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What’s the Difference Between the Energy Code and the DEA?

first_imgWhat will it take?So how will we get to a higher level of code enforcement?The current political climate, particularly the rise of the radical right, is pushing the country towards less rather than more government. I’m reminded of a few months I spend as one of the very few liberal and environmental leading members of the Georgia governor’s energy policy council in 2006. One discussion focused on budgeting for energy code training and enforcement. There was a lot of pushback from the group, one heavily weighted towards utilities and large corporations. My argument was that we already had the rules, we just needed to enforce them better – not much different from putting more cops on the street to make people safer.I did manage to persuade the group that it was the right thing to do, although most of the final plan still remains to be implemented. I do have hopes that code enforcement, along with increased consumer demand for better and more efficient homes will lead us on a path to better buildings.I am afraid, however, that along with drugs, drinking and driving, speeding, and paying people off the books, energy code enforcement will take a back seat to other pressing issues for many years to come. The code is getting more stringentThe 2009 IECC is a good start toward higher performing buildings, and the 2012 code will be even better, but neither will be any good if builders don’t abide by them. As I discussed in an earlier post, Georgia has implemented some good amendments to the 2009 code, including required blower door and duct testing for all new homes.The problem is that enforcement is moving slowly. The 2012 code, significantly more stringent than the current one, should be in place in a few years. If the industry can’t meet the current code almost two years into the process, how are they going to meet the new, tougher code? I’ve been on a bit of a rant lately about the poor state of energy code enforcement and its effect on building performance. The rules are there, but not enough people are following them. This misbehavior leads to excessive energy use, providing support to the energy and utility industries, and does nothing to reduce our dependence of foreign oil.That got me thinking about other rules and laws that don’t get followed and the resulting consequences. The first thing that comes to mind is illegal drugs. They are against the law, but lots of people use them and only few get caught. Buying those drugs tends to support crime and violence, but the risk of getting caught is low enough to keep people buying.Many people also pay employees and subcontractors off the books – supporting tax evasion and illegal immigration. A few get caught, but like drugs and energy codes, the risk/reward relationship is one that leads many to flout the rules. Other examples include speeding and drunk driving – when the rules are enforced, fewer people break them.last_img read more

Smart city accelerator grows in Brooklyn’s hippest zip code

first_imgTags:#food#Internet of Things#IoT#Mini#Smart Cities#SOSV Related Posts Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Donal Power How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic …center_img Amid North Brooklyn’s man buns and artisanal kale donuts, the Urban-X accelerator is bulking up to focus on smart city reports on the hardware-focused accelerator program’s move from Manhattan to trendy Greenpoint. It is relocating to the A/D/O center in order to boost its capacity and space as it gears up for its second cohort.Urban-X is backed by a joint venture between BMW’s Mini car subsidiary and SOSV, an Irish VC, and runs seed accelerators in China, Taiwan, Ireland as well as the U.S.The program’s managing director Micah Kotch says the Urban-X is especially suited for hardware startups developing products for smart cities. Specifically, Kotch adds that the accelerator is seeking “people solving really hard problems” in such fields as transportation, public safety, food supply and energy.These areas of interest are at the crossroads where transportation and smart cities meet, which experts say need stronger collaboration in the future.A key area which the accelerator can assist participants is to help them develop strong revenue models, which remains a challenge in the emerging smart cities space.“There’s a lot of buzz around smart cities, but the space is still emerging,” said Kotch. “Some of the business models are still in flux.”Those startups accepted into the Urban-X accelerator will get the chance to build prototypes with BMW designers and engineers, and join excursions to BMW’s facilities in Munich.From Brooklyn to ChinaAs well, participants will get the opportunity to travel to Shenzhen, China to visit SOSV’s accelerator which focuses on hardware development.An example of an Urban-X graduate is Brooklyn-based Industrial/Organic.  The startup, which is developing efficient composting systems for cities, recently landed funding from Brooklyn Bridge Ventures.The application deadline for the 14-week program is Sept. 6. Up to 12 successful applicants will each get $60,000 for a 7% equity share that will be split evenly between SOSV and Mini.Applications are open to startups from across the U.S. and around the world. Almost half of the accelerator’s first cohort was from outside America. How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

