4 Jul

News / Anger at ‘bureaucratic’ IMO’s ‘lack of urgency’ on cleaning up shipping

first_img By Mike Wackett 18/11/2019 The IMO has decided on a goal-setting approach by member states to decarbonise shipping, rather than progress the proposals put forward by some members for a mandatory speed reduction on vessels.  The strategy, decided last week in London, not to opt for speed restrictions has angered the members of the Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC) who blasted the IMO for its “bureaucracy” and “lack of urgency”. An IMO working group agreed a draft text that will be put forward to the next Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting in March. The text urges member states to develop and update a voluntary national action plan, which includes an improvement in the domestic and legislative implementation of existing regulations and a commitment to develop activities to further enhance the energy efficiency of ships, along with initiating the research and the uptake of alternative low- and zero-carbon fuels. The IMO said that during the working group sessions “a number of proposals were discussed”, including an Energy Efficiency Ship Index (EEXI), mandatory power limitations on ships, measures to optimise speed on a voyage and speed limiters. According to the UK Chamber of Shipping,“after lengthy discussions it was clear that there was no appetite for prescriptive speed reduction regulation”. However, the UK Chamber, which is against the implementation of speed restrictions on shipping, arguing among other things that it would require more ships to be built with ‘old’ technology to take up the slack, said there was a “positive outcome” from the meeting. Shipping policy director Anna Ziou said: “The progress made sets the right direction of travel and is a good foundation for the IMO’s work to put the strategy into action.” Meanwhile, the CSC said measures were “urgently needed” if the IMO’s plan, agreed in April last year to half emissions from shipping by 2050 was to be met. Bill Hemmings, shipping director of CSC member, transport & environment, said: “Time is running short but that’s not the feeling you get inside the room. The commitment last April to agree and implement in the short-term immediate emissions reduction measures has fallen foul of procedure, bureaucracy and delay spearheaded by countries that were never really on board.” Mr Hemmings named the key member states as the US, Saudi Arabia and Brazil that “spearheaded” the movement against mandatory speed restrictions. And John Maggs, senior policy advisor at fellow CSC member Seas at Risk, was equally damming of the IMO’s decision not to implement vessel speed restrictions at this time. “Ships have deployed slow-steaming over the past decade in a way that has seen dramatic reductions in emissions. The world is not blind to this,” said Mr Maggs. He said that the speeds of ships “must initially be capped” and “then progressively lowered” and suggested that the “commitment of many at the IMO to genuinely reduce ship emissions” was absent. Nevertheless, several shipowners and operators The Loadstar has spoken to in recent weeks argued that they were already operating their vessels at the lowest speeds recommended by engine manufacturers, in order to conserve fuel and cut voyage costs to the bone. Indeed, one executive from a major container carrier said: “Our masters are under strict instructions not to ‘put their foot down’ unless it is a matter of safety; if we miss a berth window so be it, we have a network that can adjust to that and it is generally cheaper than burning the extra fuel.” © Kjrstudio last_img read more

