Decumulation: There is no rule of thumb

first_imgIn most pursuits, people usually look for a “rule of thumb” when it comes to sound strategies or best practices. However, when it comes to developing a retirement plan strategy the rule of thumb is that there is no rule of thumb.The reason for this may be obvious. As individuals, we all have our own needs, wants and concerns; many of us may be the same age, live in the same geographical area, and even make the same exact salary. Even if two people were hired on the same day by the same firm at the same salary, and made equal contributions to their 401(k) plans throughout their careers, there are still a number of variables to prevent them from taking a “one size fits all” approach to decumulation.Are both persons married? Are their spouses/partners both working and, if so, what are their salaries and retirement savings? Do they have any children? Where are they in terms of college expenses and healthcare needs? continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Kliff Kingsbury to give Cardinals cellphone breaks during meetings

first_imgHe went on to explain Tuesday during the NFL owners’ meetings that the effort is intended to keep the players focused during the sessions. The breaks will come every 20 or 30 minutes when he sees players “itching to get to those” phones.”You start to see kind of hands twitching and legs shaking, and you know they need to get that social media fix, so we’ll let them hop over there and then get back in the meeting and refocus,” Kingsbury said, via ESPN. Related News Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury is taking a unique approach to running his team meetings as he embarks on his first season with Arizona.Kingsbury will introduce cellphone breaks at Cardinals meetings so players can “get that social media fix.” “So if we’ve got to split it up or have shorter meetings, that’s what we do.”The Cardinals are coming off a league-worst 3-13 season, missing the playoffs for a third straight year. Arizona enters next month’s draft with the No. 1 overall pick. Giants opens to Josh Rosen talks as Cardinals’ draft plans remain unclear Kingsbury’s strategy is to adjust his meetings to the players, helping them maximize their focus rather than just asking them to sit for longer stretches. Kingsbury explained he used this approach while coaching at Texas Tech for six seasons before he was hired by Arizona to replace coach Steve Wilks.”I think coming from the college ranks to obviously, those young men, it’s got to be quick hitters, 20 minutes at a time, give them a break and get them back in,” Kingsbury said. “We want to make sure that when we have them, they’re focused, and they’re locked in, and we’re maximizing their time.last_img read more

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ReadWriteWeb Interview With Tim Berners-Lee, Part 2: Search Engines, User Interfaces for Data, Wolfram Alpha, And More…

