James Hansen may have retired from NASA but he’s still active in the climate change wars. Five months into its existence, his Program on Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions at Columbia University is moving ahead on its unique goals. Led by the 72-year-old climate scientist, the initiative focuses on bringing policy-relevant science to the public, building on dogged—and often controversial—efforts along those lines by its director. Some climate scientists devote part of their time, or just lip service, to advocacy or outreach; the program makes these tasks integral to its scientific mission.The intent for the program’s three-person team, all of whom previously worked at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) at Columbia University, is to continue science, outreach, and advocacy work on climate change but without the limitations that come with a federal job, like working on agency priorities, managing a big lab, or avoiding political activities during work. Text from a recent proposal to a foundation, shared with ScienceInsider, makes clear that Hansen’s group wants to have a political impact. It assails the position “that scientists should not go all the way to describing policy implications of their research.” Instead, it asserts, “The objectivity of science is particularly effective in ferreting out the relative merits of alternative policies.” “The centerpiece of our project remains scientific research,” says Pushker Kharecha, Hansen’s deputy. The team’s studies, according to the proposal text, seek to “connect the dots from advancing basic climate science to promoting public awareness to advocating policy actions.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The first paper produced by the team, published in December, is an example of this approach. Using paleoclimate data, recent observations of the modern climate, and computer modeling, it concludes that a widely adopted goal of limiting global warming to a 2°C increase would lead to “disastrous” consequences. “Continuation of high fossil fuel emissions, given current knowledge of the consequences, would be an act of extraordinary witting intergenerational injustice,” the paper says.The program’s team is composed of Hansen, Kharecha, and Makiko Sato, also a climate scientist. But they expect that other climate researchers from Goddard who are soon to retire from government will soon join them to bolster the team at low cost. (They would all have federal pensions.) The team has raised sufficient funds to support its efforts for at least 2 years, Kharecha says. Its donors include nonprofits and foundations such as the Flora Family Foundation and ClimateWorks and individuals, including philanthropists Jeremy Grantham and H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest. “We hope to get external grants from federal funding agencies as well,” Kharecha says.Kharecha says the new position has given him more time to work on a project to develop high school curriculum around climate change. By the same token, having resigned his job as GISS director last spring, Hansen has more time for various outreach efforts, he tells ScienceInsider in an e-mail from Beijing, where he was meeting with advisers to the Chinese government. These efforts include meetings with European policymakers last year, his current Chinese trip, an upcoming confab with lawmakers in Oregon, and a planned trip to Italy to help opposition to new coal plants there. “I’ve been able to meet with him more, as he’s not quite as slammed with the organizational duties,” says attorney Julia Olson, director of Our Children’s Trust, an advocacy group suing the U.S. government to act on climate change. Hansen, supported by his two Columbia colleagues and other scientists, has written an amicus brief for that effort, which relies on the doctrine of environmental “public trust.” He plans to testify in the case, which is ongoing in courts in several states. That’s something he could not have done as a government employee, he says, given rules pertaining to federal scientists’ political and legal activities. “In the government I could not have done most of the things that I am doing now, because they had to be done on vacation time and I was running out of that,” Hansen adds.
Nehru’s brainchild: On the verge of bankruptcy”They are cremating Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru for the second time (at National Herald)”. Thus wrote septuagenarian M.C. Chalapati Rau, doyen of the ‘nationalist press’ and editor of the Herald for nearly four decades, in a letter addressed to Mrs Gandhi back in 1978.Four years,Nehru’s brainchild: On the verge of bankruptcy”They are cremating Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru for the second time (at National Herald)”. Thus wrote septuagenarian M.C. Chalapati Rau, doyen of the ‘nationalist press’ and editor of the Herald for nearly four decades, in a letter addressed to Mrs Gandhi back in 1978.Four years after Rau left that huffy note and resigned, the cremation seemed to be still smouldering. Tottering on the verge of bankruptcy and unable to stem the tide of mismanagement and executive corruption, the Congress(I) high command – which holds controlling shares through a trust – was toying with two alternatives last fortnight: to close down most of its publications, or to sack the present board of directors of the company that publishes the Herald chain, Associated Journals Limited (turnover in 1980-81: Rs 2.5 crore).The Chairman and Managing Director of Associated Journals, Yashpal Kapoor, Mrs Gandhi’s potbellied Man Friday, recently got a reprieve when the skeletal three-man directors’ board survived an annual general meeting with most shareholders submissively sending their proxy to Kapoor.Kapoor: Competing for top billingBut the company’s balance sheet, which was surprisingly not circulated at the seemingly well-rehearsed annual general meeting, shows a whopping accumulated loss of Rs 70 lakh against an issued capital base of just Rs 56 lakh. The paper has started skipping editions because newsprint cannot be paid for; payment of wages has become irregular; the journalists, with fingers crossed, are waiting to jump out.To cap it all, the charmed circle around Rajiv Gandhi has begun a discreet enquiry into the affairs of Associated Journals. Unconfirmed reports hint at Kapoor’s eventual succession by Arun Nehru, the MP from Uttar Pradesh.advertisementLiquidity: Talking to India Today, Nehru side-stepped the issue of his possible charge by describing it as “pre mature”. But he admitted having discussed the “sickness’ of National Herald and its sister publications with his friend, Rajiv. Many Herald insiders would welcome Nehru for his “high connection” and the board-room experience he earned as managing director of a multinational paints company.’The National Herald’s only editorial policy is sing bhajans to Indira Gandhi and Yashpal Kapoor; its only business policy is to plunder resources and secure ads by blackmail.’Chalapati Rau, former editorHowever, a mere change of guard may not pull the company back from the financial precipice where it has landed itself. In a bid to expand senselessly and far beyond its means, the company has run into what Kapoor himself recognises as the “gravest liquidity problem” in its 44-year history. Samples:The 496 employees at the New Delhi office were paid their salary for December two weeks after the due date. The chief editor, Hari Jaisingh, got his cheque on January 13.The nearly 400 employees at the Lucknow office got their salary for October, and that too in instalments, in December.The Press Trust of India withdrew its tickers from the Herald offices last fortnight after arrears crossed Rs 3 lakh.The Municipal Corporation of Delhi served final notice on the company last fortnight that the water connection at