Scorpio Tankers to Merge with Navig8 Product Tankers

first_imgzoom Monaco-based tanker owner Scorpio Tankers revealed it has entered into definitive agreements to merge with Marshall Islands-incorporated petroleum products shipping company Navig8 Product Tankers and acquire Navig8’s 27 operating vessels.Under the agreements, Scorpio will acquire four LR1 tankers prior to the closing of the merger. The remaining 23 ships will be acquired upon the closing of the merger in exchange for the issuance of 55 million shares of Scorpio common stock to the Navig8 shareholders.The fleet of 27 eco-design product tankers is comprised of 15 LR2s and 12 LR1s with a weighted average age of 0.9 years and a total carrying capacity of approximately 2.6 million dwt.In connection with the LR1 vessel acquisitions, Scorpio said it will pay cash consideration of USD 42.2 million, which is net of assumed debt. This cash is expected to remain with Navig8 through closing and will form part of the balance sheet of the combined company, subject to the terms and conditions of the merger agreement.What is more, Scorpio has launched an underwritten public offering of up to USD 200 million of its shares of common stock. Scorpio also intends to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to USD 30 million additional shares of its common stock. Scorpio Services Holding Limited, a related party of Scorpio, is interested in purchasing at least USD 20 million of Scorpio’s common stock in the offering, according to the company.As disclosed, the net proceeds of the offering are expected to be used to provide cash to further strengthen Scorpio’s balance sheet and enhance liquidity, for the payment of costs related to the merger, to fund the purchase price of the LR1 vessel acquisitions, and the remainder, if any, for general corporate purposes.Based on Scorpio’s closing price on May 22, 2017, the consideration reflects a total equity value for Navig8 of approximately USD 228.8 million and a total enterprise value of approximately USD 1.1 billion, including the assumption of debt.The merger has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of Scorpio as well as by the board of directors of Navig8.The completion of the merger, which is expected to close in the second or third quarter of this year, is subject to the completion of the offering and relevant conditions, Scorpio said.Following the completion of the merger which would provide Scorpio with “substantial economies of scale”, the company’s operating fleet will consist of 105 owned or finance leased tankers with a weighted average age of approximately 1.9 years, and 19 time or bareboat chartered-in tankers.In addition, Scorpio has six newbuilding MR product tankers under construction which are slated for delivery throughout the remainder of 2017 and first quarter of 2018. Scorpio has also entered into an agreement to sell two MR product tankers, which is expected to close in June 2017.last_img read more

Diana Shipping Stays in Red

first_imgzoom Athens-based dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has managed to slightly improve its financials by shrinking its net loss in the second quarter of 2017.Although the net loss decreased, the company still ended the quarter with a net loss of USD 23.8 million, compared to a net loss of USD 31.3 million seen in the same three-month period of 2016.Diana Shipping’s operating loss stood at USD 15.5 million, compared to an operating loss of USD 24.2 million reported a year earlier, while the company’s time charter revenues reached USD 37.8 million, up from USD 28.3 million seen in the same quarter of 2016.The increase in time charter revenues was due to increased average time charter rates achieved for the company’s vessels during the quarter and increased revenues resulting from the enlargement of the fleet.Net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2017 amounted to USD 50.3 million, compared to a net loss of USD 62.7 million reported in the same period a year earlier.Time charter revenues for the first half of the year increased to USD 69 million from USD 59.1 million reported in the same six-month period of 2016.last_img read more

Ship Finance International Eyes Further Growth Opportunities

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Bermuda-based shipowner Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) closed the first quarter of 2019 with a considerably higher net income.The company’s net income rose to USD 33.6 million in Q1 2019 from USD 3.5 million seen in Q4 2018.The net result was positively affected by charter hire of USD 160 million received from SFL vessels and rigs, including about USD 1 million of profit share from three VLCCs.As of March 31, 2019, the fixed rate charter backlog from the company’s fleet of 86 vessels and rigs was approximately USD 3.8 billion, with an average remaining charter term of over 5 years.In Q1 2019, some 62% of SFL’s charter hire was derived from vessels on time charters or in the spot market where SFL provides technical operations. “Our USD 3.8 billion fixed rate contracted charter backlog supports our continued ability to generate strong cash flows… We have already addressed most of the debt maturities until mid 2020 and secured new long term financings at very attractive terms,” Ole B. Hjertaker, CEO of SFL Management AS, commented.Q1 represented the first full quarter for SFL after USD 1.2 billion of new investments in 2018. These transactions added USD 1.3 billion in future contracted charter revenue.Although SFL’s most recent investments have been made in container vessels, the company intends to pursue growth opportunities across multiple sectors.“The last 12 months have been very active, and our strong liquidity position and balance sheet management supports continued growth in asset base and contracted charter backlog. We have been actively evaluating investment opportunities and expect to see new projects materialize later this year,” Hjertaker concluded.With regards to new maritime regulations that will enter into force in 2020, SFL said that 25 vessels are currently scheduled to be upgraded with scrubbers in 2019 and 2020. These include containerships, large crude oil tankers and dry bulk vessels.last_img read more

