Bob Weir Discusses Science And Performs Acoustic Set At Einstein Gala [Watch]

first_imgAs previously reported, Bob Weir was scheduled to appear at an exciting event called the Einstein Gala in Toronto, ON, where he served as both a guest speaker and musical performer for the evening. Hosted by Anderson Cooper, Weir’s presence was meant to show the importance of innovation in both arts and science. After a discussion on the subject, Weir performed an acoustic set that featured a number of Grateful Dead classics, as well as a lengthy sit-in from Dan Kanter.Though this appearance happened just now, we’re fortunate to be able to share footage of the entire ceremony, courtesy of Periscope user David Lonergan. You can find the speech here, and the full set video here. Additionally, a separate video for the encore “Ripple,” featuring Kanter, can be watched here.Weir resumes his Grateful duties with Dead & Company on June 10th for a lengthy summer tour. Watch their recent performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, here. Check out the acoustic setlist below:Setlist: Bob Weir at Einstein Gala, The Carlu, Toronto, ON – 5/15/16Set: Loose Lucy, Peggy- O, KC Moan, Easy To Slip, Dear Prudence, Friend of the Devil*, Birdsong*, Jack Straw*Encore: Ripple ** = w/ Dan Kanter[Hat tip to Osty Gale for the setlist and videos]last_img read more

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The tools of art

first_imgBob Alexander, a lifelong Bostonian, has lived on the same street in Allston all his life. Now that the Harvard Allston Education Portal has come to his neighborhood, he said, he and his wife, Paula, attend every event there they can.“We’re Bostonians from birth, and we love this place,” Bob Alexander said. “We come to all the talks.”The Alexanders were at the Ed Portal last month to hear Doris Sommer, the Ira Jewell Williams Jr. Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and professor of African and African American Studies, speak to a crowd of nearly 50 about how the arts, serving as “cultural agents,” promote education, innovation, and citizenship. The lecture was the most recent presentation of the Ed Portal’s faculty speaker series.Introducing Sommer, Robert Lue, faculty director for the Ed Portal, professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology, and faculty director of HarvardX, said that her scholarship and breadth of work reflected her belief in building bridges across disciplines, fields, and communities.“She believes in translating scholarship into action,” Lue said. “Her leadership at the Cultural Agents Initiative at Harvard brings together the arts, the humanities, the sciences, and the social sciences in an effort to understand how tying these fields together can bring the world together and make the world a better place — making art a powerful engine not just for scholarship, but for social change as well.”Inspired by creative solutions that evolved in locations such as Colombia and Argentina, Sommer showed how the arts could transform the ways in which a developing society perceived itself and the values inherent in its culture and community. Those same creative solutions, she said, could also provide new ways for that culture to evolve and thrive, even in the most challenging circumstances.Sommer began her lecture by discussing her observation, about a dozen years ago, that the best and brightest students in the humanities were leaving the field “in order to do something “useful.”“Culture has enormous capacity to make and to resolve conflict,” Sommer said. “So did students assume that what we were doing in the humanities was useless?”In the last few generations, Sommer said, a wave of pessimism — a focus on what didn’t work rather than what might — grew within her field, and scholars become reluctant to challenge it out of fear of “being wrong.” In contrast, artists view their work as taking risks.“Our project, in Cultural Agents, is to add some of that spirit of optimism and risk-taking to academic work,” she said.It’s that optimistic outlook and willingness to take chances that enabled artists to conquer obstacles that others might find insurmountable, Sommer said. One example she gave was that of Bogota, Colombia, in the 1990s, when the city was in such chaos that “children without bodyguards didn’t go to school.” Antanas Mockus, a philosopher and mathematician, was elected mayor of Bogota, and adopted a collaborative approach with his staff and citizens, considering all ideas to help restore order to the city.To everyone’s surprise, that first step came in the form of improvised theatrical performances, right in the “busiest center of the most violent city.” Mockus fired traffic police and hired 20 pantomime artists to direct traffic. The mimes, bearing banners that read “Incorrecto!,” couldn’t give out tickets or arrest people — they could only make fun of those who were driving dangerously. People were startled at first, and then quickly joined in.“People began looking up,” Sommer said. “They enjoyed the spectacle. Mockus managed to make a public. People in performance theory know that a public doesn’t come to an activity; the public is created through an activity.”Sommer also handed out books born of resourcefulness. In Buenos Aires, during a terrible market crash, artists began making books out of scraps — cardboard gathered from trash, painted with bright, organic colors — with photocopied pages of texts donated by prominent authors. Inspired by this effort, Sommer developed Pre-Texts, a program that integrates literacy, the arts, and civic values. The curriculum has been implemented in classrooms throughout the globe, in Boston, at Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, as well as at the Ed Portal’s GPA after-school program.“You treat a book as raw material, rather than as a sacred object,” she said. “I learned that if you get people to do something creative with literature, to make something new and personal, you promote mastery and ownership of the material. Creative artists are authors and co-authors of the literature. They own it. And lessons of literary theory followed from reflecting on creative manipulations”Through the Cultural Agents Initiative, Sommer said, she learned that the cultural agents she had been studying “were models and inspirations. I could be a cultural agent, too. I could teach anyone to read very difficult material simply by treating that group as artists.”As the Alexanders readied to leave, Paula, who volunteers with Friends of the Library at the Boston Public Library’s Honan-Allston Branch and has worked at the Harvard Business School for more than 30 years, said she felt inspired. “We’re trying to get more members and people to be more involved, so she gave me some good ideas of how to approach that,” she said.“The Education Portal is for everyone,” Bob Alexander said, looking around at the full house. “You know, Harvard’s our neighbor. This is our life — and things like this make it better.”Initiated in 2009, the lectures offer an opportunity for the Harvard and Greater Boston communities to come together to discuss diverse topics, and for the public to broaden its understanding of research taking place at the University. Faculty members present a variety of topics, bringing the theory and discourse being taught in Harvard classrooms to the community.To celebrate the spring semester and five years of mentoring at the Ed Portal,  there will be a student showcase and open house from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on May 5. The Ed Portal is located at 175 North Harvard St., Allston. There will be children’s activities and refreshments.last_img read more

