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GoodBulk Eyes USD 83 Mn in New Capital

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Goodbulk Monaco-based owner of dry bulkers GoodBulk has embarked on an ambitious capital raising campaign as it welcomes new ships into the fleet.The company has secured a USD 73 million-worth credit facility with ING Bank and has entered into an investment agreement to collect around USD 10 million from share issuance.A portion of the five-year facility will be used to finance the purchase of  M/V Aquasalwador, a 2012 built Capesize vessel of 180,012 dwt built by Daehan, KR.The vessel was bought in July for USD 34.7 million, which was financed by a combination of cash on hand and USD 24.5 million of availability under the ING Bank credit facility.The Capesize was delivered to the company on September 5.On the same day, GoodBulk entered into an investment deal to issue 572,738 new common shares to an unaffiliated investor at a price of USD 17.46 per share, hoping to raise USD 10 million in total. The share issuance is expected to be completed by September 7 2018.Following the issuance of the new common shares, GoodBulk will have 30,116,458 common shares outstanding.The company has been in fleet reshuffling mode over the recent months, having bought two Capesizes last month and sold 2012 built Supramax vessel, the M/V Aquapride.GoodBulk also has the option to acquire a third 2012-built Capesize vessel within September 2018 for USD 35.7 million.Upon completion of the announced transactions, GoodBulk will control a fleet of 26 dry bulk vessels, including 24 Capesizes, 1 Panamax, and 1 Supramax bulker.last_img read more

Closing Bell TSX closes higher as hopes of fiscal cliff resolution grow

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Tuesday, partly because of reassuring data suggesting Germany will be able to avoid slipping into recession.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,282.36 +51.89 +0.42%S&P 500 — 1,427.84 +9.29 +0.65%Dow — 13,248.44 +78.56 +0.60%Nasdaq — 3,022.30 +35.34 +1.18%Traders also hoped for a resolution to the looming fiscal cliff. That is the name for a situation that will arise at the beginning of the year when automatic tax increases and steep spending cuts are due to take hold. The subsequent shock to the economy would likely push the U.S. back into recession.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 51.88 points to 12,282.36 while the TSX Venture Exchange was off 2.81 points at 1,183.93.The Canadian dollar rose 0.08 of a cent to 101.4 cents US.The Dow Jones industrials closed up 78.56 points to 13,248.44, while the Nasdaq rose 35.34 points to 3,022.3 and the S&P 500 index was up 9.29 points at 1,427.84.Traders seemed unfazed by the latest back-and-forth charges from Republicans and Democrats that their opposition still hasn’t delivered “serious” proposals for heading off the spending cuts and tax hikes.If anything they were more optimistic after The Wall Street Journal reported that budget negotiations had “progressed steadily” in recent days.“I’m at a point now where I think most of it will get resolved but there will be a bit of that that will be pushed into 2013,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer for Sun Life Global Investment, adding it’s a good thing that one party controls the Senate while another controls the House.“This way, the Republicans want something, the Democrats want something and the only way to get it is for them to agree to help the other side. And that is the best chance for the fiscal cliff being averted — they both realize if the fiscal cliff does not get resolved, neither one of the parties wins.”Investors took in an index of German investor optimism that rose more than expected in December. The ZEW indicator of economic sentiment rose to plus 6.9 points, from minus 15.7 in November. Markets had expected the index to rise only to minus 11.5. Germany’s economy grew a modest 0.2% in the third quarter.Tech stocks led TSX advancers as RIM jumped 68 cents or 5.79% to $12.42 after the BlackBerry maker said it has released the “gold” build of its developer tool kit. The build, the company says, contains all the final elements developers need to create apps from the coming BlackBerry 10 operating system, which is being unveiled at the end of January.Patent-licensing firm Wi-LAN Inc. has started litigation against Research in Motion Ltd. alleging patent infringement of a patent related to Bluetooth technologies. But Wi-LAN shares fell 40 cents or 8.16% to $4.50 as the company also said a U.S. appeal court ruled against it in a patent dispute. The company says the appeal court affirmed a lower New York State court ruling that LG Electronics did not infringe on Wi-LAN’s V-Chip patent.The consumer discretionary segment was also higher as Canadian Tire Corp. rose $2.22 to $69.70 while home improvement chain RONA Inc. gained 47 cents to $11.37.The financials sector was ahead 0.65% with Sun Life Financial up 63 cents to $27.96 and Scotiabank gained 56 cents to $56.50.Commodities were mixed and the mining group was up 0.15% while copper prices gave up half of Monday’s four-cent rise as the March contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange dipped two cents to US$3.69 a pound. First Quantum Minerals gained 30 cents to C$20.67 and Sherritt International fell four cents to $4.99.The energy sector was up 0.19% as the January crude contract slipped 23 cents to US$85.79 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources climbed 30 cents to C$28.32 .Shares in oilsands company MEG Energy Corp. declined $1.18 to $32.47 as the company announced a pair of financing deals to raise a total of $800 million, including one with the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec. MEG said it has agreed to sell nearly 12.13 million shares to a syndicate of underwriters for $33 per share and another 12.12 million shares to the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec for the same price.The gold sector was down about 0.65% lower as February bullion fell $4.80 to US$1,709.60 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. gave back 43 cents to C$36.58.Investors also took in the first earnings report issued by Hudson’s Bay Co. since the retailer returned to the Toronto stock market. HBC said its loss from continuing operations was $8.5 million or eight cents per share in the third quarter. That compared with a loss from continuing operations of $7.5 million or seven cents per share in the same year-earlier period.Revenues in the three months ended Oct. 27 were $930.4 million, up from $896.7 million in the 2011 period. Hudson’s Bay Co. also said it will initiate a quarterly dividend of just over nine cents per share and its shares dipped four cents to $16.77.Meanwhile, investors are expecting the Federal Reserve to embark on another round of stimulus when it wraps up its meeting Wednesday. The Fed’s US$400-billion stimulus program, known as Operation Twist, is set to expire after 2012.It involved the Fed buying $400 billion of longer-term Treasuries and simultaneously selling some of the shorter-dated issues it already held in order to bring down long-term interest rates.Economists now expect that the Fed will begin buying $40 million of long-term treasury securities each month. This would be on top of an existing plan announced in September that involves the Fed buying $40 billion per month in mortgage-backed securities.Here’s the news investors were watching today:RIM climbs to seven-month high as developer interest in BlackBerry 10 growsDelta buys 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic for $360-millionCanada’s housing market set for soft landing: ScotiabankGoldman’s top economist explains his big call for the U.S. economyON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSU.S. Fed’s FOMC announces policy decision at 12:30 p.m., followed by press conference with chairman Ben Bernanke at 2:15 p.m. UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Import price index (Nov): Economists expect a 0.5% drop 2 p.m.Treasury budget: Economists expect a deficit of $171-billion CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESJoy Global Inc. Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.91 a share read more

