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Not just iPhones, Mac and iPads too drive Apple sales in India

first_imgIt’s not just iPhones – Mac computers and iPads have started to deliver results for Apple in India, growing at a faster pace than the global average after the company expanded distribution and pushed sales in the country.Apple has now hired senior executives to lead policy and HR in India, two senior industry executives said.  Related Itemslast_img

South Korea keen to make a fresh start in Odisha

first_imgPutting behind the bitter experience of steel major POSCO’s unsuccessful bid to set up a plant in Odisha, South Korea has evinced keen interest in forging a new relationship in investment and business with the State.South Korean Ambassador Shin Bong-kil, who led a business delegation, met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and key functionaries of the industries department here on Monday.“Recognising the State’s potential in natural resources, POSCO had made $12 billion investment commitment in 2005 to set up a steel plant in the State — it was not only the single largest overseas investment by a South Korean company, but also the single largest foreign investment ever made in India,” said Mr. Shin.‘Fast-growing State’Observing that POSCO’s mega investment had faced many hurdles, he said: “I understand both sides have learnt from POSCO’s experience and now need to make a fresh start. Odisha is a State growing very fast.”The delegation included representatives of Samsung, Hyundai, Kia and LG. Commenting on the slowdown in the automobile sector, the Ambassador said: “I think the phenomenon is temporary. Things will improve shortly. Korean automakers, however, have been doing very well in India.”Addressing the delegation, Mr. Patnaik said, “The Republic of Korea and Odisha have many possibilities to collaborate across identified focus sectors. We are in the process of promulgating a strategy document, Vision 2030, to ensure that 50% of the primary metal produced in the State is value-added within the State.”“Odisha is also fast emerging as the petrochemicals and chemicals hub where Korea has natural strengths. We welcome Korean investments in these and other sectors,” said Mr. Patnaik.last_img read more

Nzeusseu tows Lyceum to 8th straight win

first_imgMan sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Nzeusseu fired eight of his 13 points in the payoff period, where the Pirates used a 10-2 run to turn things around and get the lead, 63-62, on amazing reverse from Marcelino with 5:41 left.READ: Letran coach warns Lyceum: ‘We will destroy whoever gets in our way’FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Cameroonian also had 15 rebounds and three blocks to help keep Lyceum’s unbeaten record through eight games.CJ Perez tallied a team-high 14 markers and five boards, as he bucked a forgettable 6-of-19 clip from the field and drained the huge three with 3:30 to play to give Pirates some separation down the stretch. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum weathered a tough stand from Letran and pulled off a 75-68 victory Friday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Pirates, who played without coach Topex Robinson who was serving a one-game suspension, rallied behind Mike Nzeusseu in the fourth quarter to complete the comeback from 17 points down.ADVERTISEMENT Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village NBA: Celtics to retire Paul Pierce’s jersey next season UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img Jaycee Marcelino added 13 points, seven rebounds, and three assists, while Reymar Caduyac was steady from the charity stripe, drilling all of his 12 markers from the free throw line.Lyceum faced its biggest deficit of the season as it trailed by 37-20, midway in the second quarter.But the Pirates soon after buckled down to work with Nzeusseu punishing the depleted Knights frontline, who was without the injured Jeo Ambohot and foul troubled Daryl Pascual and Irvin Mandreza.Lyceum snapped Letran’s four-game winning run and got a shot at a first round sweep with a win against Mapua on Tuesday.Rey Nambatac topped the Knights with 16 points and six rebounds, while JP Calvo had 11 markers, four boards, and two assists in the loss, as they finished the first round with a 5-4 card.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The Scores:LYCEUM 75 – Perez 14, Nzeusseu 13, Jc. Marcelino 13, Caduyac 12, Ayaay 7, Baltazar 5, Jv. Marcelino 4, Ibanez 4, Tansingco 2, Pretta 1, Marata 0.LETRAN 68 – Nambatac 16, Calvo 11, Quinto 10, Balanza 8, Balagasay 6, Mandreza 6, Taladua 5, Caralipio 4, Pascual 2, Gedaria 0, Vacaro 0, Bernabe 0.Quarters: 18-26, 35-44, 53-59, 75-68. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

World Cup triumph gave MS Dhoni’s untold story a new angle: Reliving a special evening at Wankhede