Fencing to be over by December: Sonowal

first_imgAssam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the BJP-led coalition government, with the help of the Centre, has been able to check infiltration and crimes along the India-Bangladesh border.The Sonowal government, in which regional parties — the Asom Gana Parishad and the Bodoland People’s Front — are allies, completed two years in power on Wednesday.The run-up to the anniversary coincided with protests against the Centre’s bid to push the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the final stage of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) aimed at weeding out illegal migrants.“Work on fencing the 262-km border with Bangladesh is progressing fast and is expected to be over by December this year. Smart fencing (with gadgets such as electronic eye) on the land border and technical barriers (floating detection devices) on riverine stretches have come up,” Mr. Sonowal said.“Our commitment to checking influx and border crimes such as cattle, drug and arms smuggling and human trafficking is evident from the fact that 100 MLAs visited the border areas and spent nights there. I visited the border thrice in these two years,” he said.‘Wait for NRC’The Chief Minister reiterated his government won’t do anything that harms the interest of Assam or its people while referring to demands for his government to take a stand against the Citizenship Bill when other BJP-ruled states in the Northeast have been outspoken about it.“Assam is the only State in India to undertake the Supreme Court-monitored exercise to update the 1951 NRC. Once the final draft list on 3.30 crore people in the State is published, we will get a clear idea about the number of foreigners living illegally. Let us wait for the NRC exercise to be over,” Mr. Sonowal said.The first draft, published on December 31 last year, had names of 1.9 crore people.He also trashed the figures on illegal migrants cited by various pressure groups. “What is the basis on which they are citing such figures?” he asked.Anti-graft driveMr. Sonowal criticised the former Congress government headed by Tarun Gogoi for decentralising corruption to the panchayat level instead of decentralising power. “Our government has gone after corrupt officials from day one, making the people regain trust on governance in Assam,” he said.The government, he added, registered 66 cases against corrupt officials and arrested 74 during the last two years compared to a total 18 officials during the last 10 years of the Congress regime. Similarly, raids were conducted on premises of 3,454 unscrupulous traders, 14 of whom were arrested and trade license of 146 suspended.“The Gauhati High Court, on our request, has provided a roadmap for fast-track courts to deliver prompt justice in cases of crime against women and girls. The police across Assam’s 33 districts have also been sensitised on preparing error-free charge-sheets against the culprits,” he said.6 Brahmaputra bridgesMr. Sonowal credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for changing the image the “Congress had created” about the Northeast being a region of subsidies and grants. “The region is on its way to becoming India’s organic farming hub and an industrial link to Southeast Asian nations because of the Act East Policy,” he said.Thrust on connectivity has been the pivotal aspect of this policy and six new bridges to be built across river Brahmaputra is a case in point, the Chief Minister said.These include the Dhubri-Phulbari bridge that, at 18 km, would be India’s longest. This proposed bridge close to the Bangladesh border will connect Assam (Dhubri) and Meghalaya (Phulbari). The others are Guwahati-North Guwahati, Bhomoraguri-Tezpur, Gohpur-Numaligarh, Jorhat-Tezpur and Disangmukh-Tekeliphuta.At present, there are three bridges on the Brahmaputra. Work on the fourth – Bogibeel – near eastern Assam’s Dibrugarh is nearing completion.Assam’s easternmost bridge across river Lohit, one of the tributaries of Brahmaputra, is now India’s longest at 9.15 km. This bridge connecting Dhola and Sadiya is named after music maestro Bhupen Hazarika.last_img read more

Benilde runs Perpetual aground for third win

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCollege of St. Benilde registered its third win in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament after taking apart Perpetual Help, 83-55, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Blazers improved to 3-9 while the Altas slipped to 4-7.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Prince Eze had six points and 16 rebounds to lead the Altas. LATEST STORIES This is Benilde’s second win over Perpetual after the Altas had their 69-65 opening game victory against the Blazers forfeited after wearing the wrong uniform.Blazers head coach TY Tang used their earlier game against the Altas as a source of motivation and to prove that they can beat Perpetual without the help of some technicality.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We had that as a motivation on our part that we just want to prove a point,” said Tang. “This time we wanted to win convincingly. We just played good basketball on both ends of the court and we were composed.” Edward Dixon led the Blazers with 21 points with four rebounds while Clement Leutcheu put up a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double. Read Nextcenter_img Saunders and Monroe want Golovkin-Alvarez shot Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

Roma’s Cengiz Under: ‘I like to prove people wrong. I’ve been doing it since I was 10’

