zoomImage Courtesy: Norwegian Cruise Line Miami-based cruise company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings witnessed a strong start to 2018 as its net income surged by 66.7 percent in the first quarter of the year.The company’s net income reached USD 103.2 million for the period ended March 31, 2018, compared to USD 61.9 million in the prior year.Total revenue was also up in the quarter, rising by 12.4 percent to USD 1.3 billion from USD 1.2 billion in 2017, driven by strong organic pricing growth across all core markets along with an increase in capacity days due to the addition of Norwegian Joy to the fleet.“The year is off to an impressive start with yet another record quarter of earnings, which exceeded expectations,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.Del Rio added that the 2018 Wave Season “was stellar and has further strengthened our overall future booked position with load factor and pricing continuing to be well ahead of prior year for the remaining quarters of 2018 and throughout 2019.”The company expects to generate record earnings for full year 2018 and has increased its outlook, with Adjusted EPS now expected to be in the range of USD 4.55 to USD 4.70.“The strong global demand for our portfolio of brands which we experienced during 2017 has continued, as demonstrated by the successful, record-breaking launch of Norwegian Bliss, which entered the fleet as the best booked Norwegian Cruise Line newbuild in the history of our company,” said Mark Kempa, interim chief financial officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “While our primary focus continues to be to delever to the low 3 times by year-end 2018, our recently announced USD 1 billion share repurchase program reflects our ongoing confidence in our financial position and the long-term strength of our business as well as our commitment to provide meaningful capital returns to our shareholders,” Kempa concluded.
Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneThe U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on June 7, 2017.The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a Texas case Monday that questioned the constitutionality of the state’s execution process.The lawsuit dated back to 2013, when multiple death row inmates sued the Texas prison system, claiming its lethal injection protocol is unconstitutional in part based on the drugs used in executions. Texas uses pentobarbital compounded at a pharmacy in secret to put inmates to death. The inmates claimed in part that the lack of additional testing of the dose before an execution and the use of old drugs could cause them severe pain. In the last year, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has seemingly pushed back the expiration dates on the compounded drug used in executions twice.Texas argued that the prisoners did not present an alternative option for use in executions and has only speculated that the drugs could cause pain. The case had gone back and forth in lower federal courts since then, and had largely been rejected by judges. Maurie Levin, a lawyer for the inmates, said after the decision that the relevance of the rejected litigation is limited to the drugs used when the lawsuit was filed in 2013 and Texas’ “insistence on dodging accountability and transparency.”“Texas’ current drug supply is so old using it to carry out executions amounts to scientific experimentation, on human beings,” she said in an email. “Unfortunately, I expect we will see increasingly problematic executions – which will only highlight, again, the consequences of Texas’s commitment to secrecy above all else.” Share
Love always,Sid Melton, The Dirtiest Kid on the Diamond Thank you softball and thank you Card Nation. Most athletes only get four years to play the sport they love, but I was fortunate enough to get five. Despite having to sit out my junior year due to injury, I feel lucky to have been able to play for an extra year, and am thankful for a higher power knowing that I needed it. Story Links Looking back at my career as a Louisville Cardinal, I can honestly and genuinely say that I gave this sport everything that I had. I let my passion for the game show and I am happy that I did all that I could do to leave my heart on the field in my final regional appearance. Of course, it was not all easy all the time, but no true love story ever is. My time at UofL was about more than just playing the sport I love. I was given the opportunity to become an educated, young woman, who was able to toss the ball around with her best friends. My name and the word softball have been said in the same sentence for most of my life. Growing up, I played every sport that I could. I loved being known as the girl who was faster than all of the boys, the girl who could jump the highest, and the girl who could throw any type of ball well. However, being known as the girl in softball pants covered in