Mercator Limited Sells Two Panamax Bulkers

first_imgzoom Mumbai-based company Mercator Limited has decided to sell two of its Panamax bulk carriers for a total of USD 13.2 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.The 2006-built bulkers, with around 82,400 dwt, were sold to an undisclosed Chinese shipowner for USD 6.6 million each.Sri Prem Varsha and Sri Prem Vidya, featuring a length of 229 meters and a width of 32.3 meters, were built by Japan’s shipbuilder Tsuneishi Zosen.With a capacity of 97,000 m3, the vessels’ market value stands at USD 9.2 million a piece, VesselsValue data shows.The 10-year-old bulkers were a part of Merkator Ltd’s fleet of 12 vessels, five of which were bulk carriers.In late September 2016, the company sold its 74,400 dwt Panamax bulker Garv Prem through an auction procedure. VesselsValue informed that the ship, which was laid up since March 2016, was sold for USD 4 million.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Advantage Tankers Linked to FiveShip Purchase

first_imgzoom The Marshall Islands-based holding company Advantage Tankers has allegedly bought five MR1 tankers from Cyprus-based shipping company Interorient, VesselsValue’s data shows.The ships in question are Baltic Marshall, Baltic Merchant, Baltic Ambition, Baltic Faith and Baltic Force. They were reportedly sold in an en bloc transaction for USD 12 million each on May 12.All of the five chemical/product tankers fly the flag of Hong Kong and were built at South Korean Hyundai Mipo shipyard in 2006.With a deadweight of around 37,000 tons, each of the ships has a length of 183 meters and a width of 27 meters.World Maritime News contacted Advantage Tankers and Interorient for more details on the matter, however, the companies are yet to reply.With the newest addition, Advantage Tankers makes an entry into the product tanker segment. Currently, the company has a fleet of eleven tankers comprising five Aframaxes and six Suezmaxes.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Scorpio Bulkers Adds USD 34 Million to Loan Tally

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Monaco-based bulker owner and operator Scorpio Bulkers is pushing ahead with its fleet refinancing efforts having secured a commitment from an unnamed European financial institution for a loan facility of up to USD 34 million. The loan facility will be used to finance up to 62.5 pct of the fair market value of two Kamsarmaxes, SBI Jive and SBI Swing.The loan, which is expected to close within the third quarter of 2018, will be comprised of a term loan up to USD 17 million and a revolver up to USD 17 million, Scorpio said.It a final maturity date of seven years from signing date and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin of 2.35% per annum.The loan is expected to increase the company’s liquidity by approximately USD 10 million after repayment of the vessels’ existing debt.The latest deal comes just a month after Scorpio received a commitment for a loan facility of up to USD 184 million.The loan, secured from Nordea AB and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB, will be used to finance six Ultramaxes.The company has been on a major capital raising camping over the recent period which also included inking a loan of USD 60 million in July and USD 30 million in June 2018 for vessel refinancing.last_img read more

Trump unhappy with special counsels comments on obstruction

first_imgWashington: President Donald Trump angrily assailed special counsel Robert Mueller’s motives on Thursday, a day after Mueller bluntly rebuffed Trump’s repeated claims that the Russia investigation had cleared him of obstructing justice. The president also offered mixed messages on Russia’s efforts to help him defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign. Early in the day, Trump tweeted he had “nothing to do with Russia helping me get elected.” That was the first time he seemed to acknowledge that Russia tried to help his campaign. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ Then on the White House South Lawn, Trump told reporters: “Russia did not help me get elected. You know who got me elected? You know who got me elected? I got me elected. Russia didn’t help me at all.” Mueller’s report said Russia interfered in the election in hopes of getting Trump elected, but his findings and intelligence officials have stopped short of saying the efforts contributed to Trump’s victory. Trump’s 20-minute eruption underscored that he remains deeply distressed over the probe that has shadowed his presidency for nearly two years, even after Mueller announced his resignation and the closure of his office. Democrats are mulling the possibility of impeachment proceedings. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China Trump insisted that he’s been tough on Russia and that Moscow would have preferred Clinton as president. But that’s not what Russian President Vladimir Putin has said. When asked last year in Helsinki whether he wanted Trump to become president, Putin replied: “Yes, I did.” On Wednesday, Mueller, in his first public remarks on the Russia investigation, pointedly rejected Trump’s claims repeated almost daily that the special counsel’s investigation cleared him of criminal activity and was a “witch hunt.” Mueller emphasised that he had not exonerated Trump on the question of whether he obstructed justice, but said charging Trump with any crime was “not an option” because of Justice Department rules. “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller declared. Attorney General William Barr, however, said Mueller could have reached a decision on whether Trump obstructed justice. Barr said in an interview with “CBS This Morning” that though Justice Department rules prevent the indictment of a sitting president, Mueller nonetheless could have decided whether Trump had committed a crime. Trump repeated his baseless claims that Mueller is “conflicted,” contending that Mueller, who served as FBI director under President George W. Bush, wanted his old job back, but that he had told him no. He said Mueller, a Republican, was “a true never Trumper” and “didn’t get a job that he wanted very badly.” Mueller had been considered for the FBI director position shortly before being named as special counsel. But then-White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has said that while the White House had invited Mueller to speak to the president about the FBI and thought about asking him to become director again, Mueller did not come in looking for a job. Trump also said Mueller should have investigated law enforcement officials who the president claims tried to undermine him. Mueller’s mandate, however, was to investigate Russian election interference, possible coordination with the Trump campaign and any obstruction of that investigation. Among those whom Trump says Mueller should have investigated were members of the special counsel’s own team, including Peter Strzok, a former FBI agent who helped lead the investigation and exchanged anti-Trump text messages during the 2016 election with ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page. Strzok was removed from Mueller’s investigative team following the discovery of the texts and later was fired from the FBI. Page has left the bureau. Strzok told Congress that there was “no conspiracy” at the FBI to prevent Trump from becoming president. Trump, asked about impeachment by Congress, called it a “dirty word” and said he couldn’t imagine the courts allowing him to be impeached. “I don’t think so because there’s no crime,” he said. Mueller made clear that his team never considered indicting Trump because the Justice Department prohibits the prosecution of a sitting president. He and others have indicated that the next move, if any, is up to Congress, which has the power of impeachment. Trump has blocked House committees’ subpoenas and other efforts to dig into the Trump-Russia issue, insisting Mueller’s report has settled everything.last_img read more

