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Golden Ocean Buying 16 Bulkers

first_imgzoom Nasdaq-listed dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group Limited has entered into agreements to acquire 16 dry bulk vessels.The acquisition will take the form of an all-share transaction where the company will issue in aggregate 17.8 million consideration shares and assume debt of USD 285.2 million, GOGL said.Of the 16 vessels to be acquired, 14 will be acquired from subsidiaries of Quintana Shipping, and two ice class Panamax vessels will be acquired from subsidiaries of Seatankers, an affiliate of Hemen Holding, the company’s largest shareholder.“The acquisition will add significant scale to Golden Ocean’s operating fleet and contribute to reducing cash breakeven levels,” the company said.Based on the closing price of the Golden Ocean share on the Oslo Stock Exchange on March 14, 2017 of NOK 61.50, equal to USD 7.14 per share, the transaction value stands at USD 412.4 million.“The acquired vessels, averaging 4 years of age, which matches the age profile of our existing fleet, will further enhance our already significant commercial scale and increase our operational leverage to a potential dry bulk market recovery. Combined with attractive bank financing which includes no fixed debt amortization and soft covenants through June 2019, the transaction should be accretive also in terms of cash breakeven levels,” Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal, CEO of Golden Ocean Management AS, commented.As part of the deal Golden Ocean will acquire Quintana’s 14 vessel fleet and assume the fleet’s corresponding debt of USD 262.7 million in consideration for 14.5 million shares of Golden Ocean.In addition, Golden Ocean has agreed to a USD 17.4 million down payment of the debt associated with the fleet in order to obtain no fixed debt repayments and soft covenants through June 2019. A cash sweep mechanism will be in place for excess cash generated by the fleet. The fleet consists of 6 Capesize vessels and 8 Kamsarmax/Panamax vessels, mainly built in Japan and Korea.The two 2017-built ice class Panamax vessels owned by Hemen’s affiliates will be bought in consideration for 3.3 million GOGL shares to fund the equity portion of the acquisition. Hemen will issue a seller credit of USD 22.5 million that matures in June 2019, with no fixed amortization.All the said ships will be owned by a non-recourse subsidiary to Golden Ocean.GOGL added that the completion of the acquisition is subject to the execution of definitive loan documents, raising of sufficient new equity to satisfy certain loan conditions, customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Closing is expected in the second quarter of 2017 and on a vessel-by-vessel basis.Separately, the company said that it has commenced an equity offering for issue of new shares for gross proceeds of approximately USD 60 million.The net proceeds of this offering are to be used to partially pre-pay debt under the new loan agreements related to the acquisition of fourteen vessels from Quintana Shipping, in an amount of approximately USD 17.4 million, and to use the balance for general corporate purposes.The subscription price and number of shares issued in the offering will be determined through an accelerated bookbuilding process, the company explained. The bookbuilding period will start March 14, 2017 with expected closure at March 15, 2017 at 3:00 am EST and 08:00 am CET.On a fully-delivered basis, Golden Ocean’s fleet will have an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 11 million dwt and an average age of less than 5 years on a DWT basis.last_img read more


Security Council lauds UNs diplomatic efforts in Central Asia

14 January 2010The Security Council today voiced appreciation for the efforts of the United Nations body tasked with facilitating dialogue among Central Asian countries and assisting them in responding to common challenges. This came after the 15-member body heard a closed-door briefing from the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Miroslav Jenca, on the recent activities of the Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia, located in the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat.The Council “encouraged further cooperation and coordination between the Regional Centre and the Governments of the region and relevant regional organizations,” in a statement read to the press by Ambassador Zhang Yesui of China, which holds the rotating presidency for January.The members of the Council also reaffirmed their support for the Centre’s efforts to facilitate dialogue and assist regional governments on issues of common concern.Established in 2007, the Centre helps the countries of the region – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – better respond to cross-border challenges and threats, such as terrorism, drug trafficking, organized crime and environmental degradation. read more


Pengrowth arranges 300million sale of production assets lowers output target

Pengrowth arranges $300-million sale of production assets, lowers output target by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 11, 2017 7:31 am MDT Last Updated Jul 11, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Pengrowth Energy Corp. (TSX:PGF) says it has a new agreement to sell producing assets in the Olds-Garrington area of central Alberta for $300 million cash.The Calgary-based oil and natural gas company says due to the sale, it now expects to produce an average of between 41,500 and 43,500 oil-equivalent barrels per day in 2017, down from the previous estimate of between 43,500 and 45,500 barrels per day.Pengrowth says a previously announced deal to sell an asset package in the Swan Hills area of northern Alberta has been terminated due to the buyer’s inability to arrange financing.The company plans on resuming efforts to find another buyer for the Swan Hills assets as it tries to reduce its debt load from proceeds of its non-core assets.It did not identify the buyers in either of the transactions. read more


