India vs Australia: Pune pitch under scanner as 24 wickets fall in two days

first_imgWith 24 wickets falling in two days, the rank turner on offer at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune has led to questions being raised about the three curators in charge of preparing the pitch. (Tables turned: Australian spinners make India batsmen dance to their tunes)The local curator and former Maharashtra pacer Pandurang Salgaoncar, BCCI’s chief curator Daljit Singh and head West zone curators Dhiraj Parsana all of whom were present. (Steve O’Keefe’s spell of 6 wickets for 5 runs among best vs India in Tests)Two days before the Test started, Salgaoncar had announced that “ball will fly”, a theory that was rubbished by rival captain Steve Smith, who said that “ball will turn from Day 1″. (O’Keefe wary of strong India batting line-up despite 6/35)Salgaoncar’s comment were in complete contrary to what was on offer for first two days which has given rise to speculation whether local curator got a free hand or there was intervention from Daljit on Indian team’s insistence. (Steve O’Keefe’s spell of 6 wickets for 5 runs among best vs India in Tests)”Pandurang Salgaoncar is known to provide flattest of decks in Pune. If you look at Kedar Jadhav’s massive scores in Ranji Trophy, you would know. Only a month back, India and England scored 350 plus during ODIs. How come the character of the pitch changed diabolically?” questioned a former India player, who has played a lot in Pune. (Pune Test: India in deep trouble after Smith’s fifty, O’Keefe’s 6/35)The pitch wasn’t watered during last few days and the scorching heat added to cracks that are slowly opening up. (Stats: India’s worst seven-wicket collapse ever in Tests)advertisementPitch-vision #INDvAUS @Paytm Test Cricket pic.twitter.com/4EBxBVC4fa BCCI (@BCCI) February 23, 2017A senior BCCI official questioned Daljit’s role. (Virat Kohli out for duck for the first time in Tests in India)”Did Daljit get any specific instructions from Indian team management to prepare a certain kind of track? Or it was him who instructed Salgaoncar that pitch should be allowed to remain dry,” a senior BCCI official said.”I don’t think Indian team would have wanted a pitch that would have boomeranged this bad. But Daljit has always had this fascination to leave some grass on track,” the senior official, who has known Daljit over a decade, added.The other question that is now being asked is how come Daljit is being allowed to continue as he is pushing 80 years whereas strict guidelines have been led for administrators, selectors as well as employees.”There is Tapash Chatterjee of Rajasthan, Ashish Bhowmick of Tripura and Ankit Datta of Delhi — the younger lot of curators. Why aren’t these youngsters being given more responsibility?,” the official questioned.”Daljit is already 79 years old. If you can’t have national selectors above 60 years, if your administrators have to quit at 70 and employees are made to retire at 60, how come Daljit is still continuing. And if one feels that he doesn’t have a replacement, then one should question the innumerable workshop of curators that we have had over the years,” he concluded.Pitch side with the legendary Sunil Gavaskar and @cricketaakash #INDvAUS @Paytm Test Cricket pic.twitter.com/4FpNnLO0HI BCCI (@BCCI) February 24, 2017last_img read more

SPONSORSHIP-SPORTS2LT(BCM24)

first_imgThe report noted that team sponsorship in cricket grewThe report noted that team sponsorship in cricket grew 25.85 per cent in 2016 to Rs 429.4 crore from Rs 341.2 crore, while football saw a drop from Rs 99.0 crore in 2015 to Rs 98.2 crore in 2016.In terms of franchise fees, cricket saw a marginal de-growth of 0.97 per cent from Rs 340.1 crore in 2015 to Rs 336.8 crore in 2016.In other sports, the franchise contribution has shown a growth of 4.97 per cent from Rs 201.2 crore to Rs 211.2 crore in 2016, said the report. PTI DS NRB BASlast_img read more

Oppo F3 Plus: Full specifications, top features, India price & everything you need to know