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Kiprotich produces 2nd best career time in Fukuoka marathon

first_imgKiprotich (4th left) came second. PHOTO VIA @miyako_ohji1. Sondre Nordstad Moen (Norway) – 2:05:48 – AR2. Stephen Kiprotich ( ?? Uganda) – 2:07:103. Suguru Osako (Japan/NOP) – 2:07:19 – PB4. Bedan Karoki (Kenya/DeNA) – 2:08:445. Amanuel Mesel (Eritrea) – 2:09:226. Daisuke Uekado (Japan/Otsuka Seiyaku) – 2:09:27 – PB7. Yoshiki Takenouchi (Japan/NTT Nishi Nihon) – 2:10:01 – PB8. Michael Githae (Kenya/Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) – 2:10:46 – PB9. Yuki Kawauchi (Japan/Saitama Pref. Gov’t) – 2:10:5310. Takuya Fukatsu (Japan/Asahi Kasei) – 2:12:04Fukuoka, Japan | THE INDEPENDENT | Stephen Kiprotich capped his year with another second place marathon finish in Fukuoka. He has run only two marathons this year.Japan is turning out to be a favourite running venue for the 28-year-old Kiprotich, as he set his second best time of  2:07:10 in Sunday’s 2017 Fukuoka International Marathon. His best time remains 2:06:33 at the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.  Sunday’s run produced a surpise winner in Norways’ Sondre Nordtad Moen, who took down all comers to win the 2017 Fukuoka International Marathon in a new European record 2:05:48.After a very fast start, the big names including Kiprotich, defending champ Yemane Tsegay (Ethiopia) and last year’s 3rd-placer Yuki Kawauchi of Japan all fell off the pace.Moen then with another favourite Bedan Karoki from Kenya led past the 30km point before former Olympic and World Champion Kiprotich overhauled him to take charge of second place.Pushing up the last uphill to the track he crossed the finish line in 2:05:48, only the second man ever to go under 2:06 in Fukuoka and a new European record, the fastest record-legal time ever by an athlete born outside Africa. Having skipped the World Championships after struggling to hit peak form in time, the Fukuoka event was only Kiprotich’s second marathon this year. He put up his best showing in three years when he finished second at the Haspa Hamburg International Marathon in April.In April’s race, Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Mekonnen won the sprint to the tape (2:07:26 ), edging out Kiprotich who clocked 2:07:31.He finished 4th in Tokyo last year before 14th place in the 2016 Olympics 2:13:32.Kiprotich has won two major global titles but victory in a big city marathon is still missing so far in his running portfolio. He however did win the Enschede marathon in 2011 with 2:07:20, before his 2012 Olympic and 2013 World Championship victories. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Atlantic Highlands and County Mull Traffic Fixes