Argument of fair play

first_imgAttracting tumultuous response from parties over its recent exploits, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has been proactively exercising authority as the custodian of elections. With the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) in effect with the upcoming elections, there have been several infringements forcing ECI to advocate norms and act accordingly. Naturally, it is the duty of ECI as a custodian to safeguard elections and maintain a free and fair environment so that the sanctity of the electoral process is not jeopardised under any circumstance. With ECI, the sense of autonomy that we presume it exercises has been at par with the judiciary, especially in recent past where other institutions have been subverted. And, since ECI is the referee to the contest, it invariably enjoys the highest respect from voters and parties alike. Now, while ECI has issued notices to those flouting rules, acted vehemently and authoritatively owing to its strong policy of ensuring the electoral process’ sanctity, it has attracted criticism as well as applause for its decisions. Enforcing MCC, ECI has been vocal on issues where it identified any violation, appropriately responding to letters complaining of violations, to maintain a level playing field. While a lot of criticism has been directed by the opposition parties over Modi’s biopic which is, as of now, scheduled to release on April 11 which also happens to be the first day of polling in the Lok Sabha elections 2019. Putting aside the astonishing coincidence of the biopic’s release and polling season, ECI did not raise objections over this and further left the decision of film’s release on Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). CBFC gave the nod and the film shall release on April 11 unless the Supreme Court says otherwise in a hearing today after a Congress worker filed a plea demanding a delay to its release claiming that it disturbs the level-playing field for other candidates in the fray. ECI has reserved its response and will make a decision after evaluating the developments in the apex court. ECI, while ambiguous in the biopic issue, expeditiously transferred four top cops of West Bengal and replaced Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary on Friday apart from sounding a cautionary note to UP CM Yogi and NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar for their violation of MCC norms. While Mamata and Naidu grew livid over ECI’s decision, demanding an explanation for the same, Yogi and Rajiv Kumar were reminded of their “oops” moment. Having been posted just two months ago, Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma along with three other cops were transferred in an urgent notice to the state’s chief secretary in which they were also barred from poll duty. With no explanation cited, as expected, speculation spread wide whether it was done because Anuj Sharma was considered as a close aide of Mamata. Meanwhile, down south, Chandrababu Naidu grew anxious over the fact that first a district Collector was transferred, then the Intelligence DG and two district SPs, and now the Chief Secretary. ECI further directed that outgoing Chief Secretary Anil Chandra Punetha be posted to a non-election post. ECI’s decision to transfer Punetha comes right after he had filed a writ petition in the Andhra Pradesh High Court on March 27 challenging the ECI order, transferring the Director General of Intelligence AB Venkateswara Rao. He contended that the EC did not have any “untrammelled powers” to interfere with the course of administration that is unconnected to polling. Yet, ECI, bypassing the jurisdiction argument and unmoved by Punetha’s petition which was rejected by the High Court, transferred him as well. Also Read – A compounding difficultyWhile ECI rocked Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal with unexplained transfers, its soft approach towards UP CM and NITI Aayog vice-chairman confuses the public over its intentions. ECI’s apprehensions that these civil servants might influence the polls in any manner (evident from the fact that these transferred officers are barred from poll duty) might be a probable justification of its surprise orders and hence, gives them the benefit of the doubt to not allow even an iota of suspicion to exist when it comes to polling. However, approaching the UP CM Yogi Adityanath with just a cautionary note asking him to be careful next time and conveying just “displeasure” while expecting NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar to “exercise caution in future” reverses ECI’s stance over its apprehensions. If on one hand, ECI contended civil servants as dubious and hence transferred them, then on other it could only express displeasure over serious flout of MCC. In public interest, ECI’s preferential treatment invites abject criticism of double standards. To add to this, ECI’s response on Namo TV – which also seemingly violates MCC owing to promoting events related to Modi being broadcasted 24 hours on it – is awaited. Elections are just around the corner and ECI must justify its decisions or the public faith might falter. If the one tasked with maintaining fair play is unfair, then how fair is the play after all?last_img read more

