zoom Germany’s ship manager Ernst Russ Group has acquired two second-hand containerships.The two fleet additions feature 2,450 TEU and 2,785 TEU of capacity respectively and have an average age of around 12 years.ABN AMRO – Global Transportation & Logistics provided financing for the acquisition, however, the price of the two ships was not disclosed.The transaction was structured and carried out by Ernst Russ Maritime Management GmbH & Co. KG as the maritime asset manager of the Ernst Russ Group.According to Ernst Russ, a company within the northern German maritime cluster has been given responsibility for the technical management of the ships, while another unidentified partner would be in charge of chartering the ships.“After the successful acquisition of a larger ship portfolio in 2016, Ernst Russ Group expands the fleet of actively managed ships and continues to align itself as a partner for professional and institutional investors along the entire maritime value chain,” the company said.The group manages a fleet of around 150 container, tanker and bulker vessels.
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets this Monday, December 10, 2018 at Town Hall (Room 9). An Executive Session begins at 6:30pm. The public portion of the meeting begins at 7pm.There are some noteworthy items on the agenda, including:DPW Director Michael Woods, Town Engineer Paul Alunni and Planning Director Valerie Gingrich will discuss the Woburn Street/Lowell Street intersection.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on the North Wilmington MBTA Commuter Rail Station.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on the Butters Row Bridge Replacement.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide the results of the recent Annual Town Meeting Survey.Town Manager Jeff Hull will share good news about a recent award won by the Yentile Farm Recreational Facility.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on the FY2020 budget process.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on Russell Disposal’s performance bond.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on placing AEDs at all town parks.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on the Fire Department’s fire pumper situation.Town Manager Jeff Hull will announce the appointment of Laura T. deWahl to the Wilmington Conservation Commission.Selectmen will consider the approvals of various licenses for town businesses.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-G — Channel 22 on Comcast and Channel 38 on Verizon. The meeting will also be streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends to report on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting — over the next two weeks. Wilmington Apple sometimes live-tweets the meeting HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Senior Center, Palmer Park, WHS Gym Floor At September 9 MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Childhood Cancer Study, Olin, Cook Ave., Recreation Dept. Update On Agenda For Tonight’s MeetingIn “Government”
What is going on between Huawei and the US? Share your voice Review • Huawei Matebook review: This Surface wannabe falls flat — literally Comments CNET’s understanding is that Huawei has no immediate plans to launch its own OS, and that the company is looking at launching one only if Android is permanently removed as an option for its smartphone customers.More than a year ago, CNET sister site TechRepublic reported that Huawei had been working on its own OS since 2012, in case it got banned from Android.Last week, the US government blacklisted networking gear from Huawei and President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning the company. Microsoft has also reportedly removed Huawei’s MateBook laptops from its online store.Read: Huawei’s ‘plan B’ smartphone OS: What it needs to succeedFirst published May 21.Updated May 24: Adds report about Hongmeng. Huawei Matebook 13 4:59 Android Pie Google Huawei Microsoft Samsung Tags Mobile Tech Industry Laptops Phones Politics Preview • Huawei’s Windows 10 tablet packs a stylus with a frickin’ laser pointer built in Huawei smartphones could someday get their own Huawei OS. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Huawei is still “far from ready” to launch its own operating system, but it may have a name at least, according to reports.The phone maker received the trademark “Hongmeng” for the system from the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration, after working on it under the internal code name “Project Z,” The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.Separately, sources told The Information on Tuesday that the internal project “has had its ups and downs and remains far from ready.”Google locked Huawei out of its Android updates earlier this week. On Tuesday, the US Commerce Department granted the Chinese tech giant a three-month general license to update existing devices, temporarily easing restrictions on Huawei’s access to American components and software that go into its phones. Google agreed to continue working with Huawei for that time.Despite the Google ban, Huawei said Tuesday that its latest smartphone, the Honor Pro 20, will use Android.Read: Samsung has the most to gain from Google putting Huawei on ice Now playing: Watch this: News • What the Huawei Matebook X Pro tells us about Nvidia MX250 graphics
