Hyundai Mipo Dockyard wins LR approval for ammonia-powered ship

first_imgMAN Energy Solutions has been working on the development of a two-stroke ammonia concept for some time. The concept will be an add-on to the ME engine, similar to the previous engine concepts for liquid gas injection propane, ME-LGIP (LPG), and liquid gas injection methanol, ME-LGIM. The AIP is a step in the right direction for the South Korean shipbuilder, which aims to commercialize ammonia-powered ships by 2025. Ammonia has been identified as one of the likely zero-emission fuels of the future in line with the IMO’s 2050 decarbonization objectives, as it has great potential to power large trans-ocean going ships. Ammonia can be stored on vessels under the same conditions as LPG, however, the tank volume has to be twice that of LPG due to the lower energy density. The shipbuilder has been working on a joint development project of ammonia-based propulsion with Lloyd’s Register and German engine manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions since October last year.center_img Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD), a shipbuilding unit of Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering Co., has secured an Approval in Principle (AiP) from Lloyd’s Register for its ammonia-powered design of a 50,000 dwt MR tanker. Under the project, HMD was in charge of the basic design, while MAN Energy Solutions was assigned with the development and specifications of the ammonia dual-fuel engine. Lloyd’s Register’s role was to make sure the design was safe and suitable, focusing on risk mitigation. Image by Hyundai Mipo Dockyardlast_img read more

A lesson in teamwork the Rangers can’t forget

first_imgby Jim LitkeAP Sportswriter Getting the Texas Rangers to play the game the way he did was never going to be an easy sell. Tougher still was how Ron Washington got them to play for each other.Back when he was still cashing checks as a player, Washington was a skinny middle infielder, with no pop in his bat, who learned to make the most of every opportunity. He was good with the glove, smart on the basepaths and stubborn enough to make every swing count, especially late in games.The Rangers are hardly a “small-ball” team, not with the kind of power that Washington could only dream about, sprinkled throughout the lineup. But the Rangers have used those fundamental skills—plus solid pitching—to offset the Yankees’ edge in playoff experience and forge a 3-2 edge in the ALCS.“I’m just a guy that loves to stress the little things in the game of baseball,” Washington said after practice, “because those are the things that take care of business and the big things happen.”Nothing, though, may have had a bigger impact on his ballclub than Washington testing positive for cocaine during the 2009 season.He called Jon Daniels, the general manager who hired him, and learned the job was still his if Washington wanted it. Local hero and team president Nolan Ryan signed off on the decision.“Look at all the things a manager has to do. How he handles the media, the Xs and Os. How he handles a bullpen—and he’s doing it for 162 games, plus spring training, plus offseason camps,” Daniels recalled last Thursday.“When we looked at it through that prism, it was a real easy decision. We knew what kind of man he is and we believe in giving second chances.”Sports Illustrated reported the positive test in March, leading Washington to run the gauntlet in his own clubhouse. He called a meeting, but first he called in a handful of the team’s leaders and broke the news. Among them was Josh Hamilton, whom Washington had backed in his battle with substance abuse; another was Michael Young, the longest-serving Ranger and the same guy who wound up the center of an argument that earned Washington his first-ever ejection as a manager.Players don’t forget gestures like that, but Washington was always good at one-on-ones. He taught Eric Chavez the intricacies of fielding while coaching in Oakland and the six-time winner sent back one of his Gold Gloves in gratitude.But facing a clubhouse full of players wondering whether the man preaching patience and teamwork had the standing to do so was another matter. The moment Washington finished talking, he offered to field questions.Even a brief examination of their manager’s career should have been enough to answer any lingering doubts. Washington soldiered on 10 years in the minors with only one call-up to the bigs, which barely lasted a month. He spent 15 years after that coaching or managing at both levels to get his shot at running the Rangers.Whether Young knew that history or not, he knew enough to cut off the debate. He told his teammates forcefully that Washington was “our manager.”“At that point,” Young added in a recent interview with The New York Times, “it wasn’t just Wash’s issue; we made it our issue.”His ballplayers demonstrated that by marching from the locker room to the press conference to stand behind their manager. They’ve had each other’s backs ever since, showing it most recently by spraying ginger ale in the clubhouse after winning the division so Hamilton could join the celebration.That spirit, Daniels said, “is shining through in the playoffs. Guys feed off him, they believe in him.”Remember that when the camera cuts to Washington, still skinny, perched on a step in the dugout. He’ll look caught up in the moment, but that’s because most of the hard work is already behind him.“But why did it take four years?” a reporter asked Washington on the eve of Game 6.“Because I’m no miracle worker,” he replied evenly. “Everyone takes time to develop and understand what’s right and what’s wrong. If it was that easy, I think everybody would be able to go out there and create something.“But it don’t happen like that,” he added. “It’s a process.”(Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected])last_img read more

