Industrial and logistics: urban outfits

first_imgOne of the key issues is land shortages, particularly in town and city centres, where retailers and logistics companies need space to service last-mile delivery. In the latest of our Sheds of the Future series, in collaboration with Savills, we task six architects with designing an ultra-urban logistics hub and residential hybrid. Their concepts are weird and wonderful and provide plenty of food for thought.As well as the potential for ‘sheds and beds’, another evolution, driven by the growing use of automation, could be warehouses being measured in three dimensions, not two – a debate that was reignited by Amazon in November. This would lead to fundamental changes in the way buildings are valued – changes not necessarily welcomed by landlords even if it would equate to higher rents.Another possibly worrying change, in London at least, is a policy being considered by the GLA that would force developers to let a percentage of their schemes at low rents to accommodate small businesses that are being priced out of the market. Finding a balance where the GLA, small businesses and developers are all happy will be tricky to say the least.Gain insights into all these issues and more in this first Industrial & Logistics supplement of 2019. It’s going to be an interesting year.Mia Hunt is Property Week’s market reports editorlast_img read more

North Korean Firm Renaming Ships to Dodge UN Sanctions

first_imgA North Korean shipping company, blacklisted by the United Nations, has been renaming and reflagging its vessels to avoid an arms embargo, the UN said in a report.Namely, the U.N. Security Council committee imposed sanctions on Ocean Maritime Management (OMM) for smuggling Soviet-era arms from Cuba on board its ships. Under the sanctions, the company is subject to an international asset freeze and travel ban.An OMM ship, Chong Chon Gang, was seized near the Panama Canal in 2013 for carrying arms and missiles, hidden under thousands of tonnes of sugar. The ship was stopped under suspicion that it was smuggling drugs, however; the following search found the illicit cargo.According to the UN report, set for discussion on Thursday, OMM has renamed 13 of its 14 ships and transferred their ownership and management to other single ship owner companies, the AFP writes citing the report.By reflagging and renaming its vessels OMM planned to keep off the radar so as to evade asset freeze by member states, the report said.The ban on imports and exports of all but small arms forms part of strict sanctions imposed against North Korea because of its nuclear weapons program.OMM is reported to have operations in at least 10 countries.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Tanzania’s former first lady sworn in to parliament

first_imgFormer First Lady Salma Kikwete is sworn in as a nominated MP in Parliament in Dodoma yesterday. PHOTO | EDWIN MJWAHUZI. pic.twitter.com/cJr5XXO3JQ— The Citizen Tanzania (@TheCitizenTZ) April 5, 2017 Former President Jakaya Kikwete with his wife Salma Kikwete at the swearing in ceremony. Picture CourtesyTanzania’s former first lady Salma Kikwete was sworn in to parliament after being nominated by the President John Magufuli as Member of Parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania on March 1, this year, reports the Daily News.Salma Kikwete is the ninth presidential nominee in the House. Mrs. Kikwete made history in the East African nation for being the first, First Lady to become an MP time since Tanzania gained independence in 1961.The wife of former President Dr. Jakaya Kikwete was cheered on by the parlimane as she took her vows before the speaker of parliament. Her husband, who was present in parliament, received a standing ovation from all lawmakers in the August House, immediately after being introduced by the Speaker, Mr Job Ndugai.Ms. Kikwete who is representing people from Lindi region, the coastal line of Tanzania, expressed commitment in serving her people, focusing on the disbursement of funds for Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF)  poor families.last_img read more

Confidence key for Tipp against Waterford

first_imgPhoto: Tipperary GAA Confidence is the key to Tipp’s success, according to a former manager of the Tipp senior hurlers.Ken Hogan says that the defeat to Limerick and the first half display against Cork have to be forgotten about, when they face Waterford tomorrow.The Premier have plenty of positives to take from their second half display last weekend – while Waterford are still searching for a point in the Munster campaign. They also head into the game a majorly depleated side – with a number of injuries, and players missing through suspension.Former Tipp goalkeeper, and Tipp FM analyst Ken Hogan says the Premier need to keep their confidence up…last_img read more