Bombardier CSeries certified for steep flights into airports like London City

Bombardier CSeries certified for steep flights into airports like London City MONTREAL – Bombardier got a boost Wednesday after its smaller CSeries commercial jet was certified to fly out of challenging airports like London City Airport.Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency awarded the CS100 steep approach certifications that should allow the plane to take off and land on the airport’s short runway — as well as similar operations such as Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto and in Lhasa, Tibet, and Haifa, Israel.Swiss International Air Lines will begin to fly the CS100 out of London City later this year.The plane will double the range that can be flown from the airport, opening new routes including the Eastern United States, Russia, West Africa and the Middle East.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) conducted flight tests at the airport in March and flew non-stop between the British capital and New York’s John F. Kennedy airport. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 26, 2017 11:09 am MDT Last Updated Apr 26, 2017 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

At Security Council UN Middle East peace envoy reports on Israels troubling

In a briefing to the Security Council focused mainly on implementation of its resolution 2334, Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said the text urged Israel to “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.”“[However] no such steps were taken during the reporting period,” he added, noting that Israel’s “illegal settlement expansion and related activities continue further threatening the viability of the two-state solution and eroding the prospects for peace.”Mr. Mladenov also warned that violence and incitement continue to fuel hatred, division, distrust and fear, and continuing terror attacks on Israelis as well as the recent assassination attempt on the Palestinian Prime Minister exemplify the growing risk of destabilization and the empowerment of radicals and extremists.He further told the 15-member Security Council the reporting period was marked by continuing demonstrations and clashes following to the announcement by the United States, on 6 December 2017, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, to the growing tensions in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and along the Gaza fence.“Despite the call in […] resolution 2334 for the parties to refrain from acts of provocation, incitement, and inflammatory rhetoric, such statements continued,” added Mr. Mladenov, calling on all political leaders to refrain from provocative statements and actions that fuel an already tense environment.Concluding his remarks, the senior UN official called on Israelis, Palestinians and the  international community to take concrete steps to reverse the current course of the conflict and advance the goal of a just and sustainable peace.“Generations of Palestinian and Israeli lives have been shaped by this conflict. It is time to begin constructing a different future, a future built on mutual respect, dignity, and the belief that even the deepest and most painful divisions can be resolved if there is a genuine desire for change,” he said. read more

Football Ohio States Tyquan Lewis selected by Indianapolis Colts in second round

Ohio State defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis is honored on the field for Senior Day. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFormer Ohio State defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis was selected as the No. 64 overall pick in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.A three-year starter for the Buckeyes, Lewis played in 55 games, playing in as many games as any Ohio State player in history. Lewis combined to rack up double-digit tackles for loss in both his final two season and accumulated 23.5 sacks during his college career. In 2016, Lewis was named the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and was a first-team All-Big Ten honoree, recording 10.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks. Lewis continued that success into his final season in Columbus, this time as a captain. He repeated as a first-team All-Big Ten lineman, recording 9.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. Lewis recorded 122 inches on his broad jump and had a 35.5-inch vertical. Lewis did not participate in the 40-yard dash or bench press at the NFL combine due to the flu, but he worked out at Ohio State’s pro day.The Colts ended last season with 25 sacks, the second-fewest in the NFL. On the ground, they gave up 120.4 rushing yards per game, the seventh most in the league.Lewis and the Colts will open up the 2018 season on Sept. 9 with a matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. read more

