Eagle Bulk Raising USD 85 Mn to Buy More Vessels

first_imgzoom Connecticut-headquartered operator of dry bulk ships Eagle Bulk Shipping has entered into a definitive agreement to raise USD 85 million through a sale of its common stock to finance the acquisition of vessels and general corporate purposes. The private placement price of USD 0.15 per share assumes the inclusion of 337,796,550 proposed, but not yet formally issued shares that are part of the company’s loan agreement announced in March this year.The company’s Board of Directors has called for a shareholders’ meeting to approve the proposed issuance and a possible reverse stock split.In May, the company reported a net loss of USD 39.3 million for the first quarter of 2016, compared to a net loss of USD 20.7 million for the comparable quarter in 2015.Eagle Bulk currently has 43 vessels in its fleet – 41 Supramaxes, 1 Handysize and 1 Handymax.last_img read more

Labor Issues Lead to Portland ICTSI Lease Termination

first_imgzoom Oregon’s Port of Portland and ICTSI Oregon have reached an agreement to terminate a 25-year lease agreement to operate the container facility at the port’s Terminal 6 following a number of labor issues.“Hopefully, this agreement with the port will make it possible for business to return to the terminal more quickly. However, ICTSI Oregon will continue to address the labor issues that gave rise to its decision to enter into this agreement and will pursue its legal claims against the ILWU,” Elvis Ganda, ICTSI Oregon CEO, said.With the termination ICTSI Oregon will be relieved of its long-term lease obligations effective March 31, 2017, pending approval by the Port Commission.In exchange, the port will receive USD 11.45 million in compensation to rebuild business, as well as additional container handling equipment, spare parts and tools at the terminal.“This is the best opportunity to launch a new strategy to restore carrier service for Oregon and Northwest shippers,” Bill Wyatt, port executive director, said. “While the global carrier industry continues to undergo rapid change, we now have a new path to redefine our future in this business and launch new strategies to bring the terminal back to life,” Wyatt added.The port signed the lease with ICTSI Oregon in 2010 to ensure a long-term funding mechanism for Oregon’s only deep draft international container terminal.The port said it will engage with a broad range of stakeholders including ocean carriers, shippers, railroads, truckers, barge operators, terminal operators and labor to create a new plan to bring business back to the terminal.last_img read more

Belships Concludes Merger with Lighthouse Group

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Norway-based bulk ship operator Belships has finalized its merger with Lighthouse Group after receiving an approval of the merger plan by the extraordinary general meeting on October 26.The company concluded the merger between its wholly-owned subsidiary, Belships Chartering AS, and LHS Holdco AS, LHS Holdco II AS, LHN Holdco 1 AS and LHN Holdco 2 AS, on December 10.Upon completion of the merger, Belships issued 127,7 million consideration shares to the shareholders of the assigning companies, and following the issuance there are 175,1 million shares outstanding in Belships, each with a nominal value of NOK 2.The new share capital of the company is NOK 350.2 million.Following completion of the merger Sonata AS owns 10% of the shares and votes in the company, while Kontrari AS and Kontrazi AS own 68.8%.last_img read more

