WSS to Start Drone Deliveries to Ships

first_imgzoom Norway-based ships agency services provider Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) revealed plans to launch drone deliveries to vessels.According to the company, drone technology has “obvious applications” in the shipping industry.“Whether in case of deliveries of critical documents or vital medical supplies, tank inspections, or monitoring cargo and stockpile levels, we believe semi-autonomous drone flights can support and further enhance what our ships agency team can offer our customers,” Marius Johansen, VP Business Solutions & Marketing, WSS Ships Agency, explained.“Relied upon by owners, operators, vessels and crew to get spare parts, medicine, documents, or cash to master where it needs to be at moment’s notice, drone delivery is a natural extension of our existing agency service portfolio,” Johansen added.Johansen estimates drone flights would reduce costs significantly. Namely, the cost of drones amounts to USD 150, compared to that of launch vessels which stands at USD 1,500.The company said it intends to launch a large-scale working pilot project in one of the world’s busiest ports in 2017, in spite of the complexity of global aviation rules and restrictions placed on unmanned aerial vehicles.last_img read more

Barriere Lake demands traditions respected

first_imgAPTN National NewsMembers of Barriere Lake are in Ottawa once again.They’re demanding the federal government come to the table for solutions to long-standing leadership issues.Here’s APTN National News reporter Annette Francis with the story.last_img

Why College Footballs New AllTime Rushing Leader Isnt Really Its AllTime Rushing

With a 15-yard run in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Las Vegas Bowl, San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey became the all-time career FBS rushing leader. Except, no, not really. But, officially, yes.Wait, what?Dieter Kurtenbach offers a good explainer about the situation at Fox Sports. Basically, in 2002, the NCAA started counting statistics from bowl games toward official records. Before then? Nope. So even though Wisconsin RB Ron Dayne ran for 7,125 yards in his career when we include bowl games — games in which the NCAA recorded the exact number of yards he ran for, and games whose yardage would count toward his career total if they occurred after 2002 — Pumphrey is your career “leader” with 6,405 yards.Go figure.This isn’t the first time a counting-stat record has been determined by an arbitrary bureaucratic decision or a data limitation:• Officially, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich picked up his 1,000th coaching win in 2015 — but that’s only because the NBA doesn’t include playoff wins in its ranking of the most victorious coaches. If you count the postseason, Popovich won his 1,000th game two full years earlier. And his “true” 1,000th win even comes with a fun bit of arbitrary accounting: Because Popovich was sick, assistant coach Mike Budenholzer (now head coach of the Atlanta Hawks) coached the team that night in 2013 … but the win still counted toward Pop’s official tally, as per the NBA’s policy on interim coaching records.• In 2015, Ivo Karlovic became the all-time ace leader in men’s tennis, zooming past former leader Goran Ivanisevic. But for aces, “all-time” only means “since 1991,” when the stat was first tracked on the ATP World Tour — and by then, Ivanisevic was already in his fourth year of competing, which effectively gave Karlovic a head start in his record chase. Plus, the ATP doesn’t include any aces recorded during Davis Cup play, even though those games count toward players’ win-loss records.• Nobody can agree on how many hits were racked up by early baseball star Cap Anson and others of his era. Because of both record-keeping discrepancies and disputes over whether the National Association, the league in which Anson played the first several years of his career, should be considered part of Major League Baseball (and therefore be included in MLB’s official stats), we can’t muster much more than an educated guess about Anson’s place on the all-time hits leaderboard. Here’s SABR’s Bill Felber on the topic:More than any other achievement in the statistically obsessed game that is baseball, Anson’s hit totals are subject to debate. The most respected statistical references in the game disagree on how many hits the 19th-century Chicago star actually had … or whether he even reached 3,000. The Hall of Fame credits Anson with 3,081 hits. But The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia gives him 3,012. Baseball Reference says Anson had 3,435 hits. Project Retrosheet accepts both the 3,012 and 3,435 figures, while the Macmillan Encyclopedia gives him an even 3,000. Total Baseball credits Anson with 2,995. Anson biographer David Fleitz puts the figure at 2,995 or 3,418.So the NCAA isn’t alone in matters of head-scratching record-keeping decisions. For what it’s worth, they’ve even tried to offer up some justification for Pumphrey breaking Dayne’s record: They don’t want to retroactively change what was considered official at the time of an earlier season. (Counterpoint: Dayne literally rushed for more yards!!!) In the end, it’s just another example of a sports organization grappling with potentially incomplete data — and making a strange decision as a result. read more

Luka Jovic dismisses Barcelona Bayern Munich links

first_imgSerbian striker Luka Jovic wants to stay at Eintracht Frankfurt, despite rumoured interest from Barcelona and Bayern MunichThe Benfica loanee is tied with Borussia Dortmund’s Paco Alcacer as the Bundesliga’s leading scorer on 10 goals this season.Frankfurt sporting director Bruno Hubner has already made it clear he intends to sign Jovic permanently this summer for a rumoured fee in the region of €10-12m.But reports in the German media have suggested that Barcelona and Bayern are interested in making their own moves for the highly-rated Jovic.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Although the 20-year-old insists his sole focus lies with Frankfurt.“We, the players, shouldn’t think about that. The management at the club will decide that. As for me, I’d like to stay with Eintracht,” Jovic told Bild.“It’s nice that such big clubs are thinking about someone like me. But I keep both feet on the ground and only think about the next game.”Frankfurt, who are fifth in the Bundesliga table, will host Bayer Leverkusen in a league match on Sunday at 18:00 (CET).last_img read more

