Elbe Starts Maiden Voyage

first_imgzoom A 9400 TEUs container ship CMA CGM Elbe set out on her maiden voyage from Dalian, China, on October 14, 2014.The Elbe is the second in a series of 28 newbuilding vessels ranging in capacity from 9,400 TEUs to 10,900 TEUs, which will be delivered from now to the third quarter of 2016.Back in June the CMA CGM Group received the delivery of the first vessel of this series: the CMA CGM Danube.Sailing under the Malta flag and chartered bareboat to CIMC, it is the second chartered ship of this class built at the Chinese construction site DSIC (Dalian PRC).With 300m in length and 48m in width, it was designed to offer maximal loading capacity while meeting the technical constraints imposed by the Bosphorous Strait.Reefer containers maintain a temperature, a hygrometry and an atmosphere adapted to each product, offering container transportation flexibility and cold chain maintenance from the production to the delivery place.Operating on the Bosphorus Express, the Elbe will offer direct service between Asia, Turkey and the Black Sea. Accordingly, it will call Dalian, Tianjin, Kwangyang, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Chiwan, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Izmit, Istambul Ambarli, Constanza, Odessa, Ilyichevsk, Port Said, Port Kelang, Singapore, and once again Dalian. Press Release, October 15, 2014last_img read more

Five college students held for alleged hand in drug trade

first_imgKolkata: The narcotics cell of Kolkata Police on Thursday night arrested eight persons, including five college students, as they were allegedly involved in heroin trade. The other three arrested persons reportedly sold the drug to college students.Since the past few days, the police had been getting information from their sources that some college students were buying drugs from a few persons in South Kolkata. However, the police couldn’t identify the sellers. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaBased on the information from various sources, cops started keeping an eye in and around South Kolkata colleges. On Thursday night, they were tipped off about some young boys, who were seen in Sarat Bose Road area. Around 11 pm, they spotted a group of five boys, who were taking heroin. Cops found 3.5 grams of heroin worth Rs 8,000 from their possession and immediately arrested them. All the arrested students are within 23 to 29 years of age. A case has been initiated in this regard at the Bhowanipur police station under sections 21 (a) (punishment for contravention in relation to manufactured drugs and preparations), 27 (punishment for consumption of any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance) and 29 (punishment for abetment and criminal conspiracy) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAccording to police, the arrested students came from noble families. After questioning them, the police came up with names of three persons, who allegedly sold drugs to them. Cops also got hold of their mobile numbers and started tracking the location of their phones. But, they couldn’t reach out to the drug peddlers. Later, the police asked the students to call up the accused persons on pretext of buying heroin. On Thursday night, around 2:30 am, three people reached the designated place on S P Mukherjee Road, near Ashutosh College, where cops were waiting for them in disguise. The trio identified as Aman Gupta, Ashim Hait and Pritam Patra were intercepted by the narcotics cell team and later they were arrested. Cops found that these persons were carrying 40 grams of heroin worth Rs 1 lakh. During interrogation, they said they sold narcotics substances to college students across the city. It is said students usually placed orders over phone. But the place of delivery was decided by the seller. They also confessed that they were running the racket since the past three months. A few months ago, the narcotics cell had arrested several drug peddlers and found that students from several well-known colleges were their customers. Following the arrests, that a random crackdown was planned and vigilance was stepped up in and around colleges.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Mr. Dubeau, a Franco-Ontarian singer–songwriter, has been actively involved with cultural organizations in Ontarioand with the Fédération culturelle canadienne-française.Nancy Juneau (New Brunswick), three-year term effective immediatelyA long‑time advocate for the arts and culture in Canada, Ms. Juneau has vast experience in ensuring the success of various local, provincial and national projects.Betsy Chaly (Ontario), three-year term effective January 8, 2018Ms. Chaly has a strong background in communications and marketing. She has held management positions in several organizations in the media industry, including Canwest, SOCAN, Indspire and the Canada Media Fund. She is currently Director of Strategic Projects, Office of the President, at The Royal Conservatory of Music.Charles Vallerand (Quebec), three-year term effective January 8, 2018Mr. Vallerand has more than 25 years’ experience in broadcasting and cultural policy. He currently is a member of the pool of experts for UNESCO’s aid program to developing countries for the implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. He was a Director of Communications for the former Montréal-based agency, Rights and Democracy.These appointments are the result of the Government of Canada’s open, transparent and merit-based selection process.The NFB is Canada’s public producer of award-winning and innovative audiovisual works, including documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories, installations and participatory experiences. NFB producers are deeply embedded in communities across the country, working with talented artists and creators on projects that stand out for their excellence, creativity and social resonance.Quotes“The National Film Board is a Canadian treasure. As one of the world’s most innovative creative laboratories, the NFB plays a key role in telling our stories and creating immersive audiovisual experiences for audiences of all ages. I know that the experience and knowledge of the five new board members will be an asset to this organization as they continue to support new generations of Canadian artists and filmmakers across the country.”—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian HeritageQuick FactsThe National Film Board consists of the Commissioner, who is also its Chairperson, and six other members appointed by the Governor in Council, as well as the Executive Director of Telefilm Canada.In 2016, the Government of Canada adopted a new approach to appointments by the Governor in Council. This approach respects gender parity and is supported by an open, transparent and merit-based selection process—one that will result in the recommendation of exceptionally competent candidates who truly reflect Canada’s diversity.This new approach requires a selection process for full- and part-time positions.All appointment opportunities for the 18 organizations in the Canadian Heritage Portfolio are posted as they become available on the Governor in Council Appointments website. Interested parties can apply online.The National Film Board of Canada, established by an act of Parliament in 1939, is a federal cultural agency in the Canadian Heritage portfolio.Associated LinksNational Film Board of Canada Advertisement GATINEAU, QC, Sept. 19, 2017 – The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced the appointment of five new part-time members to the board of directors of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).The National Film is one of the world’s most innovative creative laboratories. The new board members have extensive experience in the communications and audiovisual sectors, and have worked for a number of major cultural organizations. Their mandate is to support the NFB in its objectives and provide strategic direction for the organization.Keith Clarkson (British Columbia), three-year term effective immediatelyMr. Clarkson has more than 25 years’ experience in film, television and digital media production. He has several award-winning projects to his credit, including documentaries, feature films, interactive content and mobile games.Éric Dubeau (Ontario), three-year term effective immediately Facebook Twitter Login/Register With:last_img read more

