DSME Wins VLCC Order from Pan Ocean

first_imgSouth Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has secured an order for a very large crude oil carrier from compatriot shipping company Pan Ocean.The order comes at a very challenging time for shipbuilding business and represents the fist oil tanker construction contract secured by DSME this year.The 300,000 TDW VLCC will span 335 meters in length and it will be 60 meters wide. The shipbuilder said the newbuilding would be fitted with a scrubber as a means of complying with the IMO 2020 sulphur cap.The ship is scheduled for delivery by the third quarter of 2021.Commenting on the order, DSME said that due to the low oil prices, tanker orders are expected to pick up, adding that it is ready to take advantage of such a trend.So far this year, DSME has won USD 400 million worth of orders covering three ships, two shuttle tankers and one VLCC.To remind, back in February DSME penned a contract with Norwegian-based shipowner Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers AS for the construction of two shuttle tankers.The 870,000 bbls shuttle tankers are expected for delivery in the second half of 2022. The construction contract includes options for additional units.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

‘Poverty is still too common’ says government minister

first_imgEducation Minister, Petter Saint JeanOne government minister has lamented that despite his administration’s efforts at elevating the living condition of citizens, there are still too many people who are living in poverty.Education Minister, Petter Saint Jean who addressed a beacon lighting ceremony on Monday in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th anniversary, noted that “poverty is still too common” within the Dominican society.According to him, the government is committed to eradicating poverty which is in keeping with the principles of the Commonwealth.“In the interest of the Dominican people, this government, in keeping with the principles of the Commonwealth remains committed to social transformation to eliminate poverty and meet the basic needs of the vast majority of Dominicans. Poverty is still too common in our society. Of course we are not immune from the effects of the recession as seen by the reduction in cruise ship arrivals and stay over tourists for example”. He outlined several programmes and initiatives which have been implemented in an effort to reach out to those who are less fortunate.“With the introduction of the Yes We Care program, the development of the Youth Enterprise programs, the creation of Small Business Support Unit programs and yes the Public Support program among other measures, the poorest of the poor is not forgotten”.Saint Jean also noted his government’s commitment to reduce poverty on the island.“I can say with pride that under this government tremendous strides have been made to lessen the gap between rich and poor in Dominica even as postulated by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II”. Dominica Vibes News 7 Views   no discussions LocalNews ‘Poverty is still too common’ says government minister by: – June 6, 2012 Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

UFC 245 start time, fight card, PPV price, odds for Kamaru Usman, Max Holloway, Amanda Nunes title bouts

first_imgAmanda Nunes (-300) and Max Holloway (-175) are also favored to defend their championships.UFC 245 fight cardMain cardKamaru Usman (c) vs. Colby Covington for Usman’s Welterweight titleMax Holloway (c) vs. Alexander Volkanovski for Holloway’s Featherweight titleAmanda Nunes (c) vs. Germaine de Randamie for Nunes’ Women’s Featherweight titleMarlon Moraes vs. José Aldo; Bantamweight Petr Yan vs. Urijah Faber; Bantamweight Preliminary card Geoff Neal vs. Mike Perry; Welterweight Ketlen Vieira vs. Irene Aldana; Women’s Bantamweight Ian Heinisch vs. Omari Akhmedov; Middleweight Matt Brown vs. Ben Saunders; Welterweight Chase Hooper vs. Daniel Teymur; Featherweight Brandon Moreno vs. Kai Kara-France; Flyweight Jessica Eye vs. Viviane Araújo; Women’s Flyweight Punahele Soriano vs. Oskar Piechota; Middleweight Other title bouts on the show include two-division champion Amanda Nunes, who puts the women’s bantamweight belt on the line in a rematch against Germaine de Randamie, and Max Holloway, who faces Alexander Volkanovski for Holloway’s featherweight championship. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe animosity between Usman and Covington runs deep. It all started the day after Usman dominated Tyron Woodley to capture the welterweight belt at UFC 235 in March when they had to be pulled apart when a confrontation ensued between Usman, his manager Ali Abdel Aziz and Covington at a buffet line the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas.From that point forward, there’s been constant trash talk back-and-forth, including an incident after Covington’s (15-1) most recent win against Robbie Lawler at the beginning of August. Usman was part of the post-fight show where Covington was being interviewed. With security surrounding them, Usman and Covington verbally sparred against each other until they had to be separated. Now they will meet to settle the score to determine who is the best welterweight in the UFC.Nunes and de Randamie are no strangers to one another, with the former winning by first-round TKO in November 2013.Since then, Nunes (18-4) has been on one of the most excellent runs in recent memory. She’s currently riding a nine-fight winning streak with seven of those coming by stoppage against the likes of Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm. de Randamie’s (9-3) career turned around after the defeat. The Dutch striker has won five consecutive, including defeating Holm at UFC 208 to become the first-ever women’s featherweight champion. To earn the crack at Nunes and attempt to become a two-division world champion, de Randamie stopped Aspen Ladd in 16 seconds. Holloway (21-4) returns for the third time this year and go 2-0 in his natural weight class after losing to Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight title at UFC 236 to snap his 13-fight winning streak. “Blessed” got continued his dominance at 145 pounds in July at UFC 240 with a dominant unanimous decision win over Frankie Edgar to extend his win streak to 14 at featherweight and defended his title for the third time. Volkanovski (20-1) rolls into UFC 245 on an absolute tear, riding a 17-fight winning streak with the last seven coming inside the octagon. The Australian solidified his status as the No. 1 contender with a dominant performance against the man most MMA pundits feel is the greatest featherweight of all time, Jose Aldo at UFC 237 in May.Top-to-bottom, UFC 245, is the most in-depth card of the year. Not only do you have three premiere championship fights, but you also have Jose Aldo making his debut at bantamweight against recent bantamweight title challenger Marlon Moraes and the guy who put the smaller weight classes on the map in Urijah Faber taking on top 135-pound contender Peter Yan to round out the main card. This is as close to a can’t-miss event that you will see from the UFC.Here is everything you need to know about UFC 245.MORE: Kamaru Usman ready to humble ‘studio gangster’ Colby CovingtonWhat time does UFC 245 start?Date: Saturday, Dec. 14Time: 10 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. PTUFC 245 will take place Saturday, Dec. 14. Pay-per-view coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET. Amanda Nunes vs. Germaine de Randamie is the first title fight on the schedule, followed by Max Holloway vs. Alexander Volkanovski in the co-main event.​ Expect Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington to enter the Octagon around 12:15 a.m. ET.UFC 245 PPV price: How much does the card cost?The main card on pay-per-view can be purchased for $59.99. Every PPV can be seen exclusively through the end of 2025 on ESPN+.Where is UFC 245 taking place?UFC 245 will be held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.UFC 245 betting oddsAccording to Bovada, Usman is a moderate favorite. Kamaru Usman is a -185 favorite, which means you’d need to bet $185 to win $100. Colby Covington is a +150 underdog, meaning if you were to bet $100, you would net $150. The final pay-per-view in 2019 for the UFC takes place on Saturday, Dec. 14, and they are going out in style, as the fight night takes place from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.The card features three championship fights, highlighted by the main event of the show for the welterweight championship as Kamaru Usman (16-1) looks to defend the title for the first time against former interim titlist Colby Covington. last_img read more

