Aframax Dirty Rates May Sway Clean Operators to Change Ranks

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_imgzoom With the earnings for an Aframax trading crude from the Arabian Gulf to South East Asia at USD 33,400/day for a ‘dirty’ voyage versus USD 24,500/day for a ‘clean’ trip, a portion of the LR2 Aframax product carrier fleet will switch from ‘clean’ to ‘dirty’ to take advantage of market discrepancies, according to Poten & Partners’ latest  Tanker Opinion. These tend to be modern vessels with new or well-maintained coatings. Most of these vessels are controlled by oil traders looking to take advantage of the arbitrage opportunities between markets and cherish the flexibility of these LR2 vessels, says Poten.Most oil traders also have the advantage of having access to both clean and dirty cargoes and knowing how to optimize the use of such vessels. While large integrated oil companies also move both clean and dirty products, Poten says that the segregation between the upstream and downstream operations of these large organizations makes it much more difficult to switch these vessels back and forth.For shipowners that operate their LR2s in the spot market, several factors will impact their decision on how, and where, to trade the vessel. First of all, Poten says that moving back and forth between clean and dirty cargoes is not as easy as it sounds, in particular, switching from dirty to clean. After a vessel has carried dirty petroleum products like crude or fuel oil, a charterer will typically require several “clean-up” cargoes, before it will accept the same vessel to carry clean petroleum products. Since this clean-up process complicates and delays the switching between markets, there are only a handful of owners that do this on a regular basis.Poten also identifies economic drivers as a critical factor in an owners’ decision. One market does not consistently outperform the other and, for a switch to make sense, the owner needs to have a view that one market will provide consistently higher returns than the other for a period of at least 6 months.This means that if an owner is evaluating whether to move a vessel into the dirty market, he will probably only choose to do this when the market is markedly higher; he expects that the rate discrepancy will last for a while (at least 6 months or so); and  he has the commercial experience and contacts to trade in the crude markets.Poten says that a significant group of clean trading Aframaxes are currently owned/operated by companies, including commercial pools that are committed to the growing clean product market. Tanker pools which tend to be highly structured commercial vehicles with specific pool point systems and long- term cargo contracts are less likely to switch in and out of markets than independent shipowners, who can be more opportunistic, according to the Tanker Opinion.As of now, Poten sees only a relatively small group of LR2 operators having both the ability, and inclination, to switch their vessels between markets and even they may think twice given the ever changing rate differentials.Source: Poten & Partnerslast_img read more


New Group Home Opens in Inverness County

Posted On Oct 22 2019 by

first_imgCape Breton adults with intellectual and physical disabilities orlong-term mental illnesses now have a new place to call home. Community Services Minister David Morse officially opened the newMacDonald Hall today, April 15, in Inverness, Cape Breton. “The building represents a new beginning for MacDonald Hallresidents and their families,” said Mr. Morse. “Through thismodern and beautiful centre, residents will continue to receivethe care they require while staying in the community and close totheir families.” The new community home was built to replace an older building andwill offer greater accessibility, home-like comforts and amplegreen space. Residents from the original MacDonald Hall have nowmoved to the space, which accommodates up to 13 people. Onerespite bed is also available to provide relief to familiescaring for an adult with disabilities in their home. “We’re very pleased to see our plans for the new building come tolife,” said Leo Cox, chair of the MacDonald Hall constructioncommittee. “The new MacDonald Hall was designed with theresidents in mind, and will be a welcome addition to thecommunity.” MacDonald Hall was constructed for just under its $600,000budget, and operational funding is provided under the Servicesfor Persons with Disabilities program. Formerly known as theCommunity Supports for Adults program, the program is voluntaryand provides residential supports for about 3,100 Nova Scotians.Services under the program include group homes, small-optionhomes, adult residential centres, direct family support,supervised apartments and adult service centres.last_img read more


