zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The Export-Import Bank of China (Exim Bank) is to provide USD 94 million in financing for Navibulgar’s six bulk carrier newbuildings. On July 6, representatives of the bank and Bulgarian shipowner Navigation Maritime Bulgare (Navibulgar) signed an agreement for the financing, the Export-Import Bank of China said in a statement.Last year, Navibulgar ordered 4+2 Bluetech 45 Handymax bulkers from Chinese Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group. Slated for delivery in 2019 and 2020, the 45,000 dwt ships will have a length of 190 meters, a draught of 10.8 meters, an ice class 1C and a large hold volume for its class.Market value of each 57,750 cbm newbuilding is around USD 17 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.Operating in the Black Sea region, Navibulgar has a fleet of more than 30 bulk carriers. In addition, the company is expected to take delivery of two 42,300 dwt bulkers this year. The ships, Rojen and Musala, are being built at Chinese Jiangsu Hongqiang yard.The Export-Import Bank of China said that the signing of the agreement came in an effort to promote China’s Belt and Road Initiative. China hopes to drive its ship exports and attract more European shipowners to order new ships at the country’s shipyards.World Maritime News Staff
MGM Resorts International today announced the release of UNIVERSAL LOVE, a collection of reimagined wedding songs for the LGBTQ community, celebrating the enduring and overwhelming power of love and music to unite.UNIVERSAL LOVEMGM Resorts is a global entertainment company with a deep-seated belief that entertainment is fundamental to human fulfillment. The company’s passion for the UNIVERSAL LOVE project reflects its profound commitment to embracing humanity and the impact music can have on the human experience.UNIVERSAL LOVE offers six newly recorded versions of iconic love songs that give same-sex couples a soundtrack for their own love stories and feature pronouns changed to reflect the world of LGBTQ relationships.The album includes boundary-changing songs from some of today’s most-beloved artists. Bob Dylan, one of the most influential and successful recording artists in American history, is among the visionary artists participating in this unprecedented project. Dylan re-recorded “She’s Funny That Way” as “He’s Funny That Way.” The album features five additional stellar artists whose involvement is a testament to the urgency of equality in entertainment: Kesha (“I Need a Woman to Love Me”), St. Vincent (“And Then She Kissed Me”), Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie (“And I Love Him”), Kele Okereke of Bloc Party (“My Guy”), and Valerie June (“Mad About The Girl”).Phyllis James, MGM Resorts’ Chief Diversity & Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, said, “We believe projects like this will help all of us reach a point where seeing the world through the lens of people who happen to be different from us becomes natural and commonplace. It is an immense honor for MGM Resorts to spearhead this inspirational project which celebrates LGBTQ dimensions of the universal emotion of love.”UNIVERSAL LOVE is a natural extension of MGM’s two decades of advocacy work with the LGBTQ community and the company’s desire to advance initiatives that unite humanity. More than a decade before same-sex marriage was legalized, same-sex commitment ceremonies were performed at chapels at MGM Resorts’ properties. In 2004, MGM Resorts became the first company in the gaming and hospitality industry to offer same-sex health benefits to employees, and MGM was a founding partner of the Las Vegas chapter of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in 2004.MGM Resorts is a leader in all aspects of the entertainment industry (hospitality, gaming, live events, etc.) and believes in the transformational power of entertainment for all. MGM’s launch of UNIVERSAL LOVE reinforces an inclusive vision of unions that more closely mirrors the incredible diversity of today’s relationships.The compilation album was produced by MGM Resorts in conjunction with global advertising agency McCann and will be distributed by Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music. UNIVERSAL LOVE is available on all streaming platforms beginning today.UNIVERSAL LOVE TRACK LISTING01 “HE’S FUNNY THAT WAY” • BOB DYLAN02 “AND THEN SHE KISSED ME” • ST VINCENT03 “MY GUY” • KELE OKEREKE 04 “MAD ABOUT THE GIRL” • VALERIE JUNE05 “AND I LOVE HIM” • BENJAMIN GIBBARD 06 “I NEED A WOMAN TO LOVE ME” • KESHA
Thai divers gather before they enter to the Tham Luang cave, where 12 boys and their soccer coach are trapped, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand on 6 July 2018. Photo: ReutersMore than 100 chimneys are being drilled into the mountainside in a frantic bid to reach a Thai youth football team trapped in a cave complex below, the head of the rescue mission said Saturday.The unprecedented rescue effort is attempting to establish new ways to extract the boys from above, if the underground chambers flood and it is deemed too risky to evacuate the team by diving out through the submerged passageways.”Some (of the chimneys) are as deep as 400 metres… but they still cannot find their location yet,” Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters, adding the mission lacked the technology “to pinpoint where they are staying”.”We estimate that (they) are 600 metres down, but we don’t know the (exact) target,” he said.On the question of dipping oxygen levels in the cave, he said rescuers had managed to establish a line to pump in fresh air and had also withdrawn non-essential workers from chamber three — where the rescue base is — to preserve levels inside the cave.The “Wild Boar” team have been trapped inside the Tham Luang cave complex for two weeks.