its offices would be cut because of non-payment of Rs 80,000 of arrear bills.The Lucknow edition dropped a day’s issue in December because it had no cash to buy newsprint. It also can’t make blocks because the management says it is unable to buy an AC/DC converter worth Rs 3,000.A former employee, sacked six years ago, recently got a High Court decree issued against the company for payment of Rs 17,800 to him as compensation. Since the company said its coffers were empty even office equipment – such as cvclostyling machines – had to be seized and sold last fortnight to pay the ex-employee.A cheque for Rs 50, given to a contributor, bounced recently.’We’ve been objective in our reporting and fair in our editorial views, within certain parameters, of course.’Jai Singh, editorThe Herald’s saga of hard luck does not end here. In 1976, its banker, Punjab National Bank, was compelled by the Emergency regime to sanction a fat loan to the company for the purchase of a Soviet-made rotary machine.The loan was never paid back, and the bank went to court to obtain a decree of Rs 12 lakh against the company. It was a tricky situation for the guarantor, Vijaya Bank, which paid the money to Punjab National Bank but has little hope of getting back the instalments and interest. Another litigation is inevitable.Notorious Reputation: The company is notoriously cynical about borrowing and not paying back. A loan of Rs 30 lakh raised by it in 1975-76 for construction of a new building in Lucknow has now become Rs 80 lakh with interest. “We haven’t been able to pay back a copper of that,” said Kapoor with what looked like an oddly satisfied smile.advertisementBehind this shoddy financial profile of the company, and the apparent ineptitude of its managers, lurks a systematic plan to keep it perpetually under the thumb of Mrs Gandhi and her chosen people. The key to it is held by Jan Hit Nidhi Trust, formed by Jawaharlal Nehru’s associates – P.N. Sapru, Umashankar Dixit and Padmaja Naidu – in the late ’50s, which holds Rs 40 lakh of the Associated Journals’ Rs 56 lakh of issued capital.Its three present trustees are: P.A. Narielwala, former Tata employee, Congressman, and secretary to the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund; Umashankar Dixit, a former Union home minister and Congress(I) veteran; and, Bishambhar Nath Pandey, president of the Uttar Pradesh Congress(I) Committee. Apparently, all three of them repose their trust firmly in Mrs Gandhi.In 1978, when Mrs Gandhi broke away to form her own party, the trustees took shelter behind a clause in the company’s 1938 article of association which said “the policies of the newspapers published by the company will be to support and propagate the policies of the Indian National Congress”. The trustees – predictably – resolved that Mrs Gandhi’s party alone was the true Congress.Individual Shareholders: Besides the Trust, the company’s shares are held by about 300 individuals, only five of whom own shares worth more than Rs 1 lakh. Mrs Gandhi herself owns just Rs 1,000-worth of shares, for which she sent her proxy to Kapoor at the last annual general meeting.The paper, which had a glorious record during the freedom movement, came up in the wake of the first popular ministry in Uttar Pradesh in 1937. Nehru and Rafi Ahmed Kidwai took the initiative, and funds poured in from all corners of the country. But subsequent leaders of the Herald deftly kept the original donors out of the picture.The Tatas, for example, donated a sum of Rs 3 lakh which was in preference shares and was never converted into equities, thus denying the family reputed for its professional ability any say at the shareholders’ meetings.Kapoor was chosen by Mrs Gandhi in 1978 when the previous managing director, Mohammed Yunus, resigned after submitting a strongly-worded report favouring closure of the Delhi edition of the paper. Yunus’ decision was born out of pragmatism: the Delhi edition sold just about 1,000 copies at that time campared with 5,000 for the Lucknow edition.But Mrs Gandhi, pitted against generally hostile media, needed the Herald to continue in the capital, and Kapoor obliged her by continuing to roll out the Delhi edition, throwing overboard all financial considerations.Untraceable Accounts: During the Emergency the company raked in enormous funds through questionable advertisement collections and doubtful and often unaccounted donations. An enquiry by the Company Law Board, the report of which was hushed up soon after the Congress(I)’s return to power, established that sources of an amount of Rs 4.87 crore, shown in the book of accounts, were “untraceable”.advertisementHowever, after Mrs Gandhi’s defeat in 1977, sources of finance ran dry. Kapoor had to fall back on the age-old escape route from financial distress: robbing employees.His management stopped transmitting employees’ insurance premiums; provident fund and health insurance dues were deducted from employees’ salary but not paid to the relevant departments; income tax deducted at source was not deposited; auditors checking the company’s balance sheets were aghast to find that there was no system of internal auditing.This was topped with a paralysing lock-out in all offices of the Herald from March 1979 till the next year. The paper limped back to normalcy only after Mrs Gandhi came back to power in 1980.Meanwhile, journalists and other staff left the paper in droves, some in disgust, others out of sheer necessity. Even Khushwant Singh, who had a brief stint as the chief editor, faltered in his determination to improve Mrs Gandhi’s image when he was unable to make the management pay the staff their salary every month.Promises: Kapoor brought in Hari Jaisingh, a nondescript resident editor of the Ahmedabad edition of Indian Express, as the chief editor. With the happy tiding of 1980 came promises of more donations, more advertisements, more forced sales.Kapoor reconstituted the board of directors, its two other members being Vimal Malhotra, a small-time industrialist who, as a trade union leader, had once headed the National Herald employees’ union, and Mallikarjun, deputy minister for Railways, who held the post in total violation of the convention that no minister should hold a director’s office.In the name of expansion, the board opened up a chapter of unprecedented squandermania. Three editions of the Herald’s sister Urdu publication, Quaumi Awaz, were started from Delhi, Bombay and Patna, apart from its usual Lucknow edition.A parallel unit was begun from New Delhi’s Indian and Eastern Newspapers Society (IENS) building to bring out English and Hindi editions of a little-known publication called Indian Farmers’ Journal. The other plans on the card include three new editions of Herald, and its Hindi co-publication, Navjivan (now brought out from Lucknow alone), from Bombay, Hyderabad and Bhopal.In the process, however, the company’s real interest was diverted from newspapering to construction. Next to its present office at Kaiserbagh on the banks of the Gomti in Lucknow, it began a 12-storeyed building for Rs 4 crore; at Bhopal, it concluded a controversial land deal with the Bhopal Development Authority to start construction of yet another building for Rs 2 crore.Various Queries: From where did the promise of new capital come? And – as many in Herald are asking now – if money was at all available, why wasn’t it used to clear the debts to banks, the Government and the employees? However, Kapoor is not amused.Recently, he stopped deduction of provident fund for all employees drawing over Rs 1,600 a month on the plea that the Provident Fund Act allows him to do so – a contention not corroborated so far by the Fund authorities. Thus, he has escaped statutory obligations in every way on the plea of economy, but has still managed to go ahead with his grandiose ‘expansion plans’.Last