600000 Rohingya still in Myanmar at serious risk of genocide UN

Posted On Oct 18 2019 by

first_imgYangon: Rohingya Muslims remaining in Myanmar still face a “serious risk of genocide”, UN investigators said Monday, warning the repatriation of a million already driven from the country by the army remains “impossible”. The fact-finding mission to Myanmar, set up by the Human Rights Council, last year branded the army operations in 2017 as “genocide” and called for the prosecution of top generals, including army chief Min Aung Hlaing. Some 740,000 Rohingya fled burning villages, bringing accounts of murder, rape and torture over the border to sprawling refugee camps in Bangladesh, where survivors of previous waves of persecution already languish. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut in a damning report, the UN team said the 600,000 Rohingya still inside Myanmar’s Rakhine state remain in deteriorating and “deplorable” conditions. “Myanmar continues to harbour genocidal intent and the Rohingya remain under serious risk of genocide,” the investigators said in their final report on Myanmar, due to be presented Tuesday in Geneva. The country is “denying wrongdoing, destroying evidence, refusing to conduct effective investigations and clearing, razing, confiscating and building on land from which it displaced Rohingya,” it said. Myanmar military spokesman Zaw Min Tun rejected the team’s findings, calling them “one-sided”. “Instead of making biased accusations, they should go onto the ground to see the reality,” Zaw Min Tun said.last_img read more


SMMT announces annual dinner speakers

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

SMMT is delighted to announce Armando Iannucci as its guest speaker at the 93rd Annual Dinner on Tuesday 24 November 2009. Armando Iannucci is the creator of much of the most original TV comedy in recent years. He created the Alan Partridge character with Steve Coogan, and regularly appears on radio and TV programmes. He wrote and directed the award-winning The Thick Of It and more recently, scripted the critically-acclaimed spin-off In The Loop. ‘The SMMT Annual Dinner provides a unique opportunity for all parts of the industry to come together to reflect on our current challenges and look forward to new opportunities,’ said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt.  ‘We are delighted to announce Armando Iannucci as guest speaker and look forward to his observations on politics, the economy and the motor industry at the end of one of its most difficult years.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Joe Greenwell, SMMT president and chairman Ford of Britain, will also speak and host this prestigious industry event which will be attended by around 800 senior automotive industry executives and a variety of representatives from associated companies and organisations.  read more


Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 28 June 2013

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

DOWNLOADChancellor delivers Spending Round statementChief Secretary outlines government’s capital and infrastructure prioritiesGovernment announces £! Million for motorsportPrime Minister announces 100,000 engineering apprenticesRoad casualties down in London during 2012Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)


THW Kiel 5000 season tickets sold in only five hours

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

← Previous Story Ahmed El-Ahmar returns to Al-Zamalek Next Story → Heiner Brand returns to handball Even that their team didn’t win EHF Champions League last year, THW Kiel fans are very excited about the coming European season. More than 5,000 fans have bought EHF Champions League season tickets in only five hours. Huge queues, which were several hundred meters long, waited to buy EHF CL season ticket for 2015/16 home games of their heroes, THW Kiel.CEO Thorsten Storm handed out coffee and water to the many fans that waited at the huge queue. ”This is unbelievable. This is shows huge interest from our fans, and it’s very important for us. This is something that can happen only at Kiel”THW Kiel season ticket for Champions League home games will be open till 24th July, when the German champions expect to sell all of their season tickets to EHF Champions League.TEXT: TAL ALON read more


EXBarca legend Inaki Urdangarin six years in prison

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

Legendary Spanish right back and FC Barcelona legend, Inaki Urdangarin, was sentenced to over six years in prison on charges including fraud and tax evasion. His wife Princess Cristina was fined 265,000 euros ($282,000) for benefiting, albeit unknowingly, from her husband’s ill-gotten gains.The trial, and the long investigation that preceded it, had been closely followed in a country jaded by high-level political and banking corruption cases, where inequality has grown in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.King Felipe’s 51-year-old sister and her husband were among 18 defendants in the trial, which followed a probe into a charity run by her husband.Prosecutors said Urdangarin had used his royal connections to win public contracts to put on events through his non-profit organization, the Noos Foundation, then overcharged for the events and hidden millions of euros in proceeds abroad.Some of the foundation’s money was transferred to a private company and used to pay for family holidays, home furnishings and theater tickets, prosecutors said.The investigation heightened the impression among Spaniards that the royal family was out of touch with ordinary people just as Spain was suffering its worst recession of modern times.Public support for the family eroded further when it emerged that King Juan Carlos had gone on an elephant hunting expedition in Africa at the height of the financial crisis. He abdicated in 2014 in favor of his son.When he ascended the throne, King Felipe removed his older sisters, Elena and Cristina, from royal duties as part of efforts to modernize the monarchy. The following year he stripped Cristina of her title of Duchess of Palma.Cristina is the first member of the Spanish royal family ever to stand in a dock. She faced up to eight years in prison if found guilty.Urdangarin, a former Olympic handball player, faced a maximum term of 19 and a half years in jail.Neither Cristina nor her husband were called to court for the ruling. Both have lived in Switzerland with their four children since 2013, and have always denied any wrongdoing. ← Previous Story GCC Handball Championship 2017 draw with Qatari teams in favorite roles Next Story → PRINCESS GOES HOME: Cristina Neagu to CSM Bucharest Inaki Urdangarin read more