first_imgOn April 2, 2011, when Mahendra Singh Dhoni smashed a full delivery from Nuwan Kulasekara for six over long-on at the Wankhede Stadium, an entire nation had come to a standstill.Dhoni had held the pose for a few seconds thereafter before breaking into a celebratory gig with Yuvraj Singh, who was batting at the other end in that World Cup final after a spectacular all-round performance right through the tournament. (Is Virat Kohli a better and smarter captain than MS Dhoni?)It was a sight to behold.Shortly after the final, a famous cricket writer rung me up to ask if I had taken any photos of Dhoni playing what would soon become an iconic shot in the annals of the game. I said no. My friend was crestfallen and quipped, “I have asked about a dozen photographers and no one seems to have captured that moment.” (Why is Test cricket so much like a Bollywood potboiler?)That struck me too. How could we, the blessed few in the media fraternity, present at the Wankhede that night, not have remembered to taken a few shots even when Dhoni, not a showman by any means, gave all of us the perfect opportunity to freeze that moment for eternity. But that was how it all unfurled in Mumbai that balmy summer evening. (Kohli-led Test side can regain top spot in rankings: MS Dhoni)It was surreal. Mumbai was baking in the April sun and I could see thousands queuing up to enter the ground that Sunday. India and Sri Lanka had played each other enough times to bore the wits out of their most ardent fans but this was the World Cup final.advertisementThis was Muttiah Muralitharan’s last international match and certainly Sachin Tendulkar’s last World Cup. While Murali had won in 1996, the Master Blaster, despite all his achievements with the bat, had never lifted the World Cup. Never. And this was his chance, infront of homefans. (Dhoni and Kohli are different characters: Glenn McGrath to India Today)There were several heroes for India that year. Yuvraj was in a different zone with both bat and ball, Tendulkar was in stupendous form, Virender Sehwag had set the tone with a bludgeoning 175 in the opener against Bangladesh, Zaheer Khan was always among the wickets and Gautam Gambhir played some stellar knocks. (Jharkhand cricket body to select members through written test)At the helm of such high-strung performances, was a skipper, who was totally in control and led from the front without actually scoring too many runs in the middle. It was four years since the long-maned Dhoni had presided over India’s sensational 2007 World T20 triumph – he had achieved what Tendulkar desperately wanted after 22 years in international cricket – a world title.Dhoni was young, still fresh and had a string of fresh ideas that never ceased to amaze the cricket world. It was Tendulkar’s last chance, it was Zaheer’s last chance and no one knew how long the others in the team would play. Dhoni, the captain, therefore, had to take control and then ensure that the team kept its emotions in check.As a young journalist, covering the World Cup was an enthralling experience. But I was disheartened with the complete lack of access to the Indian team – a few of the players told them they wouldn’t mind talking but they were under strict instructions to stay away from the media.The embargo was bigger than I had initially realised. Dhoni took it upon himself to attend press conferences. India had an outstanding time and lost only game against South Africa and tied against England. There were a few nervous moments on the field against a few of the other teams but Dhoni’s calming presence saw the team wade through choppy waters.There was a time when the Indian cricket fan would rest assured as long as Tendulkar was at the crease; then there came a time when he rested assured as long as Dhoni was at the helm. And he always was.Cut to the final, and India for the first time in the tournament, were in a spot of bother, chasing.Mahela Jayawardene’s sublime hundred had helped Sri Lanka set India a record 275  – no team had chased down so many in a World Cup final before. To make matters worse, India lost Sehwag and Tendulkar early. And when a young Virat Kohli departed, India were reeling at 114/3 in the 22nd over. Gambhir was batting beautifully but you could sense some tension at the ground.advertisementI was just about to pick a dinner plate when I heard the announcer mention Dhoni’s name. Wait a minute! Dhoni at No. 5? He had not batted that high for any of the games before the final? Yuvraj was in magnificient form. I immediately broke into a tirade with three other journalists and a former cricketer, who was on commentary duty at the time.Dhoni hit the six and held the pose while Yuvraj started celebrating.WHAT WAS DHONI THINKING? The obvious intention was to not allow Murali the joy of bowling to two left-handers together, so he could spin the ball away from them. Gambhir was a terrific player of spin bowling and Dhoni, who had kept wickets to the Sri Lankan ace at the Chennai Super Kings, knew all about the wily old fox. That much was clear but we wondered if the Indian captain would have still been better left lower down the order, should the game go down to the wire.But Dhoni did not let the game go down to the wire. He took nine balls to get off the mark and finished unbeaten on 91 off 78 balls. Between those two balls, Dhoni gave a master class in batting and treated Murali with disdain and tackled Lasith Malinga with aplomb. He and Gambhir added 109 for the fourth wicket, which sealed the World Cup for India.I can’t be sure but it looked like Dhoni was a little intoxicated that night. For a captain, who always seemed to be in absolute control, you could see that Dhoni had finally let himself go a little. But who could blame him? Who could grudge him that moment of joy? A small-town boy had made it as big as it could get.Yet, as the evening passed by, Dhoni was thoroughly professional at the post-match press conference and his answers were measured. The celebrations and the yelps of happiness could wait, to be executed in the privacy of the dressing-room and in the company of his teammates.Five years later, a movie titled MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, has designed its poster based on that winning shot, forever etched in the memory of every Indian cricket fan. We don’t know yet if the movie will do any justice to Dhoni’s career or his World Cup leadership but it would be interesting to see how the movie-makers have tackled one of the most admired characters in Indian cricket.last_img read more

Shashank Manohar to continue as ICC chairman until 2018

first_imgIndia’s Shashank Manohar has withdrawn his resignation as chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and will complete his term which ends in June next year, the governing body said on Wednesday.A lawyer by profession, Manohar had resigned in March citing personal reasons, having been elected unopposed on a two-year term as the ICC’s first independent chairman in May last year.After being persuaded by the ICC board, the 59-year-old later deferred his resignation, saying he will step down after the annual conference in June, when administrative reforms of the governing body would be complete.”The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed Shashank Manohar will continue to function as the Independent Chairman of ICC until the end of his elected term which is June 2018,” the ICC said in a statement.Former Indian cricket board (BCCI) president Manohar has led the governing body’s move to reverse the 2014 decision which effectively put India, England and Australia in control of the game’s finances and administration.At last month’s meeting in its Dubai headquarters, the ICC board voted for a new financial model and governance structure to address the imbalance.The BCCI was the only board to oppose the new financial model and was one of the two that voted against a revised constitution, which will allow the ICC to include additional full members in the future.The decisions will have to be ratified at the ICC’s annual conference in June.last_img read more

