Bjorn leads after course-record 62 at BMW PGA

first_imgVIRGINIA WATER, England – Thomas Bjorn set a course record at Wentworth with a 10-under-par 62 on the opening day of the BMW PGA Championship on Thursday. Bjorn grabbed an eagle and seven birdies to end his round two shots clear of Shane Lowry of Ireland, who shot 64 on the West Course. However, poor weather forced two separate delays totaling nearly two hours in the European Tour’s flagship event, and darkness halted play with 33 in the 150-man field yet to complete their first round. It is the third occasion in Bjorn’s 21-year European Tour career he’s shot a round of 62, and the Dane rated it the best in his 434 tournaments. ”Absolutely,” he said. ”You can’t ask for much more.” BMW PGA Championship full-field leaderboard BMW PGA Championship: Articles, videos and photos Bjorn is contesting his 17th BMW PGA, with his best finish being a share of fifth in 1988, and comes after he missed the cut in the Spanish Open last week with 75-78. ”Last week was awful, and I was starting to feel a bit frustrated with things, and to be honest in practice, it hasn’t been great, either,” he said. ”So … today is a little bit surprising. ”I haven’t had the best record here. I haven’t had the best round here. It’s been a long time since I’ve actually had any sort of result on this golf course. It’s not a place when I come in here, I think, ‘Oh, this is going to be a great week.’ I guess I’ve got to start sticking my head down for the rest of the week.” Lowry produced his best round since a Carnoustie course-record 64 last October in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He made only 25 putts with an old putter he found in his Dublin apartment. ”I have been messing about here and there with putters, and pulled this one out, got the cobwebs off it,” he said. Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain was alone in third place with a 65, and Gary Stal of France made the most of his last minute call-up by shooting a 66. Stal was first reserve for the event, and took the place of countryman Victor Dubuisson, who pulled out injured. Rory McIlroy’s 4-under 68 included holing his second shot for eagle at the par-four seventh hole, and landing his second shot to within six inches for eagle at the par-five 12th. ”The two eagles helped, and it’s a good round for me around this place,” he said. ”It’s a place I’ve notoriously struggled on, but it was good to shoot something in the sixties.” Henrik Stenson, who can become the new world No. 1 with a good result, also carded 68. However, defending champion Matteo Manassero of Italy slumped to an 8-over 80 that included a quadruple-bogey nine at the 17th.last_img read more

Davies heads to Mizuno final round with share of lead

first_imgSHIMA, Japan – Laura Davies of Britain shot a 5-under 67 to share the Mizuno Classic lead with Ai Suzuki of Japan and Ilhee Lee of South Korea after Saturday’s second round. The 51-year-old Davies offset two bogeys with seven birdies at the Kintetsu Kashikojima course for a 9-under 135 total. The English player won the most recent of her 20 LPGA Tour titles in 2001. ”I’ve been playing well but my results have been horrendous,” Davies said. ”If you don’t hole putts, you can’t compete out here anymore. It’s not like it’s a shock to me but it’s a nice surprise.” Davies has a chance to become the oldest winner in LPGA history at the age of 51 if she can close out the tournament for the 21st LPGA victory of her career. ”Obviously, it’s a bad thing, really, because it means I’m really old,” Davies said of the possibility of being the oldest winner. ”But it would be a nice thing too because it would mean I have a good record.” Suzuki finished with four straight birdies to record the day’s lowest score of 64 while Lee shot a bogey-free 66. Suzuki became the youngest winner of the Japan LPGA Championship in September at age 20 and is competing in her first LPGA event. ”I won’t be thinking about the win,” Suzuki said. ”l’ll just try my best and see how I can do in an LPGA tournament.” Japan’s Kotono Kozuma fired a 67 and was one stroke back with South Koreans Mi Hyang Lee (67) and Chella Choi (68). Second-ranked Stacy Lewis, the 2012 winner, shot 72 and was tied for 27th while defending champion Teresa Lu of Taiwan (67) was five strokes back. Lee Na Ri of South Korea had eight birdies against a lone bogey for a 65 and is two strokes back. Karrie Webb of Australia shot a 68 and is tied for eighth place at 6-under with Jessica Korda (67) of the United States and Japan’s Ayako Uehara (68). Overnight leader Morgan Pressel of the United States had an even-par 72 to fall into a tie for 11th place.last_img read more

Reliving Tiger’s PGA Tour debut

first_imgBefore “Hello, world,” there was an even more audacious introduction. It began in the fall of 1990. Preparations were already underway for the Nissan Los Angeles Open, to be played the following February at glamorous Riviera Country Club, and tournament officials grappled with how to allocate the sponsor exemptions. Rather than burn one of their precious invites on an aging warrior in need of a competitive lifeline, tournament director Greg McLaughlin zeroed in on a local 14-year-old who was a former child celebrity and current junior world-beater. Here was a chance not only to raise awareness regionally but also make a splash nationally – offering a spot in one of the PGA Tour’s premier events in one of the country’s biggest markets to a black prodigy who would make history as the youngest to appear in a tournament. It was a brilliant public-relations move. The golf equivalent, McLaughlin would say later, of giving Picasso a paintbrush at age 12 … except the rest of the committee, including chairman Mark Kuperstock, scoffed at the idea. Tiger Woods? Pass. “There were a bunch of people saying, ‘Are you out of your mind?’” McLaughlin says. “It took a bit of a leap of faith.” And 69 strokes of serendipity. The week of the ’91 event, McLaughlin read in the Los Angeles Times how Woods, then a freshman at Western High in Anaheim, had nearly earned his own way through a 132-man qualifier. On the par-5 18th hole at Los Serranos, Woods was told that a closing birdie would secure one of the two available spots. From a tight, downhill lie, he needed to carry his second shot 250 yards to clear the pond fronting the green. A lay-up was the prudent choice, but he instead grabbed 3-wood. He caught it fat, and his ball one-hopped into the water. His 5-under 69 on the par-74 layout wasn’t enough to qualify, but it didn’t go unnoticed. “Look at this!” McLaughlin hollered at tournament headquarters. “He almost qualified at 15!” Now, even Kuperstock was convinced. And so, in the fall of ’91, a year later than he wanted, McLaughlin finally extended the invitation to Woods’ father, Earl. There was a long pause on the phone. “Sir,” Earl Woods said, “my son would be honored to play in the Los Angeles Open.” Photo gallery: Tiger’s pro debut at the ’92 L.A. Open THE GOLF COMMUNITY IN Southern California was well aware of the kid from Cypress with the 1-iron build and massive trophy collection. After all, it was legendary KCBS sportscaster Jim Hill who first put Woods on camera, in 1978, after Earl called the station and raved about his 2-year-old son’s singular talent. Tiger played a hole at the Navy Golf Course near Long Beach, and at the conclusion of his piece, Hill declared, “This young man is going to be to golf what Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert are to tennis.” “People say that Tiger had natural ability, that God gave him the ability to play golf,” says Don Crosby, Woods’ high school coach at Western. “No. God gave him a work ethic, and he put that work ethic to good use. Even at a young age he was the hardest worker I’d ever seen.” That extensive preparation carried over to Woods’ Tour debut. In 1992, Peter Oosterhuis, who later became an analyst for CBS Sports, was the director of golf at Riviera. Before the L.A. Open, he hosted Woods and his sports psychologist, Jay Brunza, for a casual round. “My first impression was, This kid is focused,” Oosterhuis wrote in Golf Digest in 2015. “He was polite but talked very little. He studied the green complexes intently; hit drives to different parts of the fairways. It was exactly the way an experienced pro prepares for a tournament. He hit the ball a mile, he hit it high, and he knew what he was doing. He was the most confident 16-year-old I’d ever seen.” By tournament week, players in the locker room were buzzing about the high school sophomore. “There was resentment to the attention he was getting, probably more than anything,” says Mark Carnevale, the 1992 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. “Some of the guys were like, ‘Who the hell is this guy and why he is playing in this event?’ You could sense there was some of that.” Says McLaughlin: “A lot of it was the curiosity factor. It’s hard to move the needle in that town, but once tournament week began, it was a really big story nationally within golf, and to some extent sports.” Woods was scheduled to play with Paul Azinger and actor Peter Falk during the Wednesday pro-am, but Azinger withdrew because of an injury. A Tour official asked Gary Hallberg if he would cancel his afternoon plans and fill the spot. “I thought it would be kinda cool,” he says now. “Tiger was almost like this fictitious figure.” Tucked next to the clubhouse, Riviera’s first tee is one of the most grandiose settings in golf, and fans crammed onto the veranda to watch the precocious talent. Sam Snead had flown into town that day as the tournament’s special honoree, and he posted up behind the tee to offer some encouragement to Woods. “He wasn’t nervous at all,” says his caddie from that day, Ron “Graphite” Matthews. “He looked at it as just another day at a tournament.” Hallberg teed off on the short par-5 opener and noticed that Woods was also about to start from the tips. “Tiger, you get to tee off way down there,” Hallberg said, pointing to the lower tee about 60 yards ahead. “I know,” Woods said, “but I’m going to play back here with you.” “Really? But we could do well as a team if you just play back there.” “No, Gary,” Woods insisted. “I’m playing here with you.” Of course, moments later, Woods hit a long, towering hook that sailed into the corporate tents, out of bounds. He pulled 3-wood the rest of the week. Even in his first big-league start, Woods understood all of the Tour’s unwritten rules: how to act, where to stand, when to finish out. “At 16, he was like a pro,” says Hallberg, even if Woods didn’t look like one, sporting a clip-on credential on his left pants pocket, like the Monday qualifiers. “My expectation was that he was going to be really something else,” says Hallberg, 58, “and he was even more than I thought.” At one point, Hallberg, in his 13th season on Tour, decided to share some life advice with the aspiring pro – unsolicited. “I said, ‘Tiger, you’re 16, you’re still a young man, you’re going to discover girls, and life is going to throw a lot at you, so you’ve just got to stay focused. Golf is a lifetime game. Keep your nose to the grindstone and you’re going to do just fine.’ “And he was staring at me like, ‘Hey, old man, I’ve got this, OK?’” According to newspaper reports, Woods shot 76 in the pro-am, though Hallberg remembers a hotly contested match with both players around even par. Either way, as Woods signed autographs afterward he was asked by a reporter if he’d be intimidated in his Tour debut. “By who?” Woods said. “This isn’t that big a tournament, like the Masters or the U.S. Open, and I’m trying to keep it that way. It’s a regular tournament. And I’m just the local hero, or guy.” Though Tiger possessed a quiet assuredness, his father, a former Green Beret lieutenant colonel, was a fierce promoter. On the eve of the tournament, Earl told The New York Times of his son: “He’s going to blow a lot of people’s minds.” WHEN THE PAIRINGS FOR the L.A. Open were unveiled on Tuesday, Bob Friend immediately began to fret. As a Tour rookie, each early-season start was crucial, because he needed to earn enough money to survive the first reshuffle. His year had gotten off to a rocky start, with a pair of missed cuts and two other finishes outside the top 40. And now he was grouped with Woods, along with second-year pro Dicky Thompson. “What had me concerned had nothing to do with Tiger,” Friend says, “but the people who were going to be following him. They’re not going to have the highest golf IQ. It was kind of the John Daly effect: Every week he played, he brought with him the NASCAR crowd. They didn’t know how to act at a tournament, and the other two playing partners were like vapors. “I’m thinking to myself, Am I going to be able to get my work done? Is it going to be a zoo? And it sure was.” In the opening round, Woods teed off at 8:28 a.m. – during advanced geometry, the high school class he was skipping. Riviera was teeming with fans of all ages, roughly 2,000 in all, including some of his teammates and classmates. “He had a whole fan club at Western,” says Crosby, 75. “I called in sick one of the days and just hoped that I didn’t get on TV.” Woods has struggled with opening tee shots his entire career, but this one he smoked down the center. “As I took the club back, I’ve never felt a club weigh that much,” he says. “I’ve never felt nerves like that.” Says Hill: “We were all holding our breath. I could hear some people say, ‘Please let him hit it right down the middle.’ And Tiger did himself proud.” Woods birdied the soft opening hole. “This is great,” he told himself. “This is how you want to start off your PGA Tour career.” But on the second hole, a beefy par 4, Woods overcooked his tee shot near the fence that borders the driving range. When he tried to punch out behind a row of oleanders, his shot caught the curb of the cart path and bounced back toward him. He still had 170 yards, uphill, for his third shot, and a few branches restricted his backswing. No matter. He lofted a high, sweeping 8-iron to 4 feet. “Amazing shot,” Matthews marvels, even now. It was one of several otherworldly pars that week, each capped by a clawing gesture called the Tiger Paw. (Alas, it didn’t stick.) But Woods’ play wasn’t the only adventure inside the ropes – a mob of media created a logistical nightmare. With about 50 writers, photographers, cameramen and even a few TMZ-types jostling for position, the three players repeatedly backed off their shots. So chaotic was the scene, three security guards joined the group at the turn to shield them from the stampede. “On the seventh hole, I had a 20-foot birdie putt from the fringe and Tiger was waiting, leaning on his putter across the green,” Friend says. “I got down behind the ball, on a little crown, and a photographer crossed in front of me when I was reading the putt – literally walked between me and the ball and started taking pictures of Tiger from across the green. “I said to him, ‘Are you kidding me?!’ My caddie grabbed him by the shoulders and told him to go over there. But it was like that for two days. It was insane.” What struck Friend was Woods’ poise in the unseemly environment. He recalled his first time on a big stage, the 1984 U.S. Open, when he was a 20-year-old college junior. Lee Trevino’s group was coming up Winged Foot’s adjacent ninth hole when Friend’s name was announced on the first tee. Hundreds of fans turned to their left to watch the amateur begin his day. “I just about soiled myself,” he says. “But Tiger didn’t show any nervousness at any time. He looked like he belonged.” Woods dazzled with his imagination and scrambling, but on the 11th hole, he wrenched his back while trying to gouge his ball out of deep rough on a severe uphill lie. (He received treatment after the round.) He still made nine consecutive pars to close, but lipping out an 8-footer on 18 soured his mood, even as the crowd yelled, “You da kid!” His opening, 1-over 72 – three shots off his goal for the day – left him eight back. “They list all the great achievements that he had in his career, but when you really start thinking about it, that was probably one a lot of people forgot,” McLaughlin says. “A 72 on Day 1 at Riviera, at age 16, right out of the gate? Unbelievable.” Ill-prepared for the media crush, tournament officials orchestrated a makeshift news conference by the main scoring area, with Woods hopping onto a riser to answer questions from a hundred reporters. It was the first glimpse into the all-consuming Tigermania coverage – Carnevale, who was one back after an opening 65, doesn’t recall speaking to a single reporter after his round. After a few clipped responses, Tiger retreated to the player dining area, where he scarfed down a cheeseburger. “I could tell how proud Earl was,” McLaughlin says. “He hugged him and was almost in tears. It was the first time that I’d seen Earl really touched and excited.” Outside with reporters, however, the sentimentality disappeared. “You haven’t seen the real Tiger yet,” Earl warned. “He has an awful lot more to his game than he showed today. That’s not putting pressure on him. That’s a fact.” UNFORTUNATELY, NOT EVERYONE WANTED to see the real Tiger. A series of racially charged voicemails had been left at tournament headquarters, with the caller threatening Woods’ life and admonishing the chairman for inviting a minority player. With Woods off late Friday, McLaughlin huddled with his internal security team to discuss the threat, then approached Earl once he arrived at the course. Even more security was dispatched, but Earl didn’t tell Tiger about the incident until after the tournament. A year later, Woods told the Los Angeles Times: “I guess Dad didn’t want me to lose my focus.” Any cut-line suspense ended early on Day 2. Crooked off the tee – he found just 10 of 28 fairways for the week – Woods mixed five bogeys and a birdie for a second-round 75 and a two-round total of 147, leaving him six shots above the cut line and 17 behind halfway leader Davis Love III. (Woods was 125th out of 143 players.) Perhaps not surprisingly, none of the other players in the featured group made the cut, either. “It was a learning experience,” he said afterward, “and I learned that I wasn’t that good.” Woods was smiling and more relaxed when he met with the media after his second round, and seemingly every reporter dutifully noted that the kid had another event the following week, with much less at stake – a nine-hole match against Gahr High. (Woods shot 2 over and Western prevailed, 209-226.) But the constant attention and scrutiny proved exhausting. By the end of the week he signed autographs as only “Tiger,” apparently to conserve energy. His world was forever changed. “Seriously, I would like to stand behind the curtain a little longer,” he said. “But I guess this tournament brought me out.” Woods, the most ballyhooed junior since Jack Nicklaus, left a lasting impression on his fellow playing competitors and observers during his short stay at Riviera – with the exception of two-time major champion Sandy Lyle, who was asked what he knew about Woods: “Is that a golf course?” Says Friend, 53: “If you’d asked me what his career would be like when he’s finished, I’d have said he’s definitely going to win majors, and win a lot of tournaments, and have a career like Davis Love III. It’d be a wonderful career. But at 16, it’s hard to say he’s going to be the greatest of all time, or the second greatest.” Legendary sportswriter Jim Murray went even further, predicting superstardom in his column for the L.A. Times: “So, in a very important way, you won the L.A. Open. I hope you like it in the limelight because it looks as if that is where you will spend your career. The game is starved for a hero and it looks like you are elected.” Woods made his first pro start in August 1996, in Milwaukee – “Hello, world” – but over the years he never forgot the courtesy extended to him as a high school sophomore. As the game’s biggest draw in the late ’90s, Woods appeared each summer in the Western Open, the Chicago-area event run by McLaughlin. Having gained the family’s trust, McLaughlin was a logical choice as president and CEO of the Tiger Woods Foundation, a position he held from 2000-14, when he left to become commissioner of the PGA Tour Champions. Woods and Hill reconnect every year. Last month, during media day for the Genesis Open at Riviera (which Woods’ foundation now runs), Hill showed Woods the infamous outtake from the ’78 feature, in which young Tiger sat on his father’s lap and, when asked by Hill whether he liked golf, responded: “I’ve gotta go poo-poo.” “Over the years I kept going back to that poo-poo tape,” Hill says, “because that’s what he was doing to the rest of the guys on the PGA Tour. He’s a once-in-a-lifetime athlete. He’s a gift from the sports gods.” Woods and Matthews crossed paths again a decade later, when the curtain had long since been lifted. They reminisced for five minutes at Bay Hill before heading their separate ways, this time for good. “I think about that week a little,” says Matthews, 68, “but you tell people you caddied for him once and they don’t believe you.” Friend never played with Woods again, but 25 years later, the memories of that milestone event – the gray slacks, the striped shirt, the fireman-style hat, the recovery shots, the police escort, the media craze and the palpable buzz – remain as vivid as ever. “It’s history, the first one,” Friend says. “Every time Riviera comes on, I tell my kids: Hey, your father is the answer to a trivia question.”last_img read more

The Social: Double the fun after the PGA

first_imgJustin Thomas breaks through for his first major victory and celebrates it in style, Rory McIlroy gets an outstanding application from a guy eager to be his new caddie, Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky head out on vacation and in case you weren’t sure it was Solheim Cup week, Michelle Wie and Danielle Kang are here to remind you. All that and more in this edition of The Social. It would be hard to start anywhere but Justin Thomas’ victory at the PGA Championship, as the golf world hasn’t stopped buzzing about it since he lifted the Wanamaker Trophy. Social media lit up with congratulatory messages for one of the most well-liked guys on the PGA Tour, and one of his first orders of business when he got home to Jupiter, Fla., was dinner with Tiger Woods at the 14-time major champion’s nearby restaurant, The Woods. This photo of Woods, Thomas and the Wanamaker began circulating around the Internet, but perhaps the best version came from the Snapchat account of Rickie Fowler – who was also in attendance – with the caption “14-1-0 … 0 not pictured,” referencing the trio’s major haul. Say what you will about Fowler, he’s got a great sense of humor about this whole third-wheeling thing. The Rory McIlroy caddie opening is currently one of the most sought-after jobs in the golf world – he confirmed there’s been plenty of interest ahead of last week’s PGA Championship at Quail Hollow. Now that he’s considering shutting it down until next year with an injury, he’ll have plenty of time to consider all of his possible options, including PGA Tour pro Joel Dahmen’s caddie, Geno Bonnalie, who tweeted out his de facto résumé which was equal parts hilarious and informative. There’s a lot there to read (in very small print), so here are some of the highlights: – Please don’t think I’m sneaking around behind Joel’s back trying to get another job. I think Joel himself may also be applying for the position. – If you hire me it wouldn’t be awkward at all because we already know each other. We played in front of you on Saturday at the Travelers and during the wait on 4 tee box I asked you if you wanted a water (which you politely declined). So we’re pretty much best friends already. – Once upon a time I was one of the best Archers in the world (as a youth). so I have a weird ability to know exactly how far you are from the pin just by looking at it (inside 70 yards). So if I don’t step anything off, and tell you it’s 58 yards … it’s 58 yards. – If we agree on a club, then you chunk the sh** out of it and yell at me for “giving you a bad club” I’ll probably eat it and say “sorry pro”, but please know that in my head I will be thinking something about how you should hit a better shot. – If you make me keep our playing partners score, I sometimes lose track of what they made on a hole because I’m so focused on what we’re doing (see what I did there? Turned a negative in to a positive) Click here to read Bonnalie’s full qualifications, which may or may not exactly line up with what McIlroy is looking for, according to this incredible voice-over impersonation from Golf Central Daily. Rory McIlroy tells press exact criteria he is looking for in his next caddie!!RT for Steven Connolly! Absolute comic impersonator genius!! pic.twitter.com/9vKwN50Oh2— GolfCentralDaily (@golfcentraldoc) August 14, 2017 It’s been a long season for Dustin Johnson. Three wins – including two WGCs, that slip and fall down the stairs before the start of the Masters that led to his withdrawal, the weight of the world No. 1 ranking as he searched for his second major title, becoming a new father for the second time. Add it all up, and the end of the major season seems like the perfect time for a vacation. What a coincidence that he and his fiancée, Paulina Gretzky, are two of the best vacationers on earth. So it wasn’t a shock to see the two of them lounging in a pool at Baker’s Bay in the Bahamas shortly after the PGA Championship wrapped up. Also, apparently in some crazy little scheme to actually turn a profit, Baker’s Bay is open more than once a year during spring break when the #SB2K boys come to town. Who knew? Just when you thought video games were safe. Picking winners at a 75 percent success rate is unheard of in the gambling world, especially when it comes to golf. Unfortunately for one man who picked three of the four major winners this year, that accomplishment led to a payout of $0. Jordan Baker’s dream of a $2.5 million payout for a parlay of all four major champs officially died at The Open, where he picked Rickie Fowler instead of Jordan Spieth. But his heart was ripped out once again on Sunday at the PGA Championship while watching Justin Thomas outlast the field and hoist his first major championship trophy. @RickieFowler bring me for a round at Augusta and we’ll call it even.pic.twitter.com/KYAv9jN49V— Bakes (@OfficialBakes) August 14, 2017 Baker tried to make light of the situation on Sunday, telling Fowler he could make it up to him with a round at Augusta National, but take a look at his Twitter timeline. That there is a broken man. Oh my god, if Justin Thomas wins. I’m jumping out of a plane without a chute— Bakes (@OfficialBakes) August 13, 2017 I feel sick— Bakes (@OfficialBakes) August 13, 2017 HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH— Bakes (@OfficialBakes) August 13, 2017 Something about the PGA Championship that inspires everyone to get a little slap happy. Obviously it’s going to be hard to top the GOAT – Jason Dufner after his win at Oak Hill in 2013, who became a viral sensation for this “celebration” with then-wife, Amanda. But Jordan Spieth gave it a try after his good friend Justin Thomas won the PGA on Sunday. The three-time major winner welcomed his buddy to the club with a big old pat on the rear end. Attaboy JT, you earned it. It’s not how you play, it’s how you look while you’re playing … or something like that. Well the USA Solheim Cup squad is looking rather red, white and blue early this week, especially Michelle Wie. Wie has gone full USA braids and Swarovski crystal shoes, as well as matching American flag onesies with BFF Danielle Kang. Not sure what this means for U.S. team, but it’s a strategy so crazy, it might just work. It’s a tough call, but have to go with Robert on this one.last_img read more

Lydia, Lexi tied for the lead at Brickyard

first_imgLydia Ko moved in position Friday to shake the first real swoon of her career in spectacular fashion, but she will have to take on Lexi Thompson to do so. Ko shot 8-under-par 64, following up her 65 in the opening round, to take the lead through the morning wave in the second round of the Indy Women in Tech Championship. Thompson, however, answered in the afternoon. She followed up a 63 with a 66 to tie Ko for the lead at 15-under overall at Brickyard Crossing Golf Club in Indianapolis. That sets up a showdown between two of the greatest teen phenoms in LPGA history. Thompson, who turned 22 in February, and Ko, who turned 20 in April, will go off together in Saturday’s final round. “I’ve played with Lydia quite a bit,” Thompson said. “We’re usually paired with each other at least one round a week. She’s super nice, a great player, obviously, very talented. So, tomorrow, I’m just going to focus on my game and see where that takes me.” Thompson won her first LPGA title when she was 16 at the Navistar Classic, becoming the tour’s youngest winner at the time. Ko came along a year later to win the Canadian Women’s Open at 15. Thompson is looking for her ninth LPGA title, her second this season. Ko is looking for her 15th LPGA title, her first in more than a year. She entered this week having missed the cut in two of her last three starts, and having failed to put up a top-10 finish all summer, over her last seven starts. “It was actually more frustrating, because I felt like there were a lot of positives, and a lot of good things going on, but I just couldn’t put it all together,” Ko said. “This week, the last couple days, I’ve been able to hit it pretty good, and make some good putts. That’s what I’ve kind of been lacking the last few months.” Ko made five consecutive birdies on her second nine Friday. Though she entered this week just 47th on tour in greens in regulation – a big slip from two years ago, when she ranked second – her iron play has been sharp through two rounds. She has hit 33 of 36 greens this week. This season started with Ko facing some challenges that were more daunting than she expected. She came into the year with a new coach, new equipment and new caddie. Going through swing changes and dialing in yardages with 14 new PXG clubs in her bag required Ko to be more analytical about her game than is natural to her. She was asked Friday if she finds herself thinking too much about her swing. “I’ve tried to keep putting my time in on the range, to make me think less while I am playing,” Ko said. “Sometimes, those thoughts do come, but I think it’s something where you have to have an on-and-off switch. If you don’t hit a good shot, and you start thinking, `Hey, what’s going on?’ And switch off, and just let it swing freely. I think that’s really important. It’s just nice to kind of be able to get into that rhythm.” Thompson is overpowering Brickyard Crossing, which is playing to 6,599 yards on the scorecard. She averaged 300 yards per drive on Friday, which is a staggering 76 more than Ko. Through two rounds, Thompson has made 17 birdies. “It’s not the longest golf course,” Thompson said. “I can reach the par 5s, which I think is definitely in my advantage, but you still have to hit golf shots.” Thompson and Ko, of course, aren’t the only players with chances Saturday. Candie Kung (64) is just one shot back with Ashleigh Buhai (66) four back. “I’m really just going to try not to even look at a leaderboard,” Thompson said. “I’m just going to try to focus on my game. It’s going to take a lot of birdies, especially if it’s perfect weather like it was today.”last_img

Hatton wins second straight Euro Tour title

MONZA, Italy – Tyrrell Hatton sunk a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the Italian Open on Sunday for his second European Tour victory in two weeks. Last week, Hatton retained his title at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the storied Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland. Now the Englishman is up to fifth in the Race to Dubai rankings. It looked like Hatton was heading for a three-man playoff before he rolled his final putt into the bottom of the cup and unleashed a series of fist pumps to celebrate the Rolex Series victory. Full-field scores from the Italian Open ”I had a good feeling standing over it, even though my hands were shaking and my knees were shaking,” Hatton said. A day after celebrating his 26th birthday, Hatton birdied five of the last seven holes for a bogey-free 65 to finish at 21 under. ”It was a battle with myself today,” said Hatton, who had a slow front nine. ”But my caddie kept saying it would come in the end and it did. … I got a hot streak with the putter, which helps a lot.” Fellow Englishman Ross Fisher and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand tied for second, one stroke behind, while third-round leader Matt Wallace finished fourth at 19 under. Defending champion and home favorite Francesco Molinari finished in a tie for sixth. Hatton took home a first-place check of around $1.1 million, the biggest prize in an increased purse of $7 million this year as part of the buildup to the 2022 Ryder Cup outside Rome. Crowds were large throughout the week at the Golf Club Milano, next to Monza’s Formula One circuit. read more

Henderson, Sharp take first-round lead at Dow

first_imgMIDLAND, Mich. — Canadians Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp shot a 5-under 65 in alternate-shot play Wednesday to take the first-round lead in the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, the LPGA Tour’s first-year team event. Henderson and Sharp had seven birdies and two bogeys at Midland Country Club. ”We really got it going, kind of fed off each other,” Henderson said. ”She hit some good shots, I made some putts and vice versa. So it really worked out nice and it’s a good way to start.” Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel were a stroke back. ”We’re best of friends we’ve played a lot of team events together, so it’s nothing new for us to be able to come out here,” Creamer said. ”We haven’t played alternate shot for a little while, and when we have played it in the past, it’s always match play and you never have to finish. Out here you actually have to shoot a score, which is a little bit different.” The teams will play best-ball Thursday, return to alternate shot Friday and close Saturday with a best-ball round. Full-field scores from the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational ”It’s intense, but then we got out our tension and then we played and we were free-wheeling it,” Sharp said. ”I think the first few holes we didn’t really know what to expect and we had a lot of adrenaline, and then we calmed down and played really nicely together.” The 21-year-old Henderson won the Meijer LPGA Classic a month ago in Grand Rapids to break the Canadian record for tour victories with nine. Also the Lotte Championship winner in April in Hawaii, Henderson broke a tie with Sandra Post for the Canadian record on the LPGA Tour and also moved ahead of George Knudson and Mike Weir for the overall country mark. The 38-year-old Sharp is winless on the LPGA Tour. The teams of Minjee Lee-Jin Young Ko, Robyn Choi-Jaclyn Lee, Jasmine Suwannapura-Cydney Clanton and Amy Yang-Mirim Lee shot 67. ”We chatted pretty much the whole way around,” Lee said. ”We usually don’t get to get this opportunity to play with our friends too much, so I think that was the best part.” The sister duo of Nelly and Jessica Korda topped the group at 68. ”Start of the round, kind of just getting used to everything, the new format,” Nelly Korda said. ”Gave each other some good opportunities on the back and took advantage of a couple. Anything under par for alternate shot is good, so we’re happy with that.” Sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn shot 70, and Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson opened with a 71. Rookies Jennifer Kupcho and Maria Fassi also had a 71. They staged a memorable duel that Kupcho won at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. ”Alternate shot’s always really hard. We knew that coming in and we didn’t really know how it was going to go because we didn’t try it,” Kupcho said. ”It went better than what I thought it was going to go, so I was pretty happy.” Suzann Pettersen, making her first tour start after a 20-month break for the birth of her first child, and European Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew had a 73. Pettersen will be a vice caption for the European team. ”I just really enjoyed it,” Pettersen said. ”It was nice to play with Beany. Some good shots and some average shots and some that we just got out of the way. Overall, very happy to be back.”last_img read more

As players prep for WGC, minds focused on Tiger’s health, not career

first_imgBRADENTON, Fla. – At least now we know what Tiger Woods is facing: a long, onerous, painful recovery from a shattered right leg and ankle. Considering the bleak few hours Tuesday, when his condition was unknown, that grim portrait is actually a relief. Most players here at the World Golf Championships-Workday Championship were on-site at The Concession when news quickly began to spread about Woods’ car crash near Los Angeles. Tony Finau was reading news updates on his phone during a practice round. Tyrrell Hatton heard about it while going through his pre-round warmup in the physio trailer. Xander Schauffele recalled how somber and gloomy the mood was on the practice putting green. “It is quiet,” Schauffele said. “I can tell you it’s very quiet on-site for the most part.” Back at PGA Tour headquarters, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, commissioner Jay Monahan was on a videoconference when he received the call. He was so stunned, he had to ask twice what had really happened. WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession: Full-field tee times | Full coverage Monahan couldn’t focus on anything else the rest of the day. He couldn’t sleep last night. He arrived early Wednesday at The Concession to talk to players and officials, sure, but also to show and express his support for the Tour’s biggest attraction. In an interview Wednesday morning, Monahan grew emotional when discussing Woods’ impact. “Part of my emotion is knowing how much he means to everybody, all the players out here,” he said. “This is a tough moment. This is not an easy week to play golf, when the person you idolize, the person that’s your inspiration, the person that’s gotten you into this game, the person that’s created a lot of opportunity for you, is hurt.” It might not be the easiest week to play golf, but the players are used to distractions. They’re used to compartmentalizing their personal and professional lives, to stuffing their feelings in their golf bag along with their keys, wallet and cell phone. Golf Central Monahan on Tiger: Well-being is what matters BY Ryan Lavner  — February 24, 2021 at 12:16 PM PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan talked about how he learned of Tiger Woods’ accident and his reaction. “I think Tiger was the best at it,” Schauffele said. “We all kind of learned from him. He played some of the best golf with so much crazy stuff going on in his life, injuries and all kinds of crazy stuff. So I think Jay’s right. It’s kind of strange to share the same idol as everyone else out here, but we all do for a good reason. He is the reason a lot of us are playing golf, and the reason a lot of us do what we do.” Once there was more clarity about the injuries that Woods had sustained, almost instinctually, a familiar thought pattern emerged: He underwent surgery. He’d soon begin his recovery. And then: Could he make another comeback, like he’s done so many times before? But it’s too soon for that. It’s months – plural – before it can even be a consideration. Because, with 24 hours to digest the news, Jon Rahm’s mind was elsewhere: “I’m just thankful that Tiger’s still here. I don’t necessarily need to see him on a golf course again. I would love to, but I just hope he can live a normal life from here on.” That sentiment was shared by Rory McIlroy, who has already seen Woods at his worst. In spring 2017, McIlroy had lunch with Woods shortly after Woods had undergone a last-ditch fusion surgery on his ailing back. At that point, Woods playing tournament golf, let alone winning a major championship, was unfathomable to McIlroy. “People don’t realize the struggle and the things he had to deal with to get to that point to win Augusta in 2019. I can’t think of any greater comeback in sports than the journey he made from that lunch we had in 2017 to winning the Masters a couple years later.” And now this – serious injuries to Woods’ lower right leg and the emotional trauma of a rollover crash that required him to be removed through the windshield. So, McIlroy was asked: Of all people, is Woods the one competitor who can come back from this? “He’s not Superman,” McIlroy said. “He’s a human being at the end of the day. And he’s already been through so much. At this stage, I think everyone should just be grateful that he’s here, that he’s alive, that his kids haven’t lost their dad. That’s the most important thing. Golf is so far from the equation right now, it’s not even on the map at this point.”last_img read more

Molecular Motor Threads a Spiral Staircase

first_imgPhoto credit: Jude Beck via Unsplash. A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Intelligent Design Molecular Motor Threads a Spiral StaircaseEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCAugust 29, 2019, 5:57 AM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Tagsamino acidsATP synthaseATPasebacterial flagellumbiochemistryCdc48 ATPase complexcryo-electron microscopyDarwin DevolvesDarwin’s Black BoxDarwinian mechanismEdward Twomeyintelligent designJerry CoynekinesinMichael Behemolecular motorpeptide bondpolypeptide chainproteasomeproteinsRichard DawkinsScience (journal)ubiquitin,Trending Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesiscenter_img Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Recommended Let’s get acquainted with another irreducibly complex molecular motor. This one is a master at unfolding proteins, even the tough nuts that are hard to crack. Its method is ingenious.One shouldn’t think that icons of intelligent design in biochemistry are restricted to the few favorites, like the bacterial flagellum, kinesin, and ATP synthase. There are thousands of them — tens of thousands! Each one is fascinating in its own way. Today’s focus is on one, called the “Cdc48 ATPase complex,” or Cdc48 for short. It’s another ATPase (meaning, it uses ATP for energy) with an important job: unfolding proteins. Most proteins, you recall, are folded into globular shapes. Some of those can get pretty tightly wound, held together with electrical charges and mechanical forces. Anyone who has tried to untangle threads, ropes, or fish lines knows that the tighter the wad, the harder it is to untangle. Here is how Cdc48 does its job — with finesse.Ubiquitin, as in UbiquitousBefore getting into the mechanics of Cdc48, it would help to learn about another protein called ubiquitin. As the name implies, it is ubiquitous in the cell. Because ubiquitin fastens easily to many domains on other proteins, it often “tags” them so that they get noticed by other enzymes. Ubiquitins can be chained together easily, conferring additional tagging messages. Some poly-ubiquitin tags tell the proteasome (the cell’s garbage disposal) that the substrate needs to be recycled. The proteasome removes the poly-ubiquitin tag before stuffing the spent or damaged protein into the barrel-shaped slicer-dicer, where its amino acids are separated for recycling.Another poly-ubiquitin tag informs Cdc48 that “this substrate needs unfolding.” Such a situation can occur when a protein is too tightly wound for the proteasome, when it is part of a multi-protein complex, or when it is in a hard-to-access area, such as embedded in a membrane. What happens when the protein fastens to the enzyme is quite amazing. The action was recently deciphered in more detail than ever by Edward Twomey et al. who describe their findings in Science. Get ready for a trip down a spiral staircase inside another molecular machine! Visualize Its ShapeTo visualize its shape, think of two hexagonal tires stacked on top of each other. A hand from inside grabs the end of the first ubiquitin, and pulls on it. Out the bottom tire comes an unfolded protein. Presto! What happened inside?Cdc48/p97 belongs to the AAA+ (ATPases associated with diverse cellular activities) family. It contains an N-terminal domain and two tandem ATPase domains (D1 and D2). Six monomers form a double-ring structure, with a central pore. Cdc48 often collaborates with the heterodimeric cofactor Ufd1/Npl4. Substrate initially binds through the attached polyubiquitin chain to Ufd1/Npl4 and then moves through the pore of the ATPase rings and is thereby unfolded. This translocation process requires adenosine 5′-triphosphate (ATP) hydrolysis by the D2 domains and involves their pore loop residues. [Emphasis added.]In short, Cdc48 literally pulls its substrate through a central pore with force. The pore, they say, is shaped like a spiral staircase. Finely-placed amino acids that look like loops within the pore grab onto the substrate and pull it through in a “hand-over-hand” manner. It’s a powered string untangler!Where does the ubiquitin come in? The machine grabs the poly-ubiquitin “tag” first, and pulls it into a special groove in the machine. This gives Cdc48 both a signal to proceed, and also something to grab onto for recognizing the substrate coming in behind. An Amazing MotorTwomey et al. wanted to know more about this amazing motor.The mechanism of substrate processing by Cdc48 is poorly understood. For example, it is unknown how Cdc48 can deal with a broad range of even well-folded substrates, the only requirement being an attached polyubiquitin chain. Specifically, it remains unclear how a segment of a folded substrate can pass through the D1 ring to contact the D2 pore loops that power translocation. How these D2 subunits then translocate the substrate is also not known. Structures of related hexameric ATPases indicate a spiral-staircase arrangement of pore loops around the substrate, but structures of the Cdc48 ATPase engaged with a polyubiquitinated substrate have not yet been determined.The biochemists found a way to slow down the action so that they could watch it. To do this, they had to mutate the enzyme so that it didn’t operate so fast. Then, they captured “movie frames” using cryo-electron microscopy. Then they could put the frames together and see what was going on.The structures show two folded ubiquitin molecules bound to Npl4 located on top of Cdc48’s D1 ring. Hydrogen-deuterium exchange experiments indicate additional ubiquitin-binding sites on Ufd1. Surprisingly, one ubiquitin molecule is unfolded and bound to a groove of Npl4, which contains conserved amino acids required for substrate unfolding. Unfolding of ubiquitin is remarkable, given that it is an extremely stable protein that can survive boiling. The unfolded ubiquitin molecule projects its N-terminal segment through the D1 ATPase ring and engages the pore loops of the D2 ATPases. These pore loops form a staircase that acts as a “conveyer belt” to move the polypeptide through the central pore.Illustrations in the paper show the ubiquitins fitting tightly into a special groove made to order for them. The machine unfolds the first ubiquitin (like they say, quite a feat for a stable protein that can survive boiling!). This gives the substrate that follows a “handle” that the machine can pull on. The ubiquitins engage both the specialized groove in D1, but also the “conveyor belt” in D2, where a spiral staircase of six loops named A to F pull on the substrate, unfolding it in a hand-over-hand manner. The sequence of peptides coming in doesn’t matter to this general-purpose unfolding machine; it can handle them all. Particularly tough nuts may require additional ubiquitin “leader” chains:Our results explain why the Cdc48 ATPase can act on a broad range of even well-folded proteins: It uses ubiquitin binding and unfolding to initiate substrate processing. Cdc48 first pulls on the N terminus of the unfolded ubiquitin molecule. The structure implies that if substrate is directly attached to the unfolded ubiquitin, it will next translocate through the central pore; otherwise, Cdc48 has to successively unfold the intervening ubiquitin molecules until it reaches and unfolds the substrate.Why the Machine Is ImportantThis machine is important. Defects in Cdc48 can cause neurological diseases. Surely this must be a crown product of late evolution, right? No; the scientists did their work with yeast, one of the very simplest eukaryotes. And it is also found in archaea, considered by some to be the most primitive life forms on earth. One could rightly suspect that without this general-purpose untangler present at the beginning, the first cells would quickly become clogged with tangled wads of useless polypeptides. Need more amazement? The scientists found that this machine has moving parts. If you recall those old hand-operated label-makers, it’s a bit like that: the user would crank a handle to send the tape moving along with each letter. Here’s what the researchers found:The D1 and D2 domains both behave as rigid bodies (fig. S11). Superposition of the Cdc48 monomers on the basis of the D1 domains shows that the staircase arrangement of the D2 domains is caused by rigid body movements relative to D1 (fig. S11B). The angle between the D1 and D2 subunits changes dramatically from subunits B to E, causing a displacement of the D2 pore loop by more than 18 Å (fig. S11B).That’s a pretty large motion for a molecule. Here is how the general-purpose unfolding machine handles any chain:Five of the subunits (A to E) contact the polypeptide and form a pronounced staircase, with subunit A on top and subunit E on the bottom…. All substrate-engaged subunits contact the polypeptide through the Trp561 and Tyr562 residues in their pore loops (Fig. 6B). These residues “pinch” every other peptide bond of the extended polypeptide substrate. Thus, each power stroke of the hexameric ATPase moves two amino acids of the substrate, and the intercalation of pore loops between side chains allows translocation of a polypeptide regardless of its specific amino acid sequence.Where to GrabIn other words, regardless of the shapes or sizes of the amino acids, the machine knows where to grab. It “feels” for the peptide bond common to all amino acid residues, pinches it, and pulls with a “power stroke,” resulting in a large motion between D1 and D2. The subunit loops are in contact with the substrate all the way through, making sure it unfolds properly. But why doesn’t the pulling motion dislocate the machine as well? Therein likes another wonder. Think of a conveyor belt. The belt eventually moves back to its starting position. Together, our structures reveal that the D2 ATPases use a “conveyor belt” mechanism to translocate a polypeptide chain through the central pore (Fig. 6D). In this model, subunit A binds to the top of the polypeptide chain when it converts from the ADP-bound or nucleotide-free state to the ATP-bound state. The subunits then move downward, dragging the polypeptide chain with them. At the lowest substrate-engaged position, subunit E hydrolyzes ATP. Subsequently, in the ADP-bound or nucleotide-free state, subunit F disengages from the substrate so that it can move to the top position and start a new cycle. This is so like macro-machines we are familiar with: conveyor belts, windmills, sewing machines, and other devices that continually reposition themselves for continuous action. Other molecular machines use a similar conveyor-belt mechanism, the authors say, but Cdc48 seems to be the deluxe model with an added contact that “may allow Cdc48 (p97) to exert more force to unfold its substrates.” This is not simple chemistry. This is machinery with moving parts, forces and interacting subunits!As expected, the mechanism is even more complex than described here. And, again as expected, the authors have nothing to say about evolution.Would They Dare?Behe notes in his Appendix to Darwin Devolves that evolutionists have failed to explain the bacterial flagellum or the blood clotting cascade with a Darwinian mechanism. He gave them that challenge to Darwinism in Darwin’s Black Box twenty years ago. A couple of teams tried, but dodged the issue. The rest have remained silent. And yet they still keep their jobs, demanding sole authority for Darwinism in science. It’s time for some overkill: not just one or two molecular machines, but thousands of them, including Cdc48. Show them all, day after day, incessantly, faster and faster, until the most ardent Darwinist cries uncle. At first, if you have seen the old I Love Lucy episode, Lucy and Ethel could handle the conveyor belt of chocolates. They could excuse the occasional missed one, or swallow another. Let’s put Jerry Coyne and Richard Dawkins in their places and watch the fun as we send molecular machines down the conveyor belt for them to wrap in Darwinian explanations, and when they are really sweating, shout, “Speed ’er up, all!” Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Sharelast_img read more

The Advantages of a Bayesian Approach to ID

first_img“A Bayesian Approach to Intelligent Design” “Applying Bayes’ Theorem to Biological Design”  Literature Cited in This Series Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Intelligent Design The Advantages of a Bayesian Approach to IDJonathan McLatchieJuly 16, 2020, 5:42 AM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Share TagsarrowheadsBayes’ TheoremBayesian inferencebeliefbiological designdesignerevidenceEvolution Newshuman agentsintelligent designirreducibly complex machineryLife SciencesLydia McGrewobjections to intelligent designphysical sciencesprehistoric civilizationsRecurrent Laryngeal Nervesuboptimal designs,Trending Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos I noted that structuring the argument in the way I have proposed helps us to address some popular objections to intelligent design. Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man To conclude, I submit that Bayes Theorem represents a powerful way to model and structure one’s thinking, especially about proportioning one’s confidence in a conclusion relative to the strength of the available evidence, as well as informing one how one ought to update one’s belief in response to new evidence.  For example, consider the argument from suboptimal design, which I have addressed at Evolution News before (e.g., see here and here). This argument concerns the supposed unlikelihood that a designer would create biological structures that appear to be imperfect, such as the circuitous route of the recurrent laryngeal nerve. However, when you consider evidence as a likelihood ratio of P(E|H) and P(E|~H), this argument quickly loses its force. Even if we concede that given examples of suboptimal design are improbable on the hypothesis of design, they are still, I would suggest, more probable on the hypothesis of design than on its falsehood. Therefore, even granting a very low probability to the existence of apparently sub-optimally engineered systems on the hypothesis of design, such systems still count as evidence for design rather than against it. Barnes, L.A. (2018) “Fine-tuning in the context of Bayesian theory testing.” European Journal for Philosophy of Science 8:253-269.McGrew, L. (2004) “Testability, Likelihoods, and Design.” Philo 7(1):5-21.McGrew, Timothy. (2005) “Toward a Rational Reconstruction of Design Inferences.” Philosophia Christi 7:253–98. The same principle may be applied to the objection that we have never observed intelligent agents design living objects, even those which are information rich and contain irreducibly complex machinery. As McGrew again points out, reference class difficulties always occur when induction is used. Indeed, an event or object may always be defined in such a way so as to make it unique with respect to some of its properties. McGrew gives the analogy that there is always a possibility that prehistoric civilizations did not have the ability or desire to make arrowheads. Nevertheless, if we discover arrowheads that date to prehistoric times, it becomes irrational to reject the inference that the prehistoric arrowheads were produced by an intelligent agent simply due to the fact that he lived in a time period different from the other makers of arrowheads with which we are familiar. Why then, asks McGrew, should there be special hesitation about a similar use of induction when it comes to extrapolating from a known group to an unknown group in the ID debate? Why should the gap between human and non-human agents be of greater epistemic significance than that between human agents living in different time periods? It seems to be quite arbitrary. A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Our Experience of Human Agency Photo: Prehistoric arrowheads, by Gary Todd / CC0.In two previous posts, I introduced Bayes’ Theorem and its application to biological design. See here:  Belief and Evidence Another popular objection to design as an inference to the best explanation is that we only possess uniform and repeated experience of human agency. We do not have experience with non-human designers, much less non-material ones (which, in my judgment, any plausible contender for the role of designer would have to be). However, as Lydia McGrew points out, “Any attempt to use frequencies, either to make a straight inductive inference or to construct a likelihood for a Bayesian inference, must confront the problem of induction” (McGrew, 2004). In other words, it is always a possibility that a group which has some characteristic that differs in some way from the sample already analyzed differs also with respect to the very quality about which we are interested.  Recommended The Bayesian formulation of biological design arguments is, in my opinion, deserving of greater attention. Bayesian inference is widely used when dealing with design in the physical sciences. Perhaps the time has come for this structure of argument also to be used in design arguments in the life sciences.last_img read more

