IBF Agrees on a Temporary Extended Risk Zone in the Strait…

first_imgFollowing the incidents in the Gulf of Oman, and specifically the Strait of Hormuz, over the past 12 weeks, the International Bargaining Forum (IBF) this morning designated the Straits as a Temporary Extended Risk Zone. This means that seafarers who are subject to an attack in the zone, are entitled to a bonus and doubled death and disability compensation. The new Extended Risk Zone is defined by the following coordinates but excludes three nautical miles off the main coastlines of the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Iran:  This follows a period of discussions by the IBF’s Warlike Operations Areas Committee over the past weeks, who have been closely monitoring the situation and the risk to shipping. Speaking at the conclusion of the talks, the Joint Negotiating Group’s (JNG) Chairman Capt. Koichi Akamine said, “These discussions were never going to be easy. After the initial attacks in the Gulf of Oman in May and June, one may feel the need to act quickly to designate a risk area. However, it is important in such events to step back and assess the real threat to shipping and the most appropriate measures to take. The JNG is confident that it has now introduced a designation which properly addresses concerns by seafarers transiting the Straits.” The IMEC Chairman Capt. Belal Ahmed added, “The Strait of Hormuz is a key shipping route, not just for the oil tankers in the forefront of current media focus, but also, for example, container ships on transit to Jebel Ali and beyond. As an employers’ association, it was important for us to reassure seafarers who may be at additional risk in the area. We would urge the responsible parties to expedite the release of the held seafarers.”  The ITF Seafarers’ Section Chair David Heindel said, “These are trying times for the industry and seafarers in particular, who are simply trying to provide income for their families. While this is a sensitive political issue and today has only affected tankers and potentially British flagged vessels, it was our desire that the IBF show leadership and move quickly to reflect the concerns of the seafarers transiting this region. “I am pleased that our partners have responded positively to our request to reflect the potential risks that exist for all ships and all seafarers transiting the Strait of Hormuz at this time.”  Heindel added. “We continue to call for calm in the area and the release of the crew.”center_img 13 August 2019 On the West: A line joining Ra’s-e Dastakan (26°33’N – 55°17’E) in Iran, southward to Jaztal Hamra lighthouse (25°44’N – 55°48’E), in the United Arab Emirates (the common limit with the Persian Gulf).On the East: A line joining Ra’s Līmah (25°57’N – 56°28’E), in Oman, eastward to Ra’s al Kūh (25°48’N – 57°18’E), in Iran (the common limit with the Arabian Sea). Author: Sue Terpilowskilast_img read more

VIAVI Unveils 5G Base Station Analyzer for Large-Scale Deployments

first_imgViavi Solutions has released the CellAdvisor 5G, the next-generation base station analyzer used by mobile service providers globally, which is capable of validating and troubleshooting 5G radio access. In addition to industry-first features addressing 5G TF and 5G NR standards requirements, CellAdvisor 5G includes usability enhancements, developed with customers, that further improve technician experience and deployment speed. The instrument was successfully used in the roll-out of the first commercially available 5G network in the United States.Leading mobile service providers are moving from lab verification of 5G technology to field trials, and are now announcing scale deployments to support commercial service as early as 2018. As fleets of technicians and contractors begin to install and activate the radio access network (RAN), they need to be equipped with portable, feature-rich and easy-to-use instruments that require minimal training.CellAdvisor 5G was built from the ground up with practical field deployment needs in mind. VIAVI leveraged the 15-year track record of this product line, and the resulting relationships the company has with its Tier-1 customers, to develop the newest member of this family of analyzers. Key features include: support for beamforming analysis, massive MIMO and carrier aggregation; spectrum and interference analysis in Frequency Region 1 (FR1, sub-6 GHz) and Frequency Region 2 (FR2, millimeter wave); flexibility to support wider channel bandwidth configurations (5 MHz to 100 MHz in FR1, and 100 MHz to 400 MHz in FR2); touchscreen functionality; and cloud-based asset and configuration management via the StrataSync platform.CellAdvisor 5G principal test functions: Real-time spectrum and interference analysis with persistence display for FR1 and FR2 5G carrier scanner measuring carrier power up to eight wide-band carriers’ power as well as strongest beam power level and its corresponding identifier (ID) 5G beam analyzer assessing individual beams’ IDs, their power levels and corresponding signal to noise ratios 5G route map for coverage verification mapping, in real-time, the physical cell identity (PCI) and its associated beam ID together with beam strength, as well as making coverage data available for post-processing. VIAVI offers a range of 5G validation, deployment and assurance solutions that accelerate testing, facilitate network evolution and speed time to market. The 3GPP-compliant TM500 Network Tester, largely regarded as the de facto standard for wireless network testing, has seen significant market adoption for testing throughout the 5G R&D lifecycle and also is used to stress-test network performance prior to the launch of new services. Together with the 5G Core Emulator, CellAdvisor 5G and NITRO Mobile solutions, VIAVI offers a powerful combination of end-to-end testing, validation and assurance solutions that support the complete 5G network lifecycle from the lab to the field. Click here to learn more about the 5G CellAdvisor.last_img read more