fortnight, Kapoor, talking to India Today, admitted that the buildings were to be financed by a “group of businessmen” who would “not charge Herald a rupee”. But he was silent on:whether this transaction would be shown in the company’s books of account and, if so, how;why the concerned businessmen offered to make contributions; and,how business in real estate was consistent with National Herald’s memorandum of association.Brushing these issues aside, Kapoor said: “The main task is to make Associated Journals Limited immune to the Congress Party’s vicissitudes of fortune. We were victims of a systematic witch-hunt during the Janata period, when our advertisement earnings were forcibly lowered, our workers were instigated to go on strike, and the paper was dragged into a tangle of false litigations.The buildings will allow us relative independence even when the Congress is out of power. We want to be free from financial worries for all time to come.”Both Kapoor and Jaisingh claim to have gone a long way in ‘professionalising’ the organisation. “We’ve been objective in our reporting and fair in our editorial views, within certain parameters, of course.” defensively argues a mild-mannered Jaisingh. “We even print Opposition news.” piped in Kapoor more bluntly.However, as a senior journalist in the paper remarked, “Herald projects only two leaders, if you may say so: Mrs Gandhi and Yashpal Kapoor.” In 1981, Kapoor’s statements and photographs were front-paged over 50 times in the paper, variously describing him as “senior Congress leader”, “prominent leader of the Indian National Trade Union Congress”, and “leading social worker”.Quipped the journalist, “For the readers of the Herald – not a large community, I dare say – the race between the prime minister and Kapoor is quite a photo finish, with Rajiv Gandhi coming in as a distant third.”Toeing The Line: On reporting political issues, the paper often toes the Congress(I) line in quite a brazen-faced manner. On the eve of the Opposition-sponsored Bharat Bandh on January 19, its two main front-page headlines read: “Government to be tough on coercing strikers” and “More to ignore bandh”.When the Maharashtra chief minister, A.R. Antulay lost his case at Bombay High Court and resigned, the editorial in National Herald merely sang paeans of praise to Mrs Gandhi for being “democratic” in accepting Antulay’s resignation.However, its closeness to the Congress(I) gives it occasional flashes of insight: it was the only daily to predict the latest round of reshuffles in the Union Cabinet (see cover story) on the morning it took place.It is true that there have been confusing trends once in a while; like the Herald suddenly publishing an article by T.N. Kaul criticising the recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan. But insiders promptly put it down to “editorial ignorance” of which way the wind was blowing.A front-page article criticising the Congress(I) chief ministers’ frequent trips to Delhi was explained by them as a subtle attempt to “wangle” state government advertisements.However, to ask the Herald authorities about its circulation – like asking a woman her age – is considered impolite. Though Jaisingh claims a weekday circulation of 20,000-plus in the capital and 30,000-plus in Lucknow, a representative of the National Herald Employees’ Union averred that the combined daily sale was “within 15,000”.On such a slender circulation base, how the paper brings out 10 to 12 supplements – loaded with ads – in a month is a mystery in the newspaper circle. In 1980-81, it netted Rs 1.25 crore from advertisements. As Kapoor fondly mused, “Our ad and circulation boys are simply brilliant.”That again is a mystery. Last year, both the circulation and advertisement managers of the company quit their posts. The new circulation manager, who was catapulted to the office, was once a timekeeper in the Lucknow office, while the new advertisement manager was a clerk in the advertisement department.In fact, examples of such spectacular rises are legion at National Herald: a sub-editor overnight finds himself in the chair of a leader writer, a junior sports sub is suddenly anointed as the sports editor, a lino operator takes over as the chief press supervisor.Chalapati Rau, who had once in disgust burnt copies of the paper at the site of Nehru’s cremation at Shantivana, remarked: “The National Herald’s only editorial policy is to sing bhajans to Indira Gandhi and Yashpal Kapoor; its only business policy is to plunder resources and to secure ads by blackmail.”Firmness: Rau has a right to vituperate. During the Emergency, when he was the chief editor, he did not allow any statement or photograph of Sanjay Gandhi, then all-powerful in the Congress, to appear in the paper. He refused to draw a salary of more than Rs 2,000 a month (Jaisingh gets Rs 8,000, including perks).Even Mrs Gandhi used to fear the sharpness of his tongue and the acid in his pen. In 1978, he was thrown out of office, and, since then, Kapoor has taken care to see that his Rs 1,500 monthly pension is stopped.Even a member of the Jan Hit Nidhi Trust, who refused to be identified, agrees that the paper has little viability unless “we choose between two alternatives: to run it as a purely professional organisation, or to run it as a completely above-board party organ, free from wheeler-dealers’ interference”.He cited the example of Hindustan Times, which started as a mouthpiece of the Gadr Party but later on became a commercial organisation under the Birlas, and survived. At the other end of the gamut, the two communist parties, he said, have been able to continue with their respective party organs without undue reliance on advertising revenue.But the Herald, with its 900 staff, and its management’s all-consuming desire to turn it into a money-spinner, cannot but choose a half-way house from where it has to increasingly lean on non-newspaper profits: in 1980-81, it earned Rs 20 lakh by renting out its premises in Delhi.”No newspaper”, said the sceptic trustee, “has ever been profitable by propagating the views of one political party.” Evidently not impressed by this line of argument, Kapoor counterposed, “If the Congress can be a viable party, why can’t National Herald be a viable paper?” No wonder that the current joke at the Herald office is to whisper aloud: “We want Antulay”.
COURT DOCUMENTS SAY THE WOMAN ARRESTED IN SIOUX CITY MONDAY NIGHT WHO IS SUSPECTED IN A FATAL HIT AND RUN IN SOUTH SIOUX CITY HAS A HISTORY OF DRUNKEN DRIVING.SIOUX CITY POLICE SAY 19-YEAR-OLD MARIA GONZALEZ-DIEGO WAS ARRESTED NEAR THE 1300 BLOCK OF SUMMIT STREET AFTER THEY RECEIVED A CALL OF A VEHICLE NEARLY HITTING OTHER CARS AND THEN STRIKING A CURB.THE ARRESTING OFFICER STATED THAT GONZALEZ-DIEGO FAILED FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS AND COULD NOT COMPLETE OTHER PORTIONS BECAUSE SHE WAS SO INTOXICATED.GONZALEZ-DIEGO BLEW A POINT-292 BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL ON A PRELIMINARY BREATH TEST AND REFUSED A DATA MASTER TEST.HER LICENSE HAD BEEN REVOKED IN IOWA AND SHE HAD BEEN REQUIRED TO HAVE AN INTERLOCK IGNITION DEVICE WHEN SHE DROVE, BUT HER CAR DID NOT HAVE ONE.SHE HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN CONVICTED OF OWI ON FEBRUARY 13TH.INVESTIGATORS ALLEGED THAT SHE IS THE DRIVER THAT STRUCK 62-YEAR-OLD ANTONIA LOPEZ DE RAMIREZ, WHO WAS WALKING IN THE 15TH AND B STREET INTERSECTION IN SOUTH SIOUX CITY.GONZALEZ-DIEGO IS ALLEGED TO HAVE LEFT THE SCENE AND DRIVEN INTO SIOUX CITY AFTER THE ACCIDENT.DE RAMIREZ DIED FROM HER INJURIES AT A SIOUX CITY HOSPITAL.GONZALEZ-DIEGO REMAINS HELD IN THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL ON INCREASED BOND OF $511,500.SHE HAS CHARGES PENDING AGAINST HER IN NEBRASKA FOR MOTOR VEHICLE HOMICIDE, LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT AND O-W-I 2ND OFFENSE.