Canadians Boost Holiday Shopping Season

first_imgPropelled by a favorable exchange rate, better prices and increased taxes back home, Canadians have been crossing the border all year to shop in the Flathead. Local retailers expect the holiday season to be no different. Already, Canadians are showing up in droves to get ready for Christmas. Denise Magstadt, co-owner of the Imagination Station toy stores in Kalispell and Whitefish, said one of the many Canadians to come into her store recently traveled all the way to Kalispell to shop for 13 grandkids.“Last week was a huge Canadian week,” Magstadt said.But while dollars from our northern neighbors are a big bonus, Flathead shop owners are also anticipating a strong showing from the people who really drive their businesses: the locals. Retailers feel that, while economic ills persist, the worst of the slump is behind us and people are ready to open up their wallets for their local shops.To be sure, storeowners aren’t predicting a wild shopping frenzy. Rather, they expect a season of thoughtful consumerism where shoppers carefully select their gifts. Instead of making four or five purchases for somebody, consumers may take the time to find that one present that’s really needed.And, considering the prolonged economic lull, it’s likely people’s wish lists include some basic necessities that they haven’t been able to afford.“I think it will be practical, pragmatic Christmas giving this year,” B.J. Lupton, owner of Snappy Sport Senter, said. “I think there’s a great many people who are under stress, really fighting the budget battle. I think this will not be the year for fluffy, unnecessary giving – not the year for impulse buying.”While it would be tempting to use the cliché “cautious optimism” in describing local retailers’ outlook, the term may be misleading. For some retailers, it’s pure, unbridled enthusiasm, driven by an already strong year.Magstadt, who is in her 16th year of running Imagination Station, said “it’s actually been a really good year for us so far,” and the trend seems to be continuing into the holidays. Imagination Station’s other owner is Mary Witbrod.“This could be one of the best (holiday) seasons for us, maybe ever,” Magstadt said. “Lots of grandparents. We just love our grandparents. They’re the ones who like to come in and spoil their grandkids.” Mark Pirrie, co-owner of Western Outdoor Store in Kalispell, is similarly enthused about the Christmas buying season, which has essentially already started but really takes off after Thanksgiving. Like other retailers, Pirrie has enjoyed a solid year thanks in large part to Canadians. “Awesome,” Pirrie said in predicting business for the holidays. “I think it’s going to be good. People seem to be in a little more of a spending mood.” He added: “I think everybody’s pretty optimistic. I don’t hear anyone saying it’s doom and gloom. Maybe we’ve just turned the corner.” While Pirrie, Lupton and Magstadt represent businesses that are well established in the Flathead, up-and-coming retailers are also confident. One such shop owner is Michelle Gentry, who recently moved her clothing store Machallie G’s to a location on First Avenue East from a different spot in Kalispell. Gentry benefitted from her new location over the summer, when tourists who were walking by frequently stopped in, including a high percentage of Canadians. But Gentry has locals coming in as well. The holidays, she said, are a chance for Flathead residents to show their appreciation for local businesses. “It will be a good time to really support our local mom and pop shops,” Gentry said. Magstadt expressed the same sentiment and said, in every town in the Flathead, you can find quality mom and pop shops downtown. “Downtown in all of our towns is where you find unique things,” she said. “A lot of them have locally made gifts and they’re all locally owned.” Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

US Tries to Contain Damage From Leaked Documents

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email WASHINGTON – The release of more than 250,000 classified State Department documents forced the Obama administration into damage control, trying to contain fallout from unflattering assessments of world leaders and revelations about backstage U.S. diplomacy.The publication of the secret memos and documents amplified widespread global alarm about Iran’s nuclear ambitions and unveiled occasional U.S. pressure tactics aimed at hot spots in Afghanistan, Pakistan and North Korea. The leaks also disclosed bluntly candid impressions from both diplomats and other world leaders about America’s allies and foes.Italy’s Foreign Minister Franco Frattini called the release the “Sept. 11 of world diplomacy,” in that everything that had once been accepted as normal has now changed.In the wake of the massive document dump by online whistleblower WikiLeaks and numerous media reports detailing their contents, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was expected to address the diplomatic repercussions on Monday. Clinton could deal with the impact first hand after she leaves Washington on a four-nation tour of Central Asia and the Middle East — a region that figures prominently in the leaked documents.Rep. Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, the senior Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, called the release very damaging.“The catastrophic issue here is just a breakdown in trust,” he said Monday, adding that many other countries — allies and foes alike — are likely to ask, ‘Can the United States be trusted? Can the United States keep a secret?’ ”In London, David Field, a spokesman for British Prime Minister David Cameron, said “it’s important that governments are able to operate on the basis of confidentiality of information.” French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said “we strongly deplore the deliberate and irresponsible release of American diplomatic correspondence by the site Wikileaks.:”Pakistan’s foreign ministry said it was an “irresponsible disclosure of sensitive official documents” while Iraq’s foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, called the document release “unhelpful and untimely.” In Australia, Assange’s home country, Attorney General Robert McClelland said law enforcement officials were investigating whether WikiLeaks broke any laws.The encrypted e-mails and other documents unearthed new revelations about long-simmering nuclear trouble spots, detailing U.S., Israeli and Arab world fears of Iran’s growing nuclear program, American concerns about Pakistan’s atomic arsenal and U.S. discussions about a united Korean peninsula as a long-term solution to North Korean aggression.None of the disclosures appeared particularly explosive, but their publication could become problems for the officials concerned and for any secret initiatives they had preferred to keep quiet. The massive release of material intended for diplomatic eyes only is sure to ruffle feathers in foreign capitals, a certainty that already prompted U.S. diplomats to scramble in recent days to shore up relations with key allies in advance of the leaks.At Clinton’s first stop in Astana, Kazakhstan, she will be attending a summit of officials from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a diplomatic grouping that includes many officials from countries cited in the leaked cables.The documents published by The New York Times, France’s Le Monde, Britain’s Guardian newspaper, German magazine Der Spiegel and others laid out the behind-the-scenes conduct of Washington’s international relations, shrouded in public by platitudes, smiles and handshakes at photo sessions among senior officials.The White House immediately condemned the release of the WikiLeaks documents, saying “such disclosures put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals and people around the world who come to the United States for assistance in promoting democracy and open government.”U.S. officials may also have to mend fences after revelations that they gathered personal information on other diplomats. The leaks cited American memos encouraging U.S. diplomats at the United Nations to collect detailed data about the U.N. secretary general, his team and foreign diplomats — going beyond what is considered the normal run of information-gathering expected in diplomatic circles.State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley played down the diplomatic spying allegations. “Our diplomats are just that, diplomats,” he said. “They collect information that shapes our policies and actions. This is what diplomats, from our country and other countries, have done for hundreds of years.”The White House noted that “by its very nature, field reporting to Washington is candid and often incomplete information. It is not an expression of policy, nor does it always shape final policy decisions.”“Nevertheless, these cables could compromise private discussions with foreign governments and opposition leaders, and when the substance of private conversations is printed on the front pages of newspapers across the world, it can deeply impact not only U.S. foreign policy interests, but those of our allies and friends around the world,” the White House said.On its website, The New York Times said “the documents serve an important public interest, illuminating the goals, successes, compromises and frustrations of American diplomacy in a way that other accounts cannot match.”Le Monde said it “considered that it was part of its mission to learn about these documents, to make a journalistic analysis and to make them available to its readers.” Der Spiegel said that in publishing the documents its reporters and editors “weighed the public interest against the justified interest of countries in security and confidentiality.”WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claimed the administration was trying to cover up alleged evidence of serious “human rights abuse and other criminal behavior” by the U.S. government. WikiLeaks posted the documents just hours after it claimed its website had been hit by a cyberattack that made the site inaccessible for much of the day.But extracts of the more than 250,000 documents posted online by news outlets that had been given advance copies of the documents showed deep U.S. concerns about Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs along with fears about regime collapse in Pyongyang.The Guardian said some cables showed King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia repeatedly urging the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear program. The newspaper also said officials in Jordan and Bahrain have openly called for Iran’s nuclear program to be stopped by any means and that leaders of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt referred to Iran “as ‘evil,’ an ‘existential threat’ and a power that ‘is going to take us to war,’” The Guardian said.Those documents may prove the trickiest because even though the concerns of the Gulf Arab states are known, their leaders rarely offer such stark appraisals in public.The Times highlighted documents that indicated the U.S. and South Korea were “gaming out an eventual collapse of North Korea” and discussing the prospects for a unified country if the isolated, communist North’s economic troubles and political transition lead it to implode.The Times also cited diplomatic messages describing unsuccessful U.S. efforts to prod Pakistani officials to remove highly enriched uranium from a reactor out of fear that the material could be used to make an illicit atomic device. And the newspaper cited exchanges showing Yemen’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, telling Gen. David Petraeus that his country would pretend that American missile strikes against a local al-Qaida group had come from Yemen’s forces.The paper also cited documents showing the U.S. used hardline tactics to win approval from countries to accept freed detainees from Guantanamo Bay. It said Slovenia was told to take a prisoner if its president wanted to meet with President Barack Obama and said the Pacific island of Kiribati was offered millions of dollars to take in a group of detainees.It also cited a message from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing that included allegations from a Chinese contact that China’s Politburo directed a cyber intrusion into Google’s computer systems as part of a “coordinated campaign of computer sabotage carried out by government operatives, private security experts and Internet outlaws.”Le Monde said another memo asked U.S. diplomats to collect basic contact information about U.N. officials that included Internet passwords, credit card numbers and frequent flyer numbers. They were asked to obtain fingerprints, ID photos, DNA and iris scans of people of interest to the United States, Le Monde said.The Times said another batch of documents raised questions about Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his relationship with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. One cable said Berlusconi “appears increasingly to be the mouthpiece of Putin” in Europe, the Times reported.Der Spiegel reported that the documents portrayed German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in unflattering terms. It said American diplomats saw Merkel as risk-averse and Westerwelle as largely powerless.Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, meanwhile, was described as erratic and in the near constant company of a Ukrainian nurse who was described in one cable as “a voluptuous blonde,” according to the Times.The State Department’s top lawyer warned Assange late Saturday that lives and military operations would be put at risk if the cables were released. Legal adviser Harold Koh said WikiLeaks would be breaking the law if it went ahead. He also rejected a request from Assange to cooperate in removing sensitive details from the documents.Hoekstra was interviewed Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and CBS’s “The Early Show.”last_img read more

PLACES: Coram Experimental Forest

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email With a trailhead in Martin City, the Coram Experimental Forest is a beautiful place to spend a winter day. Though we explored it on cross country skis, the forest is clearly a favorite of snowmobilers, with several families and groups of friends parking and unloading on a recent Saturday to head out on their sleds. As such, the trails aren’t groomed if you’re on skis, but it’s easy to find firm snow in the track of a snowmobile for kicking and gliding. Established in 1933 on 7,460 acres of the Flathead National Forest, the Coram Experimental Forest is an outdoor laboratory dedicated to studying the management of Western Larch. According to the U.S. Forest Service, many of the understory trees average over 300 years old, and a few larch are over 500 years old. In the summer, the ride up Desert Mountain is popular with mountain bikers, but in the winter, the skiing is quiet, and you’re unlikely to encounter anyone at all. How to Get There: From Columbia Falls head east on U.S. Highway 2. Hang a right on Route 2 toward Martin City, then a slight right onto Central Avenue through downtown Martin City. Central Avenue turns into South Fork Road. Take a slight right onto East Side Road, and the major trailhead and parking lot is almost immediately on your left. last_img read more

Updated: 100 Bills Remain as Legislature Winds Down

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email HELENA – Republican legislative leaders have yet to send more than 100 bills to Gov. Brian Schweitzer as the session enters its final days, likely reducing the Democratic governor’s ability to request changes to the measures already passed by lawmakers.GOP leaders called a five-day break last week while they and Schweitzer negotiated a compromise on their highest priority, the state budget.The Legislature must adjourn its 90-day session within five working days after lawmakers reconvene Tuesday. There are 114 bills that have cleared both chambers but have yet to move to the governors’ desk.Other measures, like a proposed overhaul of the state’s medical marijuana law, still require votes from the House and Senate before adjournment.If they are not transferred until the last day of the session, Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s ability to ask for changes to the proposals through amendatory vetoes would be curtailed. Schweitzer would likely have to deal with the measures mostly without changes.Schweitzer didn’t say how he would handle bills transferred to him in such a fashion, but said his actions would be limited.“If I can’t get the bill back, I can’t do anything,” he said Monday.There is a backlog of bills due to their lengthy course through the Legislature, but Republican leaders have also hinted that they may hold onto one bill until the end of the session as political strategy.After the governor suggested a two-year expiration date on a bill granting eminent domain to businesses, Senate President Jim Peterson, R-Buffalo, said he may delay transfer of the bill to make the governor consider the measure as a permanent solution, without a sunset date.It’s a tactic the Republicans could use with any number of the bills that have yet to move out of the Legislature.Peterson said he wasn’t ready to comment on that specific issue but said some of the bills would get to the governor during the last days.Also Monday, Republican leadership and the governor agreed to make minor changes to the agreement they reached Friday over the state budget.The deal restored federal funding for human services and reached agreements on school funding and spending of state tax money.Peterson said technical changes would be made to the school funding language before it reaches the House and Senate floors.last_img read more

My Favorite Comfort Food

first_img Email I’m keeping my favorite comfort food a secret – keeping you in suspense until I reveal it later in this column. I completed my training and apprenticeship in Switzerland, and I’ve been fortunate to travel and cook all over the world for presidents, aristocrats and celebrities. Many of my readers know I’m a French classical chef – a traditionalist – so learning about my favorite comfort food may come as a surprise for many of you. Are you ready? It’s…spaghetti and meatballs! The secret is making it traditional style. When it’s prepared this way, there is no other dish that compares. For the sauce, you will need:1/3 cup olive oil4 garlic cloves, diced1/3 cup prosciutto, chopped1 cup onion, dicedPinch of red pepperPinch of sea salt1/2 pinch of black pepperPinch of dried basilPinch of dried oregano2 bay leaves5 (14.5-oz.) cans of Italian plum whole tomatoes, drained1 cup dry red wineCombine olive oil, garlic and prosciutto in a large pot. Cook for five minutes on medium heat. Add onion, red pepper, salt, pepper, basil, oregano and bay leaves. It’s important to puree the tomatoes in a blender (only on the pulse speed). Add red wine. Bring to a boil. Cover partially and reduce heat. Simmer 1 1/2 hours. Discard the bay leaves.For the meatballs, you will need:1/3 pound lean ground beef1/3 pound lean ground veal1/3 pound Italian sausage meat3/4 cup Italian parsley, chopped1 cup fresh white bread crumbsPinch of salt and pepper2 eggs, slightly beaten3 tablespoons water4 garlic cloves, minced4 tablespoons olive oilCombine all meatball ingredients in a large stainless steel bowl. Mix well. Form into round balls. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using a sheet pan, place the raw meatballs onto pan. Place pan in oven and bake, turning the meatballs every 10 minutes for approximately 30 minutes. Add cooked meatballs to tomato sauce. Slightly cover and simmer for another hour.Cook the spaghetti pasta al dente until it’s firm to the bite. Drain. Add two cups of tomato sauce without meatballs. Toss well to coat and place onto platter. Add remaining sauce with meatballs. Top with grated Pecorino Romano and chopped parsley. Hmmmm…writing this recipe on a Sunday afternoon has inspired me to make a batch of traditional spaghetti and meatballs for myself. I can’t wait for dinner tonight!I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this recipe. Please send them to me at [email protected] Buon Appetito! Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

Kalispell’s Crowded Classrooms Concern Parents, Officials

first_imgMore students are roaming the halls of Kalispell’s five public elementary schools and, according to school officials, that means more problems. In response, School District 5 has been hosting public meetings to discuss solutions. Options to address overcrowded classrooms include everything from beginning half-day kindergarten classes to building a new elementary school. Both short- and long-term options were presented to the public during a meeting this week at Hedges Elementary and Superintendent Darlene Schottle said the school board will vote this month on how to move forward. Some immediate solutions include adding three classrooms to the old Laser School site; returning to half-day kindergarten or giving parents and students a half-day option; reconfiguring the school week for kindergarteners; or hiring more staff. Schottle said the kindergarten classes are some of the fastest growing in the district, which is problematic because, according to state regulations, those classes should have the lowest student-to-teacher ratio. Instead of the required 20 to 1 ratio, Schottle said most kindergarten classes in the district have an average ratio of 25 to 1. “We noticed an increase in students over the last three years, but this year had a huge impact,” she said. “Having more students means less one-on-one time or group work the teacher can do.” While first through eighth grades have grown at an annual rate of about 2 percent over the last decade, the kindergarten classes have grown by 4 percent, according to data supplied by the school district. In 2012, there were 359 students enrolled in kindergarten classes in Kalispell’s public schools. If the growth rate continues, there will be more than 550 kindergarteners in 2022. “It’s a pretty steep increase over time and if you look at that (data) you can see why we’re busting at the seams now,” Assistant Superintendent Dan Zorn said during last week’s meeting. Zorn gave a short presentation to parents about some of the district’s options. The most “controversial” of them is mandating half-day kindergarten, which would result in a loss of about $400,000 in state funds. “That $400,000 figure makes me nervous,” he said. “We’ve tightened our belts pretty hard in the last few years and finding more cuts makes me nervous.” Parents were more concerned about how a half-day would affect their children’s education. While some supported the idea of shorter school days, others said a full day was critical to their children developing social skills. Almost everyone agreed that something must be done. “I think it’s a big concern, not just for the elementary school, but I think it’s a problem that’s going to continue as the valley grows,” said Stephanie Mason, who has children in the fourth and fifth grades and is a para-educator in the district. She and others appeared to support constructing a new elementary school in the next few years. According to Zorn and Schottle, the earliest a new elementary school could be opened would be in 2015 and the community would have to vote on a bond to approve it. Such a project would cost more than $10 million, a price tag that doesn’t include costs for staffing and supplies. Schottle said the school board would begin discussing its long-term plans later this year after it decides what to do in the short-term. Another forum is scheduled for Monday, March 5, at 5 p.m. at Edgerton Elementary. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

Wilderness Empire On Display

first_imgIn 1985, during the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Society, writer T.H. Watkins stated, “One could comfortably argue that Robert Marshall was personally responsible for the preservation of more wilderness than any individual in history.”The spotlight still shines bright on Marshall and the historic legislation he inspired. The Museum at Central School in Kalispell is featuring a new exhibit that pays homage to Marshall and the wilderness complex bearing his name. The complex encompasses three wilderness sections — the Bob Marshall, the Scapegoat and the Great Bear — that span 1.53 million acres across Northwest Montana. The Bob on its own is one of the largest and oldest wilderness sections, and the overall complex features 1,900 miles of trail.The museum officially unveiled the exhibit at its opening reception on April 9. It was previously on display in Columbia Falls and will remain in Kalispell until next spring. The centerpiece of the display is a historic trail camp featuring antique camping gear and tools that were used to build the original wilderness trails. There are also remnants from the oldest surviving phone line in the U.S. The exhibit features several historic photos of crews constructing trails in the “Bob” as early as 1922 before it became one of the first designated wildernesses in 1964. Newer photos show crews from the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation working on trail maintenance, weed eradication and historic preservation.“This exhibit goes a long way toward helping folks understand this vast wilderness that is right here in our backyard,” said Gil Jordan, the museum’s executive director. “Everyone knows about Glacier Park, but the Bob is this spectacular, untrammeled wilderness, and few people really know about it.”The Kalispell exhibit is getting a jump on upcoming events across the nation that are being organized to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.The Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana and Wilderness50 recently launched a website dedicated to next year’s milestone. The website, www.wilderness50.com, is a growing source of information on upcoming events and projects.The Flathead National Forest is hosting an informational meeting for the public on the Bob Marshall on April 13 at 10 a.m. at the Hungry Horse Ranger Station. Forest managers and staff will be on hand to discuss the complex and the results of ongoing monitoring projects. Two trail crew members,pictured circa 1923, in the section of outdoors that later became the Bob Marshall Wilderness. | Courtesy photo Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. In the winter of 1960, Wallace Stegner, dubbed the “Dean of Western Writers,” penned a letter to the federal commission that helped shape the nation’s outdoors policies. The subject of Stegner’s famous letter was the “wilderness idea,” which had grown from a grassroots aspiration of early conservationists into a nationwide movement to preserve sections of public land in their natural state.“Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed,” Stegner wrote. The frontier forests helped form the nation’s character and shape its history, he said, and they should be protected from industrialization, such as mining, and other commercial development.“Americans still have that chance, more than many peoples,” he said.Four years later, Stegner’s words became the introduction to the Wilderness Act, a watershed policy that, in its own words, would “secure for the American people of present and future generations, the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness.”Signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on Sept. 3, 1964, the legislation set aside 9.1 million acres across 13 states, the largest sections of which were in Montana, California and Wyoming.Though Stegner and others were at the forefront of championing the cause, their efforts and eventual success were derived from the spirit of Robert Marshall.Marshall is widely considered the father of the wilderness preservation movement. As a forester and activist who spent time roaming throughout Northwest Montana, Marshall called for Americans “to fight for the freedom of the wilderness.” In 1935, he founded The Wilderness Society, which became the driving force behind the 1964 legislation. Marshall was never able to witness the milestone event. He suffered an untimely death at the age of 38. Yet his influence lived on. center_img Bob Marshall, pictured, founded The Wilderness Society and inspired the creation of the Wilderness Act. | Courtesy photo Emaillast_img read more

Kayaking Company Opens Doors in Lakeside

first_img Email For seven years, Brian Johnson has been exploring the vast waters of Flathead Lake from the cockpit of his kayak. It’s a perspective few experience and one that he is eager to share. In May, Johnson opened Sea Me Paddle Kayaking Tours in Lakeside. The retired deputy sheriff from Michigan has been kayaking for 16 years and will now use his expertise to introduce others to the sport. His girlfriend, Joli Hailey, also an avid boater, is the operations manager and marketing director of the company. “We wanted to let people experience the outdoors in a way that they normally wouldn’t be able to. Our ultimate goal is to be ambassadors to Flathead Lake,” Johnson said.Previously, Johnson led outdoor trips in Michigan and has worked for Glacier Adventure Guides, based in Columbia Falls. He is also an active member of Flathead County Search and Rescue, the Flathead County Swiftwater Rescue Team and the sheriff’s department’s dive team. Johnson originally hoped to offer guided trips around Hungry Horse Reservoir, but the National Forest Service does not issue guiding permits for the area. Consequently, Johnson began seeking an alternative, which led him to Lakeside where the Fish, Wildlife and Parks department is responsible for permits and grants them much more freely. In exchange for his permit, FWP requested that Johnson keep a log of all wildlife and vandalism activity on Cedar Island, one of his tour destinations. At the end of the season Johnson will write an annual report summarizing his observations.“Fish Wildlife and Parks can’t get to all the islands and be there 24/7 so they rely on information from people who are visiting the islands to tell them if someone is starting fires or damaging the property,” Johnson said. Johnson was granted permission to lead tours in Somers Bay and to Wayfarers and Westshore state parks and Cedar Island. On Cedar Island he takes clients to a 1920s homestead cabin and to see ancient Indian pictographs that can only be viewed from the water.The company was denied access to Wild Horse Island because it is located on the Flathead Indian Reservation and only the tribe can grant guiding permits for the area. Johnson originally intended to only offer guided tours, but he received so many requests for boat rentals that he ordered an additional four kayaks to rent. Sea Me Paddle offers tours for up to six people, not including the two accompanying guides. Every boat is equipped with a universal cockpit, meaning it can be adjusted to accommodate a client’s height and weight. Johnson said the boats can also be adjusted for children depending on their age, weight and size. Sea Me Paddle offers a variety of tours, from two-hour family paddles in Somers Bay to overnight trips that visit Cedar Island and feature a campout at either Westshore or Wayfarers state parks. The company provides all of the gear necessary for the trips as well as food for overnight excursions. Johnson intends to keep Sea Me Paddle running throughout the winter, insisting that, with the proper equipment, paddling in the winter can be an exciting adventure. The company will even offer overnight trips as long as the state parks are open for camping.“It’s a common misconception that you can’t kayak during the colder weather, but I have never been cold kayaking,” Hailey said,The company currently employs one guide apart from Johnson and Hailey, although Johnson plans to expand the operation in the near future. “We are hoping we’ll be buried and we’ll have to hire one or two more people,” Johnson said.Sea Me Paddle offers tours by reservation and also welcomes walk-ins. The company’s hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week and the office is located at 7220 Highway 93 S. in Lakeside. More information can be found at seamepaddle.com or on Facebook. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Brian “BJ” Johnson, Sea Me Paddle owner and lead guide, right, and Joli Hailey are seen in their office in downtown Lakeside with their dog Boogie. Lido Vizzutti | Flathead Beaconlast_img read more

Early Returns

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. With the chainsaws humming on an October night in 2016, the Libby Loggers snapped a two-year losing streak with a win over a program now playing 8-man football.Three years later, the Loggers, then in Class B and now in Class A, are 3-0, the runaway leaders of the Northwest A conference and maybe, just maybe, contenders for the school’s first state title since 1967.There is still a long way to go in the football season, but there’s little not to like about this year’s Loggers, who have the same longtime coach, Neil Fuller, at the helm as when they ended their brutal slide against Troy three seasons ago. The Loggers shut out Whitefish 31-0 on the road to open 2019, throttled Browning 35-12 on Sept. 6 and kicked off their home season, to the whir of chainsaws punctuating every score, with a 55-6 rout of Ronan one week later.Libby just missed the Class A playoffs last season despite going 4-1 in conference play and is not a lock for the postseason this year either, but the Loggers would secure a berth with wins over rebuilding Columbia Falls on Sept. 20 and at fellow upstart Polson the following Friday. The Pirates and first-year coach Kaden Glinsmann pulled the stunner of the season in week one when they beat Northwest A bully Columbia Falls 20-6, a year after going winless in all of 2018, but fell to Whitefish in their next game. The Wildcats, who did not lose a conference game in 2017 or 2018, are just 1-2 in league play this season after a 17-14 loss to rival Whitefish in week three.The topsy-turvy Northwest A is matched only by the Western AA, where defending state runner-up Flathead is 0-3 and a trio of teams who finished seventh or worse in the state — Butte, Helena Capital and Missoula Sentinel — are 3-0. The Braves lost their quarterback, record-setting running back and top wide receiver from 2018, and in the early going the offense has struggled, scoring just seven total points. Scoring has not been a problem for crosstown rival Glacier, but the Wolfpack have won just once in three tries despite averaging 38.3 points per game.SOCCERSome parts of the early soccer season have been predictable. Whitefish’s boys are undefeated, again. Columbia Falls superstar Josie Windauer is scoring goals at an astonishing pace, again. But the Glacier girls undefeated and the Bigfork boys with a pair of early wins? That’s hardly up to expectations.The Wolfpack are 4-0-1, atop the Western AA, and have doubled their win total from last year. Glacier’s seasoned roster is coming off a weekend sweep of the two Helena schools, including a 1-0 shutout of Helena High on Sept. 14. The lone blemish on Glacier’s record is a season-opening tie with Missoula Hellgate, the conference’s only other unbeaten team.The Vikings boys, meanwhile, won twice in their first three matches and are in contention for a playoff berth just three years after having to forfeit an entire season due to low turnout. Bigfork has scored just three fewer goals through four matches (17) than all of last year and looks to battle rebuilding Polson for the Northern A conference’s third and final playoff spot.CROSS COUNTRYAll five of the Flathead Valley’s cross country teams were at Rebecca Farm on Sept. 14 for the Flathead Invitational, and the defending state champion Columbia Falls boys proved once again they are the team to beat in Class A.The Wildcats came in second behind Class AA Missoula Sentinel in the overall standings but put four runners in the top 15, led by resurgent junior Aidan Jarvis in third. In the same race, Glacier sophomore Sam Ells crossed in seventh and freshman teammate Jeff Lillard was 17th for the young Wolfpack, who finished third as a team despite competing without standout senior Simon Hill.Flathead’s girls, meanwhile, narrowly missed out on the team title at the same event, falling three points short of Sentinel. The Bravettes were also led by a pair of youngsters, with freshmen Madelaine Jellison and Neila Lyngholm in sixth and seventh, respectively.VOLLEYBALLIt takes a little while for the fall’s lone indoor season to kick into gear, but Columbia Falls made its mark on opening weekend and has not looked back since.The Wildkats won the Western A Tip-Off Tournament in Butte to open the season, taking down Corvallis in the championship match, and have rattled off four regular season wins in the weeks since, including three conference victories. In Class AA, Glacier had an impressive tournament showing of its own last weekend, reaching the championship bracket at the Great Falls Invitational.GOLFCooler temperatures mean the season on the links is just three weeks from wrapping up, and the valley’s two most experienced title contenders — Flathead’s Marcella Mercer and Whitefish’s Cameron Kahle — are rounding into form.Mercer came from behind to win the Butte Invitational on Sept. 12, while Kahle shot a 70 at Cabinet View Golf Club in Libby one day later two win by six strokes. Both the Class A and AA state tournaments are scheduled for Oct. [email protected] Emaillast_img read more

Growth in the Body Armor Industry

first_img Email Fast forward to 2021 and he now has a business partner and chief operating officer, Hunter Coppock, and two other full-time employees. He has expanded Hoplite’s product line to add femoral plates, armor carriers and more, bringing in $4 million in gross sales in 2020 alone. After Bishop designs the armor, the products are primarily manufactured at Leading Technology Composites (LTC), an aerospace and defense manufacturer in Wichita, Kansas, and Hoplite recently started partnering with T3 out of San Diego. The products are then shipped to Bishop and Coppock, who package and ship the armor out to customers. “I would say this business grew by four or five times,” Bishop said. In addition to body armor, Bishop has also done some custom work for ballistic vehicles. Bishop and Coppock also hope to one day bring manufacturing to Montana, where they would have nearly every stage of production in Kalispell. Bishop first started designing only the shoulder plates, which protect vital organs against lateral impacts, back when he launched Hoplite, but now his femoral plate, which protects the femoral artery, is gaining popularity, too. All of Hoplite’s products go through a series of FIT tests, which prove the product’s functionality. “I never in a million years expected it to get to this level,” Bishop said. “It does show you that you can set up a business here and be successful.” “I think a lot of the attention came about from running for governor and making a strict stance and running on a pro-constitutional platform,” Bishop said. “Everything I sell is top-tier and LTC has proven that time and time again,” Bishop said. “They tend to always pass their FIT tests and they go above and beyond.” Despite never serving in the military, Bishop wanted to help save the lives of those in combat. “With the civilian market, it is so much more innovative and it is so much more demanding,” Coppock said.center_img With a background in mechanical engineering, Bishop designs ceramic and polymer body armor using SolidWorks software and now chooses to exclusively sell to civilians. “All my life I was sort of planning on going into the military, but I got married early and my life took a different course,” Bishop said. “But I’m glad I did this because I feel like I can make a much greater impact this way by putting my skills toward this sort of thing and saving lives.” Bishop says using e-commerce has significantly helped Hoplite’s growth, and the company has continued to surprise him since it launched. When Lyman Bishop launched Hoplite Armor in 2015, he had a few investors to help him fund ceramic shoulder plates for both the military and civilians, making roughly $500,000 in annual gross sales in his first year. The ceramic breaker plate is designed to break apart or fragment a round from a firearm, and multiple plies of polymer armor on top of that form a cohesive plate for protection, Bishop said. “We started in 2015 but we didn’t gain traction until later in the year,” Bishop said. “There’s been a lot of ramping up.” While much the product’s popularity has grown over the years, Bishop and Coppock say sales have spiked in the last year and half along with ammunition sales. For more information, visit www.hoplitearmor.com. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Hoplite also gained more attention when Bishop ran for governor in the 2020 election, running on a $15,000 budget.last_img read more

Nearly All Old School Station Lots Under Contract

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Appraised for $228,240 with $10,000 in earnest money, Clifton Jones made the offer, and the developer’s agreement states that the purchaser must complete new construction on the site with 18 months of sale. The price will be reduced to $195,984 if the purchaser completes capital improvements within those 18 months. “There is a section of trail along Four Mile where, oddly enough, it literally dumps you right into the road onto a hillside,” Planning Director Jarod Nygren said. The city became responsible for the South Kalispell property’s past due taxes and assessments when the council passed a resolution to retain and sell the lots at the appraised prices in 2015. The parcels were acquired to avoid defaulting on Special Improvement District bonds. “We have one waiting in the wings on that offer,” City Manager Doug Russell said. Kalispell officials will proceed with the sale of Old School Station Lot 9 after a unanimous city council vote on April 19, leaving only one lot left for sale of the six parcels that the city acquired in 2015. Kalispell officials propose constructing an 815-foot multi-use path on the north side of Four Mile Drive at the west end of Kidsports to connect an existing trail system. There is currently a gap where users end up on the road.center_img A marked and lit pedestrian crossing would be installed at Meadow Vista Loop in addition to the trail connection. The only remaining lot not under contract is Lot 4, although it’s expected to be under contract in the near future. Separately, the council will consider applying for a Montana Department of Transportation grant for a multi-use path connecting Four Mile Drive and Kidsports. The council will host a public hearing on May 3. The parcels were listed for sale in 2017 in the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District at Old School Station. Emaillast_img read more

Mating frogs leave Letterkenny without electricity for 2 hours at weekend

first_img By News Highland – August 10, 2010 Mating frogs leave Letterkenny without electricity for 2 hours at weekend Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre WhatsApp WhatsApp A pair of mating frogs sent sparks flying in an electrical fuse box and left part of Letterkenny electricity at the weekend.Residents and business owners in the Tullygay are found themselves powerless for two hours on Sunday, for no obvious reason.Rage turned to bemusement on Sunday when the ‘culprits’ for causing the power cut, turned out to be a pair of frogs, whose unfortunate choice of location to mate was a power box outside a filling station.ESB engineers who investigated the problem, found the electrocuted frogs and a slug inside the power box outside Keys’s Filling Station in the Tullygay area.Station owner Kelvin Keys, who had to turn away customers because the petrol pumps could not work.He added that while it seemed funny, he had lost business for the two-hour duration the power was out.A spokesperson for the ESB confirmed yesterday that a single-phase low-voltage fault was reported in the area, which resulted in a two-hour power outage. Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LUH still not ready to restore IT systems Previous articleFive men have lucky escape in Killybegs boat accidentNext articleThere should be a full investigation of the culture of expenses – Cllr McBreaty News Highland Twittercenter_img Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Pinterest Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Newsx Adverts Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project Twitterlast_img read more

HSE Smoking Service to hold information session in Letterkenny

first_img Pinterest Facebook Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Twitter The HSE Smoking Cessation Service in Donegal is running an information day at Letterkenny Shopping Centre tomorrow to mark the fact that Sunday last was World No Tobacco Day.It follows the implementation of the Smoke Free Campus policy at 11 community hospitals and nursing units across Donegal yesterday.Smoking Cessation Officer Fiona Boyle says they are having considerable success in Donegal……..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/fionaweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Previous articleCrimestoppers launches cross border appeal for information on Andrew Allen murderNext articleContract signed for next phase of Derry – Belfast rail line works admin LUH still not ready to restore IT systems Google+center_img Twitter WhatsApp Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 Facebook Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ By admin – June 2, 2015 HSE Smoking Service to hold information session in Letterkennylast_img read more

Donegal company wins best new company at Ploughing Championships

first_img Previous articleDerry/Strabane Supercouncil calls for increased investment in northwestNext articlePost-mortem to be carried out on 19-year-old woman found dead in Derry News Highland Donegal company wins best new company at Ploughing Championships WhatsApp Twitter LUH still not ready to restore IT systems Pinterest Google+ Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project A Donegal based company has been named best new company at the Innovation Awards at the National Ploughing Championships.Farmflo, which is based at the Co-Lab incubation centre at Letterkenny Institute of Technology has developed Farm Management software designed to make compliance with regulations easier.At present, the firm employs eight people, with hopes to increase that to 20 within a year.Gareth Devenney is Co-Founder and Head of Sales at Farmflo. He says in the present climate, compliance is a very important part of farming, and that’s where their software comes in..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/garth830.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook WhatsApp Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 center_img By News Highland – September 26, 2014 Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Google+last_img read more

Gardai launch Bank Holiday weekend road safety campaign

first_img Pinterest LUH still not ready to restore IT systems Google+ Pinterest Twitter Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life Twitter Facebook Google+ News Gardai investigate Castlefinn burglarycenter_img WhatsApp Gardai launch Bank Holiday weekend road safety campaign Donegal gardai have launched their biggest road safety blitz of the year this weekend and they’re urging motorists to make safety their priority this Bank Holiday Weekend.The campaign will continue today right through until Tuesday.Inspector Pat O Donnell says in the wake of the recent tragedy in Inishowen, there is a heightened necessity to make sure all road users are safe.[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/patod1pm.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – July 30, 2010 Previous articleColáiste Ailigh included in third bundle of Public Private Partnership schoolsNext articleTrust sorry for housing paedophile brothers with other patients News Highland Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 last_img read more

Pressure on Eir to improve landline services in West Donegal

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 AudioHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – June 7, 2019 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Google+center_img Pinterest A Glenties area councillor is calling on people to put pressure on Eir and on the government to improve landline services in West Donegal, and specifically, in the vicinity of Dunlewey.Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig says the service is unreliable, and outages are common.He’s particularly concerned about panic buttons which elderly people living alone have which can summon help in the event that it is needed.Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig has spoken with one woman in particular whose button is linked to her landline, but she can’t have confidence that it will work:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/michfgdfgdfgdfgeirweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Pressure on Eir to improve landline services in West Donegal News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Thursday June 6thNext articleRonan Doherty signs with Cliftonville News Highland Google+last_img read more

900k approved to upgrade x-ray equipment in four Donegal locations

first_img Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Facebook Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest A €900,000 grant has been approved by Government to upgrade x-ray equipment at four Donegal Community Hospitals.The new equipment will be installed in Dungloe, Killybegs, Donegal Town and Carndonagh.X-ray facilities have also been added at the Ballyshannon Health Campus.Killbegs Community Hospital will be the first hospital to have the new digital x-ray equipment installed.The space in the hospital for x-ray is being refurbished and reconfigured to accommodate the new equipment.A period of time is then required to remove the old equipment, install the new equipment and carry out its commissioning, testing and training.Therefore the X-Ray Department at Killybegs will be temporarily closed from 15th June 2017 until 15th August 2017 approximately.During this time period patients for x-ray will be referred to Donegal Town Community Hospital where the full normal service for Killybegs area will be provided.Subsequently the X-ray equipment at Donegal Town Community Hospital will be updated after Killybegs is completed and up and running. 900k approved to upgrade x-ray equipment in four Donegal locationscenter_img Google+ Twitter WhatsApp By News Highland – June 12, 2017 Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleIrish Water files plans for Westbrook works in BuncranaNext articleDanielle McLaughlin family solicitor ‘content’ with speed of murder investigation News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Kayakers rescued by Bunbeg Coastguard

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Kayakers rescued by Bunbeg Coastguard Facebook Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Previous article“Community Call” funding announced for 86 groupsNext articleExercising ‘cocooners’ urged not to interract with other people News Highland Four kayakers have been rescued after getting into difficulty off the coast of Donegal yesterday.Bunbeg Coast Guard boat team launched following a request from the Marine Rescue Cordination Centre in Malin yesterday evening after a report that four kayakers had got into difficultly between Inisfree and Owey island.All persons involved were safely escorted to safety by the Bunbeg Coast Guard. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterestcenter_img Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – May 6, 2020 Pinterest Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Ards Forest car park reopens to locals

first_img By News Highland – May 18, 2020 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleProposed wind farm to create 60 jobs during constructionNext articleExcitement and caution as businesses reopen in Donegal News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Ards Forest car park reopens to locals Pinterest Ards Forest car park has reopened to the public today as part of the slight easing of Covid-19 restrictions. Coillte’s forest parks will also be free of charge to all those who live within 5km of them.Social distancing measures will be put in place to protect public health and wellbeing and Coillte are asking the public to respect all measures put in place on site at Coillte forest parks.Daithi Forge from Collite says this easing of restrictions will only function if people continue to observe the COVID-19 guidelines:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/daitdfsdfsdfsdhiforwat.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Twitter Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Mc Bride elected in Letterkenny

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA DL Debate – 24/05/21 Mc Bride elected in Letterkenny WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Previous articleAudio update – Terry Crossan elected in BuncranaNext articleGallagher, Mc Garvey, Mc Clafferty, and Molloy elected in Glenties News Highland Homepage BannerNewsx Elections 2019 Twitter Google+ Facebook Google+center_img Pinterest Michael Mc Bride has become the third councillor elected in Letterkenny at the expense of Sinn Fein’s Adrian Glackin who has lost his seatMore to follow RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – May 26, 2019 Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Letterkenny MD votes in favour of legalising gaming machines

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Twitter Google+ By News Highland – March 12, 2019 Twitter Members of the Letterkenny MD have voted in favour legalizing gaming machines in and around the town.The measure was adopted 6 votes to 3 this evening.Its after an intense discussion in the council chamber by local representatives.Donegal County Council received a total of 96 submissions from a recent public consultation however it’s been claimed today by some Cllrs that a quantity of the submissions had similar handwriting.There’s no specific date as to when the change of law will come into effect.Cllr Liam Blaney raised grave concerns over the move and initially called for a deferral of the vote as he claimed that some were misinformed on what exactly was on the table.All other Cllrs voted against a deferral.Councillor Blaney says gaming addiction has a severe impact on many families:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/blaney.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsAppcenter_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Letterkenny MD votes in favour of legalising gaming machines News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday March 12thNext articleHarps and Derry get home ties in EA Sports Cup News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Young man knocked unconscious during Letterkenny assault

first_img Previous articleGardai renew appeal over West Donegal crashNext articleLetterkenny’s Glencar Road to reopen on Friday News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – August 27, 2019 WhatsApp WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Facebook Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterestcenter_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Young man knocked unconscious during Letterkenny assault Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Twitter An investigation is continuing into a weekend assault in Letterkenny. The incident occurred on the Lower Port road area of the town in the early hours of Sunday morning last.A young man sustained an injury to his left eye and was knocked unconscious.Sgt Eunan Walsh says while the suspect has not yet been apprehended, he had been sighted leaving the scene on foot:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/lkaghjghjghjghssault1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

Inishowen’s ‘Lifeline’ service records huge jump in domestic abuse calls

first_imgNews Twitter Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Facebook Inishowen’s ‘Lifeline’ service records huge jump in domestic abuse calls Google+ Pinterest Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist There has been a significant increase in the number of woman in Inishowen seeking help having been the victim of domestic abuse.The ‘Lifeline’ service is based in Inishowen and offers assistance to woman and childrenIn 2011 the centre received a total of 472 calls but in the first six months of this year alone 354 people have called ‘Lifeline’ looking for help.Mary Doherty is the co-ordinator of service which is currently seeking volunteers – she says the increase in calls is putting pressure on their already limited resources:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/mary530LIFELINE.mp3[/podcast] Gardai investigate Castlefinn burglary Previous article2nd medal for Donegal man at the European Transplant and Dialysis GamesNext articleInjured scout airlifted to hospital News Highland Pinterestcenter_img Google+ Facebook By News Highland – August 24, 2012 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder WhatsApp WhatsApp Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloelast_img read more

UK Border Force apologises for City of Derry delays

first_imgThe British Home Office has apologised after significant delays at City of Derry Airport this morning because no member of the UK Border Force was in place.An investigation has been launched into how there were no personnel on duty at passport control, meaning passengers from two flights could not be cleared.Some passengers experienced delays of over two hours this morning, because no Border Force personnel were on hand to meet flights which landed from Alicante and Birmingham.Passengers were not allowed leave the airport, and were accommodated in the baggage area until officers arrived to open passport control and clear the passengers for entry.In a statement issued from Stanstead Airport this evening, Border Force apologises for the delay experienced by passengers arriving at City of Derry Airport this morning.The statement said officers were deployed from Belfast International Airport as soon as they became aware of the issue, and all passengers were subsequently cleared. Security of the border is a priority, and the necessary passport checks have to be carried out.No explanation as to what happened has been offered, with the statement concluding that Border Force is investigating the circumstances of this incident. UK Border Force apologises for City of Derry delays Previous articleLetterkenny third most overcrowded hospital in country todayNext articleSummer Holiday Show with the Stars admin Pinterest Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Facebook Facebook Twitter Homepage BannerNews 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Google+ WhatsApp Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Google+ By admin – August 27, 2014 Pinterest Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Cladylast_img read more

Hundreds, including Irish footballers Seamus Coleman and James McClean, donate to Mark Farren fundraising…

first_img 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn By admin – May 5, 2015 Google+ Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Previous articleTwo bombs found close to army base in DerryNext articleBurglary at post office in Glenswilly in early hours of this morning admin WhatsApp Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Irish footballers Seamus Coleman and James McClean are among those who have donated to former Derry City striker Mark Farren’s fundraising drive for cancer treatment.Farren’s family have made a public appeal for funds to allow the 33-year-old undergo medical treatment that will give him a chance of surviving serious illness.Former Derry City and Finn Harps player Mark Farren has been battling a life-threatening condition for six years after being diagnosed with a brain tumour that halted his football career.Remarkably, the Donegal native made a comeback from that setback to become Derry’s all-time top scorer in 2012 and then joined Glenavon in the Irish League before his problems returned.To date, €32,000 has been raised as the football community has rallied behind Farren’s need for treatment, with a significant financial boost from the two Irish internationals.Everton full-back Seamus Coleman donated £5,000 yesterday, while McClean, who played with Farren during his time with the Candystripes, donated £1,000. Google+ Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Hundreds, including Irish footballers Seamus Coleman and James McClean, donate to Mark Farren fundraising drive Homepage BannerNews Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist last_img read more

Mc Hugh says Donegal will benefit from new Rural Development Plan

first_img Google+ Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Facebook Previous articleSt Brigid’s and Scoil Iosagain taste victory at the AvivaNext articleFoyle Maritime Festival seeking boat owners to take part in Parade of Sail News Highland Facebook Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsAppcenter_img By News Highland – May 31, 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal County Council is being urged to consider possible projects for inclusion in the new Rural Development Scheme announced yesterday.The scheme was one of a number of initiatives announced by the Tasoiseach as part of the Ireland 2040 programme, with a view towards being ready to start work on a number of programmes by the end of the year.Minister Joe Mc Hugh says Donegal is in a strong position to benefit from the programme, but preparatory work needs to start now………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/joemcfund.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Mc Hugh says Donegal will benefit from new Rural Development Plan Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

Sinn Fein select new MLAs in Foyle and West Tyrone

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Sinn Féin have selected Karen Mullan to replace newly elected MP Elisha McCallion as an MLA for Foyle.She was selected at a convention in the city last night, and now goes forward to be ratified by the party’s Ard Comhairle.Meanwhile, in Omagh, Sinn Féin have selected Catherine Kelly to replace Barry McElduff as MLA for West Tyrone after he was elected to Westminister last week.Pic- Karen Mullan, who has been selected for co-option for the Assembly to replace Elisha McCallion with Raymond McCartney MLA, Mitchel McLaughlin, and Cliona O’Kane. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Sinn Fein select new MLAs in Foyle and West Tyrone Harps come back to win in Waterford Previous articleEnglish, McGuigan, Lecky & McGlynn named on Ireland European TeamNext articleCarthy accuses FG of undermining EU Parliament tax scrutiny report News Highland Facebook By News Highland – June 13, 2017 Twitter WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

Donegal hoteliers say ‘Guten Tag’ in Germany

first_img Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Donegal hoteliers say ‘Guten Tag’ in Germany Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty center_img WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Previous articleDUP leader in Brussels today for series of Brexit talksNext articleInvestigation continuing after historic Lifford building vandalised News Highland A number of Donegal hoteliers travelled to Offenbach, near Frankfurt to take part in a B2B workshop and networking event with leading German tour operators.The event organised by Tourism Ireland is part of a campaign to grow visitor numbers from Germany in 2019 and beyond.Thirty Irish tourism companies, including the Nesbitt Arms Hotel in Ardara and the Abbey and Central Hotels in Donegal town – travelled to Germany as part of a delegation of hotels and B&Bs, visitor attractions, ferry companies and destination management companies this week.The companies met with German, Swiss and Austrian tour operators, in a bid to convince the influential travel professionals in attendance to include the island of Ireland in their holiday programmes for 2019.Zoë Redmond, Tourism Ireland’s Manager for Central Europe, said: “Germany is Ireland’s third-largest source of visitors, with the latest CSO figures showing growth of +21% for January to August.” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – October 9, 2018 Facebook Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Dedicated Tourism minister badly needed – Feighan

first_img FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Facebook By News Highland – May 13, 2020 WhatsApp Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The European Commission will publish a range of measures later today aimed at revitalising the tourism sector.The so-called ‘road map’ will address health and safety protocols for tourism locations and accommodation centres.It’s also expected to announce details on relaxing EU internal borders.However, there are fears the EU plan may contradict current restrictions here, particularly as legislation is being considered to oblige everyone entering the country to self isolate for two weeks.Meanwhile, a North West TD is calling for a dedicated Ministry for Tourism to be established after the next Government is formed.Sligo Leitrim and South Donegal Deputy Frank Feighan says as we continue to work towards the easing of Coronavirus restrictions, the hospitality and tourism sectors will need serious support, and the best way to do that is with a dedicated minister……..Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/frankfeigh7am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Harps come back to win in Waterford Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+center_img Google+ Twitter Previous articleMcHugh faces tough oral exam in Dail chamberNext articleCouncillor seeks resumption of formal MD meetings News Highland Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Dedicated Tourism minister badly needed – Feighan Twitter Facebook WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNewslast_img read more