-The government on Monday made changes in the English spelling of five districts in the country.The decision was taken at a meeting of National Implementation Committee for Administrative Reorganisation. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the meeting.As per the government decision, from now on Chittagong would be called as Chattogram, Barisal would be Barishal, Comilla would be Cumilla, Jessore would be Jashore and Bogra would be Bogura.Secretary (co-ordination and reforms) at the cabinet division NM Ziaul Alam informed journalists about the changes after the meeting.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday laid emphasis on maintaining a peaceful atmosphere in the hill tracts of the country.“Make it sure peace prevails there [in hills]… we do want that. All must maintain a congenial atmosphere. This is not important who is Pahari (indigenous) and who is Bangalee,” she said.She said this while speaking with a cross-section of people of Bandarban district through a videoconference after unveiling the results of SSC and equivalent exams at her official residence Ganabhaban, reports UNB.The premier said all have to be treated as human being. “Human is human…we have to treat human as human being,” she said.Sheikh Hasina mentioned that all human have the basic rights to enjoy. “We’ve to fulfil that right of people.”On Friday, five people were gunned down and eight others suffered bullet wounds in an attack by some miscreants at Betchhari in Naniarchar upazila of Rangamati.They came under the gun attack while during the funeral programme of slain Naniarchar upazila chairman Shaktiman Chakma.Advocate Shaktiman Chakma, 55, also a leader of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (MN Larma faction), and chairman of Naniarchar upazila was shot dead by unidentified miscreants in front of the upazila parishad complex on 3 May.
US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo:AFPUS President Donald Trump shelved Washington’s years-long quest for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Wednesday, saying he would back a single state if it led to peace.The new president warmly welcomed Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House and hailed the “unbreakable” bond between their countries.And while he urged Netanyahu to “hold back” from building Jewish settlements for a “little bit,” Trump broke with international consensus insisting on a future that included a Palestinian state alongside Israel.“So I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like,” he said. “I can live with either one.”Trump said he had thought a two-state solution “looked like it may be the easier of the two. But honestly, if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I’m happy with the one they like the best.”This change in the US stance was calculated to please Netanyahu and his right-wing coalition.“I think the Palestinians have to get rid of some of that hate that they’re taught from a very young age,” Trump said, echoing Netanyahu’s argument that the Palestinians are not ready for peace.Netanyahu had warm words for the Israeli-US alliance, and hammered home his own prerequisites for peace.“First, the Palestinians must recognize the Jewish state. They have to stop calling for Israel’s destruction,” he said.“Second, in any peace agreement, Israel must retain the overriding security control over the entire area west of the Jordan River.”This region contains the entire West Bank area that would represent the heart of any Palestinian state as conceived in all previous international agreements.Arab capitalsThe previous US administration of Barack Obama had warned Israel that if it did not reach a two-state deal with the Palestinians, it would never reach an accommodation with the Arab world.But Netanyahu insisted he was already developing closer security ties with his Sunni neighbors, who share Israel’s concerns about Iranian subversion and “radical Islam.”And he urged Trump’s administration to get on board.“For the first time in the life of my country, Arab countries in the region do not see Israel as an enemy, but increasingly as an ally,” he told Trump.“I believe that under your leadership, this change in our region creates an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen security and advance peace.”In a joint statement, the two sides proclaimed “a new day” in US-Israel relations and that there was “no daylight” between them.Whatever the view in Cairo and Riyadh, the shift in Washington’s position, which was revealed overnight by a White House official, triggered Palestinian despair and consternation in international capitals.The second-ranking official in the Palestine Liberation Organization, Saeb Erekat, denounced it as an attempt to “bury the two-state solution and eliminate the state of Palestine.”And he implicitly warned Israelis that any single nation that emerged would not be specifically Jewish.“There’s only one alternative,” he told a news conference. “A single democratic state that guarantees the rights of all: Jews, Muslims and Christians.”Victory cryThe new US message deliberately echoed the long-standing Israeli position: no peace deal can be imposed from outside and the agenda for talks must reflect the reality on the ground.Naftali Bennett, the right-wing leader of the hardline Jewish Home party and an opponent of any Palestinian state, cried victory.