Pacific Basin Boasts Vessel Earnings Hike

first_imgzoomImage: Copyright © Pacific Basin Hong Kong-listed dry bulk shipping company Pacific Basin Shipping Limited saw a significant hike in vessel earnings in the third quarter of the year.Handysize and Supramax daily time-charter equivalent (TCE) earnings were USD 10,080 and USD 12,180 per day net respectively in the third quarter, representing an improvement of 24% and 30% year-on-year.The company further added that year-to-date average Handysize and Supramax daily net TCE earnings increased 23% and 30% year-on-year to USD 9,870 and USD 11,780, outperforming the BHSI and BSI spot market indices by 22% and 9% respectively.Vessel earnings  increased due to an improvement of market fundamentals driven primarily by historically low growth in global dry bulk capacity. Newbuilding deliveries in the first nine months were one third lower year-on-year, and the global dry bulk fleet overall grew by around 2.3% net between January and September, similar to the same period last year.Clarksons Research estimates that global dry bulk capacity will grow around 2.7% net in the full year 2018 and 2.8% in 2019, as compared to 3% in 2017. The combined Handysize and Supramax capacity is estimated to grow about 2.2% in 2018 and less than 2% in 2019.In addition, fuel oil prices have increased contributing to slower ship operating speeds since May and, in turn, reduced dry bulk supply and therefore improved market conditions.The increasing gap between newbuilding and secondhand prices as well as uncertainty over future ship design requirements continued to discourage new ship ordering which in the first nine months of 2018, annualised, represented 3.3% of the global dry bulk fleet and 1.5% of the combined Handysize and Supramax fleet.Despite increasing trade tensions, the outlook for widely-spread global GDP growth remains favourable, which bodes well for dry bulk demand.Pacific Basin said that a small fraction of goods has been affected by the trade conflict between the United States and China, primarily soybean, as well as forest products and cement. ” A protracted trade conflict between the United States and China would weaken sentiment which, in the longer run, could impact global GDP growth and consequently overall trade and dry bulk demand. However, we continue to believe that the negative impact these protectionist actions have on the dry bulk trade will be largely outweighed by moderate dry bulk fleet growth and continued global dry bulk trade growth overall,” the company said.Overall, the company is bullish on market outlook and reaping the gains from its recovery.“Our healthy cash and net gearing positions enhance our ability to take advantage of opportunities to grow our business and attract cargo as a strong partner,” the shipowner said.During the third quarter, Pacific Basin purchased and took delivery of one secondhand Supramax vessel, increasing its owned fleet to 109 ships on the water. Including chartered ships, the company operated an average of 216 ships overall during the quarter.Three more ships purchased in May are scheduled to deliver over the next five months, bringing the fleet to 112 ships.last_img read more

Mukran Port to Get Fully Automated Bunker Station

first_imgzoomRuegen Island. Illustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Germany’s Mukran Port and energy supplier Hoyer have revealed plans to introduce a fully automated bunker station for service vessels at the port. As informed, a tank facility for marine gas oil (MGO) will be built by the end of 2019. The construction is scheduled to begin at berth 1, in the southern part of the Mukran Port, in September.The bunker station will be available around the clock for bunkering of vessels which operate in the Baltic Sea.Specifically, the refueling process at berth 1 will be automated and made possible by card.According to Mukran Port and Hoyer, the shipping industry in general, as well as offshore wind farm supply vessels and tugs would benefit from the new bunker station.It will be possible to refuel ships at night without additional waiting time. The new station will replace the existing land-side mobile refueling from 2020 and will be equipped with a storage chamber with a capacity of 100 cbm.“Thanks to the high shipping demand in Mukran, we will strengthen our refueling network in Germany and in the Baltic Sea Region with this investment,” Thomas Hoyer, managing partner of Wilhelm Hoyer, explained, adding that the port and the energy supplier will also deepen their long-term cooperation.Located on Germany’s island of Rügen, the deepwater port encompasses ferry, rail, multipurpose and offshore terminals on a total area of around 430 hectares. World Maritime News StaffRelated: First-Ever LNG Bunkering Carried Out at Mukran Port in Germanylast_img read more