Light Earthquake Hits Nador in Northeastern Morocco

Rabat – A tremor registering 4.6 on the Richter scale struck the northeast coastal region of Nador on Saturday morning.The National Institute of Geophysics recorded the tremor as happening at 11:42 a.m., and stated its epicentre was 117km northeast of the city, offshore.The tremor is the second of such magnitude in a week. Another ‘light’ earthquake registering 4.5 on the Richter scale was recorded in Figuig early Wednesday morning. The Richter scale ranges between ‘Micro’ (1.0), to ‘Great’ (above 9.0). Tremors with magnitudes of 4.0-4.9 are considered ‘light’, with an obvious shaking of objects indoors. read more

As winters rigours descend on Gaza UN calls on Israel yet again

“The winter will be particularly hard on the children of Gaza, whose capacity to withstand the rigours of a cold, wet winter has already been severely undermined by a marked deterioration of basic services and descent into poverty,” the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Maxwell Gaylard, said in a news release, the latest of countless UN appeals to reopen the crossings since Israel’s three-week war against Hamas last winter.“With winter rains and cold weather now imminent, the people of Gaza are even more desperately in need of construction materials such as cement, roofing tiles and glass to build and repair homes destroyed and damaged in the Israeli military offensive of 2008-2009, as well as of regular supplies of fuel, electricity and clean water.”More than two years of blockade since Hamas seized control of Gaza coupled with widespread destruction resulting from the war have caused severe damage to the homes, roads and utilities, including tens of thousands of homes damaged or destroyed, deterioration and further damage to already fragile and overloaded water, sanitation and electricity distribution networks, and a marked fall-off in the quality of essential services, the release said.“Intensive discussions which the United Nations has conducted with the Government of Israel for the resumption of suspended building projects, which would provide much-needed housing and social services for the people of Gaza, have not yet yielded any positive outcome,” it added.Nearly 1,400 Gazans were killed and more than 5,000 injured during the three-week offensive, which Israel says it launched to stop thousands of rockets fired by Hamas and other Palestinian militants into southern Israel.The fighting left communities, families and children fearful and traumatized, many of them living in ruins, virtually destitute, and relying increasingly on the UN and its humanitarian partners for daily sustenance. Over 3,530 homes were destroyed, more than 2,850 severely damaged and 52,900 suffering minor damage. Without repair, winter winds and rain will render damaged homes uninhabitable, the release warned.Mr. Gaylard and the NGOs called on the Israeli Government to allow in urgently-needed construction and repair materials, adequate supplies of industrial fuel for electricity generation, and essential items for the proper functioning of water and sanitation systems.“The people of Gaza share with everyone else the right to dignified lives, free of indiscriminate and prolonged suffering. They should not be subjected to this continuation of collective punishment brought on by the blockade, Mr. Gaylard said. 9 November 2009The United Nations and its non-governmental organization (NGO) partners today called yet again on Israel to immediately open crossings into the Gaza Strip to give Palestinians access to desperately needed materials, especially in view of the coming winter and rainy season. read more

Seven students of Kelaniya University arrested for ragging remanded

Seven students of the University of Kelaniya who were arrested for allegedly ragging another student, have been remanded till May 17.The Mahara Magistrate remanded the students when they were presented in court today. Among the students arrested are four female students. The students were arrested after a female student made a complaint stating that she was ragged. (Colombo Gazette)

UN tells Ireland to ban smacking children

first_imgTHE UN HAS told Ireland to ban smacking children.The international body’s Human Rights Committee yesterday released a hard-hitting, eight-page document of “concluding observations” which also criticise Ireland’s handling of the symphysiotomy controversy and lack of progress investigating the institutional abuse of women and children in mother-and-baby homes as well as abortion.In their recommendations on children, the UNHRC says:“The State party should take appropriate steps, including the adoption of suitable legislation, to put an end to corporal punishment in all settings.It should encourage non-violent forms of discipline as alternatives to corporal punishment, and conduct public information campaigns to raise awareness about its harmful effects.The recommendations have been welcomed by the Children’s Rights Alliance, who have long called for an outright ban on smacking.“The UN Human Rights Committee has called on Ireland to ban hitting children in all settings,” said Tanya Ward of the Children’s Rights Alliance.“A ban would change attitudes and reduce abuse levels overall. It’s about time that we took action to protect children from all forms of violence. The Committee also called on the Government to encourage non-violent forms of discipline and to conduct information campaigns to raise awareness about its harmful effects.“Once again, the committee has criticised the lack of access to secular education in Ireland for children of minority faith or non-faith families. They recommend that the Government legislate against discrimination in access to schools on the grounds of religion or belief and increase the number of diverse schools and curriculum.”Read: UN: Ireland must take action to decriminalise abortionRead: UN tells Ireland to open an investigation into symphysiotomylast_img read more