LeBron James praises Kyle Korver for criticism of white privilege

first_imgLeBron James Support The Guardian LeBron James has praised his former teammate Kyle Korver for an essay he published on the subject of white privilege.The veteran Utah Jazz player, who was a teammate of James on the Cleveland Cavaliers, wrote an article for the Players’ Tribune after reflecting on two incidents in recent years. His friend and teammate Thabo Sefolosha had his leg broken during an arrest outside a nightclub in 2015, and was later found not guilty of any crime. This year Russell Westbrook was the subject of racist invective from a fan at a Jazz game – the fan was later banned by Utah for life. Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn “And I believe it’s the responsibility of anyone on the privileged end of those inequalities to help make things right. So if you don’t want to know anything about me, outside of basketball, then listen — I get it. But if you do want to know something? Know I believe that.”James welcomed the article on Twitter. “Salute my brother!! Means a lot,” he wrote. “And like you said I hope people listen, just open your ears and listen.” Korver’s Utah teammate, Donovan Mitchell, also gave his thoughts. “This is amazing!! I’m honored to have you as my teammate and my brother!! Folks please read and inform yourselves,” wrote Mitchell on Twitter. Utah Jazz “What I’m realizing is, no matter how passionately I commit to being an ally, and no matter how unwavering my support is for NBA and WNBA players of color … I’m still in this conversation from the privileged perspective of opting in to it,” he wrote. “Which of course means that on the flip side, I could just as easily opt out of it. Every day, I’m given that choice – I’m granted that privilege – based on the color of my skin.”Korver said that in a league that is 75% black, he is often seen as a symbol for some white fans – and suggests he is uncomfortable with that tag. “I know I’m in a strange position, as one of the more recognized white players in the NBA. It’s a position that comes with a lot of … interesting undertones,” he wrote. “This feels like a moment to draw a line in the sand. I believe that what’s happening to people of color in this country – right now, in 2019 – is wrong.“The fact that black Americans are more than five times as likely to be incarcerated as white Americans is wrong. The fact that black Americans are more than twice as likely to live in poverty as white Americans is wrong. The fact that black unemployment rates nationally are double that of overall unemployment rates is wrong. The fact that black imprisonment rates for drug charges are almost six times higher nationally than white imprisonment rates for drug charges is wrong. The fact that black Americans own approximately one-tenth of the wealth that white Americans own is wrong. Share on Pinterest US sports … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Etan Thomas Share on Facebook Since you’re here…center_img The silence over the Thabo Sefolosha trial is deafening … and mystifying Basketball NBA When it comes to racially abusive fans, the NBA has a Utah problem news Korver, who is white, said he was “embarrassed” by his reaction to both incidents. He initially wondered why Sefolosha was at a nightclub during the season, and partly attributed the abuse of Westbrook to the player’s fiery nature.The 38-year-old said that, unlike Westbrook and Sefolosha, he does not need to worry he will be the victim of discrimination. Share on WhatsApp Read more LeBron James (@KingJames)Salute my brother!! Means a lot. And like you said I hope people listen, just open your ears and listen. 🙏🏾‼️‼️ 8, 2019 Topics Read more Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

10 months ago​Hasenhuttl insists Southampton will help Davis join Rangers

first_img​Hasenhuttl insists Southampton will help Davis join Rangersby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is understanding of Steven Davis’ desire to return to Rangers.According to Sky Sports News, Rangers and Saints are in talks over a transfer. Saints are okay with letting their club captain leave. The 34-year-old wants to make the move, and he has his manager’s blessing.”The fact is he has a half-year contract here until the summer so what we want to give him is the chance to make the next step, if it is a possibility we will help him to do so,” Hasenhuttl said to reporters.”He has done a lot for this club so hopefully we can find a win-win solution for both sides.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

