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October 23, 2019

Cruise Ships Push Fincantieris Revenues Up

first_imgzoomBy courtesy of Fincantieri S.p.A., all rights reserved Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri delivered a higher revenue in the first quarter of 2018, mainly driven by the increase in the volumes of the cruise ships business.The shipbuilder’s revenue for the period ended March 31, 2018 by 11% to EUR 1.22 billion from EUR 1.1 billion reported in the same quarter a year earlier, in line with the Business Plan 2018-2022 targets.EBITDA as of March 31, 2018 stood at EUR 89 million, up 33% year-on-year, with EBITDA margin of 7.3%, improved from the 6% of the first three months of 2017.Total backlog was at over EUR 27.7 billion, covering approximately 5.5 years of work if compared to 2017 revenues. Backlog as of March 31, 2018 was EUR 21.8 billion, against EUR 20.8 billion at March 31, 2017, with 104 ships in the order book.“The first quarter 2018 results are a confirmation of the strategic lines of development set forth in the business plan we presented at the end of March, and are in line with the growth trends registered in the past two years. With production volumes and margins yet again growing, our company continues to prove its ability to create value in an extremely complex sector,” Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri’s Chief Executive Officer, said.“Bolstered by this important first step, we will continue along the growth path that will see us taking center stage in the world shipbuilding industry in the coming years,” Bono added.Shipbuilding margins confirm the positive trend, reporting further improvements due to the construction of more profitable cruise ships and to the positive contribution of the advancement of the activities related to Italian Navy’s fleet renewal program.Offshore revenues recorded an increase of around 17% compared with the first three months of 2017, despite the negative impact of changes in the Norwegian Krone/Euro exchange rate. This performance is largely due to the continuation of diversification strategy operated by VARD, which has generated an increase of production volumes, especially in Romanian shipyards.In a context of gradual recovery of revenues growth, the segment’s profitability reflects the continuing process of adjustment of the production structure to the challenges of the portfolio diversification efforts.Full year 2018 results are expected to be consistent with the 2018-2022 Business Plan targets. For 2018, the group confirms a growth in revenues of 3/6% and an EBITDA margin around 7.5%, mainly related to higher profitability in the shipbuilding segment.last_img read more

October 15, 2019

Denise Donlon to be awarded the 2018 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award

first_imgTORONTO – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced music industry veteran Denise Donlon will be awarded the 2018 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award for her long standing commitment to Canadian Music. Twitter The Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award recognizes industry leaders who have vastly contributed to the growth and development of the Canadian music industry. Named after famed Canadian publisher and trailblazer Walt Grealis, this year’s award will be presented to Donlon at the 47th Annual JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards Presented by SOCAN onSaturday, March 24, 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia.With a career spanning close to 40 years, Donlon has been an integral part of Canada’s music scene. Recognized for rising through the ranks at Much Music, Donlon transformed the cultural landscape as host, producer, Director of Programming and later Vice President and General Manager. She went on further to become the first female president of Sony Music Canada, where she worked alongside many of the country’s music elite, including Céline Dion, Leonard Cohen, Chantal Kreviazuk and Our Lady Peace. Her passion for Canadian cultural expression was further realized as Executive Director then General Manager of CBC/Radio-Canada English Radio. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement “We are thrilled to name Denise as the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award recipient this year and to celebrate her extraordinary career.  Denise’s exceptional business savvy and artistic excellence has made her a woman to admire, watch and learn from both within and outside the music industry,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts. “As a talented and fearless leader, whose deep understanding of the media landscape has resulted in groundbreaking Canadian programming, Denise has helped advance the careers of so many of this country’s dynamic musicians and artists.”“When Allan called to tell me of this wonderful recognition, I almost drove off the road,” said Donlon. “I consider myself extremely lucky to have been involved in the evolution of this creative industry. Thank you to CARAS and all of the incredibly talented artists and executives with whom I’ve been honoured to work. Canada is truly an Arts Nation. Long may we thrive.”last_img read more