Crash Bandicoot and Wolfenstein II Are Very Different Nintendo Switch Ports

first_imgStay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President The relationship between Nintendo and third-party publishers, Western third-party publishers in particular, is long and fraught. There’s a reputation that Nintendo’s systems are only good for playing Nintendo’s games, and that’s not based on nothing. Whether it’s hardware power deficits, lingering resentment over Nintendo’s dictatorial approach to licensing in the NES days, or knowing your mediocre mascot platformer just won’t sell as well on a system with actual Mario games on it, Nintendo and third parties are often frenemies as best.But the Nintendo Switch has clearly been successful enough that we’re once again in a period where third parties give it another go on a Nintendo System. And not just the indie games that have flocked to Switch online eShop but honest-to-Grodd big publisher retail releases. Outside of Dark Souls and Dragon Ball FighterZ, E3 2018 was a bit light on huge third party Switch announcements. But right after the show two exciting, surprising, and very different third party Switch ports actually came out: Crash Bandicoot The N. Sane Trilogy and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.It’s surprising because these are two franchises, for their own reasons, we just haven’t expected to see on a Nintendo system anytime soon. The first three Crash Bandicoot games were published by Sony on the original PlayStation. They were the closest thing the system had to a Mario-level mascot and even gave gamers a (sort of) 3D platformer before Super Mario 64. They were developed by Naughty Dog, who even included the first level in a little game of theirs called Uncharted 4. Later games showed up on other platforms once Activision bought the IP, but Crash Bandicoot and its first two sequels could not be more PlayStation. So seeing them on Nintendo Switch is as weird to think about as the Nintendo PlayStation.Bethesda already primed us for Wolfenstein II on Switch by releasing fellow hyper-violent iD-revival first-person shooter Doom on the system last year. But it’s still a shock using Mario-colored Joy-Con to mow down Nazis in America with a machine gun or hack them to pieces with a hatchet. It’s also strange playing a sequel on a platform that doesn’t have a version of the original, especially since the plot plays a pivotal role in what is still an astonishingly thoughtful, somberly written, and legitimately mature take on “Hitler is directing propaganda movies on Venus.”Also surprising is that both Crash and Wolfenstein are ports of 2017, AAA, current-gen games, which is impressive considering you’re playing them on a much more modest portable machine. Obviously there are visual drawbacks. Wolfenstein II maintains its framerate by lowering its resolution in a way that adds almost era-appropriate grindhouse movie blur. But even as someone who has played better-looking versions of both of these games, the visuals on Switch still absolutely hold up. It’s disgusting how beautiful Vicarious Visions’ reimaginings of Crash Bandicoot’s boxy polygonal PS1 worlds are, considering how bad those games actually are removed from 90s nostalgia.If you’re wondering why I slipped in that last take there it’s because ultimately these are the same games they already were when it comes to subjective quality. Playing them on the Nintendo Switch may incidentally enhance some aspects. Awkwardly jumping through Crash Bandicoot’s barely 3D hallways works pretty well in short portable bursts. And I really enjoyed detonating a nuclear bomb in an American town that embraced fascism while taking a train running on time near the Fourth of July. But the bulk of the experience is uncharged, which is impressive in and of itself on Switch.Gameplay revolving around slaughtering Nazis as a headless freedom fighter and running around jungles as a furry animal, respectively, make Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Crash Bandicoot: The N. Sane Trilogy two very different games with different audiences. But they are now both examples of how great Nintendo Switch ports of modern third party games can be when developers, you know, make them.Buy it now!Wolfenstein II: The New ColossusCrash Bandicoot The N. Sane TrilogyNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

The Man With the Golden Liver James Bond Definitely Has a Drinking

first_imgStay on target ‘Bond 25’ Becomes ‘No Time To Die’Watch: ‘Bond 25’ Film First Look Teases New 007-Themed Adventure James Bond is many things: spy, detective, womanizer, assassin, and, according to a new study, an alcoholic.Researchers at the University of Otago in New Zealand this week revealed that the fictional British secret service agent has a “severe” alcohol use disorder.It doesn’t take a government operative to know that Bond has a tendency toward a tipple. But the team’s deep analysis of 24 films produced between 1962 and 2015 (i.e. endless movie night) certainly highlights the protagonist’s six-decade-long addiction.Despite his preference for martinis (shaken, not stirred), researchers confirmed that Bond will consume any available alcoholic beverage—from neat vodka to champagne, and even the occasional beer.“I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold, and very well-made,” the character tells friend Felix Leiter in “Casino Royale,” Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel, published in 1953.No judgements here.Except for the fact that 007 regularly engages in hazardous activities while under the influence.“Chronic risks include frequently drinking prior to flights, driving vehicles (including in chases), high stakes gambling, operating complex machinery or devices, contact with dangerous animals [a snake, scorpion, and komodo dragon], extreme athletic performance, and sex with enemies, sometimes with guns or knives in the bed,” lead study author Nick Wilson said in a statement.In 1962’s Dr. No, Bond boozes it up before operating nuclear power plant machinery, destroying a space complex, killing Dr. No, rescuing Honey Ryder, and escaping Crab Key island.I’m not sure whether to be impressed or appalled.Even more troubling, though, are the character’s binges, in which he devours more alcohol than should be humanly possible.One bender involves six “Vespers,” Bond’s signature gin-and-vodka-based cocktail: This equates to 24 units of alcohol, which could produce a blood-alcohol level well into the known fatal range.That’s nothing, though, compared to the 50 units he drinks in one day—”a level of consumption which would kill nearly everyone,” Wilson said.An intervention is long overdue.The study won joint first prize in the Medical Journal of Australia‘s 2018 Christmas competition.Wilson and co-author Anne Tucker previously investigated Bond’s smoking habits.More on Reveals James Bond Aston Martin DB5Buy This Comic! James Bond: MoneypennyAll of James Bond’s Cars in One Awesome Infographiclast_img read more

