Watch Live: Mexico’s deepwater bid round

first_imgMexico is on Wednesday hosting the opening of bids for awarding its deepwater oil and gas exploration acreage as part of the of the Fourth Tender of Round 2. You can watch the event on Offshore Energy Today, starting 16:00hrs CET.The event, scheduled for Wednesday, January 31, 2018, involves the tender of 29 offshore contractual areas, tendered as license contracts. The areas are located within the oil provinces of Perdido, Mexican Cordilleras, and the Salina Basin.The national oil and gas regulator Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) on last Thursday released a list of the companies that have qualified for bidding in the round.Nine companies will bid individually. Also, seventeen consortia will take part in the round. In Total, 26 bidders from 16 countries will take part.Individual bidders will be BHP Billiton, CNOOC, ExxonMobil, Noble Energy, Pemex, Petronas, Shell, Statoil, and Total. Also, nineteen companies will take part grouped as 17 consortia.Note: Viewers can select to watch the stream in Spanish or in English, by changing the language of the video.Offshore Energy Today will report on the results of the bidding round on Thursday morning Central European Time.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Inside Conditions…Jet lag

first_imgLeading up to the Steelers, Jets matchup last weekend there was all sorts of useless verbiage being spewed regarding the Jets and their willingness to come into Heinz Field and mix it up with the cousins of “bad, bad, Leroy Brown” the mighty Steelers. The Jets won the game 22-17 on sheer willpower along with “horrible” special teams coverage combined with questionable offensive play calling by the Black and Gold around the goal line that ultimately ended in a safety for New York.Those two points and the extra possession by New York caused a loss that may be more troublesome for the Steelers than they realize as they march into the post season. The Steelers were victimized, not so much by the Jets, but once again by the knuckleheaded play calling of offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. His strategy inside of the 5 yard line did not make sense. In my opinion a simple dive play with the fullback hitting the 1 hole or the tailback hitting the 2 hole would have gained a yard just by the fullback or tailback falling forward. There cannot be any lateral movement behind the plane of the goal line by any back, period. Why would you use Mewelde Moore, your third down tailback, for such a crucial play instead of your first string tailback or fullback? When asked about the play, Mike Tomlin had a very cerebral and intellectual answer. “We didn’t come off the back side free technique. He [Jason Taylor] got penetration. He was very disruptive of course, and he had a tackle for a loss right there,” he said. Ah, excuse me Monsieur Tomlin. If the play had never been called, the safety would have never happened. Even ole Ben Franklin knew that. Remember he said “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” you dig.Even though the Black and Gold lost the game the team was informed by the NFL’s resident mathematical geniuses that they had mathematically secured a playoff spot.Rule rather than the exception.Extra, extra read all about it. Michael Haywood installed as Pitt’s next head football coach. This is such a hunky dory, feel good story. To quote the old gospel hymn, “I said I wasn’t gonna tell nobody but I couldn’t keep it to myself.”  The Haywood hire bodes well for the University of Pittsburgh.However, Haywood is also going to have to be a fireman over, around and near the “Cathedral of Learning.” There are a few embers smoldering over at the football program. Those hot ashes better be extinguished quickly and the “Phoenix” had better be rising from those ashes sooner than later. There have been a comparable amount of  “newsworthy” stories written concerning the Pitt football team off the gridiron as there have been about Panthers victories on it especially concerning the behavior of a few of the student-athletes who were or still are members of the student body and/or the team.Flight BS 1 now departing the terminal. Please reach up into the overhead compartment and grab me a barf bag will ya? It is almost 150 years since slaves were emancipated yet we are still forced to remove the “shackles of perception” to get around the “barriers of normalcy” in order to achieve artificial “firsts” as African-Americans. It has been 147 years since the chains of bondage were removed from Americans of African descent, yet Michael Haywood is the first Black head coach to reside in the lair of the University of Pittsburgh men’s football program. Where have they been?  In my opinion, the focus on Haywood’s hiring merits acclamation but also may be a bit shameful. Pitt was forced to do something drastic. Nothing else was working. Flashing his Super Bowl rings helped ex-Pitt Head Coach Dave Wannstedt  as a recruiter but he grossly under achieved as a coach, teacher and motivator because very seldom were his athletes able to transfer their preparation from an X and 0s standpoint to being mentally sharp enough to win the big game. Also, hiring coaches and awarding scholarships because of their “Pittsburgh pedigree” is good for public relations purposes only.It is a travesty that in the year 2010, there are elements of our society that will not perform certain actions unless they are pushed into a corner. It is being said that some of Pitt’s fan and alumni base are not very pleased with the choice of Mr. Haywood.  Is it possible that the powers-that-be felt that the program could only get better? It sure could not get any worse.Black head coach or not, Pitt like all of the rest of the NCAA Division 1 football programs would be better served hiring Haywood and others like him because they are good coaches and evaluators of talent, not because they may relate to or be more compatible with the large pool of African-American athletes that are a part of the NCAA “system.”(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at:  [email protected]­pittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