5 Dream Destinations for Christmas Around the World

first_img Editors’ Recommendations There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground When it comes to the holidays, we tend to think in binaries. Either you’re a traditionalist, the kind who turns up Johnny Mathis when it comes on the radio and gets misty-eyed at the sight of flocked Christmas trees strung with homemade popcorn, or you’re a modernist, whose idea of “holiday sweater” is a fine cabled cashmere in a muted green and makes no secret of their disdain for eggnog.But Christmas is not a two-party system. After all, Christmas is not even strictly American. Its origins reach deep into both sacred and pagan roots from way across the pond. Which, with all the turmoil our nation has been through recently, feels like a pretty good place to be.If all you want for Christmas is an escape, you’re in luck. We’ve put together a shortlist of dreamy destinations where you can enjoy the holiday in mellow contemplation, Old World cultural traditions, and communion with nature. Oh, and did we mention they all involve waking up in a castle? Bottom line, these destinations are perfect for anyone who is dreaming of a white Christmas without any reference to Bing Crosby, cartoon TV specials, or that Coca-Cola Santa Claus.Stockholm, SwedenStockholm offers the perfect marriage of traditional and modern for the holiday vacationer. The Gamla Stan district is about as close to a fairytale as you can get, with its towering rows of jewel-toned buildings clustered around a cobblestone square. In the winter, this Old Town is packed with holiday cheer — the air teems with the smell of glögg, pepparkakor, and even smoked reindeer, and artisans turn out their best workmanship from the comfort of little red stalls placed all over the square.Old Town (Skane Malmo Lilla Torg) Sweden. Gustaf Emanuelsson/Folio/Getty ImagesRound about the same time, museum and cultural center Artipelag opens its restaurant doors for an all-day Christmas buffet. As much a feast for the eyes as the taste buds, this locavore smorgasbord offers Scandinavian holiday treats (think salmon gravlax, house-cured ham with “Christmas mustard” and barley malt bread, and saffron buns) paired with a curated selection of hometown microbrews, biodynamic wines, and liqueurs. Stuff your face by the roaring fire while taking in the panoramic views of the Baggensfjärden archipelago or visit at night to enjoy an accompanying performance from Cirkus Cirkör, a contemporary circus troupe specializing in acrobatics and vaudeville antics. Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? center_img 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather If you’re feeling ambitious, you can sign up to run through the central Stockholm with over 1,000 other athletes all costumed as Santa Claus. Or you can just take the opportunity to order room service and enjoy a sauna session at the Hotel Diplomat, a former Art Nouveau palace on Stockholm’s harborside Strandvägen that features a rotating collection of Scandinavian art both classic and modern.Yorkshire, EnglandSpend your holiday like a character in a BBC period drama at the Swinton Park Hotel, a former castle ensconced in the moody Yorkshire Dales. The ancestral seat of the Earl of Swinton offers a grand yet warm welcome to life within a traditional English country house. Perfect for celebrating in sumptuous but low-key style, the hotel offers just 32 rooms, each unique in style and structure, all featuring views of the Castle grounds and the county’s daleside. We’re partial to the Turret Suite, a three-level guest suite located in the hotel’s circular tower. In-house restaurant Samuel’s, known for standout seasonal British food, will serve a festive Christmas supper in the castle drawing room. Dishes like treacle-cured salmon, venison Wellington and woodland mushroom tart taste even better accompanied by the warmth of an open log fire, the flicker of candlelight, and the harmonies of a local choir singing ancient Christmas music.Swinton Estate/FacebookNew Year’s Eve brings a two-day showcase of the Swinton Estate’s best attractions. The holiday starts with a bracing dip in the outdoor natural pool (or, for the less-Spartan personalities, a visit to the thermal retreat), followed by a dinner at Samuel’s. The next day, you can commune with nature during a guided walk to Swinton Bivouac, take a cooking lesson at the Cookery School, or test your oenophiliac expertise in Swinton’s infamous Fizz Quiz, before suiting up for the estate’s black-tie party. Things kick off with Champagne and canapés in the drawing room, move to a seven-course feast in Samuel’s, and wind up with a masquerade ball and casino in the library.In between holidays, enjoy the leisurely pleasures of an English gentleman on the neighboring moorland — from horseback riding to falconry, from shooting to fishing, you’ll revel in the moody quiet and sere, mist-draped beauty of this unforgettable landscape.Rheinland-Pfalz Region, GermanyGermany’s Christmas markets are the pattern from which all American holiday festivals are cut, and those featured in the tiny half-timbered villages of the Rheinland-Pfalz are the best of them all. Exploring the countryside at Christmastime means discovering one central square after another festively lit and infused with the smell of Gluhwein, each with its own unique take on the holiday market tradition.Trier Main Square and Christmas Market, Germany. Juergen Sack/Getty ImagesIn Koblenz, the baroque Town Hall will be turned into a giant Advent Calendar. In Trier, the Mulled Wine Queen will pour a tasting of premium wines grown in the region’s surrounding vineyards. Some of the more unique markets include the one in Traben-Trarbach, which takes place underground in romantically lit wine cellars, or the one in Bad Kreuznach, held in an 850-year-old church. Depending on when and where you visit, you’ll discover choirs, music societies, even a singing Santa Claus, as well as towering Christmas trees.Make sure to spend a morning or two wandering through the frosty mountain ranges that border the Rhine river valley, and you’ll see why UNESCO designated this region a World Heritage area. Enjoy a visit to the wellness center, Baderhaus, for an hour or two in the sauna or steam room, then end your day at Johann Lafers Stromburg, a romantic castle turned into a ten-room boutique hotel. Built in 1056, it is now under the care of one of Germany’s most famous chefs, who pulls out all the stops at Christmastime with a four-course dinner and wine pairing finished up with a display of iconic German holiday sweets.Gröbminger Land, AustriaLocated high in the Austrian Alps, the Hotel Schloss-Thannegg is a restored medieval castle that combines ancient historical charm with the comfort of a four-star hotel. Add in ecologically responsible updates, a quiet, nature-surrounded location, and an 850-year-old wine cellar, and we’re not sure why you’d want to spend Christmas anywhere else. Wake up to the winter panorama each morning from your sun-soaked guest suite featuring Swiss pine furniture, white-tiled bathrooms, separate dining areas and even underfloor heating.Hotel Schloss-ThanneggDuring the day, you can alternate between sleigh rides and spa treatments, moonlight sledding, and visits to the sauna; medieval Styrian feasts in the Knights’ hall; and breakfast buffets sourced from local organic farms. Best of all, the hotel provides a free bus to nearby Ski-amadé, which offers 860 km of slopes, 270 lifts. and 360 different runs. You can also find a wealth of folky Christmas events, such as music performances, nativity plays, and holiday markets in the surrounding villages.Alberta, CanadaWho says castles only exist in the Old World? The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel rings in the holiday season with an abundance of events and special offerings that render its already palatial ambiance downright otherworldly. Set amid the magical snow-covered backdrop of Banff National Park, the hotel offers daily guided wilderness walks, classic Canadian winter sports like curling and ball hockey, backcountry snowshoe expeditions organized around themes such as local history and Hollywood backdrops (many scenes from The Revenant and The Bourne Legacy were filmed nearby), sleigh rides around Lake Louise, ice walks through a frozen canyon, and (of course) access to world-renowned powder runs.Fairmont Banff SpringsSince Canadian holidays are stacked back to back, why not chase your decadent Christmas Day dinner with a follow-up Boxing Day brunch? Stick around another week, and you’ll get to enjoy an intimate, locally sourced wine-pairing dinner in the hotel wine cellar, followed by a posh-as-can-be black-tie New Year’s Eve Gala in the Van Horne Ballroom. Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms last_img read more

