Someone actually bought BMW’s spaghetti-coloured i3

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 BMW’s spaghetti-coloured i3 recently sold for about $146,000 Canadian at an auction. Art! Trending Videos So, this BMW is art. But it technically isn’t a BMW Art Car. Got it? The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever You don’t love spaghetti and electric cars as much as the collector who bought BMW‘s spaghetti-coloured i3 for about $146,000.The car itself is familiar – first seen last year, one would think this vinyl wrapped i3 is a member of BMW’s otherwise striking family of Art Cars. Except it isn’t – Maurizio Cattelan, the Italian artist who created this design, is retired.But while it technically isn’t an Art Car, BMW does refer to the ‘Spaghetti Car’ as a “fully functioning electric vehicle” and it comes “with a certificate of authenticity signed by [art publication] Toilet Paper (Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari) as co-creators of this unique work of art.” RELATED TAGSBMWi3NewsBMW AGMaurizio CattelanPierpaolo Ferrari PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending in Canada The car itself is a base i3, with the smallest battery and missing the three-cylinder gasoline range-extender engine. Not everyone might see the value in this – perhaps not even the biggest spaghetti-and-meatball fans. But having fetched €100,00 at the auction – a little more than $146,000 Canadian – at least the proceeds are going to charity. advertisement See More Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Acknowledging appearance reduces bias when beauties apply for masculine jobs, says CU-Boulder-led study

first_imgCategories:AcademicsBusiness & EntrepreneurshipCampus CommunityNews Headlines Published: Oct. 7, 2014 Past research shows physical beauty can be detrimental to women applying for masculine jobs. But belles can put the brakes on discrimination by acknowledging their looks during an interview, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.The paper, published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, is the first to provide a method for curtailing such prejudice against attractive women.In the study, when an attractive woman applied for a job typically filled by men — a construction job — and said, “I know I don’t look like your typical applicant,” or “I know there aren’t a lot of women in this industry,” and pointed out successes on her resume, she received higher ratings from reviewers than counterparts who made no mention of their looks.“Turns out there’s merit in the old Pantene ad, ‘Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful,’” said Stefanie Johnson, lead author of the paper and assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship at CU-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. “If a sufferer of female-beauty stereotyping addresses the issue, the perpetrator leaves behind preconceived ideas and is able to more clearly see her professional qualities.”The acknowledgment method could work for job applicants with other types of potential stigmas like being a wheelchair user, said Johnson.The study also identified the two main types of sexism that cause people to mentally disqualify women from masculine jobs. One, dubbed “benevolent sexism,” is paternalistic and causes individuals to see women as incapable and in need of protection from job difficulties and physical challenges or dangers. The other, dubbed “hostile sexism,” causes individuals to see women as violators of gender roles, encroaching on job turf that’s rightfully male.For the study, 355 participants were divided into three groups. Each group looked at fictitious applications for a construction job opening.The first group — male and female undergraduate business students — looked at four candidates, one of whom was either an attractive or unattractive woman. The rest of the applicants were men. All of the applications included a photo, a written interview statement and a resume, which the participants rated for employment suitability.Participants in the first group received different versions of either the attractive or unattractive woman’s application. A third of the women’s applications acknowledged their appearance; a third acknowledged their sex; and a third acknowledged neither. The raters who received the application of the attractive woman who had acknowledged her appearance or sex gave higher marks than those who received the application of the attractive woman who hadn’t acknowledged either.Then a second group of male and female undergraduate business students participated in a similar review process. However, there was only one application from an attractive woman who acknowledged both her appearance and her sex in her interview statement.This second part of the study sought to uncover the reasons why acknowledgment improves the ratings of attractive women. The participants were asked to rate how masculine and how spiteful they thought the attractive applicant was, as well as how suitable she was for the job.This revealed two underlying types of sexism at play in the interview: hostile sexism in which attractive women were seen as violating their gender role when applying for masculine jobs, creating the impression that they’re cold and belligerent; and benevolent sexism, in which they’re seen as too feminine to do the job because of their beauty. Acknowledging the female-beauty stigma mitigates both, said Johnson.“The participants’ perceptions of how bitchy she was decreased and their perceptions of how masculine she was increased because of the acknowledgment she’d given in the interview statement,” said Johnson. “Recognizing the fact that her appearance was atypical reduced the violation of her gender role and conveyed that she was capable of performing the job duties.”The third group — all male construction workers — completed a survey that gauged whether they were sexist and which type of sexism they represented. The participants reviewed a similar application package as the other groups, except that the attractive woman and her interview were presented in a video rather than in a photo and written statement.This part of the study aimed to show how acknowledgment affected the ratings of the two different types of sexists, according to Johnson. It influenced both.“If you score higher on hostile sexism and the beautiful female applicant acknowledges her appearance and sex, you rate her less negatively — you still might hate her for being there, but a little less. If you’re a benevolent sexist and she acknowledges, you rate her more positively,” said Johnson.Examples of other jobs that could be considered masculine are engineer, accountant and prison guard, said Johnson.Co-authors of the paper are Traci Sitzmann, assistant professor of management at the University of Colorado Denver, and Anh Thuy Nguyen, graduate student at the Illinois Institute of Technology.Another issue they explored during the study was unattractive women who acknowledge their looks when applying for masculine jobs, said Johnson. There was no benefit to the acknowledgment, they found.“In fact, it made the situation worse for unattractive women when they acknowledged their looks,” said Johnson. “They received lower ratings.”To see the complete study visit http://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S0749597814000715 or contact Elizabeth Lock at [email protected] or 303-492-3117.Contact: Stefanie [email protected] Elizabeth Lock, CU-Boulder media relations, [email protected]center_img Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