UN refugee agency warns Sudan over forced return of Eritrean asylum seekers

Melissa Fleming, UNHCR spokesperson told the press in Geneva today that the agency is deeply concerned over recent forced returns, or “refoulement”, of Eritrean and other asylum seekers and refugees from Sudan, including an incident in Eastern Sudan on 30 June where 74 Eritreans were sent back to Eritrea through Laffa border crossing point, according to information received from immigration authorities. She said the asylum seekers had been convicted on charges of illegal entry into Sudan under national immigration laws. They had not given access to asylum procedures in order to have their claims reviewed by the competent authorities. “These deportations are an act of repression and constitute a serious violation of the 1951 Refugee Convention and the Sudanese Asylum Act 2014,” said Ms. Fleming, reminding the Sudanese Government of its obligations under international law and the laws of the country. “We urge you to provide asylum seekers full access to procedures,” she said. Asked by reporters whether this was the first time refugees had been expelled without hearing, Ms. Fleming said UNHCR was concerned this incident was indicative of a new trend of a large number of Eritreans just arriving and being sent back. “This [may be] related to a new act by the Government of Sudan requiring foreign nationals to legalize their residency, which was causing huge concern among foreigners, including recognized refugees and asylum seekers, who were fearing arrest and deportation,” she added. She went on to say that UNHCR did not have monitors on the ground in Eritrea, and there was no significant international presence there. Yet, “Eritrea is a country of concern – people leaving Eritrea are in need of international protection, as their lives would be in danger if they were to be returned,” she said. UNHCR is meanwhile in contact with Sudanese immigration authorities, and is seeking access to the people who had been recently arrested. “UNHCR is providing legal advice to them and stepping up its efforts to put an end to forcible expulsions,” concluded Ms. Fleming. read more


Cleveland Cavaliers to play game at Ohio State for third straight year

Correction Aug. 26: An earlier version of the story stated the 2013 game against the 76ers was the Cavs’ Columbus debut, when in fact they had played at the Schottenstein Center prior to that. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is seen before tipoff of overtime of a game between the Cavs and the San Antonio Spurs. The Cavs beat the Spurs, 128-125, in overtime.Credit: Courtesy of TNSOhio State might be home to the defending college football national champions, but for a night in October, it will host the defending NBA Eastern Conference champions, as well.For the third consecutive year, the Schottenstein Center is set to be the sight of a Cleveland Cavaliers preseason game as the Cavs will meet the Memphis Grizzlies on Oct. 12.The game is set to be the third of seven Cavs preseason games, with their opener on another Ohio college campus: Xavier University in Cincinnati.Last season, the Cavs hosted the Chicago Bulls at the Schottenstein Center in front of a sold-out crowd of 19,049. The Cavs won that contest 107-98, with point guard Kyrie Irving and small forward LeBron James combining for 46 points and 13 assists.The year before, the Cavs entertained the crowd with a 104-93 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.The Cleveland Browns also expanded their preseason to Columbus this year, bringing their Orange & Brown Scrimmage to Ohio Stadium on Aug. 7. That event drew just under 50,000 fans.Last season, James returned to the Cavs after four years with the Miami Heat, leading them to a 53-29 record and second-ever trip to the NBA Finals, where they eventually fell to the Golden State Warriors in six games.James, an Akron, Ohio, native and avid supporter of OSU athletics, was given a permanent locker in the home locker room at the Schottenstein Center in 2013.Tickets to the Oct. 12 preseason matchup between the Cavs and Grizzlies go on sale at 10 a.m. on Sept. 10 and begin at $15. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. read more


Improving safety performance the journey to zero harm

first_imgJames Marzocca, Hatch’s Managing Director, Project Management & Construction: “Our business is fraught with safety risks and hazards, especially at the sites of our clients’ operations and projects. So it should surprise no one that a strong record of safety performance is a major factor in being selected as a service provider. Clients want to know that we can keep our staff, contractors, existing operations, and their businesses safe while doing the work they’ve hired us to do.“How a service provider’s safety performance is measured may vary from one company to the next. Generally, clients look at a combination of its historical safety performance, the safety culture in the organization, and the quality of safety systems. Their yardstick is usually two ‘lagging indicators’: lost time injury frequency rates (LTIFR) and total reportable injury frequency rates (TRIFR). Our performance on these lagging indicators has been enviable and improving over the years. Hatch remains in the first quartile (top 25%) for EPCM service providers in the industry as measured by the Construction Industry Institute.“Good performances can always be better. A company’s ambition should be to continuously improve its safety performance. Our vision is to be in the top 10% in our industry. To achieve this, we must constantly be trying to improve our safety performance and finding ways to manage that improvement. We need to be always bettering the behaviors and focuses of our people, our partners, our contractors, and yes, even our clients. Doing this means watching and measuring what we do on the “input side” or “leading indicators” of safety. Leading indicators are measures of things that contribute to safety, such as visible leadership, the reporting of unsafe acts and conditions and having them fixed promptly, safety training attendance and comprehension, safety audits, and participation in safety events.“Information sharing plays a huge part in improving safety performance. All parties in the industry—clients, service providers, equipment vendors, fabricators, government agencies, providers of safety equipment, and contractors—can learn from one another. Those lessons can be used to prevent or mitigate incidents.“For this reason, starting in 2018, Hatch will host an annual industry-wide safety conference in Toronto, Canada. Its purpose will be to bring members of all these groups together to share information, learnings, and best practices.“The safety conference will also encourage participants to share how technology can be used to create safer work environments, especially on projects. The industry already makes the most of several technologies, practices and initiatives to improve safety performance. The value of PPE, modularization and preassembly, the automation of construction tasks, safety training, toolbox talks, job-safety analysis, and more are well documented.“There are many more new and emerging technologies that can improve safety even further still. Digital technologies, drones, HD cameras, sensors, safer materials, training and behavioral sciences, improved tracking of people and equipment, and the use of virtual reality are still in their infancy, awaiting adoption in the safety sphere. What is already very mature, however, is the capability that all these have to create continuous improvement or step change in safety performance.“A projects’ success—financial or otherwise—can never come at the cost of a worker’s safety. This is a fundamental value that every conscientious organization embraces on the journey to zero harm. There may not be one sole solution for improving safety. Still, this we know for sure: our behaviour, the sharing of information, understanding and mitigating safety risks, and the use of technology all have an important part to play in fostering a strong safety culture and improving safety performance.”The picture shows work on the Chuquicamata underground mine in Chile, a project in which Hatch is very involved.last_img read more