first_imgBy John Burton |ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS — A resident-drafted plan intended to offer some traffic and parking relief for the borough’s First Avenue doesn’t have county officials’ support.“I’d say the plan would not gain county approval at this point,” said borough administrator Adam Hubeny.First Avenue, which is the borough’s main business thoroughfare, is a county roadway and comes under the county purview.Hubeny, Mayor Rhonda “Randi” Le Grice and Police Chief Jerry Vasto joined county engineers and representatives from the county Public Works Department earlier this month to discuss traffic, pedestrian and vehicular safety issues for the borough, particularly those facing the borough’s commercial district. During conversations with county representatives, the “loop proposal,” as it’s become known locally, came up. However, Le Grice acknowledged, county engineers rejected the proposal because the engineers felt it wasn’t in compliance with the county standards. “And the county found many flaws in the plan,” Hubeny acknowledged.Borough resident Mark Fisher undertook looking into the issue that has been increasingly of concern to borough officials: namely tackling traffic and insufficient parking along First Avenue.Fisher drew up a series of plans and accompanying PowerPoint presentations that involved making a portion of First Avenue one way moving east toward the municipal harbor and Seastreak commuter ferry dock. To compensate for that, Fisher’s plan would create a loop, having traffic on a portion of Hennessey Boulevard, a parallel street just north of First Avenue, flow one way in the opposite, westerly direction.In addition to the new traffic pattern, Fisher’s plan called for angling parking spaces on the one-way portions of First and Hennessey to 60 degrees. That, Fisher had said, would allow for additional spaces in the increasingly busy commercial district.The problem for county engineers, though, is that to allow angled parking would require a separate back-out lane, according to county guidelines. “And the street is just not wide enough for that,” Hubeny said.“I just get the feeling there aren’t too many one-way roads that have been approved by them,” Le Grice said, referring to county engineers, who seemed disinclined to allow one-way traffic. When Fisher’s proposal was introduced in May, Le Grice told The Two River Times she was intrigued, especially as it was a relatively easy and inexpensive way to increase parking and address congestion.“It is a big disappointment,” Fisher acknowledged, noting he had asked but wasn’t allowed to participate in the meeting earlier this month.Fisher isn’t a traffic engineer but said he had dedicated approximately 200 hours researching and drafting his plan, saying he wanted to offer some, however marginal, remedy. Like many residents, Fisher had become concerned about traffic safety and the parking spill over into residential neighborhoods adjacent to the commercial district, Le Grice explained.Le Grice said she and others will continue to consider installing angled parking on Hennessey Boulevard, since the borough does “have control over that.”Borough officials and county representatives discussed other traffic calming initiatives as speed humps, flashing pedestrian crossing lights (such as the one recently installed in the vicinity of Portland Pointe housing complex), additional crosswalks, and signage.“However,” Le Grice noted, “we have to come up with the money” for those measures.Monmouth County Engineer Joseph Ettore did not respond to repeated requests for an interview for this story.Le Grice said traffic enforcement will be ramped up to deal with speeding along the roadway. According to Fisher, when he had conducted a series of public presentations on his plan, questionnaires filled out by residents overwhelmingly said speeding and pedestrian safety were leading issues.As for parking, some spaces will be added at the eastern end of First Avenue by restriping in the area of the Hesse building, Le Grice said. But with substantial mixed-use residential and commercial developments moving forward in the district, more businesses coming into the community, and the demands for commuter parking for the ferry, Le Grice said parking is something that will have to be handled if progress is to continue.And that could mean talking about building a garage, the mayor added.“We got to have that conversation,” she said. “We got to look ahead.”This article was first published in the Aug. 24-31, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Fans cheer on historic Gor, Everton clash

