zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license French cruise company Compagnie du Ponant and the master of cruise ship L’Austral have been fined a total of NZD 100,000 (USD 65,800) for endangering human life and entering a prohibited zone following an incident in the remote New Zealand Subantarctic islands.The company received a fine of NZD 70,000, while Captain Regis Daumesnil, a French citizen, was fined NZD 30,000 in the Wellington District Court. They had pleaded guilty to charges following the January 9, 2017 grounding of the cruise ship L’Austral on an uncharted rock at the Snares Islands.Both Maritime NZ and the Department of Conservation (DOC) brought charges against Captain Daumesnil, with DOC also prosecuting the company.Charges were filed against Captain Daumesnil under the Maritime Transport Act 1994 for causing unnecessary danger or risk to the people on board, and against both Captain Daumesnil and the company under the Resource Management Act 1991 for entering a 300-meter exclusion zone around the Islands.As a result of the grounding the vessel’s hull was punctured in three places. Rather than return to Bluff, the nearest port, Captain Daumesnil made the decision to continue on the cruise schedule to the Auckland Islands, a further 285 km south. There were 356 passengers and crew onboard.“His ship grounded, was holed and everyone on board was endangered. Captain Daumesnil then made the situation worse by sailing further away, from any possible help, should it have been needed,” Mike Vredenburg, Maritime NZ Southern Regional Compliance Manager, said.Captain Daumesnil had an inadequate plan for sailing around North East Island, no plan at all for drifting close to shore while recovering boats, did not identify areas of danger, and did not monitor that the ship remained in safe water.The Court has ordered that 90 per cent of the fine laid under the Resource Management Act charges be awarded to DOC, on behalf of the Minister of Conservation, as the local authority for the Subantarctic Islands. DOC intends to use those funds towards planning for its Auckland Islands pest eradication project.
0 CES 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Tags 5:32 I came across a suitcase with ears that wiggle when petted #ces2019 pic.twitter.com/ZJJWQfmoON— Patrick Holland (@trickholland) January 10, 2019 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Share your voice Fravel is a suitcase with ears that move and a heart that beats. Fravel Last night, outside the exhibition hall at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, I had what can only be classified as a “CES moment.” Sprawled across the lobby were five candy-colored suitcases with ears. As I got closer, I noticed that ears wiggled back-and-forth whenever someone petted the suitcase. It turns out this was a Fravel suitcase designed to be a pet you travel with. Fravel’s website describes the case as “everything you like about your pet without the messy part.” Fravel The ears are squishy and move whenever you pet or walk with the case. The ears even do a dance when Fravel is super-happy. If that’s not adorable enough, there is a light-up heart that beats to show off how excited Fravel is to be going on an adventure. Oh, and I have to mention that there are cat paw feet to house the wheels. The ears detach to fit Fravel into an airplane’s overhead storage. The suitcase has a battery that powers the ears and the light-up heart. The Fravel suitcase starts at $299, which converts roughly to £235, AU$415, and can be ordered on Fravel’s website. CES Products CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. CES 2019: A pet dryer, a bed that rocks you to sleep… Post a comment 85 Photos Gadgets
Share 00:00 /01:15 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Berardo62 via Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0The energy industry and ship builders are at odds over a Customs and Border Protection proposal.Could Homeland Security slow down the oil industry?A Texas oil and gas regulator thinks so. He says a proposal from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) could get in the way of offshore drilling.CBP wants to rethink how it interprets part of a law called the “Jones Act.” It basically requires ships conducting business along the coast to be American ships, meaning American-made.For decades, the government has allowed certain ships to be exempt from the law, but a proposal from CBP issued in the last few days of the Obama Administration would crack down on the leniency. More ships in the gulf would have to be U.S. ships.Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton says that would be a big cost for oil companies that use cheaper foreign ships, a cost they couldn’t immediately absorb.“So you’re gonna cut off some of the markets because they can’t afford to transport the product,” he says, adding that there just aren’t enough American ships in the gulf to keep the oil business humming.“And even if you went and ordered them all today, we’re talking years to get them all built and manufactured.”Sitton wants the proposal withdrawn, as does the energy industry. But ship builders love it. They describe it as an America-first policy that would support American jobs.Which puts the Trump Administration in a tricky spot. They have until mid-May to decide whether to prioritize energy development or American manufacturing, big Trump talking points that are seemingly at odds in this situation. Listen