Rent prices at all time high in Donegal

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Rent prices in Donegal are at an all time high.According to the latest daft.ie report, the average cost of renting in Donegal is €592, an increase of 5.5% compared to the same period last year.To buy a three bedroom house in Donegal would cost on average, €359 in mortgage repayments, €229 cheaper than renting the same property.Martin Clancy of Dafti.ie says since its lowest point rents in the county are up 22%:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/clanfvgfgcy.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Previous articleTwo viable pipe bomb devices recovered during Derry security alertNext articleStrabane Business owners ‘fed up’ over high level of anti-social activity News Highland Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty center_img Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – November 14, 2017 Homepage BannerNews Rent prices at all time high in Donegal Twitter WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterestlast_img read more

‘Fed up’ with rhetoric being churned out by Government – MAG

first_img Pinterest Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty The Mica Action Group say they, along with affected homeowners in Donegal are becoming fed up with the usual rhetoric that is being churned out by Government.In a letter issued to the group, Housing Minister Damien English failed to disclose further details of the redress scheme or when it is to be rolled out.The Minister said the full terms and conditions of the scheme continue to be finalised while officials engage with the local authority to discuss implementation arrangements.As part of Budget 2020 a €40 million funding pot for homes affected by defective concrete blocks in Mayo and Donegal was announced.Eileen Doherty PRO of the Mica Action Group says the over 1,400 homeowners in Donegal are facing yet another winter without works commencing:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/eileenmica.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction center_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ‘Fed up’ with rhetoric being churned out by Government – MAG AudioHomepage BannerNews FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Harps come back to win in Waterford Previous articleLUH among Ireland’s most overcrowded hospitals todayNext articleDonegal Deputy challenges social media giants on online regulations News Highland Facebook Twitter By News Highland – October 11, 2019 last_img read more

Pickett leads Aquinas to third straight

first_img This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Jalen Pickett scored a game-high 30 points, and the Aquinas Li’l Irish won their third straight with a 74-53 victory over the Edison Tech Inventors, Wednesday night.Pickett connected on 12 of 18 shots from the floor including five of nine behind the arc to pace an overall effort which saw the Li’l Irish hit 10 3-pointers on the night. The senior guard corralled eight rebounds and handed out six assists. He collected two blocks and one steal while committing one turnover on the night.Fellow senior Jason Hawkes chipped in 15 points and a game-high eight assists. The Li’l Irish handed out 20 helpers on 29 made field goals. Hawkes had eight rebounds.Sincere Alston came off the bench to haul in a game-high nine rebonds. AQ grabbed 38 caroms including 10 on the offensive end which they converted to an 8-4 advantage in second-chance points.Aquinas outscored the Inventors in the paint 36-24.The Li’l Irish turned 10 Edison turnovers into 15 points.Aquinas trailed briefly in the first quarter before taking an 11-4 advantage at the end of the stanza. The Li’l Irish pushed the lead to 40-16 at half half. AQ led by as many as 32 in the fourth quarter.AQ’s Anthony Flegler scored 10 on 4-of-6 shooting.Marique Simkin paced Edison with 23 on 10 of 20 shooting. The senior guard connected three times behind the arc. Amare Holland connected on 5-of-8 from long range and finished with 19 points for the Inventors.Alston (four) and Danny Speed (four) led an Aquinas bench which outscored its counterparts 15-3.AQ converted 6 of 10 free throws while Edison went one of seven from the charity stripe.Aquinas shot 51.8 percent (29-56) from the floor including 10 of 26 from downtown.Aquinas (9-2) plays at Liverpool this Saturday before hosting Fairport in the Rochester Area Players (RAP) Showcase on Saturday, January 28th.Edison (7-5) hosts Leadership Academy on Friday. A 6:45 start is slated.  Aquinas Li, Edison Tech Inventors, free throws, Liverpool Share on Facebook Subscribe by Email Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Print This Post By Paul Gotham on January 19, 2017No Comment center_img Connect on Linked in Add to Google+ Pickett leads Aquinas to third straight added by Paul Gotham on January 19, 2017View all posts by Paul Gotham →FacebookTwitter分享by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksSponsor ContentBig Data Courses | Search AdOnline Big Data Courses Might Be Better than You ThinkBig Data Courses | Search AdUndoCosmoWomensTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldCosmoWomensUndoLovely&HealthyTop 10 Most Dangerous Cruises In The World Lovely&HealthyUndoby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksMore from Pickin’ SplintersBaron keeps Bonaventure close to his heart – Pickin’ SplintersUndoTah-Jae Hill, Zion Morrison and the Starting Five – Pickin’ SplintersUndo”If you had a Mount Rushmore of MCC baseball, he’s on there.” Longtime assistant Jack Christensen passes away – Pickin’ SplintersUndo Pickett leads Aquinas to third straight Follow on Facebooklast_img read more

Pembroke looks to continue perfect season, set up Top 5 battle

first_img Print This Post Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Share on Facebook Pembroke looks to continue perfect season, set up Top 5 battle added by Mike DeSanto on February 26, 2018View all posts by Mike DeSanto →FacebookTwitter分享by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksSponsor ContentBig Data Courses | Search AdOnline Big Data Courses Might Be Better than You ThinkBig Data Courses | Search AdCosmoWomensTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldCosmoWomensLovely&HealthyTop 10 Most Dangerous Cruises In The World Lovely&Healthyby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksMore from Pickin’ SplintersBaron keeps Bonaventure close to his heart – Pickin’ SplintersTah-Jae Hill, Zion Morrison and the Starting Five – Pickin’ Splinters”If you had a Mount Rushmore of MCC baseball, he’s on there.” Longtime assistant Jack Christensen passes away – Pickin’ Splinters By Mike DeSanto on February 26, 2018No Comment BRACKET COURTESY OF SECTION V BASKETBALLNo. 2 seed PEMBROKE (22-0/GENESEE COUNTY DIVISION 1) vs. No. 6 seed AVON (16-6/LIVINGSTON COUNTY DIVISION 2) Monday, Warsaw HS 7:00 PMHow they got here: Pembroke showed no signs of slowing down, as they defeated No. 15 Holley 59-37 and cruising to a 67-58 win over No. 7 Gananda.Avon played as expected to start the tournament, beating No.11 Byron-Bergen 66-43, but then surprised No. 3 Addison with a convincing 74-57 upset to earn a semifinal spot.Last time they met: The two teams have yet to play this year.Players to Watch for Pembroke: Reid Miano Sr. F 15 ppg, 8 rpg, Lucas Kohorst Sr. G/F 12 ppg, 6 rpg, Jamil Marable Sr. G 11 ppg, 5 rpg, 5 apg, Zach vonKramer Sr. F 10 ppg, 4 rpg and Ethan Stone Sr. F/C 8 ppg, 6 rpg.Avon: Aaron Ghent Sr. F 14.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg, Ian Read Jr. G 8.0 ppg, Connor Taylor Jr. G 17.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg/6.0 apg and Nate Wojslaw Sr. F 7.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg.  East Rochester, Marcus Whitman, Miles Brown, Reid Miano Subscribe by Email Follow on Facebook Miles Brown (left) averages 30.6 points per game for Northstar Christian. (Photo: PAUL LIOTTI/PICKIN’ SPLINTERS)Northstar Christian (No. 3) and Pembroke (No. 4) both sit in the Top 5 in the NYSSWA Class C rankings, but must defeat streaking teams in Marcus Whitman and Avon to reach the finals. Here is the 2018 Section V Class C1 semi-final breakdown:No. 1 seed NORTHSTAR CHRISTIAN (21-1/INDEPENDENT) vs. No. 5 seed MARCUS WHITMAN (19-3/FINGER LAKES WEST) Monday, Bloomfield HS 6:00 PMHow they got here: Northstar Christian flexed its offensive muscle, steamrolling No. 16 North Rose-Wolcott 89-24 and dispatching No. 8 East Rochester 99-69 to reach the semifinals.Marcus Whitman handled Williamson in its opening game, winning. However, LeRoy provided a tougher opponent in the quarterfinals, battling Whitman to the wire before falling 54-53.Last time they met: This will be the first matchup between the two teams this season.Players to Watch for Northstar Christian: Miles Brown Jr. G 30.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 6.2 apg, Michael Brown 12.4 ppg, 6.4 apg Jr. G, Matthew Medeiros Sr. G 13.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg and Tray Roberts Sr. G 13.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg)Marcus Whitman: Riley McLoud Sr. G/F 14.0 ppg, Jon Donovan Jr. G 12.0 ppg, 4.0 apg, 4.0 rpg, Liam Prendergast So. F 10.o ppg, 8.0 rpg and Seth Benedict So. G 10.0 ppg, 5.0 apg.Ky’Mere Meeks, Justin Smith and the Freshman Starting FiveTony Arnold, Brennan Clark and the Sophomore Starting Five Robert Davis, Gerald Drumgoole and the Junior Starting FiveThomas Jones III, Kailee White and the Senior Starting Five Pembroke looks to continue perfect season, set up Top 5 battle Add to Google+ Connect on Linked in This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

MCC settles for second straight split

first_img This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. By Paul Gotham on April 3, 2019No Comment MCC settles for second straight split added by Paul Gotham on April 3, 2019View all posts by Paul Gotham →FacebookTwitter分享by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksSponsor ContentBig Data Courses | Search AdOnline Big Data Courses Might Be Better than You ThinkBig Data Courses | Search AdCosmoWomensTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldCosmoWomensAirPhysioThis All-Natural “Lung Cleaning” Device Helps Anyone Breathe EasierAirPhysioby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksMore from Pickin’ SplintersBaron keeps Bonaventure close to his heart – Pickin’ SplintersTah-Jae Hill, Zion Morrison and the Starting Five – Pickin’ SplintersA look back at transfers in Mark Schmidt’s Bona tenure – Pickin’ Splinters Connect on Linked in Follow on Facebook Share on Facebook Subscribe by Emailcenter_img Add to Google+ Sam Loew collected three hits and three RBI in Tuesday’s doubleheader split. (Photo courtesy of Monroe CC Athletic Communications)By PAUL GOTHAMROCHESTER, N.Y. — For the second time in as many outings the Monroe Community College baseball team finished with a doubleheader split.Committing six errors on the afternoon and leaving 14 runners on base, MCC showed little of the inspired effort that led to a recent six-game wining streak.Sam Loew (Binghamton) and TJ Lucey (Fairport) drove in a pair of runs apiece in the nightcap as Monroe came from behind to beat Herkimer College, 10-7.Loew’s two-out double in the third inning scored Lucey and Evan Magill (Notre Dame Catholic/Ajax, ON) to erase a one-run deficit. Lucey collected an RBI in a five-run fourth as the the Tribunes pulled away for the victory.Liam Devine (John F. Rossi CVI/Guelph, ON) worked two innings in relief for the win. The left-hander struck out two without a walk and improved to 3-1 on the season.The Tribunes showed glimpses of their offensive capabilities when Ethan Pasco (Saint Paul Catholic/Niagara Falls, ON), Logan Martella-Tasick (Penfield) and Sean Flannery (Wayne) opened the home half of the fourth with three consecutive hits. MCC scored five that inning, but only managed one more hit after having bases loaded with no outs. A two-run error provided the highlight.Magill finished 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in the game. Martella-Tasick went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Flannery scored twice and drove in a run with a hit. Cas Sobaszek (Rush-Henrietta) had an RBI. Phil Ferranti (Webster Schroeder) was 1-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI.Located at 1475 E. Henrietta Road near Monroe Community College.In game one, Monroe squandered what was otherwise an impressive performance from Brennen Smith (Webster Thomas) in a 5-3 extra-innings loss. The southpaw took a shutout into the seventh inning before a three-base error to start the final frame put the tying run 90 feet away.“He pitched a gem,” Monroe head coach Dave Brust said. “His location was mostly pinpoint other a couple O-2 situations which 80 percent of his batters were 0-2.”Smith set down the next two batters on strikes and was one strike away from nailing down the complete game when pinch hitter Naije Waller singled up the middle to knot the score.Smith fanned 10 and walked two. He did not allow a runner past second through the first five innings and faced the minimum in the second, fourth and fifth stanzas allowing just two hits.“That was a borderline masterpiece,” Brust added. “He needed one routine fly ball to be caught and that was a gem. Before that happened, he was on pace for a 75-pitch shutout. He was one fly ball away from a 75-pitch shutout. When’s the last time Herkimer (9-2) had that done to them.“For a collegiate pitcher, that’s one of the best performances I’ve seen in a long time.”Herkimer added four more runs (two earned) in the eighth.Ryan Hill (Webster Thomas) walked and scored in the third to give MCC the lead. Pasco followed Hill and reached on an error. Martella-Tasick’s sacrifice bunt was mishandled and the Tribunes had the bases loaded with no outs. Sobaszek brought in Hill with a ground ball.Sobaszek reached on an error in the eighth. Ferranti followed with a base hit. After a balk brought in Sobaszek, Magill put runners on the corners with a single. Loew delivered a two-out single for the final count of 5-3.Monroe (13-13) travels to Canandaigua on Thursday to take on Finger Lakes CC. A 2 PM first pitch is scheduled. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. MCC settles for second straight split Print This Postlast_img read more

Girls soccer: Regional matchups set for this weekend

first_imgGirls soccer: Regional matchups set for this weekend added by Paul Cifonelli on November 8, 2019View all posts by Paul Cifonelli →FacebookTwitter分享by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksSponsor ContentCosmoWomensTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldCosmoWomensBig Data Courses | Search AdOnline Big Data Courses Might Be Better than You ThinkBig Data Courses | Search AdAirPhysioThis All-Natural “Lung Cleaning” Device Helps Anyone Breathe EasierAirPhysioby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksMore from Pickin’ SplintersBaron keeps Bonaventure close to his heart – Pickin’ SplintersTah-Jae Hill, Zion Morrison and the Starting Five – Pickin’ Splinters”If you had a Mount Rushmore of MCC baseball, he’s on there.” Longtime assistant Jack Christensen passes away – Pickin’ Splinters Add to Google+ By Paul Cifonelli on November 8, 2019No Comment Subscribe by Email Girls soccer: Regional matchups set for this weekend Print This Post Share on Facebookcenter_img Follow on Facebook Connect on Linked in l-r: Penfield’s Victoria Sabel, Spencerport’s Cat Wall, Greece Olympia’s Kuditra Derosa and Marion’s Chloe DeLyser.By PAUL CIFONELLIFollowing the completion of the Section V regional qualifiers, there is just one team left in each class that can take home a state title. The next step in those journeys will be the New York State Far West Regionals, which will take place on Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9 at Williamsville East High School. Avoca (D), Marion (C), Greece Olympia (B), Spencerport (A) and Penfield (AA) will be taking on Section VI counterparts from the same classes.Class D Friday, Nov. 8, 5 PM at Williamsville East High SchoolAVOCA (18-2-0) vs. NORTH COLLINS (8-6-2)How they arrived here: North Collins (No. 11 NYSSWA) won the Section VI Class D championship.Avoca (No. 9 NYSSWA) defeated Prattsburgh, Batavia Notre Dame and Hinsdale to capture the Class D2 crown. The Tigers then went on to beat previously unbeaten Fillmore (No. 2 NYSSWA) in the regional qualifier.Top Performers for North Collins: Rebecca Holmes (11 goals/ 2 assists), Maddie Turnbull (3 goals/1 assist), Robin Hidy (3 goals/ 1 assist) and Pia Froelich (1 goal/5 assists).Top Performers for Avoca: Selina Jud (30 goals/19 assists), Alexis Weldy (27 goals/17 assists), Delaney Stowe (23 goals/8 assists), Riley Stowe (13 goals/8 assists).What’s at stake: A spot in the NYS Class D semifinals against the Chazy (VII) vs. Hammond (X) winner.Class C: Saturday, Nov. 9, 12:30 PM at Williamsville East High SchoolMARION (19-1-0) vs. FREWSBURG (15-4-1)How they arrived here: Frewsburg (No. 9 NYSSWA) had to win four games to capture the Section VI crown, but got the job done. The Bears defeated Cattaraugus-Little Valley, Holland, Maple Grove and Westfield (No. 10 NYSSWA) to make it to this point.Marion (No. 5 NYSSWA) ran through the Class C2 tournament to make the regional qualifier. The Black Knights beat Bishop Kearney, Bolivar-Richburg and Wheatland-Chili (No. 14 NYSSWA). Once in the regional qualifier, Marion took down Warsaw (No. 8 NYSSWA) to advance on to the Far West Regional.Top Performers from Frewsburg: Samantha Annis (7 goals/3 assists), Makenna McBride (4 goals/2 assists), Rachael Kerhli (3 goals/3 assists) and  Alexandra Hultberg (2 goals/4 assists).Top Performers from Marion: Chloe DeLyser (73 goals/30 assists), Abigail Marotta (19 goals/32 assists), Brooke Guerin (15 goals/10 assists) and Alaina Taylor (10 goals/18 assists).What’s at stake: A spot in the NYS Class C semifinals against the AuSable Valley (VII) vs. Stillwater (II) winner.Class B: Friday, Nov. 8, 6 PM at Williamsville East High SchoolGREECE OLYMPIA (16-3-1) vs. IROQUOIS (19-1-0)How they arrived here: Iroquois (No. 6 NYSSWA) took down Olean and East Aurora in one-goal games, then beat City Honors 6-2 to claim the B1 title. The Chiefs then beat Allegheny 5-3 to move on to the Far West Regional.Greece Olympia (No. 7 NYSSWA) won three consecutive 1-0 games to take the Class B1 championship. The Spartans then took out Churchville-Chili 2-0 in the regional qualifier move on.Top Performers from Iroquois: Grace Kulniszewski (36 goals/23 assists), Morgan Kulniszewski (28 goals/27 assists), Brittany Eslinger (9 goals/7 assists) and Vada Kirsch (7 goals/5 assists).Top Performers for Greece Olympia: Kuditra DeRosa (26 goals/ 11 assists), Grace Collins (19 goals/ 13 assists), Ashley Campbell (10 goals/8 assists) and Morgan Welch (4 goals/4 assists).What’s at stake: A spot in the NYS Class B semifinals against the Pleasantville (I) vs. James I. O’Neill (IX) winner.Class A: Saturday, Nov. 9, 11 AM at Williamsville East High SchoolSPENCERPORT (14-3-2) vs. GRAND ISLAND (17-2-1)How they arrived here: Grand Island (No. 12 NYSSWA) scored two goals in all three of its sectional games against Starpoint, Lewiston and Amherst to move on to the regional qualifier against Hamburg (No. 5 NYSSWA). The Vikings won that game 1-0 to advance to face Spencerport.Spencerport’s scores in sectional play were identical to Grand Island’s. The Rangers defeated Pittsford Mendon (No. 15 NYSSWA) to advance to the Far West Regional.Top Performers for Grand Island: Avery Mondoux (16 goals/12 assists), Ella Rudney (15 goals/ 13 assists), Brooke Amato (14 goals/ 14 assists) and Eve DiCarlo (12 goals/6 assists).Top Performers for Spencerport: Corynna Rotoli (14 goals/3 assists), Maddy Brongo (4 goals/9 assists), Lily Brongo (7 goals/3 assists), Sabrina Trapani (4 goals/3 assists) and Cat Wall (1,255 minutes played/0.382 goals against).What’s at stake: A spot in the NYS Class A semifinals against the Pearl River (I) vs. Minisink Valley (IX) winner.Class AA: Saturday, Nov. 9,  2 PM at Williamsville East High SchoolPENFIELD (13-1-4) vs. CLARENCE (14-2-2)How they arrived here: Clarence (No. 13 NYSSWA) scored nine goals in three sectional game to advance to the Far West Regional. The Red Devils defeated Niagara Falls, Frontier and Lancaster (No. 6 NYSSWA) in the Section VI Class AA tournament.Penfield (No. 10 NYSSWA) only played one one-goal game en route to a sectional championship. The Patriots beat Gates-Chili, Fairport and then advanced on PKs against Webster-Schroeder (No. 11 NYSSWA) to move on to face Clarence.Top Performers for Clarence: Kailey O’Brien (20 goals/13 assists), Olivia Argentieri (7 goals/ 11 assists), Anevay Rice (8 goals/6 assists) and Payton Payne (7 goals/4 assists).Top Performers for Penfield: Rebecca Rolland (10 goals/6 assists), Delaney Tellex (7 goals/3 assists), Amanda Fordham (6 goals/3 assists), Grace Murphy (4 goals/2 assists) and Victoria Sabel (4 goals/2 assists).What’s at stake: A spot in the NYS Class A semifinals against the North Rockland (I) vs. Monroe-Woodbury (IX) winner. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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Bishop Kearney, Waterloo top Girls’ polls; Gates-Chili and Northstar lead Boys’ rankings

first_imgBishop Kearney, Waterloo top Girls’ polls; Gates-Chili and Northstar lead Boys’ rankings T-2East High (5)2-157 Share on Facebook 1Waterloo (3)6-056 4Webster Thomas5-044 Girls Small SchoolsRecordPoints Subscribe by Email T-6South Seneca5-019 1Northstar Christian (2)7-063 Bishop Kearney, Waterloo top Girls’ polls; Gates-Chili and Northstar lead Boys’ rankings added by Paul Gotham on February 22, 2021View all posts by Paul Gotham →FacebookTwitter分享by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksSponsor ContentAirPhysioThis All-Natural “Lung Cleaning” Device Helps Anyone Breathe EasierAirPhysioTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat InsuranceAmazingWomanMagTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldAmazingWomanMagby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksMore from Pickin’ SplintersBaron keeps Bonaventure close to his heart – Pickin’ SplintersTah-Jae Hill, Zion Morrison and the Starting Five – Pickin’ Splinters”If you had a Mount Rushmore of MCC baseball, he’s on there.” Longtime assistant Jack Christensen passes away – Pickin’ Splinters 8Gates-Chili3-320 10Livonia4-213 4Penfield4-139 T-2Pittsford Mendon (1)6-057 3Elba6-047 2Pittsford Mendon (1)5-055 Connect on Linked in 10Pittsford Sutherland4-210 1Gates-Chili (1)5-060 First place votes in (). Other receiving votes: Hornell (12), Pavilion (12), Pembroke (8), Avoca/Prattsburgh (7), Canisteo-Greenwood (6), Notre Dame Batavia (6), Midlakes (5), Marcus Whitman (4), Avon (3), Charles G. Finney (3), Whitesville (2), Geneseo (1). 3Fairport5-142 Print This Post 5East Rochester5-137 Follow on Facebook 7Canandaigua4-123 2Dansville (3)4-051 9Hornell4-113 First place votes in (). Other receiving votes: Pembroke (4), Vertus (4), Wellsville (4), Campbell-Savona (3), Waterloo (3), Clyde-Savannah (2), World Of Inquiry (2), Eugenio Maria (1), Oakfield-Alabama (1), Williamson (1), York (1). 5Our Lady Of Mercy4-235 T-6Clyde-Savannah5-019 6Honeoye Falls-Lima5-124 7Charles G. Finney6-127 4Lyons (1)5-044 4Palmyra-Macedon5-141 6Caledonia-Mumford (1)5-031 First place votes in (). Other receiving votes: McQuaid (8), Webster Schroeder (8), Leadership Academy (7), Geneva (6), Eastridge (5), Greece Athena (4), Monroe (3), UPrep (1). 5Livonia5-033 5Victor3-141 6Penfield5-124 Boys Large SchoolsRecordPoints 8Avoca/Prattsburgh4-021 Boys Small SchoolsRecordPoints T-8Irondequoit3-213 T-8Honeoye Falls-Lima4-213 9Batavia3-314 Girls Large SchoolsRecordPoints 9Webster Schroeder3-212 First place votes in (). Other receiving votes: Aquinas (5), Irondequoit (2), Victor (2), Brockport (1), East High (1). 10Churchville-Chili3-110 Add to Google+ 3Batavia (2)6-055 7Aquinas3-222 T-6Alexander5-019 By Paul Gotham on February 22, 2021No Comment Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. 1Bishop Kearney (5)4-059 2Wayne (2)6-062 10Avon3-110 This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Call to the Community: Support needed for Iglesia family

first_img Follow on Facebook By Paul Gotham on March 26, 2021No Comment Add to Google+ Subscribe by Email Share on Facebook Call to the Community: Support needed for Iglesia family The Iglesias. (Photo provided)By PAUL GOTHAMPart of the Rochester basketball community for more than three decades, Gerard Iglesia has always provided a helping hand to others. Now the longtime coach is need of assistance.Suffering from kidney failure, Iglesia awaits a kidney transplant. He has been in the Intensive Care for nearly three weeks and will need extensive rehab after the operation. A GoFundMe account has been established for the family.Please keep helping! Coach @IglesiaGerard is going to need support during the waiting game for a kidney! https://t.co/YgNbifvv2g https://t.co/Dmx7hA4YqK— Gina Andrecolich-Montesano (@GAMETraining) March 25, 2021His wife, Karen, has been unable to continue tutoring – the couple’s source of income – since Iglesia was admitted to the hospital earlier this month.The Iglesias are well-known as Prime Time Ballers. Once an AAU team, the couple has since transitioned the platform into a means for promoting local student-athletes.DAY 16 in ICU; @IglesiaGerard laid many foundations and planted many seeds. The most important is passing the for to @_AnthonyIglesia who will one day be a coach himself. This is @TylerRelph10, one of the best trainers who mentors Anthony. TYLER/ANTHONY 585 CAMP. pic.twitter.com/yZRCCv7pXI— Primetime Ballers (@PrimetimeBall_) March 23, 2021Iglesia’s summer camp has been in existence for 15 years. Free to the public, the camp has become a mainstay in the Rochester basketball community and has recently spawned the efforts of the Iglesia’s son, Anthony, and Tyler Relph in a separate clinic.DAY 17 ICU; @IglesiaGerard started his FREE BASKETBALL CAMP over 15 years ago, providing FREE camps for over 1800 players at no cost. Players received a week of , cooked meal, guest speakers such as @StarburyMarbury over the years. Let’s continue to pray for him. pic.twitter.com/RaEFPhTgj1— Primetime Ballers (@PrimetimeBall_) March 24, 2021A GoFundMe page has been established to help the Iglesia family.center_img Call to the Community: Support needed for Iglesia family added by Paul Gotham on March 26, 2021View all posts by Paul Gotham →FacebookTwitter分享by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksSponsor ContentAirPhysioThis All-Natural “Lung Cleaning” Device Helps Anyone Breathe EasierAirPhysioUndoTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat InsuranceUndoBabbelStart Speaking a Language in 3 Weeks – All You Need Is Your PhoneBabbelUndoby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksMore from Pickin’ SplintersBaron keeps Bonaventure close to his heart – Pickin’ SplintersUndoTah-Jae Hill, Zion Morrison and the Starting Five – Pickin’ SplintersUndo”If you had a Mount Rushmore of MCC baseball, he’s on there.” Longtime assistant Jack Christensen passes away – Pickin’ SplintersUndo Connect on Linked in Print This Post Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

News / New container technology will cut handling charges, claims Tworty

first_img The development of a new type of 20ft container technology has taken a step further with the completion of a trial shipment of the so-called Tworty Box.Developed by Hamburg-based Tworty Gmbh and built by German manufacturer of special containers Drehtainer, the Tworty box – so christened as it is comprised of two 20ft boxes that can be coupled together to form one 40ft box – has had its first trial shipment completed.“At the beginning of April the boxes were loaded in coupled condition on board OOCL’s container vessel “OOCL Montreal”. They were shipped as shipper-owned boxes on account of the Belgium headquartered LCL division of global forwarder DHL. Operated as a 40ft unit the coupled boxes were stuffed with 20 tonnes of break bulk cargo (mainly car parts and granulate) for Canadian consignees,” the company has announced.A similar system has also been under development in the UK by Container Group Technology (CGT), as previously reported in The Loadstar, although there do appear to be differences in design. The CGT design has focused on expanding the internal dimensions of the container to allow more pallets to be loaded, primarily achieved by flattening the front wall, as opposed to the traditional corrugated form. The two units can be coupled together but in a way that sees the doors of each facing the other – if left open the doors create a single 40ft, or if they are closed it is two 20ft boxes that are almost completely theft-proof. The Tworty design, on the other hand, sees the 20ft containers built with doors at both ends. The second set of doors opens from the inside and can only be locked from the inside. However, the internal doors can then be fixed to the container’s ceiling, to create a single 40ft box.The company has been marketing it to shipping lines on the basis of its proposed economics, especially in respect to the costs associated with the repositioning of empty containers – by combining two 20ft boxes carriers will save 50% on handling costs at container terminals. The company also claims that further savings can be made on storage costs, although it does concede some additional costs will be incurred with the coupling and de-coupling of the units.While shipping lines would be the natural buyers of such equipment, the parlous state of most carriers’ finances mean they are unlikely to invest significantly in container fleets, with more new orders placed by container leasing companies.Lessors are in difficult position in promoting this concept however, because it is shippers that would ultimately benefit from the new technology and shipping lines are uncomfortable with lessors and shippers talking directly.So the fact that it was DHL which was involved in the trial Tworty shipment to Canada is an interesting development, because if change is going to be driven into the container supply chain, it is clearly going to have to be propelled by the biggest forwarders and shippers. By Gavin van Marle 24/06/2013last_img read more

TNT eyes possible sale of Dutch fashion business as restructure moves ahead

first_imgTNT Fashion Group, headquartered in Oldenzaal, the Netherlands, provides transport and warehousing for clothing retailers and employs about 660 people.The sale is likely to attract interest from companies and buyout firms, and TNT said: “The possible sale of the Dutch operations of TNT Fashion will be designed to ensure service continuity.“The sale process will not affect the terms and conditions of existing agreements with customers and suppliers.” TNT Express said in a statement today that it was exploring the possibility of selling its Dutch fashion supply chain business. By LoadstarEditorial 27/08/2013center_img Its customers range from high-end designer labels to high-volume retailers.The company is revamping after UPS, the biggest package-delivery company, terminated a €5.16 billion bid in January amid opposition from European Union regulators. The overhaul includes the disposal of its Brazilian business unit and the company’s domestic road unit in China.The fashion business has about 1,000 employees in total, of which 330 work in the UK. TNT is only considering a sale of the Dutch unit. The UK fashion operation will be integrated into the regional UK express operations, it said.“The possible sale of the Dutch operations of TNT Fashion will be designed to ensure service continuity,” the company said in the statement.“The sale process will not affect the terms and conditions of existing agreements with customers and suppliers. TNT Express will continue to offer delivery services to the fashion and lifestyle industry.”The sale of TNT Fashion comes as part of a company-wide restructure at TNT Express by new CEO Tex Gunning.In its second-quarter 2013 results announced last month, TNT Express reported a €280 million loss, with sales down 3.1% year-on-year and underlying operating income down 27%.last_img read more

News / Road to higher box shipping rates long and bumpy as overcapacity increases

first_imgBy Mike Wackett 18/05/2015 Indeed, a perfect storm is brewing from a bulging cellular orderbook that has 1.9m teu scheduled for delivery this year – which, after scrapping adjustments, is calculated to increase global container fleet capacity by around 10%.At the same time, market growth predictions have been downgraded. Maersk admitted in its first-quarter results last week that it expected growth to be “at the low end of the 3-5% range”.However, Danish Ship Finance says the supply-demand gap could narrow by around 3% if carriers and tonnage operators are able to defer some scheduled deliveries a year, a tactic they have used in the past.Half of the tonnage orderbook is for ultra-large container vessels of 14,000 teu and above, as ocean carriers continue their policy of reducing unit costs by upscaling ships to compensate for stubbornly low freight rates.But these bigger ships need to be sufficiently utilised for the economics to work, and the flaw in the carrier strategy comes when the container alliances are unable to fill their ULCVs.Thus, other than blank a voyage, carriers are forced to buy cargo on spot markets to improve their allocation levels, often at the expense of fellow members of their alliance, thereby perpetuating the vicious cycle of rate erosion.Moreover, the spot market is gaining in influence, with anecdotal reports from China suggesting that shippers are walking away from annual contracts in favour of cheaper deals on offer that have been marked down in line with the substantial spot market falls since the beginning of the year.Danish Ship Finance expects fleet utilisation levels to fall to around 79% in 2015 and 2016, which does not bode well for the voyage calculation aspiration of carriers, but is perhaps a reality that they must start getting used to. According to the latest shipping market review from Danish Ship Finance, “massive oversupply” in the container sector will plague the industry for another two years.After that, things “might improve” – subject to a return of a supply-demand equilibrium – but the road to higher rates is expected to be “long and bumpy”.The report is critical of an industry that “continues to plan for the future as if past patterns still apply”, and argues that the global shift in manufacturing to lower-cost countries that was responsible for past trade expansions – and due to a sequence of events including China’s membership of the WTO in 2001 – is unlikely to be repeated.The manufacturing shift away from advanced economies is “now losing steam” say the authors, noting that the level of global containerisation “seems to have plateaued” and that view significant additional jumps are “unlikely”.last_img read more

News / Silver lining for carriers may be in sight as clouds over Asia-N Europe rates begin to clear

first_imgTriple ULCS Call at APM terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles February 2015 Container shipping rates on the main east-west trades rose this week, reversing two weeks of decline, with analysts predicting a continuing upward trend.Spot rates recorded on the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) this week rose 8% on the Asia-North Europe leg, to $755 per teu. This followed a week off for the SCFI as China went into celebration mode for its Golden Week.The index had recorded a dip of 8.5% immediately before Golden Week, while the week before that saw a decline of 20.9%.While Asia-North Europe pricing appears to be on the rebound, trade between Asia and the Mediterranean continued to decline, with rates down 3% to $565 per teu. Patrik Berglund, chief executive of Xeneta, which provides a freight rate benchmarking tool, said longer-term contract rates for 40ft containers on Asia-North Europe had climbed 47% over the past six months.“In April, these rates were $361, they now stand at $965, representing a 168% increase,” he said. “If short-term rates [which showed growth between the second and third quarters] continue to rise, it will make for a fantastic negotiating position.”As if on cue, yesterday CMA CGM announced its freight all kinds (FAK) rates on the Asia-Mediterranean and Black Sea routes would be $1,150 per 20ft and $2,200 per 40ft from tomorrow (15 October).And earlier this week, Hapag-Lloyd announced a rate restoration programme beginning on 1 November that would see its FAK rates increased to $1,250 per 20ft and $2,400 per 40ft for North Europe and the West Mediterranean, and $1,550 per 20ft and $3,000 per 40ft for East Mediterranean and Black Sea destinations.These come on the back of OOCL’s $800 per teu rate restoration effort which begins on 17 October.Transpacific carriers, which held on to gains made by the Hanjin fallout, also recorded strong rate increases this week. Rates between Asia and US west coast ports were up 13% to $1,914 per 40ft, while US east coast ports reported growth of 6% at $2,563 per 40ft.Mr Berglund said west coast short-term rates bottomed out in April at $782 per 40ft.They started the third quarter at $1,243 per 40ft and closed on $1,826.“These price changes reflect an upward trend, which will benefit long-term contracts,” he added.Meanwhile, the Seoul Central District Court, responsible for overseeing Hanjin’s receivership process, has approved the auction of the carrier’s major assets, including its Asia-US route network.Zim Integrated Shipping Services is set to launch an additional service on its Asia-Pacific north-west route on 25 October ,with the following rotation: Xingang-Qingdao-Shanghai-Prince Rupert-Xingang.center_img By Alexander Whiteman 14/10/2016last_img read more

News / Ship fire forces an end to DFDS’s loss-making Rosyth-Zebrugge ro-ro service

first_img A major ship fire has injured one crew member and forced DFDS to cancel its “loss-making” Rosyth-Zebrugge ro-ro route.The fire aboard Finlandia Seaways happened last Monday (16 April) in the engine room, with the injured crew member being airlifted to hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.Senior vice president for North Sea routes Kell Robdrup said an inspection of the ship had revealed “substantial damage” to the engine room, resulting in the vessel being out of service for several months.He added: “Furthermore, our search for a replacement vessel was fruitless and revealed that there are no suitable ships available. Unfortunately, this will bring about further losses on the route and means we have lost all hope of being able to turn around the route’s loss-making. “Therefore, we have no alternative but to close the route, as we undoubtedly will lose clients forced to seek alternative solutions for their transport.”Apologising for the impact on DFDS customers, Mr Robdrup said attempts to cooperate with the Scottish government to save the route, including using a combined passenger and cargo vessel for freight had also proved futile.There had been attempts to reduce costs – double container stacking installing a scrubber to remove sulphur from the exhaust gas instead of using low-sulphur fuel– but, said Mr Robdrup, the route continued to make losses.Charles Hammond, chief executive of Forth Ports, which owns and operates Rosyth, said he was “disappointed”, but added that “we are concerned for the welfare of the injured crew member and we wish him a speedy recovery”.He said: “The service has a long history at Rosyth, operating since 2002, but has faced a number of challenges over the years.”Mr Hammond sought to reassure shippers that Scotland remained “well connected” to mainland Europe,via a “range” of multimodal services from Grangemouth.DFDS, meanwhile, has announced it will deploy a new ship, specially designed for services in the Channel, from 2021. The ship will be built in Avic Weihai shipyard in China and will be able to carry 3,100 lane metres of cargo and 1,000 passengers.Peder Gellert, EVP of the shipping division, said: “Since the ship has not yet been built, we have great opportunities to make sure that it is designed to give our guests the best possible experience.“We will charter the ship from Stena RoRo and operate it for 10 years with an option to buy it after that. And since we are considering replacing the fleet on the Channel in 2031, the timing is really good.” By Alexander Whiteman 24/04/2018last_img read more

News / THE Alliance unveils Transpacific-Europe pendulum service in 2019 network shake-up

first_imgThere is much talk in the market that South Korea’s HMM with its orderbook of 12 20,000 teu and 8 14,000 teu, all being built with scrubbers installed, is being courted by THE Alliance to join the VSA group in 2020 when its slot charter agreement ends with the 2M. The revised THE Alliance network will see the member carriers deploying 249 vessels and connect 76 ports in Asia, North Europe, the Mediterranean, the US, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, the Indian sub-continent and the Middle East. PS1:From Europe-Kobe-Nagoya-Tokyo-Los Angeles/Long Beach-Oakland-Tokyo-Shimizu-Kobe-Nagoya-Tokyo-Singapore-to Europe The standout feature of THE Alliance service restructure is its new east-west pendulum service which will replace the existing FE1 Asia-North Europe loop and the PS1 and PS2 Asia-US west coast services. The new service network, which is subject to the usual regulatory approvals, is expected to commence shortly after the Chinese New Year, which falls in early February 2019. As per a statement from the three carriers today, the new FE1 loop transforms into the new PS1 loop described as follows: Commenting on the pendulum service, a spokesperson for Hapag-Lloyd told The Loadstar this morning: “It is not a new concept and allows THE Alliance to run this service even more efficiently, as a lower number of ships are required.” THE Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express(ONE) and Yang Ming have published details of a rationalised revamped network for east-west trades effective from next year which will include a new pendulum service. Currently THE Alliance advertises that it operates 250 vessels connecting 81 ports around the world. The Ocean Alliance operates the largest ships between Asia and North Europe with both its NEU1 and NEU2 strings deploying vessels of 20,000 teu or above.center_img The launch of the PN4 service will “provide more efficient and comprehensive links between Asia and the US Pacific north west coast”. According to Alphaliner data, the current FE1 loop has the smallest capacity of all of the offerings of the three alliances, deploying 10 ships of 9,000-9,500 teu. THE Alliance said this restructure would provide “a necessary capacity upgrade to the existing Asia-Europe network and overall optimised port-pair connections will be implemented to accommodate customers’ needs of greater reliability and stability in service quality”. At the same time THE Alliance said it will introduce a new Pacific North West service (PN4) with a port rotation of Xiamen-Kaohsiuung-Nagoya-Tokyo-Tacoma-Vancouver-Tokyo-Nagoya-Kobe-Xiamen. THE Alliance is the smallest of the three vessel sharing groupings and has reportedly conceded market share this year due to combination of factors including an injection of ULCV capacity by the Ocean and 2M alliances; the chaotic launch in April of ONE; and concerns over the financial health of Yang Ming. FE1:From TPWC-Tokyo-Shimizu-Kobe-Nagoya-Tokyo-Singapore-(Suez Canal)-Rotterdam-Hamburg-Southampton-Le Havre-(Suez Canal)-Singapore-Kobe-Nagoya-Tokyo-to TPWC “The partners of THE Alliance will keep the market informed about further steps and the final, more precise service rotations and terminal selections,” it stated. By Mike Wackett 18/12/2018last_img read more

Premium / Market Insight: DHL GFF, Wisetech & the IT supremacy obsession – is Saas the sassy option for forwarders?

first_imgBy Russell Wood 03/04/2019 LOGIN Email* Email* Password* Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium Premium subscriber LOGIN Cont’d from part one for DHL Global Forwarding, Freight (DGFF) and WiseTech (WTC) – click here in case you missed my initial coverage last week, headed: “The inside story of DHL Global Forwarding’s IT transition nightmare; and how it made WiseTech what it is today”.Now, let’s immediately move on to the nitty-gritty details of DHL’s adoption of the WiseTech system.The new, improved WiseTechReading the signs of the times, in 2012 WTC reoriented its entire system towards a SaaS (Software as … New Premium subscriber REGISTER Please Login Forgotten your password? Please click here Reset Your Password Please either REGISTER or login below to continue << Go back Resetlast_img read more

News / Innovation must overtake trade growth for sea change in shipping emissions

first_img By Alexander Whiteman 25/06/2019 © Igor Groshev Carriers are failing to tackle greenhouse gases (GHGs) and sufficiently invest in the new technologies required to meet the IMO’s pledge to cut emissions in half by 2050.This was the finding of a new report from research group CDP, titled A Sea Change, published just as Maersk and Bolloré Logistics committed to a 20% cut in CO2 emissions by 2025.CDP’s head of investor research, Carole Ferguson, said: “Marine freight is one of the least emission-intensive modes of transport; therefore critical to the low-carbon transition.“But as the global economy grows, the industry could account for 17% of global emissions by 2050, if nothing is done.”center_img Shipping accounts for about 3% of total global emissions and 10% of transport emissions – roughly equivalent to that of aviation – but it transports some 80% of global goods.But despite being the least emission-intensive form of freight transport, there is mounting concern that unfettered growth in trade will see its impact strengthen.“The industry needs to drive collaboration with vessel and shipping tech manufacturers to develop the step change innovations needed to meet [IMO] goals,” said Ms Ferguson.“Our analysis also shows that manufacturers are more focused on transformative change in power generation and other areas of transport than in tech solutions for the shipping sector.”Carriers have been put under increased pressure since the IMO’s 50% pledge, with CDP noting that Maersk, HMM and Norden have set “ambitious” long-term targets.However, the report goes on to criticise an apparent gap between the “cutting-edge” carbon neutral technologies available and the forms of innovation being developed.“It is promising to see that leading companies are acting, with Maersk and HMM setting net zero emission targets for 2050 and exploring alternative fuels,” said Ms Ferguson. “But the onus must be on the whole sector to jump-start their shift to a low-carbon future.”According to CDP’s analysis, only three carriers are actively developing technologies that will have, what it describes as, a “transformative impact” on the industry.It notes that NYK is working towards a zero-emissions vessel for 2050 and that Maersk and Norden are “pioneering” use of biofuels produced from waste sources such as cooking oil.Maersk’s efforts were also underlined at last week’s Paris Air Show, where it signed a “carbon pact” with Bolloré Logistics to cut emissions on Bolloré shipments by 20% by 2025.Senior sustainability developer at Maersk Mads Stensen said: “Collaboration across the supply chain is crucial for us to raise the sustainability bar in the logistics and transport industry.”However, many noted that the pledge included no firm details on how it would meet this commitment.last_img read more

People / FIATA’s Young Freight Forwarder of the Year finalists head to Cape Town

first_img By Alexander Whiteman 16/07/2019 The winners will be invited to address the Fiata World Congress in Cape Town later this year to present their dissertations.Mike Yarwood, TT Club’s senior loss prevention executive, said: “In the current challenging global trade environment, where supply chains are under increasing pressure to adapt quickly to regulatory, political and economic pressures, we at TT Club believe the training and professional advancement of young freight operators must be paramount.”  “This award aims to contribute to the development of quality professionals and reward young talent.”  During the World Congress, the judges will make their final decision on the overall young forwarder of the year. ID 54672280 © Destina156 | Dreamstime.comcenter_img Fiata, together with insurer TT Club, has announced the winners of the regional Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award (Yiffya) 2019.   Sovfracht’s Evgenniya Khokhlova took home the award for Europe, with Panalpina’s Rachael van Harmelen winning for the Americas. Philip Burgess of Burnard International won for Asia Pacific, leaving former PIL  – now Bollore recruit  – Enos Chapra to walk away with the award for Africa and the Middle East.   President of Fiata, Babar Badat, praised the winners, and said he hoped to see their success encourage more youngsters to join the profession.  “Encouraging more young professionals to join the Fiata community has always been a priority for me and I am encouraged again to see these excellent candidates presenting dissertations that cover a wide range of logistic subjects, which demonstrate the challenges that forwarders face every day and the customised solutions they are able to offer,” he said.  last_img read more

News / Scrapyards set for new wave of box ship demolition as idle fleet grows

first_img By Mike Wackett 02/06/2020 At 7,403 teu, the Kokura will be the largest containership ever to be scrapped, but with the idle tonnage fleet growing fast and set to breach 3m teu, this unwanted record is likely to be shortlived.Moreover, in their quest to match supply with a significant slump in demand, ocean carriers are in the process of off-hiring as much chartered tonnage as possible, resulting in a substantial spike in containership lay-ups. And with little chance of a recovery in global demand this year, boxship owners with returned vessels will have few options other than to consider demolition.One broker source told The Loadstar this week the containership sale and purchase market was “dead” – other than for distressed owners and opportunist buyers.“Nobody’s selling unless they really have to, and offers that do come in are barely above demolition rates, even for younger ships,” he said.“The other problem for owners is that the slump in daily hire rates will eventually filter through into the asset values of their ships and potentially put them in breach of their mortgage covenants with lenders,” he added.One industry analyst described containership owners as being caught in a “vicious circle”.“Once vessels are off-hired they have very little chance of a new fixture, especially for older ships, so they might decide to consider the demolition option, but if they can actually find a buyer, they will be facing a price shock.“I’ve heard recently of prices as low as $200 per LDT being offered by Turkish breakers, and at that rate they might not even clear their debt,” he said. “And with the world not exactly clamouring for steel at the moment, scrap prices could go further south.”Containership owners that enjoy long fixed-rate charter party contracts with ocean carriers can rest easier. But even though they are technically insulated by the duration of the agreement, they will hope that the liner crisis does not bring another Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy that in 2016 left the shipowners with millions of dollars of unpaid contracted revenue. Demolition markets in the Indian subcontinent have now largely reopened and are preparing for a new wave of containerships for scrapping.According to London-based shipbroker Braemar ACM, just 14 have been demolished so far this year, compared with 58 ships by the same time in 2019.However, due to the pandemic, there have been reports of up to 20 ships having been sold for scrap in the interim and now await the cutting tools.Scrapping rates have slumped by around 25% since January, with current price ranges from breakers in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh said to be around $300-$330 per LDT. Indeed, non-operating containership owner Costamare reportedly sold the 1997-built post-panamax Kokura on 26 May to Indian breakers for $10.9m, the latter price.center_img © Bayazid Akter last_img read more

News / Carriers follow through with capacity discipline and blank more sailings

first_img By Mike Wackett 02/09/2020 Ocean carriers are continuing with their “cautious” approach to capacity management, announcing a new series of blanked sailings in October.Both the 2M and THE alliances have withdrawn headhaul capacity in weeks 40 to 44 to mitigate expected reduced demand due to the Chinese Golden Week holiday, the first week of next month.Alphaliner said that, notwithstanding that September “will be a strong month for the carriers”, their decision to avoid overcapacity in October proved they had “mastered the art of fine-tuning their capacity to match it with market demand”.The consultant added: “The disastrous effects of previous rate wars, and the operational mess following the collapse of the Korean carrier Hanjin Shipping in 2016, have not been forgotten.“The good results of the carriers are, of course, not only the result of disciplined capacity management, which is new to the liner industry, but also largely influenced by the fact that bunker prices have dropped considerably.”THEA will blank the sailing of its FE2 loop by the 19,870 teu Al Zubara in the first week of October and the second voyage of newbuild 23,820 teu HMM Rotterdam on the FE3, scheduled to sail from Asia in the week beginning 5 October.In addition, October will see the continued blanking of THEA’s FE4 loop, which will not be replaced by the ‘extra loaders’ deployed in August and this month.Meanwhile, the 2M has reacted to the peak demand prior to the Golden Week holiday by introducing ULCVs, such as the 19,437 teu MSC Erica and the 18,340 teu sister ships Marchen Maersk and Maribo Maersk, on its seasonal Asia-Europe AE55/Griffin ‘sweeper’ service, which was previously serviced by 14,000 teu tonnage, noted the consultant.However, during October, the first three sailings of the AE55/Griffin loop will be blanked, in addition to the continued suspension of the AE2/Swan loop through the month.“The Ocean Alliance has not formally announced a blanking scheme yet, but the latest schedules show three skipped sailings in Asia-North Europe loops, whereas a fourth sailing will be cancelled as the Evergreen-operated CES/NEU7 service will only offer two departures in three weeks with a ten-day interval,” said Alphaliner.According to eeSea data, at the peak of the Covid lockdown demand slump in May, carriers withdrew 19% of sailings from Asia on the transpacific and cancelled 28% of their scheduled departures to Europe.However, despite criticism that they over-reacted with their blanking programmes, carriers have not only reinstated many of the voided loops, but added extra loaders and sweeper services on the tradelanes.Indeed, according to an analysis by Sea-Intelligence, capacity deployed between Asia and the US west coast is currently some 15% higher than for the same weeks of 2019. © GoneWithTheWind last_img read more