first_imgIn part 2 of my one-on-one interview with Tim Berners-Lee, we explore a variety of topics relating to Linked Data and the Semantic Web. If you missed it, in Part 1 of the interview we covered the emergence of Linked Data and how it is being used now even by governments.In Part 2 we discuss: how previously reticent search engines like Google and Yahoo have begun to participate in the Semantic Web in 2009, user interfaces for browsing and using data, what Tim Berners-Lee thinks of new computational engine Wolfram Alpha, how e-commerce vendors are moving into the Linked Data world, and finally how the Internet of Things intersects with the Semantic Web.Semantic Web and Search Engines Like Google, YahooRWW: You’ve been talking about the Semantic Web for many years now. Generally the view is that Semantic Web is great in theory, but we’re still not seeing a large number of commercial web apps that use RDF (we’ve seen a number of scientific or academic ones). However we have begun to see some traction with RDFa (embedding RDF metadata into XHTML Web content), for example Google’s Rich Snippets and Yahoo’s SearchMonkey. Has the takeup of RDFa taken you by surprise?TBL: Not really, but the takeup by the search engines is interesting. In a way I was happy to see that, it was a milestone for those things to come out of the search engines. The search engines had typically not been keen on the Semantic Web – maybe you could argue that their business is making order out of chaos, and they’re actually happy with the chaos. And if you provide them with the order, they don’t immediately see the use of it.“The search engines have not been keen on the Semantic Web […] their business is making order out of chaos, and they’re actually happy with the chaos.”Also I think there was misunderstanding in the search engine industry that the Semantic Web meant metadata, and metadata meant keywords, and keywords don’t work because people lie. Because traditionally in information retrieval systems, keywords haven’t proven up to the task of finding stuff on the Web. One of the reasons is that people lie, the other is that they can’t be bothered to enter keywords. So keywords have gotten a bad reputation, then metadata in general was tarred with this ‘keywords don’t work’ brush. Because a lot of Semantic Web data included metadata, then people thought that with Semantic Web data — again, that people will lie and won’t have the time to produce it.Google rich snippets example; image credit: Matt CuttsNow I think there’s a realization that when you’re putting data online, that people are motivated NOT to lie. For example when your band is going to produce its next album, or when your band is going to play next downtown, you’re motivated to put that information up there on the Semantic Web. There’s an awful lot of cases when actually data is really important to people; and it’s on the web anyway. So I think it’s great that some of the search engine companies are starting to read RDFa.Does this mean that they will start to absorb the whole RDF data model? If they do, then they will be able to start pulling all of the linked data cloud in.“The web of linked data and the web of documents actually connect in both directions, with links.”Will they know what to do with it? Because when it’s data in a very organized form, I think some people have been misunderstanding the Semantic Web as being something that tries to make a better search engine – i.e. when you type something into a little box. But of course the great thing about the Semantic Web is that you can query it, you can ask a complicated query of the Semantic Web, like a SQL query (we call it a SPARQL query), and that’s such a different thing to be able to do. It really doesn’t compare to a search engine.You’ve got search for text phrases on one side (which is a useful tool) and querying of the data on the other. I think that those things will connect together a lot.So I think people will search using a search text engine, and find a webpage. On the front of the webpage they’ll find a link to some data, then they’ll browse with a data browser, then they’ll find a pattern which is really interesting, then they’ll make their data system go and find all the things which are like that pattern (which is actually doing a query, but they’ll not realize it), then they’ll be in data mode with tables and doing statistical analysis, and in that statistical analysis they’ll find an interesting object which has a home page, and they’ll click on that, and go to a homepage and be back on the Web again.So the web of linked data and the web of documents actually connect in both directions, with links.User Interfaces for Semantic ContentRWW: At the recent SemTech conference, Tom Tague of Thomson Reuters’ Calais project suggested that user interfaces for semantic content are key in getting more take-up. With that in mind, I wonder if you’ve seen some great interfaces or designs for semantic applications in recent months – if so which ones and why did they impress you?TBL: I think that whole area is very exciting at the moment. The only piece of hacking I’ve done over the past few years has been on a thing called the Tabulator [a data browser and editor], which is addressing exactly that. Partly because I wanted to be able to look at this data. And now there are lots of different ways that people need to be able to look at data. You need to be able to browse through it piece by piece, exploring the world of data. You need to be able to look for patterns of particular things that have happened. Because this is data, we need to be able to use all of the power that traditionally we’ve used for data. When I’ve pulled in my chosen data set, using a query, I want to be able to do [things like] maps, graphs, analysis, and statistical stuff.W3C Tabulator, a data browser/editor; Image credit: wiwiss.fu-berlin.deSo when you talk about user interfaces for this, it’s really very very broad. Yes I think it’s important. There’s also the distinction we can make between the generic interfaces and the specific interfaces.There will always be specific interfaces; for example if you’re looking at calendar data, there’s nothing else like a calendar that understands weeks, months and years. If you’re looking at a genome, it’s good to have a genetics-specific user interface.“I want to be able to do maps, graphs, analysis, and statistical stuff.”However you also need to be able to connect that data, through generic interfaces. So if my genome data was taken during an experiment which happened over a particular period, I need to be able to look at that in the calendar – so I can connect the genetics to the calendar.So one of the things I hope to see is domain-specific things for various different domains, and the generic user interfaces. And hopefully the generic interfaces will be able to tie together all of the domains.Wolfram Alpha and Natural Language InterfacesRWW: An interesting new product was launched this year called Wolfram|Alpha, described as a ‘computational knowledge engine.’ It’s kind of a mix between Google (search) and Wikipedia (knowledge), and its key attribute is that enables you to compute something. The founders think that ‘computing’ things on the fly is something we’re going to see a lot of in future. What’s your take on Wolfram|Alpha?TBL: There are two parts to that sort of technology. One of them is a sort of stilted natural language interface. We’ve seen those sort of natural language queries for years. Boris Katz [from W3C] created a system called START[a software system designed to answer questions that are posed to it in natural language]. I think with the Semantic Web out there, those sorts of interfaces are going to become important, very valuable, because people will be able to ask more complicated things. The search engine has traditionally been limited to just a phrase, but some of the search engines are now starting to realize that if they put data behind them and have computation engines, then you can ask things like ‘what’s this many pounds in dollars?’ and so on. So yes, those interfaces will become important.“Those sorts of interfaces will become important […] people will be able to ask more complicated things.”Conversational interfaces have always been a really interesting avenue. We’ve had voice browser work in W3C, that has been an interesting alternative avenue. It’s possible that as compute power goes up, we’ll see a prolifieration of machines capable of doing voice. It’ll move from the mainframe to being able to run on a laptop or your phone. As that happens, we’ll get actual voice recognition and pattern natural language at the front end. That will perhaps be an important part of the Semantic Web. Tags:#Interviews#Semantic Web#web Related Posts richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting We talked before about what a great challenge the Semantic Web is going to be from a user interface point of view. Conversational interfaces are going to be part of [solving] that. Of course it’s also going to be really valuable to have compositional interfaces – for the visually impaired and so on.Wolfram|Alpha is also a large curated database of data sets. Obviously I’m interested in the big data set which is out there, which is Linked Data. This everybody can connect to. I don’t really know a lot about the internals of Wolfram|Alpha’s data set. I don’t know whether they’re likely to put any of it out on the web as Linked Data – that might be an interesting addition. I imagine that quite a lot of it may have come from the web of Linked Data.e-Commerce and Linked DataRWW: There have been reports recently that both Google and Yahoo will be supporting the Good Relations ontology and linked data for e-commerce. Companies such as Best Buy are already putting out product information in RDFa. What would be your advice to e-commerce vendors right now, to help them transition to this world of structured data on the Web. The same question could be asked across many verticals, but e-commerce seems like one area which has some momentum right now. Would you advise them just to put out their data as Linked Data?TBL: Yup! Certainly this year is the year to do it. I’ve been advising governments to do it and when you look at an enterprise, you find that a lot of the issues are the same. But when you put your data from government or enterprise out there, make sure you don’t disturb existing ecosystems. Don’t threaten those systems, because you’ve spent years building them up.Maybe there’s an analogy with when the Web first started and the first bookshops went online. They were more or less a flyer, saying ‘hey we have a great bookshop at 23 Main St, come on down!’. Let’s say that a person named Joe owned one of these early online bookshops. If somebody had suggested to Joe that he should put his catalog online, Joe would’ve felt that that was very proprietary data. And he’d be worried that other bookshops would see where he was weak, so they’d be able to advertise themselves as filling that niche he’s weak in.“When you put your data out there, make sure you don’t disturb existing ecosystems.”But when his competitors Fred and Albert put their catalogs online, then Joe can check which books people are browsing at Fred and Albert’s websites. So Joe would [finally] be pursuaded to put his book catalog up online. But he doesn’t put up the prices… until Albert and/or Fred does. And even if catalog and pricing is up there, nobody puts their stock levels online. And there was a period of time when nobody [i.e. online booksellers] had their stock levels up. But people got fed up with ordering stuff that wasn’t in stock. So the first book shop to actually tell you about stock levels suddenly was then unbelievably attractive to its customers.So there’s this syndrome of progressive competitive disclosure. This happens when people realize that if you’re going to do business with somebody, if you’re going to have your partners up and down the supply chain, really it’s useful to check the data web – and life goes much more quickly and open.Best Buy may be what starts the ball rolling [among e-commerce vendors]. Now if I want to look out for what [products are] available, I can write a program to see what there is. If somebody wants to compete with Best Buy, to my program they’ll be invisible unless they can get their data up in RDF. Doesn’t matter whether they use RDFa or RDF XML, as long as it maps in a standard fashion to the RDF model, then they will be visible.The Internet of ThingsRWW: I’m fascinated by how the Internet is becoming more and more integrated into the real world. For example the Internet of Things, where everyday objects become Internet connected via sensors. Have you been following this trend closely too, and if so what impact do you think this will have on the Web in say 5 years time?TBL: It connects very much with Semantic Web [and] with linked data. With Linked Data you’ve got the ability to give a thing a URI. So I can give a URI to my phone, and I can say that’s my phone in Linked Data. And also the company that made it can give a URI to the model of the phone. They can also put online all the specs of the phone, and then I can make a link to say that my phone is an example of that product. So now any system which is dealing with me and has access to that data will be able to figure out the sorts of things I can do with my phone, which actually is really valuable. Especially if the phone breaks.“The Semantic Web is a web of things, conceptually. Tying an actual thing down to a part of the web is the last mile.”The Semantic Web has already given URIs to things, and to types of things. When the things themselves have an RFID chip in them, then I think it’s a very exciting world. One can take that RFID chip, go to the Internet and find out the data about the thing. Whether we’ll be able to do that, whether the manufacturers will be open enough to allow me to turn data about the identifier of the thing into data about the thing, is yet to be seen. But it’s a very exciting idea.Pachube, an example of the Internet of Things (see ReadWriteWeb profile)Similarly, I’d like to be able to scan a barcode and get back nutritional information about what’s in – for example – a can of food. But we don’t have that yet. To get that sort of thing, which is very powerful, we need to build look-up systems, which allow you to translate an RFID code or a barcode into an HTTP address.The Semantic Web is a web of things, conceptually. Tying an actual thing down to a part of the web is the last link – the last mile. Give the thing a notion of its own identity in the web.ConclusionRWW: The over-riding message in both Part 1 and 2 of our interview with Tim Berners-Lee, is for companies and organizations to make their data available online. Preferably as Linked Data, which uses a subset of Semantic Web technologies. But Berners-Lee noted, in Part 1 of our interview, that he’d even be happy with the data in CSV (comma separated values) format.It’s clear that we’ve seen a lot of progress in linked data already in 2009. In upcoming posts on ReadWriteWeb, we’ll continue to track this trend and explain how organizations can contribute their data. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Hey, E-Commerce Entrepreneurs! Aren’t You Forgetting Someone?

