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Depressed Rates to Push Down Maersk Line’s Results

first_imgzoom Danish shipping and energy conglomerate Maersk has lowered its expectations for Maersk Line’s business results for 2015 amid depressed market.The previous expectation, as announced in the Q2 report, was based on an underlying result contribution from Maersk Line above USD 2.2bn. However, this has now been reduced to USD 1.6bn.“The group’s sensitivity guidance for the last six months of 2015 states that a general decline in the freight rate of 100 USD/FFE will impact Maersk Line’s result negatively by around USD 0.5bn, and that a volume reduction of 100,000 FFE will have a negative impact of around USD 0.1bn,” Maersk said in an announcement.Nevertheless, Maersk said that all other business units maintain their result guidance for 2015.“It is regrettable that we have to adjust our expectations for the 2015 result. All of our business units delivered a positive result in the third quarter, despite difficult conditions across our industries,” says Maersk Group CEO Nils S. Andersen.The group’s preliminary reported result for Q3 is USD 778m (USD 1,5bn) with an underlying result of USD 662m (USD 1,3bn). The preliminary reported result for the first nine months is USD 3,436m (USD 5bn) with an underlying result of USD 3,080m (USD 3,7bn).Maersk attributed the downturn to deterioration of the container shipping market beyond the group’s expectations especially in the later part of Q3 and October which are not expected to rebound in 2015.“Maersk Line has over the years taken steps to ensure a cost effective and resilient operation, but the current deterioration in the container shipping market is impacting also our business,” says Andersen.In Q3 Maersk Line achieved an average freight rate of 2,163 USD/FFE (2,679 USD/FFE in Q3 2014) and carried 2,427,000 FFE (2,401,000 FFE in Q3 2014) which were lower than expected.“As a result of the market circumstances, initiatives have been taken to adjust Maersk Line’s network accordingly,” the announcement reads.last_img read more

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Top executives from CA ECB to visit Pakistan for security briefings

first_imgKarachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed that top executives from the Australian and English boards will visit the country for security briefings in September and October. The PCB said that Cricket Australia (CA) chairman Earl Edings and chief executive Kevin Roberts will be in Pakistan from September 16-18 followed by the arrival of England and Wales Cricket Board’s CEO and director in October. PCB chairman Ehsan Mani conveyed this to the members of the Board of Governors at a meeting in Lahore on Friday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh According to Mani, the visiting Australian and English officials will be given complete security briefings. The idea is to convince them to send their teams to Pakistan and help them complete the revival of international cricket in Pakistan, where no Test-playing nation has set foot since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009 in Lahore. It will be the first time that top officials of the Australian and English cricket boards will have back-to-back visits to Pakistan since that March day a decade ago. A surplus budget for the remaining months of the fiscal year 2019/20 was also approved at the meeting while a nomination committee has also been formed to recommend independent directors for the Board of Governors.last_img read more

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Specialist wait times up in Canada says study by freeenterprise think tank