Survey US employers added a solid 205K jobs in January

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Feb 3, 2016 6:31 am MDT Last Updated Feb 3, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Survey: US employers added a solid 205K jobs in January In this Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, photo, Nicole Kelly, right, interviews Justin Rushing for a server job at a job fair held by The Genuine Hospitality Group, in Miami. The restaurant group is expanding in South Florida and is hiring for all positions at its restaurants. On Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, payroll processor ADP reports how many jobs private employers added in January. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) WASHINGTON – U.S. businesses added a solid 205,000 jobs last month, lifted by robust gains in services and construction and extending a streak of steady hiring, according to a private survey.Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that financial services, retailers and professional services firms also hired at a steady pace. The figures suggest that companies focused on the domestic economy remain healthy, despite gyrations in the financial markets and slowing global growth.Manufacturers have suffered from the strong dollar, which makes U.S. goods more expensive overseas, and did not add any jobs last month.“All this turmoil in financial markets hasn’t done any damage yet, that I can see,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, said. “That is a very good sign.” Moody’s helps compile the ADP data.The data comes just two days before the government’s official jobs report for January. Economists forecast that report will show employers added 200,000 jobs and the unemployment rate remained 5 per cent.The ADP survey covers only private businesses and frequently diverges from the official figures.Still, the data suggests that layoffs and weak hiring are confined to the oil and gas drilling and manufacturing sectors.“Outside of that, job growth is very strong,” Zandi said.Solid hiring numbers contrast with weak data on the overall economy, which expanded at just a 0.7 per cent annual rate in the final three months of last year. Economists expect growth figures will improve in the current quarter.But the gap between the jobs and growth data also reflects very weak growth in productivity, or the efficiency of the workforce.Productivity measures the average output of workers per hour. It has risen at just a 0.5 per cent annual rate in the past five years, far below the post-World War II average of about 2 per cent.That means employers have to hire more workers to generate more output. While it may help boost job gains in the short run, sluggish productivity growth also slows wage gains and economic growth. Rising productivity allows employers to raise pay without having to push up prices. read more

Training run cancelled for Lake Louise mens World Cup downhill

LAKE LOUISE, Alta. — Training for Saturday’s season-opening World Cup men’s downhill was cancelled Friday due to poor visibility.Snow and fog reduced visibility at the top of the Lake Louise course.Defending champion Beat Feuz of Switzerland was the fastest in training Thursday.Italy’s Christof Innerhofer was the quickest Wednesday.Saturday’s downhill will be followed by a super-G on Sunday.The Canadian Press

Samantha Prahalis named Big Ten Player of the Year

Ohio State women’s basketball senior guard Samantha Prahalis was one of four Buckeyes to receive Big Ten conference honors Monday when coaches and media named her the Big Ten Player of the Year Monday. The selection marks the eighth consecutive year a Buckeye has won the honor. “I’m just extremely thankful, appreciative that people recognize I had a good year so far,” Prahalis said in an interview with the Big Ten Network Monday. Prahalis was also unanimously selected to the first-team all-Big Ten team where she was joined by her teammate, junior guard Tayler Hill. Prahalis led the Big Ten in scoring and assists during the regular season averaging 22.5 points and 6.5 assists per game. On the Buckeyes’ senior night Thursday, Prahalis scored an OSU single-game record 42 points in the team’s 81-56 victory against Minnesota. She ranks fourth on OSU’s career scoring list with 1,967 points and is three assists away from tying the Big Ten’s career assist record. Prahalis is a finalist for the Wooden and Naismith awards, which recognize the top player in women’s college basketball. Some of Prahalis’s teammates received conference honors as well. Junior guard Amber Stokes was named the Big Ten defensive player of the year. Hill joined Stokes on the conference’s all-defensive team. Sophomore Ashley Adams was given an honorable mention by the media. The Buckeyes finished their regular season Sunday with a 71-57 loss to Nebraska and a 24-5 overall record. Their 11-5 conference record earned them the second seed in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament. Their first game is Friday at 11:30 a.m. in Indianapolis where they will play the winner of a game between Michigan and Illinois. read more

thyssenkrupp Skip Way System another take on steep angle conveying

first_imgBalanced-skip haulage systems are one of the mining industry’s most mature technologies. Now thyssenkrupp is offering with its new Skip Way System it says “the advantages of rope running incline skips to open pits and quarries where haul truck operating costs are reducing profitability.”The capital and operating economics of that system are very compelling, with dramatic reductions in CO2 emissions. With this system, haul trucks have a short, flat haul before discharging their loads into a waiting skip. With a system capacity of more than 2,000 t/h one of the skip discharges at the surface into a crusher station that – in turn – loads to an overland conveyor system for onward transport or in the case of overburden offers alternate parallel truck re-loading.“The thyssenkrupp Skip Way System is a cost-effective and eco-friendly steep-angle conveying technology that can be integrated easily into existing steep open-pit mines or quarries. Many mine operators using truck haulage will face increasing production costs as their mines get deeper. The new steep-angle conveying system now offers an ingenious, cost-effective alternative to truck haulage. Obviously such a steep-angle conveying system will need to be adapted to the conditions of an existing mine and the technical/financial aspects of capex/opex will need to be clarified in advance – jointly with the mine operator.”last_img read more

