Monaco-based owner, operator and manager of liquefied natural gas carriers GasLog Ltd. has entered into an agreement with Methane Services Ltd., an affiliate of BG Group, to acquire two tri-fuel diesel electric LNG carriers for a cost of USD 460 million. The two vessels, Methane Becki Anne and Methane Julia Louise, will be chartered back to BG for periods of nine and eleven years with further options by the charterer to extend the term of the time charter for each vessel by either three or five years.The nine and eleven year charters add approximately USD 580 million of contracted revenue over the charter period and are expected to provide a combined annual EBITDA of approximately USD 46 million.Upon completion of the acquisition, the consolidated GasLog group will have total contracted revenues of approximately USD 3.3 billion.The two vessels were built at Samsung Heavy Industries and delivered in 2010. GasLog supervised their construction and has technically managed both ships since delivery. They have TFDE propulsion, a cargo capacity of 170,000 cubic meters and have on-board reliquefaction plants, which enable reduced consumption of natural gas at lower speeds.In connection with the transaction, GasLog has obtained commitments from DNB Bank ASA, for a USD 325 million secured credit facility and a USD 135 million subordinated two-year loan facility at rates in line with recent GasLog financings.Paul Wogan, CEO of GasLog, said: “This is the third accretive transaction we have been fortunate enough to enter into with BG Group in 2014. The acquisition of these two latest modern LNG ships is a great start to the 40:17 strategy put forward at our recent investor conference. These ships will be added to the Gaslog Partners drop down pipeline, extending the built-in growth for longer. Including this transaction, we will have added twelve ships to the GasLog fleet in 2014.”GasLog expects the transaction to close in the first quarter of 2015. The charter commencement is expected to take place at the same time.
Mumbai: An RBI panel on Friday suggested setting up of a federal body on the lines of the GST Council to implement reforms and boost credit flow in the agriculture sector, besides pitching for direct transfer of subsidy and no farm loan waivers. Among other recommendations, the panel said banks should develop a management information system (MIS) to flag loans sanctioned against gold as collateral in core banking solution (CBS) platform for effective monitoring of end use of funds. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn February this year, the RBI had set up the ‘Internal Working Group’ to understand the reasons for regional disparity and other agricultural credit related aspects and suggest workable solutions to address constraints in accessing institutional agricultural credit. Recommending solutions to improve farm credit flow, the panel said, “Government of India (GoI) should set up a federal institution, on the lines of GST Council, having participation from both the Centre as well as the states to suggest and implement reforms in the field of agriculture.” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, that consists of the finance ministers of Centre and all the states, decides on tax rates. The panel said farm loan waivers should be “avoided” and interest subvention or subsidy given on farm loans should be replaced with Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), which is being implemented in host of government schemes like subsidy on LPG and fertiliser. It also stressed that banks should increase credit for allied farm activities as well and give consumption loans to farmers up to a sanctioned limit of Rs 1 lakh. The panel further said that the Centre should push state governments to complete the digitisation process and updation of land records in a time bound manner. That apart, state governments should give access to banks to digitised land records in order to verify land title and create charge online. In such states, banks should not insist on submission of land title documents, it added. The panel also said state governments having a highly restrictive legal framework should be encouraged to reform their legal framework on the basis of Model Land Leasing Act proposed by NITI Aayog/ Land Licensed Cultivators’ Act, 2011 of Andhra Pradesh so that formal lending to tenant farmers can improve. On farm loan waiver, the panel said it should be “avoided” and both the Centre and state governments should undertake a “holistic review” of the agricultural policies and their implementation, as well as evaluate the effectiveness of current subsidy policies. Among other recommendations, the panel said the interest subvention scheme should be replaced with DBT to targeted beneficiaries with an overall limit of Rs 3 lakh per individual farmer. To curb the misuse of interest subsidy, banks should provide crop loans, eligible for interest subvention, only through Kisan Credit Card (KCC) mode. To address regional disparity in agri-credit flow, the panel said priority sector lending (PSL) guidelines should be revisited and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) should gradually increase the allocation of Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) in central, eastern and north eastern states over a period of time. Also, the corpus of RIDF should be increased and state governments should be sensitised to allocate a larger portion of their borrowing from RIDF for the purpose of absorbing funds for rural infrastructure development in their state.
