zoom The latest shipping market combination between COSCO Shipping Holdings and Orient Overseas International Lines (OOIL) would become the world’s third largest container carrier if finalized, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.The entity, which would have a combined fleet of 400 vessels operated over a much expanded network, with capacity exceeding 2.9 million TEUs including orderbook, would overtake its partner in the Ocean Alliance, CMA CGM.On July 9, COSCO Shipping Holdings and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) made a pre-conditional voluntary general offer to acquire all issued OOIL shares at an offer price of HKD 78.67 (USD 10.07) in cash.The price represents a 31% premium on Friday’s closing price of HKD 60 and values OOIL at around HKD 49.2 billion (USD 6.3 billion). On the completion of the deal, COSCO will hold 90.1% while SIPG will hold the remaining 9.9% stake in OOIL.From a hardware perspective, OOCL has an owned-fleet of 66 containerships aggregating around 440,000 TEU. It is a young and modern fleet with an average age of 7.1 years and average nominal capacity of 6,600 TEU. It is introducing its first 21,000 TEU vessel with five more to deliver and options for another six which it could easily exercise.“Operationally, fitting OOCL into the bigger company should not be too difficult as both OOCL and COSCO already belong to the Ocean Alliance that operates mainly in the East-West container trades,” Drewry said. The biggest impact will be felt in Intra-Asia, where both carriers already have a large presence, while the footprint in the Asia to Middle East trade will also rise significantly.From a marketing perspective the acquisition of OOCL “will enable COSCO to broaden its customer base, having previously being perceived, rightly or wrongly, as China-centric.”Earlier reports suggested the valuation of the deal would be closer to USD 4 billion, which would be similar to what CMA CGM paid for NOL/APL. That always seemed undervalued considering OOIL’s better financial performance and reputation, plus the improving market outlook. However, at USD 6.3 billion “the price does seem a bit steep.”According to Drewry Maritime Financial Research, OOIL’s book value stood at USD 4.5 billion based on FY16 numbers, meaning OOIL was able to extract a sizeable premium.However, Drewry said that, notwithstanding any potential roadblocks to future M&A, the consolidation that has already occurred, plus much brighter market prospects and the moratorium on new ships, offers carriers a golden opportunity for far greater profitability in the near future. With fewer carriers, that in time will become financially stronger; the pendulum is swinging back towards those that have grown to survive.
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Motorola Moto G7 £269 Motorola G7 vs. G7 Plus: What’s the difference? 64GB Motorola has a long, rich history of big wins in the mobile phone space, from the first cell phone call, to the iconic Motorola Razr and what will be Verizon’s first 5G phone. While the company has struggled to make a splash in the modern phone era — its magnetic Moto Mods failed to connect in a meaningful way — the Moto G family has carved out an important space as the king of budget phones. The Moto G has been CNET’s top budget pick year after year. The Moto G7 Power has a 6.2-inch screen and 5,000-mAh battery. Sarah Tew/CNET The Moto G7 is the latest casualty of rising phone prices. While still “cheap,” its price jumps up $50 to $299 from $249, a 20 percent hike from 2018 to 2019. The increase underscores that phones are getting more expensive to own across all categories, not just the most premium models, as component costs rise and slow sales hit dominant brands such as iPhone and Samsung. Here’s how the four new Moto G7 phones break down. Check out our specs chart for a quick breakdown, as well as our in-depth comparison story — Motorola Moto G7 vs. G7 Play, G7 Power and G7 Plus — for more details. Motorola Moto G7 Power 1.8GHz octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 6.07 oz.; 172g £239 $299 159.43 x 76 x 9.3 mm 6.2 oz.; 176g Now playing: Watch this: 64GB Adorama 3,000-mAh See It Walmart £179 6.2-inch LCD; 2,270×1,080 pixels $249 Up to 512GB News • Motorola Moto G7 is now available on Google Fi for $50 off Motorola Moto G7 Up to 512GB See It 4GB $217 6.18 x 2.96 x 0.31 in. Storage 6.2-inch LCD; 1,520×720 pixels USB-C More Motorola stories 403 ppi 5.7-inch