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L’approvisionnement en energie de l’Afrique du Sud

first_imgAlors que le cout de l’electricite en Afrique du Sud fait partie des plus bas du monde, la forte croissance economique, l’industrialisation rapide et le programme d’electrification de masse du pays ont conduit, des le debut 2008, a une demande depassant l’offre.Par consequent, Eskom, la societe d’energie publique, a entrepris un programme massif de modernisation et d’expansion des infrastructures electriques du pays.Ces projets comprennent de depenser les 343 milliards de rands prevus sur cinq ans afin de financer une nouvelle generation de centrales electriques, la premiere devant etre mise en route en 2013. Eskom a commence a travailler sur deux nouvelles centrales electriques fonctionnant au charbon et examine les propositions de deux societes etrangeres pour cosntruire une nouvelle centrale nucleaire conventionnelle.Eskom prevoit aussi de rouvrir des centrales electriques qui avaient ete mise en sommeil dans les annees 90, construire deux turbines a gaz en cycle ouvert qui produiront de l’electricite d’ici fin 2009 et realiser un programme hydroelectrique dans le Drakensberg au Kwazulu-Natal.Le projet d’electricite de l’Afrique du SudLe gouvernement et Eskom ont reconnu leurs erreurs et travaillent pour que le systeme d’approvisionnement et de distribution d’electricite d’Afrique du Sud se reequilibre. En Janvier 2008, le Ministere des Minerais et de l’Énergie et Eskom ont publie un nouveau document de politique, La reponse nationale au manque d’electricite de l’Afrique du Sud.Le projet comprend de travailler sur la structure de distribution de l’electricite du pays et sur l’acceleration de projets d’electricite par des producteurs independants d’electricite.Cela comprend des projets de cogeneration d’electricite entre Eskom et le secteur prive dans lesquels la chaleur generee par les produits derives des processus industriels dans des secteurs comme les produits chimiques est capturee pour produire de l’electricite qui peut ensuite etre utilisee par les industries elles-memes ou achetee par Eskom pour le reseau national.Au meme moment, le nouveau projet souligne l’importance de reduire la demande en fixant des prix de l’electricite correctement ainsi qu’en encourageant l’efficacite energetique et en dissuadant et, si necessaire, en declarant hors la loi les inefficacites en matiere d’energie.Eskom vise a reduire la demande d’environ 3 000 megawatts d’ici 2012 et de 5 000 megawatts supplementaires d’ici 2015 grace a une campagne agressive qui comprendra la promotion de l’utilisation de chauffe-eau solaires ainsi que de gaz a base de petrole liquide pour la cuisine.Le gouvernement doit aussi introduire un programme de rationnement qui recompensera et penalisera les clients sur la base de leur utilisation de l’energie.Infrastructures electriquesL’energie contribue a environ 15 % du produit interieur brut (PIB) d’Afrique du Sud. Eskom est l’un des dix plus gros producteurs mondiaux d’electricite et fait partie des 11 premiers en termes de ventes. La societe genere presque 85 % de l’electricite utilisee en Afrique du Sud et de l’electricite exportee vers d’autres pays africains.Le reseau electrique d’Afrique du Sud se compose de plus de 300 000 kilometres de lignes electriques, dont 27 000 kilometres constituent la grille de transmission nationale d’Afrique du Sud. Les principales centrales de production se trouvent dans la province de Mpumalanga ou se trouvent de grandes reserves de charbon.Le programme d’electrification massive du pays, lance en 1991, a vu l’electricite arriver dans pres de 3,5 millions de foyers. Le gouvernement vise a atteindre un acces universel a l’electricite d’ici 2012.Les sources d’energieL’economie de l’Afrique du Sud est structuree autour des secteurs a grande echelle et gros consommateurs d’energie de l’extraction miniere et de la valorisation des minerais, ce qui entraine une « intensite energetique » au dessus de la moyenne avec seulement 10 pays presentant des intensites energetiques primaires commerciales plus elevees.L’Afrique du Sud utilise aussi du charbon, sa principale ressource indigene, pour generer la plupart de son electricite et une proportion importante de ses carburants liquides. De ce fait, l’Afrique du Sud est le 14eme plus gros emetteur de gaz a effet de serre.Cependant, le pays s’est engage a reduire ses emissions et est signataire de la Convention cadre des Nations Unies sur le changement climatique et du Protocole de Kyoto. Eskom a declare qu’elle s’engageait a reduire la part actuelle de charbon de 88 % du melange energetique primaire de l’Afrique du Sud a 78 % d’ici 2012 et a 70 % d’ici 2025.La crise de l’approvisionnement en electricite a accelere le besoin de diversifier le melange energetique d’Eskom et son passage a des sources d’energie alternatives comme l’energie nucleaire et le gaz naturel ainsi que les diverses formes d’energie renouvelable.L’energie nucleaireEskom prevoit de doubler sa capacite de production totale a 80 000 MW au cours des deux decennies suivantes, l’energie nucleaire representant pres de la moitie de cette nouvelle capacite.Le fournisseur d’etat envisage des propositions du français Areva et