Western Bulk Gets New CEO

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Norwegian dry bulk vessel owner Western Bulk has appointed Hans Aasnæs as the new Chief Executive Officer of the company. The appointment, effective from July 1, 2019, comes after Jens Ismar, Western Bulk’s current CEO, stepped down on April 25 after nearly eleven years in the company.During Ismar’s tenure, the company has grown and developed into one of the largest operators of dry bulk vessels in the Ultramax to Handysize segments operating a fleet of ~160 vessels worldwide.Chief Risk Officer Egil Husby will take on the position as interim CEO until Aasnæs assumes his position as CEO.Aasnæs previously held the position as Senior Vice President at Umoe Group and prior to that the position as CEO of Storebrand Asset Management for eight years. He has over the last thirty years accumulated significant experience from overseeing trading, asset management and derivatives activities.“We believe Hans Aasnæs is the right candidate to take Western Bulk forward,” Bengt A. Rem, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said.What is more, Western Bulk informed it recently secured new debt financing and raised USD 15 million in equity guaranteed by the two main shareholders Kistefos AS and Ojada AS. This is in an effort for Western Bulk to ensure a strong financial platform and support further growth.As explained, the outstanding bond loan has now been repaid in full, allowing for a more optimal financial structure.“The appointment of Mr. Aasnæs in combination with equity raise and improved financial structure enhances our ability to capture trading margins and positions the company very well for future success and profitability,” Rem concluded.last_img read more

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Hasty Pudding Theatricals Announces Ryan Reynolds As 2017 Man of The Year

first_imgThe Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the United States, announces producer and Golden Globe nominated actor, Ryan Reynolds as the recipient of its 2017 Man of the Year Award.The Pudding is proud to honor such a talented and diverse actor, whose seamless transition across multiple genres captures audiences and keeps them coming back to see what’s next.The Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Man and Woman of the Year Awards are presented annually to performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. The Man of the Year award was established in 1963. Its past recipients include, among others, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Justin Timberlake, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Pratt and most recently, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who was the 50th Man of the Year.The Man of the Year festivities, presented by the Related Companies, will take place on Friday, February 3rd, 2017. The Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for Mr. Reynolds and present him with his Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, which has been the Pudding’s historic home in the heart of Harvard Square since 1888. A press conference will follow the roast at 8:40 p.m.For the first time ever, the press conferences for Hasty Pudding’s Man and Woman of the Year will be live-streamed and available to the public free-of-charge. More information will be available on the Hasty Pudding’s social media channels soon via Facebook www.facebook.com/thehastypudding, Twitter @thehastypudding and Instagram @thehastypudding. After the press conference, Mr. Reynolds will attend the opening night performance of the Pudding’s 169th production, Casino Evil.“We’re thrilled to present Mr. Reynolds with our Man of the Year award, especially after he proved his ability to simultaneously break box-offices records and the fourth wall in 2015,” said Guan Chen, President of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. “And if his headline-stealing kiss with Andrew Garfield at the Golden Globes is any indication, it looks like he’s getting ready for his roast.”RYAN REYNOLDS is one of Hollywood’s most diverse leading men seamlessly transitioning through varied genres of drama, action and comedy in his rich and ever evolving career.Reynolds is the Golden Globe nominated star of the 20th Century Fox record-breaking film DEADPOOL. The movie opened in February 2016 and shattered expectations, opening to $152.2-million over the four-day Presidents’ Day weekend making it the biggest R-rated opening of all time and the biggest February opening in box office history. The superhero juggernaut also replaced “Matrix Reloaded” as the highest-grossing R-rated film in history with more than $750- million globally. The film continues to break records with 2 Golden Globe nominations. A “Best Actor” nod for Reynolds and Best Picture nomination for the film, making it the first live-action superhero movie to pick up a Golden Globe nomination in the Comedy or Musical category. The film also received a Writers Guild of America nomination for “Best Adapted Screenplay” and a PGA Award nomination for “Best Picture.” Reynolds, who is a producer on the film, will begin shooting DEADPOOL 2 later this year.Next up Reynolds can be seen opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson in Sony Pictures’ LIFE. Teaming up once again with Reese & Wernick and director Daniel Espinosa for the space thriller out March 2017. He also has THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD with Samuel L. Jackson coming out August 2017.Reynolds body of work continues to be extremely diverse. In 2015 he starred in a variety of feature roles including MISSISSIPPI GRIND, WOMAN IN GOLD, THE VOICES and SELFLESS. MISSISSIPPI GRIND directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden premiered at Sundance to rave reviews. In The Weinstein Company’s WOMAN IN GOLD, Reynolds starred alongside Helen Mirren to tell the story of Maria Altmann (Mirren), a Jewish refugee who is forced to flee Vienna during World War II and her personal mission to reclaim a painting the Nazis stole from her family: the famous Lady In Gold. In Lionsgate’s serial killer comedy THE VOICES by famed French director Marjane Satrapi, Reynolds stars as a troubled, med-addicted factory worker driven to murder by his talking pets, a psychopathic cat called Mr. Whiskers and Bosco, his peace-loving dog. Reynolds also voices both of the animals. He also starred opposite Sir Ben Kingsley in the independent feature SELFLESS, directed by Tarsem Singh.Reynolds voiced two DreamWorks Animation films in 2013. TURBO, in which Reynolds voices a snail named ‘Turbo’ who has dreams of winning the Indy 500. The movie also features the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Maya Rudolph, Snoop Lion and Michelle Rodriguez. Prior to that, Reynolds had his animated film debut as the voice of ‘Guy’ in DreamWorks Animation’s, THE CROODS. The movie also featured the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Catherine Keener and earned over $508 million worldwide. Reynolds has signed onto the sequel, which is already in development.His other film credits include; the Universal action thriller, SAFE HOUSE opposite Denzel Washington. The film opened to $40 million domestically in its first weekend and went onto earn $208 million worldwide. The Universal comedy, THE CHANGE UP, opposite Jason Bateman, the Warner Brothers adaptation of the popular DC Comic, GREEN LANTERN and the mystery/thriller BURIED. In the acclaimed and cinematically challenging film, Reynolds is the only actor to appear on camera for the duration of the piece.In 2009, Reynolds served as Disney’s romantic comedy lead in THE PROPOSAL, opposite Sandra Bullock. The film opened at #1 at the box office and grossed $315 million worldwide. Reynolds was also seen as ‘Deadpool’ in the X-MEN spin-off, X-MEN ORIGINS:WOLVERINE. He starred opposite an all-star cast including Hugh Jackman and the film grossed $365 million worldwide. Additionally that year, Reynolds starred in ADVENTURELAND opposite Kristen Stewart, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated in the “Ensemble Performance” category at the 2009 Gotham Awards.Some of Reynolds other film credits include; PAPERMAN and the Working Title film DEFINITELY, MAYBE for Universal Pictures, writer/director John August’s THE NINES, director Joe Carnahan’s SMOKIN’ ACES for Working Title and Universal Pictures and THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, a remake of the classic cult film which opened #1 at the box office and made $107 million worldwide. As well as cult favorites WAITING and VAN WILDER.DarkFire, Reynolds’ TV production company, recently sold its first two projects, the live action comedy “Guidance” and the animated comedy, “And Then There Was Gordon” to 20th Century Fox TV. Reynolds will executive produce alongside Allan Loeb, Jonathon Komack Martin, Tim Dowling and Steven Pearl.In addition to his numerous leading roles, Reynolds also serves on the board of directors for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. In November of 2007, Reynolds ran the New York City Marathon in honor of his father – who has long suffered from ravages of Parkinson’s disease. Reynolds marathon run raised over $100,000 for the Michael J Fox Foundation.The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770’s philanthropic mission is to provide educational and developmental support in all aspects of the performing arts for the underprivileged, to encourage satire and comedy, and to cultivate young talent around the world. The Institute is comprises the Hasty Pudding Club (the oldest social club in the United States), the Hasty Pudding Theatricals (the third oldest theater group in the world, after the Comédie-Française and the Oberammergau Passion Players) and the Harvard Krokodiloes (the foremost collegiate a cappella group in the United States). Over the last two centuries, it has grown into a premiere performing arts organization, a patron of the arts and comedy, and an advocate for satire and discourse as tools for change worldwide.last_img read more