first_imgVANCOUVER – A new study says Canadians are waiting longer than ever for specialist treatment, but one health research organization says most patients are receiving key procedures within acceptable time frames.The Fraser Institute released its annual report Thursday on queues for specialist visits and diagnostic and surgical procedures. It is based on surveys of about 2,400 physicians from 12 specialties including orthopedic surgery and radiation oncology.The free-enterprise think tank says the median national wait time, from referral to treatment, is 21.2 weeks, up from 20 weeks last year. It says this year’s wait time is more than double that of 1993, when it was 9.3 weeks.“I think it matters to those Canadians who are in pain, who are relying on their families and caregivers while they’re waiting for treatment,” said author Bacchus Barua.The study finds Ontario has the shortest total wait at 15.4 weeks while New Brunswick has the longest at 41.7 weeks. The waits in British Columbia and Alberta are both just over 26 weeks.It also says patients wait more than 41 weeks for orthopedic surgery, while the wait for medical oncology is just over three weeks. Canadians wait more than four weeks for a CT scan and nearly 11 weeks for a MRI scan, it adds.Barua said other countries with universal health care including Australia and France have shorter wait times and generally they partner with the private sector and expect patients to share in treatment cost.However, the Canadian Institute for Health Information also reports annually on wait times and its latest study found that three out of four patients have priority procedures done within national benchmarks.The institute uses provincial and territorial data and focuses on priority areas set out by the 2004 Health Accord. The benchmarks also set by the accord are considered to be medically acceptable wait times.Between 2012 and 2016, wait times for hip and knee replacements remained relatively stable, while they increased for cataract removal and decreased for hip fracture repair, the report says.Overall last year, 90 per cent of patients waited 36.4 weeks for treatment, it says.Jennifer D’Silva, a manager at the health institute, said the number of priority procedures performed is rising and Canada’s aging population might be a factor.The Fraser Institute sent surveys to more than 11,800 specialist physicians and received responses from 21 per cent.British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix pointed out that only 343 specialists in the province responded. There are about 5,900 specialists in B.C., so the Fraser Institute didn’t hear from 94 per cent of them, he said.“This has been a continual issue with the Fraser Institute study,” he said.However, Dix said wait times worsened over the past five to seven years under the previous B.C. government and he is working on solutions with doctors and health authorities.The Fraser Institute also notes “survey responses in parts of Atlantic Canada are notably lower than in other provinces, which may result in reported median wait times being higher or lower than those actually experienced.”Bruce Macfarlane, a New Brunswick health department spokesman, said the province makes surgical wait time data available on a website. It shows nine out of 10 hip replacements were completed in 53 weeks, exceeding the national benchmark of 26 weeks.“New Brunswick has an aging population and this is impacting the demand for specific types of interventions, for example total hip and knee joint replacements,” Macfarlane said.Ontario’s government will invest $1.3 billion in additional funding over the next three years to reduce wait times, said David Jensen, a health ministry spokesman.The ministry also has an online tool that allows patients to find out the wait times for specific services at individual hospitals.Health Canada spokeswoman Tammy Jarbeau said Canada continues to perform well on median wait times for priority procedures compared to other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries.However, surgical demand continues to increase and jurisdictions will be challenged to meet benchmarks, Jarbeau said.“The Government of Canada is engaging with provinces and territories to make our health care system more responsive and sustainable,” she said.— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

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Just an incredible feeling Northern Manitoba hockey team wins nationwide contest

first_imgThe Huskies beat out nine other teams for the coveted prize.The team chose Oscar’s Place, the town’s only homeless shelter, as its charity of choice after volunteering there last December.Conaty says the team originally volunteered as part of a team-building exercise and it snowballed from there.“We went from wanting to volunteer there for a few hours and just by fluke and the stars aligning we found out about the contest and entered,” he said.Last fall, The Pas Friendship Centre announced it would be closing the shelter due to a lack of funding.Several people stepped in to form a group called Stand Up for Oscar’s Place Inc. The group fundraises to help keep the shelter open.Money will go toward basic necessities such as food, dishes, cooking appliances and bedding, Louise Dewar, a volunteer with the group, told APTN last month.“For us it would mean taking a look at buying cots,” she said. “We do think it’s important because we get some elderly gentlemen here, and [they] sleep on the floor.”Chevrolet and Hockey Canada will present The Huskies with its winnings during a special televised event taking place in The Pas in early March.The Huskies video garnered approximately 45,000 views from across Canada.“We’re from a small town. We have like 12 kids on our team. The Pas has 5000 people. Our hockey association is pretty tiny,” said Conaty.“To get this kind of response is pretty incredible. Just an incredible feeling.” Brittany Hobson APTN NewsA pee-wee hockey team from northern Manitoba has 15,000 reasons to be happy.On Monday, The Pas Huskies were announced as this year’s winners of Chevrolet’s Good Deeds Cup, awarding the team $15,000 for the charity of its choice.Jerome Conaty, one of the team’s assistant coaches, said the news came as a shock for the kids.“They almost didn’t fully understand what was happening,” Conaty told APTN Monday. “They were pretty ecstatic once it all sunk in.”The contest, in its second year, was open to pee-wee teams across Canada. Teams were required to make a one-minute video advocating for a charity in their communities. Videos were posted to Chevrolet Canada’s YouTube page, and the one with the most views won.last_img read more

