Gazprom Neft to Supply LowSulphur Marine Fuel to RCI Saga

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Gazprom Neft Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, part of Gazprom Neft, has concluded bunker supply agreements with cruise operators Royal Caribbean International and Saga Cruises.As informed, the company will be managing approximately 60 bunkering operations for Royal Caribbean and Saga Cruises’ ships at St Petersburg’s Marine Façade passenger port during the summer navigation season.Total sales of low-sulphur marine fuels under these contracts are expected to be around 55,000 tons.Cruise vessels will be supplied with marine and hybrid oil products with sulphur content of less than 0.1 percent, produced at Gazprom Neft’s Moscow and Omsk Refineries. These environmentally-friendly marine fuels are designed for use in SECA emission control zones, and are compliant with new requirements under the international MARPOL Convention, according to Gazpromneft Marine Bunker.“620,000 tourists visited the Northern Capital on cruise liners in 2018 alone. The trend in increasing passenger traffic shows the number of cruise liners visiting St Petersburg every year is only going to grow,” Andrei Vasiliev, CEO, Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, commented.“Terminal infrastructure and our own bunkering fleet mean Gazpromneft Marine Bunker can meet maritime companies’ growing demand for high-technology oil products,” Vasiliev added.Gazpromneft Marine Bunker sold approximately 800,000 tons of marine fuels in Q1 2019, a 25-percent increase year-on-year.In the North-West and Black Sea regions, the company has market shares of 30 and 23 percent, respectively.Sales of marine fuels at ports throughout Russia’s North-West Region reached 262,000 tons, an eight-percent increase year-on-year. The proportion of environmentally-friendly low-sulphur fuels, designed for use in SECA shipping zones, reached 18.7 percent of total sales at Baltic Sea ports, totaling 45,500 tons.In addition, the company delivered 115,000 tons of marine fuels at ports throughout the Black Sea region between January and March this year.last_img read more

Florence Welch To Release Book Of Lyrics Poetry

first_imgThe GRAMMY nominee will release a personal look inside her sketchbook in 2018Renée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 30, 2017 – 11:05 am Get ready to peek inside Florence Welch’s sketchbook with her upcoming book, Useless Magic.Slated to be released July 5, 2018, Useless Magic will encompass the GRAMMY nominee’s lyrics, poetry and artwork. This is her first book of collected works. Find Out When You Can Get Florence Welch’s Book florence-welch-release-book-lyrics-poetry— florence welch (@flo_tweet) November 30, 2017We’ve got awhile to go before the book is released, but for the early birds, you can go ahead and preorder now.Florence & The Machine Plot Return At 2018 Melt Festival In GermanyRead more Email Twitter News Facebook Florence Welch To Release Book Of Lyrics & Poetry Extremely honoured to announce that I will be releasing my first book of collected lyrics and poetry with Penguin Books next year x x @PenguinUKBooks Release date 5 July 2018. Preorder here:— florence welch (@flo_tweet) November 30, 2017She also tweeted a shot of assumedly the preface of the book: “Songs can be incredibly prophetic, like subconscious warnings or messages to myself, but I often don’t know what I’m trying to say till years later,” it reads. “Or a prediction comes true and I couldn’t do anything to stop it, so it seems like a kind of useless magic.”last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For August 2 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, August 2, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Heat index values as high as 101. Southwest wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.At Town Hall: The Metro North Regional Housing Services Office Housing Coordinator, Laurie Stanton, will be holding office hours from 1pm to 4pm in the Wilmington Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. She will assist residents with their affordable housing questions. The Metro North Regional Housing Services Office helps people find affordable housing in Reading, North Reading, Wilmington, and Saugus. If you are unable to attend office hours on this date, future dates will be announced.  Stanton can also be reached at her Reading Office at 781-942-6667 during normal business hours.In The Community: The Wilmington Police Association and Wilmington Recreation Department are holding their annual Police Beach Day from 11am to 2pm at Town Beach. This free community event includes fun competitions, sand castle contests, and a DJ. A BBQ lunch will be served by Wilmington’s finest. The Board of Health will also be there promoting Sun Safety with free sunscreen sample and other SPF products!In The Community: Do you like to sing? Do you enjoy performing? Come join the Merrimack Valley Chorus at one of its regular weekly rehearsals. You just might discover a passion for a cappella singing, and you’ll also make some great new friends! Open rehearsals are every Thursday at 7pm at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue).In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Baby Time at 9:30am. Time For Twos at 10:30am. All You Can Read Buffet from 1pm to 5pm. Author Talk: Louise Miller at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Walking Group at 8am. Computer Class at 9am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Game Day at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Wilmington Town Museum is open from 10am to 2pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAffordable Housing Assistance To Be Offered To Residents At Town Hall On September 10In “Government”The Wilmington Insider For October 2, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For November 15, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Nintendos Mario Kart mobile game delayed until summer