Kolkata: Rishabh Pant’s ascendancy as India’s premier Test wicketkeeper has not made Wriddhiman Saha “insecure” even one bit as he doesn’t believe that he is in competition with the Delhi glovesman. Saha, one of India’s more technically accomplished keeper, has recently made a comeback for Bengal in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy after being out of competitive cricket owing to shoulder surgery last year. In the interim, young Pant has made an impression with the bat, scoring Test hundreds in England and Australia. Had the long lay-off and Pant’s emergence made him insecure? “Not at all. I was not insecure. Being a sportsman you always run the risk of getting injured. The aim was to be fully fit and return stronger,” Saha, who scored 306 runs in 11 Mushtaq Ali Trophy games, said in an interview. Sceptics have cast doubts that Pant’s batting ability could make a international comeback difficult for the Bengal stumper but Saha remains unfazed. “I was out with an injury. Rishabh grabbed his chance and scored runs on a consistent basis. Now my aim is to get back to form and try to make a comeback in the Indian line-up. That’s purely my focus and I have stressed before and I want make it clear that there is no competition with Rishabh,” said Saha, who has scored 1164 runs in 32 Tests with three hundreds and an average of 30.63. He has been a very safe batsman without being too flamboyant but he does understand that versatility is a pre-requisite at the elite level. “Nowadays, it’s all about being versatile. Keepers have to bat too,” states Wriddhiman, who has scored a hundred and two half-centuries on his T20 comeback. In fact, his best performances have come whenever he has opened the innings. The normally introvert keeper said that he wouldn’t mind opening the innings if the Sunrisers Hyderabad team management gives him that opportunity. “Of course, I would love to open in the IPL but the decision is totally up to the team management. I have returned after so many months. So this IPL has an added significance,” said Saha, who has a century for Kings XI Punjab in the 2014 IPL final against Kolkata Knight Riders. His is a style of batting suits when he gets to play more deliveries.
The Ministry of Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Affairs and UNHCR yesterday welcomed Sri Lankan refugee returnees from India Among these returnees are some who have been living in refugee camps in Tamil Nadu, India, for more than two decades.UNHCR Representative Golam Abbas, together with UNHCR Senior Protection Officer Igor Ivancic, was present at the Bandaranayake International Airport to welcome the returnees, along with the Honourable Minister D.M. Swaminathan and Mrs. N.R. Ranjini, the Secretary of the Ministry of Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Affairs, among other government officials. Thus far most refugees have been returning to the Northern District of Mannar, followed by, Vavuniya, and Jaffna in the Northern Province and Trincomalee District in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. A few are also returning to the Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Colombo, Batticaloa, Kandy, Ampara and Puttalam areas. (Colombo Gazette) The UN refugee agency has offered to extend its fullest cooperation in addressing refugee returnee related matters in Sri Lanka.UNHCR Representative Golam Abbas said the UNHCR is encouraged by the positive outlook of the Government of Sri Lanka towards the refugee returnees. Sixty-five Sri Lankan refugees returned from India, bringing the total number of returns through UNHCR’s facilitated repatriation programme to 147 so far this year. “UNHCR is encouraged by the positive outlook of the Government of Sri Lanka towards the refugee returnees and is ready to extend our fullest cooperation in addressing refugee returnee related matters,” said Abbas.UNHCR staff meets refugee returnees at the airport and facilitates their immigration, security and customs formalities. In addition, UNHCR in cooperation with the Bank of Ceylon deposits a reintegration grant and monetized NFI assistance intended for initial reintegration, such as purchasing household goods or repairing damaged housing, etc. on returnees’ newly opened bank accounts. All returning refugees are also provided with a transport grant to help them to travel from the airport to their areas of origin in dignity. Once settled, returnees are advised to register with the UNHCR field offices for monitoring and referral purposes. UNHCR refers persons with special needs (e.g. persons with disabilities and elderly persons) to specialized institutions. Similarly, UNHCR refers those in need of legal counselling, civil documentation support, livelihood and education assistance to the relevant government authorities or other organizations that can provide targeted assistance.UNHCR have assisted more than 92,000 Sri Lankan refugee returnees since the inception of its voluntary repatriation programme in 1987.