first_imgChina’s leading smartphone maker Oppo launched new smartphone Oppo F3 Plus on Thursday at an event in New Delhi.  Just like the other Oppo phones, the main USP of Oppo F3 Plus is its selfie camera.  Also Read: Oppo F3 Plus with dual selfie cameras launched in India at Rs 30,990Oppo F3 Plus is company’s first device to feature dual selfie camera set up. The smartphone supports dual SIM and comes with an extra slot for microSD card. Priced at Rs 30,990, Oppo F3 Plus will compete against the likes of OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, Asus Zenfone 3 and Honor 8.  Here’s a closer look at it.SpecificationProcessor: The Oppo F3 Plus is powered by 1.95GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC coupled with Adreno 510 GPU.RAM: 4GBInternal storage: The Oppo F3 Plus comes with 64 GB internal storage  which is expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card.Variants: Oppo F3 Plus is expected to come in two colour variants- Black and Gold.Screen: 6.0 inches with 1080X1920 pixels resolution and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.Rear camera: 16-megapixel Sony IMX398 sensor with  phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash.Front camera: Oppo F3 Plus flaunts dual camera set up at the front- a 16MP primary camera and an 8MP secondary camera.Weight: Oppo F3 Plus feels heavy weighing 185g and the 6-inch screen makes it look like a big device in hand.Software: Android 6 aka Marshmallow with Oppo’s Color3.0 OS on top.Battery: 4000 mAh non-removable battery with VOOC flash charge support which according to company claims offers up to 2 hours of talk time in just 5 minutes for charging.advertisementSpecial featuresThe Oppo F3 Plus has several special features:– The smartphone sports dual selfie camera set up .– The Moto G4 Plus has a front-mounted fingerprint scanner.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4A set to go on sale in India today– The new Oppo F3 Plus  comes with Eye protect mode which acts as a blue-light filter for the display.– The phone comes pre-installed with Oppo’s  own beautification software.–  Oppo F3 Plus  also supports certain gestures such as drawing an O to start the camera and double tapping the screen to unlock it.Also know– The Oppo F3 Plus features a  Smart Facial Recognition feature that company says can automatically suggest the ideal lens for the shot.  — The other noticeable features in Oppo F3 Plus include Screen Flash and Palm Shutter feature.  There is also call shortcuts available in the smartphone.How to buy it: The new Oppo F3 Plus will go on sale from April 1 on  both online and offline platforms.  Pre-orders start today.India price: Oppo F3 Plus is priced at Rs 30,990.last_img read more

The Joys of Google Grants, Part 2

first_imgSource: frogloop, care2’s nonprofit communications and marketing blog – http://www.frogloop.com/care2blog/ In part one of this series, I discussed the first steps the National Women’s Law Center took when we initially received our Google Grant, and some of the challenges we faced getting started. Now, I’ll go into more detail on how we’ve maximized the use of our grant, and some of the benefits we’ve seen from it.Refining the ProcessFiguring Out What WorksOver the first few months of our grant, we continued to experiment with our ads and keywords, and to monitor how each of our campaigns was performing. Of the ten issue-based campaigns we started out with, we noticed that two of them – the ones focused on child care assistance and child support enforcement – were outperforming the others. They were maxing out their allocated daily budgets of around $30. So we directed more of our budget to those campaigns.We also held more brainstorming sessions on those issues and added new keywords that came out of those sessions. For example, when we brainstormed for additional keywords for our women and poverty campaign, we added terms like “poverty level” and “poverty line” to our existing collection of keywords (“low income women,” “poverty in america,” etc.) – and now those are getting among the highest impression counts of all our poverty-related keywords. And for our general women’s rights campaign, we added new phrases using the words “equal” and “fair” in broad match combinations we might not have thought of originally, like “women fair” and “equality women.” We’re seeing high impressions on those, too.Lo and behold, the campaigns started maxing out on their new, increased budgets. Over the next few weeks, we moved more and more of our budget into those two campaigns, as well as a few others that were also showing above-average performance. Soon, we were coming very close to using our overall daily budget of $330 every weekday. Weekends and holidays were always lower, and, much to our chagrin, Google won’t allow us to move any of our daily budget from weekends to weekdays. It’s $330 a day, every day, period. (Grr.) So we tried moving more of our budget into certain campaigns on the weekends, then moving it back on weekdays – and that helped, too.Making the Most of the News CycleIn September 2008, NWLC launched a voter education microsite that included a register-to-vote widget, and we started running Google ads on keywords like “register to vote.” Visitors who clicked on the ads were encouraged to complete the voter registration form on our site, sign our Pledge to Vote form, and check out our educational resources on women and voting.Surprise, surprise, a lot of people were searching on keywords like “register to vote” in September and October, and we got our highest numbers yet. So we moved a lot of our budget into those adsDuring the pre-election season, this was the ad that performed best for us:Now that the election is over, we’ve moved most of our budget back to our standard programmatic ad campaigns. But we’re continuing to add new campaigns when our issues are in the news. For example, when NWLC’s Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights, Judy Waxman, was interviewed on MSNBC in a story about the failings of the individual health insurance market when it comes to women, we ran special ads on keywords we thought people might search for after watching the piece.Back to BasicsWe’re still keeping a close eye on the performance of our campaigns, and experimenting with new topics, ads, and keywords.These are our best-performing “evergreen” ads – the ones that aren’t tied to a specific timely topic:(A note on that last one – yes, we do run ads using our organization’s name, and its common misspellings, as keywords. Although sadly our unabbreviated name is too long to fit the 25-character limit on ad headlines.)The PayoffIn October, at the height of the election season, we managed to go over our Google Grants budget, spending $10,212 and earning a click-through rate of 6.43% and a conversion rate of 2.10%. By November, when things had gotten back down to semi-normal, we spent $9,108.57 and had a CTR was 2.17% and a conversion rate of 4.40%.Other BenefitsWe’ve been pleasantly surprised by the additional, less quantifiable uses we’re finding for our Google Grant. For example, NWLC’s website is undergoing a redesign, but right now, our site isn’t very well optimized for search engines. However, our Google ads offer us a way around that. People who are searching for issues that we work on might not find our website in their first page of organic search results, but they may well see one of our Google ads. Then, they might click through, sign up to join our e-mail list, and spend time exploring our site, using our resources, and getting to know the organization. They might even make a donation or two.We’ve also found that the ads are a great way to test new messaging. We’ll create three or more ad variations for each campaign, and Google will tell us which version got the most clicks. These results can help us determine what messaging to use in our other communications. For example, we discovered early on that “Find out if your birth control is covered by your insurance” generated more clicks than “Does your health insurance plan include contraception?”Looking AheadWhen we were first starting out, our goal was to use as much of our budget as we could. Now, our goal is to increase our conversions – the number of people who click on an ad and then sign up to join our e-mail list, or download a free resource, or take another action. We’re paying close attention to how we set up our landing pages, conscious of the fact that people searching for information on low-income families in the United States might have different expectations from our website than people searching for information on the history of NWLC.We’ll keep refining our ads and keywords, and we’ll keep following the latest news and tips from the Google Grants blog. And we’ll keep trying new things and seeing what works. Without a doubt, that’s the best advice I can give to anyone working with Google Grants – experiment, experiment, experiment.last_img read more