zoomIllustration; Source: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Navios Acquisition has secured sale and leaseback contracts for 10 product tankers, the company confirmed in its second quarter 2019 financial report.Namely, the Angeliki Frangou-led tanker owner said that a USD 15 million sale and leaseback arrangement was drawn in August 2019 to finance one product tanker. The refinancing deal has a maturity of five years, is repayable in monthly installments of USD 0.2 million, and bears effective interest at LIBOR plus 345 bps per annum.Another six vessels were tied up in a USD 90.8 million sale and leaseback that will be repaid through a period of 6.4 years on average, in quarterly installments of up to USD 2.8 million each with a repurchase obligation of up to USD 25.9 million. The sale and lease back arrangement bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin ranging from 335 bps to 355 bps per annum, depending on the vessel financed, Navios Acquisition noted.The final three product tankers were refinanced through a USD 47.2 million sale and leaseback, to be repaid through a period of 5.5 years on average in USD 1.3 million quarterly installments and with a repurchase obligation of up to USD 19.2 million. The arrangement bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin ranging from 350 bps to 360 bps per annum.Furthermore, the company is currently in discussion for a USD 31.8 million bridge financing with a commercial bank that will finance one VLCC under short term maturity of less than a year.“Upon completion of the above transactions, Navios Acquisition expects to reduce its debt by approximately USD 33.4 million or 3% of outstanding debt,” the company added.During the three-month period ended June 30, 2019, Navios Acquisition reported a net loss of USD 16.5 million, compared to a net loss of USD 22 million seen in the same quarter a year earlier.Revenue for the quarter was up to USD 58.6 million from USD 41.5 million recorded in the second quarter of 2018.
Les élèves et les enseignants à l’échelle de la province se prononcent contre l’intimidation. Le gouvernement provincial et ses partenaires en éducation ont proclamé le premier jeudi de septembre comme la journée contre l’intimidation, afin de promouvoir l’importance d’un environnement d’apprentissage sain, sécuritaire et positif pour les élèves et les enseignants. Les écoles organiseront plusieurs activités le jeudi 8 septembre, y compris des discussions, des concours, des assemblées et des jeux de rôle. « L’intimidation est un problème grave dans nos écoles et nos collectivités, a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de l’Éducation. La journée contre l’intimidation est une occasion pour les écoles de sensibiliser davantage les gens aux effets de l’intimidation sur les jeunes. » « Je suis heureuse de voir une plus grande sensibilisation ainsi que de si nombreuses initiatives contre l’intimidation, y compris l’excellent travail de la commission d’étude sur la cyberintimidation. » Le groupe de travail et la commission d’étude sur la cyberintimidation se réunissent depuis juin pour aborder la question de l’intimidation en ligne, et effectuent un sondage pour obtenir les idées du public. « Il est évident que les élèves veulent faire quelque chose contre l’intimidation et la cyberintimidation, a dit Wayne MacKay, président de la commission d’étude sur la cyberintimidation. La commission d’étude a reçu un énorme soutien des élèves, des enseignants, des parents et des gens des collectivités de toute la province. » « Nous avons également obtenu gratuitement le soutien d’experts en la matière à l’intérieur et à l’extérieur du pays, et la commission d’étude a entamé des dialogues importants au sujet de la portée du problème et des solutions efficaces possibles. » Le public est invité à assister aux prochaines rencontres du groupe de travail et de la commission d’étude sur la cyberintimidation, les 12 et 13 septembre de 9 h à midi, dans le théâtre 4 des Empire Theatres Park Lane, à Halifax. Des renseignements détaillés sont affichés au cyberbullying.novascotia.ca/fr. Des vidéos des présentations seront également affichées sur le site Web après les rencontres. Les Néo-Écossais peuvent soumettre leurs commentaires au sujet des présentations sur la page Facebook de la commission d’étude. « Si vous ne faites qu’une seule chose dans le cadre de la journée contre l’intimidation, nous vous demandons de répondre au sondage sur le site cyberbullying.novascotia.ca/fr pour aider la commission d’étude à trouver des solutions à ce problème, » a dit M. MacKay. Le sondage sera en ligne jusqu’au 30 septembre.
REGINA – The Saskatchewan Police Commission is telling officers not to randomly stop people on the street and ask for information.The commission also reminded people Wednesday that they are under no obligation to talk to police if they are stopped.“Members of the public … are free to walk away at any time,” the commission said in a news release.The police commission is bringing in a new policy which spells out that people can’t be stopped based on their race or just because they are in a high-crime area.The commission, which regulates municipal and First Nations police forces, refers to the practice as contact interviews, but the terms carding or street checks have been used in other provinces. Minority groups have raised concerns, saying they are unfairly targeted by officers.Chris Kortright from the Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism said that it’s problematic for the commission to word the process as voluntary.“It’s fundamentally ignoring the relationship most citizens, especially Indigenous and marginalized people, have with the police,” Kortright said.“When a cop calls you over and demands to see your ID and starts asking you questions, most individuals don’t feel like they have the right to refuse that.”Commission chair Neil Robertson said the agency deliberately avoided the term carding because it wanted to use a neutral term.“Stopping someone because of some identifiable characteristic that’s protected under the Human Rights Code, including race, would be improper,” Robertson said.Ken Norman, a law professor at the University of Saskatchewan, said that the commission got it right in principal but that police need to pay attention to what is happening.“Police carding has got to be premised on a better basis than stereotypical assumptions,” Norman said.The policy does allow for interviews when circumstances warrant — for example, if someone is in an industrial area late at night when all the businesses are closed.Estevan police Chief Paul Ladouceur said it’s important to have a policy that guides police officers across the province.“The policy has to be broad enough that it allows the police to still do the important work that they have do within their communities … recognizing the balance between public engagement and respecting right of individuals and freedoms of individuals,” he said.Ladouceur said he didn’t think random street checks have been an extensive problem in the province.“Recently, obviously, we’ve seen across the country this has gone beyond that,” Ladouceur said. “So this was the approach of saying, ‘Let’s deal with this now so it doesn’t become a problem.’”Kortright disagrees and said that his group has heard a lot of complaints by people who are targeted because of the neighbourhoods they live in or how they look.Human rights lawyer Larry Kowalchuk said there’s no question that racism in Saskatchewan, as well as police interaction with Indigenous people, is a problem. He added that the new policy seems redundant.“They are now saying ‘Well, from now on, you shouldn’t pick a particular group of people, class of people. You shouldn’t do that,’” Kowalchuk said. “That sounds to me like an admission to that they have been doing that.”Saskatoon police Chief Troy Cooper said in a statement that street checks are an important component of community policing, but there has to be a balance to maintain public confidence.“I want to assure our community that our service will be reviewing the policy in consultation with the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners and will develop an approach that will best meet the needs of our citizens,” the statement said.— Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitter
“The Sahel’s vast size and long, porous borders mean that such challenges can be addressed successfully only if the countries of the region work together,” he told the Council at the start of a meeting on the situation in the region. The meeting, which also adopted a Presidential Statement, was also addressed by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, and Romano Prodi, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Sahel.“The United Nations will continue its efforts to promote security, good governance and resilience,” he said, calling also for more to be done to address food crises that plague the Sahel as well as to improve conditions in migrants’ communities of origin while generating more legal opportunities for migrants to work abroad. Mr. Ban recalled his visit with Mr. Kim last month to four Sahel countries – Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad – citing a ‘very moving” visit he made to Timbuktu in northern Mali, a region seized by radical Islamists in 2012 before they were driven out by French-led forces. “People there are struggling to recover from human rights abuses and upheaval,” he said. “I was given an opportunity to view the cultural treasures that had been damaged in attacks. This was a terrible loss for Mali – and for our common global heritage – but with UNESCO’s (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) help, we are moving to safeguard it.” But he added that, despite progress made towards re-establishing constitutional order in Mali, which over the past two years has witnessed a military coup d’état, fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure the north by the Islamists, he remains concerned with the security situation. He called for continued strengthening of The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), a 12,600-strong force set up by the Council in April and authorized “to use all necessary means” to carry out security-related stabilization tasks, protect civilians, UN staff and cultural artefacts, and create the conditions for provision of humanitarian aid. The Sahel stretches from Mauritania in the west to Eritrea in the east, a vast belt dividing the Sahara desert and the savannahs to the south, which has undergone three major droughts in less than a decade and where more than 11 million people are at risk of hunger and 5 million children under five are at risk of acute malnutrition. Mr. Prodi said that only a strategy going beyond existing efforts would allow the Governments of the region to overcome the immense challenges facing them and move towards long-term peace and stability, and he warned that the current global economic climate and competing needs elsewhere in the world constricted both the attention and funding required. Efforts undertaken by the UN system in the area of governance include capacity-building to improve delivery of essential services and the promotion of political inclusion, while activities to strengthen national and regional security have focused on border management and the prevention of violent ideology. In the area of development a pilot programme pledged by the Italian Government to provide solar-powered water purification equipment to hundreds of families will begin shortly.In a Presidential Statement the Council reiterated its continued concern at “the alarming situation” in the Sahel and reaffirmed its commitment to address the complex security and political challenges there. In light of the challenges, the 15-nation body reaffirmed its request to the Secretary-General to ensure early progress towards the effective implementation of the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel.“The Security Council underscores the importance of a coherent, comprehensive and coordinated approach encompassing governance, security, humanitarian, human rights and developmental aspects to respond to the threats to peace and security,” it said, highlighting the importance of sanctions as a tool in countering terrorism.
Motor Codes has appointed two new non-executive directors to help further strengthen the organisation’s offering to MOT, service and repair centres and warranty product providers. Tim Heavisides, group CEO of Car Care Plan and Provident Insurance, and Wendy Williamson, marketing director at Unipart, will provide guidance, strategic overview and expertise in vehicle warranties and the independent garage sector. The two new non-executive directors join existing Motor Codes board members Alec Murray (former chairman of RMI), Paul Willcox (MD of Nissan GB) and Terry Barcham (MD of Snap-on Tools). “I firmly believe in the aims of Motor Codes and am keen to support the effort to raise customer service standards across the industry,” said Wendy Williamson. “The service and repair sector has had a bad name for long enough, and I believe that Motor Codes can turn around an unfair reputation.” Tim Heavisides said, “The success of Motor Codes is proven by the long-standing New Car Code, which covers 99% of all new cars sold. I’m committed to playing my part in making the Service and Repair Code every bit as successful. Delivering maximum customer satisfaction and support is what these Codes are all about, and their success will be hugely beneficial for customer confidence and the reputation of the industry.” “The appointment of our two new non-executive directors, both from industry-leading companies, marks another important chapter in the development of Motor Codes,” said Chris Mason, Motor Codes director. “We have big plans for the future and 2010 is set to be a pivotal year as we aim to increase significantly the number of independent garages subscribing in addition to further consolidating the significant uptake by franchised dealers.” Car Care Plan is a long-standing supporter of regulation for the warranty sector, having subscribed to the Vehicle Warranty Products Code and its predecessor since 1995. Unipart has committed to have all 600 of its Car Care Centres signed up to Motor Codes by summer 2010. Garages can subscribe to the Service and Repair Code for just £75 at www.motorcodes.co.uk. Some of the benefits that subscription entitles garages to include a wealth of free marketing materials, independent arbitration in the event of a customer complaint and a listing on the search function of the Motor Codes website which is used by over 300,000 people annually.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Green Bay defensive Tackle Tony Hargrove became the latest casualty of the “Bountygate” scandal that originated in New Orleans.The Packers cut him on Friday evening rather than wait for him to complete his NFL-mandated eight-game suspension for his role in the affair.Hargrove was among the several current and former Saints players and coaches whom Commissioner Roger Goodell cited this spring as having participated in the infamous bounty program that offered financial incentive to knock opposing players out of the game.The former Georgia Tech star has long maintained his innocence, accusing the NFL of lying about his involvement. The league has insisted that Hargrove was heard on tape saying “Give me money” after the team was told that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre had suffered a broken leg in the 2009 NFC Championship game.Hargrove has maintained that the voice heard was not his, but the league has remained unmoved.“It wasn’t me” he said in a statement released in June. “That’s right. The NFL got their evidence all wrong. In their rush to convict me, they made a very serious error. … Like I said, lean in closer, look closer, listen closer. It is not my voice, Anyone who knows me well knows that it’s not me. But the NFL does not know me well. They simply make assumptions. With … my … life.”The Packers signed Hargrove on March 30 as an unrestricted free agent, well before the NFL handed down its punishment for the “pay-to-play” scandal a few weeks later.The team knew some kind of punishment was headed Hargrove’s way, but apparently feel now that he isn’t worth the headache. Hargrove was among five players the team cut Friday as it works its roster down to the 53-man limit by 7 p.m. next Friday.Green Bay had the option of retaining Hargrove’s rights as he sat out the first eight weeks of the season without counting him against the 53-man roster. The team would have had a week or so to decide what to do with him when his suspension was complete.But it was obvious with the lack of playing time that Hargrove was receiving in the preseason that the Packers were having buyer’s remorse and had little interest in his services.Hargrove will be free to sign with any team in the league after his suspension is over.