US stocks dip again following several days of steep losses

first_imgNEW YORK — Stock prices are moving slightly lower on Wall Street Thursday morning, a day after another big plunge rocked markets around the world.The benchmark S&P 500 index has slumped more than 5 per cent in the last six days and is now 15 per cent below the peak it reached in late September. After steady gains through the spring and summer, stocks have slumped in the fall as investors worry that global economic growth is cooling off and that the U.S. could slip into a recession in the next few years.Markets are also concerned about twin threats that could make the situation even worse: the ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China, which has lasted most of this year and shows few signs of easing, and rising interest rates, which act as a brake on economic growth by making it more expensive for businesses and individuals to borrow money.On Wednesday, stocks gave up an early gain and ended up with big losses after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the fourth time this year and signalled it was likely to continue raising rates next year, although at a slower rate than it previously forecast.Investors are responding to a weakening outlook for the U.S. economy by selling stocks and buying ultra-safe U.S. government bonds. The bond-buying has the effect of sending bond yields lower, which has the positive effect of lowering interest rates on mortgages and other kinds of long-term loans.At the same time, the lower bond yields can send a negative signal on the economy. The bond market has correctly predicted previous U.S. recessions by sending yields on long-term bonds sharply lower.Stocks took sharp losses right after trading started on Thursday, but settled down soon thereafter. In the first hour of trading, the S&P 500 index was down 9 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,498.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 147 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 23,172. The Nasdaq composite fell 18 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 6,620.The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies slid 5 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 1,344.Smaller company stocks have been crushed during the recent market slump because slower growth in the U.S. will have an outsize effect on their profits. Relative to their size, they also tend to carry more debt than larger companies, which could be a problem in a slower economy with higher interest rates.The Russell 2000 is now down 23 per cent from the peak it reached in late August and it’s down 12 per cent for the year to date, twice the loss of the S&P 500 index, which tracks large companies.Oil prices continued to retreat. They’ve dropped about 40 per cent since early October as the slowing global economy and rising production have knocked prices down.Benchmark U.S. crude fell 2.9 per cent to $46.77 a barrel in New York while Brent crude, used to price international oils, dipped 2.6 per cent to $55.78 a barrel in London.Bond prices were mixed. The yield on the two-year Treasury note rose to 2.66 per cent from 2.65 per cent, but the yield on the 10-year note fell to 2.76 per cent from 2.77 per cent.The gap between those two yields has been shrinking this year. When the 10-year yield falls below the two-year yield, investors call it an “inverted yield curve.” That is often interpreted as a sign a recession is coming, although it’s not a perfect signal, and when recessions do follow inversions in the yield curve, it can take a year or more.In France, the CAC 40 lost 1.6 per cent and Germany’s DAX fell 1.5 per cent. The British FTSE 100 slipped 0.5 per cent. Indexes in Italy, Portugal and Spain took bigger losses.Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 lost 2.8 per cent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gave up 1 per cent. Seoul’s Kospi shed 0.9 per cent.Health care and household goods companies were taking some of the largest losses after weak results from companies including Walgreens and Conagra. Both of those companies reported disappointing sales, and Conagra sank 9.5 per cent to $26.33 while Walgreens Boots Alliance lost 2.2 per cent to $71.69.The dollar fell to 111.64 yen from 112.36 yen. The euro rose to $1.1455 from $1.1368. The British pound rose to $1.2654 from $1.2621.Technology companies, which have suffered severe losses since early October, did a bit better than the rest of the market Thursday. Apple added 0.7 per cent to $162.06 and Intel gained 1.3 per cent to $46.18.Canadian marijuana grower Tilray jumped 9.5 per cent to $77.75 after it announced a joint venture with AB InBev’s Labatt Breweries brand. The companies are planning to develop non-alcoholic drinks that contain two compounds found in marijuana, THC and CBD. Both will invest $50 million in the joint venture.On Tuesday Tilray stock jumped 16 per cent after it announced a medical marijuana products partnership with drugmaker Sandoz. The stock has been extremely volatile this year but has more than quadrupled in value since it went public in July.___AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at Jay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Pakistan to give Lanka priority

