Fishing boat crew safely rescued by Lough Swilly RNLI

first_imgLough Swilly lifeboat volunteers came to the aid of a fishing vessel during a successful mission off Fanad Head on Tuesday afternoon. The fishing boat was six nautical miles away from shore when it got into difficulty due to a fouled prop.The Lough Swilly ALB was launched at 1.10pm to assist the crew. Rescue volunteers attached a tow line to the vessel and landed them at Ballyhoorisky Pier in Fanad.The mission was a success and no injuries were reported.(Feature image via Lough Swilly RNLI.)   Fishing boat crew safely rescued by Lough Swilly RNLI was last modified: August 30th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MH370: Ocean Infinity says search start is imminent

first_imgThe Hugin autonomous underwater vehicles being deployed to search for MH370. Photo: Ocean Infinity. Deep sea search company Ocean Infinity has confirmed it has inked a deal to continue the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and says the search will start “imminently” in the  zone identified by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.The company said the project’s sophisticated surface vessel,  Seabed Constructor,  was now close to the search area and the “no find, no fee” sweep, which was expected to last 90 days.“We are pleased that our offer to continue the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has been accepted by the Government of Malaysia, who I would like to thank for giving us the opportunity,’’ OI chief executive Oliver Plunkett said.“Whilst there can be no guarantees of locating the aircraft, we believe our system of multiple autonomous vehicles working simultaneously is well suited to the task at hand.“I wish our team the best of luck in their endeavours and sincerely hope that we will be able to play a part in providing some answers to the many people affected by this tragedy.”The company also confirmed it would use up to eight Hugins autonomous underwater vehicles capable of operating to depths of 6000m and already tested to just above that limit.The company did not give any details of the agreement but Channel News Asia reported earlier today that it was a tiered arrangement that would see the company paid up to $US50 million if it is found in the ATSB search area and $US70 million if it is found beyond that.The report said the it would be paid $US20 million if the plane, which went missing in 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board, was found in first 5000 sq. km.The search will begin in a 25,000 sq. km area designated by experts in 2016 as the most likely crash site.Drift modelling and analysis of satellite imagery significantly boosted confidence among Australian experts that the wreckage of the Boeing 777, which went missing in March 2014, is in the southern half of a 25,000 sq. km.Scientists identified a location at latitude 35.6°S and longitude 92.8°E, near the seventh arc defined by satellite data, as the most likely location for the missing plane.However, if the wreckage is not found in the 25,000 sq. km search area the vessel will head north to  areas proposed by other experts.Ocean Infinity said the use of “free flying AUVs” meant they were not tethered and could collect higher quality data.The AUVs are equipped with side scan sonar, multi-beam echo sounder, sub-bottom profiler, HD camera, conductivity/temperature/depth sensor, self-compensating magnetometer, synthetic aperture sonar and a turbidity sensor.They can scour up to 1200 sq. kms a day, meaning the initial search area could be covered in about three weeks.The discovery of the wreckage will leave the Malaysian Government facing the question of how to retrieve the debris and particularly the crucial flight data and cockpit voice recorders.The quickest way to start the process would be to use the Seabed Constructor.MH370 Seabed Constructor Ocean InfinityThe Seabed Constructor. Photo: Swire Seabed.Sources have told AirlineRatings the sophisticated vessel  is carrying remotely operated vehicles and a 6000-metre rated recovery winch capable of retrieving debris at the kind of depths at which it is likely to be located.They also saw the  Seabed Constructor as the “asset of opportunity” if the wreckage is located before the winter weather sets in.Crucially, the ship is equipped with a dynamic positioning system that allows it to stay on station above the tethered robots as they work.Also on board to assist with analysis of sonar data are staff from Deep Ocean Search, a company which focuses on “ultra-deep water services” in depths of up to 6000m.DOS was instrumental in finding the SS City of Cairo, sunk by a German U-boat in 1942 while carrying 100 tonnes of silver coins from Bombay to England.Under contract to the UK government, DOS and recovered tons of silver coins from a depth of 5150m, a world record at the time and more than 1300m deeper than the Titanic.DOS told AirlineRatings it was unable to answer questions because it had signed a non-disclosure agreement with Ocean Infinity.But its website indicated operating at extreme depth was not without “serious technical difficulties’ which resulted in multiple breakdowns but were eventually resolved.ROV’s differ from the torpedo-shaped autonomous underwater vehicles being deployed in the search in that they are tethered to the ship by a cable and operated in real-time from consoles.They have cameras and often come equipped with sonar as well as thrusters and often manipulating armsSensitive electronics and data storage on deep water ROVs are protected in titanium vessels and  an  expert said every connector, cable and device had to withstand the pressure.He said there were many ROVs designed to run at a depth of about 3000m but very few work class ROVs rated for 6000m.However, he said the technology for deep dives was mature.“The ones around that can be used for this sort of thing are typically designed for something other than the oil and gas industry,’’ he said.Much deeper dives were conducted by the bathyscaphe Trieste in 1960  and by movie director  James Cameron in 2012. Both dived on the Challenger Deep in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench  and reached depths of almost 11,000m .A Japanese remotely operated underwater vehicle called Kaiko established a depth record for umanned probes in 1995 when it reached the bottom of the Challenger Deep. Others to explore the abyss were Japan’s ABISMO, the US hyrbrid ROV Nereus and China’s Haidou-1.last_img read more

