Singh (49kg) had to settle for a silver after going down in a split verdict to Nodirjon Mirzahmedov of Uzbekistan.India have challenged the verdict under the Bout Review System and a decision is awaited on it.Amit outclasses Inkyu with aggressionUp against a lanky opponent, who was willing to play the waiting game, Panghal started in his usual aggressive style.What a fabulous show by @Boxerpanghal atAsianChampionship 19!Amit clinches a for India in #AsianBoxingChampionship #Bangkok outclassing Kim Inkyu of #SouthKorea by 5-0 in the finals.India is very proud of you champion! pic.twitter.com/CzWZLcB1eHDept of Sports MYAS (@IndiaSports) April 26, 2019The strategy of stumping rivals with relentless attacks paid off against Inkyu and the Korean simply had no answer to Panghal’s aggression.The Indian managed to corner his rival quite often and his solid defences thwarted the feeble attempts at connecting by Inkyu.Earlier, Deepak put up a gutsy performance that failed to find favour with the judges.It was a bout in which both the boxers were mostly looking to counter-attack. Deepak’s focus was getting his straight punches across, while Mirzahmedov looked to connect right hooks occasionally.advertisementThe Indian was a clear winner in the opening round but Mirzahmedov came back strongly in the second.The Uzbek turned a shade defensive in the last three minutes, which gave Deepak a chance to assert himself. However, the final outcome was in favour of the Uzbek, much to the surprise of the Indian camp which immediately sought a review of the decision.The tournament has a Bout Review Process in place for any contentious decisions. Teams have been handed yellow cards at the beginning of their respective bouts. Coaches get a minute after the fight to appeal against a decision.Also Read | Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary win India’s 2nd gold at ISSF Beijing World CupAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Amit PanghalFollow Asian Boxing Championships 2019Follow Deepak SinghFollow India boxing Nextlast_img read more

The More The MerrierThe More The Merrier

first_img11newbuildings on order There are eleven more newbuildings on order which will bring the fleet to a total of 47 ships.The first half of this year saw the delivery of Epic St. Croix, a 5,000cbm LPG carrier, from Sasaki Shipyard in April, followed by Epic Bird (7,200cbm), Epic Curacao (3,500cbm), and order of two second hand carriers Mayfair (2007 built) and Charlton (2006 built) in June.In July 2014, Epic Gas concluded long-term inward bareboat charter contracts with the Siva Group for two 7,200cbm fully-pressurised gas carriers, 2010 built.In August 2014, Epic Gas took delivery of Epic Caledonia, a 3,500cbm LPG carrier, from Kitanihon Shipbuilding Co. According to the second quarter results, Epic Gas achieved fleet operational utilisation of 94.9%.Highlights – Second Quarter 2014Total Revenues of $27.4 millionAdjusted EBITDA of $6.5 millionAverage time charter equivalent revenues of $8,688 per day, or $264,260 per monthFirst Six Months 2014 ResultsRevenues for the six months ended June 30, 2014 amounted to $50.7 million compared to revenues of $38.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013 and include revenues from ship management of $1.1 million ($0.9 million in 1H2013).The increase was mainly due to additional voyage days (increase by 24.9% compared to 1H2013). The average time charter equivalent was $8,913 per day as compared to $8,666 per day during the six months ended June 30, 2013.Voyage expenses were $6.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014, a rise from $3.3 million during the same period in 2013 due to increased spot market days.Vessel operating expenses increased to $26.0 million from $21.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013, primarily reflecting the increased number of vessels in the fleet with 5,008 calendar days compared to 3,982 calendar days for the equivalent period in 2013.Operating expenses include charter-in costs of $4.9 million related to eight bareboat chartered-in ships ($4.2 million related to six bareboat chartered-in ships in 1H2013).Press Release, August 21, 2014 zoom Epic Gas Fleet Addition MayfairSingapore-based gas carrier owner Epic Gas has expanded its fleet of 25 ships reported in January 2014 to 36 ships as of August 20, 2014, according to the company’s unaudited financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014.last_img read more

