first_imgBuncrana GAA Notes For Week Ending Sunday 2nd September Congratulations: Donegal will play in the All-Ireland football final on September 23rd after securing a fully-deserved victory over Cork at Croke Park on Sunday. The Ulster champions were magnificent, playing an open, attacking style of football whilst also defending with grit, discipline and skill. Congratulations to Ryan, Jim McGuinness and the entire squad on this historic achievement and best of luck in the final.  Condolances: All at CLG Bun Cranncha wish to extend our sincere condolances to the Duffy family and the Termon club on the tragic death of Andrew at the weekend.U8 Football: U8 Football Training has now finished for the season and the management team would like to thank all we participated in a busy year for both training and blitz’s. Thanks to all parent who helped throughout the year. A note will be sent out when the training is to re-start.U6 FUNdamentals: FUNdamentals for boys and girls aged 5 & 6 years (or turning 5 during 2012) will continue on Fridays at the Scarvey between 6.15pm and 7.00pm. Please could all children be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the session. U10 Football: Training continues every Friday at 7.00pm at the Scarvey and new players are always welcome.Boys U14 Hurling: Boys U14 Hurling training takes place at the Scarvey every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7.00pm. If you haven’t played before and are interested in playing Hurling please feel free to come along.Boys U14 Football: Training for the boys U14 team will take place on Monday evening at 5.00pm. New and returning players are always welcome.Boys U14 & U18 Hurling: Hurling training for boys aged 14 to 18 years takes place every Saturday at the Scarvey at 3.00pm-5.00pm. New players are always welcome.U8 and U10 Hurling: Hurling training for children under 8 and under 10 years takes place each Sunday at 11.00am. If your child would like to learn the basic skills of hurling in a safe and fun environment please come down and try it out, new players are always welcome.Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at [email protected] to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín at [email protected] by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on or GAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: August 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:GAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