Richard Hammonds family robbed as they sleep amid fears of Saint Tropez

Jenson Button claimed he was gassed after £300,000 worth of jewellery was stolen from his villa in Saint Tropez Formula One world champion Jenson Button claimed that he had also been sedated after more than £300,000 worth of jewellery was taken from his rented villa in Saint Tropez 2010.Experts have doubted the claims, saying gasses such as ethers and chloroforms would cause coughing and spluttering to anyone exposed to high doses. It would not be possible to pump high enough concentrations of alternative gasses, such as nitrous oxide, through an entire villa to knock victims out for long enough, some experts have said.  “I’m pretty convinced we must have been gassed or something, because they were in all of the bedrooms – they went where they wanted, into each room, opening and closing the drawers, searching through handbags etc,” she told the Sunday Express.“You have got to have some kind of confidence to do that and to be quite satisfied that people aren’t going to wake up.”Ex-Arsenal star Patrick Vieira was targeted while holidaying in Cannes in 2006. Gas was discovered in the ventilation system after the French midfielder woke feeling unwell to discover his home had been raided with jewellery and his Mercedes 4×4 missing. I’m pretty convinced we must have been gassed or somethingMindy Hammond But describing their break-in last month as a “horror story” Mrs Hammond said before going to bed she had heard male voices behind the living room door but assumed it was some of their guests.She only realised the next morning she had, in fact, had a close shave with the thieves. The neighbouring house had also been robbed that night. she said, and after the incident family employed a security guard. Police arrested the two burglars within 48 hours as they were caught on CCTV.  British Formula One world champion Jenson Button claimed he was gassed after £300,000 worth of jewellery was stolen from his villa in Saint TropezCredit:Mark Thompson/Getty Images Sport Fears are emerging that Saint Tropez’s knockout gas burglars have returned after Richard Hammond’s family were robbed in their sleep.Thieves are known to have previously pumped anaesthetic gas through air conditioning systems in a series of raids on luxury villas on the French Riviera.Mr Hammond’s wife, Mindy, said she is “convinced” the family were targeted while staying at an up-market property on the French coast. The former Top Gear star’s teenage daughter, Willow, had a watch stolen from her bedside table while she slept and the couple had cash stolen from their wallets. Mrs Hammond said she was not even woken by her husband Richard’s snoring but when she did eventually stir she noticed all the bedroom doors were open.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

FLSmidth to supply complete gold processing plant to Polyus Gold subsidiary

first_imgFLSmidth has received a contract worth around €30 million from Polyus Gold subsidiary, Pervenets for the supply of equipment to its ‘brownfield’ Verninskoye gold plant. The plant, which will have a capacity of 278 t/h of gold, will be located in the Irkutsk region of Russia. The contract includes supply of all the process equipment and technology and will cover all the main plant areas, excluding crushing and grinding.“Russia is a well-known market to FLSmidth and we have a strong local presence in the country. We believe that Russia holds a large future potential – and within minerals, gold and copper are particularly interesting. This order for a complete gold processing plant illustrates our ability to serve as a single-source supplier to the mineral’s processing industries,” Group CEO JÝrgen Huno Rasmussen comments.The plant is scheduled for start-up in the third quarter of 2011.last_img read more

Demetrio Lozano begins coaching career in BM Aragon

bm aragonDemetrio Lozanohandball coach Legendary Spanish player, world champion from 2005, Demetrio Lozano (38) decided to stop playing and start coaching career! Strong left back was a part of all Spanish NT celebrations during past 15 years since Olympic bronze in Atlanta 1996. He played also in almost all Spanish big teams as Barcelona, Portland San Antonio and Ademar, but also German THW Kiel, where he spent four seasons (2000-2004).He became the new coach of BM Aragon from Zaragoza, team where he played last four years. Aragon finished 9th in the last season of ASOBAL. ← Previous Story Denmark chose Women’s World Championship 2015 venues! Next Story → Norwegian right wing Thomas Kristensen to Ademar Leon read more

Cabinet approves draft bill clearing way Oireachtas to set new abortion laws

first_img 390 Comments File photo of Minister Harris. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Tuesday 20 Feb 2018, 5:16 PM Feb 20th 2018, 8:13 AM Updated at 5.15pmTHE CABINET HAS given its formal approval to the draft scheme of the bill that will form the basis of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment.Health Minister Simon Harris has said that the upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment will propose that the article in the Constitution that gives the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn child be deleted in its entirety.He also said that the referendum will propose that a new clause is inserted that makes it clear that the Oireachtas may legislate to regulate termination of pregnancy.“Today the Government took the next step on the road to a Referendum on the 8th Amendment,” Harris said in a statement.“The Cabinet gave formal approval for the draft General Scheme of the Bill, which will form the basis for the referendum on Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution to be held in late May this year.I now plan to finalise the Referendum Bill, so that the 36th Amendment to the Constitution Bill may be published in early MarchHe said that the exact date of the referendum will be set following a debate of the Bill in the Dáil and the Seanad.He said he was “confident that our timeline can be met” in relation to having the referendum in May.“For the first time since 1983 the Irish people are to have their say on the substantive issue of the 8th Amendment and whether it should be removed from our Constitution,” Harris said in a statement.“This follows recommendations from the Citizens Assembly and the cross-party Oireachtas committee, as well as a Government decision that a referendum be held.That referendum will propose that Article 40.3.3 is deleted in its entirety and a clause inserted that makes it clear that the Oireachtas may legislate to regulate termination of pregnancy.Harris – who has already said he will be campaigning to change Ireland’s abortion laws – reminded people that the Referendum must be passed and the Eighth Amendment repealed “if anything is to change for Irish women”.“We need to change the status quo, for this to happen we must repeal the 8th,” he said.It is important that we are clear that if the people of Ireland do not repeal article 40.3.3 we cannot legislate for fatal foetal abnormality, rape, incest or women’s health.Legislation He said that the Department of Health was currently drafting laws which would follow the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.“This legislation will be based on the recommendations made by the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment,” he said.I intend to publish a policy paper at the beginning of March which will outline what that legislation will include.In December, the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth – which was tasked with examining the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly on the subject – voted in favour of repealing the Eighth.It recommended for abortion without restriction to be legal up to 12 weeks of pregnancy.Cross-party members came to the majority-decision after hearing testimony from medical and legal experts, as well as personal stories, over the course of three months.An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has already said that he would be campaigning for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.It is understood that Tánaiste Simon Coveney told his Cabinet colleagues last month he could not support the 12-week provision.The actual question asked in the referendum may prove to be key, with many undecided people doubtless keen to know exactly what they will be voting on.A recent Sunday Independent poll suggested that 40% of those polled think there should be unrestricted abortion in Ireland up to 12 weeks, with 33% saying this goes too far, and 19% undecided.With reporting from Cormac FitzgeraldRead: Bertie Ahern says he’s been ‘talking to Simon Coveney’ about the ongoing Stormont talksRead: Sinn Féin says direct rule is ‘off the table’ as Varadkar speaks by phone to Theresa May By Cianan Brennan Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Cabinet approves draft bill clearing way Oireachtas to set new abortion laws if 8th is repealed The deadline for production of a final bill is 6 March. 20,153 Views Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie File photo of Minister Harris. https://jrnl.ie/3861251 Share227 Tweet Email last_img read more

