The Inaugural Cloak & Dagger Festival Drops Into Denver

first_img[All photographs by Twitch] Origins of the term “cloak and dagger” can be traced back to the 19th century, when individuals wielding both items were suggestive of ‘melodramatic intrigue and/or action usually involving secret agents and espionage’. It seemed appropriate then, that the inaugural Cloak & Dagger Music Festival, held last weekend in downtown Denver, piqued the curiosity of discerning dance and deep house fans unsure of what to expect.The festival boasted a small but impressive lineup, with Norwegian producer Cashmere Cat and Dirtybird Records royalty Justin Martin headlining the one-day event. Funky disco beat maker Moon Boots, French producer Pomo and Michigan native Sango were all at the top of my must-see list, as each has a unique musical aesthetic that differentiates themselves from a — if we’re going to be honest — heavily saturated market of dance/electronic DJs.Similarly, trendy Tropical house producer Thomas Jack was slated to play Cloak & Dagger; many attendees even purchased the festival ticket just for his performance, but unfortunately his much anticipated set was unexpectedly canceled. Techno/garage/house duo Golf Clap (clad in golf gear, naturally) filled in with a two-hour B2B set, which felt longer than it needed to be, but fun nonetheless. Fans of Ta-ku, Kaytranada or hip hop and R&B-infused dance tunes would appreciate Sango’s laid-back vibe and song selection, which included original tracks as well as memorable remixes of Tinashe, The Weeknd and Aaliyah.The primary festival venue, City Hall, has a distinctively “warehouse” feel. Two sizeable, industrial rooms side-by-side make up two larger stages. Despite two entirely different shows being separated only by a huge cement wall, sound was never an issue. Festival goers could seamlessly walk from one show to the other, and because it was the first year of the event it wasn’t overcrowded.Showcasing Colorado musical talent, the “locals-only” stage on the third floor included Marcelo Moxy, Samples and Ill-esha, to name a few. Denver-based hat and apparel company Grassroots California, dance music culture brand Fluo Apparel and medicinal marijuana beverage brand Keef Cola set up shop on the third floor, which allowed for a casual break from the hype down below.Although I’d heard tickets at the door were upwards of $70, the price leading up to hours before the event were $35-$40 — a more than fair price for to see a roster of up-and-coming producers play in such an intimate setting. Such an opportunity rarely exists except at festivals like SXSW in Austin (during which nearly every bar and club in downtown becomes a live music venue), and there definitely won’t be any Keef Cola.Located a few blocks from the main venue was the secondary Club Vinyl, known around town for its top notch house and techno acts, LED production and crystal clear Funktion One sound system, housed the remaining acts, including the closing set from Justin Martin. Holy Ghost! held down City Hall until the end of the night with a groovy, nu-disco dance set, but most attendees were packed in like sardines at Vinyl, and they didn’t seem to mind. Justin Martin knows how to keep the party going, and he did so pretty much until the venue closed, leaving a motley crew of sweaty club kids to find somewhere else to go.Of course the festival had a few hiccups, like most first-time (and recurring) shows do. The music was a highlight, demonstrating the potential of Cloak & Dagger Music Festival in future years, as well as the power of what can be accomplished with a cooperative effort among the music community. Here’s to hoping the next one is bigger and better. Until next year!last_img read more

