IPL 2017: Aaron Finch, Andrew Tye heroics help Gujarat sink Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore

first_imgGujarat Lions dominated with both bat and ball to thrash Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by seven wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Thursday evening.Chasing a modest target of 135 runs, Gujarat crossed the line in 13.5 overs. Aaron Finch and skipper Suresh Raina played a crucial role with 92-run stand.Finch produced a whirlwind innings of 72 runs, hitting five boundaries and six sixes during his 34-ball stay in the middle, while Raina remained unbeaten on 34, off 30 balls with four hits to the fence and a six.This is the sixth defeat for RCB who are going through a poor run this season. They are now placed seventh in the eight-team table with a mere five points from nine matches with only two wins to their credit.They had suffered a humiliating 82-run defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Eden Gardens on April 23 when they were bundled out for a mere 49 runs which is the lowest-ever total in the IPL’s 10 year history.Gujarat registered their third win of this season to climb to the sixth position. They have six points from eight matches which include three wins and five defeats.Defending a modest total, the hosts were handed a glimmer of hope when West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree picket up wickets in consecutive overs.Badree struck the first blow for RCB in the third over when Ishan Kishan could not time his shot properly while attempting a sweep and was trapped plumb in front of the stumps.advertisementBrendon McCullum also did not last long as he was also dismissed by Badree. The New Zealand star stepped out to attempt a bit hit but miscued his shot only to be caught by A.B. de Villiers at long on.That was the only bit of success the hosts will enjoy in a long time as Raina and Aaron Finch proceeded to take on the RCB bowling.Raina enjoyed a major reprieve in the 10th over. The jampacked stadium collectively leapt to their feet when Raina holed out to the fielder on the deep midwicket boundary while attempting to hit Yuzvendra Chahal out of the park.But the joy of the RCB players and fans soon turned to disappointment when the delivery turned out to be a no ball.Raina and Finch made full use of the reprieve and continued to punish the RCB bowlers.By the time Finch holed out to de Villiers at long on when he mistimed a pull off Pawan Negi, Gujarat was well on their way to victory.Earlier, Gujarat produced a disciplined bowling performance to restrict RCB to 134.This was the second successive match in which the big three guns of the RCB batting line-up — Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and de Villiers — proved to be a damp squib.Negi was the highest scorer for the hosts with 32 runs off 19 balls which included three boundaries and two sixes.Kedar Jadhav, who smashed 31 runs off 18 deliveries, was the only other RCB batsman who managed to trouble the Gujarat bowlers.For Gujarat, Australian pacer Andrew Tye returned figures of 3/12 while left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja also picked up a couple of wickets.RCB skipper Virat Kohli was the first to go when he picked out Finch at short fine leg while attempting a big shot off young pacer Basil Thampi.Tye then took consecutive wickets with the first two balls of the next over. He struck a crucial blow with his very first ball of the match when he induced an outside edge off the dangerous Gayle with wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthick doing the honours behind the stumps.The Australian pacer then produced a similar delivery to remove Travis Head, whose edge travelled to Raina at first slip.Jadhav and de Villiers then tried to spark an RCB comeback, adding 36 runs between them off 26 balls after the former kicked off the partnership with three boundaries off Thampi in the sixth over.But the partnership did not last too long as Jadhav was removed by Jadeja. The batsman had exposed his stumps while attempting a late cut to third man, but he missed as the ball held its line and crashed into the stumps.RCB plunged into further trouble when a mix-up between de Villiers and Mandeep Singh coupled with an excellent piece of fielding by Jadeja saw the South African being run out.Negi then strode to the middle to play a slam-bang knock and produce a 40-run stand with Mandeep.advertisementIt was however, not enough to revive the hosts’ innings.By the time Negi hit an Ankit Soni delivery into the hands of Thampi at deep midwicket, the wind had been knocked out of RCB’s sails.last_img read more

Transas Middle East to Re-Equip JAMS with New Maritime …

first_img My location Transas Middle East, December 17, 2013; Image: Wikimapia 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Transas Middle East has won a contract to re-equip and expand Jordan Academy for Maritime Studies (JAMS) with new maritime simulators.The project includes relocation of existing navigational simulator NTPRO 5000 and Transas GMDSS Simulator 4000 (TGS 4000) Classroom and installation of the latest generation of the Transas Full Mission Ship Simulator NTPRO 5000 with 240 degree visualisation and real ship controls.The Transas NTPRO 5000 navigational simulator boasts visualisation system which offers the highest level of realism featuring wind-generated sea state and variable swell model with user-selected sea state spectrum, accurate vessel and wave interaction, full scene and environment reflection, and 3D bow waves and propeller wash, and associated floating object interference. New grounding, synchronous rolling, broaching and other modeling features make training close to reality. Integrated VHF, Intercom solutions, and voice communication are available for debrief and assessment. The new Full mission Ship Handling Simulator will provide opportunity for bridge team management training, including SAR operations. Print Closelast_img read more

