Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi Mix 3 5G with Snapdragon 855 announced for global markets, in India Mi 9 may cost under Rs 35,000

first_imgAfter a span of almost five months since September, Xiaomi has finally unveiled its first commercial 5G smartphone. As announced previously, it’s the 5G variant of the Mi Mix 3, officially known as the Mi Mix 3 5G. The 5G handset from Xiaomi will be priced at Euro 599 (approximately Rs 48,200) and will be available soon. Apart from the Mi Mix 3 5G, the Xiaomi has also unveiled the Mi 9 for the European markets and will start from Euro 449 (approximately Rs 36,000) for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB variant. The Mi 9 will go up to Euro 499 for the top-end variant with 128GB storage.Xiaomi’s focus for this year’s MWC 2019 event was to showcase an ecosystem of IoT products utilising the 5G connectivity. The Mi Mix 3 5G is Xiaomi’s flagship for 2019 as of now and will be available in all the European markets where 5G network will be rolled out this year. The Mi Mix 3 5G is the second phone in Xiaomi’s portfolio to be powered by the Snapdragon 855. The Mi 9 was unveiled last week in China and is now making it to Xiaomi’s global markets. The Mi 9 focuses mainly on photography with its advanced camera sensors and a stylish build.Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5GThe Mi Mix 3 5G is simply an upgraded variant of the standard Mi Mix 3 launched last September. The original Mi Mix 3 debuted with a Snapdragon 845 chipset. For the 5G variant, Xiaomi has ditched the Snapdragon 845 and gone for the brand new Snapdragon 855 chipset. And unlike all the other smartphones unveiled so far with a Snapdragon 855, the Mi Mix 3 5G is the first one to utilise the Snapdragon X50 modem.advertisement This means that the Mi Mix 3 5G will only be supporting 5G networks as the Snapdragon X50 modem doesn’t feature backward compatibility. However, Xiaomi claims that the X50 modem will be able to sport 20x sustained 5G speeds. The Mi Mix 3 5G is claimed to achieve up to 2Gbps download speeds. The Snapdragon 855 in the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G also comes with the custom liquid cooling system.Rest of the Mi Mix 5G remains the same. The Mi Mix 5G still sports the 6.39-inch full HD+ AMOLED display with a screen-to-body-ratio of 93.4 per cent. The display sits on a magnetic slider, which helps the phone hide the front camera as well as the earpiece. The Mi Mix 3 5G runs on the latest version of MIUI 10.For the cameras, there’s a pair of 12-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual rear camera setup. The rear camera comes with 960fps slow motion and AI scene detection. The front camera gets a 24-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual camera setup. The front camera supports AI live bokeh video. The Mi Mix 3 5G is powered by a 3800mAh battery and comes with support for Quick Charge 4+.Xiaomi Mi 9The Xiaomi Mi 9 is the second flagship smartphone in Xiaomi’s lineup. The Mi 9 comes is also powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset but doesn’t support 5G as the Mi Mix 3 5G. The Mi 9 is the successor to the Mi 8 and comes with some of the latest and most premium features that Xiaomi has to offer.The Xiaomi Mi 9 comes with an AMOLED panel with1080p Full HD+ resolution and a screen-to-body-ratio of 90.7 per cent. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 6. The Mi 9 also comes with wireless charging support. Unlike the Mi Mix 3 5G, the Mi 9 ditches the in-screen fingerprint sensor and comes with an optical in-display fingerprint sensor. The phone comes with a 3300mAh battery setup with 20W charging support. The Mi 9 also supports reverse charging support.As for the camera, the Mi 9 packs three cameras on the rear panel and single on the front. On the back side, the Mi 9 packs a primary 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor with 0.8um pixel size, 1/2-inch image sensor, and F 1.75 aperture. The 48-megapixel camera uses 4-in-1 super pixel technology for enhanced details. The second rear camera of the Mi 9 includes a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with which users will be able to capture closer shots with a 2X optical zoom lens. The third 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera is paired with an F2.2 aperture. Xiaomi says that it has used a hard scratch-resistant sapphire glass and a stainless steel frame to cover its 3-camera setup so users don’t worry about any scratches.last_img read more

OnePlus 6T gets extended discount, sells for Rs 27,999 on Amazon India

first_imgAmazon India, earlier this week, hosted the Amazon Fab Phone Fest on its platform. During the phone fest that went on from June 10 to June 13, the e-retailer offered massive discounts and interesting deals on the purchase of smartphones and smartphone accessories including the OnePlus 6T. And now, Amazon India has extended the offer price of the OnePlus 6T under its Fab Phone Fest for one more day.This means that the interested buyers can purchase the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant of the OnePlus 6T for a price that is as low as Rs 27,999. To recall, OnePlus 6T was launched at a starting price of Rs 41,999. It’s priced dropped to Rs 29,999 during the Amazon Summer Sale last month.Interestingly, apart from extending the offer price of the OnePlus 6T to Rs 27,999, Amazon is also offering interesting deals on the purchase of the smartphone. For starters, interested buyers can get up to Rs 10,150 off on exchanging their old smartphones with a new OnePlus 6T. Customers can also get a five per cent instant discount on using their Axis Bank credit or debit cards for purchasing the phone via EMI transactions.In addition to this, Amazon India is also offering the users a chance to buy the OnePlus 6T via no-cost EMI via Amazon Pay ICICI credit card. The Indian arm of the Seattle headquartered e-retailer is also offering 10 days replacement guarantee and a 1 year warranty on the purchase of the device.To give you a quick recap of the details of the OnePlus 6T: The OnePlus 6T features a 6.41-inch Full HD+ Optic AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and sports up to 8GB RAM with up to 256GB storage space. The OnePlus 6T runs on OxygenOS which is based on Android 9.0 Pie and it is backed by a 3,700mAh battery.advertisementIn terms of the camera, the OnePlus 6T comes with a dual rear camera setup with a 16MP lens with Sony IMX 519 sensor and a 20MP lens with a Sony IMX 376 sensor. On the front it sports a 16MP selfie camera.ALSO READ: | Amazon Fab Phone Fest starts on June 10; iPhone X and OnePlus 6T to get massive discountsALSO READ: | OnePlus 6T is selling at cheapest price ever of Rs 29,999 and that makes this best and last time to buy itALSO READ: | Amazon is giving OnePlus 7 for free, here’s how you can get onelast_img read more