Trudeau faces critics inside and outside party as WilsonRaybould scandal swirls

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing a backlash both within and outside his own party after Jody Wilson-Raybould’s sudden resignation from his cabinet.While some Liberals have anonymously accused her of being self-centred and disloyal to the party, others have gone to bat for her for being courageous and strong as allegations swirl that Trudeau’s office pressured her to head off a criminal prosecution of Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.Liberal staff and MPs are nervous and wanting their own answers about exactly what happened while several Indigenous leaders are accusing Trudeau of sexism and racism in his treatment of her.The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Garrison Settee say the situation is a step backwards in the walk towards reconciliation while National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations says he is very concerned about the many unanswered questions around her departure from cabinet.Treasury Board President Jane Philpott, one of Wilson-Raybould’s closest allies in cabinet, posted a tweet noting how much she learned from Wilson-Raybould about Indigenous rights and justice.Trudeau denies anything wrong occurred and said Tuesday evening if Wilson-Raybould had felt pressure she should have told him about it but she never did.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

2019 TIFF INDUSTRY CONFERENCE LINEUP BRIAN GRAZER RON HOWARD BARBARA KOPPLE LULU

first_imgBrian Grazer and Ron Howard Editorial Special Shoot. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Twitter The Conference will open on September 6 with an inspiring Moguls conversation with the Academy Award–winning duo of producer and author Brian Grazer and director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon, and TIFF Opening Night Film Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band). The entertainment veterans will share what inspires them as creators, the evolution of the industry during their decades-long business partnership as founders of Imagine Entertainment, and their dedication to championing stories that matter in film and television.On September 10, the Conference will conclude with a Master Class with Academy Award–nominated Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Two Popes). Diana Sanchez, Senior Director, Film at TIFF, leads a gripping conversation revealing the realities of filmmaking in politically volatile times.Attendees will learn from and be inspired by the collective wisdom of more than 150 notable guest speakers, including: Claire Aguilar, Alan Berliner, Russell Boast, Edward Burns, Yung Chang, Valerie Creighton, Claire Diao, Jason Fitzroy Jeffers, Robert Fisk, Azita Ghanizada, Kate Hagen, Zena Harris, Makhosazana Khanyile, Barbara Kopple, Franklin Leonard, Kathleen Lingo, Vinnie Malhotra, Paolo Moretti, Mayank Patel, Aron Phillips, Mariette Rissenbeek, Liz Rodrigues, Deborah Sathe, PM Satheesh, Anna Serner, Alex Schmider, Lulu Wang, Theodore Ushev, Charlotte Uzu, Jesse Wente, Kim Yutani, and Phil Yu.So far, Conference highlights include:● Film Festivals: New Leadership, New Horizons — Major international film festivals have made significant shifts in 2019 with new directors and CEOs. Marking the first time they’ve converged onstage since taking on new roles, IndieWire Editor-at-Large Anne Thompson hosts a conversation with Cameron Bailey (TIFF), Paolo Moretti (Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes), Mariette Rissenbeek (Berlin), and Kim Yutani (Sundance) to discuss how festivals are impacting the evolving business of film and media while maintaining curatorial and artistic excellence and elevating filmmakers.● An intimate Master Class with Lulu Wang, fresh off the success of her sophomore feature The Farewell, which won the Sundance Institute Vanguard Award. Born in Beijing and raised in Miami, the writer-director has emerged as one of the eminent new voices in cinema.● Redefining Quality for Gender Equality — Anna Serner, a leading advocate for the 50/50 by 2020 gender-parity movement and CEO of the Swedish Film Institute, hosts a provocative conversation to examine the ways in which unconscious bias around “quality” has been used as a tool for discrimination against women, people of colour, and members of the LGBTQIA and other minority communities. Featured speakers include Alex Schmider, Associate Director of Transgender Representation at GLAAD, and producer Cassian Elwes, who is also returning as a Governor for the TIFF Filmmaker Lab.● Story Incubator: How to Maximize Your IP — There’s always a great story to tell, but how it’s delivered to audiences is equally important. Join Aron Phillips, Director of Development at Uninterrupted, and speakers from other leading companies as they discuss working with storytellers to create ambitious strategies to help develop and diversify an idea’s potential.● Going Green: Sustainable Practices in Film & TV — Zena Harris, President of the Green Spark Group, leads a Foundations keynote address and subsequent panel discussion with industry leaders to identify what steps can be taken to develop and integrate green initiatives and sustainable practices into film, TV, and online media production.