A multidisciplinary team from the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) took off on three Bell-212 helicopters from the Al Rasheed Air Base in Baghdad this morning to inspect a site but returned without landing due to weather conditions in the inspection site area, according to a UN spokesman in Baghdad.Missile teams from UNMOVIC visited three facilities. At the first, the Al Rafah Liquid Engine Test Facility, they witnessed a static test firing of the Al Samoud missile engine that had been postponed for technical reasons.A second team travelled to the Al Meelad Military Research and Development Company, which specializes in the design and development of missile guidance and control systems. “The technical staff at the facility addressed questions regarding the status of the Al Fatah guidance and control development programme,” said Hiro Ueki, spokesman for UNMOVIC and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The Al Fatah is a short-range rocket with a maximum range of 150 kilometres.The third team of missile inspectors visited the Al Harith Missile Maintenance Workshop in Taji to temporarily remove UNMOVIC identification tags from nine SA-2 surface-to-air missiles to facilitate required maintenance and repair. The rockets are tagged to ensure that they are not converted into ballistic missiles capable of proscribed ranges, Mr. Ueki noted.Meanwhile, UNMOVIC biological and chemical teams inspected the Central Veterinary Diagnosis Laboratory in Baghdad and the Al Siniya Small Refineries Project near Bayji, respectively. The laboratory receives samples of animal blood and tissue submitted by other government veterinary agencies and analyzes these to diagnose bacterial, parasitic and viral diseases.A Mosul-based multidisciplinary team inspected the General Public Health Laboratory in Mosul, according to Mr. Ueki. The laboratory conducts basic bacteriological diagnostic tests and routine screenings.The IAEA inspected the Baquba Electrical Plant, a State Company for Electrical Industries, which produces electrical goods such as transformers, welding machines, electrical meters and fans for the heavy as well as light current electrical market.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. She told BBC Breakfast: “I tell you what, I might be a Scottish Tory but there’s a bit of my household that is forever Balls, because I’ve been supporting him 100 per cent, I love to see him throwing himself into it.”She went on: “I bumped into Yvette Cooper (Mr Balls’s wife) when I was down in the House of Commons a couple of weeks ago and apparently he’s really pleased with all the support he’s had.”So I think it’s brilliant and I tell you something – if the BBC came asking I would be there in a heartbeat, I would be spangled, I would make sure that I am spray-tanned, the frock, the heels, everything, I would love it.” Ed Balls and Katya Jones on the new series of Strictly Come DancingCredit:Guy Levy/BBC If the BBC came asking I would be there in a heartbeat, I would be spangled, I would make sure that I am spray-tannedRuth Davidson Ms Davidson told Sky News: “I have to say I have been totally team Balls on Strictly Come Balls… Strictly Come Dancing.”I think he’s doing a tremendous job and I’m just jealous.”So if anybody from the BBC is watching, sign me up for next year, because he’s making it look brilliant. I want a bit of that action.”Ms Davidson said she was “forever Balls” and would don a spangled outfit and a spray tan if she appeared on Strictly. Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservatives leader, has urged the BBC to invite her to compete on Strictly Come Dancing next year.Ms Davidson said she is jealous of former shadow chancellor Ed Balls’s efforts in the dance competition this year and declared: “I want a bit of that action.”At the weekend, Mr Balls was praised for his second dance, a Charleston which earned him a standing ovation from the Strictly audience
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Google Maps can do pretty much everything these days. It lets you check the streets outside your new college dorm before you leave home, it lets you see the frozen surfaces of Antarctica, and it even lets you snoop around different neighborhoods to see if you can catch someone in a candid position. For the time being, though, it is serving another, much more important purpose.Google has launched a “Crisis Map” that allows viewers to see live satellite images of Hurricane Isaac as well as its projected path from the National Hurricane Center. It is essentially an overlay that exists on top of the standard Google Maps interface with which everyone is already intimately familiar.Users can zoom in and out to get a better sense of exactly how wide of an impact the storm is going to have. To the right of the page, users are presented with public alerts, evacuation information, and links to essential local government websites.Users can also seamlessly find firsthand videos from the storm that have been posted to YouTube, and Google also provides a link to a PDF file showing the New Orleans Levee System. It is Isaac’s potential threat to New Orleans – exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina – that has drawn most of the fervent interest with this storm.It is of course also affecting the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, as politicians walk the line from playing party politics to expressing concern for fellow Americans. At one point, Isaac had its eyes set on Tampa but then headed west. In any event, Google’s ability to streamline all the pertinent information in one user-friendly website shows how its powerful online tools can come into play in serious events like this.Last year, Hurricane Irene‘s rare track into the New York City area led to it being quite possibly the most socially-conscious hurricane to date in the era of Facebook and Twitter. Isaac’s ability to evoke memories of Hurricane Katrina is leading to the same kind of fervor and piqued interest from all facets of online media.Check out Google’s Hurricane Isaac Map
Stay on target Happy birthday, John Simm!Born in Leeds, the 47-year-old actor and musician made his professional debut in 1992 in an episode of BBC’s Rumpole of the Bailey.It wasn’t until three years later, though, that he broke out as troubled teenager Bill Preece in ITV police drama Cracker.The same year, Simm snagged his first feature role in Boston Kickout, beating Dennis Hopper to the Best Actor award at the Valencia Film Festival. In 1996, he made his professional stage entrance in Goldhawk Road in London.Working steadily through the ’90s, Simm earned accolades for performances in The Lakes, Human Traffic, and Wonderland.The new millennium brought parts in Miranda (alongside future War Doctor, the late John Hurt), 24 Hour Party People, State of Play, Sex Traffic, and Life on Mars (in which he plays a time-travelling police officer named after Doctor Who companion Rose Tyler).But despite a solid resume, Simm remains most famous for playing the Doctor’s greatest foil.John Simm is the Master (via BBC)Chosen by Russell T. Davies to play the nutty nemesis to David Tennant’s titular Time Lord, Simm appeared in the final three episodes of series three: Fatally wounded, the Master crawls into the Doctor’s TARDIS and regenerates into a younger body: John Simm.Transported back to Earth, he takes on the alias of “Harold Saxon”—Minister of Defense of Great Britain, and soon-to-be-elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.Simm reprised the role in 2009’s double-act special “The End of Time,” and later revealed that he’d “love the opportunity to play him [the Master] differently.”“I’d love to have another take on him, to be a bit quieter,” he told an audience at the 2012 Cheltenham Literature Festival.“I started annoying myself after a while,” he admitted of the cackling character. “Russell T. Davies had a specific idea of what he wanted him to be like. So I just had to do exactly what he wanted me to, and he wanted a giggling lunatic.”Viewers of season 10’s two-part finale know that Simm finally got his wish: Departing showrunner Steven Moffat wrote a more reserved, yet equally corrupt, version of the villain.Missy (Michelle Gomez) and the Master (John Simm) team up for destruction (via BBC)“I had the opportunity to play it differently,” Simm said in the most recent issue of Doctor Who Magazine.The actor was just as surprised as fans to see the male Master return.“I thought this ship had sailed. I really did,” he told DWM, adding that “I was very happy being David’s Master, and I really thought that was it [with] the whole changing of the guard. I thought, ‘Well, that’s my era over.’“So I was thrilled—I was really thrilled—to get to revisit a character 10 years on, especially such an iconic one,” Simm added.Don’t hold your breath, though, for a fourth turn as the Master, who was literally stabbed in the back by Missy (who, in turn, was shot in the back by the Master).Get your John Simm fix in two seasons of Shonda Rhimes’ thriller The Catch, and look for him in the upcoming TV mini-series Collateral, also starring Billie Piper (Rose Tyler).Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster
Seth Rollins Videos Articles Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp A majority of WWE’s roster is currently heading overseas to begin an upcoming live tour that starts tomorrow (2/10) in Bremen, Germany meaning a reduced roster will be available for tonight’s Smackdown tapings in Portland, Oregon.Listed for Germany tour with stops in Cologne, Mannheim and Magdeburg includes Roman Reigns, Alberto Del Rio, Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens, Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro, The New Day, The Usos, Rusev, Lana, Charlotte, Paige and WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair.AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho in a rematch from RAW two weeks ago is the only thing announced for tonight’s Smackdown taping in Portland.Attending the tapings on Tuesday in Portland? We are looking for live reports!Send all live reports to email@example.com.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Facebook Twitter Ronda Rousey WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down XFL reveals the team names and logos for the inaugural season beginning in February 2020 Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Now Playing Up Next 7/27 NXT Live Results: Atlanta, GA (Two Championship matches, Karen Q injured) Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Shawn Michaels Google+ Was Vince McMahon Reluctant To Let AJ Styles Join WWE? WWE Smackdown Results – 6/25/19 (Kofi Kingston responds to Samoa Joe’s attack on RAW)