He said his Ministry was making all out efforts to enhance trading activities with other countries of the world and private sector would also be cherished in this regard.Jayalath Weerakkody said Sri Lanka was keen to enhance the trade relations with Pakistan, the Daily Times added. Talking to the President of RCCI Khurshid Sheikh along with Sri Lankan High Commissioner Jayalath Weerakkody and Director General Commerce Department Ministry of Commerce Sri Lanka P D Fernando, Qureshi said the Pakistan government appreciated the role of RCCI in strengthening the national economy and vowed RCCI would be facilitated for promotion of business activities. He said the Pakistan Government will facilitate RCCI for promoting local products in the world trade markets and business community will be taken on board in the policy making process in future. Pakistan says trade relations with South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries and especially with Sri Lanka would be enhanced on priority basis and solid measures would also be taken to endorse the trade relations with all neighbouring countries.The Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce in Pakistan Munir Qureshi said that his Ministry appreciated the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) for organising 10 Single Country Exhibitions in a calendar year in SAARC countries including Sri Lanka, the Daily Times of Pakistan reported. read more

Kandy to be Sri Lankas first smart city

He said that the appointment of Sampanthan as opposition leader will help the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) “We will later expand that to Galle, Colombo and other areas,” the Minister told reporters in Kandy. He said the project will not be very costly and the Government will be able to implement it with USD 10-15 million. We maybe able to do two or three cities. I am sure we will be able to procure that kind of funding from one of the multilateral agencies,” he said. The Minister noted that in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has identified 100 cities to implement the ‘smart city; concept.Hakeem also noted that while the idea of the National Government was for only two years, President Maithripala Sirisena had proposed that the National Government continue for five years. The Government hopes to make Kandy the first ‘smart city’ in Sri Lanka and cabinet approval will be sought for this.Minister of Urban Development and Water Supply Rauff Hakeem said that funding will be sought for the project from foreign donor agencies. He said that if the National Government sets a goal to continue for five years then one can expect a stable Government to be in place.“In the past I have worked with coalition Governments which have not lasted that long. But here the President and the Prime Minister are working well together,” he noted.Hakeem also noted that a new political culture has been introduced in Parliament with Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan being appointed the leader of the opposition. read more

