Computer Algorithm TimelapseVFX artist and art director Danil Krivoruchko took a different approach to create his Van Gogh-style moving painting of New York. Krivoruchko skipped the Prisma app in favor of a computer algorithm developed at Cornell. Using footage of New York, and with the assistance of artificial neural networks, the final video is beautiful.Krivoruchko used an open source code from Manuel Ruder, Alexey Dosovitskiy, and Thomas Brox. If you want to download the code to use it yourself, Ruder has put the open source utility online. You will need Ubuntu and a pretty serious computer to handle the workflow. After export, you’ll need to use After Effects for some compositing, color correction, motion blur, and to tweak any glitches.Here is a look at the timelapse before being altered.What are your favorite recent artistic timelapse videos? Please share them in the comments below! These stunning timelapse videos are true works of art. See how they were made — and learn how you can make your own.Top image via Drew Geraci/District 7 MediaCheck out these two different approaches to creating a moving painting. Whether using apps or the provided source code, you’ll be creating artistic timelapse videos in no time.Prisma TimelapseDrew Geraci and the crew at District 7 Media are behind plenty of well-known timelapse videos, like the intro to House of Cards.District 7’s latest video is a fantastic look at China through the artistic app Prisma, which is available now for Android and iPhone. Prisma uses artificial intelligence to transform still photos into works of art, done is the style of artists like Van Gogh, Picasso, and Levitan.Using footage of a recent trip to China, Geraci pulled individual frames from a sequence and then sent every image through the Prisma app for processing. In the end, 2500 individual frames were uploaded to the app.Each frame of the 1 minute and 20 second video had to be processed via the Prisma App which took almost 80 hours to complete. The processing/rendering was at the mercy of the servers. Most of the project had to be completed between 11pm and 4am EST because the app would freeze or shutdown due to overloaded serves or too many users on at the same time.The project required a tremendous amount of repetitive work — enough to drive Geraci mad.The easiest way for me to create the video was to physically take a picture of the video (on a 4k monitor) using an iPad and save each photo directly to the iPad. Once all of the photos were taken, I used my PC workstation to directly pull the images off the iPad and onto a local hard-drive to continue the processing.The worst part was the constant repetition of taking the photo, processing the photo, moving 1 frame forward, and then saving the image. Sometimes I would forget to do a step and have to start over completely. It was mind-numbing work to say the least!Here is a side-by-side comparison of the actual footage and the final Prisma output.
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now The excuse many of us make for not doing what we know we should be doing is, “I don’t have time.” The truth is just the opposite. Time is the only thing you have. Whether you have enough of it is mostly a matter of what you do with it. If you wish you had more time, here is how you make more time.Determine Your PrioritiesThe very best way to ensure you have enough time for what’s most important is to determine your priorities (or discover them). If you don’t make values-based decisions, deciding why one project is more valuable than another, you will struggle to make smart decisions about what you do with your time.To determine your priorities, you need a list of your goals. People who don’t know what they want often end up getting caught up in “the drift,” allowing external forces to move them in some direction. “The drift” will take you in the wrong direction and faster than you might recognize. (You really should read this post about “The Drift. You should also read this post about Intentionality and Massive Action. Both are worth your time.)Priorities are what prevent you from being pulled in directions that don’t serve you. If you want to be productive, determining your priorities is the best place to start. Your priorities are like anchors that hold you in place.Plan Your WorkIf you are like most people, you roll out of bed, open your email, and decide what you are going to do with your day. Opening your email first thing in the morning is to put other people’s priorities above your own. What’s worse is waiting to start your day to decide what to do with it.If you want to find more time, you will find it in abundance on a blank calendar. Your calendar tells the truth about your priorities. Because you have determined your priorities, you know what’s most important. Putting what’s most important on that calendar before the week starts ensures you have time for the things that matter. Will your plan always work as written? It’s unlikely. Will you feel as if you have more time, more control, and get more done? Yes, you will. Can you get back on the horse when you get thrown? You must.Your intentionality here makes an enormous difference in how you feel about how much time you have.Eliminate DistractionsOne of the most pernicious threats to having enough time is the overwhelming number of distractions. Let’s put these distractions into two categories. The first categories are the distractions caused by the “always on-always available” world in which we now find ourselves. The second area is the distractions we choose ourselves.The communication tools we use are always on, and they are always available. Despite the enormous value they bring our lives, they are not without their downside. Anyone can send you an email at any time, about any matter (urgent or mundane), and make any request they can conjure up, at any time, day or night. The same is true of text messaging, except for the text you receive is often accompanied by a little chime to let you know it demands your attention. You are also likely to have some sort of message service open in your browser, with your status set to available, advertising your willingness to be distracted by the rest of your organization (a sure sign of a lack of priorities).Most of us work in an environment that some might describes as having an “open-door policy,” where people can walk into your office (if you still have one) and interrupt your