Le Japon étend linterdiction du riz contaminé au césium après Fukushima

first_imgLe Japon étend l’interdiction du riz contaminé au césium après FukushimaHier, les autorités japonaises ont interdit aux exploitants agricoles de deux localités supplémentaires de vendre leur riz, après la découverte de niveaux excessifs de césium radioactif.Les dernières mesures effectuées sur du riz récolté dans les aires des communes de Fukushima et Date ont révélé une teneur en césium radioactif supérieure à la limite légale provisoire de 500 becquerels par kilogramme fixée par le gouvernement central de Tokyo. Certains prélèvements ont affichés une teneur en césium 137 près de quatre fois supérieure au plafond, soit près de 2.000 becquerels par kilogramme.À lire aussiLe lac Chagan, ce lac créé par une puissante explosion nucléaire il y a plus de 50 ansUn porte parole a indiqué que le gouvernement a “ordonné ce jour au préfet de Fukushima d’interdire la commercialisation du riz produit cette année dans deux localités de Date”. Par ailleurs, il a été demandé à 2.381 exploitants (des zones, Nihonmatsu et Motomiya) de suspendre les livraisons avant que de nouveaux contrôles ne soient effectués. Les autorités avaient déjà auparavant enjoint à 1.941 cultivateurs de quatre lieux-dits (dont ceux de Date) de stopper leurs expéditions en attendant de conduire de nouveaux tests.En tout, 300 exploitations supplémentaires sont concernées par la nouvelle interdiction, rapporte Sciences et Avenir. Elles viennent s’ajouter aux 154 fermes rizicoles de la localité d’Onami (dépendante de la ville de Fukushima) sur laquelle un embargo a été décrété le 17 novembre.Ainsi, la province rurale de Fukushima, quatrième terroir de production de riz du Japon, est très largement contaminée par les rejets radioactifs issus de la centrale nucléaire Fukushima Daiichi. Les premiers contrôles, effectués sur des échantillons, avaient incité le préfet à se féliciter hâtivement de la qualité et de la sûreté de la production locale. Des mesures plus fines effectuées ultérieurement ont révélé des différences notables de contamination en fonction des aires de culture.Le 30 novembre 2011 à 14:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Maroc le Solar Impulse a décollé de Rabat

first_imgMaroc : le Solar Impulse a décollé de RabatLe Solar Impulse, l’avion solaire, a décollé mercredi matin de Rabat pour se rendre à Ouarzazate. Les deux itinéraires qui sont à l’étude permettront dans tous les cas d’expérimenter le comportement de l’engin face à un climat montagneux et désertique.Le Solar Impulse est un avion en fibre de carbone propulsé par quatre moteurs électriques, d’une puissance de 10 chevaux chacun, alimentés par 12.000 cellules photoélectriques. L’énergie stockée par les batteries durant la journée permet à l’avion de voler la nuit. Le 5 juin, le Solar Impulse avait atterri à Rabat après avoir décollé de Madrid, effectuant ainsi son premier vol intercontinental vers l’Afrique du nord.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette fois, l’engin “a décollé mercredi de Rabat pour Ouarzazate où il est attendu jeudi à partir de 00h30”, soit mercredi à 23H30 GMT, indique un communiqué commun publié à Rabat par Solar Impulse et l’Agence marocaine de l’énergie solaire (Masen). A cette occasion, le Solar Impulse “expérimentera pour la première fois un climat montagneux et désertique”. Ainsi, “ce vol sera certainement le plus difficile que l’avion ait jamais effectué en raison de la nature aride et chaude du climat ainsi que de la proximité avec le massif montagneux de l’Atlas” haut de plus de 3.000 mètres, indique le communiqué. De plus, les organisateurs du vol ont ajouté que, dans cette région, les “conditions sont très turbulentes et perdurent jusqu’à tard dans la nuit”.La tâche risque donc de ne pas être aisé pour le Suisse André Borschberg qui pilote le Solar Impulse et a décollé à 08H07 (07H07 GMT) par ciel clair avec seulement sept minutes de retard sur l’horaire prévu. Aujourd’hui, deux itinéraires sont à l’étude pour le voyage : le premier consiste à longer la côte atlantique à une altitude de 8.600 mètres jusqu’à Agadir, au sud, en contournant l’Atlas. L’autre devrait emmener l’avion en direction de Casablanca puis vers Marrakech, au pied de l’Atlas, pour atterrir jeudi à l’aéroport de Ouarzazate. Le vol du Solar Impulse peut d’ailleurs être suivi en direct sur le site internet : www.solarimpulse.com (lien non disponible)Le 13 juin 2012 à 14:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sean Dyche happy with Burnleys resurgence

first_imgSean Dyche is delighted with Burnley’s resurgence as they secured two wins in a row with a 2-1 triumph at Cardiff on Sunday.Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Sam Vokes were the scorers for Dyche’s men as they recorded consecutive top-flight wins for the Clarets for the first time since April.That win means Burnley are currently up to 12th in the table after a difficult start to the season.“We didn’t look anywhere near how we played last weekend and I reminded the players of that at half-time,” Dyche told Sky Sports.“But that comes with mentality, you have to build mentality. This is a really tough division, we’ve had our fair share of knocks at the beginning of this season, particularly with the overflow of games.“So to come out of that with the mentality we’ve shown with a very good performance last weekend and a fighting performance today was good.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“We know that’s the mix we have had to find in the Premier League and we are going to continue to find that.”Cardiff, still seeking their first win back in the Premier League, made things difficult for Burnley in the first half.Dyche added: “It was very difficult coming here, we knew it would be – they put the ball in the box from literally everywhere.“They knocked us completely out of our rhythm in the first half – we couldn’t get a grip of the ball or didn’t deal with it well enough.“We were looking for the balance and, credit to Cardiff, we couldn’t in the first half. They were effective and we couldn’t get a foothold in the game.“As the game calmed in the second half – I had a word at half-time – I was pleased with the reaction. We scored two good goals for different reasons.”last_img read more

