Live updates: Warriors vs. Timberwolves, Friday night

first_imgScroll down to get insights and news updates from the Warriors’ game in Minnesota Friday as they take on Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves.GAME ESSENTIALS: Warriors (2-6) vs. Timberwolves (4-3) at Target Center, Friday at 5 p.m. (PT). TV: NBCS.ODDS: Timberwolves -11.5.2019 SERIES: First meeting. LAST REGULAR-SEASON MEETING: Timberwolves won 131-130 in overtime in Minnesota on March 29, 2019. WARRIORS UPDATE: After a blowout loss Wednesday in Houston, the …last_img

Cape Town named SA’s Earth Hour Capital

first_img7 February 2014Cape Town has been named South Africa’s Earth Hour Capital in recognition of the city’s actions to address climate change, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced on Tuesday.The title is awarded as part of the global Earth Hour City Challenge, a collaborative effort between WWF and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives which aims to highlight and reward cities that are prepared to make substantial long-term efforts to combat climate change.“We are exceptionally proud of Cape Town’s contribution to building a sustainable future that both protects the environment and improves the lives of citizens of South Africa,” WWF South Africa CEO Morne du Plessis said in a statement.Cape Town is one of 33 finalists competing for this year’s Global Earth Hour City title, from a total of 163 entrants, six of them South African.Once national Earth Hour Capitals have been chosen for each of the 14 participating countries, an expert jury will scrutinise the information supplied by finalist cities to identify the overall Earth Hour Capital.The grand title will be awarded at the Earth Hour City Challenge Conference and Awards Ceremony in Vancouver, Canada in March.Citizens of participating countries still have an opportunity to express their support for their favourite cities among the finalists through WWF’s “We Love Cities” social media campaign, which will run until 20 March.SAinfo reporter and World Wildlife Fund South Africalast_img read more