Mel C Visits India With TigerTime

first_imgMel C recently visited India with TigerTime to learn about the plight of wild tigers and raise awareness of the issues they face.Mel C in India With TigerTime“I’ve been a supporter of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s TigerTime Campaign since its launch in 2011 and I was thrilled when they asked me if I’d like to go to India to meet fellow TigerTime supporter, the Indian wildlife filmmaker Nalla Muthu to see a tiger in the wild and to help raise awareness of the issues these amazing big cats are facing,” said Mel. “I jumped at the chance! But with as few as 3,000 tigers left in the wild I knew that there was no guarantee of a sighting.””And it infuriates me that the trade in tiger parts from both wild and captive tigers continues. It was banned in 1987 but the demand continues. When once it was health that drove the killing – using tiger parts for ineffective medicines – it is now wealth that drives demand. People want tiger skins for status symbols and house decoration, they want tiger meat to serve at exotic banquets to impress their friends, tiger bone wine as a gift to influence others. It has to stop and TigerTime is helping to raise awareness of this issue with their campaign to ban the trade in tiger parts – everyone should sign up, everyone who has ever cared for tigers or forests or the health of this planet, not just for them but for their children and their children’s children – should sign up at“In 2016 there is a hugely important CITES meeting at which the fate of the tiger may well be decided and the intersessional working group on tigers is being chaired by China – by a man known to be pro-trade. We have to ask China to do the right thing and need 500,000 signatures by October. Time may be running out for the tiger. We have to act.”To read Mel’s full account of visiting India, click here.Source:TigerTimelast_img read more

Stars To Attend 12th Annual ADCOLOR Awards

first_imgADCOLOR, the premier organization celebrating and promoting professionals of color and diversity in the creative industries, will return to Los Angeles with their 12th Annual ADCOLOR Awards at the J.W. Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live Hotel on Sunday, September 23.The ADCOLOR Award Nominees and Honorees are carefully selected from a large population of diverse influencers across the creative industries. The finalists are chosen by the individual’s representation of ADCOLOR’s motto, “Rise Up and Reach Back”. Those honored not only excel in their own careers, but also give back to the community and support their peers. Their goal is to create a network of diverse professionals to encourage and celebrate one another. The full list of honorees and nominees can be seen here.The 12th Annual ADCOLOR Conference & Awards is presented by Microsoft Advertising and Omnicom Group and sponsored by Apple, Deutsch, Google, Oath: A Verizon Company, GSD&M, Squeaky, Digitas, Viacom, Deutsch, HP, Pandora, 72andSunny, Concentric, DAS, ESPN, KBS. 2018 Corporate Members are 4A’s, 72andSunny, The Advertising Club of New York, American Advertising Federation, BBDO, BET, Deutsch, Dieste, Droga 5, Edelman, Facebook, OATH: A Verizon Company, Omnicom Group, Publicis Groupe, TBWA\ Worldwide, Wieden + Kennedy.Among the guests will be Host Bozoma St. John, honorees including Legend Award recipients Esi Eggleston Bracey (EVP & COO Beauty & Personal Care, Unilever) and Ann Mukherjee (Chief Global Marketing Officer, SC Johnson), Catalyst Award recipient Tarana Burke (Founder, #METoo Movement), Advocate Award recipient Lydia Polgreen (Editor in Chief, HuffPost), Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Lisa Quiroz Garcia (SVP, Cultural Investments and Chief Diversity Officer, Time Warner (1961-2018)), ADCOLOR/One Club Creative Award recipients AJ Hassan (VP, Executive Creative Director, R/GA Chicago) and Shannon Washington (SVP, Creative Director, Deutsch), Special Recognition recipient James Edmund Datri (Outgoing President & CEO, American Advertising Federation), Mr. ADCOLOR Leo Wong (Industry Speaker l 4A’s 100 Honoree and ADCOLOR FUTURES Alum), Ms. ADCOLOR Michelle Almeida (Account Executive, Anomaly), Presenters including Luvvie Ajayi (Author), Wilson Cruz (Actor, 13 Reasons Why), Jay Ellis (Actor, Insecure), James LeSure (Actor, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), and many more!WHEN: Sunday, September 23, 2018Awards Presentation/Dinner – 7:00 PMWHERE: JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE 900 West Olympic Blvdlast_img read more

