zoom EXMAR announced that, together with its Joint-Venture partner Teekay LNG (TGP), it has declared options to build two additional Midsize LPG carriers at Hanjin Heavy Industries.These bring the total of newbuildings for EXMAR LPG BVBA to 12 vessels, four of which are currently being built at Hyundai MIPO and eight will be built at Hanjin. Delivery of these vessels will be between February 2014 and May 2018.Exmar, November 8, 2013
Karnataka Floor Test Live: “The government received 99 votes, while 105 members have voted against it,” Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar confirmed after counting the votes. The HD Kumaraswamy led Congress-JD(S) government failed to survive trust vote in the Karnataka Assembly on Tuesday, with the coalition falling short of majority in the 224-member House. The trust vote was necessitated after 15 MLAs rebelled against Kumaraswamy government, plunging it to a minority. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The government received 99 votes, while 105 members have voted against it,” Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar confirmed after counting the votes.The trust vote sought by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy reached its culmination today after three missed deadlines. While the Opposition BJP has 105 MLAs in the House and the support of two Independents, the ruling coalition has 101 MLAs on its side on paper. However, as many as 20 coalition MLAs were absent from the House, reducing the number of the ruling government to 99. The political crisis in the state began with the resignation of at least 1 MLAs-12 from Congress and three from the JD(S), threatening the existence of the coalition government in the state. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayEarlier today, the police imposed prohibitory orders in the city under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) (prevents assembly of five or more people at one spot) and banned sale of liquor from 6 pm Tuesday to 6 am. The rebel MLAs had moved the Supreme Court against the Speaker’s delay in accepting their resignations. On July 17, the top court left it to the Speaker to decide on the resignations but ordered that they should not be compelled to attend the proceedings of the state Assembly. (Inputs from The India Express)
APTN National NewsAboriginal musician Don Amero wrapped up a downtown outdoor concert series in Winnipeg this week.APTN’s Matt Thordarson caught up with Amero and has this story.
(Leo Arcand with his partner Shawna and children Morningstar, 18 months, and Sakihitiwin, 7. The family drove down from Driftpile First Nation to the Bear Claw Art Gallery in Edmonton where his soap stone carvings are on display. He said his life has been “Like a Song.” APTN/Brandi Morin) Brandi Mori APTN National NewsA First Nations artist from Alexander First Nation in Alberta is quickly becoming world famous after one of his works was gifted to U.S. President Barack Obama by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Washington D.C. Thursday.Leo Arcand, who now calls Driftpile First Nation home, drove to the Bear Claw Art Gallery in Edmonton to celebrate his art being recognized.“It’s a great honour. What are the odds of having the prime minister choose one of your works to give to another world leader?” said Arcand. “I’m still absorbing it.”The soap stone carving of an eagle and a human intertwined that was given as the gift has deep meaning, said Arcand who conducts prayer for inspiration before creating his artwork.“The meaning of the carving was love, humanity, courage, working together. The spiritual aspect of it was to bring together the human form, the spirit animal representing mother earth and the human representing humanity itself,” he said.Since learning of his art going to the White House, Arcand said his life has been “like a song.”The stunning news came as a complete surprise to Arcand Thursday afternoon. The Bear Claw got a call from the Prime Minister’s Office just over a month ago and things unfolded from there.“They were looking at a few different pieces and decided on ‘Courage’”, said Hope Wright, of the Bear Claw gallery. “But they said we had to keep it on ‘the down low’ and if it’s chosen as a gift to a world leader they’d let us know.”Little did the Bear Claw or Arcand ever suspect the work would be given to the most famous leader in the world.He said he believes it’s a symbol of reconciliation that Trudeau took with him to the U.S.“Yes, I believe it’s a symbol, and that things happen for a reason,” said Arcand, who has been soap carving for 25 years and working full time in art for almost two decades.He’s also grateful for the support of the Bear Claw Art Gallery which has showcased Indigenous art for over 40 years.Since word broke of Arcand’s eagle carving gifted to the U.S. president the phones of the gallery have been ringing off the hook. Indigenous art is flying off the shelves, said owner Jackie Bugera.“In our 40 years of selling and representing First Nation artists we’ve never had this kind of media response to an artist the way the media has really embraced Leo and his work,” she said. “Times are definitely changing. 40 years ago First Nations galleries couldn’t even get native gallery’s to represent them. I think there’s so much more appreciation of the culture and the art. And I’ve always believed that art is a way of learning about culture. You can explain culture, go see the art. Go see it.”Arcand said he is “rich in his culture” and that helps to express his gifts within to the world.“Thank you (Trudeau) very much for selecting my work. It’s truly an honour. It’s truly a gift. I think there’s a lot of spiritual happening there because I do come from a spiritual background. As you can see in my work,” said Arcand.firstname.lastname@example.org@songstress28