September 30, 2019

Hector Camacho to be Taken Off Life Support Saturday

Hector “Macho” Camacho will be taken off life support on Saturday by doctors in San Juan, Puerto Rico his mother said Friday night.Maria Matias, Camacho’s mother, said she decided to make the difficult decision to remove her son off life support, but only after three of the boxers sons arrived to Puerto Rico early Saturday and had the opportunity to see their father for one final time.“I lost my son three days ago. He’s alive only because of a machine,” Matias said. “My son is not alive. My son is only alive for the people who love him.”The former boxing champion’s mother had the final decision in the situation, but Hector Jr., his eldest son, opposed his grandmother’s decision. He wants to keep his father alive.“He’s going to fight until the end. My father is a boxer,” Hector Jr. said.Camacho has been declared clinically brain dead from a shooting Tuesday night in his hometown of Bayamon. The former champion was shot as he sat in a car with a friend, 49-year-old Adrian Mojica Moreno, who was killed in the shooting. But relatives and friends told The Associated Press they were still contemplating whether to remove him from life support.“It is a very difficult decision, a very delicate decision,” former pro boxer Victor “Luvi” Callejas, a longtime friend, said in a phone interview. “The last thing we lose is hope and faith. If there is still hope and faith, why not wait a little more?”Since Matias has lost hope and faith, preparations have already begun for memorials and a funeral Mass in the wake of Camacho’s death.One of the boxer’s aunts, Aida Camacho, said in an interview that the family could determine by late Friday whether to donate his organs.The shooting of Camacho has affected everyone in the boxing world and Puerto Rico. Governor-elect Alejandro Garcia Padilla of Puerto Rico offered his condolences.“The life of Macho Camacho, like other great athletes of ours, united the country,” he said. “We celebrated his triumphs in the streets and we applauded him with noble sportsmanship when he didn’t prevail.”Police have yet to make any arrest in shooting, but continue to interview potential witnesses. Capt. Rafael Rosa told reporters Friday that the police are tracking down several leads, but added that very few witnesses were cooperating.Puerto Rico has become violent U.S. territory of nearly 4 million people. Last year they reported 1,117 homicides.Once Camacho is taken off life support, his sisters hope to have him flown back to New York and bury him.Camacho had career record of 79-6-3. During his career he won the super lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight world titles in the 1980s. Camacho knocked out Sugar Ray Leonard in 1997, ending the former champ’s final comeback attempt.But Camacho struggled with drug, alcohol and other issues during his lifespan. In 2007 he was sentenced to seven years in prison on burglary charges, but the sentence was subsequently suspended by a judge. The judge gave him a one year sentence and probation, but wound in up in jail for two weeks after violating his probation. read more

August 31, 2019

Plating up Meghalaya

first_imgCuisine from the north east of our country has one of the most distinct and unique flavours ever. It took me a while to get accustomed to the flavours when I first dug into the pork curry from the Nagaland stall at Dilli Haat. And I am glad I did, because had I not I would have missed out on an incredible experience.Rosang, one of the best known restaurants for North-Eastern food, just shifted base to Green Park (near Uphaar Cinema) from Hauz Khas Village. Just a stone throw away from the metro station, this location might work better for Rosang. Recently they hosted a Meghalayan Food Festival and it was perhaps one of the best things we have attended in a long time. Rosang dished out some authentic fare which included Jadoh (rice with minced pork with black sesame), Dohneiihong (pork curry with black sesame), Kappa (chicken entrails cooked with soda) and Daineiiong (dal with black sesame). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This spread set one person back by Rs 599 (without taxes). We loved the Jadoh, the Dohneiihong and the Daineiiong. Have the pork curry with steamed rice to get the perfect taste of the black sesame. The dal and the vegetables make you feel right at home no matter where you come from and these are things we are definitely going to order the next time we head over to Rosang.  The proprietor of Rosang, Mary updated us with all the plans she has for her new property and we are as excited as she is. We can’t wait to head over again – if you love food, you should too!last_img read more