NY NJ Remains Busiest East Coast PortNY NJ Remains Busiest East Coast Port

first_imgzoom Cargo volumes in the Port of New York and New Jersey are on record pace for 2017 as the first six months of this year were 4.4 percent higher than the same period in 2015, when the earlier record was set.Between January and June this year, the port handled 3,229,675 TEUs, compared to 3,041,287 TEUs handled in 2016 and 3,093,789 TEUs seen in 2015.In June alone, the port handled 584,606 TEUs, marking its best June on record and the second highest monthly volume ever recorded in the port.The Port of New York and New Jersey said that the record volumes “have allowed the port to maintain its position as the busiest on the East Coast.”Cargo handled by ExpressRail, the port’s ship-to-rail system serving New York and New Jersey marine terminals, also continued to increase. During the first six months of 2017, ExpressRail handled 273,991 lifts, up 2.8 percent from the previous record in 2016, when 266,624 lifts were handled.Furthermore, this summer’s completion of navigational clearance on the USD 1.6 billion Bayonne Bridge project “was a major game changer for this port, and we believe will be a catalyst for continued port growth as the world’s biggest, modern, fuel efficient vessels can now call on our terminals,” Molly Campbell, Port Department Director, said.“Moving forward, we will continue to work with all our stakeholders to further enhance our ability to handle these record levels of cargo to maintain our designation as the East Coast’s premier port,” Campbell added.In addition to cargo containers, the port also reported a 7.7 percent increase in vehicles handled by auto processors serving the port – from 245,765 units handled in 2016 to 264,766 units handled in 2017. The increase is due in part to the Auto Incentive Program launched in 2014 to provide financial incentives to auto manufacturers who bring new or increased vehicle business to the port.last_img read more

OSC Eyes Fleet Growth as It Reaps Fruit from LongTerm DealsOSC Eyes Fleet Growth as It Reaps Fruit from LongTerm Deals

first_imgzoomImage courtesy: Oman Shipping Company Oman Shipping Company (OSC), which caters for the needs of the Omani industry, has reported strong performance in domestic markets following long-term deals with local refineries and traders.Namely, the company secured a 20-year contract to transport condensate for Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (ORPIC) and a 15-year deal transporting methanol for Oman Trading International (OTI) from Salalah Methanol plant.“As part of our long-term contract with ORPIC we have deployed two chemical carriers along the coast of Oman. One is a condensate carrier, which loads on average 10,000 cubic metres of condensate from Qalhat in Sur and discharges the product for use in refineries including Mina Al Fahal in Muscat and Suhar. The second carrier is transporting refined products (Mogas 91, Mogas 95 & Gas Oil, Jet Fuel), loading from Sohar and discharging in Salalah. ORPIC’s refineries, aromatics and polypropylene production plants produce condensate, chemicals, plastics and other petroleum products for domestic use as well as export for other countries as well,” OSC General Manager Commercial, Tankers & Gas, Debasish Mohapatra said.“OSC is also responsible for the transportation of half-a-million tonnes of methanol from Salalah Methanol Company. This is a standalone plant designed to produce methanol of Federal AA and IMPC grade. OSC’s contract involves the long-term charter of two dedicated methanol tankers to OTI, responsible for marketing the product globally. The average quantity of methanol being transported is around 40,000 metric tonnes per vessel with OSC discharging mostly to China and Europe.”OSC is further supporting the export of LPG from Sohar Refinery to Yemen, Sudan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka through two  small pressurized LPG carriers. This involves the transportation of 3,850 metric tonnes per vessel on average to the Middle East market, as well as Africa and Asia. “As part of our new strategy we signed a Contract of Affreightment with Shell International Eastern Trading Company, a Shell subsidiary, for a period of three years. This gave us a substantial cargo base for the entire fleet to kick-start the operation. The vessels are technically managed by Oman Ship Management Company, based in the same office as OCC, which enables us to operate a fast, efficient and coordinated operation for clients,” he added.As explained, these medium and long-term contracts with the likes of ORPIC, OTI and Shell, provide OSC with steady cash flow to invest and expand its fleet further.“We believe OSC is very well placed to capitalise on growth opportunities which lie ahead in both domestic and international sector,” Mohapatra added.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Officially Goes SmokeFreeNova Scotia Officially Goes SmokeFree