White Rock Christian sweep past Cats at A Girl’s Volleyball Championships

first_imgFourth-ranked Mount Sentinel Wildcats open the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championships Thursday in Duncan against Okanagan No. 4 Vernon Christian.The Cats, winners of the bronze medal in 2012, play Mulgrave of West Vancouver and White Rock Christian in pool play Thursday.”On the basis of the season play there seems to be a gap between the top three teams and next three or four,” Mount Sentinel head coach Joe Moreira said before departing for Vancouver Island.”We are clearly intent on closing the gap.”Friday, teams begin the playoff round before Saturday’s semi finals.The top seed in the 16-team tournament is Kelowna Christian Knights.City rival Immaculata is the second seed followed by Cedar Christian of Prince George.The final is set for Saturday at 7 p.m. The Mount Sentinel Wildcats were dealt a blow Thursday at the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championships in Duncan after the Kootenay Champs lost in straight sets to White Rock Christian.The Cats, fourth ranked entering the tournament, lost 25-19, 25-12 in Pool D round robin action.The loss drops Mount Sentinel into second spot in the Pool standings.Mount Sentinel now meets A Pool third place Fernie Falcons in action Friday.The Wildcats opened the tournament by stopping Vernon Christian by identical 25-12 scores.The Cats, without a single senior on the team, then dumped Mulgrave of West Vancouver 25-19, 25-21 to finish pool play with a 2-1 record.Wildcats looking to close gap at Single-A Volleyball Championshipslast_img read more

Chelsea man ‘considering offers from Brazil’

first_imgChelsea’s Florent Malouda is considering an offer from Brazilian club Botafogo, the Daily Mirror report.The 32-year-old Frenchman, who has a Brazilian wife, is said to be weighing up several offers, with his first-team chances at Stamford Bridge looking likely to be limited.It is claimed that he is also wanted by another Brazilian club, Vasco Da Gama, where his ex-Lyon team-mate Juninho Pernambucano plays.The Daily Mail say QPR are poised to loan out Joey Barton, with Blackburn Rovers leading the chase.It is suggested that R’s boss Mark Hughes sees a loan to the Championship – where there is a greater volume of league games over the early part of the season – as an ideal way to run down Barton’s 12-match ban quickly.Nottingham Forest are also said to be interested in the controversial midfielder.Meanwhile, The Sun say Craig Bellamy is set to snub Cardiff and sign for QPR from Liverpool, whereas The Independent believe he will choose to join the Bluebirds. The 33-year-old striker, who played under Hughes for Blackburn and Wales, has been tipped to leave Anfield this summer.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Why Developers Matter in Your Virtualization Strategy

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Developers provide an insightful window into the challenges that come with virtualization. They’re not the same as IT, and those differences highlight some important issues to consider when figuring out how business critical applications are deployed in a virtualized environment. Why? Aligning developers and IT is critical to the success of any application that is moving into a virtualized world.Developers arguably are the most dynamic users of virtualization technology. In part this is due to the advent of Agile development processes. Satisfying the customer is at the heart of the Agile methodology. That means a few things:The customer is always the top priority: Software or Web-based services go through constant iterations to assure that the customer is getting the highest quality product. Change is part of the game: The process is fully flexible so changes can be made quickly. Testing is done constantly.The process is improved all the time: The Agile methodology process is reviewed continuously to better its efficiencies.It’s a different world for IT: Requests are received. It takes a week to process. And then it’s another week before the request gets implemented. In comparison, developer teams do daily updates. They do not like to wait. IT just has different realities than developers. But the difference can lead to some problems.Developers have been know to cobble together machines to do testing. Once they do that it’s not long before virtual machines are installed. Physical sprawl turns into virtual machine sprawl. Now you’ve got a problem.The answer? Developers are often working on business critical apps. IT has to be part of the process. Otherwise, version control, backup and sprawl become larger concerns than the virtualization. A logical option is to create a virtualized infrastructure for both developers and IT – their own private infrastructure.Give developers some autonomy. Provide the infrastructure so they may manage it themselves. The upside? Developers won’t be tempted to start rogue projects. Instead, work will be secure with a level of trust and common focus.Business critical apps will be transformed by virtualization. Making sure developers and IT communicate properly can make all the difference and provide a model the rest of the organization can follow.Photo Credit: Michael Cote on Flickr. Tags:#Application Virtualization#solution-series#Virtualization Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting alex williams Related Posts last_img read more