VICTORIA – British Columbia’s labour minister has appointed an economist to lead a commission to advise the government on boosting the province’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.Prof. Marjorie Griffin Cohen of Simon Fraser University will chair the Fair Wages Commission, which also includes Ken Peacock, vice-president at the Business Council of British Columbia, and Ivan Limpright, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.The commission is expected to deliver a report with a timeline to raise the minimum wage within 90 days of its first meeting.The New Democrats had previously set a deadline of 2021 to raise the minimum wage but Labour Minister Harry Bains said that will now be up to the commission to determine.“We want to de-politicize this whole process so that they consult with small businesses, consult with workers, consult with the community leaders to make sure that they come back with the recommendations that will give small businesses at least a gradual, predictable, and common sense increases so they have certainty to adjust their cost of labour over a period of time,” he said.The NDP had promised to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour but after forming a government it agreed with the Green party to set up a commission that would oversee regular rate reviews.The commission will also review wages of liquor servers and agricultural workers that are tied to separate rates.Bains said the commission has also been asked to report on closing the gap between the minimum and living wage, which varies between communities.Cohen said average hourly wages in B.C. are lower than the national average.“These low wages have contributed to growing inequality and poverty for many working people and their families,” she said.The commission has a budget of $490,000 over two years, which will largely fund travel and consultations.
WASHINGTON – A rising stock market lifted U.S. household wealth to a record $106.9 trillion in the April-June quarter, the culmination of a decade of economic recovery but a gain that is concentrated largely among the most affluent.The value of Americans’ stock and mutual fund portfolios rose $800 billion last quarter, while home values increased $600 billion, the Federal Reserve said Thursday. Total household wealth is now 2.1 per cent higher than in the first quarter, when it was $104.7 trillion.The Fed’s report came on a day when a wave of buying on Wall Street sent U.S. stocks surging and lifted both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index to all-time highs. The Dow has gained nearly 8 per cent this year, the S&P nearly 10 per cent.Household net worth reflects the value of assets like homes, bank accounts and stocks minus debts like mortgages and credit cards. The data aren’t adjusted for inflation or population growth.They also don’t reflect the experiences of most U.S. households. Stock market wealth has been flowing disproportionately — and increasingly — to the most affluent households. The richest one-tenth of Americans own about 84 per cent of the value of stocks. That’s up from 81 per cent just before the Great Recession began in late 2007.That trend is concerning to some economists, who regard such sizable disparities in wealth as unhealthy for an economy. When lower- and middle-income people don’t share much in overall prosperity, many are forced to absorb more debt and take other financial risks.“I would be happy in a world where we saw big stock increases — if stocks were more broadly distributed across the population,” said Josh Bivens, director of research at the liberal Economic Policy Institute. “The fact that is where most of the gains are going is worrisome.”In theory, greater household wealth can speed the economy by making consumers feel richer and more likely to spend. But most consumers are spending less of their wealth than they did before the recession began, economists have found.Americans are saving nearly 7 per cent of their incomes, according to Commerce Department figures. That figure has remained fairly steady for five years even as the stock market has set new highs and average home prices have increased faster than most people’s wages. That trend suggests that many people remain cautious about cashing in their wealth, economists say, perhaps because they regard it as less stable than in the past.The rising concentration of wealth among affluent and educated Americans is another factor why the nation’s increased net worth isn’t accelerating the pace of consumer spending. Richer households are less likely to spend their wealth gains than middle- or lower-income households are.America’s richest 10 per cent of households were nearly 120 times wealthier than the lower middle class in 2016, the most recent year for which figures are provided in a separate Fed report. That is up from 112 times in 2013. (The lower middle class was defined as those whose wealth placed them between the 25th and 50th percentiles of net worth.)The top 10 per cent had an average net worth of $5.34 million; for the lower middle class, the figure was $44,700.In 2008, the year the financial crisis erupted, U.S. household net worth was $58.9 trillion. Nearly a decade later, it has almost doubled.Sharp disparities in wealth also cut across racial lines. The median white household has a net worth of $171,000, according to Fed data. That’s about 10 times the typical net worth for a black household of $17,200. For Latinos, it was $20,700. (The median is the point at which half the population has more and half has less.)The Fed revised its previous quarterly data to show that household wealth was higher earlier this year than previously reported. Household wealth in the first quarter is now about $4 billion higher than was original reported, mostly because of higher pension reserves than previously estimated.___AP Economics Writer Josh Boak contributed to this report.