2018 Central Coast Wine Competition Registration Now Open

first_imgAdvertisementReturning to the Central Coast with an elite judging team and updated lookMarch 27, 2018 (Paso Robles, Calif.) – The Central Coast Wine Competition, hosted annually by the California Mid-State Fair and sponsored by Albertsons/Vons and The Tribune, is now accepting entries.The Central Coast Wine Competition promotes the excellent quality and diversity of commercial wineries while recognizing the fastest growing wine region in California, and showcases the California Mid-State Fair’s commitment to value-added agricultural products.The eligible counties are: Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.Chief Judge Tim McDonald has compiled an elite team of 18 judges, including industry leaders and international wine journalists, including Darrell Corti, food and beverage specialist and grocer of Corti Brothers Market in Sacramento, Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast’s contributing editor and Mark Chandler, chief judge of California State Fair Wine Competition.“Our goal with the Central Coast Wine Competition is to showcase the quality and style of wines being produced on the Central Coast, and to expand knowledge and awareness to wine consumers of the accomplished wineries in the region,” says Mid-State Fair CEO Mike Bradley.Discounted early-bird registration ends Friday, June 1, 2018, with an entry cost of $60 per wine. After June 1, registration increases to $80 per wine. Registration closes Friday, June 8, 2018. The competition and judging takes place June 20 and 21, 2018.Enrollment has also begun for the Home Winemakers Competition, the California Craft Spirits Competition, and the Central Coast Vinegar Competition.All the competitions are returning with a whole new look in 2018. To update the design – and provide winning entries with a more visually appealing medal – all the competitions are boasting new logo themes.For more information, or to enroll in the Central Coast Wine Competition, Home Winemakers Competition, or Central Coast Vinegar Competition, please visit cmsfw.fairmanager.com.For more information on the Central Coast Craft Spirits Competition, please visit cmsfs.fairmanager.com.The 2018 California Mid-State Fair runs July 18 – 29, and this year’s theme is “Ole, It’s Fiesta Time!”Advertisement TAGSCalifornia Mid-State FairCentral Coast Wine Competition ReddIt Share Twitter Email Home Industry News Releases 2018 Central Coast Wine Competition Registration Now OpenIndustry News ReleasesWine Business2018 Central Coast Wine Competition Registration Now OpenBy Press Release – March 29, 2018 67 0 Previous articleAveine, the First Smart Wine Aerator Reaches 182% of Its Goal on Indiegogo Within 24 HoursNext articleImmortal Estate to Launch First Wines Press Release Linkedin Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

