KNOT Offshore Partners LP Announces Second Quarter 2014 Earnings Results Conference Call Aug 1, 2014 05:52AM

ABERDEEN, Scotland--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- KNOT Offshore Partners LP (NYSE: KNOP) ("the Partnership") plans to release its financial results for the second quarter of 2014 before opening of the market on Thursday, August 14, 2014.

The Partnership also plans to host a conference call on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at noon (ET) to discuss the results for the second quarter of 2014. All unitholders and interested parties are invited to listen to the live conference call by choosing from the following options:

  • By dialing 1-866-270-1533 or 1-412-317-0797, if outside North America.
  • By accessing the webcast, which will be available on the Partnership's website: www.knotoffshorepartners.com.

Our Second Quarter 2014 Earnings Presentation will also be available at www.knotoffshorepartners.com prior to the conference call start time.

The conference call will be recorded and available until August 22, 2014. This recording can be accessed following the live call by dialing 1-877-344-7529 or 1-412-317-0088, if outside North America, and entering access code 10050595.

About KNOT Offshore Partners LP

KNOT Offshore Partners LP owns, operates and acquires shuttle tankers under long-term charters in the offshore oil production regions of the North Sea and Brazil. KNOT Offshore Partners LP is structured as a publicly-traded master limited partnership. KNOT Offshore Partners LP’s common units trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “KNOP.”

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American Students Perform Chinese Opera at NCKU Aug 1, 2014 05:36AM

TAINAN, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- A group of foreign students playing different roles of Chinese opera, tried on different outfits, head pieces and props happily at a recent cultural course organized by National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), southern Taiwan.

A total of 39 American students who served as the 2014 Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) ambassadors are currently studying at NCKU for Mandarin, and Chinese culture.

A very special class called “Introduction to Chinese Opera” led by Professor Mei-Hua Gao from the Department of Chinese Literature, NCKU on July 29, had draw great interest among the American students who couldn’t wait to try out the make-up and costumes for Chinese opera.

“Peking Opera is awesome,” said Lucas Thomas from Arizona State University who volunteered for face painting as a Chinese Monkey King.

“The makeup is extremely intricate as I was there for about forty minutes. I was really excited. I’d actually like to sing Peking Opera right now,” Lucas added.

Samantha H. Juster from American University who dressed up like a Chinese traditional bride said, “I feel like I’m getting married today and I dressed up for my wedding. The dress is so beautiful that I’m excited to put it on.”

Jessica L. Cone from University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) who has had theater training for several years was thrilled to put on the costume to become a military general from ancient China.

“I feel related when I wear the costume because the design and the dragon pattern on it,” Jessica said.

She also said, “I have been interested in Peking Opera since I watched mask changing in a film and was fascinated about it.”

“It’s such a cool experience that I was taught about how to do the gesture and perform on stage,” according to Jessica.

National Cheng Kung University

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Sonia Chuang, +886-6-275-7575 Ext. 50042

Fax: +886-6-238-9919

sonia20@mail.ncku.edu.tw

NCKU news: http://news-en.secr.ncku.edu.tw/bin/home.php

Source: National Cheng Kung University


The Meeting of Parasite Museum and Cross-Straits Conference in Parasitology Teaching Kicks off at NCKU Aug 1, 2014 05:31AM

TAINAN, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), southern Taiwan, hosts the Meeting of Parasite Museum and Cross-Straits Conference in Parasitology Teaching at the Third lecture Hall of Medical School at NCKU from July 31 to August 1.

A total of 55 experts and professors from 25 universities in Japan, China and Taiwan have participated in the event to explore the issues in Parasitology teaching.

Prof. Chii-Jeng Lin, director of NCKU Office of Student Affairs on behalf of NCKU president Hwung-Hweng Hwung extends his warm welcome to the guests at the opening ceremony in the afternoon of July 30.

Lin said, “NCKU values its museums greatly and the significant role the university museums play in research and teaching is evident in NCKU.”

NCKU is pleased to welcome Seiichi Kamegai, general manager of Meguro Parasitological Museum (MPM), Japan, to give a talk on Meguro Parasitological Museum: Its current status.