AP poll: 57 percent think Bush isn’t honest

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week More than eight in 10, 82 percent, described Bush as “stubborn,” with almost that many Republicans agreeing to that description. That stubborn streak has served Bush well at times, but now he is being encouraged to shake up his staff and change the direction of White House policies. Concern about the administration’s ethics has been fueled by the controversy over flawed intelligence leading up to the Iraq war and the recent indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney’s top aide, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice for his role in the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s name. That loss of trust complicates Bush’s efforts to rebuild his standing with the public. His job approval rating remains at his all-time low in the AP-Ipsos poll of 37 percent. “Honesty is a huge issue because even people who disagreed with his policies respected his integrity,” said Bruce Buchanan, a political scientist from the University of Texas. The mandatory White House lectures on ethics for its employees came after the Libby indictment, and some people say they aren’t impressed. WASHINGTON – Most Americans say they aren’t impressed by the ethics and honesty of the Bush administration, already under scrutiny for its justifications for an unpopular war in Iraq and its role in the leak of a covert CIA officer’s identity. Almost six in 10 – 57 percent – said they do not think the Bush administration has high ethical standards and the same portion says President George W. Bush is not honest, an AP-Ipsos poll found. Just over four in 10 say the administration has high ethical standards and that Bush is honest. Whites, Southerners and evangelicals were most likely to believe Bush is honest. Bush, who promised in the 2000 campaign to uphold “honor and integrity” in the White House, last week ordered White House workers, from presidential advisers to low-ranking aides, to attend ethics classes. The president gets credit from a majority for being strong and decisive, but he’s also seen by an overwhelming number of people as “stubborn,” a perception reinforced by his refusal to yield on issues such as the Iraq war, tax cuts and support for staffers under intense pressure. “It’s like shutting the barn door after the horse escaped,” said John Morrison, a Democrat who lives near Scranton, Pa. “This week’s elections were just a preview of what’s going to happen,” he said, referring to Tuesday’s New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial races, both won by Democrats. “People are just fed up.” Some Republicans are nervous about the GOP’s political position. “A lot of elected Republicans are running for the hills in the Northeast,” said Connecticut GOP strategist Chris DePino after what he called “a waterfall of missteps” by Republicans. Bush and the GOP must return to their message that the United States has been safe from terrorism during his administration, DePino said. Only 42 percent in the new poll said they approve of Bush’s handling of foreign policy and terrorism, his lowest rating yet in an area that has long been his strongest issue. The war in Iraq is at the core of the public’s unrest, polling found. In an AP-Ipsos poll in early October, almost six in 10 disapproved of the way Bush was doing his job, and Iraq was a dominant factor. When those who disapproved of Bush were asked in an open-ended question the top reason, they most frequently mentioned the war far ahead of the second issue, the economy. “To use an unfortunate metaphor, Iraq is a roadside bomb in American politics,” said Rich Bond, a former national Republican chairman. Many of those who approve of Bush’s job performance cited his Christian beliefs and strong values, the second-biggest reason for support after backing his policies. “I know he is a man of integrity and strong faith,” said Fran Blaney, a Republican and an evangelical who lives near Hartford, Conn. “I’ve read that he prays every morning asking for God’s guidance. He certainly is trying to do what he thinks he is supposed to do.” The poll of 1,000 adults was conducted Nov. 7-9 by Ipsos, an international polling firm, and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgTwo well-known Letterkenny bars have been fined €1,000 each for not having drinks licenses.The Brewery Bar in Letterkenny.Letterkenny District Court heard how officers from the Customs and Excise Unit called to both the Central Bar and the Brewery Bar, both owned by the Blaney family, on separate dates in September 2013. On both occasions officers bought glasses of whiskey and then asked the barmen if the bar had a proper license.They were told that they could not locate the licenses.Representatives from the Revenue Commissioners office met with directors from the companies which own the bars.They said that Michael Blaney was the managing director but had been ill and the license for the Central Bar had been allowed to lapse.The court was told that the Brewery Bar was operated by Boyle Enterprises but the company had been struck off and could not get a license.The court was told that both licences had been out of date for approximately two years.Judge Paul Kelly fined each bar €1,000.WELL-KNOWN LETTERKENNY BARS FINED FOR NOT HAVING LICENSES was last modified: March 5th, 2015 by StephenShare 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) Tags:barsBrewery BarCentral Bardonegalletterkennylast_img read more

Round-up: Conte hails fans, Chelsea loan deals, QPR star wants contract, R’s defender out, Bees stadium talks

first_imgChelsea’s season – and Antonio Conte’s reign as boss – is off to a dramatic, winning start.Diego Costa’s 89th-minute strike gave the Blues a 2-1 victory over West Ham at Stamford Bridge.Afterwards, Conte thanked Chelsea fans for their “fantastic” welcome and praised his players for their performance.West Ham manager Slaven Bilic admitted that “energetic and compact” Chelsea deserved their win. Conte enjoyed a winning start as Chelsea bossThe victory came after Thibaut Courtois declared that he wants to stay at Chelsea despite this summer’s speculation over the goalkeeper’s future.Two more Blues youngsters have been loaned out, with Izzy Brown joining Rotherham and goalkeeper Jamal Blackman heading to Wycombe.Lucas Piazon, whose future appears to lie away from Stamford Bridge, also expects to make another loan move from Chelsea shortly.QPR playmaker Tjaronn Chery has told West London Sport he would like to sign a new deal.The Dutchman was responding to news we revealed last week – that Rangers are planning to approach him about extending his contract.Chery says he would be willing to sign a new dealJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side are top of the table following their win at Cardiff. Click here to see how we rated each of his players in Sunday’s  game.On a somewhat less positive note for Rangers, defender Joel Lynch is expected to be out for two weeks with an abdominal injury.Meanwhile, rugby union club London Irish are in discussions about sharing Brentford’s planned new stadium at Lionel Road.And in cricket, Middlesex extended their lead at the top of the County Championship with an emphatic innings and 80-run victory against Durham.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Want a preview of 2020? The Giants gave it to their fans in Thursday’s win

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — When the Giants posted Thursday’s lineup in the home dugout at Oracle Park, the names of Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt were nowhere to be found.The three longest-tenured position players on the club will all likely start Bruce Bochy’s final game on Sunday, but for much of the last week, the Giants have been content to allow the present to look like the future.Fans may not know the …last_img read more