Rabat – Following the response of millions of users worldwide to Facebook’s new tool ‘Celebrate Pride’, critics say that the tool might be another one of Facebook’s psychological experiments on users.On Friday, Facebook launched ‘Celebrate Pride’, a new tool that allows users to apply a rainbow filter to their profile picture in celebration of the US Supreme Court’s decision in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide.While millions of users hailed Facebook’s initiative, some say that Facebook’s intentions were not noble, revealing that the new tool might have been a psychology test on the social network’s users. According to the Daily Mail, critics say Facebook is using it to monitor how views spread online.Facebook set up this tool to let people alter their profile picture, but the concern is that Facebook is able to get an unprecedented insight into how it can influence people, experts said.MIT network scientist Cesar Hidalgo said on Facebook,“This is probably a Facebook experiment. The question is, how long will it take for people to change their profile pictures back to normal.”While Hidalgo’s Facebook update was meant to be a joke, (see article by the Atlantic) online media, including the Daily Mail, took his joke out of context and reported that he is “accusing Facebook to be performing an experiment.”A Facebook spokesperson, on the other hand, denied these accusations, stressing that ‘’Celebrate Pride is not an experiment but rather something that enables people to show their support of the LGBTQ community on Facebook.’’“This is one Facebook study I want to be included in!” wrote Stacy Blasiola, a communications Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois, when she changed her profile.This is not the first time that Facebook has come under fire for allegedly performing experiments on users.A report in The Atlantic confirmed that in 2013 the company released a study in which it admitted to conducting research into how to influence users changed their profile picture to a red equals sign in support of gay marriage.
Some US stores say iPhone 5 available, but more report that it’s sold out AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 23, 2012 12:47 am MDT It was possible to walk into a store Saturday and buy an iPhone 5, but it took some hunting.Some stores reported having Apple’s newest phone available for walk-up customers, though not all versions of it. A random check of about a dozen stores indicated that most were sold out.A Verizon store in New York City said the 32 and 64 gigabyte models, but not the 16 GB version, were available. A Sprint store in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, said all but the most expensive 64 GB iPhone 5s were sold out.“Before we were even scheduled to open, we were pretty much out,” said Eric Rayburn, a worker at a Sprint store in Phoenix.The iPhone 5 went on sale Friday, igniting intense interest around the world. Apple’s website said phones bought online would ship in three to four weeks. Verizon’s website said they would ship by Oct. 19.It’s hardly uncommon for supply shortages to make it difficult to get new iPhones in the first days after their release. For Apple, the iPhone introduction is the biggest revenue driver of the year. Analysts say the company will likely sell millions of phones in the first few days.There were long lines Friday at Apple’s stores in Asia, Europe and North America as customers pursued the new smartphone. Apple and the phone companies haven’t provided sales figures from the first day. Apple is expected to announce early results MondayLast year, Apple said on the Monday after the launch of the iPhone 4S that it had sold 4 million in the first three days.__Freed reported from Minneapolis. AP Technology Writer Peter Svensson in New York contributed to this report.