PHOTOS PSNI undergo riot training ahead of G8 summit

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

first_imgTHE 39TH G8 SUMMIT will be held later this month at Lough Erne, Eniniskillen – seeing leaders from United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United Kingdom gathering to discuss global issues.A massive security effort is being organised ahead of the arrival of world leaders like Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and David Cameron, with police officers undergoing riot training including the use of dog handling at Longmoor Army Camp.last_img


Android 43 ROMs for Google Edition Galaxy S4 and HTC One leak

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_imgSome early adopters who rushed out to buy the Galaxy S4 and HTC One are no doubt wishing they’d held off and purchased the Google Edition phones instead. Well, you can kiss your buyer’s remorse goodbye: Google Edition ROMs with vanilla Android 4.3 for both are now available to download.The ROM kitchen over at TrickDroid has cooked up the Google Edition HTC One firmware. It brings a stock Android experience (so long, Sense!) to HTC’s new flagship smartphone. Feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive, and there doesn’t appear to be any major bugs to report.Meanwhile, the team at Sammobile claim to have an early 4.3 build for the Samsung Galaxy S4. They claim that this is from a Google Play Edition variant of the S4, and the build is completely functional when tested on other Galaxy S4’s, but there’s no way to verify the validity of the claim. Since Google has not yet announced Android 4.3, and it doesn’t seem that there are any significant changes to the OS, this could well be a very clever fake with an edited build.prop to say 4.3. Even if the S4 build is not Android 4.3, it is still a high quality build for those who want the Google Play Experience on their Galaxy S4, though it has not been confirmed to work on ever Galaxy S4 yet. Still, based on initial user feedback the HTC One and Galaxy S4 seem to be just fine running the firmware from their Google Edition counterparts.Want to flash your own device? Complete instructions for the HTC One have been posted by Team Venom over at the XDA forums. If you’ve got a Galaxy S4 that’s itching to transform itself into a Google Edition Android 4.3 device, just grab the ROM from Sammobile and restart in recovery mode. They’ve got step-by-step instructions if you’re not sure how to do it.The usual firmware flashing caveats apply, of course: exercise caution, because there’s always the possibility (however remote) that something could go wrong and you could brick your phone.last_img read more