first_img Pinterest Topics Roma Fortunately Roma go to great lengths to help their new players settle in. Under has a translator who also helps him off the field. His importance is huge. Furthermore Under has made a better start at the club than anyone could have expected. He has been included in most match squads and played three games from the start. On Tuesday, he was named in the squad that travels to Atlético Madrid in the hope of securing a place in the last 16 of the Champions League. “I came from a place where youngsters are not given these chances in life,” Under says. The centre of player development in Turkey has shifted over the past decade to the small Izmir club Altinordu. Their president, Mehmet Seyyit Ozkan, has played a key role with his ambitious project of creating a fully home grown squad.Under speaks fondly about his time at the Red Devils. “I have the Altinordu president to thank. When he was in charge of Bucaspor and now at Altinordu, he was one of the few club presidents that focused on discovering talent. They sent scouts to Sindirgi, found me, saw potential and gave me a shot. Not many players move to the big city at that ages but they showed faith in me.”Seven years later, Under opted for Basaksehir, who snapped him up for a now barely believable sum of £500,000. The rationale was clear. He turned down the major Istanbul clubs for an ambitious side with a manager who promised playing time. “Abdullah Avci put his faith in me and gave me a shot. A lot of other coaches would not have taken that chance … especially in Turkey: just look at how many young players get given a full season.”Under had no shortage of offers after his breakthrough campaign at Basaksehir. Manchester City were among several Premier League and Super Lig sides in the mix but when his agent called with the Roma offer, his mind was made up. Why? “I was convinced after we heard Monchi’s plan. Monchi [Roma’s director of football] explained they were making big changes. He made it clear that he wanted me as a player for the first-team squad, not as a future prospect. He valued me as a footballer in my own right now, as a rising star with potential.“He knows what to say and how to explain things. He explained the project in detail, that they are a club not afraid to play young players and that the manager has the courage to give youngsters a shot. That clinched it for me.”Under has also struck up a good working relationship with the manager, Eusebio Di Francesco. “The manager played a major role in convincing me to join Roma,” Under says. “I have always had an interest in the tactical side of the game. I love that side of the game. It was a real learning curve getting to grips with the manager’s tactics but he was a great help. He took extra time to go through what he expects from me in great detail. He went out of his way to make me feel welcomed.”Di Francesco also told Under that, contrary to expectation, not all Serie A clubs play catenaccio-based football. “He is a really intelligent coach and he makes sure he drills his tactics into the players. He makes big calls and is willing to take risks. They say Italian football is defensive but he likes attacking football. But he also does demand discipline. The level of planning that goes into preparing for games is like nothing else I have experienced.”Then Under sits back, pauses and grins. “There is another side to Francesco,” he says. “I have made him sound like he is very methodological and serious but actually he is a very bubbly character. He loves to tell jokes. I don’t get most of them. But the team sure does and there is a good mood in the camp when he is around. He is always giving entertaining speeches at team meals. I don’t get everything he is saying but I can see he really gets into it the way he waves his arms around.” Share on WhatsApp Twitter Share on Messenger “I had no idea what he was saying but it did not matter.”Cengiz Under had arrived for this first training session with Roma, without a translator, and there, waiting for him, was none other that Francesco Totti. “I still can’t quite believe it,” the 20-year-old Turkish international says, looking back at that day in August when the rest of the Roma first-team squad were in the United States on the club’s summer tour.Under has experienced a lot in a short time since joining the Serie A club but there are moments when even the €15m signing from Basaksehir becomes star‑struck. And this was one of them. “He is a legend, an inspiration,” adds Under. “Having Totti welcome me to Roma on my first day here is difficult to even describe. interviews Twitter Read more Reuse this content Game changer: how Altinordu aim to dominate Turkish football with homegrown players Share on Twitter Under has a long way to go but he is hard-working and has big aims for the future. “Some players will complain about training but I’m the opposite. I love it. If there is shooting practice I like to continue practising after the session has finished. I have come a long way in a short time. I like to prove people wrong and exceed expectations. I’ve been doing it since the age of 10.”Despite his rapid elevation to the Roma side, Under has managed to stay remarkably grounded, a far cry from the lazy stereotype often associated with young players hailed as a wonderkid. He feels he has a wider responsibility to improve the reputation of Turkish football abroad: “It is an honour to be called a wonderkid. I keep receiving messages on social media from people telling me how proud they are of me so I feel in a way I am acting as an ambassador for them and my country abroad.” Facebook Facebook Cengiz Under celebrates scoring for Basaksehir in the Turkish Cup semi-final in April 2017. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Pinterest “I can’t even tell you how excited I was. I felt like a fan meeting an idol, he has that effect. I even asked if we could take a photograph together, which I uploaded straight on to Instagram. Totti is something else, he represents something more than football. On and off the field he is a legend. He is a name synonymous with Roma. It is impossible not to feel a connection to the club when you walk into your first training session and get welcomed by Totti.“Later that day Murat Ozguven [his translator] came over and told me Totti would like a one-to-one chat once I have settled in and learned Italian. I told him I want to live up to the standard he set at Roma and be loved by the fans as he is. Totti then told me: ‘I have faith in you, otherwise you wouldn’t be here.’”Cengiz Under is one of the best young prospects in Europe and he is not afraid to go his own way. Most young Turkish players would opt to sign for one of the big Super Lig clubs but when Under was ready to leave Basaksehir and Roma phoned he did not hesitate.It was last summer and Under had just experienced a season beyond his wildest dreams. He played a pivotal role in the Basaksehir side that so nearly pulled off an upset of Leicester City proportions, narrowly missing out on winning the league, and earned a place in the Turkey squad. Under is no stranger to change. He moved from the small town of Sindirgi in northwestern Turkey to Izmir aged 10 and then to Istanbul nine years later, thriving in both cities.When he arrived in Rome, however, there was one big obstacle in his way – the language. “Moving abroad was a real culture shock,” he says. “There is a lot more involved than I ever imagined. I moved abroad on my own and left my family behind, not knowing anyone or being able to communicate with anyone. I couldn’t talk with anyone. I can’t tell you how frustrating that was. I didn’t think about these things beforehand.”There are countless tales of talented youngsters getting a big move abroad, but only a few succeed. Under realises the challenge that lies ahead. Under, speaking at Roma’s training ground, Trigoria, pauses and says: “It was really tough. I really felt alone for the first time, really alone. It was the first time I experienced real loneliness.” Cengiz Under, left, and the Roma sporting director Monchi at the Turkish international’s unveiling in August. Photograph: Activa Foto/Action Plus via Getty Imageslast_img read more

When should a football club retire a player’s shirt number?