Enbridge, pipeline company behind 2010 Michigan oil spill, is denied dredge pad permit by The Associated Press Posted Aug 23, 2013 10:48 am MDT COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Enbridge Inc., which was responsible for a massive oil spill three years ago in southwestern Michigan, was denied a dredge pad permit as it continues the cleanup effort.The Comstock Township planning commission unanimously voted late Thursday to deny a special exception permit for the Morrow Lake dredge pad, which holds oil-contaminated sediment removed from the Kalamazoo River until it’s hauled away. Enbridge will have to find a new place to put the pad.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants Enbridge to do additional dredging of the river at the delta in Morrow Lake as part of the ongoing cleanup efforts from the 2010 oil spill near Marshall, and it has ordered the company to finish the dredging by Dec. 31, WOOD-TV reported.More than 800,000 gallons spewed into the Kalamazoo River and a tributary creek after an underground pipeline ruptured, and oil flowed about 35 miles before it was contained.Some raised pollution concerns during Thursday’s meeting, which the Kalamazoo Gazette said had nearly five hours of public comment and discussion.One of them was Larry Bell, the owner of Bell’s Brewery, who filed a lawsuit against Enbridge over concerns airborne pollutants from the dredge pad could affect his nearby production facility.Bell, who said he spent more than $50,000 fighting Enbridge, said during the meeting that it was the most emotionally stressful issue with which he had ever dealt.Company spokesman Jason Manshum said that while Enbridge appreciated the time and effort the Comstock Township planning commission put into making its decision, there still is an EPA deadline to meet. Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge had requested an extension, but the EPA denied it, saying it was premature.“Not getting site plan approval tonight … does make it more challenging to complete that initiative by the timeline in front of us,” Manshum said. “So now, we’ll go back and work with both federal and state regulators.”Meanwhile, Enbridge is working on a new 210-mile pipeline that will run from Stockbridge, Mich., to Griffith, Ind., as part of an artery pumping oil between Canada and Midwest refineries.Company officials have said it will feature thicker, higher-grade steel designed to prevent a repeat of the Michigan spill. An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board determined the 2010 rupture was caused by cracks and corrosion, and the agency faulted Enbridge for failing to take steps that might have prevented it.“Everything we do here in the state of Michigan is shadowed by what happened at Marshall, and it’s our goal to keep that from ever happening again,” Enbridge project director Thomas Hodge told the Lansing State Journal.The $1.3 billion project, which began last month near Stockbridge, has been hampered by environmental protesters who have linked arms or climbed trees to temporarily block the work. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Objects inevitably ended up spinning uncontrollably and eventually shooting away from the beams, after picking up the movement of the rotating sound field. Human levitation and Star Trek-style tractor beams have moved a step closer after scientists proved they can stably hold a large object suspended in mid-air, using only sound. But now engineers from the University of Bristol say they have solved the problem. Instead of using a spinning field of sound to hold an object in place, they have built a… Researchers have been trying for decades to trap objects using only the power of sound but it has always proved impossible to hold an item steady if it was larger than the wavelength of the sound.
Komatsu Australia has introduced the HM400-3M0 articulated dump truck (ADT), incorporating it says “a number of improvements to increase productivity, including an advanced traction and transmission system, and higher dump body capacity.” The HM400-3M0 is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D140E-6 engine rated at 350 kW, allowing it to haul a 40 t payload at speeds up to 55.9 km/h. According to Richard Feehely, Komatsu Australia’s National Business Manager, Quarries, improvements over the HM400-3M0’s predecessor – the HM400-2 – include significantly higher payload capacity, better operating performance, lower fuel consumption, increased operator comfort and enhanced serviceability – maximising productivity and reducing operating costs.