Playoff hockey returns to NDCC Arena as Saints host SFU in BCIHL Final

first_imgNelson hosts Games one and two of the best-of-three series.Puck drop is 7:30 p..m. both nights.However, if a Game three is needed it will be played Sunday in the Castlegar Recreation Complex at 6 p.m. The Saints enter the Finals as the BCIHL’s top-ranked team after finishing first in the regular season standings with a record of 21 wins and 3 losses.Selkirk, advancing to the final after defeating defending champion UVIC last weekend in Castlegar, set records for both wins and points this season and picked up victories in all four games against SFU.But the second-place Clan is no pushover, as their roster features a number of former WHL and BCHL players including goaltender Graeme Gordon, who led the Vernon Vipers to a National Championship in 2010, and former Trail Smoke Eaters sniper Nick Sandor.SFU placed four players in the Top-10 in league scoring and outscored Thompson Rivers University 11-3 in a first-round series sweep last weekend. The games in Nelson will represent a homecoming for Saints forward Connor McLaughlin, who was a member of the Nelson Leafs’ 2009 KIJHL championship-winning squad.He spent three seasons in the Green and White, appearing in 136 games. Tickets for Games 1 and 2 in Nelson and Game 3 in Castlegar will be available at the door on game night or in advance from Mallard’s Source for Sports or the gymnasium at Selkirk’s Castlegar Campus.Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors, children and Selkirk College students and staff. Playoff hockey is returning to the NDCC Arena.Only the home team will not be wearing Green and White.The Selkirk Saints will be the new home team as the squad opens the BCIHL best-of-three championship Friday in the NDCC Arena against Simon Fraser University.The venue move was necessary after Castlegar Rebels defeated the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Wednesday night in Game seven of the KIJHL Murdoch Division Finals.The Rebels now advance to the Kootenay Conference Final which begins Friday in Castlegar.last_img read more

Photo library: Buildings and structures 6

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Buildings & Structures contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Cape Town International Convention Centre in the heart of the city’s commercial district. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Inside the Cape Town International Convention Centre in the heart of the city’s commercial district. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Inside the Cape Town International Convention Centre in the heart of the city’s commercial district. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Cape Town International Convention Centre in the heart of the city’s commercial district. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Cape Town International Convention Centre in the city centre. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Inside the Cape Town International Convention Centre in the city centre. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Interior of the Cape Town International Convention Centre, in the city centre. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Inside the Cape Town International Convention Centre, in the city centre. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Inside the Cape Town International Convention Centre, showing a Brand South Africa stand. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES 6: {loadposition bd}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