Un téléphone mobile sur six porteur de bactéries intestinales

Posted On Sep 20 2019 by

first_imgUn téléphone mobile sur six porteur de bactéries intestinalesD’après une étude menée au Royaume-Uni, un portable sur six présenterait des traces de la bactérie E.coli retrouvée notamment dans les intestins et donc dans les matières fécales. Une découverte qui met en cause une mauvaise hygiène chez les utilisateurs. Si le téléphone mobile est aujourd’hui devenu un objet incontournable du quotidien, il peut révéler bien des choses sur son utilisateur. Vendredi, des chercheurs britanniques ont dévoilé les résultats d’une étude réalisée dans 12 villes du Royaume-Uni qui s’est intéressée à la propreté des portables. On savait déjà que certains appareils ou objets du quotidien étaient de véritables nids à microbes mais ce qu’ont découvert les scientifiques n’a fait que confirmer le phénomène. D’après leurs recherches, un téléphone sur six présenterait des traces de matières fécales. À lire aussiUlcère gastroduodénal : définition, symptômes, causes, traitements, de quoi s’agit-il ?Pour arriver à une telle conclusion, les chercheurs de la London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine et de l’institut Queen Mary, de l’Université de Londres ont procédé à 390 prélèvements sur les portables et les mains des usagers. Des échantillons qui ont ensuite été analysés pour identifier les germes présents. C’est ainsi qu’ils ont mis en évidence la présence de la bactérie E.coli sur 16% des appareils et 16% des mains des sujets. Cette bactérie, dont certaines souches peuvent s’avérer mortelles, est naturellement présente dans l’intestin et donc également dans les excréments. Pourtant, 95% des personnes interrogées dans le cadre de l’étude ont affirmé qu’elles se lavaient les mains dès que possible en sortant des toilettes. Une statistique qui révèle d’après les chercheurs une propension de la population à mentir sur son hygiène. “J’espère qu’à la pensée de porter la bactérie E.coli sur leurs mains et sur leurs téléphones, les gens seront plus scrupuleux aux toilettes. Bien se laver les mains avec du savon est un chose simple mais qui peut sauver la vie”, a ainsi souligné le docteur Val Curtis, de la London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Le 17 octobre 2011 à 09:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Soggy conditions expected to linger

Posted On Sep 19 2019 by

first_imgSome high wind gusts led to a power outage Saturday night, and the wet, gray spring continued hanging around as light rain fell all weekend.Don’t expect to see the sun until Thursday. Soggy conditions are expected to linger for a few more days, bringing rain, some wind and possibly some hail, according to the National Weather Service.Though the winds were relatively light overall this weekend, some gusts of up to 22 mph on Saturday night led to fallen tree limbs and hundreds of homes losing power for a brief stint.Clark PUD spokeswoman Erica Erland said customers in the Fern Prairie neighborhood in Camas reported the power outage at about 11:35 p.m. A PUD crew found a fallen tree limb on a power line, removed it and restored power by 12:45 p.m. About 924 customers were affected.Rain fell all weekend, picking up steam on Sunday. The forecast calls for temperatures in the high 50s and in the low 40s at night with an 80 percent chance of more rain Monday with wind from the south and southwest at 7 to 11 mph.last_img read more


Backers claim support for Battle Ground annex

Posted On Sep 16 2019 by

first_imgApplicants behind a controversial annexation proposal involving a Brush Prairie golf course have notified the Clark County Assessor’s Office in writing they believe they have the necessary support to become part of Battle Ground, City Manager John Williams said.Gordy Jolma, owner of The Cedars on Salmon Creek, and the Saunders family, who own land near the course, have filed paperwork containing what they believe are signatures from people who own 60 percent of the value within the proposed annexation area in Brush Prairie. Residents of N.E. 149th Avenue in Brush Prairie, which is also part of the proposal, said they believed the applicants were short of the necessary 60 percent. The Clark County Assessor’s Office must certify the applicants’ claim before the matter can be discussed at a special Aug. 15 council meeting in Battle Ground. The Battle Ground City Council could vote on the annexation after the meeting’s public comment portion ends, officials said.Regardless of what happens over the next month, the area within the proposed annex will one day be a part of Battle Ground, Mayor Mike Ciraulo said. The reason, he explained, was that Clark County Commissioners made the Cedars neighborhood part of Battle Ground’s urban growth boundary years ago.“It will become Battle Ground sooner or later,” Ciraulo said. “The question is: ‘Is it now, or is it later?’”Residents of the Cedars neighborhood have opposed Jolma and the Saunders’ plans to annex land near their homes, stating they don’t see how such a move benefits them and don’t know the applicants’ intentions. The same residents have also criticized Battle Ground city officials for not allowing them to speak June 6 during a meeting where council members narrowly supported the applicants’ push to move forward with the annexation process.last_img read more