work. The policy might better be expressed as an “open to all distractions policy.”The second category, the distractions you choose, can be even more challenging for many. The internet and social apps are omnipresent, and because we are social animals, we are engineered to want to know what other humans are doing. We were addicted to gossip long before the social apps, but those apps have been engineered to feed the addiction, with the primary metric of success how long the platform can you to spend on a platform (Like a rat that pushes a button for a small bit of food). Unless your priority is “waste more time,” the social apps and the internet shouldn’t dominate your time.If you want to find more time, removing these distractions by blocking time and training the people around you to respect those blocks, will provide you with many more hours in your day. Also, a good amount of self-discipline, or what we might call “Me Management” will give you back your wasted time.Increase the Speed at Which You WorkI would never suggest that you don’t do good work. You should try to do exceptional work (I have ended every newsletter for the last five years with the directive to “do good work,” because it matters). The quality of your work is the quality of your outcomes. The quality of your results is the quality of your life. But that doesn’t mean you should dilly dally and take more time than necessary in producing those outcomes.In ninety uninterrupted minutes, you can make massive progress on a project, task, or outcome. If you work with focus and a sense of urgency, you can do what others do in ninety minutes in sixty. In doing so, you will have just found yourself a half hour. If you focus and act with urgency during three blocks of ninety minutes, peeling back a half hour from each, you gain an hour and a half each day. Over a week, you get back seven and a half hours.You have more time than you imagine if you focus it on what is vital for periods long enough to make progress.Don’t Create ReworkI wasn’t always enamored with ideas like LEAN. And while I still don’t believe you can shrink or cut your way to greatness, the elimination of waste is a game-changer. Wasted motion is wasted time, especially if it means doing work over again and touching anything more than once.If you are going to do something, giving it your full attention and focus improves the outcome. If you want to waste time, do something over because you didn’t do right the first time. It pays to be outcome-oriented and put forth the effort to achieve it without expending additional time and energy later.Improve Your Energy and Your Capacity for WorkImproving your energy and your capacity for work could have been the first point here. You are, after all, the primary resource you have through which to produce the results you want. Taking care of that asset is job one because it is a huge variable when it comes to working.If you are reading this, you are likely a knowledge worker (it is doubtful you work in a coal mine, and your hands are more likely to have carpal tunnel than callouses). Your brain lives in your body. Both of them need rest and exercise. They also need nutrition, sleep, hydration, and stress management. The better you take care of your physical self, the better your mental self. When you have more energy, you have a greater capacity for work.There is more time available to you, if you determine your priorities, plan your work, eliminate distractions, work with a sense of urgency, eliminate wasted effort, and improve your energy.
AFP official booed out of forum NBA’s biggest stars set for All-Star Saturday competitions John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next “This is a big morale-booster for us because this got the players to get their confidence back.”FEU’s surge, however, didn’t start in the third nor second set but in the very first period when the Lady Tamaraws were down 23-19.The Lady Tamaraws used a 6-0 run to close out the first set, the only time this season that they took the opening period.Heather Guino-o led FEU with 11 points while Toni Rose Basas and Bernadeth Pons had 10 and nine points, respectively.Carlos had 15 points to lead the Lady Maroons’ charge.ADVERTISEMENT Far Eastern University snagged a spot in the top four early after fending off University of the Philippines, 25-23, 25-12, 25-19, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers The Lady Tamaraws steadied their record to 2-2 and joined Ateneo at no. 4 while the Lady Maroons dropped their third straight game and are now at seventh with a 1-3 card. From a 9-9 deadlock in the third set, FEU ramped up the ante and went on a 7-0 run that UP ironically capped off with an error as the Lady Tamaraws took a 16-9 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlthough UP managed to cut the deficit to 22-19, Celine Domingo came up big in the clutch and blocked Diana Carlos for FEU’s 24-19 lead before Jeanette Villareal ended the Lady Maroons with a service ace.“We somehow managed to find a way to redeem ourselves because if we lose three straight it will be hard for us to come back,” said FEU head coach George Pascua in Filipino. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Green Batters and the Growling Tigers remained level in second place at 4-2, while the Falcons dropped to 3-3.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Defending champions Adamson University dominated University of Santo Tomas, 7-1, to hike its winning streak to seven games in the in the UAAP Season 81 softball tournament Friday at Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.The Lady Falcons yielded a run for the second time this season but it hardly made a difference as they continued their perfect run so far in the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed MOST READ Venus Williams wins 1st-round match at BNP Paribas Open Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Meanwhile, De La Salle blanked rival Ateneo, 3-0, to seize solo third at 5-3, half-a-game behind idle National University (5-2) in the race for the twice-to-beat semifinals incentive.University of the Philippines fashioned out a 12-5 win over University of the East. The Lady Maroons moved in a tie with the Tigresses in fourth spot at 4-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIn baseball, Ateneo overpowered UP, 23-6, to raise its record to a league-best 5-1.De La Salle beat titleholder Adamson University, 6-5, for the second time in a row, while UST bested NU, 9-4. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments
Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, hasn’t played since pulling out of a tournament in St. Petersburg, Russia, in late January after winning her first-round match. She won three matches at the Australian Open and is ranked 28th.Sharapova said in February that she had undergone a “small procedure” on her right shoulder that would need a few weeks to heal. She added that she has struggled since midway through last year with shoulder pain caused by a fraying tendon and small labrum tear.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMissing Rome puts Sharapova in doubt for the French Open, which begins at the end of the month.Sharapova won the Italian Open in 2011, 2012 and 2015. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated FILE – In this Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, Maria Sharapova of Russia attends her meeting with her fans at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy-2019 tennis tournament match in St.Petersburg, Russia. Three-time champion Sharapova has withdrawn from the upcoming Italian Open as she continues to recover from a right shoulder injury. Rome organizers announced Wednesday, May 1 that Sharapova’s spot in the draw for the May 13-19 tournament will be taken by 45th-ranked Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)ROME— Three-time champion Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the upcoming Italian Open as she continues to recover from a right shoulder injury.Rome organizers announced Wednesday that Sharapova’s spot in the draw for the May 13-19 tournament will be taken by 45th-ranked Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Vince Carter coming back for record 22nd NBA season Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
officialsShillong, May 10 (PTI) The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly today summoned Chief Secretary K S Kropha and other officials of state government on charge of failing to comply with its report relating to the delay in completion of the Shillong Airport project.”We have decided to summon them (officials) to appear before the committee on May 24. The concerned departments have failed to come up with the action taken report till date as was indicated in the findings of the committee, a report of which was placed before the state Assembly in the last session,” PAC Chairman Paul Lyngdoh told reporters after an internal meeting held here.The committee has summoned Chief Secretary Kropha, Deputy Ri-Bhoi district Deputy Commissioner Pooja Pande besides top officials from the departments of Revenue, Transport and PWD (Building).Lyngdoh said, “The departments do not seem to have had the courtesy of going through the committee report and they ought to come up with adequate and sufficient answers.”According to him, the state government officials are to reply in the light of the new Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act passed by the Parliament.The Chairman further alleged that the district administration, through the Deputy Commissioner of Ri Bhoi, has acted in an arbitrary manner.Lyngdoh, citing the new Act, which clearly states right to fair and equitable compensation, said, “It is surprising that this has not been given due importance by the state government as the departments of revenue, transport and PWD seem to care very little.”advertisementHe also informed that the committee will take appropriate steps to ensure justice is given to the land owners. (MORE) PTI JOP SUS KIS
CHICAGO — Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks have picked up their games since leading scorer Patrick Kane went down with an injury.Toews scored twice and assisted on both of linemate Marian Hossa’s goals to lead Chicago past the slumping New York Islanders 4-1 on March 18.Toews recorded his first four-point game this season as the Blackhawks won their third straight and improved to 7-1-1 since Feb. 24 when Kane — whose 64 points were tied for the NHL lead at the time — broke his collarbone against Florida.Toews has seven goals and five assists in his last 10 games. In this one, he and Hossa produced as the result of dogged checking and pressure against a New York line centered by NHL leading scorer John Tavares, who was on the ice for all Blackhawks goals.“One of our top goals is to frustrate whatever line we’re up against,” Toews said. “We did that. I think the better we played defensively, the more we were able to create offense, whether it was off the rush or keeping them in their zone.”Hossa, with 21 goals, reached the 20-goal mark for the 14th time in 16 full NHL seasons. The 36-year-old forward missed it only during his rookie season and in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.“I think we played the right way,” Hossa said. “We checked their top line really well. We didn’t give them too many chances. That was the key.”Kane isn’t expected to return before late May, should the Blackhawks have another deep playoff run.“Obviously, one player can’t step up and start producing and playing like Patrick Kane,” said Patrick Sharp, who skated with Toews and Hossa. “The team in general has played good hockey. We’re moving on and hope he comes back soon and helps us.”New York’s Nikolay Kulemin scored at 5:29 of third period to end Corey Crawford’s shutout bid, but the Islanders lost their season-worst fourth straight.Although Crawford made 38 saves, he wasn’t tested heavily by the goal-starved Islanders. New York has scored only one goal in each of its four consecutive losses.The Islanders are five points behind the Atlantic Division-leading New York Rangers, who have played four fewer games.Besides not generating enough chances, the Islanders were guilty of costly turnovers.“To me it’s making the right decision,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “If you want to talk about the game tonight, we didn’t manage the puck.”New York needs to fight through challenges. “We’ve got to see some guys play with a little more grit and desperation in the game,” Capuano said. “That’s the one thing that bothers me a little bit.”New York’s Michal Neuvirth made 26 saves in his second straight start and fourth game with the Islanders since being acquired from Buffalo on March 2.Jaroslav Halak, who established an Islanders record and a career-best for wins this season, sat out due to a lower-body injury. He didn’t make the trip to Chicago and is listed as day-to-day.Halak is 34-15-1 with a 2.46 goals-against average in 50 games this season.Toews scored twice in the first period, both on backhanders that beat Neuvirth on the short side, to give the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead.“First half of the game was just, I don’t know why we’re not engaged,” Tavares said. “We just did not do anything well.”Toews opened the scoring 7:01 in when his centering attempt from the right corner — with his back turned — struck the stick of Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan and deflected in just inside the right post.Toews made it 2-0 with 3:56 left in the period when he shoveled the puck from the low edge of the right circle. It struck Neuvirth high on the left arm and carried into the net.The Islanders failed to score during a 5-minute major power play that resulted when Andrew Shaw head-butted Brock Nelson at 5:30 of the second. New York managed only one shot during the long advantage after Shaw was ejected from the game.Moments after Nelson missed a chance with Crawford down and out of position, Hossa was set up by Toews and scored with 6:05 left in the second to make it 3-0.Toews battled New York’s Thomas Hickey for the puck in the left circle and sent a pass across the slot to Hossa, who fired a one-timer past Neuvirth’s glove.Hossa stretched Chicago’s lead to 4-0 at 57 seconds of the third when Sharp’s centering pass bounded off his left skate and into the net. The goal withstood a video review.Kulemin cut it to 4-1 at 5:29 when he fired in a shot from the left circle after Tyler Kennedy’s drive from the right side bounded to him off the skate of Chicago’s Duncan Keith.(MATT CARLSON)TweetPinShare0 Shares
It’s almost time for one of the biggest battles of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Before the much-anticipated Ashes series, cricket’s long-standing rivals England and Australia will be going head-to-head against each other in a crunch battle at the Home of Cricket, Lord’s in London on Tuesday.England was billed as the pre-tournament favorites. However, their campaign, it is safe to say, has derailed a bit. They were expected to bulldoze opponents with their batting might but two losses, one each to Pakistan and Sri Lanka has put their chances of even making the semi-final under threat.Eoin Morgan’s men are placed fourth in the 10-team World Cup 2019 points table with 8 points from 6 matches. However, the likes of Bangladesh (7 points from 7 matches), Sri Lanka (6 points from 6 matches) and Pakistan (5 points from 6 matches) are keeping the pressure on the hosts.Speaking to India Today, batting great Sachin Tendulkar said England will be under considerable pressure when they take on arch-rivals at Lord’s.”They will be under tremendous pressure. you look at the way Aussies have played, the moment they realize it is the time to go for the kill they go all out. That will put pressure on England,” Tendulkar said.They look ready! #CmonAussie #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/liDcUn2lgRCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 25, 2019England is heading into the big-ticket clash on the back of a 20-run defeat over Sri Lanka in Leeds. The hosts have been missing their big-hitting opener Jason Roy and he has been ruled out of Tuesday’s clash.advertisementEngland is looking vulnerable but Tendulkar believes Eoin Morgan’s men can put pressure on the Australian bowling attack “that lacks penetration and depth”.”Australia’s bowling attack is not that great though. After [Mitchell] Starc and [Pat] Cummins the depth and penetration in their bowling are missing. That is where England can think of encashing,” Tendulkar added.Australia is sitting pretty at the 2nd spot with 10 points from 6 matches and win on Tuesday will help them move to the top of the points table.Nonetheless, Australia head coach Justin Langer said his team will not underestimate England and maintained Eoin Morgan’s men are still titled favorites.”See how they’ve played for four years, they’re the best team in the world. Look at their team … Nothing has changed in a week,” Langer said.England will face India on June 30 and then New Zealand in their final group-stage match on July 3 after Tuesday’s match vs Australia.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Bangladesh know where to bowl to India, says spin coach Sunil JoshiAlso Read | England vs Australia: Eoin Morgan expects hostile reception for Steve Smith, David Warner at Lord’sAlso See
Some of Australia’s best coaches and players will be on hand to share their knowledge and skills with South Australia’s up-and-coming talent this weekend when Touch Football South Australia holds its AusSquad Junior Development weekend. Australian Men’s Open squad member, Stuart Brierty and Australian Women’s Open squad member, Leah Percy will be in attendance at the camp as will Australian 18’s Boys coach, Dave Nolan and Australian Women’s Open assistant coach, Karley Banks. South Australia’s 12’s, 15’s and 18’s Boys and Girls teams will be involved in the weekend, which will be great preparation for their respective national events later in the year – for the 18’s teams, the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships in September, and for the 12’s and 15’s, the School Sport Australia National Championships in October in Darwin. For more information about the weekend, please visit Touch Football South Australia’s website – www.touchsa.com.au. Related LinksSA AusSquad Weekend
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Pep Guardiola: I have no money!by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he has no money to spend in January.It’s been suggested Guardiola is seeking a new centre-half signing for the winter market.But the manager insists: “It’s not up to me, but we can’t buy anyone in January.”We do not have the money to deposit large amounts. That didn’t work in the summer, so not in the winter either.“We will do it with the players that we have. With Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Eric Garcia and the new players in the youth academy. We have young talented players that we can count on.” He added: “Vinny (Kompany) had a great personality and he was very helpful to me and the entire club. But he has decided to go to Anderlecht and we must continue.”
