Greek shipowner Performance Shipping has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to dispose of Rotterdam, a 2008-built Post-Panamax containership.The 6,494 TEU vessel would be sold to an unaffiliated third party for USD 18.5 million before commissions.Although Performance Shipping has not disclosed the buyer of the ship, VesselsValue’s data shows that the company in question is Greece-based Chartworld Shipping.The Marshall Islands-flagged boxship is scheduled to be delivered to its new owner by May 15, 2020.“The sale of one of the two remaining containerships in our fleet will increase our cash position to around USD 46 million,” Andreas Michalopoulos, the company’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, commented.“This cash amount, together with the low leveraged assets, provides a total valuation well in excess of our current stock market capitalization. We are confident that this discrepancy will soon be either greatly reduced or disappear entirely as we steadily increase our presence in the Aframax tanker market.”Upon completion of the aforementioned sale, Performance Shipping’s fleet will consist of one Panamax container vessel and two Aframax tankers. The company also expects to take delivery of one Aframax tanker by the end of January 2020.
New innovations developed by LaLiga are influencing both the sports and entertainment industries. LaLiga president Javier Tebas spoke at Web Summit about the technology advances made by the Spanish league.Technology innovation is more commonly associated with Silicon Valley in California, but it is also crucial for the global sport industry and LaLiga is an early adopter.As with nearly every industry, sports are in the grip of transformation through technology and an understanding of modern tools is essential for leading organisations to remain ahead of the curve. From on-field analytics to back-office functions, the solutions created by LaLiga are moving their own competition, as well as others, into the future.“Technology is essential to be competitive, to grow and to be close to clients and fans,” LaLiga president Javier Tebas recently stated at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon. “You have to start preparing straight away, or else you’ll get left behind.” When Tebas assumed the presidency of LaLiga in 2013, technology was one of the key components of the strategic plan drawn up by his team. Since then, LaLiga has worked to develop its digital offering in all departments and the creation of the business intelligence & analytics department has been vital in these efforts.By creating pioneering tools in house and by demonstrating how data can be used in the world of sports and entertainment, LaLiga’s work in this field is now being shared across the football world, even reaching the film industry.Anti-piracyOne of the areas where LaLiga has become a recognised leader is in anti-piracy. By designing its own tools to combat the illegal consumption of broadcasts, as well as building an in-house team of more than 20 experts, the Spanish league is helping the entertainment industry as a whole.The Marauder, Lumiere and Blackhole tools have different functions, but all contribute to protecting the interests of the league and the clubs and the thousands who are employed in the world of professional football, which makes up 1.37% of Spain’s GDP. “The tools we’ve created in house allow us to attack piracy through technology as well as gather evidence to tackle it through the courts,” Tebas said.LaLiga recently had meetings with global entertainment network HBO to share insights about anti-piracy, while the technology is also in use in Belgium’s Pro League, which has collaborated with LaLiga to benefit from the tools that have been designed. “A lot of what we do will help others in the sports industry and beyond,” Tebas added.Services for clubsWhile capturing the attention of organisations outside of football, the first beneficiary of LaLiga’s tech developments are the clubs taking part in the competition.To improve on-field performance, Mediacoach is an unrivalled analysis and visualisation tool created exclusively by LaLiga. All 42 clubs of LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank can use the tool to prepare for upcoming games, to evaluate past ones and to even access real-time information on the sidelines during the 90 minutes. Information from Mediacoach is also shared with media partners to enrich TV broadcasts during the match.Meanwhile to assist with business growth, LaLiga works as a service provider for its clubs, allowing them to embrace new technology quickly and effectively. Its tools include a platform for developing and managing official applications, without the need for significant investment. Using the templates designed by LaLiga, 23 clubs to date have created new apps that allow them to connect better with fans and share new offers.Clubs are also offered hands-on support when it comes to internationalisation, for example when it comes to launching social media accounts in foreign markets. LaLiga has designed its own approach for growing on platforms like Sina Weibo and is currently managing the accounts of 17 clubs on Chinese social networks.Broadcasting technologiesAnother of LaLiga’s key partners are its broadcasters, which are using the league’s technology to improve audiovisual outputs.By positioning 38 cameras in the stadiums LaLiga has succeeded in creating volumetric video that can capture the action from any vantage point. This has allowed LaLiga to produce unique camera angles and led to the creation of Replay360, a first-of-its-kind innovation that shows replays and goals in a new