News / Women can rise to the top, says Geodis’s Marie-Christine Lombard – ‘take risks’

first_imgBy Alex Lennane 18/11/2020 She said: “At that time I encountered quite some hostility and jealousy from colleagues. It would have been different if I’d been a man. It’s not a glass ceiling, it’s the energy and effort you need to exert.“How do you counter that? You need to find partners and allies; you need to know yourself so you can face this hostility, or questions of ability; and you need to exert more energy.”She added: “If you want to succeed you have to take greater risks than men.”As an example, she said, she was working at BNP Paribas and “went to work for a mid-sized company in logistics, everybody thought I was mad. I thought there was an opportunity in that sector to develop further”.Ms Lombard warned that there had been plenty of examples of civilisations taking a step backwards when it comes to women.“There is always a risk, and you can’t take for granted where we are today.”One of the challenges now, she says, is working from home because of Covid-19.“I am totally against it. It’s isolating, and destroys the value of working collectively. There is a huge danger that women will be more impacted. You lose creativity and inspiration – we need to be extremely careful that this does not become the norm.”Data shows that women are more likely to have reduced their working hours than men during lockdowns, threatening their place in the boardroom.Ms Lombard has put her money where her mouth is: Geodis today announced it had partnered with Bureau Veritas to obtain the GEEIS (Gender Equality European & International Standard) designation, and will establish common gender equality and diversity in workplace standards, including pay, the advancement of women, skills development and diversity.Currently in France, women in management with the same roles and experience as men receive 10% less in pay, and only 20% of executives are women.Under the agreement, Geodis will have its practices audited for a three-month period across 12 of the countries in which the group operates, starting in 2021 with France, England, Germany and Italy. It will continue in 2022 in Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, Australia and then Morocco, the US, Poland and Singapore in 2023.Geodis has also signed the G20 EMPOWER Alliance pledge, supporting the advancement of women in the private sector.Ms Lombard advised women to “know your unique talents and leverage them. Know what you are excellent at. Don’t be afraid of going forward, take opportunities and risks. As leaders, there are more risks for women than men. You need to find people that are inspiring; choose who you are going to work for.”While Ms Lombard had thought there were better opportunities for her in logistics, as compared to banking, there is still much work to be done. This week, for example, Tiaca announced that yet another man was joining its 13-strong all-male board. And this follows a similar announcement from SkyTeam Cargo – and others.Agnès Pannier-Runacher, the French minister delegate for industry, added at the Forum that ensuring women rose to the top was not just about inclusiveness or equality, it was about companies performing better. Women need to exert more energy and effort and take more risks if they are to rise to the top in business, says Geodis CEO Marie-Christine Lombard.At the Women’s Forum for Economy and Society this morning, Ms Lombard said she had faced hostility from colleagues as she rose to become a chief executive.“I didn’t have a glass ceiling – quite clearly – but at 33, I was already number-two [at Jet Services Group], and was number-one by the time I was 38.”Jet was bought by TNT and she became the express company’s group MD.last_img read more

News / Strategic rethink by carriers on their approach to air cargo is needed

first_img By Alex Lennane 05/02/2021 Airlines must change their strategic approach to cargo, or they will lose high-yield traffic and be reduced to commoditised business, warns Stan Wraight, former air cargo executive now president & CEO of Strategic Aviation Solutions International.If carriers want to avoid a repeat of the loss of the express business to the integrators, they have to play to their strengths and offer a product the market wants, he says.“Airlines have got to be on the value side,” he stressed.The shortage of belly capacity has sent airfreight rates soaring and pushed airline yields to record levels, but the return to an equilibrium should re-establish the historic trend of declining yields. There are opportunities for growth, notably the explosive momentum of e-commerce, but airlines are not equipped to take advantage of these, despite their natural advantage, argues Mr Wraight.In the express segment, the integrators have stolen the march on airlines –although the latter have a time advantage. Flying direct between points, they can offer transit times that are impossible for any competitor, be it integrator or e-commerce behemoth like Amazon, to match. If they positioned themselves to take full advantage of this, they could charge significantly higher rates, said Mr Wraight.Where they fall behind is on the ground, owing to fragmented and poorly organised processes that fritter away this time advantage. This stands and falls with the airline-handler relationship, he believes.For the most part, handlers have been regarded as levers to reduce costs, rather than partners to create value and speed-up flows. Typically, the integrators’ handling costs are about two to four times what the airlines are paying, Mr Wraight said.If a carrier concentrated on high-margin business and charged accordingly, the elevated yields would allow it to reward the handler adequately and still make a larger profit than today, he argued.“You have to have ground services equal to, or better than, Amazon, UPS etc. Help the handler invest in equipment and processes. Or self-handle. You need dedicated staff, dedicated doors and to get customs brokerage. Organise your ground services to process your cargo within hours, not within days,” he said.To do that, a second vital element has to come into play: a more fluid and faster flow of data. With all manifest information and other relevant details transmitted in advance, the station at the receiving end can deploy its resources adequately, have sufficient staff ready to receive the cargo and set up a truck slot for pick-up.Mr Wraight regards the nascent concept of data corridors as the most promising conduit for this. While individual operators can establish fast one-to-one flows, he finds a better way would be via cargo community systems (CCSs), which have been gaining traction in recent months.“You can have an e-tailer in Hong Kong hooked into the CCS there, the trucker picks up the shipment and enters that into the CCS; the handler scans it in at arrival and it all goes into the CCS, including the ambient temperature and other relevant information. And you can replicate the process at the other airport.“If you prepare, you know what’s coming. There are no surprises. You can plan in advance,” he said.This can be applied to virtually all high-yield cargo, and the faster transits would render fancy and costly set-ups for special products largely irrelevant, because the cargo would not dwell at the airport, he said.Moreover, the infrastructure created to handle the high-yield traffic would also go some way toward reducing the cost of handling general freight, he added.If this is the holy grail for non-stop point-to-point connections, what about transit cargo? Mr Wraight said it was a matter of having a clear understanding of the target market.“If you compete with non-stop, or with a train, you’d better identify what markets you compete in. You’re probably in the 48-72-hour market, which works for certain commodities and customers.“In any case, you should start handling transits the same way you handle passenger baggage. For that you need complete transparency. That’ll allow you to do things like arranging planes to be parked next to each other at the gate,” he said.In his eyes, the alternative is dire. Remaining focused on commoditised business is not really an option for many airlines, he noted. He pointed to a large European carrier which generated about 80% of its profit from Asian trade a few years ago. This business is being eroded by improved offerings from rail, trucking and ocean transport providers.Mr Wraight’s strategy is convincing, but it faces a significant obstacle to adoption. At most passenger airlines, cargo is relegated to the lower echelons of the organisation and struggles to find an ear at the top.“Cargo needs a seat on the board,” he said.Today, we also publish a tribute from Mr Wraight to Boubby Grin, former head of strategy at KLM Cargo, who passed away last week, the founder of many of these initial ideas.center_img © Ryan Fletcher last_img read more

Good news for SA Rugby magazine

first_img‘ ‘ World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVMaverick coach Eddie Jones has named his Test dream team made up of players he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.SA Rugby MagUndoHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero Wars|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDatemyage.comOver 40 And Single?Datemyage.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDental Care For Seniors On Medicare | Sponsored ListingsSee what full mouth dental implants may cost youDental Care For Seniors On Medicare | Sponsored Listings|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGrammarlyAvoid Grammatical Errors with This Helpful Browser ExtensionGrammarly|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Posted in SA Rugby mag, Teams, Top headlines Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby MagUndo Good news for SA Rugby magazine Loans | Search AdsGetting a loan in Hong Kong may be easier than you thinkLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndo  23  48 ‘center_img ‘ The final quarter of the 2019 Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABCs) shows encouraging growth for SA Rugby magazine.Despite other print trends showing decreases, SA Rugby magazine is one of the publications able to boast impressive increases on the quarter and the prior year.As one of the standouts in the consumer magazine section, we are proud to report there was a 26.8% increase on the quarter and 28.6% on the prior year.Subscribe hereThank you for all the support, and keep an eye out for the latest SA Rugby magazine, which will be on shelves next week featuring exclusive interviews with Bongi Mbonambi, Jacques Nienaber, Cobus Reinach, JC Pretorius and Hilton Lobberts among much more.FULL ABC FIGURESLike our Facebook page*Have you signed up to our newsletter? Click here to join the thousands of readers who are part of our newsletter community. Post by SA Rugby magazine ‘ Forge of Empires – Free Online Game#StayAtHome and Play this City-Building Game. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online Game|SponsoredSponsoredUndo The cover of our latest issue Published on February 15, 2020 ‘ Senior Dental Implants | Sponsored AdsHere is what dental implants might cost you in 2021Senior Dental Implants | Sponsored Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoJapan-based Kiwi player: I hope to never experience this againSA Rugby MagUndoDatemyage.comThe Best Place To Meet Guys Your Own Age in Tsuen WanDatemyage.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Farrell offers up majority of wages to help Sarries

first_img Owen Farrell is set to defer around 90% of his wages for five months in an attempt to help Saracens survive the Covid-19 crisis.The English premiership club has moved to slash costs to prevent going under amid the pandemic and it has been reported that Farrell, Maro Itoje and the Vunipola brothers among others, have been asked to defer the majority of their wages until the start of next season which is currently scheduled for September.According to the Guardian, that means Farrell will be asked to defer around £300,000 of his wages for five months.Saracens have announced that deferred salaries would be repaid over an 18-month period, but did not say whether the proposed wage deferrals have been formally accepted by the players but they are said to be ‘overwhelmingly supportive’.The Guardian has reported it is unclear whether they would be included in this season’s wage bill or for the 2021-22 Premiership campaign, assuming Saracens are promoted next season.The club has already had a 25% pay cut imposed on its squad as part of a blanket move by premiership clubs which was this week strongly criticised by the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA).Saracens also became the latest club to announce they are taking advantage of the government’s furlough scheme.Neil Golding, the club’s chairman, insisted the measures were all necessary to keep Saracens afloat.‘We understand this is really tough for everyone, but the reality is that the only way to survive this unprecedented situation as a club is to make these adjustments.’Photo: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Published on April 16, 2020 Shop Bras Online | Search AdsTake a Look at These Bra and Panty SetsShop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby MagUndo GoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVMaverick coach Eddie Jones has named his Test dream team made up of players he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.SA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoShop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo贷款| 搜索广告在香港獲得貸款可能比您想的要容易贷款| 搜索广告|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Post by SA Rugby magazine AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ ‘center_img Owen Farrell kicks at goal Posted in English Premiership, News, Top headlines Tagged coronavirus, covid-19, English Premiership, Owen Farrell, Saracens  330  69 ‘ ‘ Farrell offers up majority of wages to help Sarries ‘ ‘ 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoJapan-based Kiwi player: I hope to never experience this againSA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

‘I wanted to enjoy a break from rugby’

first_img Shop Bras Online | Search AdsTake a Look at These Bra and Panty SetsShop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Published on May 28, 2020 ‘ GoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Post by SA Rugby magazine ‘ All Blacks star Brodie Retallick has revealed why he turned down an approach from the Chiefs to rejoin them for Vodacom Super Rugby Aotearoa.Retallick was among the New Zealanders who returned home after the Japanese Top League season was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.While he is contracted with the All Blacks until 2023, Retallick took the option of a sabbatical in Japan and signed to play for the Kobe Steelers until the end of the 2021 season.ALSO READ: Notshe on coming back from ‘dark place’However, after the 28-year-old returned to New Zealand, the Chiefs still reached out to him about playing for them in New Zealand’s domestic restart of Super Rugby.‘The Chiefs did approach me, but one of the reasons I wanted to stay [playing] in Japan and do these couple of seasons was just to have a break – a bit of time with the family with a long off-season, and give the body a bit of a break,’ Retallick told The Country.‘Warren Gatland chucked it out there that I wasn’t going to play Super Rugby and that I was spending some time on my Hawke’s Bay farm, but I can clarify that – I own a property in Hawke’s Bay, where we are at the moment, but it’s only about 1,500 square metres – so it’s no farm, that’s for sure,’ he added with a laugh.‘I’m sure the footy is going to be good viewing with Super Rugby Aotearoa, it’s going to be tough, but living in Hawke’s Bay at the moment I decided not to chuck the boots on for the Chiefs this season and just enjoy a bit of a longer break that we’ve got now.’Super Rugby Aotearoa begins on 13 June, with the Chiefs travelling to take on the Highlanders in the opening match in Dunedin.Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVMaverick coach Eddie Jones has named his Test dream team made up of players he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.SA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoShop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo贷款| 搜索广告在香港獲得貸款可能比您想的要容易贷款| 搜索广告|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo  742  63 Brodie Retallick is tackled against the Jaguares center_img Posted in Super Rugby, Top headlines Tagged Brodie Retallick, Super Rugby ‘I wanted to enjoy a break from rugby’ ‘ AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoJapan-based Kiwi player: I hope to never experience this againSA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ ‘ Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby MagUndolast_img read more

Super Rugby Rewind: Crusaders vs Sharks (2011)

first_img BuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Look back at extended highlights from the first-ever Vodacom Super Rugby match played in the northern hemisphere, when the Crusaders faced the Sharks in an entertaining fixture at Twickenham.ALSO READ: Bosch’s defence has improved immensely – Lambie Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby MagUndo AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ Super Rugby Rewind: Crusaders vs Sharks (2011) Video published on June 6, 2020 ‘ ‘ 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoJapan-based Kiwi player: I hope to never experience this againSA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Post by SA Rugby magazine ‘ Posted in Sharks, Super Rugby, Top headlines, Tournaments, Videos Tagged crusaders, The Sharks, Twickenham, video, Videos, Vodacom Super Rugby Shop Bras Online | Search AdsTake a Look at These Bra and Panty SetsShop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVMaverick coach Eddie Jones has named his Test dream team made up of players he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.SA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoShop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ ‘last_img read more

Hugo excited for second Cheetahs chapter

first_img‘ 熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoJapan-based Kiwi player: I hope to never experience this againSA Rugby MagUndoAlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ Published on June 24, 2020 Carl Wegner and Reniel Hugo fight to keep possession against Scarlets ‘ Lock Reniel Hugo says he is ready to make the most of the opportunity he has to play for the Cheetahs again.On Monday it was confirmed that Hugo will be returning to the Cheetahs for a second stint following a two-year spell for Toyota Verblitz in Japan.Speaking about his decision to rejoin his former team, Hugo explained he felt it’s time to come back home and that the Cheetahs was the perfect fit for him.‘I am really looking forward to coming back to the Cheetahs. I had some fond memories while I was there in Bloemfontein,’ Hugo said. ‘I am excited to be joining up with the team again and playing in the PRO14.‘Really looking forward to this new challenge and chapter in my life. I’m excited to get going and hopefully, we can get to playing rugby again, sooner rather than later. It is also going to be nice to work with Hawies Fourie, Corniel van Zyl and the rest of the guys.’Official: Specman a Cheetah againThe 29-year-old says that he is particularly happy to link up and form a second-row partnership with his old teammate and friend Carl Wegner, who also recently rejoined the Cheetahs.‘It’s going to be nice to play with Carl. We formed a close bond over the years. When we were playing in Japan, we spoke about it being nice if we were able to play together again in South Africa, and now there is another chance for us.’Hugo will report for duty at the Cheetahs on 1 July with a two-year contract.READ: What’s in our latest issue?Subscribe herePhoto: Gallo Images Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby MagUndo World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVMaverick coach Eddie Jones has named his Test dream team made up of players he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.SA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndo  68  20 Post by SA Rugby magazinecenter_img 贷款| 搜索广告在香港獲得貸款可能比您想的要容易贷款| 搜索广告|SponsoredSponsoredUndo BuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ Posted in Cheetahs, Currie Cup, News, Pro14, Top headlines Tagged Cheetahs, Pro14, reniel hugo Shop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ ‘ Hugo excited for second Cheetahs chapterlast_img read more

Crusaders survive Chiefs scare

first_imgCrusaders survive Chiefs scare ‘ GoGoPeak2019 Top 10 Most Beautiful Airline Flight AttendantsGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo  121  11 Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby MagUndo Published on June 28, 2020 Going behind 18-3 on the score seemed to spark the Chiefs to life as they suddenly upped the urgency and intensity. The visitors would chalk up 10 unanswered points to set up a nervy last 10 minutes. With the game on a knife’s edge, the Chiefs went in search of a winning try and twice in the final minutes they were on the cusp of the tryline.However, they came away with nothing as two handling mistakes came to the Crusaders’ aid at the end of a classic arm wrestle.Crusaders – Tries: Will Jordan (2). Conversion: Richie Mo’unga. Penalty: Mo’unga (2).Chiefs – Try: Sean Wainui. Conversion: Damian McKenzie. Penalties: McKenzie (2).Crusaders – 15 Will Jordan, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Braydon Ennor, 12 Jack Goodhue, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Whetu Douglas, 7 Billy Harmon, 6 Cullen Grace, 5 Mitchell Dunshea, 4 Samuel Whitelock, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor (c), 1 Joe Moody.Subs: 16 Brodie McAlister, 17 George Bower, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Ethan Blackadder, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 David Havili, 23 Leicester Faingaanuku.Chiefs – 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Solomon Alaimalo, 13 Quinn Tupaea, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Sean Wainui, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Sam Cane (c), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 4 Mitchell Brown, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Bradley Slater, 1 Aidan Ross.Subs: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Reuben O’Neill, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Adam Thomson, 20 Mitchell Karpik, 21 Lisati Milo-Harris, 22 Kaleb Trask, 23 Tumua Manu.Photo: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images Geeks Reviews價格僅為HK$771 的便携自拍無人機正席捲香港Geeks Reviews|SponsoredSponsoredUndo 熱門話題到了40幾歲才發現被膠原蛋白騙了!其實肌膚是需要「這個」…3個月就激變!熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Will Jordan scored two tries as the Crusaders claimed a hard-fought 18-13 win over the Chiefs in Christchurch on Sunday.The current Vodacom Super Rugby champions will breathe a collective sigh of relief. They weren’t at their best, but in the end it was thanks to Jordan’s brace that they emerged from this contest with a valuable win.While they were not at their free-flowing attacking best, the Crusaders showed a solid defensive backbone, especially in the second half when they had a few nail-biting moments on their own line.The Chiefs fired in patches. They troubled the Crusaders at the lineout, while their attack posed a threat whenever Aaron Cruden and Damian McKenzie ran at, and took on the defensive line.But ultimately, spurned chances, handling errors and a lack of decent territorial play counted against the visitors.The defeat was the Chiefs’ third consecutive in the competition, having lost their previous two encounters against the Highlanders and the Blues respectively.In front of a fairly decent crowd in Christchurch, the match got off to a shaky start thanks to challenging weather conditions. All Blacks Richie Mo’unga and McKenzie traded penalties to lock the scores up at three all, but the war of attrition continued well into the first half before the Crusaders struck the first significant blow when Jordan finished off a superb try seven minutes before the break.Completely out of nowhere, McKenzie was called to field an up-and-under, but he failed to secure possession in the air and the ball fell into the lap of Sevu Reece, who sprinted free before launching an accurate inside pass to Jordan, who did the rest. ‘center_img Post by SA Rugby magazine Crusaders fullback Will Jordan Posted in News, Super Rugby, Top headlines Tagged Chiefs, crusaders, NEWS, Super Rugby Aotearoa World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVMaverick coach Eddie Jones has named his Test dream team made up of players he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.SA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGoGoPeakTop 10 Most Beautiful Cities In The WorldGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndoThe Family Breeze餐桌上嘅敵人: 十五種最致命嘅食物The Family Breeze|SponsoredSponsoredUndoShop Bras Online | Search AdsTake a Look at These Bra and Panty SetsShop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ ‘ ‘ As they’ve done so often in the pass, the Crusaders looked to tighten the screw on the stroke of half-time, but luckily for the Chiefs, their defence managed to hold them out to keep the deficit down to seven at the midway mark.It was much of the same in the second half with the Crusaders striking first again. And again it was the Reece-Jordan partnership that did the trick. This time, they pounced on a Cruden mistake when the Chiefs flyhalf flung the ball into touch. Catching the defence aware, Reece threw the ball in quickly at the lineout, sending Jordan straight through a gap to score untouched. ‘ 熱門話題Advertisement 就算已經40幾歲也能成功…懶人也能達成的瘦身法熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoJapan-based Kiwi player: I hope to never experience this againSA Rugby MagUndoAlphaCuteOprah Winfrey Is Nearing 70 & This Is The House She Lives In TodayAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Saffas Abroad: Coetzee continues fantastic PRO14 form

first_imgSaffas Abroad: Coetzee continues fantastic PRO14 form ‘ Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby Magazine takes a look at five players who have only represented South Africa once but might do so again in the future.SA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoShop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndo The Family Breeze餐桌上嘅敵人: 十五種最致命嘅食物The Family Breeze|SponsoredSponsoredUndo  346  72 SARugbymag.co.za looks back at the South African players who featured for their respective clubs in the second round of the 2020-21 PRO14 season.–  Marcell Coetzee was at it again as Ulster continued their unbeaten start to the season, putting in a man-of-the-match performance to help them to a 24-12 away victory against the Ospreys. The Springbok loose forward scored one of Ulster’s three tries and was a relentless force across the park all evening, consistently making metres with ball in hand. In total, Coetzee made nine successful carries – gaining 34 metres – and two offloads, while on defence he completed all 12 his tackles and won two turnovers. Also playing for Ulster was hooker Rob Herring, while veteran back Louis Ludik came off the bench. The Ospreys, who were brought back down to earth after a fantastic win over Edinburgh last weekend, had tighthead prop Tom Botha in their starting lineup.Your Guinness Player of the Match – @marcell_coetzee Bruising carries, bullet passes and a try – the @UlsterRugby No.8 was in unstoppable form in the #GuinnessPRO14 victory over Ospreys #OSPvULS report https://t.co/A1mVskvJWF pic.twitter.com/56GSBttKpp— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) October 10, 2020 BuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Posted in Pro14, Saffas Abroad, Top headlines Post by Dylan Jack Marcell Coetzee 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndocenter_img Rampaging over the line for @UlsterRugby’s second, it’s @marcell_coetzee with the try Will we see an @ospreys fightback at the Liberty Stadium? Watch Live Now on @eirSport Watch Live Now on @PremierSportsTV #GuinnessPRO14 #OSPvULS pic.twitter.com/Nr8jRnRJWC— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) October 10, 2020ALSO READ: ‘Not ideal preparation for Rugby Champs’–  In the first match of the weekend on Friday, the Dragons claimed their first win of the season by beating Italian side Zebre 26-18 in Newport. Former Stormers centre and Wales veteran Jamie Roberts was among the scorers as the Dragons were able to claim a four-try bonus point. Another former Stormers player, loosehead prop Brok Harris, started for the Dragons. Meanwhile, loose forward Johan Meyer, who was recently called up to the Italy squad for their upcoming Tests, started for Zebre, who are winless after the new season’s first two rounds.–  A South African-filled Benetton pack put up a brave fight against Leinster, but the defending champions ultimately battled to a 37-25 victory in Treviso. Irne Herbst and former Vodacom Bulls lock Eli Snyman formed the second row for Benetton, while another Italy call-up, Braam Steyn, started in the No 7 jersey for the Italian side. Former Stormers scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage was once again in Benetton’s starting lineup.–  Munster were able to make it two wins out of two in the new season, but had to rely on the boot of 21-year-old flyhalf Ben Healy to help them beat Edinburgh 25-23. Healy kicked six penalties in total and crucially converted No 8 CJ Stander‘s 77th-minute try to help the Johann van Graan’s team stay unbeaten. Stander was the only South African involved for Munster, as they rested their regular midfield axis of Springbok Damian de Allende and Chris Farrell. Other than his try which sealed the match in Munster’s favour, Stander made 15 carries for 21m and beat two defenders. Scotland-capped tighthead prop WP Nel scored one of Edinburgh’s two tries, while flyhalf Jaco van der Walt kicked two conversions and two penalties as Edinburgh looked set to claim a surprise away victory. Also involved for Edinburgh was scrumhalf Nic Groom and star wing Duhan van der Merwe, who returned to the starting lineup after missing their loss to the Ospreys last weekend. Hooker Michael Willemse and loosehead prop Pierre Schoeman were among Edinburgh’s replacements.A second try of the night for visitors @edinburghrugby as @WP_Nel crashes over the line Who has impressed you most so far in this one? Watch Live Now on @eirSport Watch Live Now on @PremierSportsTV #GuinnessPRO14 #MUNvEDI pic.twitter.com/TfFwM86jYH— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) October 10, 2020 ‘ ‘ Published on October 12, 2020 From the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVSA Rugby MagUndo The @Munsterrugby captain @CJStander drives over with minutes to go to give his side a last-gasp win over @EdinburghRugby What did you make of that one? Watch Reaction Live Now on @eirSport Watch Reaction Live Now on @PremierSportsTV #GuinnessPRO14 #MUNvEDI pic.twitter.com/UkyccURxu3— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) October 10, 2020ALSO READ: The Makazole Mapimpi story (Part 1)–  The Cardiff Blues continued their excellent start to the season with a 29-7 bonus-point victory over Connacht. Ireland-capped lock Quinn Roux started for Connacht, who suffered their first loss of the season.–  Former Stormers prop Oli Kebble was among the try-scorers as the Glasgow Warriors held firm to claim a 20-7 win over a 14-man Scarlets side on Sunday. Kebble scored one of the Warriors’ two tries and the home side looked set to cruise to victory after the Scarlets lost lock Sam Lousi to a red card. However, the away side surprisingly finished the stronger of the two teams, getting on the scoreboard through a try from Wales prop Samson Lee.Finally the first try of the game Not the expansive thriller that it was billed to be so far but @olikebble crashes over as @GlasgowWarriors take control How will @scarlets_rugby respond? Watch Live Now on @PremierSportsTV#GuinnessPRO14 #GLAvSCA pic.twitter.com/5lXooAzoLG— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) October 11, 2020Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images ‘ ‘ ‘ AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWorld Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndoWatch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeSA Rugby MagUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Watch: Brilliant Bulls will only get better

first_imgWatch: Brilliant Bulls will only get better Video published on November 10, 2020 BabbelLearning a new language this year? – This app gets you speaking in just 3 weeksBabbel|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Posted in Bulls, Currie Cup, Making Headlines, News, Super Rugby, Top headlines, Videos Tagged Bulls ‘ 贷款| 搜索广告在香港獲得貸款可能比您想的要容易贷款| 搜索广告|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Aaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndo Follow @JuandreJoubert on Twitter. The Vodacom Bulls are on the verge of clinching the Super Rugby Unlocked title, with the Money Man and Mark Keohane suggesting they will go on to lift the Currie Cup as well. ‘center_img Watch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeFormer England wing wing Ugo Monye says Springbok wing Cheslin Kolbe is one of the most devastating runners in the game ever.SA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ ‘ BuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Post by Juandre Joubert ‘ ‘ 熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWatch: Springbok centre Jesse Kriel goes full CR7 after excellent trySA Rugby MagUndoFive one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby MagUndoAlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

DHL announced as logistics partner for Lions series

first_img‘ ‘ DHL Express, an international leader in the logistics industry, has been named as one of the official global partners for the 2021 British & Irish Lions series.The agreement partners DHL with both the British & Irish Lions and the Springboks as the teams’ official logistics partner for the forthcoming tour, providing logistical expertise and support during the Lions series which consists of eight matches across six cities.Through this new partnership, DHL will play an integral role in backing the teams both on and off the pitch, providing delivery services between venues while their logo will appear on the backs of the Lions, Springboks and invitational teams’ jerseys.‘DHL is a brand that is synonymous with delivering excellence, so today marks the partnership of two teams who strive to be the best,’ said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.‘DHL has consistently been a supporter of rugby here in South Africa, so we are delighted to have their expertise behind us as we bid to defend our turf against the Lions.’DHL will also be supporting both teams’ supporters and delivering them closer to their team through exclusive merchandise and match tickets. The deal will also have DHL delivering the ball on to the field for the start of every tour match through its ‘Match Ball Delivery’ mascots, alongside premium pitch, stadia and kit branding rights.John Pearson, DHL Express CEO, said: ‘Rugby represents many important values such as teamwork, passion, speed and respect, all of which are core qualities which resonate very strongly with our DHL brand values.‘I am delighted to be continuing our partnership with the British & Irish Lions tour next year and thrilled to be adding the Springboks as a partner, further building on our global ties with rugby.‘By partnering with both, we further highlight our commitment to rugby and to keeping the world connected. We look forward to engaging with the teams and fans of both the Lions and Springboks before and throughout the tour.’ Posted in Lions Tour, News, Top headlines SumabisThis Is What Happens To Your Body If You Sleep With Socks OnSumabis|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ DHL announced as logistics partner for Lions series MoneyMorningPaperThe 10 Richest Families Of The World. Especially No. 6 Is A Complete Surprise.MoneyMorningPaper|SponsoredSponsoredUndo From the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVFormer Springbok, Bulls, Lions and Stormers scrumhalf Jano Vermaak names a team of the best he played alongside and against.SA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndoBuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndo  25  1 Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby MagUndo ‘ ‘ Published on December 15, 2020 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Post by Craig Lewis ‘ GoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWorld Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndoWatch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeSA Rugby MagUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

East Lake Commons

first_img Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Related Stories For Whom The Bell Rings East Lake Commons is what’s known as a co-housing community — an intentional community in which residents rent or purchase their own homes, but also share a common house where parties, events, and regularly scheduled “common meals” occur. East Lake Commons is one of the largest such communities in the nation, with about 170 residents of all ages. 0:30 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Share ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

Oakland Cemetery

first_img Related Stories 0:30 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List For Whom The Bell Rings Share ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility 0:30Historic Oakland Cemetery is located approximately one mile east of the Georgia State Capitol. The bell tower building was constructed in 1899 and the bell tower’s top floor today serves as office space for the Oakland staff. Historical figures such as golfer Bobby Jones, author Margaret Mitchell and Atlanta’s first black mayor Maynard Jackson are buried at he Historic Oakland Cemetery. last_img read more

Foundation Says Philanthropy in Atlanta Is Back

first_img Share For Whom The Bell Rings 1:01 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Related Stories The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, one of the area’s largest local charities, closed out 2013 in a big way by receiving an individual donation of just over $100 million.The contribution capped off a year the Foundation believes signals a return to more philanthropy.That anonymous donor’s gift accounts for more than half of last year’s donations to the Foundation. Even without that, according to Rob Smulian, Vice President of Philanthropic Services, 2013 will turn out to be one of the best financially in the charity’s history.“There was a little more uncertainty, with the income taxes,” said Smulian. “Income taxes went up for wealthy individuals at the top of the range, and that was kind of settled at the very end of last year for this year. And also, it was a continuous year of appreciating assets, especially the stock market. And that often encourages folks to make charitable donations because it makes the charitable deduction more valuable.”Broadcast audio1:01  He calls 2010 the low point during the recession, adding, “The last few years, it’s really felt like the confidence had slowly been building back, but this year it felt stronger to us.”Smulian says he has noticed another change: an increase in the use of donor-advised funds. He believes that indicates donors to make sure their dollars, with which the Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations, are spent wisely. ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

Soccer Groups Use World Cup To Build Support For Coming MLS Team

first_img Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility 2:39 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List For Whom The Bell Rings Related Stories The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team faces Germany at noon today in a crucial World Cup match that will decide which teams move on to the next round, and which teams go home.Many Atlantans will be watching. Meanwhile, some local groups are using that attention to build a fan base for the yet-to-be-named Major League Soccer team coming to Atlanta in a few years.WABE’s Michell Eloy has the story. As heard on the radio. 2:39 Share ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

Residents Say Sweltering Heat Persists At Friendship Tower

first_imgAdd to My List In My List Residents of Atlanta’s Friendship Tower apartment building say the sweltering heat inside is continuing, despite assurances from the building’s managers that the air conditioning has been fixed.Tenant Linda Brooks tells WSB-TV that cool air hasn’t reached some of the units and hallways.Residents have pleaded with Friendship Baptist Church, which owns the building, to fix what tenants said was a faulty air conditioning system that allowed temperatures inside to soar.Lloyd Hawk, president of Friendship Tower Inc., said last week that new cooling units are operating at full capacity.But Derrick Boazman, a former Atlanta City Council member, said “experimentation” with the building’s cooling system should end and that residents should be moved out.The Associated Press’ phone calls and emails to church officials haven’t been returned. Related Stories Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility For Whom The Bell Rings Share ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

CDC Director Stresses Importance Of Getting Flu Shots

first_img An audio version of this story.0:37Get ready, flu season is right around the corner.That’s why the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding Americans to get a flu shot.“The bottom line, flu is unpredictable. But you can predict that the single best thing you can do to protect yourself is a flu vaccine,” says Dr. Thomas Frieden, the CDC’s director.Frieden admits last year’s vaccine was not as strong as usual, performing as poorly as 13 percent for the H3N2 strain.One way  the CDC improved the vaccine came from talks with other officials across the globe.“We work with countries all over the world, particularly in the Southern Hemisphere to see what is spreading there because that’s usually what spreads here the following winter,” Frieden said.There are already 40 million doses of the flu vaccine for the upcoming season.Frieden says everyone over 6 months old should get a shot. 0:37 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Related Stories For Whom The Bell Rings Share ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

Georgians Can Earn Cash For Switching Commute Options

first_img Share Add to My List In My List Commuters willing to try a new way of getting to work could earn some extra cash.Georgia Commute Options is offering $5 a day — up to $150 total — to switch to an alternative form of transportation such as carpooling, public transit or even biking.“We find that people who have become members of this program in the past, 85 percent of them continue to use some alternative mode of transportation for six months up to two years after they’ve completed the program,” said Natalie Dale, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation, which runs Georgia Commute Options.The “Gimme Five” program starts Nov. 1. Participants can earn money for a 90-day period. For Whom The Bell Rings Related Stories ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility last_img read more

DeKalb Medical May Ban Water Births, Other Measures

first_img Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Related Stories Katie Kissel wants you to know: She’s not some crunchy granola type.“I really think that there’s a good place for medical intervention in birth when it’s needed,” the Atlanta resident says.However, she says the birth of her first child was filled with interventions she didn’t really want, including an episiotomy and the administration of the drug Pitocin.Now Kissel’s pregnant again, and this time around, she had hoped to try for an un-medicated water birth — in which women give birth in a tub of warm water. Benefits of the practice are said to include pain management, promotion of relaxation and better mobility during labor.But that plan hit a roadblock.Last week, Kissel’s chosen hospital, DeKalb Medical Center, said it might ban water births for anyone with a due date after Oct. 31. That includes Kissel, who is due in November.About 5,000 babies are born every year at DeKalb Medical, which makes it big news when the hospital considers changes to labor and delivery services, as it’s doing now.Kissel says she was upset by “the complete lack of judgment and foresight from DeKalb Medical, to immediately take away not only my rights, but all these women’s right to choose.”In an email, the hospital cites safety concerns over water birth, but says those concerns don’t arise from one specific incident. It plans to decide whether to make the ban permanent before Oct. 31.There are few randomized controlled studies supporting water birth’s safety, although the United Kingdom’s medical community has done some research and officially endorsed the practice in 2006. Common fears cited are the risk of infection to the infant and the risk of drowning.Dr. Brad Bootstaylor is an obstetrician who delivers babies at DeKalb Medical and performs water births there now. He doesn’t agree that safety is an issue at all in this situation.“It’s a matter of choices,” he says. “It’s a matter of choices that can be safely administered.”He notes the rise in popularity of water births in recent years and says the hospital should embrace that change instead of fighting it. “Like a lot of things in medicine, when there’s change, it’s usually driven by patients, and in this case, the mother.”Or, the more than 1,000 people who joined a Facebook group supporting water birth at DeKalb Medical. The group plans to keep pressuring the administration on this and other issues. Those issues include access to vaginal delivery after three C-sections, and access to vaginal breech births — two other procedures that DeKalb Medical’s new policy may cut.The hospital has sent questionnaires to obstetricians for input on whether to continue offering all three services, but it says those responses only constitute one factor in its final decisions.DeKalb Medical Center did not agree to an interview for this story. McMillan Transforms Hawks, Now Looks To Win In Playoffs Add to My List In My List Share For Whom The Bell Ringslast_img read more

Georgia’s Film Industry Wants To Be More Than Hollywood Factory

first_img Share Add to My List In My List For Whom The Bell Rings Last year, Georgia hosted nearly 250 productions — but “host” is the key word. These shows might film in Georgia, but the money, the concept and the above-the-line talent still come largely from Los Angeles or New York.According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle, major film studios like Columbia Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Paramount and Universal, whose executives have the power to greenlight projects, have their headquarters in Hollywood.Filmmaking hopefuls in Atlanta have to travel thousands of miles to pitch their projects, and that’s assuming they have the connections to get the attention of Hollywood’s elite.Some Georgia-based companies and the Georgia Film Academy are making an effort to promote more content creation here.The Georgia Film Academy was founded by the University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia in 2014 to address the local crew labor shortages. Now that it has successfully established a two-course certification program and its graduates are scoring gigs on hit shows like “The Walking Dead,” it is introducing “above-the-line” courses such as film and television screenwriting.And industry watchers say if Georgia wants to be known as more than a factory where Hollywood churns out its movies cheaply, it must support its independent filmmakers and educate its financiers about the value of investing in film and television scripts.Ellie Hensley covers healthcare and entertainment for Atlanta Business Chronicle. Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Related Stories ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

GDOT Will Close Part Of Piedmont Road Tuesday

first_img Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Related Stories Add to My List In My List Share If you live or work near the Interstate 85 bridge under reconstruction right now, Tuesday is the day things are really going to get tough.Like us on FacebookThe Georgia Department of Transportation is closing Piedmont Road, just under the bridge, for 24 hours. The road will be closed between 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 25 and 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 26.GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale said crews need to set the final section of beams on the highway.“Of course it is unsafe to be having all that machinery out there moving over moving traffic,” Dale said.Dale said the southbound ramp from Piedmont Road to the Buford-Spring Connector will be also be closed as will the Buford-Spring Connector ramp to northbound Piedmont Road. For Whom The Bell Rings last_img read more

Slain Georgia Tech Student Called 911 Before Encounter With Police

first_img Share Updated at 5:29 p.m.A Georgia Tech student who was fatally shot by campus police had called 911 to report an armed and possibly intoxicated suspicious person fitting the student’s physical description.Campus police killed Scout Schultz, 21, who they said was advancing on officers with a knife. Schultz refused to put down the knife and kept moving toward officers late Saturday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.“Officers provided multiple verbal commands and attempted to speak with (Schultz) who was not cooperative and would not comply with the officers’ commands,” the agency said in a statement. Schultz “continued to advance on the officers with the knife.”Investigators have determined that Schultz was the one who called Georgia Tech police to report a suspicious person on campus, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said in an emailed statement Monday.“In the call, Shultz describes the person as a white male, with long blonde hair, white T-shirt and blue jeans who is possibly intoxicated, holding a knife and possibly armed with a gun on his hip,” Miles said, adding that three suicide notes were found in Schultz’s dorm room.Investigators recovered a multi-purpose tool that included a knife at the scene but didn’t find any guns, Miles said. ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party For Whom The Bell Rings We are deeply saddened by the events on campus last night. Here is a message to the Georgia Tech community from Dr. Peterson. pic.twitter.com/xvbfNIEVMY— Georgia Tech (@GeorgiaTech) September 18, 2017Chris Stewart, an attorney for Schultz’s parents said Monday the GBI confirmed to him that the blade on the tool was not out. Flanked by Schultz’s parents earlier Monday, Stewart said the officer who shot Schultz overreacted.Schultz was having a breakdown and was suicidal but if the officer had used non-lethal force rather than shooting, Schultz could have received treatment and gotten better, Stewart said.“The mentally ill are looking for a way out when they’re having a full breakdown, and there’s no way you should be able to use a police officer to take your life when that person isn’t threatened,” Stewart said.Stewart says he plans to sue over the shooting.Authorities have not identified the officer who shot Schultz nor have they released the audio of the 911 call, which came in around 11:17 p.m. Saturday, according to the GBI.Georgia Tech on Monday refused to release personnel or disciplinary reports involving the officers, saying such information is exempt from Georgia’s open records law.Schultz was president of Pride Alliance at Georgia Tech. The fourth-year computer engineering student used the name Scout, rather than the given name Scott, and preferred the pronouns “they” and “them” rather than “he” or “him.”“I’m bisexual, nonbinary and intersex,” Schultz wrote in a Pride Alliance profile.William Schultz told reporters Monday that his child had a 3.9 GPA and was on track to graduate early in December.Scout Schultz’s father William Schultz is flanked by their mother Lynne Schultz and family lawyer L. Chris Stewart. Credit Lisa Hagen/WABELynne Schultz told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution over the weekend that her oldest child had struggled with depression and attempted suicide two years ago using a belt as a noose.After that, Scout Schultz went through counseling, William Schultz said. After having worked straight through the two previous summers, Scout Schultz spent this past summer at home and there were no obvious problems when school resumed last month, the elder Schultz said.Miles said Sunday she did not know whether the officer who fired at Schultz was trained in dealing with suspects who have mental disorders.The GBI, through its Crisis Intervention Team, has trained about 10,000 local, state and federal law enforcement officers since it began in 2004, the Atlanta newspaper reported. Some agencies require that training while others don’t.Georgia Tech police don’t carry stun guns, but are equipped with pepper spray, a spokesman told the newspaper.Stewart, the family’s lawyer, said the university has failed in not providing its officers with stun guns. He also said university police officers “should have the highest training in dealing with people having mental or emotional breakdowns and issues.”Referring to a video of the incident, Stewart says the main officer was doing a “phenomenal job” handling the situation — retreating, trying to deescalate and putting a barrier between himself and Schultz — and that other officers also appeared to be providing appropriate backup. But one officer behaved inappropriately by firing on Schultz when there was no immediate danger to any of the officers, Stewart said.William Schultz said he and his wife are depending on Stewart’s investigation to determine what happened, but that he’s sure the encounter shouldn’t have ended in his child’s death.If given a chance to talk to the officer, he told reporters, he just has one question: “Why did you have to shoot? That’s the question. I mean, that’s the only question that matters right now. Why did you kill my son?”center_img Add to My List In My List Related Stories Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility last_img read more

GBI Investigating 10 Police Shootings In 11 Days

first_img Police across Georgia have shot 10 people in a recent 11-day period, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. That’s more than double the usual rate of excessive force cases the bureau is called in to investigate – two a week.“When you have so many that happen in such a short amount of time it is very taxing,” GBI spokesperson Rich Bahan said. “So we’ve had to reach out to other sister units within the bureau to come in and help out with the investigations.”Rich said investigators have been pulled from drug and gambling units to help with the high volume of police shooting cases.“Numbers-wise, we are about where we were with officer involved shootings this time last year,” Bahan said. “Up until about 10 days ago we thought maybe we were going to have fewer this year.”At least six out of the last 10 shootings have been fatal. Share Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility For Whom The Bell Rings Related Stories Add to My List In My List ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

MARTA’s Fresh Produce Markets Open In Atlanta

first_img Accessing fresh fruits and veggies in Atlanta is becoming easier.The seasonal Fresh MARTA Markets are opening up shop in the metro area.The program, which has been running since 2015, serves communities around the West End, H.E. Holmes, Bankhead, College Park and Five Points rail stations. The Bankhead MARTA station’s market will be having its first full season after being introduced last year.Denise Whitfield, MARTA’s retail development manager, said the goal is “to decrease the food insecurity in these areas” by offering homegrown, affordable and fresh produce.“We found that where there are food deserts, there is very low access to fresh produce, which will influence the diet and influence the general health of the people who live in those communities,” she said.About 46,000 pounds of produce were sold last year, according to Whitfield.Patrons can pay in cash, credit and EBT/SNAP. SNAP also is worth twice as much at the markets.Here are the schedules and locations for this year’s Fresh MARTA Markets.Station: West EndTime open: Tuesdays, April 23 to Dec. 3, from 3 to 7 p.m.Station: H.E. HolmesTime open: Wednesdays, May 1 to Dec. 4, from 3 to 7 p.m. (Closed Nov. 27)Station: BankheadTime open: Wednesdays, May 8 to Dec. 4, from 3 to 7 p.m. (Closed Nov. 27)Station: College ParkTime open: Thursdays, May 2 to Dec. 5, from 3 to 7 p.m. (Closed July 4 and Nov. 28)Station: Five PointsTime open: Fridays, April 26 to Dec. 6, from 3 to 7 p.m. (Closed Nov. 29) Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Related Stories Share For Whom The Bell Rings Add to My List In My List ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

Atlanta Welcomes Hurricane Dorian Evacuees With Free Services

first_img Share Atlanta is welcoming Hurricane Dorian evacuees with open arms, camping spaces and America’s favorite pastime.News outlets say Atlanta Motor Speedway and the Atlanta Braves are offering free services to residents from mandatory evacuation areas throughout Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.The Speedway can handle thousands of campers and is offering free spaces to dry RVs and tent campers. They’re also offering limited spaces with water, power and sewer for $20 per night.The Major League Baseball team is giving out complimentary tickets to games Tuesday and Thursday against the Toronto Blue Jays and the Washington Nationals. Evacuees must show valid I.D. at ticket counters while supplies last.Airbnbs in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas are also extending a helping hand by offering free housing to evacuees. Related Stories Add to My List In My List Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility For Whom The Bell Rings ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

Postgraduate Security Studies, Belgrade

first_img My Do’s and Dont’s for Macedonia → August 25, 2010 Published by Site Default International Civil Society Week (ICSW) 2019 – Belgrade, Serbia Second Steps for Alternative Urbanisation (Regional Training in Serbia) Reddit Share 0 Deadline: 15/09/2010Open to: civil society activists, security sector staff, journalists with Serbian citizenshipThe project, “Consolidating Democratization Process in the Security Sector in Serbia”, is implemented by the Democratisation Department of the OSCE Mission to Serbia with the financial support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) in the period from 2010-2012.The Mission will provide scholarships to security sector staff, journalists and civil society activists for postgraduate security studies. For the academic year 2010- 2011, the Mission will administer 10 scholarships for one-year master studies and 3 scholarships for two-year PhD studies at the Belgrade University’s Faculty of Political Sciences and Faculty of Security.Eligibility* all applicants for the scholarship programme must be Serbian citizens;* candidates applying for master studies scholarship must be under the age of 35 at the moment of application;* candidates applying for doctoral studies scholarship must be under the age of 40 at the moment of application;* only the candidates formally accepted by the Faculties for one of the two sponsored study programmes will be eligible for scholarships.SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MASTER (MA) STUDIESAll candidates are required to apply at their respective faculties for one of the sponsored courses in parallel to applying for the scholarship through a regular procedure (please consult respective faculties for details).* Faculty of Political Sciences: MA in Political Science – International Studies, module: International Security* Faculty of Security, Master’s degree studiesApplication procedureApplications must be submitted in English and include the following:a. Curriculum Vitae, highlighting the candidate’s professional achievement and leadership potential;b. Letter of Motivation highlighting the candidate’s career and academic plans and their relevance for security sector reform in Serbiac. Example of written work in English (published one or just for the occasion of the concurs);d. Candidates working in the Ministry of Defence should apply through the regular application procedure led by the Human Recourses Sector of the Ministry of Defence- all details are available on the website of Serbian Ministry of Defence and magazine “Odbrana”, published on 15 August 2010.The application must be submitted by email to [email protected], not later than 15 September 2010 (with the email subject line “application for MA scholarship 2010”).SCHOLARSHIPS FOR DOCTORAL (PhD) STUDIESAll candidates are required to apply at the respective faculties for doctoral studies in parallel to applying for the scholarship through a regular procedure (please consult respective faculties for details). Only the candidates formally accepted by the Faculties for one of the two sponsored study programmes will be eligible for scholarships. Candidates already enrolled to doctoral studies that have successfully completed the first year of doctoral studies are also eligible and may apply.Application procedureApplications must be made in English and consist of:a. Curriculum Vitae, highlighting candidate’s professional achievement and leadership potential;b. Motivational letter, highlighting candidate’s career and academic plans and their relevance for security sector reform in Serbiac. Example of written work in English (published or made just for the occasion of the concurs)The application need to be submitted by email to [email protected], not later than September 15 2010 (with the email subject line “application for PhD scholarship 2010″).The OSCE Mission to Serbia will invite the most successful applicants to an oral interview in the second half of September.More detailed info LinkedIn 0 +1center_img Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Similar Stories Cross-Border Investigative Journalism Training for the Western Balkans Tweet Pocket ← International Grundtvig Workshop, Romania Postgraduate Security Studies, Belgradelast_img read more