first_img Twitter Guardian Sport Network Facebook Football A lot of numbers have been retired to show respect to players who have died tragically in their prime. Some, such as Piermario Morosini of Livorno, even did so on the pitch. This gesture acknowledges their irreplaceability: that no one else could step into the place they have vacated so suddenly. Far more intriguing, however, are the numbers retired for players who are either still alive or who died long after their retirement, such as Bobby Moore’s No 6 at West Ham or Javier Zanetti’s No 4 at Internazionale. There is something slightly grandiose about this, as if fans are commending the player to the ages, like a Viking warrior pushed out to sea on a ship with his shield and battle armour.This is nowhere more true than in the case of Paolo Maldini’s No 3 shirt at Milan. When Maldini hung up his boots in 2009, the No 3 he wore for almost the entirety of his career was not completely retired but was instead held until one of Maldini’s sons, Daniel or Christian, could emerge from Milan’s youth system and take it.This romantic, almost fairytale, gesture acknowledges the club’s history – Paolo’s father Cesare had also been a Milan captain – while also nodding to the future. The implication is that only someone from that illustrious Maldini line could be capable of filling that role, heirs to the throne in an almost literal sense. However, with 22-year-old Christian currently playing for Pro Piacenza in the third tier and 17-year-old Daniel still in the Milan academy, it is hard to see that No 3 shirt as anything other than another albatross around the necks of two youngsters who already have an incredible legacy to live up to. Facebook features Roberto Baggio captaining Brescia in 2004. Photograph: Carlo Baroncini/AFP/Getty Images Share via Email La Liga could teach the Premier League about being competitive European club football Read more The example of Roberto Baggio shows how relative the concept of irreplaceability can be. The beloved trequartista is probably most closely associated with the No 10 shirt of Italy’s national team, but that number was never retired for him. Nor was his shirt at Juventus – where he won the Ballon d’Or and his first Scudetto – or at Milan, where he won his second league title. Instead, his No 10 shirt was retired by Brescia, his final club.This might seem odd. A cynic might think that Brescia, a club whose best ever finish in Serie A was seventh place, were merely trying to wring the last drops of glamour from its association with a player who was really out of their league. A more charitable view would be that Baggio played more league games and scored more goals for Brescia than anywhere bar Juventus and that, freed from the dressing room politics and injuries that blighted his career at bigger clubs, he was able to be truly influential at Brescia, leading the club to that all-time best league finish and an Intertoto Cup final.Baggio was irreplaceable for Brescia in a way that he wasn’t for Inter, Juventus, Milan or Fiorentina. Retiring his squad number was a way of saying “it won’t get better than this” and it’s useless for a side with Brescia’s resources to pretend otherwise. Anyone who saw Baggio’s golazo against Juventus would be inclined to agree.There is something unsatisfying and even anti-sporting about retiring squad numbers. A significant part of sport’s appeal it that it is endlessly renewing itself; as soon as you are crowned champions, you need to prepare your title defence because everything is reset to zero when the new season comes around. This is what keeps fans coming back over and over again, hoping that this year will be their year. It is unsurprising, then, that most top clubs have little interest in retiring numbers. To do so would be to suggest that one particular victory was freakish or unusual.The most successful clubs want to convey the idea of endless renewal in the pursuit of excellence. Manchester United are unlikely to retire their iconic No 7 shirt and it’s the same with the No 10 at Juventus. Both clubs take pride in the long list of illustrious players who have worn them, suggesting that those shirts will continue to be worn by the superstars of the future. Similarly, when Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo hang up their boots, it would be surprising if Barcelona or Real Madrid retired their numbers. They will look to other players in the expectation that they too will enjoy outstanding careers. Share on LinkedIn Golazos galore: the 25 best goals from the golden era of Serie A Share on Facebook Contrast this with how Napoli feel about Maradona. He is worshipped like a saint in Naples, where his image is blazoned on walls across the city. Fans regard Maradona as irreplaceable and his achievements as little short of miraculous. However, by linking their only period of success so strongly to one man, they betray the fear that there will never be another league title. If Napoli wish to win a third Scudetto, they may need to overcome these hang-ups and adopt the mentality of their hated rivals, Juventus, who view success as both a right and an obligation rather than a miracle.In the meantime, Insigne could do worse than consider the words of one Napoli fan, who told me: “Instead of thinking about the No 10, Insigne should concentrate on making them retire the No 24.” If he and this Napoli side can win that title, the club might do just do it.• This article first appeared on The Gentleman Ultra• Follow Ricci Potts and The Gentleman Ultra on Twitter West Ham gave fans T-shirts this year to mark the 25th anniversary Bobby Moore’s death. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Not long ago I was speaking to some Napoli fans about Lorenzo Insigne. He was born in Naples, signed for the club aged 15 and has been running up the wing at the Stadio San Paolo for nearly a decade. I put it to the supporters that, if Insigne helped the club go one better than the second-place finish they achieved in Serie A last season and Napoli finally won their third league title, it might be fitting to reward him with a new squad number. The club retired Diego Maradona’s No 10 shirt after he inspired them to two league titles in 1987 and 1990. If anyone deserved the honour of bringing it out of retirement, surely it would be local boy Insigne?The Napoli fans responded with an unequivocal “no”. It was nothing against Insigne, they said, but rather the simple acknowledgment that no one ever will deserve the No 10 shirt because no one will ever be Maradona. Insigne will have to stick with the No 24 – his wife’s birth date.The first shirt number to be retired from professional sport was that of the Toronto Maple Leafs star Ace Bailey. While playing in an NHL game against the Boston Bruins in 1933, Bailey was upended and landed headfirst on to the ice, fracturing his skull in the process. His injuries were so severe that doctors worried he might not survive. He pulled through, but never played professional ice hockey again. In response, the Maple Leafs retired Bailey’s No 6 shirt permanently. Share on Messenger Diego Maradona Manchester United Pinterest The practice of retiring squad numbers quickly spread through US sports. The New York Yankees have now retired every single number from one to 10 and they somehow managed to retire their No 8 twice – for Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey.The idea did not catch on in football until much later. For a long time footballers did not have fixed squad numbers and instead wore the shirts 1-11 according to who was picked on the day. It wasn’t until the early 1990s, when shirts began to bear the players’ names as well as numbers, that it became necessary to fix the numbers from one game to the next. Almost as soon as squad numbers were allocated, clubs started to retire them. The frequency with which numbers are retired, and the reasons for it, offer interesting insight into the mentality of different clubs and their fans.It is fairly common for football clubs to retire the No 12 in honour of the fans, the mythical “12th man”. None of the current Premier League clubs have retired the No 12 shirt but sides such as Bristol Rovers, Exeter City, Gillingham, Oxford United, Oldham Athletic, Peterborough, Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth have gone for the idea. It is more common on continental Europe, where Bayern Munich, Lazio and PSV Eindhoven have gone down that route. As a gesture, it seems a bit condescending to supporters, something that requires neither imagination nor expenditure from the board. 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Blue Ocean Maritime to Raise USD 250 Mn in London IPO

