“New Realities” and Russian markets

first_img Read Full Story During the April 10 discussion at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies the representatives of academia and business presented the Moscow-based International Center For Emerging Markets Research. The long-term goal of the center is to foster dialogue of academia and business both locally and globally.A new bottom-up research initiative by Russian and foreign experts — the International Center For Emerging Markets Research (ICEMR) at The Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University) — seeks to establish closer cooperation with Harvard University as well as foster understanding of economic realities in Russia and other emerging markets. However, in the long-run, it pursues a more audacious goal — bridging the gap between big business and academia in Russia and other countries with transition economies.It was presented on April 10 at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies during the “New Reality and Russian Markets” discussion and brought together both Russian and foreign researchers. The initiators of the Center make it clear that they have a very bold plan to become one of the leading academic hubs to provide hard analysis on emerging markets, focusing on Russia and its relations with the U.S. and Europe. The final goal is to attract big business and found common ground with those who are used to earning money and cutting deals.According to Andrey Berezin, director for development at ICEMR, business and academia have  to work together to drive innovations.—By Pavel Koshkinlast_img

Alumna explores loss, consolation in poetry

first_imgListeners witnessed the journey from brokenness to consolation at a poetry reading in Carroll Auditorium Tuesday night at Saint Mary’s College. Mary Pinard, a Saint Mary’s alumna and professor of English at Babson College, read from her book “Portal” as part of the spring season’s visiting writer series, sponsored by the English department.Pinard said her brother drowned during a freak tugboat accident in the Grays Harbor Estuary in Washington, and the event inspired the content of the collection.“‘Portal’ is a book which started with a personal story, a story of deep loss for me, that I think blinded me from being anything but sad for a long time,” Pinard said. “I worked my way through some very raw places, trying to find a voice, an elegiac voice that could somehow respond to the loss of a beloved brother.”The resulting book is her personal elegiac journey from brokenness to consolation, she said. The book begins with a poem full of broken descriptions, titled “Theory of Disappearance,” followed by a series of poems involving the speaker talking to the lost brother.Writing a sonnet about her brother’s love of the smell of diesel, a poem about film found in the pocket of his raincoat after his death and another titled “Blue Lath” — named after a woodworker’s tool used by her brother —among other poems, helped her move forward towards consolation, Pinard said.“Late in the series [of poems] is where I am trying to face the matter of my brother’s death, and to make sense of it,” Pinard said.Pinard said the image of peonies inspired a poem titled “Seeing Peonies,” written during a writing residency in Peoria, where she went to learn more about tugboats, so as to better understand the environment in which her brother died.The book ends with a poem of praise for an estuary, she said.“The complexity that is in an estuary, where saltwater and freshwater braid, suggests that there are species that can only survive there,” Pinard said. “Because it is so easy to discount it, it is also so easy to hurt it. For me, the coming together of consolation and the loss of my brother connects with my sense of consolation around trying to understand the nature of the estuary and potentially to save it.”In response to a student question, Pinard said she developed a love of the languages of sciences after switching her course of study from pre-med to theater and English her sophomore year at Saint Mary’s.“I do think that there is a lot of beauty in language that poets can have access to, if they have a better relationship with disciplines that seem different from theirs,” Pinard said. “I think that’s the beauty of poetry. If you take it seriously, then you have to become a scholar in a lot of different areas, if you are going to make all of those language work in those poems.”First-year student Emily Harrast said she enjoyed the reading because she finds herself similar to Pinard because she is a biology major who also likes English. “It was interesting how she talked about poetry in relation to other subjects,” Harrast said. “I also thought it was interesting how she made the whole book about [the loss of her brother]. You could really tell how she changed over time, how she started the book so upset and then grew from there, eventually viewing something completely different from the same situation.”Tags: Mary Pinard, Poetry, Saint Mary’s College, visiting writer serieslast_img

Elizabeth Reaser Replaces Heather Graham in The Money Shot

first_img View Comments Reaser joins a cast that also includes Frederick Weller, Gia Crovatin and Callie Thorne. The Money Shot Elizabeth Reaser will step in for Heather Graham in the off-Broadway production of The Money Shot, according to The New York Times. As previously reported, Graham has departed the Neil LaBute project in order to work on her film, Half Magic. Performances will begin on September 4 at the Lucille Lortel Theater, where it will run through October 12. Opening night for the MCC production is set for September 22. The Money Shot, directed by Terry Kinney, tells the story of Karen and Steve, two glamorous movie stars with one thing in common: desperation. The night before filming a big scene for the latest film by a hot shot European director, the two meet with their respective partners to make an important decision: how far will they let themselves go to keep from slipping further down the Hollywood food chain?center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 19, 2014 Reaser most recently appeared off-Broadway in How I Learned to Drive. Her additional stage credits include Top Girls and The Winter’s Company. On screen, she has appeared in Young Adult, The Art of Getting By, Puccini for Beginners, True Detective, The Good Wife, Grey’s Anatomy and the Twilight series. Related Showslast_img