zoom Copenhagen-based shipping company TORM purchased six MR resale vessels for a total of USD 185 million during the third quarter of this year.As informed, the first transaction included four MR resale vessels from Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited (GSI) with expected delivery in 2019. The second transaction included two MR resale vessels from Hyundai Mipo.These two vessels, TORM Sovereign and TORM Supreme, were delivered during the third quarter of 2017.The second transaction was reported earlier by World Maritime News as a brokers report.Each featuring 50,000 dwt, the tankers were purchased from Hong Kong-based Cido Shipping at a price of USD 32.5 million apiece, and their current market value stands at USD 33.8 million, data provided by VesselsValue shows.TORM said that it has secured financing for all six vessels.In addition to the vessel acquisitions, TORM has sold TORM Fox, a 2005-built Handysize vessel.Following the balance sheet date, TORM has also entered into an agreement to sell TORM Rhone, a 2000-built Handysize vessel. The vessel is expected to be delivered to the new owner in Q4 2017/Q1 2018.In a separate announcement, TORM revealed plans to file a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission later today in order to list its shares on the Nasdaq Stock Market in New York, which TORM expects to complete before the end of 2017.Following the listing, TORM’s Class A common shares will be listed for trading on both Nasdaq Copenhagen under the symbol “TRMD A” and Nasdaq New York under the symbol “TRMD”.“The purpose of a dual listing is to provide our investors with the ability to trade their Class A common shares on a USD-denominated exchange and to improve the liquidity in TORM’s Class A common shares over time,” the company said.“TORM believes that a dual listing will attract further investor interest and provide stronger visibility towards an international investor community, which will strengthen TORM’s strategic and financial flexibility. No new TORM securities will be issued in connection with the direct share listing on Nasdaq New York.”During the third quarter of this year, TORM’s EBITDA was USD 37 million, down from last year’s USD 40 million reported in Q3. The result before tax for the third quarter of 2017 was a loss of USD 4 million, which included an impairment of USD 3 million from a vessel held-for-sale.Product tanker freight rates started out at weak levels in general; however, by the end of August the market began to recover. TORM explained that the market improvement was mainly driven by increased demand for transpacific voyages, resulting in average TCE earnings of USD/day 14,290 for the company’s product tanker fleet.“Towards the end of the quarter, the market was affected by the hurricane Harvey and refinery disruptions in Mexico which briefly lifted Atlantic MR rates and had an even more sustained effect on Far East MR rates with increasing transport distances towards the Americas. The disruption to the refinery system at the US Gulf Coast has accelerated the draws on inventories in the western markets bringing stocks closer to levels which can facilitate increased arbitrage trades,” TORM’s Executive Director Jacob Meldgaard said.In addition to the 72 owned product tankers, TORM had chartered-in five product tankers. The company has eight newbuildings on order: four LR2 vessels with expected delivery in the first half of 2018 and four MR resale vessels with expected delivery in 2019.