Study highlights differences between cities planning efforts for global warming

first_img As the planet warms, cities are beginning to feel the pressure of protecting the people that live in them and the assets that keep them running. But to date, the authors note, little research has been done to find out just how much effort is being taken by city planners, as measured in money spent on mitigation projects or how much difference there is between major cities. The authors sought to partially remedy that situation by combing through documents that detail city planning, expenditures and other measures taken by 10 mega-cities across the globe, during the years 2009 to 2015, to deal with environmental problems likely to be caused by global warming, e.g. flooding, water scarcity, increased rates of disease.In looking at the data and analyzing the results, the team was able to generate numbers that represented how much was being spent by different cities along with percentages of GDP for those cities on mitigation efforts, which allowed them to compare and contrast the different efforts between the cities under study, which included New York, Mumbai, London, Addis Ababa, Paris, Beijing, Sao Paul, Mexico City, Jakarta and Lagos.The team reports that it was no surprise to learn that cities in more developed countries have been spending more on such efforts than those in developing countries—the surprise was how huge the differences between them was. They found for example, that New York City spent approximately a hundred times as much as Addis Ababa last year. There were also differences in the amount spent compared to population size—Paris for example, spent approximately 397 Euros per person, whereas Addis Ababa spent just 4.7.The team also reports that though it is difficult to measure, there appears to be a bias towards protecting capital assets over the people that live in the cities and not enough effort is being put into research to determine which threats individual cities face so that funds for mitigation efforts can be allocated more wisely. On an optimistic note, they found that all of the cities in the study were spending more each year on mitigation efforts. © 2016 The Manhattan skyline at night. Credit: Michael Mase Explore further More information: Lucien Georgeson et al. Adaptation responses to climate change differ between global megacities, Nature Climate Change (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2944 Stanford scientist examines ways to put stormwater to use in big citiescenter_img Citation: Study highlights differences between cities planning efforts for global warming (2016, March 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A small team of researchers with University College London and kMatrix Ltd, Greetham House has conducted a study of urban preparedness efforts by ten major cities around the world in an effort to learn more about how resources are being allocated to deal with changes coming due to global warming. The group has published the results of their efforts as a LETTER article in the journal Nature Climate Change. Journal information: Nature Climate Changelast_img read more

Life in cartoon motion

first_img‘It is amazing to bring Dora here. The Indian market is absolutely ready for live shows of this scale and size,’ said Australian director Luke Gallagher, whose company Life Like Touring conceptualised and designed the show.The 80-minute-show titled ‘Dora’s Pirate Adventure,’ based on one of the tele-episodes of Nickelodeon, is scheduled to run at Siri Fort for three days, beginning 27 December, with three shows a day.‘This particular episode is the writer’s favourite and it has always had a wonderful response. Children get involved in this production,’ Gallagher told in an interview. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Dora the Explorer’ show is based on a girl named Dora and her quest to reach a place. The play promises to be a ‘play and learn’ extravaganza for children.‘Dora will ask children questions and then they will respond to her queries. She will ask them which way she should go and she should do, so in that way she will engage them. It is more like empowering children by giving them an opportunity to speak their mind,’ Gallagher said.The original episode, which is 22 minute long, has been expanded to close to an hour long play with many changes and additions. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘There have been moments added where decisions have to be made going from place to place. The tele-episode typically hosts three locations but for the play it is all about the process of going from one location to another.‘Songs have also been added. Dora will also have her best friend Boots the monkey, Diego and rest of her friends with her in her adventures,’ the director said.‘Dora’s Pirate Adventure is an impressive production. The LED behind the performance will have the animated series going on. It was an intensive process. The background will move, ocean will go on, sea gull will fly by and things like that,’ Gallagher said.WHEN: 27 December onwards, 12 pmWHERE: Siri Fort Auditoriumlast_img read more