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Canada Mexico ready to engage on US sticking point

first_imgMEXICO CITY – Canada and Mexico are prepared to engage the United States on one of its most contentious demands for NAFTA, in an early indication that proposals currently deemed non-starters could, in theory, be redesigned into something all three countries can live with.It involves a U.S. idea deemed so hideous by the other parties that they refused to even look at it in the previous negotiating round. But with a significant facelift, the other countries say, the U.S. proposal could be turned into something a little more palatable, or at least worthy of discussion.That controversial U.S. idea: a five-year sunset clause.Also referred to as a termination clause, the proposal would end NAFTA after five years unless all three countries agree to extend it. Proposed by the Trump administration at the last negotiating round, the demand was derided by the other countries, business groups, and American lawmakers as a recipe for permanent uncertainty, contrary to the spirit of a trade agreement that is supposed to provide investor confidence.But as the latest round of talks kicks off in Mexico City, the other countries are revealing a willingness to discuss modifying the idea. They say the termination clause could be turned into a review clause, meaning the agreement would still undergo assessments at regular intervals — without creating a climate of constant uncertainty, in which the deal could be cancelled by default.The Mexican government has publicly and explicitly acknowledged its willingness to discuss this revised version. Now Canadian officials are saying similar things privately.“We are going with a counter-proposal: Let’s put more force into evaluations, but let’s not establish an automatic phase-out mechanism,” Mexico’s economy minister, Ildefonso Guajardo, said this week. “Let’s establish a commitment that every five years we will evaluate what is happening, an analysis, what effects the agreement is having. And based on those results, each country can decide what to do in the future.”That’s compatible with the Canadian position.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland have frequently spoken about the value of reviewing trade agreements, but have not publicly discussed the idea of embedding such a practice in a formal clause of NAFTA.Yet one Canadian official speaking on the condition that he not be identified opened the door on Thursday to discussing the idea.He said the notion of periodic NAFTA performance reviews is not new in trade agreements, nor is it something Canada would be unhappy to discuss should other countries wish to.But he said the original proposal of a so-called sunset clause remains out of bounds. He said it would make for permanent uncertainty, and is unnecessary as NAFTA already has a six-month termination clause that can be invoked at any time by an unhappy signatory.The apparent willingness to engage comes after an acrimonious round in Washington last month, where countries swatted aside each other’s major demands. At the end of the round, all three lead NAFTA ministers publicly scolded each other’s attitudes from the news conference stage.Those politicians, Freeland, Robert Lighthizer, and Guajardo, have announced they will not attend the current round. There are also reports they might miss the next round too, as the politicians retreat from the foreground to give negotiators space to work without all the discord in public view.This hint of willingness to compromise on a review-type clause raises the possibility that there might be some softer stances as the talks approach their hoped-for finish date of next March.That being said, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. business community remain unnerved by some American proposals and wonder what the Trump administration actually wants. Speculation is rife in all three capitals about whether the White House wants a deal, or whether it is attempting to sabotage the talks and set the stage for the announcement of a U.S. withdrawal from NAFTA.More than six-dozen U.S. lawmakers wrote to Trump’s trade czar this week expressing concern about the handling of the NAFTA file.A trade consultant attending this week’s talks says this idea of a regular assessment could be a worthwhile discussion point, as long as it doesn’t come with a termination-by-default portion.He said regular reviews would not be so revolutionary. He pointed out that the current agreement’s Chapter 20 establishes a NAFTA Commission and gives it the power to consider new matters that might affect the operation of the agreement.“It is in fact rather normal to have periodic reviews to determine if the deal is working and can work better. It is not normally tied to killing the deal,” said Peter Clark, an Ottawa consultant.Laura Dawson of Washington’s Wilson Center agreed that some watered-down version of the initial U.S. demand might work.She said it might resemble the World Trade Organization’s policy-review mechanism, which requires all members to conduct a self-assessment and assessment by a panel of others every two, four or six years, although the WTO version doesn’t require countries to act in response to findings.“The review mechanism is probably reasonable,” Dawson said.last_img read more