CALGARY – The father of a six-year old girl who died after being hit by a light-rail transit train says she wandered off as her mother was getting their children ready for school.The girl, who has been identified in a GoFundMe page as Efua Ogbeide, was struck by the train on Monday morning at an intersection near a Calgary CTrain station. She was rushed to hospital where she died from her injuries.The girl’s father, Jeff Ogbeide, told CTV Calgary that his daughter wandered off as her mom was getting her and the other children dressed for school.“She went upstairs to grab a school bag and by the time she came back downstairs the door was open,” he said.Ogbeide said his wife told him that the school bus was there when she came outside and that she waved and the bus left.His wife didn’t know whether she was on the bus so he called the school to make sure. When no one answered, he drove to the school to check whether she made it safely.“I got to the school and they said she was not on the bus and she’s not at school,” said Ogbeide.They later learned she had been hit by the train and taken to hospital.Ogbeide said they didn’t know she had left the home, which is a few blocks from the LRT station.Her father said she has never left like that before and was never allowed to walk alone.“She did not go to school all by herself. My daughter doesn’t go to school by herself,” he said. “The bus always comes to pick her up right in front of my house.”Officials with the Calgary Catholic School District have confirmed the girl attended St. Jude, an elementary school in the southwest neighbourhood of Woodbine.“A letter was sent home to families,” Joanna French, a spokeswoman for the school district, said Tuesday. “We would just let them know of an incident that took place and to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers.”She wouldn’t say what grade the girl was in for privacy reasons.French said members of the district’s critical incident response team were sent to the school to provide counselling for any students or staff struggling with what happened.The Woodcreek Community Association, which includes the Woodlands and Woodbine communities, also expressed sadness on Facebook.“This will be a tough time for our littlest community members,” said the post. “Let’s endeavour to show extra kindness, as we hold them all in our hearts.”The association declined to comment further. (CTV Calgary, The Canadian Press)
He said Notley and the prime minister should at least consider building more oil refineries in Canada.Horgan, who has often suggested building more refineries, said he will raise the issue in Sunday’s meeting.“If they have disposable billions, I would suggest a better course of action would be investing in refining capacity so that we Canadians can benefit from the jobs and we Canadians can benefit from this natural resource rather than sending it in raw form to another jurisdiction,” he said.By Dirk MeissnerTHE CANADIAN PRESS Trudeau summoned Horgan and Notley for the meeting over the escalating dispute. The prime minister is attending the Summit of the Americas in Peru, but will return to Canada for the meeting before heading to Europe on a trade mission.Kinder Morgan, the pipeline’s operator, turned up the heat last week announcing it is stopping essential spending on the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain expansion because of opposition and delays in B.C. The company established a May 31 deadline for action.“I’m happy to hear what the prime minister and perhaps Rachel Notley has to say,” Horgan said. “I don’t feel there’s any need for sabre-rattling or provocation, nor for threats.”Notley said her New Democrat government is preparing to introduce legislation that could reduce the flow of oil to B.C., which is likely to cause gas prices to spike in the Vancouver area, where motorists are already paying more than $1.50 per litre.On Thursday in Edmonton, Notley didn’t appear to soften her stand ahead of the meeting.“There is one and only one solution, and that solution is that the pipeline gets built without delay.” Trudeau was in Vancouver and Victoria last week where he was met by protests, but reiterated the federal government approved the pipeline project in November 2016 and will ensure it is built. The federal cabinet held an emergency meeting this week and has since voiced its support for the project.Horgan said B.C. intends to pursue court action that involves seeking a constitutional reference case to determine who has the jurisdiction to permit the pipeline to cross B.C.“We are in court following the rule of law. We’re developing a question with respect to jurisdiction that will be referred to a court in short order and as far as I’m concerned we are issuing (project) permits as requested by the proponent.”Green Party leader Andrew Weaver said the federal and Alberta governments are missing an opportunity to bring Canada’s economy into the 21st century by supporting the expansion project. VICTORIA, B.C. — A defiant British Columbia Premier John Horgan said he won’t back down from his government’s opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline project when he meets Sunday with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.Horgan said Thursday he will go to Ottawa to hear what the prime minister and Alberta premier have to say, but if they expect him to drop B.C.’s court actions or its advocacy for protection from oil spills, they are mistaken.“I will defend to the end the rights of B.C. to stand up and defend our coast,” Horgan said during an outdoor news conference near a legislature flower garden. “This is a serious issue for British Columbians and I’ll do my level best to make sure the premier of Alberta and the prime minister understand that.”