Survey says 3D holographic FaceTime and airpowered batteries by 2015

first_imgAround Christmastime every year, IBM rolls around computer labs around the country, surveying 3,000 researchers to ask them what big technological advance will be de rigeur in the future. It’s hardly a scientific bit of soothsaying, and tech researchers are as prone to becoming enamored with tech fads as anyone else, so a lot of the survey is wishful thinking. Still, it’s always fun to see what those in the know want to be big five years from now.This year, the big fad was Apple‘s Facetime, and so many of the researchers now think that video chat will go 3D by 2015 in the way of Star Wars style hologram video calls.AdChoices广告According to the survey, these holographic video calls will be projected from smartphones using pico-projector technology. That’s plausible, I guess, but it doesn’t really answer the question how the video caller will be captured as a 360 degree hologram. My best guess: Kinect technology becomes miniature sized, giving the illusion of depth.Other technologies IBM’s surveyed researchers think we can expect to see in the next half decade? Batteries powered by air that have ten times the capacity, and heat generation for homes beamed from data centers instead of gas mains. Right, guys. Read more at Bloomberglast_img read more

VAT on vitamins and supplements wont jump to 23 at least until

first_img 25,071 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article VAT on vitamins and supplements won’t jump to 23% – at least until November An increased rate on some food supplements was due to kick in on Friday. Updated Feb 26th 2019, 6:11 PM THE VAT RATE on food supplements will remain unchanged until 1 November 2019, it has been confirmed.A 23% VAT rate, the standard rate, on food supplements was due to kick in on Friday, 1 March. More than 60,000 people have signed a petition urging the government not to follow through with the plans. The idea to add the tax has been criticised by a number of opposition parties including Sinn Féin and Labour. There has been a mixed reaction from healthcare professionals as some products would have been exempted and continued to enjoy a 0% VAT rate. The exemptions included folic acid and other vitamins and minerals licenced by the Health Products Regulatory Authority.In a statement released today Revenue noted that it undertook a comprehensive review on the VAT treatment of food supplements “following growing concerns of industry representative bodies about the difficulties” in rating such products, before announcing the changes. On Monday, the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe wrote to Niall Cody, Chairman of the Revenue Commissioners, outlining that in the course of the Committee Stage debate on the Finance Bill last November he “gave a commitment to address the matter by means of a specific paper to the tax strategy group during the summer period”.Revenue noted that, in the letter, Donohoe proposed a public consultation “seeking engagement from all parties on the issue and to consult with my colleague, the Minister for Health, to ascertain his views on the use of food supplements” in order to “ensure that this policy review will be effective”. Donohoe added that he was “of the view that this approach provides a way of bringing forward the necessary analysis and information to facilitate my consideration of options regarding the legislative provisions concerning the VAT treatment of products in this sector”.A spokesperson for Revenue said the organisation was delaying implementation of the increased rate until November “in support of the Minister’s proposed process of review, and to allow time for the enactment of any legislative changes (if any) as a result thereof in Budget 2020″. Jobs at riskThe Irish Health Trade Association (IHTA) has said it “sincerely welcomes” the decision to defer the proposal.“The Minister has made the right call on this urgent issue and we look forward to engaging constructively with him in the months ahead to seek a permanent solution,” a spokesperson said.The organisation has warned that the proposed rate would threaten 250 local businesses with closure and put 1,800 jobs at risk.“We are in a very dangerous position in our industry with imminent job losses and the people reliant on supplements having to face the harsh reality of a 23% increase,” IHTA spokesman Alan Martin said. Image: Shutterstock/Image Point Fr Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4514444 46 Comments center_img Tuesday 26 Feb 2019, 6:11 PM For the past 40 years, food supplements have been sold at the 0% rate, including products such as Vitamin C, Omega 3, Probiotics, Lutein and Glucosamine.“The 23% VAT rate needs to be urgently revisited by the Minister for Finance as it will have a major effect on the old, the elderly and the sick,” Martin said.With reporting by Garreth MacNamee By Órla Ryan Feb 26th 2019, 5:26 PM Share4290 Tweet Email20 Image: Shutterstock/Image Point Frlast_img read more