Drewry Slow Dry Bulk Market Recovery Is Underway

first_imgzoom Moderating vessel supply growth over the next few years, combined with a mild improvement in the outlook for seaborne trade, is set to enable a reduction on chronic overcapacity and so mark a recovery in the dry bulk shipping market, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.Capesize one-year time charter rates are expected to double over the next five years from the lows of 2016.The reasons for a sharp contraction in the supply and demand gap are improving demand outlook coupled with a slowdown in vessel supply due to high scrapping and continued low deliveries along with scarce new-orders.“Dry bulk shipping has bottomed out and a market recovery is underway, albeit a slow one,” Rahul Sharan, Drewry’s lead analyst for dry bulk shipping, said.The impending additional cost of installing Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS) will force owners to keep sending younger tonnages to scrapyards, Drewry said, adding that owners have hardly been able to cover their operating costs and “the additional cost will mean increasing losses.”The continued scarcity of private equity has controlled new orders this year and investors are expected to keep shying away from the dry bulk market, thinning the orderbook even further over the next two years. This will ensure that deliveries remain low which in turn will limit supply growth.“With investment remaining out of reach from dry bulk owners, even a modest growth in demand will help support market recovery. Meanwhile, the increasing cost of running an old ship will mean more vessels go to scrapyards, tightening supply over the next five years,” Sharan added.By contrast, demand for dry bulk shipping is expected to grow strongly, as Brazil’s increasing share of Chinese iron ore imports drives higher tonne mile demand. Even if the Chinese iron ore trade does not rise as anticipated, a shift of sourcing towards Brazil will mean that the demand for ships will increase many fold, according to Drewry.Asian countries, including Vietnam, Korea and Taiwan are expected to ramp up coal imports as they open more coal-powered generating plants to support their growing demand for energy. Drewry is expecting coal demand to keep increasing over the next five years.last_img read more

Child mortality declining in Ethiopia but more progress needed – UNICEF chief

26 February 2007Child mortality in impoverished Ethiopia has fallen over the past 15 years and steady development progress is being made in other areas as well, the visiting head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said, while stressing that more work is needed to build on these successes. Child mortality in impoverished Ethiopia has fallen over the past 15 years and steady development progress is being made in other areas as well, the visiting head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said, while stressing that more work is needed to build on these successes. Under-five mortality rates have steadily declined to 123 out of every 1,000 live births, down from peak levels in 1990 when 204 out of every 1,000 children died before the age of five. However with close to 400,000 children under five still dying from preventable causes each year, Ethiopia continues to have one of the highest child mortality rates in the world. “Child mortality in Ethiopia has declined by 40 per cent in the last 15 years. We must build upon these gains to further improve the lives of children,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman, while highlighting the importance of the Government, affected communities, donors and UN agencies working closely together for development. “Partnerships are essential for Ethiopia’s success against the challenges of poverty, disease, nutrition, protection and education. We must act with urgency and build on our achievements so that Ethiopia’s children not only survive, but thrive.” The Enhanced Outreach Strategy for child survival – the largest ever collaboration between the UN and the Government of Ethiopia – and the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) campaign, are two examples of these partnerships. Ms. Veneman’s trip to Ethiopia, which included visits to a commercial flower farm and a coffee cooperative, also saw her participate in the opening of the Plumpy’Nut factory in Addis Ababa, which is producing a ready-to-use-therapeutic food. “Therapeutic foods such as Plumpy’Nut will help save the lives of severely malnourished children and help fight malnutrition across the country,” she said. read more

