It’s the end of an era: Japan’s Olympus said Wednesday it is selling its struggling camera division to focus on medical equipment — now the major portion of the storied firm’s business.Olympus has been in the camera business since 1936, when it launched a product using the “Zuiko” lens, but it has struggled along with industry rivals as demand for traditional cameras declines, with consumers relying on increasingly sophisticated smartphone cameras.The company said it has signed a memo of understanding to transfer its camera business to investment fund Japan Industrial Partners, with the goal of sealing a final deal by the end of September. Olympus has, however, seen success in the medical equipment field, controlling a whopping 70 percent share of the global endoscope market.The firm’s decision comes as many of its domestic, traditional rivals including Fujifilm and Canon also aggressively expand in the medical equipment sector, under pressure from the same decline in camera sales. Topics : The value of the sale was not specified.The firm has produced a number of famous products, including the half-size camera Olympus Pen, the world’s first micro-cassette tape recorder Zuiko Pearlcorder, and the Olympus OM-D series, a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.The company said it had tried to cut costs and develop profitable, high-end lenses to survive in an increasingly difficult digital camera market.”Despite all such efforts, Olympus’s Imaging business recorded operating losses for three consecutive fiscal years up to the term ended in March 2020,” the company said.
The Norwegian oil company OKEA has informed that a Teekay shuttle tanker has recently unloaded 855 628 bbls of oil from the Draugen field in the Norwegian Sea for OKEA and Neptune.OKEA, which bought Shell’s entire 44.56% interest in Draugen field and 12% interest in Gjøa in Norway for NOK 4.5 billion ($525M) in November 2018, said that Teekay’s shuttle tanker Grena Knutsen unloaded 855 628 bbls of oil from the Draugen field on June 25.OKEA holds 729 769 bbls of this cargo which is sold to Shell Trading.The next unloading is planned for July 25 and will be a Petoro cargo which is traded by Equinor, OKEA said on Tuesday.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
Wairarapa Times-Age 25 August 2012The Government should butt out of trying to determine what marriage is, a Greytown minister says. “My personal view is [that] I look at things from a spiritual perspective,” St Luke’s Anglican Church vicar Andy Eldred said. “I know we live in the real world but I don’t really feel that people, or for that matter governments, or anyone really has the right to determine what marriage is.” Mr Eldred said the official church position was that marriage was between a man and a woman. “We haven’t really changed that position.” Mr Eldred said a civil union provided all the legal rights. He openly welcomed gay people into his church. A conservative group within the Presbyterian Church has urged Parliamentarians to reject the same-sex marriage bill next week, dismissing the views of other Presbyterians who support the bill as “isolated voices”.http://www.times-age.co.nz/news/marriage-and-govt-dont-mix-says-vicar/1518156/
The accumulated snow days were a topic of conversation at Monday’s BCSC School Board meeting.Administrators and school board members at Batesville Community School Corporation are continuing to review options to make up for the snow days that have occurred this winter.The severe weather has led to eleven closings and multiple delays, including a 2-hour delay on Tuesday. According to Dr. Jim Roberts, BCSC superintendent, there have been a total of 87 hours of missed time as of Monday night.School corporations that had snow days on Jan. 6 and 7 do not have to make those missed days up if they apply and are granted a waiver courtesy of State Superintendent Glenda Ritz. Schools have until June to apply for that waiver.“We have simply waited to file the waiver until we know the exact number of days we have to make up,” said BCSC Superintendent Dr. Roberts.BCSC has make up days assigned for each day missed due to the weather this year. The last student day at Batesville is currently scheduled for Tuesday, June 3. If the school would apply for the waiver, the final day would be Friday, May 30.School districts across the state are considering different options to subtract the number of days. Some corporations will utilize E-learning while others will extend certain school days by an hour or potentially be in session on a Saturday.Batesville students will most likely avoid having class on a Saturday, as long as there isn’t a major addition in snow days.With ISTEP testing right around the corner, teachers are hoping the snow days will not have an adverse impact on student scores. Last week, the State Board of Education extended the testing period from March 3-21. The previous deadline was March 12.School officials will continue reviewing different options for make up days if more snow days are accumulated.
By Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (June 24) – Collen Winebarger was fastest on the second Fast Friday of the season at Cottage Grove Speedway.Nearly 30 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds were checked in and Brian Thompson showed the way early. Thompson blazed the trail in the first handful of laps but was never able to get out to a large lead due to several cautions.Shortly after a sixth lap restart Thompson was overtaken by Winebarger, who maintained the top position for much of the race despite ensuing cautions.Winebarger was briefly out of the lead on lap 23 only for the yellow to come back out before the lap was complete. Winebarger stayed in front after the final restart and held on to win his second race at Cottage Grove in 2016.Mark Wauge was a close second, followed by Curtis Towns, Braedon Hand and Eric Ashley.Wauge set fast time for the night and also won the trophy dash.
Press Association Russell, competing in the S12 class, beat her own world record by 1.5 seconds as she touched the wall in 1 minute 6.15 seconds to win gold in a faster time than any qualification for the IPC Swimming World Championships. Firth, in the S14 class, took two seconds off the previous standard to finish in 1:04.70 to secure silver. Hannah Russell and Bethany Firth both set new world records in their classes in the 100 metres backstroke at the British Para-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow on Saturday. Russell said: “I wanted to swim quicker than my PB or to deliver a PB but to be quite honest I felt strong in my warm up so I was hoping for a performance like that and to have Bethany beside me was great. We broke the world record together.” Firth added: “I’m really happy with all of my swims but I really don’t think that I would have been able to swim that if Hannah Russell hadn’t been beside me breaking her world record as well. “The Backstroke is one that is special to my heart I really enjoy swimming it so I am so glad to have gone and done that there. “I really wasn’t expecting that. It was a massive PB for me and I was feeling a bit sluggish this morning after all the races but my coach really picked me up and told me to just go for it and with Hannah swimming beside me it really helped.” Chloe Davies (S14) won bronze after touching in 1:08.05.
“It is still hard for me to get my head around the fact that I will not be pulling a jersey on again after October. “While the blue of Leinster and the green of Ireland stand out for most people, nothing would have been possible without the solid foundations built on Saturday and Sunday mornings in Wexford Wanderers, then nurtured in Clongowes and of course in later years in Lansdowne. “Throughout it all, I have been honoured to have played with an array of talented players, be coached by great coaches and to have played for the best supporters in the world.” Looking ahead to the World Cup – Ireland’s opening game is against Canada in Cardiff on September 19 – D’Arcy said he hoped to help his country make a mark. Ireland have never progressed beyond the World Cup quarter-final stage, but they are fancied by many as possible finalists this time around. “It has always been an honour to represent my country,” he added. “I hope to continue that over the coming months and help to achieve something with this very special group of players and staff at the Rugby World Cup.” And reflecting on his time with Leinster, D’Arcy said: “Leinster will always hold a special place in my heart – my first and only club. “Since my debut in 1998 against Llanelli, it has been a privilege to be part of this organisation and to see how it has grown over the years. “As part of that journey I have seen dark days, but the abiding memory is of a club and an organisation that wouldn’t settle for mediocrity and only wanted to be the best. “At home or away, we took on the giants of European rugby and we had great days. I am proud to have played a small part in that evolution. “In an ideal world I would have loved to have been bowing out after a Champions Cup final and, who knows, maybe even a PRO12 Final, but unfortunately as players we have not achieved the targets that we set ourselves at the start of the season, in particular in the league. “That’s life, and that’s sport at the very highest level. “However, I have no doubt that Leinster is in the best possible hands with Matt (O’Connor) and Leo (Cullen) at the helm, and our recent performance in the Champions Cup semi-final reminded me just what this club and this team is capable of. “I am looking forward to supporting and enjoying the continued success of Leinster over the coming years. “That being said, I will genuinely miss being a Leinster and Irish rugby player. I have loved every moment of it.” D’Arcy helped Ireland win a Six Nations Grand Slam in 2009 and the Six Nations title last season. During the majority of his