light.Other more subtle, yet equally important technologies have been produced to help broadcasters to prepare for match coverage. The Sunlight application, for example, simulates the lighting and aesthetics inside the stadiums depending on kick-off times and time of year, giving TV crews new insights about the best places to position their cameras.Incorporating artificial intelligenceRelated to the sunlight broadcast planning tool is the concept of scheduling itself. Calendar Selector is a tool that uses approximately 100 data points and algorithms to select kick-off times that make the most sense for all parties involved. When predicting attendance and audience stats 30 days in advance, there is a margin of error of under 5%. “This level of accuracy is achieved through artificial intelligence,” Tebas stated.Entering the world of OTTContinuing its approach to broadcast innovation, LaLiga is the first football league in the world to develop and launch its own over-the-top (OTT) streaming service: LaLigaSportsTV. Through this free service, fans all over the world can watch broadcasts, live or on-demand, of dozens of sports from across Spain. As well as providing a new platform for these sports, the majority of which did not have a broadcast partner previously, the initiative has allowed LaLiga to develop expertise in the emerging world of sports streaming, a vital step as the broadcast landscape continues to change.Commenting on future viewing habits Tebas commented: “They say Millennials and Generation Z don’t watch 90 minutes of a match, but I disagree. They just don’t take in the 90 minutes like those in our generation have done. They need new ways to interact.”As broadcast requirements vary around the world, LaLiga has also worked with other unique methods of delivering content, such as streaming matches from LaLiga SmartBank through YouTube or LaLiga Santander games on Facebook on the Indian subcontinent.Using data for fan engagementThese tools have made a significant impact on LaLiga’s international relationships and the quality of its output, but the league has not lost sight of the long-term objective: better understanding its users. LaLiga’s data lake is a vital resource when it comes to achieving this, as it receives and analyses information from across its various applications, platforms and broadcasts.As Tebas explained: “I think a big difference we have compared to other industries is that our digital ecosystem is all integrated. All the data goes to one place and this allows us to know about behaviour, if a fan supports multiple teams, when a fan watches matches, if a fan watches matches with others or alone. This allows us to prepare better strategies and share this insight with clubs. Through artificial intelligence, we will soon create these campaigns automatically.”This segmentation of fan data has already helped LaLiga to send better targeted emails and communications. Email open rates of 20 percent can be achieved for specific and targeted emails, compared to open rates of 0.05% for general emails directed at all registered users.Going forward, these levels are expected to improve as more tools are created to bring LaLiga’s global fanbase closer to the competition. “This is how you get on the path towards the growth of your industry,” Tebas concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
The midseason finale is the perfect time to draw the disparate storylines back to a single focus. That’s something The Gifted needed as it approached its short winter break. It’s going to be taking the next few weeks off, it needed to leave us eager to pick it back up in 2019. It does a pretty good job of it too. A few of the show’s recent episodes have felt a little disjointed. With characters going off in different directions, not every story felt like it had the same momentum behind it. The midseason finale fixed that, leaving the show in an exciting state before taking a short holiday break.Much of the action this episode focuses on Rebecca. We even begin with a peek into her past for the opening flashback. It’s kind of a letdown to return to the flashback-opening-as-present-day-setup formula after last week’s fun time-jumping episode, but this one’s good enough to make up for it. Like any good X-Men story, even the evil mutants aren’t truly bad. They have legitimate reasons for doing what they do. We see Rebecca as a teenager whose parents are so afraid of her, they flinch when she uses her powers to mush up her breakfast. Apparently she almost killed her teacher at school, but the scene makes it sound like an accident. This was before years of torture and imprisonment made her homicidal. Even knowing what she goes on to do, it’s genuinely sad and affecting to watch her parents call Sentinel Services on her. The scene does such a good job communicating her sense of betrayal.Anjelica Bette Fellini and Percy Hynes White (Photo Credit: Annette Brown/FOX)She’s experiencing that betrayal all over again in the present. Reeva re-captured her and now imprisons her in a dark, constantly moving metal box. The people who saved her are torturing her all over again. Even Andy, blinded by angst though he is, sees the hypocrisy here. He’s disgusted by it, and takes the first opportunity to break his girlfriend out. His fantasies of two young lovers running away together are short-lived, though. She’s already been recaptured once, and she’s not going to let it happen again. When Andy mentions the Inner Circle is all in a meeting together, she immediately goes to kill them all. That’s where things cross a line for Andy. He was able to justify her actions at the bank. She was emotional, it was her first