Mermaid and ARV forge subsea alliance in Thailand

first_imgSlanvetpan believes ZeaQuest will add values to ARV and Mermaid, as well as the E&P industry, and benefit Thailand’s economy. Chalermchai Mahagitsiri, chief executive officer and vice executive chairman of Mermaid, also said: “ARV specializes in research and development of AI and robotics technologies for petroleum exploration and production and non-E&P industries. Dr. Thana Slanvetpan, general manager of AI and Robotics Ventures, said: He noted the JV will first target Southeast Asia, and later expand these services to Middle East and worldwide. ZeaQuest has a registered capital of $5 million and a 50-50 ownership ratio in the joint venture between the companies. Finally, the aim is to commercialise these technologies by 2021. “In the initial phase, ZeaQuest plans to use these technologies in the IRM, infrastructure installation support, and subsea engineering services.”center_img The aim is to provide underwater IRM services to oil & gas and renewable energy sectors in Asia and globally. In addition, ARV is working on a subsea flowline control and repair robot called Nautilus, and analytics technologies utilising IoT. Slanvetpan also said that ARV is currently developing an inspection-class autonomous underwater vehicle or Xplorer. AI and Robotics Ventures (ARV), a subsidiary of PTT Exploration and Production, and Mermaid Subsea Services (Thailand) have formed a joint venture called ZeaQuest to develop subsea AI and robotic technologies. “This partnership between Mermaid and ARV is a critical milestone in the utilization of highly complex AI and robotics technologies in surveillance, inspection, repair and maintenance of subsea infrastructure and equipment.” “The partnership between Mermaid and ARV is a significant strategic move that will uplift Mermaid’s subsea services to be more efficient, by deploying robotics and AI technologies developed by ARV. last_img read more

FIFA launches legal action against Blatter and Platini

first_imgFIFA has launched legal action against former president Sep Blatter and former vice-president Michel Platini in order to recover more than £1.5m.Two million Swiss francs (£1.54m) was transferred to Platini, 64, on 18 January 2011 after Blatter, 83, approved the “disloyal payment”.Earlier this month, a FIFA governance committee unanimously ruled the illicit funds should be repaid.If they are repaid, the funds will be put back into football development.In addition, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court confirmed the “gift” from world football’s governing body was an “undue payment”.In an exclusive interview with BBC Sport in July, Blatter said he was “an honest man” and had begun legal action against Fifa for the return of 60 personal watches.Blatter’s 17-year spell in charge of Fifa ended amid a corruption scandal in 2015 and he is serving a six-year ban from football.He alleges false information was spread in relation to money received by him after the 2014 World Cup.Blatter and Platini both deny any wrongdoing.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

At The Finish Line…Where only the truth matters

first_imgRobert Morris’ Kavon Stewart (3) makes a pass for an assist, after making a steal, during the second half of the Northeastern Conference championship NCAA college basketball game against Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Coraopolis, PA. Mt. Saint Mary won 88-71.(AP Photo/Don Wright)• It can be true that it’s hard to beat a team three times and Robert Morris Men’s Basketball Team proved that point big time after beating Mt. Saint Mary’s by eight, two times this season.  They hit the wall bad, but hats off to the campus and administration for a top shelf event.  The noise, student body, and overall campus atmosphere was second to none.  It should help make that whoopin and trip to NIT instead of the NCAA Tournament easier to swallow.Bill Neal• Duquesne University student body, you could and should take a lesson from the RMC kids and pump some life into your home games.  It can turn some losses into wins.  (I would say just ask the Pitt Zoo . . . but not lately!)• Here’s hoping that Kobe’s words hit home on the throne and the Laker management goes and gets Phil Jackson from New York before it’s too late.  And while you’re there, get Carmillo, keep Gasol, still Kiree Erving and let’s turn this thing around!• Ease up on the Ryan Clark hater list.  The man was a damn good player and a serious hard hitter.  He’s charted his own course now.• A reminder for the Salute to the Pittsburgh Steeler Super Bowl Legends, Saturday, March 29th, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., at the Rivers Casino.  Mel Blount, J.T. Thomas, Dwayne Woodruff, Louis Lipps, Randy Grossman, Robin Cole, Mike Wagner, and Andy Russell.  Free parking, free hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, autographs and photographs.  Call (412) 628-4856 for information.YOU HAVE NOW CROSSED OVER THE FINISH LINElast_img read more