Dublin councillors vote today on directlyelected mayor but its likely plan will

first_imgDUBLIN CITY COUNCIL members will be the first of the county’s four local authorities to have their say on whether a plebiscite of residents should take place to decide on the issue of having a directly-elected mayor.Councillors be asked to vote on whether a referendum on having a first citizen with executive powers should be put to the people of Dublin on the same day as the local elections, on 23 May.The three other authorities will also hold votes on the issue in coming days. All four have to back the proposal for the plebiscite to go ahead, however — and it’s expected Fingal will veto the move.Mayor of the north Dublin authority, Fine Gael’s Kieran Dennison, said earlier this month that he expected the majority of members to vote against the plan.Former mayor, Independent Cian O’Callaghan, said he agreed with Dennison’s assessment, but said that he is in favour of holding the plebiscite and of having a directly elected mayor.Speaking to The Irish Times the Fine Gael councillor Dennison said his stance was about “protecting the minority against the decisions of the majority”.On his website, Dennison argues that the proposed plebiscite “is not to decide for or against a directly elected mayor for Dublin but rather for a particular type of directly elected mayor with specific powers and responsibilities”.Local Government Minister Phil Hogan has not stated explicitly whether he is for or against having an elected mayor with executive powers.Speaking at a briefing on the issue last year, he said the move would be “a major shift away from what is there at the moment, a shift away from the management structure to an elected person”.The other three councils are expected to back the plan for a plebiscite in the coming days.Speaking yesterday, leader of the Fianna Fáil group on Dublin City Council Mary Fitzpatrick said the change in how the county is run could provide people in the capital with real and accountable political leadership.“I have experienced at first hand in New York and other cities just how effective a directly elected mayor with executive powers can be in transforming the social, economic and cultural life of a city,” Fitzpatrick said.The Fianna Fáil councillor — who is also running in the European elections — criticised the way the issue was being handled by Minister Hogan, and said he had set a “particularly high bar” for the plebiscite to happen.“If, for example, 27 out of the 52 Councillors on Dublin City Council showed up on Monday and two voted against then the resolution to put the plebiscite to the people would be lost.”Note: This article has been amended to reflect that Cian O’Callaghan is in favour of a plebiscite on the mayor proposal and of having a directly elected mayor. Read: Hogan on Dublin mayor plan: ‘I might be 6′ 5” but I’m not going to lean in any direction’Hogan: No point having elected mayor for Dublin unless position is meaningfullast_img read more


Chrome OS was hacked at Pwnium 2013 after all

first_imgReports out of Vancouver from the Pwn2Own/Pwnium hacking contests indicated that Chrome OS came out unscathed, but it turns out that wasn’t the whole truth. One attacker did manage to successfully exploit Google’s browser-centric OS, he just didn’t manage to do it reliably. So while Chrome OS didn’t fall, it did at least hover over the canyon Wile E. Coyote-style and spin its legs mid-air before turning quickly and grabbing the rock ledge.Hacker PinkiePie demonstrated the attack. He’s the same fellow that took down the Chrome browser at last year’s event and took home a cool $60,000. This time around his payout was quite a bit less — but $40,000 is still a pretty decent payday. His attack targeted Chrome OS’s graphics subsystem and resulted in Google creating two separate bugs. Both involve overflows  — one in the GPU process and the other in the Intel i915 graphics driver.Although the Chromium OS source is open, Google’s not ready to share any details on this particular exploit just yet. You’ll only see the ominous 403 forbidden error if you try to check out PinkiePie’s bugs. As Linux blogger Sean Michael Kerner  points out, it’s possible that this Chrome OS exploit could affect other Linux-based OSes. That certainly seems like a possibility since part of the chained exploit relied on a bug in the Linux kernel. Surely two companies that are as involved with Linux as Google and Intel will be willing to share more information with the Linux community once a fix has been identified and created.Don’t let news of PinkiePie’s exploit scare you off picking up a new Chrome OS laptop, though. Chrome OS is still one of the most secure operating systems on the market.last_img read more