Afghanistan UNbacked immunization drive starts amid calls for end to violence

The three-day immunization drive aims to take advantage of the window of opportunity for accessing children in need created by the Peace Day campaign, which began on 19 July when the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) teamed up with Jeremy Gilley, founder of Peace One Day, actor Jude Law and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to promote the International Day of Peace – marked each year on 21 September.“We call again upon the entire community, every woman, man and child, to support genuinely and in whatever way they can this effort for a real Peace Day in Afghanistan,” UN Deputy Special Representative Bo Asplund said. “To save even a single life is a success.”Afghanistan is one of four countries, along with India, Nigeria and Pakistan, that still suffers endemic polio. Many districts in the southern part of the country have been missed in previous polio immunization drives due to insecurity. According to UNICEF and the UN World Health Organization (WHO), five children have been paralyzed from this preventable disease in recent weeks. Meanwhile, in the lead up to Peace Day, UNICEF and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have urged that children and teachers at schools and literacy centres around the country be protected from all acts of violence. The education programmes serving over 6 million children and the UN joint literacy programme for 120,000 people in Afghanistan are the “keys to empowerment of every Afghan child and family and necessary steps towards peacebuilding in a country that has experienced over two decades of conflict,” the two agencies said in a joint statement issued today in Kabul.Security incidents in schools and threats against students and teachers in Afghanistan have spiked in recent months, disrupting education in the country, which this year has seen some of the worst violence since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Over 30 attacks against schools, many involving the torching or blowing up of school premises, have been reported in all parts of the country in the first half of this year. In addition, deliberate attacks on girls and female teachers have resulted in at least four deaths and six injuries in the same period. The UN will also mark Peace Day by declaring the Saighan district of Afghanistan’s Bamiyan province a Peace District on Friday. As many as 70 different sorts of weapons and ammunitions are expected to be surrendered by some 13 commanders of local armed groups in the province, under an operation run by the Afghanistan New Beginnings Programme (ANBP).The ANBP is a project of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) that was created in April 2003 to assist the Afghan Government in implementing disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR). 19 September 2007United Nations agencies have teamed up with Government health workers to carry out a polio immunization drive in insurgency-affected areas in southern and eastern Afghanistan, just days before the end of a nine-week campaign aimed at achieving an end to violence in the strife-torn nation on and around 21 September, Peace Day. read more

Cyclonic storm Mora brings more rain and strong winds

Strong winds of around 80 kmph can be expected over the country (These wind conditions are especially expected over the western slope of the central hills) and surrounding sea areas. Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, North-western and Central provinces. Heavy falls above 100 mm can be expected at some places (Particularly in the Western slope of the central hills). The depression in the East-central Bay of Bengal has intensified into cyclonic storm ‘Mora’ but is moving away from the island.Under it’s influence cloudy skies, windy and showery conditions are expected over the country, the Department of Meteorology said. read more

Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 16 January 2015

DOWNLOAD1. Second phase of £5 million ULEV-scheme2. DfT releases publications on road traffic usage trends3. EU Commission approves new rural fuel tax cut4. Government completes next stage in apprenticeship reform5. Low Emission Strategy for Scotland6. £4 million for local transport in rural and isolated areas7. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Ohio State womens soccer works to scoreless draw against Wisconsin

OSU sophomore midfielder Nikki Walts (4) dribbles the ball during a game agaisnt Minnesota on Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost 2-1. Credit: Sam Harris / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s soccer team reached the midway point of their season Sunday afternoon in relatively uneventful fashion, drawing a scoreless tie with the Wisconsin Badgers.OSU coach Lori Walker said she was disappointed the team could not pick up a win, but she was encouraged by its overall effort.“I think we have got to take responsibility for the execution of our finishing, and it’s not sharp enough yet,” Walker said. “We created some great chances, but great chances don’t earn you points. I’m appreciative of our effort and the work we put into 110 minutes of soccer, but we are disappointed that we couldn’t walk away with three points.”A crowd of 1,174 was on hand to watch the No. 20 Buckeyes (5-2-2, 0-1-1) face the Badgers (3-4-3, 0-1-1) in the team’s second conference match.In the first half of play, the Buckeyes outshot the Badgers 7-5, and 3-1 in shots on goal. Wisconsin sophomore goalkeeper Caitlyn Clem stood strong with three saves to keep the half scoreless.The second half started quiet until OSU redshirt junior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker slid in the box to corral a loose ball. She took a hit from a Badgers player and was replaced by freshman goalkeeper Devon Kerr in the 63rd minute of play.Kerr, who had made three appearances prior to Sunday’s game, said she was excited for her chance to get in a game in a key spot.“Obviously (I was) nervous, especially being a freshman. I felt a little bit shaky coming into it, but I took it with great excitement,” Kerr said. “Our team was in a really good spot. I wanted to do whatever I could do to make a difference in the result of the game.”Eight minutes later, she made her presence felt with a lunging save against Badgers freshman midfielder Victoria Pickett, the first of four saves on the day for the Ontario product.“I came out with a couple of big stops, but my team did an amazing job defending,” Kerr said. “I think as a team today we did very well, and I think that I did help a lot with it.”The game almost came to a close in regulation as sophomore forward Sammy Edwards had two close shots in the final two minutes of the second half. Clem stood tall, and the game went to overtime.The extra period saw plenty of action as the Buckeyes and Badgers combined for six shots, three for each team. Both teams also had a goal disallowed during the extra action.Following Sunday’s game, the Buckeyes are halfway through their season. Walker said she is happy with the way the team is adjusting at this point in the season but still sees room for improvement.“I think we are adapting and adjusting much faster than we were in the beginning of the season,” she said. “Clearly we have got to take care of business in that final third and inside the box a little bit better, but I’m pleased with the adjustments they’re making on the fly.”The back half of the Buckeyes’ schedule is road heavy, with the next three games being away from Columbus. Walker, however, said she sees that as a positive.“In some ways being on the road is easier because you can control almost everything that’s going on,” Walker said. “I think we traditionally do pretty well on the road and we just take them one game at a time.”The Buckeyes are next set to take the field on Friday in Iowa City, Iowa, as they face the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. read more