How leveraging data can create a safer, smarter city

first_imgTags:#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city#UL How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … At its core, a smart city should be a safe city. However, with 54% of the world’s population living in urban areas today, and the addition of another 2.5 billion people to cities expected by 2050, achieving this goal has never been more challenging. Urban environments present unique safety challenges including higher density populations and corresponding close proximity of people and hazards.Nonetheless, there is cause for optimism that human ingenuity can rise up and meet the challenge of exploding urban populations and simultaneously improve the safety of citizens in those cities. New, emerging data sets promise to provide insights into city planning, public safety and management previously unavailable. With those data sets, urban leaders can be expected to use more data-driven decision-making, enabling cities to target limited resources better and strategically apply them to infrastructure with the greatest and most immediate needs and benefits.These data are made up of and will come from a variety of sources. Smart infrastructure technologies are just beginning to collect vast amounts of data on urban patterns, providing an opportunity for that data to help solve a multitude of urban sprawl challenges. In addition, once siloed data sets are now being aggregated to identify patterns not able to be observed previously.UL has built a new toolWith its long history of investing in independent research, UL recently built a new tool, the UL Safety Index, which quantifies the relative state of safety across nearly 190 countries based upon three measurable drivers of safety: institutions and resources, safety frameworks and safety outcomes. Using available data from credible resources, UL built an algorithm, comprised of data for the three measurable drivers to score national safety levels for each country. Using this tool and its supporting data sets will enable countries to identify areas for targeted allocation of time and resources.Cities that harness the use of smart technology and the multitude of data it can provide will find ways to dramatically improve the quality, effectiveness and cost of services to their citizens. Moreover, connected cities will become immense sources of data, enabling leaders to identify indicators for meeting the needs of urban populations. By leveraging data, cities will be able to tackle challenges like overcrowding, traffic congestion and crime, and ultimately deliver safer conditions.David Wroth, Director of Public Safety, ULAn important attribute in establishing a smart and safe city is to review and analyze historical data that might inspire new ideas. Investing in citizen safety should always be made a priority in city planning – and global technology communities tend to concur. According to a 2015 survey of technology business leaders by Hitachi Data Systems, respondents expected their country would invest more than $100 million in public safety projects over the next two years.Government data portals have been implemented in many countries, making city, state and provincial level, and federal data available to analysts globally. The US Government’s Data.Gov site aggregates data sets on product recalls, road safety, worker safety, first responders and many others that may be used to quantify hazards and develop responses. These data are beginning to incorporate higher resolution data from sensors being deployed through a variety of initiatives.When thinking about smart cities, best-in-class examples abound today. From Barcelona’s smart streetlights and noise and air quality sensors, to Chicago’s smart payment transit system, cities are experiencing success with smart innovations. A tool like the UL Safety Index could help to identify an increase in unintentional injury rates spurring from poor air quality, prompting a city like Barcelona to invest in the sensors that could improve their citizens’ quality of urban life. To become a success story, each region commonly begins with an assessment of its area’s shortcomings and generates ideas for how to mitigate various risks.In Rio de Janeiro, for example, the city opened a free data exchange using sensors throughout the city to provide emergency managers with a comprehensive view of problems as well as available resources. The operations system was developed following a fatal landslide in 2010. Today, the operations center of the city works with city offices that include traffic surveillance, security, weather forecasting, electricity and gas providers, to help them exchange data amongst themselves to increase the efficiency of their services.With programs like these, cities are able to understand – through data analysis – the true impact advances can have within urban environments, informing their infrastructure investment decisions for years to come.Data exchange is not just limited to a city’s borders. There is much to be learned from data sets exchanged among a city, its neighbors and leading technology companies around the world.In January of this year, AT&T formed alliances with Cisco, Deloitte, Ericsson, GE, IBM, Intel and Qualcomm to make it easier to deploy smart city technologies across select U.S. areas. The collaboration works like the City of Rio data exchange but extends the concept beyond one city’s limits to harness data to make informed decisions when it comes to smart infrastructure.Safety infrastructure is keyAs cities expand in size and complexity and the challenge to keep citizens safe grows, leveraging data sets in decision-making will facilitate smart infrastructure investments. However, engagement with the developer community to build data-capture technologies and perform analysis of complex data sets is essential to this process.During CES, as part of the ReadWrite Hackathon, developers will be challenged with creating a safety solution with an impactful approach from the open data sets of the UL Safety Index and other data resources. The winning team will be awarded Series 2 Apple Watches.While the narrative around smart cities continues to focus on the excitement of new consumer conveniences, improvements to citizen safety are an equally important part of the promise of the future city. With the ubiquitous connectivity of the smart city, the need to manage personal data security and address the security of infrastructure, must be a top priority. Only smart cities designed with safety in mind can deliver a sustainable urban environment that can withstand expected population growth demands. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img 4 Big Reasons Retailers are Racing to Embrace IoT Is Voice Search the Next Big Travel Technology … ReadWrite Sponsorslast_img read more

