In 1982, Pink Floyd shocked moviegoers everywhere with their intense film adaptation of The Wall. The movie had particularly strong imagery, including a number of paintings by artist Gerald Scarfe. Now, 35 years later, those paintings will be displayed in an exhibit at the San Francisco Art Exchange this July, before being sold off to collectors.A total of eleven pieces will be included, such as The Scream pictured above, as well as a full 50 panel storyboard for the entire film. Other pieces are titled The Mother, The Gross Inflatable Pig, Wife With Flaming Hair, Education For What? No Jobs! and many more. The full collection can be seen here.Interestingly, Scarfe began working on the artwork for The Wall before Pink Floyd even started recording the album. He designed several inflatable animals that were used in the live performances, and some of his illustrations made it to the movie. It should be a real treat to see these artwork on display.[H/T Rolling Stone]
Camp Bisco officially starts today, though some campers began trickling in last night. The annual event has solidified their new home at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania, welcoming fans across the east coast and beyond to one of the season’s favorited events. Hosted by The Disco Biscuits, the electronica pioneers took the opportunity to welcome their guests with a few new dates added to their 2017 schedule.In addition to their previously announced appearances at LOCKN’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia, City Bisco at Irving Plaza and Coney Island Boardwalk, and Dominican Holidaze in Punta Cana, Mexico, The Disco Biscuits will bring their incendiary jams to Worcester Palladium on October 27 & 28, and The Fillmore in Denver, Colorado on November 17 & 18. The new dates were revealed on the back of the official Camp Bisco program distributed to its attendees.Camp Bisco will feature headlining performances by The Disco Biscuits, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights Live, GRiZ, Lotus, Gramatik, and Action Bronson & Shpongle (Simon Posford Live).Also performing at Camp Bisco this summer will be: 12th Planet, Beats Antique, Break Science, Classixx (DJ set), Cloudchord, Clozee, Desert Dwellers, Electric Beethoven, Emancipator, Escort (live band), The Floozies, G Jones, Ganja White Night, Goldfish, Higher Learning, Jaw Gems, Kasbo, Kill the Noise, The Knocks (live), Louis Futon, Louis the Child, Maddy O’Neal, Manic Focus, Marvel Years, Melvv, Nightmares on Wax (DJ set), Opiuo, Paper Diamond, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Pouya, Pusher, Roots of Creation, The Russ Liquid Test, Slushii, Sophistafunk, Space Jesus, Subtronics, Swift Technique, Tokimonsta, Too Many Zooz, Turkuaz, Twiddle, Wax Future, Team Ezy, The Werks, Wingtip, Yookie and more.
Another Questionable Grid-Rebuild Contract in Puerto Rico FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Intercept:National Outrage has led to the cancellation of a suspicious $300 million contract doled out to a tiny Montana company that was oddly tasked with rebuilding large parts of Puerto Rico’s electric grid. A separate $200 million contract has faced little scrutiny, but may ultimately be even more scandalous for what it says about the effort to rebuild the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.The deal was inked with a company called Cobra Acquisitions LLC, which didn’t even exist until this year. It’s a subsidiary of an Oklahoma-based fossil fuel company, suggesting that neither the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority nor the federal government has much interest in seizing the opportunity presented by the storm to rebuild Puerto Rico in a sustainable way that relies on renewable energy rather than imported oil.Unlike the Whitefish contract, the Cobra deal with PREPA involved heavy input from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which — according to a recent conference call convened by Mammoth Energy Services — was “in the room” and there “every step of the way” as it was being meted out so as to be in line with the agency’s reimbursement requirements. (Neither FEMA nor PREPA representatives have responded to The Intercept’s multiple requests for comment.)“We expect this to be a credit to our corporate margin,” an unidentified Mammoth executive (likely Chief Financial Officer Mark Layton) said on the conference call. “Quite honestly, we wouldn’t have entered this contract if we didn’t think we’d get paid.”