Country Music Mag No Depression Folds

first_imgNo Depression was first launched as a quarterly in September 1995 and switched to bi-monthly the following year. Despite the folding of the print version, Alden and Blackstock expect to expand the magazine’s presence online. The May-June issue of No Depression—its 75th—will be its last.The founders of the Seattle-based alternative country music magazine attribute the demise to declining advertising revenues. Those revenues, generated mostly by ads from indie country music labels, are down 30 to 40 percent, they say. The magazine’s financial downturn was “not looking like a storm that we could wait out,” co-founder Peter Blackstock said during a recent program on NPR. “Our concern was that (the ad dollars) had gone away and wasn’t coming back.”In the March-April issue, which is on newsstands now, the publishers in a note to readers indicated that ad revenue for that issue alone was down 36 percent from the same issue last year. “Unfortunately, the ad community that shares (No Depression’s) interest doesn’t have any money, and doesn’t look like its going to have any money in the foreseeable future,” co-founder Grant Alden said during the program.last_img read more

Custom Publishing The Wrong Way

first_imgMost Publishers I talk to think that by adding one or two people to the organization and declaring “custom publishing is open of business” that they are well on their way to success. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy, and an approach like that can do more harm than good for the entire organization.Avoid these mistakes to ensure success for your custom publishing program:Using the Same Business ModelThe majority of publishers that run their custom publishing department like a magazine are usually the ones scratching their heads wondering where the growth is. Successful custom media units, like Hanley Wood Marketing and Penton Custom Media, recognized long ago the need for a separate entity with a different business model. A custom unit runs much closer to an ad agency model than a publishing model. The customer requirements and marketing expertise levels aren’t in the same ballpark. The repercussions are also too high to make a mistake in this area. If a traditional magazine contains a spelling or factual mistake, the fix is either nothing or a note in the next issue. If an ad is wrong, a replacement “make good” should do the trick. If there is a mistake in a six-figure custom client magazine, you fix it and eat the costs, which may mean reprinting the entire publication. Whether the customer signed off on the project doesn’t matter…the final product is your responsibility. Perhaps the biggest change in the business model is how you figure the margins; how to make sure you make a profit on a project; how much to mark up costs; how to show “pass-through” costs like postage; the various services provided to make a profit on a project basis. In the early days of Penton Custom Media, I once had an executive that tried to break our services down into “pages” so that he could forecast our results like the other magazines. What a waste of time that was. Account Management as a Side JobThe biggest area that most publishers fail is with a lack of account management support. At Penton, we used the account manager position as a competitive advantage over other publishers who assigned editors, production staff and even sales people to head up the custom project.The account manager IS the publisher for that particular project, and is responsible for knowing everything, including if the project is meeting or exceeding expectations, the ongoing project budget, and where new opportunities exist to grow the business. Lack of Sales OwnershipWhen publishers launch a custom unit, they usually bring in a sales savior. Most times, this person is seen as competition to the traditional sales reps, who often work against each other. Since the custom rep has no authority over other brand reps in the company, the business stalls.When an outside player is brought in to run the unit, key reps on each of the brands need to be responsible for custom. Those people then need a side report to the publisher overseeing custom. Magazine reps also need some kind of budget projection for custom. Editorial on Magazine StaffAt first, it’s glamorous to think that the chief or senior editor of the magazine brand can also work on custom projects. Glamorous and dangerous.Outside of the editorial church/state issues that arise from this, overseeing editorial for a customer project is a full-time job in and of itself. We used to sell against this big time with statements like, “at the end of the day, your editorial is not the magazine editor’s primary responsibility, it’s the magazine.” This is a true statement. The customer’s objectives need to come first. Combining ProductionFor traditional print production to work, timelines needs to be maintained. This is exactly the reason why the custom process won’t work within a traditional magazine production environment. Customer approvals and changes require constant movement in the production schedule. The same goes for Web development. Inserting this type of chaos in a traditional production environment will throw your staff into a tailspin.Knowledge of how the custom business is different from traditional magazine publishing will not only lead to growth but could save you from going down a deep, dark path. Joe Pulizzi is founder of Junta42 Match, a free online service for businesses to find content vendors. He is also co-author of the book, Get Content. Get Customers., which shows businesses how to create their own content marketing strategies. He can be contacted directly at joe@junta42.com.last_img read more

