zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Daniel Norris on Unsplash Norwegian dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group Limited (GOGL) has widened its net loss during the second quarter of 2019.The company recorded a net loss of USD 33.1 million during the quarter, compared with net loss of USD 7.5 million reported in the first quarter of 2019.Adjusted EBITDA of USD 21.5 million for the second quarter of 2019, compared with USD 36 million for the first quarter of 2019.“Following a weak first half of the year, the third quarter has started off on a very strong note. Increased iron ore volumes and supply imbalances, combined with fewer vessels in the market due to scrubber installations have led to a dramatic turnaround in the market, which we expect will improve our third quarter results,” Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Ocean Management AS, said.During the quarter, the company also declared four options for scrubber installations, increasing the total number to 23 installations, and completed refinancing of the non-recourse loans for 14 vessels, reducing interest expense and cash break-even levels.“The upcoming IMO2020 regulations are widely expected to positively impact the market and create a further competitive advantage for owners with modern, fuel-efficient fleets. There may also be supply chain issues that constrain supply of compliant fuels for some owners.”Earlier this week, Golden Ocean revealed that it teamed up with Frontline and Trafigura Group to establish a global supplier of marine fuels. Subject to agreement on final terms, the JV is expected to start operations in the third quarter of 2019.“We believe the scale of our fleet will again benefit us and that our joint venture with Trafigura and Frontline will further strengthen our ability to source competitively priced bunker fuel of good quality when and where we need it,” Vartdal added.
The lives of close to 400 pets from Los Angeles shelters and rescues were saved during the NKLA Adoption Weekend held at La Brea Tar Pits this past Saturday and Sunday.Charlotte Ross At NKLA Adoption EventCredit/Copyright: BestFriends.orgCherry, a one year old terrier Mix from Baldwin Park Shelter, was one of the first pets adopted over the weekend. “I wanted a small dog this age and literally 20 feet into the event, there she was,” said John Sherburn of Carson. “With hundreds of dogs at shelters, there’s no reason to buy a dog. It just doesn’t make sense. These are all good dogs.”NKLA Adoption – Fall 2013 – Miguel Ferrer poses with a fanCredit/Copyright: BestFriends.orgThe popular event was hosted by Best Friends Animal Society and featured more than 40 rescue groups and shelters supporting NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles), an initiative led by Best Friends Animal Society with a mission of turning L.A. into a No-Kill City by 2017. The NKLA Adoption Weekend is one of several Best Friends “Super Adoption” events held nationally throughout the year, with dozens of animal welfare organizations and thousands of adoptable dogs and cats participating in a festival-type atmosphere.NKLA Adoption – Fall 2013 – MobyCredit/Copyright: BestFriends.org“Watching shelter pets find a fantastic home is the best part of doing this work. It happens by the hundreds during the NKLA adoption weekend, so we all leave here exhausted but ecstatic,” said Marc Peralta, executive director of Best Friends Animal Society – Los Angeles and NKLA. “Adoption is a key component to ending the killing of shelter pets and it’s inspiring to see so many groups working together to turn LA into NKLA.”NKLA Fall Adoption 2013 – author Mieshelle NagelschneiderCredit/Copyright: BestFriends.orgPets at the NKLA Adoption Weekend came from a variety of local shelters and rescues, including LA Animal Services, Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in Mission Hills, LA County Animal Care & Control, Angel City Pit Bulls, Border Collies in Need, Caring Friends Cat Rescue, Hanging with Friends Animal Rescue, K9 Connection, Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, Labs and Friends.org, Tails of the City Cats, Wags and Walks Rescue, and many more. Pets from both city and county shelters were available with adoption fees starting at $25 and all were spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped.A cheer went up in the crowd at the end of NKLA Adoption Weekend when it was announced that all Los Angeles City and County shelter trucks were returning empty, as every available shelter pet had either been adopted or rescued.“Los Angeles Animal Services staff and volunteers are thrilled that we placed so many dogs and cats in homes of their own,” said Brenda Barnette, general manager of LAAS. “A big thank you goes to Best Friends for all they do to help make a life-saving difference for Los Angeles animals and the people who love them.”Several animal-loving celebrity supporters of Best Friends Animal Society’s lifesaving work including Miguel Ferrer, Moby, Charlotte Ross, Maria Conchita Alonso, Maggie Q and author Mieshelle Nagelschneider entertained and volunteered at the free, family-friendly event, which also featured L.A.’s hottest food trucks and the latest pet-related products and services from sponsors PetSmart Charities, Natural Balance Pet Foods, Banfield Pet Hospital, Mammoth Pet, and Dog for Dog.“When I first heard about the NKLA mission, I thought it was a beautiful, but impossible dream. Right now more than 70 different NKLA coalition partners are working together to put a stop to the killing of dogs and cats in L.A. shelters, so that dream is becoming a reality,” said actor Miguel Ferrer (NCIS: Los Angeles and Robocop). “The NKLA Adoption event is a great way to be a part of things and hopefully meet a new family member.”Mieshelle Nagelschneider, pet behaviorist and author of The Cat Whisperer, was on hand for the entire weekend and thrilled to see so many felines find their forever families.“Many people don’t realize that shelter cats have a more difficult time of finding homes than dogs. The more cats and kittens get adopted at events like this or rescued through shelters, the closer we are to turning L.A. into NKLA,” Nagelschneider said.