Jamaican dancer wins Commonwealth Arts Award

first_imgJamaican dancer wins Commonwealth Arts Award CultureJune 11, 2011 By VIVIENNE SIVA, JIS Reporter RelatedJamaican dancer wins Commonwealth Arts Award RelatedJamaican dancer wins Commonwealth Arts Award RelatedJamaican dancer wins Commonwealth Arts Award FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail LONDON — Jamaican dancer and choreographer, Neila-Ann Ebanks, has been awarded the first ever dance residency under the Commonwealth Connections International Arts Residencies programme. Ms. Ebanks is among seven artistes, from nearly 200 applicants across the Commonwealth, to win residences this year, under the Commonwealth Foundation programme. She is skilled in a variety of dance forms including modern, contemporary, jazz and folk and has worked in Jamaica and the United Kingdom. She will take up a dance residency in Canada later this year. The Commonwealth Foundation, in a release, stated that Ms. Ebanks’ strong performance skills are matched with creative thinking and innovative use of method, style and original conceptualisation rooted in her Jamaican ancestry. “Committed to developing dance in Jamaica during her residency in Canada, Neila-Ann wishes to explore the use of video, using performing bodies with filmed projections. She will work specifically alongside four diverse Canadian artistes in the arena of dance and theatre to enrich and expand the dance scene in Jamaica on her return,” the Foundation said. The arts award winners, who were selected by 12 international judges, will receive up to £8,000 to live and work in another Commonwealth country and undertake original and innovative projects. The exchanges aim to promote creativity and individual cultural expression, increase mutual understanding between artistes, and give them opportunities to learn new skills that can help improve their livelihood. Advertisementslast_img read more

Pressure Makes Perfect

first_imgHILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – When Jordan Spieth began his final round Sunday at Augusta National with two birdies, many marveled at the 21-year-old’s fearlessness. When he charged in a 20 footer for birdie at the 10th to move a half dozen clear of the field, the collective watched in awe at what could only be described as detached abandon. And when Spieth rifled his 5-iron second shot at the par-5 13th over the tributary to Rae’s Creek to 14 feet, his competitive moxie appeared beyond reproach. In just his second Masters, Spieth shifted the paradigm that winning a major championship is more often about dealing with nerves than it is a physical test of hitting golf shots, but then his apparent immunity to pressure is no accident. Since Spieth was 12 years old, his swing coach Cameron McCormick has conditioned the would-be champion to the stress of competition. Put another way: “Combining the physical and physiological stress in training leads to quantum leaps in performance to bridge the step function of transfer.” That was a tweet McCormick posted on March 3. On Monday, a day after Spieth won the Masters by four strokes, the Australian patiently obliged when he was asked to put that concept in layman’s terms. “Essentially what that means is it’s really hard to expect a player who practices in a state of little stress that it’s going to be like that on the course,” McCormick told GolfChannel.com. “You want to simulate as much pressure as you can.” In practical terms, that means making Spieth feel as uncomfortable as possible when the two are working together. McCormick said he and Spieth always have “consequences” when they practice. Sometimes that involves your run-of-the-mill cash bets, but most of the time it features a symbolic gesture. It started with McCormick offering Spieth a hat when he was a pre-teen and advanced to Spieth buying a nice dinner for his girlfriend if he fails a particular task. According to McCormick, the key is to always make sure there are repercussions and that the duo maintains the delicate balance of challenging such a talented player. “He’s very competitive. It’s always finding that point where he gets very uncomfortable,” said McCormick, who added that he tried to keep himself as busy as possible on Sunday to avoid the Masters telecast. “He’s the kind of guy who expects to do very well. I’ll push him to the point of frustration, and then I can dial it back.” Through those drills and a stellar amateur career, Spieth forged a relative indifference to the pressures of competition. He still feels nerves, he’s just become extremely adept at dealing with them. For McCormick, the transformation of Spieth from Masters runner-up last year to 2015 champion was a similar process. Following last year’s Masters there was pressure, which was largely internal, to claim his second PGA Tour title and a desire to finish what he stated in 2014 when he took a share of the Masters lead into the final round. Those pressures, however, manifested themselves in counterproductive ways. “Last year, he put pressure on himself to validate that first win,” McCormick said. “He realized the pressure he was putting on himself was actually working in reverse.” It was just before the Ryder Cup when Spieth began to square himself with that concept. He and McCormick made a few putting adjustments at the Australian Open in November, and Spieth dusted the field by six shots. A week later, he cruised to a 10-stroke victory at the Hero World Challenge, and the die was cast for his Masters masterpiece. “They learned so much about themselves and their teamwork in Australia was transcendent,” McCormick said of Spieth and his caddie Michael Greller. Still, even those who have seen the ebb and flow of Spieth’s young career up close were equal parts impressed and surprised that he was able to control his emotions so well with so much on the line. “Any time, no matter how good someone is or no matter how well you know them, if you told someone a 21-year-old would win the Masters by four strokes in record fashion, you’d have to be surprised,” said Justin Thomas, who first met Spieth when the two were 14 years old at a junior event in Texas. But after nearly a decade of working with Spieth, McCormick has almost lost the ability to be surprised by anything he does. Twelve months ago, McCormick talked to Spieth as he was making his way to Hilton Head after his Masters near miss. It was a much different phone call on Monday. “Last year was more of a way to reflect and regroup as a team,” McCormick recalled. “[Monday’s] call is more looking back on what he’s accomplished. It will be hard to keep my tears back.” Spieth may have mastered his emotions on the golf course, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t enjoy the moment away from the fairways.last_img read more