NYC to open worlds biggest ChickfilA

first_img(WSVN) – New York City is set to become home to the biggest Chick-fil-A restaurant in the world.The company’s third NYC location is expected to take up 12,000 square feet and be five stories high.It will also include floor-to-ceiling windows and rooftop seating with views of the Freedom Tower.Doors are expected to open early next year.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Alejandro Escovedo On New York Lou Reed David Bowie More

first_img Email On the brink of his May residency in NYC’s East Village, Escovedo talks songwriting, future plans, and how “Velvet Underground stole my whole consciousness”Nate HertweckGRAMMYs May 2, 2018 – 6:09 pm Tonight in New York’s East Village, acclaimed songwriter Alejandro Escovedo begins his May residency with the first of five shows in the neighborhood. The gritty, vibrant streets exploding with character and nuance suit his music perfectly. I tracked him down during rehearsal at the Bowery Electric, just a few doors down from where CBGB once stood, to ask him about his New York heroes, the making of his latest masterpiece Burn Something Beautiful, and what surprises he’s got in store for his May residency.”I lived right around the corner,” says Escovedo, reflecting on the East Village vibe. “I used to watch the Cramps cross the street every day to go to breakfast, which was at two in the afternoon, and they were amazing, it was just like this movie that opened up in front of you that was incredible. I just have so many memories here, and every time I come back I gravitate to the Lower East Side.”On this particular return to NYC, Escovedo has mapped out an ambitious month-long residency exploring a variety of formats and incorporating a fascinating list of guests such as singer/songwriter and musical historian Richard Barone, Nuggets collection compiler and Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye, and New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain. The residency kicks off with a show at Coney Island Baby on May 2 and closes with a special all-star band at Bowery Electric on May 30.”Back in Austin at the Continental Club, I would do residencies. I would always do something different, whether it was acoustic or feedback with strings,” says Escovedo. “The idea came to do one here when Jesse [Malin] and I were playing a lot of gigs together … I love the intimacy of these places, and I thought this would be a great place to do something like that. … I thought, ‘Well, let’s make every week a little different.'””We’re going to pick the songs together,” says Barone, who works and performs with Escovedo often. “We’ll be using our own songs with songs by artists we admire to tell our stories. It’s a biographical show … I’m going to do one of Alejandro’s songs that I always loved because I think it talks about both of us … it really tells our story.” Alejandro Escovedo and Richard BaronePhoto: Nancy Rankin Escovedo”Richard and I have always had that connection,” Escovedo says, talking about his mutual admiration for Barone, his long history with each special guest and teasing the residency’s finale with a knowing smile. His ambition harkens back to how the city of New York originally grabbed his heart.”When I was a kid in high school and that first Velvet Underground album came out, in our little town, Huntington Beach, California, you could go to any party amongst our group of friends and that record was playing, and we’d listen to it from the very beginning to the very end,” says Escovedo. “Growing up, my friends all wanted to travel to Europe … [but] I wanted to go to New York because the Velvet Underground was from New York.”Lou Reed’s influence on Escovedo’s work is clear, yet never feels imitative. As Barone puts it, “There’s a Lou Reed song for every emotion.” He and Escovedo produced a remarkable tribute to Reed during SXSW 2014 following his death.”There’s something about the way Lou Reed wrote about New York and what I was feeling at the time that made me want to experience that more than I wanted to experience the hippie thing that was happening in California,” says Escovedo. “That’s not to say I didn’t have interest in Buffalo Springfield and Love and all those bands. I did, but the Velvet Underground totally stole my whole consciousness.”Escovedo finally made it to New York in 1978 with his band the Nuns after they opened for the Sex Pistols’ historic last show at Winterland in San Francisco. His arrival in New York was, well, epic.”We had the consummate New York experience. We lived in the Chelsea hotel,” he says. “One of the first nights we were here I sat at a table with Deborah Harry, all of Blondie, the Nuns, Andy Warhol, [photographer] Francesco Scavullo, and George Clinton. We watched the Heartbreakers play at Max’s Kansas City. And that was kind of the beginning. Our first gig was at CBGBs — there’s David