Lamar tips off season at Tulsa

first_img The Southland Conference picked the Cardinals second in a preseason poll of the league head coaches and media relations directors. The Cardinals received five first-place votes and 234 points to finish second behind Stephen F. Austin. The selection is the highest preseason pick for the Cardinals since the 2007 when Big Red was selected to win the SLC East division (that year the league was broken up into the east and west divisions).A great deal of the excitement surrounding the program is centered around the wealth of talent returning from last year’s 19-15 (.559) squad that advanced to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament – the program’s first postseason appearance since the 2012 season. Big Red returns four starters from last season, including first-team All-SLC selection Colton Weisbrod. The Nederland native ranked among the league’s top 10 in scoring and rebounding last year, and finished fourth in the Southland in double-doubles. He enters his senior season as the league’s top rebounder and top double-double threat. The Cardinals return 73 percent of their scoring and 63 percent of their rebounds from last year’s 19-win campaign.Friday’s game will be a contest of two teams in a similar position. Tulsa returns five of its top six leading scorers from last year’s 15-17 (.469) squad. The Golden Hurricane struggled down the stretch though closing out the 2016-17 season by dropping three of its final four games and nine of its last 12. Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – Fourth-year Lamar head coach Tic Price brings his most veteran squad into the 2017-18 season as the Cardinals get set to tip off the new year Friday at Tulsa. The game, which will tip off at noon from the Donald W. Reynolds Center, will serve as the season opener for both teams.LU has received high praise during the offseason with several publications picking the Red and White to return to the top of the Southland Conference standings this season, including one (CollegeSportsMadness.com) who has the Cards advancing to the NCAA championship tournament. Friday’s game is set to tip off at noon from the Donald W. Reynolds Center in Tulsa. It can be heard live on Newstalk 560 KLVI.center_img Friday’s game against Tulsa will be the 10th meeting in series history. The Cardinals own a slim 5-4 (.556) advantage in the series, and have won two of the last three meetings. Friday will be the first meeting between the two schools since the 2006-07 season when LU dropped a 78-64 decision on the road. Big Red is 3-2 (.600) all-time against Tulsa away from Beaumont. LU will look to reverse a negative trend in road games from last season. The Cards struggled away from home going 6-11 (.353) in away games last year.On the flip side, the Cardinals have been very strong in season openers throughout program’s history. LU has posted a 57-9 (.864) all-time record in home-opening games, including victories in their past two home openers. Tuesday’s contest will be the first time in program history LU has opened a season at home against Coastal Carolina.last_img read more

Port Arthur chapter of Delta Sigma Theta names scholarship winners, Ideal students, senior Delta GEMS

first_img Brianna is the daughter of Tricia Bush and James Bush. Brianna is a senior at Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School and plans to attend Prairie View A&M University. She plans to be a clinical psychologist.Chloe is the daughter of Yvonne Wesley and Charles Guidry. Chloe is a senior at Woodrow Wilson Early College High School and plans to attend Lamar University and Texas Southern University. She plans to be a criminal defense attorney and a public community leader.Kaila is the daughter of Cheniqua Mann-Rice. Kaila attends Woodrow Wilson Early College High School and plans to attend Prairie View A&M. She plans to be a licensed nurse practitioner. Brianna is the daughter of Crystal Kemper and Brandon Julun. Brianna attends West Brook High School and plans to attend Prairie View A&M. She plans to work for a major broadcasting network, radio, newspaper or magazine.The 2020 Ideal High School students are: Jacob Anderson, Wilson Early College; Micah Anderson, Memorial High School; Jonah Andrews, Wilson Early College; Bey’Ounce Banks, Wilson Early College; Joshua Dennis, Wilson Early College; Kanacha Gordon, Wilson Early College; Chloe Guidry, Wilson Early College; Kaila Jackson, Wilson Early College, Erisha Jones, Memorial High School; Seanlexcia Jones, Wilson Early College; Alanna Lewis, Memorial High School; Jazmine Miles, Wilson Early College; Harold Mosley III, Wilson Early College; Jatavian Neal, Wilson Early College; Alexander Ned, Memorial High School; Heather Perrault, Wilson Early College; Heaven Perrault, Wilson Early College; Elysian Thomas, Wilson Early College. The Port Arthur Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. is recognizing its 2020 scholarship recipients, Ideal Students and Delta GEMS.Due to the COVID-19 virus, the annual May Week awards celebration has been cancelled.The 2020 scholarship recipients are Brianna Nicole Bush, Chloe Guidry, Kaila Symone Jackson and Brianna Lynn Julun.center_img The senior participants in the sorority’s youth group, Delta GEMS, are: Bey’Ounce Banks, Aniyah Brannon, Brianna Bush, Cierra Carrington, Audrey Chavez, De’Janique Jones, Kynnedi Jones, Brianna Julun, Destini Lester, Deja’Lynn Smith, Bryanna Stevenson, Makaiya Tompkins, Shi’ya Toson, Capri Wilson, and Derriona Zeno.last_img read more