Isn’t love funny?

first_imgWhat’s better at getting you through the work day than thinking of the people who love you? Laughing at the people who love you.Name: Jessica SoltWhat I do: Freelance Bilingual CopywriterWebsite: www.jessicasolt.comLocation: New York CityMug Story: I got this mug for my husband during a trip to Flushing, Queens. It was intended as a funny gift for him to LAUGH AND THROW AWAY. I didn’t want this as part of our mug repertoire. After he refused to get rid of it, we now use it for coffee and tea, and laugh at how ugly it is.Want to share your mug story with our members? Email us at lvanthoen [at] freelancersunion.org with your name, occupation, website, and mug story, and we may feature you in our blog!last_img read more

Europa League roundup: Wolves hit back to win while Rangers draw at Porto

first_img Facebook news Share via Email Qarabag and Apoel Nicosia played out a 2-2 draw in Azerbaijan in Group A but there were only two goals scored in Group H with Ferencvaros winning 1-0 away at CSKA Moscow and Espanyol triumphing by the same scoreline at Ludogorets.Gent hit back from two goals down to earn a point at home to Wolfsburg in Group I and St-Étienne and Oleksandria also cancelled each other out in a 1-1 draw.Roma top Group J but Lars Stindl’s stoppage-time penalty for Borussia Mönchengladbach earned them a 1-1 draw in Italy. Istanbul Basaksehir are second following a 1-0 win over RZ Pellets WAC.Defender Teun Koopmeiners scored twice as AZ Alkmaar thrashed Astana 6-0 to move up to second place in Group L. Sian Massey-Ellis runs the line in the 0-0 draw between PSV Eindhoven and LASK. Photograph: Pro Shots Photo Agency/Pro Shots/Sipa USA Wolverhampton Wanderers Reuse this content Share on Facebook Pinterest Share on Twitter European club footballcenter_img Europa League Topics Twitter Nuno Espírito Santo said he must find the cause of Wolves’ slow start despite their 2-1 win at Slovan Bratislava in the Europa League.Raúl Jiménez’s second-half penalty, five minutes after Romain Saïss’s leveller, earned the visitors a welcome comeback win. It was only marred when Diogo Jota was sent off after collecting two yellow cards in just 73 seconds.Andraz Sporar had given Bratislava the lead but Wolves recovered from a poor first half to move up to second spot in Group K.“Everybody is happy, the first half was not so good but the second half was very good,” Nuno said. “It’s something we have to analyse, why we required so much effort in the second half. In the first half we didn’t play so well, we conceded a goal and we cannot do that.”The majority of the 20,333 crowd were under 14 with Bratislava having given away tickets after initially being told to play the game behind closed doors by Uefa because of racist behaviour from fans in the play-off round.Nuno said: “We didn’t expect to play in a stadium like this but the message was clear. The children enjoyed themselves because some people did something wrong. I think that sends a good message. It was a good environment.”Braga, who lead Group K from Wolves by a point, won 2-1 away against Besiktas.The Rangers defender Connor Goldson claimed he had been hit with a variety of missiles during the 1-1 draw at Porto. The centre-back also thought Alfredo Morelos was struck as he celebrated scoring Rangers’ equaliser in a 1-1 draw at the Estádio do Dragão.Goldson pointed out what happened to the referee after the Colombian’s 44th-minute goal. He said: “There was a lot of lighters and coins getting thrown. I got hit by a lighter and a coin. I think Buff [Morelos] got hit as well.“Then the referee told me to stop [celebrating] and walk away and I just picked up the lighter and coin and told him but nothing got done. It’s crazy. I can understand having a passion for your team but at the same time they have come to watch us trying to do our best for our own team. I don’t think that’s acceptable.”The Rangers manager, Steven Gerrard, said: “I think that was our best performance in Europe for large parts. If we can find that consistently we’ll push this group right to the wire.”With Young Boys beating Feyenoord 2-0 to sit first, Gerrard’s team are in a healthy position with two of their three remaining games in Group G at Ibrox.In Group D, Sporting beat Rosenborg 1-0 with Yannick Bolasie getting the only goal of the game. In the group’s other match, Sian Massey-Ellis (�� left) became the first Englishwoman to officiate in a men’s European fixture. She was one of the assistant referees in a 0-0 draw between PSV Eindhoven and LASK. Rangers Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

