This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Hi, AleXA time or two we’ve thrown around this big term: generative capacity — a big term, yes, but one that you should not find intimidating.What it means is that all the interaction taking place within online media is churning out insights and knowledge at rates and volumes we couldn’t have imagined even a generation ago.It’s intimidating for countless millions of people, and, no doubt, you’re one of them.Take heart, AleX. These changes present you with a huge opportunity to serve your clients in even better ways. How? By organizing this information to ensure it’s more accessible for your clients. However, to tap into all this power, you’re going to have to master a couple of skills – beginning with curation. Yes, content curation is a big term, but don’t let that term spook you. It simply means presenting information in ways that your audience will find useful.Aggregation 101:The first step toward curation, AleX, is learning how to take an inventory of all that’s available. Experts have a lofty term for this too — aggregation — but don’t let it intimidate you. Simply defined, aggregation in this context means collecting online sources of information that your audiences will find useful.There’s a wealth of places to find this information. You could start with online newspapers and magazines. Blogs and Twitter feeds are good sources too. Bookmarking services such as Delicious and StumbleUpon are good references as well.Google Alerts, which offer a whole array of convenient options to search and filter content, are excellent resources also. Here’s an archived webinar that explains how to get information to come to you using Google Alerts, Creating your own Learning Network.Curation 101:Now we come to the next step summarized by another big word — curation — but don’t let that one throw you either.Within a social media context, curation simply means presenting information in one or more forms that your audiences will find useful.Blogs offer a great way to curate information. Simplicity is the first rule of thumb. Keep your blogs short — ideally, no more longer than 400 words — as well as easy to understand, and to the point. The subject matter needs to be tightly focused on a simple theme. Break up the text under headers , which make reading a lot easier.For example, a blog may include a brief description of a problem or challenge, a few real-life accounts to support your basic theme, and links to other informative blogs or online newspaper or magazine articles.Capitalizing on What You’re Already DoingWe mentioned bookmarking services as a creative source for collecting — or aggregating — information. Consider reverse engineering this idea…in other words, use bookmarking services as a way to curate links to your blog.Facebook and Twitter are also excellent places to curate your information. Always remember that your challenge is assuring that your material stands out in the dense news feeds that characterize both Facebook and Twitter.Needless to say, this calls for some creativity. Preface what you post with some attention-grabbers.Adding ValueUnderstand, though, that harnessing the power of social media doesn’t have to be limited to aggregating and curating content.You can harness this power on behalf of your clients simply by helping focus on and refine online discussions, and when the need arises, correcting faulty information.Granted, mastering this skill presents yet another professional challenge, but there is some good news in all of this. Your professional training and your passion for your job have uniquely equipped you to tap into this awesome power — more important, they have equipped you with the abilities required to help your audiences profit as fully as possible from all this information.So, take heart, AleX. This is part of the “Hi, AleX” series — advice to AleX NetLit about enhancing her levels of network literacy through day-to-day personal and professional social networking. AleX Netlit is a fictional persona created by Network Literacy Community of Practice to serve as a guide to Military Families Service professionals, Cooperative Extension educators and others seeking to learn more about using online networks in their work.More about Alex NetLit Author: Jim LangcusterThis article was originally published Monday January 14, 2013 on the Military Families Learning Network blog.
To address pollution in the Ganga in Kanpur, the Uttar Pradesh government has awarded a ₹893-crore tender to the Shapoorji Pallonji conglomerate. The funds, to be made available from the ₹20,000 crore National Mission for Clean Ganga, will be largely spent on constructing new sewage treatment plants (STPs), repairing old ones and ensuring that these plants operate at their rated capacity for a minimum of 15 years. In Uttar Pradesh, Kanpur is the biggest contributor to pollution in the Ganga. In 2016, 450 MLD (million litres per day) of sewage was generated in Kanpur of which only 140 was treated. This, despite there already being STPs with a capacity of 425 MLD. A poor sewerage network has contributed to this capacity being underutilised and ensuring a cleaner Ganga requires better sewage treatment in the city, according to experts.“This is one of the major projects in the mission,” said Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director, NMCG, “and part of the one city-one operator approach that we have adopted.” Unlike previous efforts to clean the Ganga, the NMCG has opted to farm out building of STPs to private contractors instead of the traditional approach of having State bodies run them. As part of this arrangement, the government will fund 40% of the capital costs in the first two years and the rest over 15 years along with operation and maintenance charges.Kanpur zone tenderThe Kanpur zone tender involves building a 30 MLD STP in Pankha, 15 MLD plant in Unnao and 5 MLD plant in Shuklaganj. Along with being operated and maintained for 15 years, an existing 130 MLD plant in Jajmau would be “rehabilitated” as would a 43 MLD STP at Jajmau, a 210 MLD STP at Bingawan and a 42 MLD STP at Sajri. The SP group would also be required to build a network of drain interceptors, sewage pumping stations (systems that ensure sewage which doesn’t make it to sewer lines is mechanically shunted to STPs) and maintain them for 15 years.