LCD; 1,512×720 pixels 5:38 403 ppi Motorola Moto G7 Plus Converts to about AU$420 Fingerprint sensor 6.98 oz.; 198g Camera Review • Motorola Moto G7 review: The best budget phone just got even better 8-megapixel Best Buy 8-megapixel Best phones of 2019 so far: Hand-picked by CNET’s experts.Motorla Razr could make a comeback as a foldable phone: Everything old is new again. Water repellent with P2i nanocoating; front-facing flash $269 5.85 x 2.81 x 0.32 in. Water repellent with P2i nanocoating; TurboPower charging 3,000-mAh Converts to about AU$350 Connector Up to 512GB Meet the Moto G7 budget phones for 2019 5.33 oz.; 151g 1,080p Motorola Moto G7 Play $249 4K Front-facing camera Share your voice Converts to about AU$480 Water repellent with P2i nanocoating; TurboPower charging 6.18 x 2.96 x 0.33 in. 13-megapixel 32GB Processor Comments Dimensions (inches) 2GB 1.8GHz octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 $199 Android 9.0 Expandable storage Special features Up to 512GB Price (GBP) Price off-contract (USD) Lawsuit against TSMC could block new devices from entering US Motorola Razr rumors: Foldable phone expected in 2019, leaks, specs, price and more 10 best phones for back to school 294 ppi Phones Battery Converts to about AU$280 Pixel density RAM Display size, resolution 4GB Back Back USB-C Mobile software Yes USB-C Headphone jack Yes Yes 1.8GHz octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 Dimensions (millimeters) 38 $215 16-megapixel, 5-megapixel Water repellent with P2i nanocoating; TurboPower charging See it 5,000-mAh Price (AUD) £149 271 ppi Weight (ounces, grams) 2:59 32GB 6.2-inch LCD; 2,270×1,080 pixels 31 Photos Moto G7 phone specs 1.8GHz octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 148.71 x 71.5 x 8.19 mm Android 9.0 At a time when $1,000 phones roam the Earth, Motorola’s four new Moto G7 handsets tell a different story: One where budget phones aim to be satisfying, on-trend devices that cost roughly a third of the price of the iPhone XS. The Moto G7, Moto G7 Plus, Moto G7 Power and Moto G7 Play are all variations on a theme. Read CNET’s in-depth review of the Moto G7.They share backbone specs like full-screen faces with slim bezels, Android Pie, a headphone jack and external storage up to 256GB. From there, the phones take on subtle differences. For example, the Moto G7 Plus — which won’t sell in the US — has a more powerful processor and a big camera upgrade, while the Moto G7 Power gets its character from its extra-large battery. Back This story originally published at 5 a.m. PT. So retro: Designing the original Motorola Razr 4K Android 9.0 Mentioned Above Motorola Moto G7 (ceramic white) USB-C 12-megapixel 300 euros, converts to about $340 157 x 75.3 x 8.3 mm 3,000-mAh Yes 1,080p See It 3GB 12-megapixel 157 x 75.3 x 8 mm Back Moto G7: The standard bearer ($299) This is the step up we expected in 2019’s G7 phone. The most well rounded of Moto’s new G7s for the US, this looks and feels more luxe than you’d expect for a $300 (£239) device. There’s glass on the front and back, a small teardrop-shaped notch and ultrathin bezels all around. Those slimmer margins mean the 6.2-inch display feels expansive without the phone being a behemoth. The dual 12-megapixel/5-megapixel camera setup makes depth-sensing portrait photos possible using that second lens (the G7 Power and play have that too, using software only). You also get the same “auto smile capture” mode as the G7 Plus, for both sets of lenses. An 1.8GHz octacore Snapdragon 632 chipset helps keep tasks moving along, so everything felt zippy in the brief time I had with the phone. As a bonus, there’s water resistance up to IP154 and 64GB of onboard storage to fill up with your photos, videos and apps. The G7 Power’s 5,000mAh battery promises over two days of battery life. Sarah Tew/CNET Moto G7 Power: The battery beast ($249) The name says it all. The Moto G7 Power’s 5,000-mAh battery takes center stage on this device, promising 2.5 days of battery life on a single charge. TurboPower charging means you can effectively top up the battery to give you 9 additional hours of use in just 15 minutes of charge. It’ll cost £179 in the UK. The splashproof G7 Power has a wide eyebrow-style notch on its 6.2-inch screen, but you can tell by holding it that the body is more rudimentary than the Moto G7. A finish that Motorola calls “glass polymer” looks like glass, but is really made out of plastic. Hey, on the plus side, it’ll