Euronav Purchases VLCC Newbuilding Duo

first_imgzoom Antwerp-based tanker owner and operator Euronav NV has decided to further expand its fleet as it purchased two newbuilding resale vessels from the Greek ship operator Product Shipping and Trading SA on July 27, data provided by VesselsValue shows.The two vessels in question are Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) which feature 300,000 dwt each.VesselsValue data also shows that the newbuilds were sold for a price of USD 84 million each, slightly over their market value of USD 81 million.The ships, which are currently under construction at the South Korean shipyard Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, are scheduled for delivery in October and November 2016, respectively.The crude carriers were ordered en bloc in February 2014 under a contract valued at some USD 192 million.Last week, Euronav said that its first half of 2016 earnings dropped to USD 153.7 million from USD 173.2 million seen in the first half of 2015, mainly due to the termination of the joint ventures with Bretta Tanker Holdings, Inc. covering four Suezmax vessels on May 20, 2016.Following the termination, the company assumed full ownership of the two youngest vessels, the Captain Michael (2012 – 157,648 dwt) and the Maria (2012 – 157,523 dwt) in early June.Euronav said that, toward the end of the quarter, the anticipated seasonal adjustment in tanker market freight rates was exacerbated by a combination of factors acting simultaneously to press freight rates lower, which are “likely to persist through Q3.”World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

UKs Dependence on Shipping to Grow amid Brexit Talks

first_imgzoom The UK’s attention is switching to the future role of its ports, harbours and seafarers, which is expected to gain importance as the nation launches Brexit talks.The focus is turning to a rise in world trade, which is likely to increase the 95% of imports and exports that currently pass through UK’s sea ports. This is coupled with the continued growth of merchant ships, in terms of size, and the UK’s dependence on imported oil, gas and biofuel.Additionally, the nation’s passenger numbers on cruise ships and ferries look set to continue to grow, albeit with industry concerns voiced about the need to retain agreeable border control relationships with UK’s European neighbours.“As so often in our history when facing political and international pressures, our relationship with the sea provides the strong and enduring stage from which our island and its people can make their mark, whether in trade, defence or diplomacy,” Commodore Barry Bryant, Director General of Seafarers UK, said.“Our unique situation and the quality of our maritime offerings in seafaring people, port and supply chain operations and financial services remains second to none and give us a strong negotiating hand,” Bryant added.Commenting on UK’s future customs and trading arrangements, Mark Simmonds, the British Ports Association’s Policy Manager, said that the new customs arrangements should prioritise trade facilitation and look to replicate the benefits of the EU Customs Union.UK ports support 344,000 jobs ashore, handling almost 500 million tonnes of freight and more than 60 million passengers every year, according to Maritime London.last_img read more

18 Million to Help Unemployed Older Workers

first_imgAlmost 200 unemployed older workers across the province will receive help finding work, thanks to a new program called the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers. A joint investment of $1.8 million was announced today, Oct. 11, by Education Minister Karen Casey and MP Gerald Keddy, on behalf of Monte Solberg, federal Minister of Human Resources, in support of the older worker initiative. “An aging population is causing the workforce in Nova Scotia to change, and our government is committed to providing educational resources to assist older workers through these changes,” said Ms. Casey. “Our older workers are a valuable resource, and this program supports our efforts in providing them with the support they need to obtain and upgrade their skills.” The first 13 projects funded under the program will be delivered by organizations across the province who support older workers. The support will include employment-assistance activities, essential-skills upgrading, preparation for self-employment and work experience. “Government has made a commitment to creating the best-educated, most-skilled and most-flexible workforce in the world,” said Mr. Keddy. “Because there is currently a worker shortage in Canada, we cannot, and must not, overlook the experience of older workers. With active support, these workers will continue to make an important contribution to their communities.” The initiative also supports the efforts of existing programs such as Nova Scotia’s Age Advantage Initiative. This program was designed to help displaced and unemployed older workers navigate life and work changes. The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers is a $70-million federal commitment that provides programming until March 31, 2009. Under this initiative, the provinces and territories that choose to participate have responsibility for identifying vulnerable communities and project design, and delivery. The participating provinces and territories then work with organizations in affected communities to develop projects. “At NSCC, we welcome and support learners and industry partners of all ages, cultures, career backgrounds and aspirations,” said Joan McArthur-Blair, president of the Nova Scotia Community College, which received funding under the initiative. “Diversity is an essential contributor to our province’s prosperity. Older workers contribute great knowledge and experience to the success of our economy, and they serve as role models for the next generation of industry leaders.” The program is part of the government of Canada’s two-part strategy for assisting older workers. In addition to this initiative, an expert panel on older workers has been appointed to study labour-market conditions affecting older workers. The panel is looking at other potential measures to help older workers, including improved training and enhanced income support. The initiative for older workers offers programming to meet the immediate needs of unemployed older workers pending the outcome of the study. For more information see the website at www.olderworker.ca .last_img read more