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#e-commerce#marketing#small business#social media#social networks#startups The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification rudy defelicecenter_img Guest author Rudy DeFelice is CEO of Bizinate.com, a consulting firm that helps young firms get their social-media sea legs.Over 20,000 e-commerce stores are opened every week in the United States. Most of them will fail. And most of those that crash will have one thing in common – they neglected to tap their best audience.Turns out that it’s not what they are selling, but to whom they are selling, that matters most.Finding Your Best AudienceIt has long been understood that social phenomena – fashion, a new band, a viral video – spread through relationships. In fact, Malcolm Gladwell talked about influencers in his seminal book, The Tipping Point. Influencers spot and adopt trends and through their adoption influence others in their social sphere to do the same. (Further schooling about the spread of ideas through early adopters can be found in Geoffrey Moore’s Crossing The Chasm.)The common thread in these teachings is that ideas are best cultivated by planting a few seeds in the right fields. Only certain fields are receptive to a given seed, with the exception of weeds, which no one wants. So you can’t just scatter seeds to the wind and expect them to take.What does that mean for the 20,000 e-commerce stores that open each week? It means the first, most important, markets are their own social circles. These are the fields in which they should plant their first seeds.People who know you – who trust your judgment and care about your success – are your early adopters. These may be friends, family, your broader personal network or professional acquaintances. But you should have a strategy devoted to tapping this market and enabling them to spread your message.Why Is Your Social Network So Critical?Today, it is so easy to buy almost anything. Search for your product or service and you’re likely to find millions of results. How do you cut through the clutter?A primary differentiator in a purchase decision is the customer’s feelings toward the merchant or brand. When you can buy anything anywhere, the relationship with the merchant matters.Major brands spend millions of dollars to simulate a relationship with consumers. But with your own social and business networks, you already have an authentic relationship.It’s an important asset, so taking advantage of that authentic relationship is the most powerful first step to success in your own e-commerce business.Of course, you can simply open your store and hope that people find you. That’s what everyone else does. And that’s the problem – you’ll be lost in the great mass of options. Instead, you should have an affirmative market strategy, one in which you’re reaching out to a core group of people that know you, and trying to set a viral chain in motion. If you make those people happy, they’ll spread the word to their networks and you’ll be on your way.How To Reach Your Best MarketFortunately, it’s never been easier to reach your best market. As the wide variety of choices has made connection between a buyer and seller increasingly more important, various social-media tools and social behavior have made it much easier to reach people and tap that connection.Consequently, a couple simple steps can get you in touch with this important market and should be part of your strategy.1. Get Personal With Social-Media Tools. There have been few areas in marketing that have created more confusion than how to use social-media tools. There are certainly benefits to blogging and accumulating Facebook fans, but those are very hard to trace, and if they lead to transactions at all, it is usually over a long time.Still, the tools are quite valuable for reaching large numbers of people you know. In a few strokes you can reach a whole network. The average Facebook member has 256 friends. That means your message can be in front of 256 people, and depending upon their response, their friends, almost instantly.2. Say Something New. It is said in retail that the product stays the same, so the audience must change. Unless the audience stays the same, in which case the product must change.In tapping your social network, a relatively constant audience, you’ll need to continually change the product. That can be an actual change of the product – let’s say you expanded your inventory by adding new products or added some products that complement your services business (an IT-service company that is now selling electronics, perhaps).Alternatively, perhaps there is something new to say about your existing products – an upcoming holiday or change of seasons makes an existing product relevant in new ways. The important thing is, when you’re tapping a constant audience over time, you must say something new and of value to that audience.Your goal is to build awareness first from people who know you, trust you and have an interest in your success. Leveraging your broader social network and tap your best source of customers. If you live up to your promise with this group, they will help you spread your message to the rest of the world.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts last_img read more