Kamegai said, “MPM established in 1953 has a very clear vision to help educate and disseminate research results to the local community to upgrade their health and hygiene.”

More than 10,000 specimens left behind by Satyu Yamaguti are housed in the museum, according to Kamegai.

Hong-Kean Ooi, professor from the Department of Veterinary Medicine, Azabu University, Japan, is also invited to talk about Veterinary Parasitology teaching in Japan on the second day of the conference.

Not only scholars from Japan but experts from China are also invited to join the conference.

Chinese experts include Jiao-Jiao Lin, Deputy Director and Professor from Shanghai Veterinary Research Institute, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Chao-Ming Xia, Professor from Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University, and Shi-Ping Wang from Xiangya School of Medicine, Central South University.

A group discussion and poster session will be arranged at 2:00 p.m., August 1, with the conference wrapping up in the late afternoon.

National Cheng Kung University

Sonia Chuang, +886-6-275-7575 Ext. 50042

News Center

sonia20@mail.ncku.edu.tw

Fax: +886-6-238-9919

NCKU news: http://news-en.secr.ncku.edu.tw/bin/home.php

Source: National Cheng Kung University


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Chrysler Group LLC Reports July 2014 U.S. Sales Increased 20 Percent; Best July Sales Since 2005 Aug 1, 2014 05:30AM

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Aug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

  • 52nd-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains
  • Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck, and FIAT brands each post sales gains in July compared with same month a year ago
  • Jeep brand sales up 41 percent; best July sales ever
  • Ram pickup truck sales up 14 percent; best July sales since 2005
  • Seven Chrysler Group vehicles set sales records in July

August 1, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 167,667 units, a 20 percent increase compared with sales in July 2013 (140,102 units), and the group's best July sales since 2005.

The Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in July compared with the same month a year ago. The Jeep brand's 41 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any Chrysler Group brand during July and its best ever July sales. Chrysler Group extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 52-consecutive months in July.

"Chrysler Group had a solid July as each brand recorded sales gains on our way to a 20 percent year-over-year increase, our strongest July sales in nine years," said Reid Bigland, Head of U.S. Sales. "Sales of the all-new Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan continued to increase while our Jeep and Ram Truck brands each turned in double-digit sales gains, helping to lead Chrysler Group to its 52nd-consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth."

Seven Chrysler Group vehicles set sales records in July. The Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Compass, Dodge Dart, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Journey, and Ram Cargo Van each recorded their best July sales ever.  The Fiat 500L set a new all-time monthly sales record in July. Dart sales were up 23 percent in July, the third-consecutive month that the compact car has set a sales record. Wrangler sales were up 14 percent, while the 500L recorded a 49 percent year-over-year increase.

The Fiat 500L's 49 percent increase was the largest year-over-year sales gain of any Chrysler Group vehicle in July, while Ram pickup truck sales were up 14 percent compared with the same month a year ago. The Jeep and Ram Truck brands logged the largest percentage sales gains of any Chrysler Group brands during the month.

U.S. industry sales figures for July are internally projected at an estimated 16.8 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR).

Jeep® Brand  Jeep brand sales were up 41 percent, the brand's best ever sales in the month of July. The brand's 41 percent increase was the largest percentage sales gain of any Chrysler Group brand for the month. The Jeep brand has set a sales record in each month this year, including the all-time sales record in May. The Jeep Wrangler, with its 14 percent year-over-year increase, had its best ever sales in the month of July. Sales of the all-new Jeep Cherokee were up 11 percent compared with sales in the previous month of June.

Ram Truck Brand The Ram pickup truck had its best July sales since 2005. Sales of the Ram pickup – Motor Trend "Truck of the Year" in 2014 and 2013 – were up 14 percent in July, its 51st-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. Ram Light Duty sales increased 15 percent in July, while Ram Heavy Duty pickups were up 18 percent. Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram ProMaster van and Ram Cargo Van, were up 18 percent in July, the brand's best July sales since 2006.

Chrysler Brand  Chrysler brand sales were up 17 percent in July compared with the same month a year ago, driven by strong sales of the Chrysler Town & Country minivan and the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan. It was the brand's best July sales since 2007. Town & Country sales were up 41 percent in July, the minivan's best July sales since 2006 and its 12th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. Sales of the new 200 continue to build. New 200 sales were up 32 percent compared with the previous month of June.