DHX Media says Sakthi Global Holdings has made unsolicited offer for company

HALIFAX — DHX Media says Indian company Sakthi Global Holdings has made an unsolicited offer for the company.Trading in DHX shares was halted pending the announcement.Financial terms of the proposal were not immediately available.DHX says it will consider and evaluate any formal offer received in due course.It cautioned that there could be no certainty that a deal will take place.DHX is a producer and distributor of child and youth-oriented programming, such as Peanuts and other animation and the Degrassi live-action franchise. Companies in this story: (TSX:DHX) The Canadian Press read more

Evoking Hiroshima and Nagasaki UN official appeals for end to use of

The two cities were destroyed in August 1945, and more than 200,000 people died of nuclear radiation, shock waves from the blasts and thermal radiation.More than 400,000 more people have died – and are continuing to die – since the end of World War II from the impacts of the bombs.Thousands of nuclear tests have been carried out in the decades since the war and there are more than 20,000 nuclear weapons in arsenals around the world, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kiyotaka Akasaka said at the launch of a multimedia exhibit at UN Headquarters focusing on hibakusha, survivors of the Japanese attacks.“This is why the international community’s commitment to non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament is so critical,” he added.The exhibit will feature photographs which capture how survivors have lived their lives in the wake of the attacks, as well as artefacts recovered from blast areas and a 30-minute video entitled Hiroshima: A Mother’s Prayer.The mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Tadatoshi Akiba and Tomihisa Taue, also spoke at the launch.The exhibit’s opening coincided with the start of the five-yearly review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) which got under way today in New York.Representatives of more than 100 nations are gathering at UN Headquarters to discuss how to further full implementation and enhance the universality of the pact, which forms the foundation of the world’s non-proliferation regime.At the start of the nearly month-long event this morning, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon exhorted countries to take decision action to build a safer world.“We have a choice: to leave a legacy of fear and inaction… or to act with vision, courage and leadership,” he told the conference.“We all know it is possible,” the Secretary-General said of disarmament and non-proliferation, which have been among his top priorities since taking office in 2007.He characterized the NPT, the cornerstone of the world’s nuclear non-proliferation regime, as one of the most important global treaties ever reached.With the nuclear threat still real, “we need this regime as much as ever,” Mr. Ban underscored.The last NPT review conference in 2005 was a failure, he said, having wrapped up without any substantive agreement having been reached. “This time, we can – and must – do better.” 3 May 2010Remembering the terrible toll of the nuclear attacks during World War II on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a senior United Nations official today appealed for an end to the use of the weapons, which remain an “apocalyptic” threat. read more

Oil finishes nearly 3 per cent lower after rapid selloff in afternoon

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oil plunged more than US$4 per barrel in a short time Monday afternoon, erasing the gains made last week when the U.S. Federal Reserve unveiled new steps to boost the U.S. economy.Benchmark crude fell $2.38, or 2.4 per cent, to finish at $96.62 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It was the biggest percentage decline since July 23. Oil dropped below $95 per barrel during the rapid sell-off before recovering a bit.Traders were unsure of the cause of Monday’s price drop. Some questioned whether an errant trade or another rumour about a release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve was to blame.Chris Grams, a spokesman for NYMEX operator CME Group, said there were no technical glitches behind the price drop.The White House has been considering tapping the SPR to stem the rising cost of crude and gasoline. A little over a week ago, Reuters reported the Obama administration was considering a release much larger than the 30 million barrels from last year.Some analysts suggested the price of oil had gotten too high given continued weakness in the global economy, and that the euphoria over the Fed had worn off.Oil rose 2.7 per cent last week, with most of the gains coming after the U.S. central bank announced a plan aimed at lowering long-term interest rates and boosting hiring. The gains came even as some experts questioned how much the Fed’s moves would actually help the economy.Oil touched $100 briefly on Friday, its highest point in four months. It held to slight gains above $99 for most of Monday.“Sometimes the market is slow to react,” said Gene McGillian, a broker and analyst at Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut. “Conditions were right today — the market has been overdue for a bit of a correction.”Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, fell sharply as well. Brent lost $2.87, or 2.5 per cent, to $113.79 on the ICE Futures Exchange in London.“I think this wash out is a pretty good indication that the rally may be done, and now we’re going to turn back,” McGillian said.In other energy futures trading in New York:— Wholesale gasoline dropped 7.23 cents to $2.9433.per gallon— Natural gas fell 7.8 cents to $2.865 per 1,000 cubic feet.— Heating oil slipped 7.61 cents to $3.1634 per gallon.———(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) by News Staff Posted Sep 17, 2012 4:52 pm MDT Oil finishes nearly 3 per cent lower after rapid sell-off in afternoon AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