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Philpott looks to bring Indigenous health delivery to new department

first_imgKristy KirkupThe Canadian PressOTTAWA – Newly minted Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says her new department will likely include the delivery of health services for First Nations and Inuit – an area previously under her watch at Health Canada.Philpott said consultations and legislation will be required for the creation of her new ministry, but she said the 1996 Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples clearly suggested a new department should handle health delivery on a gradually diminishing basis.“The royal commission structure that was recommended is fairly similar to the approach that we are taking, suggesting that all health services would be managed through a new department and a minister that was responsible for delivery of those services until such time that self-governing First Nations or other Indigenous communities were ready, willing and able to take over those areas,” Philpott said in an interview.She also said the current federal approach – dividing Indigenous health care and the delivery of other social services that drive health outcomes – is an “artificial separation”, while the new department affords an opportunity to bring this all under one roof.“Health services fits very strongly in with other social determinants like education and child care and so many other issues that will be under the portfolio,” Philpott said.“In a way, my job is a step in the process necessary in the short term in order to fix many things that are not working right and to address many injustices in terms of the level of services that are being provided, but it is not intended that the department of Indigenous Services will be around forever.”Self-determination of communities, including the ability to control health services, was the vision behind an agreement recently inked by Ottawa, Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) and the province of Ontario, she said, noting it looks to put control and direction in the hands of the communities needing the services.NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said he is pleased to see a new federal department is being created, adding he wants to see it do business differently.“We need to dismantle the whole system and in its place, build a system that will finally meet the needs of our communities,” he said. “Our communities have to be engaged in a meaningful way to ensure that the solutions that they have are incorporated into this process. I welcome the opportunity to be involved and for our communities to be involved in that work.”Dr. Alika Lafontaine, past president of Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada, said the federal government now has a blank slate to lay out a new vision.“Minister Philpott has a great a chance to impact health disparities positively, as early politicians had to completely dismantle the health systems that existed in our Indigenous communities,” he said. “This is probably the biggest opportunity that has been given to Indigenous communities in a very long time.”Philpott agrees the new ministry provides an “incredible opportunity.”“Our government needs to be listening very carefully and acting on the good advice of people who have thought about this for a very long time, that this has to be a momentous change,” she said.“I think the blank slate metaphor is a good one and one that we certainly need to keep in mind _ that this is a new future.”Northern Ontario NDP MP Charlie Angus, who is currently running to become leader of his party, said the key issue is to ensure the federal delivery of services is transformed and made more transparent for communities.“Simply moving the office doesn’t really change anything.”last_img read more

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