first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’ FEEL THE GAME BOBBY MOTUS’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Monday. September 25, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Laver Cup: Europe’s best vs world’s best in tennis TWO weeks after the US Open, tennis fans witnessed the birth of a new tournament. Also called the Ryder Cup of tennis, the Laver Cup pits the best of Europe against the best of the world in a three-day indoor hard court tournament. The best golfers from America hit the greens versus the Europeans in the Ryder Cup every two years.Named after Australian tennis legend Rod Laver, this tournament was created by a group composed of Roger Federer’s management company TEAM8, the USTA, Tennis Australia, and Brazilian-Swiss billionaire Jorge Paulo Lemann. The group has Rolex as founding partner, with JP Morgan and Mercedes Benz as world sponsors.Lemann is on the world’s top 30 wealthiest, with an estimated net worth in excess of $30 billion. He’s no stranger to tennis. During his younger years, he won the Brazilian national tennis championships five times and played for Brazil and Switzerland in the Davis Cup.The tournament is to be played every year except during Olympic years, two weeks after the end of the US Open. The inaugural game was held in Prague, Czech Republic at the O2 Arena. Next year’s edition will be in the United States and will rotate locations every year in major cities of Europe and the US.Team Europe and Team World will have six players each, and they will play a total of 12 games – nine singles and three doubles. The first four team members are based on the ATP rankings after Wimbledon and the remaining two are picked by the team captains after the US Open.All matches (singles and doubles) are best of three, and if it goes to a third set, it will be decided with a 10-point tie breaker. Each team member will play at least once but no more than twice in the singles and at least four members will have to play in the doubles.The big four of tennis are Europeans – Rafael Nadal, Federer, Andy Murray, and Alexander Zverev. With the exception of Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori and Kevin Anderson, 12 Euro players are in the top 15. Team World is the heavy underdog but, as in all sports, anything can happen.Team Europe had Federer and Nadal as teammates together with Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic, Dominic Theim, and Tomas Berdych. Had Murray and Novak Djokovic been healthy, it would have been the top six against the world. Team captain is tennis legend Bjorn Borg.Captained by the original tennis bad boy John McEnroe, Team World has Sam Querrey, John Isner, Nick Kygios, Jack Sock, Denis Shapovalov, and Frances Tiafoe. Likewise because of injury, Raonic and Juan Martin del Potro pulled out of Team World.Surely a Rafa-Roger doubles team up is anticipated but it all depends on the decision of Borg. Opponents would simply wish they won’t contend with this pair and hope Borg will not push with the dream tandem.On the other hand, all these guys on both teams are great singles players but a big adjustment will be made in a doubles game so we could possibly also be seeing some missteps. They had never played doubles together with any of their teammates and it would be fun seeing them high-fiving each other after a point. Whatever. A Rafa-Roger pair is one for the ages.(As of press time, Federer and Nadal have played as doubles partners for the first time on Day 2 of the Laver Cup – and beat Sam Querrey and Jack Sock 6-4 1-6 (10-5) to give Team Europe a 9-3 lead.—Ed.)Each match won on Day 1 is equivalent to 1 point. Day 2 winners will get 2 points. Winners on the final day get 3 points. The Laver Cup trophy goes to the first team to reach 13 points. In the event of a 12-12 tie, a decider will be played.Borg and McEnroe, who will be captains for the first three years of the tournament, have announced their first picks for Day 1, which had two singles matches in the day session and a single and a doubles match in the evening session. Schedules in the next two days follow a similar pattern and the captains announce their players for the day and night sessions.As per TV ads, Fox Sports is airing the games live. Missing this one quickie tournament will be a mortal sin for tennis buffs./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