“The Cobra contract is less flashy and less obviously crazy,” Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, told The Intercept. “But together with [the Whitefish contract] shows the nexus of PREPA with oil and gas interests — the kind of companies that are go-to companies for PREPA.”Mammoth, Cobra’s parent firm, is primarily an oilfield services company, with several smaller subsidiaries selling a range of support offerings to fracking and other fossil fuel extraction operations. HBC Investments, one of Whitefish’s major financiers, owns several fossil fuel holdings. PREPA itself, like most island energy systems, is also inordinately dependent on imported oil, generating 47.4 percent of its power from that source alone.PREPA is currently $9 billion in debt and gives more than $1 billion a year to off-island oil and gas companies. Yet even as the utility’s leadership has acknowledged that its fiscal sustainability relies on a transition away from oil, its plan has been to transition not to distributed renewables — which are more resilient to storms — but to centralized natural gas. In 2010, Puerto Rico’s legislature set out a plan to get a full 12 percent of energy from renewables by 2015. As of 2015, just 3.3 percent of its power was derived from clean energy. Nearly a third of the island’s generating capacity, meanwhile, came from natural gas, and PREPA’s plan for 2035 includes the construction of a $400 million liquid natural gas import terminal. Currently, all signs point to PREPA rebuilding its energy system back to the pre-storm status quo — or worse.Alongside FEMA, Mammoth negotiated a $15 million payment from PREPA upfront and will be paid biweekly. The initial contract is for 120 days of work, though Mammoth stated repeatedly on the conference call that they expect that to be extended. “We hope,” Straehla said, “this leads to additional work in rebuilding the infrastructure after the emergency situation.”According to a presentation about its PREPA contract, Cobra-employed workers will in the short-term be tasked with providing a “comprehensive damage assessment of existing electrical grid”, “engineering services to aid in the design of a new electric utility grid to PREPA specifications,” “construction services to rebuild the electric grid,” as well as housing, food, and water for all of its employees and contractors so as not to create “an additional strain on the local population.”The stated expertise and experience may be a bit misleading. By phone, Wilson clarified to The Intercept that it was four top managers of Cobra that together hold an average of 25 years of experience in the utility sector, though he was unable to provide more information as to those executives’ names, which companies or utilities they had worked for, or the specific nature of their utility experience. While he and executives on the call said Cobra had been involved in grid restoration work following hurricanes Irma and Harvey, the company currently has no ongoing storm-related contracts outside of Puerto Rico. Wilson and executives on the call also each emphasized that Cobra has a history of working with private, investor-owned utilities (Cobra’s “main customers,” according to Straehla), but provided no details as to which IOUs Cobra has worked with.Beyond the specifics of either the Whitefish or Cobra Acquisitions contract is a larger one about why PREPA entered into any agreements at all with private contractors post-Maria. The standard procedure for near-term disaster response is for utilities to enter into mutual aid agreements with their counterparts in other states, facilitated by the American Public Power Association. Puerto Rico is entitled to these type of agreements, and — with the Whitefish contract severed — will now begin receiving such aid from utilities in Florida and New York.In all likelihood, Cobra Acquisitions’ management probably has more experience getting utilities back online than their counterparts at Whitefish Energy. The issues surrounding its contract, though, reflect broader problems plaguing PREPA: a startling lack of transparency, costly mismanagement, and an abiding fondness for the fossil fuel industry — all compounded by crippling debt and a catastrophic storm. The fiscal oversight board and others on the island see the solution to these problems as privatization. Late last week, that federally appointed body — now in charge of the island’s finances and government — cited PREPA’s pursuance of the Whitefish contract as rationale for wanting to install a Flint-style emergency manager to oversee the utility, a move many expect will pave the way for selling it off to the highest bidders.More: There’s a Shady Puerto Rico Contract You Didn’t Hear About
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Nikkei Asia:Toshiba will stop taking orders for coal-fired power plants in line with growing global trends toward reducing carbon emissions, Nikkei learned on Tuesday, as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledges to reduce Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.Shifting its priority in the energy business to renewables, Toshiba will increase investment in them fivefold to 160 billion yen ($1.52 billion) by fiscal 2022.Toshiba holds 11% of the global thermal-power generation market, excluding China. This includes building power plants, producing steam turbines and providing maintenance. While the company will stop accepting new orders for coal-burning plants, it will build 10 stations under existing orders in Japan, Vietnam and other countries.Toshiba chalked up nearly 3.4 trillion yen in consolidated sales in fiscal 2019 ended March. Sales related to construction of thermal and hydraulic power plants totaled 223 billion yen, or about 40% of the global energy sector. Although the company will continue producing turbines mainly for replacements, it will drastically reduce sales in its thermal-power generation business.Toshiba will boost investment in research and development of offshore wind power and next-generation photovoltaic cells. It also hopes to expand its renewable energy business to 650 billion yen by 2030, from 190 billion in 2019.Earlier this month, Toshiba decided to enter the “virtual power plant” business, buying electricity from renewable-energy power plants across Japan for resale to local power companies.More: Toshiba stops taking orders for coal-fired power plants Toshiba says it will not take new orders for coal-fired power plants