Kolkata: Two days after a Jatra artiste died due to a snake bite while performing in Hasnabad in North 24-Parganas, the Basirhat police on Thursday arrested the exorcist, Doyal Biswas, who had allegedly handed over the snake to the victim.Kalidashi Mondal, the victim was declared brought dead in a hospital when she was taken there four hours after the incident. She was performing a Jatrapala with a venomous snake. The hospital authorities said the patient’s life could have been saved, had she been brought to the hospital earlier. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights’Manasa Mangal’ was being enacted by the victim and her troops in Barunghat area of Hasnabad on Tuesday evening. The Jatrapala was organised at the house of one Manoranjan Das on the occasion of Manasa Puja. Biswas allegedly handed over the snake to the victim as it was decided that the performance would be done with a snake. The Jatarpala organisers thought it was venom less.Police are interrogating Biswas to know why he handed over a poisonous snake to the victim or why he did not allow the patient to be shifted to the hospital. It was learnt that during the interrogation, he failed to provide any satisfactory answer as to why he brought two snakes all the way from Haroa. The accused, however, claimed that the Jatra astistes asked for a snake for making the performance more lively. But the investigators are yet to find out the reason why he brought a poisonous one. According to police, when the woman collapsed on the stage, the exorcist insisted on doing the treatment himself and did not allow anybody to take her to a nearby hospital. He continued his tricks on the woman for four hours. When the locals and her fellow colleagues finally took her to the hospital, the doctors pronounced her brought dead.Police are investigating the role of the victim’s colleagues and why they did not send her to the hospital immediately after she was bitten.
Forbidden Fruits is a story of six women who go on an unapologetic cathartic journey, enabling them to break through from psychological blocks of their past and find redemption.Taking on patriarchy, religion, spirituality, gender-roles, sexuality and sexual politics in society, they come to terms with themselves and battle their inner demons with humor, wit, sarcasm, love, tears, joy, and unabashed bitchery.Forbidden Fruit pushes not only artistic boundaries, but also cultural and socio-political ones. The six women are portrayed as tragically beautiful characters who are flawed, but embrace it with unapologetic candor. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Nothing is left untouched, for not only is the mystique of womanhood unveiled in more ways than one, but the play is peppered with numerous ‘truth bombs’ on a wide range of topics – from circumcision to orgasm.Zorian Cross is a award winning actor and playwright. His first original play, The Coming Out, not only became a local but also won him the Best New Talent award for acting and writing.The play went on to be performed in five different cities across the world, winning five awards in Bangalore and Sydney. Since then, he has penned seven original plays, all of which have been critically appraised at various workshops and performed as dramatised readings. With the aim of promoting original work and discovering and nurturing fresh talent, Zorian Cross plans to conquer the world one round of applause at a time. So mark your calender and head over!When: May 2 – 3Where: Akshara Theatre
Kolkata: Two persons were killed and three injured in four road accidents in the city on Saturday and Sunday.On Saturday around 7 pm, a young woman was knocked down by a private bus near Behala tram depot. According to police, Debasree Roy Basu Mullick, a resident of Karunamoyee in Salt Lake was standing on Diamond Harbour road for a bus. All of a sudden, a bus of route number 21/1 hit her while driving recklessly. Immediately, Mullick was rushed to Vidyasagar State General Hospital. Later, her family members shifted her to a private hospital in Salt Lake opposite to Vivekanda Yuva Bharati Krirangan. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA few hours later at around 9:15 pm, one goods vehicle hit one motorcycle from behind on Bascule bridge. Due to this, both riders of the motorcycle — Pannalal Prasad (32) and Santosh Kumar Singh sustained multiple injuries. Both of them were rushed to a private hospital in Ekbalpore, where Prasad was declared brought dead. The driver of the goods vehicle has been arrested by the south port police station. Both of them were without headgears.In another incident, a reckless motorcycle rider hit Assistant Sub-Inspector Nepal Chandra Banerjee of Charu Market police station on Saturday at 11 pm. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to the police, while Banerjee was performing a Naka Duty on the Western end of AJC Bose Road Flyover, he saw a motorcycle was speeding towards him with a intent to avail the flyover.When he tried to stop, the rider hit him and fled. He was rushed to SSKM hospital with an ankle injury on his right leg.Following the accidents on Saturday, another person was killed in a road accident on Sunday early morning. At around 3.30 am, a motorcycle lost control and rammed into the railings while approaching Jadavpur police station on Jibananda Setu.As a result, both the riders sustained multiple injuries and were removed to the M R Bangur Hospital where one Diganta Roy (26) succumbed to his injuries. His friend Mridul Das was later shifted to a private hospital in Ekbalpore.
At Ceph Day Berlin, yesterday (November 12) the Linux Foundation announced the launch of the Ceph Foundation. A total of 31 organizations have come together to launch the Ceph Foundation including industries like ARM, Intel, Harvard and many more. The foundation aims to bring industry members together to support the Ceph open source community. What is Ceph? Ceph is an open source distributed storage technology that provides storage services for many of the world’s largest container and OpenStack deployments. The range of organizations using Ceph is vast. They include financial institutions like Bloomberg and Fidelity, cloud service providers like Rackspace and Linode, car manufacturers like BMW, and software firms like SAP and Salesforce. The main aim of the Ceph Foundation The main focus of the foundation is to raise money via annual membership fees from industry members. The combined pool of funds will then be spent in support of the Ceph community. The team has already raised around half a million dollars for their first year which will be used to support the Ceph project infrastructure, cloud infrastructure services, internships, and community events. The new foundation will provide a forum for community members and industry stakeholders to meet and discuss project status, development and promotional activities, community events, and strategic direction. The Ceph Foundation replaces the Ceph Advisory Board formed back in 2015. According to a Linux Foundation statement, the Ceph Foundation, will “organize and distribute financial contributions in a coordinated, vendor-neutral fashion for immediate community benefit” Ceph has an ambitious plan for new initiatives once the foundation gets properly functional. Some of these include: Expansion of and improvements to the hardware lab used to develop and test Ceph An events team to help plan various programs and targeted regional or local events Investment in strategic integrations with other projects and ecosystems Programs around interoperability between Ceph-based products and services Internships, training materials, and much more! The Ceph Foundation will provide an open, collaborative, and neutral home for project stakeholders to coordinate their development and community investments in the Ceph ecosystem. You can head over to their blog to know more about this news. Read Next Facebook’s GraphQL moved to a new GraphQL Foundation, backed by The Linux Foundation NIPS Foundation decides against name change as poll finds it an unpopular superficial move; instead increases ‘focus on diversity and inclusivity initiatives’ Node.js and JS Foundation announce intent to merge; developers have mixed feelings