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M25 rapist considered for parole a week after board orders release of

first_imgM25 rapist Antoni Imiela is being considered for parole, it has emerged a week after the decision to free taxi driver John Worboys.Imiela, 63, was jailed in 2004 and given seven life sentences for the rape of nine women and girls, eight of which occurred in just one year.But it emerged on Wednesday night that a parole board is set to meet to discuss his release, 14 years on from his detention.The railway worker, who was born in West Germany to a Polish father and German mother, emigrated with his family to the UK at the age of seven. He became known as the M25 Rapist because many of his attacks happened near the motorway, as his crimes took place in Surrey, Kent, Berkshire, London, Hertfordshire and even Birmingham.In one assault, he telephoned the mother of the victim to boast about raping her daughter.Sources told The Sun a date for a full hearing, which will be held in secret, is likely to be set by March. Another told them: “It’s inconceivable that he should be freed.” “The review is following the standard six-month process for all indeterminate sentence prisoners and will be reviewed on the papers in the first instance.  The review may be concluded on the papers or alternatively it may be directed to an oral hearing.”The release of Worboys, 60, who is thought to be one of Britain’s worst sex offenders, came about after a parole board found he was no longer dangerous and ordered his release.He was jailed for life in 2009 when he was convicted of 19 offences and ordered to serve a minimum sentence of eight years. A Parole Board spokesman said: “We can confirm that the Ministry of Justice has referred the case of Antoni Imiela for a parole review.  M25 rapist Antoni Imiela M25 rapist Antoni ImielaCredit:PA Photolast_img read more

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Body found in Montrose Police say elderly woman was unwell would

Police say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 73-year-old Chandroutie Deonarine of Bushlot Village, West Coast Berbice (WCB), whose lifeless body was discovered in a canal at Montrose, East Coast Demerara (ECD), about 07:00hrs this morning.Traffic on the East Coast came to a haltAs a result of the body being found, traffic had backed up significantly on the East Coast Public Road.According to the police in a released statement, their investigations revealed that the deceased who was not enjoying the best of health, was staying at her daughter’s home at Happy Acre, ECD.“It was reported that sometime after 01:00hrs this morning,  being in a state of hallucination, Deonarine ventured out of the home for an unknown destination” said the police.Attempts, by this publication, to get onto family members for further clarification proved futile.The body is currently at the Lyken Funeral Parlour awaiting a post-mortem examination. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFamily mourning death of elderly Melanie woman following early morning accidentMarch 4, 2018In “Crime”Suspect arrested in connection with death of Montrose GrannyAugust 4, 2015In “Crime”Woman reportedly gives birth in ECD traffic jamDecember 1, 2018In “Business” read more

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Beach ECh 2015 Croatia and Spain for the gold – Norge and

← Previous Story THW Kiel to open 50th Bundesliga season against VfL Gummersbach in Dortmund! Next Story → Beach Handball EURO 2015: Croatia and Hungary are golden teams! The reigning European champions Croatia will meet the host of the tournament, Spain, in the final (18.45 hrs) of the Beach Handball European Championship in Lloret De Mar. In the semi-final battles Croatia beat Ukraine 2:1, while Spain outplayed Hungary with the same result.In the women’s final will play Norway and Hungary. Norway beat Spain 2:1, while Hungarian girls made success against Italy 2:1. The final is scheduled for 19.30. read more

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Fundraiser to fight MS

first_imgIn October 2013, Poppy Slachos was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting MS (RRMS) after suffering nausea, vertigo and vomiting in her family home – two months earlier.The mother of two young girls, Sammi (4) and Rahnia (7), is holding a fundraiser tonight at the Pontiaki Estia to raise $70,000 for treatment at the Department of Haematology and Cellular Therapy, at the National Pigorov Medical Centre in Moscow.After feeling the onset of dizziness, heart palpitations, sweats and shaking, she drove herself to hospital in May, 2013, to be told she needed to cut down on coffee, and that her symptoms were brought on by stress and anxiety. The treatment, not available in Australia, is known as Haematopoietic Stem Cell Treatment and involves six weeks of therapy, through the harvesting of stem cells, which are reintroduced into the body after bouts of chemotherapy. It aims to stop MS in its tracks.The hospital’s services have been sought out by Australians in the past, seeking the same treatment.Ms Slachos says the disease has completely changed her life.“I am often tired, fatigued, my head feels strange all the time, like I have goose bumps and often experience unusual burning sensations in my face, arms and head. I have issues with dizziness, balance and my cognitive function is starting to deteriorate.”“I want to be able to see my children grow up and do the things that I used to do before. Play with them and laugh with them and not be tired and unwell all the time, and explain to them that mummy is always feeling sick.”Those who would like to help in Ms Slachos’s cause can do so by purchasing a $65 ticket to the event, which will include music, food and drinks. Tables can be booked by contacting 0421 804 968 or (03) 9381 1761.The event will be held at the Pontiaki Estia, 540 Sydney Road, Brunswick, on Saturday, December 6 at 7:30pm. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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WHO Greece far exceeds normal rate of Csection births