de l’americain Westinghouse Electric pour construire une nouvelle centrale nucleaire conventionnelle qui pourrait commencer a produire de l’electricite a partir de 2016 et a declare qu’il pourrait construire d’autres centrales nucleaires d’ici 2025.Il existe actuellement une centrale nucleaire conventionnelle dans le pays. Koeberg, dans la province de Western Cape, qui contribue a environ 1 800 MW au reseau national.L’Afrique du Sud progresse aussi sur le projet de 17 milliards de rands de Reacteur modulaire a lit de galets (PBMR), un des projets d’investissement de capital les plus avances du point de vue technologique entrepris dans le pays depuis 1994.Le PBMR est un reacteur nucleaire haute temperature refroidi par gaz helium qui produit de l’electricite. L’electricite generee par energie nucleaire est propre, tres efficace et rentable. Bien que ce ne soit pas le seul a etre developpe, le projet sud-africain est prevu pour etre le seul reacteur haute temperature a echelle commerciale du monde.Le projet PBMR implique la construction d’un reacteur de demonstration a Koeberg, pres du Cap et une usine de carburant pilote a Pelindaba pres de Pretoria. La construction devrait commencer en 2009, le premier carburant devant etre charge quatra ans plus tard. Si cela est convaincant, 10 autres centrales pourraient etre construites.Le projet PBMR est finance par le gouvernement, Eskom, la Corporation du Developpement Industriel et les societes americaines Westinghouse et Exelon.Carburants, huiles et gaz synthetiquesL’Afrique du Sud possede un secteur de carburants synthetiques tres developpe dans lequel la societe publique PetroSA et le geant petrochimique Sasol sont les acteurs principaux.La Corporation du Petrole, huile et gaz d’Afrique du Sud (PetroSA) gere les actifs commerciaux du pays du secteur petrolier, y compris la plus grosse usine de transformation du gaz en liquide a Mosel Bay dans la province de Western Cape.SasolSasol, la plus grosse societe locale cotee a la bourse sud-africaine JSE, produit des carburants synthetiques a partir de charbon de qualite inferieure et d’une petite quantite de gaz naturel. Elle fait fonctionner la seule installation de carburants synthetiques a base de charbon du monde et produit 36 % des carburants liquides consommes en Afrique du Sud.Sasol produit des carburants automobiles destines aux consommateurs, des carburants et des lubrifiants de qualite pour l’industrie et du carburant pour les avions, de l’alcool combustible et du kerosene d’eclairage. Elle transforme le gaz naturel en des carburants et des produits chimiques ecologiques.La societe possede des interets dans de nombreux autres pays africains, y compris un partenariat de transformation du gaz en liquide au Nigeria et un pipeline transfrontalier reliant les champs de gaz naturel au Mozambique vers l’usine de transformation de gaz de Sasol a Secunda dans la province de Mpumalanga en Afrique du Sud.Sasol prevoit de developper ses activites de transformation de gaz en liquide a Secunda de 20 % au cours des huit prochaines annees. En janvier 2008, la societe a declare qu’elle rejoindrait les gouvernements d’Afrique su Sud et du Mozambique pour investir encore 1,1 milliard de rands (environ 146,8 millions de dollars) pour augmenter la capacite d’approvisionnement en gaz du pipeline, de 120 millions de giga joules par an a environ 147 millions de giga joules par an.Le pipeline de 865 kilometres, dans le cadre d’un projet de gaz naturel de 1,2 milliard de dollars lance en 2004, est conçu pour eventuellement transporter 240 millions de giga joules par an.De petrole et de gaz secteur de l’approvisionnementAlors que les propres gisements de petrole d’Afrique du Sud, comme ses gisements de gaz naturel, sont limites, son secteur de raffinage petrolier en aval se developpe rapidement.Le pays s’est positionne pour fournir des services, y compris en matiere d’ingenierie de conception, de fabrication, de logistique et de livraison, au secteur du gaz et du petrole en developpement de l’Afrique de l’Ouest.Les infrastructures portuaires du Cap conviennent tres bien a la reparation et a l’entretien des plates-formes petrolieres (quatre plates-formes de forage s’y trouvaient pour des travaux en fevrier 2008) et la construction du premier chantier de fabrication de plates-formes gazieres et petrolieres d’Afrique du Sud a ete realise a Saldanha Bay fin 2007.Saldanha Bay, a environ 60 miles nautiques du nord ouest du Cap, est le port naturel le plus profond et le plus grand d’Afrique australe.Le centre de fabrication de 284 millions de rands (environ 40 millions de dollars) de 220 metres carres, construit par la societe de construction allemande MAN Ferrostaal, reduira de façon drastique les delais de livraison et de transport des plates-formes utilisees au large de l’Afrique de l’ouest, qui jusqu’a present devaient etre construites et amenees d’Europe, du Moyen Orient, des États-Unis et d’Asie du sud-est.Derniere mise a jour de l’article : Septembre 2008SAinfo reporter. Sources (sites en langue anglaise) :South Africa YearbookDepartment of Minerals and EnergyDepartment of Environmental AffairsEskomPebble Bed Modular ReactorPetroSASasolBusiness DayBusiness ReportEngineering NewsMail & Guardianlast_img read more