Bears, Bikes and a Battle Over Access

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. When officials in Glacier National Park started plowing Going-to-the-Sun Road in late spring, the usual flood of cyclists descended on the park to complete the iconic ride to Logan Pass, bereft of cars.Every day until the road fully opened to motorized traffic on July 13, hordes of cyclists ascended 3,500 vertical feet over the 15-mile climb from Avalanche Creek to Logan Pass. The climb isn’t easy, but many riders got an extra boost this year, as electric bikes, or e-bikes, were allowed in the park for the first time. In August 2019, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt signed an order exempting e-bikes from the motorized vehicle definition to increase recreational opportunities on public lands. The order opened up all public lands managed by Interior — National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and Fish and Wildlife Service — to e-bike use. Interior finalized its e-bike regulations on Oct. 2 of this year, even as a lawsuit to overturn the decision is ongoing. The text only allows e-bikes to be used on trails where bicycles are already currently allowed, but it provides a new point of contention to the ongoing discussion over the place bikes have in wild areas, and anytime a new method of backcountry travel gains popularity, it increases the chances for human-wildlife encounters. During June, at least three groups of cyclists on the Sun Road were blocked from climbing and descending due to bears on the road.In 2017, a high-profile grizzly attack made headlines when a Flathead Valley native, Brad Treat, was killed while mountain biking in West Glacier. In general, bears and humans don’t mix well. And yet, residents of the Flathead and visitors to Glacier National Park and the surrounding areas utilize a section of land that bisects the largest grizzly bear habitat in the Lower 48, making bear sighting commonplace, and indeed an attractant to visit. The effects of human recreation on the environment and animal inhabitants are an increasing area of interest to researchers as recreation opportunities in public lands continue expanding. Several studies over the years have indicated that motorized and non-motorized recreation can impact both habitat and habits of deer and elk. A new study released last month had a similar finding with moose and bears, with an interesting culprit: bikes. The study, led by World Wildlife Fund researcher Robin Naidoo, examined the effects of hikers, bikers, horseback riders and motorized users on 13 different species of wildlife. The study utilized 61 camera traps spread along roads and trails over 550 square kilometers of the South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park in British Columbia. Researchers observed animals and recreational activities and used a formula to determine an “avoidance-attraction ratio” each species had with each form of recreation. The study found a greater negative impact of mountain biking on moose and grizzly bears than all other forms of recreation, including motorized travel. The researchers concluded that wildlife in the area may perceive mountain bikers as more similar to motorized vehicles than to non-motorized recreation and suggested that temporal avoidance by wildlife could be related to speed of recreational travel. Speed of travel was also specifically mentioned in a board of review report on the Treat attack, which noted surprise encounters with bears are one of the most common reasons for grizzly aggression toward humans. Moving swiftly and silently, as is common with cyclists, increases the odds of a surprise encounter with a bear. The potential for increased interactions with bears and other species is one criticism of the push to open huge swaths of public lands to electric bikes, and to allowing bikes into Wilderness Study Areas. Bikes are not allowed in Wilderness Areas or Wilderness Study Areas, another ongoing argument about access. The argument is based on the prohibition of “mechanical transport” in the Wilderness Act, which has been interpreted to include bicycles. Similarly, Wilderness Study Areas, which have the potential to receive a wilderness designation such as the Ten Lakes Wilderness Study Area in the Kootenai National Forest, are managed as wilderness, prohibiting bikes.Finding a way to balance the increased use of public lands while taking into consideration the potential for disturbing wildlife habits is a fine line to walk — or bike. Mountain biking on public land in bear country has exploded in popularity in recent years and is likely to continue. The nonprofit Flathead Area Mountain Bikers (FAMB) has been one of the biggest advocates for mountain biking in the area. Recently, FAMB has been collaborating with the U.S. Forest Service, the Whitefish Legacy Project and the Gateway to Glacier Trail to start work on roughly 55 miles of new multiuse trails near Columbia Falls and northwest of Whitefish Mountain Resort. The group acknowledges they are always aware they are recreating in bear county, and recommends always carrying bear spray while riding.The e-bike ruling by Bernhardt doesn’t apply to Forest Service property, which is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While the Forest Service is reviewing its policies based on Interior’s decision, e-bikes are currently only allowed on motorized roads and trails. The Flathead National Forest has 1,427 miles of road and 226 miles of trails available for e-bike use. In Glacier Park, there are only a few paths and roads that allow bikes, and now e-bikes. In addition to the Sun Road, bikes are allowed on the paved pack from the park headquarters to Apgar, along the Old Flathead Ranger Station Trail, the Fish Creek trail and along the Inner North Fork Road. As always, it is recommended make noise and carry bear spray when recreating in bear country. last_img read more