be harder to break. From a camera perspective, the Moto G7 Power has a single 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter. Portrait-style photos that blur the background are a go, but the phone uses software, rather than two lenses, to achieve the effect. It may be the cheapest of the G7 phones, but the Moto G7 Play has a 13-megapixel camera and a fingerprint reader all the same. Sarah Tew/CNET Moto G7 Play: The biggest cost saver ($199) The smallest and most compact Moto G7, the G7 Play was designed to bring you the essentials at a reasonable rate. There’s nothing fancy or noteworthy here, but Motorola still manages to slot in specs that suggest decent performance for the value buy, on paper at least. We won’t know for sure until we get a chance to review the phones. This G7 Play has a 5.7-inch screen (with a wide notch), a splashproof, plastic body with a soft-touch grip, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a decent 3,000-mAh battery. Like the G7 and G7 Power, the modest G7 Play still comes with Android 9 Pie, a headset jack and rear fingerprint reader, and a Snapdragon 632 chipset. That processor alone makes the G7 Play 110 percent faster than the G6 Play, according to Motorola’s claims. It’ll be £149 in the UK. It comes with a more humble 32GB of baked-in storage and just 2GB of RAM. This isn’t a phone meant for intensive gaming or lightning-quick photo processing. But rest assured that you’ll be able to store up to 256GB more files than the phone comes with, thanks to the expandable storage slot on every Moto G7 phone. Moto G7 Plus: The budget ‘splurge’ (£269) The £269 G7 Plus won’t make it to the US, but the most advanced of Motorola’s G7 crop holds the most on-paper appeal. It shares many of the Moto G7’s core specs, like a 6.2-inch FHD+ screen, teardrop notch and Gorilla Glass backing. But it also adds a huge camera upgrade — a 16-megapixel/5-megapixel dual camera setup with optical image stabilization (OIS) — and a 12-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies. It also has a more powerful processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 instead of Snapdragon 632 — and is water resistant at a rating of IP54 (protected from limited dust and spraying water from any direction). Extras include red and indigo colors, stereo speakers tuned by Dolby and the fastest Turbo Power charging, which gets you 12 hours of juice in 15 minutes. The G7 Plus includes high-resolution zoom (all the G7s do), and an “auto smile capture” mode for the rear and selfie cameras, which will automatically take a photo with up to five people in the frame, once everyone smiles and stops moving around. Hello, headphone jack. Sarah Tew/CNET Now playing: Watch this: Tags Video capture 8-megapixel 12-megapixel, 5-megapixel Android 9.0 6.28 x 2.99 x 0.37 in. Motorola Samsung Verizon
Close That would have been a happy outcome for the party. It ‘s always nice to see your cattle fatten themselves on the neighbour’s field while your own sickle (and hammer) hangs lazily from the eave.All eyes will be on Thiruvananthapuram and Pathanamthitta on May 23. Will BJP win these two seats and manage to push the CPM or the Congress to the third position in a couple of other seats?If that happens, the backlash would be complete for the Left. The flicker of anger in Pinarayi’s eyes is portentous!(The author is Managing Editor, International Business Times, India. Views are personal) BJP national president Amit Shah joins Jana Raksha Yatra in TrivandrumTwitter@BJP4IndiaKerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan once again treated media persons like dregs. When a journalist asked him about the voter turnout in Wednesday’s polling, the CM shouted him down saying ‘keep away from here’. Why the CM was upset with a question on high voter turnout in Kerala is a no-brainer though.For, the increased polling percentage is the crux of the post-poll analysis in Kerala now.Kerala saw 77.68 percent voting, the highest in 30 years in the Lok Sabha elections. It was nearly 4 percentage points higher than the 2014 turnout of 74 percent. Historically, the Left Front Vijayan leads has suffered badly each time the voter turnout was higher than 75 percent.A UDF upper hand in Kerala in this elections has been factored in, even by the CPI-M cadres. Realistically the party insiders don’t hope to win the 2014 tally of eight seats. Winning as many would be a great win for CPI-M under the circumstances.Therefore, the