IoT Tech Helps Oil and Gas Industry’s Skills Shortage

first_imgUber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacy Related Posts CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from… Tags:#automation#gas#IIoT#industry#IoT#oil#Skills There has been much hype about IIoT (Industrial IoT), with promises to improve efficiency, reduce risks, and increase profits. Along with the implementation of other new technologies, it’s being called the fourth industrial revolution. Experts are predicting that it will be more disruptive than any that have gone before and one of the most significant changes will be in the way we work. IoT tech helps oil and gas industry’s skills shortage.The oil and gas industry is currently facing a skills shortage. A survey of more than 17,000 industry professionals found that 40% of respondents felt that a crisis had already hit the industry, with a further 28% expecting it to take hold in the next five years.This is due to several factors, including skilled workers retiring or leaving the sector and a lack of younger people who want to fill those roles. The volatility of the price of oil has led to some workers deciding to seek more stable employment.A Skills Pipeline ProblemAccording to HR Magazine, nearly half of employees in the sector will soon reach retirement age. They estimate that the North Sea oil and gas industry needs to recruit and train 125,000 workers in the next 10 years to replace those who will retire.The Global Energy Talent Index (GETI) report lays the blame on cuts to graduate recruitment and apprenticeships during the oil downturn as well as young graduates now being attracted more to work in the technology sector.Attracting New Talent to the Oil and Gas IndustryWe also shouldn’t overlook the appeal (or lack of appeal) to young people of working in the oil and gas industry as a factor in the skills shortage.According to Hannah Peet, managing director at Energy Jobline, “For many, the power industry has a reputation for being dull and old-fashioned … Young, digitally-skilled graduates don’t see energy as an exciting sector to go into. For those that do look at energy, it’s the renewables sector that catches [their] attention.”Many young people may see working in renewables as a career path with better long term prospects as well as one which is more closely aligned with their values.Engineering jobs in the renewable sector have continued to grow and, in some areas, they outstrip those in the oil and gas sector.A report from the US Department of Energy (DOE) in 2017 revealed that solar energy in the US employs more people than traditional coal, gas, and oil combined. In the Electric Power Generation sector, solar energy accounts for the most significant proportion of employers, and wind energy is the third largest.Technology Could Be Part of the Skills Shortage SolutionAutomation and the use of IoT technology could help to make up for the current shortage of skilled workers. IoT applications can make the oil and gas industry more efficient, allowing companies to produce more with fewer workers.IoT technology could also enable more employees to work from a central base rather than on-site. This would decrease the costly (and dangerous) need for engineers to travel to remote and locations. Helicopter flights to take workers to and from difficult to access sites (for example, off-shore oil rigs) can cost roughly £10,000 per flight.Using IoT technology allows engineers to monitor equipment from a central base. Norwegian-based energy company Statoil has been exploring onshore remote monitoring of oil and gas production platforms. They work with automation control and instrumentation experts at Honeywell Process Solutions to remotely operate a periodically-manned offshore production platform in the North Sea from a control center onshore.They hope to reduce the operating costs and improve safety at a production platform at Valemon, which sits in about 440 feet of water on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, approximately 160km west of Bergen. It’s in remote and challenging locations like this where remote working could be particularly useful.Statoil built a brand-new control room onshore, where platform operators (the people in charge of the functioning and safety of the rig) can view a full data visualization screen. In this way, they can quickly assess any issues on the plant without needing to travel offshore.As well as reducing costs, this can help to attract workers as they no longer have to be helicoptered to remote locations and spend weeks at a time living in cramped conditions.“We’re not removing the operators; we’re just moving them to a better environment. And it attracts more people, especially young people,” said Paul Adamson, senior systems consultant at Honeywell.How IoT is Currently Being Used in the Oil and Gas IndustryIoT can improve the oil and gas industry in a variety of ways. Smart sensors can be used to monitor machines so parts can be repaired or replaced as needed. This kind of predictive maintenance reduces downtime and improves safety. Machines will be maintained when they need to be (increasing safety) and only when they need to be (reducing downtime).Safety can also be improved through environmental monitoring. Air quality sensors can be embedded in workers’ clothing, ensuring that they are not exposed to dangerous gases.Lagging Behind Other SectorsCurrently, the oil and gas industry is the least automated industrial sector, according to Morgan Stanley and the International Energy Agency, leaving this sector with a vast scope for advancement.So, what is preventing this sector from fully embracing new technologies? There is a mixture of things which are holding the industry back, including a lack of digital skills, an overly fixed mindset in some parts of the industry, and challenges around connectivity.The Oil and Gas Industry Requires Robust, Remote ConnectivityOil and gas drilling sites are usually in remote locations and often experience extreme weather conditions. From oil rigs in the turbulent North Sea to those in the baking heat of the desert, ensuring these locations have access to reliable, robust connectivity is a significant challenge. Luckily, some companies offer robust, reliable connectivity tailored to the energy industry.Pod Group’s M2M SIM cards can come programmed with multiple networks or with multiple IMSIs (International Mobile Subscriber Identity). These SIMs automatically switch to another system if one network loses connectivity. The multi-IMSI SIMs are even more fail-safe as they have the ability to switch to a completely different network architecture if necessary.Pod Group’s IoT SIMs are ideal for mission-critical applications and give customers the peace of mind they need when operating in remote areas where coverage can be problematic. Pod Group has agreements with over 600 networks in 185 countries and offers flexible contracts to keep even the most demanding applications connected.A Shortage of Digital SkillsWhile IoT may help combat the shortage of skilled oil and gas workers, the irony is that there is also a shortage of workers with the necessary IoT and data analysis skills.Worryingly, this skills gap seems to be increasing. Research from JBKnowlege shows that lack of IT staff was cited as the most limiting factor affecting the adoption of new technology by 36.8% of respondents in 2014 and 39.1% in 2017.The industry has a shortage of various types of skilled workers. As in most industries, the adoption of IoT technology and further automation will lead to a reduction in some types of jobs. However, it will also lead to an increase in others and to entirely new jobs being created.The Future of Employment in IndustryThe need for manual jobs will decrease. Any process which needs to be done consistently and where there is no need to respond flexibly to situations will become automated.There will be growth in jobs which require the types of skills which, as yet, machines are not good at. Jobs which require agile thinking, taking the initiative, management skills, and the ability to empathize.There will be a need for skilled professionals who know how to install and work with IoT technology such as smart sensors which will transmit information from remote oil and gas sites to centralized control centers.To survive and thrive in all sectors, not just oil and gas, employers will need to prioritize, allowing employees to develop and utilize these skills. They will replace employees who behave like automatons. Companies that do not sufficiently value the human skills that their workers bring to the table will be outpaced by those that do.center_img A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas Alice Gillam 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of…last_img read more