Reaction: Continental tourism can and must attract millions of tourists

first_imgOne of the theses that has been constantly receding for years is that continental tourism cannot attract millions of guests. A thesis that has no foundations or arguments, in fact, the reality is absolutely the opposite – continental tourism can and must attract millions of tourists.In April 2016, the Minister of Tourism, Anton Kliman, visited the Vukovar-Srijem County and after the visit he stated “Let’s not fool ourselves that hordes of strangers will be flocking here”.It is interesting that just after the press statements the Minister visited the Vučedol Museum and the Vinkovci City Museum where he could see on the spot the incredible potential of tourism in Slavonia only through the story of Vučedol culture which is the first real developed and most advanced European civilization. Europe. Yes, we are talking about the cradle of European civilization that developed right on the Vinkovci-Vukovar stretch. I have been arguing for years how samo The city of Vinkovci has the potential to attract over a million tourists a year. I have only touched on one tourist potential, and now consider and add other potentials. From the river Danube, which is used by millions of tourists, Slavonian horizon, gastronomy, culture, heritage, Zagorje, Međimurje, Velebit… continue the seriesKliman: Croatia can raise the level of continental tourismIt is interesting that on Wednesday the Minister of Tourism in the Technical Government Anton Kliman in Vodnjan for Hinu said that Croatia can significantly raise the level of continental tourism and develop models that will direct tourist traffic to the continent. “This is a great challenge for Croatian tourism, and we in the relevant ministry are thinking about it, because no ministry has dealt with it so far, at least not more seriously. We have left some processes of continental tourism to happen on their own, but it is obvious that without strong state intervention, ie directing traffic towards the continental part, there will be no progress.”, Said Kliman.Yes, continental tourism is left to itself all the time, while all tenders, investments, advertising, etc. are focused on the Adriatic. Unfortunately, due to the negligence of the State, the Ministry and the CNTB all these years towards the continent, today it is much harder and more expensive to start all processes and most importantly to attract tourists to create consumption, and thus the interest of private entrepreneurs – and that is profit. When that story is completed, it is a success, as it is currently in Zagreb.Obviously, some things are changing for the better, at least the opinion of the Minister of Tourism is different, which is a great thing. But we are far from any action or strategic plan on how to launch continental tourism. Without a clearly defined development strategy there is no success, and I am sincerely surprised by this statement of the Minister because it does not take a day or two but months of hard work, planning, research, etc. izra A little frivolous, but obviously the political campaign has begun.Switzerland and Austria do not have the sea, but they know how to make money from tourismTourism accounts for only 4% of Swiss GDP, while in Croatia tourism accounts for 18,1% of GDP. The hotel business is booming and the annual occupancy rate is twice as high as in Croatia. The Swiss have fashionable winter resorts, but also destinations for mass tourism. But these guests are also more paying power. They spend an average of 240 francs a day. Four times more than tourists in Croatia. The secret of success is in the attractions – like the steepest funicular in the world that takes guests a kilometer and a half into the clouds in half an hour. ”Tourism is the fourth most important industry in our country. Every year we record 20 million visitors and 70 million overnight stays, most of them in hotels “Points out Federico Sommaruga from the Swiss Tourist BoardAustria lives better than us just from summer tourism! Yes, summer tourism.Interestingly, Austria has more overnight stays during the summer than in the winter. Last year, 17 million tourists visited Austria in the winter months with 64,5 million overnight stays, and in the summer, as many as 20 million arrived, achieving 67,2 million overnight stays. Of the total income from tourism, Austria earns 22,7 billion euros, of which 12,7 billion in the winter, which is slightly more than in the summer months because guests with higher purchasing power come.Switzerland and Austria do not have the sea, but they know how to make money from tourism. Why can Austria, in the summer months alone, be visited by 20 million tourists, and continental Croatia in 10 months by at least 5 million? Perhaps the better question is can the Adriatic accommodate more guests? Personally, I think it can’t do much, only through the extension of the season we’ve been struggling with for years. But here is a hypothesis and solution on how to extend the tourist season, make more arrivals and ultimately earn more from tourism. The solution is continental tourismMaritime tourism is based on three months while continental year-round tourism or at least can last 10 monthsOn the example of Austria, we can best see the potential of continental tourism, with Croatia having a far greater potential than Austria or Switzerland. By the way, daily consumption in continental tourism is higher than in sea tourism. According to the latest research, the daily average consumption in Zagreb is 123 Euros. This is logical because tourists do not have the sea to lie down and rest, ie to be positioned in one place, but to consume the whole destination, ie what the destination offers through culture, gastronomy, history, etc.…When we look at the bigger picture in the context of tourism development in Croatia, then it is clear that continental tourism can certainly bring the same or more money than sea tourism, especially since we know that sea tourism is based on three months while continental year-round tourism can last at least 10 months. So much for the potential of continental tourism.Croatia can and must raise the level of continental tourism. We have the most important resource – amazing true and credible stories. It is this diversity and unique stories that are our advantage. On the other hand, the biggest weakness is that these stories are untold, ie that continental tourism does not have the infrastructure and a secure base of tourists who create consumption, and thus earnings, ie return on investment.In the end, I sincerely hope that one day continental tourism will earn more than sea tourism, it definitely can and must. One passionate man once said, “The difference between a dreamer and a visionary is that the dreamer has his eyes closed and the visionary has his eyes open“- Martin Luther King. Until then, I will act positively and dream awake.Continental tourism can and must attract millions of tourists.last_img read more