Australia vs South Africa: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 45

first_imgAustralia take on South Africa in the final group-stage match of World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford in Manchester on Saturday.Aaron FInch’s men, who are sitting on top of the 10-team points table, will be hoping to retain their spot as a win against their arch-rivals will help them do so. India, who are on 2nd spot with a point less than Australia, are eyeing the top spot as well.Australia have gone on to improve with every passing game in World Cup 2019. Barring their defeat to India, Aaron Finch’s men have looked a top side and their standing on the points table is a testament to the brand of cricket they have played.Australia will want to finish the group stages on a high and carry momentum into the semi-final. The defending champions are heading into the match on the back of a 6-day break. They will be pumped up to end the group stages with another win.On the other hand, South Africa will play for pride as they stand no chance of making the semi-finals. Like Australia, the Proteas too are heading into Saturday’s match following a 6-day break. They can finish at the 7th spot by leapfrogging Bangladesh if they manage to outclass Australia.BatsmenDavid Warner and Aaron Finch are certainly going to be your openers as both of them have been in fine form in World Cup 2019. While Quinton de Kock can be a fine option, it’s hard to look past Warner and Finch as the two batsmen have scored over 1000 runs between them.advertisementSteve Smith at No.3? Left-handed batsman Usman Khawaja has made good use of the opportunities he has had so far in World Cup 2019 and he is an ideal candidate for No. 3.Faf du Plessis, who will be geared up to help South Africa finish on a high, can be a good choice at No. 4 despite him not having performed to his potential so far.WicketkeeperQuinton de Kock is an established name but Australia’s Alex Carey has been in fine form. Carey has played several match-winning knocks already and his 71 against New Zealand was crucial to Australia’s win.All-roundersGlenn Maxwell has fired whenever he has got an opportunity and his part-time spin has come in handy for Australia. Fast bowling all-rounder Dwaine Pretorious who rocked Sri Lanka’s batting unit last week can also be a good option. Don’t forget Chris Morris.BowlersMItchell Starc and Kagiso Rabada are going to be the 1st 2 names on the team sheet. Imran Tahir, who will be playing his last World Cup match for South Africa, is a proven match-winner.Australia vs South Africa, Dream 11: Suggested XI, Captain and vice-captainDavid Warner (captain), Aaron Finch (vice-captain), Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Glenn Maxwell, Chris Morris, Dwaine Pretorius, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Starc, Kagiso RabadaSquads:Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam ZampaSouth Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz ShamsiAlso See:last_img read more

Luka Modric: the unassuming genius driving Croatia’s tilt at the World Cup

first_img Read more Share via Email Read more Croatia’s Luka Modric: ‘It is only right there are great expectations of us’ Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter The less clued-up reporters watching on from the press box double check the player’s name on the team sheet: Luka Modric. Plays for Dinamo Zagreb. Definitely one to keep an eye on. Could be a serious talent. Which is precisely what he became.A little under 11 years on, Modric remains small and wiry but professionally he is now a giant: a four-times Champions League winner with Real Madrid and the captain of his country as they face Denmark on Sunday in their first World Cup last-16 tie in two decades. Modric has impressed in Russia and is key to Croatia’s hopes of progressing. From an individual point of view, these finals also offer the 32-year-old a chance to establish himself as the finest midfielder on the planet.It is somewhat odd that Modric is not spoken of in those terms already. He has been a key cog in the most successful European club team of the past 10 years and is a player whose ability to dictate the tempo of top-level matches with brain as well as feet cannot be beaten. There have been others of a similar ilk, most notably Xavi and Andrés Iniesta, but they have at least been fully recognised for their brilliance. Modric operates in relative darkness, passing, moving and gobbling up winner’s medals with barely a nod of approval in his direction.In part that is down to Modric’s unassuming nature. He is a subtle operator who physically gets lost among the game’s honed and toned superstars. As Barney Ronay once put it in the Guardian, Modric resembles a “small boy dressed up as a witch”, but the talent is undeniable and now, on the greatest stage of all, comes a chance to lift himself above the crowd.“We are all football lovers and we know Modric is an incredible player,” said Dejan Lovren on behalf of his Croatia teammates, all of whom leant heavily on the man with No 10 on his back as they went about topping Group D with a 100% record to head into Sunday evening’s contest in Nizhny Novgorod as favourites to progress to the quarter-finals.No Croat has completed more passes at this World Cup than Modric (143), or received more (124), highlighting the level of trust the midfielder’s colleagues have in him to do the right thing at the right moment. And it is not just with his use of the ball that Modric has made a telling contribution. He is also second for greatest distance covered (26.09km), third for most sprints completed (93) and, somewhat surprisingly, has made more tackles than anyone else in Zlatko Dalic’s ranks (seven). Luka Modric celebrates after his stunning goal against Argentina. Photograph: Ricardo Mazalan/AP Twitter All hail Luka Modric, the maestro who makes Real Madrid’s superstars tick Facebook The captain is here, there and everywhere, having also scored twice at these finals, following up a penalty in the opening game against Nigeria with that twisting, turning howitzer in the 3-0 victory against Argentina. Modric described that goal as one of his best in 109 appearances for Croatia and, more than anything, it reflected his capacity to keep a clear head in the most pressured situations, a remarkable feat given the player travelled to Russia with a possible five-year prison sentence preying on his mind.The sanction stems from Modric’s involvement as a witness in the criminal trial of the former Dinamo Zagreb director Zdravko Mamic, following which he was charged with perjury. A trial is due to take place after the World Cup and, it would not have been a major surprise had Modric, who denies wrongdoing, performed like a troubled soul at the tournament. Croatia Barney Ronay Share on Messenger Topics World Cup 2018 Pinterest Instead he has flourished in the centre of Croatia’s midfield, dictating play with calmness, precision, variety and a quality he is not widely renowned for: robustness.For a man who is 5ft 6in (1.68m) and 10st 3lb (66kg), Modric is incredibly strong, using every element of his frame to hold off more imposing opponents in order to receive and use the ball. It was a trait that was fully on show during Real’s Champions League final victory over Liverpool in Kiev and something Harry Redknapp noticed on becoming Tottenham manager in October 2008, six months after Modric joined the club from Dinamo.“Luka is as brave as a lion,” said Redknapp, having overseen the flourishing of a player who had struggled to adapt to life in north London. “He can make things happen – he has that ability to open the door.”They have also seen that at Real, where Modric likewise suffered early teething problems. He was voted the worst signing of the 2012-13 La Liga season by Marca, having arrived at the Bernabéu for £30m a few weeks before the start of the campaign. He refused to crumble, however, and having moved from a No 10 role into centre midfield, became integral to Real’s success on the European stage.Now he plans to help Croatia reach grand heights, potentially emulating or even surpassing their success at France 98, when a team who included Robert Prosinecki, Zvonimir Boban and Davor Suker reached the semi-finals. Do that and Modric will well and truly stamp his mark on the global consciousness.“Because we are a small country, Luka gets less attention than he deserves,” Lovren said. “He is one of the best in the world. Maybe even a Ballon d’Or winner.” Share on WhatsApp The Observer Saturday 17 November 2007 and the pitch at the National Arena in Skopje is a bog. Incessant rain has caused severe waterlogging and put Macedonia’s hosting of Croatia in a Euro 2008 qualifier under threat. The game goes ahead, and the hosts go on to win 2-0, but it is a poor contest as players on both sides struggle to control the ball, let along do anything with it.Amid the sodden muck one player does catch the eye. Croatia’s No 14, a small and wiry midfielder who, despite the conditions, looks to use possession intelligently and precisely. Sometimes he fails, sometimes he succeeds, but he continues to try, continues to trust in his technique, and what makes his display even more impressive is he is just 22. Share on LinkedIn World Cup Share on Facebook features Reuse this contentlast_img read more