Queensland All Schools- That’s a wrap!

first_imgThe world’s biggest touch tournament has come to a close for the 33rd year. A massive 5 days of touch saw some hot weather and even hotter talent- with over 400 teams and 5,000 students competing on the fields at the Whites Hill Touch Complex, Brisbane.Over 1180 games were played with teams battling it out for the 13’s, 15’s, 18’s Boys and Girls and 18’s Mixed titles.Peter Bell, founder of the All Schools Event, was excited about the event this year, and the talent that was on display. “On a personal level, I was extremely proud to witness what this event has become. I was present at the first Queensland All Schools in 1983, where 18 teams competed. It is a true honour to be present at the 33rd tournament and witness the impressive growth of the event. Not only has participation grown to over 400 teams, but the calibre and prestige of the event and every team is extremely excited and proud to win. “What hasn’t changed is the spirit of the tournament- the kids just absolutely love it to death. This year, I saw parents who played a kids and schools teachers who started their All Schools journey as students”, Bell told us. Congratulations, from Bell and TFA, to all teams who competed and special congratulations to those who took out the titles. All results can be viewed on the official Queensland All Schools website here.  Related LinksAll Schools Finalslast_img read more

10 months agoEverton, West Ham to try again for Porto forward Moussa Marega

first_imgEverton, West Ham to try again for Porto forward Moussa Maregaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePorto forward Moussa Marega remains on the radar of Premier League clubs.Marega is again being linked with Everton, with Correio da Manhã stating he is on the January radar.Marega has netted 11 goals and created a further six in 19 appearances for the Primeira Liga this term and West Ham are also interested.The 27-year-old is valued at around £35m and was also linked with the Blues a year ago.Everton boss Marco Silva is keen to boost his attack next month. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Shaqiri wants to stay at Liverpool

first_imgXherdan Shaqiri says he is determined to stay at Liverpool despite having to settle for a backup role at the newly-crowned European champions .The Switzerland international played 90 minutes just seven times in his debut season at Anfield – though one of those occasions was the stunning 4-0 win over Barcelona. With Mo Salah occupying his preferred spot on the right wing, Shaqiri knew he would face a tough task dislodging him from the starting XI when he signed, and he is happy to be part of the squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I’m at Liverpool FC, the best club in Europe,” Shaqiri told Goal and SPOX .”The manager has many good options and has to decide who can play. I knew before my transfer that the competition here is very tough.”I have a long-term contract and I definitely will stay.”Having signed from relegated Stoke City for £13.5 million ($17m) last summer, Shaqiri took to his role as an impact sub and contributed match-winning goals and assists against Manchester United and Huddersfield, finishing the campaign with six goals and five assists in all competitions.One of those assists came in the Barcelona victory – it was from his cross that Georginio Wijnaldum rose to head Liverpool level in the tie.It was his first European involvement since the group stage defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, but a vital one nonetheless and he is delighted to have played a part in bringing a sixth European Cup to Merseyside.”It’s a special moment for me standing here with the gold medal again,” he said.”I’m just proud and happy. I think I contributed my part to the title.”Shaqiri, 27, is contracted at Liverpool until 2023, and given his ability to provide a different threat from the bench it seems unlikely that Jurgen Klopp would be keen to lose him.He now has a second Champions League medal to add to his title with Bayern Munich in 2013, and will be looking to add a second Club World Cup win as Liverpool travel to Qatar in December.Before then, though, he turns his attention to international duty as Switzerland travel to the Nations League finals to play Portugal on Wednesday.If he can help his side to victory, he would likely come up against some Liverpool team-mates in the final, with England and the Netherlands doing battle on Thursday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Gov’t Places Priority on Improving Public Safety

