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Mohsen Mostafavi is named dean of Design School

first_imgMohsen Mostafavi, an international figure in the fields of architecture and urbanism, will become the dean of the Faculty of Design beginning in January 2008, President Drew Faust announced today (Aug. 10).An accomplished academic leader, architect, and scholar, Mostafavi is currently the dean of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning, where he is also the Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Professor in Architecture. Formerly an associate professor of architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) and director of the Masters of Architecture I program, he served for nine years as chairman of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, one of Europe’s foremost schools of design, before his appointment at Cornell.“Mohsen Mostafavi has an impressive record of leadership at two distinguished schools of architecture and design, and his intellectual vitality and international outlook promise to serve our Design School well,” said Faust. “His interests extend across the GSD’s principal domains of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning and design, and his leadership style is marked by an openness to new ideas and an instinct for crossing boundaries in creative ways. He is also a highly respected scholar and educator who has longstanding ties to the Design School and who bridges the worlds of theory and practice with unusual aplomb. It will be a pleasure to welcome him back to Harvard and to work with him as he and his colleagues create the brightest possible future for the GSD.”“I am deeply honored and excited by my appointment to the GSD,” said Mostafavi. “I look forward to working with the School’s extraordinary students, faculty, and staff. To return to Harvard at such a pivotal moment and to have the opportunity to work with President Faust is an incredible privilege. I know she shares my belief in the importance of design as an indispensable part of making the world a better place and the importance of collaboration across the University. It is particularly gratifying to return to Harvard, where I spent many happy years.”Mostafavi will succeed Dean Alan Altshuler, who will serve through the end of December. “I want to thank Alan for his exceptionally thoughtful and devoted service as dean of the GSD these past several years and for his willingness to carry forward his leadership through the fall term,” Faust said. “He is a remarkable citizen of the University, whose wisdom and counsel will greatly benefit Mohsen as he prepares to assume the deanship.”As dean of Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning since 2004, Mostafavi has led a school with some 100 faculty members and nearly 800 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 30 countries. The college’s programs range from architectural design, history, and theory to urban policy and planning to the visual arts. Mostafavi was also responsible for establishing the college’s new educational facility in New York City designed to give students a unique opportunity to live and study in the center of the architecture and art world, where he has been teaching and conducting research related to ecological urbanism. He is credited for the commissioning of Rem Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture as the designers of the College’s new Paul Milstein Hall. While at Cornell Mostafavi served as a member of the provost’s committee of deans, the social science deans committee, as a member of the board of trustees committee on buildings and property, and the university’s architecture advisory committee, in addition to representing Cornell in the National Humanities Alliance.From 1995 to 2004, Mostafavi was chairman (the equivalent of dean) of the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) in London. He is credited with having bolstered the AA’s reputation as one of Europe’s leading centers of architectural study, while guiding a transformation of the studio experience for students, launching new programs in such fields as landscape urbanism and emergent technologies, and bringing to fruition an array of notable exhibitions and publications.Born in Iran, Mostafavi received a diploma in architecture from the AA in 1976. He then undertook research on counter-reformation urban history at the University of Essex (1976-81) and the University of Cambridge (1981-84). After serving as a design critic at Cambridge and a visiting professor at the Frankfurt Academy of Arts (Städelschule), he taught at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. He then served at Harvard as associate professor of architecture at the GSD from 1990 to 1995 and directed the Masters of Architecture I program from 1992 to 1995.As a scholar and educator, Mostafavi is particularly known for his studies of building surfaces and how they change over time, as well as his interest in the interplay of natural and built systems in the design and planning of urban environments. His books include “Surface Architecture” (MIT Press, 2002, with David Leatherbarrow), which received the 2003 Bruno Zevi Book Award of the International Committee of Architectural Critics (CICA) for distinguished contribution to architectural criticism; “Delayed Space” (Princeton Architectural Press, 1994, with Homa Farjadi); and “On Weathering: The Life of Buildings in Time” (MIT Press, 1993, with David Leatherbarrow), which won the American Institute of Architects’ commendation prize for writing on architectural theory. His research and design projects have been published in numerous leading journals, and he has recently edited and contributed to “Landscape Urbanism: A Manual for the Machinic Landscape” (2004) and “Structure as Space” (2006) on the work of the innovative Swiss engineer Jürg Conzett.A member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation European Union Prize committee, Mostafavi has served on the Institute’s Gold Medal selection committee, the steering committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the international design committee of the London Development Agency, and chaired the European selection committee for the Holcim Awards for sustainable construction.Mostafavi maintains a global consulting practice and is married to Homa Farjadi, a professor in practice of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania who also has a professional practice in London.last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Delivers Police-Themed Halloween Show At Washington, D.C.’s The Anthem [Videos]

