Top Ships Gunvor Ink JV Deals for Tanker Duo

first_imgzoom Athens-based shipowner Top Ships has entered into two joint venture agreements for two medium range (MR) tankers with commodities trading house Gunvor Group.The deal, which has a 50-50 basis, is related to the 50,000 dwt product tankers M/T Eco Holmby Hills and M/T Eco Palm Springs.The ships are currently under construction in Hyundai with expected deliveries in the first and second quarters of 2018, respectively.Top Ships previously announced that it had acquired 49% of each vessel and prior to entering into the joint ventures increased its shareholding to 50%.Upon their delivery from Hyundai, each of the two product tankers will enter into time charter employment with Clearlake Shipping, a subsidiary of Gunvor Group, for three years firm plus two additional option years.The total potential gross revenue backlog from these contracts is estimated to be about USD 55 million.“The joint ventures with Gunvor Group represent a major milestone for Top Ships and we expect that this partnership will create a lot of synergies that will be beneficial for both parties,” Evangelos Pistiolis, company CEO, said.last_img read more

FortisTCI on five hour Chalk Sound black out

first_img Related Items:chalk sound, fortis tci, lineman, power FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Recommended for you Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Apr 2015 – A five hour power outage yesterday was caused by an underground circuit fault according to FortisTCI. Around 2pm, the Chalk Sound area lost electricity and according to a Fortis report, the power was returned by around 7:30pm. The company explained lineman worked through the restoration and apologized for the inconvenience.last_img read more

Guilty plea Padgett gives SIPT revealing bank statments

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Feb 2016 – A lot of bank statements were shown in court this morning as the Special Investigation Team’s lead attorney Andrew Mitchell highlighted payments made by Richard Padgett to Floyd and Lisa Hall. Mitchell said while the Halls will argue that this money was for commissions and therefore legitimate, he plans to show the court that they were not. The list of monies, in the tens of thousands moving from Padgett and even his wife to the former Finance Minister and Deputy Premier and his wife went to companies the pair owns including Paradigm and Whale Watchers. It also revealed the level of money going to the Progressive National Party, under the leadership of Michael Misick around the time of the 2007 General Elections. It was obviously a well funded political machine. Mitchell says Padgett, who was working many ideas for developments including one on East Caicos wanted to create something special and very profitable in the Turks and Caicos and was seeking ‘curry favor’ from the government of the day to make his dreams a reality. During proceedings today, John Perry, QC for former Public Works & Housing Minister, Jeffery Hall challenged Mitchell to prove that monies deposited by the ‘rich man’ referring to Richard Padgett were transferred from the PNP account, illegally. Perry reminded Mitchell that he cannot generalize and that each count against each defendant has to be individually proven and supported by actual evidence. Mitchell said he would provide the evidence for a $75,000 dollar deposit from Mr. & Mrs. Padgett to the PNP.Before the lunchtime break, Andrew Mitchell started to get into the meat of a South Caicos development where 7,000 acres were bought and where there were requests to fast track the project stemming from early 2006 and involving a Chicago developer. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Developer monies allegedly paid to PNP & Defendants Related Items:flloys hall, Guilty Plea, john perry, Lisa Hall, simon padgett Missick & Co Defendants and David Smith all in Court this Week Recommended for you Guilty Plea In Court Cases Urged Where Offences Have Been Committedlast_img read more

San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit update on issues facing SDPD

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Lauren Phinney, Carlos Amezcua, Posted: August 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – There is a lot happening at the San Diego Police Department, including a review of the controversial carotid restraint technique.Police Chief David Nisleit joined KUSI’s Carlos Amezcua and Lauren Phinney with the latest on this and shared an update on the department’s recruitment efforts. KUSI Newsroom, Lauren Phinney, Carlos Amezcua Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 16, 2018 San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit update on issues facing SDPDlast_img read more