CPLP: Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results

first_imgzoom Capital Product Partners L.P. (CPLP), an international diversified shipping company today released its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013.The Partnership’s net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, was $33.2 million, including a $24.8 million gain from bargain purchase related to the purchase value of the M/V ‘CCNI Angol’ (ex ‘Hyundai Prestige’), the M/V ‘Hyundai Privilege’ and the M/V ‘Hyundai ‘Platinum’ (together the “Additional 5,023 TEU Container Vessels”), as the fair value of the vessels and their attached time charters exceeded the purchase consideration. After taking into account the $4.5 million preferred interest in net income attributable to the unit holders of the 20,855,555 Class B Convertible Preferred Units outstanding as of September 30, 2013, (the “Class B Units” and the “Class B Unitholders”), the result for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 was $0.35 net income per limited partnership unit, which is $0.13 lower than the $0.48 income per unit from the previous quarter ended June 30, 2013 and $0.29 higher than the $0.06 net income per unit in the third quarter of 2012.Operating surplus for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 was $25.8 million, which is $30.8 million lower than the $56.6 million from the second quarter of 2013 and $3.9 million higher than the $21.9 million of the third quarter of 2012. The Partnership’s operating surplus for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 included a $32.0 million gain related to the sale to a third party of the Partnership’s claims against Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. (“OSG”) and certain OSG subsidiaries in connection with their voluntary filing for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The operating surplus adjusted for the payment of distributions to the Class B Unitholders was $21.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2013. Operating surplus is a non-GAAP financial measure used by certain investors to measure the financial performance of the Partnership and other master limited partnerships. Please refer to the section “Appendix A” at the end of the press release, for a reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure to net income.Revenues for the third quarter of 2013 were $42.7 million, compared to $38.0 million in the third quarter of 2012, the increase mainly a result of the Partnership’s increased fleet size and improving employment day rates for certain of the Partnership’s vessels.Total expenses for the third quarter of 2013 were $30.7 million compared to $26.9 million in the third quarter of 2012, the increase mainly a result of the increased fleet size of the Partnership. The vessel operating expenses for the third quarter of 2013 amounted to $13.9 million for the commercial and technical management of our fleet under the terms of our management agreements, compared to $11.3 million in the third quarter of 2012. The total expenses for the third quarter of 2013 also include $13.2 million in depreciation and amortization, compared to $12.0 million in the third quarter of 2012. General and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2013 amounted to $2.1 million, which include a $0.8 million non-cash charge related to the Partnership’s Omnibus Incentive Compensation Plans. The Partnership’s Omnibus Incentive Compensation Plan is now fully vested and the non-cash charge is not expected to be incurred in the coming quarters.As discussed above, in the third quarter of 2013, the Partnership reported a gain from bargain purchase of $24.8 million related to the purchase value of the Additional 5,023 TEU Container Vessels, each of which was acquired by the Partnership on September 11, 2013.Total other expense, net for the third quarter of 2013 amounted to $3.6 million compared to $3.8 million for the third quarter of 2012.As of September 30, 2013, the Partners’ capital amounted to $804.5 million, which is $230.7 million higher than the Partners’ capital as of December 31, 2012, which amounted to $573.8 million. This increase primarily reflects the issuance of 13,685,000 common units in the quarter ended September 30, 2013, which raised gross proceeds of approximately $126.6 million, the issuance of the 9.1 million Class B Units, which raised gross proceeds of approximately $75.1 million, combined with the payment of $63.3 million in distributions since December 31, 2012 and the net income for the nine months period ended September 30, 2013.As of September 30, 2013, the Partnership’s total debt has increased by $126.3 million to $584.7 million, compared to total debt of $458.4 million as of December 31, 2012, as a result of the loan advances under the Partnership’s credit facilities during the nine months period ended September 30, 2013 in connection with the acquisition of the five 5,023 TEU Container Vessels acquired in 2013.Issuance of 13,685,000 Common Units, Entry into a New Up To $200.0 million Senior Secured Credit Facility and Acquisition of Three Additional 5,023 TEU Container VesselsThe Partnership announced on August 13, 2013 the issuance and sale of 13,685,000 common units representing limited partnership interests at a public offering price of $9.25 per unit, which included 1,785,000 common units sold as a result of the full exercise of the over-allotment option granted to the underwriters of the public offering.In September 2013 the Partnership entered into a new senior secured credit facility of up to $200.0 million led by ING Bank N.V. The facility is non-amortizing until March 2016, with a final maturity date in December 2020. The facility carries a rate of LIBOR plus 350 basis points and a commitment fee of 100 basis points. The facility will be available for the funding of up to 50% of the charter free value of modern product tankers and post panamax container vessels.The Partnership used the net proceeds from the issuance of the 13,685,000 common units together with approximately $75.0 million from its new up to $200.0 million senior secured credit facility and part of its cash balances to acquire the three Additional 5,023 TEU Container Vessels from its sponsor Capital Maritime & Trading Corp. (“Capital Maritime”) for an aggregate purchase price of $195.0 million. Each of the Additional 5,023 TEU Container Vessels was built in 2013 at Hyundai Heavy Industries. Co. Ltd. and each Additional 5,023 TEU Container Vessel is employed under a 12 year time charter employment (+/- 60 days) to Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd. at a gross rate of $29,350 per day. The charters commenced shortly after the delivery of the Additional 5,023 TEU Container Vessels to Capital Maritime during the first half of 2013.Fleet DevelopmentsThe Partnership announced on September 24, 2013 that the M/T British Ensign or M/T Atlantas (36,760 IMO II/III Chemical Product Tanker built 2006 Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, South Korea), the M/T British Envoy or M/T Aktoras (36,759 IMO II/III Chemical Product Tanker built 2006 Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, South Korea) and the M/T British Emissary or M/T Aiolos (36,760 IMO II/III Chemical Product Tanker built 2007 Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, South Korea) will extend their charters with BP Shipping Limited (“BP Shipping”) for an additional 18-36 months in direct continuation of their previous bareboat charters at a revised day rate.The M/T British Ensign will continue its bareboat charter with BP Shipping after the completion of its current charter in April 2014 for an additional 24 months at a bareboat rate of US$6,750 per day. BP Shipping has the option to extend the duration of the charter for up to a further 12 months either as bareboat charter at a bareboat rate of US$ 7,250 per day for the optional periods if declared or on time charter basis during the optional periods at a time charter rate of US$ 14,250 per day, if declared. If all options were to be exercised, the employment of the vessel would extend to April 2017.The M/T British Envoy will continue its bareboat charter with BP Shipping after the completion of the current charter in July 2014 for an additional 18 months at a bareboat rate of US$ 7,000 per day. BP Shipping has the option to extend the charter duration for up to a further 12 months either as a bareboat charter at a bareboat rate US$ 7,250 per day for the optional periods, if declared or as a time charter at a time charter rate of US$ 14,250 per day, if declared. If