Alaska Judicial Council Recommends All But 1 Judge For Retention

first_imgThe Alaska Judicial Council has released its recommendations for retention of state District and Superior court judges. The judges will come up for vote on the November ballot. Download AudioSuzanne DiPietro, executive director of the Council, says 13 of 14 state judges have been given the thumbs up. But one judge, William Estelle, who sits on the bench in Palmer, has not gained Judicial Council approval.“Judge Estelle filed 16 untrue affidavits, under oath, from September 2011 through February, 2013, swearing that he had completed or issued decisions in all matters that had been pending before him, for more than six months, when in fact, he had not completed those decisions,” DiPietro said. “Judge Estelle continued to receive his salary on time, and that’s contrary to a state law that prohibits a judge from being paid on time if the judge has undecided matters outstanding for longer than six months.”The Judicial Council concluded that by filing untrue affidavits, Judge Estelle failed to conduct himself in a manner that promotes public confidence in the judiciary. Judge Estelle was appointed in 2003. He has been approved in two previous retention elections, in 2006 and in 2010. In April of this year, the Commission on Judicial Conduct filed formal charges against Judge Estelle, and, after a hearing, issued its findings and recommendations against his retention. DiPietro says that only state judicial District Three voters will have an opportunity to vote for or against Judge Estelle. District Three encompasses Southcentral Alaska and Kodiak Island.last_img read more

Harvey Floods Keeps Houston Paralyzed

first_img Share Pu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneEvacuees from Meyerland — a neighborhood in southwest Houston hit hard by Harvey — arrive at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.HOUSTON (AP) — Floodwaters reached the rooflines of single-story homes Monday and people could be heard pleading for help from inside as Harvey poured rain on the Houston area for a fourth consecutive day after a chaotic weekend of rising water and rescues.The nation’s fourth-largest city was still mostly paralyzed by one of the largest downpours in U.S. history. And there was no relief in sight from the storm that spun into Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, then parked over the Gulf Coast. With nearly 2 more feet (61 centimeters) of rain expected on top of the 30-plus inches (76 centimeters) in some places, authorities worried that the worst might be yet to come.Harvey has been blamed for at least three confirmed deaths, including a woman killed Monday in the town of Porter, northeast of Houston, when a large oak tree dislodged by heavy rains toppled onto her trailer home.A Houston television station reported Monday that six family members were believed to have drowned when their van was swept away by floodwaters. The KHOU report was attributed to three family members the station did not identify. No bodies have been recovered.Police Chief Art Acevedo told The Associated Press that he had no information about the report but said that he’s “really worried about how many bodies we’re going to find.”According to the station, four children and their grandparents were feared dead after the van hit high water Sunday when crossing a bridge in the Greens Bayou area.The driver of the vehicle, the children’s great-uncle, reportedly escaped before the van sank by grabbing a tree limb. He told the children to try to escape through the back door, but they were unable to get out.The disaster unfolded on an epic scale in one of America’s most sprawling metropolitan centers. The Houston metro area covers about 10,000 square miles, an area slightly bigger than New Jersey. It’s crisscrossed by about 1,700 miles of channels, creeks and bayous that drain into the Gulf of Mexico, about 50 miles to the southeast from downtown.The storm was generating an amount of rain that would normally be seen only once in more than 1,000 years, said Edmond Russo, a deputy district engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which was concerned that floodwater would spill around a pair of 70-year-old reservoir dams that protect downtown Houston.The flooding was so widespread that the levels of city waterways have either equaled or surpassed those of Tropical Storm Allison from 2001, and no major highway has been spared some overflow.The city’s normally bustling business district was virtually deserted Monday, with emergency vehicles making up most of the traffic.Meanwhile, rescuers continued plucking people from the floodwaters — at least 2,000 so far, according to Acevedo, with many more still awaiting rescue.Chris Thorn was among the many volunteers still helping with the mass evacuation that began Sunday. He drove with a buddy from the Dallas area with their flat-bottom hunting boat to pull strangers out of the water. “I couldn’t sit at home and watch it on TV and do nothing since I have a boat and all the tools to help,” he said.They got to Spring, where Cypress Creek had breached Interstate 45 and went to work, helping people out of a gated community near the creek. “It’s never flooded here,” resident Lane Cross said from the front of Thorn’s boat, holding his brown dog, Max. “I don’t even have flood insurance.”A mandatory evacuation was ordered for the low-lying Houston suburb of Dickinson, home to 20,000. Police cited the city’s fragile infrastructure in the floods, limited working utilities and concern about the weather forecast.In Houston, questions continued to swirl about why the mayor did not issue a similar evacuation order.Mayor Sylvester Turner has defended the decision and did so again Monday, insisting that a mass evacuation of millions of people by car was a greater risk than enduring the storm.“Both the county judge and I sat down together and decided that we were not in direct path of the storm, of the hurricane, and the safest thing to do was for people to stay put, make the necessary preparations. I have no doubt that the decision we made was the right decision.”He added, “Can you imagine if millions of people had left the city of Houston and then tried to come back in right now?”The Red Cross quickly set up the George R. Brown Convention Center and other venues as shelters. The center, which was also used to house Hurricane Katrina refugees from New Orleans in 2005, can accommodate roughly 5,000 people.At the Addicks and Barker reservoirs, the Army Corps started releasing water Monday because water levels were climbing at a rate of more than 6 inches (15 centimeters) per hour, Corps spokesman Jay Townsend said.The move was supposed to help shield the business district from floodwaters, but it also risked flooding thousands more homes in nearby subdivisions. Built after devastating floods in 1929 and 1935, the reservoirs were designed to hold water until it can be released downstream at a controlled rate.In the Cypress Forest Estates neighborhood in northern Harris County, people called for help from inside homes as water from a nearby creek rose to the same level as their eaves. A steady procession of rescue boats floated into the area.Harvey increased slightly in strength Monday as it drifted back over the warm Gulf of Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center.Forecasters expect the system to stay over water with 45 mph (72 kph) winds for 36 hours and then head back inland east of Houston sometime Wednesday. The system will then head north and lose its tropical strength.Before then, up to 20 more inches (51 centimeters) of rain could fall, National Weather Service Director Louis Uccellini said Monday. That means the flooding will get worse in the days ahead and the floodwaters will be slow to recede once Harvey finally moves on, the weather service said.Sometime Tuesday or early Wednesday, parts of the Houston region will probably break the nearly 40-year-old U.S. record for the biggest rainfall from a tropical system — 48 inches, set by Tropical Storm Amelia in 1978 in Texas, meteorologists said.The amount of water in Houston was so unprecedented that the weather service on Wednesday had to update the color charts on its official rainfall maps to indicate the heavier totals.In Louisiana, the images of the devastation in Houston stirred up painful memories for many Hurricane Katrina survivors. “It really evoked a lot of emotions and heartbreak for the people who are going through that now in Houston,” Ray Gratia said as he picked up sandbags for his New Orleans home, which flooded during the 2005 hurricane.In Washington, President Donald Trump’s administration assured Congress that the $3 billion balance in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster fund was enough to handle immediate needs, such as debris removal and temporary shelter for displaced residents. Trump planned to visit Texas on Tuesday.Harvey was the fiercest hurricane to hit the U.S. in 13 years and the strongest to strike Texas since 1961’s Hurricane Carla, the most powerful Texas hurricane on record.___Associated Press writers Juan Lozano and Nomaan Merchant in Houston and David Warren in Dallas contributed to this report.___Sign up for AP’s daily newsletter showcasing our best all-formats reporting on Harvey and its aftermath: http://apne.ws/ahYQGtb .last_img read more