● Diaspora: Untold Stories, Hidden Cities — The next wave of cinema is championing authentic storytelling that spotlights the experiences of diaspora communities and the larger societal burdens they face, particularly within global metropolises. In this no-holds-barred conversation, international directors illustrate their journeys in bringing their stories to light, and how issues of race, inequality, and indiscriminate use of institutional power can be confronted and dismantled through cinema.TIFF Doc Conference will present a dynamic selection of talks and intimate conversations with some of the biggest names and most creative leaders working in non-fiction storytelling. Guests will include acclaimed directors from the TIFF 2019 selection, such as Barbara Kopple, Alan Berliner, and Yung Chang, as well as journalist and film subject Robert Fisk. The programme will also highlight innovations and areas for growth in the industry: Kickstarter’s Elise McCave will reveal what’s new in crowdfunding; the New York Times’ first Editorial Director of Film and Television, Kathleen Lingo, will provide a rundown on the company’s foray into features and television; SHOWTIME’s EVP of Non-fiction Original Programming, Vinnie Malhotra, will discuss the network’s documentary content strategy; Heidi Tao Yang of Hot Docs, Claire Aguilar of the International Documentary Association, and Jesse Wente of the Indigenous Screen Office will share their insights on the funding landscape for under-represented doc-makers; and Abby Sun of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and Ashley Clark of the Brooklyn Academy of Music will discuss the exciting new guard of contemporary documentary curators making their mark on the industry. The Doc Conference is curated by Thom Powers and Denae Peters, the TIFF Docs programming team.Returning for a second year, TIFF Tech will present discussions at the intersection of tech and media, giving a platform to innovators on both sides. The 2019 iteration will address the industry’s concerns with data and privacy, video tampering, and their impacts on intellectual property. Also at the TIFF Industry Conference, Connections will offer roundtables in the areas of co-production, documentary, shorts, technology, and television. Space at these sessions is limited.Throughout the Conference, TIFF will present curated networking events via the Breakfast at TIFF series, with events hosted by international agencies and organizations representing over 40 countries. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the unique benefits hosts have to offer and connect with decision-makers, producers, and potential business partners. Telefilm Canada will return to present the RDV Canada Panel Series at the Conference. Delegates can also look forward to Microsessions, sponsored by leadingcompanies to showcase their newest media tools, products, and programs.In addition to the Conference, registered delegates will have access to the TIFF Industry Centre, presented by Shutterstock and located at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Over the 10-day Festival, the Centre will become home to over 40 national agencies representing films and filmmakers from their regions.The full Conference schedule and list of international speakers will be available at tiff.net/industry as of August 20.TIFF has also introduced child-care for professionals at TIFF. This new initiative provides expanded resources and services for industry, press, and guests attending the Festival with children. For more information, visit http://tiff.net/childcarepdf. As part of TIFF’s Share Her Journey campaign, we will continue to provide over 120 female creators free access to our Conference and year-round programming. We will also ensure that our overall number of speakers represents a 50/50 gender split.Online industry registration for the Toronto International Film Festival will close August 23. Onsite registration for industry passes will begin September 3 at the TIFF Industry Centre. There are six pass types, offering varying levels of access to the Conference, Press & Industry screenings, public screenings, and the TIFF Industry Centre presented by Shutterstock. For the first time this year, newcomers looking to explore one dayonly of the Conference will be able to purchase a Day Pass starting August 16. See below for a daily breakdown to help attendees plan their Festival experience. To purchase passes and learn more, visit tiff.net/industry-accreditation/TIFF prefers Visa.Social Media:@TIFF_NET – Twitter@TIFF_NET – Instagram#TIFF19Facebook.com/TIFFAbout TIFFTIFF is a not-for-profit cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributorsincluding Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit tiff.net.TIFF is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, L’Oréal Paris, and Visa, and Major Supporters the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and the City of Toronto.Toronto International Film Festival Industry programming is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, L’Oréal Paris and Visa, and Major Supporters Ontario Creates and Telefilm Canada.The TIFF Doc Conference programme is made possible through the generous sponsorship of SHOWTIME® Documentary Films.The TIFF Industry Centre is presented by Shutterstock.The daily Industry Happy Hours are supported by Shutterstock, Cultural Industries Ontario North, Telefilm Canada, and SHOWTIME® Documentary Films. Advertisement TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival® today announced the lineup for the 2019 TIFF Industry Conference, offering five days of business, creative development, and networking opportunities to the 5,500-plus international professionals expected in Toronto this September. Taking place September 6–10, this year’s programme will explore the impact of global events and socio-political trends at the forefront of the media industry.“Our carefully curated Industry Conference provides local and international professionals a forum where they can learn, be inspired, and engage with true advocates of responsible change,” said Geoff Macnaughton, TIFF Director of Industry. “As the film and television landscapes shift due to political, cultural, and technological developments, the Conference reminds professionals that with change comes the opportunity for new stories and voices to be heard.”“Our expansive programming encourages dialogue across borders and addresses how to forge a sustainable and equitable path to the future, while also celebrating trailblazers that have led the way,” said Karina Rotenstein, TIFF Industry Conference Producer. “From ideas around climate change, culture funding, and data protection to immigration, truth in journalism, and decolonizing the screen, the TIFF Industry Conference brings together the international filmmaking community to address what is top of mind for many industrypractitioners.”Brian Grazer, left, and Ron Howard (photo credit: Imagine Entertainment)last_img read more