CMIH DNV GL Enter Strategic Cooperation

first_imgzoom China Merchants Industry Holding (CMIH) and DNV GL have signed a strategic cooperation agreement with a focus on advancing shipbuilding in the gas carrier, offshore and special vessel segments.The deal will see the companies working together to optimize construction processes and quality control, in order to develop vessels that meet the varying requirements of these markets.“This agreement offers both our companies a great opportunity to learn from each other and work together to drive new developments in the gas carrier, offshore and special vessel segments,” Torgeir Sterri, Regional Manager Greater China at DNV GL – Maritime, said.“CMIH is highly regarded for its expertise in building a variety of vessels and offshore units and we look forward to collaborating with CMIH now and in the future,” Sterri added.Signed at Nor-Shipping this week, the cooperation deal covers collaborations on classification issues, regulatory questions and extends into research and development as well as training.last_img read more

Mens volleyball Topranked Ohio State knocks off No 6 Lewis for 35th

OSU men’s volleyball players during a game against Ball State on Feb. 15 at St. John Arena. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe No. 1 Ohio State men’s volleyball team continued its winning ways Thursday night, defeating the No. 6 Lewis Flyers in four sets (25-13, 20-25, 25-14, 25-17) for the Buckeyes’ 35th straight victory. OSU has now won 32 of 52 previous meetings with Lewis and has defeated the Flyers in five of their last six matchups. Junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson and middle blocker Driss Guessous combined for 44 of OSU’s 59 kills. Lewis had no player reach double digits in kills, with Trevor Weiskircher leading the Flyers with nine. OSU and Lewis had a tightly contested start to the first set with the Flyers’ deficit coming to within one point at 13-12. However, a kill from Szerszen ignited a 12-1 run to secure the 25-13 set win. OSU coach Pete Hanson said that the 12-1 run showed the Buckeyes’ ability to overpower teams at the net. “It gives (the team) confidence that we have a guy like Nick or a guy like Miles and all of a sudden get on a run and just blow a game wide open,” Hanson said. “What we are trying to learn from that is we may have finished that game on a huge run, but it doesn’t carry over to set No. 2. You start fresh at 0-0.” The momentum at the end of the first set did not last for the Buckeyes going into the second set. OSU and Lewis had a total of 13 ties and three lead changes in the second half, but six kills from Flyers’ outside hitter Trevor Weiskircher proved to be too much for the Buckeyes, losing the set 25-20. Hanson thought OSU lost its identity in the second set. “We got really complacent, we lost our focus, we didn’t play with the same reckless abandon, if you will, and want to go out and pummel those guys,” Hanson said. OSU came out of the locker room hot after a rough second set, starting the third set with a 9-1 run. Szerszen and Johnson combined for 12 of the 17 OSU kills in the 25-14 set win. “We have gotten really confident playing with one another and we know how to win in different circumstances,” Johnson said. “Tonight we lost the second set and then we figured out what we needed to do.” A kill by middle blocker Driss Guessous secured an OSU win as the Buckeyes won the fourth set 25-17. The Buckeyes are now five wins away from matching Loyola’s 40-match run that was set in 2014-15. The Buckeyes will take on No. 10 Loyola at St. John’s Arena this Saturday at 7 p.m. read more