Harsh parenting and food insecurity predicts obesity for young women, study finds

first_imgShare Share on Twitter Share on Facebook “Hardships impact how a youth’s parent feels, which then impacts family processes and family dynamics,” said Family Transitions Project co-director Tricia Neppl, an assistant professor in human development and family studies and Lohman’s co-author along with Meghan Gillette, a lecturer in human development and family studies. “Ultimately, it impacts the adolescent.”Gender differencesWhile the impact of hardships on a child is undisputed, the reason why differences appear between males and females remains a mystery.“We can’t explain why the males are heavier to start in this study,” Lohman said. “But more importantly, we can’t explain why females are more likely to be overweight and obese when they experience food insecurity, when males aren’t.”Metabolic literature suggests that when a person is deprived of nutrients or proper food on top of experiencing stressors like harsh parenting, cortisol — which the body releases during stressful situations — may increase, and changes in the endocrine system, essential to hormone function, can lead to greater weight gain. Further work with biological researchers is needed to determine why different pathways are being set for males and females.“In particular, for the females, there’s something between the stressful reaction of harsh parenting and not having the nutritional food,” Lohman said. “We can only hypothesize right now that there’s something going on metabolically in their bodies, that the stress hormones are increasing — which is then changing their metabolic rate, their behaviors, or both over time.”Expanding childhood wellnessAs research continues within the field, Lohman stresses the need to expand current views of childhood wellness to incorporate the adolescent years. As part of this effort, she serves as the chair of the Family Policy Section of the National Council on Family Relations.“Right now, within the policy field, a lot of the focus is on wellness and education during early childhood and the infant years,” she said. “The policies that are in place don’t focus on the developmental years surrounding puberty, like in early adolescence. So we really need, from a policy perspective, to develop that long-term.”Lohman said she believes much of that development can come from a number of initiatives: providing educational classes in 21st century skills, partnering with doctors and pediatricians to share information with families regarding the impacts of harsh parenting and food insecurity, and launching public relations campaigns such as posting literature at food banks about harsh parenting’s psychological effects.In addition, Lohman said that progress can be achieved by working with schools to provide healthy food for teens both in and outside of the school year, and growing teen’s access and availability to food stamp programming and food banks.For example, at Iowa State, students run The Shop (Students Helping Our Peers), an on-campus food pantry housed in the Food Sciences Building. Similar programs could be developed in middle schools and high schools throughout the U.S.Widening the viewWhile previous research within the field has explored the relationship between harsh parenting and food insecurity, the Iowa State study is more expansive, using prospective longitudinal data rather than merely a cross-sectional view.Data for this research came from the Iowa Youth and Families Project, a longitudinal study of 451 adolescent youth and their family members beginning in 1989 in the rural Midwest. Adolescents were 13 years old at initial assessment and were studied in four waves, through age 16. Both mothers and fathers self-reported their food insecurity, while family interactions were observed through in-home experiences recorded on videotape.While the family stress model used in the study was derived from a sample of rural, predominantly white families, Neppl explained that the model has been replicated with urban families, with Latinos and other ethnicities, and in other countries. The basic tenants of the model have been replicated worldwide.“What makes our study unique is that we have multiple reporters,” Neppl said. “Parent-child interactions were observed over videotape, and parents reported on their own behavior, their teen’s behavior, and their household situations. Then we have youth who reported on their parents’ behavior and their own behavior.”These observed interactions, as well as the additional reports, set the Iowa State study apart from many others. And, no studies to date have been able to assess food insecurity and harsh parenting over several years or then link them to obesity 10 years later. LinkedIncenter_img Email Pinterest The adolescent years can be full of changes, whether physical, emotional, or familial. A new study by Iowa State University researchers suggests that when these years include prolonged periods of food insecurity coupled with harsh parenting practices, females are prone to obesity in early adulthood.“When females who are normal weight in their early adolescence experience food insecurity, something is happening in their bodies,” said Brenda Lohman, a professor in human development and family studies and the study’s lead author. “This sets them on a path toward increased weight gain, so by the time they are 23, they are more likely to be overweight or obese.”As the newly released study published in the July 2016 edition of the Journal of Adolescent Health indicates, this food deprivation, when combined with other stressors such as harsh parenting, impacts a teen’s development. In the study, harsh parenting was defined as hostile or aversive physical contact; punishment in response to misbehavior; or angry, critical, or disapproving behavior.last_img read more