Veterans Would Receive Free Public Education under Massachusetts Bill

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Legislation introduced in the Massachusetts House would eliminate any gaps in federal G.I. benefits allowing veterans to attend public colleges in the state for free.The bill, sponsored by Rep. James Arciero, is supported by dozens of lawmakers, but there are still questions about how much the proposal would cost the state. The bill would provide full coverage of all tuition and fees for any veteran who has served 90 days of active duty, reported the Lowell Sun.“I am proud that Massachusetts leads the nation in providing for veterans and their families and offers the most generous veterans’ benefits of any of the 50 states,” Arciero said in a statement. “We need to continue to strengthen our ability to care for our veterans and ensure all veterans in Massachusetts receive free public higher education.”The G.I. bill covers tuition and fees for Massachusetts veterans at colleges and universities, but time restrictions on when the benefits must be used and a sliding scale for the cost of education depending on how many years the veteran served leave gaps in coverage, according to Arciero.“While the G.I. bills lift the financial burden of the cost of higher education from most veterans, my legislation will ensure that no veteran will ever slip through the cracks,” Arciero said.A spokesman for the state Executive Office for Administration and Finance said it is too early to determine if it would be feasible to fund the bill in the state’s budget, according to the story.Last month Arciero testified before the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs to support a favorable recommendation from the panel, which would move the bill to the Ways & Means Committee.last_img read more

MercedesAMG GT 53 4Door Coupe sneaks in just below 100000

first_img More From Roadshow Mercedes-Benz 68 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Preview • 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe: Beautiful brutality Hatchbacks Luxury cars Sports Cars 2020 Nissan Versa first drive: 15% more price, 100% more car 0 Mercedes-Benzcenter_img 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door Coupe: A practical beauty Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Post a comment Enlarge ImageGiven the price of the GT 63 variants, the GT 53 looks like a screaming deal. Mercedes-AMG Back in December, Mercedes-AMG released pricing information for the first GT 4-Door Coupe model to hit the US market, the V8-toting GT 63. Now, we know how much the less expensive I6 variant will cost, and as it turns out, it’s a fair bit less.The Mercedes-AMG GT 53 4-Door Coupe will start at $99,995, factoring in $995 for destination and delivery, when it goes on sale this spring. That price is $37,500 lower than the next available trim, the GT 63, and it’s a far cry from the $159,995 GT 63 S that lives atop the lineup. Both 63 variants are already on sale.To be fair, there is a fairly large performance delta between the 53 and 63 models. The GT 53 sports a 3.0-liter turbocharged I6 gas engine that puts out 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. That mates to a 48-volt mild hybrid system that can provide an extra 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of twist in short bursts. It’s still plenty quick, reaching 60 miles per hour in about 4.4 seconds, and it tops out at an electronically limited 174 mph.By comparison, the GT 63 and GT 63 S wield a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8. It puts out 577 hp and 590 lb-ft in GT 63 form, enough to drop the 0-to-60 time to 3.3 seconds, while the top speed raises to 193 mph. The GT 63 S turns that wick up to a positively mega 630 hp and 664 lb-ft, dropping the 60-mph sprint to 3.1 seconds. If performance isn’t your end-all, be-all, then it might be wise to save a whole bunch of money by sticking with the GT 53.Even though it’s the “base” model, the GT 53 isn’t exactly light on kit. Standard equipment includes adjustable suspension, a Burmester surround-sound audio system, navigation and one positively gorgeous interior modeled after the GT coupe. The only bummer is that it still uses Mercedes-Benz’s old COMAND infotainment system, and not the new MBUX setup that’s making appearances on other new models. More about 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe Share your voicelast_img read more

Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland says he wants to make a