first_img“The team played very well but they need to make better choices with the passes they make. If they keep playing the way they do, and work more on their final passes, I think they have a chance of being a very good team,” one of the Everton fans named Jack told Capital Sport.Former Tusker FC and KCB midfielder David Etale, a former British soldier now living in the United Kingdom was very pleased to see Gor come to England and get some invaluable experience and he noted they will get back home a better team.“Gor played very well and I am happy to have been here to witness and seeing my former team-mates like Boniface Oluoch,”Kenyan fans turned out in large numbers to watch champions Gor Mahia during their SportPesa Trophy friendly match at the Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, United Kingdom on November 6, 2018.“As a former player this is a good experience for them to see the kind of level here. They have experienced a different culture and leave here with big memories to share with people back home,” Etale told Capital Sport.He added; “This is a chance we couldn’t get as players back in our days and seeing them here is so much joy. They have taken their chance and I hope they don’t go back home without lessons.”Apart from Kenyans, there were other Africans as well cheering on Gor and they were equally happy, though some were not too pleased that they lost with such a huge margin.“We are here to support our fellow black boys and they did very well. The first goalkeeper wasn’t really very good but the second one was better. But the number 6 (Shafik Batambuze) and the big midfielder (Ernest Wendo) were the best for me. The number six especially, that boy is good. I enjoyed his game,” a fan from Zimbabwe said.Gor Mahia fans enjoying after the game at Goodison ParkAnother from Uganda added; “I was happy to see a Kenya team here because they are our neighbors and I love Kenya.”Another Ugandan fan, identified as Frank was also pleased with the performance of the team and his fellow countryman Batambuze’s who he tipped to get into the Uganda Cranes starting team.“I think considering Everton put up a good line up, the Kenyans did really well. The boys were not kind of used to the ground, the touch of the grass, other than that we did really well. If he (Batambuze) keeps pushing that line, he will become a really good footballer,” he added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000They braved the cold, to cheer on the Kenyan champions during their SportPesa Trophy friendly match at the Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, United Kingdom on November 6, 2018.NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 8 – An estimated 5,000 fans were in attendance on Tuesday night as Kenya’s reigning league champions Gor Mahia took on Everton FC at Goodison Park in Liverpool, United Kingdom.The fans, a good percentage of which were Kenyan and others of African descent were left praising Gor’s attitude despite their 4-0 humbling, saying their experience was worth the long trip.last_img read more

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3 things the Warriors must do to force a Game 7

first_imgIt’s easy to forget, given Kevin Durant’s tragic Achilles tendon rupture, but the Golden State Warriors are still alive in the NBA Finals. They still have a chance to win this thing.But down 3-2 in the series after a Game 5 victory for the ages, the Warriors are up against it, only one-third of the way through the near-impossible comeback.At the moment, the Warriors can only worry about stage two — Game 6 on Thursday.If they are to force a Game 7, they’ll need to make sure these three …last_img