Des orangsoutans remis en liberté menacés de mort

first_imgDes orangs-outans remis en liberté menacés de mort1.200 orangs-outans, recueillis au fil des années vont être remis en liberté en Indonésie. Ils risquent fort de se trouver très rapidement en danger de mort, victimes du braconnage et de la déforestation de l’île.Les autorités indonésiennes ont choisi une région de l’île de Bornéo pour que soient remis en liberté 1.200 orangs-outans dans les quatre prochaines années. Mais une organisation de protection des grands singes (le Centre pour la Protection des Orangs-outans, COP) s’inquiète de cette remise en liberté qui pourrait mettre en péril les primates. Ces derniers risquent de se retrouver victimes de la déforestation et du braconnage qui sévissent à Bornéo.À lire aussiQuand un orang-outan tente par tous les moyens d’attirer l’attention de son compagnonSelon le COP, ce sont les habitants locaux qui sont les plus à craindre. L’organisation a recueilli quatre singes qui avaient été capturés et proposés à vendre pour 220 euros.”Si la loi n’est pas respectée et la sécurité assurée, les relâcher dans la forêt revient à les envoyer vers les “champs de la mort”, a indiqué le responsable de l’ONG, cité par 20minutes.fr. Car la remise en liberté d’un orang-outan, habitué à l’homme, est pleine de risques. L’animal a, entre autres, perdu l’habitude de se débrouiller pour se nourrir. Par ailleurs, les experts estiment qu’il faut compter environ 100 hectares d’espace par trinôme.Le 18 février 2011 à 19:05 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Essais nucléaires les demandes dindemnisation des victimes bientôt réexaminées

first_imgEssais nucléaires : les demandes d’indemnisation des victimes bientôt réexaminéesLe ministère de la Défense a déclaré que toutes les demandes d’indemnisation des personnes s’estimant victimes des essais nucléaires conduits par la France de 1960 à 1996 allaient être réexaminées. En effet, un nouveau décret d’application élargi “la liste des maladies radio-induites” par les essais.Réunie mardi à Paris, la commission présidée par le ministre de la Défense, Gérard Longuet, a renforcé le dispositif de reconnaissance et d’indemnisation des victimes des essais nucléaires français menés de 1960 à 1996 au Sahara algérien et en Polynésie française. En tout, 150.000 civils et militaires ont participé aux 210 essais nucléaires français.À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylDans un communiqué, le ministère écrit qu’il est apparu “nécessaire, dans un esprit de rigueur et de justice, d’étendre le périmètre géographique des zones de l’atoll de Hao [Polynésie française] et de celles de l’île de Tahiti, dans lesquelles le demandeur doit avoir résidé ou séjourné pour pouvoir bénéficier d’une indemnisation”. La loi du 5 janvier 2010 établit les règles d’indemnisation des victimes des essais français mais vient d’être modifiée. Elle concerne les vétérans et les populations civiles exposés aux essais et qui ont, depuis, développé un cancer. Se basant sur des données scientifiques récentes et en prenant en compte les remarques du Comité d’indemnisation des victimes des essais nucléaires (CIVEN), le texte a élargi “la liste des maladies radio-induites figurant en annexe du décret du 11 juin 2010”, précise le ministère. Les démarches administratives des demandeurs seront également “simplifiées” et “toutes les demandes d’indemnisation, y compris celles qui ont fait l’objet d’un rejet par le CIVEN, vont être réexaminées, sans que les demandeurs n’aient besoin de déposer un nouveau dossier”. L’Etat souhaite “reconnaître les conséquences sanitaires de ses essais nucléaires” et “assumer ses responsabilités vis-à-vis des victimes”, a indiqué le ministère de la Défense. Enfin, une médaille commémorative sera créée pour répondre “au besoin de reconnaissance légitime exprimé par les vétérans qui ont œuvré à la construction de l’outil de dissuasion” nucléaire, rapporte TV5monde.Le 23 février 2012 à 13:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bonneville Dam fish count 613