TEF provides additional 350M for Exim Bank Loan Facility

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 4, 2017 – Kingston – The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has allocated an additional $350 million to the National Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of Jamaica to continue the provision of loans to the operators of small and medium-sized tourism enterprises (SMTEs).The allocation represents the second tranche of the $1-billion TEF/EXIM Bank Jamaica loan facility, which was launched in September 2016 with an initial $300 million capital injection by the tourism entity.    The facility enables the industry stakeholders to access between $5 million and $25 million at five per cent interest for five years.Among those eligible are operators involved in spa and wellness; gastronomy – restaurants and food-related businesses; small accommodations; shopping and galleries; attractions; knowledge networks; and sports and entertainment as well as manufacturers and suppliers.Speaking at the official handover at the Tourism Ministry in New Kingston on Wednesday, August 30, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the loan facility was a critical financial lifeline that had allowed and would enable more sector stakeholders to create jobs, generate growth and facilitate economic well-being.Additionally, he said it represented the Government’s acknowledgement of the entities’ integral role in the tourism value chain.“The idea was born out of the need to build capacity within the sector and provide financial support to enterprises that would better enable them to capitalise on business opportunities to better participate in the supply chain of the sector,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett advised that the first tranche of the loan facility has been fully disbursed, and encouraged other entrepreneurs not yet accessing the provision to take advantage of it to grow their businesses.EXIM Bank Managing Director, Lisa Bell, disclosed that the entity has, to date, processed more than 28 loan applications totalling $509 million under the programme. She said applications totalling $408 million have been approved, with disbursements totalling $311 million.The applications processed for approval fall in the categories of: attractions – $84.5 million; small accommodations – $105 million; gastronomy – $25 million; linkages – $32 million; shopping networks – $30 million; manufacturing – $47.5 million; services – $48.4 million; spa and wellness – $12. 5 million; and domestic tours and car rentals – $125 million.“We are very pleased about that, because we knew this programme could be revolutionary, not only because of its attractive terms and conditions but it really would put funding into the hands of those who needed it,” Mrs. Bell said.She further noted that the Bank has received an additional 25 qualified expressions of interest totaling approximately $470 million.In 2015, the World Bank noted that formal SMTEs contribute up to 60 per cent of total employment and up to 40 per of national income in emerging economies.In the Caribbean, these enterprises contribute more than 90 per cent of employment and 70 per cent of the gross domestic product.For more information on the loan facility, persons may call the EXIM Bank at (876) 630-1400 to make an appointment; visit its offices at 85 Hope Road, Kingston 6; or website at www.eximbankja.com.last_img read more