Canada not properly managing fish farms environment commissioner says

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA _ Canada’s environmental watchdog says the federal government isn’t properly managing the risks that farmed salmon pose to wild salmon, nor is it doing enough to ensure Canada is meeting its international commitments on biodiversity and sustainable development.Environment commissioner Julie Gelfand is releasing three new audits today, including a look at Canada’s management of the $1 billion salmon farming industry, which she says is lacking when it comes to assessing the risk that diseases among farmed fish pose to wild salmon.There are research gaps about these risks and the government is also not properly monitoring the impact of the drugs used to treat those diseases.According to the report the federal government; *Did not adequately manage the risks associated with salmon aquaculture consistent with its mandate to protect wild fish.*The Department and the Agency had not clarified roles and responsibilities for managing emerging diseases.*Should more effectively enforce aquaculture regulations and pursue additional enforcement measures.Gelfand also says there is also no national standard on the kind of nets used to contain farmed salmon in the ocean, which is a particular problem in the Atlantic where heavy storms batter salmon farms and destroy nets.In 2015, 40,000 salmon escaped from farms in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.Gelfand’s spring reports also look at Canada’s commitment to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, both of which, she warns, could become the latest international environment agreements Canada signs but does little to actually implement.Gelfand found a lack of leadership in the government to address the targets laid out in those agreements and says there is nothing that properly assesses how government policies can or do contribute to meeting them.The agenda for sustainable development is an international agreement for countries to work towards sustainable environmental, economic and social development, including gender equality, eliminating poverty, climate action, and industrial innovation.Canada committed to the 2030 agenda in 2015 and recommitted to it last year, but the audit says the government hasn’t yet put in place the fundamental requirements to do more than pay lip service to it.Gelfand worried that this will be another international commitment like climate change agreements which Canada signs, but then does little to actually meet.“The federal government committed to implementing the 2030 agenda three years ago, but again, it is not ready to respect its international commitment,” she said. “When will it be ready?”Her main concerns about the UN agenda commitment stem from the fact while the main departments involved have done many consultations on the issues, there has not yet been a proper analysis of what government policies will affect the targets laid out in the agreement. There is also no implementation plan to measure, monitor and report on Canada’s progress to meeting those targets.However, the audit report looked at the period between September 2015 and November 2017 and Gelfand does acknowledge that the February federal budget promised nearly $50 million between now and 2030 to create a specific government unit to oversee the agenda, as well as to fund monitoring and reporting by Statistics Canada.The statistics agency also expects this spring to have a data portal ready to report on the Canadian indicators around the UN 2030 agenda.The single unit could address one of Gelfand’s concerns that there are too many departments assigned as co-leads on the agenda, leaving no one to take full ownership of or leadership on the file.“In my opinion, it is difficult to move forward with 10 hands on the wheel,” she says.Gelfand’s third audit this spring looked at another Canadian UN environment commitment it has failed to meet, this one the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, a legally binding treaty acknowledging a global decline in biodiversity is one of the “most serious issues facing humanity.”Canada has had a biodiversity strategy under this convention since 1995 and in 2002 countries that signed on to the convention committed to reducing the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010. They didn’t do it and new targets were set for 2020.Gelfand’s audit found Environment Canada isn’t doing what it needs to do to hit the 2020 targets, focusing its efforts on international meetings and creating national committees rather than analyzing whether its actions will do anything to help.There is also no comprehensive monitoring or reporting on whether there is any progress toward meeting the 2020 targets.In Canada, more than 500 plants and animals are listed as species at risk under federal legislation, a list that grows each year.Various reports have found mammal populations in Canada declined 43 per cent between 1970 and 2014, amphibian and reptile populations fell 34 per cent and fish populations were down 20 per cent.The World Wildlife Fund in 2017 also reported that species declined far faster between 2002 and 2014 than they did between 1970 and 2002, even though there are supposed to be many more protections in place to prevent that from happening.last_img read more

Morocco EU Sign Partnership to Bolster Research and Innovation in Mediterranean

Rabat- Morocco and the European Union (EU) signed a cooperation agreement setting out the conditions for Morocco’s collaboration in the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) on Tuesday, in Brussels.The partnership was signed at the headquarters of the Council of the European Union by Morocco’s Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education, and Scientific Research, Said Amzazi; President-in-Office of the EU Council, Dimiter Tzantchev; and European Commissioner for Research, Science, and Innovation, Carlos Moedas.The Ambassador of Morocco to the EU, Ahmed Reda Chami, also attended the signing ceremony. With this agreement, Morocco is now formally part of the 19 member States and countries around the Mediterranean that are working to develop innovative solutions for sustainable water management and food production, which remain major challenges in the region.The agreement will provide Moroccan researchers with the opportunity to participate in calls for projects with their Euro-Mediterranean colleagues, in the framework of tripartite partnerships involving at least one EU country and non-EU Mediterranean partner country among the 19 members of PRIMA, according to Maghreb Arab Press.According to the official EU website, funding for the project comes from the EU and the 19 member states: Morocco, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, and Algeria.The main objective of the ten-year initiative (2018-2028), which is partly funded partly  funded by EU’ s research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, is “ to devise new R&I approaches to improve water availability and sustainable agriculture production in a region heavily distressed by climate change, urbanisation and population growth,” according to the EU.The PRIMA decision was adopted on June 13, 2017, by the European parliament. The decision entered into force officially on August 7, 2019. read more

Afghanistan must do more to rein in unprecedented drug trade – UN

5 March 2008The United Nations anti-drugs agency today called on the Afghan Government to do more to dismantle major trafficking and criminal networks in the strife-torn nation which remains the world’s largest producer of opium and heroin. “The networks are very powerful because the drug traders are linked to corrupt officials and to criminal networks outside Afghanistan,” Christina Gynna Oguz, the Representative of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Afghanistan, told reporters in Kabul today. Echoing the just-released report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), she noted that Afghanistan remains the world’s largest producer of opium and heroin. “The Government must therefore widen its efforts to include the fight against drug traders, who profit the most from the illicit opium industry and who collectively earn more than $3 billion.” She called on the Afghan Government to do more to ensure that the drug laws are applied to all who are involved – directly or indirectly – in the industry. “Everybody who is involved in the drugs industry and in corruption must be investigated, prosecuted and – if found guilty – punished to the full extent of the law,” she added. “Without this happening the drugs problem will not be solved and criminality, corruption and insecurity will prevail in the country.” UNODC is assisting the Government in several ways to tackle the drug problem, including by training intelligence officers within the Afghan Police and providing legislative assistance on issues such as extradition. The agency is also working with the authorities on the implementation of the Government’s anti-corruption strategy and the establishment of an independent anti-corruption body. Ms. Oguz stressed the vital need to address the threat posed to Afghan society by the drug industry. “It is so important because the drug business stands in the way of the Afghan in the village or the Afghan in the street from getting what he or she wants more than anything else in life, and that is security.” read more