Equinor sees potential for 20GW of offshore wind capacity in England’s Dogger Bank area

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:The renewables chief at Norwegian oil & gas group Equinor said the world’s biggest offshore wind farm it’s building off eastern England could be just the start of a renewable mega-hub with potential for more than 20GW of power production in the North Sea – enough to supply one third of UK electricity demand.Scoping work by Equinor, which is co-developing the first 3.6GW at Dogger Bank in partnership with UK utility SSE after winning a British government power deal last year, suggests “the total potential in the broader Dogger Bank area can be multiplied by a factor of six,” said Pål Eitrheim, executive vice president for New Energy Solutions at Equinor. “We see Dogger Bank as a strategic power hub.”The Equinor/SSE Dogger Bank development, along with another underway in the area by Innogy, are already set to make Dogger Bank a massive source of renewable power for the UK from the mid-2020s, but Eitrheim indicated the Norwegian group’s interest in the area won’t stop there.“When our people look at the total wind resources, there is much more potential in that area than the 3.6GW that we are going to develop today in terms of technical wind resources,” Eitrheim told Recharge on the sidelines of Equinor’s annual capital markets update to investors in London.Eitrheim referenced Dogger Bank’s wider potential as he set out how major offshore wind clusters will be a central part of Equinor’s strategy as it pursues its ambition to be an “offshore wind major” with up to 16GW of renewables installed by 2035. Equinor, which is majority-owned by the Norwegian government, is also active in US offshore wind, where its Empire State project has already won a tender in New York.Beyond its fixed-bottom offshore wind plans, Eitrheim said Equinor sees floating wind power, where the group is a technological pioneer through its Hywind Scotland, and Hywind Tampen arrays, as a “gateway to Asia.”[Andrew Lee]More: Equinor sees 20GW bigger picture at world’s largest offshore wind farm Equinor sees potential for 20GW of offshore wind capacity in England’s Dogger Bank arealast_img

Patrol Boats Delivered to St. Vincent and the Grenadines

first_imgBy Dialogo August 31, 2012 The United States donated patrol boats and communications systems to St. Vincent and the Grenadines on August 20, as part of a maritime security assistance initiative that aims to deter threats associated with transnational organized crime. The initiative, called Secure Seas, provides nine Eastern Caribbean nations with interceptor boats and associated equipment, state-of-the-art command and control communications systems and training and technical support. It is part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), a regional security partnership initiative first announced by President Obama during the Fifth Summit of the Americas in 2009. The Secure Seas program is managed by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), headquartered in Miami, Florida. The U.S. Coast Guard oversees the acquisition of the assets. The boats improve each nation’s ability to deter illicit trafficking in the maritime environments of the eastern Pacific and the Caribbean and enhance their capabilities to respond to other threats, maritime emergencies, and natural disasters. Dignitaries attending the donation ceremony in St. Vincent and the Grenadines included Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves and U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Larry L. Palmer. “The interceptor boats and the installed communications systems will provide Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with a distinct edge in detecting, tracking and pursuing suspects, and will facilitate operational efficiency between nations,” said Palmer. The two Defender-class interceptor vessels are multi-mission capable platforms that can exceed speeds of 40 knots. Nearly identical to the boats used by the U.S. Coast Guard, they are ideal for law enforcement and maritime security. They can also conduct search and rescue missions and are capable of towing small vessels in distress and responding to environmental or natural disasters. The approximate value of the package is US$2 million.last_img