first_img Share your voice Mario Kart Tour won’t out for a while yet, but doesn’t just seeing Mario Kart 64 make you feel better? Nintendo Mario Kart Tour won’t launch until this summer, Nintendo announced Thursday.The kart racing game was due to speed onto mobile devices by the end of March, but the Japanese company wrote in its latest earnings report and its Twitter account that it’s taking a few more months to improve the application’s quality and expand the post-launch content offerings. Playing the beloved racing series on our phones and tablets is an exciting prospect, but Nintendo Life notes that Mario Kart Tour remains pretty mysterious — we haven’t yet seen any footage or many concrete details.Shortly after it was announced, we heard it’d be a free-to-start app and Nintendo said in a previous earnings report that it’ll operate “a service” for Mario Kart Tour — implying regular updates and changes to keep it fresh.If you absolutely must get your Nintendo fix on mobile, you can try out Dragalia Lost, Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Walmart Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) See It 3:15 Now playing: Watch this: Nintendo Switch: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go.Gaming: All of our video game coverage. スマートフォン向けアプリ『マリオカート ツアー』は、アプリの品質向上および配信後のサービス内容拡充のため、配信予定を2019年夏とさせていただきます。— 任天堂株式会社 (@Nintendo) January 31, 2019 See It Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details $299 Post a comment See It $309 0center_img Nintendo Switch Nintendo Video Games Mobile Apps Phones $299 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the first great multiplayer game… CNET may get a commission from retail offers. News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? $289 29 Photos Tags See it Best Buy Amazon Nintendo sold 9.41 million Switch consoles in the last three months on 2018, Engadget highlighted, which brings its lifetime sales to 32.27 million — just 660,000 short of the Nintendo 64 and far more than the GameCube and Wii U. It still has a ways to go to catch up with the Wii’s 101.63 million though.The earnings report also highlighted the success of some big hitters on Nintendo Switch — Super Smash Bros Ultimate sold 12.08 million copies after coming out in December, Pokémon: Let’s Go shifted 10 million after its November release, while Super Mario Party moved a comparatively modest 5.3 million units since October. The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switch How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2last_img read more

The story behind the Crazy Rich Asians Black Panther viral cast photo

first_imgThe Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther viral joint cast photo was made possible by Harry Shum Jr. Steven Lam When the casts of Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther posed together for a photo at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January, the shot immediately went viral. The picture — which includes Crazy Rich Asians stars Constance Wu and Harry Shum Jr., as well as Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o — lit up the internet with delight.Turns out the moment was made possible by Shum, who just wanted to show his appreciation for the Black Panther ensemble, which won best cast in a motion picture at the awards ceremony.”I remember going to some [Crazy Rich Asians] cast members and saying, ‘Yo, let’s go say congratulations to the Black Panther cast,'” Shum said in an interview. “And then that happened.” “It was just this thing that started. People saw us mingling, and it was like, this is a perfect example of what Hollywood should be like, what it needs to do,” he continued. “It’s not just about your own community. How do you reach out with the community in mind, and collaborate or just support?”Shum spoke at a reception Thursday evening in Los Angeles for the Gold House A100, a list that honors Asians and Asian Americans in tech, entertainment and business. The list, announced earlier this month, includes several Crazy Rich Asians stars, including Shum, Wu, Henry Golding, Awkwafina and director Jon M. Chu. On Friday, Gold House also gave Chu its inaugural A1 award for the “single most impactful Asian of the year.”Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther were two of last year’s cultural milestones. The two films represented a push in Hollywood to tell more diverse stories and get more people of color on screen and behind the camera. Both movies were critical and commercial successes, and proved that movies with predominantly nonwhite casts could do well at the box office. 2:02 0 Now playing: Watch this: 2019 movies to geek out over Share your voice Danai Gurira, woman of actioncenter_img For Shum, the joint cast photo was an encapsulation of that push for representation. “It’s just a celebration of being there at this award show when so many faces have been erased or have been invisible,” he said. “And just to be there and see [the Black Panther cast] holding those trophies, it’s special.”Outside of entertainment, other heavy hitters honored by Gold House include Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Momofuku chef David Chang and Toronto Raptors point guard Jeremy Lin.Gold House also tries to ensure the success of projects driven by Asian people. A campaign by the group called #GoldOpen aims to buoy opening weekends by urging donors to buy out movie theaters and snap up tickets in bulk. The group made a big push around Crazy Rich Asians last year, which has grossed almost $240 million at the box office to date, and is the top grossing romantic comedy in 10 years. Tags 77 Photos Post a comment Culture Black Pantherlast_img read more