all options were to be exercised, the employment of the vessel would extend to January 2017.The M/T British Emissary will continue its bareboat charter with BP Shipping after the completion of its current charters in March 2015 for an additional 24 months at a bareboat rate of US$ 7,000 per day. BP Shipping has the option to extend the duration of the charter for up to a further 12 months either as bareboat charter at a bareboat rate of US$ 7,250 per day for the optional periods if declared or on a time charter basis during all optional periods at a time charter rate of US$ 14,250 per day if declared. If all options were to be exercised, the employment of the vessel would extend to March 2018.The M/T Avax (47,834 dwt, IMO II/III Chemical Product Tanker built 2007 Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, South Korea) was chartered in October 2013 to BP Shipping for a minimum charter term of one year (+/- 30 days). BP Shipping has the option to extend the charter for an additional 12 months at a gross day rate of $15,600 per day. The vessel had been under charter with Capital Maritime as of May 2013 for 12 months (+/- 30 days) at a gross daily charter rate of $14,750. The vessel’s actual earnings under the new charter will be $14,750 gross per day until May 2014 and $14,800 gross per day between May and October 2014, as the new daily charter rate includes compensation that Capital Maritime will pay to the Partnership for the vessel’s early redelivery in accordance with the terms of the charter party agreement with Capital Maritime.The M/T Apostolos (47,782 dwt, IMO II/III Chemical Product Tanker built 2007, South Korea) extended its charter with our Sponsor, Capital Maritime, by a period of 14 to 18 months at a gross rate of $14,850 per day, which is $850 per day higher than its previous employment day rate. The charter is expected to commence in October 2013 and the earliest redelivery for the M/T Apostolos is expected to be December 2014.The M/T Anemos I (47,782 dwt, IMO II/III Chemical Product Tanker built 2007, South Korea) entered into a new charter with our Sponsor, Capital Maritime, for a period of 14 to 18 months at a gross rate of $14,850 per day, which is $150 per day higher than its previous employment day rate. The charter is expected to commence in November 2013 and the earliest redelivery for the M/T Anemos I is expected to be January 2015.The charters of each of the M/T Avax, M/T Apostolos and M/T Anemos I are subject to 50/50 profit sharing arrangements for breaching Institute Warranty Limits and were unanimously approved by the Conflicts Committee of the Partnership.As a result of the above acquisitions and charter extensions, the weighted average remaining charter duration of our fleet is 8.9 years as of September 30, 2013 compared to 4.0 years at the end of 2012.In October 2013, the Partnership has entered into two separate agreements with non-affiliated third parties to acquire an eco-Type MR product tanker to be renamed M/T Aristotelis (51,604 dwt IMO II/III Chemical Product Tanker built 2013, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Ltd, S. Korea) and to sell the M/T Agamemnon II (51,238 dwt IMO II/III Chemical Product Tanker built 2008, STX Shipbuilding & Offshore, S. Korea). The acquisition of M/T Aristotelis will be funded with proceeds from the sale of M/T Agamemnon II and approximately $6 million from the Partnership’s cash balances.It is expected that the M/T Aristotelis will be employed on a period time charter for $17,000 gross per day for 18-24 months with Capital Maritime. Currently, the M/T Agamemnon II is employed on a time charter to Capital Maritime at a gross rate of $14,500 per day until March 2014. We expect these transactions to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2013.Each of the transactions of M/T Aristotelis and M/T Agamemnon II have been unanimously approved by our Board of Directors.Market CommentaryOverall, product tanker spot earnings in the third quarter of 2013 were at levels higher than in the third quarter of 2012. Strong petroleum product exports from the U.S. Gulf, stemming from increasing oil production and high refinery throughputs, continued to support the market. However, softer rates compared to the earlier part of 2013, were seen in the Atlantic as declining European refinery utilization, the lack of arbitrage opportunities and seasonally weaker gasoline imports to the U.S. exerted downwards pressure on the market.The product tanker period market remained active during the course of the third quarter of 2013, as more charterers sought to take period coverage and at slightly higher time charter rates compared to the previous quarter.On the supply side, the product tanker order book continued to experience slippage during 2013, as approximately 21% of the expected MR and handy size tanker newbuildings were not delivered on schedule. Analysts expect that net fleet growth for product tankers for 2014 will be in the region of 3.5%, while overall demand for MR product tankers for the year is estimated to grow at 4.8%. We believe the improving demand and supply balance of the product tanker market should continue to positively affect spot and period charter rates going forward.The Suezmax spot market remained at seasonally low levels as increased vessel supply, reduced U.S. crude imports and lower Libyan production at the end of the third quarter put downward pressure on rates.Slippage for the Suezmax tanker order book continues to affect tonnage supply as approximately 35% of the expected crude newbuildings were not delivered on schedule. Industry analysts expect the Suezmax tanker order book slippage and cancellations to increase going forward due to the historically weak spot market, the soft shipping finance environment and downward pressure on asset values. Suezmax tanker demand is expected to grow by 4.1% in the full year 2014 with net fleet growth projected at 2.3%.Quarterly Common and Class B Unit Cash DistributionOn October 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Partnership declared a cash distribution of $0.2325 per common unit for the third quarter of 2013, in line with management’s annual distribution guidance. The third quarter common unit cash distribution will be paid on November 15, 2013, to unit holders of record on November 8, 2013.In addition, on October 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Partnership declared a cash distribution of $0.21375 per Class B Unit for the third quarter of 2013, in line with the Partnership’s Second Amended and Restated Partnership Agreement, as amended. The third quarter Class B Unit cash distribution will be paid on November 8, 2013, to Class B Unitholders of record on November 1, 2013.Management CommentaryMr. Ioannis Lazaridis, Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer of the Partnership’s General Partner, commented: “During the third quarter we have taken more steps to grow the Partnership. At the same time the period charter market in product tankers, where the majority of our fleet operates, has continued to improve. As a number of the charters for our product tankers expire during the remainder of 2013 and throughout 2014, we expect to benefit from our exposure to the improving fundamentals of the product tanker sector.“We have successfully concluded an important transaction for the Partnership with the acquisition of three additional 5,023 TEU container vessels with long term period charters, partly financed by the proceeds from our issuance of 13.7 million common units earlier in the quarter. We believe that this transaction, the effects of which will be fully reflected in the fourth quarter, enhances the cash flow visibility to our shareholders, further diversifies our revenue stream, and will further underpin our existing distribution level and allow for potential distribution growth ahead.“In addition, we are pleased to have fixed three product tanker on new period business and to have extended the charters of three existing product tankers with BP Shipping, as the prospects for the product tanker market continue to improve. Importantly, the new $200.0 million loan facility we have arranged during the quarter will further facilitate us to continue to pursue our growth path ahead.”Mr Lazaridis concluded: “I would like to reiterate our commitment to the $0.93 per unit annual distribution guidance going forward, and to the continued enhancement of our financial flexibility and distribution coverage, in order to pursue growth opportunities and forge a pathway to distribution growth.”CPLP, November 1, 2013last_img read more