Column: ‘There’s better ways to conceal it.’

first_imgIn this April 23, 2014 photo taken from video and provided by ESPN, home plate umpire Gerry Davis touches the neck of New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda in the second inning of the Yankees’ baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston. Pineda was ejected after umpires found a foreign substance on his neck. (AP Photo/ESPN)The thing that has baseball folks riled up about Michael Pineda isn’t that he was trying to cheat. Everybody does that.It’s that he wasn’t trying hard enough.The Yankees right-hander got nabbed on the mound Wednesday night in Fenway with what looked like an oil slick’s worth of pine tar on the right side of his neck. He left the ump no choice. It had to qualify as the grossest violation ever of Rule 8.02(b), which says, “The pitcher shall not … have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance.”Everyone in baseball knew what the penalty is, too, even before commissioner Bud Selig made it official with a 10-game suspension — if only because it’s one of the most commonly flouted rules in the game.Usually a pitcher hides a dab behind his belt, or inside a sleeve, or else has the catcher conceal it behind a shin-guard and throw the ball back already prepared. There’s some debate whether you can load a baseball up with enough pine tar to make it dance. But more than a few pitchers, hitters and managers believe that a little isn’t a bad thing at all — especially on a cold night — since everybody benefits when a guy with a first-class fastball has a good enough grip to throw it around the plate. It’s what baseball mean when they talk about the game’s “unwritten rules.”Pineda’s real sin, then, was not knowing when to stop. There’s no doubt — and plenty of high-def evidence — that he had pine tar on his hands when he dominated the Boston lineup through six strong innings barely two weeks ago. The Red Sox knew it, too, since there was enough grumbling through the first four innings that when Pineda took the mound for the fifth, he’d dutifully washed his hands.This time, though, Pineda slathered on enough pine tar to scrawl “Suspend me!” with room to spare. It was so obvious that Red Sox manager John Farrell had to call him on it, even though Farrell passed up the chance to have the ump inspect Pineda in that April 10 game.Afterward, Farrell seemed embarrassed for Pineda — “I think there’s better ways to maybe conceal it,” he said — but there’s more than enough embarrassment to go around.Why Pineda didn’t try harder is a matter of conjecture. Asked the question “You know it’s illegal, right?” he began his answer “Yeah, but …” then followed up by adding, “I don’t feel the ball and I don’t want to hit anybody.” Pineda also promised it wouldn’t happen again.Oddly enough, that’s probably as close to the truth as we’re likely to get. Pineda is just 25, from the Dominican Republic, and he comes into the season still learning English and freighted with expectations after sitting out the last two because of shoulder surgery. Chances are good he can tick off as many of baseball’s “unwritten rules” as you can, let alone the nuances of any.Maybe he figured he got away once going 10 mph over the speed limit, so this time he’d try 25 over. Beyond that, as a pal pointed out, if there’s another reason for Pineda’s behavior, trying to figure it out is likely a losing proposition.Tougher to figure out, though, is the Yankees’ responsibility in this mess. Presumably, someone in the organization explained the problem to Pineda after his first start against the Red Sox, which made manager Joe Girardi’s feigned surprise after this episode less than satisfying.“It’s something Michael chose to do after the first inning,” Girardi said. “He had a hard time gripping the baseball.”But that doesn’t explain how Girardi, pitching coach Larry Rothschild, or even catcher Brian McCann, who caught Pineda’s warm-up pitches, let the pitcher stand the mound wearing half a necktie fashioned from goo. Especially considering the already depleted ranks of the team’s starting pitching.“We as an organization are embarrassed,” general manager Brian Cashman. “He should not have been allowed out of our dugout like that.”Notice that no one has said Pineda shouldn’t have been using pine tar, only that he should not have been using it so obviously that he got caught. All that did was make it harder for the next pitcher to get away with a dab of pine tar, and spark what will probably be another round of retaliation as managers call for more inspections of pitchers. Like the game isn’t slow enough already.But that’s the problem with having one set of rules on the books, and another set for how the business is run day to day. Not everyone in the game agrees on what cheating is, but nearly all of them know it when you rub it in their face — or in this case, on your neck.___Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at — read more