Earth-like planet may be not so hospitable after all, thanks to blasts of radiation

first_imgEarlier this year, astronomers reported discovering a handful of Earth-like planets orbiting distant stars. One of them, a presumably rocky orb dubbed Kepler-438b, orbits a red dwarf star and may be just a bit warmer than Earth, those researchers suggested. Now, another team finds that the planet may be hostile to life because it has no atmosphere, thanks to supersized solar flares that blast the planet every few hundred days, the researchers report online before print in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The flares are about 10 times as powerful as those ever recorded on our sun, the team estimates. And because Kepler-438b orbits just 25 million kilometers from its star (about half the distance of Mercury’s closest approach to our sun), that’s a recipe for disaster for life as we know it, the researchers say: With little or no atmosphere, the planet’s surface would be exposed to harsh x-ray and ultraviolet radiation, not to mention floods of charged particles like those in our solar wind.last_img read more

Grange Congratulates Gaynstead on Historic National Double

first_imgThe Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has congratulated Gaynstead on becoming the national schools netball champions at both the senior and junior levels for the first time in their history.Gaynstead, the urban champions, defeated the rural schools champions, Denbigh, in both divisions of the ISSA All-Island Netball finals at the Leila Robinson Courts on Friday (June 7).The junior team scored a close 24-21 win to secure their second All-Island title; and the senior team won 35-26 for their first All-Island title.Minister Grange said she was “proud of both Gaynstead and Denbigh for a dominant season in schools netball, but I must commend Gaynstead on their history making season that has culminated with them being national champions in both the senior and junior divisions.  It shows what our young athletes in all sports can do with continuous support from all quarters.  Well done, ladies.”last_img read more