dirt was by far my favorite compliment. No matter what team I was on I would always pride myself on being the dirtiest one out there. I always thought that the dirtier I was, the harder I played. My time as a Cardinal has ended after five beautiful years. Our parents always tell us how time moves far too fast, and oh, were they right. Soon, my scratches will heal, my scars will fade, and my locker will be occupied by the next eager freshman to go where I have gone. I feel an unmeasurable amount of gratitude for this sport. As much as I wish I could continue my journey as a collegiate athlete, I cannot. I will forever cherish my years as a Cardinal, and will continue to love my sport, but just as a spectator. I carried that idea with me throughout travel ball, high school ball, and ultimately college ball. There are very few photos of me in a clean Louisville jersey. To me, that means I played hard. Being able to play softball at Louisville and wear those ten letters across my chest has been my biggest accomplishment to date. During my five years I have made friends who quickly became more like family. I have shared in experiences that were both amazing and traumatic. Softball has led me to every corner of the country and given me more than I had ever expected. #L1C4 Print Friendly Version
Kolkata: ‘Sandesh’ has been dressed up. It is on a catwalk either as the Trinamool’s ‘jora ghash phul’ (twin-flower), BJP’s Lotus, Congress’ Hand symbol, or the hammer and sickle of CPI (M). These “Election sweets” are just flying off the shelves at Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick — one of the oldest confectioners in the city or Shibani Sweets at Sodepur (the northern suburb). With the humble ‘nakuldana’ (flour-sugar balls) and ‘Laddoo’ taking centre stage in rural West Bengal’s Lok Sabha elections, the confectioners in the city are not leaving any opportunity to bank on the frenzied ambience. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata ‘Sandesh’ (the cottage cheese sweet) is readily coming up in any form you wish. They have been flying off the shelves since the election drums were rolled. “We have been making these sweets during elections for many years. This year also the response is very good,” Poppy Mullick of Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick told IANS. Asked which of the party-themed sweets was selling the most, she jokingly said “no comments” mentioning that all the items were being sold. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Regarding the bulk orders placed by workers, Mullick gave a hint that ‘the state’s ruling party’ Trinamool Congress tops the chart. They have priced a sweet of 250 grams at Rs 150. The Sodepur sweet shop that specialises in theme sweets during football and Cricket World Cup events, is offering decorative tray filled with huge sweets replicated as party symbols. Trinamool’s ‘jora ghash phul’ (twin-flower), BJP’s Lotus, Hand symbol of Congress, hammer and sickle of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) have been given a sweet twist. They are carefully placed on the tray and the empty space is also filled with the Kheer Sandesh making it almost appear as a huge cake. “We are offering these big trays whose price range from Rs 800-2,000 and a small Sandesh is Rs 70,” Sanjib Das, store’s staff said. Das is elated as this year they are getting a “huge response”. He mentioned that customers are so impressed that they are asking for larger sizes. The ‘Trinamool’ Sandesh are in great demand followed by BJP’s. Sweets of other parties like Congress and CPI (M) are being sold but lesser than the others,” Das said. Orders can also be customised as per the customers’ demand. They also ensure that the customers get the freshest of quality, so after placing the order with alterations one shall have to wait for a little time. Almost fourteen to fifteen men are toiling hard to churn out these sweet delicacies laced with aesthetic appeal. “This is just the beginning, I am sure that as the election heat picks up, the demands will keep soaring. We will try our best to deliver,” Das said. While Mullicks will stick to sweets with party symbols, Shibani Sweets will try to come up with sweets replicating leader’s face if any customer demands. Amidst the high voltage campaigns, these sweets will add a dash of goodness and will be savoured by the supporters and the members of the winning party and candidates, the shop said. Already in the state, Trinamool Congress’ Birbhum district President Anubrata Mondal’s directive to party workers to hand over nakuldana and water to people to keep them cool in the oppressive summer months and the BJP’s decision to distribute laddoo among the people as a counter move has added to the sweetness of the electoral contest. The seven-phased election in the state will commence on April 11 and the last date of the poll is May 19. Votes will be counted on May 23.