South Sudan UN chief looks forward to President Kiirs endorsement of peace

“He takes note that President Salva Kiir initialled a copy of the agreement with some reservations [and] expresses his strong hope that President Kiir will sign the agreement by the end of the 15-day deadline,” said a statement released in New York by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.According to media reports, Mr. Kiir, who initialled but has not yet signed the agreement, has asked for an additional two weeks to consult with his constituencies.Thanking the IGAD mediation for its “tireless” efforts to assist the parties reach agreement, the Secretary-General is encouraged by the regional and international consensus in support of the agreement, which the United Nations also signed as a witness, the statement added.He reaffirmed the continued readiness of the UN to work with IGAD, the African Union and other international partners to finalize the agreement and move swiftly towards its implementation. “Deeply pained” by the “horrendous” suffering of South Sudanese civilians, the Secretary-General called on all belligerents to immediately cease all hostilities, uphold international human rights and humanitarian law, and extend their full cooperation to UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and to the Humanitarian Country Team’s “life-saving activities” there.The security situation in South Sudan has deteriorated steadily over the past year since political in-fighting between President Kiir and Mr. Machar, and their respective factions erupted in December 2013. The hostilities subsequently turned into a full-fledged conflict, resulting in reported atrocities and possible war crimes.According to the latest estimates released by the UN refugee agency, more than 730,000 people have fled into neighbouring countries such as Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan, which has seen the highest arrival rate this year. Meanwhile, another 1.5 million remain internally displaced, often relocated to increasingly overcrowded ‘protection-of-civilians’ sites run by UNMISS. read more

PGA Tour rolls into town Players to watch at Memorial Tournament

Jim Furyk: For this veteran, the Memorial Tournament isn’t new. Furyk has fared well so far this year, winning two tournaments already on the PGA Tour, including the Verizon Heritage most recently. Furyk is No. 2 in the FedExCup standings. Although Furyk’s long game isn’t as strong as the other players on the short list of favorites, his solid short game and unflappable demeanor will be crucial if he hopes to contend. Ernie Els: Like Furyk, Els has also taken two titles in his 11 tournaments so far this tour, and he also sits atop the FedExCup rankings at this point. His victories include the World Golf Championship held in California and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. After struggling for the past three seasons, Els has finally hit his stride with five top-10 finishes already this season. With ball-striking at a premium on this difficult Nicklaus-designed course, the long-hitting South African should be in contention come the back nine on Sunday. The PGA Tour makes its stop here in Columbus this week, and the lineup is now official. The Memorial Golf Tournament, to be held at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, will surely bring in the crowds with its share of big-name golfers.Here are some obvious — and less obvious — players to watch.Tiger Woods: Although Tiger has gotten off to a shaky start since his return to the tour, he is still a favorite to win the Memorial after taking first place last year (his fourth win at Muirfield). Woods is coming off a neck injury, but after committing, it seems his concern isn’t too high. Coming in ranked No. 1 in the world doesn’t hurt either.Jason Day: The 22-year-old is coming off his first PGA Tour victory last week at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. The Australian is relatively new on the scene, so it should be interesting to see if lightning can strike twice for the up-and-coming young golfer.Phil Mickelson: Mickelson had a lack-luster performance at the Colonial, missing the cut after the second round with a three over 73. A tournament victory there would have put him in the No. 1 spot ahead of Woods. Mickelson should be fired up and ready to go, but an absence from the Memorial for the past few years gives him a bit of a disadvantage against the competition. read more

Gyori AUDI ETO KC win EHF CL for the third time

Gyori AUDI ETO KC are the Women’s EHF Champions League winner for the third time! The best Hungarian team won the big final match against ZRK Vardar Skopje 31:30 (26:26 – 15:12) after extra-time in hot atmosphere of the Pap Laszlo Arena in Budapest, where majority of the fans were on the side of the domestic team.The Macedonian team couldn’t cope in the last ten minutes of the final with experienced ladies in green jerseys. Anita Gorbicz netted seven goals for the winners, while Alexandra Lacabrere scored six at ZRK Vardar.Team from Gyor already won titles in 2013 and 2014.PHOTO: Filip Viranovski, gol.mk ← Previous Story Germany and Spain book places at Men’s EHF EURO 2018! Next Story → Sweden qualify for Men’s EHF EURO 2018 – Poland are almost out! read more