2 May

Andrew Heiberger on the future role of a resi brokerage

first_imgAndrew Heiberger (Photo by Studio Scrivo)As residential prices skyrocketed over the past decade, brokerages took off the gloves to win new business. And in New York, heightened competition paved the way for consolidation.Many of the city’s independent firms like Stribling & Associates, Mercedes/Berk and Aptsandlofts were sold off or they merged with bigger players. Meanwhile, new entrants like Keller Williams and Compass — the SoftBank-backed firm with 12,000 agents nationwide — upended the status quo.Such upheaval has resulted in empowered agents who command higher splits, said Andrew Heiberger. And he would know. Heiberger sold the brokerage he founded, Citi Habitats, to Realogy in 2004 and in 2018, he closed Town Residential amid competitive pressures that he said made the business unsustainable. In hindsight, he says he should have gone after VC capital from Day 1. “I was thinking too small,” he added with a laugh.ADVERTISEMENTBelow Heiberger reviews some of the biggest lessons learned in New York City’s residential real estate market over the past 10 years.What is the biggest change you’ve seen in the brokerage business in the past decade?The top producing agents — or the top 10 to 20 percent of any firm — have gained the upper hand over the big broker house brands. From the early 2000s up until 2010, the large brokerage firms had leverage over the real estate agents. They were able to keep the commission splits much lower, because they controlled so much market share, and the brokerage firm’s brand was much more valuable. Since then, many companies — including my own at Town Residential — placed a heavy emphasis on elevating the agent, which included spending exponential amounts more money on their marketing, advertising and branding (which was enabled and supported by social media and technology.) So there’s been a shift. And it made sense to pay the talented brokers much higher splits.And brokerage firms became weaker?It’s placed more stress on the profits and the margins of the brokerage firms. If the commission splits are higher, that means there’s less revenue coming into the brokerage firm. The only way that the brokerage firm can make up for those revenues would be by adding to their volume, which means capturing more market share and becoming bigger in volume, effectiveness, efficiency and market share. And that’s not so easy. That’s very costly and there’s new, formidable competitors that have entered the market, putting further pressure on competition for these top producing agents.Where’s most of the competition from? Companies like Compass or aggregators who draw consumers to their sites?StreetEasy has been the single-biggest disruptor in the market, and that’s forced brokerage firms and real estate agents to adapt and expand their services because the market is so much more transparent. From 2000 to 2010, agents were selling access to information. Now the information is readily available, so you have to re-explain and redefine your value in the transaction in order to earn your commission.Real estate players reflect on the 2010sKelly Mack on the new development boom of the 2010s When was the moment that things started to change in your opinion?With the opening of Town in 2010, our business plan was to place the emphasis on the agent. We created much more competition to keep the broker. It’s not that Town offered higher splits to [get an agent to] jump. It was that Town offered a multitude of enhanced services and features that became attractive for people who wanted to work there. The firms that didn’t have that multitude of services didn’t want to lose their agent, so they paid 5 percent or 10 percent commission split more to stay. Then Compass — which got heavily funded in the name of technology, with all that money, they were able to really disrupt and not worry about profits — offering incentives, signing bonuses and unsustainable commission splits.Do you have any regrets for the role you played in disrupting the norm?I don’t like the word disrupt, so much as elevate. I think we elevated the entire luxury business and I don’t regret doing that at all. We did an extraordinary amount of transactions — 23,000 in sales and rentals, plus $14 billion in sales volume. That’s a pretty impressive run. But I was not capitalized to compete with companies that are raising $1.2 billion. We were not capitalized to compete with Realogy or Vector Group. So I don’t think I created something that consumed me. I don’t think I created something that then in turn backfired. We were never capitalized — or even aware that there was $300 to $400 million of capital to build a real estate brand. I guess in hindsight, maybe I was thinking too small. [Laughs] I was maybe thinking about creating something that would be worth $100 to $150 million, not a business that would raise $1.2 billion at a market value of $6.4 billion.If you were starting a brokerage today, what would be different?The simple answer is, I really wouldn’t start another brokerage. As a brokerage owner, if you want to make a profit, you need to give flexibility to your agents to be able charge whatever commission percentage they feel is appropriate based on the deal size. Therefore, I think you’d need to do some sort of model where agents keep a large percentage of the commission for deals and transactions they procure on their own. The brokerage itself should invest in generating clients or customers for the brokers, but offer agents a much lower commission split on those. Maybe like 50-50 if the company gives you the lead.Is there any future at all for brokerage offices, now that everything is mobile?Yes, I do think that there’s still the need for office space. Whether or not it makes sense to be on the ground level or upstairs depends on the area where you want to focus. Retail can serve some value, but unfortunately because the margins are so small, you need to have hundreds of people working out of one location to really make a profit unless your going to offer very few services and set up the storefront or the office itself like an executive lounge — something along the lines of a Core Club with 500 members where they can go there and host meetings. Then again, there are also some areas where there are no offices — like the Upper West Side. If you want to be in those neighborhoods, you have to open a retail storefront. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