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license An investment trust lending to privately-owned shipping companies, Blue Ocean Maritime Income (BMAR), is looking to raise USD 250 million.Namely, the firm revealed that it is to launch an initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange by way of a placing and offer for subscription targeting the issue of 250 million ordinary shares at an issue price of USD 1.00 per share.The UK-based company said that its objective will be to generate long-term, sustainable shareholder returns, predominantly in the form of income distributions, from direct lending and similar financing opportunities to vessel owners and operators, and other maritime businesses.BMAR said it expects to generate annual returns of between 8-10%, with the company looking to generate a 7% yield two years after launch. It will pay 3% in year one.The company’s investments will be overseen by Svein Engh, Managing Director of EnTrust Permal and Portfolio Manager of Blue Ocean Maritime Income. The Blue Ocean strategy has already deployed over USD 300 million since September 2016, financing 55 vessels.“Shipping is a large and diverse industry, which created many significant investment opportunities. While we continue to see capital inflow to direct lending vehicles and investment funds in sectors such as real estate or infrastructure, the maritime financing sector is in a different position; values are low, and the competition is limited, resulting in attractive risk-adjusted yield opportunities,” Engh said.“As a non-bank lender, we can construct our portfolio in a countercyclical manner in the privately-owned segment of the shipping market.”last_img read more

Change to Nova Scotia Museum Act Introduced

first_imgThe established practice of charging fees by the Nova Scotia Museum system is being reflected in an amendment introduced today, Nov. 24, by Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage Percy Paris. The change to the Nova Scotia Museum Act confirms a previous government decision in 1994 to allow museum fees, but was never included in the act. There are no increases to public admission fees at museums planned because of the change to the act. “This is a housekeeping step to confirm government’s long standing management of the fee structure for its museums,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “Revenue from museum fees helps support the operations of each museum site in performing its role in heritage stewardship and interpretation.” Fees charged by museums include public admission and rentals of museum facilities. The Nova Scotia Museum system consists of 11 directly managed sites and 16 locally managed sites which are operated by independent societies, municipalities and commissions. The amendment to the act does not affect them.last_img read more

Major crackdown against illegal liquor mafiyas

first_imgGreater Noida: In a major crackdown against illegal liquor mafiyas, the Gautam Buddh Nagar police have busted an illegal liquor making factory from Badalpur area in Greater Noida. Cops said that the gang used to produce adulterated liquor and supply it after packing in imported bottles to Gautam Buddh Nagar and nearby districts. Police have arrested two persons and have sealed the premises.According to police, the arrested accused have been identified as Sunil Kumar and Gaurav Gupta, both natives of Sihani Gate area in Ghaziabad. Police have recovered 40 empty drums, one drum with 180 liters of liquor worth Rs 20 lakhs, large quantity of labels of imported liquor, bar codes and empty bottles. Vaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar said that the gang used to pack adulterated liquor in the bottles and supply them after pasting the label of imported liquor brands on these bottles. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Upon interrogating the arrested persons, they told police that they used to produce liquor as well as smuggle cheap liquor from other states. The adulterated liquor was filled in bottles with labels pasted on it and were packed in such a way that it looks similar like an imported liquor bottle. These bottles were then supplied to local and markets of nearby district through private cars. Also they had produced labels which display only for sale in Uttar Pradesh,” said Krishna. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”It also came to light that the owner of premises, Devendra Yadav was also involved in illegal liquor trading. Police have sealed the premises and have arrested two of their gang members. Two accused persons are still absconding and we have launched a manhunt to nab them as well” the officer added. In another incident, Gautam Buddh Nagar police have also arrested two accused from Jarchha and Dadri area with over 1500 liquor cartoons worth Rs 65 lakhs. “The accused persons, identified as Manjeet Jaat and Anil, both natives of Haryana were arrested with Arunachal Pradesh made liquor which was supposed to be supplied in Bihar from Haryana,” a senior police officer said.last_img read more

Shopify shares slip after Adobe Systems buys ecommerce rival Magento

first_imgTORONTO – Shares of Shopify Inc. slumped Tuesday on news that its rival Magento Commerce was bought by Adobe Systems Inc.The e-commerce company’s stock closed at $177.66 in Toronto on Tuesday, marking a 6.12 per cent drop, one day after the U.S. software giant announced the acquisition. Shopify shares on the New York Stock Exchange closed at US$138.75, down nearly four per cent.Adobe, best known for its Photoshop picture editing software, on Monday said it had signed a US$1.68-billion agreement to buy Campbell, Calif.-based Magento.Magento’s platform helps companies set up online stores and manage orders. Its customers include Canon, Helly Hansen and Paul Smith. Adobe and Magento share joint customers including Coca-Cola, Warner Music Group, Nestle and Cathay Pacific.Adobe said the acquisition will enable e-commerce to be seamlessly integrated into its own platform.“Embedding commerce into the Adobe Experience Cloud with Magento enables Adobe to make every moment personal and every experience shoppable,” said Brad Rencher, Adobe’s executive vice president and general manager of digital experience in a statement on Monday.last_img read more

