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Iran to grant two oilfields to China’s CNPC and Sinopec

oil4 State-owned National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) has announced that the country plans to grant the development of two major oilfields in its southwestern Khouzestan province to two Chinese firms

Thailand’s PTTEP to sell Block 44 in Oman

oil oman SMelindo flickr Thailand’s PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP) has signed an agreement with ARA Petroleum for selling its wholly-owned subsidiary PTTEP Oman

RasGas delivers first LNG cargo to Italy’s Toscana FRSU

FSRUToscana RasGas Company Limited (RasGas) has shipped its first LNG cargo to the Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU) Toscana, located in Italy

Chalmers Engineering expands use of AVEVA software

AVEVABocad Chalmers Engineering (L.L.C.), a leading oil and gas EPC based in the UAE, has selected AVEVA Bocad for the structural steel detailing of its onshore and offshore projects

Add Energy launches new advisory service

Add Energy launches new advisory service Add Energy, an international oil and gas upstream consultancy provider, has expanded its operations with the launch of a new advisory service ADDvisor

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Malaysia Flight MH370 : Why are the Malaysian PM & Govt lying about the Pilots Fight Simulator ??? (Malaysian Chronicle)



What did the government know, and when did it know it?

It seems almost impossible to believe, but the Malaysian government must have known since shortly after it crashed that Zaharie Ahmad Shah, the pilot of the doomed flight MH370, deliberately put the plane down in the Indian Ocean on the night of March 8, 2014 after rendering everybody aboard unconscious and creating the greatest mystery in aviation history.

The question that someone needs to be asking in Malaysia is the classic one posed to government officials before: What do you know, and when did you know it?

New York Magazine, in a stunning story last week, reported that a leak from the Malaysian government revealed the US Federal Bureau of Investigation had found evidence on Zaharie’s deleted flight-simulator hard drives indicating he had practiced a one-way flight into the southern Indian Ocean, just about the place a multimillion dollar search has been continuing for over two years.

Although Malaysian authorities including the inspector general of police, Khalid Abu Bakar, flatly denied the story, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau confirmed to the Australian news show 60 Minutes over the weekend that the FBI did examine the simulator and did find a route plotted into the southern Indian Ocean.

Khalid said the Malaysians would have to wait for recovery of the plane’s black box, which may never be found. Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai has dismissed the speculation, saying Zaharie’s flight simulator records weren’t proof that he had intended to commit suicide, which if nothing else appears to be an admission that they knew about the simulator records.

But Malaysia, coincidentally in the middle of the biggest financial scandal in the country’s history with as much as US$4 billion having disappeared from 1Malaysia Development Bhd., thus now has a scandal now that in…


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This speech recognition software is much faster than human typists
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Speech recognition software used to be awful. It couldn't deal with background noise, its vocabulary was limited and it was awkward to use in public. 

But we've come a long way. A new speech recognition system can transcribe English or Mandarin about three times faster than humans can type on a smartphone, according to a recent study. Developers from the popular Chinese search engine Baidu created the program back in December. It's called Deep Speech 2, and it uses machine learning to vastly improve speech recognition. 

The study, a collaboration between Stanford University, Baidu and the University of Washington, also found that the system produced 20.4 percent fewer errors than people typing in English and 63.8 percent fewer than people working in Mandarin.  Read more...

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The trailer for Vice's news show on HBO is here
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Vice's nightly news show is set to debut in about a month — and now the public has it's first real look at the tone and scope of the program.

It is, unsurprisingly, very Vice. 

The new trailer dropped Monday morning and maintains the look and feel of Vice's on-the-ground journalism that has helped make it a growing force in the news industry.

Vice has never been shy to hold itself up as a counterpoint to the rest of the media, and the trailer is no exception. 

"We now interrupt your regularly scheduled worldview," the trailer flashes at the opening, adding "no anchors, no sponsors, no censorship." Read more...

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'Don't Breathe' director Fede Alvarez on how YouTube is helping young filmmakers
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Don't Breathe director Fede Alvarez landed on Hollywood's radar with his 2009 short Panic Attack, so he knows the power of "going viral." The up-and-coming Uruguayan writer-director talked to El Pulso about how YouTube has become the go-to tool for young filmmakers.

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That's right, YouTube is not just for cat videos. It can actually help you get discovered and develop an audience. Alvarez has now directed two studio horror movies, and not only has Don't Breathe fared well with critics, but audiences are also eating it up.  Read more...

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The miracle of Dzawandai, Cameroon

DZAWANDAI, Cameroon, 25 August 2016 – When asked about his age, Francois Sakotai smiles. “I don’t know, he said, maybe 70, 80? The only thing I can say, is that I am old. I am old and I was lonely, until Elisabeth, Delphine and Waibai came to my home.”

Education under fire: Schools in Aleppo damaged in renewed fighting

ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 22 August 2016 – The life of a child in Aleppo has become even more dangerous in recent weeks, as intense attacks and fighting escalate across the city. At a time when children are at even greater risk of bombardments and fighting in the Syrian Arab Republic, education has become another casualty. Schools in Aleppo have come under attack, with many occupied by fighters and left destroyed or damaged.

'Xô Zika!' Children on the front line of Zika virus vector control in Campina Grande, Brazil

CAMPINA GRANDE, Paraíba State, Brazil, 18 August 2016 – “I told him that I thought I might have a solution,” says Iolanda Barbosa, Secretary of Education in Campina Grande, the capital city of Paraíba State in north-east Brazil.

A race against time to stop the spread of polio in Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, 17 August 2016 – Six-month-old Ajeda received her first dose of polio vaccine today at a camp for displaced persons outside Maiduguri city, north-east Nigeria.

In Ghana, including all children in the classroom

ABREM ANKAASE, Ghana, 16 August 2016 – When the school year began, teacher John Sylvester Mensah noticed that Daniel, 12, struggled to read what was written on the board. After a chat with Daniel, Mr. Mensah moved him to the front of the class so that he would have access to what the other children were learning.

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