Malaviya Seven to Be Finally Auctioned Off

first_imgAberdeen Sheriff Court has ordered the sale of the India-owned platform support vessel Malaviya Seven, which has been detained in Aberdeen since June 2016 over unpaid wages to the ship’s crew. The 12 crew members that remain onboard are said to be owed from August 2016 to date.The order, confirmed to World Maritime News by ITF, comes a month after the sheriff ruled the crew had the right to sell the vessel to recoup their owed wages – agreed at USD 867,000 (£672,000). However, before the ship could be put up for sale the court ordered for an appraisal of the ship’s value to be conducted first.ITF inspectors said this was unprecedented in their experience because the claim of the crew took priority.According to the court, cited by BBC, there has already been an interest in the vessel, which will now be advertised for sale around the world.The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) arrested the ship Malaviya Seven on Wednesday, March 29 on behalf of its crew.The stranded crew members of the vessel, owned by India’s GOL Offshore which is undergoing liquidation, hope to receive their pay once the vessel is sold, enabling them to return home.“ITF inspectors are in close daily contact with the crew, and are spearheading the legal case on their behalf. This court decision is in line with their expectations and the next step towards the aim of getting crews both paid what they’re owed and safely home with their families,” an ITF spokesperson told World Maritime News.However, how much they recover will depend on how much the ship is sold for in today’s depressed market, as indicated by the UK Chamber of Shipping.Malaviya Seven’s current market value stands at USD 1.19 million, while the ship’s demolition value is USD 930,000, VesselsValue’s data shows.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Sunshine vitamin ‘may help treat tuberculosis’

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img HealthLifestyle Sunshine vitamin ‘may help treat tuberculosis’ by: – September 4, 2012 8 Views   no discussions The body makes vitamin D when it is out in the sunThe body makes vitamin D when it is out in the sun[/caption]Vitamin D could help the body fight infections of deadly tuberculosis, according to doctors in London.Nearly 1.5 million people are killed by the infection every year and there are concerns some cases are becoming untreatable.A study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed patients recovered more quickly when given both the vitamin and antibiotics.More tests would be needed before it could be given to patients routinely.The idea of using vitamin D to treat tuberculosis (TB) harks back to some of the earliest treatments for the lung infection. Before antibiotics were discovered, TB patients were prescribed “forced sunbathing”, known as heliotherapy, which increased vitamin D production.However, the treatment disappeared when antibiotics proved successful at treating the disease.Heal fasterThis study on 95 patients, conducted at hospitals across London, combined antibiotics with vitamin D pills.It showed that recovery was almost two weeks faster when vitamin D was added. Patients who stuck to the regimen cleared the infection in 23 days on average, while it took patients 36 days if they were given antibiotics and a dummy sugar pill.Dr Adrian Martineau, from Queen Mary University of London, told the BBC: “This isn’t going to replace antibiotics, but it may be a useful extra weapon.“It looks promising, but we need slightly stronger evidence.”Trials in more patients, as well as studies looking at the best dose and if different forms of vitamin D are better, will be needed before the vitamin could be used by doctors.Vitamin D appears to work by calming inflammation during the infection. An inflammatory response is an important part of the body’s response to infection. During TB infection, it breaks down some of the scaffolding in the lungs letting more infection-fighting white blood cells in. However, this also creates tiny cavities in the lungs in which TB bacteria can camp out.“If we can help these cavities to heal more quickly, then patients should be infectious for a shorter period of time, and they may also suffer less lung damage,” Dr Martineau said.The doctors suggested this might also help in other lung diseases such as pneumonia and sepsis.Prof Peter Davies, the secretary of the charity TB Alert, said the findings were “excellent” and vitamin D could play “an important role in treating tuberculosis”.However, he thought there could be an even greater role in preventing the disease. One in three people have low levels of tuberculosis bacteria in their lungs and have no symptoms, known as latent tuberculosis. However, this would turn to full blown TB in about 10% of people. Prof Davies’s idea is that giving vitamin D supplements, for example in milk, could prevent latent TB developing.“That would be a massive revolution if it was shown to work,” he said.Prof Alison Grant, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “Drug-resistant TB is an increasing concern world-wide and so new treatments to reduce the length of TB treatment would be very welcome. “Vitamin D supplements are often given to patients who are short of vitamin D and these low doses are generally very safe. “In this study the researchers were giving higher doses of vitamin D, and I think we would need larger studies to be confident that there were no negative effects of this higher dose.” BBC Newslast_img read more