mission, that kind of thing. But this is premeditated murder. Andy sees the choice laid out in front of him and he chooses to protect his friends. They’re goals may be questionable, but Andy doesn’t see that yet, and they’ve generally tried to avoid killing innocent people. So they’ve got that going for them.Andy saves the Inner Circle with a blast that sends Rebecca flying across the room… and landing against a corner hard enough to break her neck. Andy screams in horror when he finds out she’s dead, and for some reason, the emotion doesn’t really land in this scene. It feels a little too rushed. The show nailed the hurt and betrayal of the cold open, but Rebecca’s death, while certainly shocking, didn’t quite land the way it should have. What’s more interesting is the sense that Reeva may have planned this whole thing. She needs Andy for her big security firm hit, and Rebecca’s become dangerously close to stealing him away. Before her death, Reeva ominously talks about a part Rebecca still has to play. Did she set this up? Did she know the torture would cause Andy to free her, while making Rebecca mad enough to kill? She may not have planned for Andy to be the one to deliver the blow, but it’s certainly possible she intended to drive them apart one way or the other.Percy Hynes White, guest star Anjelica Bette Fellini and Grace Byers (Photo Credit: Annette Brown/FOX)Either way, it worked. Andy, convinced by Polaris that the world they’re fighting for is worth it, goes through with the attack. He destroys the servers controlling every mutant prison collar currently in use. That was the goal here. To free every imprisoned mutant. And it looks so cool. It’s a powerful image to leave us on for a few weeks. Not only do we get to see Polaris looking exactly like her father (whom the show still won’t name), we get to see a mutant-powered prison break, complete with a spontaneously combusting prison guard. Should I feel guilty for finding that image so satisfying? Probably. But he was a tool of fascism and thems the breaks. Watching a newly freed mutant light a dude on fire is just cool. Not sorry.What makes the midseason finale work so well is how every story builds to its conclusion at the same time. In the case of the Underground, that led to some unecessary filler drama that I just didn’t care about, but that’s basically where this story’s been all season. It’s a lot of fretting about methods, with Blink justifiably worrying that Thunderbird’s recklessness is putting other mutants in danger. It demonstrably is. That leads Thunderbird to accuse Blink of cheating on him with the leader of the Morlocks for… some reason. Yeah, this feels like it was shoehorned in there because the writers wanted the midesason finale to feel like everything was going wrong. In this case, it felt forced. What worked was the Underground finding out exactly what the Inner Circle’s plan was just as they were carrying it out. And just as a militia of Purifiers led by Jace Turner starts bearing down on them. Yeah, Turner is full a full on supremacist now, which makes it incredibly tense when he finally catches up to the Underground in this episode. Thunderbird draws him away long enough for the others to escape, but Turner pins him to a wall with a truck, and captures him. This ending is a downer, but it saved the Underground story for me. I’m so much more interested in where it goes from here than I was at the start of the episode.Coby Bell and Blair Redford (Photo Credit: Annette Brown/FOX)Even the Struckers’ storyline, which is the most divorced from the others, is intriguing and action-packed. Remember all those uneasy feelings we had last week about Dr. Risman’s research? Surprise! They were totally justified. The words “final solution” are even on her literature. Well, it’s not like X-Men has ever been subtle about its allegories. Reed and Caitlin don’t want to believe it at first, but the doctor starts showing a creepy amount of interest in the connection between Lauren and Andy, and how it relates to the Von Strucker twins. When finally confronted with the truth, the Struckers decide to destroy all the research, and I frankly can’t think of a better family bonding activity. Risman isn’t under any illusions about what she’s doing, either. She certainly thinks her goals are noble, but she knows she’s trying to wipe out mutants from the Earth. What she didn’t take into account was how many of her employees, whom she’s “helped,” wouldn’t agree with her solution. Her lab assistant rips off his inhibiting device and his screams bring down the lab while the Struckers escape.Ken Kirby and Natalie Alyn Lind (Photo Credit: Annette Brown/FOX)Not every moment of the episode was great, but each story came together so well, I’m a little sad we have to wait even a month for more episodes. What really made it work was how the episode cut between the climaxes of each story right at the end. Yes, we’ve seen this exact trick used before in countless shows, but it still works when it’s pulled off right. The stories are drawing back towards each other, and they all have momentum behind them now. It’s looking like that’ll carry through into the season’s second half too. With all the imprisoned mutants free, The Inner Circle’s real plan is about to commence. We’re all going to find out what that is in 2019.The Gifted airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.Previously on The Gifted:The Gifted Season 2 Episode 8 RecapThe Gifted Season 2 Episode 7 RecapThe Gifted Season 2 Episode 6 Recap Stay on target ‘The Gifted’ S2 Finale Recap: Death, Destruction & Hope for Season 3’The Gifted’ Season 2, Ep 5 Recap: The Reunion We’ve Waited For read more