Trump dairy farmers broaden attacks on Liberals as speedy metal tariffs urged

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canada-U.S. trade war bled into farm fields on Monday as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government faced dual attacks from Canadian dairy farmers, and President Donald Trump.The Dairy Farmers of Canada branded as “troubling” and “worrisome” comments Trudeau made on NBC’s Meet the Press that Canada was considering allowing U.S. dairy greater access to the Canadian market as part of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.Trump, meanwhile, broadened his trade tirades on Twitter into agriculture, writing: “Canada has all sorts of trade barriers on our Agricultural products. Not acceptable!”The attacks came as the government is already reeling from Trump’s imposition last week of steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, part the president’s broader tariff attack on Mexico and Europe.Trudeau also faced pressure Monday to speed up Canada’s tariff retaliation on U.S. steel and aluminum imports, while it consults on imposing levies on other American consumer goods.Speaking on the NBC Sunday news show, Trudeau called the tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum “insulting and unacceptable.”Trudeau was also asked about possible concessions the U.S. is seeking in the NAFTA talks.“I think they want a better deal on their auto sector from Mexico and I think they want more access on certain agricultural products like dairy to Canada,” the prime minister said.Asked if he was willing to give that, Trudeau replied: “We were moving towards flexibility in those areas that I thought was very, very promising.” But he said the U.S. insistence on a five-year sunset clause was a deal breaker.Pierre Lampron, president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada, sent Trudeau a letter on Monday, demanding a meeting and questioning his support for the dairy industry.“These comments are deeply troubling for our dairy farmers, as you and your government’s representatives have repeatedly stated that you support the supply management system and our sector,” Lampron wrote.“Your comments, in addition to political meetings between your staff and President Trump’s advisers, for which there has been little information provided to us, are quite worrisome.”Trudeau’s office declined direct comment on the letter and instead referred to comments Monday in question period, in which Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay once again defended Canada’s supply management system.“The prime minister, myself, the minister of foreign affairs, cabinet ministers and caucus, and, indeed, the trade negotiators of NAFTA have clearly indicated the Canadian direction,” MacAulay said.“The Liberal government is the government that put supply management in place and it is the Liberal government that will protect supply management.”Canada has already granted some access to its dairy markets in its other big free trade deals with the European Union and the re-booted Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 11-country Pacific Rim pact that does not include the U.S.Trudeau also faced calls Monday to speed up the imposition of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminum, but he rebuffed them.Trudeau said he wants to respect the government’s 30-day consultation period on its proposed $16.6-billion tariff package, retaliation for the Trump administration’s decision to impose 25 per cent import duties on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum.The federal government wants to consult Canadians before enacting its response, which targets not only U.S. steel and aluminum, but also a wide variety of goods from orange juice to playing cards to toilet paper.Joseph Galimberti, the president of the Canadian Steel Producers Association, said he urged Trudeau in a meeting Monday to immediately impose the retaliatory tariffs on metals while it consults on the other products.Galimberti said American steel continues to flow into Canada tariff-free while Canadian steel now faces tariffs.“This is a very live situation,” Galimberti told reporters after the meeting, add that companies are “experiencing damages and interruptions today, supply chains are going to change going forward.“This is something that the government is going to need to pay attention to.”Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer also urged Trudeau to accelerate the retaliation.“The American tariffs went into effect immediately and Canadian shipments of steel are already being turned back from the border,” said Scheer. “Why is the prime minister waiting three weeks to impose these counter-measures specifically on steel and aluminum when the U.S. tariffs came into effect right away?”Trudeau replied he wants to follow through on the consultations while trying to persuade the U.S. to drop the tariffs.“One of the fundamental realities is that nobody wins in trade wars,” he said.“We continue to believe that by working thoughtfully and firmly with the American administration we are going to be able to move forward in a positive direction.”last_img read more

Polls Chief proposes holding polls on a Saturday

He said that holding an election on a Saturday will go a long way to assist Government and private sector employees who need to take leave to travel to their hometowns to place their votes. Deshapriya also said that the current Parliament has time till April next year for its term to end so it can continue till April unless the President dissolves Parliament before that. Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya says the Department of Elections prefers to hold the Parliament elections on a Saturday.Deshapriya said that the department is giving serious consideration to the idea and will discuss it with the relevant Government officials. The Elections Commissioner also said that he has so far not been informed of an early election but added that his department is ready to conduct the polls at any given time. (Colombo Gazette) read more

LIVE BLOG 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles

by News Staff Posted Jun 10, 2013 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LIVE BLOG: 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles E3|electronic entertainment expo|Los Angeles|mike yawney CityNews technology specialist Mike Yawney is live at E3 in Los Angeles, reporting on keynote addresses and sharing cool finds from one of the world’s biggest tech gatherings.See his live blog below or click here to view it in a new window.

JCHX company starts twin decline development ahead of schedule at KamoaKakula

first_imgIvanhoe Mines Executive Chairman Robert Friedland and Chief Executive Officer Lars-Eric Johansson this week announced that the Kamoa-Kakula mine development team has celebrated the first blast marking the start of work on the twin declines at the ultra-high-grade Kakula Copper Discovery on the company’s Tier One Kamoa-Kakula Copper Project, near the mining centre of Kolwezi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).The Kakula box cut was successfully completed on October 26, 2017, and the first blast for the twin declines at Kakula took place on November 16, 10 days ahead of schedule. The Kakula decline development work is being undertaken by JMMC, a DRC subsidiary of JCHX Mining Management of Beijing, China. Depending on ground conditions, the 3,600 m decline development contract is scheduled for completion in approximately one year.In response to the spectacular exploration success at the Kakula Discovery, Ivanhoe Mines and Zijin Mining are fast-tracking the mine development program at Kakula. The Kakula Copper Deposit is a gently-dipping blanket of thick, chalcocite-rich copper mineralisation. Initial mine development is planned to begin in the flat, near-surface zone which, at a 3% cut-off, is between 7.1 m and 11.7 m thick and with copper grades between 8.11% and 10.35% along the deposit’s axis.Fourteen rigs are continuing to drill at Kamoa-Kakula, including 10 rigs focused on expanding and upgrading the resources in the Kakula high-grade zone along trend to the west and southeast. A fresh resource estimate for Kakula is being prepared and is expected to result in a major upgrade and expansion of the Kakula Mineral Resources.The new Kamoa-Kakula Project PEA is progressing well and is expected to be completed this quarter. The PEA is based on an initial mine capacity of 6 Mt/y at Kakula, using the May 2017 Mineral Resource estimate, with an additional 6 Mt/y mine at Kansoko, serving a centralised concentrator at Kakula, for a projected mine production of approximately 12 Mtpa from the presently delineated Kamoa and Kakula deposits.In addition to the new PEA study, preliminary work is underway on a 6 Mt/y pre-feasibility study at Kakula that will be based on the upcoming, January 2018 resource model. The study will be considered as the base case for the first phase of development at Kamoa-Kakula. In light of the successful step-out drilling at Kakula West, the Kamoa-Kakula development plans will be reassessed and amended as the project moves forward.Potential phased mine developments of up to 18 Mt/y also are being assessed for the Kamoa-Kakula copper complex.last_img read more