‘Perfect example of how strikers can shine without scoring’ – Hamann on Aguero

first_imgDietmar Hamann believes Sergio Aguero’s performance in Manchester City’s Champions League victory against Paris Saint-Germain was the perfect example of how strikers can influence a game without scoring.City booked their place in the semi-finals for the first time in their history with a 3-2 aggregate win over the French giants, with Kevin de Bruyne netting the winning goal late in the second-half.However, most of the post-match talk was of how top scorer Aguero failed to deliver in what seemed a quiet showing from the Argentine.Like fellow star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the first leg, Aguero missed a penalty – and by some distance too – with home fans in stunned silence as the usually clinical frontman fired well wide from the spot.Many supporters were disappointed by his showing after the pre-match hype promised a battle between two of the hottest frontmen on the planet.But, according to Hamann, Aguero was no less effective in City’s victory, with his performance showing exactly how strikers can make a difference despite not finding the net.He was kicked, pushed and generally manhandled around throughout the game as PSG attempted to muscle him out of the game, and former City midfielder Hamann insists the striker’s conduct during the game was a great example to his peers, fans and the stars of the future.“He gives you so much more [than goals],” the German told the Colin Murray show.“Even when he doesn’t score, he creates space for the other players around him, he works tirelessly, and he leads by example.“Aguero is a leader on the pitch, and City don’t have enough of them.“As a centre-forward, getting kicked is a part of the game. Obviously there are examples in the past when Ronaldo reacted or Rooney or Zidane in the World Cup final, but very rarely do you see the top players react because that’s why clubs pay top dollar for them.“There have been a lot of players in recent years with all the ability but their temperament got the better of them.“You have to have people in your team who you trust, especially when It comes to a big game like this.“Aguero could have been kicked after ten minutes, reacted, got sent off and Paris could have gone through to the semi-final instead.“These are the fine details which decide games, and yesterday was a classic example of what a centre-forward can bring to the team without scoring.”Listen to Dietmar Hamann’s Champions League recap in full above!last_img read more

Microsoft to Unveil Multiple iPad Challengers, With Keyboards & HTML5, Next Month

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer will unveil multiple new models of tablet computers aimed to challenge the iPad at the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas, according to detailed reporting tonight by Nick Bilton at the New York Times.Unnamed sources familiar with the tablets told Bilton that they will run the Windows 7 Operating System, include a slide-out physical keyboard, apps written in HTML5 and distributed app distribution, without a curated app store model. Analysts have called this an essential move for months, but this isn’t quite the type of tablet that some expected.Bilton reports that Microsoft has partnered with Samsung, Dell and other companies to produce tablets that will be announced at CES. Balmer said publicly in July that a new Windows tablet would be available “very soon.”Market analysts Forrester said last Spring that a Windows 7 Tablet was essential, “Microsoft needs a partner to produce a successful Windows tablet that competes with the Apple iPad. At stake is nothing less than the future of the operating system (OS): For Microsoft to remain relevant to consumers, it needs to adapt its operating system to new form factors beyond the traditional PC.”The same Forrester report argued against the “no app store” model that Bilton reports Microsoft has chosen. A Windows 7 tablet can only compete if Microsoft embraces Curated Computing by providing a simple, streamlined, guided experience for consumers, drawing on the design strengths of other Microsoft products like the Zune HD and the Kin. A Microsoft tablet that synchs with the Xbox 360 — with all the implied benefits, including the Natal [now called Kinect] interface — would be a killer hub for the digital home, enabling back-and-forth streaming of videos and games that one-ups the capabilities of the iPad and makes Microsoft relevant for the next decade.It’s a Big MarketIt’s hardly a surprise that Microsoft is making a big push in the tablet space. Next month will mark the 10 year anniversary of Microsoft’s tablet PC products, which experienced far, far less success than Apple’s iPad. The iPad quickly became the fastest-adopted consumer electronics product in history and remade the entire category. In terms of absolute sales, Microsoft’s Kinect now challenges the iPad for the top consumer electronics device crown, as the company predicted pre-launch that it would.Can Microsoft challenge the iPad on its own turf? If it can combine productivity and fun with a responsive interface and an active apps ecosystem, it might put up a good fight. That’s a tall order to fill, though. The company’s willingness to work with multiple hardware vendors already sets it apart from the tightly controlled supply chain that produces the very polished iPad.That strategy has worked, clearly, in the world of PCs – but when the game changer in tablets shines brightest in hardware quality and aesthetics, farming out the hardware seems a riskier strategy.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