“A new era. New ideas. No need for third Palestinian state beyond Jordan and Gaza. Big day for Israelis and reasonable Arabs,” he tweeted. “Congrats.”But Trump’s decision flew in the face of an international consensus that any final status agreement must be based on a return to Israel’s 1967 border—albeit with land swaps.Just five days before Trump’s January 20 inauguration, the United States was among 70 countries to endorse this vision at a peace conference in Paris.One month before that, Obama’s UN ambassador allowed a Security Council motion that criticized Israeli settlement building to pass without the usual US veto.Addressing a US-Israeli conference in December, the then secretary of state John Kerry called settlements a “barrier” to progress.Under Trump, that vision appears dead, and Washington has aligned itself with Netanyahu’s government and its supporters in the right-wing settler movement.After the White House talks, Netanyahu met with US congressional leaders in the US Capitol, where he addressed Trump’s call to slow settlement expansion.“I think we’ll try to find a common understanding that is consistent with the pursuit of peace and security,” he said.Speaking in Cairo after talks with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, UN chief Antonio Guterres warned that “everything must be done” to preserve the two-state solution.France, which organized the January peace conference, was also unimpressed.Its UN ambassador Francois Delattre told reporters “our commitment to the two-state solution is stronger than ever.”Trump has tapped son-in-law Jared Kushner and lawyer Jason Greenblatt to lead peace efforts.Netanyahu had dinner Tuesday with Kushner—a long-time family friend—and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterA little over a month ago Faye Smith found herself in the Senate Office Building protesting and searching for Senator Mitch McConnell in order to impress upon him how the federal shutdown was impacting her life.Now with the shutdown officially over, and another one looming, Smith is back with Lila Johnson another federal contract worker. Both are representatives of 32BJ – SEIU, a union which represents over 600 janitors and security guards that were furloughed and didn’t receive wages. Together they are at the Senate to support legislation that would provide back wages to low wage workers who are federally contracted during a shutdown.Government contractors and representatives of 32BJ-SEIU Lila Johnson (far left) and Faye Smith (far right), with politicians Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).According to the their summary, The Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act would, “compensate contractors for the costs of providing back pay to low-wage contractor service employees who have been furloughed or laid off during the shutdown. In addition, some contractors have forced workers to use their annual leave during the shutdown, so the bill would compensate contractors for restoring annual leave as well. For ease of administration, the bill builds on an existing process used by contractors to recoup other shutdown-related costs.”The District’s Representative to Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) led the house bill along with Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and several other House Democrats.The Senate bill is led by U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) along with U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD.), Ben Cardin (D-MD.), Mark Warner (D-VA.), and Tim Kaine (D-VA.) and supported by mostly Democrats.Officials said that the legislation would provide back pay for the 35-day federal shutdown that just past. Van Hollen said the hope is that legislation will be added onto the bill to keep the government open and that the legislation will carry the same protections for contractors that a recently passed bill did for federal workers.“It would apply after any government shutdown,” Van Hollen said.Some may remember Smith who was featured on several news outlets across the country when she spoke of her journey since the federal shutdown.Smith works as a security guard for the Smithsonian at the Hirshhorn Museum. When the shutdown occurred she said she had been looking forward to the pay bump she was to receive after relocating from Stone Mountain, GA, to Washington D.C. She went from $12 an hour to $17.50, Smith said.“I moved down from Georgia thinking I was gonna get the big dream, the money,” Smith said, adding she has a daughter and two grandchildren that live in the DMV area. She got transferred and was only two months into her new job when the shutdown happened.“I had a panic attack, I was stressed out, I was traumatized, all of that,” Smith said.Rent was due, and the bills loomed. Thankfully Smith’s story went viral. D.L. Hughley gave her $2,000. A GoFundMe account was set up in her name and she received over $11,000. Now she is paid up for four months. But the threat of another shutdown is still devastating.Ms. Johnson had been a custodian with the Department of Agriculture for 21 years. Johnson makes around $20 per hour. And she retired from a previous job. But she cares for two of her great grandchildren. So when the furlough happened she had Christmas to worry about.She found out about the government furlough while watching television. She had been through shutdowns before but she said, “I had no idea it was gonna be for 35 days.”“I felt it the moment it came on because I didn’t have any money coming in,” Johnson said.Smith and Johnson are both back at work,. Smith should receive a paycheck this week, while Johnson expects to be paid by the end of the month.Both Smith and Johnson will be guests of Norton and Van Hollen respectively during the President’s State of the Union address.