Highway Upgrades Continue in Eastern Nova Scotia

first_imgSeveral large road construction projects are winding down this month but there are still many jobs keeping the province’s road builders busy in the months ahead. In Cape Breton, a $6,060,752 contract was awarded for paving and widening a section of the Cabot Trail in Victoria County and a $4,758,905 contract was awarded to complete the twinning of Highway 125 near Sydney. Work is also continuing on several large projects including the twinning of Highway 104 in the Antigonish area, an $84.8 million project scheduled for completion in fall 2012, and the replacement of the Little Bras D’Or Bridge near Baddeck, a $10,205,847 project to be completed in 2011. “By working closely with our funding partners and the roadbuilding industry we’re creating good jobs for Nova Scotians and keeping the economy rolling,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This co-operative approach is paying benefits across the province.” According to the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association, a typical $2-million paving contract generates 60 direct jobs and about $200,000 worth of business for the trucking industry and significant spin-off expenditures for local businesses. This year’s $310-million capital construction budget is the second largest in the province’s history after a record $325-million investment in highway infrastructure in 2009. Work in other areas of the province includes the latest twinned section of Highway 101 that opened July 29, and a newly twinned section of Highway 104 in the Pine Tree Road area of Pictou County, expected to open in the next few weeks. In addition, work will soon be completed on the Larry Uteck Interchange on Highway 102 near Bedford. “We appreciate the efforts of the construction industry and the patience of Nova Scotia drivers as these projects continue,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “These jobs are vital to Nova Scotia’s well-being.”last_img read more

Canada claims leadership but lacks details on plan to cut shipping emissions

first_imgOTTAWA – The United Nations group which regulates the international shipping industry is being asked to cut emissions from the cargo ships, oil tankers and other vessels that crisscross the world’s oceans, as they threaten to become the single-largest source of planet-warming greenhouse gases.Canada, however, is being secretive about what it wants to see done ahead of a meeting in the United Kingdom next week that will try to set some emission-cutting targets.A standoff is expected at the International Marine Organization meeting in London. While several countries, including those in the European Union as well as Japan and China, want significant cuts to shipping emissions, the United States, Saudi Arabia and Brazil want to move more slowly, fearing the economic impacts to the industry.Emissions from international shipping were excluded from the Paris agreement in 2015 with the IMO promising to handle it. In 2016 the IMO said it would aim to have an interim strategy in 2018 and a final plan in 2023.The IMO estimates that, if left unchecked, emissions from shipping could grow up to 250 per cent by 2050. Shipping emissions are not assigned to any one country, but on their own, they are bigger than the total emissions from all but the six biggest emitters — China, the United States, India, Russia, Japan and Germany.A spokesman for Transport Canada says Canada is one of the most ambitious members of the IMO, but would give no specifics about what Canada is pressing for or what it is willing to commit to doing to cut shipping emissions.“The government of Canada is playing a leadership role in the fight against climate change and has been amongst the most vocal and ambitious member states at the International Maritime Organization,” Pierre Manoni said in an email. “We are working with our international partners to gain consensus and develop an ambitious strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from international maritime shipping.”Andrew Dumbrille, the sustainable shipping specialist at the World Wildlife Fund Canada, said that’s about the same response he got during a conference call with the government when he asked what they were proposing to do.“I can’t get anything more concrete than that,” he said.Dumbrille said Canada has been in favour of discussing short-term measures, such as reducing the speed of ships, which can be done immediately. He said cutting ship speeds can reduce emissions by as much as 30 per cent. But he says commitments on the longer-term side have been invisible, if they exist.The WWF says the shipping industry has to cut emissions 70 to 100 per cent by 2050. That would largely come through technological improvements including better fuels. Right now the shipping industry relies on the “dirtiest fuel on the planet” said Dumbrille.Heavy fuel oil, a byproduct of distilling gasoline, is a sludgy, tar-like substance that is half the cost of most alternatives but produces significantly more emissions, including carbon dioxide and black carbon, as well as fine particulate matter and sulphur, all of which contribute not just to global warming but to lung diseases.It’s estimated heavy fuel oil contributes to thousands of deaths from air pollution each year.Several countries are trying to ban the use of heavy fuel in the Arctic and reduce its use everywhere, but Canada last year asked to slow that process while it looks at economic impacts on Arctic communities.last_img read more