first_imgOn Thursday night, Umphreys McGee offered up a special Halloween performance at The Anthem in Washington, D.C. The sextet honored the music of The Police, delivering six debut covers and a bust-out cover last played in 2010. Marc Brownstein’s Star Kitchen project handled the evening’s opening duties with special guest James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band).Umphrey’s McGee’s Joel Cummins Talks Recent Losses & Making Life Work As A Touring Musician [Interview]Clad in police costumes, Umphrey’s McGee kicked off their first set with a debut cover of “Synchronicity II”, off of The Police’s 1983 Synchronicity album. The six-piece continued on with a pairing of “Bridgeless” and “Ocean Billy” before working through a debut of The Police’s “Reggatta de Blanc”. The band moved forward with a “Utopian Fir” sandwich, which saw an appropriate placing of “The Fuzz” in the middle. Following “Night Nurse”, Umphrey’s brought their first set to a close with The Police’s “Message in a Bottle”, last played by the band on August 12th, 2010, a gap of 931 shows.Umphrey’s McGee – “Synchronicity II”[Video: j cornell]Umphrey’s McGee – “Message in a Bottle”[Video: j cornell]Following a brief setbreak, Umphrey’s reemerged and opened up their second set with “Dump City”, which was followed up by a debut of The Police’s “Spirits in the Material World”. “Draconian” was up next featuring a tease of Ozzy Osbourne‘s “Crazy Train” before the band segued into “Kula”. The next Police debut of the night came with “Can’t Stand You Losing” before UM launched into an explosive “Nothing Too Fancy”. The set came to a close with the debut of The Police’s “King of Pain” into “Bridgeless”. The band returned to deliver a two-song encore of the last Police debut of the night, ” Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”, into “Hajimemashite”.Umphrey’s McGee – “Spirits in the Material World”[Video: j cornell]Umphrey’s McGee – “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”[Video: j cornell]Tonight, Friday, November 1st, Umphrey’s heads to Philadelphia, PA for a performance at The Fillmore. Head to Umphrey’s McGee’s website for a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, ticketing, and more information.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Anthem | Washington, D.C. | 10/31/2019Set 1: Synchronicity II[1], Bridgeless > Ocean Billy, Reggatta de Blanc[1] > Utopian Fir > The Fuzz > Utopian Fir[2] > Night Nurse > Message in a BottleSet 2: Dump City, Spirits in the Material World[1], Draconian[3] > Kula, Can’t Stand Losing You[1], Nothing Too Fancy[2] > King of Pain[1] > BridgelessEncore: Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic[1] -> Hajimemashite[1] debut, The Police[2] unfinished[3] with Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne) teasesNotes:Band was dressed as copslast Message in a Bottle 08.12.2010 (931 shows)last_img read more

Dream Comes True After Coded Message Sent 60 Years Later

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIt starts with intrigue and ends with a dream coming true.The story began on Martha’s Vineyard where an 81-year-old mystery writer received a coded message in the mail.There was no key for breaking the code — and no return address.Cynthia wondered if it wasn’t from the same man who sixty years earlier passed coded notes to her in a biology lab. At the age of 90, Howard finally got the courage to tell Cynthia what he really felt — with a coded message that ignited a real-life love story.(WATCH the video below or READ the story from CBS’s Steve Hartman)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Fifth-year seniors search for campus community after classmates graduate