UN Economic and Social Council shines spotlight on expanding access to education

5 July 2011An estimated 67 million school-age children worldwide are unable to attend classes because of financial, social and other obstacles, a senior United Nations official has warned as the world body’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) met to discuss how to ensure that everyone has access to a decent education. Lazarous Kapambwe, the President of ECOSOC, told yesterday’s opening in Geneva of its annual high-level segment that it was vital that governments take measures to boost school attendance and the quality of education offered.“Education for all” is the focus of this year’s ECOSOC high-level segment, which brings together top UN officials, government ministers, experts and policy-makers.Mr. Kapambwe noted in his speech that more than 52 million additional children enrolled in primary schools in the decade to 2008, as part of global efforts to improve access to education, one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).“Yet some 67 million still remain out of school,” he said. “Poor quality is another concern. Standardized tests in numerous countries reveal a significant number of students lacking basic reading, writing and maths skills, even after years of formal schooling.“Secondary school graduates themselves are often ill-prepared for the workforce – witness the stubbornly high levels of youth unemployment across much of the world.”Mr. Kapambwe stressed that, to make genuine progress, governments need to focus on recruiting, training and retaining good teachers, improving accountability and embracing cost-effective technology.“The potential for success is very much alive,” he said.Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro voiced concern that an expansion of primary school enrolment appears to be stalling after substantial improvements a decade ago.“Moreover, the pervasive nature of poor-quality education in rich and poor countries serves up additional notice that getting kids into school is only half the battle,” she said.General Assembly President Joseph Deiss warned that while many countries have experienced progress on education, substantial gaps and disparities still exist between the rich and the poor, the rural and urban dwellers, and boys and girls.The world’s most vulnerable countries, such as landlocked States and nations emerging from conflict, are finding it particularly difficult to make progress in ensuring every child has access to at least a primary-level education.In his speech Mr. Deiss also called for ECOSOC to “assert itself as the forum to which those involved in global governance, such as the G-20 [group of economies], multilateral institutions and specialized economic programmes, must come to demonstrate their accountability.”After the high-level segment formally opened, ECOSOC heard speeches from several UN officials, including Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).This was followed by a special “face-to-face” debate about education, human rights and conflict, which featured Ms. Bokova and leading figures from academia, the human rights field and government. read more

Breweries make case that Alberta beer tax system unconstitutional

Breweries make case that Alberta beer tax system unconstitutional AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Lawyers for two breweries are in a Calgary court today arguing that the Alberta tax system on small breweries is unconstitutional.Toronto-based Steam Whistle Brewing and Saskatoon-based Great Western Brewing Co. are together pressing the case that Alberta’s system unfairly favours producers in the province.They say that the system, which charges all small breweries $1.25 per litre sold but returns much of that to Alberta producers in the form of a grant, effectively provides an unconstitutional trade barrier.The system replaced an earlier tax regime that gave western Canadian brewers a more direct tax advantage over those in the rest of Canada, which Steam Whistle had also challenged.Great Western CEO Michael Micovcin said the changed tax system adds $7 per 24-case of beer that they have to pass on to consumers since they don’t get the grant, which makes their product uncompetitive.The defendants, which include the Alberta government and the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, have yet to present their case. by Sandra Prusina Posted Jun 22, 2017 1:00 pm MDT (Pixabay) beer|Calgary|YYC read more

Are your emails making your colleagues hate you Take our quiz to

first_img 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. We all have colleagues who use email inappropriately. But are you that colleague? Do your co-workers hate you? There has now been a scientific study into the most annoying way to use the method of communication.David De Cramer found that cc-ing in your boss is the best way to stop your co-workers from trusting you.He did a study, published in the Harvard Business Review, looking into the dreaded cc-effect. Always cc-ing in a manager does not in fact create “transparency”, found Professor De Cremer, but actually feeds into a “culture of fear”. So do your colleagues dislike your emails?Take our quiz to find out.last_img read more

Conservative MP calls for higher compensation for delayed train passengers after weeks