first_img 2019 movies to geek out over 77 Photos Post a comment 0 TV and Movies Rick and Morty tweets out Pickle Rick episode blooper reel Rick and Morty back in production, pledges no more long waits Game of Thrones meets Rick and Morty in Pickle Rick commentary Rick and Morty finally reveals season 4 premiere date Share your voice More on Rick and Morty Ready to see these guys on the big screen? Fans can dream. Adult Swim Few fandoms are more devoted than Rick and Morty followers. Just ask the McDonald’s employees who dared run out of Szechuan sauce once the show brought it back.So when show creator Justin Roiland participated in a recent Ask Me Anything on Reddit and said he’d be up for a full-length movie, fans went full Pickle Rick with excitement.Roiland is also co-creator of Squanch Games, and the AMA was focused on the company’s first game, Trover Saves the Universe. But naturally Rick and Morty fans wanted to talk about the Adult Swim show — and its big-screen dreams.”Will we get a feature length Rick and Morty film ever? A rated R film that’s totally bananas?” asked Kev17362.And while Roiland wouldn’t commit, his positive reaction was enough.”I would love to do that, yeah,” he wrote. “Hmm. Hmmmmmm.”Roiland wouldn’t go into more detail, but fans highly approved. “The fake trailers alone would be incredible,” said one. He also answered a few fan questions about the show, noting the family dog Snowball (aka Snuffles) could return, if the right plot presents itself.”I would love to see Snowball again!” Roiland wrote. “It’s always just a matter of doing it for the right reason.”He also joked about a backstory for mad scientist Rick. When asked by a fan about a rumored mysterious history for the character, Roiland wrote, “I’ll tell you. It’s the fact that Ri–” and then stopped writing.Obviously the movie’s just a dream at the moment, but Rick and Morty fans can mark their calendars for a November return. Tagslast_img read more

Top Indian politician Jayalalithaa Jayaram Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu dies aged

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Top Indian politician Jayalalithaa Jayaram, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, dies aged 68 Closecenter_img Update: The chief minister of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, known to many as Amma or mother, Jayalalithaa Jayaram has died aged 68 after suffering a cardiac arrest on Sunday 4 December. The former actress who was in a critical condition and on life support died at the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai. She was admitted to the hospital on 22 September after suffering from fever and dehydration.Original story: The popular leader of Indias southern Tamil Nadu state is in critical condition after suffering a heart attack. Large crowds are keeping a vigil outside the hospital where doctors are fighting to save the hugely popular – but highly controversial – former film actress.Jayalalithaa Jayaraman, 68, went into cardiac arrest on Sunday night, and underwent surgery at the Apollo Hospital in the state capital Chennai where she had been staying since being admitted with a severe respiratory ailment in September. She remains critical and on life support systems. Richard Beale, an intensive care specialist and part of Jayalalithaas medical team, said the situation is grave.Authorities in the southern state increased security around Chennai to prevent her worried supporters from creating public disorder. Police were deployed across the state to ensure security out of fear that her death could trigger widespread violence and riots.Popularly known as Amma, or Mother in the Tamil language, she had a successful film career that included appearances in nearly 150 movies.She has had three stints as chief minister of Tamil Nadu, the latest of which began in May 2011. She was introduced to politics by her cinema screen partner, MG Ramachandran, another actor-turned politician. She remains hugely popular despite being jailed more than once for corruption.The US consulate in Chennai warned US citizens to avoid areas of demonstrations and be vigilant because of the chance of violence. The death of Ramachandran, or MGR as Jayalalithaas mentor was known, sparked looting and rioting across Tamil Nadu by his grief-stricken supporters in 1987.Visit the International Business Times UK Pictures page to see our latest picture galleries.last_img read more

ED issues showcause notice to Karti Chidambaram over foreign exchange rules violations