Womens Basketball Sierra Calhoun and Makayla Waterman to return to Ohio State

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun (4) drives to the basket in the fourth quarter of the Buckeyes’ semifinal game against Rutgers on March 2 at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Ohio State beat Rutgers 82-57. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorNot only will the Ohio State women’s basketball team be without senior guard Kelsey Mitchell next season, but it will also lose four other key contributors to graduation in forwards Stephanie Mavunga and Alexa Hart, and guards Linnae Harper and Asia Doss.Luckily for the Buckeyes, redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun and redshirt junior forward Makayla Waterman both said they will be returning to Ohio State for the 2018-19 season. “I’m going to stay here for my fifth year,” Waterman said after her team’s loss to Central Michigan in the NCAA tournament. “I’ve got a lot of things like studying abroad, going on service trips this summer with the university.”Never a primary scorer, Waterman served as a facilitating forward this season. She averaged just 3.5 points and 3.9 rebounds across 18.2 minutes per game in 32 games. Next season, she will be counted on to take a larger offensive role with the loss of Mavunga, the team’s top frontcourt scoring threat.Calhoun also affirmed her intention to return next season after the loss to the Chippewas, answering with a simple “yes” before the question was even completed.Starting in all 34 of the Buckeyes’ games this season, Calhoun scored 11.8 points per game, the fourth-most on the team. She was a primary ball-handler at times, taking the pressure off Mitchell, and often took the role as a sharpshooter. She shot 37.4 percent from the field, while making 35.8 percent of her 3-point attempts this season.Calhoun said she anticipates and is looking forward to becoming more of a scoring threat with Ohio State’s three leading scorers — Mitchell, Mavunga and Harper — leaving the program.Ohio State redshirt junior forward Makayla Waterman defends Central Michigan forward Reyna Frost during the first quarter of the Buckeyes’ 95-78 loss to the Chippewas on March 19 at St. John Arena. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorGiven the youth of next season’s team, Waterman and Calhoun must take larger leadership roles, which Calhoun believes will not be too much different to their roles this season despite the loss of the five seniors.“We will see,” Calhoun said with a laugh. “I feel like we were still leaders this year. I feel like we were one of the older kids this year, so we definitely had to lead by example and talk, things like that. Hopefully that will translate to next year.”Waterman and Calhoun will be joined next season by sophomore guard Jensen Caretti, who averaged 8.7 minutes and 2.4 points in 29 games. A former highly regarded recruit, Caretti will almost assuredly move into a starting role next season despite her lack of experience. Next year, the Buckeyes will add Najah Queenland, a transfer from Pacific who sat out this season and will be in her fourth collegiate season. In 2016-17, her final season at Pacific, she averaged 4.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 22.1 minutes per game. With Harper, Mitchell and Doss graduating, the 5-foot-10 Queenland could fill the role as a primary ball-handler. Ohio State will also add a crop of freshmen. It has three 2018 prospects — four-star guard Janai Crooms, three-star post Aaliyah Patty and four-star Hungarian forward Dorka Juhasz — committed to the program. Despite lacking collegiate experience, the trio could have an impact on the team given the graduations.Redshirt junior guard Chelsea Mitchell, the sister of Kelsey, took the semester off to focus on academics and her status on next season’s team is unclear. Former walk-ons Savitha Jayaraman and Karlie Cronin will return, but neither are expected to have major upticks in their responsibilities.Waterman said she and Calhoun have often looked ahead to next year and thought about being the team’s only seniors with a vastly different roster composition.“We talk about that all the time too,” Waterman said. “It’s going to be weird. We’re going to be the oldest ones on the team.”Not only will it be weird for Waterman, but the Buckeyes will once again be dealing with a smaller-than-usual roster. If Ohio State does not add any transfers or recruits for next season and Chelsea Mitchell returns, it will have just 10 players. And without Kelsey Mitchell, Mavunga, Doss, Harper and Hart, the Buckeyes might be in for a tough rebuilding year. read more

Woman wakes to find 3ft python in Kensington bed

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “I’ve been called out to a number of stray snakes in recent weeks and many of these appear to be escaped pets.”It is unclear how the animal got inside the Kensington property, but the RSPCA said it is likely to have escaped from its owner nearby.Snakes are more likely to escape in summer as they have more energy during warm weather.Royal Pythons, which originate in West Africa, are popular pets and can  grow up to 4ft 9inch, living up to 20 years in captivity. They are typically docile in nature, and pose no threat to humans.A spokesman for the RSPCA added: “Reptiles seem to have increased in popularity as pets in recent years and the number of related incidents dealt with by the RSPCA has risen.”We are finding that many people are unaware of how much of a commitment these animals are when they take them on, which we believe may be why we are rescuing hundreds of reptiles every year.” A woman got the “fright of her life” when she woke up to discover a 3ft long snake curled up sharing the bed alongside her.The Royal Python, believed to be an escaped pet, had snuggled up next to her in the night as she slept.After jumping out of bed the woman, who has not been named, rushed out of her bedroom, trapping the reptile behind her before she called the RSPCA for help.The RSPCA attended the property in west London on Monday, but were unable to locate the African python. It was only discovered the next day as it made its way down the hallway.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––RSPCA animal collection officer Jill Sanders, who captured the python, said: “”Reptiles, particularly snakes, can be extremely good escape artists and will take the opportunity of a gap in an enclosure door, or a loose-fitting lid.“The poor resident must have had the fright of their life waking up to a snake in their bed”They jumped out of bed and closed their bedroom door to contain the snake but, when I arrived, I couldn’t find where the python had slithered to.”Ms Saunders, added: “I left my details and told them to contact me as soon as they saw it again. read more

FLSmidth closes Ludowici acquisition

first_imgFLSmidth’s Board of Directors and Group Executive Management have reported that following the approval by Ludowici’s shareholders on May 31,  2012 and the necessary regulatory and court approvals, FLSmidth’s acquisition of the Australian engineering and equipment supply company Ludowici Limited was completed on July 3, 2012. The acquisition has been closed at a value of A$11 per Ludowici share corresponding to an enterprise value of approximately A$388m on a cash and debt free basis.Ludowici is the world’s leading provider of coal centrifuges, vibrating screens and complementary wear resistant products and services for the minerals industries. Headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, and with some 450 of its about 1,100 employees, and approximately 65% of its revenue being generated in Australia, the acquisition of Ludowici will significantly expand FLSmidth’s presence in this important mining region. The acquisition will also support FLSmidth’s aspiration to expand its Customer Services offering as approximately 60% of Ludowici’s revenue is related to services activities, spare parts and consumables. FLSmidth stated that its strategy is to become a market leader in six focus industries: coal, iron ore, fertiliser minerals, copper, gold and cement. The acquisition of Ludowici will allow it to substantially complete its coal processing flow sheet and complement its copper and iron ore processing offerings with leading technologies and brands.last_img read more