Kinect 2 Microsoft part à la chasse au talent

first_imgKinect 2 : Microsoft part à la chasse au talentDeux offres d’emploi, parues sur le web, ont attirés les yeux des fans de technologies du monde entier. Elles concerneraient la prochaine mouture du Kinect, la caméra à reconnaissance vocale et de mouvements de Microsoft.Intégré ou pas à la future console de salon Xbox 720 (ou Loop, ou Fusion), le futur Kinect 2 est déjà une réalité dans les attentions de Microsoft. Et la firme de Redmond compte bien organiser une équipe de choc, autour de sa future caméra à tout faire. Preuve en est ces deux offres d’emplois (ici, et là), parues sur le web.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La dernière en date vient compléter les diverses informations et rumeurs planant autour de la future console et de la caméra, et met en exergue “une nouvelle génération d’interface utilisateur”, impliquant donc une plus forte intégration de Kinect dans la future plateforme de jeux de Microsoft.Pour rappel, la Xbox 720 devrait voir le jour l’année prochaine, avec 3 processeurs centraux, 4 Go de mémoire vive, une carte graphique Radeon HD 7670, et peut être inclure, en accessoire, une paire de lunettes à réalité augmentée.La caméra Kinect qui viendra succéder au modèle actuel (notre photo), elle, devrait proposer une résolution plus fine, un temps de latence amoindri, ainsi que de nouvelles capacités liées à la reconnaissance.Le 26 juillet 2012 à 12:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


This cute little bear can replace all your remotes

first_img <> If popular culture has taught us anything about bears, it’s that they spend all day stealing peoples’ picnic baskets and riding around on bicycles. Bearbot is not a robot that does either of those things.In fact, Bearbot isn’t really even a robot. He’s actually a universal remote control, though it’s not like one you’ve ever seen before. That’s Bearbot at the top. There are no buttons and there’s no giant touchscreen like on Logitech’s Harmony Touch or Ultimate One.Even though he can’t ride a bike, Bearbot is a bit like a well-trained circus bear. He’s an attentive little fellow that waits patiently for you to issue instructions with your hands. Just gesture in front of his face and he’ll perform an action. Bearbot can adjust your thermostat, raise and lower your blinds, dim the lights, or fire up a movie on your home theater… and hands-free control means this little bear won’t turn into a veritable petri dish like your smartphone.With built-in Bluetooth, infrared, and ZigBee support, Bearbot can control an incredibly diverse assortment of devices. Thankfully, setting them all up is not a complex process. Just fire up the Bearbot app and tap through the steps. 1/6Behold, Bearbot! No need to curl up on the ground and play dead in front of this little fellow. 1/6Here’s a look at what makes Bearbot tick 1/6Bearbot can control a wide variety of devices 1/6Bearbot lets you use gestures to control your devices 1/6Walls in the way? No problem. Bearbot mini and his big brother work together to solve the problem 1/6Bearbot likes to entertain, too. Occasionally he’ll mug for you.center_img Bearbots like to travel in groups, and there’s a good reason for that. The big fella loves to follow your instructions, but he might not always be within range of the devices you want him to control. That’s where the mini Bearbot steps up. The mini is a screenless repeater that listens for commands from big brother and beams them to a nearby device using an IR blaster.The creators of Bearbot are looking for €199,000 on Indiegogo, and it’s a fixed goal — which means if they don’t hit it you’re not going to be out any money. If you want to help make Bearbot and his mini-sized cubs a reality, you can help out by pledging €99 — which is a pretty excellent deal for such a full-featured remote.last_img read more


Soybean Growers Welcome Senate Agriculture Committee Farm Bill Draft

first_imgIn advance of Tuesday’s scheduled markup, the Senate Agriculture Committee today released a draft of its proposed farm bill, which met with approval from the nation’s soybean farmers. American Soybean Association (ASA) President and Canton, Miss., soybean farmer Danny Murphy welcomed the draft and encouraged its expedited passage:“ASA commends Chairwoman Stabenow, Ranking Member Cochran, and members of the Senate Agriculture Committee for their work thus far in crafting a proposed farm bill. Importantly, the draft released by the Committee would protect and strengthen crop insurance as well as ensure that a target price program to protect growers from low prices remains decoupled from current planting decisions, thus avoiding the possibility of production distortions. Combined with a revenue protection program similar to that included in last year’s Senate bill, the proposed legislation takes significant steps to provide farmers with effective risk management programs while protecting planting flexibility and avoiding planting distortions.“While ASA is still studying details of the 1,102-page bill, our initial review also notes that the draft reflects other ASA priorities including reauthorization and funding of the Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program and Market Access Program, funding for conservation programs applied to working lands, reauthorization and funding for important bio-based and bioenergy programs, and support for agricultural research, to name just a few.”“ASA applauds the Agriculture Committees in both the House and Senate for taking the initiative to move a farm bill forward in the 113th Congress. We look forward to speedy markups in both Committees next week and the passage of a new comprehensive farm bill as quickly as possible.”###ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through voluntary farmer membership by farmers in 30 states where soybeans are grown.For more information contact:Danny Murphy, ASA President, 601-906-3809, dpmurphy@bellsouth.netPatrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, pdelaney@soy.orglast_img read more