Freedom of the Press Contest

first_img By mladiinfo says: 12 thoughts on “Freedom of the Press Contest” ← Turkey and the EU’s New Borders, Turkey Freedom of the Press Contest Share 0 on March 18, 2011 at 5:35 pm +1 By Andrius says: Hi, Andrius, as you can read, unfortunately no online category. Best, Kristina,Mladiinfo Log in to Reply on May 31, 2011 at 10:16 am Log in to Reply So no online category? By paramour says: By Guest says: Reddit By Lusine Kabanyaan says: March 18, 2011 Published by Site Default Hi, paramour, So I found it in the FAQ section:”How can I submit a media to a contest? First you have to upload the media. Afterwards you can see your media and you can submit it to the contest using the “Add to contest” link on the right pane” So, i think there must be some “upload” and “add to contest” option. Good luck, Kristina,mladiinfo on March 19, 2011 at 11:57 am on May 1, 2011 at 7:50 am Tweet By mladiinfo says: on March 21, 2011 at 11:29 am on May 31, 2011 at 9:41 am Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Pocket on April 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm Log in to Reply By mladiinfo says: By mladiinfo says: How many words should the article have? How can it be submitted? Log in to Reply By elena says: German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders from US, RF, China → 212 Photography Istanbul on March 21, 2011 at 11:27 am Log in to Reply Hi mladiinfo, is it open to young journalists around the world or only Journalists in Europe? Hi, there, as it is not specified above (the non-EU journalists are not said to be excluded). So probably yes, it should be open to all the journalists, but I would not bet on it. Wishing you good luck, Kristina,Mladiinfo The Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest 2021 Log in to Reply Elena, please read the discussion thread above, you need to first become a member and then.. you can upload media. Ciao, Kristina,mladiinfo By mladiinfo says: Log in to Reply on May 2, 2011 at 7:48 pm on March 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm Hello, Luisiane, if this was intended to be your contribution to the contest, then you are barking up the wrong tree. Mladiinfo does not give scholarships or any financial support, but only informs about different opportunities. Click on the direct link to the official page above to apply for the program. And, mind that the deadline is over. Best, Kristina,Mladiinfo By mladiinfo says: Log in to Reply Guest, I really don’t know. I have no more information about it.I believe, you have to create an account and thus, you’ll get to know more. Best, Kristina,Mladiinfo By Chimezie says: Tourism in the fairyland of pyramids in absence of insurance The feeling of security is essential to everyone everywhere, especially when you are traveling abroad. In modern world secure feeling and security is closely associated with the type and coverage of the insurance policy. We, the Armenians pay little attention to the importance of insurance in our everyday life, yet it should head the expenses list while we prepare our expenditures. It is even more important and essential to travel abroad with insurance policy in hand, since no one can guarantee or foresee what unexpected situation might come to occur. The fact is especially true when you are visiting a politically unstable Islam country like Egypt.Egypt has always been an attractive country to tourists all over the world with its rich historical past, cultural heritage, warm climate, wonderful coasts on Mediterranean and Red Sea, excellent sand beaches and proper touristic infrastructure. There exist comparably fair prices for people with moderate income. Egypt is also one of the most preferred touristic countries for the Armenians. But, at present the country is in continuing political turmoil.The latest occurrences in Egypt have not deterred Armenian tourists to organize their vacation in fairyland of pyramids, i.e. Egypt. Though, according to the latest Armenian tourist flow data, touristic travels to Egypt seems to have minimized due to political instability in that country since the beginning of 2011. Of course, the political instability in Egypt is not the only reason for the waning interest in Egypt. There are no direct flights from Armenia to Egypt.Now the ticket and touristic travel prices have become more expensive due to transit flights through Moscow. The tour price per person has jumped from $300 to $600-700. 640,032 people have gone abroad for vacation from Armenia in 2010. This is an increase of 22% to the data of previous year. A good number of these have gone to vacation in Egypt. This year an appreciable decrease in the tourist numbers from Armenia to Egypt is expected. The main reason of decrease to visit Egypt is considered to be the political situation in the country and increase in the average tour price tag.Victoria Aleksanyan has great curiosity to travel to Egypt.” Some organizations do organize tours to Egypt, but after the close or shut down of the Tez-Tour direct flights to Egypt does not exist and travel through transit is not profitable, and besides there are other attractive offers from other countries.” says Aleksanyan.“I have great desire to visit Egypt, but it has become dangerous. Even if it is free I would not take the risk.” said Lusine Margaryan.On the other hand under which conditions one can take risks and how can one feel safe and secure in a foreign country. From the security point of view of the existence of insurance policy against health and accidents becomes most important.We gathered information from the Armenian insurance companies that when political instability did not exist in Egypt and it was a peaceful country, even then one should admit that the Armenian tourists were not so safe, since insurance was not a pre-condition to receive visa; and naturally, the most of the Armenian tourists did not take insurance policies voluntarily, thus leaving their safety to the mere chance that nothing extraordinary would happen to them. Now that political upheavals are becoming commonplace, traveling without proper insurance policies should not be permitted. The risks are unaffordable.Lately, the political situation tends to stabilize and that still there are people wanting to visit Egypt. As we are informed from SIMATOUR touristic agencies ‘there are people interested to visit Egypt, but we are not encouraging them in that direction’ and instead proposing other countries around or in Mediterranean area with new conditions and other historical, cultural and climatic characteristics such as Turkey, Italy, Cyprus, Greece. There is flourishing interest among people in Armenia wanting to vacate in Batumi for its more accessibility, nearness and cheap cost”.Traveling to these countries also involves risks and without getting proper insurance policy one should not venture abroad. Even more can be said to the affect that some of these countries require insurance policies as a must to issue an entrance visa.This inadvertent and careless attitude of the citizens is too risky, to say the least, since in foreign countries one can face such a situation, where own means simply may or would not be sufficient. Gayane Abrahamyan told us her opinion on this issue by stating the fact that while abroad she became subject to food poisoning, and not being able to cure herself in house conditions she was obliged to get medical care in a hospital.“There they told me that I should pay in cash. Knowing that according to the insurance policy I am entitled for reimbursement for above the $80 expenses, the asked price for the hospital expenses was $500. After returning home I presented my insurance company the bills of my medical expenses and are waiting for reimbursement.” said Abrahamyan.In modern life it is becoming quite obvious and at the same time necessary that each and every individual needs an insurance policy to cover his/her most plausible risks and to face the unexpected hazards, be it illness, accidents or other misfortunes. Log in to Reply LinkedIn 0 I am a member now but I couldn’t reach any further information. What about the video and photography? What are the rules? on March 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Similar Stories Log in to Reply Deadline: 31 May 2011Open to: all young journalists between the ages of 18 and 30Award: winners will be invited to Strasbourg to receive their cash prize of €1000“Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers…”The Award is organized by the European Youth Press in collaboration with the Council of Europe.Freedom of the media is not a given. Over the last ten years, 1,100 journalists and media staff have been killed in the line of duty, according to the International News Safety Institute. In certain countries, governments still attempt to control the media. The concentration process that allows holding companies to control several media outlets reduces the diversity of information sources. On the other hand, the rise of the internet as a new medium has pushed back the boundaries what can and cannot be said and published.AboutThis year’s theme is inspired by one of the most important articles of the European Convention of Human Rights – article 10 (*). Without a free media and plurality of opinion, democratic societies can no longer exist. Yet contemporary media are under threat from violence against journalists, attempts at government control, concentration of ownership of media outlets, dwindling standards in press freedom and the surge of the internet as a source of instant news.DescriptionThis year’s theme is MEDIA FREEDOM and the competition started on 1st March, with a deadline of 31 May.Four categories are open to contestants between the ages of 18 and 30: photography, video, radio and print journalism.AwardWinners will be invited to Strasbourg to receive their cash prize of €1000 at a ceremony during the June 2010 session of the Parliamentary Assembly.How to ApplyTo upload your entry, visit Youth Media official website.The Official Website Hi How can people apply? Fourth Human Rights Youth Challenge on April 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm last_img read more

Internship Programme Of German Business For The Western Balkans 2012

first_img on October 13, 2011 at 10:57 am By Rudina says: Dear Iva, As far as I can see, it is clearly stated that the program is designed for students from Western Balkan states. So, I presume that people from the EU member states are not eligible. Kind Regards,DijanaMladiinfo Log in to Reply pershenetje Rudina, a ka mundesi te ma dergosh email adresen tende , deshiroj tju pyes me gjeresisht ne lidhje me kete intership faleminderit Zanaemail adresa ime : [email protected] Reddit Deadline: 27 November 2011Open to: Students and Graduates with good knowledge of German and/or English  from the Western BalkansRemuneration: The trainees get a monthly allowance.The committee of Eastern European Economic Relations in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development announces the Internship Programme of German Business for Western Balkans 2012. The objective of the programme is to provide internships for qualified candidates in German enterprises for a period of 3 to 6 moths in Germany. The programme is supported by the Federal Goverment. The Internships in Germany will begin in June 2012.Within the framework of the Internship Programme of the German Business, young graduates and students from the Western Balkans complete three to six months long internships in leading German companies and they get an insight in German business culture. After their stay in Germany, the students will use their experience and contacts to support the reconstruction in their home countries. The program serves to intensify the regional reconciliation, economic relations and create a cross-sectoral network of young, cosmopolitan professionals in the region.GoalsThe programme was initiated to give young people the possibility to gain practical experience in leading German companies and to support the economic reconstruction of Western Balkans. The Internship Programme of German Business offers young professionals, internships which last three to six months. Participants gain insight into the method of operation in modern German companies. Consequently, the students will learn what free market-orientation and management really means. They can use the acquired knowledge and experience during their studies and in future jobs and thereby contribute to the knowledge transfer to their home countries.The goal is that the trainees use their gained experience to strenghten economic reconstruction in their home countries and to strengthen the economic co-operation in the region. Know-How from Germany will be transferred to the economy in these countries and the image of cooperation in the region will be encouraged publicly.EligibilityEducation: mainly studies with focus on business or engineering.Level of education: Students from the higher semesters and postgraduates with first job experiences.Age: The candidates should not be older than 30 years.Languages: very good command of English and/or German.RemunerationThe trainees get a monthly allowance. This money is provided by Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The companies bear the costs for accommodation and insurances. The programme also provides German language courses.Trainees take part in a four-day introductory programme in Berlin prior to the internships, where they can learn about German institutions and attend seminars on German business culuture.ApplicationThe application procedure consists of:a written online applicationan interviewand the selection of recommended candidates by the companies.Most of the companies decide which candidate to take based on the application documents and the recommendation of the selection committee.  However, some of the companies also conduct short telephone interviews with the recommended candidates themselves.You will find the internship fields and the online application forms here.Before you apply online you should prepare the following documents:a letter of  motivation (1-2 pages in German or English)CV (in German or English)your picture (in a common graphics format e.g. JPG), as a separate documenta scanned transcript of your courses and marks (with self provided translation in English or German, for the email application it is not necessary to send official translations)other scanned documents (e.g. language diplomas, letters of reference)The internships will be provided by some of the most renowned German companies in various sectors. Detailed infromation and the online application form can be found here.The Official CallThe Official Webpage Log in to Reply By Dardan says: By Mladiinfo says: Log in to Reply 9 thoughts on “Internship Programme Of German Business For The Western Balkans 2012” By jfvas says: on November 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm By Iva says: Share 0 on October 13, 2011 at 10:24 am Log in to Reply D-Prize Challenges for Aspiring Entrepreneurs Log in to Reply Log in to Reply on October 6, 2011 at 11:26 am Internship Programme Of German Business For The Western Balkans 2012 Dear Dardan, Apparently the online application system is not working. Or at least I can not see a functioning link anywhere. Please contact Ms Mechthild Schmidt at this address – [email protected] to report this problem. Kind Regards,DijanaMladiinfo Dear Stojanovska, Please contact the contact persons on the official webpage A.Gumpert(at)bdi.eu and schmidt(at)stipendienprogramm.org to check whether you are eligibile. Best regards,AnaMladiinfo Log in to Reply Log in to Reply on October 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. By Mladiinfo says: Tweet By Mladiinfo says: Public Call for Participation in the WEB4YES Training for Development of Entrepreneurial and Business Skills By Dardan says: Hello,The programme seems very interesting – thank you for posting it.I would like to ask something – is the programme limited to candidates only from the countries from Western Balkans?If a candidate comes from one of the EU member states – participation in the program is not possible probably?Thank you in advance!Warm regards,Iva LinkedIn 0 Thank You! +1 By zana says: I participated last year. The best experience of my life so far! It’s easy to apply. When in Germany you have the chance to explore every thing that has to do with the german culture, you can travel every weekend, plus you meet the alumnis even after the internship is over. Pocket on October 4, 2011 at 10:04 pm Log in to Reply on November 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm The application form is not available at suggested site ?? Does anybody know where can I download ?? on October 4, 2011 at 2:45 pm September 29, 2011 Published by Site Default Similar Stories Swedish Institute Management Program Northern Europe 2020 Sto se podrazbira pod higher semesters? ← Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition on October 7, 2011 at 7:21 pm Excellence scholarships for PhD students in “Global Food Security“, Germany →last_img read more

Grant Programme by European Journalism Centre

first_img Pocket Tweet Share 0 September 30, 2015 Published by michal Similar Stories The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program 2021 +1 2021 Senesh Fellowship Grant Programme by European Journalism Centrecenter_img Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Deadline: 2 March 2016Open to: journalists and media outlets that target audiences in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United KingdomGrant: around EUR 18 000DescriptionThe Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR) is a media-funding project operated by the European Journalism Centre (EJC). The grant programme aims to advance creative reporting approaches, thus enabling a better coverage of international development issues. The grant intends to raise awareness about these issues by enabling the production of stories that have a strong impact on media audiences in the following nine European countries: Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.Innovative reporting projects are awarded considerable funding, with an aim to support journalists, editors, and development stakeholders to perform thorough research and to develop new, exciting, and even experimental reporting, employing state of the art presentation methods and techniques of journalistic storytelling. At a time when many media organisations face financial constraints, the grant programme aims to encourage media houses to go beyond their usual reporting approaches and thus set a new and distinctive agenda for development coverage.EligibilityJournalists and media outlets that target audiences in one or more of the following nine European countries are eligible to apply: Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The stories can be published in any of the official languages of the admissible countries.GrantApplicants must apply for a minimum grant of €8,000. For your reference, we expect the average grant given to be about €18,000. Full grants may cover direct expenses for journalistic research and study trips, including travel and accommodation, possible technical costs for equipment or crew, information procurement costs (such as access to professional databases or original data gathering efforts), graphics design and visualisation, adaptation of software, and other justified costs incurred directly for the implementation of the project.How to apply?To apply you have to fill out online application form.For more information, visit the official web-page and FAQ section. ← Master’s Grants at the University of Lausanne 2021 DRAPER HILLS SUMMER FELLOWS PROGRAM Reddit LinkedIn 0 World Gallery of Cartoons – Skopje 2016 →last_img read more

VINNMER Marie Curie Incomming Fellowships in Sweden

first_img Reddit Similar Stories Share 0 The Lighthouse Guild Scholarship Program Master Program Chinese Government Scholarship Tweet VINNMER Marie Curie Incomming Fellowships in Sweden FellowshipThe grant is intended to fund half the salary of the researcher (project leader) for the duration of the project. It also covers additional relevant and justifiable costs relating to mobility:Travel, Per diem;Increased living costs;Extra support for fellows with families (e.g. school fees);Training and conference fees;Financial support for PhD students mentored by the researcher in the international organisation to enable mentoring at the Swedish organisation (max. SEK 50 000/year/student for travel costs, subsistence and accommodation);Other relevant costs (to be specified).How to apply?The deadline for applications is 16 March 2016. Applications are submitted electronically through the application service to VINNOVA’s e-Services Portal. For information about the content of the application, see the section  “Application content” in the official Call for proposals.For more information please visit the official website and read the Call for proposals. Deadline: 16 March 2016Open to: experienced researchers of all nationalities who have a doctorate or at least four years’ full-time equivalent research experienceFellowship: funds half the salary of the researcher for the duration of the project and covers additional relevant and justifiable costs relating to mobilityDescriptionVINNOVA invites researchers and organisations to submit project financing proposals under the call VINNMER Marie Curie Incoming. At least 100 researchers are expected to be  made VINNMER  Marie Curie Fellows throughout the Mobility for Growth programme. The call VINNMER Marie Curie Incoming is for funding incoming mobility of experienced researchers in possession of a doctorate or at least four years’ full time equivalent research experience. The researcher should be outside Sweden at the time of the application and spend at least 67 percent of the project duration in Sweden.The overall objective is to contribute significantly to private-public or public-public sector collaboration and mobility as well as career development for highly qualified future leaders, in all sectors of the economy, with innovation skills in applied and needs-driven research. The Swedish-based organisation (industry, small and medium sized enterprises, research institutes, universities, public organisations, etc.) is the applicant and formal recipient of the grant but the researcher should be the project leader for the research project and the main author of the application. Fellowships are awarded for 12-36 months.EligibilityThe call, VINNMER Marie Curie Incoming targets internationally experienced researchers of all nationalities currently working outside Sweden who have a doctorate or at least four years’ full-time equivalent research experience in collaborating with private and/or public sector organisations. For highly experienced researchers (more than ten years’ full-time equivalent research experience) collaboration is optional;At the proposal submission deadline, the researcher must not have resided or conducted his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Sweden (the country of the host organisation) for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the call deadline;The call targets international researchers interested in transnational mobility as a career development option, as well as Swedish private or public R&I organisations (as host organisations) which promote and invest in key people and value-collaboration between private and public sectors as a pathway to success;Current or former VINNMER Fellows may not apply to VINNMER Marie Curie Incoming;The project must be initiated no later than 12 months of the proposal assessment;The project must be implemented within 12-36 months. ← International Compost Awareness Week Poster Contest Fully-funded PhD Studentships at the University of Oxford → +1 LinkedIn 0 Pocket September 30, 2015 Published by miro Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Become an Expert in the Microsoft Innovative Educator Program!last_img read more

Cafébabel Reporting Trip to Krakow

first_img Native English-Speaking Editorial Assistant Share 0 Cafébabel Reporting Trip to Krakow LinkedIn 0 Video Maker at CaféBabel Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Similar Stories Apply for Yale World Fellows Program → +1center_img Reddit Spanish Editor for Cafébabel Pocket Tweet Deadline:  30 October 2015Open to: print journalists,photographer and filmmaker under 35 years old from EuropeVenue: 25-29 November 2015 Krakow, PolandDescriptionThis year, Cafébabel is going to 7 different European cities for their new feature report “EU too”. Following on from Budapest in September and Madrid in October, they will be heading to the delightful city of Krakow from the 25-29 November 2015.For their next feature report, EU too, cafébabel is going to meet the disenchanted youth of Europe. Who are these young people, contesting European consensus and leaving it behind in favour of alternative ideas? Why do they feel badly represented? What is it that they want to change? What are they hoping for in the future? In order to answer these questions, you will meet and interview them in their own cities and neighborhoods.Your roleThe objective will be to listen to the voices of these young people to include them in the European debate. They are expecting a youth-friendly and off-the-wall tone, as well as an original and innovative style. Spend time with the locals, describe what you see, feel and learn from them. Tell your story in a creative and personal way, backed up with facts, statistics and verifiable sources.EligibilityCafébabel are looking for 2 print journalists, 1 photographer and 1 filmmaker under 35 years old from Europe.CostsOnce selected, you will have to book your own flights or trains to Krakow, a sum of up to EUR 280  is reimbursed by cafebabel (you must keep your receipts) once you have returned from the trip and they have received your receipts. Other travel and food expenses will be reimbursed up to EUR 200 (for more information contact the project officer Laura at [email protected]). The team will stay in a hostel that will be booked by cafébabel.ApplicationSend to [email protected] your CV with 3 article proposals (of three lines each), as well as suggestions of potential interviewees. If you’re applying for the photographer or videomaker positons, please send a link to your portfolio as well.Your article proposals need to be linked to one of the four reporting categories: politics, culture, society, or lifestyle.For more information please visit the official website. ← The World Bank Winter Internships in Washington October 26, 2015 Published by Gorica last_img read more

Traineeship at the European Commission

Tweet January 20, 2016 Published by Gorica Share 0 THE “DOC NOMADS” JOINT MASTER DEGREE IN DOCUMENTARY FILM DIRECTING Reddit Pocket +1 Summer School “Performance and Governance of Services of General Interest in the EU” → ← Online Internship opportunities at Euro Atlantic Diplomacy Society EU RESOURCE MOBILISATION COORDINATOR Similar Stories Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Deadline: 29 January 2016Open to: university graduates from all over the worldRemuneration:EUR 1,120 and reimbursement of travel expensesDescriptionA paid traineeship of 5 months with the European Commission (or some executive bodies and agencies of the European Institutions like, for instance, the European External Action Service or Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation), starting on either 1 March or 1 October 2016.If you are one of the selected candidates you get hands-on experience in the international and multicultural environment. This can be an important enrichment for your further career.Trainees work all over the European Commission. The content of the job largely depends on the service you are assigned to. You may, for example, work in the field of competition law, human resources, environmental policy. A typical trainee’s daily work mainly consists of:Attending and organising meetings, working groups, forums, public hearings;Researching and compiling documentation, reports, consultations; answering queries;Running projects.EligibilityThe traineeship programme is open to university graduates from all over the world who have a:Degree of at least 3 years of study (minimum a bachelor);Very good knowledge of English or French or German (C1/C2 level in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages);Very good knowledge of a second EU official language (required for nationals of EU countries).RemunerationYou will receive a monthly grant of some EUR 1,120 and reimbursement of travel expenses. Accident and health insurance can also be provided.How to apply?In order to apply please first log in and follow the steps. Deadline for applying is 29 January 2016.For more information please visit the official website. Traineeship at the European Commission Apply for the Ernest Solvay Fund 2021 LinkedIn 0 read more

GLOBSEC Young Leaders’ Forum

first_img +1 Call for Applications OSCE Summer School Scholarships at LEAF Academy in Bratislava, Slovakia Pocket GLOBSEC Young Leaders’ Forum ← The Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarships for Developing Countries The PRESSing Issues – Youth Exchange in Slovakia Deadline:  7 February 2016Open to: young leaders between the ages of 25 and 35 years old interested in the dialogue on current transatlantic and EU issues concerning security and defence policyVenue: 15 – 17 April 2016 in Bratislava, SlovakiaDescriptionThe GLOBSEC Young Leaders’ Forum is a prestigious gathering of young professionals and future decision-makers, it is the only annual and established forum in Central Europe that connects transatlantic leaders of tomorrow. Young leaders with their fresh innovative ideas create a dialogue on current transatlantic and EU issues and build long-lasting networks. The GYLF will engage its members through a unique platform:Private dialogue and best practices sharing via a Facebook Group;Content preparation in GYLF working groups (recommendations for main panel discussions) prior to face-to-face interaction with leaders at the Forum;Participation in the GLOBSEC Young Leaders’ Forum 2016;Establishing professional contacts with peers and senior stakeholders.EligibilityBetween 25 and 35 years of age;NATO or PfP country citizenship, Mediterranean Dialogue, or partner (Australia, Japan) citizenship;Past experience relating to: security or defence policy; current security issues (ISIL, Ukraine, Russia, migration) adaptation of NATO to the security environment of 21st century, democratic transitions especially towards EaP countries and Western Balkans; international law; international energy policy; journalism; political and economic development of the European Union; cyber security;  or any other fields of relevance to the transatlantic partnership;Working knowledge of English;Willingness to engage in regular online activity over an extended period of time;Willingness to write at least one topical article or blog, where GYLF is mentioned before, during or 14 days after the forum;Interest in long-term engagement with peers on issues pertaining to transatlantic relations;The selection of the 75 participants will be based on responses to essay questions regarding motivation and professional and/or educational and/or volunteering background of applicants.CostsAccommodation and board subsidies will be available to help offset the participation cost;Travel grants may be available on individual basis and only to selected participants up to the price decided by organizers.How to participate?In order to apply, register online HERE and submit following materials:Current CV, including nationality and age;Suggestion for the topic for discussion during the GYLF sessions, including its title, short synopsis and three questions for discussion;Short motivation letter (200 – 250  words).Further information can be found on the official web-page. January 27, 2016 Published by Ivana Petriskova center_img Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Share 0 Tweet Similar Stories LinkedIn 0 Reddit Apply for Web & Social Media Consultant at UNICEF in Macedonia →last_img read more

“European Instrument for Democracy & Human Rights Israel”

first_img Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Similar Stories 2021 DRAPER HILLS SUMMER FELLOWS PROGRAM Tweet Share 0 January 26, 2017 Published by sanja Open Call: The new Democratic Wo/Men of the Western Balkans Fire Safety Engineering Erasmus+ Scholarship → LinkedIn 0center_img Reddit +1 Pocket “European Instrument for Democracy & Human Rights Israel” Deadline: 17 March 2017Open to: legal persons, civil society organisations, including non-governmental non-profit organisations and independent political foundations, community based organisations, universities and private sector non-profit agencies, institutions and organisations, and networksGrant: between EUR 150,000 and EUR 300,000DescriptionThe European Union (EU) is currently accepting proposals from eligible organisations for a programme entitled “European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Israel 2016-2017” in order to the promotion and protection of human rights in line with international and domestic standards and obligations and to the upholding of democratic principles.Objectives:Reinforcing respect and protection of fundamental freedoms;Advancing the rights of persons belonging to minorities and persons affected by discriminations within Israel;Reinforcing respect for international humanitarian law and human rights in the occupied Palestinian Territory.EligibilityLegal persons;Non-profit-making;Civil society organisations, including non-governmental non-profit organisations and independent political foundations, community based organisations, universities and private sector non-profit agencies, institutions and organisations, and networks thereof at local, national, regional and international level;Public sector non-profit agencies, institutions and organisations and networks at local, national, regional, and international level;Be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary;No nationality restriction applies to applicants and, if any, to co-applicants and affiliated entities;Potential applicants may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if they are in any of the situations;The lead applicant must declare that the lead applicant himself, the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies) are not in any of these situations;The lead applicant may act individually or with co-applicant(s).GrantThe grant is between EUR 150,000 and EUR 300,000.How to apply?In order to apply please fill the application. Deadline for submitting the grant proposals is 17 March 2017.For more information visit the official page. ← [email protected] Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications for Commonwealth Youth to Lead on Human Rights and Democracylast_img read more

Training Course: Reinforce Adult Learning

first_imgTraining Course: Reinforce Adult Learning Tweet Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. LinkedIn 0 Pocket Deadline:  12 June 2017Open to: youth leaders and young people involved in youth activities from Albania, Armenia, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain, UkraineVenue: 11-16 August 2017 in Kvareli – GeorgiaDescriptionTC Games to reinforce adult learning will be a 6 day training course, taking place in Kvareli, Georgia 11-16 August, 2017 and will bring 28 international participants together.Interactive cognitive complexity theory suggests that simulation games are more effective than other instructional methods because they simultaneously engage trainees’ effective and cognitive processes, when doing international projects with young people and youth workers (both volunteer and professional), games help to overcome language and cultural barriers quickly, and with a smile, fun engages teenagers, fun fosters community, creates memories, decreases differences. With this training, it is aimed to reach following objectives:To learn about youth work practice across Europe;To understand the theory and practice of game playing;To explore the techniques of successful workshop planning;To develop practical skills in leading games with young people;To be able to use techniques of non-formal learning with young volunteers within their own organizations;To have a good working knowledge of the Erasmus + Programme;To develop new projects together.EligibilityRepresentatives of organizations active in the youth field;Possibility to attend entire project from the beginning to the end;Interested in setting further co-operation with similar organizations from other European countries;Participants are expected to be advanced in English as the main working language will be English;Eligible countries: Albania, Armenia, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Ukraine.CostsFood and accommodation is provided and covered 100% for all the participants;There is a 20 EUR participation fee;Participants will be reimbursed travel costs up to the following maximum amount:Georgia, 20 EUR;Armenia, 180 EUR;Ukraine, 275 EUR;Romania, 275 EUR;Estonia, 360 EUR;Italy, 360 EUR;Albania, 360 EUR;Spain, 530 EUR;Portugal, 820 EUR;Germany, 360 EUR.How to Apply?Applicants have to fill out and submit the application form.For more information, please check the info pack. Share 0 ← Koç University Economics Scholarships June 6, 2017 Published by Buket Akkanat EAEA Grundtvig Award 2014 for Adult Learning Reddit Confintea Fellowship Programme by UNESCO Similar Stories +1 LL.M. in Private Law, Koç University Law School →last_img read more

Summer Research Internships at ICRAR

first_img ← 21st Luis Valtueña Humanitarian Photography Award August 21, 2017 Published by Ivona Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. LinkedIn 0 Global Summer Semester Residency at the University of Göttingen → Reddit +1 Deadline: 01 September 2017Open to: international undergraduate studentsBenefits: paid in weekly installments of AUD 500DescriptionThe International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) is pleased to offer Summer Research Internships begin on November 27th in 2017. In 2017 selected undergraduate students (preference to 3rd, 4th year, and honors students) from Australia and New Zealand will receive up to USD 6,000 over the 12-week internship (10 weeks work and a two week paid Christmas break)Eligibility Students must meet the following requirements:Applicants must be undergraduate students (preference will be given to 3rd year and above, including honors, but all currently enrolled students are welcome to apply);Internships will run for approximately 10 weeks of work during the period late November 2017 to February 2018, although dates for the internships are negotiable. Students are expected to start on the first day of the studentship program unless extenuating circumstances apply;The studentship is for up to USD 6,000 per student, paid in weekly installments of USD 500 for the duration of the studentship, including over the two week Christmas break (10 weeks total work, 12 weeks total pay);Applicants from outside WA will receive a return flight to Perth from their home city, as well as up to 50% accommodation subsidy from ICRAR;There will be a mandatory one-week induction with the Pawsey Centre in the first week for most students;Students must be studying at an Australian or New Zealand educational institution and not have held an internship with ICRAR in the past;Students will write a final report and give an oral presentation on their work at the conclusion of the project. There may be other requirements which will be made clear to students throughout the program;Students will be expected to maintain a high level of attendance throughout the duration of the internship and conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.BenefitsThe studentship is for up to USD 6,000 per student, paid in weekly installments of USD 500 for the duration of the studentship, including over the two week Christmas break (10 weeks total work, 12 weeks total pay).Applicants from outside WA will receive a return flight to Perth from their home city, as well as up to 50% accommodation subsidy from ICRAR.There will be a mandatory one-week induction with the Pawsey Centre in the first week for most students.How to Apply?The mode of application is online.All applications must include:Curriculum Vitae/Resume;Official Academic Transcript;Contact Details for two Academic Referees.For more information please visit the official website. CMU Australia Scholarships for International Studentscenter_img Share 0 Similar Stories PhD Scholarship in Archaeo-geochemistry: ISOTOPES AND TRACE ELEMENT IN HUMAN REMAINS Pocket Tweet Google PhD Fellowship Program for graduate students Summer Research Internships at ICRARlast_img read more

Master Scholarship for Developing Countries in UK

first_imgCandidates must be nationals of a developing country and not currently be living or studying outside of their country. This scholarship is aimed primarily at candidates who are nationals of Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Palestine territories (West Bank and Gaza) who are living in their country of origin;Candidates must not have previously studied for one year or more outside of their country;Candidates must have a first class Bachelor’s degree from a University or comparable institution;Candidates who already hold a Master’s degree cannot apply for a Master’s degree scholarship;Candidates must demonstrate financial need;Graduates are expected to return to work in their home country;Candidates must have submitted a complete application for admission by the scholarship closing date of 29 January 2018, 1700 UK time;Candidates must have an offer of admission by the time short-listing takes place in early March 2018. We may give priority to applicants with an unconditional offer of admission;Applicants must meet the English language condition of their offer of admission to study at SOAS as soon as possible but no later than 1 June 2018. If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible.ScholarshipThe Felix scholarship covers the full cost of tuition fees; living costs (GBP 15,560 in 2017-18) and a return airfare;This Masters scholarship is shared with International Students House, which provides free accommodation and breakfast;The accommodation cost will be deducted from the living cost of GBP 15,560.How to Apply?You must follow two steps:STEP 1:  Apply for your programmeApplicants must submit a COMPLETE on-line application for admission. You can use this online link to apply for Master’s degree. Applicants must have submitted a complete admission to a Master’s programme at SOAS by the scholarship application deadline, 29 January 2018. A complete application for admission includes transcripts, an explanation of the grading system for any degree obtained outside of the UK, two references, CV, and a personal statement. The panel will be considering your scholarship application TOGETHER with your online application for admission.  Please note that complete application for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year.  You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.STEP 2:  Apply for the scholarshipYou must apply for this scholarship via the online Felix Non-Indian Scholarship application. Please submit no later than 17:00 (UK local time) on 29 January 2018.For more information please visit the official website. +1 Similar Stories Share 0 Deadline: 29 January 2018Open to: international studentsScholarship: covers the full cost of tuition fees; living costs and a return airfareDescriptionThe SOAS University of London has a long tradition of welcoming students from developing countries and is pleased to offer a number of scholarships for entry at taught masters programme. The Felix scholarship covers the full cost of tuition fees; living costs and a return airfare.The Felix Non- Indian Scholarship has been initiated to support the international education of talented students from developing countries. In order to be eligible candidates must have a first class Bachelor’s degree from a University or comparable institution.This scholarship is aimed primarily at candidates who are nationals of Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Palestine territories (West Bank and Gaza) living in their country of origin.EligibilityNationals of developing countries (Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African, Republic Chad, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, The Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea, Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, India, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico,  Federated States of Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint- Vincent and the Grenadines, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe) are eligible to apply for this scholarship programme. Master Scholarship for Developing Countries in UK Reddit Tweet Pocket LinkedIn 0 November 12, 2017 Published by rosica ← Paid Internship Opportunity at UNSSC in Turin, Italy College Fair 2017 – Skopje →last_img read more

9th Training Course on Global Development Education for Youth Multipliers 2018

first_img9th Training Course on Global Development Education for Youth Multipliers 2018 Share 0 Deadline: 11 July 2018Open to: citizens between the ages of 18 – 30 years from Europe Member StatesVenue: 10 – 14 September 2018 at Mollina, SpainDescriptionThe Youth Cooperation Programme of the North-South Centre promotes youth participation through training and capacity building courses aimed at facilitating young people and youth organizations’ involvement in decision and policy making processes at all levels of governance.The training course will give space to the participants to reflect upon political, economic, social and environmental issues developing in this way a critical understanding of their role, responsibility, and lifestyles of in relation to a globalized and interconnected society.Being grounded in this approach, the training course aims at providing youth multipliers and youth organizations with new tools and knowledge to play a greater change-making role in their communities within the current global interconnected context.The specific objectives of the course are:to understand the skills, values, and knowledge behind the concept of GDE;to provide youth multipliers with a series of competencies and tools to promote and disseminate principles of GDE to other young people;to raise awareness about the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UN Agenda 2030) and the role that young people and youth organizations have in implementing, monitoring and evaluating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) in their local communities following a “glocal” approach;to offer a platform for youth peer-education and for the development of multilateral youth activities that promote peaceful and inclusive societies.EligibilityThe training course targets 30 participants.Candidates will be considered for the selection phase on the basis of the following eligibility criteria to be fulfilled by the deadline for applications:are aged 18-30 years;are able to fluently communicate in English;play an active role within a youth organization/platform or a youth-related institution;are supported by an organization which has youth as a main target group and which will support the candidates in the follow-up phase.The call is open to Citizens of the 47 Council of Europe Member States. However, a 20% quota is available for citizens from the Southern Mediterranean region 1 and a 10% quota for citizens the African continent.Candidates accepted on the basis of the above eligibility criteria will then be evaluated according to the following selection criteria, which must be clearly specified in the candidate’s application form:have already some experience as trainers, a youth worker or youth leader;have basic knowledge of project work, project cycle management and international youth cooperation;have background knowledge in terms of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), human rights and intercultural dialogue and youth-related policies;are committed to act as youth multipliers after the conclusion of the course by developing a follow-up initiative with the support of his/her sending organization/platform/institution;BenefitsThe North-South Centre will issue pre-paid flight round-trip tickets from the country of residence to Malaga airport (Spain).Transfers from and to the airport/train station to the training venue will be ensured by the North-South Centre;It is expected that participants/supporting organizations assume expenses related to local transport in the home country, as well as visa costs;Please look for information regarding health and visa needs that you might have to attend the activity;The board and lodging for the full duration of the training course is covered;Participants will be accommodated in double/triple rooms;How to Apply?In order to apply, please fill the application form.For more information please visit the official website. Reddit +1 July 6, 2018 Published by Ivona Call for Applications for Hiring 6 Policy Officers in 6 Western Balkan Economies → Pocket LinkedIn 0 ← Japan Foundation Producing Performing Arts Program 2018 Ph.D. Programme in Economic Sociology and Labour Studies – Network for the Advancement of Social and Political Sciences (NASP) Multilayer Structure of Economic-Financial Transactions – Joint PhD Fellowships at CEU Similar Stories Tweet The NED Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship 2018last_img read more

THE 2019 WISE AWARDS COMPETITION

first_img Tweet Deadline: 15 January 2019Open to: ongoing/existing education projects run by any type of organization such as colleges, universities, academic networks, schools consortia, civil society and community organizations, governments, international agencies and private-sector companies working in the field of education are invited to apply or nominateBenefits: winning projects each receive international recognition, as well as a cash prize of USD20,000DescriptionThe 2019 WISE Awards will identify, celebrate, and promote six innovative projects for their positive contribution to education and society. The Awards highlight initiatives found to be most creative and effective in finding solutions to education challenges at any level and in all environments. In bringing forward these models, WISE is helping build a network of recognized change-makers to inspire transformation and innovation in education.Representatives of projects are invited to submit applications to demonstrate the nature and reach of their activities. Nominations of projects are also invited. Past winning projects have addressed a wide range of concerns and pursuits, including access to quality education, life-long learning opportunities, early childhood education, employment, civic education and education in emergency contexts.To date, the WISE Awards have recognized 60 projects for their innovative, transformative impact. Explore the growing network of WISE Awards winning projects and learn more about these outstanding initiatives.Enter your project in the competition for the chance to be recognized as a leader in education.View and download the 2019 guidelinesEligibilityThe 2019 WISE Awards submission procedure accepts both applications and nominations.Ongoing/existing education projects run by any type of organization such as colleges, universities, academic networks, schools consortia, civil society and community organizations, governments, international agencies and private-sector companies working in the field of education are invited to apply or nominate.Projects can also belong to any education sector such as pre-primary, primary, secondary, tertiary, vocational training, higher education, special needs education, education for people with disabilities, informal learning, and distance-based, non-formal and lifelong learning.Finally, projects from any part of the world can apply or be nominated for the WISE Awards.BenefitsThe winning projects each receive international recognition, as well as a cash prize of USD20,000.How to apply?Applications are submitted through an online application.For further information please visit the official webpage. Reddit Share 0 November 16, 2018 Published by Bojana +1 African Changemakers Fellowship (#ACFellowship) Program → Pocket Volunteer Judge for the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2021 Similar Stories The Royal Horticultural Society Photographic Competition LinkedIn 0 The Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest 2021 ← Join the First Global Startup Accelerator Program in Okinawa! THE 2019 WISE AWARDS COMPETITIONlast_img read more

Media Intern – Global Leadership Forum (GLF)

first_img Reddit ← Research and Development Internship at Unilever2019 Similar Stories Tweet Share 0 Deadline: 3 May 2019Open to: applicants with excellent team and communication skills, mature, flexible, adaptable, dependable, and respectful within a diverse communityBenefits: USD 500 salary, lodging and meals, transportation during GLF programDescriptionThe Media Intern is part of the UWC-USA short course: Global Leadership Forum that will provide current or rising media professionals with the unique opportunity to tell the stories of young international youth in a dramatic and beautiful landscape while tackling meaningful problems. They will work in collaboration with the GLF Director to document the stories and events of the 2019 GLF summer program. The qualified candidate is able to internalize and model the UWC mission and core values, participate in a positive and inclusive environment, and maintain professional boundaries between participants and staff. Media Interns will develop a library of digital and marketing materials for the program and website, as well as assist GLF participants with their community project action plans.Responsibilities & Qualifications:Engage with the participants throughout the workshops and activities on campus, off campus, and in the wilderness;Create materials that will contribute to the website redesign plan;Create a Certificate of Completion for participants;Participate in 2-3 hikes and 3 days / 2 nights of camping;Current or graduating High School student Video & Photography;Take high-quality photographs and videos of staff and participants during staff training and the summer program;Take high-quality photographs and video of all programming components and activities during the summer program;Develop a weekly one-minute recap of the camp and participants;Create materials for outreach, promotion, and marketing using Facebook, Instagram, and other social media venues (e.g. SnapChat and Blogs);Lead and assist GLF participants in the creation of any digital media projects;Compile and organize all participant and staff created photography and video to be use and distributed for the 2018 cohort Social Media;Manage GLF Facebook account during GLF Staff training and summer program;Post updates, news, pictures, and videos highlighting the program and staff training on the GLF Facebook page;Create innovative social media quick-clips, showcasing the dynamic beauty of New Mexico and the diverse student cohort ResearchResearch online activity of exemplar camps and summer programs;Report to Director on social media best practices for exemplar camps and summer programs;Create a social media marketing and communications template plan for 2019 summer programming.EligibilityPreferred Qualities:Ability to work well in a team;Excellent communication skills;Mature, flexible, adaptable, dependable, and respectful within a diverse community;Independent Desired Qualities;Ability to work well in a team;Bilingual in English and one other language Contract Length;Staff Training June 19 – June 29 • GLF Program June 30 – July 20.BenefitsCompensation:USD 500;Lodging and Meals;Transportation during GLF program;Temporary Health Insurance (for non-US residents only).How to apply?Submit the following to Jason Brewer, GLF Director at [email protected] letter of intent explaining your interest in being the GLF Media Intern (250 – 500 words)A reel or a collection of links to your media work. Both video and still shots, if possibleTwo references listed. Please include their full name, title, relationship to you, email address and phone numberFor more information, please visit the official web page Media Intern – Global Leadership Forum (GLF)center_img LinkedIn 0 +1 Pocket March 8, 2019 Published by Bojana Westminster Undergraduate Full International Scholarship 2019 →last_img read more

Professional Fellows Program in the USA

first_imgProfessional Fellows Program in the USA Similar Stories Share 0 World Learning Global Undergraduate Exchange Program ← How to Identify and Avoid Global Opportunity Scams?! Pocket Tweet September 5, 2019 Published by sanja +1center_img European Media Artist in Residence Exchange Program 2020/2021 BenefitsWork in a full-time fellowship placement in a US worksite dealing with issues relating to his or her work at home. While there fellows will gain first-hand knowledge about US organizations and institutions and build networks and relationships with US counterparts.Participate in a fully-funded program with comprehensive on program support. Travel and living arrangements will be covered as well as emergency health insurance, and visa fees on program.Become part of prestigious networks -including YSEALI (for Southeast Asian participants only) and PFP. Alumni will gain access to tremendous resources and an international network of like-minded professionals spanning the globe.How to apply?In order to apply, please register here.For more information, please visit the official web page. DBU Scholarship Exchange Programme with CEE Countries LinkedIn 0 Reddit Deadline: 1 November 2019Open to: candidates with at least two years relevant work experienceBenefits: fully fundedDescriptionThe Professional Fellows Program (PFP) is a two-way, global exchange program designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, as well as build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders from foreign countries and the United States.  PFP participants are placed in intensive 5-6 week fellowships in non-profit organizations, private sector businesses, and government offices across the United States for an individually tailored professional development experience.Eligibility25-35 years old;A citizen and current resident of either: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Georgia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Moldova, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, and Vietnam;Speak fluent English to work full-time in a US worksite;Interested in participating in a reciprocal program for Americans coming to your country;Have at least two years relevant work experience and be currently employed;Have demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills;Be a professional fit for the PFP theme that your country participates inGovernance and Society – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey, UkraineInnovation and Entrepreneurship – Belarus, RussiaEconomic Empowerment – Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. The World Youth Forum 2019 in Egypt →last_img read more

THE NINE DOTS PRIZE

first_img Reddit Pocket European Drug Prevention Prize 2021 → Cambridge University MBA Scholarship in UK +1 THE NINE DOTS PRIZE ← UN University 2021 International Joint MSc Programme: Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security Scholarships for Macedonian postgraduate students at the University of Cambridge Tweet Similar Stories Gates Cambridge Scholarships for International Students Share 0 LinkedIn 0 November 2, 2020 Published by gvantsa Deadline: 18 January 2021Open to: entrants from across the globe are welcomeBenefits: assistance in publishing a bookDESCRIPTIONThe Nine Dots Prize is a prize for creative thinking that tackles contemporary societal issues. Entrants are asked to respond to a question in 3,000 words, with the winner receiving US$100,000 to write a short book expanding on their ideas.The aim of the Prize is to promote, encourage and engage innovative thinking to address problems facing the modern world. The name of the Prize references the nine dots puzzle – a lateral thinking puzzle which can only be solved by thinking outside the box.The question for 2020/21 is: What does it mean to be young in an ageing world?ELIGIBILITYThe Nine Dots Prize is an international competition, welcoming entrants from across the globe. The only stipulations are that applicants must be 18 years of age or over and that responses and the resulting book must be in English. Entrants must submit their 3,000-word response, an outline structure for their proposed book and a justification statement of their ability to complete the book in seven months via an online submission form.BENEFITSCambridge University Press will provide support and editorial assistance to the Prize winner, whose book will be published by the Press in May 2022. The US$100,000 is payable in three stages: on announcement of the winner; on delivery of the manuscript to CUP; and on publication of the book. The book will also be made available in an open access format.HOW TO APPLYFor more information please visit the official website. last_img read more

Trump took nearly $100M out of Vornado partnership in 2013

first_imgShare via Shortlink TagsDonald Trumptaxes Donald Trump with 1290 Sixth Avenue in Manhattan and 555 California Street in San Francisco (Getty, Google Maps)1290 Sixth Avenue in Manhattan (Google Maps)Donald Trump pulled out nearly $100 million in 2013 from the office properties he owns with Vornado Realty Trust, which are among the few investments generating money for him.Trump withdrew $95.8 million seven years ago from the partnership he has with the real estate investment trust owning 1290 Sixth Avenue in Manhattan and 555 California Street in San Francisco, according to an investigation by the New York Times.The move came during a period when Trump sold off most of his stocks and bonds — totaling more than $150 million — and pocketed $100 million by mortgaging the commercial space at Trump Tower, the Times found. Its story Sunday focused on how the president used business losses to avoid paying income taxes.555 California Street in San Francisco (Google Maps)As businesses like his golf courses and hotels lose money, Trump is helping stem losses from the buildings he owns with Vornado.The REIT earlier this year put its 70 percent stake in the buildings up for sale. The Trump Organization was reportedly considering a sale of its interest as well. [NYT] — Rich Bockmanncenter_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Construction loan tied to “leaning” Seaport condo up for sale

first_img161 Maiden Lane and Fortis CEO Jonathan Landau (Google Maps; Fortis)UPDATED, 11:15 a.m., Oct. 5: A $120 million non-performing construction loan tied to Fortis’ One Seaport condo in the Financial District is up for sale.Newmark Knight Frank is marketing the construction loan originated by Bank Leumi USA. Investors can purchase the loan, which is “secured by the fee simple interest” of the 98-unit condominium building at 161 Maiden Lane, according to marketing materials.About $90 million of the $120 million of the construction loan has been funded, according to the brochure.Newmark Knight Frank’s Brett Siegel, Evan Layne and Brock Cannon are marketing the loan.The sale is another sign of trouble at the 60-story building, which has been under construction since 2016. It’s been at the center of litigation between the developer Fortis and its contractor Pizzarotti over a “slight misalignment” that resulted in the tower leaning three inches to the north.In 2017, a construction worker died after falling from the 29th floor of the project, which resulted in a concrete subcontractor, SSC High Rise Construction, pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter.Fortis did not immediately return a request for comment. Bank Leumi USA did not immediately return a request for comment.This is the latest loan tied to a high-profile condo project to go up for sale in recent months. Newmark Knight Frank is also marketing mezzanine loans tied to four of HFZ Capital’s New York condos through a foreclosure sale.   Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsCommercial Real EstateFinancial DistrictReal Estate Loanscenter_img Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Rudin Management plans overhaul of Financial District tower

first_imgShare via Shortlink 80 Pine Street and Rudin Management CEO Bill Rudin (Google Maps; Getty)Rudin Management is planning a major makeover of its 1.2 million-square-foot office tower at 80 Pine Street in the Financial District.The 60-year-old building expects nearly 800,000 square feet of vacancy in the near future, the New York Post reported. That’s in part a result of American International Group’s move to 1271 Sixth Avenue; it will vacate several thousand square feet when it leaves the lower Manhattan tower.Read moreManhattan office leasing could hit lowest level of this centuryOffice subleases pile up throughout top metro marketsAIG throws its weight behind Manhattan’s office market Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink The renovation project includes a new ground floor lobby and entryways designed by Fogarty Finger Architecture. New storefronts with decorative glass curtain walls are also part of the plan. The building opened in 1960 and was designed by Emery Roth and Sons.The facelift is planned as Manhattan’s office market experiences a major downturn in the middle of the pandemic-driven recession. CBRE research director Nicole LaRusso told the Post that office leasing around Wall Street is down by more than 60 percent over its five-year quarterly average.A JLL team of brokers will lead the leasing and marketing campaign for the available space at 80 Pine Street. Asking rents are in the mid-high $50s per square foot, according to the Post. [NYP] — Akiko Matsuda TagsCommercial Real Estateoffice marketlast_img read more