first_imgNova Scotians will no longer have to breathe second-hand smoke in public places. As of today, Dec. 1, smoking is officially banned in all indoor public areas, workplaces, and outdoor eating and drinking establishments in Nova Scotia. “It’s been a long journey to this day but well worth every step. Government has done the right thing in the interests of the health of all Nova Scotians,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection said today is a milestone to be celebrated. “Today is a major step forward in the protection of the health and safety of Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Barnet. “Smoking rates among our youth are at an all-time low of 13 per cent. Research shows us that removing smoking from public places discourages young people from starting. “This is a key part of our overall tobacco reduction strategy.” Smoking rates have been reduced to 21 per cent in 2005 from a national high of 30 per cent in 2001. “I would like to applaud Nova Scotia for its efforts in protecting Canadians from exposure to second-hand smoke,” said federal Health Minister Tony Clement. “The harmful health effects of second-hand smoke are well known and can no longer be ignored.” Maureen Summers, executive director for the Nova Scotia division of the Canadian Cancer Society, thanked the government for strengthening the legislation. “All Nova Scotians are now getting the protection they deserve,” Ms. Summers said. “This legislation will eliminate the toxic effects of second-hand smoke in public places.” The amendments to the Smoke-Free Places Act were made in response to the many Nova Scotians who asked for a complete smoking ban in public places and workplaces. “Nova Scotians have made it clear that they want the ability to go to work and go out with friends and family to public places without having to deal with the harmful effects of tobacco smoke,” said Mr. Barnet. “Today, Nova Scotia has the toughest anti-smoking legislation in the country, and we are one step closer in making Nova Scotia the healthiest province in the country.” For more information on the amendments to the Smoke-Free Places Act visit www.sickofsmoke.comlast_img read more

Human rights tribunal resumes hearings on First Nations child and family servicesHuman rights tribunal resumes hearings on First Nations child and family services

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe human rights case against the federal government resumed this week with a history lesson on Indian Residential Schools.The child welfare case resumed with testimony from a well-known historian, professor and author.John Milloy provided the tribunal with an historical road map of the policies and roles of the federal government.The expert witness is scheduled to be on the stand all week.His testimony will cover the establishment of Indian Residential Schools and the transition to placing Aboriginal children into the child welfare system.last_img

Travelling the pipeline and the end of the roadTravelling the pipeline and the end of the road