CM’s angry reaction does signal that the prognosis is worse. For the Left, what’s worse than a UDF landslide is the possibility of BJP winning a few seats in Kerala. The CPI-M kept the BJP at bay for long, paying a heavy price in the process. In 2014 LS elections, the Left front flipped its own cadre votes to the Congress candidate in Thiruvananthapuram in order to keep BJP out of the electoral sweepstakes in the state. That’s a ‘sacrifice’ the Left has done many a time in the past.The barrage breaching? However, it looks like CPI-M and Pinarayi Vijayan fear that this barrage may have been breached this time. What does a BJP win in any of the Kerala seats mean? First and foremost, a BJP win will mean the rejection of the whole political argument the Left built up through the various phases of the Sabarimala agitation.In a worst case scenario, what if the BJP wins a couple of seats and manages to come to an even keel with the Left’s tally? That would be more than a momentary loss of face. The CPI-M will have to re-imagine its voter base. For long it was backed up the majority Hindu demographics. But if BJP has successfully poached into that turf, what’s the Left left with? The UDF has always been a ‘minority front’ that enjoys the support of the sizeable Muslim and Christian population in the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing a public rally in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir on April 14.The CPI-M loves to believe that, in fighting BJP violently, it’s keeping a fascist party at bay. There’s a narcissistic streak in the party. It loves itself too much to fatally ignore its own fascist stripes. It feigns to be the bulwark against fascism, but ends up as the most fearsome proponent of the politics of bloodshed. All in the name of secularism!What makes the CPI-M hate BJP so violently? Ideology? Yes of course, it’s there. But more than that, the Left sees in the rear view mirror another ‘Hindu party’ racing fast and catching up with them. Shorn of lofty ideologies, it’s a dog fight for the turf and an attractive voter base. This election is a crucial touchstone.A ‘secular’ consolidation that didn’t happen?Sure, the Left in Kerala will not be washed out if the BJP wins an LS seat in Kerala. A couple of seats for the BJP in a spreadsheet dominated by the Left would have been brushed aside happily. Rather it could have been interpreted as the demise of the Congress in Kerala. But what if the Congress-led UDF wins a lion’s share of the seats and the Left and BJP end up with a couple of seats each? That will be the most unpalatable scenario for the party and a daunting challenge for it to deal with in future. It’s not clear if that will happen in Kerala. But Vijayan’s angry outburst betrays some misgivings.CPI-M’s tactical positioning in Sabarimala was dictated by the demands of realpolitik. It was a given that BJP, the national ruling party, was on the ascendancy in Kerala. By taking a stand against faith and conventions in Sabarimala, the Left wanted to create a straight-laced secular Vs communal paradigm. They figured out that while all that’s theirs would remain theirs, all that’s Congress’s would also become theirs. The Left calculated that the majority Hindu voters would desert Congress and join forces with the BJP while the minorities would flock to them in a ‘secular’ consolidation. Two women under 50 enter Kerala’s Sabarimala temple
Raveena Tandon, Salman KhanInstagramSalman Khan and Raveena Tandon go back a long way. She made her debut in Bollywood with Salman in 1991 film Patthar Ke Phool and then went on to star in Andaz Apna Apna which became one of the cult movies of the industry. So it was pretty obvious for Salman to play a prank on Raveena when they reunited on the sets of Nach Baliye 9.The Dabangg Khan told the entire crew of Nach Baliye 9 that he knows Raveena since the last 120 years and spoke non-stop on the set.”He (Salman) told everyone that he knows me since the last 120 years. There’s a comfort factor with him. We spoke non-stop on the set, but when the episode was telecast, I realised that they had edited out a major chunk due to time constraints. We then told each other, ‘Why did we talk so much?'” Raveena Tandon told Mid-Day.Raveena, along with Suniel Shetty, was recently featured in the recreated version of their hit song Sheher Ki Ladki from the 1996 film Rakshak. The video of the remake version also features Diana Penty and Badshah grooving to the song.
