NHO India Marks 4 Years of CARIS HPD Production

first_imgThe Indian Naval Hydrographic Department (INHD) is the agency responsible for hydrographic surveys and nautical charting to support national and international agencies, as well as public and private sector activities in Indian waters.INHD utilizes leading equipment and techniques as part of their commitment to provide accurate hydrographic information in a timely manner and to ensure customer satisfaction.As part of their continuous modernization, in June 2011 INHD implemented a database driven production system at National Hydrographic Office (NHO) India, which is responsible for the publication of paper charts, electronic navigational charts (ENCs) and other nautical publications. The enterprise system, which included CARIS HPD and Bathy DataBASE, provided NHO India with technical infrastructure to improve the management of hydrographic information and increase rates of production for their extensive chart portfolio.Today, the database solutions are fully integrated into their operations and data acquired from INHD surveys undergo quality control at NHO India, which is then integrated into the database for production of chart products. Since the initial implementation NHO India has produced a notable 77 paper charts and 92 ENCs from the database environment.Now entering their fourth year of production with HPD, the hydrographic office also has approximately 40 other paper charts and equivalent ENCs at various stages of completion. The release of the additional products will further enhance marine safety, international trade and other maritime activities, and highlights the ongoing efforts of NHO India to provide accurate and updated information for mariners in the region.Press Release, July 04, 2014last_img read more

SRA bans litigator who falsified documents

first_imgA former employee at a top-25 firm has been barred from working in legal practices after he was found to have falsified documents.Brendan Ferris, a litigation executive at the DAC Beachcroft office in Bristol, was found by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to have misled clients.In a statement published on its website on Friday, the SRA said this included misleading clients about the status of court proceedings and in particular the service of two claim forms. He also misled a client in relation to whether an enquiry agent had been engaged.According to the statement, Ferris, of Southville, Bristol, was dismissed by the firm in October 2014 after working there for more than five years.The SRA has already issued a written rebuke for his conduct and has now stated it would be ‘undesirable’ for him to be involved in a legal practice.He may not be employed in any solicitor’s practice or by any solicitor without SRA permission in future.Ferris, who is not currently involved in a legal practice, was subject to an investigation by the SRA with an internal report from DAC Beachcroft also produced as evidence.last_img read more

Leipzig hosts World Cup Qualifier this weekend

first_img Tags: Home  »  Disciplines News  »  Showjumping News  »  Leipzig hosts World Cup Qualifier this weekend Team Ireland’s showjumpers travel to Leipzig (GER) this weekend, with the Longines FEI World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix taking place on Sunday at 14.05 IST. Elsewhere on the showjumping circuit action takes place at Abu Dhabi (UAE), Wellington Florida (USA), Olive (ESP) and Kronenberg (NED). In para dressage, Irish riders will compete at Macon Chaintre (FRA).All Irish international entries for this week’s shows are now available to view by clicking on the individual shows under ‘FEI Entries & Results’. Live links to results from this week’s shows are also available. Follow your Team Ireland Equestrian riders on the HSI website, Facebook (Team Ireland Equestrian) and Twitter (@TeamIRLEq). Leipzig hosts World Cup Qualifier this weekend 15 January 2020, 10:33last_img read more