first_imgLucy ScholeyAPTN NewsOn a sunny morning in Enoch Cree Nation, a steady stream of cars pull through the community’s gas station, filling up for $131.5 a litre.“That’s awful,” says a young man, eyeing the price. “It’s only gonna get higher.”The community west of Edmonton, near the heart of Alberta’s oil industry, is one of 43 First Nation and Metis communities that has signed a mutual benefit agreement to twin the existing Trans Mountain pipeline to Burnaby, B.C.The project has divided Indigenous communities along the route, but this young man is indifferent – except when it comes to gas prices.He’s not the only one with oil on the mind.Down the road at the community’s band office, Roger Buck makes the case for Kinder Morgan’s $7.4-billion project.“In my opinion, the pipeline has to go,” says Buck. “It’s essential – not only for Alberta but for the rest of Canada.”Roger Buck, of Enoch Cree Nation, says he’s in favour of the Trans Mountain pipeline project. Lucy Scholey/APTNAPTN drove the 1,150-kilometre pipeline route during the heat of the pipeline debate – a Prime Minister exploring every financial or legislative means to push it through, two premiers waging political war and several legal challenges against the project – all with Kinder Morgan’s May 31 deadline to come to an agreement.But APTN wanted to meet with community members who will be directly impacted by the pipeline route.The trip started at the gates of Kinder Morgan in Burnaby, where protesters were stationed at Camp Cloud. We documented the arrest of two faith leaders and a salmon ceremony in Cheam First Nation, where the chief prefers the proposed pipeline over rail transportation.We’ve heard concerns about the pipeline’s potential environmental risks if it goes through – and the ongoing lack of resources if it doesn’t.Meanwhile, our Nation to Nation show featured Yale First Nation Chief Ken Hansen who felt financially pressured to sign on with Kinder Morgan and Lower Nicola Chief Aaron Sumexheltza, who has yet to approve a final deal.APTN’s Travelling the Pipeline drive ended at the gates of Kinder Morgan in Edmonton, where security trucks patrolled near our rolling camera.It seems like those living in the wide-open yellow fields of Enoch Cree Nation espouse a different mentality from the anti-pipeline protesters in the coastal mountains.“I started working in the oilfield when I was 16 years old. I’m 45 now,” says Steve Rain, while walking down one of the community’s dusty dirt roads. “That was just our way of life, running equipment. That was our job. If there was no pipeline going on, then we had no jobs, basically, that’s the way it is in Alberta.”Some Enoch members APTN spoke with say they feel torn between environmental concerns and their reliance on the oil industry.Emilie Jackson, who lives near the reserve, says she’s worried about potential oil spills polluting B.C.’s coast – but also worried about people losing jobs.“I disagree with it because I don’t want the forest and the animals, everything, I don’t want none of that ruined,” she says while stopping at the Enoch gas station. “You’re also taking away jobs from transport drivers. They deliver fuel back and forth too, so that’s job losses there.”Meanwhile, federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has proposed a joint B.C., Ottawa panel of scientists to enhance existing research on oil spills.In a letter released Thursday, she says Ottawa has already taken steps to mitigate the damage in the event of a spill, including increased capacity to tow ships and five new emergency response stations, and says she is willing to address some of B.C.’s additional concerns.Eriel Deranger, executive director of Indigenous Climate Action, says she feels “betrayed” by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who campaigned on the rights of Indigenous people and environmental reform.“Kinder Morgan is literally the complete opposite of all of those things,” she says while sitting in the backyard of her Kenilworth neighbourhood home in Edmonton.“It requires the coercion and intimidation of communities to buy into this project under the auspice that these projects are going to happen, with or without them.”While she’s not proposing anything as radical as shutting down the tar sands, she thinks the country should be shifting away from fossil fuels.“This is a project that would lock the Alberta economy and the national economy into an oil economy past 2030 when we’re supposed to be taking aggressive action on our climate,” she says.“It’s a project that not only threatens climate stabilization and us meeting our targets, but it undermines and diminishes the rights of Indigenous communities.”lscholey@aptn.ca@lucyscholey– with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Cyberattacks inflict deep harm at technologyrich schoolsCyberattacks inflict deep harm at technologyrich schools