ILO says unemployment in the Caribbean dipped slightly in 2018

LIMA (CMC) – The United Nations’ International Labor Organization (ILO) says unemployment in Latin America and the Caribbean dipped slightly in 2018 after figures steadily increased for three years.In its Labour Overview 2018 regional report, the ILO said the unemployment rate in Latin America and the Caribbean fell slightly to 7.8 per cent in 2018, compared to 8.1 per cent in 2017.“In a context of slow economic growth, the improvement in the unemployment rate has been modest,” said ILO interim Regional Director Carlos Rodriguez on Wednesday, adding that there is a need “to increase the speed at which we generate more and better jobs”.He said that the latest figures, which are based on data collected in the first nine months of 2018, mean that some 25 million women and men in the region are unemployed.ILO Regional Economist Hugo Ñopo warned that youth unemployment in the region was at alarming levels.He said one in five of those aged 14-25 were looking for but failing to find work.The report also highlighted the need to step up efforts to reduce gender inequality in the world of work.Women’s labour force participation rate remained constant in the first nine months of 2018, at 50.3 per cent, which is 20 percentage points below that for men, according to the report.In the same period, it says the unemployment rate for women reached 10 per cent, compared with 7.3 per cent for men.While the average unemployment rate for the region fell, at national level, it increased in 10 countries and fell in seven, the report says.It says the decrease in the regional rate was largely driven by an improvement in Brazil – home to 40 per cent of the region’s economically active population – which saw its unemployment rate fall by 0.6 percentage points.The report says that real minimum wages increased both regionally and in 12 of the 16 countries that provided data.The report says one million jobs could be created if an International Monetary Fund forecast for 2.2 per cent growth in 2019 is realised.But it also warns that future trends in the region “remain uncertain, amid labour market vulnerability to political, trade and investment fluctuations.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUrban unemployment will keep rising in Latin America, Caribbean – ECLAC/ ILO reportOctober 19, 2017In “Regional”Over 50% of elderly in the C’bean without pension — studyMay 24, 2018In “Regional”Despite progress, inequalities persist for women in labour market- ILOMarch 8, 2018In “Business” read more

WHAT A MATCH Lions with 7 to Barca

← Previous Story EHF CUP: HCM Constanta close to F4 in Berlin! Next Story → HAND OF GOD: What do you think you’re doing, Uwe? What a spectacular match in Mannheim SAP Arena! Rhein Neckar Lowen celebrate important victory over FC Barcelona 38:31 (22:14) in the first match of the VELUX EHF CL TOP 8 in front of 13.200 home fans! What we have seen in the first 45 mnutes by home squad led by Niklas Landin (16 saves) and Uwe Gensheimer (14 goals) was something from another dimension, some piece of handball future. Unbeliavable rhytm, great saves, spectacular goals, everything was packed in the team of Gudmundur Gudmundson, which had the highest advantage +11 – 30:19 in 39th minute, when Barca was on their knees, but they couldn’t finished on the same level.Arpad Sterbik saved Barca tonight. Spanish goalkeeper saved a few shots, stopped Gensheimer and buid self-confidence of Barca’s defense. At the end, Spanish squad left the court with -7…Uwe Gensheimer scored 14 goals from 17 shots for the winners, while Kiril Lazarov scored 10 for Barca… Rhein Neckar Lowen – FC Barcelona 38:31 (22:14)RNL: Gensheimer 14(3)/17, Myrhol 6/7, Schmidt 2/4, Peterson 3/6,Groetzki 5/5, Landin 16 saves, Gorbok 1/2, Du Rietz 6/7, Guardiola 1/1FCB: Lazarov 10(7)/13, Noddesbo 3, Tomas 1/4, Rutenka 2/7, Entrerios 4/6, Karabatic 4/7, Sarmiento 3/4, Juanin 2/5, Gurbindo 1/2, Sterbik 7 saves, Saric two saves read more