Dodge Brand  Dodge brand sales were up 3 percent in July, the brand's best July sales since 2005. Sales of the Dodge Dart increased 23 percent, the compact car's best ever sales in the month of July. The Dart's increase was the largest percentage sales gain of any Dodge brand model in the month. The Dart has set a sales record in each of the past three months, including its best sales month ever in May. Sales of the Dodge Journey were up 10 percent, the mid-size crossover's best sales in the month of July. The Journey has set a sales record in each of the past six months, including an all-time monthly sales record in March. Sales of the Dodge Challenger muscle car were up 1 percent, its best sales ever in the month of July. The Dodge Grand Caravan minivan and Dodge Charger each logged year-over-year sales increases in the month of July. 

The Dodge brand introduced the all-new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT in July. Its supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat engine produces an unprecedented 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque making it the most powerful Challenger ever, the brand's most powerful V-8 ever, and the most powerful muscle car ever.

FIAT Brand  FIAT brand sales were up 1 percent, the brand's best ever sales in the month of July and its eighth-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The Fiat 500L, with its 49 percent increase, recorded its best monthly sales since it was launched in June 2013. The FIAT brand introduced a Fiat 500L-Vans design concept in July during the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif.  Details from Vans original hi-top shoe are echoed throughout the vehicle, including vintage palm-patterned canvas, Vans logo stickers on the instrument panel and Vans Waffle Sole on the pedals and in storage bins. On the exterior, the roof displays the iconic Vans Checkerboard pattern, while the step pad, cladding and grille texture are accented with the Waffle Sole design. Other unique features include a two-tone body color paint scheme, 18-inch matte black wheels and a roof rack with a basket and a double-decker surfboard carrier. 

 

Chrysler Group LLC U.S. Sales Summary July 2014

Month Sales

Vol %

      Sales CYTD

Vol %

Model

Curr Yr

Pr Yr

Change

Curr Yr

Pr Yr

Change

500

2,371

2,821

-16%

20,550

23,892

-14%

500L

1,436

962

49%

8,229

1,503

448%

FIAT BRAND

3,807

3,783

1%

28,779

25,395

13%

200

8,159

8,122

0%

53,337

83,137

-36%

300

3,926

3,796

3%

29,940

33,241

-10%

Town & Country

11,370

8,060

41%

81,246

67,439

20%

CHRYSLER BRAND

23,455

19,978

17%

164,523

183,817

-10%

Compass

5,411

5,222

4%

38,503

32,000

20%

Patriot

7,793

7,572

3%

51,721

45,687

13%

Wrangler

16,388

14,404

14%

102,125

92,132

11%

Liberty

60

-100%

0

6,048

-100%

Grand Cherokee

15,169

15,019

1%

104,782

95,815

9%

Cherokee

14,827

0

NEW

95,259

0

NEW

JEEP BRAND

59,588

42,277

41%

392,390

271,682

44%

Dart

7,483

6,064

23%

45,450

51,013

-11%

Avenger

4,318

6,131

-30%

44,781

67,149

-33%

Charger

5,539

5,200

7%

55,306

57,181

-3%

Challenger

4,294

4,271

1%

30,575

34,253

-11%

Viper

46

94

-51%

400

320

25%

Journey

7,158

6,508

10%

54,309

48,944

11%

Caravan

9,473

8,583

10%

81,539

68,055

20%

Durango

4,807

5,135

-6%

37,682

33,440

13%

DODGE  BRAND

43,118

41,986

3%

350,042

360,400

-3%

Ram P/U

35,621

31,314

14%

239,481

201,633

19%

Cargo Van

861

764

13%

5,651

5,507

3%

ProMaster Van

1,217

0

NEW

6,924

0

NEW

RAM BRAND

37,699

32,078

18%

252,056

207,140

22%

TOTAL CHRYSLER GROUP LLC

167,667

140,102

20%

1,187,790

1,048,434

13%

          TOTAL CAR

36,136

36,499

-1%

280,339

350,231

-20%

          TOTAL TRUCK

131,531

103,603

27%

907,451

698,203

30%

SOURCE Chrysler Group LLC


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