first_imgMonday — 1,300 adult spring chinook, 207 jack chinook, 34 steelhead, 28,306 shad, 732 sockeye.Water temperature: 58.9 degrees. Water visibility: 2.5 feet. Streamflow: 390,540 cubic feet per second (11.91 feet on Vancouver gauge)last_img

Authorities searching for suspects connected to burglary in Vista

first_img May 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom VISTA (KUSI) — San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the Vista Sheriff’s Station are asking for the public’s help to identify and locate five unknown suspects wanted in connection with a burglary that happened in the city of Vista.On April 21 at about 9:50 p.m., five unknown Black males burglarized the California Numismatic Funding business located at 755 East Vista Way in Vista. The suspects broke in through the back door and used crowbars to bypass a security gate. The suspects ransacked the business taking antique coins and silver valued at approximately $35,000. Video surveillance shows that the suspects arrived at the business in two vehicles: a small sedan and a minivan.These suspects may also be involved in similar burglaries across Southern California, targeting businesses dealing in antique coins.Suspect #1 is described as a Black male adult, 25 to 35-years old, standing 5’11” tall and weighing 200 pounds. He has a muscular build, is bald or has short hair and was last seen wearing blue jean pants, a red collared shirt, tennis shoes, black gloves and a red/black baseball cap with a “W” on it. He may have a tattoo on his upper right arm.Suspect #2 is described as a Black male adult, 20 to 35-years-old, standing 5’11” tall and weighing 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a hoodie with “California Bear” on it, unknown colored pants and a baseball cap.Suspect #3 is described as a Black male adult, 20 to 35-years-old, standing 5’11” tall and weighing 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing black and white shoes; shorts, blue long sleeve sweatshirt with white lines on it, baseball cap and gloves.Suspect #4 is a Black male adult, 20 to 35-years-old, standing 5’11” tall and weighing 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a sweatshirt with “California Bear” on it, pants and a baseball cap with a stocking over it.Suspect #5 is described as a Black male adult, 20 to 35-years-old, standing 5’9” tall and weighing 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a jacket, pants and a baseball cap.Description of Vehicles: Minivan and a mid-size 4-door sedan.If you recognize the suspects please call the Vista Sheriff’s Station at (760) 940-4551 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Information on how to send anonymous emails and mobile app tips can be found on our website www.sdcrimestoppers.org. Authorities searching for suspects connected to burglary in Vista Categories: Local San Diego News center_img Posted: May 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Government to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040