However on Tuesday, the day of the US election, MPs were told the definition was to change and reservists would be ready for deployment after only the first phase. The change means that close to 2,000 reservists will effectively have completed training between six months and a year earlier than expected, according to experts.Critics claimed the change was made because the Government was due to miss out on its target, which was adopted alongside major cuts to the full-time Army.Nia Griffith, Labour’s shadow defence secretary, told The Daily Telegraph that ministers were “fiddling the figures” and questioned whether it could have an impact on the “frontline”. “We need to see a clear plan to address concerns about future gaps in the Armed Forces’ capability, rather than simply shifting the goalposts by changing the training requirements,” she said. “With so little clarity from the Government about reserve recruitment, how can we have full confidence in the capability that lies behind them?”However government sources insisted the change had been made so that more reservists were available to help combat flooding in Britain. Tory ministers have been accused of “fiddling the figures” to hit an ambitious recruitment target for Army reservists after they quietly changed the definition for completing training. For years there have been concerns over whether the Government can hit its promise of building an Army Reserve of 30,000 by 2020, though there has been improvement recently.Previously a reservist would be ready for UK deployment after they completed two “phases” of training, one general and one specialist. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The row threatens to re-toxify an issue that blighted David Cameron’s premiership after he oversaw cuts to defence in the wake of the financial crisis. In 2013, Mr Cameron announced that the Army would be cut from 102,000 to 82,000, but also said that the Army Reserve would double from 15,000 to 30,000. Since that decision ministers have been told they are set to miss that target by a watchdog and admitted they have struggled to recruit and retain reservists. In the last 18 months improvements were made with the total Army Reserve exceeding yearly targets, but the rate of growth has been too slow. On current trends, the 2020 target will be missed according to expert analysis. Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, announced in Parliament this week that reservists will be deemed to have reached “trained strength” after completing just one of two training phases. That means they can be deployed in the UK to help with floods, manage crowds and other tasks that can benefit from military organisation – though not frontline roles like counter-terrorism. It also means reservists will complete their training more quickly – a speeding up of the system that will help the Government hit its 30,000 reservists by 2020 target. Peter Quentin, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, said: The announcement has convenient twin benefits, immediately improving the highly politicised headline recruiting statistic, while also freeing-up significant manpower to help fulfil those homeland resilience roles for which reservists are well-placed and sufficiently trained. It is worth noting that the recruiting targets are currently being exceeded, but they were always due to ramp-up later in the decade. So regardless of this subtle reclassification, the Army’s efforts to recruit, train and retain its reservists must be continually improved because the ultimate target is not that six-figure number on a spreadsheet, but a force that is disciplined, trained and ready to serve the nation at home as much as overseas.An Army spokesperson said: “To meet the increased utility and productivity requirement, the Army broadened the definition of trained strength to include Regular and Reserve Army Phase One trained personnel in July.” “This has increased the pool of manpower available for a national emergency. Any deployment of Phase One trained personnel would be subject to appropriate supervisory ratios and duty of care regimes.” To meet the increased utility and productivity requirement, the Army broadened the definition of trained strengthArmy spokesman We need to see a clear plan… rather than simply shifting the goalposts by changing the training requirementsNia Griffith, Labour’s shadow defence secretary In 2013, Mr Cameron announced that the Army would be cut from 102,000 to 82,000 (file picture) Credit:OMAR SOBHANI/REUTERS
It has tech billionaires, A-list celebrities, a sun-soaked programme of work and play and a top-secret itinerary known only to an elite few. The reports, which have not been denied by the palace, said the Duke had shared the same sentiments he has offered in recent public speeches and his interview… The Duke delivered a “bare foot speech” on the topic of climate change and conservation to celebrities, entrepreneurs and high-flying business leaders, reports say, describing his words as “impassioned”. This year’s Google Camp, nicknamed “Davos by the sea” for its habit of convening a guest list of power, money and influence, also boasted the attendance of the Duke of Sussex, it has been claimed.
← Previous Story France beats Switzerland in a friendly! Next Story → Champions League (W) 2nd leg: Gyori to save the season, Buducnost for history Favorites won today, but it was Spain and Hungary that made the most of it, as they won the games against direct opponents for the first two places in the three Olympic Qualifying groups that lead to the Olympic Games in London 2012.In Gothenburg, the host team Sweden as expected beat Brazil with 25:20 (12:10), but still has the two important games against Hungary and Macedonia left. In the derby game in this group, Hungary is with one-leg at the Olympic Games as they beat Macedonia with 28:26 (15:13), with the Hungarian goalkeepers making important saves, but also Carlos Perez having a good come back in the national team.In Varazdin, Croatia had an easy job against Japan, and easily cruised past them, winning with huge 36:22 (16:14), while in the other game Iceland also as expected beat Chile with 25:17 (12:7).In Alicante was played the other most interesting game today where the host team Spain beat the silver-medalist (EC 2012) Serbia with 30:27 (11:10), a game that was decided in the end, with Serbia keeping the 1-goal distance to Spain until the 57th minute, when Spain made a 3-0 run. In the other game, Poland had a very hard job against Algeria, as they only won with 28:27 (11:13), and now remain in the fight for one of the first two places.
The release of open source drivers for Kinect has opened the flood gates on experimentation with the motion controller, and this latest project should be picked up and released as an official Kinect game in our opinion.Using the libfreenect drivers and openFrameworks, Emily Gobeille and Theo Watson have created a digital shadow puppet show like no other. The Kinect is used to do skeleton tracking on the arm of the puppeteer. It determines where the shoulder, elbow, and wrist are and then uses their movement to affect the movement of the colorful character projected on the wall. Fingertips are also tracked allowing the brid’s beak to open and close.The end result is the best shadow puppet show I’ve ever seen, and something that’s sure to enthrall young children sitting around the world. It could also help sell a few more Kinects for Microsoft.This is only the beginning of the project, though. Theo has plans to start reacting to depth so he can possibly get the projected characters turning their heads and looking at their audience. Who knows, we might even get 3D shadow puppets eventually.Microsoft, make that call and get this in production now!Read more at Vimeo, via Engadget
The Backpack Program didn’t take long to outgrow its initial clientele of 75 children. It didn’t take long to outgrow its namesake, either.But after nine years, thousands of kids and a couple of transitions in take-home technology, it’s still the Share Backpack Program.Share, a Vancouver-based nonprofit organization, sends more than 1,500 food bags home with local children each Friday during the school year.Volunteers at the Share Fromhold Service Center pack 11,000 pounds of food into those 1,500 take-home bags each week, then distribute them to about 70 schools in six districts.A unique challenge at one school recently showed the commitment of Share volunteers and school staffers, said Diane McWithey, executive director of Share.In February, a fire destroyed Crestline Elementary School in the Evergreen district.“Crestline burned on a Sunday,” McWithey said. Evergreen Superintendent John Deeder had those displaced children back in class, at five different elementary schools, on the following Thursday.“And we had the backpacks follow the children to the appropriate schools on Friday,” McWithey said.To have the bags delivered to the right children at five different schools with no lapse in service, well, “that says so much for those counselors and teachers,” McWithey said.Crestline counselor Kirsten Bledsoe choreographed that seamless transition, Evergreen spokeswoman Carol Fenstermacher said.Clark County Public Health is not involved in the program, but the department conducted a survey in 2012 to evaluate it.“There was a sense that it was a good program, overall, but there was no research or data,” said Tricia Mortell, public health program manager.