April 24, 2015On Tuesday 21st April PR co-ordinator Hildemar Cruz and visiting PhD researcher Karen Munro presented a booth at Glendale Community College’s Earth Day Vendor Fair, part of GCC’s week-long Earth Day events.Lured in by the eye-catching images of Arcosanti and Cosanti (and the bowl of mini chocolates), the booth attracted the attention of both students and staff from the College, with Hildemar and Karen on hand to discuss how arcology proposes an alternative to the environmental concerns associated with urban planning, such as sprawl, pollution and segregation of people and services.Hildemar provided information on visiting both Arcosanti and Cosanti, the workshop program and the Arcosanti events program. The location of the event was particularly relevant to Arcosanti and Cosanti as GCC has on campus an open air amphitheatre designed by Paolo Soleri in 1996, and a few of the people who approached the booth recognised the architectural style of the apse on campus in the images on display.[photos and text by Hildemar and Karen]Additionally, Karen provided information on the new collaborative Master’s in Architecture and Ecology which will launch in October 2015, delivered between the University of Strathclyde Glasgow and Arcosanti. The Master’s in Architecture and Ecology will provide students with the unique opportunity to complete one semester of study in Glasgow before travelling to Arcosanti to work on a semester-long practical project addressing research needs of Arcosanti in the areas of architecture and engineering.More information on the new course can be found at Strathclyde University.
November 13, 2017Welcome to the November 12. 2017 workshop participants.from left: Karl Noonan, Joseph Brand, Rebecca Manhardt.[photo by Sue Kirsch]
Categories: Steven Johnson News Each Fourth of July, we celebrate America’s Declaration of Independence as we commemorate the anniversary of our country’s founding. This spirit of independence is something we should cherish and must preserve for our children.Just as our government is not beholden or dependent on another government for its sovereignty, we as individuals should not rely on federal, state and local governance. Our founding fathers envisioned a nation where citizens could pursue their dreams, seek their own happiness and accomplish their own goals, objectives and aspirations aside from government intrusion in their lives and interference in the marketplace.What they did not envision was a country of individuals dependent on government for their well-being. They did not envision a country of businesses lobbying state and federal governments for special privileges and immunities.Our founding fathers believed in the principles of freedom, entrepreneurship, individualism and independence. They believed the role of government in our lives should be very limited. The Constitution mandates that Congress shall meet “at least once in every year.” Our founding fathers would be astounded if they saw the extent government plays in our lives today.In honor of everything our founding fathers accomplished and stood for, I believe we should take a step back and look at where our country is today. What do we do right? What do we do wrong? What could we do better?How can we as a society ensure that our children grow up and live in a country more free, more prosperous and more independent than the one we live in today? We have been afforded great opportunities, with many things that are good and right in our nation but it seems that there are some areas of improvement that can be made. One of the biggest changes is demanding government take a step back, not be so involved in our lives and simply let us interact with our neighbors as we see fit. Government does not give us our freedom and independence, it is there to preserve and protect them.Unfortunately, we have a mindset of ‘ask not what you can do for your country, but what your country can do for you.’ Let’s change that mindset to what President John F. Kennedy envisioned, let’s be that free and independent country, let’s be a sovereign country, let’s demand freedom and equality in opportunity, let’s oppose corporate welfare and special handouts, and most importantly, let’s fight for independence! 29Jun Declaration of Independence op-ed
French broadcaster TF1 has tapped broadcast technology specialist Ionoco to provide Twitter integration for the NRJ Music Awards in France, generating 1.8 million Tweets around the show, which took place on Saturday evening.The Cannes event was by a giant screen that featured ive infographics on the digital activity created around the event such as trending hashtags, number of tweets and related images.Throughout the awards ceremony, presenter Nikos Aliagas read out a selection of the best tweets of the night. The most popular stars and performances in terms of number and quality of tweets also appeared on a giant leader board screen on stage.Ionoco’s system provides a web-based aggregation and moderation function that enables it to pull down Tweets related either to the awards show or the featured bands. These are then made available to be used in a range of feeds, which are pushed through to producer consoles for publishing to air.The Tweets are used live on set throughout the performances, fed through to LED screens featuring Tweet walls, live Tweets and leader boards. The latter automatically calculates the total number of Tweets posted for each band, along with the rate at which they are generated during the performances.“Our social-media tool has been used with great success on a number of primetime shows in the US, the Middle East and, now, Europe. It’s a massive honour to be asked to work with TF1 on a show as popular and prestigious as the NRJ Music Awards,” said Simon Ingram, CEO of Ionoco.“We believe this will be the first of many great television projects with Twitter at their heart.”