first_imgFor fifth-year accountant student Mike Quinn, the phrase “home under the dome” has lost a bit of its meaning. “The campus of Notre Dame was home as an undergraduate,” he said. “Now, our home base is Mendoza. If you want to go somewhere else on campus it feels very disconnected.” Quinn is one of many students who decide to attend the University an extra year to complete degrees in specialized fields. But Quinn said he encountered disconnect in his fifth year. “I felt jealous that [my friends] got to go be on their own feet and I was stuck with the same college routine,” he said. “They have their responsibility at work whereas someone like me who’s staying in graduate school, we still have to go to class, do homework and group projects and have exams to worry about. It’s like a whole new step of life.” Quinn said he rarely moves beyond DeBartolo Quad for classes and feels removed from the days of dorm life and spending time in LaFortune or the dining hall, not to mention the shift in his social life, he said. “The people I knew who were staying the fifth year were the people who you’d give the head nod to or chitchatted with after class, but not necessarily great, true friends,” he said. John Villecco, a fifth-year senior completing a double major in anthropology and PLS, agreed. “Most people at the end of last year had regrets about having to leave,” he said. “But it’s been really interesting to see them go off and have them live their lives, and I still have this safety net while I can observe them from afar. I’ve been able to spend more time reflecting on what I want my life to look like. “[They’ve] been a buffer so that I feel ready to leave now.” Villecco said the number of people he recognizes on campus has decreased, but it has allowed him to foster more in-depth friendships. “[The fifth year] allowed me to focus more on a smaller group of friends,” he said. With a more intimate group of friends, Villecco said his classmates compare schedules more often and have settled into a more consistent routine than he did in his previous years. It also allows them to veer away from social norms, he said.  “It’s easier to have a good sense of self,” he said. “You almost feel like you’re not required to abide by as many social rules. I’m separate in a positive way. I’m separate from [social] expectations.”last_img read more

SMC Art Gallery explores globalized landscapes

first_imgThe Moreau Art Galleries of Saint Mary’s launched a new exhibit Wednesday featuring four distinct art pieces by collaborating artists Ryan Griffis and Sarah Ross.The art pieces are inspired by globalization and industrialization of rural towns, Griffis said.Ross and Griffis agreed the exhibit takes a “poetic” angle on metropolitan, cosmopolitan, urban landscapes.The largest installation, “Global Cities, Model Worlds” is located in Little Theater and Sister Rosaire Gallery. Ross said the multidimensional and interactive piece  focuses on “the spatial and social impacts of mega-events, specifically Olympic games.”Three videos that make up “From the Bottomlands to the World (an excerpt)” play on a loop in Hammes Gallery: “Granular Space” (2012), “Submerging Land” (2012) and “Moving Flesh” (2014).“The artists write that the host cities of these international spectacles seek to transform themselves into ‘global cities’ through planning, architecture and ideology,” Tiffany Johnson Bidler, the director of the galleries, said. “Locally, these events pave the way for redevelopment projects that can create new public resources such as parks, stadiums or transportation infrastructure but often result in significant displacement of residents or industry, reinforcing existing inequalities.”According to Ross’s website, the video trilogy is an experimental take on a rural Midwestern town of 6,000 people, “a place of global exchange and international mobility.”Small Midwestern cities are a hub for industries hoping to avoid urban regulations and immigrants seeking employment, Ross said.This exchange is evident in Beardstown, Ill. The city’s major industry, a slaughterhouse, hired migrants from Mexico before turning to immigrants from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Togo, Senegal, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean locales for new workers, Ross said.The exhibition is a result of time and effort on the parts of Griffis and Ross, Johnson Bidler said.“The artists installed their own show for the most part in this case, and it took them two days,” Johnson Bidler said. “They drove in from Chicago. The gallery assistants and I were responsible for wall text, labels and promotion of the event.”This exhibition is free and available to the public until Oct. 31.Tags: globalization, industrialization, Moreau Art Gallerieslast_img read more