15 Dec

Apple’s App Store Really Doesn’t Seem To Like Pebble Apps

first_imgDo apps that work with Pebble’s smartwatch violate Apple’s App Store guidelines? Apple reportedly says no. But for some reason, the App Store keeps rejecting them anyway.In late April, the App Store rejected a Pebble app called SeaNav US for mentioning Pebble in its metadata. Not long after that story broke, an Apple spokesperson told Business Insider that the company had no policy against Pebble apps. Now another developer’s experience suggests otherwise.Rejections Going OverboardThe latest app to be hit with a rejection is the Swim.com Pebble Uploader, which is like “Strava for swimming,” according to the app’s developer, Davis Wuolle. The app logs how many strokes a Pebble-wearing swimmer takes, plus lap times, pace and distance. The app uses the Pebble Data Logging API to store swim workout files, and wearers can use the Pebble Uploader to beam that data to their Swim.com accounts.Wuolle and his team got the app approved back in October, despite a few problems at first.“They spit it back out several times,” says Wuolle, who believes the App Store’s resolution center didn’t fully understand what the app was supposed to do:They were giving us a hard time about the metadata, so we ended up cleaning all that up, fixed some small bugs that we had, and we got into the submission process probably three or four times before it actually went through.Once he explained the uploader’s sole function to the resolution center, something finally clicked at Apple and the app was approved. “From there we really had no issues submitting updates for it under the same name: Swim.com Pebble Uploader,” Wuolle says.That is, until the app’s most recent update, which added a pop-up notification to tell users that the Uploader would soon be discontinued in favor of a new Swim.com iOS app that supports multiple wearable devices such as the Pebble, Garmin wearables, and the Poolmate Watch.Wuolle submitted the update on April 27, only a few days after Apple stated it wasn’t rejecting apps connected to Pebble. It didn’t take long to get a rejection notice dinging the app for mentioning “irrelevant platform information in its App Name”:The rejection notice from Apple over the Swim.com Pebble Uploader update“We submitted a response in the resolution center saying the app name literally describes exactly what the app does,” says Wuolle, noting that the name—“Swim.com Pebble Uploader”—has remained the same since the app was approved back in October.“Literally nothing changed except for adding this one pop-up,” he says.For now, Wuolle is waiting to hear back from Apple about what—if anything—he can do next. The good news is that the fully featured Swim.com iOS app, for which the Pebble Uploader was just a stopgap solution anyway, is available for his users.“Luckily for us, the app update didn’t contain anything that was critical to users to fix,” he says. “It just contained information about our new app, so they can download our new app.”I’ve reached out to Apple for comment. In the meantime, Wuolle is still optimistic about Swim.com’s future with Apple, and perhaps its presence on an Apple-made wearable someday.“We’re really happy that Apple has launched a wearable,” he says. “Obviously the Apple Watch isn’t waterproof enough to swim with officially, and there are some other constraints regarding that. But our goal for Swim.com is to support every wearable possible, and we really don’t want to be exclusive to anyone. We want Swim.com to be available to swimmers no matter which wearable they choose.”Lead image by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite; other images courtesy of Swim.com You Think Your Employees WANT to Wear That Devi… Related Posts brian p rubin The Key to Mass Adoption of Wearablescenter_img Tags:#App Store#Apple#Davis Wuolle#Pebble#Swim.com#Swim.com Pebble Uploader#wearables How Wearables Will Take Health Monitoring to th… 4 Ways Big Data & VR Are Changing Professi…last_img read more

9 Dec

Data Center Crisis – Part 2 – Using Virtualization

first_imgIn part one of this “series” ( ok, mini-series) I spoke about the benefits of Server refresh. It is pretty huge for most installed servers. In many cases an IT manager could see a 5x jump in compute capacity by replacing depreciated servers. If these are older single core processor based servers, the number is probably even greater. Hopefully a 5x increase in capacity can push out your data center construction needs. My next recommendation revolves around virtualization, or more specifically consolidation through virtualization. You can skip the words now and jump to the video below…. but since you are still reading, here is an intro to the video. I have seen a lot different data on “enterprise server utilization” but most of it pegs the meter at 10-15% utilization for volume landscape servers. ( By the way, that is a low number, not something to be proud of) Now, if you follow my advice and replace all these less-efficient older servers with cutting edge high efficiency Intel quad core machines, on a one for one basis, you are going to see some pretty un-pleasant utilization. Think single digit. In a nutshell, it is time to virtualize and consolidate. If you both virtualize and carefully manage and balance your workloads, it is reasonable to expect another 5x capacity boost through improved utilization. AND 5x5x=25x* more capacity ( in the same space and power!) (Try out the Intel consolidation calculator) vid 2last_img read more

15 Oct

Canadian star Sandra Oh talks Killing Eve Asian representation Vancouver and Trudeau

first_img Twitter When it comes to Asian North American representation on screen, one of the current trailblazers is Canada’s own Sandra Oh.Oh, who is of Korean descent, is best known for her role on Grey’s Anatomy. But the launch of her career had many ties to Vancouver.She starred in the 1994 CBC TV movie The Diary of Evelyn Lau, based on the autobiography by local author Lau as well as local filmmaker Mina Shum’s feature film debut Double Happiness. Oh later went to also star in Shum’s 2002 feature Long Life, Happiness, and Prosperity. Advertisement Sandra Oh Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