“Aaj Pancham yaane R D Burman ki 21vi punyatithi hai (Today is the 21st death anniversary of Pancham alias R D Burman). Aisa guni kalakar sadiyo’n me ek paida hota hai, wo gaane compose bhi karta tha aur khud bhi accha gaata tha (Such talented artist is born once in ages, he used to compose songs and was also a very good singer),” she tweeted. “Gaano’n mein naye naye prayog karna usko bohot pasand tha (He loved to try new experiments and techniques while composing songs). Aise kalakar ko meri bhavpurna shraddhanjali (I pay a sincere tribute to him),” she added.The 85-year-old collaborated with Burman on several hit songs like Aaja piya tohe pyar doon, Raina beeti jaye and Tune o rangeele.Mangeshkar also shared links of her favourite Burman-composed songs Tere bina jiya jaye na and Bahon mein chale aao. R.D. Burman died at the age of 54 on January 4, 1994.
Introduced by Apple, CoreML is a machine learning framework that powers the iOS app developers to integrate machine learning technology into their apps. It supports natural language processing (NLP), image analysis, and various other conventional models to provide a top-notch on-device performance with minimal memory footprint and power consumption. This article is an extract taken from the book Machine Learning with Core ML written by Joshua Newnham. In this article, you will get to know the basics of what CoreML is and its typical workflow. With the release of iOS 11 and Core ML, performing inference is just a matter of a few lines of code. Prior to iOS 11, inference was possible, but it required some work to take a pre-trained model and port it across using an existing framework such as Accelerate or metal performance shaders (MPSes). Accelerate and MPSes are still used under the hood by Core ML, but Core ML takes care of deciding which underlying framework your model should use (Accelerate using the CPU for memory-heavy tasks and MPSes using the GPU for compute-heavy tasks). It also takes care of abstracting a lot of the details away; this layer of abstraction is shown in the following diagram: There are additional layers too; iOS 11 has introduced and extended domain-specific layers that further abstract a lot of the common tasks you may use when working with image and text data, such as face detection, object tracking, language translation, and named entity recognition (NER). These domain-specific layers are encapsulated in the Vision and natural language processing (NLP) frameworks; we won’t be going into any details of these frameworks here, but you will get a chance to use them in later chapters: It’s worth noting that these layers are not mutually exclusive and it is common to find yourself using them together, especially the domain-specific frameworks that provide useful preprocessing methods we can use to prepare our data before sending to a Core ML model. So what exactly is Core ML? You can think of Core ML as a suite of tools used to facilitate the process of bringing ML models to iOS and wrapping them in a standard interface so that you can easily access and make use of them in your code. Let’s now take a closer look at the typical workflow when working with Core ML. CoreML Workflow As described previously, the two main tasks of a ML workflow consist of training and inference. Training involves obtaining and preparing the data, defining the model, and then the real training. Once your model has achieved satisfactory results during training and is able to perform adequate predictions (including on data it hasn’t seen before), your model can then be deployed and used for inference using data outside of the training set. Core ML provides a suite of tools to facilitate getting a trained model into iOS, one being the Python packaged released called Core ML Tools; it is used to take a model (consisting of the architecture and weights) from one of the many popular packages and exporting a .mlmodel file, which can then be imported into your Xcode project. Once imported, Xcode will generate an interface for the model, making it easily accessible via code you are familiar with. Finally, when you build your app, the model is further optimized and packaged up within your application. A summary of the process of generating the model is shown in the following diagram: The previous diagram illustrates the process of creating the .mlmodel;, either using an existing model from one of the supported frameworks, or by training it from scratch. Core ML Tools supports most of the frameworks, either internal or as third party plug-ins, including