Minnesota falls 23-19 at Iowa in first defeat of the season

first_imgMinnesota falls 23-19 at Iowa in first defeat of the seasonThe Gophers have not won in Iowa City since 1999 Nick JungheimNovember 17, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrint Last week, the Gophers upended No. 5 Penn State’s perfect season with a 31-26 victory at TCF Bank Stadium. On Saturday, Minnesota was on the receiving end of an upset.A perfect season was not to be as No. 7 Minnesota (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) fell to No. 23 Iowa (7-3, 4-3 Big Ten) 23-19. The Gophers dropped their fifth consecutive game in the battle for the Floyd of Rosedale against the Hawkeyes and still have not won at Kinnick Stadium since 1999. “We fell down early and it took us out of our rhythm,” said head coach P.J. Fleck. “It came down to the blocking, tackling and execution of plays and they did a better job of that than we did.”After receiving the opening kick, Iowa running back Tyler Goodson ripped off a 26-yard run on a well-designed misdirection play, fooling the Minnesota defense. Five plays later, following a fourth-and-one conversion, redshirt freshman Nico Ragaini took a pass from Hawkeyes quarterback Nate Stanley 21 yards for the game’s opening score.Trailing 6-0, Minnesota responded with a 12-play drive, but came up empty after redshirt freshman Brock Walker missed a 50-yard field goal attempt. Iowa then marched back down the field, adding another score by way of a Goodson rushing touchdown.Both teams’ offenses drove the ball with ease in the first half. The difference was the Gophers stalled in the red zone while the Hawkeyes managed to convert for touchdowns. Behind by two scores, the Gophers moved the ball 87 yards in 12 plays, but had to settle for a Walker field goal.On Iowa’s third drive of the game, Stanley led the Hawkeyes to their third touchdown. The senior quarterback passed for 58 of the drives 69 yards, capping it with a five-yard touchdown to junior Ihmir Smith-Marsette making the score 20-3.“It was just not us being prepared,” senior Thomas Barber said of the defense’s slow start. “They just came and hit us in the mouth.”The teams traded punts, giving the ball back to Minnesota with 39 seconds left in the first half. Working with no timeouts, Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan completed two passes to get the Gophers inside the Iowa 10-yard line. Once again though, Minnesota failed to reach the end zone. A Walker field goal bounced off the upright and through the goal posts to cut the deficit to 14 points at the break. “Things weren’t necessarily going great for us,” Fleck said. “Going into halftime with the ball, I felt like my message would be way different if we got the points.”It took the Gophers just 3:25 to finally break through after receiving the ball to start the second half. Receiver Tyler Johnson found a seam through the Iowa defense and Morgan found him on a play action pass for a 28-yard score. Johnson finished the game with nine receptions for 170 yards to lead the team.“[Offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca] did a great job with the game plan,” Johnson said. “We were able to get receivers in the right spots. Tanner did a great job stepping up in the pocket and putting us in the right positions.”After an Iowa punt, Johnson played a crucial role on the ensuing Gopher possession. With a chance to tie the game Johnson hauled in a 30-yard reception on a third-and-six to get Minnesota into the red zone. However, he dropped what would have been a fourth-down conversion four plays later to turn the ball over on downs.“That was on nobody but me,” Johnson said of the drop. “Tanner did a great job, the offensive line did a great job protecting. I was able to create separation. I just have to make that play, that’s it.”Early in the fourth quarter, Minnesota’s offense got another chance to tie the game after the defense forced a punt, but could make nothing of the opportunity. A fair catch interference penalty on the punt gave Iowa a short field. Taking advantage, the Hawkeyes tacked on a field goal with 7:13 remaining to restore their lead to two scores.The Gophers went down fighting, adding a one-yard touchdown run from redshirt senior Rodney Smith. Minnesota got one last possession with 1:52 remaining but consecutive Iowa sacks on first and second down sealed the game.Despite the defeat, Minnesota still maintains a one-game lead in the Big Ten West standings. With a victory at Northwestern next Saturday and a Wisconsin loss to Purdue, the Gophers would clinch a spot in the Big Ten Championship game.“This is one game, that’s all that means.” Fleck said. “Everything we want is right in front of us. Nothing has changed.”last_img read more