first_img It represents a $7.5 billion or 61 per cent increase over the provision in the 2018/19 revised Estimates. The provision, which is 28 per cent of the Central Government’s $72.1 billion programmed capital expenditure, is the largest Ministerial provision earmarked for the new fiscal year. Finance and Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the National Security Ministry’s 2019/20 budgetary allocation of $20.2 billion reflects the priority being placed by the Government on improving public safety. Finance and Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the National Security Ministry’s 2019/20 budgetary allocation of $20.2 billion reflects the priority being placed by the Government on improving public safety.The provision, which is 28 per cent of the Central Government’s $72.1 billion programmed capital expenditure, is the largest Ministerial provision earmarked for the new fiscal year.It represents a $7.5 billion or 61 per cent increase over the provision in the 2018/19 revised Estimates.Dr. Clarke, who outlined details of the expenditure as he opened the Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on Thursday (March 7), said the allocation will facilitate implementation of new and ongoing projects under the Government’s Plan Secure Jamaica initiative.These include: $2.9 billion to complete the final phase of the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) Lathbury Barracks and phase one of Burke Barracks in Montego Bay, and upgrading of the Moneague Training Camp in St. Ann; $11.8 billion to continue acquisition of general and specialised equipment, including: coastal surveillance, telecommunications and cybersecurity tools, and aircraft and ships for the security forces; $1.8 billion to acquire patrol and other security vehicles, including approximately 1,000 motor vehicles for improved Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) mobility; $1 billion to renovate 60 police stations islandwide, and commence construction of an autopsy suite in Kingston; and $393 million to construct and improve correctional facilities.“The dedication of significant resources to national security arises out of the Government’s conviction that the high incidence of violent crime is a significant source of inequity in Jamaica. If we care about equity and justice, we must care about national security, not for some, but for all,” the Minister said.Meanwhile, Dr. Clarke said the second largest capital budgetary allocation of $18.4 billion will facilitate major infrastructure works being implemented by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.This includes: $4.8 billion to complete works along Mandela Highway in St. Catherine, Constant Spring Road and Hagley Park Road in Kingston, and the Ferris to Mackfield Road in Westmoreland under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP); and $586 million to continue civil works on the Broadgate to Aqualta Road in St, Mary, and achieve 100 per cent project completion during 2019/20.A sum of $8.4 billion is also provided for land acquisition, design, supervision and commencement of civil works along the south eastern road corridors and the May Pen to Williamsfield leg of the East-West Highway under the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project (SCHIP); $950 million to commence major development works in Montego Bay.In addition, $3.7 billion has been allocated to the Ministry of Health, with added support of $2 billion from the National Health Fund (NHF). Dr. Clarke indicated that $1 billion of the $3.7 billion is earmarked to fund rehabilitation works at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Drewry: Idle Boxship Fleet Increases across All Ship Sizes

first_imgzoom Growing overcapacity is causing an increase in the idle containership fleet across all ship sizes and apparently in all seasons and, according to shipping consultancy Drewry, it is likely that some of the newly idled ships will be sold for demolition, particularly the older Panamax vessels.Increased idling of boxships has happened on a larger scale, Drewry said, as the consultancy found that over 300 containerships, with a combined capacity of over 800,000 TEU, were idle in early July, supposedly the start of the Asian export peak season, while in July of the two previous years, less than a quarter of this capacity was idled.There are several factors which could have influenced these market developments.Namely, the peak season in the transpacific is rather weak with a combination of low freight rates and muted demand which “must have played a part in the unusual decision of carriers to lay up ships in July,” Drewry said. Furthermore, there are speculations that carriers are trying not only to park unused capacity but also to bring spot rates back up by increasing load factors on remaining active ships.Idle ships of 3,000-5,000 TEU and 5,000-8,000 TEU have become considerably more common than in the past two years, while there are only five very large idle ships of 13,000 TEU.As deliveries of new ships continue, carriers are starting to run out of options in how to deploy even their largest ships in today’s oversupplied market.An increasing number of Panamax ships with capacities of about 4,500-5,000 TEU are now idle, following the opening of the expanded Panama Canal, while even the smaller ship segment of less than 3,000 TEU is seeing a trend towards inactivity.As a percentage of the global fleet, the idle fleet this peak season represents about 4%, despite the increase in demolitions, up from just 1% this time last year, which “does not bode well for asset utilisation during the slow season,” according to Drewry.last_img read more