Spotify Puts New Caps on Free Music (and Knows You’ll Hate It)

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… European upstart music service Spotify just announced that it is putting new limits on its millions of free account holders. “[I]t’s vital that we continue offering an on-demand free service to you and millions more like you,” the company said in its announcement, “but to make that possible we have to put some limits in place going forward.”CNet’s Greg Sandoval reported yesterday that some new limits were coming, based on unnamed but clearly well-informed sources. Free account holders today are able to listen to up to 20 hours of music on-demand, song by song and album by album, each month. The new limits will allow 20 hours for the first 6 months of any user’s new account. After 6 months, free listening will be cut down to 10 hours. That means 20 minutes on average, every day of the month, for free. That’s still generous, as far as I’m concerned.The company will offer free 30 day trials of unlimited listening for the month of May. Here in the United States, Spotify is generally unavailable.Spotify is a joy to use and free account holders are sure to be unhappy about the changes (maybe they should help pay the bills at the company and be happy for the service).Spotify head of communications Jim Butcher Tweeted just hours before the announcement was made that his gumshield (like a mouth protector for boxers) was in. Spotify UI designer Tobias Ahlin said just after the news went public: “This is a day when I’ll be a sad panda and you’ll try to hit me with sticks.” Spotify Chief Product Officer Gustav Söderström : “Very tough day today…”Good luck guys, and thanks for all the music. marshall kirkpatrick 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#music#news#web center_img 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

9 days agoArsenal defender David Luiz says Valencia great Pablo Aimar ‘taught me the most’

first_imgArsenal defender David Luiz says Valencia great Pablo Aimar ‘taught me the most’by Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender David Luiz says Valencia great Pablo Aimar was the best teammate he has ever had.The pair played together for three seasons at Benfica, and the Argentine had a profound impact on his then Brazilian teammate.”A lot of players have helped me in my career,” Luiz said at a commercial event with Arsenal. “But Pablo Aimar stood out.”We must always be open to learning, whether it’s with younger players or those with more experience.”One day, Pablo came into my room and began to teach me how to pass from a ball in defence to one in attack.”He taught me how to create spaces and how to hide a pass to try to get it between the lines.”This was advice I had never had before.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

NYK Rolls Out Digital Ship Management Platform

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The NYK Group has launched a new platform for ship management that would reduce onboard duties and make use of Big Data.Named NiBiKi, the platform digitalizes applications, approval, and operation workflow within the safety management system.By following the instructions and inputting appropriate information in provided forms, crews can correctly apply for approval, and that information can be automatically recorded, thus ensuring appropriate procedures by the crews, according to the company.Moreover, the NiBiKi system enables data to be shared between the ship operation company and the management company, and to be accumulated for Big Data analysis.The data will be shared with five ship-management companies overseeing about 260 vessels. The companies are located in Singapore, Tokyo, London, Taipei and Kobe.The group intends to proactively use Big Data for further safety improvements and develop a more comprehensive system that includes crew performance records, such as education and drills completed. As explained, NYK seeks to grasp the tendency of machinery failure and accidents caused by the crew to realize “zero downtime” together with ship management companies.last_img read more

Unknown Shalini Yadav to challenge Modi in Varanasi

first_imgLucknow: The Samajwadi Party has fielded Shalini Yadav as the joint candidate of the SP-BSP alliance in Varanasi to challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha elections.A light-weight candidate, Shalini Yadav has unsuccessfully contested he Mayoral polls in Varanasi on a Congress ticket in 2017.Shalini Yadav is the daughter of former Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson Shyamlal Yadav.Samajwadi Party sources said that none of the senior party leaders in the region were willing to contest against the Prime Minister and the party then decided to field Shalini Yadav who joined the party on Monday evening. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”I will work to the best of my abilities under the guidance of Akhilesh Yadav and try to wrest the seat from the BJP. The youth is on our side and nothing is impossible if you make the effort,” she told reporters.The Varanasi seat had been won by Murli Manohar Joshi in 2009 and became a VIP seat in 2014 when Narendra Modi defeated his nearest rival Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party by a huge margin of over 3.75 lakh votes.Polling in Varanasi will be held in the last phase of elections on May 19.last_img read more