A Conservative MP has called the rate of compensation for delayed passengers a “joke” as he prepares to table a private members’ bill asking the government to force rail companies to be more generous.Bim Afolami, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, is due to submit the bill this week,calling for higher, automatic compensation for commuters, after disruption caused by the new timetable on Govia Thameslink Railway caused almost a month of delays.The bill, which has cross-party support, will also ask for faster payments. Mr Afolami told The Telegraph some of his constituents received compensation as low as £2 after their expensive trains into London were cancelled, and had to wait up to 28 days to receive that meagre amount.He said: “The low compensation is a joke- it needs to be more generous, it needs to be automatic and faster, and critically the rail ombudsman needs to set very clear service levels — if those are not met there must be generous compensation. Hundreds of trains a day have been delayed or cancelled, and last week Charles Horton, the CEO of GTR, admitted he had been delayed by his own trains.Mr Afolami said there was anger and frustration among his constituents, who live in a major London commuter town.He explained: “We people in this country pay large amounts especially in the south east for getting into London. I don’t think people mind that as long as they get very good service.”If you’re a business that supplies a poor service there should be real financial penalties for doing so. Bim Afolami, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden “I would love to see the payments not only be automatic but to be in around five working days. Hopefully with enough support I can go to the Department for Transport and show them – and they will act.” The MP hopes the government will support his bill, explaining: “I know Chris Grayling is interested in changing the whole structure of how the rail industry works. “The principle behind automatic payments has already been supported by government, and you already see it across the country though it is patchy, doesn’t apply to everyone,isn’t very effective and the payments aren’t very high”We need to standardise it and make it national and make the payments a lot more generous.”The new timetable came into force on 20 May, but was immediately criticised by passengers and unions, including the RMT, which said there was “a hopeless lack of planning, combined with a shortage of crew and fleet”. 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. Bim Afolami, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden “The problem is, these guys don’t have the choice, they don’t have the opportunity to punish the business so they should be compensated in another way.” read more

EPCUK hails ongoing success of blasting seminars

first_imgCommitted to ensuring that it contributes to the professional development of personnel from within the quarrying industry, EPC-UK, a leading force in the field of commercial explosives and blasting services, has announced ‘record breaking attendances’ during this year’s series of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminars.Renowned for the knowledge and expertise it generates across five activities, comprising explosives, blasting services, fuel additives, defence and logistics, EPC-UK has built a reputation for investing in the skillsets and development of industry professionals. Together with the assistance of the Institute of Quarrying (IOQ), the company has sought to improve internal capabilities, and critically involve the wider extraction industry.EPC-UK has committed to developing employees through the CPD programme; a process which recognises professionalism through lifelong learning and ensures employee experiences and skills remain relevant and up-to-date.By delivering a programme of free, informative seminars to delegates across the industry, the organisation is helping to increase the number of CPD hours attendees can generate and impart practical applications which delegates can apply to their particular job roles.As the Institute of Quarrying works to promote the professionalism of people working within its industry – through a combination of work experience and qualifications – EPC-UK’s decision to make its seminars accessible to all relevant industry personnel has been warmly appreciated.This year EPC-UK has attained a record number of delegates to its biennial CDP seminars, which have been held in Scotland, Cumbria, Nottingham, Newport and Cornwall. The seminars have included several topical issues in order to ensure current industry practice and have featured subjects including The Evolution of Drilling; Imaging Technology; Seismograph Reporting and a presentation titled “Managing the Blast” delivered by the HSE.Ian Davies, General Manager at EPC-UK, has been part of the team working to promote CPD training and encourage attendance, believing that by securing the additional hours of CPD required to maintain different levels of IOQ membership, more employees can be accredited as Technical Members, Members and Fellows:“Through our series of seminars, providing six hours of CDP accreditation, up-to-date and relevant information has been successfully delivered and we’ve effectively demonstrated our commitment to the extraction industry,” he explains, “enabling personnel to attain the hours of development needed for their own career progression.“It’s has been reassuring to get such positive feedback from the delegates. The comments have been documented, together with the recommendations for topics to be included in the future, enabling us to set a similar standard of seminars for delivery in 2019.Plans are in place to include an even wider range of subjects, greater speaker diversity, increased social media engagement and audience participation, together with physical delivery across further venues.last_img read more

Skydivers iPhone 4 survives 13500foot drop

first_imgApple iPhones are known for being quite the fragile device. Both the back and front is are cut out of glass, which means one accidental fall out of your pocket can cause the phone to shatter, resulting in a replacement that will leave your wallet a lot emptier than before the drop. One man, however, dropped his phone from 13,500 feet up. Most people would put top dollar on the phone being DOA, but surprisingly, the iPhone actually lived to see another day.Thanks to GPS tracking, Jarrod McKinney, 37, found his iPhone 4 on top of a building about 1.5 miles away from where he landed with his parachute after a skydiving excursion. McKinney forgot to zip the pocket of his skydiving pants when he rushed out the door of the plane. Of course, the glass was completely shattered. McKinney’s skydiving instructor called the phone, just to be funny, and lo and behold, the iPhone began vibrating in McKinney’s hand.AdChoices广告The iPhone 4 is had been dinged for having spotty service due to an antenna problem known as the “iPhone 4 death grip.” The solution from Apple was to give customers free bumpers to surround the phone and increase cell reception. You’d think with problems like this, a 13,500-foot drop would cause the reception to be worse or non-existent. However, it was quite the contrary.If you think it’s strange that McKinney took his phone with him while jumping out of a plane, you’d be surprised to know that many skydivers do this. The reasoning behind it is that they’ll be able to call for help if they land in an unintended location. You never know which way the wind will take you, and sometimes you can end up miles away from where you originally were supposed to land. If this is true for all iPhones (which we doubt it is), it could mean that a GPS tracking device would potentially be able to find a skydiver if they crash-landed.Of course, McKinney needs to get the glass replaced on his iPhone to actually be able to use it. He has been using it with Bluetooth after the crash.We’ve seen iPads and MacBook Pros dropped from extreme heights with the protection of the G-Form sleeves and come out in perfect condition, so we’d like to see an iPhone case from G-Form in case another skydiver drops his phone while jumping form a plane.via CNNlast_img read more