Amazon inks huge deal for 975K sf warehouse

first_imgAmazon CEO Jeff Bezos and the Matrix Global Logistics Park in Staten Island (Google Maps; Getty)Amazon’s industrial footprint in New York City is officially Bigfoot-sized.The e-commerce giant secured a 975,000-square-foot warehouse at the Matrix Global Logistics Park in Staten Island, Crain’s reported. It was the largest industrial deal of the past quarter, according to a CBRE report that did not identify the tenant.Amazon has already leased two other warehouses on the site near Goethals Bridge, bringing its capacity there to nearly 2.3 million square feet. Ikea is also a tenant at the complex, having leased a 975,000-square-foot warehouse.Since losing its proposed HQ2 in Long Island City in 2019, Amazon has been on a tear through New York City’s property market. On the office side, the company leased 335,000 square feet of office space from SL Green near Hudson Yards and bought the Lord & Taylor building on Fifth Avenue from WeWork for $1 billion.It’s also picked up a significant amount of industrial space, leasing a Bronx warehouse spanning more than 200,000 square feet last year. It also reportedly signed a lease on RXR Realty’s massive vertical warehouse in Maspeth.Leasing activity in the industrial sector has seen an uptick in demand as home-bound shoppers make more of their purchases online, according to CBRE. E-commerce companies have dominated new leases signed in that sector.Industrial tenants inked deals for 1.6 million square feet of space in the five boroughs during the third quarter of the year, a nearly 71 percent increase over the same time last year, according to CBRE. [Crain’s] — Orion Jones TagsamazonCommercial Real EstateIndustrial Real EstateStaten Island Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

City Council caps emissions at many rent-stabilized buildings

first_imgCosta Constantinides and REBNY’s Jim Whelan (Photos via Facebook, VoteCosta)The exemption for rent-regulated buildings from the city’s emission caps is about to end for some of them.The City Council on Thursday voted in favor of a bill that subjects certain rent-regulated buildings to the requirements of Local Law 97, which imposes heavy fines on buildings that contribute too much to global warming.The year-old law aims to cut citywide greenhouse-gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050. The new measure, sponsored by Queens Democrat Costa Constantinides, would tweak the law to include buildings where up to 35 percent of units are rent-regulated. But it would give them two more years to comply than buildings already covered by the law have.The original law carved out buildings with at least one rent-regulated apartment, instead subjecting them to less stringent energy conservation reporting requirements. The blanket exemption of rent-regulated apartments largely sprung from concern that landlords would hike regulated rents to pay for green retrofits through the state’s Major Capital Improvements program.But last year, as part of a major overhaul of rent regulation, the state limited such rent hikes to properties where more than 35 percent of the apartments are rent-regulated. That freed the City Council to extend emission caps to under-35-percent buildings without triggering rent increases for their regulated units.The latest version of Constantinides’ bill, released this week, gives those buildings until January 1, 2026, to meet their emissions cap and then until May 1, 2027, to submit an initial report documenting their compliance.“Our work today will help New Yorkers get back to work in good jobs that make our air cleaner, kick-start the renewable energy revolution, and chart a course to a brighter, greener, safer future,” Constantinides said in a statement.The measure does not address the real estate industry’s primary complaint about Local Law 97: that it penalizes owners with densely occupied buildings. The Real Estate Board of New York said this week that though it backs “practical measures to limit carbon emissions and stop climate change,” it isn’t clear that Constantinides measure will meaningfully reduce carbon emissions.“The city has not done the analysis to identify how many buildings will be impacted or even where these buildings are located. It has no solutions as to how these critical goals will be accomplished,” the trade group’s president, James Whelan, said in a statement. “The city is setting owners up for failure, forcing them to pay fines instead of helping these cash-strapped, rent-regulated buildings invest in making environmental upgrades.”Contact Kathryn Brenzel Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsLocal Law 97rent regulated Email Address* Share via Shortlink Message*last_img read more

Japan’s console market: Lost in Transition?

first_imgJapan’s console market: Lost in Transition?The shift to mobile continued in 2015 – but there’s plenty of life in the console market yet, especially if you happen to be NintendoRob FaheyContributing EditorMonday 21st December 2015Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareEditor’s Note: This is one in a series of year-end content to be published daily leading up to Christmas that includes analysis, opinion and insights into the biggest news and trends of 2015.It’s been a hectic and occasionally bizarre year in the gaming market. As the dust settles, it’s also reasonably certain that it’s been yet another year of growth for a corner of the industry that, despite regular proclamations of doom from various commentators, has actually been growing strongly for most of the past decade. The overall market for games in Japan is on track to have doubled in size between 2005 and 2015, and the country still accounts for something like one fifth of the global spend on games – with the Japanese market somewhere slightly north of $10 billion being a sizeable chunk of the global market, which is somewhere in the mid-$50 billions range (source: Kadokawa/Famitsu).”Japan’s games market has doubled in size in ten years” is a fantastic headline, but it disguises a great deal of complexity in those figures. There’s actually some truth to what the doom-mongers claim; sales of video game hardware and software have been on a slow decline since 2007, and despite the reasonable success of the PS4 (which recently topped two million units sold in Japan), all the figures for the year to date suggest that 2015 saw revenues from these “traditional” game sectors drop again. Making up the difference, and then some, is revenue from mobile games and from online game services – with mobile now being by far the biggest revenue sector for games in Japan. In fact, mobile in 2015 is worth more than console gaming has ever been worth here, even at the peak of its popularity.”Mobile in 2015 is worth more than console gaming has ever been worth here, even at the peak of its popularity” That transition explains the two biggest news stories to come out of Japan in 2015 – the shift towards mobile of two of Japan’s biggest traditional publishers, Konami and Nintendo. The impetus for these companies turning their attention to mobile gaming may be the same; the way it’s been handled could not be more different. Nintendo struck a deal with one of Japan’s more established mobile publishers, DeNA, which will see it extending its console network services to mobile platforms ahead of launching five mobile games, at least some of which will be free-to-play – a relatively cautious toe in the water that’s clearly aimed at trying to cultivate mobile as a new pillar of its business rather than abandoning the console space entirely for a mobile-first approach. Despite the failure of the Wii U (which didn’t do too badly in 2015 in Japan, thanks to Splatoon and Super Mario Maker, but still ranks as the firm’s worst-selling home console), Nintendo isn’t prepared to upturn its entire business and creative approach in order to jump onto mobile – not least, I’d imagine, because it knows that success in mobile is elusive and risky.Konami, on the other hand, has jumped onto the mobile bandwagon with the prowess of an Olympic high-jumper and the grace of a relapsed alcoholic. Following a few notable successes in the mobile space in Japan, the publisher decided to double down on mobile – and reportedly exiled staff with lingering affection for the company’s long history as a leading console publisher to jobs as janitors or service staff in its large network of gyms and fitness centres. That didn’t stop Konami from having one of the biggest hits of the year in the form of Hideo Kojima’s swansong, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, but Kojima’s planned collaboration with acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro on a relaunch of the Silent Hill franchise was an early casualty of Konami’s transition, while Kojima himself left the company shortly after MGS5’s launch. Or rather, according to Konami’s hapless PR staff – channeling the spirit of Iraqi Information Minister Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf, and unmoved by actual photographs of his leaving party published by New Yorker writer Simon Parkin in support of his story on the departure – he took a holiday. A few days after he went on “holiday”, Konami confirmed the closure of Kojima Studios’ US office. Kojima, wags on Twitter were quick to observe, will undoubtedly be very annoyed by this when he gets back from his “holiday”.Konami’s heavy-handed transition towards mobile is perhaps the most egregious example of badly-handled corporate communications and PR in 2015, but that’s because of a series of spectacular goofs on Konami’s part, not because the company’s actions are outside the general trend of the Japanese industry. Every other publisher in Japan is bullish on mobile, and many are pushing increasingly large amounts of resources into the sector; incidentally, while Square Enix’ Final Fantasy XV failed to appear this year on consoles, the Yoshinori Kitase produced Mobius Final Fantasy, a sprawling RPG with a complex plot and battle system, turned up bright and early on mobile devices in June. All of the traditional publishers are looking jealously (and not a little nervously) at the massive success of mobile upstarts; Mixi’s Monster Strike overtook GungHo’s Puzzle & Dragons as Japan’s (and the world’s) biggest grossing mobile game in the middle of this year, and is reportedly making a cool $4 million every single day right now. At the Tokyo Game Show in September, the largest and most obviously expensive booth wasn’t Sony’s (admittedly impressive) PlayStation extravaganza – it was the booth for Cygames’ mobile RPG title GranBlue Fantasy, which sported a full-size fantasy airship floating above the booth, just because they bloody well can.”[Nintendo is] still very much the dominant game company in Japan… although the PS4 outsells the Wii U on a week-to-week basis, Nintendo’s worst-selling home console still has a larger installed base than Sony’s juggernaut here” All the excitement about mobile does somewhat drive home the fact that the traditional console market in Japan is in a slow decline, but that’s not to say that consoles aren’t still big business here – especially if your name happens to be Nintendo. It’s sometimes a little difficult, sitting in Tokyo, to appreciate the extent to which Nintendo’s fortunes are considered troubled elsewhere in the world, because while the firm has never quite recaptured the magic of the peak days of the Wii and DS, it’s still very much the dominant game company in Japan. Almost every best-selling game in Japan is a 3DS title, and the full-year top ten will almost certainly feature eight or nine 3DS games. As for home consoles, although the PS4 outsells the Wii U on a week-to-week basis, Nintendo’s worst-selling home console still has a larger installed base than Sony’s juggernaut here – which probably explains why Wii U exclusive Splatoon has sold better than any PS4 game in Japan this year.One of the major things that still supports the console industry in Japan – and which may explain, to some degree, Nintendo’s dominance of that industry – is the enormous popularity of franchises aimed at children, like Yo-kai Watch. Perhaps due to concerns over online content or a simple question of cost, it’s still far more common to see young children sporting 3DS consoles than it is to see them with smartphones, and that’s played perfectly into the hands of Level 5’s enormous franchise, whose latest instalment, Yo-kai Watch Busters, is set to be the top-selling game of 2015 in Japan (and last year’s chart-topper Yo-kai Watch 2 Shinuchi sold enough additional copies this year to keep it firmly in the top ten, too). This isn’t to say that adults aren’t playing lots of games too; there’s still a huge market for nostalgia in Japan that’s being tapped effectively by the likes of the Dragon Quest franchise, while at the time of writing, the number two game in the annual best-selling chart is Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, which I’m going to go out on a limb and say probably isn’t the latest craze among 12-year-old boys.Coming back briefly to nostalgia, it’s truly hard to overestimate just what a powerful factor this is in the Japanese videogame market. Online RPGs have made big inroads in Japan in recent years, but the two most popular games in the market are both nostalgia-fests – Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is laden with homages and references to the series’ past, more commonly dipping into the NES and SNES eras than the PlayStation era with which western gamers might be more familiar, while Dragon Quest X is even more heavily shrouded in the trappings of its venerable franchise. Even on the mobile front, it’s hard to escape the nostalgia – games like Puzzle & Dragons boost their sales markedly when they do collaborations with other games or manga series which are often two or three decades old, while the likes of GranBlue Fantasy or Final Fantasy Record Keeper constantly hark back to the conventions and style of RPGs from the early 1990s.For many years, there has been a fear that this focus on nostalgia effectively amounts to continuing to milk the same population of gamers – people now in their late thirties and forties – and failing to cultivate new audiences for games. Perhaps there was some truth to that; perhaps it explains, to some degree, why so many younger gamers seem to have adopted smartphones as their gaming platform of choice. Another factor is undoubtedly the extent to which handheld devices dominate Japan’s gaming market, making the transition to smartphones far less jarring than it would be in a market where home consoles take the lion’s share. Despite being past its peak, the 3DS is Japan’s biggest selling console again this year, and will comfortably exceed a 20 million unit installed base by the end of the year; the PS Vita, practically dead in the water overseas, has sold only a fraction less than the PS4, and is closing in on a 4.5 million unit installed base, which goes some way to explaining its continuing popularity among Japanese publishers and developers. If you’re making a Japan-focused title, your addressable market on Vita is more than twice the size of the PS4 market, after all.Looking forward to 2016 in the console market, a betting man would probably wager that the momentum of the PS4 will carry it past the 3DS in the sales charts next year, putting Sony back on top of the pile in its home market for the first time in many, many years. It’s the top of a shrinking pile, though; absent a huge launch for Nintendo’s as-yet mysterious NX device, sales of both console hardware and software will likely continue to decline, albeit slowly, over the coming 12 months. Even if PS4 does beat 3DS in hardware sales next year, it’ll still lag behind in software sales; this year, while their hardware numbers weren’t terribly far apart, the 3DS has sold three games for every one sold on the PS4, according to Media Create’s numbers and a few rough calculations on the back of a napkin.”The other story of 2016, I suspect, will be what becomes of Japan’s remarkable line-up of game creators as the landscape of the domestic market increasingly shifts towards mobile” The really interesting thing to look for in Japan in 2016, though, will be whether the country’s enormously successful mobile market players can find ways to replicate that success overseas. It’s possible – likely, I’d argue – that the factors which make Japan’s market so large and profitable are very specific to the region, and the experience and skill of local game operators here doesn’t translate well abroad; but then again, Japan has a remarkable history of selling videogames abroad, and it would be foolish to entirely write off the potential of its mobile titles in other markets.The other story of 2016, I suspect, will be what becomes of Japan’s remarkable line-up of game creators as the landscape of the domestic market increasingly shifts towards mobile. Some of them have pinned their colours to the mast already – most of Square Enix’ well-known creators seem pretty much at home on mobile, for example – but lots of others remain status unknown, either making a racket on their way out the door (e.g. Kojima’s lovely holiday) or simply finishing up projects and quietly slipping from sight. Some have resurfaced at the helm of Kickstarter projects aimed at reclaiming their glory days, some have founded studios (as Kojima finally was confirmed to have done) and it will be extremely interesting to see where others wind up over the coming year. Japan still teems with development talent, and many of those developers are far better suited to console game creation than the brave new world of mobile; which companies become the beneficiaries of that talent in the fallout from the mobile transition will be worth keeping an eye on.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Mobile newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEpic vs Apple – Week One Review: Epic still faces an “uphill battle”Legal experts share their thoughts on the proceedings so far, and what to expect from the coming weekBy James Batchelor 15 hours agoEpic Games claims Fortnite is at “full penetration” on consoleAsserts that mobile with the biggest growth potential as it fights for restoration to iOS App StoreBy James Batchelor 18 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Square Enix to close Shinra Technologies

first_imgSquare Enix to close Shinra TechnologiesYoichi Wada-led cloud gaming subsidiary failed to find third-party investmentMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefWednesday 6th January 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleSquare EnixSquare Enix is shutting down Shinra Technologies, the cloud gaming subsidiary led by former president Yoichi Wada.Shinra launched in September 2014 amidst hyperbolic claims about harnessing the power of a “virtual supercomputer” to create “radically new experiences.” According to Square Enix, Shinra had been set a goal of raising third-party funding to continue its operations. The closure is directly linked to its inability to do so.”STI [Shinra Technologies], as a cloud platform operator, has been trying to raise funds necessary for further business operations from third party investors,” Square Enix said in a press release. “However, STI has found no prospective investors at this point, and therefore has to discontinue its business.”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Square Enix made an initial investment of $15 million across Shinra’s US and Japanese entities, the bulk of which went to the US. It will record an extraordinary loss of ¥2 billion in its results for the fiscal year ending March 2016.GamesIndustry.biz spoke to Yoichi Wada in July last year, when he discussed what he saw as unrealised potential for the use of the cloud in gaming. “One very big point of differentiation between us and previous quote-unquote cloud games is that they weren’t able to provide new game experiences,” he said. “They were just taking what could already be done on a local PC or console and moving that to a server, and focusing on streaming distribution. We are focusing on what’s possible if you take the computing to the server-side, and what new experiences you can create from concentrating that computation.”At that time, Shinra was working with Hardsuit Labs, Human Head and Camouflaj on projects that used the cloud in this way. In a further statement, Square Enix restated its “confidence” in cloud gaming, and its commitment to using cloud technology in its products.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesSquare Enix denies rumours of acquisition activityThe company has shut down talks that several parties were looking to acquire itBy Danielle Partis 26 days agoBalan Wonderworld’s day one patch to remove epileptic triggersSquare Enix asked players to install the update to avoid a bug that adds flashing lights to a boss fightBy Marie Dealessandri A month agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Take-Two sued over 2K16 tattoos

first_img 4Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now. Take-Two sued over 2K16 tattoosSolid Oak Sketches seeking damages over eight copyrighted designsMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefWednesday 3rd February 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this article2K GamesTake-Two Interactive is facing legal action over the depiction of copyrighted tattoo designs in NBA 2K16 without permission.Solid Oak Sketches, a tattoo studio, started proceedings in New York Federal court earlier this week, alleging that Take-Two and NBA 2K16 developer Visual Concepts knowingly used eight copyrighted designs in the game.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games According to legal documents sourced by ESPN, Solid Oak Sketches acquired the rights to the designs across June and July of 2015. The company opened communications regarding the designs with a letter to Take-Two’s general counsel on July 8, 2015. Discussions continued at the end of the month, but eventually stalled.”After various requests for documentation, the Defendants [Take-Two] ultimately terminated negotiations and continued with the production of their intentionally infringing basketball video games,” the document stated,Solid Oak also emphasised the level of commercial success 2K16 managed, quoting the hyperbolic language employed by Take-Two in its press releases. 2K16 sold 4 million copies in a single week, and doubled its digital sales relative to the previous year’s iteration. It was also put forward as a highlight of the company’s subsequent financial report.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore stories2K acquires HookBang games businessTake-Two adds team that supported work on NBA 2K21, will move it to new Austin officeBy Brendan Sinclair A month ago2K international boss Murray Pannell departsFormer PlayStation, Xbox, Ubisoft and EA exec leaves after five yearsBy Christopher Dring 3 months agoLatest comments (1)Hugo Trepanier Senior Game Designer, Ludia5 years ago So does Solid Oak claim money from NBA games broadcast on television as well? Or whenever a picture of these guys lands in a magazine or blog or wherever? I don’t think so.last_img read more

2016 investments in AR/VR already $1.1 billion – Report

first_img2016 investments in AR/VR already $1.1 billion – ReportDigi-Capital says first two months of the year have already topped 2015’s total spend by $400 millionBrendan SinclairManaging EditorMonday 7th March 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleDigi-CapitalIt’s already been a record year for augmented reality and virtual reality funding. Digi-Capital today released new figures showing that over the first two months of 2016, the combined AR and VR field has attracted $1.1 billion in investment.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games That’s already 57 percent more than 2015’s full-year total of $700 million in AR/VR investment, with 10 months left to add to the total. While impressive, most of the 2016 investment to date comes from a single event: Magic Leap’s $794 million round of Series C funding.”Nearly $800 million came from the monster Magic Leap round, but another $300 million went into AR/VR solutions/services, VR hardware, advertising/marketing, distribution, video, peripherals, apps and games,” Digi-Capital founder and CEO Tim Merel said. “Even without Magic Leap, investment is up 20 percent in Q1 2016 compared to the $250 million invested in Q4 2015. Plus there’s another 4 weeks left for investors to boost AR/VR this quarter.”Digi-Capital had originally forecast AR and VR to bring in $150 billion annually by 2020. However, the firm downgraded that to $120 billion earlier this year, citing the later-than-expected arrival of consumer AR efforts.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The VR & AR newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesGame investments continue at record pace in first half of 2019Digi-Capital: $3.8b in investments contrasts with lowest merger and acquisition and IPO spend since 2010By Rebekah Valentine A year agoDigi-Capital projects worldwide game revenues to hit $200b by 2023Firm believes mobile gaming could top $100b on its own in five years, with PC hardware/software the next largest sectorBy Brendan Sinclair 2 years agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

New York State bans sex offenders from any form of online gaming

first_imgNew York State bans sex offenders from any form of online gamingGovernor ask Niantic for help in creating a “safer environment” for playersDan PearsonTuesday 2nd August 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleNianticNew York state Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has instructed local law enforcement in the local Department of Corrections and Community Supervision that registered sex offenders are to be banned from playing any sort of online game, with the particular mention of Pokemon Go.In an open letter to Niantic, published online, Governor Cuomo indicates his concern over the potential for the abuse of in-game ‘lures’ to attract groups of children and other vulnerable players towards the homes of paedophiles, rapists and other sex offenders and asks Niantic to help enforce the new laws by offering them access to “the most up-to-date information of offenders within the Sex Offender Registry.””Protecting our children and ensuring their safety is our top priority, and the State of New York is moving swiftly to respond to troubling news that young children using Pokémon Go are being steered to locations in close proximity to, or even at, sex offender residences,” Cuomo writes. “The State has taken action to prohibit sex offenders from using this game, but we need your assistance to make certain that sex offenders will not continue to use Pokémon Go by technologically barring their use. Working together, we can ensure that this danger today does not escalate into a tragedy tomorrow. “A recent report by Senators Jeffrey D. Klein and Diane Savino clearly demonstrates that more must be done to protect our children from ending up at locations that pose a danger to themselves. In addition, a feature of the game – where, for a small fee, a “lure” can be purchased to intentionally encourage traffic to a particular location – also appears to have the potential to be abused by predators. That is why I have directed the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services to reach out to Niantic, Inc. to provide the most up-to-date information of offenders within the Sex Offender Registry. Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “With this information, we hope you will be able to prevent identified sex offenders from using this game. DCJS will also contact Apple and Google to inform them of these public safety concerns and will work with them to enhance user safety. Software developers that operate augmented reality games like Pokémon Go should be entitled to the same information that is regularly shared with companies like Facebook, Apple and Microsoft.”The state’s laws already require people on the register to provide authorities with all email addresses, screen names and online aliases so that they may be forwarded to service providers for blocking, but the new conditions only apply to those criminals still under their parole conditions, which will cover “nearly 3,000 Level 1, 2 and 3 sex offenders.” Senator Diane Savino applauded the changes.”Pokémon Go entertains our children, but it forgets about the reality of this world: it can be dangerous,” said Savino. “Sex offenders who download the game legally could pinpoint hot spots where children congregate, like pokestops or gyms, and meet them in person. The investigation I conducted revealed that these spots were located near the homes of these dangerous individuals. I will continue to fight for legislation to keep our children safe. I thank Governor Cuomo for immediately responding to our investigation in the interest of children across New York State.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesNiantic launches Black Developers Initiative, offers funding and mentorshipPokémon Go developer continues efforts to support underrepresented Black developers in creating new AR gamesBy James Batchelor 3 months agoNiantic acquires community gaming platform MayhemSan Francisco gaming start-up to bring more social gaming experience to Pokemon Go makerBy Rebekah Valentine 4 months agoLatest comments (5)Bonnie Patterson Narrative Designer, Writer 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyAlfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany4 years ago I see what he wants to do, but this is going to be very difficult to properly cover. We are not talking only about “Pokemon Go” here, things like PSN or XBLA would be a lot harder to restrict. 4Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyShow all comments (5)Daniel Mesonero Studio Manager, Toadman Interactive4 years ago Given that the sex offender registry has some serious issues (for example having sexting teens charged for distribution of child pornography: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/03/14/when-kids-are-accused-of-sex-crimes) and that not all online games feature chat or geolocation, this law seems rather arbitrary and a case of “somebody think of the children”. 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyDan Pearson Product Marketing Manager, Genvid4 years ago I suspect that it’s more about retribution than prevention – ie, a way to prosecute in edge cases where police suspect that a registered offender was attempting to entrap but are unable to provide the correct evidence. Once someone is in custody, evidence can be collected from phones, consoles etc to prosecute. 4 years ago Great, another unenforceable law that probably won’t help anyonecenter_img 4 years ago I thought the best we’d managed on this front was an NN that spots “uncharacteristic player behaviour”? There’s still no way to dependably prohibit someone from getting online, unless I missed a breakthrough? 6Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyShane Sweeney Academic 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Rockfish Games: Building success, piece by piece

first_img 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now. Rockfish Games: Building success, piece by pieceCEO Michael Schade on using digital platforms to take Everspace from publisher rejection to an audience of hundreds of thousandsMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefWednesday 31st January 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleROCKFISH GamesWhen Michael Schade thinks about his potential audience, he thinks in millions. In fact, he thinks in tens of millions; that’s the number of people with a stated interest in “space games” on Facebook, and that only includes those in Western markets.We are sitting at a table in the Games Industry Conference in Poznan, Poland, and the CEO and co-founder of the Hamburg-based developer Rockfish Games is walking me through a detailed, intricate method of finding new users through Facebook. Image composition, balance of colours, time of day, subtlety in copywriting; myriad factors are altered and tested, positive trends are pursued, and money tactically invested to reach, with certain ads, as much as 1.5 million people at a time.Space games in the broad sense, he says, have an audience of 100 million fans on Facebook. Schade doesn’t expect 100 million players for Rockfish’s own game, Everspace, but at a time when many indies see success as a roll of some invisible dice, Schade has found no end of encouragement from the precise targeting and visibility possible through platforms like Facebook. “It was a relief,” he says, recalling the moment he discovered that Everspace’s “peer group” of games had a fanbase roughly equivalent to the population of Egypt. “It was like, ‘Okay, maybe we can sell a few more.'””We were trying to keep that core team while adapting to free-to-play, and that didn’t work. At the end of the day we had to start from scratch” In truth, Rockfish has already sold plenty of copies of Everspace; upwards of 400,000 units at the last count. How it got to that position – one of comfort and stability for a studio with less than 20 employees – is an object lesson in how to set realistic goals and build an audience in the modern digital games business.Rockfish was founded by Schade and his business partner Christian Lohr in 2014. They had previously been the executive team in charge of Fishlabs, a studio that made a splash in the early days of the mobile boom with ambitious, highly polished titles like the Galaxy on Fire series. The studio was ultimately acquired by Deep Silver at the end of 2013, but not before it faltered in trying to keep pace with the mobile market’s shift from premium to free-to-play.”I failed to raise another funding round, because the expectation was, ‘Does this game have the potential to make $500,000 a day?’,” Schade recalls of seeking more financing for Galaxy on Fire’s freemium debut, Alliances. “I was telling all of those guys, ‘We’ll be happy if it makes $500,000 a month.’ So they said, ‘Sorry we’re not interested. Finish the coffee, take the cookie, on your way.'”As a handful of enormous free-to-play hits started to emerge, the commercial expectations of investors rose to unrealistic levels. “Theoretically, if you work with an investor you do have the creative freedom, but the problem is that being successful in the way that they define successful means following certain rules,” Schade adds. “Which is why a lot of those games are pretty similar… You have a couple of genres that work very well in free-to-play, that are very successful, and then you have a lot of people who try to replicate that.”Schade and Lohr left Fishlabs “without a dime” to show for their ten years at the company, but they did leave with one very important thing: a clear plan to start a new studio that would target PC and console, platforms where premium experiences were not regarded as a form of commercial suicide. A number of Fishlabs’ core team, who were also disillusioned with the move to free-to-play, followed along.Fishlabs is best known for its work on the Galaxy on Fire series”That was our DNA. That was us. That was our team,” Schade says. “We were trying to still keep that core team while adapting to free-to-play, and that didn’t work. At the end of the day we had to start from scratch. And you know what? In retrospect, that was the best thing that could have happened to us, because we’re now back in the game, and we’re doing exactly what we like doing, exactly what we’re passionate about.”As a visually striking space game, Everspace was very much an example of a team sticking to its core strengths. However, no sooner had Rockfish started pitching than the differences between mobile and PC/console became disarmingly clear. Fishlabs had built its reputation on making polished mobile games in classic PC and console genres, Schade says; it was now in the same market as the people and companies that had been working in those genres for decades, the same market that already had Elite: Dangerous, and was eagerly awaiting Star Citizen and No Man’s Sky.”We pitched it to all of the big guys at GDC 2015 and E3 2015. They liked it a lot. Everybody passed,” he says. “They saw the game, they liked the quality, and they knew because of our Galaxy on Fire history that we would be able to deliver a great space shooter. But all the publishers, pretty much, turned us down or passed on the opportunity because, A, there’s no multiplayer. And my impression was that publishers were at least not familiar with the roguelike genre. The producers were, and the producers liked it… In retrospect, I can say, ‘Good for us’.””Greenlight was a pre-Kickstarter to us, marketing-wise but also to get feedback from the community… It was a fantastic marketing tool” Schade can look back on the failure to land a publisher with positivity because it forced Rockfish to stay completely independent, and use Kickstarter to gauge interest and raise money. It helped, of course, that the team truly believed in its product, which combined a knack for fast gameplay and accessibility honed in mobile development with the roguelike element popular among core gamers. Schade, who focuses on marketing and PR for Rockfish, admits that he had “no clue on PC and console, whatsoever” at first, but having a game that truly excited him made the learning process quicker and easier.It also helped that Steam Greenlight still existed, a platform that could provide a skilled developer with “a million views for free” on the biggest distribution platform for PC gamers. “It was thumbs up, thumbs down, and if the game didn’t look like utter garbage you get your thumbs up,” he recalls of the service Valve shut down a year ago. “The most difficult thing is getting that visibility… You don’t get that initial ramp up any more.”It also helped us to run a successful Kickstarter. We used Greenlight first; to work on our pitch and make the pitch for our Kickstarter better, to collect addresses, sign people up for our newsletter. For us, that worked really well. Greenlight was a pre-Kickstarter to us, so to speak, marketing-wise but also to get feedback from the community… It was a fantastic marketing tool.”Schade laments the death of Steam Greenlight, and he admits that running a successful Kickstarter will be more difficult in its absence – particularly as a failed Kickstarter will cause developers “a very big problem” when attempting to find a publisher or secure financing later on. Rockfish had no such issues, though, raising €420,000 from almost 11,000 backers in August 2015.From that point, Schade set about finding ways of drawing more people to Everspace, steadily building its audience from those 11,000 Kickstarter backers. It is clear that – the oft-cited need for a good game aside – persistent and attentive marketing has been absolutely essential to the progress made in the two years since then. That includes the bewilderingly detailed approach to Facebook described in the introduction of this article, and the striking reach of platforms like Imgur and Reddit that Schade outlined in a talk at Ludicious 2017 – 16 million views for a series of animated GIFs that cost nothing to produce. Schade describes a game by another developer at GIC; a game he clearly admires, but one made by a team with no knowledge of how to raise awareness, how to build an audience, how to gain that all-important visibility. “To me that’s not a surprise, because there’s eight of them and they’re all developing on the game,” he says. “At Rockfish, my partner [Christian Lohr] runs the studio and I take care of marketing and sales. I’m not part of that core development team, but I can take care of all the marketing and PR stuff.”Everspace has now sold well over 200,000 units, and is on 400,000 Steam WishlistsSchade engaged (and continues to engage) with these platforms on a weekly, sometimes daily basis, slowly building a picture of how best to make use of each one. Indeed, Schade describes the process of building Everspace’s community as one of constant revelation; dozens of small, essential observations that can only come from constantly poking and prodding platforms like Imgur, Reddit and Facebook. Twitch is a perfect example, he says, its combination of gameplay, video and rapidly scrolling chat-stream immediately confusing, but impossible to ignore because Rockfish’s Kickstarter backers were already streaming its game.”Then we had the connection. I saw how passionately streamers played our game, and talked about our game,” he says. “Slowly, I got what it was all about.”Schade started watching every stream he could, announcing that the development team was in the chat and inviting questions from the audience. Rockfish then selected a handful of “best pilots” and gave them free Steam Early Access keys (where Everspace launched in September 2016) to gift to their viewers.”I’ve been running my own studio for the last 24 years, and this is the first time we’re truly independent – by definition” “Doing that very selectively made each one special, and that drove a lot of traffic to them [the streamers],” he says. “We worked our way up from streamers with 50 or 100 viewers to, when Everspace hit full release, with CohhCarnage. In the morning he played PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, with 12,000 people watching, then he played Everspace. We were on the frontpage of Switch. It was fantastic. I couldn’t reach out to him directly, but I found out who his mods were and continuously gave them keys, to keep him streaming it.”At Ludicious, Schade emphasised constant presence as a key to effective marketing for indies. “If something goes viral you don’t go to sleep,” he said. “If a question comes up [from the US west coast] you have to answer it immediately. If you answer the next day the crowd has gone.” He reiterates the same point now; opportunities like this are there for any developer, but you’ll never find them if you aren’t looking.”You have to see them,” he adds, “and then you have to do the right thing.”Everspace launched on the Xbox Preview Program and Windows 10 UWP at the same time as Steam Early Access, all part of the drive to increase the profile of the game as much as possible. It was a lot of work, Schade admits, with a huge amount of development going on across a very busy six months.”But then again we get all of that visibility,” he says. “It’s not like you see a game and then immediately buy it; you buy a game because you see it a couple of times, you have a continuously positive impression, and sooner or later it’s at a price you’re willing to pay and you go for it… The UWP, Xbox Game Preview stuff was a lot of effort, it put us under pressure, but in the end I think we got that right.”Indeed, Everspace received “six-digit figure downloads” in the space of two months in Xbox Preview, not to mention giving the team some valuable console experience that will feed into a “very polished” PlayStation 4 version that will launch this year. And with every step Everspace has grown in popularity: 11,000 copies were tied to Kickstarter donations across 30 days, 30,000 copies were sold in the first month on Early Access, and that jumped to 40,000 units in four weeks when it officially launched in May 2017. Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games On Steam, Schade says, Everspace is now sitting on 400,000 different wish-lists, double the amount on the day that it left Early Access. When Schade says “we can sell a few more” he means it, and if that happens it won’t be because of a roll of the dice.”We’re very confident for our next beat, for the expansion that’s coming, for future sales. We’re going to be fine. It gives you a lot of confidence,” he says. “I’ve been running my own studio, with my partner and the team, for the last 24 years, and this is the first time we’re truly independent – by definition. “We do only what we think is right for the game, we self-publish, and financially we don’t have any investors on an equity basis. We’re even in a comfortable situation where we can fund a junior team working on a new title – which won’t be a space game, for a change.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEverspace 2: Rockfish’s not so difficult second albumSo much has fallen into place with Everspace 2, says CEO Michael Schade, “we sometimes wonder if there’s anything we’re missing”By Matthew Handrahan A year agoRockfish: Live Steam broadcasting will change the game for indie marketingValve’s store page streaming beta helped Everspace to its highest ever single-day revenue, says CEO Michael SchadeBy Matthew Handrahan 2 years agoLatest comments (1)Nick Ferguson Executive Producer, Stadia, Google3 years ago I was one of those producers that liked it at GDC 2015. Congratulations on the success, and I’m glad you made it to Xbox in the end!last_img read more

Sea of Thieves sails to No.1 in UK charts

first_imgSea of Thieves sails to No.1 in UK chartsIt’s an all-new Top FourChristopher DringHead of Games B2BMonday 26th March 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleGfKDespite four new games in the Top Five, it’s not been a very strong week for the UK boxed games industry.Data tracker GfK revealed that the six new games in the entire Top 40 this week sold fewer units than the single new release that arrived in the charts this time last year, which was Mass Effect Andromeda.But the data doesn’t paint the full picture.Take, for instance, the No.1 game – Sea of Thieves. The Rare title was an online-only game for PC and Xbox One, so will likely have had a slightly higher digital weighting compared with non-online titles (remember, GfK data does not include download numbers). In addition, for those that utilise the free Xbox Game Pass trial, they can play the game for a period of time for free. What will be a test is whether the numbers remain healthy beyond the launch window when that free trial comes to an end. Sea of Thieves is Rare’s second No.1 in a row, following 2015’s Rare Replay. The previous time the acclaimed UK studio topped the charts was in 1998 with Banjo-Kazooie.The No.2 game of the week, also a new IP, was A Way Out by EA. The game is also an online title, and also featured a free trial option where gamers could play the title for free if a friend owned it. Once again, it’ll be interested to see if those free trials turn into game sales further down the line.Other new titles in the charts includes Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom by Bandai Namco, which made No.3 in the charts. The PS4 and PC game was the second highest grossing game of the week. Partially due to the lower price of A Way Out, but also because of the high cost and popularity of Ni No Kuni’s special edition. Roughly a third of the game’s sales were of the £140 SKU.The fourth new game at No.4 is the remastered and current generation version of Assassin’s Creed Rogue for PS4 and Xbox One.Other new titles include Koei Tecmo’s A.O.T 2 (Attack On Titan) at No.17 and Detective Pikachu on 3DS at No.23.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games The result of all the new releases means that last week’s No.1 EA’s Burnout Paradise Remastered takes a tumble to No.6, although sales only dropped by 46%. Along with FIFA at No.5 and UFC 3 at No.8, there were four EA games in the Top Ten.Kirby Star Allies, the Nintendo Switch title which reached No.2 last week, dropped 52% in sales and fell out of the Top Ten at No.11.Here is the UKIE/GfK Top Ten for the week ending March 24th.Last WeekThis WeekTitleNew Entry1Sea of ThievesNew Entry2A Way OutNew Entry3Ni No Kuni II: Revenant KingdomNew Entry4Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered35FIFA 1816Burnout Paradise Remastered47Grand Theft Auto V88EA Sports UFC 359Mario Kart 8: Deluxe610Super Mario OdysseyCelebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesResident Evil: Village is the third biggest PS5 launch so far | UK Boxed ChartsBut physical sales down over previous Resident Evil gamesBy Christopher Dring 2 days agoNier Replicant ver.1.22474487139 is No.1 in the UK | UK Boxed ChartsIt’s very quiet out thereBy Christopher Dring 16 days agoLatest comments (1)AbdulBasit Saliu Mechanic, Flowmotion Entertainment Inc3 years ago EA is killing it this year! 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

ArenaNet “promised me that I wouldn’t have to check my identity at the door”

first_img Edited 3 times. Last edit by bernhard van der horst on 11th July 2018 8:43am 9Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyJessica Hyland Artist, Turbulenz Limited2 years ago The comments sections on articles about this situation are universally disappointing. Thanks for having our backs, guys :/ 1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyDavid Canela Game & Audio Designer 4Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyDaniel Trezub QA Analyst, Ludia2 years ago @Jessica Hyland: The discussion has been reduced to “she was rude, she got fired”. Unfortunately nobody sees the youtuber’s behaviour as something wrong or even to be discussed about. So I wouldn’t expect much on these. 10Sign inorRegisterto rate and replybernhard van der horst 3D Artist, Darkside Media, media, http://darksidemedia.us/2 years ago “ArenaNet has damaged its standing as an inclusive place to work, according to fired writer Jessica Price” – so not accepting appalling behaviour is uninclusive these days? The suggestion from the customer was written extremely politely and with respect, and was met with incredible rudeness. If I were to speak to any customer like that in any job I’d be out the door in a second. 4Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyIan Griffiths Product Owner, Hutch2 years ago @Jessica Hyland: What is ‘universally’ disappointing about them? The majority of comments I have read criticise Price for her frankly rude behaviour towards a fan making an innocuous comment in an open debate but they tend to all agree that firing her was going too far.Whose back is it that we’re meant to have? Who is us? You seem to be looking to make this tribal where one either supports that a developer can act in a nasty way towards their employer’s customers with impunity or one is against game developers. I’m sorry, but this is facile and ridiculous. I can support that other developers shouldn’t be fired for one time lash-outs without having to think that the behaviour is acceptable, please stop making this a false dichotomy. 1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyChris Pallante Video Game Purchaser, D&H Distributing Company2 years ago @Daniel Trezub: What exactly was wrong with the YouTuber’s behavior in this case? They presented a thoughtful and polite commentary on a topic that Price had publicly spoke about. I would welcome discussion as to what they did to justify the response they got from Price. 2Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.center_img 2 years ago @David Canela: I’d give you a million stars if I could for the last paragraph alone. Unfortunately that particular signal is quite pervasive in all aspects of modern political discourse. ArenaNet “promised me that I wouldn’t have to check my identity at the door”Fired writer says Guild Wars studio has damaged its reputation, but ArenaNet maintains that Jessica Price “attacked” community over a “perceived slight” Matthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefTuesday 10th July 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleArenaNetArenaNet has damaged its standing as an inclusive place to work, according to fired writer Jessica Price, who has accused the Guild Wars studio of misrepresenting itself to new employees.Price and her colleague Peter Fries were let go following an exchange with a YouTuber on Twitter. You can read about the inciting incident here, but Price has now given an interview to Polygon in which she criticises ArenaNet for giving the wrong impression of its values.”I was told during my interview and subsequent hiring communications that ArenaNet respected my willingness to speak up on issues in the industry and had no desire to muzzle me,” she said. “I had, in my time there, zero warnings about my social media use. Everything I said on Twitter was consistent with what I’ve been saying for years and how I’ve been saying it.””Doing the right thing is hard, sure, but doing it regularly makes it easier to keep doing it” Jessica PricePrice continued: “They promised me that I wouldn’t have to check my identity at the door. They said that they admired my willingness to speak up about issues in the industry.”Price said that ArenaNet’s executives talked often about the importance of diversity and fostering an inclusive workplace, through the actions of leadership and not just their words.”And so it’s devastating that a company talking all that talk folded like a cheap card table the first time their values were actually tested. Doing the right thing is hard, sure, but doing it regularly makes it easier to keep doing it. And the corollary to that is that capitulating makes it harder to stop capitulating.”According to Price, ArenaNet president Mike O’Brien has “painted a target on everyone’s back” in choosing to fire her and Fries for what happened. Recruiters have contacted her to say they will steer candidates away from ArenaNet, and “game design professors” have said similar things about their students.”This was objectively a customer engaging us respectfully and professionally” Mike O’BrienO’Brien issued a statement in response to Price’s interview, reiterating that Price was “representing the company” in the discussions on Reddit and Twitter, having identified herself as an employee in order to talk about a Guild Wars episode.”The expectation was to behave professionally and respectfully, or at least walk away. Instead, she attacked,” he told Polygon. “Concerns have been publicly raised that she was responding to harassment. It’s not my place to tell employees when they should or shouldn’t feel harassed. In this case, however, our employees could have chosen not to engage, and they could have brought the issue to the company, whereby we would have done everything we could to protect them.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “We won’t tolerate harassment. When an employee feels harassed, we want them to bring the issue to us, so that we can protect the employee, deal with the issue, and use it to speak to the larger issue of harassment.”Whatever Jessica and Peter felt internally about the situation, this was objectively a customer engaging us respectfully and professionally, presenting a suggestion for our game. Any response from our company needed to be respectful and professional. A perceived slight doesn’t give us license to attack.”There is much more from both Price and O’Brien over on Polygon, and it’s well worth your time to read it.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesWhy I hate fun | OpinionArenaNet’s John Hopson has spent a career applying “fun scores” to games — here’s why the practice needs to changeBy John Hopson A year agoArenaNet co-founder leaves to start new studioMike O’Brien departs Guild Wars developer to “make small games again”By Haydn Taylor A year agoLatest comments (9)Daniel Trezub QA Analyst, Ludia2 years ago Let me guess: Mike O’Brien is a man, right? 2 years ago I realize in the current social climate, this communication strategy might actually work in her favor, at least in the short term. Creating elaborate alternative narratives and throwing dirt in all directions seems to be working splendidly for the current US government, so why wouldn’t it work for her. But in a sane world, it seems like someone should try to tell her she’s really not doing herself any favors with the whole follow-up on this and give her a chance to stop digging in a spiral, take a breath, think it over and move forward.I don’t know Price, I’m sure she can be a nice person offline and wish her all the best getting a fresh start, but everything she’s said on twitter and in the following interviews gives off the impression of someone who is completely incapable of engaging in some self-reflection, realizing when she screwed up, taking responsibility for it and have the decency to apologize. It’s ok, we all screw up sometimes (the way american corporate culture is so quick to fire people when mistakes happen is quite ugly). But when you then go on to explain how you were only doing The Right Thing, try to portray being mean and sexist as heroics and suggest every man’s interaction with her is secretly motivated by sexism, it just becomes sad and hurts the feminism that she’s abusing as a tool to cover for her apparently deficient social skills.I’m pessimistic anything good will come of the way this is being handled. There were some opinions about how ArenaNet was sending a fatal signal to the troll brigades and emboldening them. I would agree that those guys are going to come out of this all emboldened, but it will have been the subpar reporting on the issue that actually will have sent the most fatal signal to those people and, more importantly, to decent people.That signal is: “We’re all in tribes now, and protecting our tribe matters more than having a good hard look at facts, employing some critical thinking and accepting the possibility one of our own may have screwed up.” 16Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyTaylan Kay Game Designer / Programmer / Marketer 6Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyShow all comments (9)Christian Burberry Studying Gamer Camp: Pro (Code), Birmingham City University2 years ago “ArenaNet respected my willingness to speak up on issues in the industry and had no desire to muzzle me”Is not the same as:”ArenaNet will respect all your intentions and actions even if they bring harm to the company”Of course your employer won’t stand by your values and position if you are affecting them detrimentally and casting their brand in a bad light to their customers / employees /investors / etc.last_img read more

