Norwegian dry bulk specialist Western Bulk has signed up with Oceanbolt, an Oslo-based tech startup, in an effort to leverage real-time insights into the dry bulk market. “Western Bulk joins our platform as a data partner and will provide valuable domain expertise and data which will allow us to train and further improve the accuracy of our historical and predictive algorithms,” Oceanbolt noted. “Western Bulk will leverage Oceanbolt’s Data API and web-based Analytics Dashboard to further strengthen the analytical efforts of their in-house data scientists and analysts and to aid the commercial and operational understanding of the chartering and operations teams.” As explained, the insights available in the platform are based on analyzing the automatic identification system (AIS) data in real-time, and utilizing geospatial analytics algorithms in combination with a comprehensive polygon database. “Western Bulk sees great potential in the context that such a system provides, and going forward aims to blend this real-time & historical data with our other data sources and proprietary systems to allow for greater market insight and knowledge for our Chartering, Operations, and Analytics teams,” the company said. Oceanbolt is an online market intelligence platform for the dry bulk industry that provides real-time insights into trade flows, tonnage flow, fleet speed, dry docking and congestion. Image Courtesy: Western Bulk “Oceanbolt’s primary focus on minor dry bulk, cloud-based systems with open APIs and combined with a shared desire to extract the full value of data in the shipping industry, made this a natural partner selection for us. We look forward to working closely with them going forward.” “The partnership commenced on 1 May 2020 and marks a milestone for Oceanbolt in our quest for participating to create a digital and data-driven shipping industry,” the maritime intelligence company added.
Statewide — Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) today announced that an additional 42 rural Hoosier communities will receive more than $10.09 million in federal grant funding through the COVID-19 Response Program.On April 30, Lieutenant Governor Crouch announced 61 COVID-19 Response Phase 1 recipients, who received more than $10.7 million in funding. To continue addressing the economic impact caused by COVID-19 on rural Hoosier businesses, OCRA launched a second phase of the COVID-19 Response Program.Eligible applicants for this program could apply for up to $250,000 and include non-entitlement local units of government. The two eligible economic recovery activities included grants or loans to businesses to retain Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) jobs. Funding for the COVID-19 Response Phase 2 funding is derived from Indiana’s CARES Act allocation.Southeastern Indiana communities receiving a grant this cycle include:Grants to businesses to retain jobs – The City of Madison is awarded $250,000 to provide $5,000 to $10,000 grants to qualified businesses supporting LMI employees.The City of Shelbyville is awarded $250,000 to provide $10,000 grants to small businesses with fewer than 100 employees located within the City limits.Jennings County is awarded $250,000 to provide $5,000 to $10,000 grants to eligible for-profit businesses to assist with LMI job retention through employee salaries, rent/mortgage payments, health/ safety materials, or innovative technology services to accommodate remote work or a change in operations.Ripley County is awarded $250,000 to create the Small Business COVID Response Grant which will provide $10,000 to eligible businesses with less than 100 employees.Loans to businesses to retain jobs –Dearborn County is awarded $250,000 to create a revolving loan fund focused on small to medium-sized businesses that have seen a negative impact due to COVID-19.Fayette County is awarded $250,000 to assist small businesses, within Fayette County, by providing loans to fund working capital and to help pay for remote work technology.Switzerland County is awarded $250,000 to establish a Small Business Loan Program. The funds will provide working capital to local small businesses suffering significant losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It will now go ahead in Ardfinnan with a 12.30 throw-in.Also in Post Primary Schools action today are Colaiste Mhuire Thurles who face Beara Community School in Inniscarra in 18.5 D Football – throw-in again is at 12.30.