The Greens side with the GCM on the Bulleen development debate

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria found yet another ally in the face of Kathleen Maltzahn. The Victorian Greens candidate for Richmond issued a statement praising the Greek community on its ongoing achievements.“We support the continued teaching of the Greek language here in Victoria,” reads the statement, which goes on to express the Greens’ support on the Bulleen development issue. “We […] believe the Greek Community of Victoria has been very poorly treated by the Labor Planning Minister, Richard Wynne.The Greens understand how important the Bulleen vision is for Melbourne’s Greek community as a place to come together and for older members of the community to live with dignity. It is clear to us that the broken promises to the community are about one thing only: driving down the value of the Bulleen site so that Labor can take it over as part of building a new tollroad, the North East Link.The Liberals also want to build the North East Link, meaning that their promises to the community are hollow.The Greens will fight to stop the North East Link, keeping the site in the ownership of the Greek Community. The Greens support the Greek Community’s vision for a community space and turning half of the site into wetlands conservation zone and a park and we will advocate for it. If a few hundred people switch their votes to the Greens at this election, we can be in balance of power in both houses of Parliament, making us very powerful.By stopping North East link, we can give the project the best chance of success.”last_img read more

Facebook is renaming WhatsApp Instagram to show who the boss is

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:51Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:50?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Seven Things You Didnt Know About WhatsAppcenter_img The infamous scene from The Social Network where Sean Parker (in character) utters the words, “Drop the ‘The.’ Just ‘Facebook.’ It’s cleaner,” was a fictional gift to mankind (at least it felt that way at the time). But that doesn’t seem to be holding true in the real world – at least for the apps Facebook owns.Instagram and WhatsApp are soon going to be renamed by adding Facebook’s label to both apps. The change is happening soon and the company spokesperson confirmed the same. Brace yourselves for “Instagram from Facebook” and “WhatsApp from Facebook” instead of the cleaner Instagram and WhatsApp monikers.”We want to be clearer about the products and services that are part of Facebook,” a company spokesperson told The Information. A man poses with a magnifier in front of a Facebook logo on display December 16, 2015.REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoFacebook’s re-branding effort comes as a result of antitrust regulators scrutinising the company’s holding, sources familiar with the matter told the publication. Thankfully enough, the names of both Facebook-owned apps will remain the same on your phone’s home screen – at least for now. The real change will be in the Play Store and App Store, which is the first point of contact between the user and the apps.There’s no denying that Facebook has somewhat managed to draw youngsters to Instagram and WhatsApp – something it hasn’t been able to with its own app. Putting a label that screams out loud that Facebook is indeed in charge of Instagram and WhatsApp just before downloading these apps could be seen as a turn off for many – that’s what many users have opined. A WhatsApp logo is seen behind a phone that is logged on to Facebook in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, February 20, 2014.REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File PhotoSeveral users have voiced their disregard towards Facebook’s re-branding effort. Here are some of those views picked up from Twitter.This is good news. The more ‘facebook’ is written on stuff, the easier it is for people to see what apps they need to distant themselves from. Many people still don’t realise Facebook own instagram and WhatsApp so they use those thinking they are somehow better.— Chris (@Chris_The_Onion) August 3, 2019 Although i know that Facebook owns Instagram and WhatsApp… But this will help me in ditching those apps.— Rahul Saini (@saini507) August 3, 2019 …but tbh I think this will work in reverse: cheapening WhatsApp and Instagram brands by underscoring their Facebook association— Anthony Bardaro (@AnthPB) August 3, 2019 I can’t see how this is a good idea. Facebook’s brand is poison atm. It’s a small miracle that WhatsApp and IG have been relatively unaffected by association.They should be kept as seemingly separate as possible.— Diogo Marques (@DiogoExMachina) August 2, 2019 The public don’t trust Facebook and are often unaware they own Instagram and WhatsApp, now it wants to damage those brands too by renaming them ??‍♂️This seems like it will be a future case study on how not to rebrand.— Liam Daly (@liamdaly) August 3, 2019 Like it or not, Facebook is going ahead with this change. It’s only a matter of time before we see the rebranded apps go live on app stores. What are your thoughts?last_img read more