Sovcomflot Gets USD 297 Mn Loan for Atlanticmax LNG Carriers

first_imgzoomIllustration; LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie. Source: Flickr – under the CC BY-SA 2.0 license; Image by: Kees Torn Russian shipping company Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has signed a new USD 297 million limited recourse credit facility to finance its two next-generation LNG carriers.The financing deal, with a duration of up to ten years, was concluded with three international banks – ING Bank, KfW IPEX-Bank, and Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank.As informed, the funds will be used towards pre- and post-delivery financing of two new 174,000 cbm Atlanticmax LNG carriers, which will operate under long-term charters to Shell.The first of these vessels is scheduled for delivery in H2 2020 and the second one in H1 2021.The addition of these vessels, which feature a slow-speed dual-fuel X-DF diesel engine and gas boil-off partial liquefaction system, will increase the group’s LNG carrier fleet to sixteen vessels.“SCF Group is pleased with this new LNG project financing with its long-standing financial partners…With the conclusion of this deal, the group has addressed in full its capital expenditure funding requirements for the next two years,” Nikolay Kolesnikov, Executive Vice-President & CFO of Sovcomflot, said.This deal follows a similar USD 149 million credit facility signed between SCF Group and the three abovementioned banks in November 2018. With these funds, Sovcomflot is to finance the construction of an LNG carrier, which will operate on long-term charter to Total.Sovcomflot currently has a fleet of 147 vessels with a total deadweight of over 12.8 million tons. Over 80 vessels have an ice class.last_img read more

HapagLloyd Ships Will Not Use Arctic Sea Routes

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license German shipping major Hapag-Lloyd will not use the Arctic shipping passages which are now open as the sea ice in the Arctic is melting.“Hapag-Lloyd does not use the Northwest Passage or the Northeast Passage as shipping routes right now, nor are there any plans to do so in the future,” Jörg Erdmann, Senior Director Sustainability at Hapag-Lloyd, pointed out.With its stance on the possible route through the Arctic, the German carrier joins French container shipping company CMA CGM. In August, CMA CGM said that none of its 500 vessels would use the Northern Sea Route along Siberia as it would represent “a significant danger to the unique natural ecosystems”.“The particles produced by the combustion of carbon-based fossils and fuels contribute to global warming, which can in turn harm our ecosystems. As long as there are no guarantees that these passages can be navigated without negatively impacting the environment, using them is out of the question for Hapag-Lloyd, as well,” Erdmann explained.According to Erdmann, the significance of the above sea passages for container shipping is still limited as the window of time during which ships can navigate through the Arctic region continues to be relatively narrow. At present, it would be difficult to use these routes regularly.“What’s more, since container ships operate in liner services, we must take a long and hard look at whether the time one might save from the shorter distances offered by using the Northwest Passage and Northeast Passage would result in genuine economic benefits, especially when taking into account the draughts of larger ships or the fact that ships would likely need to have the appropriate ice classes,” he continued.“Thus, all things considered, the desirability of using these passages much be very carefully weighed from both the ecological and economic perspectives.”With shipping routes across the Arctic being significantly shorter than the traditional ones, more and more shipping companies are investing in ice class vessels that are able to operate without icebreaking assistance.At the beginning of September 2019, the first working meeting of the NSR Public Council was held at the 5th Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok. During the meeting, Rosatom director revealed that about 80 million tons of goods is planned to be shipped annually via the Northern Sea Route by 2024.last_img read more