Byrne, there’s David Johansen. Everybody was there.”This punk-rock sentiment manifests itself in Escovedo’s songs even today — however, in a way that feels fresh as opposed to nostalgic. Case in point, his song “Johnny Volume” has a foot firmly planted in East Village legacy, but the other kicks forward with lyrics like, “I’m going down to Max’s, Fender Twin on 10/ I’m going back to St. Mark’s Place, start all over again.””I wrote it in Portland,” says Escovedo. “It was actually Scott’s initial song idea, and then we completed it. It’s about Johnny Thunders coming back and wanting to get it right this time — not that he got it wrong, but he wanted another shot at it. ‘I’m feeling so better/ It’s time to make amends,’ and ‘if you see me on the corner, I’m waiting on a friend’ was a reference to the Stones video we all saw [that was filmed] in the East Village.””Johnny Volume” is a live-wired cut from Escovedo’s latest album, 2016’s Burn Something Beautiful, which offers an exhibition in rock songwriting, production and arrangement. The album was produced by former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck and his Pacific Northwest-based partner in crime, bassist Scott McCaughey.”When I made Burn Something Beautiful,” says Escovedo, “I think I got back to where my heart really was with rock and roll, and I think I needed Scott and Peter to do that, and all the musicians who played on that record. … It was liberating.”Escovedo also talks with reverence and candor about his experience working with legendary producer Tony Visconti on his three albums prior to Burn Something Beautiful. Visconti is best known for his work with the incomparable David Bowie, one of Escovedo’s heroes.”[Bowie] passed away on my birthday,” he says. “David had been a major, major influence on me. Not only did he teach me about music, he taught me about art, and books, and theatre, and cinema, and mime, and Buddhism, and [he] taught us how to dress, [and] also how to be a man in a different way. He suddenly opened a door to a world that made it okay to be flamboyant, to be an actor in a way.”With equal parts imagination from Bowie and storytelling from Reed, Escovedo says his songwriting process is all about honesty and imagery.”This last record that I just finished, which is a concept record, it’s telling a story and so people say, ‘Well, the verses don’t rhyme,’ and then I go back and I listen to Lou — he’s telling a story,” says Escovedo. “The images are more important than whether the meter is correct in a poetic sense or lyrical sense. It’s more about the impact of the words and the story and the images that he creates.”I really don’t worry about the craft as much as I worry about making sure that I’m honest about what I’m trying to say and true to what I’m trying to say and not being pretentious in any way.””What sets [Escovedo] apart is how he continues to grow as an artist without losing track of his core musical identity,” says Barone. “He experiments … but it never loses that ethos of the punk era.”Looking forward, Escovedo says he’s writing a book with San Antonio-based author John Phillip Santos, telling his story in what he calls a “mythical memoir.” But he isn’t done making music yet.”I’m going to make another record with Peter and Scott, then I’m making a record of duets, and then I want to make one final record really encompassing the grandness of strings with distortion, almost like orchestrated metal machine music,” Escovedo says. “Then I think it’s time to put my feet up for a little bit. I travel hard and I’ve battled illnesses and whatnot, so it’s time to enjoy the fresh air.”As he runs through a career-spanning set during rehearsal the day before the first show of his May residency in the East Village, Escovedo couldn’t be more relaxed. He stops a song here and there to point out a string line for the guitar player to cover or to lock in a harmony part with his background vocalists, but you get the sense Escovedo is very comfortable yielding to the energy of rock and roll and putting faith in the musicians around him. He asks the band what song is next, they all casually call him “Al,” and his wife Nancy hangs out close by with their pup, Suki. From California to New York, Austin, Texas, and back again — for all of Escovedo’s travels — rock and roll is his true home.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook Alejandro Escovedo On New York, Lou Reed, David Bowie & More center_img Twitter Alejandro Escovedo’s Rock & Roll Return To NYC alejandro-escovedo-new-york-lou-reed-david-bowie-more News last_img read more

Challans issued to private buses for sound pollution

first_imgHyderabad: To make Hyderabad horn free city, the Malakpet Traffic police conducted special drive on Wednesday and issued challans on private buses who installed multi horn in their vehicles. The drive conducted on the Malakpet and Chaderghat main road.last_img