first_imgCaesarean sections account for 56.8 per cent of births in Greece, according to the World Health Organisation. The number is almost double the EU average, which stands at 30 per cent, still much higher than what the WHO considers normal. According to the medical world, just 15 per cent of births actually require a Caesarean, a surgical procedure which exposes women to heightened surgery-related risks and significantly rises the cost of childbirth; burdening the state and private insurance providers, but also individuals who cover medical expenses from their own pockets. The WHO report was presented in the Greek parliament by Health Minister Andreas Xanthos, who stated that these findings discredit the country internationally and undermine the status of Greek science and medical practice. The minister announced that the government will launch a campaign to raise awareness of the issue in the medical community and the public, as well as a detailed inquiry into the matter, in hospitals and maternity wards. “Wherever there is significant medical experience and compliance with the WHO guidelines, the percentage of C-sections is significantly lower,” said the minister, bringing up the example of state maternity hospital Alexandra. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Marvel Movie News Spoilers from Sebastian Stan Deadpools Thanos Joke

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News center_img Well, it looks like Bucky still has a little Winter Soldier in him after all. Marvel expends no small effort keeping its future plot points a secret, and Sebastian Stan may have let a big spoiler slip anyway. Not for Avengers: Infinity War. Marvel has gone to extreme lengths to keep the plot of that movie a secret. Things like incomplete scripts, and not even showing cast members the full movie. It’s worked so far. We’re a week out from release, and we still have no idea what’s going to happen in it. But in all the secrecy for Infinity War, Marvel may have forgotten to take as much care with Ant-Man and the Wasp.Speaking to The Independent (via WhatCulture), Sebastian Stan talked about a scene he’s really excited for in Avengers 4. The problem? There’s a whole two movies in between Infinity War and 4, and any minor details about four could end up giving away big story spoilers about those two movies. Stan said, “There was one scene, I think, we had where everybody was there. I can’t really talk about that scene, but I knew it took them three months in planning this scene to have everyone there. You look around, and you just saw everyone from Samuel L. Jackson to Michael Douglas to Michelle Pfeiffer. Everybody was there.” So we’ll have to wait until Avengers 4 to see the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe in the same scene. Great, perfect, can’t wait.But look at the last part of that sentence. Michael Douglass and Michelle Pfeiffer. Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne. We know Janet is trapped in the Quantum Realm, and the plot of Ant-Man and the Wasp will involve an attempt to rescue her. Thanks to Stan, we know that both Hank and Janet are in Avengers 4. They both survive the movie. We now know that Ant-Man and the Wasp ends with Janet Van Dyne having been freed from the Quantum Realm. Nice job, Bucky. As far as spoilers go, I guess it could be worse. Yes, we know that neither Hank nor Janet will die in the movie, but Ant-Man by nature is a lighter superhero than others in the MCU. The first one was largely a comedy. Maybe it’s not such a secret that everyone makes it out of the sequel OK. It will undercut some of the tension, though. Possibly.Either way, we’ll find out when Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters on July 6, 2018.But these MCU entries aren’t the only Marvel movies coming out this year. Deadpool 2′s final trailer dropped today, with even more footage, fourth-wall breaking, and potshots at other superhero movies.Yeah, this is looking really good. It basically looks like the first Deadpool but more. And that’s pretty much all I want from this sequel. More Ryan Reynolds, more vulgar jokes, more self-aware humor aimed squarely at comics nerds. I’m fully on board with this sequel. And that Thanos joke is really funny. Even though we all should have known it was coming. Josh Brolin plays Cable in the X-Men universe and Thanos in the MCU. How was Deadpool not going to have some kind of comment?! That quip about DC movies is great too. I just hope that as we move into X-Force movies, Fox remembers that joke. There’s a place for seriousness in X-Force, but don’t get all dark and grim like, say Batman v. Superman. You know what? Better make an X-Statix movie. Just to be on the safe side.Oh, and there will be X-Force movies, make no mistake about that. Comic Book Movie reports that in an interview, Brolin said Fox has very specific plans in place for Cable. “We think about it in four movie terms. We tried to think of Cable as a full arc, not just in this movie, but in the trajectory of four films. That made it a lot more fun for me.”So four movies. That means Deadpool 2, X-Force, the already planned Deadpool 3, and probably X-Force 2 (please be X-Statix). That’s few enough to assume that these movies will be made and out by the time Disney completely absorbs Fox, brings the X-Men into the MCU and screws up any plans the studio had for the series. Hopefully anyway. Because from the sounds of things, Brolin wouldn’t want to bring Cable over to the MCU. “I don’t like the idea of a franchise, personally. That’s what makes the Thanos thing really great. It’s a finite thing, and I like that.” Nobody tell him the title of the movie.Russo brothers at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International (Photo by Gage Skidmore)At this point, it’s hard to say what comes after Avengers 4 for the MCU, but directors Joe and Anthony Russo already have something lined up for their post-Marvel life. They’re making another comic book adaptation, but they’re leaving Marvel for a different, smaller company. Syfy ordered a series from the Infinity War directors based on the Image Comics series Deadly Class, Variety reports.Created by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, Deadly Class follows a homeless teen in the late 1980s who’s sent to a private school for children of assassins and crime syndicates. He tries to remain a good person despite a curriculum involving classes like “Dismemberment 101,” and classmates who’ve already killed a lot of people. Syfy ordered a pilot last September and apparently, that was good enough for them to order a full series. Syfy has been creating a ton of comic book TV lately, including Happy!, which was hilarious, disturbing and one of my favorite new shows of last year. Plus, we’ve already seen what Anthony and Joe Russo do with comics adaptations. I can’t wait to see a weekly series from them.last_img read more