Monjasa Upgrades Panama Canals Bunker Fleet

first_imgzoomAccra; Courtesy of Monjasa Danish bunker company Monjasa has decided to introduce a larger and more modern tanker for bunkering activities in the Panama Canal.As part of the company’s move to rejuvenate the overall Panama Canal bunker fleet, Monjasa deployed the 2010-built, 8,800 dwt tanker Accra in the waterway.Accra arrived in Panama after forming part of Monjasa’s West Africa bunker operation. The company said that the tanker received all safety and operational approvals from the Panama Maritime Authorities and completed its first fuel supply at Balboa Anchorage on January 18.“Today, the total fleet of bunker barges in Panama holds an average age of 31 years and 3,100 dwt. So, employing our own quality tanker brings new opportunities for shippers transiting the Canal and further helps us challenge status-quo in the local market,” Monjasa Americas Managing Director, Rasmus Jacobsen, said.Monjasa manages two additional barges in the Panama Canal, one in Balboa and one in Cristóbal, and currently delivers around 40,000 tonnes of bunkers monthly.The company delivered 450,000 tonnes of marine fuel in the Panama Canal in 2018, being the second largest local bunker supplier. Global shippers take around 4.5 million tonnes of bunkers in the increasingly busy Panama Canal on an annual basis.last_img read more

Edmonton judge denies Omar Khadr eased bail conditions

first_imgEDMONTON – An Edmonton judge has denied former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr’s request for relaxed bail conditions and a Canadian passport.Justice June Ross said there’s no evidence of hardship or that the conditions are needlessly onerous.She said nothing has really changed since the last time Khadr asked for changes to his bail conditions and the restrictions he faces are reasonable.Ross said her decision is not etched in stone and conditions could change in the future.Khadr’s lawyer had argued that it wasn’t fair that his client’s life remains restricted by a stalled U.S. court process with no end in sight.Khadr, 32, has been on bail since May 2015 pending appeal of his conviction by a U.S. military commission on alleged war crimes.The appeal in the U.S. has stalled and Khadr has no idea of how long his bail conditions will last.Khadr wanted to be able to travel to Toronto without the approval of his bail supervisor to visit his family more easily and to make court appearances related to a civil lawsuit he faces.He also wanted unsupervised conversations with his sister and a Canadian passport so that he could make a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.last_img read more

BIG on Bloor Festival 2018

first_img Twitter TORONTO, June 21, 2018 – BIG on Bloor Festival opens its 11th year on July 21st with a pedestrian takeover of Bloor Street West, Dufferin to Lansdowne, from noon until midnight. New this year, Artsite x Bloordale extends from July 21stuntil July 28th with site-specific works curated by Festival Director Darren Leu. Installations by Camille Jodoin-Eng, Ness Lee, Janine Miedzik and celebrated Polaris Prize winning artist Lido Pimienta, along with murals by woodland style painter Brent Hardisty (Niiwin Binesi) and Lauren Pirie become locations for exchange and creativity.A vibrant Festival main stage programmed by Kvesche Bijons-Ebacher showcases Bonjay’s “dancehall-inflected R&B,” garage rock princess Luna Li, Brandon Valdivia’s solo project Mas Aya, plus Juliana Flores, Jeff Burke, TRiSH, doesntmatteritsokay, JoniGold, Ayrah Taerb and Blokoloko. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement JOUEZ Participatory/Performance Art Projects, curated by Carla Garnet, presents 12 original projects by local artists with practices reflecting the diversity of the community: Jackson Abrams, All Creative – Kwasi Agyei & Rachel South, City of Toronto’s “New Connections” artists curated by Claudia Aranab, Nic Cooper, Lauren Cullen presented by Xpace, Iain Downie, Nila Gupta & Natalie Wood, Addelle McCauley & Kate Starchild, Leslie McCue, Shantel Miller, Addae Nurse and Diana Yoo.How We Live In Cities offers ParkSite, a hub about parks curated by Dyan Marie. Acclaimed activities first featured in Dufferin Grove Park by CELOS, No Plastic In Parks by Stop Plastic, Spot Gardens garden-making and park-connecting by How We Live In Cities, ideas about the expansion and redesign of Wallace Emerson Park through ReImagine Galleria, and Park People, an organization with ideas on how to support parks. ParkSite also features an exchange with an 8-person artist team from Japan offering a cross-cultural park Q/A and art-making.Card-Yard presented by PULP: Reclaimed Materials Art and Design and curated by Rotem Yaniv constructs a new moveable sculpture made of reclaimed and cull lumber in addition to successful installations from previous years. PULP’s Ksenija Spasic invites participants to make art out of reclaimed plastic bottles, and Tijana Spasic and Anupa Khemadasa host “Warm Up To Me,” a living room on the street playing conversations with residents from different neighborhoods. Flamenco, poetry and prose, magic, and music by Ben Bootsma and Yola Beru animate the Cardyard stage.BIG on Bloor Festival is free and open to everyone. Advertisementlast_img read more