first_imgKarti Chidambaram, son of former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, has been issued a show-cause notice by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for alleged violations of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) laws to the tune of Rs 45 crore. A firm allegedly linked to Karti has also been issued a show-cause notice.After more than two years of investigation, another Chennai-based firm called the M/s Vasan Health Care Private Limited has also been issued a similar notice by the ED for alleged foreign exchange rules violations to the tune of Rs 2,262 crore. The notices have also been served to foreign investors, seek their responses to the allegations of multiple Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) contraventions.”The total amount of contravention identified on different counts and found to have been committed by M/s Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Limited in the sale transaction of shares of Vasan (Chennai firm) to overseas investors is around Rs 45 crore,” the ED said in its notice.”Show-cause notice has been issued to M/s Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Limited, its directors and also to Karti P Chidambaram who appears to be the controller and ultimate beneficiary in these transactions,” the agency added.The show-cause notice issued pertains to the ongoing ED investigation into foreign investments in Vasan Health Care, both in the primary and secondary market. The company had received investments from Sequoia — one of the largest venture capital firms — and Mauritius-based West Bridge and also through GIC-Singapore, a senior official of the ED told the Hindu.”The overseas investors acquired Vasan’s compulsorily convertible preference shares directly from the company, against the investment of Rs 432 crore in different phases from February 2009 to November 2014. The shares were acquired at the face value of Rs 100 each,” the official said.The ED has accused the investors of acquiring equity shares from existing shareholders instead of having got it directly from the company. The existing shareholders include Vasan promoter AM Arun, his father-in-law Dwarakanathan and his partnership firm AMA Associates, and Advantage Strategic Consulting. The ED has alleged that Karti controlled the business activities of the Advantage Strategic Consulting.”During the first round, shares were sold at Rs 7,500 per unit in 2010-end. In the next round, March-May 2012, shares were sold at Rs 5,242 per unit. The total amount spent by the overseas investors, which ultimately benefited the then share holders, is Rs 357.72 crore,” the official was quoted by the Hindu as saying.The ED also discovered that the Sequoia Group, which had invested in the preference shares of Vasan Health Care in February 2009, sold its stake worth Rs 25 crore in March 2012 to GIC-Singapore for Rs 177.40 crore, thereby getting a return of over seven times its investment. The ED, after checking the share transfers, found out how Advantage Strategic had got the Vasan shares.”Vasan promoter, Ms Arun, who had been allotted Rs 100 face-value shares on Rs 100 premium, transferred 3 lakh shares to her father, Mr Dwarakanathan, without receiving any consideration. Her husband Dr Arun then immediately got 1.5 lakh shares transferred from Mr Dwarakanathan’s account to Advantage Strategic, which was till then not linked to Vasan’s operations, for just Rs 50 lakh. The amount was paid over a year after share transfers,” the official said.Advantage Strategic allegedly sold 30,000 of the 1.5 lakh shares to an investor of the Sequoia Group for Rs 22.50 crore following which Rs 1 crore was given to Dwarakanathan on receipt of payment. The ED has also accused Vasan Health Care of not having followed the FEMA provisions or having informed the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) about the share transfers to the overseas investors.”Besides, Vasan transferred 6.8 million dollars to Singapore supposedly for setting up a wholly owned subsidiary there, without receiving the mandatory share certificates for investments abroad. The funds were further transferred to Dubai and Sri Lanka, for forming step-down subsidiaries without keeping the regulatory bodies in the loop. This led to contraventions involving Rs.162 crore,” the official told the daily.The ED has said that the amount of the alleged contravention by Advantage Strategic in the sale of the shares of Vasan Health Care is around Rs 45 crore. Show-cause notices have, therefore, been issued to the company, its directors and Karti, who the ED says “appears to be the controller and ultimate beneficiary in these transactions.”last_img read more

Janmashtami celebrated with fanfare

first_imgA youth dressed as the Hindu god Krishna takes part in a procession during celebrations for the Janmashtami festival in Dhaka on 14 August, 2017. Photo: AFPThe Hindu community of the country observed Janmashtami, marking the birth of lord Krishna, on Monday with due religious fervour, says UNB.According to Hindu religion, lord Vishnu incarnated in the universe as lord Krishna in the prison of Raja Kangsa on this day, the eighth of “Shukla Pakkha” (bright fortnight) in the month of Bangla calendar Bhadra in Dwapara Yuga to protect “Dharma” from the hands of devils.Sri Krishna was born to Devaki and her husband Vasudeva in Mathura to which Krishna’s parents belonged.Hindu community members brought out processions in the capital, divisional cities and district towns displaying the eventful life of Krishna and held other programmes on the occasion.Different socio-cultural and religious organisations also observed Janmashtami with various programmes.President Abdul Hamid hosted a reception at Bangabhaban marking the day.last_img read more