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Intel signs deal with Delphi to supply self-driving computing power

first_imgBreak the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Tags:#autonomous cars#BMW#Delphi#driverless cars#Intel#Mobileye#processor#Self-Driving IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Intel will be the primary supplier of computing power inside Delphi’s self-driving system of the future. The two companies signed the deal on Monday, giving Intel another major partner in the auto industry.Delphi is making big moves in the self-driving industry, clearly trying to avoid becoming irrelevant in a future without humans driving. It partnered with Israeli firm Mobileye earlier in the year, with an ambitious goal of having all the pieces of a fully autonomous car designed by 2019.See Also: Michigan legislature approves fully autonomous vehicle testsSelf-driving cars will require a lot of processing power to make the correct decision every time on the road, especially in the early stages where a car may be making a decision for the first time and doesn’t have any precedent.The firm did not state what processors Intel would supply to Delphi to power the self-driving car of the future. We assume the chipmaker is working on new processors that are able to process more decisions and take in more factors, like objects nearby, than a regular processing unit.Not Intel’s first move into autosIt is not Intel’s first foray into the automotive market. Earlier this year, BMW announced Mobileye and Intel as primary partners in its own self-driving plan, which starts with the iNext in 2021.Supplying the automotive industry with high-power processing units could be a way for Intel to shave off its poor performance in other emerging markets, like wearables.The chipmaker is not the only semiconductor manufacturer eyeing up the self-driving market, Nvidia has partnered with Baidu and recently launched a much more powerful processing unit for cars.center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… David Curry Related Posts last_img read more

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Video Tutorial: Animation Preproduction

first_imgTo recap here are Evan Abrams 5 preproduction/production steps:Create a script and find audioMake an A/V script with the audio on the left and video on the rightMake a storyboardCreate an animatic with the audio, script, and storyboardAnimateThis tutorial was created by Evan Abrams and can be found on his YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing Evan!Have any other tips for doing preproduction for animations?Share in the comments below. Make the most of your VFX and motion design projects with good preproduction.It can be all to easy for an aspiring motion designer to get so excited about the production phase of a project that they forget (or neglect) to dedicate time to preproduction. Just as live-action video/film requires preproduction, it’s equally as important with animation. Spending the time to ensure that your project is well thought out and setup can help you avoid disasters during production.In the following video tutorial by Premiumbeat blogger and motion designer Evan Abrams, you’ll get a good look at an effective preproduction process and find out the value of good storyboarding. This video tutorial covers:Scripting animationsA/V scriptsStoryboards vs animaticsCommon workflowslast_img read more

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Four Reasons You Should Use (and Love) Your Camera’s Stock Lens