AfterShokz Aeropex New boneconduction sports headphone is bestsounding yet

first_imgEnlarge ImageThe Aeropex are available now in black. Red, blue and gray colors are coming soon. David Carnoy/CNET Every two years or so, AfterShokz releases a new bone-conduction headphone that’s a little better than the last one. New for 2019 is the Aeropex, which AfterShokz says are its “lightest, highest-quality headphones yet.” The Aeropex is available now in “cosmic” black for $160 or £150. There’s no word yet on Australian pricing, but the UK price converts to about AU$260.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.See it at AmazonI’ve been playing around with an early sample and it definitely sounds better than the company’s previous flagship model, the Trekz Air — or the Air ($100 at Amazon), as it’s now called. It’s also slightly more comfortable to wear.A bone-conduction headphone is one that delivers sound through your cheekbones. That’s right: The headphone driver doesn’t go in your ears or cover them. Instead, it sits directly in front of them, resting on your face. Mobile Accessories Headphones Post a comment 0 The technology can be a good match for people with partial hearing loss. The other big benefit is that thanks to the headphone’s open design, you can hear what’s going on around you while listening to music or having a phone conversation through the headphone. That openness allows runners and bikers to hear traffic, an important safety feature. Also, some race coordinators don’t allow you to wear anything in your ears, which is where a headphone like the Aeropex comes in handy, particularly for people who need to listen to music while they run.  The only issue is bone-conduction headphones don’t sound as good as standard headphones, particularly for bass performance. Over the years, however, AfterShokz has steadily improved the sound quality to the point where it’s gone from pretty bad to OK to slightly better than OK. aftershokz-aeropex-2Enlarge ImageThe headphone’s new charging port. David Carnoy/CNET The Aeropex features “re-engineered” bone-conduction technology. With two micromagnets that control the electrically induced magnetic field, AfterShokz says that Aeropex “delivers sound vibrations with higher efficiency and fidelity than ever before.” New angled transducers also help you accurately place the Aeropex on your cheekbones. The result is better bass and sound without as much vibration at higher volumes. When you crank the volume you still feel the vibration on your face, but it’s not as strong as it is with the Air.Read more: Best headphones for running in 2019It’s also worth mentioning that to make the headphones waterproof, AfterShokz had to move from a Micro-USB charger to a proprietary charger that adheres magnetically to the port. What’s interesting — and unusual — is that you get two charging cables in the box in case you lose one. The headphones also come with a nice rubber protective carrying pouch that has a magnetic clasp that’s easy to open and close. And an additional set of foam earplugs is included. Stopping up your ears while you’re wearing the headphones does improve sound quality, particularly the bass, but I don’t use the plugs. aeropex-female-studio-black-2781Enlarge Image AfterShokz I’ll have a full review in the coming weeks, but my first impressions are good, although the $160 price tag feels slightly high. To reiterate, the sound quality still won’t measure up to a decent pair of inexpensive Bluetooth sport earphones like the Anker SoundBuds Slim ($26 at Amazon). But they do work pretty well for making voice calls (the midrange is just fine) and have noise-reduction technology to help eliminate some background noise. Aeropex key specsWeight: 26 grams (0.9 ounce)Bluetooth 5.0OpenFit design, meaning there’s nothing in your earsPremiumPitch 2.0+: Sound-preservation technology produces better audio quality with less overall vibration and 50% less sound leakageBattery life: 8 hours of music play and talk time (fully charge the headphones in 1.5 hours; a 15-minute charge will get you more than an hour of music playback)IP67 waterproof rating (waterproof down to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes)Moisture Detected Alert: If the headphones are plugged into the charger while wet, the headphones will alert you to remove them from the charger to avoid damage to the batteryDual noise-canceling mics for voice callsVoice prompts guide you through power, pair, play, talk and moreAvailable now in Cosmic Black for $160 or £150 (red, blue and gray colors are coming soon) AfterShokz Aeropex unveiled Tags Share your voice 34 Photoslast_img read more