Inspiration! 15 of the Very Best iPhone Videos

first_imgWe’ve rounded up 15 of the best iPhone video projects, representing a unique variety of genres and shooting styles.Although the iPhone’s video imager can hardly be considered a professional-grade camera, it’s portability and ease of use give way to new ways of exploring video creation.  In this inspiration roundup, we’ve compiled some of the very best iPhone videos for your viewing enjoyment.  Each of these projects is influenced by it’s mode of shooting, leveraging the mobility and simplicity of the iPhone.  Much of the subject matter involves the documentation of a trip or travel experience, a topic that lends itself well to iPhone shooting.Many of the videos below were shot on iPhone 4S, taking advantage of it’s 1080P HD video capability and built-in image stabilization.  Additionally, most of these iPhone videos were professionally edited and color corrected to give the final footage an even more polished look.Take a look at some of the very best iPhone videos being created today and you’ll likely find yourself amazed with the image quality and overall project execution – impressive videos for a pocket camera.iPhone 4s // Thailand by artislandYEEPENG FESTIVAL IN CHIANGMAI by tada archawong Framed – an iphone 4S short story from Mael SevestreDear Viary, Barcelona… by Stefan FriessnerAbandoned Places > 3 Years Time Lapse by françois vautierGalapagos – Shot with iPhone 4S by Miguel EndaraLaughter the Best Medicine by The Film Artist1 Second Everyday – Age 30 by Cesar KuriyamaiPhone 4S Movie: The hand pressed Cappuccino by F9photolife fragments by VitùcEx•pan•sions by RicksterWindow Seat by Michael Huttonfinn. [iPhone 4s movie] by Visual CooksPCH – An iPhone 4S short film by NiceAlaska by Johnfrank Isaac Dieguezlast_img read more

10 months agoPSG coach Tuchel: We can’t underestimate Man Utd

first_imgPSG coach Tuchel: We can’t underestimate Man Utdby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG coach Thomas Tuchel insists they won’t be underestimating Champions League opponents PSG.The two teams have been drawn for the round of 16 clash.Tuchel said: “I don’t think we are favourites.“It’s a challenge yet I have confidence in my side. We need to show respect to United — but we believe in ourselves.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Officers decry offensive limits on pot use planned by RCMP other forces

first_imgOTTAWA – Some police forces are implementing nonsensical and downright offensive policies that prohibit or severely limit off-duty cannabis use, says a national association that represents front-line officers.The critical comments come as the RCMP and the Toronto police service both eye a rule that would bar cannabis use by members within 28 days of a shift.The Calgary police service’s policy is even stricter, forbidding the vast majority of officers from consuming marijuana during their down time once recreational use of the drug becomes legal Oct. 17.Tom Stamatakis, president of the Canadian Police Association, wonders why certain forces are treating cannabis differently than other legal products — such as alcohol and prescription drugs — that can cause impairment.“Effectively what they’re saying is, we don’t trust police officers to make the right decision when it comes to reporting for work fit for duty,” Stamatakis said in an interview. “And I just find that to be an offensive approach.”There has been no meaningful consultation on the drafting and implementation of cannabis policies for officers, which vary drastically from force to force, Stamatakis said.“You want to create policies that are relevant and effective and that apply to the vast majority of your members, not policies that are designed to cater to the exception rather than the rule.”The Ottawa and Vancouver police services are among those with permissive policies that will allow off-duty cannabis use with no time restrictions, as long as officers show up ready and able to do their jobs.In contrast, the national police association has been told the RCMP policy would forbid cannabis use by officers 28 days before work.“It’s effectively an outright prohibition,” Stamatakis said.The Mounties said as recently as last week they were still working on a policy. The force had no additional comment Tuesday.The Toronto Police Association, which represents officers in Canada’s largest city, says while it is aware the municipal police service has drafted a cannabis-use policy, it has not yet seen a copy.“We are aware the draft policy may contain a 28-day waiting period before a member can report for duty after consuming cannabis,” association president Mike McCormack said Tuesday in a statement.“Once the TPA receives an official version of the policy dealing with this topic we will perform a legal analysis of its content for compliance with our collective agreements, legislation, human rights, case law, etc. and make a decision about any further action we may take at that point in time.”Workplaces across the country — particularly those with a role in ensuring public safety — are grappling with rules on cannabis use as legalization looms.Impairment, including impairment as a result of alcohol, opioids, cannabis or any other legal or illegal drug, is prohibited in all federal workplaces, the government says. The Treasury Board Secretariat has asked federal departments and agencies to update their codes of conduct and related policies to reflect cannabis legalization.Like the RCMP, other federal public-safety agencies are scrambling to get their pot-use policies in place. Both the Correctional Service of Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency said they were finalizing rules for employees.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more