LG Twins emerge winner with 3-1 defeating Eagles in Korean KBO doubleheader

first_img COMMENT First Published: 16th May, 2020 15:24 IST LIVE TV The LG Twins defeated the Hanwha Eagles 3-1 to take the first game of their Korean KBO doubleheader on Saturday in Seoul. Jung Ju-hyeon had a solo home run to back winning pitcher Casey Kelly with closer Jung Woo-young getting out of jam in the ninth to clinch the victory. Jake Brigham started and took the loss for the Eagles.Top 9th inning, Eagles pinch hitter Park Dong-won two out single to right field scores run, 3-1 LG Twins. Twins closer Jung Woo-young gets Eagles Seo Keon-chang to fly out to leftfield to end game. (Image credit: Representative Image) Last Updated: 16th May, 2020 15:24 IST LG Twins Emerge Winner With 3-1 Defeating Eagles In Korean KBO Doubleheader The LG Twins defeated the Hanwha Eagles 3-1 to take the first game of their Korean KBO doubleheader on Saturday in Seoul. Associated Press Television News center_img Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more

2019 Fantasy Football Boom-or-Bust Team

first_imgDOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 Fantasy Cheat SheetThe presence of players on this list isn’t an indictment of their talent. Often, they’re so desired because of that talent. But for whatever particular reason, we feel they’re more likely to bust this year. We get into those reasons below. And a word to the wise: If you do a draft and end up with all these players on your roster, you must really like adrenaline.LISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY “DO-NOT-DRAFT” PODCAST BELOW2019 Fantasy QB BustCam Newton, Panthers“I felt so scared.” Those are the words Cam Newton said in a video on his Youtube channel about his 2018 right shoulder injury. Sure, Newton had surgery on the shoulder in the offseason. but how often do you hear a quarterback say such harrowing words about the arm that makes him so valuable?If you want Newton on your team, it’ll cost you a QB1-level pick. Most years, there wouldn’t be any reservations about him reaching that mark. His rushing usually gives him the necessary boost for anything his passing lacks. But this is uncharted territory. If his shoulder doesn’t heal as hoped, no reasonable amount of running can overcome a bum arm. And there’s an alternate — maybe even probable — scenario where Newton avoids running to try and keep his shoulder healthy.Cam has a lot of name value among the starting QBs, but he carries the most risk. If the shoulder is healed, maybe you get a top-three quarterback ninth or 10th among passers, but if it’s not, he might have weeks where he’s unstartable. Even worse, there’s no great way to know what you’re getting until he actually starts throwing a bunch of passes in real games. So, of course there are scenarios where Newton works out. But I’m still scared.QBs: Rankings | Draft Strategy | Sleepers  | Dollar Values2019 Fantasy RB BustsDerrick Henry, TitansHenry’s Weeks 14 and 15 are probably very prominent in your mind. Maybe you played him in your fantasy playoffs or were lucky and had him in your lineup. More likely, you missed your fantasy playoffs because you drafted Henry in the third round and he did nothing all season. Either way, he rushed for 238 yards and four TDs and 170 yards and two TDs, respectively, in those two weeks. It was exactly the kind of late-season burst that could turn a forgettable season into a memorable one. That’s the problem, though. Everyone remembers that. It makes it seem like Henry had an awesome season.Aside from those two weeks, he averaged 3.9 yards per carry the rest of the campaign. That’s not a rate that makes him seem worthy of RB2 status. And it’s not like the Titans offensive line is doing him any favors, as it blocked for the fewest average yards before first contact in the NFL in 2018. Henry is frequently forced to make something out of nothing, and while he’s big enough to fall forward and pick up a couple, that might be all he gets most of the time.Obviously, there’s potential here. The 408 yards across two weeks in fantasy playoff time make that abundantly clear, and the fact he’s in a contract year has a lot of fantasy owners excited. It’s just hard to know what you will get that for a full season of action behind a bad offensive line. We know he won’t give any production through the air because that’s Dion Lewis’ domain in Tennessee, so his value is already diminished in PPR leagues. Picking Henry could just amount to drafting a guy based on a big few weeks, the same way NBA teams overdraft players based on big NCAA Tournaments. It doesn’t always work out. Damien Williams, ChiefsWhile we’re on the subject of drafting players based on big NCAA Tournaments, enter Williams. He only came on for the first time in his career even later last season, his fifth in the NFL. It’s like a fifth-year senior who no one ever liked as an NBA prospect having a big game in the Sweet 16 and all of a sudden they’re a must-have. Williams showed few prior signs of being a consistently useful NFL player, hanging on in Miami for four years as an occasional pass-catcher.But you’ve got to give him credit: When he got his chance in Kansas City, he thrived, rushing for 5.1 yards per carry in limited action. He also caught 23 of the 24 balls thrown his way. He was even more impressive in two playoff games, averaging 120 total yards and scoring four total touchdowns. And all reports indicate Williams will be the featured guy in KC this year despite the signing of Carlos Hyde. Williams is just such a relative unknown to be going ahead of Leonard Fournette and Devonta Freeman, among others. Sure, if he sticks in the high-powered Chiefs offense he could return his early-third round price. but would anyone be shocked if the journeyman who couldn’t stick with the Dolphins eventually fell right out of the picture?RBs: Rankings | Draft Strategy | Sleepers  | Dollar Values2019 Fantasy Football WR BustsAdam Thielen, VikingsThielen’s placement on this team might