Valve launches update to Steam Broadcasting with Steam.tv

first_imgValve launches update to Steam Broadcasting with Steam.tvUpdate: New hub integrates Steamworks capabilities, adds watch parties ahead of Dota 2’s The InternationalRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterSaturday 18th August 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleValveUpdate: After a weekend of speculation, Valve has officially launched Steam.tv alongside an update to the Dota 2 blog explaining the feature.Steam.tv will serve as a hub for a major update to how Steam Broadcasting works, debuting with Dota 2’s The International this weekend. The update brings Steamworks support and a Live DVR feature to Steam Broadcasting. This allows for special markers for key moments in the broadcast, as well as an immediately-available rewind feature.The update also includes Steam Chat integration and the ability to create Watch Parties for broadcasts events. Users can particpate in the main Steam Chat for the event, or create an invited group to chat with while watching.Watch Party support will be rolled out to more games after The International this weekend alongside a new Steamworks API for Steam partners.Original story:Today, Valve quietly launched a new livestreaming service called Steam.tv. The site went live earlier today, though at the time of this writing was inaccessible.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Steam.tv looks to be primarily a livestreaming platform, though at launch is only showing Dota 2’s The International. Though GamesIndustry.biz was unable to access the site consistently enough to test its features, CNET reports that the interface includes Steam Chat functionality with tabbed chat windows and the ability to invite friends to watch videos together. Google Chrome currently supports in-browser voice chat as well.Before this, Steam users were already able to stream their gameplay through the normal Steam application, but it was only accessible through the app to those already connected to the user. Steam.tv appears to be more along the lines of a streaming site competitive with Twitch or YouTube Gaming.Valve has not yet released an official announcement on its plans for Steam.tv; it was only discovered to have registered the domain name earlier today.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesWolfire Games files antitrust lawsuit against ValveThe developer argues that Valve uses its dominant position on the PC market to “exploit publishers and consumers”By Marie Dealessandri 12 days agoValve blocks Super Seducer 3 from SteamMultiple product reviews left Valve at “an impasse” with seduction game creator Richard LeRuinaBy Matthew Handrahan A month agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Pride Run developers: “We didn’t expect so much resistance”

first_imgPride Run developers: “We didn’t expect so much resistance”The IV Productions team discuss the challenges they’ve faced in making a game that celebrates LGBTQ+ cultureJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefTuesday 24th September 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareThe growing acceptance of LGBTQ+ lifestyles is a battle, but it is hopefully one that those most affected will win.As Ivan Venturi — CEO of Italian games studio IV Productions — points out, there are plenty of theatre shows that draw from this theme, such as Priscilla Queen of the Desert and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. LGBTQ+ people are represented in music, in films, on TV, but that representation is still lacking in video games.”So we decided, let’s do it, let’s do one game on the colours of the music, with the beauty of the LGBTQ culture,” he tells GamesIndustry.biz.That game is Pride Run, a rhythm action title where players lead a parade during pride with the goal of getting everyone dancing to the beat together. It will be published on Steam on October 11, with 10% of all proceeds will go to the international LGBTQ+ charity Kaleidoscope Trust.The founders of IV Productions are LGBTQ+, and the outlier — CEO Ivan Venturi — openly classes himself as an ally. But, as you can imagine, the story of Pride Run has not been as carefree and colourful as its in-game parades.Art director Giacomo Guccinelli says resistance was inevitable: “It’s always been like that. There are various people that are still asking why are you making a pride game? What’s the point about making video games about LGBTQ, whatever? What’s the point about making music where two men are kissing each other? When there are no people complaining about LGBTQ things, we won’t need Pride anymore. That’s still very far away, it’s going to be a long time reaching that goal.””A lot of journalists say they support the LGBTQ community – yet they are scared of losing unique viewers. Honestly, we didn’t expect so much resistance” Giacomo Guccinelli, IV ProductionsHe continues: “[In the meantime] there is no way not to avoid any bad feedback. It’s not possible. We’ve already had some bad feedback, mostly from people we could say are homophobic, who have issues about [people] being gay or LGBTQ issues. We expected this and there’s going to be probably more. But it’s a game that’s about having fun, it’s about enjoying music, it’s about dancing — of course, there’s this little extra thing that would make some people uncomfortable.”What IV Productions did not expect was a resistance, even reluctance, from the media. The studio even tells us that a few high-profile sites that apply the rainbow colours of Pride to their logo every year abstained from covering the game’s announcement earlier this year — due in part to that anti-LGBTQ element of their readership.”We expected some [resistance],” says Venturi, “but a lot of people and journalists say they support the LGBTQ community — yet at the end of the day, they are scared of losing unique viewers. Honestly, we didn’t expect so much resistance. “Two years ago, we tried [to get] some news on Italian newspapers, and we discovered this fight. For example, on Nationalmultiplayer.it we had something like 400 comments. Some of them [were] full of hate, [and it was] more comments than usual for a game article overall. So there is a problem [with] the market of video games and [its users].”This brings up the question of whether larger corporations sporting a Pride logo actually do anything more active beyond changing their Twitter icon for a few weeks. IV Productions was keen to avoid this cynicism — while the partnership with Kaleidoscope Trust was only announced last week, the studio and Green Man Gaming has been seeing a charity partner from the beginning.”Of course, capitalism has gone like this,” Guccinelli says on corporations seemingly supporting Pride. “It’s very big so now everybody is like a rainbow when it comes about.” The IV Productions team comprises various sexualities and genders and is determined to champion the Pride mentality to a gaming audienceOne fascinating element to Pride Run’s development is that its origins lie in a far more violent game. Venturi previously worked on Riot: Civil Unrest, a title about fighting between police and rioters. For that project he did a lot of research into social topics, the type of things that can prompt riots. Then, three years ago, he was listening to young people talking on the radio about their experiences of coming out, which sparked the idea for Pride Run. He called up close friend Guccinelli, who is “an activist and a super good artist” to flesh out the idea of a game around LGBT riots.”We wanted to do a game based on LGBTQ culture, a joyful thing, something for amusement. Your amusement” Ivan Venturi, IV Productions”In the beginning, we didn’t know if we were doing a serious game or a [casual] game,” Venturi says. “But we discovered immediately that we wanted to do a game on music, as that’s a wonderful part of Pride. I go to the front [of the parades] with my family, it’s super beautiful.”Very soon we decided that we wanted to do a game based on LGBTQ culture, a joyful thing, something for amusement. Your amusement.”Check out the trailers and you’ll soon see the vibrance of Pride parades certainly comes across, with the soundtrack by music artist Mauro creating an atmosphere of celebration. However, some of the artistic choices also seem to open the developers to criticism.Like so many indie games, it’s presented with pixel art — a style adopted by a multitude of Steam titles sending quite the opposite message to Pride Run thanks to Valve’s relaxed stance on moderation. With the game’s vanilla mode, it’s obvious the intention behind Pride Run is as peaceful as it claims. But the Play Hard mode, aimed at more experienced gamers, introduces dance-offs against notable figures that are far from allies of the LGBTQ+ community — including President Trump and even a caricature of a stereotypical gamer.There’s a danger that this could undermine the sentiment at the very heart of Pride Run, making fun of the subject rather than celebrating it. But Venturi is convinced the message is clear.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “It’s about protecting yourself from hate,” he says. “There’s no violence here, no violent content. The answer is more about sharing love and accepting about being different.”Pride Run is not the first game to explore LGBTQ culture, although perhaps it is the most light-hearted. Several indies have delved into their own experiences for more serious titles, while LGBTQ characters are very, very slowly appearing in AAA games. But more can be done and Guccinelli is keen to encourage this.”Maybe they just need someone to open that door, and then they will follow,” he says. Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesAdopt Me developers unveil new studio, Uplift GamesTeam behind hit Roblox game has grown to over 40 employeesBy Danielle Partis 9 hours agoDeveloper wins against Grand Theft Auto DMCA takedownTake-Two loses claim to reversed-engineered source made by fansBy Danielle Partis 13 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

JournoDevSwap 2019: Day Three

first_imgJournoDevSwap 2019: Day ThreeIt’s the final push – and the reveal of the winnersWill FreemanSunday 29th September 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareThe JournoDevSwap game jam is over. Our journalists-turned-developers had just four hours to complete their projects, while a fresh wave of developers-turned-journalists arrived to cover their efforts.Plus, our developer judges spent time with each of the games to decide who would be taking home the coveted trophy. This year’s winner is Alysia Judge and Saul Barrerre with their narrative title Lost For Words.In case you missed the build-up to today’s finale, you can read the first and second wave of reports through the links and below you can read up on everything that happened in the jam’s closing hours.How Does It Feel To Make a Game… When You Don’t Know How To Make a Game?By AJ Grand-Scrutton, Dlala StudiosWhen I was approached by Will, a few weeks back, I was excited to be part of this but had no idea what I was going to write about. The day comes around (today) and I still had no idea. Looking at the posts from the previous two days there are articles with substance and a real clear vision on what they are trying to communicate.I rolled in a couple of hours late, still massively lacking any real vision for what I wanted to accomplish. I had a couple of loose ideas about pulling together a couple of questions, asking every team those questions and picking out different answers from different teams to throw together in an article. Effectively letting the teams do the heavy lifting for me and ‘phoning in’ the actual writing; but it felt like a cop out – because it was one. Then whilst I was setting up Julia Hardy (TV, radio, live host and vlogger) came over to grab some leftover pizza and we got chatting. She mentioned about how she is conscious of the fact that she is usually the one doing the critiquing, not the making. I found it really interesting how it’s not something I really thought about. How does it feel creating a game when your job usually focuses on a completely different aspect of the industry?Teams got to work straight away this morning, as they only had four hours to complete their gamesSomething that gets spoken about by a lot by game developers – often designers – is how after you’ve been doing the job for a while it changes your view on games you’re playing for pleasure. You start analysing things, pulling out the ideas you really like, commenting on aspects you would have done differently and at times the pleasure aspect can get lost. What I’d never thought about was how it felt going in from the other direction. How would our writers feel, after spending so long analysing games, actually having to create one?One of my favourite quotes of the day came from speaking to James Batchelor (UK editor of GamesIndustry.biz). I just wanted to chat to him about how he found the experience overall. One of the nice things about chatting with James is that he always speaks with real passion. It was clear that he was very proud of what he – and his team – had accomplished. I was then very surprised to hear him say that he feels like he wouldn’t want to make a game again. He was glad he had done it, but if anything it had made him miss writing. When we pushed a little deeper onto the ‘why’ of this feeling he gave an incredible example.”It is incredibly easy, when making video games is your career, to take for granted the different aspects in which we receive gratification for” “When I’m writing every word feels like progress. Whatever the word is, it’s still progress. With a game you can work for hours and hours on something and it can make only the smallest change in the background.”It is incredibly easy, when making video games is your career, to take for granted the different aspects in which we receive gratification for. As a programmer I always loved the pay-off of the ‘solving the puzzle’ side of things, but I hated the feelings of frustration that always came before it. I knew I no longer wanted to be a programmer when I felt that the feeling of reward was no longer gratifying, and that the feelings of frustration were taking up most of my time. For our journalist they went in with the drive to create something, but not necessarily the passion for each of the individual aspects. Part of the magic of game jam’s is that you get to work with people you haven’t worked with before and get to learn a lot from the experiences of others. With JournoDevSwap it took this magic and pushed it into a completely different perspective. As well as being for an important cause, I think one thing JournoDevSwap highlighted for me was that we can all benefit from getting in each other’s shoes once in a while. Whether it’s for a good cause, for fun or just for some perspective.Journos Turned Devs?By Andy Green, Bossa StudiosIt’s easy to slip into the mindset of thinking you know how to do someone else’s job, especially if it looks easy. Take photography; over recent years as cameras have become so cheap and readily available – everyone’s a photographer. The average person would be forgiven for assuming they can take a good photo, and the thousands of amateur photographers posting their work online to an often-high standard show there’s an element of truth to this.Journalism or writing is only putting together words, surely? Most people can get ideas down in a blog post and publish them cheaply and quickly for the world to see. We all also have at least taken a GCSE English (or generation-appropriate equivalent) exam at school. So anyone can write…Now take some journalists with their ‘easy’ day job and ask them to make a game – wait, that’s not so easy. I’ve been making games a reasonable amount of time, and the idea of getting totally green game journalists and pairing them with a single (albeit talented) games development student to make a game in two days sounds kind of mad to me.This year’s cohort of developer-journalists and their student partnersOn my way into the UKIE offices this morning, I was expecting everyone to be in early and throwing any old garbage into Unity in a blind panic to finish something for the deadline. I was going to swan around all of the teams talking about the pitfalls of scoping games correctly and reassuring teams that they’d done well given the circumstances, and to never give up.I was also preparing myself for the reality that I was going to be that person. That person who tries to talk to these panic-stricken developers in the 11th hour. “Andy Green, GamesIndustry.biz. Can I get a quote from you about your game?” I’d ask, only to be returned with either distant sleep-deprived stares, or angry grunts. Afterall at this point during the game jam, you’re treading the thin line between game and hardly functional mess.”The idea of totally green game journalists with a single (albeit talented) student making a game in two days sounds kind of mad to me” Arriving at 08:55 – and being the first person to the game jam this morning – surprised me. I waited patiently until Leon, Member Relations Officer for UKIE let me in, only to have a couple of students turn up shortly after me, I began to wonder what was going on, was there even a game jam happening? As people began to filter in and I got chatting to games journalist Laura Kate-Dale, I was greeted cheerily with “Oh our game’s playable already, can we show you it?”.Thinking this might be a fluke one-off, I spoke to other jam participants and found that actually, we had most teams pretty close to completion already. In fact, the vast majority of teams were more than happy to talk to me about their nearly finished games. The atmosphere was calm, almost serene – there was hardly any drama to unearth here.Maybe making games is easy, and I’ve just been terrible at it all of this time? What’s the secret to this ere atmosphere of calm? After some pleasantries at the beginning of the day I began to work my way around the teams in order to find out if they were genuinely finished, or simply just missing something.Winners Alysia Judge and Saul BarrereUpon starting my professional interviews with the would-be game developers, the real reasons started to become clear. There’s clearly some talented students (responsible adults) helping, and as it turns out, games journalists know a little bit about video games. Starting to fear for my professional safety, I began to crack on and dig into this a little more.Speaking with journalists Leon and Dominic Sacco I began to realise that this wasn’t their first flirtation with games development. Both of these talented gentlemen had junctures in their lives where they’d questioned the prospect of game development verses games journalism before. I found Leon during his education wasn’t even aware there was a pathway into games development (as no formal route existed in the 90s), and Dominic had strayed away from the idea of games development because of his own concerns over his mathematical ability, favouring English instead.Yet these individuals seemed perfectly at home in context of this game jam. Leon as it turns out is handy with a portable midi controller, and is a criminal in the field of starting to make games yet never finishing using Gamemaker. Dominic’s a self-described perfectionist, and produced the pixel art for their game from scratch, along with sourcing music for the game jam after finding it quite troublesome converting some of his own past music into chip tunes himself.Laura and Alysia Judge became the creative leads for their respective projects taking their experiences from writing and their (un)healthy interest in games. Specifically scoping the project appropriately seemed to be keen takeaways from my talk with them. “Don’t build Skyrim” Alysia quipped to me cheerily, instantly destroying one of my key pieces of advice to the would-be developers. Laura offered me a good insight into why as journalists they were keen to avoid some common early game-development pitfalls. She attributed this fear of the feature creep too many an interview with developers who’d stressed the importance of finishing games, and telling horror stories of having eyes bigger than their proverbial stomachs.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games BBC 5live’s Adam Rosser delivered me the words of wisdom “A good man always knows his limitations”. Sage advice I thought, before he then quickly told me he was quoting Dirty Harry… Adam’s one of the journo-devs with a more diverse background. And whilst hosting a games podcast, he admits to me “I can’t pitch my interviews at a hard-core audience”. Despite this he too has taken a hands-on approach to being a creative lead on his team, now citing a newly found respect for game development. I mentioned to him the notion of modern game development tools democratising the process – something which he’d said many-a-dev had explained to him – yet now only with the experience he’d begun to understand.My last professional interview of the day was James Batchelor, my new boss. Prior to the jam he was an absolute game-dev novice, but he took (well deserved) pride in listing to me the frankly astonishing list of skills he’d learnt specifically during this jam. Animation, programming, level design – I was once again adjusting my proverbial collar, it was getting hot in here after all… James clearly took pity on my newly concerned state and for my own sense of professional wellbeing let me know of his newly found respect for game developers, especially indies.What the eight teams present achieved over the past two days has genuinely impressed me. The unflappable responsible adults (students and programmers) helping these not-so-hapless journalists make a selection of surprisingly compete, well scoped and creative games has made me think that I need to be more humble next salary review. I’ve still got a chance However. We’ll soon find out if this ‘journalist’ lark is for me…Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesAdopt Me developers unveil new studio, Uplift GamesTeam behind hit Roblox game has grown to over 40 employeesBy Danielle Partis 9 hours agoDeveloper wins against Grand Theft Auto DMCA takedownTake-Two loses claim to reversed-engineered source made by fansBy Danielle Partis 13 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Toronto mega-buyer CI Financial acquires Roosevelt Investments

first_img House committee poised to advance SECURE 2.0 retirement savings bill 1 House panel unanimously passes SECURE 2.0 2 Why Tony Robbins, tax shelters and financial advisers don’t mix 3 The Gates divorce: Lessons for financial advisers InvestCloud to acquire Advicent and NaviPlan planning software 4 You have read 790 of 3 free articles this week. Register now for increased access.Register for free access to this article.By registering, you can read up to 3 articles per week.RegisterAlready registered? Sign in to continue reading or subscribe for unlimited access.,MOST READ 5 Newsletters Subscribe for original insights, commentary and analysis of the issues facing the financial advice community, from the InvestmentNews team.last_img read more

There are still 16 meme stocks with at least 100% gains in 2021

first_img 4 1 Newsletters 3 House committee poised to advance SECURE 2.0 retirement savings bill 2 Subscribe for original insights, commentary and analysis of the issues facing the financial advice community, from the InvestmentNews team. House panel unanimously passes SECURE 2.0 InvestCloud to acquire Advicent and NaviPlan planning software 5 Why Tony Robbins, tax shelters and financial advisers don’t mix You have read 218 of 3 free articles this week. Register now for increased access.Register for free access to this article.By registering, you can read up to 3 articles per week.RegisterAlready registered? Sign in to continue reading or subscribe for unlimited access.,MOST READ The Gates divorce: Lessons for financial adviserslast_img read more

Biden tax talk seen driving RIA M&A activity

first_img“We’ve got strong equity markets, strong valuations, and advisers are wondering what they’re waiting for as they get closer to retirement,” he said. “And there are so many qualified buyers these days. Years ago, if you were a $1 billion RIA, you might be talking to a $1.5 billion RIA and wonder how they would be able to integrate the two firms and make it work. But today, some of these bigger buyers present new opportunities, which means there are more options for sellers.”With the first quarter in the books, Echelon is forecasting a record 255 deals this year, which compares to 205 last year and just 168 as recently as 2017.“It’s still early and anything can happen, but with the pace from the first quarter we’re well ahead of anything we’ve seen,” Bruno said. “These deals typically take 12-to-18 months, so we do have pretty good visibility into the pipeline. But it’s not just math, it’s a combination of the first-quarter activity, activity we’re already aware of, and some outlook on deals that could be driving activity on the back half of the year.”In addition to the greater number of deals, the size of the deals continues to expand. Newsletters The 76 deals announced in the first quarter compare to 46 deals during the same period in 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic was starting to take hold and had a dampening effect on deals during the first six months of last year.But Bruno said the pickup in activity since the middle of last year can’t be explained as just pent-up demand. 1 The Gates divorce: Lessons for financial advisers 5 For reprint and licensing requests for this article, click here,MOST READ InvestCloud to acquire Advicent and NaviPlan planning software 2 House committee poised to advance SECURE 2.0 retirement savings billcenter_img 3 The quarterly updates on mergers and acquisitions in the financial advisory space are sounding like a broken record as the string of unprecedented activity continues with no slowdown in sight. 4 The 76 deals announced during the first three months of 2021 broke a record set in the final three months of last year, when 69 deals were announced. And that fourth-quarter record had eclipsed the record 55 deals in the third quarter, according to Echelon Partners.Analysts point to multiple factors driving the white-hot pace of consolidation, including the aging adviser demographic, a flood of hungry private equity money and the expanding array of qualified buyers.But the newest boost to M&A activity could be the threat of higher taxes under the Biden Administration.“It’s pretty rare that there might be a common deadline for deals, but there’s the belief that the new administration could make changes to capital gains taxes, and the potential for those kinds of tax changes puts a little more urgency into the mix,” said Mark Bruno, managing director at Echelon.“Definitely, some people are thinking about it,” Bruno said. “They might have been dragging their feet and now they see it as the right time to sell.” Excluding outlier deals above $20 billion, the average assets under management of the target firms during the first quarter was $2.3 billion, which reflects a 29% increase over an average AUM of $1.8 billion for all of last year’s deals.The compound annual growth rate in the size of acquired firms dating back to 2015 is 17%. House panel unanimously passes SECURE 2.0 Why Tony Robbins, tax shelters and financial advisers don’t mix Subscribe for original insights, commentary and analysis of the issues facing the financial advice community, from the InvestmentNews team.last_img read more

Discord valued at $7bn as it raises $100m

first_img 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now. Discord valued at $7bn as it raises $100mThe company is currently in the middle of a series H funding round which could see it raise up to $140 millionMarie DealessandriAcademy WriterFriday 18th December 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCommunity-driven chat platform Discord raised another $100 million in funding, bringing its valuation to $7 billion, according to TechCrunch.The company’s valuation doubled in just six months, as its number of monthly active users just reached 140 million. Related JobsSenior Build Engineer – AAA Studio – Yorkshire UK & Europe Big Planet3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games Discord is currently in the middle of a series H funding round, which could see the company raise up to $140 million. The news was first reported by Prime Unicorn Index, before TechCrunch was able to confirm the information with sources close to the matter. The round is still open, so it is expected that Discord will raise a further $40 million in addition to the $100 million already secured, if all the shares authorised are issued.The round is led by investment company Greenoaks Capital, and also included participation from venture capital firm Index Ventures.Discord raised $100 million just a few months ago, bringing its valuation to $3.5 billion at the time. The platform was recently boosted by the incredible success of Among Us.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesCEO says Paradox “can do better” as Q1 profits plummet”We are not satisfied with the quarter,” CEO Ebba Ljungerud saidBy Marie Dealessandri An hour agoStarbreeze’s Q1 losses shrink 95% to $505,000New CEO Tobias Sjögren says “the road ahead is clear” as Payday 3 is fully funded By James Batchelor An hour agoLatest comments (1)mkcomXX11 Costa Rica Email Address, cori informatique4 months ago contactsAddress: Majira bypass , sajahanpurcity: Bograzip code: 5801country; BangladeshEmail : [email protected] phone: +8801758300772Contact Phone Number: +8801723283638skype: lija.akter ( seo exparte team)last_img read more

GameStop shares continue to soar following Elon Musk tweet

first_imgGameStop shares continue to soar following Elon Musk tweetThe US retailer’s share price has approximately quadrupled in the past weekMarie DealessandriAcademy WriterWednesday 27th January 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleGameStopGameStop’s shares continued to rise yesterday, as Elon Musk joined the trading frenzy.The US retailer saw a 50% boost during after-hours trading after the SpaceX and Tesla CEO tweeted a link to the WallStreetBets subreddit alongside the word “Gamestonk!!”, Reuters reported. That’s on top of a 93% rise on Tuesday, which saw the shares reach $148 by the end of the trading day. GameStop’s share price has approximately quadrupled in the past week, Barron’s reported. Talking to Reuters, former US Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement attorney Jacob Frenkel said that the possibility of an investigation from the SEC can’t be ruled out. “Such volatile trading fueled by opinions where there appears to be little corporate activity to justify the price movement is exactly what SEC investigations are made of,” he said.Related JobsSenior Build Engineer – AAA Studio – Yorkshire UK & Europe Big Planet3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games GameStop has been on the radar of WallStreetBets for the past few days, with games industry analyst Michael Futter telling PCGamer that their goal is just to “make some quick money.”Last Friday, GameStop was the most actively-traded US stock, causing trading to be stopped several times during the day due to high volatility.On Monday, the retailer’s sock continued to be incredibly volatile, jumping from Friday’s closing price of $65.01 to a record high of $159.18 before noon.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesGameStop opening new US east coast fulfillment centerNew 700,000 square-foot Pennsylvania facility opens later this year, intended to support ecommerce “transformation”By Brendan Sinclair 8 days agoGameStop CEO reportedly due to receive $179m windfallOutgoing chief benefits from GameStop stock surgeBy Marie Dealessandri 19 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

HP acquires HyperX

first_imgHP acquires HyperXPC hardware company pays $425 million for gaming peripheral maker; deal does not include HyperX memory and storage linesBrendan SinclairManaging EditorWednesday 24th February 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleHyperXHP today announced that it is acquiring HyperX from the gaming peripheral’s current parent, Kingston Technology Company.Under the terms of the deal, HP will pay $425 million for the brand, including HyperX’s various lines of headsets, keyboards, mice, microphones, and so on.However, the agreement leaves out some aspects of HyperX’s business, specifically its DRAM, solid-state drives, and other memory and storage products marketed to gaming audiences.”HyperX is a leader in peripherals whose technology is trusted by gamers around the world and we’re thrilled to welcome their outstanding team to the HP family,” said HP president and CEO Enrique Lores.”We continue to advance our leadership in Personal Systems by modernizing compute experiences and expanding into valuable adjacencies. We see significant opportunities in the large and growing peripherals market, and the addition of HyperX to our portfolio will drive new sources of innovation and growth for our business.”Related Jobs3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetSenior C++ Unreal Programmer – PC and Console Studio – Austria South East Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games Kingston co-founder and CEO John Tu said he and Kingston COO David Sun “saw the possibilities for the HyperX business and its employees and we both realized that this change brings a brighter future for HyperX.”The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of this year.An HP representative told GamesIndustry.biz there will be no layoffs from the acquisition.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesCEO says Paradox “can do better” as Q1 profits plummet”We are not satisfied with the quarter,” CEO Ebba Ljungerud saidBy Marie Dealessandri An hour agoStarbreeze’s Q1 losses shrink 95% to $505,000New CEO Tobias Sjögren says “the road ahead is clear” as Payday 3 is fully funded By James Batchelor An hour agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Solar PV power output in Italy hits unprecedented high

first_imgSolar PV power output in Italy hits unprecedented highSolar PV scored an unprecedented amount of electricity output, increasing its contribution to Italy’s energy mix to 7.3% of the total electricity demand in the first seven months of the year. August 19, 2013 Ilias Tsagas Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Modules & Upstream Manufacturing Europe Italy Western Europe Italy reached a cumulative installed PV capacity of around 19.6 GW as of the end of December 2017.Image: Flickr/Enrico SantagatiShare According to a recently published report by TERNA, Italy’s electricity grid operator, solar PV systems in Italy in the period generated 13,810 GWh of electricity, an almost 20% increase compared to the same period last year.TERNA’s latest statistics on the country’s energy production and consumption cover the first part of 2013 ending July 31.In July alone, Italy produced a record 2,957 GWh of energy from photovoltaics, the highest monthly solar PV output in the country ever. In comparison, in July 2012, solar photovoltaics provided 2,421 GWh of electricity in Italy, 22.1% less than this year.More importantly, solar PV power production in the first seven months of 2013 increased its share in the country’s energy mix, providing 7.3% of the total electricity demand. In 2012, Terna reported a 5.6 % share of the total electricity demand produced by solar PV.Solar PV also remains the most widespread type of renewable energy in Italy after hydropower. Hydro, wind and geothermal power produced 32,922 GWh, 9,666 GWh and 3,061 GWh, respectively, during the period.Popular content The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. 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The re… Solar park built on rough wooden structures comes online in France Gwénaëlle Deboutte 26 April 2021 pv-magazine.com French company Céléwatt energized its 250 kW ground-mounted array, built with mounting structures made of raw oak wood.April 26, 2021 Gwénaëlle Debo… Spanish developer plans 1 GW solar plant coupled to 80 MW of storage, 100 MW electrolyzer Pilar Sánchez Molina 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Soto Solar has submitted the project proposal to the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (Miteco). The solar plant could start produc… We all trust the PV performance ratio test Dario Brivio, Partner 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The performance ratio test is at the core of the handover from EPC to owner. Yet sometimes, even when best practice is applied – and without particul… The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… 123456Share Ilias Tsagas Greek-born Ilias has written for pv magazine since 2012, reporting on renewable energy news, electricity market developments and energy policy. 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SunShot Initiative funds efficiency, cost reduction programs

first_imgSunShot Initiative funds efficiency, cost reduction programsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s support for solar research and development largely focuses on data collection, cost reduction, boosting efficiency and grid integration. October 23, 2013 pv magazine Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Among the diverse projects receiving financial grants from the U.S. Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative are a number of endeavors that will make the acquisition and construction of solar arrays easier and more efficient for both consumers and solar companies. The $60 million in awards, announced on Tuesday, are part of the Department’s efforts to lower the overall costs of solar electricity, advance grid integration and support growing employment in the U.S. solar industry. Forbes Magazine published a rundown of companies and projects that received federal funding from the Department. They include:Popular content The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. The re… Solar park built on rough wooden structures comes online in France Gwénaëlle Deboutte 26 April 2021 pv-magazine.com French company Céléwatt energized its 250 kW ground-mounted array, built with mounting structures made of raw oak wood.April 26, 2021 Gwénaëlle Debo… Spanish developer plans 1 GW solar plant coupled to 80 MW of storage, 100 MW electrolyzer Pilar Sánchez Molina 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Soto Solar has submitted the project proposal to the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (Miteco). The solar plant could start produc… We all trust the PV performance ratio test Dario Brivio, Partner 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The performance ratio test is at the core of the handover from EPC to owner. Yet sometimes, even when best practice is applied – and without particul… The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. The re… Solar park built on rough wooden structures comes online in France Gwénaëlle Deboutte 26 April 2021 pv-magazine.com French company Céléwatt energized its 250 kW ground-mounted array, built with mounting structures made of raw oak wood.April 26, 2021 Gwénaëlle Debo… Spanish developer plans 1 GW solar plant coupled to 80 MW of storage, 100 MW electrolyzer Pilar Sánchez Molina 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Soto Solar has submitted the project proposal to the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (Miteco). The solar plant could start produc… We all trust the PV performance ratio test Dario Brivio, Partner 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The performance ratio test is at the core of the handover from EPC to owner. Yet sometimes, even when best practice is applied – and without particul… The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… 123456Share pv magazine The pv magazine editorial team includes specialists in equipment supply, manufacturing, policy, markets, balance of systems, and EPC.More articles from pv magazine Related content Higher performance with bigger modules a ‘no brainer’ Sandra Enkhardt 26 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Jan Bicker, who replaced Steve O’Neil as the CEO of REC on March 1, says that one of his top priorities is the ongoing d… Graphene aluminum ion batteries with ultra-fast charging Blake Matich 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The “graphene revolution” is almost here. Australian scientists specializing in aluminum-ion batteries are now working w… The weekend read: China’s push for decarbonization Andreas Walstad 24 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The carbon market is finally a reality in China. After 10 years of delays, regional pilot schemes and general uncertaint… Optimization algorithm for vertical agrivoltaics Emiliano Bellini 30 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Developed by Swedish scientists, the proposed algorithm is said to calculate a project’s ideal design by combining clima… The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW electrolyzer in Spain, hydrogen alliance between Russia and Germany Sergio Matalucci 30 April 2021 pv-magazine.com BP, Iberdrola and Enagás will power a 20 MW electrolyzer with 40 MW of solar in Spain. Automotive manufacturers Hyundai,… PV feed in, certified pv magazine 7 April 2021 pv-magazine.com As more renewable energy capacity is built, commissioned, and connected, grid stability concerns are driving rapid regulatory changes. Higher performance with bigger modules a ‘no brainer’ Sandra Enkhardt 26 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Jan Bicker, who replaced Steve O’Neil as the CEO of REC on March 1, says that one of his top priorities is the ongoing d… Graphene aluminum ion batteries with ultra-fast charging Blake Matich 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The “graphene revolution” is almost here. Australian scientists specializing in aluminum-ion batteries are now working w… The weekend read: China’s push for decarbonization Andreas Walstad 24 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The carbon market is finally a reality in China. After 10 years of delays, regional pilot schemes and general uncertaint… Optimization algorithm for vertical agrivoltaics Emiliano Bellini 30 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Developed by Swedish scientists, the proposed algorithm is said to calculate a project’s ideal design by combining clima… The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW electrolyzer in Spain, hydrogen alliance between Russia and Germany Sergio Matalucci 30 April 2021 pv-magazine.com BP, Iberdrola and Enagás will power a 20 MW electrolyzer with 40 MW of solar in Spain. Automotive manufacturers Hyundai,… PV feed in, certified pv magazine 7 April 2021 pv-magazine.com As more renewable energy capacity is built, commissioned, and connected, grid stability concerns are driving rapid regulatory changes. Higher performance with bigger modules a ‘no brainer’ Sandra Enkhardt 26 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Jan Bicker, who replaced Steve O’Neil as the CEO of REC on March 1, says that one of his top priorities is the ongoing d… 123456Elsewhere on pv magazine… Cracking the case for solid state batteries pv magazine 29 April 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com Scientists in the UK used the latest imaging techniques to visualize and understand the process of dendrite formation an… MIBEL alcanzó nuevamente los precios más bajos de Europa mientras subieron en el resto de mercados eléctricos pv magazine 23 March 2021 pv-magazine.es En la tercera semana de marzo los precios de la mayoría de mercados eléctricos europeos subieron, mientras que MIBEL mar… Tasmanian Labor installs solar at the top of its campaign promises Blake Matich 8 April 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com Tasmania (TAS) is going to the polls on May 1, and the opposition Labor Party has put forth a $20 million plan to fund l… India closing in on 7 GW of rooftop solar pv magazine 13 April 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com India’s cumulative installed capacity of rooftop solar stood at 6,792 MW as of December 31, 2020, with 1,352 MW having b… Spotlight on Australian solar Bella Peacock 21 April 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com Calculating the average sunlight hours data from the Bureau of Meteorology from January toDecember 2020, Darwin was cro… Q&A: EEW’s $500 million Gladstone solar to hydrogen project is just the start Blake Matich 18 March 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com pv magazine Australia: Australia is the testing ground for a lot of different aspects of the future green hydrogen market. Cracking the case for solid state batteries pv magazine 29 April 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com Scientists in the UK used the latest imaging techniques to visualize and understand the process of dendrite formation an… MIBEL alcanzó nuevamente los precios más bajos de Europa mientras subieron en el resto de mercados eléctricos pv magazine 23 March 2021 pv-magazine.es En la tercera semana de marzo los precios de la mayoría de mercados eléctricos europeos subieron, mientras que MIBEL mar… Tasmanian Labor installs solar at the top of its campaign promises Blake Matich 8 April 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com Tasmania (TAS) is going to the polls on May 1, and the opposition Labor Party has put forth a $20 million plan to fund l… India closing in on 7 GW of rooftop solar pv magazine 13 April 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com India’s cumulative installed capacity of rooftop solar stood at 6,792 MW as of December 31, 2020, with 1,352 MW having b… Spotlight on Australian solar Bella Peacock 21 April 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com Calculating the average sunlight hours data from the Bureau of Meteorology from January toDecember 2020, Darwin was cro… Q&A: EEW’s $500 million Gladstone solar to hydrogen project is just the start Blake Matich 18 March 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com pv magazine Australia: Australia is the testing ground for a lot of different aspects of the future green hydrogen market. 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The feasibility of India’s auctions Uma Gupta 7 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The offtaker’s creditworthiness, the ease of land acquisition, infrastructure readiness, policy consistency and clarity,… Flexible tools for the next generation Jonathan Gifford 7 April 2021 pv-magazine.com A solar manufacturing investment cycle appears to be underway in Europe, with equipment suppliers reporting surging leve… A deeper understanding of LeTID Jonathan Gifford 7 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Australia’s University of New South Wales (UNSW) has built a reputation for strong collaboration with the PV industry, f… The ideal format pv magazine 7 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The speed at which manufacturers are introducing changes from one product generation to the next is accelerating – curre… Curtailing corrosion: making mounting structures last pv magazine 7 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Raw material quality is vital for solar power plants, particularly given higher expectations for their lifetimes, as 30+… iAbout these recommendationslast_img read more

It’s about the fossil fuels, stupid!

first_imgIt’s about the fossil fuels, stupid!Frost and Sullivan report predicts coal will dominate electricity generation up to 2030 and gas is ‘a fuel of the future.’ Forthcoming global trends report does acknowledge an explosion in the battery storage market, however. September 19, 2014 pv magazine Finance Markets Markets & Policy Share It’s all about coal and gas in the global electricity generation market, according to the forthcoming Key Trends in the Global Power and Energy Market report, from analysts Frost & Sullivan. A press release issued this week to publicize the report opened with news of how the growth of renewables is changing business models for utilities and of a predicted mushrooming of the lith-ion battery energy storage market, perhaps not surprising given the source was the PR Newswire agency owned by veteran investor – and apparent renewable energy convert – Warren Buffett. But the crux of the report, the subject of an online conference on Thursday, appears to be that coal will remain the main source of electricity generation worldwide up to 2030 and that, after that, “gas is clearly a fuel of the future.” Gas order volumes growing The report points out gas order volumes are rising in China, Japan, South Korea, Latin America and the U.S. and remain consistently high in the Middle East as consumption is set to grow by 65% worldwide up to 2040. The authors add, despite falling order volumes in Europe and a falling off of investment in Russia, a lack of viable alternatives mean energy consuming mega markets in China and India are looking to gas as generators seek to diversify away from coal. With UBS Bank having recently told investors advances in battery storage, driven by electric vehicle take-up, will make traditional centralized power plants obsolete, the only sop to renewables in the Frost and Sullivan report appears to be that the lith-ion battery storage market is predicted to grow from last year’s $442 million to $28.7 billion by 2020.Popular content The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. The re… Solar park built on rough wooden structures comes online in France Gwénaëlle Deboutte 26 April 2021 pv-magazine.com French company Céléwatt energized its 250 kW ground-mounted array, built with mounting structures made of raw oak wood.April 26, 2021 Gwénaëlle Debo… Spanish developer plans 1 GW solar plant coupled to 80 MW of storage, 100 MW electrolyzer Pilar Sánchez Molina 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Soto Solar has submitted the project proposal to the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (Miteco). The solar plant could start produc… We all trust the PV performance ratio test Dario Brivio, Partner 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The performance ratio test is at the core of the handover from EPC to owner. Yet sometimes, even when best practice is applied – and without particul… The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. The re… Solar park built on rough wooden structures comes online in France Gwénaëlle Deboutte 26 April 2021 pv-magazine.com French company Céléwatt energized its 250 kW ground-mounted array, built with mounting structures made of raw oak wood.April 26, 2021 Gwénaëlle Debo… Spanish developer plans 1 GW solar plant coupled to 80 MW of storage, 100 MW electrolyzer Pilar Sánchez Molina 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Soto Solar has submitted the project proposal to the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (Miteco). The solar plant could start produc… We all trust the PV performance ratio test Dario Brivio, Partner 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The performance ratio test is at the core of the handover from EPC to owner. Yet sometimes, even when best practice is applied – and without particul… The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… 123456Share pv magazine The pv magazine editorial team includes specialists in equipment supply, manufacturing, policy, markets, balance of systems, and EPC.More articles from pv magazine Related content Solar and wind could provide half of 2040 power mix across 22 African nations Max Hall 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The International Renewable Energy Agency has combined energy infrastructure commitments across a huge swathe of the con… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved imp… The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Orig… Graphene aluminum ion batteries with ultra-fast charging Blake Matich 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The “graphene revolution” is almost here. Australian scientists specializing in aluminum-ion batteries are now working w… Asia Pacific’s solarized digitization agenda Selva Ozelli, Esq. 23 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The virtual 7th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum was hosted in March by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment,… US start-up secures distribution agreement for nickel-hydrogen battery technology Emiliano Bellini 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com EnerVenue signed its first major distribution agreement with Hong Kong’s Towngas. The deal will pilot the company’s nick… Solar and wind could provide half of 2040 power mix across 22 African nations Max Hall 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The International Renewable Energy Agency has combined energy infrastructure commitments across a huge swathe of the con… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved imp… The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Orig… Graphene aluminum ion batteries with ultra-fast charging Blake Matich 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The “graphene revolution” is almost here. Australian scientists specializing in aluminum-ion batteries are now working w… Asia Pacific’s solarized digitization agenda Selva Ozelli, Esq. 23 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The virtual 7th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum was hosted in March by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment,… US start-up secures distribution agreement for nickel-hydrogen battery technology Emiliano Bellini 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com EnerVenue signed its first major distribution agreement with Hong Kong’s Towngas. The deal will pilot the company’s nick… Solar and wind could provide half of 2040 power mix across 22 African nations Max Hall 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The International Renewable Energy Agency has combined energy infrastructure commitments across a huge swathe of the con… 123456Elsewhere on pv magazine… Cracking the case for solid state batteries pv magazine 29 April 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com Scientists in the UK used the latest imaging techniques to visualize and understand the process of dendrite formation an… MIBEL alcanzó nuevamente los precios más bajos de Europa mientras subieron en el resto de mercados eléctricos pv magazine 23 March 2021 pv-magazine.es En la tercera semana de marzo los precios de la mayoría de mercados eléctricos europeos subieron, mientras que MIBEL mar… Tasmanian Labor installs solar at the top of its campaign promises Blake Matich 8 April 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com Tasmania (TAS) is going to the polls on May 1, and the opposition Labor Party has put forth a $20 million plan to fund l… India closing in on 7 GW of rooftop solar pv magazine 13 April 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com India’s cumulative installed capacity of rooftop solar stood at 6,792 MW as of December 31, 2020, with 1,352 MW having b… Spotlight on Australian solar Bella Peacock 21 April 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com Calculating the average sunlight hours data from the Bureau of Meteorology from January toDecember 2020, Darwin was cro… Q&A: EEW’s $500 million Gladstone solar to hydrogen project is just the start Blake Matich 18 March 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com pv magazine Australia: Australia is the testing ground for a lot of different aspects of the future green hydrogen market. Cracking the case for solid state batteries pv magazine 29 April 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com Scientists in the UK used the latest imaging techniques to visualize and understand the process of dendrite formation an… MIBEL alcanzó nuevamente los precios más bajos de Europa mientras subieron en el resto de mercados eléctricos pv magazine 23 March 2021 pv-magazine.es En la tercera semana de marzo los precios de la mayoría de mercados eléctricos europeos subieron, mientras que MIBEL mar… Tasmanian Labor installs solar at the top of its campaign promises Blake Matich 8 April 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com Tasmania (TAS) is going to the polls on May 1, and the opposition Labor Party has put forth a $20 million plan to fund l… India closing in on 7 GW of rooftop solar pv magazine 13 April 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com India’s cumulative installed capacity of rooftop solar stood at 6,792 MW as of December 31, 2020, with 1,352 MW having b… Spotlight on Australian solar Bella Peacock 21 April 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com Calculating the average sunlight hours data from the Bureau of Meteorology from January toDecember 2020, Darwin was cro… Q&A: EEW’s $500 million Gladstone solar to hydrogen project is just the start Blake Matich 18 March 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com pv magazine Australia: Australia is the testing ground for a lot of different aspects of the future green hydrogen market. 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Hanergy expands operations in Silicon Valley

first_imgHanergy expands operations in Silicon ValleyThe Chinese company’s new Product Development Group will comprise seven units aimed at expanding its thin-film business operations around the globe. October 31, 2014 Edgar Meza Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Hanergy is setting up a new division in California’s Silicon Valley in order to better promote and market the company’s thin-film products around the globe.Hanergy Chairman Li Hejun will serve as chairman and chief executive officer of the newly established Hanergy Product Development Group, which will comprise seven business units as well as a product development center located in Beijing.In addition to the group’s existing turnkey line business, the new Product Development Group will focus on product development, production of high quality and high end products and the establishment of sales channels aimed at direct sales and cooperation.Describing Northern California’s Silicon Valley as “an important base for product development,” Hanergy said the region was also an attractive location that offered multiple advantages in terms of its geography and human resources.”In particular, Silicon Valley is renowned for having one of the highest numbers of high technology industries in the world, including the headquarters of numerous leading technology companies, pooling of some of the leading engineers and scientists, experts in the field of applications in novel technological advancements, and possesses extensive reach in research resources,” the company said.Popular content The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. 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Yet sometimes, even when best practice is applied – and without particul… The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. 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Canary Islands: Oil or PV?