“The HM400-3M0 incorporates a number of groundbreaking improvements in articulated dump truck technology, leveraging on our many years’ of experience in traction control and transmission systems with our dozers and large mining rigid dump trucks,” he said. “As a result, we have developed an articulated dump truck that offers unprecedented levels of control and efficiency when operating in the most challenging underfoot conditions, while delivering the highest levels of reliability and efficiency.” A major feature of the HM400-3M0 is the new Komatsu Traction Control System (K-TCS), which automatically provides optimum traction when operating in soft ground conditions. As ground conditions worsen, speed sensors located on four wheels detect tyre slippage, and automatic application of the inter-axle differential lock occurs. If tyre slippage continues to be detected, any of the four independently operated brakes can be applied to the slipping wheels to regain traction. “This technology behind our K-TCS, which is unique to articulated dump trucks, comes directly from our experiences in optimising traction control with our dozers and rigid mining trucks,” Feehely said.The new truck also incorporates Komatsu Advanced Transmission with Optimum Modulation Control System (K-ATOMiCS), which has long been a feature of Komatsu’s large mining trucks. This is a six-speed, fully automatic transmission that uses an advanced electronic system to eliminate shift shock and torque cut-off to improve operator and engine efficiency, and maximise powertrain life. “The electronic system automatically selects the ideal gear based on vehicle speed, engine speed and the shift position chosen, resulting in powerful acceleration, smooth down shifting and synchronised engine speed when climbing slopes,” said Feehely. “Key advantages of K-ATOMiCS include minimised operator fatigue, ensuring the load remains in the truck body and increased productivity.”A 510 kW capacity retarder fitted to the HM400-3M0 allows the operator to select the optimum operating speed for downhill travel and fully loaded hauls, eliminating acceleration generated by the grade of the slope and minimising wear and tear on the braking system. Feehely said an optimised body design on the HM400-3M0 had seen a significant increase in payload and body capacity. “The HM400-3M0 is now a true 40 t capacity truck, with its payload increasing by 3.5 t compared with the previous HM400-2. It’s gone from 36.5 t on the earlier model to 40 t, while heaped capacity has gone from 22.3 m3 to 24 m3,” he said. The HM400-3M0’s loading height of 3,164 mm allows it to be easily matched with 36 to 55 t excavators, or 4.2 m3 to 5.7 m3 wheel loaders.In addition, the Komatsu HM400-3M0 is equipped with a factory-fitted Payload meter (PLM), allowing production volume and working conditions of the dump truck to be analysed directly via a personal computer. The truck’s payload is also displayed for the operator on a 7 in LCD monitor in the cab, while an external display signals to the loading tool as the truck reaches payload capacity. PLM data can be downloaded directly to a PC via a PLM cable, and is also transmitted via KOMTRAX. This allows wide range of payload data, including Carried Load, Cycle Count, and Overload Count to be monitored and filtered for daily, weekly or monthly reports and analyses. Komatsu has also significantly improved the cab design on the new truck, providing a comfortable and quiet work environment designed to maximise operator productivity, as well as improving visibility and site safety. Improved operator comfort features include interior noise levels of 72 dBA, and a high-back heated air-ride seat with a three-point safety belt.“We have now located the operator’s seat right in the centre of the cab,” Feehely said. “This, combined with a short nose design and rounded engine hood significantly improve visibility out the front, while a colour rearview camera, linked to its own 7 inch monitor, ensures greater safety when operating around other equipment and personnel. “The ROPS/FOPS Level 2 certified cab features a new designed rounded front dash panel with easy-to-reach switches,” he said. “In addition, the dashboard has been redesigned, incorporating a new high resolution 7 in LCD monitor giving enhanced capabilities and detailed information display. “It allows the operator to easily modify settings for a wide range of items such as auto idle shutdown or the auto-reversing fan; to check operational records, such as driving history or fuel consumption; or to see when the next maintenance interval is required.” The monitor also offers the operator the option of using Komatsu’s ECO guidance function, which provides operational tips to reduce fuel consumption.Feehely said Komatsu has also worked to minimise the time required for daily checks and service access. This includes a newly designed engine hood for easy access, increased cooling capacity, and two standard hydraulically driven auto-reversing fans to help keep the radiator and charge air cooler clean. In addition, the HM400-3M0 is fitted with Komatsu’s exclusive EMMS (Equipment Management Monitoring System) incorporating enhanced diagnostic features to give the operator and technicians greater monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities. EMMS continuously monitors all critical systems, preventative maintenance requirements, and provides troubleshooting assistance to minimise diagnosis and repair time. It is integrated with Komatsu’s KOMTRAX remote monitoring system.
TWO MEN WERE arrested by police investigating dissident republican activity.Detectives from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch detained the suspect this morning.The men, aged 20 and 35, were taken to the Antrim Serious Crime Suite for questioning.A spokesperson for the PSNI said: “There are no further details at this time”.