(PhysOrg.com) — Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) has demonstrated what might be the next version of high speed WiFi. Currently named 802.11ac, (wireless transmission traditionally uses .11 as opposed to .3 for Ethernet, or cable based transmission) the new proposed standard was shown to deliver 120Mbps throughput to three receivers at the same time. Citation: NTT demos 802.11ac – next generation high-speed WiFi (2011, July 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-ntt-demos-80211ac-high-speed.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. The new standard uses the same 5GHz bandwidth as is currently used now in home WiFi systems; to get it to carry more data, the signal is multiplexed (sent out as round-robin bits of data from several different sources) on one end, and then de-multiplexed on the other, all using multiple-user Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technology that in this case has been developed by NTT. The object is to get 1 Gbps per system, a rate that will be needed as bandwidth hogging applications such as ever higher video resolution or 3D content creates demand for ever faster LAN systems able to deliver such huge amounts of data to always hungry-for-more, customers. In the NTT demo at the Wireless Technology Park, in Yokohama, six antennas were used to deliver the signal, and three to receive it. The new technology developed by NTT relies on a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) that utilizes mathematical algorithms to set space divisions for the data as its being multiplexed into its individual parts, and then of course to do the reverse on the other end. According to NTT, this processing could be done with a dedicated chip, instead of the FPGA, should the new standard be approved by the International IEEE standards body.Even if all goes according to plan, though, the new standard isn’t likely to be adopted until at least 2013, though that doesn’t necessarily mean products won’t ship before that date that utilize the proposed new standard, as was done with earlier wireless standards. Also helpful is the fact that 802.11ac, whatever its final form, will offer full backwards compatibility with the current version, meaning early adopters won’t do any worse than what they have now, and likely will do much better as new hardware comes available.Looking ahead past 802.11ac, the next generation of wireless LAN technology, initially dubbed 802.11ag is expected to step outside of the 5GHz currently unlicensed space, and to shoot for a tenfold gain in throughput. © 2010 PhysOrg.com NTT DoCoMo Achieves World’s First 5Gbps Packet Transmission in 4G Field Experiment
A five-day event Thailand Trade Exhibition 2014 has been organised in the Capital by Department of International Trade Promotion Thailand (DITP) that started off on 3 September at DLF Place Saket. The show provides a trade opportunity for both the countries. The event was inaugurated by Chalit Manityakul Ambassador, Royal Thai Embassy. It showcases rich plethora of Thai activities and products like cultural dance, home decorative, gem and jewellery, educational toys, health and beauty and flowers.Chalit Manityakul said, ‘We are glad to organise this fair.as it has given us a great opportunity to showcase our exciting range of products to discerning buyers and sellers. With this platform, we hope to create more awareness amongst our target audiences and benefit from B2B interactions and meetings as well’.
Kolkata: The State Archaeological Museum takes you on a journey of the artistic history of Bengal. Spread across two floors, the seven galleries of the museum display innumerable artifacts that were a part of the different eras of Bengal.The first gallery displays ancient pieces of terracotta sculptures, pre-historic stones and pictures of excavations carried out by the archaeological survey team, placed in proper order and beautifully presented. The art gallery right next to the first one is a splendid collection of Bengali artistic talent and the styles they preferred in different eras. The colorful paintings of old women, Gods and Goddesses, court proceedings, make up the initial part of the gallery. Towards the end is the portrayal of the Chokkhudan ceremony performed by Lord Rama as an appeasement to Goddess Durga, through the use of a number of paintings, all kept in order of their action. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe first floor houses a medium sized sculpted Goddess Durga along with various other statues and sculptures portraying the rich sculpting history that existed in this state. The sculpture gallery holds around ten terracotta figurines of Lord Surya and Lord Vishnu, with a central shelf for Goddessess like Saraswati and Kali. The sculptures are of different sizes, some eroded and some reconstructed. The magnificence and details that the sculptures hold, till this date, is beyond expression. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedA huge model of a Buddhist monastery, holding similarities with the Nalanda University ruins in Bihar, is on display as at the gallery of excavations. The Chandraketu Garh ruins with a display of the huge carved out walls and pillars, along with small metal weapons that were found in those areas, are a major attraction of this museum. The journey ends with the small room of metal artifacts collected through eras, putting weapons and idols on display. The State Archaeological Museum fills one’s heart with rich abundance of art and appreciation for the beauty of the State we reside in.