first_imgThe government has confirmed that it will end the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040 in order to tackle air pollution levels.The UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations, produced by the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Transport, will focus on accelerating the reduction of nitrogen dioxide levels by asking local councils to produce initial plans to manage air quality within eight months, with finalised plans due by the end of the year.The government will provide £255 million in funding to support these plans, in addition to the £2.7 billion that has already been invested in this area. Local authorities will also be able to bid for funding from a new Clean Air Fund. The funding aims to support changes such as adjusting road layouts to reduce congestion, removing traffic lights and speed humps, upgrading or retrofitting bus fleets, and encouraging the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs).In the autumn, the government will launch a consultation to gather feedback on measures to support motorists, residents, and businesses that will be affected by local plans. This could include gaining insight on measures such as retrofitting, subsidised car club membership, exemptions from any vehicle restrictions, and a targeted scrappage scheme for car and van drivers.The government will publish a Clean Air Strategy in 2018 to address other sources of air pollution.Michael Gove, environment secretary, said: “[The] plan sets out how we will work with local authorities to tackle the effects of roadside pollution caused by dirty diesels, in particular nitrogen dioxide.“This is one element of the government’s £3 billion programme to clean up the air and reduce vehicle emissions. Improving air quality is about more than just transport, so next year we will publish a comprehensive Clean Air Strategy. This will set out how we will address all forms of air pollution, delivering clean air for the whole country.”Chris Grayling, transport secretary, added: “We are determined to deliver a green revolution in transport and reduce pollution in our towns and cities. We are taking bold action and want nearly every car and van on UK roads to be zero emission by 2050 which is why we’ve committed to investing more than £600 million in the development, manufacture and use of ultra-low emission vehicles by 2020.”Gerry Keaney, chief executive officer at the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), said: “The government’s 2040 zero-emission milestone provides a clear deadline for vehicle manufacturers and aligns with plans already outlined in other countries.“It will have almost no impact on [nitrogen oxides] emissions here and now. It is what the government does in the short term to kick-start the transition and maintain its momentum that really matters. Any long-term zero-emission targets needs to be coordinated and underpinned by every localised, short-term strategy.“We still believe that well-targeted scrappage schemes could make a significant contribution in reducing [nitrogen oxides] emissions by removing some of the oldest, most polluting cars and vans from our roads. We think car owners should be encouraged to look at more sustainable modes of transport, and the government should give them credits to use for car rental, car club memberships or public transport.”last_img read more

2 units in Hialeah efficiency destroyed in fire

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Two out of three units in an efficiency in Hialeah were destroyed after, officials said, a fire broke out Monday evening.Hialeah Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the blaze along East 56th Street, off Le Jeune Road, just before 7 p.m.Cellphone video captured firefighters hosing down the unit. Crews were able to get the fire under control.There was no one inside at the time of the blaze. No one was hurt.Crews evacuated nearby houses as a precaution.The cause of the fire remains unknown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The Joss Groups Hurricane Marketing Case Studies from the Bad Taste Department

first_imgWe received this e-mail from the Joss Group on Monday, as the hurricane was about to hit. Not only did they take a shot at our decision to postpone the MediaNext event—we didn’t cancel it, we postponed until January—but they also made hurricane jokes. For the record, Joss Group, here’s some of what Hurricane Sandy did: • Caused 51 deaths.• Knocked out power for 7.5 million people.• Caused the cancellation of 16,000 flights.• Caused unprecedented flooding on New York’s 100-plus-year-old subway system.• Left much of Manhattan in darkness, with Lower Manhattan flooded.• Caused the New York Stock Exchange to be closed on consecutive days, the first time since 1888.• Destroyed scores of houses in fires in New York City. So you can market your event by making light of the impact of a hurricane, and you can offer hurricane pricing, and mock our decision to postpone our event. But don’t expect everyone to think it’s clever.last_img read more