international career he forged an outstanding midfield partnership with Brian O’Driscoll, a player that D’Arcy will now follow into retirement once the World Cup is done and dusted. D’Arcy, meanwhile, has made 260 Leinster appearances since being handed a debut in September 1998, with his provincial career being highlighted by Heineken Cup final triumphs in 2009, 2011 and 2012. In his letter, D’Arcy said: “Had the result in Marseille nearly two weeks ago gone our way (Leinster were beaten 25-20 by European Champions Cup semi-final opponents Toulon), this week could have been a lot different. “But unfortunately it isn’t, so I am taking this opportunity to announce that I will be retiring from professional rugby at the end of October. “It is a decision that I have not come to lightly, but one that sits very easily with me and indeed with my wife, Aoife, and we are confident that I am making the decision for the right reasons. “My decision has always been that I would leave at this time – after the Rugby World Cup 2015 – and I would like to thank Leinster Rugby and the IRFU (Irish Rugby Football Union) for their support in facilitating this process, which began last summer. “I am so proud, fortunate and honoured to have represented my province and country for 17 seasons, but I am leaving on my terms, which is how everyone would wish to end their professional rugby careers. Press Association D’Arcy, 35, posted an open letter revealing the decision on Leinster’s official website. The Leinster star has won 81 Ireland caps, scoring seven tries, while he also toured with the British and Irish Lions to New Zealand in 2005 and South Africa four years later. Ireland centre Gordon D’Arcy has announced that he will retire from professional rugby after the World Cup later this year.
A bill that would allow the chemical castration of those found guilty of sexual offenses against children is now being considered in Alabama.The bill titled House bill 379 has passed in both the House and Senate and is now headed to the Governor of Alabama’s desk for consideration.Under the bill, those found guilty of a sex offense involving a person under the age of 13, will be required to undergo a chemical castration as a part of their parole. The procedure will begin within a month of the offender’s release from prison and will continue until the court orders the process completed. The convicted will also be required to pay for the procedure that would be administered by the Department of Public Health.If the convicted refuses to complete any part of their parole, they will be arrested and brought back to jail for violating their parole.State Rep. Steve Hurst who introduced the bill told reporters that the accused has “marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime.”While the bill has been passed by the House and the Senate, Attorney Raymond Johnson told reporters at WIAT that the bill would likely be challenged under the Eighth Amendment which protects against cruel and unusual punishment.
Nigeria has avenged that defeat in subsequent qualifying matches for major competitions, but they still remember losing 1-2 to the Cranes in a 2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Kampala that would have been disastrous, had the Eagles not won the first encounter 1-0 in Abeokuta. Nwankwo Kanu scored a late goal that day to get the three points off the visitors in a tough duel.The Cranes also remember beating the Super Eagles 1-0 in a friendly in Uyo in March 2015 that marked goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama’s 100th international match. Farouk Miya scored with a powerful header.The above account means both teams will come with furrowed brows and grit determination to the Stephen Keshi Stadium, an arena named in memory of Nigeria’s longest –serving captain and AFCON –winning coach, who was in charge of the Super Eagles when they lost that friendly in Uyo 44 months ago.Uganda’s 31-man delegation flew into Lagos yesterday and is scheduled to fly to Asaba this morning.Defender Leon Balogun, injured in the 1-1 draw with South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday, has been excused from Tuesday’s clash, otherwise Nigeria’s 2019 AFCON ticket –winning squad is intact.Fans in Delta State will be able to watch live the likes of Ahmed Musa, Alex Iwobi, William Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, John Ogu, Samuel Kalu, Olaoluwa Aina, Isaac Success and Henry Onyekuru, as well as ‘home –boy’ Oghenekaro Etebo. There is also the possibility that Coach Gernot Rohr may name former U17 World Cup winners Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze on the roster.Officials have confirmed that Governor Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa of Delta State will be the special guest, to be joined by members of the Delta State Executive Council. President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Pinnick