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Pending approval from the RCA, the rate change will be effective October 1. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric Association (HEA) announced on Friday that members will likely see a rate increase effective October 1. HEA has submitted a filing with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) that requested anincrease in the Cost of Power Adjustment (COPA) from $0.07270 per kilowatt-hour to $0.08151perkilowatt-hour. According to a release from HEA, the increase is in anticipation of the unavailability of HEA’s Nikiski Plant due to routine turnaround maintenance and inspection in October. This will require HEA to temporarily obtain power from other sources not as cost efficient as Nikiski. If approved, the new rate will mean an increase of $4.85 per month for the average HEA residentialmember using 550-kilowatt hours a month.
The researchers, Dominique Brosteaux, Fabrice Axisa, Eva De Leersnyder, Frederick Bossuyt, Mario Gonzalez, and Jan Vanfleteren, of the Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre and Ghent University in Belgium, have recently designed and fabricated elastic interconnections that can stretch to more than twice their original lengths (a 100% stretchability). Their results are published in a recent issue of IEEE Electron Device Letters. Researchers ‘stretch’ the ability of 2-D materials to change technology “For biomedical and textile applications, the comfort of the user will be enhanced if the electronic circuits are not only flexible, but also elastic,” the researchers explained in their study. “Biomedical applications include implantable devices and electronics on skin.”In the paper, the scientists describe how they constructed 3-cm-long elastic connectors by embedding 4-micrometer-thick gold wires in a highly elastic silicone film. The wires were coated with a 2-micrometer-thick nickel layer for soldering wires to the ends. “Besides this construction, our team has also been developing alternative versions of this technology based on the same molded interconnect device (MID) technology,” Vanfleteren told PhysOrg.com. MID can combine electrical and mechanical functions on a single unit, replacing the conventional circuit board.The group patterned the gold wires onto a substrate in a “horseshoe”-shaped form, which significantly reduced the stress compared with an elliptical shape, while maintaining the initial electric resistance. The horseshoe shapes were then connected to create a wave-like pattern. To further increase the elasticity, the researchers found that splitting the wire conductor track into four thinner (15-micrometer-wide) tracks greatly minimized the induced stress.The researchers then tested a variety of different shaped connectors by stretching them to the point of electrical failure, which is caused by a rupture in the metallic track. The best connector stretched from 3 to 6 centimeters without losing conductance. However, all interconnections—even those that experienced electrical failure—recovered their conductance when they returned to their normal length. A goal of the SWEET project is to design electronics that are not only elastic, but also washable, as demonstrated by this water-resistant, stretchable LED circuit. Credit: Jan Vanfleteren, et al. (TFCG Microsystems Lab-Ghent University). Explore further This stretchable thermometer can wrap around a patient’s forehead like a headband thanks to the horseshoe-shaped metal wires, which can stretch up to twice their normal lengths. Credit: Jan Vanfleteren, et al. (TFCG Microsystems Lab-Ghent University). Currently the group is developing technology toward the incorporation of the elastic interconnections into full electronic circuits. This goal is being pursued by three projects: BioFlex (Biocompatible Flexible Electronic Circuits) with funding by the Institute for the Promotion of Innovation by Science and Technology in Flanders; STELLA (Stretchable Electronics for Large Area Applications) with funding by the European Commission; and SWEET (Stretchable and Washable Electronics for Embedding in Textiles) with funding by the Belgian Science Policy. “At the moment we’re focusing on the following applications: implantable electronics, smart textiles (with integrated stretchable circuits), and smart band aids (e.g. measuring physiological parameters that should follow skin deformations),” Vanfleteren said, adding that further details remain confidential at this time.The latest developments of the group on stretchable circuits can be found on their Web page:tfcg.elis.ugent.be/projects/stretchable.htmlCitation: Brosteaux, Dominique, Axisa, Fabrice, Gonzalez, Mario, Vanfleteren, Jan. “Design and Fabrication of Elastic Interconnections for Stretchable Electronic Circuits.” IEEE Electron Device Letters, Vol. 28, No. 7, July 2007.Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Elastic circuit connectors designed for rubber-band-like circuits (2007, July 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-07-elastic-circuit-connectors-rubber-band-like-circuits.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Researchers from Belgium have devised a plan for making headway into the area of flexible, washable electronics. These integrated electronics, which could be incorporated into clothing and biomedical applications, require all connections between components to stretch like rubber bands while maintaining their conductivity.