AVON, Conn. — Over six weeks, the vandals kept coming, knocking the school system’s network offline several times a day.There was no breach of sensitive data files, but the attacks in which somebody deliberately overwhelmed the Avon Public Schools system in Connecticut still proved costly. Classroom lesson plans built around access to the internet had come to a halt.“The first time I called the FBI, their first question was, ‘Well, what did it cost you?’” said Robert Vojtek, the district’s technology director. “It’s like, ‘Well, we were down for three quarters of a day, we have 4,000 students, we have almost 500 adults, and teaching and learning stopped for an entire day.’ So how do you put a price tag on that?”The kind of attacks more commonly reserved for banks and other institutions holding sensitive data are increasingly targeting school systems around the country. The widespread adoption of education technology, which generates data that officials say can make schools more of a target for hackers, also worsens an attack’s effects when instructional tools are rendered useless by internet outages.Schools are attractive targets because they hold sensitive data and provide critical public services, according to the FBI, which said in a written statement that perpetrators include criminals motivated by profit, juvenile pranksters and possibly foreign governments. Attacks against schools have become common, the FBI said, but it is impossible to know how frequently they occur because many go unreported to law enforcement when data is not compromised.Attacks often have forced districts to pull the plug on smart boards, student laptops and other internet-powered tools.Schools in the Florida Keys took themselves offline for several days last September after a district employee discovered a malware attack. Monroe County schools Superintendent Mark Porter said teachers had to do things differently but adapted quickly.“I heard a little grumbling at the beginning and then the comment was, ‘I guess we’ll have to go old school,’” Porter said. “And they went back to work and did it the way they probably did it just a few years ago.”Schools with few or no employees dedicated to information security often are surprised to find themselves as targets.The 2,000-student Coventry Local School District in Ohio had to close schools in May as staff worked to fight a virus of that had infected the network. The FBI helped to guide the district through the recovery and offered assistance on best practices.The school system did not have cybersecurity insurance, said Kelly Kendrick, the district’s technology director, and her three-person department is still working to debug devices affected by the attack.FBI officials told the district that the attackers apparently did not obtain sensitive information, but that it was clear they were after data of some kind, she said.“Why this little school in Akron, Ohio? Why was it a target?” Kendrick said. “It has really opened my eyes to how data of any kind is marketable, sellable.”In September, the FBI issued a public service announcement warning the growth of education technologies and widespread collection of student identification data along with other information including academic progress and classroom activities “could have privacy and safety implications if compromised or exploited.”Malicious use of the data could lead to bullying, tracking, identity theft and other threats, it said.Penalties can be severe. Students suspected of involvement in disruptive cyber pranks often have been hit with felony charges.And in March, Olukayode Lawal, a Nigerian man living in Smyrna, Georgia, was sentenced to 10 months in prison and ordered to be deported for his role in an email scheme that used tax information from Connecticut school employees to falsely claim tax refunds.In many cases, school officials say they never learn who was behind the attacks.In North Dakota, where a third of schools statewide were hit with a malware attack last year, it was traced to North Korea, although it’s unclear if that country was the origin of the attack or just the location of a device that was used as a stepping stone, according to Sean Wiese, the state’s chief information security officer.School networks “may be considered easy targets because they’re a little bit more open than your traditional corporate culture,” Wiese said. “I do feel that is changing, just not quickly enough.”In New York state, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer called on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security last October to investigate and help prevent future intrusions after a series of attacks caused outages at 50 school districts.The denial-of-service attacks, designed to overload and deny access to the network, he said, “subverted teacher lesson plans and interrupted student learning.”The outages were disruptive particularly because many of the state’s schools have issued digital devices to each student, part of a transition to a model where students spend part of a school day working at their own speed, according to Pam Mazzaferro, director of the Central New York Regional Information Center.Vojtek, whose department was tasked with responding to the denial-of-service attacks on Avon schools in late 2017, said it was difficult being the one to answer to educators for why the network was down.“It was just tough to get a handle on it and people are not resilient when it comes to their teaching resources,” he said. “So if those are gone, somebody needs to pay.”Michael Melia, The Associated Press read more

Future Australian mining engineers demonstrate new innovationsFuture Australian mining engineers demonstrate new innovations

first_imgThirty-three of Australia’s next generation of mining engineers demonstrated the innovations of the future at the annual “Mission Impossible 2008 – CRCMining Equipment Design Challenge”. After much deliberation by a specialist panel of CRCMining judges, ‘The Turbines’ emerged victorious by a small margin of three points over the second placed team. Their machine design, the ‘Bi-Shearer 360’ is an automated and mobile coal shearer which offers a 100% increase in output as well as reduced costs and safety improvements.The challenge was part of the nine-day Eastern Region Australian Student Mineral Venture, hosted by The AusIMM. Secondary school students in years 10 to 12 were eligible for the venture, which included tours of the Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT), the North-South Bypass Tunnel project and operations in Blackwater, Emerald and Rockhampton.For the challenge, the students were split into four teams and, using Lego, presented their inventions in a lively and entertaining format.last_img read more