A Vancouver man reportedly in the midst of a break-up has been arrested in connection with a fire Friday at a home in Clark County’s Sunnyside neighborhood.Timothy C. Meagher, 57, was taken into custody at a cabin in Cougar and booked into Clark County Jail on suspicion of domestic violence arson, according to a bulletin from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Meagher was seen entering a house at 6208 N.E. Wilding Road about 12:45 p.m. an hour before a neighbor saw smoke coming from the eaves and called 911, the bulletin said. Firefighters arriving at the house near Interstate 205 and Northeast St. Johns Road reported finding black smoke coming out of the attic window and fires burning in multiple spots on the first floor. No injuries were reported, but damage was estimated at $100,000, according to the CCSO bulletin.Investigators with the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office concluded the fires had been deliberately set using an accelerant, the bulletin said.Meagher, who was seen leaving the house 20 minutes before the fire started, was located at a cabin in Cougar owned by his employer. The bulletin said Meagher did not have permission to be in the cabin, and a neighbor alerted authorities after noticing a suspicious vehicle parked in front of it.The CCSO said investigators believe arson is related to the ending of a relationship between Meagher and the home’s owner, James L. Hanson, 52. Both men listed the house as their residence according to voter registration data from 2012.
MaharshiTwitterSuperstar Mahesh Babu’s Maharshi has fetched whopping amount for its producers from the sale of its overseas theatrical rights. But its price is said to be 34 per cent lesser than that of Bharat Ane Nenu.Mahesh Babu is probably the most popular Telugu actor in the international markets especially in the US, where he enjoys a massive fanbase. His last outing Bharat Ane Nenu has collected over Rs 30 crore gross at the overseas box office and earned over Rs 15 crore for its international distributor, who had shelled out Rs 18.20 crore on its rights. The movie was said to have incurred losses to them.It was rumoured that producer Dil Raju quoted Rs 18 crore as the price for the overseas theatrical rights of Maharshi. But no distributors apparently showed interest to buy the rights at such high price. The overseas distributors had sulked that Mahesh Babu’s movies were not providing them with any profits in recent years. But the greedy producers were demanding a hefty amount for rights.The producers of Maharshi were said to try hard to get at least for Rs 12 crore from its overseas rights. When none came forward, they handed over the movie to Great India Films, which earlier distributed Bharat Ane Nenu. It is reported that the distribution house has closed a deal for Rs 12 crore.The bosses of Great India Films have confirmed the news about acquiring the overseas theatrical rights of Maharshi, but they did reveal the price. They tweeted, “Pleased to associate with @SVC_official, @VyjayanthiFilms and @PVPCinema for #Maharshi. Our 4th film with The Super Star after #Athadu #Pokiri and #BharathAneNenu.” Mahesh Babu in MaharshiTwitterGreat India Films is one of the leading distribution houses in the international markets. It has released over 50 south Indian movies in overseas markets. Baahubali: The Beginning 2, Baahubali: The Conclusion, Bharat Ane Nenu, Bhaagamathie, Premam (Malayalam) and Naa Peru Surya are some of the big ticket films distributed by it in various foreign countries.Maharshi, which is set for release on May 9, directed by Vamshi Paidipally and produced by C. Ashwini Dutt, Dil Raju and Prasad V. Potluri, under the banners of Vyjayanthi Movies, Sri Venkateswara Creations and PVP Cinema. Mahesh Babu, Pooja Hegde and Allari Naresh are playing the lead roles in the movie.
Monitor the latency of a Windows PC with LatencyMon by Martin Brinkmann on June 19, 2018 in Software – 2 commentsLatencyMon is a free-for-home use software program for Microsoft Windows devices that monitors the latency of the system when run to point out issues and assess the system’s real-time audio and other latency-depending performance.Latency issues can impact the experience that you have when working on a computer. While you may not see much of an issue when editing Word documents, you may experience lag, stutter, freezes, and other issues while playing games or streaming content that are caused by latency issues.Windows users have a couple of options to resolve and analyze latency related issues. We described in the past how you can reduce gaming latency in Windows using a simple Registry tweak or program that does that for you, and how to monitor the latency of all TCP connections.LatencyMonLatencyMon is a program that you may want to add to the arsenal of tools. You need to install the program before you can start using it.The program does not monitor the system automatically when you run it; you need to click on the start button to start the monitoring.It monitors the system when you run it and records hard pagefaults, interrupted service routines (ISR), Deferred Procedure Calls (DPC) for drivers, processes, and the CPU.While that is somewhat technical, LatencyMon displays an assessment of the system’s capabilities right away in its interface.You may want to check out the information listed in the other tabs of LatencyMon if the program suggests that the PC has latency issues or if you experience them even though LatencyMon does not suggest there are any.The processes, drivers, and CPUs tabs may help you figure out why you are experiencing latency issues on the PC.The tabs highlight the processes with the most hard pagefaults, drivers with the highest ISR and DPC counts, and the performance of each CPU core in regards to ISR and DPC.Processes may need to be sorted by hard pagefaults; you can do so with a click on the column header. LatencyMon displays processes and the number of hard pagefaults then. It is a good idea to start with the highest offenders and go from there.A hard pagefault is recorded whenever Windows reads data from the Page File. The developer of LatencyMon notes that hard pagefaults of audio software run on the system often results in audio dropouts, clicks, and pops.Drivers may also cause latency issues and LatencyMon displays drivers and their ISR and DPC count in the interface as well.You may be able to resolve issues in regards to latency once you have discovered the cause. If it is caused by hard pagefaults, you may work around the situation by adding more RAM to the PC, assigning more RAM to the audio application if possible, using a RAM disk, or even disabling the pagefile (which should not be done, usually).If it is a driver that is at fault, you may want to check if updates are available for the driver. If not, you may contact the manufacturer to report the issue that you experience. Sometimes, a rollback to previous drivers may also fix the issue.Closing WordsLatencyMon is a useful program for Windows to analyze latency issues. The free version can be run in non-commercial environments only. A professional version of LatencyMon is available that offers the same functionality but can be run in commercial environments.Now You: Did you ever run into latency issues?Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 9 votes Software Name LatencyMonOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page http://www.resplendence.com/latencymon Advertisement