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Name an African elephant and save it

first_imgAmarula’s Name Them, Save Them campaign fights elephant poaching and gets society to understand these mystical creatures.There are two subspecies of African elephants—the Savanna (or bush) elephant and the Forest elephant. Savanna elephants are larger than forest elephants, and their tusks curve outwards. In addition to being smaller, forest elephants are darker and their tusks are straighter and point downward. (Image: Amarula)Ray MaotaThere are less than 400 000 African Elephants left in the wild and one is lost every 15 minutes to ivory poaching. Should this carry on, the majestic creatures will be extinct by 2030.This will not happen without a fight. Amarula, a cream liqueur from South African beverage producers Distell Group Limited, is working closely with Kenyan-based conservation organisation WildlifeDirect to protect Africa’s elephants with their Name Them, Save Them campaign.Losing an elephant a personal lossThe campaign will allow viewers to actively participate in preserving the African elephant by casting a spotlight on ivory poaching. On the campaign website, users will be guided through a virtual savannah where they can choose an elephant, design it with a range of colourful patterns, then name and share it with friends online.This makes the prospect of losing an African elephant personal to users.According to WildlifeDirect CEO, Paula Kahumbu, the campaign will show people how similar elephants are to humans.“Just like humans, each elephant is an individual with a unique personality. We share many similarities with elephants. They are intelligent, emotional and have a strong sense of family – just like us.”Amarula will donate US$1 to WildlifeDirect for every elephant named and shared per unique user.Kahumbu said: “The world needs to know that the only way to get ivory is to kill an elephant. Once you know them by name, you would never dream of hurting them.”She appears in an extraordinary video shot in front of Mount Kilimanjaro in Amboseli Park, Kenya, and introduces viewers to elephants by name, showcasing their behaviour in their natural habitat and likening their traits to those of humans.The short film, shot by Felix Seuffert from Butterfly Films, has been specifically crafted to raise awareness of the plight of the African elephant, whilst building the bond between man and elephant.Kahumbu, who is internationally acknowledged for her conservation work, said: “The African elephant is an integral part of our African heritage and culture…This campaign is about creating a connection between us and elephants and becoming actively involved in raising awareness and saving our elephants.“By getting to know elephants by name, we want people to realise that they are more important than an ivory trinket. They say an elephant never forgets, but now they need us to remember them.”Amarula’s conservation effortsIn addition to funding this global campaign, Amarula has been committed to protecting the African elephant since 2002 and has donated $642 000 (R9.4-million) to the cause over this period.The partnership with WildlifeDirect is expected to add impetus to Amarula’s conservation efforts.Dino D’Araujo, Amarula Global general manager, said the partnership with WildlifeDirect will help them continue to protect the continent’s elephants. “Our objective is simple – to make sure that for generations to come, we continue to meet the elephants beneath the Marula trees.”last_img read more

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NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 13