Financial Coaching – A Step by Step Guide

first_imgBy Molly C. HerndonJerry Buchko will present the final webinar in the 3-day Virtual Learning Event tomorrow at 11 a.m. ET. This 90-minute webinar will focus on the tools and approaches used in financial coaching.By Mr. NixterThis webinar will look at the historical emergence of coaching and consider the place that financial coaching has in the emerging contemporary framework for understanding financial well-being and the development of financial capacity. The distinctions between financial coaching, counseling, and education will be explored. We will then examine the primary role and tasks of the coach and explore the common core elements that underlie various coaching approaches. Finally, we will examine common core coaching techniques, as well as explore how some of these can be usefully incorporated into financial counseling and financial education efforts.The webinar will be followed by an hour-long Twitter chat. Join us as we discuss the questions outlined here on Twitter at 1 p.m. ET using #MFLNchat. Mr. Buchko will join the chat to address participant’s questions and to delve deeper in to the topic of financial coaching.Jerry Buchko,  MA, AFC®, is a Counselor, Coach, & Tutor of Personal Finance who is pursuing a private practice serving clients using video conferencing and other online collaboration spaces. Prior to entering private practice, he worked for almost 14 years in the employee assistance field, providing financial counseling to clients from a diverse range of life circumstances and experiences, including military Service Members and their families. Jerry has a B.A. in psychology, an M.A. in counseling psychology, and is an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®). He is an active member within the eXtension Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) and Network Literacy Community of Practice. Jerry currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE), and also currently serves as a Practitioner Consultant with the MFLN Personal Finance team.View the slides and associated resources, as well as connect to the webinar on the event page. Thursday, June 4 at 11 a.m. ET. We look forward to seeing you online!last_img read more

Games OC paid for Kalmadi’s wife visit to UK: CAG

first_imgFile photo of CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi.The Comptroller and Auditor General has, in his report on Commonwealth Games’ Queen’s Baton Relay, made startling disclosure. The report exclusively accessed by Headlines Today exposes how Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi’s personal expenses were billed on tax-payers’ money.According to the audit watchdog, Kalmadi took his wife Meera to London for the Queen’s Baton Relay on the Organising Committee’s money.And that’s not all, accompanying them were the Officer of Special Duty to the Lt Governor and his wife.The report states, “The sports ministry approved the travel of 36 personnel but OC booked 56 rooms (in the hotel) resulting into excess payment of GBP 22910.00. An excess expenditure of Rs 14.07 lakh was also incurred on the travelling of extra people, including Mrs Meera Kalmadi, Mr & Mrs Ranan Mukherjee (OSD to LG, Delhi), relatives of baton bearers who were in excess of the approved list of 36 persons.”The report goes on to blow the lid on how the Organising Committee flouted virtually every rule showing undue favours to certain firms, releasing payments before awarding of contracts and even fabricating documents.For the consultancy services for QBR, the report says, “CVC guidelines were violated as the OC awarded the contract to the highest bidder (in this case Maxxam International) and not the lowest bidder. Maxxam was paid $12925 each for three months even before awarding the work to the firm. The reasons for making the payment were not available in the OC’s record. The OC agreed to bear the service tax liability of the firm, which resulted into an excess payment of $ 242,407. Despite specific mention of cost being inclusive of all taxes, OC bearing the service tax liability was highly irregular.”advertisementFor the hiring of the AM films UK limited the report says, “The company’s registration and VAT registration numbers mentioned in the advance invoice submitted by AM Films were false. On October 24, 2009, Sanjay Mohindroo obtained approval from OC Chairman Suresh Kalmadi, sent a fax and an email to Jeychandran and essentially processed the transaction for transferring the amount in one day.Jeychandran was in Delhi and cleared the payment but he signed the minutes of the meeting at London. Clearly this is not possible and hence the documentation is fabricated.”last_img read more

MHI to Reshuffle Shipbuilding Business into Two New Firms

first_imgzoom Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has unveiled its plans to establish two new wholly-owned companies under the reorganization of its shipbuilding business.The move, effective January 1, 2018, would see the company split its shipbuilding business into Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, which will primarily undertake construction of ships that require intensive outfitting, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Structure, set to mainly engage in the manufacture of large ships and marine structures.Mitsubishi Shipbuilding is to consolidate the current capabilities of MHI’s shipbuilding bases, including Shimonoseki, Nagasaki, and others, and function as a business company exclusively dedicated to shipbuilding.The new company will grow business in ships that require intensive outfitting, such as ferries and vessels used by governmental agencies. It will also make social contributions in areas impacting the environment, in an effort to achieve sustained development.Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Structure will carry on construction of large ships at the Koyagi Plant of MHI’s Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works. The new company will also expand business in units accommodating new fuels and manufacture of marine steel structures.MHI informed that it will work closely with the two new companies, supporting them in the development of their business operations.last_img read more