not be totally fair. He should produce solid points for your fantasy team in 2019, but he might not live up to his WR1 label  — and getting a lackluster second-round pick can be a big blow to your chances of winning.Here’s the issue: In the second half of 2018, Stefon Diggs received more targets than Thielen, 64-57, and that’s with Diggs missing a game and Thielen playing all eight. You can look at that in a couple of ways. One, Diggs became the de facto No. 1 WR in Minnesota. Two, Thielen averaged an underwhelming 7.1 targets per game, not a rate that he’ll be able to convert into WR1 production. And three, as Kirk Cousins became more comfortable in Minnesota, he actually looked Thielen’s way less than in Thielen’s big first half, possibly because Thielen was seeing tighter coverage.It feels so simple to plug Thielen in at the back of the top-10 receivers, where FantasyPros’ ADP has him right now. But what happens if Diggs keeps his grip on the targets all season? Thielen’s final eight games extrapolated over 16 amounts to 78 catches for 896 yards and six TDs. That’s nowhere near WR1 production. Sammy Watkins, ChiefsWatkins is being drafted as a borderline WR2. Maybe a bit of that has to do with the question marks surrounding Tyreek Hill that seem to have been at least temporarily answered now, but it’s always been more about hope than reality with Watkins. In the high-powered Chiefs offense a year ago, Watkins finished four games out of his 14 with three or fewer catches. And while he’s easy to think of as the No. 2 WR for Patrick Mahomes, he’s really at best the third option because of the targets Travis Kelce soaks up. There’s really no personnel aspects that make Watkins look like a better player for this season. If he catches 50 passes for 600 or 700 yards, is he worth a place as your WR2?Certainly there’s boom here. Everyone’s wanted Watkins to be the man since his days in Buffalo. He just never has delivered, and especially at his price, there’s not much reason to expect it now.Courtland Sutton, BroncosEven in the most terrible of offenses, No. 1 WRs have value in fantasy football. And for much of the offseason, it’s looked like Sutton would be that guy in Denver. But all of a sudden, Emmanuel Sanders’ recovery from an Achilles’ injury is ahead of schedule. So, what do we make of Sutton?Right now he’s being drafted in FLEX territory, which is probably fine, but there really isn’t room for more than one consistently productive receiver in Denver. If you’re forced to draft Sutton into your starting lineup, you’d want to feel sure he’s that guy. Even the boom for Sutton might look like his Week 16: Six catches for 65 yards. That’s not blowing anyone away. If Sanders is truly healthy or DaeSean Hamilton continues to emerge, Sutton could fall out of rosterable territory.WRs: Rankings | Draft Strategy | Sleepers  | Dollar Values2019 Fantasy Football TE BustVance McDonald, SteelersPeople are putting a lot of faith into McDonald this season. Antonio Brown and Jesse James aren’t in Pittsburgh, so a lot of expectation is that McDonald will get an overwhelming boost in targets. He might, which would make him a serious “boom” player as a back-end starting tight end, but when was the last time a Pittsburgh TE put up major points (Heath Miller in 2012?)? There’s always someone else in Pittsburgh to splits time (and targets) with.If McDonald looks like the player he’s seemed to be for most of his career, when he’s gained 13 yards per catch and reeled in 60 percent of his targets, he might underwhelm. I understand the need to take a flier somewhere at tight end this year. It’s just a big puddle of mud after the top-tier players. But McDonald is going above proven players like Trey Burton, Kyle Rudolph and Jordan Reed. At least Burton is more worthy of your starting spot, and there’s always a chance McDonald’s long-time mediocrity shows itself again in 2019.TEs: Rankings | Draft Strategy | Sleepers  | Dollar Values2018 Fantasy Football Defense BustJaguars D/ST Fantasy football features a wide array of owner types: Conservatives (“stick to the rankings”), rookie lovers (“zero-RB is the best draft strategy”), and risk-chasers (“cheat sheets are for losers”). It’s the latter group that will enjoy this list the most, but the conservatives might actually get the most out of it, as they can turn it into a de facto “do-not-draft” list. We try to predict sleepers and busts every year because of how important they are for draft strategy, but we all know that the hit rate on those is only so-so. This is the 2019 boom-or-bust list. If you envision the perfect scenario, it’s possible to picture these guys helping you hoist your fantasy football trophy at the end of a successful campaign. But far greater are the odds that they bust, at least failing to reach their expectations.  The Jaguars’ defense simply wasn’t good in 2018. Yeah, they were the top fantasy D/ST in 2017, and they were drafted like it last year only to massively disappoint. With leading tackler Telvin Smith out of action for 2019, there’s no way Jacksonville gets back to that high perch. First-round pick Josh Allen will help, but it doesn’t seem like there’s quite enough talent to make Jacksonville a top-three D/ST. Starter-worthy? Sure. But they’re currently going well before the second-to-last round of 12-team drafts. Unless you’re drafting the Bears (who are also being drafted too high, by the way) or maybe the Rams, you shouldn’t be a taking a D/ST — especially one like the Jags — that high. D/ST: Rankings | Draft Strategy | Sleepers  | Dollar ValuesIf you wanted to define a bust, it would involve not living up to expectations. The thing is, there’s almost no way that Jacksonville’s D/ST lives up to top-three defense standards. Even with the flukiness that are defense rankings, they’ve got to deal with Indianapolis and Houston twice, and Tennessee isn’t even an easy divisional matchup. Whoever is picking the Jaguars as high as they are will be firmly disappointed.last_img read more