Red Tide Rangers learn about toxic algae

first_img Share By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comWarm temperatures and calm seas are the perfect breeding ground for what is perhaps one of the most irritating scourges of the sea: red tide, a naturally occurring algae that occasionally proliferates in high enough concentrations to become a literal irritant to people, and a death knell for some marine life.Scientists aren’t quite sure why red tide blooms have been increasing in frequency over the years, but they are certain that the number of bloom events is, indeed, increasing, explained Tony Reisinger at the UTRGV Coastal Studies Lab on South Padre Island Tuesday morning. RelatedTURNING TIDE: Red tide bloom reaches South Padre IslandBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The instincts of local fishermen and surfers have proven correct as waters all along South Padre Island have tested positive for the presence of red tide. Looking at the surf from the roof of the UTRGV Coastal Studies Laboratory Monday afternoon, dark rust-tinted…September 25, 2015In “News”Oyster farming explained at Coastal Studies Lab      By Pamela Cody Special to the PRESS      Marine experts and oyster enthusiasts gathered at the Coastal Studies Lab at Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island last Saturday morning, to discuss recent legislation and offer a presentation about the business of oyster farming.       Dr. Tony Reisinger, Cameron…January 30, 2020In “News”ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Red tide detected on County beachesBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The toxic algae Karenia brevis, commonly known as red tide, has been detected in several water samples taken at Isla Blanca Park, officials at the UTRGV Coastal Studies Lab reported Friday. “Today we sampled three sites in Isla Blanca Park. We sampled the…September 9, 2016In “News”center_img And Reisinger, who is the Cameron County extension agent – coastal and marine resources with Texas Sea Grant at Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, would know about red tide. He, along with Shelbey Bessette, program manager at the UTRGC Coastal Studies Lab, School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Science (SEEMS), were at the Coastal Studies Lab Tuesday conducting a training session for would-be “Red Tide Rangers” — citizen scientists interested in helping officials gather data on the toxic algae.“This training is sponsored the NOAA HAB workgroup and by University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley SEEMS Laboratory, Texas Sea Grant, and the Texas Coastal Naturalist Program,” Reisinger said.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny out until December after Achilles surgery

first_imgArsenal captain Laurent Koscielny will not play again until December after being told he needs surgery on his Achilles.Koscielny was injured during Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final second-leg clash with Atletico Madrid in Spain last week.The France defender has battled Achilles inflammation for more than a year, and an operation on Tuesday will see him sidelined for at least six months.“Koscielny is, of course, devastated because he needs surgery,” said Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.“That means he will be out for six months. You will not see him before the end of December, or maybe the beginning of December at best.“It’s certainly the final year he would play for the national team, but you never know. He now misses the World Cup as well.“The recovery will be full because the advantage of the surgery is that it heals the inflammation.“Sometimes people have surgery when they don’t need it and they think, ‘Oh it has healed’ and it has healed basically because they didn’t move and it healed the cause of the inflammation. On that front, it is no problem, he will cure.”Arsenal will also not have midfielder Santi Cazorla available for their last two games of the season, and he may have played his last game for the club.Cazorla has been out since October 2016 with an ankle problem which has required multiple surgeries, and his contract at the Emirates runs out at the end of the season.Wenger said of the 33-year-old: “It’s a shame. I brought him here and I love the player and the person.“He looks quite good, prepares well, runs well, but medically it’s too much of a risk to rush him back.”last_img read more

5 Free-Agents Cavs Should Consider Signing

first_imgWe all know the Cavs have some tight cash restrictions right now and if they’re going to upgrade the bench, via free-agency, they’ll need to hit on some low-risk, high-reward signings and/or hope that players who are worth well more than the league minimum would be willing to take a paycut to compete for a championship.Here are five free-agents the Cavs should consider to fill some of the gaps on the second unit.1. Patrick Patterson PFPatterson looks to be the odd man out now that Toronto has re-signed Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka.The 29-year old has plenty of good basketball ahead of him and has been one of the better defensive stretch fours in the game these past few seasons.His athleticism, versatility on defense and three-point shooting proficiency all fit what the Cavs would be looking for.He could match up with guys like Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green or even Kevin Durant, if needed.The issue with signing Patterson is he could end up with a hefty contract from a team like Sacramento, which has expressed interest in signing him.At 29 years old and with so many teams in need of quality stretch fours, Patterson wouldn’t be expected to sign a league minimum contract, but the Cavs have a $5.2 million mid-level exception to use on one free-agent.Assuming the Cavs don’t acquire Carmelo Anthony or Dwyane Wade, via buyout (both of which appear unlikely to happen), Patterson would be one of the better options to use that money on because of his versatility, which would likely give him plenty of playing time, whether it’s with the second unit or mixing in with the starters when Kevin Love or Tristan Thompson need a breather. In the 2017 Finals, tne Cavs had trouble using Thompson and Love on the floor at the same time, as Golden State exploited mismatches.Patterson would help in that area and could see close to starters’ minutes in that series.My ideal scenario for Patterson would be if the Cavs could find a way to trade for Carmelo Anthony (possibly involving Tristan Thompson) without giving up Love. The roster’s top eight players would be LeBron, Kyrie, Love, Melo, Patterson, Smith, Jefferson and Korver (unlikely and probably too good to be true).It’s not a guarantee he would take a paycut to come to Cleveland,  but making $5 million for a year isn’t a significant drop off from the $6 million he made last season in Toronto.Again, Cleveland would be hoping for Patterson to take less money to play for a championship, but the way he could fit into a seven-game series vs. Golden State is the most intriguing aspect and biggest reason why he and the Cavs seem like a good match. Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 Related Topics Matt Medley Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.last_img read more