29 Sep

Whos The Favorite And Whos A Sleeper In The English Premier League

The top six teams in the Premier League are among the richest sports franchises on earth. All that money means they can afford to pay often ludicrous fees to attract the world’s best players. Money turns into results in major competitions, and results in major competitions turn into more money. And that new money turns into the buying of yet more of the world’s best players, and the top six feedback loop endures. Let’s look at how each of the top six teams — and a few others — spent this summer, and what it means for their chances at winning the Premier League title.Who got better? Liverpool paid a then-record fee for 25-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who led the Italian Serie A in save percentage per 90 minutes during his first year as Roma’s No. 1. He wasn’t at his best during the World Cup, but Liverpool is hoping that if given the chance in a big situation, Alisson will perform better than Loris Karius did. Liverpool also added Guinean midfielder Naby Keita, Brazilian midfielder Fabinho and Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri, making its total spend the largest in England. Adding a defensive-minded midfielder like Fabinho and a world-class keeper like Alisson should help bolster a Liverpool defense that, at times, left something to be desired during the 2017-18 campaign — and it should give the Reds a real shot at challenging for the title.It seems impossible, but defending champion Manchester City also got better, finally landing longtime target Riyad Mahrez. It’s not clear where the former Leicester City maestro will play — Leroy Sané, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva did a pretty good job patrolling the wings last season, after all — but it never hurts to have a winger on your squad who’s proven he can score 15 goals and assist on 10 more. Not a bad pickup for a team that broke the all-time Premier League goal record a season ago.Despite the departure of longterm manager Arsene Wenger, hopes must be high in Highbury: Arsenal found a potential replacement for the aging Petr Cech in German keeper Bernd Leno, and the addition of Uruguayan holding midfielder Lucas Torreira should help shore up its defense, which conceded the most goals of any of the top six squads last season. Fan favorite Jack Wilshere departed for West Ham United, but injury issues have long relegated him to “could have been” status anyway.Everton hasn’t finished inside the top six since 2013-14, but Toffee fans will be pleased with their team’s transfer window successes. The club paid Watford a lot of money for the swift and tricky Brazilian winger Richarlison,2Watford spent some of that money to secure the services of Spanish forward Gerard Deulofeu on a permanent basis — for far less than Everton paid for Richarlison. and also added French wingback Lucas Digne. If Evertonians were displeased with the park-the-bus soccer employed by Big Sam Allardyce, they should be happy that this year’s squad will feature some players who like to go forward. Signing Colombian center back and World Cup standout Yerry Mina means they won’t suffer at the back, either. Everton will probably still finish between seventh and 10th, but it should look better doing so.Who stayed mostly the same? Manchester United is hoping to unseat rivals Manchester City and win its first title since 2013,3Ordinarily, it wouldn’t be unusual for a team to go five seasons without winning the league, but United has been far from ordinary in the Premier League era: The Red Devils have won 13 times in 26 tries. but it faces one problem: The Red Devils didn’t do much during the transfer window. Portuguese right back Diogo Dalot might be the eventual heir apparent to captain Antonio Valencia, but at the tender age of 19 years old — and with just six first-team starts for Portuguese club Porto — he doesn’t transform United into champions from also-rans. Former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder and Seleção member Fred should help in the center of the pitch — he is equally capable of going forward and dropping back behind his midfield partners to help in defense, and he can play with both feet — but his high price tag carries an intense weight of expectation. Ask Paul Pogba4One of the world’s greatest living talents, to be sure. how that plays in Manchester.Who stayed mostly the same but feels worse? The boys from White Hart Lane spent zero dollars during the transfer window. Tottenham wanted midfielder Jack Grealish but ultimately couldn’t come to terms with Aston Villa. Spurs don’t really need Grealish — they had the second best possession rate per 90 minutes in the middle third in 2017-18 — but their depth may be a problem, particularly at the start of the season.Meanwhile, Chelsea experienced one of the most tumultuous summers in recent memory — which is saying a lot, given owner Roman Abramovich’s apparent penchant for drama. Manager Antonio Conte got the sack despite delivering a championship in 2016-17, and truant goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois forced a sale to Real Madrid. The Blues better hope that Kepa Arrizabalaga, for whom they paid a now-record fee for a keeper, is ready for the Premier League grind. Otherwise they may be forced to rely on this guy.Who got significantly worse? This will be the first season since 2012-135Leicester was still playing in the EFL Championship then. that Leicester City will be without Mahrez, which means that the Foxes probaby stand little chance to repeat their unlikely 2015-16 run to the Premier League title. While Leicester still has goal poacher Jamie Vardy, it failed to re-sign Nigerian striker Ahmed Musa (who, by the way, had a very good World Cup). James Maddison is a nice signing and should make up for some of the offense lost with Mahrez’s departure, but don’t expect another Cinderella run from the Foxes.The woes of Newcastle United start and end with its agreement to a permanent deal that sent its best option at forward, Aleksandar Mitrovic, to newly promoted Fulham. The Magpies must be hoping that the strike trio of Matt Ritchie, Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez — who scored 18 goals combined last season — is enough to account for the potential production lost from the young Serbian hitman.Who could play Cinderella? Fulham can find the net — it scored 1.57 goals per 90 minutes last season, the second most in the English League Championship, exceeding its expected goals rate of 1.47. Teenage phenom Ryan Sessegnon scored on 37 percent of the shots he took last season and outperformed his expected goals tally by 5.5, while Mitrovic — who impressed at the World Cup — contributed 12 goals of his own. Adding Andre Schurrle on a two-season loan will only increase Fulham’s firepower. The club also went all in on midfielder Jean Michael Seri, a player who has been linked to seemingly every big club in Europe over the past few seasons.And let’s not forget about Crystal Palace, the world’s 48th best team according to our SPI rankings. The Eagles got off to a historically atrocious start last season before righting the ship and finishing in the middle of the table. Additions Max Meyer and Cheikhou Kouyaté should help stabilize a midfield that had the eighth worst possession rate per 90 minutes last season, while Manchester United castoff Wilfried Zaha’s return to Selhurst Park continues to bear fruit. Zaha has scored 22 goals from the wing in the past four seasons, and at 25 years old, he is entering the prime of his career. The Eagles will likely go as far as Zaha can take them.Check out our latest soccer predictions. The Premier League, which kicks off Friday afternoon, is often regarded as the most competitive league in the world, if not the best. In fact, both of those assumptions might be false: While the Premier League boasts four of the top 10 and six of the top 15 teams in the world according to our Soccer Power Index rankings, only one other team cracks the top 50.1Spain’s top competition, La Liga, accounts for three of the top 15 teams in world soccer but 16 of the top 50.This imbalance shouldn’t come as a shock: Aside from Blackburn Rovers in 1994-95 and Leicester City in 2015-16, only four teams have won the Premier League since its inception in 1992-93. And if you look at the table for every Premier League season — especially for the past decade — the top six spots are more likely than not occupied by some or all of the same six teams currently ranked in the world top 15.If you’re hoping that the upcoming season will offer some vicissitude at the top of the table, don’t hold your breath: According to our Premier League predictions, Manchester City is a good bet to repeat as champions. And the five spaces below the Citizens will likely be occupied by — you guessed it! — Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United. After we ran 20,000 simulated seasons, the closest any team got to the top six was Crystal Palace — still 16 points off the pace. read more