first_imgView comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES For the second straight week, and fourth time overall, the energetic Lyceum forward tops this week’s rankings.Though the Pirates are facing what could be their toughest stretch yet, Perez is still keeping his numbers up as he leads his team’s bid to sweep the elimination round.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(2) Jed Mendoza – G, JRU Heavy Bombers16.5 points (4/10 3PT), 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assistsLast Week: N/AChurning out consistent numbers in JRU’s Final Four drive, Jed Mendoza takes the cake in the team’s 2-0 week.The playmaker’s poise, coupled with his stupendous sniping from downtown was really a big shot in the arm for the Heavy Bombers as they move a win away from clinching a seat in the Final Four.Mendoza has shown that he can be the perfect compliment to Tey Teodoro all season long, but his biggest test will be in its next two games as JRU seeks to formalize its entry to the postseason.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(3) Andoy Estrella – G, Mapua Cardinals22 points (2-4 3PT), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH It’s not for the lack of effort, though, as the Golden Stags lost a heartbreaking 60-58 thriller to JRU on Friday.With three games left in its schedule, San Sebastian should have the heightened sense of urgency in the coming weeks if they want to advance to the big dance.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(7) Rey Nambatac – G, Letran Knights12 points, 15 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 blockLast Week: N/AAlso on the losing end this week was Rey Nambatac.The senior guard tried his hardest to help Letran dent Lyceum’s armor, but in the end, the Pirates were just too much as the Knights fell, 81-69.Though defeated, Letran’s showing was respectable to say the least, with Nambatac being the engine that keeps the team going.But the 23-year-old vowed to not just churn out solid numbers, but also deliver victories, especially with games against San Beda and St. Benilde next in the Knights’ schedule. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(5) Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs16 points, 11 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 blockLast Week: N/AKent Salado just brought Arellano out of the depths of elimination, doing it all in the team’s 95-65 beatdown of College of St. Benilde.Fighting for survival, the speedy playmaker’s double-double night against the Blazers kept the Chiefs’ flailing hopes alive as they seek to make a late rally to the Final Four.But the job won’t be easy, as Arellano will have no other choice but to win its next games, starting on Tuesday against San Sebastian.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(6) Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags15 points, 13 rebounds, 1 blockLast Week: N/AAnother solid showing went down the drain for Michael Calisaan as San Sebastian suffered another loss to drop to 7-8. Finally, we get some sense of clarity two weeks away from the end of the eliminations.Lyceum and San Beda have already punched their tickets to the playoffs and JRU seems to be following suit after moving a win away from nabbing the third spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThree more teams are duking it out for the last Final Four spot, making every game for Letran, San Sebastian, and Arellano do-or-die duels.Individually, players are also doing last-ditch efforts on not just helping their respective teams progress, but also put themselves in the conversation for the end of season awards. But as for this past three game days, here are the week’s best performers.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(1) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates24 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 stealsLast Week: 1CJ Perez continues to prove that he is one of the best, if not the best collegiate player in the country today.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Ginebra ousts TNT, faces Meralco in PBA Finals rematch Last Week: N/AHope may be lost, but that won’t stop Andoy Estrella from giving Mapua its first winning streak of the season.The senior guard was clutch once again as he lifted the Cardinals to a gutsy 76-71 win over Perpetual on Thursday.Mapua may already be out of the running for the Final Four, but that doesn’t mean that Estrella couldn’t get the graceful exit he’s pining for.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(4) AC Soberano – G, San Beda Red Lions13 points (7-12 3PT), 2.5 reboundsLast Week: N/AAnother sharp-shooter enters this week’s list as AC Soberano unfurled a pair of standout outings in a 2-0 week for San Beda.Already considered as one of the deadliest snipers in the amateurs, the stocky guard showed how lethal he could be as he fired 5-of-7 threes to pour in 17 points in the Red Lions’ 88-51 rout of EAC.That’s exactly the performance coach Boyet Fernandez was looking for as San Beda gears towards its final elimination game against league-leader Lyceum. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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AsiaEurope Trade to See Further Rate Turmoil

first_imgzoom The Asia-Europe trade route is bound to experience further rate turmoil during 2017 as carriers from three new alliances are set to phase additional vessel capacity into the trade starting from April, according to Alphaliner.The three new alliances, including 2M-HMM/HS, OCEAN and THE Alliance, will provide 17 weekly strings between Asia and North Europe, one more than currently offered by the four existing alliances 2M, G6, CKYE and O3.With these changes, the total weekly capacity to North Europe will increase by 9.6%, compared to the services offered now.Alphaliner said that the biggest increases are to come from the 2M, which will not only fully upgrade its existing loops to the 18,000-20,000 TEU scale, but also mount a sixth weekly string from April. The 2M carriers’ average capacity on the Asia-North Europe route will thus increase by some 23%, from 83,500 TEU to 103,000 TEU.The 2M’s capacity increase is partly motivated by the extra volumes to be brought by HMM and Hamburg Süd, who will take about 6,000 TEU and 4,000 TEU, respectively, of weekly slots on the alliance’s services from April 1. These slots account for 12% of the capacity increase, while Maersk and MSC will still see their net weekly capacity increase by some 11%.The two other new alliance groups – OCEAN and THE Alliance – will offer six and five weekly strings, respectively, with a combined weekly capacity of 155,000 TEU. They will provide the same total number of weekly sailings as that offered currently by the G6, CKYE and O3, while total weekly capacity is increased by about 9%.last_img read more

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