Barca routine success against poor Kielce defense

3.Rhein-Neckar6402192:1808 5.Telekom Veszprem6303169:1716 FC Barcelona keep rhythm in the VELUX EHF Champions League. The Spanish champions stayed at the TOP of Group A together with RK Vardar Skopje, after success over PGE Vive Kieicel 31:27. The team of Talant Dujshebaev showed poor defensive performance at “Blaugrana” in which even 16 saves of their goalkeeper Vladimir Cupara weren’t enough to make a real threath to home team…31 – FC Barcelona: Pérez de Vargas (Möller); Áleix Gómez (7), Mem (3), Palmarsson (5), Fábregas (4), Thiagus Petrus (-), Mortensen (6,4p); N’Guessan (3), Syprzak, Tomás, Sorhaindo, Ariño (1), Entrerrios (1), Andersson, Dolenec (1).27 – PGE VIVE Kielce: Cupara (Ivic); Janc, Alex Dujshebaev (6.1p), Karalek (2), Cindric (4), Lijewski (3), Jachlewski (3); Julen Aguinagalde (1), Moryto (4, 3p), Ángel Fernández (3), Daniel Dujshebaev (1), Jurkievicz.TABELA: 7.Montpellier6015158:1761 8.Kristianstad6015167:2071 FC Barcelona handball 1.Barcelona6501204:16310 4.Vive Kielce6402182:1768 6.Meshkov Brest6204157:1744 2.Vardar6501173:15510 ← Previous Story Buric leads Flensburg in win over Skjern Next Story → TOP 5 goals of EHF Champions League 2018/2019 Round 6 read more

There is already a startup aiming to make Oculus Rift porn

first_imgThe Oculus Rift, essentially a virtual reality head-mounted display for use with video games, hasn’t gotten dev kits to everyone who has ordered one yet. This, of course, means the unit hasn’t released to any kind of market, but that didn’t stop one startup — Sinful Robot — from already attempting to produce porn for the device.It’s not surprising that porn is showing up on the Oculus Rift. If a Family Feud question was, “What kind of media will show up on a virtual reality device?” porn would be in the top three answers, if not in first place. However, it is a little surprising that a startup is already going for it considering dev kits are still pretty scarce. Sinful Robot aims to provide the masses with “the world’s most immersive virtual reality erotic encounters,” which it might achieve by default by providing the world’s only consumer-grade virtual reality erotic encounter.Amusingly, the startup has a lot ground to gain, as it seems to be looking to fill just about every position that would be required to actually create the virtual porn. Sinful Robot is currently looking for a senior 3D environment artist and an associate, a senior 3D character artist and an associate, a senior character animator and an associate, and a senior 3D programmer and an associate. Basically, the company needs people who can create the porn models, make them move around, create an environment in which to place them, and write all the code to make it work. It’s entirely possible the company already has a full staff and it’s just looking to bolster the numbers, but it does look as though every technical and creative position has an opening.Though it might seem a little silly, let’s be honest — virtual reality porn would be an enormously successful industry, so it’s probably not a bad idea to be a pioneer in the field. Granted, the Oculus Rift doesn’t provide all of the extra stimuli virtual reality porn would require — such as any kind of physical sensation — and would simply end up being a 3D environment with non-interactive porn happening around you. Again, though, it can’t be a bad idea to get in on the ground floor and build up your brand in preparation for the day when devices like the Rift can generate physical sensations. Hopefully after we conquer the porn sector of the virtual reality industry, we can then move on to fun things like MMOs.last_img read more

Provocative ReturnTheMarbles campaign has London losing its marbles

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Adelaide’s Foundation for Hellenic Studies has done it again putting up a risqué electronic billboard poster just a few hundred metres off the British Museum in Holborn, London.The advertisement shows the image of a naked male statue with the following quote cleverly placed to cover its private parts, yet sending a clear message. “We gave you philosophy, democracy, logic, drama, comedy, justice… Please give us back our Marbles.”Bill Muirhead, who designed the aforementioned ad is South Australia’s agent-general in the United Kingdom and Europe.As part of the SA-based organisation’s #ReturnTheMarbles campaign which started in 2013, the banner aims to push the British government for an answer.South Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis has also joined the campaign, along with Senator Nick Xenophon, endorsing its motto: “To champion the cause to Return the Marbles home”.“Australians have fought in the past to have Indigenous artefacts returned to Australia because of their value to our Indigenous culture,” Mr Koutsantonis said.“The same should happen in Europe. These marbles were robbed and stolen from the people in Greece, from the people of the world. They deserve to be back at the Parthenon which is a great temple, not just to Greek gods but to democracy itself.”In his interview with the ABC, Mr Koutsantonis clarified that his advocacy of Hellenic affairs does not in any way interfere with his role in the Australian parliament.“I’ve fought for the unification of Cyprus, to end the illegal occupation of Cyprus. I’ve fought for many issues affecting Greeks including the use of the term Macedonia,” he stressed.“There’s an old saying in life, you can love your mother and your wife. Greece is my mother and Australia is my home so I can love both at the same time.”The British Museum has yet to comment on the billboard directly, however, the statement released by its press office said that keeping the Parthenon Marbles in London, “allows a worldwide audience to see them. They are part of the world’s shared heritage and transcend political boundaries,” said the British Museum in a statement.Meanwhile, acclaimed solicitor QC Geoffrey Robertson will be speaking at a fundraising dinner in Adelaide this evening, supporting the return of the Elgin marbles to Greece.last_img read more

