Image Courtesy: Scorpio BulkersNYSE-listed dry bulk owner and operator Scorpio Bulkers has entered into agreements to sell its two 2014-built Kamsarmax vessels SBI Cakewalk and SBI Charleston.Under the deal reached with unaffiliated third parties, the ships will be sold for some USD 45 million in total.Featuring 81,600 dwt, the ships, which were built by Chinese Jiangnan Shanghai Changxing Heavy Industries, were added to Scorpio Bulkers’ fleet in August and September 2014, respectively.According to data provided by VesselsValue, SBI Cakewalk has a market value of USD 22.1 million, while SBI Charleston’s market value stands at USD 22.3 million.Following the completion of the sales, Scorpio Bulkers will own a fleet of 46 vessels, consisting of 18 Kamsarmax and 28 Ultramax ships, with a total carrying capacity of 3.2 million deadweight tonnes.
The NBA free agent season could be extraordinary this summer. . . or not so much. Miami Heat’s Big 3 — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh — could opt out of their contracts and field suitors, which would create much drama, reminiscent of four years ago when James and Bosh left their respective teams to join Miami. Of course, they also could remain with the Heat.The three met before they made their free agent decision in 2010 and could have another such meeting before their June 30 opt-out deadlines, which allows them to leave in 2014, 2015 or 2016.Wade said: “As players, you only have so much time and you only have so many moments where you have the ability to control your own fate, so it’s not a bad thing at all if that’s what someone is thinking. I haven’t had that conversation with Chris. I haven’t had that conversation with Bron.”Wade revealed in an ESPN The Magazine story that the three, who have gone to three straight finals and won the last two, plan to have that conversation at some point.“When we sat down and we signed our deals and all of us made sure we had an opt out in that fourth year, that was our option,” Wade said. “So the option is there and you would hope that someone wants to be able to use their option as a player.”Wade took a pay cut and took less than a max deal to help the Heat add some depth to their roster in 2010, and it’s possible the Heat could approach him about doing so again this summer.Wade is due $42 million over the next two years, which would be the most lucrative contract years of his career. But the Heat could try to convince Wade and the others — in the name of more titles — to take another discount.“I’m at a position where I don’t really have to worry about it,” said Wade, who also won a title for the Heat in 2006. “I’ve been with the same organization for now 11 years. We’ve won multiple championships, so it’s no reason where I need to think about that yet. I’m not at a point where we are a bad team and I need to think about the future, so right now I’m really focused on just enjoying this team, enjoying our quest to try to ‘Three-peat.’ And when the season is over, and whatever happens, then I will sit down and I will sit down with Chris and I will sit down with Bron and I will sit down and make the best decision for myself and my family.”
.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday alleged that flood victims have to endure immense sufferings as the government has “failed” to provide them with necessary relief materials.”It’s the government’s responsibility to stand beside helpless flood victims with adequate relief materials to assuage their sufferings, but it has failed to do so… Even, the PM is staying abroad, leaving people in immense sufferings,” he said.The BNP leader made the remarks while distributing relief materials among flood victims on the bank of river Teesta at Patikapara in Hatibandha upazila of Lalmonirhat.He said the current government is hardly bothered about public sufferings since it is not elected with people’s votes, reports news agency UNB.”We’re here with relief for you. Had our leader Khaleda Zia not been in jail she would have come here to distribute relief materials among you.”Fakhrul voiced concern over the killing of people in mob beatings over the fear of child lifting.”The fear of child lifting is prevailing as the law-and-order situation has collapsed. Law enforcers can’t ensure public safety since they’re busy eliminating BNP.”He also accused the government of not taking any effective step though the dengue situation has turned epidemic in the country.”Two doctors and a university student died of dengue. But they (govt.) are calling dengue outbreak as a rumour and not taking necessary steps.”The BNP leader also said the government has snatched people’s all rights in a bid to cling to power.”There’s now no rule of law in the country.”He said their chairperson Khaleda Zia has been kept in jail for 18 months unfairly in ‘false’ cases.”She’s now very sick, but not getting proper treatment.”Fakhrul urged BNP leaders and activists to unite people across the country against the current government, and wage a movement to free Khaleda and form a pro-people government through a credible election under a non-party administration.The party distributed relief materials among 2,000 flood victims in the district. Each family was provided with a packet of relief materials, including 8kg rice, 5kg potatoes, 2kg lentils, 2kg salt, one litre cooking oil, 500g sugar, one kg flattened rice, three packets of biscuit and three packets of oral saline.’Declare Kurigram a disaster area’ The BNP secretary general also visited the flood-affected areas in Kurigram and distributed relief among the victims.Talking to reporters while distributing relief in Araji Bhogdanga Government Primary School field in the district’s Sadar upazila, Fakhrul said Kurigram is the worst-affected area by flood this year. “We’d expected the government to announce the area as disaster one and stand by people. This is unfortunate that it has so far failed to stand by flood-hit people,” he said.The BNP leader said the attitude of ministers gives an impression that they are not serious about the sufferings of flood victims.”We’re here to stand beside you with our limited strength.”He demanded the government immediately announce Kurigram as a disaster area and supply sufficient relief materials for the flood victims.Later, Fakhrul visited flood-affected areas in Ulipur and Chilmari upazila and distributed relief materials.
00:00 /17:33 This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share Jose Luis MaganaHouse Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. accompanied by members of the House and Senate Democrats, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. House and Senate Democrats gather to call for Congressional Republicans to stand up to President Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative by bringing the DREAM Act for a vote on the House and Senate Floor.On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus talk about another tumultuous week in political news:Advertising for Affordable Care Act declines and cuts to healthcare navigators What will America do next with North Korea The debt ceiling is raised and funds for Tropical Storm Harvey recovery –win for Democrats? Tubman on the $20 dollar bill or Willie Nelson?Then, the profs talk about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Will Congress, under President Trump vote for something that didn’t pass under President Obama or President Bush? By the way, don’t forget to listen to our weekly Texas-centered episodes, too!Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen
Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters December 7, 2016 Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. A New Zealand man of Asian descent had his passport photograph rejected when facial recognition software mistakenly registered his eyes as being closed.Richard Lee’s attempt to renew his passport was blocked after he submitted the picture to an online passport photo checker run by New Zealand’s department of internal affairs.The automated system told the 22-year-old engineering student the photo was invalid because his eyes were closed, even though they were clearly open, according to a copy of the notification posted on social media site Facebook. “No hard feelings on my part, I’ve always had very small eyes and facial recognition technology is relatively new and unsophisticated,” Lee told Reuters. “It was a robot, no hard feelings. I got my passport renewed in the end.”Up to 20 percent of passport photos submitted online are rejected for various reasons, an Internal Affairs spokesman said.”The most common error is a subject’s eyes being closed and that was the generic error message sent in this case,” he said.The lighting in Lee’s first photo was uneven, but a later one was accepted, he added.(Reporting by James Regan; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)