By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo March 19, 2018 Mexico and Guatemala conduct routine combined land, air, and maritime surveillance operations against transnational organized criminal organizations. Thanks to this coordinated effort, the Mexican Department of the Navy (SEMAR, in Spanish) managed to seize close to a ton of cocaine off the coast of Chiapas. “The Mexican Navy secured 38 packages of cocaine off the coast of Puerto Chiapas, Chiapas, just a few kilometers from the Guatemalan border,” SEMAR reported in a press release. Drugs recovered, SEMAR indicated, weighed 910 kilograms. Information exchange and cooperation The operation was conducted through fieldwork and information exchanges between both countries. The Guatemalan Navy tracked a suspect vessel from South America and alerted the Mexican Navy about its illegal entry into Mexican waters. “[The information] allowed us to place naval units in the area to locate the shipment, which a small vessel jettisoned when it noticed the authorities,” Vice Admiral Juan Randolfo Pardo Aguilar, commander of the Guatemalan Navy, told Diálogo. “The vessel was close to the maritime border between Guatemala and Mexico.” SEMAR’s 8th Naval Region ordered an operation that included air and surface units. “A combat aircraft was deployed on the mission and, while conducting maritime surveillance spotted an offending vessel that was dropping its cargo at sea, leaving it drifting 222 kilometers off the coast. The ocean patrol, with an onboard helicopter and a coastal patrol in the area, arrived on scene to secure the packages,” indicated the press release. The nylon sacks, strung together with a rope, were meant to be recovered by other boats to continue their illegal transit to distribution and consumption locations. Based on the vessel’s features and on information and analysis of the route it took, authorities presume it was headed to the shores of southern Guatemala or southern Mexico. According to SEMAR, “A method narcotrafficking groups use to transport drugs by sea from South America to the shores of Mexico is to leave drugs tied together and floating with a beacon [to electronically signal their precise geographical location]. Later, packets are picked up by narcotraffickers’ vessels.” Cocaine seizures in the Pacific are on the rise, according to Security, Justice and Peace, a nongovernmental organization based in Mexico. The NGO indicates that cocaine is placed on cargo ships of international shipping lines, or in fast boats with outboard motors, or is left floating off the coasts of Chiapas, Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Colima. Shipments vary in size from 70 kilograms to several tons. The United Nations International Narcotics Control Board indicates that 76 percent of the cocaine entering the United States from South America passes through Central America and Mexico. Information and cooperation According to SEMAR’s fifth 2016-2017 Progress Report, more than 14,300 counter-narcotrafficking operations were conducted in 2017, with an average of 3,150 service members participating each month. During the first months of 2018, the Mexican Navy seized 530 kilograms of cocaine in the ports of Guerrero and Colima. The Navy also seized 49 tons of drug precursors—chemicals used to manufacture synthetic drugs—in the Port of Manzanillo. Six people were arrested in those operations, including three foreigners. To step up the fight against drugs and stamp out activities of criminal groups, SEMAR coordinates high-impact operations with Mexican government agencies such as the Secretariat of National Defense, the Federal Police, the Office of the Attorney General, and several states across the country, including Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Michoacán, the State of Mexico, and Mexico City. The Navy also conducts coordinated operations with neighboring countries. “This information exchange [between Mexico and Guatemala] is essential to fight drug trafficking. We owe our success to the real-time exchange of information that allows us to make timely interceptions,” Vice Adm. Pardo said. “Relations between both naval forces were based on trust and combined operations, with positive results.” “The mechanism used by Mexico and Guatemala for cooperation among our naval forces falls within the framework of the Board of Military Commanders for the Guatemala-Mexico Border Area, and good communication between the commands of the Guatemalan Navy and the Mexican Secretariat of the Navy,” Vice Adm. Pardo concluded. “We built trust and committed ourselves to cooperation to fight this transnational threat together.”