IT raids solar power group uncovers 1350 crore in tax evasion case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Income Tax department raided several premises of a leading solar power group and unearthed an alleged tax-evasion racket of around Rs 1, 350 crore, officials said onMonday. Authorities said the searches were conducted in the NCR, Bhopal, Indore, and Goa, based upon “credible information of large scale collection, possession and movement of unaccounted assets, a few weeks back”. They said this search operation was connected to the recent raids in Madhya Pradesh, where several people close to sitting Chief Minister Kamal Nath came under the scanner. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The raids, which were conducted on April 7, have revealed that the solar power group had allegedly set up a maze of shell companies through which Rs 370 crore was transferred under the pretext of bogus unsecured loans and share application money, claimed officials. In addition, documents revealing bogus billing of Rs 330 crore have been seized and it was found that the siphoned off money was allegedly received in US dollars through hawala operators. I-T officials also claimed that a handwritten diary has been recovered in which details of unaccounted transactions worth Rs 240 crore were found. The concerned persons have admitted to these entries, they said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KFurthermore, authorities have alleged that the group paid bogus loans of up to Rs 30 crore to one of its own companies and also inflated import invoices to the tune of Rs 252 crore. The seizures have also revealed that the group had allegedly made unaccounted foreign investments and expenditures, including paying a credit card bill of Rs 27 crore and purchasing a property abroad for Rs 72 crore. Apart from the above I-T sleuths also claim to have found evidence of Rs 9 crore paid to purchase a property, which remains unaccounted for. Rs 3 crore worth of unaccounted assets were also seized, officials said.last_img read more

HootSuite cuts jobs in shift of priorities for the social media management

VANCOUVER — HootSuite Inc. says it has reduced its staffing levels as part of a reorganization of its social media management business. The Vancouver-based company hasn’t said how many jobs are affected but CTV reports that more than 100 people were laid off Tuesday.Since HootSuite was founded in late 2008, it has grown into a leading supplier of technologies that companies and individuals use to manage multiple social media accounts such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.According to HootSuite’s website, it had more than 1,000 employees prior to the reorganization in Vancouver, Toronto and 10 cities around the world.A brief statement issued by HootSuite says the staff cuts were due to an alignment of its strategic priorities to serve its customers. The Canadian Press read more

Ragging forcing students to join private universities

Among the students arrested were four female students. The students were arrested after a female student made a complaint stating that she was ragged. (Colombo Gazette) He said the root causes of ragging must be looked into and measures must be taken to ensure severe forms of ragging does not take place. The Government says ragging is forcing students to join private universities and not State universities.State Minister of Higher Education, Mohan Lal Grero said that parents are scared to send their children to State universities. Seven students of the University of Kelaniya were arrested recently for allegedly ragging another student and were remanded till May 17. read more