Messages of individual blame for black Americans perpetuate racial inequality

first_imgPinterest A recent CDC report calls into question the widely reported belief that Black fathers are more absent in their children’s lives than White fathers – showing that while more Black fathers live apart from their children, they are just as involved with their children as members of other racial groups in the same living situations. So why is it that messages about Black absentee fathers, such as Obama’s 2008 Father’s Day address, are so pervasive in society?A new paper, published today in Social Psychological and Personality Science, suggests that such messages align with broader beliefs that Black Americans place too much blame on “the system” and instead need to hear messages that encourage individual responsibility. A consequence of that, the researchers say, is that they perpetuate structural racial inequalities.Phia Salter of Texas A&M University and her colleagues were interested in President Obama’s well-known speech on absentee dads, in large part because it was delivered in a predominately African-American church. “We were interested in whether the individual blame account of missing Black fathers gained attention because it was given in front of a Black audience,” she explains. “We thought it may not be just what President Obama said in his speech, but to whom he said it to that mattered.” It struck them that many of the critiques of his speech for ignoring societal factors were largely coming from the Black community (even this recent Op-ed). Email Share on Twitter Sharecenter_img LinkedIn Share on Facebook So led by then-grad students Kelly Hirsch and Luyen Thai, Salter join efforts with her colleague Rebecca Schlegel to design several studies that investigated the interactions between messaging, audience and third-party perceptions. First, to measure general perceptions, they surveyed participants online about whether they thought various groups (e.g., Black, White, Latino, Democrats, Women) believe that society is fair. The participants thought that Blacks reject the idea that society is fair and do so more than other groups.In a second study, the researchers asked participants to read a statement about racial inequality that either suggested that racial disparities stem from failures and inadequacies of individuals or from failures and inadequacies of systems. They then asked participants to what extent they thought various groups needed or wanted each message. They found that third-party observers preferred individual blame messages delivered to Black audiences, as this is what they perceived Black audiences ”need to hear.”In a third set of studies to experimentally test these perceptions, the researchers asked participants to read and respond to an excerpt from a speech given to either a Black or a White audience. The speech was actually an excerpt from Obama’s 2008 Father’s Day speech that was either the original text emphasizing personal responsibility or an edited version emphasizing a systemic account of missing fathers.“We found that believing the speech was being delivered to a Black versus White audience increased the appeal of an individual blame account of the speech but not a system blame version of the speech,” Salter says. “Although politicians and others who deliver speeches are likely to take into account who may be listening, prior social psychological research had not considered how third parties might take into account the audience’s racial composition.”The implication of this work – that people think that Black Americans have a tendency to blame the system too much and are in need of messages that counteract their perceptions of injustice – is troubling for two at least reasons, Salter says. “First, by minimizing or ignoring the ways in which structural inequality persists, we are unlikely to search for, endorse or enact solutions that might address these forms of societal problems.”Second, she says, targeting Black Americans with the idea that they caused their own circumstances by not working hard enough “reinforces the idea that Blacks are ultimately responsible for their own disadvantage, even when structural inequalities persist.” Therefore, these individual blame messages are detrimental to efforts to create a fair and just society.The work fits in with previous research that suggests that events that represent exceptional accomplishments of a few minority group members are used to demonstrate that race does not matter and, in turn, render policies that address racial inequality irrelevant. Following Obama’s presidential victory, for example, researchers found that people were more likely to conclude that racism was less of a problem and expressed decreased support for policies aimed at furthering racial equality.Heading into the next Presidential election, this research is an important reminder to be critical consumers of information, Salter says. “Political messages are encoded with a lot of information and the perceived audience is also a part of the message,” she says. “People make judgments about whether political speeches contain the ‘right’ message for the right audience. We should all take a step back and evaluate why we think a particular message is ‘right’ for a certain audience.”last_img read more

Neuroscience researchers caution public about hidden risks of self-administered brain stimulation