Letran snaps 3-game skid, holds off Arellano

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLetran arrested its three-game losing skid after coming away with an 84-73 victory against Arellano in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“At least we broke the record and we’re able to get back in the winning column,” said Letran coach Jeff Napa, who celebrated his 37th birthday with the Knights earning its sixth win in 12 outingsADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Sports prodigy and Skechers performance ambassador, Lauren Lim is set to conquer the Chicago Marathoncenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. JP Calvo buried 20 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three, including the dagger from the right wing with 17.4 seconds that finally douses the Chiefs fiery rally late.Calvo also had five rebounds, five assists, and a steal in the huge win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBong Quinto also shone with 20 markers, 10 boards, and two assists, while Rey Nambatac got 14 points, eight rebounds, and two dimes.Letran lost A 16-point lead, 58-42, in the third quarter as Arellano cut the deficit to just six, 79-73, after a Rence Alcoriza layup with 39.7 seconds left. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans LETRAN 84 – Calvo 20, Quinto 20, Nambatac 14, Balanza 8, Mandreza 8, Gedaria 4, Vacaro 4, Taladua 4, Balagasay 2, Bernabe 0.ARELLANO 73 – Salado 23, Alcoriza 10, Flores 7, Dela Cruz 7, Meca 6, Taywan 6, Canete 5, Concepcion 3, Abanes 3, Nicholls 2, Villoria 1, Enriquez 0.Quarters: 26-20, 45-36, 68-59, 84-73. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Unfortunately for the Chiefs, Marwin Taywan was called for an unsportsmanlike foul during an inbound play on the other end that resulted to a Nambatac free throw and the game-sealing triple by Calvo.“This is an important win for us because we’re all close at three to six. A lot of things can happen. At least, we took care of business now and we executed our game plan,” said Napa.Kent Salado fought valiantly for the skidding Chiefs and finished with 23 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals, while Alcoriza had 10 in the defeat.Arellano dropped back to eighth place with a 4-8 card.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

NSW Mets Win Elite Eight Women’s Title

first_imgThe Mets got out to a strong lead, and were able to maintain their momentum to take the game over the young Mavericks team by five touchdowns at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium. The game started off at a frenetic pace, with both team moving the ball well and making plenty of metres in attack.  It took until the sixth minute for either team to get on the scoreboard, with a diving touchdown to the Mets’ Stacey Lapham  giving her team a 1-0 lead.Impressive ball movement from the Mets at the midway mark of the first half saw the side create an overlap, with Claire Winchester giving her side a handy 2-0 advantage. The Mavericks were quick to hit back, with captain Kylie Hilder leading by example in the next set of six, diving over the line to get her side back within one touchdown. Some great teamwork by the experienced duo of Louise Winchester and Kristy Judd resulted in another Mets touchdown  to Judd with six minutes remaining in the first half, and when Nola Campbell squeezed through a gap to score, the Mets took a 4-1 lead with just minutes of the first half remaining. But the Mets weren’t done for the half yet, scoring another two touchdowns, one to Kristin Boss in the seventeenth minute and one to Pepita Macalister-Knight two minutes later, to take an impressive 6-1 lead to the half-time break. The Mets picked up where they left on in the early exchanges of the second half, with Elin Mortimer diving over in the corner, and Nicole McHugh also scoring to take their side’s lead out to 8-1.The Mavericks got back on the scoreboard in the ninth minute of the second half, through Nicole Beck, to get back within six touchdowns of the Mets. Two more quick touchdowns to the Mavericks, through Beck and Jess McCall, got the side back into the game at eight touchdowns to four. The Mets hit back through a Mortimer touchdown in the late stages of the game to take a comprehensive win, 9-4. Mets captain Louise Winchester was rewarded for her strong game, being named the Player of the Final. The Queensland Pride’s Peta Rogerson was named the Karen Smith medallist, the medal for the Player of the Series. Stay tuned to the website and TFA’s Youtube page for all of the highlights from finals day at the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League.last_img read more