Bullish Dollar China Slowdown to Hit Global Smartphone Sales in 2015

first_imgAfter witnessing a fast growth in the past two years, the global smartphone industry is expected to slowdown sharply this year, as the strengthening dollar makes smartphones expensive in key markets.Citigroup now sees the global smartphone industry to grow by only 15.5 percent this year compared to 19 percent last year, Barron’s Asia reported.The US brokerage attributes the slowdown in the smartphone industry partly due to saturation in China, the world’s largest smartphone market. Citi revised down its forecast smartphone shipments to China to just 12 percent in 2015, against the previous estimate of 21 percent.Analysts estimate China to contribute to one-third of total Apple’s iPhone 6 sales over the next few quarters.Shipments of smartphones globally are expected to hit 1.401 billion in 2015, according to Digitimes Research. Growth in smartphone shipments is mainly because of high growth in demand in emerging markets including India, Southeast Asia and Latin America, it added.However, stronger dollar is a big challenge for the smartphone industry this year. As local currencies in major countries depreciate against the dollar, smartphones become costlier for buyers.Sold in local currencies, smartphones will be more expensive in large emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia and Mexico. That stronger dollar dampens demand for electronics is becoming a repeated theme, Citi said.Besides, a stronger dollar is also expected to affect sales of smartphone chip makers as the demand softens for mobile devices.”Based upon the strengthening of the U.S. dollar against many other currencies, which creates weakening purchasing power, there is chance we will have to adjust down that 12 percent growth rate,” Elizabeth Sun, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC’s) head of investor relations, told Bloomberg News on Friday.Further, the appreciating dollar is expected to put pressure even on global PC shipments this year, and many analysts have already revised down their forecasts for the industry.”We note that the Russian rouble, Brazilian real and euro have all depreciated against the US dollar since Q414. This implies some further downside risk to PC OEMs having exposure to regions such as Brazil and Europe,” said UBS in a note.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S10 camera to greatly improve in next update Report

first_imgClose Huawei P30 Pro First Impressions, a super camera smartphone with extensive photography skills Samsung Galaxy S10-series set the benchmark pretty high for flagship smartphones, but for a price. Not too long after, chief rival Huawei changed the playing field where it crushed Samsung with the P30-series launch and left consumers wondering whether buying the Galaxy S10 was the right choice.Huawei P30 and P30 Pro greatly improved the camera experience like no other smartphone has, and one of the most-talked-about features include incredible zooming capabilities and extraordinary low-light photography. Samsung Galaxy S10 phones do fairly well when compared side-by-side, but they lacked a dedicated night mode – a feature that became the golden standard for comparing phone cameras since Google did its magic in Pixel 2 and Pixel 3-series.While most phones, including Huawei P30 Pro, Pixel 3 and even Pixel 2 series, offer a dedicated night mode, Samsung Galaxy S10 lacked the setting. That doesn’t mean the Samsung phones didn’t have the night mode in them, only that it works when the camera deems it necessary. Samsung Galaxy S10 seriesSamsung Mobile PressSamsung Galaxy S10-series come with Bright Night feature, which is supposed to offer a similar experience as Huawei P30’s Night mode and Google’s critically-acclaimed Night Sight. Not only the Bright Night feature lacked the precision with which Huawei and Google brightened a night shot. If the latest report is to be believed, Samsung is going to put an end to the criticisms.Noted mobile tipster, Ice Universe, is suggesting that Samsung is going to roll out a software update to its Galaxy S10 phones in April or May, which could add a dedicated night mode and also update the camera algorithm. This is Samsung’s best bet to put up with the challenge presented by Huawei P30 Pro as it cannot improve the hardware post-launch. With the right amount of software tuning, Samsung could get the results users want to see in their Galaxy S10 phones. Samsung Galaxy S10 to get camera upgrade soonSamsung Mobile PressSamsung has updated the biometrics apps on the Galaxy S10 to improve fingerprint unlock speed. The company had promised that the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner in the Galaxy S10 required users to simply tap and lift the finger to unlock the device, but then reality hit Samsung hard. Through a software update, Samsung seems to have addressed the problem.There’s no concrete evidence that Samsung will improve the camera as said above, but seeing it is taking customer feedback seriously, don’t lose hope just yet.last_img read more