will also be there alongside members of the NFF Executive Committee and Management.The NFF on Monday named a former President of the Federation, Brigadier –General Dominic Oneya as match commissioner for Tuesday’s game. Oneya was NFF President between January 2000 and October 2002, and is a former member of the CAF Organizing Committee for the AFCON.Mr. Louis Houngnande from Benin Republic will serve as the referee, to be assisted by compatriots Razack Bello (assistant referee 1) and Eric Ayimavo (assistant referee 2). Nigeria’s Shaibu Abdullahi will be reserve referee.Tuesday’s match will kick off at 4.30pm, with fans guaranteed a huge bonus as they will also have the opportunity of watching the Nigeria Super Cup 2018 between Lobi Stars of Makurdi and Rangers International of Enugu at the same venue, starting from 7pm.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria and Uganda go toe-to-toe again in an international friendly expected to attract a huge crowd to the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba this evening.Both countries are celebrating qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations following Matchday 5 games over the weekend. The Super Eagles were held to a 1-1 draw by South Africa’s Bafana Bafana at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg to be sure of a ticket from Group E ahead of the final matchday, while the Cranes pipped Cape Verde 1-0 in Kampala to be sure of finishing as Group L winners.A holiday atmosphere would most certainly have been guaranteed, but Nigerians have learnt not to take matches against Uganda lightly since a certain Phillip Omondi scored a brace to stop the Eagles from reaching the Final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana 40 years ago.
Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojan Research2.0, an academic research reform initiative from the USC School of Pharmacy, hosted the Science and Tech Forum: Los Angeles to explore the changing landscape of scientific research this past weekend at the USC Davidson Continuing Education Conference Center.The forum aimed to spur activity and collaboration across Los Angeles in the sciences, and to explore how new tools and technologies help increase the speed and rigor of research. The conference also featured unique “unconference breakout sessions” where attendees set their own agenda, adding to the collaborative opportunities at the event.“As part of this mission, we started looking around for where is the greatest part of innovation, because the traditional paradigm is incredibly inefficient,” said Research2.0 creator Llewellyn Cox, a program administrator for research at the School of Pharmacy. “As scientists, we should look at the projects we are planning to do and take a more open look at how to best achieve it.”The Science and Tech Forum: Los Angeles builds on the School of Pharmacy’s Research2.0 initiative, which strives to connect entrepreneurs and startups in the bioscience industry with the academic community to foster innovation by sharing their ideas, research and tools.Cox said he and his team want to make scientific research more effective and rigorous, but at the same time also close the gap between science and society.“Scientific leaders who blog and are active on Twitter engage with the community on these major scientific issues,” Cox said.Martha Pastuszka, a graduate student in molecular pharmacology and toxicology at the School of Pharmacy, was enthusiastic about the forum.“This forum provides an alternative view to scientific research. [The speakers] have been talking about things that have been fundamental to science but they’re kind of questioning the status quo,” Pastuszka said. “I think the future of scientific research will definitely be more collaborative between disciplines and not just some guy thinking about science and doing it himself.”Cox noted the difference between working in academia and a startup. In academia, he said people tend to have the desire to perfect their products before launching whereas in a startup, they tend to launch their products as soon as possible for feedback regarding flaws and then fix those flaws.Many students were excited about the possibility of being involved in moving the science world into the future.“One of the major problems is the outdated view of what science is, so this forum is dedicated to helping people realize that science needs to adapt to the changing world,” said Zoe Folchman-Wagner, a doctoral student in pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences.Cox noted the potential for collaborations among the different disciplines and schools at USC.“My hope is that [the forum] will bring us closer together, because it is somewhat silent between the different disciplines and schools at USC,” Cox said. “To move research forward, we have to collaborate and we have to work together.”