Shippers begin to plan for US east coast port closures

first_imgThis followed conciliatory messages from Mr Daggett, who appears to be keen to take some of the personal animosity out of the negotiations and said he was hopeful that a “tentative agreement” could be reached in mid-July.Neither of these signals appear to have mollified Rila, which said that some its members were so concerned by the possibility of industrial action that they had begun to re-engineer their supply chains already.“In fact, in the absence of certainty over the outcome of the negotiations and facing the real possibility of a September stoppage, retailers have no choice but to continue planning for a shutdown. Indeed, some of our members advise that they are beginning to redirect their supply chains in order to allow adequate lead time to ensure that customer needs can continue to be met, regardless of whether the negotiations are successfully concluded by September 30. Supply chain changes of this magnitude are not desirable to retailers because they take time both to implement and to reverse,” Ms Kennedy wrote.The dispute, as explained in a previous Loadstar post, centres on three main issues: the introduction of automated container handling equipment by terminal operators; the ILA demand that all containers be weighed at the quayside before being released; and that chassis pool operators be included in the USMX.But there are other underlying issues, not least of which appears to be a power struggle within the ILA itself. Mr Daggett was elected to his position last year, and in his acceptance speech he spoke out against deals between local ILA offices and individual terminals, such as the agreements on automation reached at the developing Hanjin terminal in Jacksonville and the semi-automated APM Terminals facility in Virginia, and said that only the ILA central leadership could negotiate such deals – a clear indication he is looking to consolidate his power base within the organisation.Similarly, while the dangers posed by overweight containers have been well documented, there is another reason for the ILA’s insistence on weighing containers – the guaranteed annual income that was put in place during the 1960s, when large numbers of longshoremen were made redundant by the advent of containerisation. The GAI agreement is a royalty fund whereby the ILA receives a payment based on the actual tonnage of cargo in containers. Overweight containers means less royalties and a recent study concluded that it was losing around $100 million a year through containers whose weights have been under-declared.The master contract covers 14 east and Gulf coast ports, which cumulatively handle around 100 million tonnes. Major shippers in the US have begun to re-route cargo away from east and Gulf coast ports over fears that there will be substantial industrial action, as negotiations between employers and dockworkers continue to stall.Despite the recent attendance of James Capo, chief executive of the US Maritime Alliance (USMX) – the umbrella organisation covering shipping lines and terminal operators operating on the east and Gulf coasts – at the International Longshoreman Association’s most recent Wage Scale Committee, shippers are concerned enough about the way the talks are unfolding that they have begun to set up contingency plans, according to the Retail Industry Leaders Association (Rila).Its chief executive Sandy Kennedy wrote to both Mr Capo, and his opposite number, ILA president Harold Daggett, to express the sense of growing alarm that Rila members were feeling. “On behalf of the Retail Industry Leaders Association, I write to ask for your leadership to help prevent a potential shutdown of port activity along the entire Eastern seaboard this fall. This potential disruption would be devastating to the retail industry as it would disrupt the flow of goods, resulting in lost sales and aggravated customers. Negotiations have been materializing for quite some time, but with the current contract’s deadline only two months away, we urge your leadership in negotiating a master contract that is agreeable to both parties as soon as possible.”This came just a day after Mr Capo had written to USMX members in reassuring tones, reporting his attendance at the ILA Wage Scale committee meeting in Florida at the end of June, in which he expressed his confidence that the talks would ultimately end in agreement, despite admitting that little progress has been made and the next available date for talks are in the middle of July, leaving some six weeks until the current master contract is due to expire. APM Terminals automated terminal in Virginiacenter_img By Gavin van Marle 12/07/2012last_img read more