CMF ANNOUNCES 20192020 PROGRAM BUDGET GUIDELINES AND APPLICATION DEADLINES

first_imgCMF-FMC Login/Register With: “The CMF continues to evolve its programs thanks to ongoing and valuable feedback from our stakeholders and clients, many of whom shared their views through our various consultation initiatives. Thanks to all who participated and thanks to our public and private funders for their invaluable support. We’re especially grateful to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, for delivering on the government’s commitments to support Canada’s screen-based sector through the provision of the stabilization funds,” she concluded.“I am pleased that in 2019–2020 the Canada Media Fund is adapting its programs even more to the new ways in which Canadians access content,” said the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism. “This will allow Canadian platforms to launch major productions and, for the first time, let creators receive funding in the preliminary stages of a project. Thanks to these changes and to our additional investment of $172 million over five years, the Fund will continue to act as a catalyst in the digital realm and support the production of high-quality audiovisual and interactive content.”The CMF program budget is supported by revenue estimates for the coming year based on ongoing funding contributions from the Government of Canada; as well as contributions from Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Tangible benefits, recoupment and repayment revenues from funded productions also support the program budget. This year’s budget reflects a steady contribution from the Government of Canada, and the stabilization funding to help mitigate declining contributions from Broadcast Distribution Undertakings to the CMF.The following major changes will be implemented to CMF programs. A more detailed summary of changes can be accessed here.Key Changes to the Convergent StreamFollowing a directive from the Department of Canadian Heritage, the CMF will expand its current funding triggers so that online platforms that are owned, operated and controlled by CRTC-licensed broadcasters and Broadcast Distribution Undertakings will be considered eligible and be allowed to trigger projects in the Convergent Stream. These platforms will have predominantly the same requirements of existing conventional broadcasters that are currently able to trigger funding. An Over-the-Top (OTT) Factor will be introduced, which will reward content licensed by and premiered on these online services.In addition to these platforms, the CMF will introduce new access to the Performance Envelope system to broadcasters and that do not generate a Performance Envelope allocation.As a result of changes in the way audiences watch content, the industry is now virtually convergent. Discoverability and promotion are increasingly critical for the Canadian screen based sector. Therefore, a greater emphasis will be placed on how digital media components promote and market their accompanying television component. In line with this objective, the distinction between “value-added” and “rich and substantial” Digital Media (DM) Components will be eliminated and all DM components will now form part of the television application and budget. All relevant thresholds and maximum contribution amounts will apply to the entire project. As a result of this shift in emphasis, the CMF will eliminate both the Convergent Digital Media Incentive and the Digital Media Investment Factor. Convergent Digital Media Components will continue to be supported by the CMF through its regular Convergent programs as well as through the Experimental Stream.While the CMF has provided support for early-stage development for many years though its Pre-development Program, it will now implement a program aimed at early-stage development—to include writers—that does not require a commitment from a CRTC-licensed broadcaster. The Early-Stage Development Program will have two separate access points: a writer access point and a producer-creator collaboration access point.Broadcast stakeholders have expressed the need for added flexibility for their in-house and broadcaster affiliated production. As such, the CMF will increase the In-house and Broadcaster Affiliated caps to 25 per cent across all genres, which is the maximum amount allowed for in the terms and conditions with government.In addition to wanting to maximize effectiveness and devote administrative resources to policies which have the most significant impact, the CMF heard from a range of stakeholders that the increase in CMF equity in a number of projects served as a disincentive. As a result, the CMF will eliminate the decrease in licence-fee top-up for returning series.In the English language market, CMF funded Children and Youth programming has experienced significant decreases in the past three years as content consumption has shifted from conventional broadcasters to online platforms. In addition to the previously announced partnership with the Shaw Rocket Fund, the CMF will continue to provide financing in 2019-2020 for Canadian content creators to produce digital animated series for children and encourage the use of new technology outside of the Convergent Stream.As a component of the Creative Canada Policy Framework, the CMF will be permitted to provide strategic support for sector development initiatives in order to address key gaps in the media industry ecosystem.During the 2019-2020 year the CMF will continue to work with the industry to consider further changes to the program for 2020-2021, including the Performance Envelope system, support for small broadcasters, the Development Envelope System, diversity and inclusion, and other relevant initiatives.Key Changes to the Experimental StreamThe CMF is expanding its definition of “innovation” in order to allow a broader range of projects and provide greater flexibility for applicants.In the Experimental Stream, the CMF is introducing a Conceptualization Program on a pilot basis. This Program is designed for applicants to create and test a proof of concept, verify design ideas or demonstrate a functionality. This Program is designed for either Commercial Projects Program (C2P) or Innovation Program applicants. With more resources at the preliminary stages of a project, the objective of the Program is to provide less experienced producers and studios with a better chance to succeed for future funding stages in the Experimental Stream.The CMF has heard from a variety of stakeholders that marketing strategy should play a larger role in a project’s production funding in order to allow early promotion activities during the creation of the project. As such, the CMF will merge the Marketing and Promotion stage into the existing Production stage application process in 2019-2020. Marketing and Promotion support will continue to be offered separately for projects that have received production support prior to 2019-2020. The CMF will also increase the maximum contribution for Production-stage funding in both the Innovation Program and Commercial Projects Program to $1.5M for projects in which significant marketing costs are added. In addition, the CMF will simplify the recoupment policy for the Commercial Projects Program, accessing only 15 per cent of revenues generated by the exploitation of the project before any deductions.Webcast and commentsThe CMF will host webcasts on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 to provide an overview and answer questions related to program changes. The French-language webcast will be at 11 a.m. ET and the English-language webcast will be at 2 p.m. ET. Details on how to join the webcasts were communicated earlier in March and can be accessed by clicking here.Stakeholders are invited to share comments and questions on CMF programs by writing to info@cmf-fmc.ca or through the CMF Twitter feeds @CMF_FMC (English) and @CMF_FMC_FR (French). For questions about the application process, please contact the Canada Media Fund Program Administrator at 1.800.463.4607.About the Canada Media FundThe Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit cmf-fmc.ca. Facebook Toronto – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) announced today Program Guidelines for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The CMF also announced it is committing $353M to invest in Canada’s television and digital media industry in 2019-2020. The breakdown of the 2019-2020 program budget can be accessed here.“We’re introducing a number of new programs and changes to existing programs, some of which will be among the most impactful since the establishment of the CMF in 2010,” said Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, CMF. “These changes are intended to ensure CMF programs continue being responsive to market developments. They are influenced by the policy direction from the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Creative Canada Policy Framework and feedback received from stakeholders during the CMF’s extensive consultation.”“The CMF is aware of the impact program changes have on the industry and strives to offer some stability in the system at a time of disruption. Striking a balance between the various and often competing interests of industry stakeholders is always a challenge,” added Creighton. “These updates to our programs are the result of the added flexibility which has been accorded to the CMF by the Government of Canada. As we await the results of the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review and the legislation that may stem from that, this is the first step in implementing progressive change with the intent to bridge the current environment until the review of the Acts is concluded.” Twittercenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more