Excess Capacity Study Ignores Armys Latest Training Requirements Experts Say

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR DOD’s analysis showing the Army has a significant amount of unneeded capacity across installations hosting combat units ignored the introduction of new weapons and tactics by the Army over the past 25 years requiring more land for training, according to experts interviewed by the Colorado Springs Gazette.The analysis the department released last month concluded that 42 percent of the Army’s “maneuver” infrastructure is excess to its needs, using 1989 as a baseline for measuring infrastructure requirements. The analysis showed that each of its battalions averaged 23,288 acres of training land in 1989. Using the Army’s projected force structure for fiscal 2019, that figure would rise to 40,405 acres, the report stated.But following the Persian Gulf War and studies that transformed how the Army fights, units became responsible for larger chunks of land, requiring training to change.“Someone has forgotten all of the changes in doctrine and tactics that have taken place since 1989,” said retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Kurak.The Gazette highlighted the disconnect between the new analysis and the arguments Army leaders employed a decade ago to justify the expansion of Fort Carson’s Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site in southeast Colorado by up to 400,000 acres. At the time, the Army pointed to research concluding that while an infantry brigade needed just 45,000 acres to train prior to the Gulf War, the same unit needed as much as 200,000 acres to train properly in 2004.“This report is a perfect example of why the majority of the members of the House Armed Services Committee do not support a new round of BRAC,” Rep.  Doug Lamborn (R), who represents Colorado Springs, told the paper.“In a dangerous world with many evolving threats it is irresponsible to cut back on military facilities and capacities that may very well be necessary to combat the threats of the years ahead,” Lamborn said.An Army spokesman acknowledged the parametric analysis only provided a broad overview of the service’s infrastructure needs.“This analysis is a ‘pure’ capacity analysis that does not take into account changes in requirements over time,” said Dave Foster. “This is both a virtue of the method, as well as a known limitation. It is a virtue in the sense that requirements have a subjective and changing aspect to them. It is a limitation because the department builds and shapes its infrastructure to meet projected requirements,” Foster said.last_img read more

Housemaid found dead in Dhaka

first_imgAn angry mob vandalises a house in Banasree from where the body of a domestic help recovered on Friday. Photo: Abdus SalamA housemaid was found dead at a house in the Banashree area of the capital on Thursday morning.The deceased was identified as Laily, 25, a resident of Hindupara slum near Banashree residential area, from Azuatali village of Phulbari upazila in Kurigram district.Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) police outpost sub-inspector (SI) Bacchu Mia said the hospital’s emergency department physicians declared her dead on arrival around 10:30am.House owner Moinuddin told the journalists at DMCH that immediately after entering his flat in the morning, Laily went into a room and shut the door.She did not open the door though they called her. Then, he told the caretaker of the house about the matter, he added.Later, they broke into the room and found Laily’s body hanging from the ceiling fan.Moinuddin also told the journalists that they recovered the body and brought it to DMCH.The body has been kept at the hospital morgue for an autopsy, Bacchu Mia added.last_img read more

DramaFever Teams With Mammoth Medias Yarn for New Stories Based on Korean

first_imgK-drama fans will be able to dig into new series of “micro-stories” on the Yarn app — embroidering on the narrative arcs of characters from popular Korean TV shows — under a partnership between DramaFever and Mammoth Media.Mobile-entertainment startup Mammoth Media is launching serialized short-form fiction content on Yarn, inspired by shows on DramaFever, the streaming-video service that is part of Warner Bros. Digital Networks.The DramaFever-based stories on Yarn kick off Thursday (Sept. 27) with a six-part series called “Immortal,” aimed at fans of supernatural Korean dramas. The first two episodes will hit Thursday, with the rest released through the following week. Each Yarn episode lasts about 2 minutes, comprising mostly text with some images and occasional video.Mammoth Media plans to launch five additional series with DramaFever over the coming months under the pact spanning dramas, romantic comedies and thrillers. Mammoth’s team of in-house writers is producing the stories in collaboration with DramaFever. “We’ve never tested K-drama in Yarn before, but it’s an audience that will consume everything around these shows,” said Mammoth Media founder and CEO Benoit Vatere. K-dramas are typically just one season, so “we get many requests from people to stay engaged in the storylines.”Yarn’s app offers a weekly $4.99 subscription access, which grants customers access to the full library of content. Users can also access single stories for free, with interstitial ads.For DramaFever, the hope is that by tapping into Yarn’s user base — the app has around 3 million monthly active users — it can attract new paying members to its subscription VOD packages. DramaFever GM Rena Liu said the pact will extend “our characters’ life cycles beyond our series’ traditional viewing and provide our growing fanbase with a unique experience through their devices.”Mammoth Media has previously struck similar entertainment partnerships for Yarn, including for AMC’s “Into the Badlands” and Archie Comics’ “Riverdale,” “Betty and Veronica” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” In addition, the writers of the “Saw” horror movies collaborated with Mammoth Media to create the exclusive series “HACK’d.”Barry Blumberg, the former Defy Media exec who joined Mammoth Media as chief content officer earlier this year, led the deal with DramaFever and is working with other studios on partnerships, according to Vatere. DramaFever handled all applicable rights clearances for the characters included in the new Yarn content.Yarn includes only original content — there’s no user-generated material. Mammoth Media’s Yarn writers room in L.A. includes a mix of people ranging from those fresh out of film school to industry veterans who are between movie or TV show projects, Vatere said.Users of Yarn, which is available on iOS and Android devices, have read more than 80 million stories and 8 billion messages to date, according to the company. Mammoth Media operates two other apps: social-polling app Wishbone and Arena, a live-trivia game show patterned on HQ Trivia. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Founded in 2015, Santa Monica-based Mammoth Media has raised $16 million in funding to date from Science Inc. and Greylock Partners. The company currently has 42 employees, all based in L.A.last_img read more