No 3 Louisville Opens ACC Tournament on Friday

first_imgDate: Friday, March 8Time: 6 p.m. ETSite: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C. (23,500)Radio: WKRD-790, Nick Curran, play-by-play; Adrienne Johnson, analystVideo: ACCNE, Tom Werne, play-by-play; Debbie Antonelli, analyst, Kelley Deyo, sidelineUofL National Ranking: 3rd Associated Press, 3rd USA TodayFor the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit GoCards.com, follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLWBB.Print Friendly Version Story Links Game Notes Live Stats They are 118-21 (.849) overall in the last four years, which is tied for the most wins by a class ever and are assured to finish their careers with the fewest losses and the best winning percentage in program history. Last season, Myisha Hines-Allen wrapped her career with a 118-26 (.819) record, becoming the winningest player in program history. Virginia Tech opened the tournament with an 85-63 win over Wake Forest on Wednesday afternoon. The Hokies and Tigers will now square off on Thursday at 6 p.m. ET. UofL now seeks to sweep regular season and tournament titles in consecutive seasons.  Last year they swept titles for the first time since they swept the Metro in 1984. Those two seasons are the only times in program history where they have won both. They have won seven regular season titles (1984, 1992, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2018, 2019) and six conference tournament titles, the first five in the Metro (1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1993, 2018). Nine players have scored for the Cardinals in the last three games. Overall, nine players have scored in 13 games this season. Seven players are averaging more than 7.3 points and more than 19.4 minutes per game. Seven different players have scored 15-plus points in a game. The Cardinals won 72-63 at Virginia Tech on Feb. 10. They used a 26-12 second quarter to help build a 20-point lead before hanging on to a nine-point win. Durr and Fuehring combined for 55 of Louisville’s 72 points in the win. Arica Carter, Asia Durr and Sam Fuehring will go down as one of the most accomplished senior classes in program history. They are off to a 27-2 start this season and are 63-5 in the last two seasons combined. Last season, they helped the Cardinals reach the program’s third Final Four and put together a program-best 36-3 record. Tickets LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After claiming its second straight Atlantic Coast Conference championship, No. 3 Louisville (27-2, 14-2) opens ACC Tournament play as the 2-seed on Friday night at 6 p.m. ET against either 7-seed Clemson (18-11, 9-7)  or 10-seed Virginia Tech (20-10, 6-10). Louisville won 76-44 at Clemson on Feb. 2. After falling behind 4-0, they used an 18-0 run to pull ahead 18-4 and finished the first quarter with 20-10 lead. They then used a 32-6 run that began late in the second quarter and stretched into the final period. They outscored the Tigers 17-5 in the third and 24-12 in the fourth for a 41-17 second half advantage. Jazmine Jones led the Cardinals with 17 points as she went 3-for-3 from 3-point range. Last season’s ACC Tournament title marked the first conference tournament title under head coach Jeff Walz. Since his first season in 2007-08, the Cardinals boast an 18-10 record (.643) and have reached four championship games (2008, 2009, 2014, 2018). UofL is 9-6 in the Big East, 2-1 in the AAC, and 7-3 in the ACC in that span. With the 67-40 win at Pitt, the Cardinals concluded ACC play with a 14-2 record to clinch the regular season conference crown. It marked the first time in program history that they have won back-to-back regular season titles.last_img read more

Vice Media to Axe 10 of Staff Laying Off About 250 Employees

first_imgVice said it will grant pink-slipped employees in the U.S. severance packages with 10 weeks’ pay as well as compensation for accrued paid time-off days. Managers and HR teams will meet Friday with employees being laid off in the U.S., U.K. and Mexico, with cuts in other regions to follow in the next few weeks.Along with the restructuring news, Dubuc called out recent Vice wins. That included Vice Studios/Unbranded Pictures political thriller “The Report” starring Adam Driver, which Amazon bought for $14 million after its premiere at Sundance Film Festival, and the Vice-produced “Fyre” documentary on Netflix. She also touted double-digit traffic increases in views, watch time and subscribers in Vice’s digital business, and Virtue landing 20 big new clients in 2018.Originally started in 1994 as an alternative-culture magazine in Montreal, Vice has expanded into a multiplatform media conglomerate, spanning cable TV channel Viceland, television and film production, about a dozen website “channels,” and print magazines. The company had an eye-popping $5.7 billion valuation after it received $450 million in new funding in June 2017 from private-equity firm TPG, but that valuation has since declined — as evidenced by Disney’s $157 million write-down on its Vice ownership stake for the September 2018 quarter.Cynthia Littleton contributed to this report. Popular on Variety Vice Media CEO Nancy Dubuc has set plans to lay off 10% of the company’s employees — resulting in the elimination of 250 jobs across all departments — as it looks to slash costs amid a revenue slowdown.The cuts aren’t surprising: Brooklyn-based Vice last fall instituted a hiring freeze and was hoping to avoid layoffs by winnowing down its headcount through attrition. With the restructuring, Dubuc is de-emphasizing focus on Vice’s web properties and is looking to bulk up efforts in film, TV production and branded content centered on its millennial-skewing audience and counter-cultural ethos.“Having finalized the 2019 budget, our focus shifts to executing our goals and hitting our marks,” Dubuc wrote in a memo to staff Friday. “To this end, we’ve had to make hard but necessary operating decisions. Starting today, the next phase of our plan begins as we reorganize our global workforce. Unfortunately, this means we will have to say goodbye to some of our Vice colleagues.” The Vice layoffs were first reported by THR. The reorg at Vice will shift from a country-centric structure to one geared around the company’s five lines of business: studios, news, digital, TV and in-house ad agency Virtue. In her memo, Dubuc said Vice has a “significant number” of open positions in growth areas, including sales, studios, Vice News digital and Virtue in many countries.Vice isn’t alone in struggling to hit profit goals, as many digital-media players are hitting a wall in achieving growth targets. Last week, BuzzFeed announced it would cut 15% of its staff, which included the elimination of BuzzFeed News’ national news team. Verizon last month laid off 800 employees in the Verizon Media Group, or 7% of the staff in the division that combined AOL and Yahoo operations.The layoffs come as Vice’s revenue has stagnated. In 2018, the company projected revenue to be between $600 million and $650 million (flat with 2017) and was expecting to lose $50 million, the Wall Street Journal reported.One recent loss for Vice: Its weekly documentary program on HBO is ending after six years. However, the premium cabler will continue to air the half-hour “Vice News Tonight,” which runs four nights per week.Dubuc, speaking last fall at the New York Times’ DealBook conference, claimed Vice will become profitable again within the next fiscal year. She noted that Vice was profitable a few years ago, before it invested heavily in the launch of the Viceland cable channel and international expansion.Vice’s last major round of cuts was in July 2017, when it laid off around 2% of its then-3,000 employee base across multiple departments while at the same time expanding internationally and boosting video production.Dubuc, former CEO of A+E Networks, was tapped last year as CEO of Vice in the wake of a sexual-harassment scandal at the company that resulted in the exit or firing of several execs. Co-founder Shane Smith shifted into a new role as executive chairman. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