Weak domestic demand tempers Qantas record Q1 revenue

first_imgPhoto: Steve Creedy Qantas has started the 2020 financial year with a record first-quarter revenue but continues to see weak domestic demand and faces some international headwinds.The airline said in a trading update that total group revenue rose 1.8 percent to a record $A4.56 billion while unit revenue was up 2.1 percent compared to the same quarter in 2018..But group domestic unit revenue fell by 0.9 percent due to “mixed market conditions” and Jetstar’s unit revenue was down 2.6 percent because of weakening demand in the price-sensitive leisure market.Strengthening resources industry traffic helped offset weaker demand in other corporate sectors such as financial services and telecommunications but overall corporate travel demand was flat, the update said.Small business demand also slowed, although Qantas said its share of both business markets increased, and premium leisure demand remained steady.READ: VIRGIN poised to start japan services after draft Tokyo decision.Jetstar’s 2.6 percent fall in unit revenue accounted for most of the group’s domestic decline and was offset by higher load factors that supported growth in ancillary revenues.Driving the increase in group unit revenue was a 4.4 percent increase for the group’s international operations led by reduced capacity from competitors as well as network and fleet changes in Qantas International.Qantas International reduced its own capacity by 2.5 percent and saw unit revenue rise by more than 6 percent.Jetstar International’s revenue and capacity also grew in the quarter with a strong demand on leisure routes to Asia offsetting weakness in markets impacted by the strong US dollar.A bright spot for the group remained Qantas Loyalty which “continued to see strong revenue growth in line with expectations” and expects to announce new growth opportunities shortly.“The Group continues to perform well, with strength in key parts of our portfolio helping to offset softness in other areas,” Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said.“Qantas International has seen significant upside from competitor capacity contracting more than anticipated, which is expected to continue for at least the remainder of the first half.”Joyce said the slower revenue environment would mean a strong focus on cost reduction “to make sure we keep delivering on our transformation targets.””Part of this is about taking opportunities to reduce complexity and constantly improving how efficiently we manage our business,” he added.Among the headwinds facing the group are the protests in Hong Kong, which will wipe $A25m off the first-half profit and prompting capacity adjustments.Other problems include the impact of the US-China trade war on freight, expected to cut full-year profit by $A25-30m, and foreign exchange expenses expected to increase non-fuel costs by $A25m in the first half.The group has fully hedged its fuel for the 2020 financial year, including the ability to benefit from significant price falls, and expects its first-half fuel bill to increase $A29m to $A3.98 billion. A worst-case scenario would see fuel costs rise to $A4.05 billionQantas will continue to keep a tight rein on capacity with group increases expected to be between 0.5 and 1 percent in the first half.“Domestically, published competitor capacity is set to increase despite the weakness in the market,’’ Joyce said.“The Qantas Group will maintain its strategic position in all parts of the market and therefore our total domestic capacity is expected to grow by up to 1 percent in the second half.”last_img read more

[UPDATED] Google+ Has 54 Million Daily Active Users, 90 Million Total

first_imgTags:#Google#web Google just announced its Q4 earnings, and CEO Larry Page is “super excited.” Revenue for the full year was up 29%. The quarter missed Wall Street’s expectations, but Page has no reservations. It was a big quarter for Google+, and Page says that’s a key to the company’s strategy. “By building a meaningful relationship with our users through Google+,” he says, “we will create amazing experiences across our services.”Page says Google+ “now has 90 million users globally,” which is more than double what he announced three months ago. This quarter, Google integrated Google+ into search, so now it’s a part of life for anyone who uses Google (unless they opt out). Page says that 60% of Google+ users “engage daily,” and 80% are active weekly. That either means Google+ has 54 million daily active users, or, as Forbes points out, it might be sleight of hand, saying only that 54 Google+ users use Google services daily. But since Google+ is built into most of Google now, including search, that distinction is pretty moot.One of Page’s priorities as CEO is to increase “velocity of execution,” and he touts Google+ as an example of that strategy paying off. Page says Google+ has shipped “a new feature every day since we launched in June.” That’s more than 200 updates in total. “Understanding who people are, what they care about, and the other people who matter to them is crucial if we’re going to give users what they need when they need it,” Page says.Page says Google is trying to “double down on the really big bets we have made.” It closed many existing products last year to make space for Google+, Android, Gmail and Chrome, the projects Page focused on in today’s earnings announcement. With 65% of Web searches, 90 million Google+ users, 350 million Gmail users, 250 million Android devices and the #2 desktop browser in the world, Google has an abundance of opportunities to display its ads. What Page didn’t say in the earnings call is that the returns on those ads are in decline. Google’s average revenue per click declined by 8%, and with all these fancy new features Google is building, its costs for gaining new traffic rose by 18%.2011Q4 Google Earnings Slides A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jon mitchellcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Walking with Warriors to raise money for Wounded Warrior Homes

first_imgWalking with Warriors to raise money for Wounded Warrior Homes March 8, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 8:19 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – “Walking with Warriors” say they are going to raise money for local nonprofit Wounded Warrior Homes with a 3 mile event.Participants will run, walk, or bike the scenic 3 mile route through the hills of San Marcos.Organizers say many runners will be carrying flags along the trail.Before the walk begins, participants will do 22 ceremonial push ups to bring attention to the 22 veterans who commit suicide every day.Doug Davidson is a Wounded Warrior Homes volunteer who decided to put together this event to raise awareness of an important issue.Davidson said he was challenged to do 22 push-ups a day for 22 consecutive days and post it on social media to create awareness for the average of 22 veterans that take their life every day.Davidson didn’t stop at 22 days though and on March 9 it will mark 1,000 consecutive days of doing at least 22 push-ups a day. center_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 8, 2019last_img read more