17 Sep

Weve bigger things than focus only on winning trophies – Pochettino

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes an impressive performance in the Premier League and Champions League is more important to the club than lifting the FA Cup or Carabao Cup.Tottenham is due to face Tranmere in a FA cup tie on Friday night while Pochetino’s men face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final next week but the Argentine is not concerned about conquering domestic knockout competitions.Pochetino told Dailymail ahead of their match later today:”To win the Carabao Cup and be in the middle of the table – I think I would be sacked a few years ago.“[Even] With two or three Carabao Cups or FA Cups, if you don’t finish how we have finished in the last three seasons, I don’t know if Daniel [Levy] would have too much patience with me or say “Okay you’re 10th in the Premier League” I’ll give you a new contract.“People want trophies and [think] that it means you are very successful. Of course, in some projects, in some clubs, if you don’t win a trophy, you fail.“But in our project at Tottenham, we are completely different – we have bigger things than to focus only to win a trophy.Kieran trippier, Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham HotspursTrippier and Pochettino try to clear up a war of words George Patchias – September 13, 2019 The apparent war of words between Kieran Trippier and Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be nothing more than a misunderstanding.Trippier was sold by Tottenham…“That doesn’t mean we are not focused on trying to win against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup or in the FA Cup. But you need a lot of coincidences to win sometimes.“Swansea won the Carabao Cup and today they are in the second division. Wigan won the FA Cup and they are in the Championship. What is success?“Of course we want to win a trophy but that doesn’t mean that it is going to put Tottenham in a different level.“Putting you in a different level is when you win the Premier League and are capable to challenge every season for the Premier League.“Or if you play Champions League and you really believe you are a contender to win the Champions League.“That is my objective in Tottenham. Because if my ambition in Tottenham is only to win the Carabao Cup or FA Cup, with all the respect, I think my ambition does not match the ambition of a club like Tottenham.’ Meanhwhile, Pochettino has admitted Spurs must offload players before bringing in fresh blood this month.”Spurs last won a trophy in 2008 when the lifted the League Cup.last_img read more