Gilmore rules out seeking extension to Troikas deficit deadlineGilmore rules out seeking extension to Troikas deficit deadline

first_imgTÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has ruled out the prospect of having the government ask the EU-IMF Troika for extra time to meet its budget deficit targets – overruling a junior minister who earlier said a delay might be sought.RTÉ News has broadcast footage of Gilmore, being interviewed for tonight’s The Week in Politics, where the Tánaiste said he believed the public wanted an end to the series of austerity budgets aimed at bringing Ireland’s deficit under 3 per cent of total economic output.“We have to get the deficit down, and we have to deal with it,” Gilmore said.“I actually think that what people want to see – people want to see where is the end of this.”The Tánaiste bluntly added: “We need to get this over with.”The original bailout deal agreed with the Troika – which complemented a previous programme agreed with the European Commission, before Ireland entered the bailout – asked Ireland to get its deficit to under 3 per cent of GDP by 2014.This was renegotiated to 2015 after the current government entered office. In advance of last year’s general election, Labour had argued for the deadline to be extended to 2016.Earlier today a junior minister from Gilmore’s party had been reported as saying the government would broach the topic of extending the deadline, following the IMF’s slight back-track and admission that austerity programmes hit economies harder than first thought.Junior trade minister Joe Costello told today’s Sunday Times that the government would seek clarification from the IMF as to whether it now believed trying to reach the 3 per cent mark by 2015 would be detrimental to Ireland’s overall economic state.Read: IMF: Irish economy to grow but unemployment will remain high in 2013last_img read more

German company offers to whitelabel Firefox OS for carriersGerman company offers to whitelabel Firefox OS for carriers

first_imgFirefox OS has yet to launch, but one German mobile business is already offering to customize and white-label Mozilla’s software for carriers that want to sell something that’s got that “homegrown” feel. Net-m touts this new “net-m OS” as an alternative to Android and iOS that makes it easier for carriers to get their hands on a bigger slice of the ecosystem pie from the get-go.It looks like what net-m is really pitching here is to fiddle with the surface of Firefox OS — the HTML and CSS code, icons, wallpapers, and whatnot — to give it a visual overhaul that suits a carriers’ desires. That carrier can also have its own content services integrated — exclusively, even — giving them first crack at on-device purchases from users. That’s a much more tempting proposition than subsidizing an iPhone or Galaxy S3 $10.99 at Amazon purchase only to have users give their hard-earned cash to Apple and Google instead.It’s interesting that net-m is offering a re-branded Firefox OS. The majority shareholder in net-m is NTT DoCoMo, which is one of the key members of the Tizen Association. Two of the associations five officers are DoCoMo execs, and the Japanese wireless giant certainly seems to be bullish on Tizen. Then again, why put all your alternative OS eggs in one basket? The mobile marketplace is still growing at a rapid pace and there are scores of carriers serving users in hundreds of countries around the globe. If carriers think they can make a few extra bucks selling inexpensive phones running a house-brand OS, then net-m is bound to get some takers.One thing net-m might want to reconsider is those hardware back and search buttons on their mock-up phones — since Firefox OS doesn’t even support them.last_img read more

True Horror Comes to Florida in Redlands 1True Horror Comes to Florida in Redlands 1