The 24-year-old, who has signed until the end of the season, got his first experience of English football after joining Liverpool from Paris St Germain in 2008, going on to score 19 goals in 94 appearances for the Merseyside club. He moved to Bolton in 2011 and scored 16 goals, including three in the SkyBet Championship this season. David Ngog is relishing his return to the Barclays Premier League after joining Swansea from Bolton for an undisclosed fee. Press Association Those figures may not be prolific, but the former France Under-21 cap was not surprised to be offered the chance to join Swansea’s battle to remain in the Premier League. He said: “It was not a surprise for me, it’s a good opportunity for me to join a good club in the Premier League showing interest in me. “I was really pleased to get the chance, I thought about it and decided to sign here. “I was a part of Bolton, I was not talking to any other clubs but as a player you want to play in the Premier League and that is why I made the decision. “It’s for others to say if I am a Premier League player but my challenge is to help the team win as many games as I can. The objective is to stay up and to do that we have to win games.” Ngog is available for Tuesday’s meeting with Fulham and, while manager Michael Laudrup may not throw him into immediate action, the Dane believes the forward brings something different to his squad. “If we are talking position-wise we have been low in numbers recently and we are still in three competitions with the possibility of more injuries going on,” he said. “The other thing is to try and find abilities that you don’t have. He’s a different kind of forward, he has got that pace one-against-one that could be useful in games. “What is very important when you look in the January window is that you look to find someone from this style of football. “You can go outside and bring in foreigners with no experience of English football, but everyone needs time to adapt and we only have three-and-a-half months left in the league. “So this is a player who has experience of this league from Liverpool and Bolton.”
DHARAMSALA, India (AP):Jean-Paul Duminy struck a power-packed 68 off 34 deliveries yesterday to overshadow a sparkling century by Rohit Sharma as South Africa defeated India by seven wickets in the opening Twenty20 game of a three-match series.The left-handed Duminy virtually turned the match on its head with his undefeated assault, which included seven sixes and one four, to help South Africa reach 200-3 in 19.4 overs after India had put up a challenging 199-5 in their 20 overs.In the company of Farhaan Behardien (32 not out), Duminy dominated both pace bowlers and spinners with ease, smashing three successive sixes off left-arm spinner Axar Patel.Duminy and Behardien shared an unbroken 105-run, fourth-wicket partnership which came after South Africa had slipped from 77-0 to 95-3 after a fine opening stand between A.B. de Villiers (51) and Hashim Amla (36).”This was definitely one of my best innings,” Duminy said. “The way we started the innings was what we wanted in the chase … It’s a long tour for us but we have started well and we are happy with this performance.”Earlier, opener Rohit Sharma again displayed his prowess in limited overs cricket. He became only the second Indian to score a century in T20s with his 66-ball 106. Suresh Raina was the first with 103.Rohit, the only batsman in the world to score two double-centuries in one-day internationals, also became only the second Indian to score centuries in all three formats of the game after Raina.Rohit struck five sixes and 12 fours, which included a number of pull shots on a pitch that played true. He shared a 138-run, second-wicket stand with test captain Virat Kohli (43) as the two dominated the middle overs and put the team in a position to score well over 200.