first_imgLinkedIn Share The growing trend of “do-it-yourself” transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) poses hidden risks to healthy members of the public who seek to use the technique for cognitive enhancement. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, along with several members of the (cognitive) neuroscience research community warn about such risks involved in home use of tDCS, the application of electrical current to the brain. Their Open Letter will appear in the July 7th issue of Annals of Neurology.tDCS devices are made up of a band that wraps around one’s head with electrodes placed at specific scalp locations to target specific brain regions which transmit varying levels of electrical current to the brain to achieve the desired result, such as an enhanced state of relaxation, energy, focus, creativity, or a variety of other goals. Because tDCS devices are easily made from simple tools, the practice of self-administered brain stimulation by the lay community has grown in recent years.Cognitive neuroscience research suggests that tDCS can enhance cognition, and relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other conditions. Pinterest Share on Twittercenter_img Share on Facebook Email “Published results of these studies might lead DIY tDCS users to believe that they can achieve the same results if they mimic the way stimulation is delivered in research studies. However, there are many reasons why this simply isn’t true,” said first author, Rachel Wurzman, PhD, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation at Penn. “It is important for people to understand why outcomes of tDCS can be unpredictable, because we know that in some cases, the benefits that are seen after tDCS in certain mental abilities may come at the expense of others.”The “Open Letter” is signed by 39 researchers who share this sentiment, representing an unprecedented consensus among tDCS experts.“Given the possibility that the improper use of our articles might cause harm, as a community we felt it necessary – an ethical obligation – to explain in a peer-reviewed journal why it is that we generally do not encourage do-it-yourself use of tDCS,” she said.Their Letter details the scientific community’s many reasons for concern.First, it is not yet known whether stimulation extends beyond the specific brain regions targeted. These indirect effects may alter unintended brain functions. “We don’t know how the stimulation of one brain region affects the surrounding, unstimulated regions,” said co-author Roy Hamilton, MD, MS, an assistant professor of Neurology and director of the Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation at Penn. “Stimulating one region could improve one’s ability to perform one task but hurt the ability to perform another.”In addition, what a person is doing during tDCS – reading a book, watching TV, sleeping – can change its effects. Which activity is best to achieve a certain change in brain function is not yet known.Wurzman, Hamilton and colleagues go on to say that they have never performed tDCS at the frequency levels some home users experiment with, such as stimulating daily for months or longer. “We know that stimulation from a few sessions can be quite lasting, but we do not yet know the possible risks of a larger cumulative dose over several years or a lifetime,” they wrote.The authors also suggest that small changes in tDCS settings, including the current’s amplitude, stimulation duration and electrode placement, can have large and unexpected effects; more stimulation is not necessarily better.Finally, the group warns that the effects of tDCS vary across different people. Up to 30 percent of experimental subjects respond with changes in brain excitability in the opposite direction from other subjects using identical tDCS settings. Factors such as gender, handedness, hormones, medication, etc. could impact and potentially reverse a given tDCS effect. And, most research is conducted for the purpose of treating disease, with the goal of alleviating symptoms, with a detailed disclosure or risks as required of studies of human research subjects. The level of risk is quite different for healthy subjects performing tDCS at home.“Home users of tDCS devices need to be aware that we do not really understand how stimulation brings about the intended results or how surrounding brain regions are affected, but we do know that the brain changes they bring about may be long-lasting, for better or worse,” the authors warn.last_img read more

Carriers Talking New Alliance Proposal with FMC

first_imgThe latest market rumors on the formation of a new global carrier alliance seem to be true as companies that have been left out of the recently announced partnerships are gearing up to reveal a new alliance formation.Specifically, representatives of the liner companies are going to meet today with the United States Federal Maritime Commission to discuss their proposal, with an announcement of their plans possible today or this week, according to William Doyle, an FMC Commissioner.“I can tell you that by the end of next week there is a likelihood that another new alliance will be announced.  I will be meeting with ocean carrier representatives next.  It may not include all of the remaining eight carriers, but it could eventually,” Doyle said while speaking at the Intermodal Association of North America on May 5, 2016 in Chicago.There are eight container carriers left out of the two major alliances, the 2M and Ocean Alliance, that could be in the race for the new alliance, those being Hapag-Lloyd, Hanjin, Hyundai Merchant Marine, MOL, NYK, ‘K’ Line, Yang Ming, and UASC, along with Hamburg Sud which has a series of agreements with UASC.The talks are a response to the formation of the Ocean Alliance made up of CMA CGM, COSCO Container Lines, Evergreen Line and OOCL, leaving CKYHE Alliance and G6 without some of its key members.The prediction on potential third alliance is line with Drewry’s predictions that by mid-2017, there will be only three main global alliances comprising at the most 13 carriers and replacing the current four alliances- CKYHE Alliance, Ocean Three, G6 and 2M.The argument is supported by Hapag-Lloyd (G6) confirmation that it was in talks with UASC (Ocean Three for now) about a potential merger of container businesses.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

C.H. Robinson handles the pressure

first_imgMeasuring 38 ft 9 inches (11.8 m) in length and weighing 140 tons (127 tonnes), the pressure vessel was loaded on to a specialised trailer at the plant in Texas. Once at the port, the C.H. Robinson team negotiated to keep the cargo loaded on the truck for six days until the vessel was ready to load, without incurring any detention charges.The pressure vessel was subsequently loaded onto a Rickmers-Line vessel for transportation to the port of Antwerp. C.H. Robinson is a member of the Project Logistics Alliance (PLA), representing Canada, Singapore and the USA. www.chrobinson.com www.pl-alliance.comlast_img read more