Astronomers discover two ferociously fast stars locked in a death spiral

first_img 0 Share your voice What is a black hole? The universe’s dark, mysterious monsters Tags 16 Photos Originally published 10:00 a.m. PTUpdated 3:20 p.m. PT: Adds additional Burdge comment regarding LISA. Artist’s impression of the pair of white dwarfs, ZTF J1530+5027. Caltech/IPAC At CNET, we’re big fans of seeing cosmic phenomena locked in dizzying dances of doom. When two huge objects become bound by each other’s gravity, they can be locked into a spiral, circling each other until they merge or die. Astronomers have spotted another such system, this time featuring two “dead stars” — white dwarfs — zipping around each other once every seven minutes. The incredibly fast orbits make this the fastest eclipsing binary system yet recorded.The discovery, dubbed ZTF J1539+5027 and published Wednesday in the journal Nature, was made by researchers using Caltech’s Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF), a whole sky survey designed to locate objects that rapidly change in brightness. Searching in the Boötes constellation, researchers spotted this particular pair of dead stars around 8,000 light-years away. The two white dwarfs are so close to each other they are practically spooning, with only 80,000 kilometers (about 49,700 miles) between them, and they’re travelling at hundreds of kilometers per second. Astronomers officially identify this system as an “eclipsing binary” because, from our point of view, one of the stars consistently passes in front of the other. Combined, two stars have a mass similar to that of our sun, but they aren’t twins. One of the white dwarfs is a little bit smaller and a little dimmer.”As the dimmer star passes in front of the brighter one, it blocks most of the light, resulting in the seven-minute blinking pattern we see in the ZTF data,” said Kevin Burdge, lead author on the study and a Ph.D. candidate in physics at Caltech. “We rarely catch these systems as they are still merging like this one.” One of the dwarfs — the more compact one — is incredibly hot. Burdge suggests it may have been heating up as it fed on its dancing partner like some sort of creepy space vampire, draining material from its surface. However, so far, he hasn’t seen any evidence of such an event. On the flip side, the research team also thinks the cooler dwarf (as in colder, not more trendy) shouldn’t be so cold. Burdge calls that another “puzzle.”An artist’s animation of the eclipsing binary. Caltech/IPAC However, there are a few things the team does know. The rare find is important because astronomers know the system emits gravitational waves, faint ripples in spacetime that have only recently been discovered. The dead, Earth-size stars are super dense, and their movement through spacetime as they spin around each other causes invisible waves to emanate outward, travelling through the cosmos.  We can’t detect them from this pair yet, Burdge noted, because Earth is too noisy to see the signal generated by the duo. It’s good news that they will keep spinning around each other for another 100,000 years — giving us a chance to detect their gravitational waves at some point in the next 15 years when the European Space Agency’s Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) comes online. Burdge is just trying to get ahead of the game.”The overall intent of the project is to identify as many LISA sources as possible before LISA comes online,” he said. “The earlier you catch these sources, the longer you can monitor them for orbital decay.”That gives researchers time to measure the orbital decay that can determine how far away the binary is.Set to launch in 2034, LISA will hunt for faint gravitational waves from orbit. The trio of satellites stationed in space, Burdge notes, will be complimentary to current gravitational wave detectors on Earth, such as the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in the US.”LIGO can see things that LISA can’t, and LISA can see some things that LIGO can’t, and there are a handful of things that might switch from being visible in LISA to LIGO over time,” he said.Part of Burdge’s work will look for similar events to ZTF J1539+5027 and help build a clearer understanding of a star’s life, how white dwarfs come to be and how binary systems work. “This system will stay interesting for the next 30 years, because as time goes on, we should be able to measure tidal effects in the orbital decay, and eventually get a LISA signal from it,” said Burdge. “It has already taught us a lot we didn’t know before, created many new questions, and still has a lot more to teach us.” Sci-Tech Post a commentlast_img read more