Martha Stewart Living Names Daniel Dienst CEO

first_imgMartha Stewart Living Omnimedia has named board member Daniel Dienst as its CEO. Dienst, who will need to guide the company through a turnaround, recently joined the company’s board of directors and is the fifth CEO since 2008.”We are excited to welcome Dan as the new CEO of MSLO,” says founder and non-executive chairman Martha Stewart in a statement. ” He is a highly respected and experienced public company CEO with strong operating and financial discipline and a clear track record of creating significant value for shareholders.  Dan will take on the important responsibility of leading the company and ensuring that we are able to deliver on our strategy for renewed growth.”  Prior to joining MSLO’s board of directors, Dienst was CEO of Sims Metal Management, Ltd., an Australia-based metal recycling company, from 2008 to June 2013.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Bloom DiFronzo Named To Honor Roll At Bishop Fenwick

first_imgPEABODY, MA — The following Wilmington students have been named to the second quarter honor roll for the 2018-2019 academic year at Bishop Fenwick High School:Principal’s List (3.70 Unweighted GPA)NoneFirst Honors (3.30 Unweighted GPA)Rachel DiFronzoSecond Honors (3.00 Unweighted GPA)Dillon Bloom(NOTE: The above announcement is from Bishop Fenwick.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Rachel DiFronzo Named To Honor Roll At Bishop FenwickIn “Education”Wilmington’s DiFronzo & Medros Named To Honor Roll At Bishop FenwickIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Natalie Medros Named To Honor Roll At Bishop FenwickIn “Education”last_img read more


BSE closes points 1383 up on May 20

first_imgBSE closes points 13.83 up on May 20790 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 13.83 up on May 20790 viewsBusinessNew Delhi, May 20 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 13.83 points up to stand at 24,376.88. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 11.95 points up to stand at 7,275.50. Gitanjali Gems and Unitech were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 19.97% and 14.85% along with MMTC and Suzlon Energy with an increase of 11.27% and 10.71% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include JPPOWER and Coal India with a decrease of 7.71% and 5.89% along with Power Finance and ONGC with a decrease of 4.78% and 3.96% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 3.72 points at 14,250.49 while the banking sector is down 133.82 points at 17,304.26 and the realty sector is up 84.21 points at 1,800.68. The Indian currency is down 0.14% at Rs 58.67 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, May 20 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 13.83 points up to stand at 24,376.88. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 11.95 points up to stand at 7,275.50. Gitanjali Gems and Unitech were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 19.97% and 14.85% along with MMTC and Suzlon Energy with an increase of 11.27% and 10.71% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include JPPOWER and Coal India with a decrease of 7.71% and 5.89% along with Power Finance and ONGC with a decrease of 4.78% and 3.96% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 3.72 points at 14,250.49 while the banking sector is down 133.82 points at 17,304.26 and the realty sector is up 84.21 points at 1,800.68. The Indian currency is down 0.14% at Rs 58.67 per dollar.last_img read more

Baylor Sanctioned By Big 12 After New Revelations About Sexual Assault Controversy