Daniel Sturridge’s stunner saved Liverpool from a second straight defeat from Chelsea and their superstar Eden Hazard.Chelsea starting lineup Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Willian, Eden Hazard, Olivier Giroud Liverpool starting lineup Alisson Becker, Andrew Robertson, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto FirminoTen minutes went by before we saw the first threat on goal. It came from Mohamed Salah, who manoeuvred his way into an open shot, but mishit the ball badly. Sadio Mane had a shot on goal go wide in the 15th minute. The two teams were relatively even. Obviously, the Carabao Cup fixture had its influence, because they both appeared to be prepared for what was coming and focused on taking away each other’s strengths. Still, there was enough space to exploit.In the 22nd minute, Willian missed a huge opportunity to open the scoring. David Luiz sent a phenomenal long ball to free up the Brazilian. One touch and he was one-on-one with his countryman Alisson, who came out of goal and prevented a certain Chelsea lead with a timely block. Willian should’ve done better. In the 26th minute, Chelsea did take the lead. The goal was scored by none other than the red hot Eden Hazard. He got away from Liverpool’s defense and Mateo Kovacic found him with a perfect pass. The Belgian did not hesitate at all, taking a couple of steps and then firing an equally perfect left-footed shot in the opposite corner. A sublime finish by a fantastic player.6 – Eden Hazard has scored six goals from just eight shots on target so far in the Premier League this season. Pinpoint. #CHELIV pic.twitter.com/IX9v6GFHRt— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 29, 2018In the 32nd minute, The Reds nearly tied the contest through Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian used his quickness and strength to get ahead of Alonso, leaving only the keeper to beat. He did, but just as it seemed his shot would go in, Rudiger came in and turned it away. Unaccustomed to winning, Liverpool were flying all over the field in an attempt to get back into the game. Salah was extremely active, but for the time being, it was Hazard who was the star of the show. Mane had one more effort go to waste before the half-time whistle was blown.Real Madrid suffer a Luka Modric injury blow Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Real Madrid have announced that Luka Modric has suffered an adductor injury, which could rule him out of some key fixtures.In the second half, Liverpool tightened the ring around Chelsea’s box. In the 58th minute, Mane picked up a ball inside the area and made a nice move before pulling off a difficult shot which forced Kepa Arrizabalaga to make a save. Because of three defensive-minded central midfielders, The Blues had trouble in organizational play and mostly relied on counter attacks. However, those same midfielders were the ones keeping Salah, Mane and especially Firmino in check.In the 64th minute, Chelsea should’ve increased their lead. Kante saw Hazard making a run and employed him with a quick free-kick pass. The scorer of the first goal was all alone and had only Alisson to beat, yet he didn’t, hitting the keeper’s leg. The ball went into a corner kick. Moments later, both coaches made their first substitutions. Maurizio Sarri replaced Olivier Giroud with Alvaro Morata, whereas Jurgen Klopp surprised everyone by taking off a disgruntled Mohamed Salah. Xherdan Shaqiri was the one who came in his stead.That same Shaqiri had a great chance in the 70th minute following an excellent Andy Robertson cross, but the Swiss international failed to capitalize. Two minutes later, Chelsea escaped once again. A crossed ball came to James Milner, who instead of shooting, returned it back towards the middle of the penalty box. There, Firmino had a free header. He could pick and choose where to direct the ball. David Luiz was standing at the goal line and saved The Blues. Victor Moses and Naby Keita were the next two players to enter the pitch from the bench.In the 80th minute, Ross Barkley replaced Mateo Kovacic. Later, Shaqiri had a free kick from a promising position, but his shot didn’t threaten Kepa. Daniel Sturridge was the last player to come in as a substitute, taking Milner’s spot in the lineup. And Sturridge made his mark immediately with an astounding long-range effort that caught everybody off guard. Kante didn’t expect it and neither did Arrizabalaga, who stretched as much as he could, but was too short. An incredible effort in a clutch moment by the English striker, who is showing to have plenty left in the tank this season.Daniel Sturridge with the Goal of the Season so far 💪#CHELIVChelsea 1 – 1 Liverpoolpic.twitter.com/sfziVCxvb5— Roar Of The Kop (@_RoarOfTheKop_) September 29, 2018The final result (1-1) was a realistic representation of what happened on the Stamford Bridge pitch today.