first_img The hot and muggy swamp lands of Florida bring out the worst in people, I feel. The “Florida Man” news reports are heard from around the world, and it can be embarrassing at times living in this state. When I learned that Image’s new witch infused Redlands was not only set in ‘The Sunshine State’ but was a huge theme looming over the series, I chomped at the bit to cover this first issue.Before I go any further, here is a brief synopsis from Image Comics.“A brand-new horror book from the minds of Eisner Award-winner JORDIE BELLAIRE (PRETTY DEADLY, Vision, Batman) and critically acclaimed artist VANESA R. DEL REY (ZERO, Scarlet Witch, Constantine) brings you to the sleepy, sunny town of Redlands, Florida. The police are failing to maintain control of their old-fashioned town, and a coven of killer witches plan to take everything from them. This summer, hide your bibles.”The story behind Redlands does not take its time at all and throws you right into thick of things. So much so that I thought I had missed a previous issue zero. This is just the charm behind this dark and ominous comic. Another interesting piece behind Redlands is the female led creative team. The comic is the brain child of Jordie Bellaire (Pretty Deadly) who had been kicking around the horror story for a while. She later approached artist Vanessa R. Del Ray (Hit) about the project. These two frightening powerhouses stir up one of the darkest tales I’ve read in a while. Del Ray’s cross-hatched art style is a great accent to Bellaire’s occult storytelling. It truly bleeds the underlining hate and racism that goes on in the deep south at night.In an interview with Entertainment Weekly back in March, Bellaire said she was thinking about what could change the things that upset her the most? It was the ultimate archetype female figure of the witch that struck a cord with her. Bring a coven in that has been around for a very long time to one of the most hate-fueled states in America today and try to make things right. They may do some horrific deeds along the way, but in their eyes, it’s is all for the better in the small town of Redlands. The characters in this tale of horror are a tad unlikable (you most to expire), but they are still approachable. Especially when most of them are criminals who are stuck in the wrong place at the wrong time.With witches on the rise in entertainment today with shows like American Horror Story, Salem and a possible Craft series in the works, It’s a great time to dig into Redlands. Its themes are strong and does not hold back any punches when it comes to gore. Horror fans, do not miss out on this beautiful dark tale. And if you are a Florida resident, I urge to head to the Wiccan town of Cassadaga and read the first issue in the Devil’s Chair located in the middle of the cemetery. It may bring you enlightenment, or chills beyond your wildest nightmares. The series hits store shelves August 9th and can also be pre-ordered at Comixology now.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1Buy This Comic: Twisted Romance last_img read more

Robbery reported at Vancouver Rite Aid pharmacyRobbery reported at Vancouver Rite Aid pharmacy

first_imgPolice were unable to locate a man suspected of trying to rob a Rite Aid pharmacy Friday night in Vancouver’s Fircrest neighborhood.The robbery was reported shortly before 7:40 p.m. at 13511 S.E. Third Way.A Hispanic man handed a note to the pharmacy demanding medications. There was no mention or indication of weapons, Vancouver police Sgt. Pat Johns said.An employee in the pharmacy told the suspect that they did not have the medications he was looking for so he left empty-handed, Johns said.The suspect was last seen on foot heading westbound toward East Mill Plain Boulevard. There was no suspect vehicle information. A police canine was deployed to help search the surrounding area, but officers did not find the suspect, Johns said.The man was described as clean-shaven and standing about 5-foot-4-inches tall, wearing a black hooded jacket with the hood up, gray and black sweatpants, and a purple glove on one hand.last_img read more

Opposition Enraged by Premiers CommentsOpposition Enraged by Premiers Comments

first_img Recommended for you Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:donhue gardnier, Pdm, pnp, premier rufus ewing, sharlene cartwright-robinson Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Oct 2014 – The official Opposition enraged by comments from the Premier and so called confusion from his Cabinet. In two press releases the PDM accused the Premier of a bad budget which limits the needed resources for the civil service. Chiding the nation’s leader for his criticism of the GSS Ministry which for the second consecutive year had been given only $300,000 to fix all 14 public schools. The PDM points out this was the reason painting of schools was cut from the refurbishment… the party says Hon Dr Rufus Ewing, who was once a civil servant himself should never attack the public sector. “Rather than complaining and casting blame on everyone and everything else, the Premier and his Government needs to govern. It is only after public pressure was applied did the Premier attack. He ought to have known the state of schools and should have allocated more resources.” The PDM also saying government is giving what the party believes is false hope and faulty information to residents of the family islands who are calling for stronger local government… this reportedly came out during the Constitutional Review Committee meetings, which were held in all islands. Hon Sharlene Robinson, the PDM leader explained that while there are reports of a consultation with the opposition to re-introduce local government… there has been none. Adding that the message sent by Minister for Border Control, Hon Donhue Gardiner and the Deputy Premier were gravely different. One promised it was coming… the other promised it was already happening and that Hon Gardiner and Home Affairs Minister, Amanda Missick were appointed to lead the charge. Sharlene Robinson said: “Who or what do we believe? With two very different approaches announced within a week of each other, we are disappointed for the people who have been calling for it.” The PDM says it supports local government’s return. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more