first_imgNeed an incentive to love your stock lens? Break down some of the benefits of sticking with your camera’s stock zoom lens.I’d like to preface this article by saying one thing. Wanting to, and using, a wide array of unique and different lenses is always ideal over sticking to one lens for all your video and filmmaking needs. I’ve spent years shooting on a variety of lenses (and cameras, for that matter) and have found that preferences and needs change shot by shot, project by project, and day by day.That being said, I’ve recently come to a revelation of sorts, and have an alternative title for this article:How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Stock Lens.Hang with me here, because I’ve been on the other side of this (in the past) and felt that rocking a stock lens on your DSLR or mirrorless camera was a faux pas worthy offense. However, over the years (and as I’ve jumped from one camera to another), I’ve often found that stock lenses might not be so bad after all — for the right people and situations.So, say you’re a filmmaker just starting out. Or a videographer looking to run-and-gun a wedding. Or even a video producer on a minimal budget, but in still need of a wide range of coverage. Here are five reasons you should stop worrying about it and learn to love (and properly use) your stock lens.A True Match For Your SensorThis means more than the simple fact that a stock lens is at least going to fit onto your camera. For many starting out, the concept of sensor sizes might not mean much. But if you’re piecemealing together your rig and don’t think to check if your EF-mount lens will work on your Micro Four Thirds camera, you’re out of luck unless you have an adapter.Even then, you’re looking to mix and match lenses to sensors that they may not be ideal for. When you’re working with a stock lens — especially if you’re new to the camera or its sensor size — having a trusted, true match for your camera’s sensor will help get you started out on the right foot.Solid Range of CoverageImage via Mit Kapevski.Most stock lenses these days are zoom lenses. On a full frame camera like a Canon 5D, the stock lens option will usually be something like a 35mm to 70mm (or a 35mm to 100mm, or something close to those ranges). This is important because it means that when you’re starting out, you’ll have a full range of focal lengths to utilize. From the micro for wides, to the macro for close-ups, to literally everything in between, you’ll be able to zoom in and out as you shoot (if that’s your style).Run-and-Gun ReadyIf you’re someone like me and work on some crazy and hectic shoots, where you might not have time to carry and switch between several lenses for every shot, having a versatile lens ready to go in any situation is highly ideal.Stock lenses can lack in terms of sharp, fast apertures and shallow depths of field (which you typically find with fixed prime lenses). But, you make up for that with run-and-gun control and solid tools for working in documentary and unreliable environments.Rent Only When You Need Extra SupportImage via structuresxx.Perhaps the biggest reason I learned to love a stock lens is simply because it’s the safest investment. But, it’s also not the only one I’ll ever have to make. Yes, you can get some nifty fifty lenses for very affordable prices. But, if you’re not utilizing a whole kit of primes on every shoot, it might not be wise to invest in lenses that you can always rent as needed.With a stock lens as your main, go-to option, you can rest assured you’ll have solid coverage at the go. Then, you’ll also be ready to bring on extra support — project by project — as needed.Cover image by welcomia.For more filmmaking and videography tips and tricks, check out these articles below.7 Run-and-Gun Production Tips for Documentary FilmmakersA Field Guide to the Low-Budget Panasonic GH5 SetupLearning How to Edit While You ShootSix Videography Tips for Shooting in Bright Sunlight5 Ways to Use a Gimbal to Capture Cinematic Footagelast_img read more

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a month agoOgbonna: West Ham players not about money and flash cars

first_imgOgbonna: West Ham players not about money and flash carsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna says there’s excitement amongst the players about what they can achieve this season.The calibre of the players themselves at West Ham has also gone up. New £50million striker Sebastian Haller has netted in each of the club’s last two Premier League wins.“We are blessed because we not only have good players but good people. Diop. Rice, Fredericks. Some players go out and they buy cars and spend money. These players are West Ham are humble with their feet on the ground.”Ogbonna is equally respectful of Monday’s hosts Aston Villa, despite defeats in three of their four League games so far.“It will be a tough game,” he told the Mirror. “A game for us to see how far we have come.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Shell to Fuel Worlds 1st LNGPowered Aframax Tankers

first_imgzoom Russia’s SCF Group (Sovcomflot) has signed an agreement with Shell Western LNG B.V. (Shell) for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel the first Aframax crude oil tankers in the world to be powered by LNG. Under the deal, Shell will provide the LNG fuel for the new generation of SCF Group’s 114,000 deadweight ice-classed Aframax tankers that are scheduled to come into operation beginning in Q3 2018. They will operate primarily between the Baltic and Northern Europe transporting crude oil and petroleum products.Shell will fuel the vessels from a specialized LNG bunker vessel at the Gas Access to Europe (GATE) terminal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and other supply points in the Baltic. Each LNG-fuelled tanker will have an ice class 1A hull enabling year-round export operations from the Russian Baltic, SCF said.Image Courtesy: Sovcomflot“This is an important next step for gas as part of the energy mix. The decision to work with SCF Group to power the world’s first LNG-fuelled Aframax crude oil tankers is evidence of Shell’s commitment to LNG as a transport fuel. LNG will increasingly play a larger role in helping the shipping industry meet new emissions regulations,” said Maarten Wetselaar, Integrated Gas and New Energies Director at Shell.The signing of the deal marks the fulfilment of an MOU signed between Shell and SCF in September 2015 to develop Marine LNG fuelling for large-capacity tankers.The concept for these tankers was developed jointly by technical specialists from SCF Group and shipbuilders, including the Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Centre and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the technology partners of Zvezda shipbuilding complex.The concept was developed as part of the preparation for the construction of such vessels at Zvezda, which is envisaged to start by 2021.last_img read more

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