Researchers develop disposable paperbased touch pads

first_imgA paper-based touch pad on an alarmed cardboard box detects the change in capacitance associated with the touch of a finger to one of its buttons. The keypad requires the appropriate sequence of touches to disarm the system. Image credit: Mazzeo, et al. New multi-touch screen technology developed (w/ Video) ( — Today, electronic touch pads are widely found on laptops, tablets, and other computing devices. Less common uses, but gaining in popularity, are book covers and food labels. These and other low-tech applications become possible as touch pads become extremely inexpensive, with applications ranging from beer bottle labels to disposable medical device labels. Now a team of researchers from the US and France have developed paper-based electronic touch pads that cost just 25 cents per square meter, a price at which touch pads can simply be thrown away when no longer needed. More information: Aaron Mazzeo, et al. “Paper-Based, Capacitive Touch Pads.” DOI: 10.1002/adma.201200137via: Chemistry World Explore further The touch pads are made of metallized paper, which is paper coated in aluminum and transparent polymer. The paper can function as a capacitor, and a laser can be used to cut several individual capacitors in the paper, each corresponding to a key on the touch pad. When a person touches a key, the key’s capacitance is increased. Once the keys are linked to external circuitry and a power source, the system can detect when a key is touched by detecting the increased capacitance.According to lead researcher Aaron Mazzeo of Harvard University, the next steps will be finding a power source and electronics that are cheap, flexible, and disposable. Among the applications, inexpensive touch pads could be used for security purposes. The researchers have already developed a box with an alarm and keypad that requires a code to allow authorized access. Disposable touch pads could also be useful in sterile or contaminated medical environments. © 2012 Phys.Org Citation: Researchers develop disposable paper-based touch pads (2012, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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

Researchers identify sterility genes in hybrid rice

first_imgThey identified three genes that contribute to the sterility in a “killer-protector” system that determines whether or not spores are formed. They found that Open Reading Frame (ORF) 5+ (killer) produces a protein that ORF 4+ influences to cause endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress in the spore-producing cells, while a third gene, ORF 3+ (protector), produces a protein in response to the stress that counteracts it and protects the ER. The japonica variety has a different form of the gene, ORF 3-, which means that the hybrids often carry a muted ORF gene that is unable to protect against the hybrid’s more potent form of the killer ORF 5+, often resulting in premature death at the embryo-sac stage in the hybrid.The researchers explained in their paper in Science that a potent combination of ORF 4+ and ORF 5+ would allow genetic differentiation of the two subspecies and prevent genes being passed on, while a potent ORF 3+ and weaker combinations of the killer genes would allow hybrids to be fertile and genes to flow to the next generation.The findings add to the understanding of hybrid sterility, a process that restricts the flow of genes between populations, lead author Qifa Zhang said. He added that understanding the cause of the sterility may allow scientists to overcome it, and this could help in the development of more desirable and higher-yielding cultivated rice crops. Journal information: Science This image shows heterosis and sterility of hybrid between indica and japonica subspecies in rice. Credit: Jiangyi Yang and Qifa Zhang (—Hybrids of many plant and animal species and subspecies are sterile, and a group of researchers in China have now identified the genes that operate to make crossbred rice sterile. This image shows heterosis and sterility of hybrid between indica and japonica subspecies. Credit: Qifa Zhang The scientists, from the National Centre of Plant Gene Research at Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, examined two subspecies of the cultivated rice (Oryza sativa L.), japonica and indica, and identified three genes that act together to regulate fertility in these hybrids. Japonica is a common variety of sticky short-grain rice also known as Japanese rice, sinica or sushi rice, and indica is a non-sticky long-grain rice. Both varieties are thought to have been first domesticated in Central China around eight thousand years ago, and from there they spread throughout Asia. When crossbred the hybrids tend to be more vigorous than the parent subspecies and can yield significantly larger crops of rice.The researchers used techniques such as gene sequencing and genotyping to analyze the genetics of hybrid indica-japonica rice in the region of a specific locus (S5) that had previously been shown to be involved in sterility in hybrids. They then compared their findings with genes in that region in other rice varieties, including Nanjing 11 (a subspecies of indica), Balilla (subspecies of japonica), and varieties producing fertile crossbred offspring: Dular and 02428. © 2012 Phys.orgcenter_img Explore further More information: A Killer-Protector System Regulates Both Hybrid Sterility and Segregation Distortion in Rice, Science, 14 September 2012: Vol. 337 no. 6100 pp. 1336-1340. DOI: 10.1126/science.1223702ABSTRACTHybrid sterility is a major form of postzygotic reproductive isolation that restricts gene flow between populations. Cultivated rice (Oryza sativa L.) consists of two subspecies, indica and japonica; inter-subspecific hybrids are usually sterile. We show that a killer-protector system at the S5 locus encoded by three tightly linked genes [Open Reading Frame 3 (ORF3) to ORF5] regulates fertility in indica-japonica hybrids. During female sporogenesis, the action of ORF5+ (killer) and ORF4+ (partner) causes endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. ORF3+ (protector) prevents ER stress and produces normal gametes, but ORF3– cannot prevent ER stress, resulting in premature programmed cell death and leads to embryo-sac abortion. Preferential transmission of ORF3+ gametes results in segregation distortion in the progeny. These results add to our understanding of differences between indica and japonica rice and may aid in rice genetic improvement. Early agricultural piracy informs the domestication of rice Citation: Researchers identify sterility genes in hybrid rice (2012, September 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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