Nitrogen management continues to be a water quality issue

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A revolution in Midwestern agriculture has to happen to minimize the Gulf of Mexico’s hypoxic zone, according to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE).In September, iSEE Directors and Affiliates published a commentary piece in Nature Sustainability, produced as a result of the iSEE Critical Conversation 2018: The Nitrogen Reduction Challenge, a collaborative forum that united scientists and scholars to generate innovative solutions.According to a team of Illinois researchers, each annual harvest removes just 60% to 70% of nitrogen from fields.“Ultimately, via the Mississippi River, the remaining nitrogen will flow into the Gulf, facilitating hypoxia (oxygen deficiency) and endangering marine life,” said Madhu Khanna, iSEE Associate Director for Research and principal author.Based on discussions at the critical conversation and existing research, Khanna and her co-authors suggest a two-pronged strategy to address the issue. Nitrogen requirements typically differ from site to site, even in a single field. However, many farmers opt to fertilize uniformly, which can be detrimental to crop health and facilitate excess chemical runoff. This paper proposes blending big data technology with site-specific “precision farming” — real-time, comprehensive data repositories can allow farmers to apply nitrogen in optimal quantities.Current strategies to mitigate the Gulf’s biological and financial hazards are high-cost, low-reward, often relying on voluntary participation and demanding financial incentive. However, iSEE’s proposed solutions are proactive.“The insight needed to vary nitrogen applications in response to site-specific conditions will be instrumental in reducing nutrient loss and increasing profitability,” Khanna said.The authors posit genome editing as a second strategy to reduce corn’s dependence on nitrogen. To close, they suggest a series of next steps centered on research into precision farming, stakeholder education and engagement, and legislation to advance genome editing and water quality regulations.The writing team of “Harnessing Emerging Technologies to Mitigate the Hypoxia Challenge” also includes: Benjamin M. Gramig, Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics; Evan H. DeLucia, iSEE Baum Family Director; Ximing Cai, iSEE Associate Director for Campus Sustainability; and Praveen Kumar, Colonel Harry F. and Frankie M. Lovell Endowed Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The authors acknowledge the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund for sponsorship of iSEE Critical Conversations.last_img read more

Mobile Payment App Square Pushes Forward With $27.5 Million Funding

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Square had a bit of a rough 2010, but it looks like things are turning around for the mobile payment company. The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that the company just closed a new $27.5 million round of funding, quadrupling its valuation and setting it up for the year ahead.Over the past year, Square, which was founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, has run into a series of snags, from credit card dongles that didn’t work with the iPhone 4 to a lawsuit over the origins of that self-same dongle. While we commented that the temporary fix to the iPhone 4 dongle (a piece of paper) didn’t inspire confidence in a realm where confidence is already hard to come by, Sequoia Capital appears to see things different – to the tune of $27.5 million. The funding raises Square’s previous valuation of $45 million to around $240 million. As part of the funding deal, writes Pui-Wing Tam for the Journal, “Sequoia Capital venture capitalist Roelof Botha, a former CFO of PayPal and one of the investors who backed online video site YouTube, will join Square’s board.”When we first wrote about Square six months ago, the common refrain was “Who would trust using their phone to make payments?” Now, there are a number of other companies getting into the mobile payments game, as our own Sarah Perez surveyed earlier today, and the funding is indicating a confidence on at least one important end of the spectrum. According to the WSJ, Square has also seen anywhere from 30,000 to 50,000 companies sign up to use the service since it opened its doors last October. With companies signing up, funding coming in the door, we only have to wonder one thing – how long will it be before we actually run into this thing in real life? Have you, for one, paid for anything using something like Square? Tags:#NYT#web mike melanson A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