7 countries seek UNSC meeting on Rohingya crisis

first_imgA Rohingya refugee child sleeps as people queue for aid in a camp in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, 22 September, 2017. According to UN, over 420,000 Rohingyas have crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar. Photo: ReutersFrance, Britain, the United States and four other countries have asked the UN Security Council to meet next week to discuss the ongoing violence in Myanmar, according to a request seen by AFP on Friday.The seven countries including Egypt, Kazakhstan, Senegal and Sweden want UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to brief the council on Myanmar’s military campaign against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.The Ethiopian presidency of the council said it was holding consultations to set a time for the meeting.The United Nations says more than 420,000 Rohingya have fled for safety to Bangladesh in the face of the army campaign in Rakhine that includes rape and the burning of villages.The military operation was sparked by attacks carried out by Rohingya militants on police posts on 25 August.The Security Council has called for an end to the violence but rights organizations have said the exodus has continued, fueling international outrage.The United Nations has described the military operation as “ethnic cleansing” and French President Emmanuel Macron went further, describing it as “genocide.”last_img

Digital Security Act to criminilise legitimate media freedoms European diplomats

first_imgDigital security act.Prothom Alo IllustrationEuropean diplomats stationed in Dhaka on Thursday said the just-enacted Digital Security Act will “unduly restrict the freedom of expression and the freedom of the media”.This law, they added, will “undermine judicial procedural guarantees” as enshrined in the constitution of Bangladesh.The heads of mission of the European Union (EU) member states, the EU Delegation and the heads of mission of Norway and Switzerland iterated their concerns around several provisions of the law that were being widely opposed by the stakeholders.”In its current form the Act could be used to suppress and criminalise the legitimate exercise of these freedoms,” they observed in their joint statement, after parliament passed the law on 19 September.Different stakeholders including the Editors’ Council have already expressed apprehensions that this law might be used to limit the freedom of expressions and the media.The diplomats called upon the government of Bangladesh to continue consultations on this law and pursue the commitments taken during the Universal Periodic Review in last May.The government, including the law minister, had then assured stakeholders that consultations would be made on whether to retain a number of provisions in the law before its passage.Now the European diplomats asked the government to continue consultation to make the law compatible with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the constitution of Bangladesh.Those who issued the joint statement are Rensje Teerink, ambassador of EU Delegation, Mario Palma, ambassador of Italy, D Álvaro de Salas Giménez de Azcárate, ambassador of Spain, Charlotta Schlyter, ambassador of Sweden, Marie-Annick Bourdin, ambassador of France, Peter Fahrenholtz of German embassy, Harry Verweij, ambassador-designate at the Netherlands embassy, Winnie Estrup Petersen, ambassador-designate at Danish embassy, Kanbar Hossein-Bor, acting high commissioner of the British high commission, Sidsel Bleken, ambassador of Norway and René Holenstein, ambassador of Switzerland embassy.last_img read more