Premier Rachel Notley unveils carbon tax break for drilling companies

first_imgNotley later criticized Wednesday’s federal fiscal report for underplaying Western Canada’s oil price crisis, blamed on insufficient pipeline capacity to take away a glut of crude trapped in Alberta.She told reporters that if Canada’s manufacturing sector was suffering as much, it would have been mentioned in the first paragraph of the update speech.The CAODC, meanwhile, says it expects little improvement in drilling activity next year, calling in its 2019 forecast for an increase of 51 wells to about 7,000. That’s down from about 13,000 wells in 2014 before global oil prices crashed.“Other industries in the same situation would be holding their hands out for a government bailout. Yet instead our industry has only asked for government permission and support to get our products to market,” said association president Mark Scholz.“The lack of action and attention by the federal government to this pressing issue is deafening.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is handing out tax breaks for oil and gas drillers along with criticism of Ottawa’s lack of appreciation for how damaging are current price discounts on western Canadian oil.In a speech at a Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors event in Calgary, she announced her government would add oil and gas drilling to a list of trade-exposed industries exempt from the province’s carbon tax.The exemption, made retroactive to when the tax was introduced at the start of 2017, is expected to provide $750,000 to $1.5 million per year in relief for the drilling industry.last_img read more

Rabats American Peace Caravan Builds Interfaith Bridges to Curb Extremism Islamophobia

Rabat – As anti-Muslim sentiment appeared to have increased across the world, the agenda of the second edition of the American Peace Caravan has focused on new initiatives intended to dampen Islamophopia and extremism.The event, which took place from October 24 to 26 in Rabat, aimed to build a bridge of co-existence between religions. The conference participants wanted to find concrete ways to allow Jews, Christians, and Muslims to cooperate more as a collective of ethical communities rather than ideologically-drive self-interested lobbies, according to a statement issued by the organizers.The conference reunited imams, rabbis, and pastors from 20 countries, with the view to build peace by advancing human dignity and the common good. The religious leaders renewed their vows to the fight against extremism and religious violence through dialogue and respect among all religions.The second edition of the conference also highlighted a set of recommendations to eradicate Islamophobia, which was the result of a “clear lack of leadership,” according to a statement by the organizers.The event, which was held in cooperation with the Forum for Peace Organization (FFP), took place at the headquarters of Morocco’s Ministry of Religious Endowments and Islamic Affairs.The agenda of the three-day symposium included several workshops and discussions on different topics, including mutual vision amongst co-religionists and their impact on peace, the role of religion in public life and challenges facing co-existence and opportunities to enhance it.The FFP statement has also praised Morocco for hosting “graciously” the event under the patronage of King Mohammed VI.Speaking the opening session of the event’s second, Moroccan Minister of Religious Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Ahmed Taoufiq, and President of the Forum for Peace Organization, Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, stressed the importance of religious leaders in espousing the values of peace and in the protection of minority rights.The first edition of the Peace Caravan took place in Abu Dhabi, Emirate. The third edition of the event will be organized in Washington, US. read more

Moroccos Autonomy Plan Will Satisfy Sahrawi Hopes US State Dept

Rabat – The United States has once again reaffirmed its support for Morocco’s autonomy initiative regarding the Western Sahara question, designating it as a “serious, credible and realistic” end to the conflict.Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported on Wednesday night that the United States reaffirmed its support for Morocco’s plan, emphasizing that it “is able to satisfy people’s aspirations to manage their own affairs in peace and dignity.”“We maintain that the Autonomy Plan is serious, credible and realistic, and represents a bold approach to finding a definitive settlement to the Sahara issue,” added the US Department of State. The country’s support came amid escalation by the Algeria-backed Polisario Front in the buffer zones east of Morocco’s defense wall. Both the Moroccan cabinet and the United Nations have called for  for the immediate withdrawal of the separatist group.On Wednesday afternoon, Bourita met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to pass along a written message from King Mohammed VI.Bourita said that the monarch had also held talks with Guterres and shared his concerns regarding the situation in Bir Lahlou and Tifariti, where Polisario has been carrying out illegal military actions. The King  stressed that such actions violate the ceasefire agreement and UN resolutions and “seriously compromise the political process.”The monarch also reiterated that Algeria must bear full responsibility in the conflict: “It is Algeria that host, arms, backs up and brings diplomatic support for the Polisario.”Recently re-elected Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has also expressed his support for Morocco’s territorial integrity. The Egyptian president received Morocco’s President of Parliament, Habib El Malki, in Cairo, Egypt.During their meeting, Al Sisi expressed his country’s determination to raise to a higher level the centuries-old relations between the two countries.El Malki briefed the Egyptian President about the regional developments that threaten the Morocco’s territorial integrity, including the repetitive incursions by the Algeria-backed Polisario Front into the buffer zone and its ongoing attempts to change the status quo of the region.El Malki stressed that Morocco is committed to defending  its inalienable rights and sovereignty and remains determined to repel any provocations by the Polisario. read more