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Hybrid packs both Wintel and ARM Android guts

first_imgQuick boot options have been used on plenty of laptops before–like HP’s QuickPlay, the instant-on media mode developed by CyberLink for its Pavilion line. While the newly-announced Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Hybrid (which you may have seen here before) is shipping with an instant-on option of its own, it’s been done in a very unique way: it has got dedicated ARM hardware inside to provide the operational power.Think of it as having an Android smartphone crammed inside your laptop, ready to boot into a landscape-oriented Android interface. An interface that just happens to look an awful lot like the one found on Lenovo’s current Android tablets, with a cluster of five key apps on the start screen: Watch (for videos), Listen (for music), Email, Write, and web browsing. That makes perfect sense when you consider the dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage closely resemble what you’d find in any current Android tablet from a big-name manufacturer.Lenovo hasn’t given any specifics about what apps will be preloaded, but you can guess that you’ll find the IdeaPad staples on the X1 Hybrid, too: Documents to Go, Citrix Receiver, Zinio, Kindle, Netflix… and perhaps even Angry Birds. Because you’re running tablet hardware on a laptop battery, Lenovo’s claim of 10 hours of continuous use seems pretty believable. As an added bonus, you’ll even be able to quickly jump to Windows if you desire, and it’ll probably happen pretty fast thanks to Lenovo’s quick boot wizardry.As far as the Windows side of the X1 Hybrid goes, it’s the same kind of hardware you’d find in the plain vanilla ThinkPad X1. Configurations sporting Intel Core i5 and i7 processors are available with RAM up to 8GB, and it’s packed into the same half-inch thick chassis. The abuse-tolerant Gorilla Glass display is included, too.The ThinkPad X1 Hybrid is due to hit retail shelves sometime in the middle of this year, and it’ll arrive with a starting price tag of $1,599 — or about what you’d pay for a pretty good Windows laptop and a separate Android tablet. But you’re getting them both in the same package here, which is extremely handy or just another dual-boot gimmick — we’ll have to reserve judgement until the X1 Hybrid makes its debut.More at The Vergelast_img read more

Police believe three killed by London train may have been graffiti artists

first_img Short URL By Associated Press Updated Jun 18th 2018, 10:28 PM BRITISH TRANSPORT POLICE say three people have died after being struck by a train in south London.The men’s bodies were discovered near a number of spray cans and police are now probing if the men were graffiti artists.Detective Superintendent Gary Richard said that his team is “now working hard to understand what happened and how these three people came to lose their life on the railway”.He said the deaths are being treated as “unexplained”. The bodies were found at about 7.30am this morning near the start of the commuter rush hour.Superintendent Matthew Allingham said the three men were declared dead at the scene.He told the Guardian: “Officers have delivered the sad news to one family that we believe one of the men was their son,” he said. “We are still working to identify and locate the next of kin for the other two men. If you know who they are, please let us know.“Our investigation is focusing on how and why the men came to be on the tracks in the early hours of this morning.”Police are asking anyone who was in the area and observed something that might be related to the deaths to contact them immediately. 26 Comments Monday 18 Jun 2018, 10:28 PM 51,280 Views File shot of a British Transport Police officer. Image: PA Archive/PA Imagescenter_img File shot of a British Transport Police officer. Image: PA Archive/PA Images http://jrnl.ie/4076644 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 18th 2018, 11:31 AM Share3 Tweet Email1 Police believe three killed by London train may have been graffiti artists The deaths are being treated as “unexplained”.last_img read more

AC Milan hero Piatek promises more goals

first_imgKrzysztof Piatek admitted he was not astonished by his own standards in his full Milan debut against Napoli claiming “I expected a night like this, but it’s just the start.”The former Genoa striker capped his first start in the Rossoneri jersey with a brace in the opening 27 minutes of a 2-0 Coppa Italia quarter-final victory.And he went on to promise the Rossoneri fans of more nights like this as he aims for a prolific career in Milan.FT: Milan 2-0 NapoliYou could not have asked for a better team performance. You could not have asked for a better starting debut for Piatek. Milan are through to the semi finals of the Coppa Italia.#ForzaMilan 🔴⚫ pic.twitter.com/g6mjDzGT0P— TheMilanBible (@TheMilanBible) January 29, 2019Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I expected a night like this. I said that I was ready and I got a brace, but this is just the start,” Piatek told Football Italia via Milan TV.“Both goals were great, even if they were different. Before the game I spoke to Diego Laxalt and Fabio Borini, asking them to give me the ball high and long, because I prefer it that way.“On the second goal, I had to take on Koulibaly, but it went well. I am already thinking about the next game with Roma and hope the rapport with my teammates is even stronger by then.“I felt good tonight and it was marvellous playing at San Siro.”#Piatek first milan goal 🔫🔫❤️🖤-Y creds @TVACM pic.twitter.com/qU6JjrW15y— ACMilanSwiss (@AcMilanSwiss) January 29, 2019last_img read more

Haryana Congress leader shot dead

first_imgChandigarh: Haryana Congress leader Vikas Chaudhary was shot dead by two assailants outside a gym in Faridabad on Thursday, police said. Chaudhary, 42, who was considered close to state Congress Chief Ashok Tanwar, was fired at from a close range when he came out of the gym. He was rushed to a hospital where doctors declared him dead. The crime was recorded on CCTV camera, the police said.last_img