Darjeeling club bags trophy on occasion of World Cup finals

first_imgDarjeeling: Even before the biggest soccer battle took to the ground in Russia, miles away, the World Cup was handed over to Bara Kakjhora United Club in Darjeeling on Sunday afternoon.As part of the “Darjeeling World Cup Town 2018,” Darjeeling North Point School Alumni Association (DNPSAA) had announced that a World Cup replica would be handed over to the best decorated area of the town on the day of the finals.”Places like Aloobari, J P Sharma Path (Pachpan Hatta), Employment Exchange area, Nimki Dara and others were well decorated. However, Bara Kak Jhora was not just decorated well but was done with a purpose. The uniqueness lay in the informative flexes that were put up,” stated Deven Gurung, President of the DNPSAA. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe detailed history of the world cup including winners over the years; pictures and history of legendary football players; a special display of Sunil Chettri for his achievement in the intercontinental cup, matching the 64 international goals to that of Messi.”However, the most touching display was on the legendary players of Darjeeling titled – 60’s legendary players of Darjeeling. They had put up photographs of famous players like Chandan Singh Raut, Benu Subba, Avay Gurung, Krish Dewan, Raju Rai, Kapil Thapa, Shyam Thapa and others. Thus, we zeroed in on Bara Kakjhora United Club (BKUC),” stated Gurung. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe world cup replica was handed over to members of the BKUC in Darjeeling.”It’s our honest endeavor to educate Gen Y in Darjeeling about Darjeeling’s rich football past. This land has created legends. The youth have heard of Messi but not of local legends. It is our effort to revive the rich football past by promoting local football,” stated Yogesh Bomzan, member of the BKUC.DNPSAA had organised the event “Darjeeling the World Cup Town 2018,” to raise funds for the outreach program Fr Van Memorial Clinic on wheels.It was just a one-day event on 2nd June 2018.The event was very successful with thousands of people participating in the football parade followed by a variety entertainment programmes at Chowrasta.The Clinic on Wheels will provide medical facilities in far flung areas, catering specially to the marginalised section of society.last_img read more

The Unknown Gold

first_imgOlive oil is the liquid goodness we reap from the olive. This tree crop is mostly found in the Mediterranean Basin and has a lot to offer to humankind. We use it in the kitchen, on our bodies, furniture and so many other places. Olive oil’s health benefits are commonly known but the interesting and gripping history behind it is rarely spoken about. Of the many theories behind the evolution of olive oil, two of the most interesting are: The Big Fat Greek Theory Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAthens is named for the Goddess Athena who brought the olive to the Greeks as a gift. Zeus had promised to give Attica to the god or goddess who made the most useful invention. Athena’s gift of the olive, useful for light, heat, food, medicine and perfume was looked greatly upon. Athena planted the original olive tree on a rocky hill that we know today as the Acropolis. The olive tree that grows there today is said to have come from the roots of the original tree. Homer, the Greek poet called it ‘liquid gold.’ Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveLight of JewsOlive oil lamp is the kind of lighting that was used in the Holy-land 2,000 years ago. It is the oil that was used in the Temple Menorah during both the first and the second Temple in Jerusalem. It was the oil that brought about the miracle of Hanukkah during the time of the Maccabees – over 150 years before Jesus was born and the oil that Jesus studied the Holy Scriptures by, in his childhood home in Nazareth.In Greece, they rubbed their bodies with this oil and it’s glow has illuminated it’s rich history, also the tree has been blessed with something close to immortality. They grow proud and strong no matter what harsh weather mother nature puts them through. This adds to it’s popularity , making it a household item. The benefits of olive oil are innumerable. From curing cancer cells to aiding hair growth to moisturizing the skin to removing the dirt from tiny nails. But an underrated concept of olive oil is its role in art. The main reason it is used for art is because Olive oil burns cleanly, without smoking. It doesn’t spread toxic hydro-carbons into the air. It is inexpensive and plentiful and a renewable lamp fuel. Instead of spending a fortune on decoration, using the bottle that contains the liquid gold is way more convenient. Olive Oil LampUsing pliers cut a 15 inch length of wire. Roll one end of the wire tightly around the nose of the pliers 4 to 6 times. Move to the other end of the wire and wrap a circle that will fit into the bottom of the jar that you’ve chosen for your lamp. Wrap this circle several times with the wire to make a firm foundation for your wick. Using tweezers, feed your wick through the circle made by the pliers, and pull through the top as in the photo. Place the wick in its holder in the jar. Fill with olive oil to within one inch of the top of the wick. Allow the wick to absorb olive oil to the top of the wick. This may take 10 minutes or more. Once the wick is saturated, light the wick with a match or candle and voila you have a olive oil lamp.Olive oil Painting Paint an empty wine bottle with non-toxic paint and fill with olive oil. Top with an oil pour spout that can be found at a gourmet cooking shop. Turn a wine bottle into an oil bottle Van Gogh on a wine bottleLemon-filled Olive Oil LanternsLoosely twist your wire around the wick leaving a small portion at the top in order to light on fire. Center your wick inside your container then bend the wire over the side to anchor it into place. You can buy special oil lantern wicks specifically to use with converting canning jars into lanterns. Then slice your lemons to your desired thickness and place them inside your container arranging them in a way to cover the sides without taking up the bulk of room inside the container. You want to fill it with as much oil as possible. After you’ve arranged your lemon slices the way you want, carefully fill the container with your oil. Not only are the lemons pretty but they also help scent the oil so it will give off a soft lemon fragrance the longer they soak in the oil.The real origin of the blessed olive is not certain but it is speculated to be from Syria or sub-Saharan Africa. For more than 6000 years, olive has developed alongside Mediterranean civilizations and is now commercially produced on more than 23 million acres in the Mediterranean basin. It is more just food or flavour for the people from the Basin. It is their identity and pride.Having been used for centuries, it is simply one of the least harmful fats in use no matter what our nutritional choices may be. It’s endorsement by all communities is the proof of it’s worth. Olive oil beauty products are a multibillion dollar business and its uses stretch far and wide – from human health to art – you name it, olive oil has a solution for it.last_img read more