Keras, Turi, Caffe, scikit-learn, LibSVN, and XGBoost frameworks. Apple has also made this package open source and modular for easy adaption for other frameworks or by yourself. The process of importing the model is illustrated in this diagram: In addition; there are frameworks with tighter integration with Core ML that handle generating the Core ML model such as Turi Create, IBM Watson Services for Core ML, and Create ML. We will be introducing Create ML in chapter 10; for those interesting in learning more about Turi Create and IBM Watson Services for Core ML then please refer to the official webpages via the following links: Turi Create; https://github.com/apple/turicreate IBM Watson Services for Core ML; https://developer.apple.com/ibm/ Once the model is imported, as mentioned previously, Xcode generates an interface that wraps the model, model inputs, and outputs. Thus, in this post, we learned about the workflow of training and how to import a model. If you’ve enjoyed this post, head over to the book Machine Learning with Core ML to delve into the details of what this model is and what Core ML currently supports. Read Next Emotional AI: Detecting facial expressions and emotions using CoreML [Tutorial] Build intelligent interfaces with CoreML using a CNN [Tutorial] Watson-CoreML: IBM and Apple’s new machine learning collaboration project
Tags: Disney Posted by TORONTO — Travel agents are invited to special Disney Destinations training sessions and movie screenings where they’ll learn what’s new at Disney parks.A wide range of new experiences are taking place, including Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout at Disney California Adventure Park. After training, agents will enjoy an exclusive screening of a Disney film.To register, click on the training tab at disneytravelagents.ca.The schedule is as follows:ONTARIOWelcome 6:00-6:30 p.m., Presentation 6:30-7:15 p.m., ‘Beauty and the Beast’ screening 7:15 p.m.Ottawa, April 12, Scotiabank Theater OttawaATLANTIC CANADAWelcome 6:00-6:30 p.m., Presentation 6:30-7:15 p.m., ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2’ screening 7:15 p.m.St. John’s, May 8, Cineplex Cinemas Mount Pearl (75 attendees)Halifax, May 10, Scotiabank Theatre Halifax (75 attendees)Moncton, May 11, Cineplex Cinemas DieppeWEST CANADAPresentation 6:00-7:00 p.m., Refreshments 7-7:30 p.m., ‘Beauty and the Beast’ screening 7:30 p.m.Vancouver, April 10, Scotiabank Theatre VancouverLangley, April 13, Cineplex Cinemas LangleyCalgary, April 27, Scotiabank Theatre Chinook Tweet Disney announces dates for agent training and movie screenings << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Share Tags: D-Day, DHTour, History, New Tours BURLINGTON — London and UK specialist DHTour is offering four tours to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy on June 6.“Each passing year takes us further away from the events that shaped our country and the world in which we live in today,” says Gordon Burwood, President, DHTour. “The pivotal battle of Normandy which began on June 6, 1944 was one such event. Seventy-five years have since passed from what was known as operation ‘Overlord’ or ‘D-Day’ but its importance is strongly remembered to this day.”DHTour’s trips will focus heavily on the role Canada, along with its allies, played in both World Wars. Tour ‘A’ starts in London, with a look at the effects of the war on the city from the Blitz onwards and then visits the great naval port of Portsmouth for the ferry across to Normandy. Tour ‘B’ follows the allied forces from Normandy, through Holland, to Berlin. After Normandy, Tour ‘C’ looks at the Liberation of Holland while Tour ‘D’ concentrates on Belgium. All tours will include the Canadian Juno Beach ceremonies on June 6.DHTour also arranges private battlefield tours both in Europe and in Vietnam, “wherever, and whenever, your clients want to go – at their pace – for their interests”, says Burwood. Either as a small group in nine-seater Mercedes Executive vans or in Saloon cars, along with a guide who will be an expert in military tours and local culture, and whether for a few days or longer, DHTour can customize the journey according to the style of accommodation clients are looking for. Visitors can have a chance to visit the major Canadian battlefield sites such as Vimy Ridge, Juno Beach or Dieppe as well as smaller, more personal, areas and cemeteries. Agents can contact DHTour for a quote and customized itinerary. More details are at dhgrouptours.com or call 1-888-597-3519. DHTour marks 75th anniversary of D-Day with four trips