Heads up for the gathering robot swarm

first_imgFish gotta school, birds gotta flock, and robots, it seems, gotta swarm. At least, that’s what they’re doing on the workbench of Harvard University computer scientists Michael Rubenstein and Radhika Nagpal and Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer scientist Alejandro Cornejo. Each of their 1024 robots, called Kilobots, is a three-legged disk the size of a U.S. quarter, sporting a single curl of metallic hair. En masse, they form a mechanical multitude an order of magnitude larger than any robot swarm ever built—a possible precursor to future robot work squads choreographed for chores such as cleaning up oil spills.“That is a beautiful accomplishment,” says Hod Lipson, a roboticist at Cornell University who was not involved with the work. “Really getting a thousand robots to perform in sort of perfect synchrony.”The idea for swarms of robots working together comes from nature. Army ants link themselves together to form rafts and bridges, and neurons in a brain fire off signals that collectively create intelligence. They do it all by following collective algorithms—shared sets of rules and instructions—and taking their cues from what’s going on around them. Each individual is “just doing its own thing, locally. But fantastic things emerge out of their collective behavior,” Lipson says. 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Countrycenter_img In the past, a group of scientists including Nagpal created small teams of termitelike robots that built simple structures by similarly obeying a shared algorithm. But the robot termites were only a trio. Roboticists have long dreamed of making robotic collectives that could rival natural ones in number and function. Researchers had played around with thousands of virtual robots in computer simulations, but making that vision a reality was no simple task. “Truth is, things rarely behave the way we simulate them,” Nagpal says. What’s more, she adds, “making a thousand robots is really hard.”The team solved the problem of getting all 1024 robots to communicate by putting an infrared light transmitter and receiver on each robot’s belly and programming them to pulse messages to one another. Their three little metal legs both vibrate, letting the bots scuttle along, and are a charging mechanism. Sitting atop one charging plate with another plate pressing down on the Kilobots’ single metallic hair, every bot can recharge its batteries at the same time. They kept the robots simple, Rubenstein says, because “every penny you spend on each robot becomes $10.00 for the whole swarm.”The results, described in a paper published online today in Science, are “very simple agents that can self-organize, can collaborate” to create any 2D shape, such as a star or a wrench. When they want to start making a shape, one Kilobot flashes out a signal that passes through the swarm like a game of telephone. The signal robot tells the whole swarm where the original robot is, how to find it, and what shape to make, with it as the starting point. The other robots then figure out where they are by talking to the robots around them and begin filing into place. As in a colony of ants, “there’s no centralized leader per se,” Rubenstein says. “Every robot is just talking to its neighbors and making its own decisions based on what it sees in its environment.”“This is the holy grail of what we want to do with robots,” says James McLurkin, a roboticist at Rice University in Houston, Texas, who was not involved in the project. He says the Kilobots give scientists a platform to test new ideas and programming on an actual, physical thousand-bot swarm instead of just unreliable simulations. Eventually, that might lead the way to developing real search-and-rescue robot teams or robotic construction crews. “This breakthrough points toward searching the whole ocean for downed aircraft. Dropping robots off in harm’s way, and they build you an airfield. You drop ’em all off in a cave, and they come back with a map,” McLurkin says.“One interesting future direction is to allow the robots to attach to one another,” Rubenstein says. A bucket of linking robots could be programmed to stitch themselves together into larger Transformers-like tools as well as to roam about in massive teams, he says. Nagpal acknowledges that Kilobots won’t be tackling real-world tasks any time soon. Still, she hopes such applications are coming. “I’d love to build robots like that,” she says. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*)last_img read more