News / Retailers now believe sea-air the best way to get their goods out of China

first_img© Khunaspix By Alex Lennane 13/02/2020 Major retailers awaiting their spring-summer stock are planning to opt for sea-air to get their goods out of China.The garment industry wants its new season launches into shops before Easter, in eight weeks’ time, but “some 70% to 80% of Chinese factories are still not back up to speed,” said Grant Liddell, business development director for Metro Shipping.“So there will be at least another week’s delay in production, and a lot of distressed sea freight.“Lots of importers don’t want to pay for the expected air freight spike in one or two weeks’ time. It is likely to be $4-$5 per kg, up from about $2 per kg. That makes sea-air a very attractive option, as it would come in at about the $2.80/kg mark.center_img “Major retailers are now looking at sea-air; as soon as production is up and running, it will be the answer. It recovers the delay in production and is cheaper than pure air.”Metro plans to use smaller feeder vessels of about 2,300 teu to get goods out of China, bypassing the mega-ships, many of which have blanked sailings which has led to some port congestion.“Intra-Asian trade is still pretty buoyant,” added Mr Lidddell. “Air freight outside of China is not affected, the schedules are all OK, and there is still belly capacity.”He said the best transit points for sea-air would be Singapore and Dubai.“Then there may be some convoluted routes like Korea and Taiwan, but those air carriers will really stick their rates up.“Singapore historically is a stable market, at a lower cost, whereas in Hong Kong and China rates can spike overnight. Singapore works well normally, but it could get congested; we are already well-positioned in Singapore for capacity.”Sea-air has fallen off forwarders’ radars in recent years – low rates last year, for example, meant there was little benefit.“But it works well when rates go sky-high,” added Mr Liddell. “At the moment airlines aren’t even quoting, the demand just isn’t there, Asian carriers in particular work on supply and demand.“But it’s a time of opportunity for air cargo operators – some importers still see sea-air as a risk, so they will opt for pure air freight. Others will be trying to get capacity anywhere.“The freight still has to move. The demand has just been displaced into March and April, so instead of being 70%-full planes will be 90%-full. So a dip in February will mean a sharp recovery in March/April.”It is as yet unclear exactly when factory production will re-start on China. Many staff, including forwarders, are still working from home, although they are starting to return in some cities, such as Beijing and Suzhou.“It’s not just the central government making decisions, but provincial governments and manufacturers, and it’s the workers’ choice too. Just because the central government says something, doesn’t mean it will happen.”Once production is up and running, air freight should enjoy huge demand, he said, and carriers may be able to make up the losses of the past few weeks.“There are lots of unknowns still on the demand side, and the product still isn’t there. But in two weeks the reality will kick in.”One forwarder in China said Chinese carriers were currently the “most stable”, and another source said the timing was in fact relatively good for carriers.“Ocean freight is using the excuse of the virus to blank sailings, but some don’t actually have the vessels as they are in the yards awaiting scrubber fitting. Airlines couldn’t wait to cancel over Chinese new year anyway, so in some ways it was good timing.”However, one sea freight expert said: “That’s right to a very limited extent, but the shipping lines have chartered-in to replace the scrubber installations, and they can’t even half-fill the others. Eventually they will get some of the losses back as rates spike when the all-clear is given, but in the meantime some of them are at risk if it goes on much longer.”last_img read more

Atlanta Zoo Welcomes Newborn Twin Panda Cubs

first_img Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Share Atlanta’s zoo says a 19-year-old giant panda has given birth to a set of twins.Zoo Atlanta said in a news release Saturday that giant panda namedLun Lun delivered the twin cubs at 7:20 a.m. and 8:07 a.m. Saturday morning. It’s Lun Lun’s second pair of twins.Officials say Lun Lun was artificially inseminated in March. The round-the-clock birth watch started late last month.Lun Lun and 18-year-old male panda Yang Yang have seven offspring together, all resulting from artificial insemination.The pair’s first three cubs live at China’s Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Twins Mei Lun and Mei Huan were born in 2013 and live at Zoo Atlanta.Officials expect zoo members and guests to meet the cubs in December or early next year in January. Related Stories For Whom The Bell Rings ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Add to My List In My Listlast_img read more

World Enviroment Day Logo Design Competition 2015

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