ACLU MD and MD Restorative Justice Initiative Report Calls for Changes to

first_imgOf prisoners serving life sentences in Maryland, 77 percent are Black, though Blacks only make up a third of the state’s population. Maryland leads the nation in the percentage of lifers who committed crimes as juveniles, at 15 percent, and is tied with Alabama for the highest percentage of juvenile lifers who are Black, at 84 percent.These statistics are from a recent American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Maryland and Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative (MRJI) report entitled {Still Blocking the Exit.} The report calls for changes to the parole granting process, arguing the current process politicizes parole decisions, causing persons deemed eligible for parole to remain incarcerated at substantial costs to the state, legitimizing a racial approach to incarceration.“The politics have become so much a part of the release, that it tends to govern decisions,” said Walter Lomax, founder and director of MRJI, and a co-author of the report.Under Maryland’s current system, a parole commission, whose members the governor appoints, makes parole recommendations. The governor must sign off on the commission’s recommendations before a prisoner deemed eligible for parole is released.In 2011, the Maryland General Assembly passed a law requiring the governor to act on all Parole Commission recommendations within 180 days. When the law went into effect in 2012, Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) rejected the approximately 50 parole recommendations before his office, says Lomax, “which was a clear indication to us that it was politically motivated.”O’Malley’s rejections continued a trend that stretched back to 1995, when Gov. Parris Glendening (D) declared that “life means life” and that no parole would be granted to prisoners serving life sentences during his tenure, according to the report. No lifers have been paroled since, says the report, though a small number have seen their sentences commuted, including by O’Malley.This lack of paroles imposes a substantial human, as well as economic toll, says Sonia Kumar, a staff attorney with the ACLU MD and the other co-author of the report.“We have people who have fully paid their debt, are ready to come home, ready to be successful, that we are spending thousands – it adds up to millions of dollars every year that we’re spending – to continue to incarcerate them, which obviously has a significant financial impact but also has a huge human cost that extends not only to them but to their families and their communities,” Kumar said.It costs about $38,000 a year to incarcerate someone in Maryland, says Kumar, a number closer to $60,000 for elderly persons who are generally more expensive to incarcerate. According to the report, the average age of Maryland lifers who have been recommended, but denied parole, is 60.“The state could be saving millions of dollars by having a meaningful opportunity for parole,” said Kumar. “And that is just in the explicit cost of incarcerating that person, that is not even accounting for all the other costs of having people not be productive members of society when they can be.”The report also highlights studies finding that paroled lifers have lower recidivism rates than other prisoners, including a longterm study of paroled lifers in California that showed less than one percent were ever incarcerated again for new felony convictions.Lomax said the policy goal is for final approval of parole decisions to be removed from the governor and resting solely in the hands of the Parole Commission, mitigating the political burden.“Even though [the governor] has an investigative unit, he’s really not in any better position to assess whether [an] individual should be released than the people who actually make the initial decision which is the parole commission, whom he appoints to do that job,” said Lomax. ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

Defence Minister inaugurates Bharat Parv at the Rajpath Lawns

first_imgTo mark the Independence Day 2016 celebrations, Manohar Parikkar, Defence Minister inaugurated the week long ‘Bharat Parv’ organised by the Government of India at the Rajpath Lawns, India Gate, New Delhi.M Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation presided over the inaugural function in the presence of Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Tourism & Culture and Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism.In his inaugural address, Parikkar said that the Ministry of Tourism has done a commendable job by organising such a unique programme showcasing the ‘Unity in Diversity’ of our country. Naidu in his address said that we have to preserve the rich cultural heritage of our ancestors because the Indian culture is one of the oldest cultures in the world.Addressing the occasion, Dr Sharma said that the Bharat Parv is a seven day cultural extravaganza at the Rajpath Lawns showcasing the diverse culture, cuisine and handicrafts of the nation.Static Bands of Army, Navy and Air Force performed on the Rajpath. The artists of North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) displayed cultural performances on pan India basis.This event has been organised from August 12–18, 2016 and the prime objective of organising the event is to generate a patriotic mood, promote the rich cultural diversity of the country and to ensure wider participation of the general public. The event is open to the public and entry is free. However, identity proof is to be carried for entry.The Ministry of Tourism is designated as the nodal Ministry for the event, the highlights of which include performances by the Armed Forces Bands, a multi-cuisine Food Court, Crafts Mela, cultural performances from different regions of the country and a Photo Exhibition by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.The Food Court has 50 stalls set up by the States/UTs, National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) showcasing street food from different regions as well as by the Institutes of Hotel Management and ITDC.The Crafts Mela with 50 stalls showcases the diverse handicrafts of the country, arranged by the State Governments and Ministry of Textiles through the Office of the Development Commissioner of Handicrafts. There are 17 Theme State Pavilions where each State is showcasing their achievements and initiatives, tourism products and destinations, etc.The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has set up ‘Azadi 70 Saal- Yaad Karo Kurbani’, a Photo Exhibition on the occasion of 70th Independence Day celebrations.The participating States and Union Territories in the event are Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Daman & Diu and Dadra – Nagar Haveli, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.last_img read more