Pearl Harbor survivor recalls a long day

Posted On Sep 16 2019 by

first_imgAmerica suffered its first fatalities of World War II on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941. A few hours later, Ralph Laedtke was working to get some of those victims back to their families.Seventy years later, the former sailor still swallows hard when he describes one aspect of his day aboard a Navy hospital ship: bodies so badly burned they couldn’t be identified.And he still vividly remembers the start of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, at about 7:55 a.m. that Sunday.o What: Pearl Harbor commemoration (open to the public).? When: 10 a.m. Wednesday.? Where: Centennial Center, Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at The Quay, 100 Columbia St.? Museum display: Pearl Harbor exhibit at Veterans Museum, Building 1819, on the VA campus, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.“I was dressed and ready to go to church,” the Washougal resident said earlier this week. “I heard a rat-a-tat, and thought somebody was tapping on the bulkhead.”It was anti-aircraft fire from American ships that were under attack; the crew of the USS Solace was called to battle stations.The hospital ship was not attacked. But as Laedtke climbed an outside ladder to his post, “I could see Battleship Row,” he said. “Battleships were taking bomb hits.“A bomb hit the Arizona, and all hell broke loose,” Laedtke said. “The sight set my belly on fire. I knew there had to be a tremendous number of casualties.”last_img read more


Mayor Young Wells Fargo NeighborWorks® Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore to Announce

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_imgBALTIMORE, Md.  — Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young (D-Md.) will be joined today by Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) to announce a new partnership and program to boost homeownership in Baltimore City. In collaboration with Baltimore City, Wells Fargo, NeighborWorks America and its network member Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, Wells Fargo will expand the NeighborhoodLIFT program that offers homebuyer education plus down payment assistance grants for Baltimore City. The 2019 Baltimore NeighborhoodLIFT program will create more than 290 homeowners.Interested homebuyers will receive a voucher at the Baltimore NeighborhoodLIFT launch event that will provide complimentary homeownership counseling with a participating HUD-approved housing counselor in the Baltimore City area.Since 2012, LIFT programs have helped create more than 21,100 homeowners with down payment assistance and homebuyer education through 71 program launches, including 386 through the Baltimore CityLIFT program.To be eligible for $15,000 home down payment assistance grants, annual incomes must not exceed 80 percent of the local area median income in Baltimore City which is $75,500. In addition, there are special parameters for veterans and service members, teachers, law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians who may reserve $17,500 down payment assistance grants within eligibility requirements including earning up to 100 percent of area median income, which is $101,000.Additionally, Wells Fargo has committed $325,000 to team up with NeighborWorks America to make face-to-face Homeownership Counseling grants available for up to 650 consumers who want to prepare for homeownership. Interested homebuyers will receive a voucher at the Baltimore NeighborhoodLIFT launch event that will provide complimentary homeownership counseling with a participating HUD-approved housing counselor in the Baltimore City area.last_img read more


Attack on Titan spoilers we finally see whats in the basement

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_imgEven though the initial fervor of the Attack on Titan insanity seems to have calmed down to a quiet hum, the latest chapter of the manga released last week has launched the AoT community back into a frantic roar.We finally found out what’s in that basement! Yes! Eren’s father’s basement!Attack on Titan editor Shinataro Kawakubo has been foreshadowing that the end of the manga series is drawing near, with a little under two years left for author Hajime Isayama to wrap up it all up. Last weeks’ reveal shows that the story is hurtling at light speed towards the most epic revelations that will uncover the secrets behind the history of the world of the titans.Teased since the first chapter of AoT published in 2010, the basement of Eren’s family home has been kept a secret from Eren all of his life. Eren wears a key around his neck given to him by his father, with instructions to go to back to the basement as soon as he can to uncover the truth behind the titans.Well, we were all pretty sure this was a huge plot point, and that Eren would scoot his butt back home ASAP after getting that information, but it looks like the post-apocalyptic world had other plans for our fair hero. Eren and his friends have been training and fighting endless battles against the titans for what seemed like forever, and 6 years later (our time), we finally get to see what’s in that goddamn basement.Going forward is spoiler country, so you have been warned!If you’ve been keeping track, we’ve learned that Eren’s father gave Eren the mysterious key, and then forcibly turned him into a titan. Unfortunately for Dr. Yeager, Eren ended up eating his father during the traumatic event. This memory was repressed up until chapter 62, and man, it was a doozy. So we know that Eren’s father has the medical technology to create titans, but where did he learn this from?Flash forward to chapter 85, and we’ve got what’s remaining of the survey corps (RIP basically everyone. Yeesh) finally finding their way to the former Yaeger residence.Hilariously, when they get to the basement door, Eren’s key doesn’t actually open it. Levi, however, gives zero F’s and just kicks the door in. Because guys: it’s just a wooden door.The basement at first glance looks like a normal doctor’s office, but upon finding a keyhole that matches Eren’s key in the desk, they find a hidden compartment with journals inside written by Eren’s father.Inside, they find a photograph.Yeah. They aren’t supposed to have those in the AoT world.Mind. Blown.So what does all this mean for Eren and his friends? Everything they know about their world is a lie. Yikes. Chills. They could have been living a sweet comfy life outside the walls if they only knew where to look!We can’t wait to see how the rest of this climatic arc ends up!You can read the newest chapter on Crunchyroll’s Simulpub page!Let us know how we’re doinglast_img read more