Josh Good holds a healthy solaster, or sun star, on an Unalaska beach. (Annie Ropeik/KUCB)A mysterious virus that’s been wiping out sea stars on the West Coast since 2013 has spread all the way to Southeast Alaska — but it hasn’t made it to Southwest. That’s what a group of researchers found last month in Unalaska and Kodiak.Download AudioNow, they hope the islands’ healthy sea stars will give them new clues about how the virus works.It’s low tide on a sandy beach outside Unalaska’s Captain’s Bay, and local scuba diver Josh Good is wading around in a rocky tide pool. It’s full of urchins, kelp and sponges. But Good is looking for something a little higher up the food chain.Good: “This is a solaster. Solaster stimpsoni. And they’re predatory. They’re pretty awesome.”He’s holding a 10-legged sea star, about a foot wide. It’s bright orange with purple stripes. The solaster eats sea cucumbers — but it can be food itself for bigger sea stars.Good: “He was just in these rocks upside down. Probably trying to get back in the water.”Further out, Good finds more stars of all different shapes and sizes. But there’s one thing they have in common — they’re healthy. And that’s big news, when stars up and down the West Coast and into Alaska have been dying off from sea star wasting disease.Ian Hewson is a researcher at Cornell University. He visited Unalaska and Kodiak about a month ago, working with divers like Good to check if local sea stars were infected.“We actually looked at about six different species of sea stars, and we collected samples from four of those and took them back to the lab,” Hewson says. “We can confirm that we didn’t detect the virus, which is normally associated with this disease further south.”This Unalaska tide pool holds several different species of healthy sea star. (Annie Ropeik/KUCB)It’s been seen in Homer, Seward, Sitka, Juneau and Ketchikan. Huge numbers of stars develop lesions, lose limbs and finally disintegrate into mush.Now, Hewson wants to know why that’s not happening in Southwest, and he’ll study samples from the healthy stars to find out. One theory, he says, is distance.“There’s a big break in what’s known as biogeography of sea stars between Kodiak and, essentially, the Kenai Peninsula,” Hewson says. “It’s just a pretty deep stretch of water that not a lot of material goes between.”That break could protect Unalaska and Kodiak, if the virus spreads how Hewson thinks it does — on juvenile sea stars. They’re spawned in the water, then float away from their parents and usually settle among new populations.“So it’s almost as though, you know, you’ve got the daycare center, if you will,” Hewson says. “They’ve obviously got some pathogen out in the environment, and they’re bringing it home and infecting the adults.”But the virus might not be all that’s causing the disease. In the Southwest samples, Hewson says he’ll be on the lookout for outside influences that could differ from infected areas.“What we’re not terribly sure of is whether adverse environmental conditions makes it more susceptible to this virus, or whether, perhaps, it makes the symptoms more obvious to us,” he says. “So these are the types of questions that we are trying to work on.”And it’s just the beginning of what they hope to do. If National Science Foundation funding comes through this summer, Hewson’s team will be back to the Southwest to collect entire stars.They’ll quarantine them and infect them with the virus down South, Hewson says, “and then perform some very crucial experiments in our work related to understanding how this disease progresses from a completely healthy to a wasted-away sea star.”Understanding that process could be the key to a mystery that’s having a major impact on the ocean. Wasting disease affects almost all species of stars — but especially bigger ones. Hewson gives the 3 foot-wide sunflower star as an example.“That becomes a really dominant, keystone carnivore in the ecosystem,” he says. “It’s like your great white shark for an invertebrate.”It’s so high up on the food chain that it has a bigger effect on the ecosystem when it dies off.“Things that they normally eat have become really, really abundant. And those things include things like urchins, for example,” Hewson says. “Urchins play this pretty big role in controlling the amount of algae on rocky substrates, but because they’re herbivores, they actually consume kelps and things. And so when you get these big booms of urchins, basically the kelps disappear.”Back on the beach in Unalaska, Josh Good is looking at a healthy ecosystem — where sea stars are keeping the whole food chain in balance.Good: “The Aleutians are teeming with life. There’s so much life here. And everybody goes to warm places to dive, and really there’s way more life and biodiversity here.”Good was happy to hear that Unalaska’s sea stars are safe from wasting disease for now, but he and other locals are still keep an eye out for signs of change. Good does it every week, underwater and in his kayak. In fact, he was setting out for a paddle as soon as he put his sea stars back where he found them.