Guyanese can do much better than the coalition

first_imgDear Editor,Guyana can pay attention to the lessons of its history as it relates to democracy, its meaning, and the consequences of losing it. Democracy very simply means choosing a Government whereby citizens go to the polls to cast a vote for the Government of their choice.Under this system, the Government chosen is an expression of the will of the people of the State. Democracy is lost when the electoral process of choosing a Government is interfered with, or rigged, so that the will of the people is subverted and a dictatorship, or Government of oppression, is installed.We are fairly familiar with how rigged elections are conducted. This in essence includes removing original votes cast and replacing them with fake votes. Other mechanisms include frustrating the voting process so that certain sections or groups of persons do not get to cast their ballots. In summary, rigged elections mean that peoples’ votes are ‘stolen’. In this situation, the resulting government, having committed the ultimate lawless act against the people of stealing their votes, has upturned the State’s rule of law, and can now proceed to implement whatever system of economic mismanagement and corruption it desires, in addition to carrying any other lawless deeds.Previous examinations of the period of Burnham’s and the People’s National Congress’ (PNC) Government up until 1992 have established they were rigged from as far back as 1968. This included the killing of a number of persons who sought to try to stop the stealing and stuffing of ballot boxes. The persons killed fighting to maintain Guyana’s democracy to date stand as Guyana’s unsung heroes and martyrs in the nation’s struggle for democracy with the PNC.His Excellency David Granger, a major in the Army at the time and now noted historian, could do justice to Guyanese history and document this period for us with his first-hand experience. His accession to Guyana’s highest office will stand out as an achievement in Guyana’s history since Guyanese went to extreme lengths to overcome racial stigmatisation and stop the corruption of the former People’s Progresive Party (PPP) Administration by installing an individual who has been widely documented as being part and parcel of the political machinery that systematically trampled Guyana’s democracy, killed people in the process, and proceeded to run down and destroy Guyana’s economy up until 1992.In respect of the PPP and sugar workers’ involvement in cramping output in the sugar industry in political protest, the question we have to seriously consider is: Given that our national elections were being systematically rigged, people were being killed trying to stop this, and Guyana’s democracy was being trampled, were the PPP and sugar workers wrong to protest the PNC’s rigged elections and false rule? Why weren’t we all protesting the rigging of elections? Why didn’t the entire country come out against Burnham and the PNC? Answering these questions should help us confront the serious problems that we still grapple with.Under rigged elections of the PNC years, Guyana lost its democracy and Guyana was sent into poverty.But who would have thought that it could get worse than under the PPP since 2015? This PNC-led coalition Administration has demonstrated in no uncertain terms that this is achievable. The coalition considers the power vested in it by the Constitution gives it the right to proceed to oppress us again with its questionable, if not grossly errant economic policies, (VAT on basic goods, increased taxes and fees, its notion that Guyanese should become entrepreneurs instead of Government stimulating job creation) which has checked economic growth and stifled prospects for higher wages and welfare growth. This is in addition to its suspicious dealings in respect of our national resources, and its brazen attempt to enforce contracts that pilfer taxpayers’ money, notably the bond deal. It should be noted that such contracts are now very probably on the low because of the bad publicity generated. Rest assured if our media ever lightens up, we can very probably expect more of these. The coalition continues to make much ado about oil, but after examining the contents of the contract, can Guyanese seriously expect more than the now standard five per cent post 2020?Knowing that rigged elections cedes our democracy, rule of law and results in gross economic mismanagement, are we prepared to return to government under the coalition Administration? Can the coalition win in 2020 with its policy matrix? For those of us who continue to preach about the vain hope for change in our two parties, and those who engage in living on false hopes, these are some of the questions we need to seriously consider. I submit that Guyanese can do much better than the coalition. Our failure to deliver better results will only produce results we could do well without.Yours faithfully,Craig Sylvesterlast_img read more