Despite Heated Rhetoric Little Change On USMexico Border

first_img Share Mani Albrecht/CBP Media RelationsGround views of different border wall prototypes as they take shape during the Wall Prototype Construction Project near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry on the U.S./Mexico border south of San Diego, California.The daily commute from Mexico to California farms is the same as it was before Donald Trump became president. Hundreds of Mexicans cross the border and line the sidewalks of Calexico’s tiny downtown by 4 a.m., napping on cardboard sheets and blankets or sipping coffee from a 24-hour doughnut shop until buses leave for the fields.For decades, cross-border commuters have picked lettuce, carrots, broccoli, onions, cauliflower and other vegetables that make California’s Imperial Valley “America’s Salad Bowl” from December through March. As Trump visits the border Tuesday, the harvest is a reminder of how little has changed despite heated rhetoric in Washington.Trump will inspect eight prototypes for a future 30-foot border wall that were built in San Diego last fall. He made “a big, beautiful wall” a centerpiece of his campaign and said Mexico would pay for it.But border barriers extend the same 654 miles (1,046 kilometers) they did under President Barack Obama and so far Trump hasn’t gotten Mexico or Congress to pay for a new wall.Trump also pledged to expand the Border Patrol by 5,000 agents, but staffing fell during his first year in office farther below a congressional mandate because the government has been unable to keep pace with attrition and retirements. There were 19,437 agents at the end of September, down from 19,828 a year earlier.In Tijuana, tens of thousands of commuters still line up weekday mornings for San Diego at the nation’s busiest border crossing, some for jobs in landscaping, housekeeping, hotel maids and shipyard maintenance. The vast majority are U.S. citizens and legal residents or holders of “border crossing cards” that are given to millions of Mexicans in border areas for short visits. The border crossing cards do not include work authorization but some break the rules.Even concern about Trump’s threat to end the North American Free Trade Agreement is tempered by awareness that border economies have been integrated for decades. Mexican “maquiladora” plants, which assemble duty-free raw materials for export to the U.S., have made televisions, medical supplies and other goods since the 1960s.“How do you separate twins that are joined at the hip?” said Paola Avila, chairwoman of the Border Trade Alliance, a group that includes local governments and business chambers. “Our business relationships will continue to grow regardless of what happens with NAFTA.”Workers in the Mexicali area rise about 1 a.m., carpool to the border crossing and wait about an hour to reach Calexico’s portico-covered sidewalks by 4 a.m. Some beat the border bottleneck by crossing at midnight to sleep in their cars in Calexico, a city of 40,000 about 120 miles (192 kilometers) east of San Diego.Fewer workers make the trek now than 20 and 30 years ago. But not because of Trump.Steve Scaroni, one of Imperial Valley’s largest labor contractors, blames the drop on lack of interest among younger Mexicans, which has forced him to rely increasingly on short-term farmworker visas known as H-2As.“We have a saying that no one is raising their kids to be farmworkers,” said Scaroni, 55, a third-generation grower and one of Imperial Valley’s largest labor contractors. Last week, he had two or three buses of workers leaving Calexico before dawn, compared to 15 to 20 buses during the 1980s and 1990s.Crop pickers at Scaroni’s Fresh Harvest Inc. make $13.18 an hour but H-2As bring his cost to $20 to $30 an hour because he must pay for round-trip transportation, sometimes to southern Mexico, and housing. The daily border commuters from Mexicali cost only $16 to $18 after overhead.Scaroni’s main objective is to expand the H-2A visa program, which covered about 165,000 workers in 2016. On his annual visit to Washington in February to meet members of Congress and other officials, he decided within two hours that nothing changed under Trump.“Washington is not going to fix anything,” he said. “You’ve got too many people – lobbyists, politicians, attorneys – who make money off the dysfunction. They make money off of not solving problems. They just keep talking about it.”Jose Angel Valenzuela, who owns a house in Mexicali and is working his second harvest in Imperial Valley, earns more picking cabbage in an hour than he did in a day at a factory in Mexico. He doesn’t pay much attention to news and isn’t following developments on the border wall.“We’re doing very well,” he said as workers passed around beef tacos during a break. “We haven’t seen any noticeable change.”Jack Vessey, whose family farms about 10,000 acres in Imperial Valley, relies on border commuters for about half of his workforce. Imperial has only 175,000 people and Mexicali has about 1 million, making Mexico an obvious labor pool.Vessey, 42, said he has seen no change on the border and doesn’t expect much. He figures 10 percent of Congress embraces open immigration policies, another 10 percent oppose them and the other 80 percent don’t want to touch it because their voters are too divided.“It’s like banging your head against the wall,” he said.last_img read more

