SMC holds leadership conference

first_imgThe Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) Conference will take place this weekend at Saint Mary’s College. “This year’s conference focuses on the themes of leadership, women, intercultural studies and the intersection between them,” said Mana Derakhshani, a College faculty member helping to organize the conference. These ideas will be explored at the conference through various speakers, roundtable discussions, panels and workshops. The conference is hosted by the Center for Women’s Intercultural Studies and will start today and continue through Saturday. Beverly Tatum, president of Spellman College, a historically black college for women, will be the keynote speaker. She will give a presentation entitled “Educating Tomorrow’s Global Women Leaders” tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the O’Laughlin Auditorium. Tatum has made a career out of women’s education, written several books and is an expert on race and identity, Derakhshani said. “She epitomizes in many ways the various themes of the conference”, she said. Derakhshani emphasized how the CWIL Conference’s themes related to everyday life. “Some of the presenters and most of the participants are not professors or academia. They bring together theory and practice,” she said. “The conference is a place to share ideas, to learn about innovative projects and theories or how people are dealing with these issues in research and practice.” She encouraged students to attend the conference. For more information, visit the CWIL website at read more

WoodMac: Less Than 1 Pct of Bulker Fleet to Be Scrubber Fitted in 2020

first_imgDespite the fact that heavy fuel oil has been the fuel of choice for the global bulker fleet, Wood Mackenzie estimates that scrubbers will be installed on less than 1 percent of the bulker fleet in 2020.There are numerous factors to consider when opting for scrubbers, including the cost effectiveness and regulatory uncertainties that question scrubbers’ ability to future proof a ship’s emissions.What is more, the window to install a scrubber is closing as the enforcement date nears, taking into account that the shipyard capacity and availability of scrubbers is limited.“The existing bulker fleet lacks incentive to retrofit their ships prior. However, generally all future ship builds will be constructed ‘scrubber ready’. In 2025, we assume that one in five 2013-2018 vintage bulkers will have a scrubber installed. We estimate 2,000 scrubbed bulkers or under 20% of the global bulker fleet in 2025,” WoodMac said.As such, the research and consultancy group sees scrubbers as a medium term solution for marine fuel compliance.When it comes to other compliance solutions on the table, a veil of uncertainty is present there as well.Owners can choose to fuel their ships with marine gas oil or very low sulfur fuel. However, there is a question whether they will be readily available and where, seeing that despite the forthcoming deadline, refineries have shown reluctance to invest the hundreds of millions to billions of dollars to increase production of low sulphur marine fuels.As explained by WoodMac, refining and marine investments are in direct competition, prompting a ‘wait and see’ approach from both sectors.“Wood Mackenzie asserts the installation of commercial scrubbers has the advantage of being less expensive and faster to put in place than a major refining upgrade, which is highly capital intensive and can take many years to implement,” the consultancy added.One potential risk in switching fuels is the impact on engine performance and ship speed. As such, switching fuels needs to be planned, WoodMac cautions.“Current bulker engine design favours higher-viscosity HSFO fuels. It will be important for shipping companies to understand the performance impacts of switching to lower- viscosity fuels such as MGO and VLSFO,” the group added.Moving forward, WoodMac forecasts liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a long-term solution for marine fuel compliance.Nevertheless, direct fuel switching from oil based fuels to LNG is not an option for existing oil based engines. Shipping companies can procure new LNG-fuelled ships with engine package options ranging from 100% LNG fired steam turbines to dual diesel and LNG-fuelled units. However, shippers should consider the special fuel storage considerations necessary to keep natural gas in a liquefied state.“The appeal of LNG is its low-sulphur and clean burning properties. LNG promises emissions compliance on open seas and within ECAs. On the downside, global LNG infrastructure is in its infancy; global investment has been slow; and current fuel transfer technology is inefficient,” WoodMac said.That being said, the uptake of LNG as fuel, especially for existing ships by 2020 is not expected to be high as new LNG-powered ships or retrofits are expected for delivery after January 2020. Instead, companies will look to incorporate LNG ships in their fleets as older ships move to demolition, the consultancy believes.“From 2020 to 2025, we see limited but growing LNG ship penetration into the bulker fleets. In 2020, we expect 8.8 million deadweight tonnes (dwt) of LNG dry bulk capacity, rising to 20 million dwt in 2025. For comparison, the current coal bulk fleet (capesize, panamax and handymax) has a capacity of 667 million dwt,” WoodMac added.last_img read more

ICC World Cup Australia pacer Jhye Richardson ruled out of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

first_imgAustralia will begin their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against Afghanistan.Jhye Richardson suffered a shoulder injury in the series against Pakistan.Kane Richardson has played just one ODI in the entire three months. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Richardson has played just one ODI for Australia in the last couple of months and it came in the series against Pakistan which Australia won 5-0. In 20 ODIs, he has taken 29 wickets and his best haul of 5/68 came against India in Canberra in 2016. However, Josh Hazlewood has been overlooked for the tournament yet again with the pacer apparently suffering a back injury.When the squad was announced last month, chief selector Trevor Hohns said the focus was on having Hazlewood ready for the Ashes Test series in England which begins in August. He was instead named in Australia’s one-day A squad, which will play games in England while the World Cup is on. Both Jhye Richarson and Hazlewood will be hoping to be fit and ready for the five-match Ashes series against England which begins immediately after the World Cup. Australia will open their campaign against Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol.Australia updated World Cup squadAaron Finch (capt), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa New Delhi: Jhye Richardson had made an impressive impression on the international stage during Australia’s series against India in January 2019. The young right-arm pacer got rid of Indian skipper Virat Kohli in all the three games of the series and made a big impression. Although Australia lost the series 1-2, Richardson was touted for greater things. However, during the series against Pakistan, Richardson fell awkwardly and dislocated his shoulder and his World Cup participation was in doubt. However, the youngsters worst fears came true after recent tests revealed that Richardson had not recovered from the injury in time.“This is obviously very disappointing news for the team and for Jhye, who has been exceptional throughout his rehabilitation process. After his most recent assessment and attempting to bowl in the nets, it was clear that Jhye was not progressing as fast as required. Therefore, in consultation with selectors, we made the decision to withdraw him from the squad,” Australia team physiotherapist David Beakley said.last_img read more