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New Forecast Of Alaska Projects Increased Oil Revenue

first_imgThe forecast includes the Department’s updated forecast of oil price, oil production, and state revenue. According to a release from the DOE, the Unrestricted General Fund (UGF) revenue is now forecast to be $2.3 billion in both FY 2018 and FY 2019. Compared to the fall 2017 forecast, this spring forecast represents an increase in expected UGF of $256 million for FY 2018 and $212 million for FY 2019. Alaska North Slope oil prices are forecast to average $61 per barrel for FY 2018 and $63 per barrel for FY 2019. The revenue forecast is driven by an expectation of North Slope oil production averaging 521,800 barrels per day in FY 2018 and 526,600 barrels per day in FY 2019. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The new forecast of state revenue released on Friday, March 16, by Governor Walker’s administration, says the state is expected to bring in $2.34 billion in unrestricted revenue for 2018. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-forecast-2018.mp3VmJennifer-on-forecast-2018.mp300:00RPd For FY 2020-2026, projected UGF revenue has increased by between $124 million and $213 million. For FY 2027, projected UGF revenue is essentially unchanged from the fall forecast.John MacKinnon Executive director of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska: “Oil fell in 2014, we saw the construction economy drop in the double digits for a couple of years in a row, and it appears that this year we might have turned the corner.”last_img read more

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Acquia Introduces Second Generation Commons SaaS for Drupal

first_imgAcquia has released the second generation of its Social-as-a-Service software solution with Commons 2.0. Acquia is a commercial open source “social platform”, supporting corporations using Drupal software to create community websites.With Commons 2.0, businesses are able to create communities for their brands that include activity streams, social networking, blogs, wikis, badges and events. On the back end, the open source Web CMS platform provides analytics, support and management services for users. Other features include the ability for companies to create a Q & A environment and launch a social network.As far as branding is concerned, Commons 2.0 allows businesses to either choose already created “enterprise-ready themes”, or form their own branded theme from the Commons technology for their community sites. Commons offers a range of packages, from basic support to a fully managed service. The Commons software is free, but if a business chooses to host it in the Acquia cloud and elect for support, price range from $10,000 for the most basic package to around $100,000 for the most advanced. A spokesperson from Acquia says the highest tier package wouldn’t reach the seven-figure mark.Acquia was co-founded by Drupal creator Dries Buytaert in 2007, and is currently used by about 175 large customers in its hosting environment. Bryan House, VP of marketing with Acquia, says that his company receives three billion HTP requests a month. Acquia offers its clients, which include Al Jazeera and Mother Jones, enterprise support, as “they would expect from Microsoft or another enterprise-class application,” explains House.More on this topic Acquia Releases Hosted Version of Drupal with Social Intent Acquia and Engine Yard Partner to Offer Cloud Solution for Drupal and Ruby on Rails Comparing Open Source CMS Drupal Creator Forms Commercial Distribution Company CMP Buys Software 2007 Conference (posted 12/05) CMS Insights Wire | 10.08.09Just In Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry DivePowered bylast_img read more