SEMA Hall of Fame Names Four New Members

first_imgFor more information about the SEMA Hall of Fame, visit www.sema.org/hof.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The SEMA Hall of Fame’s four newest members join 143 previously inducted industry icons and innovators who have already been enshrined in the SEMA Hall of Fame. Jim Cozzie: Cozzie served as SEMA chairman of the board in 2008-2009, a period that many describe as one of the industry’s most challenging economic times. The 2004 SEMA Person of the Year winner used his foresight and knowledge to help SEMA do more than simply persevere through the recession. During this time, the association developed its strategic focus on vehicle technology and expanded efforts to help U.S. manufacturers find opportunities in overseas markets. As a key executive at RTM Productions and Brenton Products, Cozzie continues to amplify the industry’s message through the programs they produce. John Menzler: Described as a person who loves the work but hates the awards, Menzler dedicated his life to his job and the industry. He was among SEMA’s most active and passionate volunteers, having been involved on several SEMA councils and committees, including charity projects to aid abused and chronically ill children. Menzler was instrumental in establishing a number of valuable SEMA programs, including the SEMA Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Education Day. He passed away in 2013 at the age of 67. During his prolonged battle with cancer, Menzler continued to inspire and encourage industry colleagues, family and friends. Inspirational thoughts and motivational messages that he called “Mornings With Menzler” were sent out regularly — often from his hospital bed. Such actions were typical of the man who was named 2011 SEMA Person of the Year and 2010 SEMA Mentor of the Year. DIAMOND BAR, Calif. – Nile Cornelison, Jim Cozzie, John Menzler and Fred Offenhauser will be inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame — the association’s highest honor, given to an elite group of leaders who shaped and inspired the $31 billion automotive specialty-equipment market. The new members will be recognized as part of the festivities during the SEMA Installation Gala, taking place Friday, July 18 at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center in Pomona, Calif. Those attending the banquet will hear how the four newest Hall of Fame members contributed to the industry and the association that began 50 years ago. The inductees include one of the association’s founding members, along with three former SEMA Person of the Year winners. Nile Cornelison: Having been involved in the industry as a machinist, racer, retail store owner and warehouse distributor (WD), Cornelison’s diverse background — coupled with his passion and innovativeness — made him uniquely qualified to lead the industry in what was unchartered territory. In 1982, the industry veteran founded Direct Connections Inc., now better known as DCi, bridging the communications gap between the jobber/retailer, WD, manufacturer and consumer. Later he introduced the industry’s first dealer locator service via telephony, paving the way for electronic cataloging and revolutionizing how the industry does business today. For information on tickets for the gala induction celebration, visit www.sema.org/galatickets or contact Jamie Eriksen at jamiee@sema.org, 909-978-6737. Fred C. Offenhauser: Offenhauser began his career in the industry in the ’30s when he went to work for his uncle, who bears the same name — Fred H. Offenhauser. In 1944, Fred C. was inspired to start his own company and launched Offenhauser Sales Corp. He began making aluminum intake manifolds, which were sold in every speed shop and distributed by most major distributors over the years. The mass distribution made it possible for thousands of racers to modify their engines and increase performance in ways that were not available elsewhere. Fred C. was among the original charter members when SEMA was founded in 1963. Although the innovator passed away in 1992, his company continues to manufacture and sell intake manifolds and operates out of the same building that the company has resided in since the mid-1950s.last_img read more

Distributor for cosmetic CO2 therapy in Middle East

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Law firms and Wikipedia, part two: learning the ways