August 31, 2019

Hakim begins doortodoor campaign for ward 82 bypoll

first_imgKolkata: Firhad Hakim undertook his first door-to-door campaign at ward 82 in Chetla on Sunday morning. He will contest from the same KMC ward, where the by-election will be held on January 6 next year. The seat fell vacant after sitting councillor Pranab Biswas resigned recently on health grounds.”I am familiar with all the lanes and bylanes of Chetla where I grew up playing with marbles. My emotions are connected with this place as this is my root. I have come to seek blessings from the residents and I am confident of winning convincingly in the by-election,” Hakim said, adding that the vote campaign is simply a pretext of meeting people in the locality. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe new Mayor of Kolkata further said that he will always continue to be with the people of Chetla. “If the earth beneath a tree is removed it will be uprooted. It is the same with me. If I separate myself from the people of Chetla I will cease to exist in politics,” Hakim reiterated. He lashed out at BJP for their politics of creating rift among people in the name of religion. “They have no place in Bengal as the people in the state live amicably irrespective of caste and creed,” he maintained. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that before Hakim took over as the Kolkata Mayor, the state government had brought an amendment in the KMC Act, 1980, that stipulates that a non-councillor can become Mayor, but the person will have to contest and win a by-election within 6 months of taking over as the Mayor. The by-election is expected to be a cakewalk for Hakim, who was elected in 2000 as a councillor from. Later, he became Member, Mayor-in-Council (Roads). Football coach Sanjoy Sen, who is a resident of ward 82, said: “Everybody knows how Firhad is working for the development of the state. So I will appeal to everybody to vote for him.” BJP will field Jiban Sen against Hakim in the by-election. Sen is the organisational president of the saffron party in South Kolkata. Sisir Dutta will contest as the Left candidate.last_img read more

August 31, 2019

Artist to showcase works in Germany Greece

first_imgTravellers at the Mumbai International Airport at T2 know the aesthetic impact of interlaced visual narratives with textual materials by Nilima Sheikh. Represented by Chemould Gallery and Gallery Espace, Nilima Sheikh has been invited to exhibit at Kassel as well as Athens for Documenta14, she gives art lovers a glimpse of these narrative classics in a set of panels.’Terrain: Carrying Across, Leaving Behind’ at Kassel in Germany consists of 16 panels seven feet high and a little less than three feet wide. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPainted on paper and then pasted on cloth the narrative of painted images, with poetry, written on painted surfaces give us a glimpse of vernacular lyricism as well the charisma of mystic and medieval wide-ranging works of the medieval Kashmiri mystic poet Lal Ded, Agha Shahid Ali of Kashmir, Vietnamese Ocean Vuong, Palestinian Mahmoud Darwish, as well as Punjabi and Gujarati folk songs. Glimpsed in the weave of melodic melancholia it is rich in meaning. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The way I use beauty is also a critique of people who see beauty as external to expression, which, in modern times, has fostered closures and therefore guilt,” said Sheikh in ‘Trace Retrace’ (2015). “In a way, I am looking at other art histories to construct my work. Every work of art has its own politics within its language. I am not closing any definitive statement but leaving it open for interpretation.”At once expressive and enigmatic with a surfeit of references, her lyrical brushwork adds to the sanguine cadences. Over the years, she has perfected the use of casein and casein- and gum-based tempera, to achieve a luminous colour palette. She counterbalances stencilled architectural, vegetal and miniature animal forms into her background texture. She has stated that ‘Terrain’ deals with displacement. She weaves strands of narratives into the theme in order to narrate stories from Partition, from Kashmir and stories that in history have been tragic revolts against the pattern of patriarchy. She does not give us imagery from immediate reality, but dips into the pages of memory to translate visuals and episodes from older narrative traditions. This transference helps her to give us chapters of tragic expressionism full of allegorical tales.At Athens is another set of panels – the famed ‘Each night put Kashmir in your dreams’ (2003–14) which was shown at the Arts Institute in Chicago. Resplendent and filled with richly-coloured scenes of prismatic joy she intersperses visual quotes from ancient miniatures and Kashmiri folktales. But one has to read of the allusions to know the depth and despondency that is hidden in the lexicon of the script. ‘I See Kashmir from New Delhi at Midnight’ (1997) by the late Kashmiri American poet Agha Shahid Ali, is an epic poem that is narrated by Nilima with dulcet dualities and paradigms as she interlaces social and political issues that affect Kashmir. The beauty of translating anxiety in the paintings reflects affection and appreciation of the pages of history that define Kashmir. The texts run in tandem with the sheathes and swathes of colour as if floating in the reverie of lyrical cadences of Agha Shahid Ali’s poems, as well as medieval poetry and Salman Rushdie’s intricate imagery from his novels.last_img read more