Peru expecting huge increase in pomegranate export

first_img Peru expecting huge increase in pomegranate export … Argentine lemon export season delayed significantl … NZ: ‘No evidence of breeding population’, says Fru … You might also be interested in U.S. farming association Western Growers has said that it is pleased with the recently announced Farm Bill compromise, although it expressed disappointment over certain aspects.The Farm Bill is an omnibus legislation, impacting food, farms, conservation, and rural economies. It is passed every four or five years, and this time around the process has been a protracted one.On Tuesday the Senate voted by 87 to 13 to approve a US$867 billion farm bill, which provides billions of dollars in subsidies to U.S. farmers, legalizes hemp, bolsters farmers markets and rejects stricter limits on food stamps pushed by House Republicans.The legislation will now head to the House, where it is reportedly also expected to pass. President Donald Trump expressed support for the legislation on Tuesday and said he expects it will be signed into law.Western Growers CEO Tom Nassif commended the farm bill negotiators, saying the legislation “acknowledges the growing importance of the specialty crop industry to American agriculture”.He added that it offers “real progress on many of our top priorities, including funding for mechanization research and development, as well as improved access to crop insurance tools”.Additional achievements he noted in the bill include funding increases for the Specialty Crop Research Initiative, the continuation of funding for citrus greening research, and the creation of an Agriculture Advanced Research and Development Authority pilot program – a private sector-modeled approach to funding high-priority research needs.He also welcomed the “positive reforms” to the National Organics Standards Board and improved access to rural water infrastructure funds for local communities.But he said Western Growers was “disappointed” that the final legislation does not contain “much-needed regulatory reforms in the area of pest and disease management”.”A real opportunity was missed to reconcile the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act with the Endangered Species Act, which remains a long-standing issue that must be addressed in the near future,” he said.But he finished by saying: “All in all, we applaud the committee leaders, conferees and staff for their diligence in producing a strong, bi-partisan farm bill, and we urge swift passage and enactment before the end of the year.”The United Fresh Produce Association also commended the House and the Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee for approving a bill that “includes the priorities of United Fresh and our members”.”We are proud to be part of the leadership team of the Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance which has focused its efforts over the last three Farm Bills to ensure that our critical segment of agriculture is a vital partner in developing farm and agriculture legislation for the United States,” the organization said.It added that the  Agriculture Improvement Act has bolstered the government’s commitment for a strong and dynamic produce industry.”The fresh produce industry has much at stake in this legislation and we are grateful for the recognition of the role our industry plays in providing nutritious foods for Americans and those around the world,” it said.”We look forward to continuing to work in a bipartisan manner to ensure Congressional passage of this legislation so that it reaches the President’s desk before the conclusion of the 115th Congress.” December 11 , 2018 EU: Spanish citrus group labels South African mand … last_img read more

Supreme Court grants more time for Laiki cases

first_imgBy Angelos AnastasiouLAIKI BANK investors, who had filed a suit with the Supreme Court against the decision to recapitalise the lender using their own means, were granted an extension until April 6 to argue their case, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday.Some of the plaintiffs’ lawyers said that in light of the court’s ruling with regard to similar cases by Bank of Cyprus investors – they were dismissed by the Supreme Court and referred to District Courts – they required more time to consult with their clients in deciding whether to withdraw the suits.But, they said, they remain sceptical at the prospect of withdrawing the suits, since this would likely affect their clients’ right to resort to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). They argued that abandoning their cases may be deemed inadmissible by the ECHR because it mandates that all national remedies must be exhausted before it can look at a case.Meanwhile, members of the Capital Securities Holders’ Association – who claim to have been defrauded by Bank of Cyprus and now-defunct Laiki Bank and demand their money back – blocked traffic in the Nicosia-Limassol highway near Chirokitia on Sunday morning.The police spokesman said that the impromptu protest was carried out on the sidelines of the association’s general meeting, which was scheduled for 11:00 am at a Chirokitia restaurant on Sunday.Individual bondholders had invested in high-risk, high-yield bank capital securities issued by the two lenders in the retail market, only to see their investments all but wiped out when the two banks were restructured and recapitalised in March 2013, with Laiki being folded into BoC.At the time, BoC securities were replaced by BoC low-priority stock, while Laiki securities were left with legacy Laiki, currently under liquidation.But in addition to the capital invested in the securities, bondholders claim they were fooled into taking out loans using the securities as collateral, which they are now being asked to repay – despite their assets having been rendered worthless.Association chairman Phivos Mavrovouniotis has long warned that failure to accommodate the bondholders’ demands – on the part of either the government or the Bank of Cyprus – would result in “uncontrollable reaction” by his members, suggesting he may not be able to control them.A glimpse of such reaction was evident during the BoC’s annual general shareholders’ meeting last November, when an angry mob of bondholders violently stormed the bank’s headquarters in order to gain entry to the meeting.The mob moved the protest outside the adjacent Central Bank of Cyprus, where they also briefly blocked traffic, inconveniencing many unsuspecting drivers.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Allor announces tax relief plan for families seniors