Eduardo Gurbindo joins Barcelona

BarcelonagurbindoriveraValladolid The 24-year old Eduardo Gurbindo, is moving to Catalonia, to the title-defending team in the new season. Born in Pamplona, he has been played since 2009 for Cuatro Rayas Valladolid, and previously also played for Torrevieja and San Antonio. With the national team he won the Bronze medal at the World Championship 2011. Gurbindo signed a two-year contract with Barcelona, and will play on the right back position. ← Previous Story Denmark wins “Scandinavia Open” Next Story → ASOBAL to start with 16 teams!

Nineyearold Greek boy enters uni

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Instead of focusing on elementary school and indulging on activities typical children of his age enjoy, 9-year-old phenom William Maillis has taken academics head on.Son of a Greek Orthodox priest, the boy graduated from high school with honours and is now developing his own theories of how the universe was created in college.William has joined the Community College of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania, to prepare and is planning to enroll at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh by next year.“It doesn’t bother me” being the youngest student in class by far, William who aspires to study physics and chemistry of space told People magazine in an interview. “I’m used to it by now.” “I want to prove to everybody that God does exist,” he stresses, by showing that only an outside force could be capable of forming the cosmos.To do that, he studies intensively and focuses on concepts like “displacement of space-time” “singularity” and “pure gravity” insisting that black holes aren’t “super massive” as theorized by such other brilliant minds as Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.William with his parents Peter and Nancy. Photo: People USHis father Peter and mother Nancy had him after 17 years of marriage, while already parents of a 29-year-old daughter and 26-year-old-son.“William was just very sharp,” the father tells People adding that the boy could accurately identify numbers at 6 months old and speak in complete sentences at just 7 months of age. “William remembers everything he sees.”He followed with a range of impressive academic feats, including doing addition at 21 months; multiplication, reading and writing at 2 years old; algebra, sign language and reading Greek at age 4; geometry at 5 and trigonometry at 7. However, when William tried to enroll in kindergarten at age 4 he was turned down when he insisted “grey is a shade, not a color” and failed to identify an old thermometer. By finishing third grade William chose to simultaneously attend fourth grade and high school while also taking some college classes. Meanwhile, a college psychologist declared him a “pure genius” after administering IQ tests asWilliam doesn’t take notes like the other students, but simply listens, reads and absorbs the material.“The boy fits right in with his other college students,” William’s history professor, Aaron Hoffman, says.“We haven’t steered away from any topics: Hitler, Mussolini, the Holocaust, wars,” Hoffman says. “If he’s here for college, he’s going to get college-level material.”The parents have decided to allow their son to make his own decisions in terms of subjects. “Whatever classes he wants to take, that’s okay with me. I don’t want to push him,” Mr Maillis continues.“I just want him to appreciate the gift he has, which I think he does. I tell him, ‘God gave you a gift. The worst thing would be to reject that gift and not use it for the betterment of the world.’ “last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews SPLIT 2017