Diverse, unique, and thought-provoking and with myriad themes such as the National Register of Citizens, fake news, and Balakot air strike, the Durga Puja marquees (pandals) have come alive in Kolkata this autumn.Almost 3,000 community Durga Pujas are organised in the State capital and another 25,000 in the districts and every Puja organiser is trying to do something different through themes, lightings and decorations all aimed at wooing the people to their pandal.While a Durga Puja pandal at Vivekananda Sarbojanin Durgotsav has tried to tackle the subject of evolution of news and of how fake news reaches the public, the organisers at Young Boys Club Sarbojanin Durga Puja have created scenes from the Balakot air strike, where along with models of IAF jets, there is a life-size model of IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.The Rajdanga Naba Uday Sangha has tried to bring to the fore what is emerging as the most politically sensitive issue in the State, the NRC exercise in Assam. Refugees have been described and badminton rackets — representing two countries — have been slotted in front of the pandal.The community Puja organisers have also tried to bring alive various monuments such as the golden temple of Amritsar revered by Sikhs at the Bhowanipore Baish Palli Northern Park. At Kharagpur’s Netaji Byamagar of West Midnapore, an attempt has been made to replicate the model of ancient Egypt, whereas at the Kumartuli Park Sarbojanin Durgotsav Committee, in north Kolkata the theme is related to space and the extra-terrestrial intergalactic connections.When it comes to spectacle and grandeur only a few can match the Santosh Mitra Square Durga Puja that has installed a 13 feet tall idol of the Goddess at an estimated cost of ₹20 crore.Organisers have not shunned themes of social inclusion and highlighted the marginalisation of the third gender. At Dum Dum Tarun Dal, a song “tumi dekho nari pusush, ami dekhi sudhui manush” (you see only man and woman, but I see only the human) floated with reference to Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s love for Lord Krishna, and the various taboos associated with the third gender.
Rafinha feels beating his old club Inter in the Champions League will give Barcelona a confidence boost for the upcoming Clasico.La Liga leaders Barca host rivals Real Madrid at Camp Nou on Sunday, with Los Blancos coach Julen Lopetegui reportedly on the brink of being dismissed.Barca warmed up for the Clasico with a 2-0 Group B defeat of Inter in the Champions League, Rafinha opening the scoring as he deputised for injured captain Lionel Messi. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Jordi Alba added a late second to ensure the scoreline reflected Barcelona’s dominance and, although Messi will not be fit to face Madrid, Rafinha says his team are in good shape.”I was absolutely thrilled to be picked in the starting XI,” Rafinha said to Movistar.”But also for the win, for the goal and for the intense motivation a night like this gives me.”We did very well against a team we knew would cause us difficulties all night. To win like this, Barca had to produce very good football.”This result is a great confidence boost for all of us and when Sunday brings the Clasico we’ll be so up for it.”We are very happy for the match, against a team that was going to make things very difficult for us, we played very well.”The Champions League is special for us, although the other competitions are also very important.”Barcelona currently occupy the summit in La Liga, a point clear of surprise challengers Espanyol and Alaves in what has been an open start to the Primera Division season. Madrid, meanwhile, are a lowly seventh, albeit just four points behind their arch-rivals, and the Merengue know that defeat is not an option at Camp Nou if they wish to stay in the title race.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Floating storage of oil is expected to make a big comeback according to Ted Petrone, Vice Chairman of Navios Corporation.“I think it’s going to come back in a big way,” Petrone said during a conference call on Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation’s Q3 results.One of the factors contributing to the reemergence of the trend that practically disappeared since 2016 is the reimposition of the U.S. sanctions against Iran as Tehran is expected to keep its production high and store it on board very large crude carriers.The IMO’s global sulphur cap coming in 2020 is also expected to create demand for storage of both heavy fuel oil and clean oil.“I think the whole IMO issue plays into better ton miles and less vessels in transit with a lot more floating storage,” he added.Navios has several VLCCs in their teens and would prefer using them for floating storage than scrapping the vessels as the global fleet has already seen negative growth.Namely, as of November 2 there were 102 VLCCs on order which compares favorably to the 85 vessels that are 17 years of age or older. Year-to-date, 38 VLCCs were removed from the fleet. With 35 VLCC new building deliveries so far net fleet growth year-to-date stands at a negative 0.2%.Given the outlook for continued ton mile growth, the supply-and-demand fundamentals look favorable going forward, Navios said.Speaking on the way forward for Navios and the 2020 sulphur cap, Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navios Acquisition, said that overall the IMO regulation is expected to boost demand for product tankers.With relation to the company’s approach to becoming compliant, Frangou explained “it’s a matter of really whatever our clients would like, we will do at their cost. I mean, we do not want to be part of a spread economics, but mostly to cover our cost and time.”Commenting on the debate on scrubber installation in the industry, she said that the company was “agnostic about this.”“If we are paid, we will install scrubbers, and we have done that with newbuildings. But overall, we are agnostic about this. This is about the price spread and how you capture it.”She added that a lot of blended fuels will be tested ahead of 2020 and that the company is also looking into these.“We have been asked from certain long-term charters and we have agreed to test these. So there are multiple strategies. Overall, we firmly believe that the availability of compliant fuels will be there.”However, the question is where will these fuels be available which is likely to result in a lot of inefficiencies.Navios Acquisition’s net loss for the three month period ended September 30, 2018 was USD 23.4 million as compared to USD 8.1 million for the same period of 2017. Net loss for the nine month periodwas USD 69.9 million as compared to USD 66.9 million year-on-year. “Since September, tanker rates have substantially improved, with the TD3 VLCC spot rate increasing by 213% to about USD 51,000 per day and the one-year time charter rate increasing by about 44% to USD 28,000 per day. In light of this, not only is the combination with Navios Maritime Midstream Partners L.P. expected to reduce operating breakeven for available days -not subject to fixed rates- by almost 15%, but also to increase our available days by 17% to about 15,000 days, “ Frangou pointed out.World Maritime News Staff