Dunfanaghy Golf Club notesWe had a very mixed bag of weather last weekend and the only thing that was consistent was the wind. Very Strong. Even with that there were lots of golfers on the course over the weekend. The Challenge cup matches have started so there was evidence of lots of 2 balls ‘playing their match’ on the course.Please note the closing date for the first matches is 14th July and NO exceptions. There have been some interesting matches so far and the known results at present are John Chambers, Gerard McGreavey, Thomas Alcorn and Nigel Doherty through to the next round.Wednesday we had a super day for golf and First place was decided on BOT with Stephen Melly getting the better of Hugh Rodgers to take the honours. Donal Boyle won the gross with 34 points and Gerard Dickey was third again on BOT. It’s good to see Cathal McMonagle back in the winner’s enclosure when he cruised home to a fine victory on Friday last.Saturday was a Open singles competition and Shane Greer winner a few weeks back did it again but this time knocking last Wednesday’s winner Seamus Friel back into second place. Charles Roarty with his new handicap since Presidents day still managed to take third place.Sunday was the Golfer of the Year competition, the McCrea Cup and it was stroke. The wind was up and some squally showers passed through but this did not dampen the resolve of Brian McGinley who managed to push Gerard Harkin back into second place. Its ok Brian Gerard knows that position well. Daniel McColgan took the gross prize and yet again Seamus Friel featured in the prizes taking the third slot. That’s three times in two weeks Seamus. (it’s like that saying about a bus)RESULTS:Wednesday 26th June: Gents Open Singles Stableford1st: Stephen Melly 39 BOT2nd: Hugh Rodgers 39 Gross: Donal Boyle 343rd: Gerard Dickey 38 BOT CSS 37 pts.Friday 28th June: Ladies & Gents Open 14 Hole Stableford1st: Cathal Mc Monagle Saturday 29th June: Gents Open Singles Stableford1st: Shane Greer 362nd: Seamus Friel 353rd: Charles Roarty 33CSS: 34 ptsSunday 30th June: Gents Mc Crea Cup GOY Stroke1st: Brian Mc Ginley 662nd: Gerard Harkin 67Gross: Daniel Mc Colgan 733rd: Seamus Friel 68CSS: 69 ptsThe Youth Academy has now started for the summer and its good to see the new younger members interest in the club. There are a couple of spaces left so if you are keen get down there and get playing.This Friday there is a Mental Health Classic competition on. Teams of 4.Saturday is an Open singles Stableford competition and Sunday is a club Singles Stableford competition.The Lions Rugby is on this weekend as well so breakfast can be had in the clubhouse while you are watching.GOLF NEWS: BRIAN McGINLEY WINS McCREA CUP IN DUNFANAGHY was last modified: July 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DUNFANAGHY GOLF CLUB NOTES
OAKLAND – The whistle shrieked once again in DeMarcus Cousins’ ear, which represented the soundtrack to his frustration. In the Warriors’ 128-95 loss to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday at Oracle Arena, Cousins struggled in so many areas. He struggled with his shooting, scoring 10 points while going 4-of-12 from the field and 0-of-5 from 3. He struggled with his defense, as the Celtics became the latest team to expose his ongoing adjustments with his conditioning and switching. He struggled with …
Cathay Pacific is axing 600 jobs at its Hong Kong head office as it responds to a massive slump in annual profit that saw it make its first loss in eight years.The changes will affect senior, middle management and non-managerial roles at the headquarters with around 190 management positions, 400 non-managerial roles to go.Most staff will learn their fate Monday and will receive a severance package that includes up to 12 months’ pay and extended medical benefits.The restructuring does not affect frontline employees such as pilots and cabin crew but the airline flagged these workers will be asked to “deliver greater efficiencies and productivity improvements, in line with the rest of the organisation”.“We greatly appreciate and respect our people’s dedication, hard work and achievements, ‘’ recently installed chief executive Ruper Hogg said in a statement. “However, we have had to make tough but necessary decisions for the future of our business and our customers.“Changes in people’s travel habits and what they expect from us, evolving competition and a challenging business outlook have created the need for significant change.”Hogg, the airline’s former chief operating officer, was named Cathay’s new chief executive as part of sweeping management changes announced in April.He took on the role as Cathay is reeling from increased competition from low-cost and Chinese carriers as well as a bad call on fuel hedging.Cathay Pacific’s profit nosedived last year by almost 110 per cent to a net loss of $HK575m ($US74m) amid warnings from the Hong Kong group that it expected the environment this year to remain challenging.It blamed the worse than expected result on “intense and increased” competition combined with economic factors such as the strength of the Hong Kong Dollar and reduced economic growth in mainland China.Hogg said the airline needed a new structure that would make it faster and more responsive to customer needs and this was the first step in the airline’s transformation.“We want to invest in and improve the experience that we offer people in Hong Kong and around the world, to find new ways to give our customers what they really want and need,” he said.The airline group will also restructure its cargo operations by removing the role of cargo director and making the unit direct report to a director of commercial and cargo.