first_img Share Charlie Riedel/APIn this Oct. 10, 2015, photo, Baylor head coach Art Briles watches during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.The Big 12 Conference decided Wednesday to impose a multi-million dollar sanction on Baylor University after another recent round of stinging revelations about the extent and nature of the university’s problems with alleged sexual assaults by former members of its football team.The conference’s board of directors voted to withhold a quarter of Baylor’s future revenue “pending the outcome of third-party verification review of required changes to Baylor’s athletics procedures and to institutional governance of its intercollegiate athletics programs, among other matters,” according to a post on the conference’s website.“The Board is unified in establishing a process to verify that proper institutional controls are in place and sustainable,” the conference board’s chairman David Boren said. He added, “By taking these actions the Board desires to ensure that the changes that were promised are actually made and that systems are in place to avoid future problems. The proportional withholding of revenue distribution payments will be in effect until the Board has determined that Baylor is in compliance with Conference bylaws and regulations as well as all components of Title IX.”In response, Baylor’s interim president pledged the university’s “full cooperation” with the Big 12’s requirement of an independent review as the school implements “enhanced practices” to deal with allegations of sexual violence.“This third-party review at the request of the Big 12 Conference,” said David E. Garland, “will provide an opportunity for us to demonstrate our progress to date and our ongoing commitment in establishing Baylor as a leading institution in athletics compliance and governance and for preventing and addressing sexual assaults on college campuses.”The withholding — which amounts to an estimated $7.5 million reduction in annual distributions to Baylor if the sanction remains in effect — is the closest thing to a punishment imposed by either the Big 12 or the NCAA, after allegations that began roughly 5 years ago of sexual assaults committed by football players during the tenure of former head coach Art Briles and efforts by the university to sweep those alleged assaults and other misconduct under the rug.First reports last year about the university’s efforts to cover up allegations against the football team included five Baylor football players and 8 occurrences of sexual assault. Then came a Wall St. Journal article in late October that detailed 17 women reporting sexual or domestic assault involving 19 football players, including four instances of alleged gang rapes. Baylor football player Tevin Elliott was charged, convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison in January 2014 after four women testified he sexually assaulted them. Another former player, defensive end Sam Ukwuachu, was convicted in August 2015 of sexually assaulting a member of the women’s soccer team. Yet another All-American member of the Bears’ program, Shawn Oakman, was indicted in July of last year for allegedly sexually assaulting a Baylor graduate student at her apartment. His trial has been set for April.And that’s just the football team. Baylor’s former Title IX coordinator Patty Crawford, who was in charge of investigating all reports of sexual violence at the university, cited 125 reports of sexual assault and harassment from 2011-2015. Crawford, who came from Indiana University and had no previous connection to Baylor, described a culture of indifference at the Waco, Texas, school when it came to reports of sexual violence by its coeds.Crawford resigned last fall, accusing the university of interfering with her ability to do her job.And then the allegations grew even worse in the past two weeks.Late last month, a young Baylor graduate filed a lawsuit against the university alleging she was gang raped by two football players in 2013 and that more than 50 instances of rape, perpetrated by as many as 31 football players, occurred between 2011 and 2014 when Briles ran the Baylor football program, the Dallas Morning News reported. The suit describes a culture of sexual violence inside the program and contends that Briles implemented an activity called “show ’em a good time,” which included taking underage high school recruits to strip clubs and arranging for escorts to have sex with top prospects. The lawsuit accuses Briles’ son, former Baylor assistant coach Kendal Briles, of asking a Dallas prospect: “Do you like white women? Because we have a lot of them at Baylor and they love football players.”Close upon the heels of those new allegations, the university itself threw gasoline on the conflagration. Last Thursday in response to more lawsuits, libel suits filed by Briles and by Briles’ assistant coach Colin Shillinglaw, Baylor’s regents and interim president described the football program under Briles as “a black hole into which reports of misconduct such as drug use, physical assault, domestic violence, brandishing of guns, indecent exposure and academic fraud disappeared.”And to drive the point home, Baylor made public several text messages between then coach Briles, then assistant coach Colin Shillinglaw and then athletic director Ian McCaw. From the university’s court filing:*On April 8, 2011, after a freshman defensive tackle was cited for illegal consumption of alcohol, Coach Briles sent a text message to an assistant coach: “Hopefully he’s under radar enough they won’t recognize name – did he get ticket from Baylor police or Waco? … Just trying to keep him away from our judicial affairs folks….”*On February 11, 2013, an assistant coach notified Coach Briles of a claim by a female student-athlete that a football player brandished a gun at her. Coach Briles responded by impugning the victim: “what a fool – she reporting to authorities.” The assistant coach texted back: “She’s acting traumatized … Trying to talk her calm now…”*On September 13 2013, Shillinglaw sent a text to Coach Briles about a player who got a massage and “supposedly exposed himself and asked for favors. She [the masseuse] has a lawyer but wants us to handle with discipline and counseling.” Briles’ first response was “What kind of discipline… She a stripper?”*On September 20, 2013, after a player was arrested for assault and threatening to kill a non-athlete, a football operations staff official tried to talk the victim out of pressing criminal charges. Meanwhile, Coach Briles texted Athletics Director Ian McCaw: “Just talked to [the player] – he said Waco PD was there – said they were going to keep it quiet – Wasn’t a set up deal… I’ll get shill(Shillinglaw) to check on Sibley (local attorney Jonathan Sibley).” Athletics Director Ian McCaw replied: “That would be great if they kept it quiet!”*In October 2013, Shillinglaw and Briles discussed their efforts to intervene on behalf of a player who was suspended for repeated drug violations. “Bottomline, he has to meet with (Vice President for Student Life Kevin) Jackson tomorrow morning. If Jackson does not reinstate President will,” Shillinglaw wrote.The impending release of the messages seemed to have the desired effect — at least when it came to Briles who dropped his contentious suit against the university just 24 hours before the disclosure of the messages in the school’s court filing responding to Shillinglaw’s ongoing case.These texts messages were also among the things that led the Big 12 to act. “New information became known that reached a tipping point,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told CBS Sports Wednesday.“It’s a verification process,” Bowlsby also told CBS Sports, “We’re holding the money until we can verify that what needs to be done is being done.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Advocates Come Out Swinging in Round Two of Police Bill of Rights