Using virtual reality systems to teach chemistry in 3D

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play A user interactively guides a ligand to its binding site in the protein trypsin in virtual reality, adjusting visuals as befits the task. Credit: Helen Deeks, in collaboration with Interactive Scientific Ltd, under CC BY-ND 4.0. © 2018 Phys.org For many years, chemistry students have been taught to manipulate physical models depicting molecules as a means of learning how they work. The researchers note that such models are not up to the task of showing how molecules work dynamically—they cannot show movement or the flexibility of molecules, which leaves students having to imagine how they might look. In more recent years, computer applications that allow students to watch and even manipulate molecules onscreen have led to improvements in teaching techniques. But, as the researchers also note, such apps that generally make use of touch screens still lack the required hands-on approach. To improve on such applications, the researchers have created a VR system that is able to show complex molecules as they exist in a 3-D space. And even better, users are able to physically manipulate the molecules to learn more about their properties.With their new system, the researchers point out, users are able to achieve co-location, which they describe as a phenomenon in which interactions in an actual 3-D physical space align with interactions in a simulated 3-D environment. Their system is cloud-based, which means the data used in the simulations can be constantly updated and improved, even as the system is being used. Play Multiple users performing 3-D molecular tasks in the cloud-enabled virtual reality platform developed in collaboration between the University of Bristol and Interactive Scientific Ltd. Credit: Helen Deeks and Matt Sutton, in collaboration with Interactive Scientific Ltd, under CC BY-ND 4.0. The system currently allows six people to use the system at the same time—they can be in the same room, or other parts of the world. Users use wireless controllers that behave like tweezers, allowing them to grab molecules and their parts.To test their system, the researchers asked 32 volunteers to carry out three different tasks: manipulating a methane molecule through a carbon nanotube, manipulating an organic helicene molecule to change its rotation, and finally, to tie a knot in a polypeptide. They report that most of the volunteers, none of whom had ever used a VR system before, were able to use the system to some degree. Other less rigorous testing showed the system capable of doing things like allowing two people to toss a molecular buckyball back and forth across a real room. The researchers also report that the volunteers reported preferring the VR system over other applications, such as touchscreens. Play A user interactively guides a ligand to its binding site in the protein beta-lactamase in virtual reality. Credit: Helen Deeks, in collaboration with Interactive Scientific Ltd, under CC BY-ND 4.0. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions across the U.K. has developed a framework for using virtual reality (VR) systems to teach chemistry. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the team describes the system they developed and the advantages it has over standard teaching methods. An abstract representation of the soccer-ball shaped buckminsterfullerene molecules in virtual reality. Credit: Mike O’Connor, in collaboration with Interactive Scientific Ltd, under CC BY-ND 4.0.center_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Less is more when it comes to predicting molecules’ conductivity More information: Michael O’Connor et al. Sampling molecular conformations and dynamics in a multiuser virtual reality framework, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat2731AbstractWe describe a framework for interactive molecular dynamics in a multiuser virtual reality (VR) environment, combining rigorous cloud-mounted atomistic physics simulations with commodity VR hardware, which we have made accessible to readers (see isci.itch.io/nsb-imd). It allows users to visualize and sample, with atomic-level precision, the structures and dynamics of complex molecular structures “on the fly” and to interact with other users in the same virtual environment. A series of controlled studies, in which participants were tasked with a range of molecular manipulation goals (threading methane through a nanotube, changing helical screw sense, and tying a protein knot), quantitatively demonstrate that users within the interactive VR environment can complete sophisticated molecular modeling tasks more quickly than they can using conventional interfaces, especially for molecular pathways and structural transitions whose conformational choreographies are intrinsically three-dimensional. This framework should accelerate progress in nanoscale molecular engineering areas including conformational mapping, drug development, synthetic biology, and catalyst design. More broadly, our findings highlight the potential of VR in scientific domains where three-dimensional dynamics matter, spanning research and education.Anybody wishing to try out the tasks described in the paper can download the software at https://isci.itch.io/nsb-imd, and launch their own cloud-hosted session. Journal information: Science Advances Citation: Using virtual reality systems to teach chemistry in 3-D (2018, July 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-virtual-reality-chemistry-d.html Explore further 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.last_img read more