Windows 10 Will Finally Let You Delete Microsoft Bloatware

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Microsoft Selfie create better looking selfies

first_imgMicrosoft Selfie: create better looking selfies by Martin Brinkmann on November 05, 2016 in Google Android – 6 commentsMicrosoft Selfie is a new application for Google Android devices that is designed to make your selfies look better through some post-processing magic.While I never understood selfies in first place, I have to admit that I’m not the target audience for them either.I don’t take photos of myself, and I certainly don’t publish them on social media sites, Instagram or any of the other “hip” places around the web.If selfies are your “thing” however, and you are not one of those talented photographers who get every shot exactly right seemingly, then you may have used apps in the past already that improve your selfie output.Microsoft SelfieMicrosoft Selfie is another application that promises to improve selfies that you take using your Android device.Microsoft Selfie was released last year for iOS devices, and has found its way to the Android ecosystem just today.According to Microsoft, you can use the app to turn average looking photos into better looking photos with one click.Backed by computer vision technology, Microsoft Selfie intelligently considers age, gender, skin tone, lighting and many other variables – all with one click. Users can transform average photos into enhanced, natural photos in seconds.The application works like many other of its kind. Start it up, select to take a new shot using the built-in camera or pick a photo that is already on the device, and wait for the post-processing to complete.This should not take longer than a second or so, and you will end up with configuration screens to fine tune the result.This involves moving a slider to a higher or lower position to adjust the select preset, and selecting one of the available presets.These presets have names that lack clarity in regards to what they do. There is Mayor, Jefe and Grunge for instance besides natural, which is probably the best — and default — preset to pick.You see noticeable differences when you move the slider, especially when you have selected the natural preset.All that is left then is to tap a second time to save the output to the local device. You can then share it directly using the linked share option, or start anew by taking another snapshot.Closing WordsMicrosoft Selfie is an easy to use application for Android devices to improve the quality of selfies that you take using the phone.While easy to use, it felt a bit unstable when I ran as it crashed twice during tests and showed a number of other bugs that forced me to restart the app to continue using it.Now You: Selfies, yay or nay?Summary12345 Author Ratingno rating based on 0 votes Software Name Microsoft SelfieOperating System AndroidSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

Block Facebook YouTube and other site annoyances in Chrome

first_imgBlock Facebook, YouTube and other site annoyances in Chrome by Martin Brinkmann on January 09, 2019 in Google Chrome – Last Update: January 09, 2019 – 9 commentsUnDistracted is a new browser extension for the Google Chrome web browser that has been designed to block distractions and annoyances on the Internet.The application comes with rules for Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Reddit, and supports options to customize the functionality to a degree.Installation of the extension is straightforward; it just requests access to the four destinations mentioned as an extra permission: good. Since it is a Chrome extension, it should work in other Chromium-based browsers such as Opera or Vivaldi as well.UnDistracted adds an icon to the Chrome address bar that you interact with. The extension’s initial state is set to passive which means that it won’t interfere with any of the sites mentioned after installation.A click on the icon of the extension displays the four supported site names and a general settings section.The site sections list two main options:Block the entire site.Block certain distractions on the site.Selecting the first option adds a redirect to Google Search to any request that targets that specific site. You can change the redirection target to any valid URL; if you prefer Startpage search or Ghacks, add the URL to the custom URL part to do so.Instead of opening a YouTube video or Twitter message, you are redirected to Google Search instead.The distraction blocking part supports options to block certain elements on the supported sites.Facebook: you can hide the feed, likes, comments, and the chat sidebar.YouTube: hide recommendations, sidebar, comments, and up next suggestions.Twitter: hide trends, who to follow, and all media.Reddit: block r/popular and r/allChanges take effect immediately. Blocking works identical on all supported sites and the hiding of elements removes those page elements from the specified site.The General Settings include options to pause all filters and to change the redirection URL.Closing Words and VerdictUnDistracted blocks certain elements or entire sites when installed. The functionality works as described on the extension page; it may be useful to users who need help when it comes to distractions on the supported sites.Users who install it still need a level of self control as it is easy enough to disable the extension.UnDistracted is not the first extension to deal with annoyances on the web. AdBlock Plus created filters for Facebook and YouTube annoyances (which you can load in any content blocker that supports the filter system), and there are numerous extensions such as BlockTube for Firefox or Video Blocker that offer similar functionality (albeit usually only for a single destination).Most content blockers, uBlock Origin for example, support the hiding of page elements as well. Lastly, you may also use the Chrome Dev Tools and its overrides function to do the same.With all those options available, does one need UnDistracted? The main advantage of the extension is that it supports multiple destinations, and that setup is straightforward. Whether that justifies installing the extension is up for you to decide.Now You: do you block elements on websites?Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 3 votes Software Name UnDistractedSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more