first_imgThe Shyamalanaissance is real!Granted, saying that a filmmaker has delivered a better movie than The Village, Lady in The Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender, After Earth and The Visit sounds like the lead-up to a backhanded compliment. But I’m coming at this quite sincerely: Split is a genuinely good movie. Not as good as The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable or Signs but damn good all the same – and if not for a handful of unfortunate (and, it must be said, predictably Shyamalanesque) missteps, it might even have been close to great. Still – it’s an M. Night Shyamalan genre movie opening in January, so you should probably be thankful for “good.”The premise is three young women have been abducted and are being held captive in an unknown location for an ominous (but initially mysterious purpose) by a severely disturbed man played by James McAvoy, whom the three captives (primarily a standoffish outsider played by Anya Taylor-Joy). They must engage in a deadly game of psychological cat and mouse in order to finagle their escape. Unfortunately for them, their captor’s deep psychological damage manifests itself in the form of multiple personalities. This means they aren’t just dealing with one nemesis, but about twenty-three of them each with their own agendas and interpersonal conflicts both with the girls and with each other.Meanwhile, we also get to know the villain’s therapist – who believes that he could be the living proof of her long-held theory that people who develop his disorder under particularly traumatic circumstances may be capable of unlocking the power to transform themselves not just psychologically but also physically – which would be bad news for the girls because a handful of his 23 other selves claim to have developed religion built around a hypothetical 24th personality called “The Beast” whom they claim is a literal man-eating monster with superhuman strength and invulnerable skin. No prizes, of course, for guessing if the therapist wasn’t right about this there wouldn’t be a movie for us to be watching.It’s all completely absurd nonsense (a familiar, since the idea of trauma unlocking literal or figurative facets of human potential, is a favorite recurring theme for the director) where every narrative conceit only exists to let Shyamalan craft a nasty, creepy just-different-enough variation on a typical kidnapping thriller. And to give McAvoy a chance to deliver the kind of show-offy “LOOK UPON MY RANGE YE MORTALS AND TREMBLE!!!” performance every actor dreams of an excuse to deliver.But what always got lost amid the auteurist egomania and misguided pretentiousness is that M. Night Shyamalan really is a hell of a director with a great eye for building suspense and a real gift for drawing out great performances. For all it’s meditative quite moments, Split (whether its director wants to cop to it or not) is very much a work of lurid, trashy B-movie schlock; but of a very, very distinguished vintage. And that’s without even discussing the ending which – well… let’s say you wouldn’t believe me if I told you.Sadly, there’s also some serious problems that keep it from being truly great; most egregiously a running flashback subplot that’s meant to gradually reveal why our main heroine is made of sterner stuff than the other captives. It eventually makes sense in context, but it’s also sleazy and exploitative in a way that doesn’t fit tonally with the rest of the film at all and ends up feeling incredibly unnecessary – inappropriate tonal shifts having always been Shyamalan’s ultimate Achille’s heel.Also, while I enjoy the film strictly as a film in and of itself, you can’t ignore the fact that tying real-life psychiatric issues and conditions like DID to the highly-fictionalized (and eventually straight-up science-fiction) business Split builds its whole plot around is seriously uncool and very likely makes life even more difficult for people who are struggling with them in real life. I understand that it makes the movie scarier if you can tie the premise to something the audience recognizes as a real thing, but it’s a line you’ve got to be extremely careful walking and Split is just not the kind of movie that’s careful about anything – which is really too bad. I still recommend it on its merits strictly as a film, but you have to recognize that not everyone can (or should be expected to) compartmentalize in that way.But, for the purposes at hand: Yes, Split is some seriously entertaining suspense-thriller junk food, and on those merits I’m calling it a winner. Check it out, especially if you want to avoid The Internet inevitably spoiling the ending for you.last_img read more

Chief Justice Presides Over Introductory Ceremony For New Judges

Chief Justice Presides Over Introductory Ceremony For New Judges

first_imgBy Yankuba JallowThe Chief Justice of The Gambia, Hassan B. Jallow, has presided over the introductory ceremony for the newly appointed judges of the superior courts of The Gambia.Speaking at the occasion, Chief Justice Jallow said the Judges were selected based on the qualities they have manifested in the judicial system of the country. He added that among the qualities included their wisdom, understanding of the Laws and the zeal they can provide for the new job.“Do not forget your core mandate. To deliver quality justice,” he tasked the appointees.He advised them to uphold the principle of justice and for them to deliver justice speedily and observe the Laws.“We have to make sure that we avoid all deviations in our judicial system,” he told them.The Honourable Judicial Secretary, Landing Sanneh, said the persons appointed as judges in the superior courts are individuals with great knowledge and experience.“We don’t doubt their competence and we are certain that they will deliver as expected,” he told the gathering.The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Aboubakar Tambadou said since the new Government took over, they have appointed 12 judges, adding that they will continue to encourage qualified and competent Gambians at the Bar, to join the bench. He told the gathering that since he took over his office, he had instructed all criminal case files to be given to state counsels in order for them to make a speedy trial over all those cases. He promised that his office will continue to quest for reform and capacity building in order to build a vibrant legal system for the country. He told members of the Bar that his ministry has extended its hands to them in order to collaborate and ensure that quality justice is delivered at all levels.Rachel Y. Mendy, the President of the Bar Association called on the bench and the bar to build a strong cordial relationship. Shee also made similar remarks as the Minister of Justice and called on the freedom of the press in order to fulfil their constitutional mandate; that this is the only way to hold the Government to account.Justice Awa bah, is said to be the first female president of the Gambia Court of Appeal. She said that she was humbled to be appointed as the new President of the Gambia Court of Appeal and promised to keep up to the oaths that she had earlier taken.“I will make sure justice is delivered in a timely and efficient manner,” she said.Justice Haddy Cecilia Roche on behalf of the new judges of the Gambia Court of Appeal said they will ensure that there is full cooperation between the litigants.The New Judges for the Gambia Court of Appeal are Justice Awa Bah as President, Basiru V.P. Mahoney, Kumba Silla-Camara and Haddy Cecilia Roche whislt for the High Court they are Justices Ebrima Jaiteh, Buba Jawo, Sainabou Wadda Cisse and Zainab Jawara Alami.last_img read more

Report Mario Balotelli could make an unexpected Premier League return

Report Mario Balotelli could make an unexpected Premier League return

first_imgNewcastle are reportedly considering making an approach for Mario Balotelli for this month’s transfer windowRafael Benitez’s side have claimed the second-fewest goals in the Premier League with just 15 from 21 games and currently sit two points above the relegation zone in 15th-place.Therefore, the Daily Mirror claims that Newcastle are eyeing up an approach for Balotelli in order to add some badly needed firepower to the squad.The Italian striker’s stay at OGC Nice appears to be coming to an end after manager Patrick Vieira gave him an additional few days off to decide his future.“I have given Mario a few extra days off to think about his future and what he wants to do,” Vieira said.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He’s under contract here and everything is possible, if we can come to a common agreement who knows.”After a prolific two seasons at the Allianz Riviera, Balotelli is yet to find the net in all of his 10 Ligue 1 appearances this term following a failed summer move to Marseille.Now it’s understood that Vieira and Nice will allow Balotelli, who will be out of contract in June, to leave for Newcastle if they decide to make an approach.The 28-year-old previously played in the Premier League for Manchester City and Liverpool.last_img read more