first_imgCanary Islands: Oil or PV?Despite escalating local opposition, oil giant Repsol is planning to commence deepwater drilling off Spain’s Canary Islands in search of petroleum. The sun-drenched Canary and Balearics Islands are Spain’s lost solar PV case. November 11, 2014 Ilias Tsagas Finance Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Spain’s biggest oil company Repsol, headquartered in Madrid, is due to begin explorative deepwater drilling off Lanzarote and Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands in northern Africa. The company believes the Canary Islands fields may contain up to 2.2 billion barrels of oil and is therefore investing about €7.5 billion to explore the sites. If Repsol estimates prove correct, the Canary oil wells could supply about 10% of Spain’s oil needs. Drilling off the Islands are not viewed positively by island inhabitants, however, who believe the islands’ wealth lies rather in their climate, sky, surrounding sea and the archipelago’s extraordinary biodiversity and landscape. Canary Islands President Paulino Rivero said that “oil is incompatible with tourism and a sustainable economy.” In fact, the local Canary Islands government was planning a referendum on the issue on November 23 when voters would be asked: “Do you believe the Canaries should exchange its environmental and tourism model for oil and gas exploration?” The Spanish government has banned the referendum, however, which Rivero calls colonial-style behavior and one that exposes a huge weakness in the policy-making system. Spain’s government from its side has argued that the Canary oil fields are a chance the country cannot miss to fill its energy resources gap, generate power cheaply and thus increase its industry competitiveness. It is for these reasons, it says, that after years of delays by successive governments it has issued licences for conventional and unconventional exploration. Repsol, which enjoys close ties with Mariano Rajoy’s government, has said planned drilling would respect the environment and the company has set up an €80 million contingency fund for compensation in the event of accidents. Canary and Balearics PV: A joke? Despite where one stands on the argument, it is a shame that the sun-drenched Canary Islands rely almost entirely on fossil fuels for power. According to statistics published by Spain’s electricity grid operator Red Eléctrica de España (REE), of the 3,195 MW of installed capacity in the Canary Islands at the end of 2013, solar PV accounted for a mere 165 MW and wind power 153 MW. In contrast, fuel and gas plants and combined cycle plants have 1,918 MW and 920 MW of intalled power capacity, respectively. The situation in the Balearic Islands is no different. Of the 2,490 MW of installed power capacity, solar PV and wind made up a tiny 78 MW and 4 MW, respectively. Dirty coal provides the Balearics 510 MW of capacity. Earlier this year, the world celebrated the news that El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands, with a population of 10,000, would become the first island to be fully powered by a hybrid wind and hydro plant when it becomes operational by the end of 2014. This is a valuable European Union funded project but the reality is dire and remains as depicted by the REE statistics. Future plans: a glimpse of hope allowed? It is currently unclear whether the Spanish government wants to change this or not. A slight hope has recently emerged. Pedro Palencia, energy policy director at the Spanish Photovoltaic Union (UNEF), told pv magazine that the government has revealed it is going to auction new power capacities for the Canary Islands. “The government has published the auction framework but not exact details, such as what power mix they plan to auction or the auction date,” Palencia said. UNEF hopes the Canary Islands power auction will allow for a substantial percent of photovoltaics, which is a rational choice given the region’s vast sun resource, added Palencia, adding that new renewable plants in the Canary Islands would need to comply with the latest energy policies introduced in the summer. According to these, public subsidies for new photovoltaic plants will only take the form of a premium adding to the revenues investors make from the power market. This premium, Palencia told pv magazine, aims to compensate developers for parts of their investment, so it is not market-based. Obviously, Palencia said, the lower bid in the auction will win. An additional glimpse of hope stems from a Red Eléctrica de España announcement at the end of October that it has begun environmental and geophysical research in the Bocaina Strait, between the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, for a new submarine electricity interconnection between the towns of Playa Blanca and Corralejo. Currently, there is a 66 kV and 14.5 kilometer-long submarine cable between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, which was put into service in 2005. However, REE aims to install a new 132 kV link, which will allow it to achieve “a more stable and robust electricity system” and “also favor the integration of renewable energy into the electricity system of the islands,” REE says. It now remains to be seen whether common sense prevails or next time you holiday on the islands you’ll also see tankers carrying oil to power the islands’ dirty plants.Popular content The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. The re… Solar park built on rough wooden structures comes online in France Gwénaëlle Deboutte 26 April 2021 pv-magazine.com French company Céléwatt energized its 250 kW ground-mounted array, built with mounting structures made of raw oak wood.April 26, 2021 Gwénaëlle Debo… Spanish developer plans 1 GW solar plant coupled to 80 MW of storage, 100 MW electrolyzer Pilar Sánchez Molina 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Soto Solar has submitted the project proposal to the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (Miteco). The solar plant could start produc… We all trust the PV performance ratio test Dario Brivio, Partner 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The performance ratio test is at the core of the handover from EPC to owner. Yet sometimes, even when best practice is applied – and without particul… The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. The re… Solar park built on rough wooden structures comes online in France Gwénaëlle Deboutte 26 April 2021 pv-magazine.com French company Céléwatt energized its 250 kW ground-mounted array, built with mounting structures made of raw oak wood.April 26, 2021 Gwénaëlle Debo… Spanish developer plans 1 GW solar plant coupled to 80 MW of storage, 100 MW electrolyzer Pilar Sánchez Molina 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Soto Solar has submitted the project proposal to the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (Miteco). The solar plant could start produc… We all trust the PV performance ratio test Dario Brivio, Partner 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The performance ratio test is at the core of the handover from EPC to owner. Yet sometimes, even when best practice is applied – and without particul… The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… 123456Share Ilias Tsagas Greek-born Ilias has written for pv magazine since 2012, reporting on renewable energy news, electricity market developments and energy policy. His geographic area of expertise includes Europe and the MENA region.More articles from Ilias Tsagas [email protected] Related content Hungary launches third renewables auction Emiliano Bellini 30 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The Hungarian energy regulator expects to contract around 300 GWh of renewable energy in the procurement exercise.April… Submarine cable to connect 10.5 GW wind-solar complex in Morocco to the UK grid Emiliano Bellini 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com UK-based Xlinks is planning to build 10.5 GW of wind and solar in Morocco and sell the power generated by the huge plant in the UK. 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Advanced Energy confirms exit of solar inverter business

first_imgAdvanced Energy confirms exit of solar inverter businessThe U.S. precision power conversion company has taken the decision to shutter its solar inverter business after grappling with poor sales in the sector for the past few quarters. June 30, 2015 Ian Clover Legal Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Advanced Energy, the U.S.-based developer of precision power conversion technology and solar inverters, has announced this week that it is to officially exit the solar inverter business after struggling with poor sales in the sector. Having posted a 24.7% quarter-over-quarter revenue decline for its inverter business in Q1 2015, Advanced Energy has taken the decision to wind down its solar inverter business, AE Solar Energy. The decision comes after efforts to engineer a strategic alternative for the business proved fruitless. “Following on the heels of a strong 2014 and first quarter 2015 in precision power that reinforced the strength of our business model, and after an extensive strategic process over the last six months, we concluded that focusing solely on our precision power business and exiting the solar inverter business aligns with our long-term goal of maximizing value for our shareholders,” said Advanced Energy CEO and president, Yuval Wasserman. Data from IHS placed Advanced Energy third globally in 2013 in terms of market share, with the company cornering 4% of the global market. In 2014, however, the company dropped from the top 10 following a sizeable market share loss in the U.S. three-phase high power inverter market. Additional price reductions exerted greater pressure on the company, but IHS solar analyst Cormac Gilligan has remarked that a complete wind down of Advanced Energy’s solar division is surprising. “Given its huge after-sales service network, large installed base of central inverters, leading brand awareness among EPCs and its early presence in the O&M business which is a high growth area, it is surprising that the business will be wound down rather than acquired,” Gilligan said. “While its share in utility-scale may have diminished due to competitors offering newer products or more competitive prices, it is a rare occurrence that a supplier exits a booming market when there is still a huge opportunity.” That opportunity was described by IHS as a potential 12 GW inverter market in 2015 and 2016 in the U.S. alone. According to an Advanced Energy statement, the company will record a pre-tax charge of around $260 million to $290 million related to the shuttering of its inverter operations, which will impact its Q2 2015 financials. Around $15 million of this will be allocated to employment termination costs, with $75 million to the write down of inventory, fixed and other assets. There will also be severance costs and expenses in the region of $30 million to $45 million, the company confirmed. Efforts to sell AE’s inverter business have been unsuccessful, as were attempts to enter a joint venture, partnerships and spin-offs, and the company’s inverter struggles reflect the reality of industry that is tightening its belt as PV price pressures have moved along the supply chain. Industry leader SMA was forced to take drastic measures earlier this year, shedding around one-third of its global staff in order to stay competitive in the wake of growing Asian competition and an increasingly globalized landscape that has brought severe price pressure to bear. “With Advanced Energy’s exit from the market,” continued Gilligan, “it will leave a large void in the commercial and utility-scale inverter market in the U.S. This represents a huge opportunity for leading suppliers such as ABB and Schneider Electric, or for recent market entrants such as TMEIC or Power Electronics to grow their presence.” Gilligan added that China’s Sungrow, Huawei and TBEA may leap at this opportunity to expand further into the U.S. inverter market.Popular content Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. 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FPL begins work on 223.5 MW of solar in Florida

first_imgFPL begins work on 223.5 MW of solar in FloridaFlorida Power & Light Company has broken ground on an ambitious solar PV project that will comprise three large-scale solar farms each boasting 74.5 MW of PV capacity. February 15, 2016 Ian Clover Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Florida utility Florida Power & Light (FPL) has broken ground on three solar projects in the state which, once completed, will add 223.5 MW of solar PV capacity to the grid. A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site of where one of the new community-scale plants will be located – FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center. The names of the other locations are FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center, and the FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center. Each project is scheduled for completion before the end of the year, with the additional 223.5 MW of capacity set to triple FPL’s solar footprint, which currently stands at 110 MW. During construction of the three solar plants, around 250 jobs will be created in the local communities, and FPL was careful to identify suitable sites that had built-in advantages, such as strong community support for solar, and sufficient transmission and substation infrastructure. Each project will utilize approximately 338,000 solar panels and cover a total area of 762 acres. The FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center is to be built in DeSoto County; the Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center will be located in Charlott County, and the Manatee Solar Energy Center will be located in Manatee County. “This is a big step forward for our state and for the future of renewable energy in Florida,” said executive director of Audubon Florida, Eric Draper. “FPL’s three solar plants help reduce the use of fossil fuels, prevent the emission of thousands of tons of carbon each year and save millions of gallons of water.” Florida commissioner of agriculture Adam H. Putnam commended FPL for embracing solar energy and pushing the state’s renewable efforts forward, while FPL CEO Eric Silagy said: “We are extending our role in the renewable energy space by installing one million new solar panels. If you laid these panels end to end, they would nearly wrap around the entire state. Working with the communities we serve, we are building energy centers that are not only reliably, but also cost-effective, providing affordable, clean energy for our customers for generations to come.”Popular content ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. 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In the Europea… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. The re… Submarine cable to connect 10.5 GW wind-solar complex in Morocco to the UK grid Emiliano Bellini 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com UK-based Xlinks is planning to build 10.5 GW of wind and solar in Morocco and sell the power generated by the huge plant in the UK. This should be ma… Solar park built on rough wooden structures comes online in France Gwénaëlle Deboutte 26 April 2021 pv-magazine.com French company Céléwatt energized its 250 kW ground-mounted array, built with mounting structures made of raw oak wood.April 26, 2021 Gwénaëlle Debo… The weekend read: PV feed in, certified pv magazine 1 May 2021 pv-magazine.com As more renewable energy capacity is built, commissioned, and connected, grid stability concerns are driving rapid regulatory changes. In the Europea… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. The re… 123456Share Ian Clover Ian joined the pv magazine team in 2013 and specializes in power electronics (inverters) and battery storage. 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European solar industry puts forward case to end trade measures on Chinese PV

first_imgEuropean solar industry puts forward case to end trade measures on Chinese PVSolarPower Europe appears to be the driving force behind a letter, signed by 34 European solar and renewable energy organizations, calling on the EU to immediately remove the trade measures that exist against imports of Chinese PV modules and cells. July 5, 2016 Sam Pothecary Finance Markets Markets & Policy Technology Technology and R&D Share Representing the formalization of the position that SolarPower Europe has had for a number of years, the European solar association has led a consortium of solar organizations to ask the European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmstrom, to drop PV trade barriers against China. The letter puts forward a case that the trade defense measures against China are actually hindering the development of the solar industry in Europe.The 34 organizations come from all across the continent, representing a staggering 1.3 million European jobs and more than 120,000 companies. It is a bold letter that calls for the minimum import price (MIP), and the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures on Chinese PV imports to be dropped.The EU adopted the trade measures in December 2013, with the goal of protecting the solar sector in Europe. However, these organizations now believe that they are counterproductive, and actually have a negative impact on the solar industry in Europe, along the whole value chain.“This is an overwhelming show of support from organizations across the EU working in solar,” said SolarPower Europe CEO, James Watson. “The measures have been in place for more than three years without any real benefit to the European solar industry.”The crux of the argument, outlined within the letter, is that these measures are making solar more expensive in Europe, which is affecting the entire value chain. This in turn is affecting the competitiveness of solar energy generation and is prolonging financial support from European governments.Additionally, the letter points out, hindering the competitiveness of solar energy is contrary to the goal of the EU to combat climate change and reduce carbon emissions. “European jobs, GVA, climate change policy, consumer interest and manufacturing interests are all being undermined by the trade defense measures,” reads the letter.The letter calls for the immediate end to the trade barriers that exist, however, what is likely is that the European Commission will wait until the beginning of 2017 to make any decisions, as that is when it must make a recommendation on the measures.“We need a better, more specific approach to support module producers in Europe, trade measures are a blunt instrument harming more than 80% of solar manufacturing jobs and all downstream jobs in Europe today,” continued Watson. “The Commission needs to develop a new way forward for solar without trade duties and price mechanisms.”This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. 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Tanzania: Gov unveils plans to erect 400kV transmission lines

first_img UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development BRICS Generation Finance and Policy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Featured image: Stock The Tanzanian government is set to embark on an ambitious project whereby three regions will be connected to 400kV transmission lines from the Mbeya region.Under the project, four towns of Sumbawanga in Rukwa region, Mpanda in Katavi region, Kigoma and Nyakanazi in Kagera will be connected to the power lines, Tanzania Daily news reported.According to the deputy minister for energy and minerals, Dr Medard Kalemani, the project to commence in Q4 2017 is expected to be accomplished in July 2019.“Rukwa region gets its supply of electricity from fuel and a little supply of power from neighbouring Zambia, which is not reliable … But once the 400kV project is accomplished, power interruption in the region will be history,” he said.Rural electrificationMedia reported that Dr Kalemani, revealed this after inaugurating the rural electrification Phase III (REA) in Rukwa region. Read more…The deputy minister said 111 villages in Rukwa region will be connected to electricity through REA Phase III.He further said that the exercise of connecting electricity through REA Phase III in the remaining 140 villages in the region will take off in March 2019 and that by 2020 all villages in the region will be connected.Kalemani also announced the local contractor, NAKURO Investment Company Ltd based in Dar es Salaam, which has been contracted to undertake the project.He directed the contractor to work around the clock to ensure that the project is accomplished in a period of 18 months, although scheduled for 24 months, media stated.center_img Featured image source: Stock Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Previous articleSAWEA encourages students to take opportunities in the wind sectorNext articleEskom Development Foundation supports drought relief Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.last_img read more

GET FiT Zambia calls for project site information

first_imgFeatured image: Stock Following the announcement of the 10 shortlisted firms for its 100MW solar PV tender, GET FiT Zambia now invites them to provide project site information for the next phase of the tender, the Interim Rapid Grid Assessment (IRGA).“GET FiT Zambia now invites any interested landholder in Zambia to submit site information for a pool of project sites that we will publish in a dedicated folder in the tender data room, which shortlisted applicants may access if they wish.“Please note that we generally expect that shortlisted applicants will only make use of the sites published in the data room in case the IRGA result for an initial proposed site shows that the grid is not sufficient to connect the Project at that location.”SubmissionsPlease send your submission to [email protected] any submission, please provide the following information:Nearest city, town, village to the siteName and voltage level of nearest ZESCO substation (including distance)GPS coordinates of the siteContact nameContact details (Email, Phone)Shortlisted firmsEach of the shortlisted companies or consortia will submit proposals for up to two projects of up to 20MW each.It is expected that at least 5 projects will be selected for implementation. At time of launch of the Request for Proposal (RfP), it is expected that the standardised project agreements developed under the GET FiT Zambia programme will also be released. Read more: GET FiT Zambia shortlists 10 candidates Generation RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Finance and Policy UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development BRICS TAGSGET FiT ZambiaInterim Rapid Grid Assessment (IRGA)solarZambiaZesco Previous articleIndia sets high ambitions – 100,000MW solar PV investmentNext articleZambia to implement cost-reflective tariffs appropriately Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.last_img read more

Road trip! South Africa to host its first EV rally

first_img Finance and Policy The Electric Vehicle Road Trip Africa (EVRT Africa) will be coming to South Africa in October. Source: generation.e Read more: Policy paper examines the impact of EVs and energy transformation Through attracting the attention of EV enthusiasts and adventurers around the globe, we can also attract further investment and quicken the rate of installation of infrastructure as well as raise the profile of EVs across the country. The road trip is not only a chance to showcase the power and potential of EVs, it’s also an opportunity to scale up infrastructure and champion South Africa as an EV-friendly destination. During the road trip, with help from our partners, we will be installing approximately 30 new charging points across the country. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Develop a quota and milestone-restricted policy for EVs Read more: IEA releases electric vehicles market report Repurposing existing structures, such as rooftops can smooth the transition of integration for smart transport. It’s a cost-effective way to turn existing spaces into EV-friendly platforms. The quotas would be established to enforce caps for import rates, permissible number of new car sales per quarter or per (a certain number) years, energy grid offloading cap, profit margins for energy resale, rebates and incentives caps. Such a system would serve two purposes. Firstly, it would act as a contingency power source for the proposed car-charging service on site for motorist-rail users. Secondly, it would help to minimise operational costs incurred through powering of Gautrain stations –administrative electronics, ticket stations, lighting creating a mutually beneficial energy supply.   TAGSSouth Africa Previous articleMauritius edition of aef takes top honoursNext articleWest Africa will begin cross-border sale of electricity in 2020 Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. The road trip will start in Johannesburg on 2 October and end in Cape Town on 10 October. One of the main barriers to the adoption of EVs is the price tag, which is yet to become truly competitive with petrol powered vehicles. Sea freight, Import duties, value-added tax and ad valorem tax costs account for almost 40% of the selling price of a new car with an average price of between R200,000 and R900,000. That’s not small change. Develop a preferential funding scheme We can do more and go further, faster, together That’s why collaboration is a key part of electrifying South Africa’s transport. Collaborate with other transport providers and networks: install Solar PV Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) in Gautrain stations Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Yet barriers still remain that slow the adoption of smart transport in the country, including a lack of awareness, infrastructure and affordability. These barriers can be overcome by direct actions from opening up access to funding, to collaborating with existing transport networks. Generationcenter_img This innovative approach has been a successful way of integrating green energy into cities in countries all over the world. An impressive example is Singapore’s famous Zero Energy Building retrofit which boasts an array of solar panels of 1,300 sq metres – almost half a football field – covering the roof of the South Asian city-state building. By placing rooftop PV Solar panels on canvas rooftops across South Africa, energy can be both collected and stored for the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) and used as EV charging points. This may mean that a green financier might have to charge interest – on EV credit sales – below prime and introduce a payback period that stretches over the life cycle of the vehicle to plunge the monthly premium. This October sees the launch of the biggest emobility event of its kind in the country, our unique Electric Vehicle Road Trip, hitting the streets of South Africa. The Global Citizen reported that this will be the first electric car road trip in the country, which is a collaboration between Generation.e. (a company promoting smarter mobility), the Department of Transport, and the Gauteng provincial government. The train’s Park and Ride service, which links Johannesburg, Pretoria, Ekurhuleni and O. R. Tambo International Airport is used by over 70% of South Africa’s general motorist population. By installing EV charging points at these stations a huge section of the market would be granted accessible, integrated charging. This could even be integrated into the existing payment system operated by Gautrain users, to further streamline the commute for EV users. Although electrifying South Africa’s transport grid is a costly process, developing a preferential funding scheme will ensure that the injection of capital into the sector is more sustainable. This means creating and coordinating access to financial resources to support the implementation of smart mobility measures. The ability to access finance from early investors will deliver a boost to the EV market as the initial investment is often where new technology developments stall. Put South Africa on the map as an EV-friendly destination through our Electric Vehicle Road Trip South Africa South Africa’s Gautrain service has suggested installing solar energy storage systems in its stations to incentivise EV drivers and motorists. Policy structure is at the forefront of major national change. That’s why introducing a quota milestone restricted policy for EVs is a smart first step toward jump-starting the electrification of South Africa’s vehicles. Setting national targets that are milestone and timeframe based ensures a base rate of adoption, especially when paired with financial incentives. Replace canvas roofing by retrofitting with PV Solar rooftop panels. The quotas can unlock economic opportunities through local manufacturing and the potential to export trade, as the minimal progress which the country has made regarding the adoption of EVs necessitates a certain level of industry productivity. This is not just for the manufacture/import or cars themselves, but for the infrastructure needed to support them – primarily charging stations. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Boost International Trade: Introduce Tax exemptions on imported EVs These are our six steps to bringing cleaner, smarter transport to bring South Africa: Inevitably, automobile manufactures pass the cost to consumers, inflating the price of EVs and making them less accessible to the mass market. A tax relief paid back to manufacturers over the lifespan and use of the car would suppress this increase in cost, making EVs more affordable as an option for more South Africans.     EVRI Africa said that the incentives to go green when it comes to cars are abundant and clear, with the most obvious being their carbon savings. EVs are calculated to have approximately half the carbon footprint of an equivalent petrol-powered vehicle. BRICS UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

Siemens embarks on energy and infrastructure solutions in Ethiopia

first_imgIn April 2019 Siemens signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Investment Commission of Ethiopia, to address the country’s energy and infrastructure sector challenges, to assist the government, stabilise and expand the existing grid infrastructure and explore island solutions for industrial hubs/parks and microgrid solutions for remote villages. Today, at the #G20InvestmentSummit – #CompactwithAfrica in Berlin, Siemens announced its commitment to supporting and contributing to Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan II and its objective of electrifying Ethiopia. @JoeKaeser pic.twitter.com/iYxITTrZm4— Siemens in Africa (@SiemensAfrica) November 19, 2019 The G20 investment Summit-Compact with Africa brings together delegates in the public and private sectors to promote German-African business relations under the Compact with Africa. Siemens will install a solar-hybrid plant in Sodo supplying reliable, sustainable and affordable electricity to the FruitBox farm as well as to the surrounding communities. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter This project showcases how partnerships between big corporations and small startup companies, can help yield positive results, even in remote and rural areas. The impact on locals living in Sodo will be immense. Through this initiative students from surrounding areas will be trained on how to operate and maintain the microgrid and integrating the agricultural value chain through oil and juice production. Apart from providing electricity to the Fruitbox, the project will provide electricity to a nearby school which has approximately 300 students and additionally 150 households indirectly impacting roughly 1,500 people. The project goes beyond rural electrification by creating 200 direct new jobs, even in challenging environments. TAGSEthiopiaSiemenssolar Previous articleSwiss firm installs first PV rope mounted systemNext articleThyspunt nuclear project, a missed opportunity for water security Nicolette Pombo-van ZylAs the Editor of ESI Africa, my passion is on sustainability and placing African countries on the international stage. I take a keen interest in the trends shaping the power & water utility market along with the projects and local innovations making headline news. Watch my short weekly video on our YouTube channel ESIAfricaTV and speak with me on what has your attention. Contributing to improving Ethiopia’s energy infrastructure Siemens is collaborating with a small local company to implement a viable solution creating jobs, providing training, and developing local value chains. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Generation Featured image: Stock “Government plans supported by business initiatives are essential and play a crucial role in moving economies forward and ensuring economic prosperity for all,” she adds. At the G20 summit, Siemens committed to supporting and contributing to Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan II and its objective of electrifying the country. The Plan II has a goal to achieve universal electricity by 2025. Currently, 56% of the Ethiopian population does not have access to electricity. Finance and Policy UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development BRICS Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Sabine concludes, “Siemens remains steadfast in its commitment to Ethiopia. It is our duty as a business operating in the country to make positive strides, through our technology to build a better, more sustainable future for its people.” AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Read more on solar power “The Fruitbox Farm project is a key Siemens lighthouse project aimed at demonstrating the importance of corporates aligning to a national vision that will ultimately benefit the lives of people in different societies,” says Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO for Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa. last_img read more

Upcoming days going to be challenging for Ayodhya

first_imgI just don’t want to be biased on Ayodhya land dispute. Supreme court verdict is likely on or before November 17. What if the verdict goes in favour of the temple or in favour of the mosque, or it simply replicates Allahabad High Court’s verdict, would it be acceptable to both parties? No.Whichever side may the verdict fall it would create disappointment on the other side, and so the matter is not escalated, there will be a request to put a stay on the verdict leading to a second crucial round of mediation to take place. Let’s try to see what might happen in that crucial mediation.“If the verdict goes in favour of the temple, temple supporters will try to damage control and offer mosques supporters enough land and financial support so they can build a grand mosque across Saryu river. And if the verdict goes in favour of the mosque, mosques supporters will sacrifice this land for the temple, presenting a noble example of love and brotherhood.” Well, this happens only in civil society, but here what will happen is inconceivable.Some intellectuals are suggesting that instead of temple or mosque let there a grand hospital be built, but is this acceptable to any party? Is hospital considered to be greater than the mosque by mosques supporter, or vice versa? When it comes to faith, both parties are willing to die for it, how can a hospital really satisfy them. So the idea of building a hospital has no value.Let’s see what the mosques mean for mosques supporters. Mosques are supposed to be a place which should be pure, undisputed and peaceful and where prayer could be done without any obstacles. Surprisingly, the same definition goes for the temple also. And if the worshipping place doesn’t satisfy above-mentioned conditions then neither mosque nor temple should be built.Now, let’s rely on archaeological evidence to see who meets the above criteria to build their respective prayer place. Evidence presented by archaeologists suggests that Babri Mosque was built on the fifteenth century but it was built by demolishing an existing architecture, widely believed as a temple. So clearly, it is a disputed land for the mosque. But is it also a disputed land for the temple? To know this it requires further excavation…who knows like Haddapa and Mohenjo Daro we find something beyond imagination.last_img read more

Creating Eco-consciousness about Natural Fabrics and Remodeled Garments amongst Youth

first_imgEco-consciousness is a concern in consumer buying behaviour especially with the fast fashion demands by the youth. Campaigns, on being sensitive and good to the environment and enhanced consumer wellbeing for a better tomorrow, are being undertaken by fashion-conscious personalities and organizations. A research study was conducted by Ms.Tejashree Gaikwad Ms. Sakina Shajapurwala under the guidance of Dr. Vishaka Karnad and Mrs. Vibhuti Khedekar from College of Home Science Nirmala Niketan Affiliated to the University of Mumbai. It was presented at the Avishkar Research Convention. The study involved hands-on research endeavour to create eco-consciousness amongst youth (Target group 18-22 years). It was specific to creating awareness about natural fabrics and remodelling garments and to bring such fresh fashion to the threshold. It is important to stabilize fast-moving fashion, to reduce wastage and dumping old garments and leveraging the use of natural fabrics that are bio-degradable along with being India’s strong indigenous reserve. Data was gathered with online survey and other means for enhancing eco-consciousness in the focus area were executed. Tools employed for creating eco-consciousness among youth specifically to using natural fabrics and remodelling of garments included press articles, videos, radio features, online presence on social media and conducting demo-workshops thereby activating eco-consciousness. Data analysis and findings shared emphasize the need for such initiatives for making the youth eco-conscious. The initiatives undertaken received appreciation and constructive respondent’s feedback leading to further recommendations for intensive research in this emergent area of Eco-consciousness.last_img read more

INDIA AFTER CORONA

first_imgEVERY ADVERSITY HAS AN INBUILT OPPORTUNITY…India,with 356 million young people, world’s largest youth population,Needs to Grab this OPPORTUNITY with Both Hands..This LOCKDOWN will DEFINITELY End sooner than Later,but it is worth it if we Learn & Grow during these times,Rather than Pass it & Repent later…As the Saying Goes-When the Going Gets Tough,the Tough get Going!It is under these testing times that True Leadership Emerges..INDIAN GOVT has DUAL RESPONSIBILITIES..1.To Steer the Nation safely Past this Pandemic 2.To Be PROACTIVE in IDENTIFYING the GREENER POSTURES in these GREY AREAS…I suggest that to ENGAGE our youth in something CONSTRUCTIVE,the INDIAN GOVT can1.Start Online/Doordarshan/Govt Apps CERTIFIED SKILL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS,so that we have a SKILLED youth Manpower after we come out of this Pandemic.The Programs shud be such that they cater to the  GLOBAL DEMANDS.2.Try and Explore new Areas/Opportunities which might Emerge.I DEFINITELY Believe that our Present Deeds will decide our Future.Our Present Actions should be More Purposeful.last_img read more

Indian Performing Arts- Where are the audiences-the founding of Anant Naad Foundation

first_imgDear friends & fellow readers!This post is part 2 and continues from my earlier post, dated 6th May 2020.In March 2015, I started my own music school in partnership with someone who had been running a Music School franchise earlier. This was a high-end music school franchise located in a prime area of South Delhi. My son was one of the first students!And the enquiries for learning music and dance started to trickle in. The enquiries were made up of a few distinct segments of prospective students.The first segment was made up of Children whose Parents were looking to develop a hobby for their child, Parents who were primarily upper-middle class and a few rich ones (the real rich ones still prefer the teacher coming to their homes), Parents who wanted to wean away from their child from the Video game and TV addiction.The second segment was of Children who were interested in Music and Dance, but their preference was Western Music, Musical instruments like the Guitar and the Violin, Children who could hum English songs and studied in the Private Schools of South Delhi. Interest in Indian Classical Music or Dance was limited if any. Dance forms that interested this segment is what we call Bollywood Dancing or Contemporary Dancing.What I found very interesting was the third segment. These were Children with a keen interest in Indian Performing Art forms, be it Kathak or Hindustani Vocal with its myriad Ragas or even Tabla. These kids were primarily from socio-economically underprivileged sections of our Society, mostly studying in Government Schools. Most of these children were very talented, could hold a tune and through practice had learnt some of the classical dances from Bollywood movies.The Parents of this third segment were keen-eyed and excited to get the Child to develop a happy life skill in a small group setting, something more than they could genuinely afford. Both the Parents and the Child would be immensely disappointed with crestfallen faces when they became aware of our fees, though we used to deep-discount it for them. Some would still find a way to pay the fees, maybe for a few quarters. We instituted a few scholarships to get some of the highly talented along.There was some level of mix and match of profile in each of these three segments; these were not so cleanly delineated as described above.Once the Child converted into a Student, Children from each of these segments showed different behaviours.1. The first segment: Rich Parent-Child disinterested in Music and DanceA few of these Children would develop a love for Music and Dance. Most of the others would have patchy attendance and would drop off over time, the disinterest rubbing off on the parents.2. The second segment: Middle Class/ Rich Parent-Child talented and interested in Western Music or Contemporary DanceThese Children did well; typically, their skills will get honed and they would develop a happy life skill in Western Music or Contemporary Dance. Their interest in the formality of Music Education, of getting a diploma or a degree would be limited and many a time, exams and school education will overtake their schedule and then it would be too much of an effort for them to come back.3. The third segment: Socio-economically underprivileged family – Child with talent and interest in Indian Classical Performing ArtsThese students were in a different class altogether. They would be extremely regular, and as Indian Classical Performing Arts require immense practice, they would be at it. These Children would do every class and then a few more, hoping that their Parents will pay up. Their learning would be dramatic till one day the Parent can no longer afford it.For any performing art form, you require a sponsor, a talent and an audience and the three are tightly connected.In earlier times the patrons of Indian Performing Arts were the Maharajas, the Rich and the Haveli-walas. Who are the current sponsors/ patrons of Indian Performing Arts? Bollywood? The Industry?And where is the Talent going?And the Audience? How does it learn to appreciate these tough and complex performing art forms? Are these art forms too rigid and have failed to evolve for the times?Why do tickets for a Dua Lipa or a Jonas brothers concert get sold out at exorbitant sums, but nobody wants to listen to an equally good classical singer?This brings me to the third phase of this journey, which I will cover in part 3.last_img read more

Trip to Space: Travel enthusiasts can’t wait for their next experience

first_imgNow with the launch of the manned mission by SpaceX and future ones by Blue Origin and Virgin among others, even interplanetary travel is seemingly within grasp. Agencies like our own ISRO are making strides in space technology making people like us wish to if the technological development was fast-forwarded if only for us to have a space trip in our lifetimes. Daunting challenges like the source of food, size of ship and radiation in outer space are some of the challenges that need to be tackled. Existential questions like this most probably being a one-way ride will definitely make most of the would-be travellers take one step back but not me. As the saying goes, Journey is the Destination. Closer home Ladakh, Gandikota canyon, forests of Arunachal Pradesh and Barren volcano of Andaman makes me ready to pack my bags in the next available opportunity. As any true wanderer knows your enemy is time and money. So much to see and experience. The rise in air travel and usage of credit cards has led to a class of people who travel for social media ‘Likes’. Personally, I prefer fewer pics and more memories. Keeping aside the Covid impact several places excite me for my own next trip. The unique culture of Japan,  Northern Lights of Iceland, Grand canyon of USA, unique flora and fauna of Madagascar/Galapagos/Socotra and extreme Antarctica for its remoteness all seem to have their magnetism.center_img Travelling is a passion for some or a way of life for others. But one thing that unites all those who share this enthusiasm is the feeling you get after a journey completed. As all those readers who love travelling would have guessed, the feeling is Where to next?. So what are the targets for these wandering souls in the Post Covid world? Is Red planet on the list?In the Indian context, travelling has been done mainly for two purposes. Its either visiting religious places to wash away sins/ask for blessings or strictly work-related. People from the subcontinent have avoided travelling in its recent history even though in ancient times things were quite different. Cholas in South were the most feared naval power in the world of the time extending their dominance up to the present-day Philippines. Merchants from Western India travelled up to Rome with a variety of merchandise ranging from spices of Malabar to slaves of Africa. All these came to nought with the rise of superstition connected with sea travel and consequent imposition of religious dogma.The rise in disposable income and the coming of the internet has led to people picking up the lost threads of our forgotten heritage. From a population which excelled in claiming fake LTC/LFC tickets for ‘extra income’ to taking up personal loans for travelling, we have come a long way in a generation. Being born in a family with a passion to travel and who has covered most of India in school days itself I have been fortunate compared to my friends and cousins whose parents went to nearby places like Tirupathi and Velankanni for their annual vacation trips.last_img read more

Disruption: We are all in together. Or are we?

first_imgMajor General Neeraj Bali (Retd)As the Covid-19 onslaught continues its march, the world has desperately searched for answers to this challenge. We in India are no exception. The shadow of the Novel Coronavirus has lengthened by the day, enveloping almost every aspect of our existence. The economy has been battered, of course. And the effect has not left healthcare, supply-chains, education or even diplomacy untouched. For instance, the future of our relationship with China has been opened for a review. It is increasingly evident that the virus has seeped deeply into the innards of our fabric.As we await the passing of this cloud with varying degrees of uncertainty and hope, the post-COVID scenarios loom on our minds. What will our existence be like once we are back to the ‘normal’, whatever be the definition of that half-forgotten word? The overused expression employed to describe the fuzzy future is ‘paradigm shift’.Let us look at one nuance of the larger mosaic: the impact of vulnerable financial situations on different strata of our society. How will this play out while we turn to the more knowing and the powerful to crank the levers of the economy? One idealistic theme that is aired by many is that we will surmount the challenge because we are all in it together. No one is untouched, and that gives us both despair and hope. The latter being the product of the treacle-like thinking that we are a united bulwark against the vagaries of the near-future.Are we?If we wish to slice the demographic for an analysis of the impact of the parlous state of the economy, you could wield the knife in numerous ways. You could look at age groups, the government and the private sectors, service and manufacturing economies and so on. But if a basic criterion was adopted, we can arrive at some simple – though not simplistic – conclusions.If we look at our society as comprising of the rich, the middle-class and the poor, it will become apparent that the aftermath of the pandemic holds different prospects for the three.The affluent have been impacted, of course. But for the wealthy, the disruption has mostly meant discontinuity of business, inability to fund new projects, cost-cutting in operations, dislocation of supply-chains, the challenge of functioning remotely, the freezing of credit etc. These are debilitating issues for any business. But, for obvious reasons, the personal lives of the affluent have been relatively unscathed. Money may not buy love, but it is a highly desirable companion in times of disruption. The rich await the turning of the worm, as we all do. But possibly the affluent do so with far greater assurance than those who are the bottom of the food chain.Let us look at the other end of the spectrum, the eternally dispossessed. These are the ones we glibly refer to as the ‘real India’ or even ‘Bharat’. Nothing factually inaccurate with applying these labels – it is just that most countrymen stop at that description and think no more about the ‘unwashed’. The countless migrants ditched by the cities that they cleaned, serviced and built trudging back to their homes in inhuman conditions are fresh in our minds from the TV grabs. These hordes of workers have now reached destinations where greater poverty awaited to take them into an embrace. In this period the daily-wage earner must have faced heart-breaking situations at home. We get that. Horrendous as the situation is – and it is genuinely terrifying – one must also understand that mentally, there is a degree of resilience in the ‘real India’. It is not a stranger to hunger or unrequited want. This large swathe of our country has suffered for ages. It does not claim the sense of entitlement of the other two categories. It is a class of survivors.The third category – the middle-class may experience the most significant psycho-social trauma. Especially its urban variant.The middle-class has no doubt struggled for its future but, over the decades, it has increasingly experienced growth, progress and surplus cash. It no longer fears abject poverty or hunger because these have receded too far into the past. It takes comforts offered by technology and urban living for granted. Now, suddenly, a significant portion of the middle-class is staring at job losses, steep drop in salaries and an ambiguous future.Dave Chappelle is my most favourite stand-up. Under the surface of his raucously raunchy comedy lies a social commentary on race and ethnicity that is sheer brilliance. He once compared poverty between the Black and the White Americans. It hurts the Whites more, he said, because somehow they feel that poverty is not supposed to happen to them.I have a similar feeling about our middle-class.I fear that while everyone will joust to reclaim space, it is the middle-class that will be most traumatized by the experience.Add to the scenario of the return of the so-called migrant worker, the now deeply suspicious, fearful and hurt individual, and you can deduce the combustible mixture we may be looking at.Are we in it together? Is there any evidence of that? Even if your answer is in the negative – like mine is – it is clear that we need to be in it together like never before. That is the direction in which the civil society must move. That is the narrative we need to build. And at every level, let us take concrete steps to help the ones below us. This is not a governmental responsibility alone. And mere tokenism and sloganeering will not cut. NGOs, the civil society at large, communities, religious groups have all a role to play. But the beginning has to be made in our homes.Being together in it should no longer be a palliative-like slogan. It is an urgent necessity and an operational one at that.last_img read more

Where the Road of Middle East Peace is Heading

first_imgSome of the very recent developments in the region undoubtedly convey that instead of peace and stability the road of the Gulf peace is heading towards a more chaotic and unstable future, making Joe Biden, President-elect’s task more difficult and challenging.If I say that all future rumblings in the region started after the two statements the President-elect made, it won’t disqualify my arguments. Though, he appears steadfast in his vision and determination. First, he would not change the current venue of the American Embassy; and, second, start a nuclear (JCPOA) talk with Iran.More than Biden’s statement about the Embassy and resuming the possibility of nuclear talk, the Iranian response that it is ready to accept if the President-elect entirely do away with the sanctions, has perhaps disturbed both Israel and the Gulf states more. Think where the Islamic Republic of Iran would be without sanction or control on its economic potential. In just five years Iran will be so stable and powerful that it won’t need nuclear weapons as such. Then, how the regional countries sitting with big dreams and ambitions will control the heavyweight. Growing Chinese obsession will definitely not let the US be as forthcoming and involved in the security architecture of the region as it has been. Then who carries the deterrence value? Certainly, not the oil-dependent big emerging eastern countries such as China, India, South Korea, Japan. They know their power and limitations. Negotiation instead of conflict is more suitable to their profiles.Iran is in such a position that even if it abandons its nuclear ambition no regional power is in a position to bring to its knees, including Israel. No doubt, Israel has the power to destroy some vital points, carry out blitzkrieg attacks but can it sustain a long-drawn war, or war of attrition with the ragtag militia, boasting of 90,000 rockets in its basement. This is as clear as the conflicts in the region itself. It is a historical fact that conflict with Egypt during the 70s was draining out more than 50 per cent of the budget, leaving less and fewer resources for strengthening national security and development.It is better not to say anything about the capability and capacity of the other regional powers. Syria, Yemen, Aramco, Houthis’ missile reach have exposed them all.Here is a brief decoding of why the road to the Gulf looks chaotic and full of rumblings. Just I am raising some questions readers can very well find the ‘truth from the facts’:1. All of a sudden why there has been a need to patch up or do rapprochement with Qatar. Please don’t think Qatar has been so weakened to be submissive by the boycott. How Qatar will return to the regional game, very soon we will realize it. If the US shifts the Al-Udeid airbase to any other country, Doha would hardly give a second in inviting Turkey to set up a fully-fledged air base. This is also obvious because four countries punished Qatar for its anti-terrorist activities.Just consider two scenarios why a rapprochement with Qatar became imminent at this time: (i) reunite Qatar to build and strengthen a common united GCC platform to bargain with strengthening with the new administration in the White House and hedge their wrongs. Second, who will benefit from the FIFA cup if Big brother is out of the game? Can it afford to remain isolated from such a huge opportunity? Will they allow Turkey and Iran to grab the opportunity? Under such assumptions, patch up between Doha and Abu Dhabi will automatically become a matter of time only.2. Why Saudis felt the need to patch up with Turkey despite so much washing each other’s dirty linen in public. Why King Salman took the matter in his hand and called President Tayyip Erdogan before the G20 Summit and later on in the 47th OIC Summit in Niamey, Niger.3. Now consider why Turkey all of a sudden became so malleable and agreed to resolve the ‘lingering disputes’ and both the leaders (Turkish and Saudi) agreed on ‘keeping channels of dialogue open in order for the bilateral relations to be enhanced and for issues to be settled’. (Al Jazeera, 21 Nov 2020). Now consider, will Ankara be able to turn down Biden’s advice to correct its Human Rights records in Syria, Libya, and treatment with Kurdish, when it already had some taste of his style of functioning during the Obama Presidency. Turkey too won’t like to keep all its eggs in the Russian basket especially after the Armenia-Azerbaijan episode. Looking at Ankara’s past and US-NATO alliance, Moscow may not allow Turkey to expand its footprints in its backyard. Simply, it cannot trust Erdogan who is ambitious to use all leverages, historical, political, and economic, defense for enhancing his profile.4. Now what will Iran do? How will Iran limit the new administration at the White House to only a nuclear deal? With two of its actions, Tehran has drawn its red lines. First, the response to the US’ open killing of its General Qassem Soleimani with a missile attack on its Iraqi airbase, shows that Iran will directly convey no more tolerance to the killing of its valuable personnel. Asymmetric response to an asymmetric action will soon become a new normal between Israel and Iran.Second, the timing of the capital punishment to Rohullaf Zam simply coveys President-elect that our nuclear talk does mean to include other issues such human rights, internal interference, or long-dream of discrediting, defaming, and destabilizing the Islamic government. Nuclear talks mean only nuclear. No other issues such as missile development, manufacturing of small arms, deployment of boats in the Persian Gulf, or Houthis. Instead of lumping all issues, Iran mat like a comprehensive dialogue with a condition of reduction of exogenous powers in the region and no nuclear blackmailing.Biden is famous for what… Democracy, Human Rights, arms supply with strings and no more war, instead of negotiation -are some of his USPs, true? and will he deliver what the world is eagerly waiting for?Too many ifs and buts or red lines will turn the entire exercise into a zero-sum game and once again other Tehran will remain the same pariah. Therefore, it is important for Tehran to play its cards carefully. Iran’s size and reach are more in danger than holding some nukes because their region itself has enough nukes to convert the region into a holocaust.Let’s see what more magic the Biden-Harris Middle East box carries to surprise and make the Gulf game a win-win for all loggerheads.last_img read more

‘Pee’thetic but Cathartic

first_img200 hours of extreme pain in the head and a thorough examination of the WebMD page on ‘Reasons behind a gut-wrenching headache’ later, I was convinced I had contracted a life-threatening medical condition. I immediately booked the first appointment with my General Physician, believing I did not have any time to waste.Seemingly perturbed by the ambiguity of my symptoms, the GP handed over a list of tests that needed to be done to decipher my condition better. The pain of going through the pain of a needle, as I endured the pain of a headache – was indeed painful, but I persisted.“You are utterly dehydrated; drink plenty of water, you’ll be fine!” A little shocked at how the lack of water could cause such mortifying headaches – I wouldn’t lie; I was a little disappointed.Resolute to resolve this health condition, I started consuming more water. As soon as I woke up, a bottle of water, a cup of tea, some juice; to be honest, liquid in any form. I felt good, and all seemed to be going well till the pain I experienced next was not in my head but my bladder.27th August, I was required to cover a distance of 17 km, which in New Delhi can take almost 60 minutes, especially in the peak hour. As usual, my morning began by finishing 1/2 a litre of water, followed by a cup of coffee and a few chaas. Dressed & ready to take on the day, I sat in my car, looking forward to the time I’d get to spend with myself, when suddenly my bladder, much like a human carrying pent-up emotions – seemed ready to hit the roof. “Oh! So this is what it feels like when the water breaks”, I thought to myself. At 1:40, with an ETA of 2:10, 11 kilometres yet to traverse and absolutely no public urinal/restaurant in sight, I was unsure if I’d make it to my destination. “Should I just empty my bladder in the water bottle” “What if I turn down the A/C” “Chanting Waheguru Waheguru would definitely help,” something had to work, but life is no movie?The moment felt like a bomb disposal operation, an intense operation to prevent the bomb from exploding. While I persevered and tried every possible solution to distract myself, it was also the moment when the FM decided to play “Maar Daala” in an act to either mock me or sympathize with me, I am yet to figure.Cribbing and crying, I somehow arrived at my destination and began walking towards the first lavatory I could find, a walk is only seen on FTV – courtesy of my two legs tightly crossed one over the other.Impressed by the grit a human can show, my belief in how much an individual can control mentally and physically was reinstated. I also realized that “The NUMBER 1 pleasure in the world is getting rid of what one has been holding on to for too long” – words, weight, grudges, or in my case, liquid body waste!last_img read more

Dealing with the deadly Coronavirus

first_imgDuring these challenging times when everyone is worried about their health and immunity to protect themselves from the deadly Coronavirus, I thought of sharing some tips on what precautions we can take at an individual level to prevent the spread of infection.Personally, I take the following precautionary measures besides wearing a mask in public and avoiding social interactions. The following measures can be taken to avoid infection or treat mild cases of Coronavirus infections.1. Eating a healthy diet with the inclusion of good quality proteins to build immunity. Foods such as milk, milk products like curd and cheese, non-vegetarian food, eggs are all sources of good quality proteins. Besides these foods, foods rich in vitamin C, zinc and antioxidants also help in boosting immunity. One must include fresh fruits, vegetables in the form of salads and juices such as fresh amla juice, tomato and beetroot juice or mixed vegetable juice to boost immunity. Green tea is taken regularly also helps in providing antioxidants to our body.For treating sore throat, one can add black pepper powder and turmeric powder to milk and boil for a few minutes. It is really effective in treating throat infections as both black pepper and turmeric have antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.2. Burning camphor and performing “havan” at home helps to purify the air from microbes including viruses. Moreover from a spiritual point of view, performing havan with chanting of Vedic mantras helps to raise the vibration of surroundings and spreads positivity and peace of mind which is much needed during these stressful times.3. Essential oils such as camphor oil, eucalyptus oil are known to help in relieving respiratory congestion. But they should be used with caution. Adding a few drops of essential oil to a clean tissue or handkerchief and inhaling it helps in relieving cough, cold and congestion. These oils can also be used in diffusers or added to water before inhaling steam.4. Keeping a few pieces of camphor or desi Kapur in a pouch or handkerchief wherever you go, and inhaling it often helps to destroy any virus or bacteria entering your system through infected air. This is especially helpful for people who have to venture out of their homes due to work and those who cannot avoid crowded places or when dealing with the public like shopkeepers and bank employees etc.5. Regular use of loban and guggal in the form of sambrani cups, dhoop and incense also helps to purify the air of any negative energies.6. Personally, I also believe in crystal therapy. I recently purchased some crystals and just came to know that Rose quartz crystal helps in protecting people from the chest and lung-related illnesses.So, I keep a chunk of this crystal with me though I purchased it for relieving anxiety and sleep disorders. One can purchase these crystals online but check the authenticity of the sellers first.7. Practicing good personal hygiene by using sanitiser and medicated soaps, washing clothes with disinfectant or antiseptic liquid especially if you travel in public transport vehicles,  keeping your surroundings clean, using a disposable tissue while sneezing and avoiding spitting in public places and covering up your nose with hands helps to prevent the spread of infection.8. Last but not least, praying and meditating regularly will help in dealing with the stress and anxiety created due to the Coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Manchester Community Garden is growing

first_img Manchester Community Garden is growingJuly 10, 2015Peoples DefenderNews0 HomeNewsManchester Community Garden is growing Powered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Mama’s Deviled EggsNOW PLAYINGBest Carrot Cake EverNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYINGHomemade Caramel SauceNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYINGApple Pie BitesNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYINGHow to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Stainless Steel SinksNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGParmesan Baked Pork ChopsNOW PLAYINGPrime Rib Roast Au Jus Perfect Every Time! No FailNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Top Searches Top Searches OctoberCouncilGolf Four new beds have been added this spring to the Community Garden in Manchester. center_img PreviousFour arrested during traffic stop in WinchesterNextSOECS hosts professional development workshop Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel The Manchester Community Garden is growing. Besides the members growing great vegetables, the garden has also grown in size. Four new beds were added this spring for a total of twenty-two raised beds. One of our four by 16 ft. beds has been planted by the garden members and all the produce from it will be donated to the senior citizens who live at Fawnhaven Apartments. All other beds this year have been rented by members of the community to grow their own food.Our next meeting will be on Saturday, July 11, at 10 a.m., at the Community Garden. Robin Stephenson, from Karma Points, will be there to discuss pests and diseases. If you have experienced mildew, mold and yellow leaves on your plants because of all this rain then come and listen to Robin tell how to treat and prevent these diseases. Everyone is welcome.If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Lopez (garden coordinator) at 549-1995. last_img read more

Southern Ohio featured in Hunter of Giants

first_img – Southern Ohio featured in Hunter of GiantsSeptember 8, 2015Peoples DefenderNews0 Story is set in Adams, Scioto and Hocking Counties Reach Patricia Beech at 937-544-2391 or at [email protected] Reach Patricia Beech at 937-544-2391 or at [email protected] HomeNewsSouthern Ohio featured in Hunter of Giants Powered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Mama’s Deviled EggsNOW PLAYINGBest Carrot Cake EverNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYINGHomemade Caramel SauceNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYINGApple Pie BitesNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYINGHow to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Stainless Steel SinksNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGParmesan Baked Pork ChopsNOW PLAYINGPrime Rib Roast Au Jus Perfect Every Time! No FailNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. https://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_BookCover.jpgStory is set in Adams, Scioto and Hocking CountiesBy Patricia [email protected] Top Searches Top Searches Trick Or Treat 2020CouncilWEST Biblio Publishing of Columbus, Ohio, has released Hunter of Giants, a story set in Southern Ohio, by T. Dale Jones (Terrence Jones). The author is an Ohio native and faculty member of Eastern Arizona College.The story begins in the Portsmouth region along the Ohio River: Millbrook Park in New Boston, Shawnee Park, West Union, Peebles, Serpent Mound and several other Ohio settings and references are included in the story.The central characters are believable, the settings and historical references accurate. The plot revolves around William Harper who serves as a special deputy for the U.S. Marshals Service Special Operations Group. He returns to his birthplace in southern Ohio after the curious death of a friend.As he relives memories of his early life, a central plot emerges from his childhood conflict with a local street antagonist.The reader shares Will Harper’s journey through the colorful and idyllic days of his childhood into the treacherous territories of the underworld in pursuit of the story’s formal antagonist.The manhunt culminates in the once notorious Hocking Hills, home of Ohio University.The book will have great appeal to readers who appreciate the influence of childhood experiences, who enjoy conflict and suspense. It will also engage those who are charmed by the inexplicable.An early, unpublished version of the novel was a semi-finalist in an annual Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society writing competition.Biblio Publishing, a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), has made the work available in paperback and ebook for Amazon (Kindle), Barnes and Noble (Nook Books), and through bibliobookstore.com. PreviousAn ace in the holeNextJunior Fair holds 52nd BBQ Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By Patricia Beech – [email protected] last_img read more

Don’t let one good meal fool you

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Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. By Rick Houser-I’m sure that I have written before that after I graduated from high school and so too had my cousin Walt we took up the life of bachelors in his parents’ summer home on their farm that sat next to ours. We also had decided to pool our farming resources and became the new generation of farmers on Fruit Ridge Road. This was in the late 60’s and into the early 70’s so having a home to ourselves and out earning our own way in the world gave us cause to feel probably more independent than we should have. Still, we were making a good go of it and since we were in that time period residing on a farm with a sign painted across the barn telling all that we were living at “Green Acres Farm” put the topping on the cake, so to speak.We enjoyed the freedom of having our own place and being able to go where we wanted without being questioned was something that set us above the standards of that period in time. But being a bachelor in that era wasn’t near as easy as it might sound. We had work clothes and dress clothes that would need washing. Fortunately, we could take our clothes to my Mom and she would take pity on us. As to keeping the house picked up and clean, well we did so about once a month. We didn’t want to be declared neat freaks you know.I think the hardest part of this bachelor life was the cooking. Today going to the grocery store and shopping is a breeze. However back in that time there was very little in the fast food aisle. There were frozen pizzas and we ate a lot of french fries and tater tots and frozen pot pies (five for a dollar). We were frugal with our money even then. We also ate a lot of hot dogs and hamburgers. Our diets consisted of a lot of sweets and carbs and any leftovers that either Walt’s mothere or mine would send our way. We learned early on that man does not live on bread alone. When it was the time of the year we got to help other farmers put in crops, we got to sit down to a huge home cooked meal that hit our taste buds with great delight.One weekend in February when we were restricted to the house we got to talking about what we had seen our mothers cook. So on a Sunday we decided to try out our own cooking skills. Fortunately for Walt and I his parents kept a huge freezer filled with lots of great food along with an entire beef and hog.We went to that freezer that Sunday and as we looked over what was at hand for us to choose from we decided that we did know how to prepare pork chops. (So we thought). We took them to the kitchen and sat them out to thaw. We then decided to boil a pot of peeled potatoes and make a bowl of mashed potatoes. We opened a quart of canned green beans and put them in a pot and added a half slice of bacon as we had seen our mothers do for flavor. We cheated a little as to the rolls as we had a tube of store bought ones and laid them out on a baking sheet. By doing all of this we had really got into the mood to put on a true homemade country meal.While the pork chops were thawing we peeled the potatoes and boiled them and got the mixer and mixing bowl ready to mash those potatoes. Since we had found a frozen graham cracker pie crust and a box of chocolate pudding mix, we decided we would have a dessert to top things off.Then a question came to us about the gravy. We admitted neither of us had made gravy before but we were on a roll, so we put flour and milk and the pork chop grease and some salt and pepper and heated it slowly on the stove and stirred slowly and I think to our surprise, it was the best you could have ever tasted.When we finished we had pork chops breaded and as tender as could be wanted along with the smoothest mashed potatoes one had ever tasted including a lot pf paprika on the top and a large dollop of butter. The green beans had flavored right and even the store bought rolls were perfect as we wiped butter all over the browned tops. Now maybe the chocolate pie wasn’t the greatest but by then we were having such a gr