Erdogan names soninlaw Turkey finance chief

first_imgTurkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces Turkish Cabinet after taking oath as first president under new government system, in Ankara, on 9 July 2018. Photo: AFPPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday took on greater powers than any Turkish leader for decades as he was sworn in for a second presidential term, naming his son-in-law to the key post of finance minister in a revamped cabinet.Erdogan, who has already transformed Turkey in 15 years of rule, took his oath of office in parliament under the new presidential system denounced by opponents as a one-man regime.Describing the monumental change as a “new beginning”, he vowed at a later ceremony at his vast Ankara presidential palace to be the president of all 81 million Turks.”We have come not to be master but to be servant of our people,” he added.He then unveiled the first cabinet under the new system, appointing his son-in-law Berat Albayrak, 40, to the crucial post of finance minister, in a move that appeared to rattle markets.Army chief of staff General Hulusi Akar joined the government as defence minister but Mevlut Cavusoglu kept the post of foreign minister.Fuat Oktay, a former head of Turkey’s emergencies agency, has been named as the sole vice president, a newly-created post.- ‘One-man regime’ -The new system, which dispenses with the office of prime minister, was agreed in a bitterly-fought 2017 referendum narrowly won by the “Yes” camp. The issue continues to polarise public opinion in Turkey.”A partisan one-man regime starts officially today,” said the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper.But the pro-government daily Yeni Safak hailed it as an “historic day”, saying: “One page is closing in Turkish history and a new page is opening.”The president now sits at the top of a vertical power structure marked by a slimmed-down government with 16 ministries instead of 26 and multiple bodies reporting to him.In one of the most significant changes, the EU affairs ministry, set up in 2011 to oversee Turkey’s faltering bid to join the bloc, is being subsumed into the foreign ministry.Prime Minister Binali Yildirim now goes down in history as the 27th and final holder of the post in Turkey. He is expected to become speaker of the new parliament.- ‘Leader of multi-polar world’ -The transition ceremony was overshadowed by a deadly train derailment in northwest Turkey on Sunday that killed 24 people and injured hundreds. Erdogan said that folk dancing and a laser show had been cancelled as a result.Those attending included Ankara’s top allies from Africa, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union but relatively few European figures.Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was present, in a new sign of the warm ties between Ankara and Moscow, as was Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, regarded with disdain by Washington but an ally of Erdogan.In a tweet, Maduro hailed Erdogan as a “friend of Venezuela and leader of the new multi-polar world.”But Erdogan faces immediate challenges posed by Ankara’s faltering bid to join the EU and tensions between the United States and its NATO ally.Erdogan will this week immediately turn to foreign policy, visiting northern Cyprus and Azerbaijan, followed by more challenging encounters at a NATO summit in Brussels where he will meet US President Donald Trump and other leaders.- Lira pressured -The markets were keeping a close eye on the finance ministry, keen to see a steady hand at the helm in a fast-growing economy dogged by double-digit inflation and a widening current account deficit.The appointment of Albayrak, the husband of Erdogan’s elder daughter Esra and formerly energy minister, came as a surprise, with no place for Mehmet Simsek, the former deputy prime minister for the economy trusted by markets.The Turkish lira lost 3.5 percent in value on the news to trade at 4.73 lira to the dollar.Ruhsar Pekcan, one of just two women in the cabinet, was named as trade minister.Hardline Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu keeps his job, while Akar’s appointment as defence minister was also a surprise and it remains unclear who will replace him as army chief of staff.The AKP failed to win a majority in legislative elections and will need support from its allies in the right-wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) which could push it into more hardline policies.Erdogan has also pledged to end the state of emergency that has been in place since the failed July 2016 coup and which has seen the biggest purge in the history of modern Turkey.One day ahead of the inauguration, 18,632 public sector employees were ordered dismissed, including thousands of soldiers and police officers in a new crackdown.last_img read more