U.S. corporations spent a record amount buying back their own shares last year, using 2017’s tax-cut windfall to reward shareholders rather than to invest or expand their businesses.Companies in the S&P 500 spent $806 billion on stock buybacks in 2018, blowing away the previous record of nearly $590 billion set in 2007. The information technology and financial service sectors were the biggest spenders, with Apple leading the pack. When share prices plunged in the fourth quarter it only encouraged companies to spend more, setting a fourth consecutive quarterly record for buybacks.Companies can return profits to shareholders either via dividends or buybacks. Buying back shares has the advantage of reducing the number of shares outstanding, which often gives a boost to closely watched financial metrics such as earnings per share.“Buybacks were again favoured over dividends in both the rate of growth and aggregate dollars spent,” said Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices.2017’s tax overhaul was trumpeted as a way to give companies more cash to invest to grow their businesses. But its timing coincided with signs that the global economy had begun to slow, an incentive for companies to instead give the cash back to investors.The practice has come under scrutiny by members of Congress, who criticized companies for using their extra tax benefits to boost the value of their own shares instead of investing in outside growth or their workers.In the short term, the buybacks won’t make much of a difference for the broader market, said Scott Wren, senior global equity strategist at Wells Fargo Investment Institute. But, it will help companies deal with a broadly uncertain market.“They want to keep the ball moving down the field and if they feel like there are headwinds organically, they’ll do a bit financial engineering,” said Wren said. “Companies have done a good job over this long cycle playing the hand they’re dealt,” he said. “Buybacks are part of that.”Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press
After briefing the Security Council in closed session, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno told journalists that security in the Caribbean nation, where the UN has deployed the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) since June of last year, is the immediate and fundamental challenge, without which “no progress is certain.”In the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, there have been security improvements in one slum district, Bel Air, but no real improvement in Cité Soleil, where the people have been the first victims of gangs, he said.MINUSTAH has carried out a number of military actions in these areas, Mr. Guéhenno said, but “it is not easy for MINUSTAH to conduct these operations because, operating in an urban environment, ideally you need the kind of very specialized capacities that the mission doesn’t really have. But this security situation needs to be addressed urgently.”Saying there may have been some civilian casualties during a MINUSTAH operation carried out on 6 July in the Bois Neuf area of Cité Soleil aimed at arresting a prominent gang leader, Emmanuel Wilmer, alias “Dread Wilmé,” Mr. Guéhenno said they were “not of the order of magnitude” reported by some critics of the mission.“After the operation, there were unconfirmed reports from the Haitian National Police (HNP) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that there were a number of revenge killings,” he said.The country was extraordinarily polarized, he noted, using as illustrations the burning of a major market downtown Port-au-Prince last month and the killing of journalist Jacques Roche, whose body was found last Sunday, four days after he was abducted.Another challenge facing MINUSTAH was assisting with the upcoming elections which could be a foundation for stabilization or could further divide the country, Mr. Guéhenno said, as a consequence of which the mission was promoting inclusiveness, but on the basis that violence was not an option. He welcomed the clear condemnation of violence from moderates in Fanmi (Famille) Lavalas, the party headed by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide before he left the country in February of last year.The third challenge for the mission was the shocking poverty and high unemployment he had observed across Haiti, which “does not create, obviously, a good basis for reconciliation and progress.” MINUSTAH, for its part, was looking at using Haitian manpower in such projects as road building, Mr. Guéhenno said.
Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick (7) eludes Clemson’s Keith Adams for a short gain in the first quarter of the Gator Bowl NCAA college football game in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Public opposition is growing against the planned induction of former football star Michael Vick into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.The Roanoke Times reported Tuesday that two online petitions at change.org had received more than 90,000 combined signatures against the September induction. The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine has also announced its opposition.The university in Blacksburg has continued to defend its recent decision, noting that some believe Vick is the greatest athlete in school history.Vick served 19 months in federal prison on 2007 dogfighting convictions. He was a top contender for the 1999 Heisman Trophy after leading the Hokies through an undefeated regular season and to a spot in the national championship game. He went on to play professionally for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.
After losing three of its last four games, the Buckeye men’s soccer team broke through with a much-needed 2-0 win over Oakland (Mich.) University Wednesday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Ohio State scored its first goal midway through the first half, which allowed them to play with more confidence than they had during the recent downturn. “That’s one of our first goals we’ve scored in the first half this year,” midfielder Sam Scales said. “Early goals makes things so much more comfortable. To get that goal was awesome.” The opening goal came in the 18th minute on a corner kick from Scales that found the forehead of the team’s leading scorer, Konrad Warzycha, for his sixth goal of the season. Scales said that he had been working on driving the ball in from the corner instead of bending it in like he had previously. “Konrad’s a big old guy,” Scales said. “It’s pretty easy to find him in there.” OSU coach John Bluem said he thought the game was a little flat, but was ultimately happy his players were able to get a win after a tumultuous stretch. “I hope that we can build from this game,” Bluem said. “It wasn’t our best performance of the year, but the second half early goal like that sure took a lot of the pressure off and made it easy for us.” During the week, Bluem said the main symptom of his team’s struggles came from the lack of scoring up front by the forwards. After not being in the starting lineup, forward Chris Hegngi netted the team’s second goal 21 seconds into the second half. “It’s good for his confidence,” Bluem said. “He didn’t start tonight and maybe that was the fire from him that we needed.” “I hadn’t scored in a few games. You knew it was important to get the second goal, and it was awesome to get that second goal,” Hegngi said. OSU is down to its final stage of the season as it hosts Wisconsin and Big Ten-leading Indiana to wind things down. The Buckeyes came into Wednesday’s game ranked No. 6 in the conference standings and needed the win against Oakland to get back on track heading into such a critical portion of the season. “We need to be better than we are right now if we expect to win games as we get going down the stretch,” Bluem said. “The games get harder and harder at the end of the season and we have to accept that, work harder and push ourselves harder and be ready, mentally and physically for these games.”