first_img“We should make every effort to ease the tax burden on our families and seniors so they can thrive and continue to make Michigan a better place to live and raise a family,” Allor said.The bills were referred to the House Tax Policy Committee.### 16Jan Rep. Allor announces tax relief plan for families, seniors Michigan House legislators today introduced a package of bills to provide substantial income tax relief for families and seniors.The bills continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on their income taxes, while providing additional relief for senior citizens.Rep. Sue Allor said she fully supports the legislation, noting that northern Michigan families deserve a tax cut.“The recent federal tax reforms will help some, but there are seniors and families in northern Michigan living paycheck to paycheck, and they deserve a more significant tax break,” said Allor, of Wolverine. “Giving people the ability to keep more of their hard-earned money will boost local economies in Alpena, Presque Isle, Alcona, Iosco and Cheboygan counties, improving our quality of life.“Projections are showing that we can afford to cut taxes without compromising vital services and programs,” Allor said. “Quite frankly, voting to let people keep more of their hard-earned tax dollars is an easy vote and the right thing to do.”House Bills 5420-5422 will:Ensure Michigan taxpayers can continue claiming personal exemptions on income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month, and increases the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,300 for the 2018 tax year, with gradual increases reaching $4,800 for 2020;Certify taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax will continue to be able to claim exemptions in relation to the Michigan income tax, rather than the federal code, andHelp senior citizens in addition to the personal exemption increase by providing a $100 refundable income tax credit for a single filer age 62 or older – or $200 for joint filers.center_img Categories: Allor News,Newslast_img read more

Germanys latest competitor in the childrens free

first_imgGermany’s latest competitor in the children’s free-to-air channels market has arrived.Disney Channel launched on Friday as the newest entrant in a market that already includes Super RTL and KiKA.Disney Channel was previously available on pay TV in Germany, but The Walt Disney Company decided to make the move some 18 months ago after acquiring free TV channel Das Vierte.This decision saw Disney step back from its long running FTA joint venture channel Super RTL, moving an ESPN executive in to represent the Mouse House on the network’s board and taking about 1,200 hours of programming with it.Super RTL responded by scoring a major output deal with DreamWorks Animation.Disney Channel is now live and is targeting the 3-13s during daytime with shows such as Jake and the Netherland Pirates, Sofia the First, Phineas and Ferb, Good Luck Charlie, Wizards of Waverley Place and teen novella Violetta.It ages up in the evening with fare such as Pixar animated movies, and has even acquired Beta Films-distributed period drama Grand Hotel.last_img read more

Netflix has agreed an interconnection deal with AT

first_imgNetflix has agreed an interconnection deal with AT&T designed to reduce buffering problems for its US customers watching via AT&T’s broadband services.Streaming player Netflix has been involved in a bitter war of words with Verizon over buffering issues with both parties blaming the other.Netflix has, however, struck a connection deal with Verizon as well as Comcast to provide a direct connection from broadband provider to viewer.It has now struck a similar deal with AT&T. Deal terms were not disclosed, but earlier this year AT&T rejected a Netflix proposal for free interconnection. The agreement was reportedly made in May and will take effect in coming days, alleviating buffering.US communications regulator the FCC is currently investigating who is at fault for the problems occurring with streaming Netflix content via some broadband operators.last_img read more

Some 70 of UK adults will watch TV using freeto

first_imgSome 70% of UK adults will watch TV using free-to-air, catch-up services like the BBC iPlayer in December, more than in any other European country, according to Ofcom.The UK broadcast regulator’s research claims that UK viewers are now using TV gadgets “more than any other major country” and that catch-up viewing is ahead of “all other major European countries and the USA, Japan and Australia.”“TV viewers in the UK appear to be the most technologically-advanced of European nations, as the growing trend for time-shifted viewing offers an end to the traditional battle for the remote control this Christmas,” said Ofcom.Based on a sample gathered in September and October, 81% of online adults in the UK used an online service to watch TV or films in the past month, 70% used free broadcaster-offered catch-up services like the ITV Hub, All 4 or the iPlayer to watch TV, while 16% watched catch-up TV on a tablet.Ofcom also said that the UK a leader for viewing on connected TVs, with 42% of homes owning a TV connected to the internet – higher than any country sampled except Spain.“Families gathering round for a film this Christmas are increasingly likely to turn to catch-up services like All 4 or Sky-on-Demand. Seven in ten owners of the UK’s connected TV owners are watching such content, while more than half (54%) are watching content via a subscription service such as Netflix or Amazon Instant Video,” said Ofcom.The regulator estimated that consumers and advertisers in the UK spent £908m on online content services last year, up from £631m in 2013 and just £102m in 2009.However, despite these trends, Ofcom added that “traditional live TV remains the most popular way of tuning in” with people in the UK watching an average 3 hours 40 minutes of TV per day.last_img read more