Psalmayene 24 Tackles Complex Issues with Pieces Inspired by Native Son

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterThe Mosaic Theater, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, is tackling complex subjects and complicated work with the arrival of “Native Son” written by playwright Nambi E. Kelley, and adapted for the stage from Richard Wright’s classic source material, the novel “Native Son.”The website describes the play like so: “Richard Wright’s iconic novel about oppression, freedom, and justice comes to life on stage in this ground-breaking adaptation. Suffocating in rat-infested poverty on the South Side of Chicago in the 1930s, 20-year-old Bigger Thomas struggles to find a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has shut him out. After taking a job in a wealthy white man’s house, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley, this Native Son captures the power of Richard Wright’s novel for a whole new generation.”Psalmayene 24, a director, actor, writer and more in D.C. was inspired by the book “Native Son” for two pieces brought to the District by Mosaic Theater at Atlas Performing Arts Center. (Courtesy Photo)For renowned playwright, director and actor Psalmayene 24, who will direct “Native Son,” the production had some interesting creative twists and turns. Originally he was tapped by the Mosaic’s founding artistic director Ari Roth to direct a workshop reading of “Native Son” about a year and a half ago. But because of timing of the original play and concerns the source material, particularly the way some characters are portrayed, Psalmayene 24 was asked to write a response play inspired by the criticism author/playwright James Baldwin had for Wright’s “Native Son.”Since the original play was not quite ready yet, Psalmayene 24’s piece was also bumped up to full production. Hence “Les Deux Noirs: Notes on Notes of a Native Son” emerged as the companion play.The Mosaic Theater describes Les Deux this way: “Set in the legendary Parisian café Les Deux Magots in 1953, Les Deux Noirs: Notes on Notes of A Native Son reimagines the meeting between Native Son author Richard Wright and essayist/activist James Baldwin. It explores the tension between Baldwin’s searing critiques of Native Son and Wright’s unbridled indignation in response—a confrontation between two mighty African-American artists, with echoes of a present-day rap battle.”Psalmayene 24 said he understand why some people may have been troubled with Wright’s work.“Part of the reason why I think people have challenges with the source material is because Richard Wright wrote a piece that people would be forced to grapple with until societal circumstances had changed,” he said. “I feel his uncompromising willingness to tell the truth about the African-American experience is something a lot of people can’t face even today.”“Unfortunately as time moves on “Native Son seems more relevant today than it did when it came out in 1940.”For Psalmayene 24, his journey to become one of the District’s premiere writers and directors, has been informative and transformational. His resume shows someone embedded in the DMV theater scene. His directing credits include ”Word Becomes Flesh,” (Helen Hayes Award winner for Outstanding Direction,Play), “TheShipment,” “ NotEnufLifetimes,” and “Read: White and Blue.” He is the recipient of an Individual Artist Award in Playwriting from the Maryland State Arts Council and has received grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities and the Boomerang Fund for Artists Inc. He is currently the Master Teaching Artist at Arena Stage and is the Artist-in-Residence at Bowie State University.But the Brooklyn native he came to D.C., like many before him, by way attending an HBCU – namely Howard University. He admits to having one vision that developed into the career we see now.His original plan was to be a revolutionary in the vein of Malcolm X and Huey P. Newton but says, “I fell in love with the arts and I feel like as an artist I still have that desire for revolution particularly when it comes to uplifting the black community and particularly when it comes to uniting people across color lines as well.”He pivoted from film production, to dance and finally leaving as an acting major. The rational is a revolutionary and traditional as they come.“To be honest I’ve always loved to act but then one day I was walking in front of the Fine Arts Building and I saw the most beautiful women coming in an out of the building and I said that’s where I need to be,” he said with a laugh.The ladies may have brought him into that fine arts building, but he didn’t squander the artistic opportunities. He founded a dance company with friends, experimenting with hip-hop, club and street dance mixed with African dance. His group started performing around the area. And then he began to take theater more seriously, more acting and writing jobs began to materialize. “So it’s been sort of this organic journey that i’ve been taken through arts and entertainment,” Psalmayene 24 said.And what is his secret with listening to his gut instincts and moving so seamlessly through the arts?“Keeping your eyes and ears open and being conscious about where you are in your life and being responsive to opportunities that come your way,” he said. “Also having a vision for where you’re going. You may have a plan but God’s plan may trump your plan. So there’s this orchestration that seems to be happening that is honestly bigger than me.”“Native Son” runs through April 28, while “Les Deux Noirs” runs through April 27. For more information on both plays and to purchase tickets please go to: read more