Casablanca Airport Arrests FrenchAlgerian Suspected of Funding Terror

Rabat – airport The 36-year old suspect was arrested on charges of financing terrorism.A statement from Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said that police arrested the suspect upon his arrival from Algeria. The accused has been the subject of an international arrest warrant by the French judicial police since April 22, 2016.Police put the suspect in custody under extradition procedures, according to the statement. DGSN added that the national police informed French authorities of his arrest. Read Also: Casablanca’s Airport Police Arrest Nigerian Traveler with CocaineIn November 2018, Moroccan police arrested a 34-year-old French national of Algerian descent who was also the subject of an international arrest warrant from France.The Algerian-Frenchman was suspected of robbery, firearm use, and escaping from prison.DGSN’s arrest aim to improve international security cooperation on combating cross-border organized crime and arresting wanted suspects. read more

Darfur UN and African Union envoys begin new round of consultations

8 April 2008The United Nations and African Union envoys spearheading efforts to bring durable peace to war-wracked Darfur are in Sudan this week for consultations with Government officials as they try to introduce new momentum to the stalled political process. Jan Eliasson of the UN and Salim Ahmed Salim of the AU are scheduled to meet in Khartoum with Sudan’s chief negotiator on the Darfur issue, Nafie al-Nafie; the former rebel and the current senior assistant to the President, Minni Minawi; and Foreign Minister Deng Alor, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters today.She said talks will then be held in Juba with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), the former rebel group from the south that is part of the Government of National Unity after the 2005 peace agreement ending the long-running north-south civil war.This week’s consultations are a follow-up to informal consultations held with regional partners and members of the international community last month, after which Mr. Eliasson and Mr. Salim stressed that repairing relations between Sudan and its neighbour Chad are a prerequisite to resolving the crisis engulfing Darfur.The porous border between Darfur and Chad has been the scene of tensions in recent months as Darfurians fleeing attacks on their villages cross into eastern Chad and Chadian rebels fighting the Government cross into Sudan.Ms. Montas said Mr. Eliasson and Mr. Salim will hold consultations from 15 to 20 April with those movements in Darfur that have not signed previous key peace accords and with representatives of civil society groups in the impoverished and arid region.More than 200,000 people have been killed and almost 2.5 million others displaced from their homes in the five years since rebels began fighting Government forces and allied militiamen known as the Janjaweed.The UN and AU have deployed a hybrid peacekeeping mission known as UNAMID to try to quell the violence and the humanitarian suffering but so far less than 10,000 personnel – out of the 26,000 expected at full deployment – are in place.UNAMID chief Rodolphe Adada also held talks this week with Mr. Alor and other senior Sudanese Government officials about the situation in Darfur, with their meeting focusing on enhancing security and protection of the civilian population, and on the status of deployment of UNAMID troops. Egyptian and Ethiopian personnel are slated to be deployed as part of the mission over the next two months. read more

Anti moneylaundering technology created by UN agency installed in Namibia

24 July 2008Information technology designed to help countries fight crimes such as money-laundering and the financing of terrorism has been installed at Namibia’s Financial Intelligence Centre with the help the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The software, called “goAML,” was created by UNODC to help financial intelligence and law enforcement agencies step up their fight against organized crime. The tool is also designed to be a low cost, off-the-shelf solution for developing countries that could not otherwise afford to develop such systems.According to UNODC, industry experts put the cost of similar software between $3 and $6 million on the open market. Meanwhile, “goAML” is supplied free of charge, with installation and licensing costs at about $200,000.At the request of Namibia’s National Bank, the new software will be used to process, analyse and report suspicious money transactions in line with domestic anti-money-laundering laws and regulations.The software can analyze large volumes of data and help identify and understand complex patterns of financial transactions. It also aims to introduce an element of standardization in gathering and processing financial intelligence information worldwide, with the aim of making international cooperation easier in the fight against financial crime.UNODC says the software will be installed in Pristina, Kosovo, next month and that the 108-member Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units is planning to test and evaluate it. read more

This 19yearold Montreal teen has raised over 200000 on Kickstarter for his

A 19-year-old entrepreneur from Montreal is taking on tech juggernauts Samsung and Sony by trying to launch a smartwatch.Like many startups, Neptune Computer Inc., has turned to an online crowdfunding platform to raise funding for a full launch of its product. Simon Tian’s vision for a better smartwatch quickly won over the community at Kickstarter. He hit his target of $100,000 in slightly more than 24 hours and passed $200,000 on Nov. 21 with 30 more days to continue to raise funds.He had the idea for his smartwatch, called the Neptune Pine, last year and visited factories in China to investigate what he could have built.“I learned that in 2013 it’s actually possible for small startup companies like us to develop products as competitive as what the big guys are coming up with, because material costs have been going down for years and they’ve been made accessible — all the different chips and components — not to only large orders but to small orders as well,” Mr. Tian said.“That’s what’s really permitting us to develop this product.”The first thing that stands out about the Neptune Pine is its 2.4-inch screen, which he admits looks large on a wrist. “Obviously the initial reaction will be, ‘Oh, it’s big for a watch!’ but we think a paradigm shift is going to be required in the future.”He decided a big screen was crucial to make a truly useful smart watch that could browse the web, launch Google Android apps and make calls. The watch also takes its own SIM card so it’s not dependent on a smartphone for a wireless connection. It can also connect to WiFi networks.Handout/The Canadian Press “Right now the biggest issue with smartwatches is screen size, the form factor is limiting it from replacing a fully functional smartphone,” Mr. Tian said.“[Current smartwatches] are all very good at specific things, like peering with your phone for notifications or tracking fitness data, but there’s no one single smart watch that can sort of do it all.”He contends the future of smartwatches lies in using flexible-screen technology, which many companies are working to commercialize. “It would basically circle around the wrist and when you remove it you would have a three- or four-inch screen that would be entirely large enough for smartphone functionability,” Mr. Tian said.He plans to produce at least 2,500 watches by January. A model with 16 gigabytes of storage will sell for $335, an additional $60 will buy double the storage.Mr. Tian is following the lead of another young Canadian entrepreneur who found success in wearable technology. Last year, 26-year-old Eric Migicovsky raised more than $10-million on Kickstarter for his Pebble watch, which connects wirelessly to a smartphone to display message notifications and launch apps.Check out Neptune Pine’s Kickstarter page at: Canadian Press read more