9 months agoMan Utd midfielder Herrera: Solskjaer game plan led to Spurs victory

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Herrera: Solskjaer game plan led to Spurs victoryby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAnder Herrera believes that it was the manager’s game plan that helped them beat Tottenham.United managed an impressive 1-0 win at Wembley, their first away win over Spurs in the league since 2012.And Herrera credited interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the coaching staff for preparing the players in the best possible way.”The manager told us that at the beginning of the game it would be difficult to make short passes,” Herrera explained to the United website after the game. “He told us that it would be easier for us to switch the play and to look – almost without looking – to the other side of the pitch to switch the ball, because that is where we were going to find spaces.”We scored like that, so thank you to the game plan as well.” last_img read more

Las Vegas Sportsbook Releases Betting Lines For College Football’s Games of the Year

first_imgCFB Betting Lines for the weekend of September 5th.CFB Betting LinesIf you’re a gambling man (or woman), you can now bet on college football’s (basically) full slate of 2015 games.  Harbaugh-MeyerWho’s favored in the first Harbaugh-Meyer game? The Las Vegas sportsbook, Golden Nugget, has released its lines for its “games of the year,” which are nearly all of the notable games that will occur each week. The casino will take a max bet of $1,000 on the games. Here they are: Thursday, Sept. 3Michigan at Utah -4TCU -18 at MinnesotaFriday, Sept. 4Washington at Boise State -13Saturday, Sept. 5Wisconsin vs. Alabama -10 (Arlington, Texas)Louisville vs. Auburn -11.5 (Atlanta, Ga.)Arizona State vs. Texas A&M -3 (Houston)Texas at Notre Dame -7.5Virginia at UCLA -17BYU at Nebraska -6Monday, Sept. 7Ohio State -16 at Virginia TechSaturday, Sept. 12LSU -3 at Mississippi StateUCLA -32 at UNLVOklahoma at Tennessee -3Notre Dame -9 at VirginiaOregon State at Michigan -14Iowa -4.5 at Iowa StateMarshall -3.5 at Ohio UniversityBoise State -6 at BYUOregon at Michigan State -1Thursday, Sept. 17Clemson -3 at LouisvilleSaturday, Sept. 19Auburn at LSU -4UNLV at Michigan -33Ole Miss at Alabama -9.5South Carolina at Georgia -11Georgia Tech at Notre Dame -2Nebraska at Miami, Fla. PKStanford at USC -4BYU at UCLA -14Colorado -1.5 vs. Colorado State (Denver)Thursday, Sept. 24Cincinnati at Memphis -2Friday, Sept. 25Boise State -9 at VirginiaSaturday, Sept. 26LSU -20 at SyracuseUCLA at Arizona PKUSC -1 at ArizonaUtah at Oregon -14Oklahoma State at Texas -2.5BYU at Michigan -7Texas A&M vs. Arkansas -6.5 (Arlington, Texas)Mississippi State at Auburn -8Tennessee -2.5 at FloridaThursday, Oct. 1Miami, Fla. at Cincinnati -2.5Saturday, Oct. 3UNLV at Nevada -14Ole Miss -6 at FloridaAlabama at Georgia PKSouth Carolina at Missouri -11Arkansas at Tennessee -1Mississippi State at Texas A&M -6.5Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech -9Arizona at Stanford -7.5Arizona State at UCLA -6Oregon -16 at ColoradoArmy at Penn State -28West Virginia at Oklahoma -10Kansas State at Oklahoma State -4Texas at