Sensex ends 8day bull run logs weekly gain

first_imgMumbai: Snapping its eight-day winning streak, the BSE benchmark Sensex tumbled over 222 points Friday as investors scrambled to book profits after the recent rally while ratings agency Fitch slashed India’s growth forecast. Lacklustre global cues and a depreciating rupee also weighed on the markets, analysts said.The 30-share index opened on a positive note at 38,452.47, but soon succumbed to heavy selling pressure, touching an intra-day low of 38,089.36. It finally closed at 38,164.61, down by 222.14 points, or 0.58 per cent. On similar lines, the NSE Nifty shed 64.15 points, or 0.56 per cent, to finish at 11,456.90. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOn a weekly basis, the Sensex added over 140 points, while the wider Nifty gained 30 points. Fitch Ratings Friday cut India’s GDP growth forecast for the next fiscal to 6.8 per cent from 7 per cent estimated earlier on weaker than expected economic momentum. In its latest Global Economic Outlook, Fitch also slashed GDP growth forecast for current fiscal ending March 2019 to 6.9 per cent from 7.2 per cent projected in the December edition. Tata Motors was the biggest loser in the Sensex pack, tumbling 2.47 per cent, followed by Reliance Industries (2.44 per cent), Maruti (1.84 per cent), SBI (1.76 per cent) and Bajaj Finance (1.23 per cent). NTPC emerged as the biggest gainer in the index, spurting 3.67 per cent. Other winners included L&T, Asian Paints, Tata Steel and PowerGrid, rising up to 1.54 per cent. “Domestic market ended on a weak note as investors turned to profit booking given the sharp rally in last two weeks and weak global cues.”last_img read more

Moroccan Parliament Rushes Approval of Public Prosecution Independence Bill

Rabat – The Moroccan parliament approved on Monday a bill making the King’s Attorney General at the Court of Cassation the new head of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, independent from any parliamentary oversight or government intervention. It took less than two weeks for members of the first chamber to review and validate the 33-17 bill. The text in question, relating to the transfer of the powers of the prosecutor’s office of the Ministry of Justice to the Attorney General of the King at the Court of Cassation and presented to Parliament on July 6, sparked fierce opposition from the majority and opposition parties alike.  The parties in questions could not reach an agreement on some of the points proposed by the bill, concerned that it would remove the Public Prosecution from the authority of the Supreme Council of the Judiciary The Justice and Development Party (PJD) led a fierce opposition. While the PJD’s first amendment on the necessity for the new prosecution office to adopt the penal policy enacted by the government, its second amendment, which refused to grant financial and administrative autonomy to the prosecutor general, was rejected. Isolated, the PJD parliamentary group was forced to withdraw its demand. The Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), which expressed its utmost rejection of the bill, is considering to take matter to the Constitutional Court. “The prosecution office should not be above monitoring and accounting,” Abdellatif Wahbi told Morocco World News, expressing his fears regarding an institution that might become “autarch in a time when we lost control over it.” On July 19, the bill was voted in committee after validation and rejection of the amendments proposed by the deputies and accepted by the government. The bill was validated in record time, as it was adopted during the plenary session on Monday, and then submitted to the Second Chamber Tuesday. At this rate, the bill will leave the legislative circuit before the end of the current spring session, which should be closed by August 8. The draft law is expected to be implemented before October 7, when the public prosecutor should enter service in its new form, permanently sealing the independence of the judiciary.This is neither the first nor the second time in a few months that Parliament will adopt a bill with such speed. Last January, it took only a few hours for the Committee on Foreign Affairs to validate the bill approving the statutes of the African Union. The 2017 Finance Bill was also rushed through the House of Representatives, sparking in turn a huge controversy among the parliament and the public alike. On average, the examination and voting of a bill in both Houses takes about 207 days. read more

Weeklong taxi strike against Uber hinders traffic in Madrid

MADRID — Spanish police are clearing away taxis that are blocking a main avenue in the capital of Madrid, the latest action in a weeklong standoff with authorities over the growth of app-based ride-hailing services that taxi drivers say threaten their livelihood.The striking Spanish taxi drivers want the regional government in Madrid to impose tighter regulations for rides hailed through apps like Uber and Cabify.They demand similar steps like those announced for Barcelona, where local authorities can now modify regulations to require app-based rides to be hired up to one hour in advance.Madrid authorities have rejected any compromises that would wipe out competition for the taxis, which are regulated as a public service.Cab drivers responded Monday by moving their protest from the capital’s outskirts to Castellana Avenue, in Madrid’s central north-south axis.The Associated Press read more

Failure to protect forests will lead to huge financial losses – UNbacked

In a report entitled “REDDy-Set-Grow Part II: Recommendations for international climate change negotiators,” the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) – in partnership with over 200 financial companies – urged negotiators at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to remain committed to the international policy framework on the reduction of deforestation and forest degradation reduction known as REDD+.The report points out that any post-Kyoto climate convention negotiated in Durban, South Africa, later this year must include text that clarifies the fundamental role of private engagement and investment in funding REDD+, as well as effective measures to tackle the causes deforestation by changing behaviour in the private sector towards sustainable land use.The Kyoto Protocol is an addition to the UNFCCC that contains legally binding measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and whose first commitment period is due to expire next year. Negotiations on the second commitment phase of the Protocol are ongoing.A positive outcome in Durban would also send an encouraging signal to the next year’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil, where one of the two key themes will be the Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, according to the new report.An ineffective climate change regime on forests would entail losses in the global economy of $1 trillion per year by 2100, and affect a large portion of the estimated 1 billion people who rely on forests for their livelihood, according research done previously, the report adds.By contrast, a healthy forestry-based carbon market could mobilize investment for the protection and rehabilitation of natural forests to the tune of more than $10 billion by 2020.“The fundamental reason for current levels of deforestation worldwide is that cleared forests translate into economic opportunity for farmers, local communities and governments while standing forests do not,” said Christian del Valle, the Director of Environmental Markets & Forestry at BNP Paribas.“There is a price for soybeans, palm oil, beef and other products grown on deforested lands, but not for the many critically important services provided by healthy forests, including the sequestration and storing of carbon. With the possibility of a global funding mechanism for REDD+ we now have, at the global level, the unprecedented opportunity to address this imbalance. I hope we do not miss it so that natural forests are given the value they deserve.” 13 September 2011The United Nations and a coalition of financial institutions warned today that huge losses, both financial and environmental, could result from a failure to agree on a climate change agreement that spurs private sector investment in efforts to reduce deforestation and forest degradation. read more