Over 25 Tamils on hunger strike

The Tamils had launched the strike on April 8 and have continued it since then with some of them falling sick.At least five of the protesters had been hospitalized after falling sick during the hunger strike. Over 25 Tamil asylum seekers are on hunger strike at a detention center in Melbourne, Australia.Media reports said that the Tamils are seeking their release from detention or be given asylum.

Statistics Canada says wholesale sales unchanged in July at 554B

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 21, 2015 6:44 am MDT Last Updated Sep 21, 2015 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Statistics Canada says wholesale sales unchanged in July at $55.4B OTTAWA – Canadian wholesale sales fell short of expectations in July as they held steady for the month at $55.4 billion, a hiccup among signs the economy is improving after a weak start to the year.Economists had expected a gain of 0.7 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.Statistics Canada said three subsectors posted gains, led by the machinery, equipment and supplies group, to offset losses in other sectors.In volume terms, wholesale sales fell 0.4 per cent.“Still, despite the slight disappointment in today’s wholesaling data, the strong gain in manufacturing volumes reported last week, in addition to the healthy readings we expect from retailing to be released on Wednesday, still augur for a decent July GDP advance,” CIBC economist Nick Exarhos wrote in a brief note.“That, in addition to the strong hand-off from the end of the second quarter, supports our view for a 2.7 per cent growth pace in the third quarter.”The machinery, equipment and supplies subsector gained 1.0 per cent to $11.3 billion, its second consecutive increase, helped by the computer and communications equipment and supplies industry.Wholesale sales in the motor vehicle and parts subsector rose 0.2 per cent to $10.3 billion in July, while the miscellaneous subsector rose 0.3 per cent to $7.0 billion.The food, beverage and tobacco subsector had the largest decrease in dollar terms as it slipped 0.5 per cent to $10.7 billion.The weaker than expected wholesale sales results came as TD Bank downgraded its outlook for the economy this year to growth of 1.2 per cent from its June forecast of 1.6 per cent.“Next year will see a return to growth of about two per cent, still about 0.3 percentage points lower than our June call,” TD said in a report.“Exports are a key underpinning to this firmer economic backdrop, highlighting Canada’s increasing dependence on factors outside our borders to propel growth.”TD predicted the Bank of Canada would keep its key interest rate at 0.5 per cent until 2017.In its latest monetary policy report, the Bank of Canada has forecast growth of 1.1 per cent this year and 2.3 per cent in 2016. read more

Put away your shovel Ondemand snow removal service launching in Maritimes

Sean Griffith from Moncton, N.B., has created an app that lets customers order one-time snow clearing services of their driveways via their smart phone. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marc Grandmaison by Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 27, 2015 11:44 am MDT Last Updated Dec 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HALIFAX – A New Brunswick man wants Atlantic Canadians to give their backs a break from shovelling this winter with a new on-demand snow removal service.Sean Griffith is launching an Uber-like snow removal service in the coming weeks in Moncton and Saint John, N.B., and Halifax, with plans to roll out the business soon after in Fredericton, Truro, N.S., Charlottetown and St. John’s, N.L.Griffith said the idea for Plow Me Out came after last year’s brutal winter in the Maritimes, which saw record breaking snowfall amounts.“Last year, people in this region got to the point where we just couldn’t shovel anymore,” said Griffith with a laugh.“After moving into our first house, we realized that we get a lot of snow and shovelling it ourselves really isn’t working. But we still weren’t ready to commit to a yearly contract and we tried to find somebody who could do it on a one-off basis, but didn’t have much luck.”Griffith said people will create an account on their website or through the Plow Me Out app and will answer a few questions about their driveway, which will render a quote.Once the snow clearing is requested, a notification goes out to an array of snow contractors in the area, he said.Customers will also be able to pay online through Plow Me Out from the comfort of their couch.He said the request can be made from anywhere, so travellers won’t have to dig their way into their homes when they return.Griffith said many plow operators have been receptive to the idea as it drums up new business and makes requesting a plow more accessible.“The service was developed from a customer perspective but also a snow plow operator’s perspective,” said Griffith, who co-founded the business with Joe Simms of Halifax. “A lot of companies like the idea because we’re delivering business directly to them.”Griffith said eventually, he hopes to expand his business countrywide.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter. Put away your shovel: On-demand snow removal service launching in Maritimes read more