Now that her son can read, a judge helps others turn the page to success

first_img Now that her son can read, a judge helps others turn the page to success Associate EditorWhen Karen Cole’s son was a kindergartner, it first became apparent that something was wrong. He was a gifted child, but he simply could not read or remember numbers or attach sounds to letters.He was not able to grasp how sounds work by themselves, how words rhyme, how changing “h” for a “p” changes “hot” to “pot.” And if he couldn’t get that, he couldn’t get phonetics, and he couldn’t learn to read.The problem continued in the first grade.“It was very traumatic. He went through a terrible time. He changed schools and got held back a grade,” said Cole, a circuit judge in Jacksonville’s Fourth Judicial Circuit.Flash forward to the present.Cole’s son is a happy 9-year-old making As and Bs, who was able to skip a grade and catch up with his classmates, now proudly reading at his grade level.What made all the difference for her son, Judge Cole said, was being correctly diagnosed as “at risk of developmental dyslexia” and getting the correct intervention that included working with a school psychologist, a teacher trained in the latest research on dyslexia, a program for children with the same learning issues, and an outside tutor.Judge Cole learned that her child’s lack of phonemic awareness could be helped by direct, intensive, structured, multi-sensory instruction.“I am so thrilled for this child, but it is unfair to other children out there who don’t have access to the same resources I had access to,” said Judge Cole.That compassion for others inspired Judge Cole to launch a free two-part reading seminar in Jacksonville on April 12. Garnering support from a coalition of community organizations and individuals, the seminar is largely sponsored by The Schultz Center for Teaching & Leadership, Inc., a non-profit organization founded by business leaders, including attorney W.C. Gentry, dedicated to furthering the training of teachers. Both the Duval County Public Schools and the Jacksonville Bar Association, recognizing the link between school failure, dropouts, and juvenile crime, collaborated in helping organize the seminar.But the credit belongs to Judge Cole for orchestrating “the most significant reading conference in North Florida, ever,” said school psychologist Michael Sisbarro.“Judge Cole has been quarterback, head coach, middle linebacker, and defensive coordinator for this whole thing,” he said.“For a judge, who is a noneducator, to spearhead this significant reading conference, with some of the world’s leading experts, is absolutely compelling. And her dedication, her work ethic, her tenacity, her persistence, and her intestinal fortitude to pull this off has been rather eye-popping.”Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Judge Lisa Davidson has watched Judge Cole’s son read aloud, beaming with pride at his accomplishment.“I was thrilled when Judge Cole told me about her seminar. It’s such a civic endeavor,” Judge Davidson said.As a dependency court judge, Judge Davidson plans to attend the seminar, to continue her education in how to help the many children who come before her with school-related issues.“She is so completely devoted to her two children. You take someone whose first priority is their children, then she gives 150 percent to the court and 150 percent to the community. Karen is incapable of doing anything half-hearted,”Judge Davidson said.Working tirelessly on the seminar project, Judge Cole said, has given her energy.“I have the most interesting job that changes day-to-day,” said Judge Cole, a past chair of the Florida Supreme Court’s Family Court Steering Committee.“Outside projects make me feel like I’m making a difference. One of the benefits of being a judge is it brings you in contact with a lot of community leaders and allows you to do networking to benefit the community as a whole.”In her role as a judge, she has rotated among the family, civil, juvenile, and dependency divisions, and she is now on the felony bench.“The interesting thing about the rotation is you gain a new perspective. You get to see how these problems affect families in all aspects of their lives,” Judge Cole said.“When I accept a plea, one of the questions I ask the defendant is, ‘Do you read and write well?’ It is really tragic how many times the answer is ‘No.’ Given the documented link between reading failure and juvenile crime, I just truly believe if we can intervene with children in schools, they will find success in life.” April 1, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Now that her son can read, a judge helps others turn the page to successlast_img