How Obama and his Predecessors Approval Ratings Compare to Top Rated CEOs

first_imgIntuit3.9Brad D. Smith73 Oracle3.2Larry Ellison64 Did you know that on Obama’s 100th day in office his approval rating was at 65% according to a Gallup poll reported by MSNBC? When compared to Presidents who held office throughout the past 40 years, Obama comes in second after Reagan, who marked his 100th day in office with a 68% approval rating.We were curious to see how corporate leaders fare against current and most recent US leaders according to their respective communities, whether its voters or employees. Using MSNBCs Gallup poll and Glassdoor’s CEO ratings, we did some analysis to see how ratings for Obama and the previous ten Presidents on their 100th day in office compared to the 25 top rated CEOs (with more 100 reviews). We discovered that there are 13 CEOs who receive higher approval ratings than Obama.  World-famous Apple CEO Steve Jobs takes top spot with a 91% approval rating…perhaps if Obama invented the next iPod he’d be set for a second term!?!President John F. Kennedy is the only US leader to make it in the top 5 on this list below based on his approval rating on his 100th day in office. And, we see that of this recent list of Presidents, H.W. Bush, Clinton and Ford had the lowest approval ratings at this point in time during their respective tenures. Cisco Systems3.5John T. Chambers75 Adobe4.2Shantanu Narayen78 Intel Corporation3.5Paul S. Otellini63 Taking a deeper dive beyond approval ratings, it’s interesting to see the commonalities between the public and the private sector. As we read through recent Apple company reviews, we found many employees commenting in their ‘advice to senior management’ that they just wanted to be heard. For example, an Apple Technical Support Agent writes in “Listen to the folks on the front lines.” Something we’re sure both President Obama and the leaders before him have often heard as well.And as a final yet important note, we realize running a country is perhaps a bit more difficult than running a corporation, but this does bring up the question: ‘To what extent do ratings signify when it comes to the long term success of leader?’ GE3.5Jeff Immelt57 UNITED STATES—Lyndon B. Johnson80 Google4.0Eric E. Schmidt88 JPMorgan Chase3.2Jamie Dimon72 EMC3.6Joe Tucci63 Lockheed Martin3.5Robert J. Stevens62 UNITED STATES—George H.W. Bush56 UNITED STATES—Richard Nixon62 Amazon.com3.3Jeff Bezos70 Ernst & Young Global3.6Jim Turley75 UNITED STATES—Barack Obama65 Glassdoor Report: Which CEOs have higher ratings than Obama? Ford Motor3.0Alan R. Mulally67 Best Buy3.5Brad Anderson63center_img UNITED STATES—Bill Clinton55 UNITED STATES—George W. Bush58 Booz Allen Hamilton3.7Ralph W. Shrader60 FedEx3.6Fred Smith67 UNITED STATES—Gerald Ford48 Wells Fargo3.4John G. Stumpf59 UNITED STATES—Ronald Reagan68 American Express3.4Ken Chenault64 UNITED STATES—Jimmy Carter63 QUALCOMM3.6Paul E. Jacobs68 Apple3.8Steve Jobs91 Morgan Stanley3.3John J. Mack60 Procter & Gamble4.1A.G. Lafley89 Boeing3.5Jim McNerney Jr.58 UNITED STATES—John F. Kennedy83 UNITED STATES—Dwight D. Eisenhower73 Accenture3.4Bill Green59 Goldman Sachs3.7Lloyd C. Blankfein88 Company Rating CEOCEO Approval Ratinglast_img read more