Upcoming New York Business Conferences

riding-the-waveNew York is constantly filled with interesting conferences and programs. Of particularly interest next month are two conferences, one related to the shipping industry, and the other for those in the investment industry.

Sophocles Zoullas of Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. will be giving a presentation at the Marine Money Conference on November 12. The conference – established to “bridge the shipping and capital markets” – is in its 15th consecutive year. Speakers during the course of the conference include Mark Williams, Director, Business Development & Consultancy, Braemar ACM Shipbroking; Omar M. Nokta, Managing Director, Shipping Research, Clarkson Capital Markets; Jay Goodgal, Managing Member, Castalia Advisors LLC and many others. Sophocles N. Zoullas will be addressing participants on Wednesday November 12 at 11:35, at New York City’s Plaza Hotel. His subject matter is: “Looking Ahead: Key Themes for the Dry Bulk Market.”

The second conference for business people and investment executives will take place the day before, on Tuesday November 11 at New York’s Palace Hotel. Among the companies addressing participants of the Stephens Fall Investment Conference will be Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. The company is a global energy offshore firm providing services to the offshore energy industry, specializing in robotics operations and intervention. In previous years when Helix addressed the conference, it was Owen Kratz, the President and CEO, who gave the presentation on their company, its future plans, deep water contracting and more.

Model Luo Zilin and China’s Tribute Awards

pointsoflightWith a degree in Tourism Management from Ouhua College, Luo Zilin began her professional modeling career in 2003. She has worked for well-known brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, UPS, and Qingdao Beer. As well as being the 2011 winner of Miss Universe China, Zilin has over the years, tried to use her talents to “build the bridge between China and the rest of the world, giving people who are interested the opportunity to get to know the real China.”

Luo Zilin is not the only one who has been using her modeling career to help China’s reputation as a entity. Yue-Sai Kan, the Chinese American Emmy award-winning TV host and producer, entrepreneur, author, and fashion icon (often referred to as the “Oprah of China”) has also been assisting with this goal. Indeed, according to Luo Zilin, it was Kan who “let more people know about beauty and pageants, and encouraged women to use their beauty as a source of power.”

On Wednesday October 22, Tribute Awards for Points of Light is to be held at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, in Washington DC. One of the honorary co-chairs is Yue-Sai Kan. At the event various individuals will be receiving tribute awards for their philanthropic work. Among the award recipients are: Hewlett Packard (for its employee volunteer program that seeks to find solutions to various social problems), Charles Orgbon III (for his Greening Forward initiative), and World Central Kitchen (humanitarian organization that feeds the hungry).

Yue-Sai Kan has over the years, hosted key diplomatic officials from both America and China, as well as entrepreneurs including Richard Gelfond, President of IMAX. With her business flare and philanthropic commitment, it is individuals like her and Luo Zilin who can make strides in helping China’s global reputation.

Points of Light is the largest organization in the world that is dedicated to volunteer service.

Sell-Off Sends Canadian Dollar Into Slump

Canadian Dollar is called the loonie out of respect for the bird on the reverse side
Canadian Dollar is called the loonie out of respect for the bird on the reverse side

The Canadian dollar, also known as the loonie, sunk to its lowest exchange rate in five years, bottoming out at 87.88 cents to every US dollar. That was the smallest rate for the loonie since July 2009. By the end of the day on October 15 the loonie popped back a bit to 88.58 cents.

The Canadian dollar’s downfall is attributed to a market sell-off that is taking prices down for anything connected in any way with crude oil. Canada’s dollar was doing just fine until about a month ago when the price of oil began to head south. It was not long ago, only July, when the North American oil benchmark known as West Texas Intermediate, or WTI, was selling for $105 per barrel. Today the price has fallen down to $81/barrel, a shrinkage of 22 percent in just one quarter.

In recent times, at least as far as currencies go, “oil” and “Canada” are basically synonymous terms, and it’s the Canadian dollar which is bearing the brunt of the downturn.

“The weakness in oil prices is spilling over in a nasty fashion in Canada,” said Mark Chandler of RBC Dominion Securities.  “The more oil prices fall, the more [the loonie will drop],” Jeremy Stretch at CIBC added.

Sony Introducing Waterproof Phone

Sony's new Xperia Z3 is waterproof, and can charge wirelessly
Sony’s new Xperia Z3 is waterproof, and can charge wirelessly

Sony is bringing its new smartphone to market within just one month of revealing the Xperia Z3 waterproof phone at the Berlin trade show in September. The consumer electronics giant learned their lesson from their Xperia Z1, which took months to appear in the US market, making the phone feel old even before it started selling. The Z2, which came out this past spring, never partnered with a wireless carrier in the US.

Consumers can expect to see the Z3 available beginning on October 23. The timing is good, as it is within one month of the release of Apple’s iPhone 6, and only one week from the date the new Galaxy Note 4 is expected to be launched by Samsung.
Sony is struggling to recoup a bit of the smartphone market share and getting to market in a timely fashion is part of their strategy.

T-Mobile will be carrying the standard model, which charges in the traditional manner. The Verizon version, to be called the Z3v will offer an optional accessory with which users will be able to charge their phone wirelessly, in other words, the need for a USB cable will be rendered obsolete.

The two different models are sized a bit differently, but their screen sizes are both 5.2 inches on the diagonal.

Both phones have the ability to play Sony PlayStation 4 games, even while the user is in a different location than the TV. The phones can also survive a dip in the pool, sink or any other body of water. (Salt water too? Not sure.) They also have 20.7 megapixel cameras which can record video in ultra-high, 4K, definition.

The pricing for the T-Mobile has not been announced yet but the Verizon version will cost $200 with a two-year contract or $600 without.

Jazz Musician Beylar Eyubov Making Debut in West

Not many people have heard of Beylar Eyubov, but in Azerbaijan, he was an up and coming folk & jazz musician with a loyal following of fans dedicated to his music. Before relocating to Brooklyn in the late 90’s, Eyubov had appeared in several Azerbaijani music festivals, toured around Eastern Europe, many cities of the former Soviet Union, and even Japan.

In 1997, after much consideration and support from his fans, Beylar Eyubov decided the time was right to move to the West. He made his first U.S. home base in New York City for a short while before moving out to Brooklyn, where he still resides this day. He recalls his travels while making his way out West. On his way to New York Eyubov performed during a short stopover  in London,  in some of the more well-known clubs in the West End, and then headed out to the States.

Jazz music is a popular genre in Azerbaijan, the foundation of which was laid right before World War II erupted by the State Pop Orchestra- also known as “State Jazz.” The ensemble was at first composed of three trombones, a trumpet, five saxophones, a piano, a guitar and of course percussion.

Having such a talented musician as Beylar Eyubov come to live and work in New York brings the Western influence of Eastern jazz full circle. During the post-war years the oppressive hold the Soviet regime had on its citizens hindered the full development of jazz, such as in the case of  great musicians like Parviz Rustambyov, the so-called Benny Goodman of the USSR, who was ‘purged’ by the Soviets in 1949. But now, a new generation of jazz musicians unhindered by the same type of oppression,  like Beylar Eyubov has arrived in the West.