Norwegian Cruise Line brings freedom and flexibility to fallNorwegian Cruise Line brings freedom and flexibility to fallWith a chill in the air, Norwegian Cruise Line is inviting guests to breeze on through a plethora of offers. From now until October 31st, travelers have the opportunity to choose from an array of options when they book a new cruise vacation, offering even more value to those looking for a warm escape from the winter rumble or cultural adventure through the holidays.· Now through October 9, guests can take advantage of the Spectacular Splash Sale and receive up to $1000 in free onboard spending* on 2017 Caribbean cruises. Now until October 9, Norwegian’s Super Splash Sale is offering guests the chance to receive up to $500 in free onboard spending* on select 2017 and 2018 sailings. These two incredible promotions arecombinable with Free at Sea and guests partaking in Super Splash will be able to benefit from $50 deposits.· Norwegian’s Distinctive Voyages will be extended through November 30, providing cruisers the opportunity to sail to their dream destinations. On select nine-day or longer cruises, guests will receive five distinct offers: 120 minute phone call package, 250 minute Internet package, $50 USD credit per port shore excursion, up to $200 USD in air credit and $100 USD hotel credit.**· Norwegian’s Havana Nights offers cruisers who want to explore the culture and history of Cuba $50 in free onboard spending money*** when they book a new all-inclusive cruise to Cuba on Norwegian Sky from Miami or Norwegian Sun from Port Canaveral now through October 31.· Norwegian’s Holiday Bonus Bundle, available now through October 31, offers $100 of onboard credit*** on select holiday sailings over the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays, allowing guests to give their loved ones the gift of an ultimate cruise vacation.· Norwegian’s popular Free at Sea promotion will be extended through October 31. This signature value-added offer provides guests who book a new three-day or longer sailing in an oceanview, balcony or minisuite category stateroom with the opportunity to select their preference of two free choices from five spectacular onboard amenity offers†, including free unlimited open bar, a free specialty dining package, $50 towards shore excursions in each port per stateroom, 250 minutes of free WiFi, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer that allows the third and fourth guests to sail for free on many 2017 and 2018 sail dates. Inside staterooms, as well as Norwegian’s Studio staterooms for solo travelers, can choose one free offer. Guests seeking the ultimate in pampering and luxury at sea can book a cruise in a suite or The Haven by Norwegian® and enjoy all five free amenities**, providing up to $2,600 in added value to their cruise.· Norwegian’s Free at Sea Hawaii offer has also been extended through October 31. Guests who book a new cruise vacation aboard Pride of America, the only ship in the world that can sail seven-day inter-island cruises in Hawaii, have the freedom to select one of five†* offers to enrich their cruising experience, including a free one-night pre-cruise hotel stay with an option to select reduced airfare starting at $399 from select gateways, a free specialty dining package, free pre-paid service charges for the first and second guest in the stateroom, free $50 per port shore excursion credit per stateroom, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free, allowing the third and fourth guests in each stateroom to sail for free on many 2017 and 2018 sail dates. Guests who book a suite aboard Pride of America can enjoy all five offers.To book a cruise aboard a Norwegian ship, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.Source = Norwegian Cruise Line
Share Study Finds Houses Moving Fast in the West, Slow in the East in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Buyers looking for their perfect home on the West Coast need to move fast, judging by the results of Trulia’s latest look into how long homes stay on the market.Trulia’s two-month study of metro areas around the U.S. this spring found that eight of the 10 fastest-moving housing markets are in California. The Bay Area, where fewer than 30 percent of homes remained on the market after two months, topped the list. Outside California, Seattle and Salt Lake City showed to be the markets where homes disappear from the listings quickly.Across the country it’s a different story. The three slowest markets in Trulia’s study are in New York, the slowest being Long Island and Albany, where roughly 70 percent of homes remained on the market after two months.One notable exception in the east is Cape Coral, Florida, where the pace of sales has shot up dramatically since last year. A year ago, Trulia found that about 60 percent of homes for sale in Cape Coral-Fort Myers were still listed after two months. This year, that percentage is down to 47. Richmond and El Paso had similar increases in sales pace.Compared to a year ago, the overall pace of sales nationally has sped up. Last spring, about 62 percent of all homes Trulia track nationwide were still on the market at the 60-day mark. Wednesday’s report showed that number is now down to 60 percent.What’s quickening the pace of sales? “It turns out it’s homes priced at the low end of the market,” said Trulia economist Ralph McLaughlin. Trulia gave each metro its own price cutoffs based on what’s considered high-end, mid-range, and low-end locally. “On average, lower-priced homes moved fastest,” McLaughlin said. “Only 50 percent of homes in this tier were still on the market after two months, compared with 65 percent of higher-priced homes.”Price, however, can be deceiving. California’s homes in particular are high-dollar properties. But, McLaughlin said, expensive markets usually happen where inventory is tight and new construction in the face of growing demand is limited. “So homes get snapped up quickly,” he said. “And this is bad news for first-time homebuyers.”Then again, so is the fact that homes at the lower end, especially in high-demand markets, are prime targets for homebuyers everywhere. “First-timers … are already getting slammed by declining affordability and slow wage growth,” McLaughlin said. “Now, even the homes they might be able to afford seem to be disappearing in the blink of an eye.” Home Sales Housing Markets Trulia 2015-04-15 Scott_Morgan April 15, 2015 474 Views
by The Associated Press Posted May 4, 2018 12:09 pm PDT Last Updated May 4, 2018 at 1:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cynthia Nixon tax returns: $1.9M income, $53K in donations ALBANY, N.Y. – “Sex and the City” star and New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon released tax returns on Friday showing she and her wife had an income of $1.9 million last year and gave about $53,000 to charity.The Democratic candidate released the returns after initially filing an extension on her taxes. Nixon’s finances are complicated and involve her private corporation, named the Fickle Mermaid Corp., as well as a family foundation and income from investments, royalties and residual payments for television and film. Nixon paid state income taxes in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Utah, Illinois and California.Most of the income received by Nixon and her wife, Christine Marinoni, in 2017 was derived from investments, royalties and Nixon’s work as an actor. Marinoni earned $128,000 working as a senior adviser in New York City government in 2017; she left the job earlier this year. Nixon and Marinoni filed jointly. They had a total federal tax bill of $150,000 and a state and local tax liability of $63,000.The couple contributed about $53,000 to a variety of environmental, education, arts and children’s charities, including the Girl Scouts, homeless shelters, the Montauk Public Library and a hospice. Nearly $8,000 worth of contributions were not itemized.Nixon’s campaign allowed reporters to review Nixon’s tax documents for two hours on Friday. Releasing tax returns is common for candidates for governor. Nixon’s Democratic primary opponent, two-term incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo, released his tax returns last month, while Republican candidate and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro released his taxes on Thursday.