Physicist explains why quantum mechanics says a black hole should be able

first_img © 2012 Phys.org Explore further It was Einstein’s theory of relativity that got everyone believing that because the gravity of a black hole is so great, it’s not possible for anything to escape once it passes the event horizon, or point of no return. Witten says that while the theory is right, of course, it’s only right in a certain respect, because it violates the laws of thermodynamics, which say that if a reaction is possible then there is always supposed to be an opposite reaction. Applied to black holes, it suggests that if something can be consumed, then it ought to be able to be un-consumed as well. This whole idea is backed up by something Stephen Hawking came up with back in 1974, where he suggested that certain quantum particles should be able to escape a black hole, but that they would be too small for anyone to detect. He called the process Hawking radiation, and sure enough, no one has ever been able to detect them.Witten says that despite the seeming contradiction in the two views, there is a way to explain the differences; it’s about perception and point of view or looking at things in a macroscopic versus microscopic way and using the idea of entropy. Seen up close and personal, a black hole surely is capable of the occasional lapse, allowing a particle or even a whole atom to escape. But looking at the hugeness of a black hole across the vast distance of space, it definitely appears all consuming; always taking and never giving, to us appearing as if nothing, not even a photon could ever escape it’s clutches. That’s how you reconcile the two viewpoints. Color composite image of Centaurus A, revealing the lobes and jets emanating from the active galaxy’s central black hole. Composite images: ESO/WFI (Optical); MPIfR/ESO/APEX/A.Weiss et al. (Submillimetre); NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Kraft et al. (X-ray) Citation: Physicist explains why quantum mechanics says a black hole should be able to let some things out (2012, August 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-physicist-quantum-mechanics-black-hole.html Journal information: Sciencecenter_img Escaping gravity’s clutches: The black hole breakout 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. More information: Quantum Mechanics of Black Holes, Science, 3 August 2012: Vol. 337 no. 6094 pp. 538-540. DOI: 10.1126/science.1221693ABSTRACTThe popular conception of black holes reflects the behavior of the massive black holes found by astronomers and described by classical general relativity. These objects swallow up whatever comes near and emit nothing. Physicists who have tried to understand the behavior of black holes from a quantum mechanical point of view, however, have arrived at quite a different picture. The difference is analogous to the difference between thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. The thermodynamic description is a good approximation for a macroscopic system, but statistical mechanics describes what one will see if one looks more closely. (Phys.org) — The journal Science is running a series of Reviews and Perspectives on the current state of knowledge and theories regarding black holes, written by leaders in the field. Some discuss what is believed to happen if two black holes collide, others describe what happens as binary stars are sucked up by black holes and whether intermediate size black holes really exist as new evidence is indicating. Yet another by doctoral fellow Rubens Reis, discusses a lucky break that allowed scientists to listen to the “cry” of the last bits of some matter just before being consumed by another black hole. But generating the most interest perhaps, is an article by Edward Witten of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, a theoretical physicist, who argues that one of the most basic beliefs about black holes, namely, that nothing can ever escape it’s gravitational pull, is wrong, but only sort of.last_img read more