Three kids charred to death after transformer explodes

first_imgGreater Noida: Three children were charred to death in a fire triggered by a blast in an electronic transformer in sector phi-III of Greater Noida on Wednesday afternoon. Victim’s family members alleged laxity on part of the electricity department as they made several complaints regarding malfunctioning of the transformer but no one responded.According to police, the deceased were identified as Rinku (13), Golu (8) and Sagar (8), all natives of sector phi-III in Greater Noida. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAs per reports, the incident occurred around 3:00 pm when the children were playing cricket near the transformer. “They were playing cricket at the road near transformer room and entered the room fetch their cricket ball. However, the transformer exploded and all the three children failed to escape the room and were charred in the fire,” an eyewitness said. Meanwhile, the family members have alleged that the transformer has been installed in a room situated at a boundary walled plot but the gates always remained open. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”We have made several complaints to the electricity department about malfunctioning of this particular transformer but no one ever paid heed to them. Moreover, no attendant was ever appointed in the transformer room while the gates of the plot and shutter of room, where transformer was placed, remained open always,” said one of victim’s family members. Police officials said that they will lodge an FIR into the matter and will investigate. “Police were informed around 4 pm and a team rushed to the spot. We found that the three children were completely charred in the fire triggered by an explosion in electricity transformer. The bodies have been sent for the post-mortem while samples have been collected by forensic team. We will register an FIR into the case and will investigate the matter,” said Shwetabh Pandey, Circle officer-I, Greater Noida. The parents of these deceased kids were working at construction sites. The transformer was placed at the sub station of Noida Power Company limited (NPCL). Following the incident, senior police officials along with officials from NPCL reached the spot. A compensation of Rs 5 lakh was announced for the family members of all three children by NPCL board, said Shwetabh Pandey.last_img read more

Heavy rains, flooding in western Afghanistan kill 7 people

first_imgKabul: An Afghan official says at least seven people have been killed as heavy rains and flooding swept through the country’s western Herat province. Heavy snowfall across Afghanistan this winter had cut off many areas, raising fears of severe floods in the spring. So far this year, 63 people have died as heavy rains and flooding swept away their homes. Said Hamid Mubarez, the federal disaster and humanitarian director in Herat, says the flash floods on Thursday evening swept away eight people riding in two cars in the district of Karukh. Seven died while one survivor was injured. In March, seven people, including five children, died elsewhere in Herat as a result of flooding. Hundreds of homes have been damaged and hundreds of cattle killed.last_img read more

Indians arrested with Gold

Two Indians were arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport today with gold slabs in their possession.According to the airport customs unit, the Indians had 32 Gold slabs in their possession. The gold slabs were worth more than Rs. 800,000 and were concealed in their travelling bags.Both Indians were fined Rs. 5000 each and released while the gold slabs were seized. (Colombo Gazette)

CB receives bond report will conduct forensic audits

The Central Bank said it will initiate measures to carry out forensic audits carried out in relation to the issuance of Treasurybonds during the 2008 to 2014 and the Treasury bond auctions held in March 2016. (Colombo Gazette) The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) today said that the Secretary to the President, handed over a copy of the report of the Commission of Inquiry to Investigate, Inquire and Report on the Issuance of Treasury Bonds (COI) during the period from 1 st February 2015 to 31st March 2016 to the Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka entrusting the task of considering giving effect to the recommendations contained in the Report.The Central Bank says it has already implemented some of the recommendations therein, while measures have already been initiated to implement most of the other recommendations. “The Monetary Board has consulted the Attorney General, as appropriate, in the actions it has taken. It considers it appropriate to keep the public informed of the status of actions and initiatives that have or are being taken on the recommendations made in the Report and to generally improve transparency in the management of public debt and the Employees Provident Fund. The report is continuing to be studied and the Monetary Board will initiate further actions, as appropriate,” the bank said. Download (PDF, 339KB) read more