Baltimore Homicides Hit 289

first_imgTwo men were gunned down in different parts of the city on Oct. 24, according to the Baltimore Police Department. The two separate shootings bring Baltimore’s homicide total to 289, an increase of 11 percent from last year’s tally of 259 at this time. The year ended with 318 homicides.The first homicide on Oct. 24, which took place in West Baltimore, in the 1000 block of W. North Ave in Reservoir Hill, occurred around 2:20 p.m when a 25- year-old man was found suffering from gunshot wounds.The man was taken to Shock Trauma at the University of Maryland where he was pronounced dead.Two hours later, in Northwest Baltimore in the 3100 block of Wylie Ave in Park Heights, a 26-year-old man was shot. Medical personnel transported the man to Sinai Hospital, where he later died.BPD homicide detectives were called to both scenes and quickly determined both cases to be homicides. The 289 homicides tragically puts Baltimore on pace to break the city’s record of 344 homicides set in 2015. In comparison, New York City, with a population of about 8.5 million people had recorded 182 homicides by Sept. 3, while Baltimore with about 620,000 people had recorded 238 homicides.The Oct. 24 shootings are still under investigation and there is no information available yet on suspects or motives.Anybody with any information on either shooting is asked to call Baltimore homicide detectives at 410-396-2100 or the Metro Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-866-7LOCKUP.last_img read more

Model shows ejection of gasses around black holes due to magnetism

first_img Explore further An international team of researchers has created a model to explain the force that causes gases to be blown away from a black hole and have found the force to be magnetism. In their paper published in the journal Nature Astronomy, the team describes the factors that went into their model and the degree of confidence they have in it. A black hole devouring a star. Credit: NASA Journal information: Nature Astronomy Hubble gazes into a black hole of puzzling lightness Citation: Model shows ejection of gasses around black holes due to magnetism (2017, March 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-ejection-gasses-black-holes-due.htmlcenter_img © 2017 Phys.org Scientists have suspected that magnetic fields were responsible for pushing gases away from a black hole since the 1970s, but there was not a consensus—others suggested it might have been due to the heat of the gas. In this new effort, the researchers built on a prior model that had found magnetism to be the force pushing gas away from a giant black hole—this time, they based their model on small black holes and found the same result. This, the team suggests, means that it is likely the case for all black holes.The gases in question come from a companion star—the black hole strips the star’s gas and as it does so, creates a spiral with an accretion disk. As the spiral turns, an electric current is generated in the accretion disk, which forms a vortex pulling in more and more matter. But, the model showed, some of the magnetism serves to push gas from the outer edges of the spiral out into space, where it escapes and can be observed by X-ray telescopes on Earth.The model also ruled out heat from the gas as the cause for its expulsion—if it were heat, the model showed, the gas would have been blown much farther than readings have shown. The researchers suggest the magnetic fields likely arc from pole to pole, though there is still no way to prove it. They note also that the expulsion of gas from around the black hole could be powerful enough in some situations to actually push out all of the gas, leaving the galaxy it inhabits empty and unable to form new stars. Such galaxies have been observed as simple blank red areas in space. More information: Keigo Fukumura et al. Magnetic origin of black hole winds across the mass scale, Nature Astronomy (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41550-017-0062 (arxiv.org/abs/1702.02197) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Windows 10 Display Taskbar and OnScreen Keyboard

first_imgWindows 10: Display Taskbar and On-Screen Keyboard by Martin Brinkmann on November 17, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 5 commentsIf you are using Windows 10 on a touch device, like a Surface 4 Pro for instance, then you may have noticed that the on-screen keyboard hides the taskbar whenever it is launched.While this may not be a big deal at times, as you may hide the keyboard once you are finished typing, it may at other times be somewhat of an annoyance.You cannot use the taskbar while the on-screen keyboard is open on the screen.While you can go around this at times, for instance by using Alt-Tab to switch between program windows or using the Start Menu to launch programs, those may not be the most comfortable solutions.Windows 10: Display Taskbar and On-Screen KeyboardYou can change the default behavior so that the on-screen keyboard is displayed north of the taskbar. This means that you can use the taskbar while the on-screen keyboard is active on the Windows 10 machine.This requires that you add a key to the Windows Registry:Tap on the Windows-key, type regedit.exe and hit the Enter-key on the keyboard.Confirm the UAC prompt if it appears.Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\StigRegKey\Typing\TaskbarAvoidanceEnabledIf the StigRegKey, Typing or TaskbarAvoidanceEnabled don’t exist right-click on the parent key and select New > Key from the context menu. Name the keys accordingly.Right-click on TaskbarAvoidanceEnabled and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value.Name it Enable.Double-click on it and give it the value 1.Restart the PC.Activate the on-screen keyboard after the restart — it is located in the system tray area on touch devices — to verify that the process was successful.The on-screen keyboard should open up north of the taskbar so that all taskbar icons, the system tray area, and the start menu remain accessible.We have created two Registry files that automate the process for you. The “enable” file adds the information to the Registry so that the taskbar is visible when you use the on-screen keyboard, while the “disable” file restores the default behavior on the Windows machine.Both Registry files are distributed in the same archive. You can download them with a click on the following link: keyboard-taskbar.zipJust unpack the link on your local machine and run the “enable” or “disable” Registry file. You can check them out before you do so by opening them in any plain text editor. (via Deskmodder)SummaryArticle NameWindows 10: Display Taskbar and On-Screen KeyboardDescriptionFind out how to configure Windows 10 so that the on-screen keyboard is displayed north of the taskbar and not on top of it.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more