Last week, Google was spotted nabbing a bunch of domains related to Google Play. The early signs were pointing to this being the 7-inch Kindle Fire rival that the company has been rumored to release. Boy, was that off target.As it turns out, Google Play is instead a complete rebranding of all of Google’s media services. Think of it as Google’s answer to the brand recognition of iTunes. The Android Market, Google Books, Google Music, and more will all be rebranded as part of Google Play.This is less about new functionality, and more about brand simplicity and unification. Even if all of these services — including the Android Market — stay the same as they’ve always been, they will now be united in customers’ minds. This may sound superficial, but it’s an important part of brand recognition.It’s also further evidence that Larry Page took his reported mentoring session with Steve Jobs to heart. In Walter Isaacson’s biography Steve Jobs, the meeting is described as Page seeking advice on being a CEO from the ailing Apple co-founder. Jobs reportedly told the head of Google that his company makes too many products, and that all except for search are crap. He told Page to cut down, simplify, and focus on what’s important (hardly surprising advice from the former Apple CEO). That’s exactly what Page has been doing, cutting the cord on Google Labs, focusing more on simple design, and now uniting Google’s media markets into one united storefront. It’s positively Apple-esque.So you can kiss the Android Market goodbye, and say hello to the Google Play Store. Links to My Music, My Books, My Movies, and, of course, My Android Apps will be prominently featured at the top of the page. It’s the same as the Android Market, only unified under a three syllable brand.You should see the update roll out within the next few days, and you can already visit the Google Play Store on the web at the link below.More at the Google Play Store
KEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida corrections officer is behind bars for drinking and driving in the Florida Keys.Twenty-five-year-old Steven Jaroszewski was arrested by Key West Police, Monday morning.He was stopped on Duval Street in Key West, at around 3:30 a.m. According to police, he was showing signs of intoxication in public. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after failing field sobriety tests.Officials at Monroe County’s Sheriff’s Office said his employment is now under review.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Dutee Chand becomes first Indian athlete to reveal her homosexualityLinato Zhang/Getty ImagesOne of India’s most successful athletes of all time, Dutee Chand, who won silver for the country in both 100 meter and 200 meter event at last year’s Jakarta Asian Games has created history by becoming first major sportsperson from India to declare herself in a same-sex relationship.This announcement by Chand was made in an interview given to The Indian Express’ Sunday edition. She stated: “I have found someone who is my soulmate. I believe everyone should have the freedom to be with whoever they decide they want to be with. I have always supported the rights of those who want to be in a same-sex relationship. It is an individual person’s choice. Currently, my focus is on the World Championships and the Olympic Games but in the future I would like to settle down with her.”Facing troubles in the pastThis revelation has made waves in the Indian social media with many people coming out in her support and praising her for what they describe as ‘courage.’ The 23-year old, who hails from Odisha, had been earlier caught in a controversy over her eligibility to compete as a female in events for that gender. Due to hyperandrogenism, a condition which causes women to have higher levels of androgens than what is considered normal for the sex, she was removed from the Indian athletics squad for the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Australia’s Gold Coast and the Asian Games of the same year in South Korea’s Incheon.However, in 2015, thanks to a case being filed in the Court of Arbitration for Sports on her behalf, the rules pertaining to testosterone levels in female athletes were changed and Dutee was allowed to participate again. Chand had earlier been disqualified from participating due to hyperandrogenismIANSAn uncharted territoryBut her latest revelation is an even bigger step. While there are many athletes in other countries who have revealed their homosexuality and have continued their participation, India has been relatively untouched by this phenomenon. For Dutee, the Supreme Court judgement invalidating section 377 of Indian Penal Code which criminalised homosexuality was a major moment.”I have always believed that everyone should have the freedom to love. There is no greater emotion than love and it should not be denied. The Supreme Court of India has also struck down the old law. I believe nobody has the right to judge me as an athlete because of my decision to be with who I want. It is a personal decision, which should be respected. I will continue to strive to win medals for India at international meets,” the girl from Odisha said.While homosexuality has been de-criminalised, there is no provision in the Indian law for same-sex marriages. Yet, the sprinter looks forward to having the company of her partner. “I wanted to be with someone who will encourage me to continue being a sportsperson. I have been a sprinter for the past 10 years and I will perhaps continue to run for the next five to seven years. I travel around the world to compete. It is not easy. Mujhe kisi ka sahara bhi chahiye (I also need to have the support of someone),” the athlete added.