LHC lawsuit case dismissed by US court

first_img More information: via: Symmetry Magazine and Cosmic Log– A Lawyer’s View of the Risk of Black Hole Catastrophe at the LHC, PhysOrg.com, January 22, 2010. So far, the LHC has reached an energy of about 3.5 trillion electron volts, or half of its full energy. Image credit: CERN. Walter Wagner, a retired nuclear safety officer, along with Spanish journalist Luis Sancho, filed the lawsuit in March 2008 before the LHC was turned on. The LHC, located on the border between France and Switzerland, was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). As a collaboration among thousands of scientists from more than 100 countries, the LHC is the largest and most powerful particle accelerator in the world. After an electrical fault initially shut down the collider when it was first turned on in September 2008, it has been operating successfully since November 2009.The LHC was designed to investigate many exotic areas of science, such as supersymmetry, extra dimensions, and dark matter. Wagner filed the lawsuit due to his concern that the LHC would produce black holes or a strange form of matter that could destroy the Earth. While he attempted to stop the LHC before it began operating, the US court originally dismissed the suit in 2008 on the grounds that the court had no jurisdiction over the LHC operations. But Wagner appealed the case, and now, for the second time, the court has dismissed the lawsuit for similar reasons. The judge noted that the LHC is owned, managed, and controlled by CERN, not the US. “The US government enjoys only observer status on the CERN council, and has no control over CERN or its operations,” the judge wrote in the final decision. “Accordingly, the alleged injury, destruction of the Earth, is in no way attributable to the US government’s failure to draft an environmental impact statement.”Even if the US court could have an impact on LHC operations, the judge also concluded that Wagner did not demonstrate sufficient standing in the court for the case to proceed. “At most, Wagner has alleged that experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (the ‘Collider’) have ‘potential adverse consequences.’ Speculative fear of future harm does not constitute an injury in fact sufficient to confer standing.”Wagner told Cosmic Log, a science blog at MSNBC, that he plans to seek a review of the court’s ruling, since the law allows review requests to be filed up to 45 days after the August 24 ruling.CERN plans to continue operating the LHC through 2011 at half-power, or 3.5 trillion electron volts. Then, after one year of scheduled maintenance, the power will be increased to the maximum 7 trillion electron volts in December 2012. The full (five-paragraph) court ruling is available here. Meanwhile, a monitoring system that provides real-time updates on the LHC’s potential for destruction is available at www.hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com. Citation: LHC lawsuit case dismissed by US court (2010, September 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-09-lhc-lawsuit-case-dismissed-court.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com LHC Ready for Duty Again (PhysOrg.com) — A Hawaiian man’s lawsuit to try to prevent operations of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has been dismissed due to a failure to show a “credible threat of harm,” according to the judge. And, as ruled in 2008, the judge again concluded that the US government is not the correct party to bring the suit against since the US doesn’t control LHC operations. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more