Thomas and Thompson play 4-on-4; Thompson could play as soon as this week

first_img Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42 CLEVELAND– At Cavaliers’ shootaround prior to their game against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, both Tristan Thompson and Isaiah Thomas took part in a four-on-four contact scrimmage.Rookies Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic took part as well, along with four members of the Cavs’ player development staff.Thomas has not played a game since the Cavs acquired him due to a torn labrum in his right hip. Thompson has been out since Nov. 1 because of a strained left calf. While Lue declined to give a specific timeline for Thomas’ return, he said that Thompson will “hopefully” see some game action this week.“Yeah hopefully, we’re not sure how he’s going to feel after today when he got done working out,” Lue said. “So, just trying to get a gauge on how he feels today if there’s any soreness or pain or anything and go from there.”Ty Lue says that TT will “hopefully” play this week pic.twitter.com/N80qQUgggi— Ashley Bastock (@AshleyBastock42) December 6, 2017As Lue pointed out, however, for now, based on their schedule, this is likely the closest Thomas or Thompson will get to an actual practice. He did say the team would likely bring up members of the Cavs’ G-Leaugue affiliate, the Canton Charge, to workout with themat some point as well .Lue was less candid when talking about the return of Thomas. However, while no date for a potential return was given, contact four-on-four was a big step in the right direction that the team was hoping to see.While Lue did admit that Thomas looked “good” during the scrimmage, he said they will have to discuss next steps with the Cavs’ training staff.“Not sure yet, have to talk to George (Sibel) and Steve (Spiro) and those guys to just see what the next step is,” he said. “But since we’re not able to practice a lot because there’s a game every other day or everyday it’s been tough. So, just kind of have to see how he felt after today and go from there.”More Lue on Isaiah. No details about a specific timetable pic.twitter.com/CBAJtlzL18— Ashley Bastock (@AshleyBastock42) December 6, 2017After shootaround on Wednesday, LeBron James expressed a similar attitude to Lue when it comes to both guys returning.“At the end of the day it’s all about the next day,” James said. “When they say they feel good the next day after a workout session, that’s great to know.”In the meantime, the Cavs will look for their 13th consecutive win tonight as they take on the Sacramento Kings at 7 p.m. Ashley Bastockcenter_img Related TopicsCavsClevelandCleveland CavaliersIsaiah ThomasLebron JamesNBASacramento KingsTristan ThompsonTyronn Luelast_img read more

College wrestling champ Taishi Narikuni handed two-year doping ban

first_imgThe source said Narikuni insists the substance was in a cold medication he took, but the public relations office from his university released a statement saying “We are taking this matter very seriously and offer our deepest apology.”Narikuni represented Japan at the world junior wrestling championships held in Finland in August. Later the same month, he completed a double by winning the 61-kg freestyle and 59-kg Greco-Roman at the national collegiate wrestling championships. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES doping, wrestling, Japan Anti-Doping Agency, Aoyama Gakuin University, Taishi Narikuni center_img KEYWORDS National collegiate champion Taishi Narikuni has been handed a two-year ban by the Japan Anti-Doping Agency for failing a drug test, it was announced on Thursday.According to a source familiar with the matter, the 20-year-old wrestler from Aoyama Gakuin University underwent a test after the Oct. 21-22 national collegiate Greco-Roman style championships in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, and the sample came back positive.last_img read more

IPFW cruises against Denver, 63-47

first_imgDENVER (AP) — Joe Edwards scored 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting to help lead IPFW past Denver 63-47 on Thursday night.Steve Forbes finished with 14 points and six rebounds and Mo Evans added 10 points and three steals for the Mastodons (15-11, 8-5 Summit League), who have won seven straight, their longest winning streak since the 1992-93 season.IPFW was efficient offensively, hitting 20 of its 32 field-goal attempts (62.5 percent) while dishing out 14 assists. The Mastodons are 13-2 this season when shooting over 50 percent from the field.IPFW trailed just once in the first half and led 28-23 at the break. They followed that up with a 16-0 run midway through the second half to push their lead past double digits.Brett Olson scored 18 points for Denver (10-16, 4-9) which has lost six of seven.last_img read more

Video: Jamie McAllister Post-Blackburn Rovers home

first_imgJamie McAllister reflects on his side’s 4-1 win over Blackburn Rovers.last_img