Team develops face recognition technology that works in the dark

A conceptual illustration for thermal-to-visible synthesis for interoperability with existing visible-based facial recognition systems. Credit: Eric Proctor, William Parks and Benjamin S. Riggan Citation: Team develops face recognition technology that works in the dark (2018, April 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-team-recognition-technology-dark.html Provided by U.S. Army Research Laboratory Army researchers have developed an artificial intelligence and machine learning technique that produces a visible face image from a thermal image of a person’s face captured in low-light or nighttime conditions. This development could lead to enhanced real-time biometrics and post-mission forensic analysis for covert nighttime operations. 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. Thermal cameras like FLIR, or Forward Looking Infrared, sensors are actively deployed on aerial and ground vehicles, in watch towers and at check points for surveillance purposes. More recently, thermal cameras are becoming available for use as body-worn cameras. The ability to perform automatic face recognition at nighttime using such thermal cameras is beneficial for informing a Soldier that an individual is someone of interest, like someone who may be on a watch list.The motivations for this technology—developed by Drs. Benjamin S. Riggan, Nathaniel J. Short and Shuowen “Sean” Hu, from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory—are to enhance both automatic and human-matching capabilities.”This technology enables matching between thermal face images and existing biometric face databases/watch lists that only contain visible face imagery,” said Riggan, a research scientist. “The technology provides a way for humans to visually compare visible and thermal facial imagery through thermal-to-visible face synthesis.”He said under nighttime and low-light conditions, there is insufficient light for a conventional camera to capture facial imagery for recognition without active illumination such as a flash or spotlight, which would give away the position of such surveillance cameras; however, thermal cameras that capture the heat signature naturally emanating from living skin tissue are ideal for such conditions.”When using thermal cameras to capture facial imagery, the main challenge is that the captured thermal image must be matched against a watch list or gallery that only contains conventional visible imagery from known persons of interest,” Riggan said. “Therefore, the problem becomes what is referred to as cross-spectrum, or heterogeneous, face recognition. In this case, facial probe imagery acquired in one modality is matched against a gallery database acquired using a different imaging modality.”This approach leverages advanced domain adaptation techniques based on deep neural networks. The fundamental approach is composed of two key parts: a non-linear regression model that maps a given thermal image into a corresponding visible latent representation and an optimization problem that projects the latent projection back into the image space. Details of this work were presented in March in a technical paper “Thermal to Visible Synthesis of Face Images using Multiple Regions” at the IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision, or WACV, in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, which is a technical conference comprised of scholars and scientists from academia, industry and government.At the conference, Army researchers demonstrated that combining global information, such as the features from the across the entire face, and local information, such as features from discriminative fiducial regions, for example, eyes, nose and mouth, enhanced the discriminability of the synthesized imagery. They showed how the thermal-to-visible mapped representations from both global and local regions in the thermal face signature could be used in conjunction to synthesize a refined visible face image.The optimization problem for synthesizing an image attempts to jointly preserve the shape of the entire face and appearance of the local fiducial details. Using the synthesized thermal-to-visible imagery and existing visible gallery imagery, they performed face verification experiments using a common open source deep neural network architecture for face recognition. The architecture used is explicitly designed for visible-based face recognition. The most surprising result is that their approach achieved better verification performance than a generative adversarial network-based approach, which previously showed photo-realistic properties.Riggan attributes this result to the fact the game theoretic objective for GANs immediately seeks to generate imagery that is sufficiently similar in dynamic range and photo-like appearance to the training imagery, while sometimes neglecting to preserve identifying characteristics, he said. The approach developed by ARL preserves identity information to enhance discriminability, for example, increased recognition accuracy for both automatic face recognition algorithms and human adjudication.As part of the paper presentation, ARL researchers showcased a near real-time demonstration of this technology. The proof of concept demonstration included the use of a FLIR Boson 320 thermal camera and a laptop running the algorithm in near real-time. This demonstration showed the audience that a captured thermal image of a person can be used to produce a synthesized visible image in situ. This work received a best paper award in the faces/biometrics session of the conference, out of more than 70 papers presented.Riggan said he and his colleagues will continue to extend this research under the sponsorship of the Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency to develop a robust nighttime face recognition capability for the Soldier. New technique uncovers hidden face behind cosmetic paints read more