Solar Power Puts Dugway Proving Ground on Path to Net Zero

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR As Army officials prepare to celebrate the opening next week of a 2-megawatt solar array at Dugway Proving Ground, the installation confirmed plans for the construction of a 3-megawatt array about 20 miles away.When the second array is completed, the two will provide 25 percent of the electrical needs of the test center, administrative buildings and homes at Dugway, located in the West Desert of Utah. That output would meet DOD’s goal of obtaining 25 percent of its electricity from renewable sources and advance the proving ground’s efforts to become a net zero installation, reported Army Public Affairs.“Not only are we on track to meet the Army’s goal, but we are acting as good neighbors with the state of Utah,” said Don Smith, Dugway’s garrison manager. “We will be able to shave of a portion of Rocky Mountain Power’s output during its peak hours, which will benefit everyone.”The first array, which began operations in February, is made up of more than 7,000 solar panels on 10 acres of land. It cost $7.7 million to build.To support its effort to adopt renewables, the proving ground is building a microgrid, which will allow it to operate on stored energy when the commercial grid is down.“With the aging infrastructure of the commercial power grid it became critical that we find an alternate method to ensure an uninterrupted power source,” Smith said.last_img read more

MercedesAMGs nextgeneration sports cars will be quieter report says

first_img 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro first drive: Extreme yet surprisingly approachable 8:42 Review • 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door review: Defying expectations 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT first drive: A refresh that polishes an already good car Post a comment Mercedes-Benz 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 packs one hell of a four-cylinder engine Now playing: Watch this: More From Roadshow Share your voice Enlarge ImageYour neighbors will probably appreciate the shift to interior sound synthesizers, even if you won’t. Mercedes-Benz Automakers have been on a tear lately with their exhausts. Whether it’s the muted crackles and pops of AMG’s straight-six mild hybrid setup or the all-out insanity of the Jaguar F-Type R, OEMs have upped their noise game in a big way over the last several years. But, apparently, it’s all about to come crashing down.Mercedes-AMG is warning that its upcoming new line of sporty vehicles will be a fair bit quieter than in generations past, Motoring.com.au reports, citing statements that Mercedes-AMG product planner Bastian Bogenschutz made during a press drive for the A45 S. The timing couldn’t be worse, because these cars pack the M139, otherwise known as the most powerful production four-cylinder engine ever. That deserves some noise.The aforementioned hot hatch and its sedan-ish sibling, the CLA45 S, are AMG’s first cars coming out under new European regulations concerning exhaust loudness. In case you’re wondering why automakers can’t just hide the sound away in a specific mode, it’s because the regulations measure the loudest exhaust system the car has on offer. preview-928x522Enlarge ImagePeople have been cutting out catalytic converters and replacing exhausts for decades. This isn’t a problem the aftermarket can’t solve. Mercedes-AMG Even worse, Europe’s regulations are about the flip the bird (or the V, depending on your country of origin) to the rest of the world. Borgenschutz told Motoring that the company could design different exhausts for markets outside Europe, but cited complexities and cost for reasons why the company won’t do that.I hope you like synthetic sound, because that’s what automakers plan to use in order to provide some sort of aural symphony in lieu of the cannons out back. Heck, a number of ’em already have these systems in place, whether that involves physical tubes channeling intake noise to the cabin or electronic systems that pump sound through the speakers. Major noise fans can always upgrade to an aftermarket exhaust, as there are many companies building exhausts out there, each with their own unique note. Those third-party bits can get mighty expensive, though.While that’s a big old bummer, it’s unclear just how many automakers will follow in Mercedes-AMG’s footsteps and make things quieter across the board. Jalopnik’s David Tracy pointed out that, during a recent drive of the Alpina B7, BMW’s representatives told him the European-spec car had a quieter exhaust than the car destined for the US. Then again, the B7 starts at $142,800, so maybe Alpina can pony up the dough for a second exhaust system. Worse comes to worse, it’s nothing a reciprocating saw can’t solve. 2019 McLaren 600LT: Balanced and bonkers Auto Tech Sports Cars Performance Cars Tags More about 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door 0 31 Photos 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-door: A fancy-pants muscle car Mercedes-Benzlast_img read more