Is Rahul destinys child or an empty suit

first_imgIndian National Congress party president Rahul Gandhi addresses supporters at an event to unveil the party`s election manifesto in New Delhi on 2 April 2019. Photo: AFPRahul Gandhi, vying to become the latest prime minister from India’s most famous dynasty, has worked hard to shed his image as an entitled footloose princeling and political lightweight.But the great-grandson, grandson and son of three past premiers of the world’s biggest democracy still faces a tough task beating Prime Minister Narendra Modi in elections starting Thursday.No relation to independence hero Mahatma Gandhi, Rahul was born in 1970 when his grandmother Indira Gandhi — daughter of India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru — was premier.In 1984 Indira was shot dead by her Sikh bodyguards and she was succeeded by her son Rajiv Gandhi, Rahul’s father. Rajiv was himself assassinated in 1991 by a Tamil suicide bomber when Rahul was 20.Rahul was enrolled at Harvard but dropped out after a year, following his father’s death. He later graduated from Rollins College, Florida and in 1994 earned a master’s degree from Cambridge.While in his 20s he lived in London, where he worked at a management consultancy for a time.His Italian-born mother Sonia Gandhi, widow of Rajiv, took charge of the Congress party in 1998 before handing over the reins to Rahul, her first-born, in 2017.- ‘Empty suit’ -Ten years earlier, in 2007, leaked US diplomatic cables said Rahul was viewed as an “empty suit” and “lightweight”, with little known about his political beliefs — if he had any.But by 2009, the US assessment was now that Gandhi sounded like a “practiced politician who knew how to get his message across and … was comfortable with the nuts and bolts of party organization and vote counting”.”He was precise and articulate and demonstrated a mastery that belied the image some have of Gandhi as a dilettante,” a leaked cable by senior US diplomat Peter Burleigh said.After Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) crushed Congress at the 2014 election, Gandhi set about reviving and rejuvenating the party, while keeping older hands on side.A speech in the lower house last year drew widespread applause and forced political pundits to take notice. He ended it by giving an uncomfortable-looking Modi a surprise hug.He has also, in contrast to the Hindu nationalist Modi, reached out to Muslim voters and stressed his secular credentials, and also to women, promising to bring legislation setting aside seats in parliament for them.Last December, Congress secured victory in three key state elections, including in Modi’s northern Indian “cow belt” heartland, suddenly making Gandhi look like a serious contender.’Not foolish’During the campaign for the election — which wraps up on May 19, with results four days later — Gandhi has attacked Modi’s record on farmers, jobs and his close ties to business.”Across India, people are frustrated and angry. Mr Modi is attempting to use hyper-nationalism to divert the attention of the people,” he said in a recent interview to the Kolkata-based Telegraph newspaper.”But the people of India are not foolish. They can see through this game,” he said.Election adverts show him hugging an emaciated peasant woman, while Gandhi’s leftist manifesto pledges to end abject poverty by 2030 and give cash transfers to 50 million families.But tea-seller’s son Modi is no pushover, using traditional and social media, as well as tub-thumping speeches, to dominate the headlines.Modi has capitalised on India and Pakistan’s tit-for-tat airstrikes in February to appear as the patriotic “chowkidar” (watchman) of India.Gandhi’s attempts to score points with allegations of dodgy dealings related to India’s purchase of Rafale jets from France have also failed to stick with voters in a big way, opinion polls have suggested.And at the same time Modi seldom misses an opportunity to contrast his own humble beginnings with his silver-spoon adversary, deriding Gandhi as “shahzada” (crown prince).Gandhi “appears to be clinging to the socialist ideas of his grandmother and doesn’t realise that people have changed, that even the poor have changed”, Parsa Venkateshwar Rao, a veteran journalist and political commentator, told AFP.last_img