Boots Industries unveils BI V20 for 3D printing

first_imgBoots Industries turned to Kickstarter to advance the new machine’s design and production. “Although our BI V2.0 is definitely ready for production, we still plan to make several last minute ‘cosmetic’ improvements. For example we will be tweaking the lengths of electrical wires and sleeving around the delta head. These modifications will not impact the delivery schedule of the BI V2.0, but we felt it was important to mention that we will tweak a few details to make your printers look even better!”For pledges of $79 and higher, users receive all the BI V2.0 printed parts, For pledges of $653 SD or more, users get a BI V2.0 3D printer with heat bed, LCD controller and auto-level probe. About $1,120 gets a fully assembled printer with heat bed , LCD controller, auto-level probe, and two hours of training on designing 3D parts and operating the BI V2.0 optimally. Estimated delivery dates in 2014 vary depending on the type of pledge and appear on the Kickstarter page. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2013 More information: … -precision-3d-printe Boots Industries has been selling both fully assembled printers and DIY printer kits but now the company is taking pre-orders for their BI V2.0 on Kickstarter, after which they will offer the new printer on their online store. A key feature of the new printer is that the Boots Industries designers offer a larger build volume, which in turn expands options for what people can make.The makers have already surpassed their $30,000 goal; at the time of this writing they raised $36,450.41 with still 23 days left to go. The BI V2 team said it was derived from the insights they gained from their previous line.Providing details on the new BI V2.0, they said: “Our design can support up to triple extrusion and can print virtually any 1.75 mm filament extruding at up to 240 degrees Celsius,” They called attention to the printer’s “self-replicating” design, which can empower the user to share the technology with others. “Once you receive the BI V2.0, you can print, improve upon and share components so that anyone can build their own printer at a very low cost.” The BI V2.0 3D printer does not need a computer for operation; one can use an integrated LCD controller. Explore further Kickstarter project Deltaprintr offers cheap easy to use 3D printer Citation: Boots Industries unveils BI V2.0 for 3D printing (2013, December 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( —Boots Industries is a Quebec City, Canada, company that was founded in 2012 with a mission to spread the excitement of a printing technology that may allow everyday users to create three-dimensional objects from various plastics. Their latest adventure is the unveiling of a 3D printer whose parts they say can be assembled quickly, the BI V2.0. “Our assembled components remove the longest and trickiest steps from the equation (i.e. stringing the pulleys, wiring the towers etc.). With our simple to follow instructions the partial assembly will take between 30 minutes and an hour of work.”last_img read more

Downtown MilwaukeeA group of Milwaukee aldermen ha

first_imgDowntown MilwaukeeA group of Milwaukee aldermen have endorsed a proposal that aims to raise the wages of service-sector employees working in the city’s central business district.The Common Council’s Steering & Rules Committee on Thursday approved without objection a resolution that would create a so-called Community-Oriented Responsible and Equitable, or CORE, development zone. The proposal states that owners or developers of property located in the central business district that employ service workers should enter into community-benefits agreements similar to the deal struck between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Alliance for Good Jobs, according to resolution sponsor Alderman Robert Bauman and co-sponsor Council President Ashanti Hamilton.That agreement, which was first announced in 2016, established a $12.50 minimum wage for Bucks workers who live in Milwaukee ZIP codes most affected by unemployment or underemployment. Also under the agreement, the minimum wage will increase to $15 by 2023.“Basically, this creates a pathway to family supporting jobs with protections that labor bargaining agreements provide,” Bauman said during the committee meeting, which took place at City Hall. Bauman said the proposed CORE development zone would apply to any properties with the “C9” zoning, which includes downtown and the Historic Third Ward. He said he’d be open to expanding the zone’s boundaries after Alderwoman Milele Coggs suggested it should extend north of McKinley Avenue, an area that has seen some recent hotel development activity.He also made clear that state law prohibits the city from mandating such agreements be struck. He said legislation signed into law last year prevented local units of government from requiring developers to enter into labor-peace or community-benefits agreements as a condition of receiving city financing on a project.Milwaukee has other programs that set certain small-business contracting and resident-hiring requirements on projects that receive city tax incremental financing assistance.However, by approving the resolution establishing a CORE development zone, Common Council will still send a message to developers, Bauman said.“We’re saying it’s our sense this should be done, and be it known to everyone out there this will inform our decision and our votes as these situations come before us,” he said.Peter Rickman, president of Milwaukee Area Service Workers and Hospitality Workers Organization, the group that formed out of the Alliance for Good Jobs, said many Milwaukee residents three or four decades ago were buying homes with wages earned from union jobs, many of which were in manufacturing roles.Many of those jobs are now gone, and have been replaced by low-paying service jobs, he said.Hamilton said a stigma exists that service jobs, in areas like custodial, food service and hospitality, are undesirable roles to work in. He added that people’s reputations of downtown businesses are not formed by the presidents or CEOs, but by those who represent the face of the companies.“The experience is going to be measured by how the waitress treated you, how the bartender treated you, how the security treated you,” Hamilton said. “It’s going to be the people who actually handled you.” Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more