Beta Film Rolls Out Alex Pina Esther Martinez Lobatos The Pier EXCLUSIVE

first_img CREDIT: MARIA HERAS A comparably rare production which, despite the large standing of its creators – now signed up by Netflix in an output deal – has not been picked up by a global digital platform, “The Pier” will also air on Belgium’s Telenet, the Netherlands  Ziggo,  and HOT in Israel. Blue TV has acquired rights to Turkey.TF1 acquired French rights to “The Pier” in one of the banner deal announcements at October’s Mipcom market, where “The Pier” was first seen as one of Mipcom’s only two world premiere screenings.Movistar  Telefonica’s pay TV/OTT platform holds Spanish distribution rights. The series looks set to air in some sold territories soon after its Spanish premiere last Friday when Movistar + released all eight episodes to strong local reviews, newspaper ABC calling Alex Pina the “one of our fiction Messis,” in reference to the soccer genius.Described by Pina and Martínez-Lobato as writing without the safety net of “guns,” and  a conscious attempt to move outside their comfort zone of penitentiary (“Vis-a-Vis) and heist (“La Casa de Papel”) genre thrillers. A sensual emotional thriller, in Martinez Lobato’s words, “The Pier” is set in a near futurist-looking Spanish-city of Valencia, packed with gleaming modern architectural standouts which form a marked contrast to the spectacular Albufera National Park, a network of lagos and rice fields. It turns on an accomplished architect Alex (Verónica Sánchez, “Morocco”) who is confronted with the alleged suicide of her husband. Investigating on her own, she discovers the secret double-life he had led with another woman Verónica  (Irene Arcos, “Vis-a-Vis”). Alex takes on a false identity and moves in with Verónica to find out why she pushed Oscar to lived this other existence. But she begins to discover her own unsuspected new depths and desires.“La Casa de Papel” already pushed the envelope on conventional morality siding much more with the bank robbers than the forces of order, and suggesting everyone, however marginalized has a complex inner life. “The Pier” looks set to continue this – Season 2 is already in post-production – questioning such concepts as monogamy and fidelity. Jesús Colmenar and Alex Rodrigo direct a series whose shot set-up style is far closer to cinema than traditional TV. CREDIT: MARIA HERAS/Movistar+ MIAMI  — Clinching more deals on one of Mipcom’s highest-profile premieres, Beta Film has closed early major territory sales on Movistar + Original “El Embarcadero” (“The Pier”), Alex Pina and Esther Martínez-Lobato’s follow-up to Netflix phenomenon “La casa de papel” (“Money Heist”), identified by the streaming giant in its first-quarter results last April as its most-watched non English-language series ever.Starring Alvaro Morte, “Money Heist’s” Profesor, and produced in association with Atresmedia Studios – one of the first series to see the light of day at the new Spanish studio – and Pina and Martinez Lobato’s Vancouver Media, the romantic thriller has sold to HBO for Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Portugal. Yandex has bought rights to Russia, Ukraine, Georgia and all CIS countries. Popular on Variety ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Variant Covers to Grab This Week 72518

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 center_img They say don’t judge a book by its cover, and honestly that’s a really good policy usually. But when comics have gorgeous covers it’s hard not to imagine the wonderful story that lies within a colorful and well-executed front. Variant covers are a long-standing and killer tradition of the industry. It’s a great way to feature new artists and give collectors something to clamor about, and let’s be real, fork over the dough for.Here are some of Geek’s favorite variant covers coming out on 7/25/18X-23 #2 (Cover A)Variant Artist: Mike Choi – @MikeChoiArtPublisher: MarvelWriter/Artist: Mariko Tamaki/Juan CabalWakanda Forever X-Men #1 (Cover C)Variant Artist: Skottie Young – @skottieyoungPublisher: MarvelWriter/Artist: Nnedi Okorafor/Ray-Anthony HeightGreen Hornet #5 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Diego Galindo – @GalindoartPublisher: DynamiteWriter/Artist: Amy Chu/German ErramouspeBlackwood #3 (Cover A)Variant Artist: Veronica Fish – @itsveronicafishPublisher: Dark HorseWriter/Artist:  Evan Dorkin/Veronica & Andy FishX-O Manowar #17 (Cover C)Variant Artist: Veronica Fish – @itsveronicafishPublisher: ValiantWriter/Artist: Matt Kindt/Trevor HairsineRealm #8 (Cover A)Variant Artist: Jeremy Haun & Nick Filardi – @jerhaun & @nickfilPublisher: ImageWriter/Artist: Seth Peck/Jeremy HaunMy Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #68 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Sara Richard – @SaraRichardPublisher: IDWWriter/Artist: Jeremy Whitley/Andy PriceWonder Woman #51 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Jenny Frison – @jennyfrisonartPublisher: DC ComicsWriter/Artist: Steve Orlando/Laura BragaAdventure Time Beginning Of End #3 (Cover C)Variant Artist: Corey Booth – @theboothbeePublisher: BOOM!Writer/Artist: Ted Anderson/Marina JuliaAquaman Vol 6 #38 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Joshua Middleton – joshuamiddleton.comPublisher: DC ComicsWriter/Artist: Dan Abnett/Richardo Federicilast_img read more