Packers Vikings meet without promise of 1st place

MINNEAPOLIS — The final weekend of November has arrived, with this Green Bay-Minnesota game predictably carrying plenty of weight toward the race for the NFC playoffs.The twist, though, is the Packers and Vikings are stuck in the thick of the wild-card mix. The Bears, having beaten the Vikings last week, are the team with a healthy lead in the NFC North, which has been won only by Green Bay (five) or Minnesota (two) since Chicago’s last division title in 2010.“I definitely didn’t expect to be sitting where we’re sitting, but our record is what it is,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “Obviously, Minnesota has a strong team. They’re probably surprised where they’re sitting as well. So I don’t think either of us is out of the division race.”Both the Packers (4-5-1) and Vikings (5-4-1) have one more game remaining against the Bears (8-3), but they’re each lugging that 29-all tie in Green Bay on Sept. 16 down the stretch like a back tire that’s low on air.“Maybe it will help us, and maybe it’ll hurt us, too,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. “I don’t really know.”The Packers will play three of their final five games at home, which is helpful because they’ve yet to win on the road this year. They’ll have a more-mobile Rodgers than in their last matchup with the Vikings, when he was grinding through a knee injury.“He looks like his old self, unfortunately,” Zimmer said.If the Vikings beat the Packers at home for the third straight time, they’ll at least own a tiebreaker over their biggest rival. They’d still be 1 1/2 games behind the Bears, though, with a difficult stretch of the schedule ahead.“We’ll definitely have to play four quarters,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said, “and maybe more than that.”Here are some other key angles to follow with the game:NOT-SO-PRIME TIMEThe Vikings are playing in the NFL’s premier Sunday night slot for the second straight week, triggering a magnification of their struggles with the bright lights on this season. They’ve lost all three of their night games, in Los Angeles to the Rams on Sept. 27, at home against the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 28. and at Chicago last week. The Rams, Saints and Bears boast the top three records in the NFC, a combined 28-5.“I guess we’re just playing good teams,” Zimmer said. “That might be the real factor.”Cousins has a 4-12 career record as a starter when kickoff is in the evening, though he has a 68 per cent completion rate with 31 touchdowns and 16 interceptions and an average of 305 passing yards in those 16 games.“It gets a little bit convoluted when you try to look at a stat and pair it with a player,” Cousins said. “It becomes maybe a bigger, more complicated picture than just a win-loss record and trying to judge performance.”THIRD DOWNERSThe Packers are 19th in the NFL with a 38 per cent conversion rate on third down. They’re up against a Vikings defence that leads the league on third downs, allowing the chains to move only 28 per cent of the time.One problem for the Packers has been the absence of wide receiver Randall Cobb, long one of Rodgers’ most reliable options. He has missed half of Green Bay’s games with a hamstring injury, including the last two contests, but he could return to action Sunday.SACKMASTER FACKRELLOutside linebacker Nick Perry missed Green Bay’s last game at Seattle, but third-year backup Kyler Fackrell made his absence moot with three sacks, his second such performance this season. Fackrell has eight sacks this year, more than starters Perry and Clay Matthews combined.“The more you play, the more you get comfortable with it, the less encumbered you are with the thinking part,” defensive co-ordinator Mike Pettine said.JONESING FOR THE BALLPackers running back Aaron Jones didn’t play against the Vikings earlier this season because of a suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Jones has 342 rushing yards and four touchdowns over the last four games, plus 12 receptions for 100 yards and a score. He’s the league leader in yards per rush with an average of 6.4.HELP FROM HARRISVikings safety Andrew Sendejo will miss his sixth straight game because of a groin injury, but Anthony Harris has capably filled in as the starter in the previous two games. He had two interceptions against the Bears.“I’m just coming in each day preparing like I’m going to be out there every snap and just trying to take advantage of any opportunities given,” Harris said. “So each year, I’ve just been trying to take strides in getting better and increase my role and help this team win.”Harris signed with the Vikings in 2015 as undrafted rookie out of Virginia. Zimmer praised his progress with becoming more of a physical player as well as gaining a better understanding of the system.“I just think confidence,” Zimmer said. “You know, he sees things and reacts. He’s a good visual player, I think. He’s very smart.”___More AP NFL coverage: and Campbell, The Associated Press read more