Lamar Jackson is the story not Baker

Posted On Aug 30 2019 by

first_imgGuests: Dave Wannstedt = Fox NFL analyst and former Dolphins and Bears Head Coach; TJ Houshmandzadeh –NFL analyst and former Pro Bowl Wide Receiver; Peter King – NBC Sports Senior NFL Writer Also:– Steelers can’t overcome the noise– Trust your eyes over stats in today’s NFL– NFL Black Monday coaching news– Where Colin was right, where Colin was wrong– Patriots got good again Lamar Jackson is the story, not BakerLamar Jackson is now 6-1 since being named the starter in Baltimore, and just outdueled Baker Mayfield to lock up the AFC North title. Even though Mayfield has received the lion’s share of rookie hype, Colin has been more impressed with Jackson’s total command of the offense, freakish athleticism, and his head down demeanor.Mayfield has become an unquestioned star in his first year in the NFL, but he threw three picks again the Ravens while Jackson made the big plays to win the game and it’s Baltimore who’s headed to the playoffs.last_img read more


Rockin in English with Radio Dos Marge Scott

Posted On Aug 19 2019 by

first_imgFrom the print editionIt’s 6 a.m. and radio lady Marge Scott is on the air with news, music, announcements, traffic reports and chatter, all in English, to help us start the day on an upbeat with “Buenos Dias, Costa Rica” on Radio Dos, 99.5 FM. “Yeah!” as Scott herself would say.Scott connects expats from the English-speaking world with home, bringing familiar music and news. The music is “listenable rock” says Scott, and it helps us through our morning chores, aerobics, driving to work, dancing around the house or fixing breakfast.Scott runs the show 6-9 a.m. Mon.-Fri., by radio route or computer (www.radiodos.com). Some songs are familiar favorites from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, but we also hear more recent sounds and learn what’s new in music. Announcements let us know about concerts, parties, marches, traffic and exchange rates.A petite blond with bouncy curls, Scott knows what her listeners want. Phone and email connect her with the audience. “I enjoy the interaction. They’re there in the morning,” she says.  “And it’s fun. One woman called in and said, ‘I’m an implant.’” Not a tooth, the woman explained, but a newcomer looking for a contact in English. Other callers suggest songs or to report events. “Radio Dos is part of so many people’s lives,” Scott adds.  For her, the day starts at 4 a.m., when she drives to the station in Zapote in southeastern San José in the predawn. She arrives with time to check the news from the papers and Internet and write it up in English. She also lines up the day’s songs on the computer and makes sure that everything is in working order before greeting listeners. While the music plays, Scott keeps busy checking emails, Facebook and phone messages. A television is going but without sound. If something interesting comes up, she’s on top of it. Just before sign off time, she gathers her papers to do another news report.The day doesn’t end then. There are trade papers to review, the music scene to keep current on and new trends to check out, including what’s going on in Costa Rica. “I want to promote local bands, too,” she says looking over fliers for concerts. She holds up one for the Bea Girls, a female group that plays The Beatles. “Interesting,” she says. Scott had plenty of radio practice in New York before she came to Costa Rica. Plus her upbeat personality makes her ideal for an early morning show.  “I’m a morning person,” she concedes. However, she credits program director Eliecer Barrantes for the show’s success. (Surveys by the Camara Nacional de Radio, or National Radio Chamber, rate Radio Dos as number one is its category.)“[Barrantes] is the one who scans the music services and picks out what he believes audiences want to hear,” she says. He orders the CDs and makes master lists of what’s available. Scott picks from the list. “Sometimes I think he’s totally crazy for putting a certain song on the list, but Eli knows. The phones start ringing as soon as it’s on the air.”Scott came to Costa Rica with a friend for a vacation in 1999.  Her friend “fell while walking backward” and needed months of treatment. Scott stayed to help, getting by with freelance work. “At the end of three months, I decided to move down,” she explains. With her background, contacts, knowledge of the music world and morning personality, she easily got the job at Radio Dos. You’ll find Radio Dos at 99.5 FM, www.radiodos.com, or 2224-7272. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more