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ALTBalaji drops trailer of The Verdict State Vs Nanavati and you cannot

first_imgThe Verdict – state vs Nanavati trailerYouTube ScreenshotWhen it comes to OTT content, ALTBalaji is one of the top contenders with respect to innovative storytelling. The streaming platform that has delivered hits like ‘The Test Case’ and ‘BOSE: Dead/ Alive’ has an aggressive line up scheduled in immediate days. The digital platform has opened the line up with the release of the trailer, ‘The Verdict – State Vs Nanavati’, one of its most-anticipated and controversial dramas.The trailer has just been dropped by the OTT platform and it is absolutely edge of the seat drama. Based on the infamous story of KM Nanavati Vs State of Maharashtra, which is still one of the most sensational criminal cases in India; where a Parsi Naval officer shot a businessman and then confessed his crime to the police. The Verdict features a stellar cast of Elli AvrRam, Angad Bedi, Manav Kaul, Sumeet Vyas, Kubbra Sait, Makarand Deshpande, Saurabh Shukla, Swanand Kirikire, Viraf Ashish Patel amongst others in important characters. The web series is based on true events and will be a 10-episode series.When asked about the show, Manav says, “I wouldn’t call it a challenge; it’s exciting as there are several other talented people who are part of the project. It’s extremely intriguing to work on this story.”Elli AvrRam says, “The experience has been the best in my life so far because for the first time I felt like I was living an actor’s life. I went so deep into the character by isolating myself from the world. I felt Sylvia 24/7. My environment and music list were according to that era. I coloured my hair lighter, I worked on my body language and British English accent to keep it as authentic as possible. Everyone was so professional. The words that’ll keep echoing in my life is of my directors Shashant sir who before every take said, ‘keep it real guys, action’.” The actress further adds, “Sylvia is a very vulnerable character and it’s the first time I’ve got to play all kinds of emotions, even of a mother and a wife which is something I’ve never been in real life. Words are not enough to describe how grateful I am to have gotten this opportunity as an actress. I’m extremely excited for the show to release and I’m hoping everyone will enjoy seeing the Nanavati story being told in a different way for the first time.”When we asked Angad Bedi on how he prepared for the show, he said, “This till date will be my most memorable role. I am extremely grateful to have been given this opportunity to play a real personality on screen and that of such a high magnitude and scale. My gratitude to Ekta for putting her faith in me and backing me at all times. The audience will see me in a different look and in an all-new avatar.”Actor Sumeet Vyas says, “The trailer looks stunning. This kind of period drama on a digital platform has taken this space to another level and the bouquet of actors ALTBalaji has roped in is incredible. I am blessed to be part of the show.”Directed by Shashant Shah, the 10-episode series is based on the real-life incident of 1959 and follows the trial of naval officer KM Nanavati who shot three bullets from his revolver at a businessman and later confessed his crime to the police. Even after six decades the infamous story of K.M. Nanavati Vs. The state of Maharashtra is still one of the most sensational criminal cases in India and mark a landmark judgment in the history of India.last_img read more

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Texas Democrats Struggle To Find Candidate To Challenge Abbott In 2018

first_imgListen 00:00 /01:05 Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas TribuneGovernor Greg Abbott kicked off his 2018 reelection campaign late last week. For the moment, he still largely has the field to himself. The Texas Democratic Party is having a difficult time recruiting an experienced candidate to run against him.Any Democrat who decides to challenge Abbott will face a steep climb. The governor has already built up a campaign war chest of nearly $41 million.“If I am, say, Julian Castro, and I’m wondering whether it’s time for me to run for governor and put my political reputation on the line, I might look closely at this race and say, ‘My prospects, even though I’m a well-known Democrat and I could raise a good bit of money, would be quite small,’” says Cal Jillson, a professor of political science at Southern Methodist University.Add to that the fact that no Democrat has won statewide office in Texas since 1994. “As long as the Texas state Democratic Party remains a shell,” Jillson says, “it leaves Texas Democratic candidates virtually on their own, and they’re sitting ducks.”So far, the only Democrat who has expressed an interest in running for the party’s nomination is Jeffrey Payne, a Dallas businessman who has never run for office before. The state Democratic Party says it’s talking to several possible candidates, and, “an announcement will come at the appropriate time.” To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Xlast_img read more