Sandvik advances roadheader automation with new face cutting research

first_imgSandvik Mining, whose parent company spent ZAR3.5 billion in research and development in the 2011 financial year, has been undertaking intensive research in partnership with RAG-Deutsche Steinkohle, Germany’s largest coal mining company, aimed at improving automation processes of face mining machines using the Sandvik MR620 roadheader as the coal face model. Sandvik has compiled a report on the progress of the research with the focus on profile definition and the automatic cutting cycle.”The challenges lies in the fact that the mining system has to fulfil a lot of different features, like cutting, loading, roof supporting, following the coal seam and keeping communication to many other underground components,” the researchers indicate. “A lot of information and many degrees of freedom have to be managed at the same time. The aim for the performance of the new automated system is to reach the operational cutting performance of an average machine operator, but to deliver stable performance without significantly overloading of the system. This results in smoother machine loading and consequently in higher system reliability, less downtime and reduced operational costs as well as more comfort for the underground team.” Addressing the issue of machine positioning and recognition of coal seam, the researchers state a different and simplified algorithm needs to be developed to fulfil the requirements of machine navigation with the following features:The machine has to be positioned in front of the face just roughly by the machine operatorWith a laser scanning process the position of the coal seam in front of the machine is measured and evaluatedAfterwards a target plate on the boom needs to be positioned into the laser beam in order to get accurate machine position informationWith all this measurement information the horizontal and vertical translation as well as rotation of the profile is evaluated by the software automaticallyAll the profile positioning parameters are set as default values by the control system, but they have to be approved and might be changed by the operator by real time visualisation. Now all the necessary data should be available in order to cut the face in front of the machine.“Besides the location and orientation of the profile to be cut, the shape of the profile itself might be changed by the operator due to several different reasons. All these parameters are set and modified by the operator. By means of an online visualisation he can check their consequences in comparison with a reference profile,” the researchers say. “The strategy behind cutting automation is to feed the PLC with cutting paths which are automatically processed. In order to overcome the limitations of the generation systems, especially regarding the flexibility of the automation solution, on the ITSM the cut paths are planned online by an algorithm. There now is almost no limitation on the number influencing factors to be taken into account.” The report indicates that when analysing typical cutting operations on a road header with a transversal cutter head one can discern several different operation modes generally classified as sump-in, cutting upwards, cutting downwards and loading, and profiling.last_img read more

When the fasten seatbelt light illuminates my right to decide what happens

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 19 Mar 2017, 3:30 PM By Cara Sanquest Mar 19th 2017, 3:30 PM AS AN EXPAT in London, it’s fun to talk about Ireland most of the time. When my colleagues and English friends show me videos of Hozier, I shout “he’s Irish”.When the marriage equality campaign was in full flow – I’d say “I’m going home to vote”.  When the O’Donovan brothers took a silver at the Olympics, I told everyone “I’m from Cork”.But how can I respond to the negative aspects of Irish society when I’m away from home?I was watching my friends campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment and press for the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland. I wanted to help, but those campaigns were 300 miles away.Every time I flew home, the injustice of the situation was compounded furtherAs a British resident I have the right to access free, safe and legal abortion. But when the fasten seatbelt light illuminates, my right to decide what happens to my body is paused until the return journey.There might be a referendum in Ireland to change this soon – but I, like the majority of ex-pats, won’t have a vote.I don’t think that means we can’t have a say though. I wanted to turn the frustration I felt into action. So, I found some others that felt the same way, and we decided to have an open meeting in east London, on a rainy day in November.We got some friends of friends together to see what we could do and 300 men and women showed up. This was the first meeting of what is now the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign – a movement committed to securing free, safe and legal abortion across the island of Ireland, through discussion, debate and direct action.We won’t stand on the sidelines The March 4 Choice in London, symbolising the eleven women a day who travel abroad for an abortion.We are what we hope all Irish abroad are – talented, tireless and fearless. Just because we’re “over here”, does not mean that we aren’t Irish, and it doesn’t mean that we’ll stand on the sidelines.Over the past few months we have continued to grow – and now stand at 900. We are lawyers, waitresses, doctors, nurses, teachers, actors, students, mothers, social workers and media professionals.We are the sisters, brothers, cousins and best friends to the women and girls on both side of the border. And we’ve been tweeting, talking, marching and fundraising as much as we can.Most of us work full time, many have children, but in just a few months we’ve given thousands of hours to the campaign.We want to do our bit to support the cause back home and facilitate discussion with family and friends. But we also want to start conversations about it right here in Britain, where more than 25,000 women from the North and South have accessed abortions since 2010.So far it seems to be working. We now have involvement from English people, Europeans and Americans – and the British press has started taking note too.Raising awarenessMany people we’ve spoken to were unaware that Irish and Northern Irish women were entirely reliant on British abortion providers.  They were also incredulous to hear that these people face 14 years in jail if they procured abortions in the Republic and life imprisonment in the North.The Irish community has a strong legacy in London. We excel in public and professional life, we enjoy what London has to offer and don’t love Ireland any less for that.But, we can’t just be Irish when something fun happens. We were Irish when Savita died, we were Irish when Ms Y was force fed and we were Irish when a Northern Irish woman received a criminal sentence for taking abortion pills, because she couldn’t afford to travel.We are also Irish when the NHS offers us – as Irish citizens living in Britain – free, safe, legal care that we couldn’t get at home.I don’t claim that what we’ve started is newGenerations of Irish women have fought for reproductive rights and practically and compassionately helped those in need, as their governments debate the validity of their choices. In the words of Mr Justice Horner, operating “one law for the rich, and one for the poor”.What’s different is that we’ve never been closer to repealing the Eighth Amendment, and to ending the exportation of women to Liverpool, Manchester and London. We believe this momentum can be used to push for progress in Northern Ireland too.So, when we’re in our flats in Clapham preparing for meetings with MPs, passing motions of solidarity through our local councils in Walthamstow, running fundraisers in Camden, meeting after work at an office in Waterloo, or protesting outside the Irish Embassy on Grosvenor Place, 300 miles doesn’t seem like such a long way.Cara Sanquest has lived in London for three years. She works for a charity and is one of the organisers of London-Irish​ abortion rights campaign. For more information on the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign visit or get in touch via Twitter @LndIrishArc, Facebook or Instagram @londonirisharc.Zoo deaths: ‘In the wild, gorillas don’t eat their own vomit and pull out their hair in frustration’>‘Syrians are increasingly likely to opt for a strongman like Assad, capable of bringing stability’> Cara Sanquest 275 Views center_img Short URL 106 Comments Share Tweet Email ‘When the fasten seatbelt light illuminates, my right to decide what happens to my body is paused’ I’m an ex-pat in London but I turned the frustration I felt about Ireland’s lack of reproductive rights into action, writes Cara Sanquest.last_img read more