Patrick Semansky 70 Mayors Reject Trump Food Stamp Proposal, Saying It Puts… by NPR News Bobby Allyn 8.22.19 3:22pm The Trump administration’s proposal to push millions of people out of the federal food stamp program would punish some of the country’s neediest, including children, seniors and people with disabilities, according to mayors of 70 American cities who have sent a letter to an administrator for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.Under a new rule proposed in July by the Agriculture Department, more than 3 million people would lose their food assistance. The mayors say the move would also hurt their local and regional economies.The change to SNAP is aimed at plugging what critics say is a loophole that allows states to give benefits to people whose savings and other assets the Trump administration says should make them ineligible for food stamps.Anti-poverty groups view the shift as part of a broader push by the Trump administration to peel people off government assistance. Republicans who back the move say the new rules are needed to curb abuse of federal safety net programs.Through the change, the Trump administration aims to cut spending by some $2.5 billion a year. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has pledged the plan will also preserve “the integrity of the program.” But dozens of mayors counter that shaking up the eligibility requirements will exact a toll on some of the nation’s most vulnerable people.”This proposal will put children’s health and development at risk by removing their access to healthy school meals; and harm our economy by reducing the amount of SNAP dollars available to spur regional and local economic activity,” wrote the city leaders, in a letter sent from the U.S. Conference of Mayors.The mostly Democratic mayors who signed the letter come from around the country, from Fremont, Calif., to Houston and from Edina, Minn., to Philadelphia.”Our nation cannot remain globally competitive if our children do not have enough to eat; if our citizens do not have access to affordable health care; if housing and other basic needs are priced out of reach; and if adults who are willing and able to work cannot find jobs that will help them support their families,” the mayors wrote.The majority of the people who receive SNAP are children, the elderly or people who struggle with a disability. Government statistics show that the average monthly benefit per person is $135 a month.Federal food assistance is a pathway out of desperate circumstances, the mayors argue.”SNAP is not only a critical resource in the fight against hunger and food insecurity, but also lifts people out of poverty,” their letter states.Since the new federal rule has been open to public comment, more than 4,000 people have weighed in on the proposal, with many strongly opposing the Trump administration’s move.”It’s horrifying to think that millions of people will not have food stamps! I encourage the American government to act for the people that need a hand up from desperate situations,” wrote Kala Nyx.”I am a 55 year old white male from rural Texas,” wrote Johnny Dotson, who said he has known many families who have depended on SNAP. “You should be ashamed of yourselves if you believe it is ok to make children go hungry for ANY reason. You may think there will be so few children negatively affected it would be worth the cost, but you are wrong.”Others, like Joal Devendorf, embraced the Trump administration’s proposed move.”We should close loopholes such as the SNAP loophole. Temporary Assistance is fine; ongoing dependence is not,” he wrote.The mayors, meanwhile, are fretting about how the overhaul to food assistance will impact their regions’ local economies, saying those who receive benefits spend more money in their communities, as part of a “multiplier effect” that boosts overall economic activity, including job creation.Citing the USDA’s own statistics, the mayors wrote, “during times of economic downturn, every additional $5 dollars in SNAP benefits generates up to $9 dollars of economic activity.”The Agriculture Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The department can move forward with the new rule in about a month, after the 60-day public comment period ends on Sept. 23.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.
How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. August 9, 2013 Turnabout was fair play for Apple.The tech giant got a boost late Friday when the International Trade Commission ruled that rival Samsung infringed on some of its iPhone-related patents for older Galaxy phones and tablets.The ITC ordered a ban on imports of the Samsung products that violated the patents, which cover features like headphone jacks and finger-scrolling.That is the mirror image of a previous ITC ruling that Apple had infringed on some Samsung patents for iPhones and iPads. Apple was banned from selling those phones, but the Obama Administration last week vetoed the ITC’s order.President Obama could issue a similar veto on the Samsung ban within the next 60 days. Samsung is expected to appeal the ITC’s decision.The ITC’s decision came as the two companies faced off in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington. Apple, which won a federal suit in California that Samsung infringed on iPhone patents, is trying to get the courts to force Samsung to stop selling older Galaxy products in the U.S. The appeals court is not expected to issue a ruling in that case for a few months. 1 min read Listen Now