first_imgIt’s only fair and right, after castigating hordes of big law firms over their woeful Wikipedia entries back in May, to let the world know when law firms learn to get Wikipedia right. So step up, CMS Cameron McKenna. Eve MacKinnon at CMS wrote to me back in June (while I was on holiday) to say that the firm had looked at its Wikipedia entry – which I had said was ‘not good’, was ‘way too brief’ and had a long-standing ‘lack of sources’ tag from Wikipedia central – and redone it. Now it’s a paragon of ‘how to do a Wikipedia entry’. It’s not holding tonnes more content in terms of numbers of words but it looks a heck of a lot better, it’s far better laid out and it’s a lot more ‘informative’, to my mind. So well done, CMCK. Going back over the article I wrote about firms and their Wiki entries, I am struck by one comment, by Michael J ‘Orange Mike’ Lowrey, who says he’s ‘one of the thousands of volunteer administrators’. Orange Mike sums up, to me, why Wikipedia is not somewhere that marketing people can carelessly write rubbish about firms, and shows how seriously Wikipedia admins take their ‘work’ – and rightly so. Orange Mike, however, is not best pleased with our advice that law firms should write their own entries: [Forgive Mike’s Americanised spelling] ‘Wikipedia has very strong rules against conflict of interest, self-aggrandizement and just plain advertising. If your article advised your readership to create or edit articles about their own firms… you [Mike means me, here] behave incredibly irresponsibly… such actions, when spotted, are reversed expeditiously; and persistently abusive editors can and will be blocked. If your readers persist in abusing this invaluable resource for PR purposes (such as by ‘adding links to your firm’s own website, blog posts and notable references’), their firms can find themselves blocked, and any links to them blacklisted in the most appalling and shameless cases. We call this spamming, and patrol against it militantly. If your readership is intelligent, then please contribute to our coverage of the law. Just don’t try to misuse us as a PR tool.’ In essence, Mike is saying that law firms should not write their own entries. Now, I think it’s being completely unrealistic to expect a law firm not to either make its own Wikipedia page or make sure it’s accurate and ‘good’. So I think Mike’s being very unrealistic about what law firms should and shouldn’t do. Also, all my advice on Wikipedia entry creation was based on the fact that either firms will do this themselves and do it badly, and get kicked off, or do it ‘properly’, and (hopefully) not. I’m just trying to push, or perhaps nudge, firms in the right direction on a road they’re already on. But Mike, and people like him, are running this show, and that is why I wrote so vehemently that firms must ‘tell it straight’. Because, if they don’t, they’ll have the Mikes of this world on their case.last_img read more

Seeing in the new legal year

first_imgA series of events took place last week to mark the Opening of the Legal Year, one of the most celebrated days in the legal calendar.To mark the occasion, senior figures from the profession took part in a special service at Westminster Abbey. This was followed by a reception hosted by lord chancellor Michael Gove (pictured above left) at the Houses of Parliament.  The celebration followed a seminar hosted by the Law Society and Bar Council, where Society president Jonathan Smithers chaired a session on challenges to client confidentiality and legal professional privilege in the digital age.Bar chair Alistair MacDonald QC gave a talk on the role and treatment of witnesses across the globe.last_img

‘Healthy DSB’ objectives achieved in 2014

first_imgDENMARK: National passenger operator DSB presented its annual report for 2014 on February 26, with Chairman Peter Schütze and Acting CEO Stig Pastwa saying it has achieved its objectives under the ‘Healthy DSB’ programme to improve its financial performance, punctuality and reputation.Ridership was up 2% on the previous year to 190·2 million, which DSB said was helped by improved punctuality, easier access to ticketing including via electric media, and increased bicycle capacity on the S-tog network. Customer satisfaction was steady, while reputation improved but ‘is still far from being at a satisfactory level’. DSB said it recognises that customers want to be able to count on punctual and clean trains, clean stations and multi-modal passenger information.DSB said 2015 ‘shows signs of becoming a challenging year’. Extensive track improvements works which will require the closure of one track in west Fyn for 100 days are expected to reduce profit by DKr200m. In 2014 the company’s income benefited from the sale of property including the former headquarters building which cannot be repeated.Last year’s independent Prose/SBB report into the future of the AnsaldoBreda IC2 and IC4 fleets recommended the continuation of efforts to bring them up to the required standard, and DSB will follow the recommendations ‘one step at a time.’ DSB’s 2005-14 public service contracts with the state for the provision of long distance and regional train services expired on December 31. Short term extensions were granted, and will lapse as soon as new long-term agreements are reached, which is expected by the December 2015 timetable change at the latest. Plans are being developed for the acquisition of ‘several hundred’ electric trainsets to support the national electrification programme. Although a decision has not been made on which organisation will co-ordinate the procurement, DSB says it would ‘gladly take an active role’ in this ‘difficult project’. DSB Group results 20142013 Income, DKr billion12·812·3 Pre-tax profit, DKr million670386 adjusted for non-recurring items, DKr million624466 Passenger-journeys, million (Denmark)190·2186·3 Average journey length, km3333last_img read more