New Miss America is Greek

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram When 21-year-old Betty Cantrell from Georgia was crowned Miss America on Sunday night with high marks from judges like Zendaya and former Miss America Vanessa Williams, she took a selfie with her beaming fellow contestants. “So HONORED to be your #MissAmerica 2016!” she tweeted. “A night I will never forget!” The Mercer University undergraduate and vocal performance major sang “Tu Tu Piccolo Iddio” from the opera “Madame Butterfly” and answered a question about whether Tom Brady cheated or not. “It was kind of a funky question to ask me if Tom Brady cheated,” she later told the Associated Press.“I’m not a football player and I really wasn’t there to feel that ball.” While she was speaking with Yahoo Beauty on Monday afternoon, she was running on only 45 minutes of sleep after her whirlwind win. “Luckily, I have a great makeup artist,” she told Yahoo Beauty. Her platform, “Healthy Children, Strong America,” isn’t just about physical wellness — it’s about emotional and mental wellness, too. “My family was the von Trapp family in Church,” says Cantrell. “We sang music. To me, we were the perfect family. My parents owned a physical therapy business together. My brother and I did everything together. When my parents divorced last year, it broke me down. I stopped believing in love and marriage — and it made me stress eat and it ruined my body.” This was in the midst of competing for Miss Georgia — and her sophomore year of college. “I want to communicate that it’s not your fault if bad things happen to you,” she says.Even though she won the crown, Cantrell actually tripped twice onstage in her evening gown. “I’m pretty sure the judges saw that. The biggest tip to being confident is to accept that you won’t be perfect,” she says. “The reality is that everyone messes up.” As a trained singer, Cantrell was always onstage — long before she started competing in beauty pageants. Like Tony, Grammy, and Emmy-nominated Williams, who was crowned Miss America in 1984 and dethroned 10 months afterwards for nude photographs that were taken before she won, Cantrell hopes to continue performing long after her reign is over. This year, Williams finally received an apology from the Miss America Organization. “I want to apologize for anything that was said or done that made you feel any less than the Miss America you are and the Miss America you always will be,” CEO Sam Haskell told Williams onstage. “You just have to recover. You have to,” says Cantrell. “Show people what you’ve got.”Source: Yahoo Beauty, The ABClast_img read more