Toronto stock index dips as oil falls below US50 a barrel amid

Toronto stock index dips as oil falls below US$50 a barrel amid OPEC deal by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted May 25, 2017 9:34 am MDT Last Updated May 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The price of oil fell below the US$50 mark Thursday as investors expressed disappointment over OPEC’s decision to only extend production cuts by another nine months.The July crude contract plunged $2.46 at US$48.90 per barrel, marking its biggest decline in more than two months.Oil prices have rallied in the last several weeks on expectations of an extension, but some had been hoping for deeper and longer cuts from the 14-member OPEC cartel and 10 other countries led by Russia.The new agreement means that the reductions of 1.8 million barrels a day agreed on last November will stay in place until March 2018.Chief market analyst Colin Cieszynski of CMC Markets Canada says investors had already priced in the likelihood that there would be an extension for at least six months, but others had a “pie in the sky” notion that the group might agree to a 12-month extension.When that didn’t materialize Thursday, it resulted in some profit taking with the price of oil, he said.OPEC and non-OPEC members are facing stiff competition from U.S. shale producers, who have returned to the market since crude prices have risen due to the cuts. Many are determined to resume operations if crude prices go even higher.“That’s why we didn’t see them cut any further really, because if they cut more it would just get replaced by U.S. production and they don’t want that,” Cieszynski said.A price of US$50 a barrel is still less than half the commodity’s level from early 2014, though above the low of below US$30 in early 2015.The weakness in crude weighed on the S&P/TSX composite index, which fell 8.76 points to 15,410.73.Losses from the energy sector were partially offset by gains in financials stocks, as three of the county’s largest banks — TD Bank (TSX:TD), Royal Bank (TSX:RY) and CIBC (TSX:CM) — reported strong quarterly results.The Canadian dollar was up 0.04 of a U.S. cent to an average price of 74.33 cents US.New York indices gained for a sixth straight sessions as the Dow Jones industrial average added 70.53 points to 21,082.95. The S&P 500 index advanced 10.68 points to 2,415.07 and the Nasdaq composite index gained 42.24 points at 6,205.26 — both hitting record highs.In other commodities, the June gold contract gained $3.30 to US$1,256.40 an ounce, the July copper contract was up a penny at US$2.60 a pound, and July natural gas contract was down three cents at US$3.28 per mmBTU.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

Racism will not disappear from football stadiums by magic warns UNESCO report

“The playing fields of football are built with the profound values of fair play, equality and mutual respect – they sometimes also display unacceptable racist, xenophobic and intolerant views,” said UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova said in the foreword the new report Colour? What Colour? released jointly with the Juventus Football Club over the weekend in Paris.The report takes stock of what has been done and what is being done to combat racism and discrimination in the sport; it examines ways to assess actions undertaken and envisages other complementary actions, as well as offering examples of best practice.Noting that “the existence of racism and discrimination in football is not a secret, but it is a shame on the game,” the 83-page report contains the fruit of research and surveys involving an international team of experts, researchers, football managers and officials, and concludes that “racism and discrimination will not disappear from the football stadium by magic.” As the report has tried to show, they may be further reduced by systematic, coherent, and coordinated action by those who share the objective of promoting “a football of cultural diversity and social inclusion.”All experts interviewed for this report agreed on the fact that eliminating racism and discrimination will not be a ‘walk in the park,’ but requires sustained and combined efforts from all sides, it said.“Sometimes it is necessary to re-design the entire machine in order to achieve progress,” according to the report’s conclusion. “Sometimes re-adjusting or re-arranging some nuts and bolts is sufficient. From within the machine, it is difficult to judge, but from the outside, things may appear in a different light.”In the foreword, Ms. Bokova argues that sport provides a unique platform to promote the values of intercultural dialogue and understanding, as well as gender equality, while reinforcing social inclusion. However, she cautions that it can also be exploited to divide and discriminate.“We have seen the exchange of racial epithets between athletes, along with crowd taunts that are based on race, ethnic or cultural background – and these have occurred at all levels of sport,” she underscored.“This report offers the first exhaustive overview of the challenge and proposes good practice that can be taken forward,” Ms. Bokova said, commending the Juventus Football Club for their political engagement against discrimination and racism in football.“This report will allow UNESCO and other stakeholders to take this struggle to a higher level still,” she said.To counter this challenge, UNESCO is acting across the board with all its partners to promoting the inclusion of anti-discrimination and anti-racism clauses in players’ contracts. According to the UNESCO chief, since 2009, in multiple partnerships with football clubs – including Barcelona and Malaga FC (Spain), Ruby Shenzhen (China), Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) and recently with Juventus – UNESCO has placed emphasis on the role of clubs in propagating the essential messages of tolerance, respect and inclusion. read more

Football Greg Schiano staying with Ohio State despite NFL rumors

Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano speaks to the media on Dec. 27 prior to the 2017 Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State raked in its best statistical recruiting class under head coach Urban Meyer with two more commitments on National Signing Day, but that wasn’t the biggest news for the Buckeyes when looking at the 2018 season.After rumors circulating that defensive coordinator and safeties coach Greg Schiano was expected to take the vacant New England Patriots defensive coordinator position, Schiano apparently spoke with Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman to set the record straight that he was remaining at Ohio State next season.Greg Schiano tells me he is staying at #OhioState contrary to reports from Monday that he was leaving for the Patriots. Big day for the Buckeyes. Schiano played a key part in landing top OT Nick Petit-Frere out of Tampa.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 7, 2018It’s been a turbulent offseason for the Ohio State coaching staff with reports that quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day would leave to become the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator — he eventually was promoted to offensive coordinator to stay with the Buckeyes — and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs signing on to become the Titans cornerbacks coach. Coombs was one of Ohio State’s most integral recruiters and position coaches, having produced four first-round picks from his position group in the last four drafts, so losing Schiano would’ve been another blow to the defensive outlook of Ohio State, as well as its recruiting prowess.Schiano said he does have aspirations of becoming a head coach, but that doesn’t have to happen. Adds he loves what he’s doing right now.— Edward Sutelan (@EdwardSutelan) February 7, 2018 read more

Dando works with Sonic Drill to supply new compact SDC375 rig

first_imgDando Drilling has been working in collaboration with Canadian company, Sonic Drill Corporation, to bring a brand new light, compact sonic drilling rig to the market. Sonic Drill Corporation, established for over 35 years, is a market leader for the sonic drilling rig industry and a leading innovator in sonic drilling technology, holding key patents for this type of drilling technique. The new SDC375 drilling rig, now available for purchase through Dando, will feature the Sonic drill head which is well regarded for its performance and reliability.The SDC375, like all Dando rigs, is designed to be robust and reliable and also boasts a small footprint allowing it to operate in tight spaces as well as fit inside a standard sized container for easy transportation. This is Dando’s first step into the sonic drilling market and the company stated that sonic drilling “boasts many advantages over conventional drilling including being faster, requiring less drilling fluid, continuous high quality coring and greatly reduced hole deviation.” In addition to the sharing of technology, Sonic Drill Corporation will also be Dando’s agent for North America.last_img read more