Madagascar : le bilan du cyclone Giovanna s’alourdit à 16 mortsLe bilan humain s’aggrave progressivement après le passage du cyclone Giovanna qui a traversé et balayé toute l’ile de Madagascar dans la nuit de lundi à mardi.Le 14 février, le cyclone Giovanna a ravagé toute l’ile de Madagascar, accompagné par des vents violents et des pluies torrentielles. Une catastrophe qui a particulièrement touché la côte est de l’île où les rafales de vents se sont avérées très puissantes, atteignant jusqu’à 150 kilomètres par heure. Mais alors que de très nombreux dégâts avaient déjà été observés le lendemain, le bilan ne cesse de s’aggraver au fur et à mesure que les secours s’affairent. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Seize morts sont maintenant à déplorer et plus de 10.000 personnes sont désormais dans la rue, leur maison ayant été balayée par les vents ou noyée sous les eaux. La population avait été prévenue lundi soir par un communiqué officiel de l’arrivée du cyclone. Les autorités avaient ainsi recommandé que chacun se protège autant qu’il pouvait, surtout dans les zones à risques. Mais cette prévention n’a pas suffi à limiter les dégâts. Des écoles, des bâtiments et des routes ont été détruits et l’électricité a été coupée dans plusieurs villes et villages. Ainsi, le bilan ne devrait pas être définitif car beaucoup de zones de l’ile restent coupées du monde encore à l’heure actuelle. Il faudra sans doute plusieurs jours avant de connaître le total des dégâts humains et matériel, d’après RFI. Le cyclone Gafilo qui avait balayé l’île en 2004 avait fait 363 morts. Le 16 février 2012 à 16:35 • Maxime Lambert
Alex Sandro has warned his teammates they will be facing “a war” against Roma on Saturday evening.The Brazilian extended his stay with the Bianconeri until June 2023 with a salary believed to be worth €5m per year.“This is a wonderful day for me, but also my family and my teammates. I must tell the fans I’ll always give my best, just as I have done so far, and will continue working to improve. Alex Sandro is staying,” he told Football Italia.“I believe that I have taken on the mentality of the club and team, who always want to win. I’ll never change that mentality, so every time I set foot on the pitch, I want to win.”italian_leagueone:Juve-Roma: The fantastic seven: A look at the Bianconeri’s sequence of victories against Roma at Allianz Stadium https://t.co/9UeL1nEWHE pic.twitter.com/KoMBrTkRy8— Juve_MP (@Juve_MP) December 20, 2018Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.“I am just happy when we win, but a goal or assist is an extra bonus. I hold every goal in my heart because it’s not easy to score when you’re a full-back. Perhaps my favourite is the header in the derby against Torino.”Juventus host Roma on Saturday evening and Alex Sandro knows what to expect.“It’s always a war against Roma. We are prepared and know that they are prepared too, so I expect it to be a great game for players and fans.”The Bianconeri take on Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16.“Atleti are a tough outfit, strong both physically and tactically. Now we have to focus on Roma, though, there is time for Atletico.”
The company also announced its intention to dispose of certain segments of its online card and board games business, including Ourgame Hall and Poker World, and has entered into agreements to reorganize and dispose of some core components.As a result, Ourgame has written down all of the carrying values of the assets relating to these businesses as at 30 June 2018, which will result in one-time impairment losses of between approximately RMB350 million and RMB380 million, representing between 19% and 21% of the group’s total assets.Despite the continued setbacks, Ourgame said that its other business units – namely eSports and poker – have exhibited strong growth in the first half of 2018.“The group’s eSports subsidiary, Allied eSports, officially opened its global flagship arena at the MGM Luxor Casino and Hotel in March 2018 in Las Vegas and its first major eSports event at the Las Vegas Arena with the leading eSports live-streaming provider in the US resulted in record breaking viewership of 680,000 peak concurrent viewers and more than 2.5 million unique viewers,” Ourgame said. “Allied eSports has attracted major partners and sponsors that are eager to reach the young eSports audience.“The group’s World Poker Tour business continues to expand into new geographies and its TV programs continue to reach a growing TV audience of more than 140 million households worldwide as of July 2018. Its brand power continues to fuel the growth of its licensing business, with partners including Zynga and its improved operation continuing to reflect positively on its financials.” Load More Landing International, Imperial Pacific issue profit warnings ahead of expected 1H19 losses Chinese online poker and board game company Ourgame International Holdings Ltd has issued a profit warning for the six months to 30 June 2018 ahead of expanded losses over the same period in 2017.In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Ourgame said the group will record a loss that is “significantly higher” than the RMB74 million (US$10.7 million) it lost in 1H17 as a result of increased competition and regulatory headwinds in the Chinese domestic card and board game business. Caesars slips back into loss in 2Q19 but US properties showing growth ahead of Eldorado merger RelatedPosts Chinese court seizes bank accounts of online card game developer Boyaa