State, independent autopsies agree on homicide in George Floyd case

first_imgBut two doctors who carried out that independent autopsy of Floyd, 46, and two attorneys for the family said that he had no underlying health conditions that may have contributed to his death. They argued that not only the officer who was kneeing Floyd’s neck killed him, but also two officers who were pressing their weight onto Floyd’s back while he was on the ground.They added that they did not have information on toxicology and any drug or alcohol use by Floyd.Dr. Allecia Wilson of the University of Michigan, one of the two forensic doctors who performed the independent autopsy, said the evidence pointed to homicide by “mechanical asphyxia” meaning from some physical force that interfered with oxygen supply.While the county’s full autopsy report has not yet been released – Monday’s press release appeared to show authorities walked back their conclusions on what killed Floyd.This is an extraordinarily well-done reconstruction of the death of #GeorgeFloyd. Video via @nytimes: https://t.co/idutA5uOvK pic.twitter.com/dAFgnCU9JY— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) June 1, 2020 A medical examiner’s office on Monday ruled that the death of George Floyd, the black man whose killing in Minneapolis police custody last week triggered nationwide protests, was a homicide and that he died from asphyxiation.The medical examiner’s finding that the death was a homicide confirms the same conclusion of the independent autopsy that was also released on Monday, but there are key differences over the cause.A press release from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner said that Floyd, who struggled to breathe as an officer pinned him down by kneeling on his neck, had “recent methamphetamine use” and “fentanyl intoxication” – along with hypertension and coronary artery disease – all of which were possible contributing factors to his death. The original criminal complaint against the police officer who pinned Floyd with his knee cited the medical examiner’s office when it said it found no findings of strangulation.Carolyn Marinan, a spokeswoman for Hennepin County, did not confirm any reversal, saying only that Monday’s press release were the “final findings.”Dead within minutes Bystander video showed Floyd pleading to be let up and saying repeatedly that he couldn’t breathe as police officer Derek Chauvin pinned Floyd to the ground for nearly nine minutes. Two other officers applied pressure with their knees to Floyd’s back.Chauvin, who is white and has been fired from the Minneapolis police department, was hit with third-degree murder and manslaughter charges last week.But Dr. Michael Baden, who took part in the independent autopsy at the behest of Floyd’s family, said that the two other officers’ actions also caused Floyd to stop breathing.”We can see after a little bit less than four minutes that Mr. Floyd is motionless, lifeless,” Baden said, adding he found no underlying health conditions in Floyd that caused his death.Baden has worked on several high-profile cases, including the 2014 death of Eric Garner, a black man who died after being choked by police in New York City.Baden countered the argument that if Floyd could speak then he could breathe.”Many police are under the impression that if you can talk, that means you’re breathing. That is not true,” Baden said. “I am talking right now in front of you and not taking a breath.”More charges demandedAntonio Romanucci and Ben Crump, the attorneys representing the Floyd family, said that all four officers at the scene should be facing charges, not just Chauvin.Crump added the independent autopsy and video evidence make it clear that Floyd was dead while he was still lying on the street with police atop him.”That ambulance was his hearse,” he said.Crump said the Floyd family wants to see charge lodged against all four officers who were at the scene – and for Chauvin, who kneed Floyd’s neck, to be facing first-degree murder charges.But they are also seeking an end to the violent protests that have beset the United States to end.”George died because he needed a breath, a breath of air,” Crump said. “I implore you all to join his family in taking a breath – taking a breath for justice, taking a breath for peace.Topics :last_img

The owners unearthed a hidden treasure from beneath this home’s modest facade

first_imgMrs Alcock said the bespoke kitchen was one of her favourite roomsThe bi-fold servery doors between the kitchen and deck had meant time spent preparing meals was no chore, she said.“It looks over Wilston Hill so it’s really nice when you’re sitting there or if you’re cooking or relaxing on the deck with the kids or eating dinner because you have that outlook,” Mrs Alcock said. Wilston Hill views from the deck and kitchenAnother advantage was the square 405sq m block which allowed the family to use more of the site.“We were able to create a bit of space out front because of that,” she said.“And we would kick back with a drink on the deck.”The Alcocks found the flat, usable yard to be the perfect place for entertaining and spending time with the kids.Mrs Alcock said they were moving to another house in the area, but saying goodbye to Vardon Street would be difficult. “The closer we get to selling the place, the more emotionally attached I’m getting to it,” she said.The house at 27 Vardon Street, Wilston, is being auctioned on-site at 6pm Saturday October 21 by Tamara Lee of Ray White Ashgrove.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair 27 Vardon Street, Wilston has undergone a transformationThe couple decided to live in the home while planning their renovation.“It had great character, a good feel about it and you could see the potential it had,” she said.Six years on and they’re now a family of four with the home they’d dreamt of.“We built a custom-made kitchen and then we renovated two bathrooms and created an ensuite to the main bedroom. We also added a deck to the house,’’ Mrs Alcock said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agocenter_img Chay and Julia Alcock, with their children Hugo, 2, and Freida, 5 weeks, said once they stepped through the door of their home, the potential was obvious. Photo: Liam Kidston.WHEN Julia and Chay Alcock first saw the front of 27 Vardon St, Wilston, they were underwhelmed.“It was 2011 and from the outside it looked like it needed a bit of love, but when I walked through the front door it was apparent what was special about it,” Mrs Alcock said. The polished floor boards, original VJ walls and high ceilings revealed the possibilities.last_img