August 30, 2019

How to Build a Superfast Superquiet PC Part 1

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happens 3 min read Brought to you by PCWorld When my home-built desktop unexpectedly dropped dead of what the coroner will record as a motherboard aneurism, I did what any geek would do. I freaked out for 5 minutes or so, and then I started thinking about my next build.With my key criteria of speed, quietness, and affordability firmly in mind, I pointed my browser toward my favorite online parts stores, whipped out a credit card, and set to work. What follows is the first half of the component list that ultimately became the fantastic new desktop I’m writing this column about. The prices listed below were accurate at press time.Processor: My last two PCs used AMD CPUs; but for this build, going with Intel was a no-brainer, as its chips tend to be much better performers at most price levels. Though a quad-core Intel processor sounded appealing, a well-optimized dual-core made more sense, I decided (few apps today use all four cores well, anyway). I went with the E8400, a 3-GHz CPU based on Intel’s new 45-nanometer fabrication process. The chip is fast, runs relatively cool, and is so popular with enthusiasts (and consequently so hard to find) that I spent $260 for it, despite Intel’s list price of $179.CPU cooling: Standard CPU heat sinks are for suckers (or people undisturbed by turboprop engines), so I opted instead for Sythe’s Ninja Plus Rev B SCNJ-1100P, which uses six pipes to draw processor heat up through its aluminum fins. A 120mm fan attached to the side of the sink then blows the heat away. At $39 (before a $10 rebate), it isn’t cheap, and it wasn’t particularly easy to install (you must attach it before installing the motherboard in the chassis). But the hassle was worthwhile: My CPU has yet to exceed the 32 C mark under load; and even with the case open, the fan is nearly noiseless.Motherboard: In choosing Gigabyte’s GA-P35-DS3L, I was influenced by the product’s Ultra Durable 2 moniker. (My last two PC builds succumbed to motherboard-related issues.) Also, it’s 100 percent passively cooled, supports my new CPU, and costs just $88. Based on Intel’s P35 chip set, the motherboard owes its durability to its Conductive Polymer Aluminum Solid capacitors. Gigabyte says that the technology leads to better voltage regulation, increased stability, and a longer PC life span. I can’t verify any of that yet, but my new system has been rock-solid so far.Graphics card: Though I don’t spend much time gaming at my PC, I demand a top-notch graphics card. For this build I wanted something featuring NVidia’s 8800 GT GPU, which is a few notches (in quality and price) below its top-of-the-line GTX. I was quite pleased to find ECS’s N8800GT 512MB board with an included passive cooler for silent heat dissipation. The $245 card (before a $50 rebate) includes Arctic Cooling’s fantastic Accelero S1 cooling system, which uses a series of copper heat pipes connected to 32 fins that stretch the length of the card. You need a big chassis to accommodate this long card. I left off the optional fans since I don’t plan to overclock, and the card runs fast and silent.The tally so far (before $60 in rebates): $632. Next month I’ll introduce my choices for RAM, hard drive, optical drive, chassis, sound card, speakers, and operating system.ChecklistCPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 $260CPU cooling: Sythe Ninja Plus Rev B SCNJ-1100P $39Motherboard: Gigabyte’s GA-P35-DS3L $88Graphics: ECS N8800GT $245TOTAL $632 June 2, 2008 Listen Nowlast_img read more