Tipperary Rape Crisis service will continue as normal

first_imgTHE HEAD OF the Tipperary Rape Crisis & Counselling Centre has moved to assure people that the centre will continue to operate as normal.A funding shortfall meant that Rape Crisis Midwest would have to shut for a month, but Anita Clancy Clarke of Tipperary Rape Crisis & Counselling Service said that this will not affect their services.“I would like to clarify that Tipperary Rape Crisis & Counselling Centre services continue to operate as normal.“The services are available out of the main office in Clonmel and the outreach offices in Carrick on Suir and Cashel. I am making this statement in response to an announcement made earlier this week in the media regarding the closure of some Rape Crisis Centres for a month.“We have been receiving calls from distressed clients and we want to reassure them and to invite anyone with concerns to ring the Freephone number 1800 340 340.”Earlier this week, it was revealed that Rape Crisis Midwest is to close services in Clare and Tipperary because it is €120,000 short on funding.Read: Two rape crisis centres are to close temporarily as cuts take holdlast_img read more

Philadelphia newspapers to offer cheap Android tablets with digital subscription

first_imgIt’s 2011, and most old-school media outlets are still struggling to figure out what to do with their digital presences. Paywalls have been a risky bet for the most part (partly because they’ve been easy to get around), and monetizing content by serving advertisements isn’t always enough to keep the ship afloat when it’s so easy for readers to hop sources on the Web.Two Philadelphia newspapers have come up with an interesting plan: to bundle inexpensive Android tablets with digital subscriptions. Both the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News are hoping the combined offering will boost readership of their downloadable news, which currently runs about $3 per week.  While tablet pricing hasn’t been revealed just yet, it’s thought that parent company Philadelphia Media Network would offer the tablets as cheaply as half price. That’s not too shabby considering there are some fairly nice Android slabs available for around $200 retail — like Barnes and Noble’s Nook Color and the Viewsonic gTablet.AdChoices广告At the company’s press conference yesterday, PMN announced that a limited number of tablets would be available at launch, perhaps as few as 2,000. As you’d probably also expect, the devices will be Wi-Fi only to begin with — though 3G or 4G versions may be a possibility in the future. There is also an iPad app in the works, though subscriptions accessed via your shiny Apple tablet will unsurprisingly not be eligible for any kind of hardware subsidy.As Brad Linder points out over at Liliputing, if readers are willing to sign up for long-term subscriptions, it’s a win-win situation. Subscribers get a good deal on a decent piece of Android hardware while the publisher guarantees its costs are covered and a little bit of profit will roll in for the next year or two. Sounds like a good deal to me, but sadly my local publications aren’t nearly so forward-thinking.Read more at Liliputinglast_img read more

The end of an era for iconic Greek restaurant

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Located in the Rundle Street precinct since 1995, Eros Ouzeri, one of the most iconic restaurants in Adelaide’s East End, has closed its doors after 20 years of operation. Owner George Michail, who purchased the restaurant in 2007 from restaurateur Jim Dimitropoulos, ceased trading after going into liquidation. A notice displayed on the business’ front door confirms that the lease of the premises has been terminated as a result of unpaid rent.Greek Australian restaurateur Jim Dimitropoulos opened Eros Ouzeri in 1995 alongside Eros Kafe, which he still owns and continues to operate successfully as a family business. According to local press, landlord Steve Maras, of Maras Group, confirmed that the Eros Ouzeri premises went up for lease earlier this week, and that they are now looking to secure a high-quality operator to deliver a restaurant similar to the already existing venues in the East End of the Rundle Street precinct.He also confirmed that the news has no relevance to Eros Kafé.last_img read more

Washington school shooters texts turned dark

first_imgMARYSVILLE — A detective investigating the high school shooting in Washington state that left five teens dead says in court papers that the young shooter’s texts turned dark the week before he opened fire, with references to his funeral and the message: “Bang bang I’m dead.”Moments before Jaylen Fryberg, 15, shot his fellow students Oct. 24 in the Marysville Pilchuck High School cafeteria, he texted more than a dozen relatives, describing what he wanted to wear at his funeral and who should get his personal possessions, the detective’s search warrant affidavit says.The boy asked relatives to apologize to the families of his friends “who get caught up in the (expletive) tomorrow” — referring to the day after the shooting. He also sent texts in the previous days to a female friend talking about his death and funeral.The popular teen fatally shot four friends he had invited to lunch and wounded a fifth teen before killing himself.The victims are Gia Soriano, Zoe Galasso and Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, all 14, and Andrew Fryberg, 15. All were shot in the head. Nate Hatch, 14, was shot in the jaw and is recovering. Andrew Fryberg and Hatch are the shooter’s cousins.Investigators have found no evidence to support a rumor that students had expressed concerns about Jaylen Fryberg to school authorities before the shooting, police spokeswoman Shari Ireton said Wednesday.last_img read more

Digging a Fighting Hole

first_imgSince I wrote that piece, I’ve spoken to a few more b-to-b folks. And nothing I’m hearing suggests that I’m wrong to be nervous.So if I may continue this metaphor, let me say this, and let me say it my best drill sergeant voice: “Shut your damn mouths. Grab your goddamn entrenching tool and dig a goddamn hole!”When the new year begins, I’ll post some of my thoughts on what a B2B fighting hole looks like. In the meantime, it’s worth noting that some of the smarter folks in the industry are offering their suggestions on how to weather the coming dark times.First, David Shaw says now is NOT the time to panic or overreact.Second, Scott Karp suggests that now IS the time to go for broke in online ad sales.Third, in an article in FOLIO: magazine, 1105 Media’s Neal Vitale says it’s time to rethink staffing and accept that “you might find that you need more resources devoted to online content development.”More here … Back when I was younger and even more attractive than I am today, I was a soldier. And like other soldiers, I learned a set of skills that are sometimes difficult to transfer to the civilian world. I, for example, am a pretty good fighter with a bayonet. But my clients in the B2B world seldom have the need to employ me for my skills with edged weapons.On the other hand, back in infantry training at Fort Benning, I learned to dig a fighting hole. And I think that will prove a valuable skill-at least in the metaphorical sense-in 2008.A fighting hole, sometimes called a fox hole, is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a hole in the ground from which a soldier fights. But the key to a fighting hole is that it is a defensive position. It’s the place where a soldier lives, fights and struggles to hold the line. Although it is possible to advance from a fighting hole, it is more of a place to resist an onslaught than to plan an attack. And I’ve decided that it’s time for b-to-b editors and publishers to build some fighting holes.As the year draws to an end, I find myself worrying more and more about what next year will bring for our industry. As I mentioned a few days ago, “I’m worried that 2008 is going to be an awful year for B2B publishing.”last_img read more