first_imgAdvocates appeared much better prepared for a second round of hearings on Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill Of Rights (LEOBR) reforms in Annapolis. They were caught a bit flat footed during the first go around.On Feb. 26, Senate Judicial Proceedings heard testimony on Senate Bill 566, which would reform Maryland’s Law Enforcement Officers Bill Of Rights. Changes include allowing chiefs of police to intervene in the discipline of officers at an earlier stage than is currently permitted, giving chiefs greater power to suspend officers accused of misconduct without pay, and removing a number of procedural obstacles to bringing forward complaints against police, among other things.Advocates arrived with buses of community members to appear, and in some cases testify, at that senate hearing. Their efforts were frustrated by chair of Judicial Proceedings Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-Baltimore County), who scheduled the bill to be heard last that day.  The hearing on Senate Bill 566 began around 7:20 p.m.; the buses had left Annapolis around 4 p.m.That left a large opposition contingent of law enforcement personnel in the hearing room, with a smaller presence of supporters to balance them out. The same was not true of the second round of hearings on the House version of the same bill, House Bill 968, sponsored by Del. Jill Carter (D-Baltimore City) and heard by the House Judiciary Committee on March 12.Prior to the day’s hearings, advocates gathered at the Thurgood Marshall memorial near the senate and house office buildings in Annapolis for a rally. It drew a diverse crowd from around the state, with particularly strong showings from the African American and Latino communities. The Rev. Dr. Heber Brown of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and other advocates took demonstrators aside prior to the hearing in order to explain the legislative process and better prepare them for what would unfold that day.David Lanier, a pastor in Baltimore who also owns a transportation company, donated buses so demonstrators could stay in Annapolis later, according to Adam Jackson, CEO of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. The buses were scheduled to leave at 7 p.m., but did not actually leave until closer to 10:30 p.m., ensuring a strong community presence for the duration of the day’s hearing, especially the portion dedicated to testimony on House Bill 966.Those who testified in support of 966, armed with a greater knowledge of the arguments the opposition would use against the bill, sharpened their arguments and were able to effectively undermine a number of claims made by the opposition during the February Senate hearing.An oft-heard refrain from law enforcement is that proposed reforms to the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill Of Rights would create a second-class of citizens by depriving police officers of important due process protections. The Rev. Dr. S. Todd Yeary, political action chair for the Maryland state conference NAACP, turned the second class citizen argument around on the opposition during the House hearing.“That’s exactly what LEOBR is,” said Yeary. “It is a statutory provision that allows for a distinction in the treatment and protection of safeguards because they are law enforcement officers. It is incumbent upon this body who gave them that cover, to make sure that cover [is] used properly and, where it is necessary, make the appropriate revisions to protect the rights of the citizens that these law enforcement officers are given the authority, and are sworn, to protect.”David Rocah, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Maryland, also addressed the second-class citizen argument while simultaneously pointing out that the protections provided by the LEOBR are on par with protections afforded other public employees by state law.  “I have heard opposition to this bill saying that police officers would be treated less favorably, if these changes were made, than would other employees or would citizens, and frankly nothing could be further from the truth,” said Rocah. “Even with the changes in this bill, police officers would be treated more favorably, and would have more due process rights than any other state employee, for example.”Rocah then pointed the House Judiciary Committee members towards the specific Maryland law governing the rights of most public employees and noted that the proposed reforms would bring law enforcement officers rights more in line with what other public employees receive.A tact that has often emerged among legislators opposed to reforming the officers’ bill of rights has been to ask whether these reforms are really necessary statewide, or whether they address a problem that has largely been confined to Baltimore City.  Former Del. Aisha Braveboy, who testified in support of House Bill 966, pointed out that delegates often hear testimony on bills not directly relevant to their home district, but that this does not mean those bills are not important.Dr. Kirkland Hall, former president of the Somerset County NAACP, also addressed the ‘just Baltimore City’ argument, saying, “This problem is not a big city problem. It’s not just a Baltimore City problem. Well I’m here from rural Somerset County to tell you that it is a problem we all face across America.”The adjustments made by supporters of House Bill 966 stood in contrast to the familiar arguments made by opponents to the bill, but the tone at both the Senate and House hearings strongly indicate that opponents are running in the lead on this issue, requiring less rhetorical maneuvering on their part.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more