Let second be the first

first_imgThe women who have been a foil to the innocent-as-lamb image of the leading lady by their courage, their boldness and their sexual freedom take a centre-stage in this exhibition. It will showcase B-grade horror cinema like – Zibah Khana,  Zinda Laash,  Aurat Raj from Pakistan and Indian movie  Miss Lovely.The debate around representations of women in Hindi cinema and its surrounding cultural production has often exposed the unabashed sexual objectification that the female form has been subjected to. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This strain of argument, while not altogether false, seems simplistic and buys into the much-contested narrative of the ‘woman as victim’. It is surprising how within the seemingly homogenous fabric of sexualised representations of women on film, there are multiple and diverse narratives of women of the entertainment industry who claimed their sexual identities with pride and earned their living, in spite of perceived social stigma, by generating a sexual ethos through their bodies within the language of Hindi films, an ethos which was central to cinema becoming a truly mass medium. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn a moment of art imitating life, many of the women who played these roles were in reality from backgrounds very different from the prima donnas of Bombay. This exhibition takes a look at visual representations of the second-heroines, anti-heroines and vamps, attempting to interrogate how the tropes have changed and modified over time. Paul noted, ‘ I had been collecting oleographs from calendar art and advertising materials for some years, when a dealer came by with hundreds of lobby cards and posters. These were fragile paper objects and I realised that they would soon be destroyed. It seemed like an urgent project to me, and I started collecting as many such artefacts as I could.  I looked for images that had a strong graphic quality; that juxtaposed tradition with modernity; that were amusing or curious in some way; and of course, those that had actors and films I could recognise.’Where: Khoj Studios, Khirkee Extension When: 26 November – 8 December Timing: 11 am to 7 pmlast_img read more

Developing a smarter framework

first_imgWith the simultaneous launch of the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Housing for All and the coveted Smart Cities Mission (SCM) on June 25, 2015, it was a landmark day in the evolution of India’s urban agenda. The message of convergence emerging from the common launch of all three programmes will hopefully be sustained in the future while implementing them.The Smart City guidelines seek the convergence of different schemes like AMRUT, Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY), Digital India, Skill Development, Housing for All, construction of Museums funded by the culture department and other programmes connected with social infrastructure such as health, education and culture. SCM, with an outlay of Rs.48,000 crore ($7.5 billion), is expected to enhance the quality of life in 100 cities, which will be identified over the next few months. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceSince the initial declaration of building Smart Cities in the BJP’s election manifesto in early 2014, the Modi government’s plans on this front have been taking shape slowly, and will need time to evolve. The SCM guidelines highlight the need for a holistic approach to urban development. This will require an integration of physical, institutional, social and economic infrastructure. Thus emerges the need for a strategically articulated framework to address a city’s urban challenges, which will greatly aid this process of integration. This framework should focus on a more process-oriented path than a  Also Read – Turning a blind eyesimple project-oriented path.The guidelines provided by the government do not mention a specific definition of Smart City. There are, however, four key imperatives that emerge from the guidelines along with various other perspectives on smart cities obtained from both academic literature and deliberations in India over the last 15 months. The first imperative is that a city needs to be sustainable in order to be smart. This will mean that the interventions under the Smart Cities Mission need to align their goals, objectives and processes to the overarching principle of sustainability. The Draft Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) released by the United Nations can be a useful and handy reference. The key principles emerging from SDGs include ensuring well-being, equity, efficiency, and embedding foresight in all plans and actions. Adhering to these principles at all stages of all programmes will ensure consistency in the outcomes achieved and thus enable the much-intended convergence of programmes sought by the Smart Cities Mission Guidelines.The second imperative that emerges is the importance of imbibing the characteristics of good governance for achieving sustainability. For example, transparency, accountability, participation and consensus-building are some of the key characteristics of good governance, which form the foundation for ensuring equity.The third imperative is to understand the role and use of technology in urban development. There needs to be a departure in the way technology is being portrayed as the panacea of all urban ills. It is, in fact, an important enabler, which can yield the desired results only when applied in a context-specific manner. Collective vision, supportive policy instruments and domestic stability are equally important in achieving smartness in a city through technology.The fourth and a frequently discussed imperative is that urban institutions, especially the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) need the capacity to work towards the three imperatives mentioned so far. This gains additional significance as the prime minister himself has said that ULBs will be key instruments in implementing the Smart Cities Mission.The four imperatives mentioned above suggest that India needs to formulate concrete Terms of Reference (ToR) to realise the Mission’s objectives, drawing from the initial ideas proposed in the Guideline. A reference framework based on a set of guiding principles is needed to enable state and city governments to implement different schemes, understand the complementarity of schemes and maintain consistency. This Smart City Reference Framework (SCRF) for India can be envisaged to be the point of departure from other urban development initiatives. The Smart Cities Mission needs to initiate this to gain both short-term (such as meaningful utilisation of investments under various schemes) and long-term benefits (such as initiating important structural reforms in urban planning and management processes, empowered by technology). The Reference Framework should be the overarching and all-encompassing umbrella that will guide all urban development and related schemes to achieve sustainable urban development in India. Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), a Bengaluru-based Think Tank, has been working on reconceptualising various notions associated with smart cities in India. The culmination of this study is a set of ToR, which is also being referred to as the Smart City Reference Framework(SCRF). The final report of this study will be released in mid-July, under the aegis of NITI Aayog.The positioning of SCM can be seized as an opportunity to address the challenges discussed in this article and achieve the larger goals of urbanisation featured in the national development agenda. The complementarity of the schemes presents the biggest opportunity in this trajectory of urban development. It could also be the biggest challenge! Streamlining the efforts of various organisations by ensuring that various aspects of sustainable urban development are addressed will be a critical factor in taking this Mission forward “smartly”.last_img read more