Annapolis Wrapup Bills that Survived the 2015 Legislative Session

first_imgThe recently concluded 2015 legislative session was notable both for the  bills that passed (expanded felon voting rights, the Maryland Second Chance Act) and those that did not (law enforcement officers bill of rights reform).The AFRO has covered many of these bills over the course of these past three months, but below are some of the other bills with direct relevance to Baltimore City that made it out of the General Assembly this session and are heading to Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk to await his signature (or veto). Law Enforcement ReformsWhile the 2015 legislative session was not particularly friendly to attempts to reform law enforcement practices in Maryland, two smaller measures sponsored by Del. Jill Carter (D-Baltimore City) did manage to pass the General Assembly.House Bill 339 will require the Maryland State Police to continue reporting demographic and other data related to traffic stops as a means to ensure that the agency is not engaged in racially disparate traffic enforcement.House Bill 771 will require the Baltimore Police Department to report certain information annually to the mayor and city council, as well as to the Baltimore City delegation to the General Assembly. Among the information the department will be required to report is the number of African American, Latino, and women officers in the department, as well as the number of civilian use of force complaints received against officers, and the number of officers suspended by the department with and without pay.House Bill 533, sponsored by Del. Charles Sydnor III (D-Baltimore County), creates an exemption from Maryland’s wiretap statute for the recording of oral communications by a policeworn body camera used in the course of a police officer’s official duties.While courts have consistently held that our wiretap statute only applies to private communications, according to David Rocah, senior staff attorney for the ACLU Maryland, some jurisdictions in the state were nonetheless worried that a court might one day rule that body cameras record audio in violation of Maryland law. This bill removes that concern and may help lead to greater adoption of body cameras across the state.House Bill 533 also requires the Maryland Police Training Commission to develop basic uniform policies for the use and operation of police-worn body cameras, which jurisdictions adopting the technology will have to conform to as of Jan. 1, 2016, according to Sydnor.House Bill 926, also sponsored by Sydnor, creates a pilot program for behavioral health police units in both Baltimore City and County. These units will be specially trained to handle and deescalate situations involving persons suffering from mental health issues, deemphasizing arrests and engagement in the criminal justice system for such persons.House Bill 954, sponsored by Del. Alonzo Washington (D-Baltimore City), will require all local law enforcement agencies to report annually on officer-involved deaths, as well as deaths suffered by officers in the line of duty. In the case of officer-involved deaths, agencies must include the age, gender, ethnicity, and race of both the deceased individual and the officer involved.House Bill 368, sponsored by Del. Pamela Beidle (D-Anne Arundel County), provides exemption from civil liability for police or first responders who administer anti-opiate drugs to persons suspected of having overdosed on heroin or other opiates. The bill provides exemption from liability for negligence by the first responder, but not gross negligence, according to Anderson, one of the bill’s co-sponsors. The exemption was asked for by both police agencies and first responders worried that their use of anti-opiate drugs could result in lawsuits in certain cases.Criminal JusticeSenate Bill 517, sponsored by chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Sen. Bobby Zirkin, strengthens the marijuana decriminalization law passed in 2014 by removing criminal penalties for the possession of drug paraphernalia related to the use or possession of marijuana. While possession of marijuana in amounts under 10 grams was already decriminalized (carrying only a civil fine) last year, possession of paraphernalia related to the use of marijuana could still serve as grounds for criminal charges. That will change if Hogan signs the bill into law.House Bill 121, sponsored by Del. Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore City), gives judges in the state the discretion to ignore mandatory minimum sentencing laws for subsequent convictions of felony drug possession (currently, a second such offense carries a 10 year minimum, while a third carries a 25 year minimum) in favor of enrolling someone convicted of felony drug possession in a drug treatment program if the judge finds such treatment in the interest of justice and that the defendant at issue does not otherwise pose a threat to public safety.“Freddie Gray, the guy that was killed, he had three or four different convictions for possession with intent to distribute, and was never ever really given a chance to get into drug treatment. Maybe drug treatment would have had him off the streets and doings somethingpositive with his life other than being subjected to scrutiny by the police which ultimately resulted in his death. I think [House Bill 121] is an extremely important bill for Baltimore,” said Anderson.last_img read more

Google Internet Stats Introduced

first_img Google launches search tool ‘Google Squared’ Citation: Google Internet Stats Introduced (2009, September 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-google-internet-stats.html Google Internet Stats Introduced Explore further Google Internet Stats gathers its information from a range of International third party sources to present twitter-like entries covering the areas of Consumer Trends, Macro-Economic Trends, Media Consumption and Landscape, and Technology. Each area is broken down into sub-categories. You can locate data by drilling down through the links, or by using the search engine.Using Google Internet Stats you can find all kinds of snippets of statistics such as: 57% of young people watched a YouTube music video in the last year; 1.6 billion people, or 24% of global population, are now online; over a quarter of Internet users surveyed in six countries in 2008 said most of the time they watch TV at the same time as being on the Internet; and iTunes has sold over six billion songs.Google gathers the information from an impressive list of sources, including research companies like Nielsen and Comscore, and publications such as The Economist and the Wall Street Journal, but at present the depth of the data is not impressive, and little of it is dated later than June 2009.While many of the sources it uses have a global presence, the statistics center is hosted on Google’s UK domain, and there is a definite slant towards the UK and Europe, but the database does include global data as well. The site is new and the statistics database is growing rapidly. You can even submit your own statistics provided you can supply links to support them. The Internet Stat Center quietly appeared at the following: link, and it is not yet clear whether Google intends to release similar statistics centers on other regional domains. At its present state of development it is little more than a curiosity, but it may grow to become interesting and useful.© 2009 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Google has quietly introduced a Google Internet Stats website, which presents snippets of statistics and insights for a number of focus areas, and allows you to search within the statistics for specific areas of interest. If you’re looking for quick facts, this website could eventually become the favorite place to check out first. 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