Morton Salt plant in Inagua still out of operation

first_img Recommended for you Morton Salt operating, Union believes fully by end of November Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #MortonSalt Morton Salt plant in Inagua still out of operationcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 10, 2017 – Inagua – Hurricane Irma may have caused millions of dollars in damage at Morton Salt in Inagua but the details of an assessment are still not available because the process is still underway.   A report in Food Business News revealed that a month after catastrophic Hurricane Irma, the facility is still out of commission according to Paul Jackiewicz, a spokesman for Morton Salt.In this report, which came out on October 3, Jackiewicz said even a timeline was unable to be shared for a reopening of the facility.He said, “We are working actively to mitigate the operational impact as the Inagua facility is one part of our broader production and distribution network.”The company in an earlier report featured in the Chicago Tribune said there was a specialized team on the ground to provide details on the extent of the damage and how it might affect Morton Salt’s overall production in The Bahamas. “…we intend to resume operations there as soon as safely possible.    At Morton Salt, the safety and security of our employees are of the utmost importance, that’s why we closely monitored Hurricane Irma and activated our emergency response plans and protocols in preparation for the storm.”The 300,000 acre facility, where sea water is turned into commercial salt, employs 145 islanders.    #MortonSalt, acquired by German company K+S in 2009, is Inagua’s largest employer, is based in Chicago and produces about a million pounds of salt per year.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

A Good News Story from Guatemala The Youth We Feed Can Lead

first_imgWritten by Karen Edwards (KCE Public Affairs Associates, LLC & WSF Advisor)… Were it not for our 4 a.m. departure to Washington Dulles Airport, I would have seen my July 28 Washington Post and its headline:  “Will Rise in Deportations Deter Migrants?” Unlike the Central American families in the article, I was voluntarily taking my 14-year-old son, Will, to Guatemala.Two prior trips to Guatemala with the World Soy Foundation (WSF) had prompted soul searching. What would I do if I were raising my own beloved children in this Central American country that is home to the fourth highest rate of malnutrition in the world? What if I didn’t have enough food for my still-growing boy who towered over the teens and even teachers involved in the WSF pilot project that was the reason for the 2014 trip? What if gangs came to our home and gave us no choice but for Will to join them instead of soccer teams and Boy Scouts that currently fill his life?On this last Monday of July, I was prepared to implement the WSF pilot project The Youth We Feed Can Lead in partnership with Guatemalan-based Mission Impact. We were ready to see whether youth near my Will’s age would learn key nutrition information for their lives as well as nutrition leadership skills. As a result of this training, we wanted the children to be able to make better choices for their own health and be agents of change for their communities. WSF’s approach was to train the youth so they could produce short documentary videos about nutrition, including soy, and its availability in their communities.The WSF’s Youth We Feed Can Lead participant children rallied around a commitment for healthy nutrition choices. The children, WSF representative and school leaders recited “Mi Promesa” (My Promise) each day of the training program as a reminder of the focus for all. Mission Impact used some of the WSF funding to create a banner for the school wall so youth and adults could participate in a signing ceremony and where family members, the local mayor and others who enter the school can see and contemplate for themselves. The English translation of My Promise is: I believe in a healthy mind and body, What I eat counts, I am a leader for my community and country, I Choose!last_img read more

Bruno Mars Expands GRAMMY Camp Scholarship Support

first_imgGRAMMY winner to help cover tuition, housing and other expenses so five lucky students can attend GRAMMY Museum’s signature music campTim McPhateGRAMMYs Sep 27, 2017 – 9:18 am He may be a dangerous man with some money in his pocket, but Bruno Mars also knows what it means to give back. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Ronson, Mars win Record Of The Year Bruno Mars Expands GRAMMY Camp Scholarship Support How Bruno Mars Supports GRAMMY Camp bruno-mars-expands-grammy-camp-scholarship-support The five-time GRAMMY winner has augmented his support of GRAMMY Camp, affording five additional students the opportunity to receive financial aid in the form of scholarships for the GRAMMY Museum program. The scholarship will cover expenses such as tuition, housing and transportation for one qualified high school student each year for the next five years beginning in 2018.The “24K Magic” singer established a GRAMMY Camp scholarship for Hawaii-based students in 2014 via a grant to the Hawai’i Community Foundation in honor of his late mother. His scholarship has now expanded to include applicants from across the country.”It’s a privilege for me to be able to help students reach their musical dreams. I’m grateful to GRAMMY Camp for making this possible,” said Mars.Entering its 15th year, GRAMMY Camp is the Museum’s signature music industry camp for U.S. high school students, providing selected high school students with an interactive nonresidential summer music experience. GRAMMY Camp will be hosted in two locations in 2018: Belmont University in Nashville and University of Southern California Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles.To be eligible, U.S. high school applicants must complete an online application, video audition and a financial assistance form at www.grammyintheschools.com. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2018. The scholarship recipient will be notified in May 2018. “For the participants, the program offers access to artists and industry professionals who provide mentoring, critical insights, and advice,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy and Board Chair of the GRAMMY Museum. “Bruno truly understands the importance of these interactions for young people who are interested in a life in music, and his generosity and longtime support are heartfelt and genuinely appreciated by the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Museum.”Bruno Mars’ TV Special: “24K Magic Live At The Apollo” Twitter Email Facebook News last_img read more