Indian Culinary Forum in association with Hospitality First and ITPO organized 10th edition of Culinary Art India, 2015 at Hall no. 18, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. With 300 chefs under one roof exhibiting their culinary skills to the masses, the international event also saw the participation of the chef fraternity from many parts of north India, Hyderabad and Mumbai. Scheduled from March 10-14 the event is a gastronomic treat for guests and delegates. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Second day of the festival saw live-cooking by renowned chefs and showcasing 3Tier Wedding Cake, Fruit and Vegetable Carving and Plated Appetizers. The special food art was praised by the guests and other visitors at the event. The Chefs here will exhibit every aspect of food and help promote different cuisine across the world. The Third and Fourth day of the festival will see chefs showcasing ‘Three Course Set Dinner Menu’, ‘Petit Fours and Pralines’ and ‘mocktails’. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixProminent names from the culinary world will also be attending the Awards Ceremony to be held on March 14 at Pragati Maidan.Chef Shaju Zacharia, Vice President, ICF said, “The prime objective is to establish a professional platform where culinary professionals across India can come and exhibit their creative culinary skills, develop and explore various aspects of this profession. “We are proud to organize this gala event and overwhelmed by the response we are getting here. We look forward to organize such events in the future as well to promote India’s delectable traditional food.”
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will introduce the system of collecting garbage even during the evenings from August 15.”The system of collecting garbage is the most important aspect of solid waste management (SWM). Presently, we have a mechanism for garbage collection thrice during the day. From August 15, we will be doing the same four times a day. Kolkata will be the only city in the country where garbage collection will be carried out so many times,” Member, Mayor -in-Council (SWM) Debabrata Majumder said on Thursday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn response to a proposal from Left Front councillor Debasish Mukherjee on how KMC is moving towards the implementation of the newly envisaged SWM Act 2016 by the Union Ministry of Forest & Environment in the monthly meeting, Majumder urged all the stakeholders associated with the process, to have an efficient system in place for keeping the city clean.”We are setting up three groups of people for each borough, who will keep an eye on garbage accumulation from 12 noon till 9 pm. Each gang will have a supervisor. If they find garbage at any place, particularly during the evening, they will inform the SWM department and immediate action will be taken for cleaning it,” Majumder added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn Bengal, the municipal waste generation stands at 14,000 metric tonne per day, while KMC alone handles 4,500 metric tonne per day.SWM Rules 2016 that has categorised solid waste into six broad categories — Industrial hazardous waste, Healthcare or biomedical waste, Solid waste that involves wastes from houses, schools and offices, Plastic waste, Electronic or e waste and Construction or Demolition waste.The state is working upon classifying solid waste under three categories- bio-degradable waste, recycle waste and inert waste to begin with.In seven wards in the city — 33, 47, 64, 103, 110, 115 and 135, KMC has employed private agencies, who collect inorganic and organic wastes in separate buckets to ensure segregation at source. The same system will be soon introduced in another 20 wards of the civic body. Majumder also stressed the need of awareness and urged the local clubs, schools and colleges to be involved in the awareness drives. “The councillors need to take a proactive role regarding the throwing of garbage in separate bins,” he said. Majumder also announced that the civic body is coming up with the construction material crusher machine at Dhapa. “This can be used in road repair,” he maintained.