Per the report, Freeze had the opportunity to redact the number when providing the phone records in connection with document request, but failed to redact the escort service number.When asked about the alleged call by Forde, Freeze said it was a misdial and a misunderstanding:“I’ve got no idea, to be honest. I was in an 813 area code and that was a 313 number, I think that might have been a misdial. I don’t think there was even a conversation. There’s nothing to it.” Hugh Freeze has resigned as the head coach of the Ole Miss football program.He was 39-25 in five seasons with the school. The university sent out the news via the football team Twitter account. Co-offensive coordinator Matt Luke will assume interim coaching duties, effective immediately.ANNOUNCEMENT | Hugh Freeze has resigned effective immediately. Matt Luke interim head coach. Press conference live at 7:30 PM CT on ESPNews.— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) July 20, 2017According to Pat Forde with Yahoo! Sports, a call from Freeze to a number associated with a Tampa, Florida escort service was discovered by Thomas Mars, the attorney for former Rebels coach Houston Nutt, who filed a breach of contract lawsuit against the school on behalf of the ex-coach. Advertisement
Amazon re:Invent 2018 commenced yesterday at Las Vegas. This five-day event will comprise of various sessions, chalk talks, and hackathons covering AWS core topics. Amazon is also launching several new products and making some crucial announcements. Adding to this list, yesterday, Amazon announced that AWS Snowball Edge will now come with two options: Snowball Edge Storage Optimized and Snowball Edge Compute Optimized. Snowball Edge Compute Optimized, in addition to more computing power, comes with an optional GPU support. What is AWS Snowball Edge? AWS Snowball Edge is a physical appliance that is used for data migration and edge computing. It supports specific Amazon EC2 instance types and AWS Lambda functions. With Snowball Edge, customers can develop and test in AWS. The applications can then be deployed on remote devices to collect, pre-process, and return the data. Common use cases include data migration, data transport, image collation, IoT sensor stream capture, and machine learning. What is new in Snowball Edge? Snowball Edge will now come in two options: Snowball Edge Storage Optimized: This option provides 100 TB of capacity and 24 vCPUs, well suited for local storage and large-scale data transfer. Snowball Edge Compute Optimized: There are two variations of this option, one is without GPU and the other is with GPU. Both come with 42 TB of S3-compatible storage and 7.68 TB of NVMe SSD storage. You will also be able to run any combination of the instances that consume up to 52 vCPUs and 208 GiB of memory. The main highlight here is the support for an optional GPU. With Snowball Edge with GPU, you can do things like real-time full-motion video analysis and processing, machine learning inferencing, and other highly parallel compute-intensive work. In order to gain access to the GPU, you need to launch an sbe-g instance. You can select the “with GPU” option using the console: Source: Amazon The following are the specifications of the instances: Source: Amazon You can read more about the re:Invent announcements regarding Snowball Edge on AWS website. Read Next AWS updates the face detection, analysis and recognition capabilities in Amazon Rekognition AWS announces more flexibility its Certification Exams, drops its exam prerequisites Introducing Automatic Dashboards by Amazon CloudWatch for monitoring all AWS Resources
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