Apple News Plus subscribers can now follow publications

first_img2:00 Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment • Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 0 See All Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? How to get started with Apple News Plus Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itcenter_img Share your voice reading • Apple News Plus subscribers can now follow publications Tags Apple Apple News Plus lets you follow your favorite titles now. Apple Apple News Plus subscribers can now follow publications directly from the News Plus catalog, thanks to the release last week of iOS 12.3 update and MacOS 10.14.5, Apple said Tuesday.If you follow a title, new issues will be automatically downloaded to your device and available offline. You can also manually download individual issues in each title’s channel.”We’ve heard a lot of great feedback from the hundreds of publishers available in Apple News+. The latest updates to Apple News+ aim to best showcase their incredible journalism and put the most trusted news sources at readers’ fingertips,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of internet software and services, said in a press release.Cue said most Apple News Plus readers visit the News app almost daily.Apple News Plus, Apple’s new on-demand news service, debuted in March. Subscribing readers can view their favorite titles with exclusive features like live covers, special issues and custom feature stories. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Mobile Culture Mobile Apps Digital Media Applelast_img read more

BMWs most powerful car is an EV prototype named Lucy

first_imgEnlarge ImageThe force with which this car launches is absolutely insane. BMW The car you see here started life as a BMW M550i xDrive. What it’s become, however, is an absolute monster.”We call it Lucy,” the prototype’s project manager, Matthias Stangl, tells me. “When you say ‘Lucy,’ everybody’s thinking about ‘Lucifer, and you see this amazing black car down there. But if you think of the Latin origin of ‘Lucifer,’ it’s the one that brings the light.”As it turns out, that nomenclature duality couldn’t be more appropriate. This 5 Series is fitted with three electric motors — one at the front axle, two at the rear — and it’s used as a test bed for fine-tuning the dynamics of BMW’s future electric powertrains. The engineers can alter the power output and torque vectoring characteristics, so Lucy can be used to develop a wide range of electrified products. “You can make it feel like a huge 7 Series, or you can make it feel like an SUV,” Stangl says. This BMW 5 Series is actually an electric monster Share your voice 20 Photos 2020 BMW 745e xDrive review: A plush plug-in with power and presence 2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i review: A potent and tech-rich SUV Tags But you can also turn up the wick and make it feel like a total goddamn rocket. That’s because, with everything set to max-power mode, this electrified 5 Series produces 720 horsepower and 848 pound-feet of torque.A BMW engineer originally told me the torque output was “around 10,000 Newton-meters on the axles,” which would equate to an absolutely staggering 7,357 pound-feet. A different engineer clarified that the actual powertrain torque is “1,150 Newton-meters,” or 848 pound-feet. Axle torque, or wheel torque, is different from the actual power being produced from the motors themselves; Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained does a good job of breaking down the difference. In other words, while the 7,357-pound-feet number is technically correct, the 848-pound-feet number is more accurate.Even so, these numbers represent an increase of 103 horsepower and 295 pound-feet over the BMW M5 Competition. So no matter how you slice it, Lucy absolutely hauls. This tremendous thrust allows the 5,300-pound prototype to accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds, and I’m told that number is actually a conservative estimate. It certainly feels conservative, at least while riding shotgun for a couple of quick laps around one of BMW’s test facilities near Munich, Germany. The force with which this car launches is absolutely insane. You can feel the skin on your face being pulled back as your body is sucked into the 5 Series’ seat. It sort of feels like Tesla’s Ludicrous Mode, yet somehow more brutal.The three motors draw their power from a 45-kilowatt-hour battery pack. If that doesn’t sound very big, well, that’s because it isn’t, and Stangl says that using this smaller battery is an intentional choice. BMW Electric Test VehicleEnlarge ImageLucy is about 1,000 pounds heavier than a standard M550i, but feels just as agile while cornering. BMW “You need a car that reacts the same way independently of the state of charge,” Stangl says. “As you might know, a Tesla Model S, for example, is degrading very much if you go on a fast drive, so that’s not very good for function development, because the circumstances of the car change all the time. The focus was that this car behaves the same, stays on the same performing level over every state of charge.”Plus, the Power BEV’s battery is capable of quick charging, so the pack can be replenished in a super short amount of time. “What we normally do [is] we have a time period with a very stable performance on whatever level, and then we can do quick charging — 200 kilowatts — and then we’re going again. The aim is to waste as little time as possible.”After just six hot laps around the development track, the battery is almost out of juice. But only a couple of minutes later, it’s topped up and ready to go. Besides, the engineers usually aren’t driving Lucy at its most outrageous level of output, flooring it all ham-fisted around the Bavarian proving grounds. A lot of the development is spent tuning the electric torque vectoring between the two motors at the rear axles, in order to hone the overall handling.As an engineer whips me through a couple of chicanes, the car behaves like I’d expect a 5 Series to. Despite the added heft of the electric motors, the car seems nimble through the series of tight cones, and on a second run with the traction control reduced, happily kicks its rump out to allow for a bit of intentional, tail-happy oversteer.BMW Electric Test VehicleEnlarge ImageLook, ma! No tailpipes! BMW In order to handle the force of these electric motors, this 5 Series prototype uses the front axle setup from the updated, G12-generation 7 Series sedan. At the rear, you’ll find more 7 Series architecture, though Stangl says this is a “prototype axle.” The Power BEV development car rides on steel springs and uses conventional brakes. The rest of the car carries over unchanged, too — the battery, three motors and other necessary upgrades all fit into the existing 5 Series architecture. “The interior is completely G30 5 Series,” Stangl says. “We spent lots of effort to keep it that way. It should look that way. We didn’t want to do anything freaky-fancy in that car.”In fact, Stangl thinks of this development prototype as a “whole car concept.” The Power BEV itself might not preview any specific upcoming product, but Stangl says “it’s important to integrate all the systems in a way into the car that the customer has the same ergonomics, the same space in the interior and the same space in the trunk.””Everything that we’re doing in development of this car will somehow lead into a series product,” Stangl says. “But this car is one of a kind.”BMW Electric Test VehicleEnlarge ImageThis car isn’t slated for production, but the work its engineers complete will help create better future EVs. BMW Originally published June 25, 1:30 a.m. PT.Update, 7:17 a.m.: Clarifies powertrain torque output.Editors’ note: Travel costs related to this feature were covered by the manufacturer. This is common in the auto industry, as it’s far more economical to ship journalists to cars than to ship cars to journalists. While Roadshow accepts multi-day vehicle loans from manufacturers in order to provide scored editorial reviews, all scored vehicle reviews are completed on our turf and on our terms.The judgments and opinions of Roadshow’s editorial team are our own and we do not accept paid editorial content. Post a comment 2020 Lincoln Aviator plug-in hybrid first drive: This changes everything More From Roadshow 0 BMW Electric Cars Sedans BMW Teslalast_img read more