TCU -21Notre Dame at Clemson -3.5Thursday, Oct. 8Washington at Southern Cal -19Saturday, Oct. 10LSU -8 at South CarolinaGeorgia Tech at Clemson -3Arkansas at Alabama -7.5Florida at Missouri -10Georgia at Tennessee PKMiami (FL) at Florida State -14.5Virginia at Pittsburgh -6Boise State -12 at Colorado StateTCU -11 at Kansas StateOklahoma -6.5 vs. Texas (Dallas, Texas)Oklahoma State at West Virginia -5Wisconsin -1 at NebraskaNavy at Notre Dame -14Thursday, Oct. 15UCLA at Stanford -4.5Auburn -9 at KentuckyFriday, Oct. 16UNLV at Fresno State -12Boise State -9.5 at Utah StateSaturday, Oct. 17Florida at LSU -14Arizona State at Utah -2USC at Notre Dame PKOregon -15 at WashingtonLouisville at Florida State -12Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech -14Virginia Tech at Miami, Fla. -6Missouri at Georgia -8.5Alabama -7 at Texas A&MWest Virginia at Baylor -17TCU -29 at Iowa StateOklahoma -3 at Kansas StateMichigan State -4.5 at MichiganPenn State at Ohio State -19Saturday, Oct. 24Utah at USC -7Kansas State at Texas -2Tennessee at Alabama -10Auburn at Arkansas -6.5Texas A&M at Ole Miss -4Clemson -4.5 at Miami, Fla.Florida State at Georgia Tech PKThursday, Oct. 29Oregon -5 at Arizona StateWest Virginia at TCU -20Saturday, Oct. 31Boise State -28.5 at UNLVCentral Florida at Cincinnati -6Georgia Tech -10 at VirginiaOle Miss at Auburn -4Florida vs. Georgia -12 (Jacksonville, Fla.)South Carolina at Texas A&M -10Oregon State at Utah -16Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015Northern Illinois at Toledo -3Thursday, Nov. 5Mississippi State at Missouri, -6Baylor -12 at Kansas StateSaturday, Nov. 7LSU at Alabama -9Arkansas at Ole Miss -1Auburn -1.5 at Texas A&MTCU -11 at Oklahoma StateMichigan State -6 at NebraskaFlorida State at Clemson -2Virginia at Miami, Fla. -6.5Notre Dame -3 at PittsburghArizona at USC -7.5Thursday, Nov. 12Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech -9.5Friday, Nov. 13USC -12 at ColoradoSaturday, Nov. 14Arkansas at LSU -1.5Utah at Arizona -3Oregon at Stanford PKAlabama -9 at Mississippi StateFlorida at South Carolina -2.5Oklahoma at Baylor -13BYU at Missouri -12Saturday, Nov. 21San Diego State -16 at UNLVLSU at Ole Miss PKFresno State at BYU -18TCU -5 at OklahomaBaylor -10 at Oklahoma StateMichigan State at Ohio State -14Michigan at Penn State -4.5Mississippi State at Arkansas -10Tennessee at Missouri -2.5Georgia Tech -6 at Miami, Fla.Arizona at Arizona State -3UCLA -1 at UtahCalifornia at Stanford -13Friday, Nov. 27Baylor at TCU -6Oregon State at Oregon -22.5Washington State at Washington -4.5Iowa at Nebraska -7Texas A&M at LSU -7.5Kansas State -24 at KansasOklahoma -3 at Oklahoma StateBYU at Utah State PKOhio State -16 at MichiganPenn State at Michigan State -12UCLA at USC -3Colorado at Utah -13.5Notre Dame at Stanford -3North Carolina at NC State -6Virginia Tech -4 at VirginiaMissouri at Arkansas -7Alabama -3.5 at AuburnFlorida State -4 at FloridaGeorgia -1 at Georgia TechLouisville -2.5 at KentuckyOle Miss -2 at MississippiClemson -3 at South CarolinaVanderbilt at Tennessee -17Saturday, Dec. 5Texas at Baylor -18West Virginia at Kansas State -5Saturday, Dec. 12Navy -13 vs. Army, Philadelphia, Pa.last_img read more