Its Time to Take Another Look at E911

Implementing an NG911-based solution offers IT leaders the ability to simplify, and more importantly, improve accuracy of location tracking and transmission of relevant data to 911 operators. It’s likely, and hopefully guaranteed, that Avaya competitors in both the on-premises and cloud markets will develop their own equivalent capabilities, or partner with third-party 911 management vendors to support NG911. In the enterprise world, no such capability existed… until now. Avaya’s announcement, in partnership with 911 Secure’s SENTRY service, enables Avaya endpoints to recognize their location, and transmit it in real time to the NG911 Clearinghouse for Public Safety. The system also allows for transmission of external knowledge relevant to the call, such as floor plans, alarm or sensor data, or other information that potentially improves the ability of the 911 operator to optimize emergency services’ response to the call. What Enterprises Need to Know About 9-1-1 Bandwidth March 13, 2019 9-1-1 is constantly evolving, and can be a lot to keep up with. Get help from the experts. emergencyservices_744.png 911 Update: All About Location, Location, Location Martha Buyer November 05, 2018 The FCC outlines what it thinks constitutes necessary dispatchable location information for first responders. See All in E-911 » Narrowing Down Mobile Location, for Better or for Worse Michael Finneran November 06, 2018 Mobile technologies have given us an amazing array of tools to locate people and things, but in the end, money talks. Anyone familiar with 911 location management within an enterprise knows it can be challenging. Most current methods involve capturing fixed phone location using network polling, or tracking softphone and mobile UC clients using the app’s own ability, or that of a management plug-in, which detects that the client has moved to a different network and forces the user to confirm the correct location before they are able to make a call. Location changes are fed into a public safety database via scheduled updates from a corporate-managed repository, or are captured by a 911 management provider like RedSky or West Safety Services. As the world has transitioned away from fixed phones to mobile devices and softphones, the challenge of tracking increasingly mobile user location has grown exponentially more difficult. 911 Testing: Just Do It Darin Ward May 02, 2019 When implementing new communications platforms, don’t even think about skipping this step. For a deeper dive on NG911 and related 911 management topics, be sure to join me at Enterprise Connect on Monday, March 18 from 1:00 – 1:45 PM for my session, “Meeting the E911 Challenge.” 911 Location and the Enterprise: When Seconds Count Lev Deich February 04, 2019 With today’s 911 technologies, you’ve no reason to wait for a regulatory mandate to make sure employees are adequately protected. IT leaders should spend some time getting up to speed on NG911 and how it will change their current location management and 911 call routing approaches. The transition to NG911 won’t happen overnight, but it is clear that after many years of efforts by the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), vendors, and industry groups, that NG911 is finally arriving, and with it the potential to greatly improve caller location tracking and emergency services response. NG911 is based on a different approach — one that enables the phone to recognize where it is and transmit its location to a 911 call center at the same time the 911 call is placed. Phones make use of a variety of available information, including GPS, cellular triangulation, and/or information obtained from Wi-Fi access points to know where they are — the same sort of location awareness information used by applications and services ranging from Uber to weather apps to Waze. Last week, Avaya held Engage, its annual customer, partner, analyst, and consultant event. As my fellow No Jitter writer Zeus Kerravala noted, the event largely centered on Avaya’s advancements around its cloud strategy. However, another announcement coming out of the event may have more widespread impact — that of Avaya becoming the first UC vendor to announce that its unified communications solutions are Next Generation 911 (NG911) compliant. If you haven’t yet registered for Enterprise Connect, coming to Orlando, Fla. the week of March 18, do so now to take advantage of our Early Bird Rate. Plus, as a No Jitter reader, you can use the code NJPOSTS at checkout to save an extra $200 off your pass.Tags:News & ViewsNG911E911Avayalocation managementE-911MobilityVendor News Articles You Might Like In the mobile phone world, NG911 support is increasingly available. Apple iPhones have had the capability to use GPS, Wi-Fi, and cellular triangulation to determine their location since Apple’s launch of HELO (Hybridized Emergency Location) in 2015. In June of 2018, Apple added the capability for iPhones to transmit their location information to RapidSOS’s NG911 Clearinghouse for Public Safety. RapidSOS’s platform interfaces directly with existing 911 centers, enabling them to map the phone number of an incoming call to the actual location of the caller. Google also added support for Android-based devices to interface with the NG911 Clearinghouse for Public Safety in September of 2018. Log in or register to post comments read more

Lizard protections sought amid US oil boom

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A small lizard found among the dunes straddling New Mexico and West Texas in one of the nation’s richest oil basins is at the centre of a new lawsuit.Environmentalists want the federal government to add the lizard to the endangered species list. The fight stretches back to the Bush and Obama administrations and could affect part of the multibillion-dollar energy industry in the Permian Basin.The Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife filed their lawsuit Tuesday. It followed a listing petition that was filed in May 2018.The lawsuit claims more than 2.5 square miles (6.5 square kilometres) the lizard’s habitat was destroyed in the 18 months prior to filing the petition. The groups say the need for listing is urgent as drilling continues in the region.Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press read more

Security Council extends UN missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina Prevlaka peninsula

Since the end of last month, the UNMIBH mandate has been the subject of two brief technical renewals as Security Council members wrangled over the link between UN peacekeeping and the ICC, as the Court is known.After that issue was cleared through the unanimous adoption of a resolution blocking the Court from taking action against UN peacekeepers for a renewable 12-month period, the Council extended UNMIBH’s mandate through the end of this year. At that point, the UN Mission will be terminated, and the European Union will send a Police Mission (EUPM) to Bosnia and Herzegovina to build on the work done to date.The UNMIBH resolution also authorized Member States to continue for 12 months the multinational stabilization force (SFOR) which is working to implement the Bosnia Peace Agreement, and expressed the Council’s intention to review the situation with a view to extending this authorization as necessary.In addition, the Council recognized SFOR’s right to take “all necessary measures to defend itself from attack or threat of attack.”By the other resolution adopted today, the Council authorized UN military observers to continue monitoring the Prevlaka peninsula – a strategic area disputed by Croatia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia – through mid-October. That text also welcomed “continuing progress in the normalization of relations” between the two countries, and urged them to accelerate efforts towards a negotiated settlement. read more