Chinas border actions have serious security implications India

first_imgChinese and Indian troops pictured at the Nathu La border crossing between the two countries. Photo: AFPIndia on Friday said it has told China that the building of a road by Chinese troops in a border region will have “serious security implications for India” and urged Beijing “not to change the status quo unilaterally”.”India is deeply concerned at the recent Chinese actions and has conveyed to the Chinese government that such construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for India,” an external affairs ministry statement said.This was India’s first public reaction to an ongoing stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops on their border. Beijing has sharply escalated the rhetoric, with the People’s Liberation Army telling New Delhi to remember its 1962 military debacle.The statement said India had underlined that New Delhi and Beijing had in 2012 reached an agreement that the tri-junction boundary points between India, China and third countries would be finalised in consultation with the concerned countries.”Any attempt, therefore, to unilaterally determine tri-junction points is in violation of this understanding,” the Indian statement said.The latest stand-off occurred in Donglong or Doklam, a disputed territory between Bhutan and China. Beijing has accused India of obstructing road building in the area, which it claims as its own.Beijing has also charged New Delhi with acting at the behest of Bhutan, which also lays claim to Donglong.The external affairs ministry denied that Indian border troops crossed the boundary in the Sikkim sector of the China-India frontier and entered Chinese territory.It said a PLA construction party entered Doklam area on June 16 and attempted to build a road despite objections from a Royal Bhutan Army patrol. Bhutan lodged a protest with China on 20 June.On Thursday, Bhutan said the construction of the road inside its territory was a violation of the 1988 and 1998 agreements with China.India said that in keeping with the tradition of maintaining close consultation on matters of mutual interest, Bhutan and India had been in continuous contact “through the unfolding of these developments”.It said that in coordination with the Bhutanese Army, Indian soldiers who were present at general area Doka La “approached the Chinese construction party and urged them to desist from changing the status quo. These efforts continue”.India said the matter was under discussion between the Indian and Chinese foreign ministries since then both in New Delhi and Beijing. It was also discussed at a meeting of border personnel at Nathu La on 20 June.”Where the boundary in the Sikkim sector is concerned, India and China had reached an understanding also in 2012 reconfirming their mutual agreement on the ‘basis of the alignment’.”Further discussions regarding finalization of the boundary have been taking place under the Special Representatives framework.”It is essential that all parties concerned display utmost restraint and abide by their respective bilateral understandings not to change the status quo unilaterally.”It is also important that the consensus reached between India and China through the Special Representatives process is scrupulously respected by both sides.”The statement said India had consistently taken a positive approach to the settlement of its own boundary with China, along with the associated issue of the tri-junctions.It said India cherished peace and tranquillity on the India-China border areas. “It has not come easily.”Both sides have worked hard to establish institutional framework to discuss all issues to ensure peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas,” the statement said.”India is committed to working with China to find peaceful resolution of all issues in the border areas through dialogue.”last_img read more