IUMI Shipping Still a Moving Target for Cyber Threats

first_imgThe shipping industry is becoming ever more reliant on technology, making it at the same time more vulnerable to cyber attacks. Protection from cyber threats is key, although there are a lot of uncertainties in this field as well. Obtaining insurance for a company’s assets in case of a cyber attack is one way of making sure the ship owner or operator stays protected. Nonetheless, there are numerous challenges at the moment with regard to cyber risk insurance.In an interview with World Maritime News, Lars Lange, Secretary-General of the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI), said that the main challenges with cyber risk are threefold.“Initially, the threats and vulnerabilities of the risk must be identified, which can be challenging as cyber risk is constantly evolving and developing. Once these have been identified then the risk exposure must be assessed accordingly to see how it can be insured. Finally, it is vital that the insured’s crew, staff and all stakeholders are trained and educated on the potential dangers of cyber risk in order to gain a better understanding of the issue and how to protect themselves from it,” Lange explained.Speaking of the role of marine insurers in helping maritime industry players protect themselves from cyber attack risks, Lange said that IUMI’s role “is to invest in educating and informing our members on key trade issues, as well as helping in assessing the risk.”“Through cooperation with all stakeholders and partnerships with a variety of other organizations, we are using our knowledge and expertise to ensure accurate risk assessment of cyber attack risks and helping to identify and implement best practice solutions.”IUMI is an active member of two industry-working groups created to better address cyber safety concerns. Namely, IUMI is a member of the joint industry-working group, spearheaded by BIMCO, which recently published the second edition of “The Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships”.The new version includes information on insurance issues, as well as a new subchapter examining a shipowner’s insurance coverage following a cyber incident, as this is an important part of the risk assessment that shipowners should now take into consideration.IUMI is also part of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) Joint Working Group on Cyber Systems which supports the IACS Cyber Systems Panel. This panel was introduced to focus on developing recommendations as a first step.“Alongside all of this, we are also engaged in the transparent discussion of cyber threats and are particularly part of the discussions at the International Maritime Organization (IMO),” Lange explained.WMN: How would you assess the market preparedness to cyber threats following the Maersk attack and BIMCO’s release of recommendations on cyber security management? Should this preparedness and risk assessment be mandatory for shipowners?Lange: The market is certainly making progress on cyber security and recommendations such as BIMCO’s Guidelines of Cyber Security Onboard Ships are steps in the right direction. But the industry is not ready yet since this is a “moving target”.Activities are underway to make the risk assessment of cyber threats mandatory for shipowners. At the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) 98 Meeting (June 2017) it was decided that cyber risk management onboard ships should become part of the ISM Code and accordingly, it would be part of the ship’s mandatory Safety Management System by 2021. IUMI welcomes this. The same direction was chosen by the EC’s “NIS directive”.WMN: Based on your experience, has there been a rise in insurance claims due to cyber attacks?Lange: Not yet to our knowledge which is why cyber risk is challenging to assess. It is likely that there have been many cyber incidents that have already happened without knowing that the root cause of the incident was cyber. When it comes to potential cyber attacks there is a lack of claims experience.WMN: How high could damage claims from a cyber attack go, should systems on board ships like 20,000 TEU containerships or VLCCs get hacked? What are the worst-case scenarios?Lange: Anything is possible, from a disappeared single container up to a total loss of a vessel and total loss of the cargo to an act of “cyber piracy”. At this stage, our claims experience is very limited and we do not have examples of major incidents so we do not know yet the impact that a “successful” attack could have, but it should be taken very seriously.WMN: As efforts on making autonomous ships a reality gain pace, what are the main risks to be considered from an insurance point of view? How would the removal of crews from ships impact situations such as response to fires and groundings along with damages resulting from such occurrences?Lange: This will be determined by the technological development of autonomous shipping – will the vessel be remote controlled? Will the vessel have crew support? Will it have a completely autonomous system? These questions need to be answered to have a better understanding of the potential risks.Autonomous shipping will certainly impact the insurance sector and at IUMI we are monitoring the developments and working on understanding the potential risks but it is still too early to judge what impact it will have.Nowadays, the majority of claims are due to human error so autonomous shipping is a positive development but it will pose new threats in relation to cyber and technology, of course.WMN: In conclusion, what is the way forward for the maritime industry in tackling insurance-related issues stemming from technological advancements, including automation and digitalization? Should bigger and more technologically-advanced ships be a cause of greater concern for marine insurers?Lange: I do not believe that bigger and more technologically advanced ships need to be a cause of concern, as long as we are prepared and understand the risk then we will be a competent partner to the industry by providing knowledge, expertise, recommendations, and assistance with risk assessment and mitigation.The marine insurance industry is based on risk and we will not shy away from what needs to be done in order to be prepared.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: IUMI; Pixabaylast_img read more