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How John Lennons Rolls Royce Phantom V Became a Psychedelic Party Machine

first_imgThe Rolls Royce Phantom V is the epitome of the English classic car and this beautiful example of vintage motoring design has had some illustrious owners. Queen Elizabeth I and the Queen Mother both used the Phantom V, and even Elvis Presley was known to have added one to his car collection. However, according to Rolling Stone, the Phantom V owned by Beatles legend John Lennon is completely unique. This car is covered from top to bottom in a bright, floral, psychedelic motif: a fitting testament to Beatlemania and the pop culture of the swinging sixties.Rolls Royce Phantom V (1965) – replica of John Lennon’s car. Photo by Andrew Bone CC BY 2.0The Phantom V is a highly prized, exclusive car, as only 514 were ever manufactured. With its sleek lines and up-to-the-minute accessories, the Phantom was in high demand from the outset, and it didn’t take long before John Lennon purchased one, apparently in order to out-do his then manager Brian Epstein, Rolling Stone reports.In 1964, Lennon spent around £11,000 (approximately $240,000 in modern terms) on the exclusive car, despite not yet having a full driving license. Even once he obtained his license, he was a notoriously bad driver, and eventually hired a six-foot-four bodyguard named Les Anthony, who also worked for him as a chauffeur.Lennon’s Phantom came painted entirely in a deep Valentine black, with custom made interiors. Inside, the upholstery was made from black leather, and the fittings included a writing desk, a record player, a portable television, a cocktail cabinet and a fridge. According to Rolling Stone, it was also one of the first cars in the United Kingdom to come with tinted windows, meaning that Lennon could be sure of having some much-needed privacy as he went on his way.John Lennon’s Phantom V. Photo by edvvc CC BY 2.0The following year, Lennon made a series of upgrades to the car. He installed a new state-of-the-art record player, to allow him to play music on the move without the needle bouncing, and installed heavy-duty speakers on the inside and outside of the car. The back seat could now be converted into a double bed, and according to his housekeeper, Dot Jarlett, he modified the hooter to play ‘Lilli Marlene’. The car was now a rolling party vehicle.In 1966, Lennon was offered a role on Richard Lester’s How I Won the War, which was shot in Spain. Although Lennon didn’t enjoy the process of shooting the film, he brought his car with him, and in downtime between takes, composed the song that would become ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ from the backseat of the car.In a related story, watch how a Prince song resulted in the ‘Parental Advisory’ sticker here:On his return to England, the car badly needed a new paint job as a result of the bumpy, sandy roads of the Spanish countryside. However, Lennon had tired of the sleek black exterior, and decided to shake things up.According to Rolling Stone, it’s not clear where exactly he got the idea for his crazy psychedelic design, but it is rumored that one day, while he and Ringo Starr were driving past a fairground, Starr suggested that he paint the car in the same bright colors as the garish rides. However, others suggest that the idea came from the Dutch designer Marijke Koger, who would also go on to paint Lennon’s piano.John Lennon’s Rolls-Royce. Royal BC Museum, Victoria. Photo by Gord Webster – Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0Either way, Lennon took the car to a private dealer, where it was spray-painted orange, and then local artist Steve Weaver set to work. He covered the car in a bright, art nouveau design in red, yellow, green and blue, with floral patterns and swirls, and a Libra symbol on the roof.The choice to paint this classic English car in a design so closely intertwined with 1960s counterculture was a deeply subversive statement. In true Beatles style, Lennon was making an artistic point using a symbol of elite wealth and status as his canvas.According to Rolling Stone, Lennon delighted in the polarized responses he got to his psychedelic Rolls Royce. On one memorable occasion, he was driving through Piccadilly in the newly decorated car, when an elderly lady lunged forward, brandishing an umbrella. According to Lennon, she exclaimed, “You swine! How dare you do that to a Rolls Royce!”Read another story from us: Psychedelic Celebrity Cars of the 1960sLennon’s modifications to this classic British car may have shocked his contemporaries, but today it’s seen as an iconic piece of 1960s counterculture and a tribute to the psychedelic aesthetic of the swinging sixties. This beautiful car is certainly one of a kind.last_img read more