BAHAMAS Czech AmbassadorDesignate Makes Courtesy Call at Ministry of Foreign Affairs

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 16, 2018 – Nassau – Ambassador-Designate of the Czech Republic to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, His Excellency Vladimir Eisenbruk, on an Official Visit, paid a courtesy call at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, February 14, 2018.  Permanent Secretary (Actg.) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rhoda M. Jackson is pictured greeting Mr. Eisenbruk.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Related Items:last_img read more

New 247 library kiosk opens in Boulevard

first_imgNew 24/7 library kiosk opens in Boulevard SAN DIEGO (COUNTY NEWS CENTER) — There’s something new to check out in Boulevard – books, movies and much more from a 24/7 Library-to-Go kiosk.Boulevard residents celebrated the kiosk’s grand opening on Thursday. The community is located off Interstate 8 between Jacumba and Campo in the southeastern part of the county.“This kiosk opens a whole new world for the residents of Boulevard and the outlying areas of Manzanita, Live Oak Springs and Tierra del Sol,” said County Supervisor Dianne Jacob. “Residents can now get free access to books, eBooks and movies at any time of day on any day of the week.”All it takes to use the self-service kiosk is a County library card. Customers can check out, return and place holds on materials, download audio and eBooks, browse the catalog and tap into a Wi-Fi hot spot. The kiosk looks somewhat like a vending machine and will also stock 350 popular titles and children’s books.The bookmobile will continue to serve Boulevard at three different stops every two weeks. The bookmobile stops at Live Oak Springs Resort, Clover Flat Elementary and the Boulevard-Campo Education Center every other Tuesday.The nearest library is located in Jacumba and staff from that branch will replenish the kiosk on a regular basis. The second-nearest library is in Campo and it will provide additional support.“This site was selected in response to requests from the community,” said County Library Deputy Director Susan Moore. “The new mini library will offer materials for customers of all ages and will provide convenient library services to local Head Start programs, Clover Flat Elementary School and the adjacent community center.”The Boulevard kiosk is the fourth to become available in San Diego County. The others are located in Kearny Mesa, Bonsall and Chula Vista. A fifth kiosk is planned for Encinitas.The County Library system also includes 33 branches and two bookmobiles. For more information about the County Library, visit KUSI Newsroom, May 31, 2018 Posted: May 31, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

1 hurt after SUV crashes into Barnes Noble in Coral Gables

first_imgInvestigators said the motorist, who was uninjured, stayed at the scene.Paramedics transported a man inside the bookstore to a nearby hospital for precautionary reasons. His condition is unknown.Perez said the victim had blood all over his face.“The face, there’s blood. It’s incredible,” he said.Harry Dye, the husband of a manager at the store, said that when they first heard about the crash, they feared the worst.“I was very concerned. I got very scared, and brought him straight to the [store],” he said. “His boss … called him and said, ‘Get over here right away. A car ended up inside the store.”Dozens of people were walking along Miracle Mile near the store at the time of the crash, but no pedestrians were hurt. CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a man to the hospital after an SUV crashed into the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Coral Gables.Coral Gables Police and Fire responded to the scene along Miracle Mile and Ponce de Leon Boulevard, just before 1 p.m., Wednesday.Witnesses said the driver of an Acura SUV tried to make a U-turn on Miracle Mile before jumping a concrete barrier and plowing into the bookstore.Pedro Perez said he was inside the business at the moment of impact. When asked what it sounded like, he replied, “Explosion, explosion.” Driver slams into Barnes & Noble in Coral Gables. Police say the person behind the wheel mistook the gas as the brake. One person taken to hospital for “precautionary reasons.” @wsvn— Andrew Dymburt (@DymburtNews) October 10, 2018Officials said the driver mistook the gas pedal for the brake before striking the building. center_img When they arrived at the store, Dye and his spouse saw the chaotic scene.“We just saw the pillar next to the window, and we got here and saw this,” he said.Cleanup efforts at the store were completed late Wednesday afternoon. The broken window was covered up with plywood.The store will remain closed for the rest of the day.Police have not specified whether the driver will be issued a citation or face any charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Sick of fighting for sun bathing space on crowded

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