Merry Christmas

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first_imgNo related posts. Merry Christmas to you, your family and friends!All of us at The Tico Times wish you the best of holidays with your loved ones, and a Christmas Night beside a tree as lovely as the Children’s Hospital tree in downtown San José. The annual lighting of the Christmas tree at the Children’s Hospital in downtown San José took place Thursday night. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img


TravelManagers Webinars are inspiring excellence

Posted On Aug 17 2019 by

first_img Join TravelManagers hereSource = TravelManagers Australia TravelManagers’ Webinars are inspiring excellenceThere are more than 480 personal travel managers (PTMs) working under the TravelManagers umbrella, who share an average of more than sixteen years’ travel industry experience.  But that vast well of knowledge is spread across Australia, making it difficult to share information and expertise in traditional ways.The company’s latest initiative to foster information-sharing among its PTMs is a series of webinars, hosted by PTMs and aimed at giving fellow PTMs some valuable tools aimed at overcoming some of the challenges faced by the travel industry in general.TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says the first two webinars have been very successful and have left the PTMs hungry for more.“We have an incredible pool of talent and we have always focused on creating a family culture and spirit of mutual help where the sharing of information and provision of assistance between our PTMs is made simple.  These webinars are just the latest addition to a toolbox that also includes intranet forums and closed user Facebook pages.”Karen Farley, representative for Redbank Plains, Queensland, jointly presented the first webinar with Michelle Michael-Pecora, representative for Castle Hill, NSW, which focused on charging commitment and service fees.“We have received some amazing feedback from the PTMs who logged in for the session – including several who had used some of our tips to secure valuable new business just one day after our session.”This highly-successful first webinar was quickly followed by another, hosted by two different PTMs, and was this time entitled “Fun, Love and Money.”Kim Mason, representative for Cronulla, NSW explains what the webinar involved: “the idea came about when we were asked how we personally go about ‘beating the internet’ – a scenario that most PTMs find themselves dealing with on a regular basis”.Mason was assisted in delivering the webinar by Merran (Mez) Wiggans, representative for Warners Bay, NSW. “We set out to demonstrate the importance of knowing your own worth and being able to confidently explain to a client the points of difference between using a PTM who can properly tailor a trip, compared with a transactional, price-based purchase.”Both PTMs regularly use their own techniques to successfully combat online prices: “although those techniques remain a TravelManagers’ secret!” adds Mason.According to Gazal, the success of the two webinars is reflected in the results that are already being reported by the PTMs who participated.“These are webinars run by travel professionals for travel professionals, addressing issues that they have experienced over many years and are dealing with day in, day out.  Our PTMs may have plenty of experience, but this shows that they are never too old to learn from each other.”Simon Tinkler, representative for South Brisbane, is one PTM who is grateful to have participated in the webinar sessions.“One of the great things about working for a company like TravelManagers is that I benefit from having access to my colleagues’ extensive knowledge and experience – it’s fantastic that everyone has the same willingness to share their secrets of the trade!”Gazal says the format of the webinars is another example of the flexibility offered by TravelManagers to its PTMs.“Our presenters and attendees can dial in from their homes or we can run the webinar from the National Partnership Office (NPO).  The webinars are conducted during the work day which means that our PTMs can schedule their client interaction and processing of bookings/accounts around a webinar.”Gazal says that the webinars came about as a way to further encompass the ideas behind “Inspiring Excellence”, which is TravelManagers’ service charter that was introduced along with the company’s new branding last year.“The obvious success of the two webinars we’ve already have guaranteed that our PTMs will have more to look forward to in the coming months.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.last_img read more