UPDATE: Oceanteam chairman quits. Accuses ex-CFO, MD of fraud

first_img“By feigning ignorance of the fraudulent activities despite being ultimately responsible for all financial regulation, Mr. Skulstad has colluded and connived to enable Mr. van Doorn to perpetuate a massive procurement fraud,” Halbesma said.He added: “The CEO, the board and I as the chairman, have done all that we possibly can to bring the company to its present sound and healthy situation despite the indisputable damage that has been caused by the few, however, to allow Oceanteam to grow and evolve without slur or mistrust.”“We have identified the most critical forces that have been trying to undermine this beautiful company, As said I now create room for a new leadership that will be able to draft the future of Oceanteam.”“I understand that I best serve all of the stakeholders by relinquishing my position on the board of company; a company that I have made a deep financial and emotional investment in maintaining.“With this in mind, I now offer my resignation as chairman of the board of Oceanteam with immediate effect. However, where needed, I offer to remain available in the role of ‘close advisor’ until the end of 2018 in order to enable a smooth and viable transition for all concerned.” Haico Halbesma, who resigned last week, in February said that Oceanteam found out that Emporos Offshore Ltd, based in Singapore, turned out to be 100% owned, through a Dutch entity named Bovando BV, by the managing director of OceanTeam Solutions division – Lex van Doorn.“Once this was examined further, it became clear that a substantial amount of time and resources were being charged and it was of such a scale that we decided to suspend Lex van Doorn as a director and engage a forensic accountancy team to go through all related party transactions again independently,” the younger Halbesma said.Haico Halbesma also said that immediately following the suspension of Lex van Doorn, “his brother, Mr Jan van Doorn, who had worked as a technical manager at Oceanteam Solutions since 2013, resigned and started working for the Dutch Steel Fabricators group of companies.”“At present, we have reason to believe that this new company has infringed on our intellectual property, with regard to one of our technological applications. As a consequence we will be seeking legal redress,” Haico Halbesma said in February.Van Doorn, Skulstad deny allegationsIn an email sent to Offshore Energy Today, Lex van Doorn, has deemed the Halbesmas’ accusations as “libel and slander,” which affect “my name and good honor and will have cost impact on my future.”He said these allegations were unlawful and not based on facts and it is not determined that Van Doorn committed any fraud.Van Doorn said his lawyers “have done criminal proceedings against Oceanteam and Halbesma for libel, defamation, insulting language, damage and all offenses that may be considered relevant.”We have asked Lex van Doorn to provide more details into the allegations. We will update the article, or run a separate one, when and if we get a response from Lex van Doorn.Torbjørn Skulstad, former CEO also accused of committing fraud by Hessel Halbesma family, told Offshore Energy Today: “Mr. Halbesma is coming with false accusations. From public information, Mr. Halbesma is under investigation from Bergen Tingrett for enrichment of himself on Oceanteam’s behalf.”Offshore Energy Today Staff The article has been updated on April 3, 2018, to include responses from Lex van Doorn, and Torbjørn Skulstad who deny allegations made by Hessel Halbesma.Hessel Halbesma, Chairman of Dutch-Norwegian offshore vessel owner Oceanteam, has offered his resignation “to mitigate against further repercussion against the company and to diffuse the misinformation that is circulating currently.”He follows the steps of his son Haico Halbesma who resigned from the CEO position of the company only a week ago after having led the company since 2005. Haico Halbesma also resigned for similar reasons as his father.The two have reportedly been accused of “skimming-off money” by former CFO Torbjorn Skulstad and minor shareholder Roger Nymo. The Halbesma duo has denied any wrongdoing.In a lengthy letter released on Thursday, Hessel Halbesma accused former CFO Skulstad of colluding with Lex van Doorn – former Managing Director of an Oceanteam business branch – to “perpetuate a massive procurement fraud.”Halbesma also revealed a part of a yet to be published forensic investigation report. According to Hessel Halbesma, the report “due to be published” reveals that Lex van Doorn (former MD Oceanteam Solutions) has undertaken a “sophisticated procurement fraud for many millions of euro’s (sic) during the period 2013 to 2016.”Halbesma also said, citing the forensic report, that company procedures and internal controls within Oceanteam, under the direct responsibility of our CFO at that time, had been blatantly disregarded, and that Skulstad read more

Milaha’s profit edges up in first quarter of 2019

first_imgImage courtesy of MilahaDoha-based Qatar Navigation (Milaha) reported an increase in net profit for the first three months of the year. Net profit for the period under review reached 278 million Qatari Riyals ($76.4 million) which compares to 260 Qatari Riyals in the first three months of 2018, Milaha reported.Operating revenues for the period reached 708 million Qatari Riyals, up from 698 million Qatari Riyals for the same period in 2018.Milaha Gas & Petrochem’s revenue increased by 3 million Qatari Riyals and net profit by 50 million Qatari Riyals, aided by improvement in market rates and growth in some of the sectors the company operates in.Milaha Gas & Petrochem owns two LNG carriers and also holds partial stakes in seven LNG carriers. It is also the largest shareholder in Qatari LNG shipping giant Nakilat.last_img