The Way of the Webinar

first_img 2 min read Enroll Now for Free November 13, 2009 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This story appears in the December 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Mary Schaeffer’s business specializes in accounts payable information for businesses–and she realizes it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.”It’s not exactly the most fascinating thing in the world,” Schaeffer says. However, her company, Accounts Payable Now & Tomorrow of Newark, Del., has produced more than 100 educational webinars over the past four years, attracting thousands of attendees at $179 a pop–making this vehicle an important revenue stream to accompany her newsletter, consulting and other business lines.For Schaeffer, the key to successful webinars boils down to topic, title, speaker and technology. Dave Will agrees. The founder of Peach New Media in Boston gives these tips to produce better webinars.Start strong. “A common mistake is that people meander into the event,” Will says. “You need to think of this as a Broadway production–the curtains open and you give people an introduction to your company.” Instead of kicking off with a weak “well, let’s get started,” dive right into your most interesting material.Make it visual. Don’t overwhelm your audience with too many text slides. Instead, minimize the number of words and rely on photos, video and other interesting visuals to support the speaker.Poll your audience. Asking poll questions throughout the webinar keeps your audience engaged and can give speakers valuable insight, sometimes allowing them to tailor content and make the webinar more relevant to the audience in attendance.Schaeffer emphasizes the importance of having an easy-to-use webinar service, because those that are difficult to access can create a flood of phone calls and loss of attendees. That may include services like Will’s, which produce every aspect of the webinar, or direct-access services such as or read more

TA tells China Theres nothing Like Australia

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J. Moving forward with plans to tap into the Asian Century, Tourism Australia launched the next phase of its ‘There’s nothing like Australia’ campaign in China.The Group’s managing director Andrew McEvoy travelled into Shanghai for the launch late last week alongside a delegation from Tourism Australia with the hopes to build tourism from one of the fastest growing travel markets, News, reported. The campaign will take on a social media approach, driving fans to the tourist bureau’s Facebook page, which last week reached up to three million fans.The campaign will also feature a “broadcast film” showcasing Australia’s “best and brightest” as well as introducing Tourism Australia’s new mobile application that allows users to make direct bookings.  “The big thing about this campaign is it is the most integrated campaign in partnership with state and territory tourism authorities that we have ever done,” Mr McEvoy said.”The app is quite significant. It’s a first generation app which takes the consumer from the inspiration of a good old-fashioned ad they will be motivated then make it more tangible for them to book a trip to Australia.”last_img read more


Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling It almost reads like a multiple choice question gone awry… Question: In Week 11, the Atlanta Falcons defeated the AZ Cardinals after the Falcons allowed which of the following to occur: A) A half-dozen turnovers, including 5 INT’s by Matt RyanB) Getting boo’ed at home (dome-not-so-sweet-dome)C) Allowing LaRod Stephens-Howling to rush for 127 yds (career high)D) Sleepwalking thru the first quarterE) All of the above And if you don’t make plays? Effective immediately, it doesn’t matter if you’re a 5-time Pro Bowler (Adrian Wilson) or the starting quarterback (John Skelton), the gauge has reached zero-tolerance. “The message this week was that we were going to make changes at different positions and the quarterback isn’t exempt from that,” Ken Whisenhunt replied when I asked him what prompted replacing John Skelton with rookie Ryan Lindley. “If they’re not making enough plays to win then you have to look and see if the next guy can do that…we had some throws early in the game we missed.” In fact, in baseball terms, this latest Cards loss is akin to an at-bat where you strike out swinging…after hitting 5 long drives – foul. “It really is a game that we should’ve won. There are some games where you say you should’ve won and other games where hands down, no question everyone in the locker room and everyone in the stadium knows you should’ve won that game,” Acho said. “That’s the toughest part about games like that.” Then I suppose this wouldn’t be a good time to mention to Cards defenders that Matt Ryan just became the first quarterback since Green Bay’s Bart Starr in 1967 to win a game despite throwing five interceptions and no touchdowns, according to Stats LLC. Considering that each of the multiple choice options actually took place during a 23-19 win by the Falcons, the correct answer is indeed “all of the above.” “We knew he’d throw us the ball, so it was up to us to just make the plays and make the catches. And we did,” Sam Acho said about Matt Ryan during our Cardinals radio network postgame interview on Arizona Sports 620. “Unfortunately, we were one stop too short.” Indeed, the Cards defense held the Falcons offense to just a single touchdown. Stating the ultra-obvious, the Big Red D played well enough to win. And the Cards offense left Atlanta with almost a guilty look on its face. “It’s terrible because of the job that the defense did. On offense, we need to score more points and help them out,” LaRod Stephens-Howling bottom-lined after a career-high rushing effort. The game plan called for the Cards to pump the A-B-S (brakes) in the A-T-L and bring the skidding to a halt. Thing is, that’s getting tougher as it’s a moving target right now. “We ran the ball well today, didn’t throw it. Last game, we threw the ball well, but didn’t run it,” head coach Ken Whisenhunt told me after the game. “We have to get a mix where we can do both of them well and move the ball well and make plays.” “We were kind of sleepwalking thru the first quarter of the football game,” Falcons head coach Mike Smith stated. “It shows our resiliency, that’s what it shows. We’re a very resilient football team that is going to find different ways to win.” Well, the Cards sixth straight loss was, uh, different alright. As in – all of the above. – / 18 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


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