Principal Removed Probes Launched Following Ballou HS Scandal

first_imgFollowing a news report that unearthed a graduation scandal at Ballou Senior High School, the D.C. Public schools chancellor removed its principal on Dec. 4 and reassigned her to the Central Office, officials confirmed.The Office of the State Superintendent of Education and the D.C. Public Schools have also launched separate investigations that target the Southeast D.C. high school and its policies.A joint investigative report between WAMU, American University’s radio station and NPR published Nov. 28 found the high school was graduating students who never should have walked. Some seniors had repeated absences and others couldn’t read or write.Principal Yetunde ReevesWillie Jackson, principal of Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School, will temporarily replace Yetunde Reeves, who has been at the helm since 2014. Jackson will serve as the school’s acting principal.“We take this issue very seriously, and we know that policies must be explained clearly and implemented with fidelity,” Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson wrote in a statement. “This investigation will restore integrity to the process by providing students, parents and the broader community with answers.”On Dec. 4, State Superintendent Hanseul Kang announced that OSSE hired the Alvarez and Marsal consulting firm to audit DCPS policies and probe the allegations rocking the high school.“We look forward to working with them to determine what happened at Ballou High School, but also to ensure we are looking deeply, system-wide to ensure we are meeting our achievement goals,” Kang said in a statement provided to the AFRO.OSSE will deliver the results of this investigation to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser within 45 days. The contract for the OSSE investigation costs roughly $390,000, according to Fred Lewis, OSSE community relations specialist.The probe comes days after Bowser signed a mayor’s order directing it to start the investigation. In an email she sent to the community, Bowser said she takes the allegations against Ballou seriously and reiterated the importance of preparing students for college and beyond.“We must ensure that our attendance policies are clear, transparent, and consistently administered for every child, at every school, and every day,” Bowser said in the letter. “I can ensure you that we will find out if mistakes were made and we will fix them.”DCPS’ internal investigation centers on the high school’s policies and practices, a spokeswoman confirmed to the AFRO on Dec. 4. DCPS will present preliminary results of this inquiry at the Dec. 15 D.C. City Council hearing.“The chancellor and DCPS look forward to receiving the results of both investigations and will implement changes based on what we learn,” DCPS Press Secretary Kristina Saccone said in an emailed statement to the AFRO.The investigation from the WAMU and NPR report found that Ballou’s administration graduated dozens of students, even though there were high rates of unexcused absences, with half of the graduates missing more than three months of school. Under DCPS policy, students who miss class more than 30 times are supposed to flunk the course. The report found that most students in the class of 2017 missed more than six weeks of school.When these kids did go to school, many were struggling with their studies, the report said. An internal email that WMAU and NPR secured showed just 57 students were on track to graduate in the class of 2017. But in June, all 164 Ballou seniors received high school diplomas and were accepted into college.last_img read more

Red Label promotes Carolyn Bujtas to Director of Sales and Operations

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Red Label promotes Carolyn Bujtas to Director of Sales and Operations Share << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img MISSISSAUGA — Red Label Vacations Inc. (RLV) has named Carolyn Bujtas as Director of Sales and Operations for the retail brands redtag.ca and itravel2000.com. Bujtas brings more than 14 years of experience to her new post. “Over the years, Carolyn has developed a wide range of skills and expertise that made her perfect for this position,” says Dianne Jackson, Vice President, RLV. “I am confident that under her leadership, the sales and service in our retail divisions will continue to grow and succeed.”Bujtas got her start in the industry as a sales agent for itravel2000.com. Since then, she has grown into a senior managerial position, overseeing itravel2000.com’s product training, travel agents, sales, groups, booking processes and more. As Director of Sales and Operations, she will innovate redtag.ca and itravel2000.com’s sale processes, maintain partner and stakeholder relationships, and lead the retail sales teams. Bujtas can be reached at carolyn@redlabelvacations.com. Tags: Red Label, redtag.ca Tuesday, June 11, 2019 last_img read more