Hearst Magazines Survives Roller Coaster Year

first_imgIn June, David Carey will mark his fifth anniversary as Hearst Magazines president, and a New Year’s Day tradition of his (begun over a decade ago when publisher of The New Yorker) is to look back and look ahead in a letter to colleagues.In his 2015 message, Carey acknowledged that Hearst Magazines did not escape the “roller coaster of a year” that 2014 was for the media business as the unit “experienced a mix of both growth and turbulence.”There’s more coming in 2015 though, including the launch of a new title. Carey didn’t provide details though, only saying the company is exploring options with several joint-venture partners at the moment.Perhaps the most notable “turbulance” was putting Seventeen under the auspices of Cosmopolitan, and how well the newly-formed Millennial Group fares under Cosmo publishing director, Donna Kalajian Lagani, and editor-in-chief, Joanna Coles, in 2015.The overall corporate growth led Carey to declare that the privately-held Hearst Magazines “posted the best performance in the industry” in 2014. Highlights included:The launches of Dr. Oz the Good Life and Trending NY in the U.S. stood out, as well as a number of international launches for Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire and Town & Country. Extensions in the U.S. and abroad will play a role going forward.Editorial innovations led by Good Housekeeping‘s redesign engineered by new editor-in-chief, Jane Francisco, and “crossover content” between Food Network and HGTV. Both magazines are Hearst Magazines partnerships with Scripps Networks.The 147-year-old Harper’s Bazaar and the 20-year-old Marie Claire “beat their own best [advertising] performances once again.”The company leaned on its B2B operations which grew rapidly through both organic growth and acquisition, helping to “counterbalance the volatility of the media businesses.” (Hearst Corp. president and CEO, Steven Swartz also highlighted Hearst Business Media’s performance in 2014 in his year-end letter to employees, calling it the company’s fastest growing division.)Digitally, monthly unique visitors to Hearst Magazine titles doubled in 2014 (excluding December) to 112 million, and social media followers increased 90 percent to 63 million “as audiences engage with us on every platform imaginable.”The Nick Matarazzo-led Jumpstart, the digital marketing company tied to both Car and Driver and Road & Track, “turned in a terrific performance, by far the best in its history.”Cosmo‘s “24/7 English-language newsroom” providing content worldwide was made possible by the time differences between the sources in the U.S., U.K. and Australia.O, The Oprah Magazine‘s “Circle of Friends” premium subscriber initiative, which is nearing 10,000 members at $199 per year in spite of starting “with minimal marketing” last fall. Two other Hearst Magazines (not named) will test premium initiatives in 2015.Plenty of work awaits Carey and Hearst Magazines management in 2015, but so, too, is the celebrating, with O turning 15; Elle, 30; and Car and Driver, 60.last_img read more

Sunday night shoot spree results in no injuries

first_imgFew details are available about Sunday’s 3 am drive-by shooting in Anchorage near 47th Avenue and Arctic Blvd. An Anchorage party bus with 17 people inside was shot 10 times by at least four different guns. Bullets entered through the back window and the body of the 28-passenger vehicle. No one was injured.Left: Markers showing where APD found bullet casings.Right: Bullet holes in the Anchorage Limo and Sedan vehicle.Photos courtesy of APD.The police contacted the driver about three and half miles away near Lake Otis and Northern Lights. All of but one of the occupants had fled when the bus stopped. The remaining witness told police she didn’t know why anyone would shoot at the bus. They had been at Al’s Alaska Inn for about two hours before the shooting. She said she didn’t know about any fights there.Police are still trying to identify the shooters and locate people from the bus. They photographed and collected more than 30 shell casings at the scene. They say incidents like this are very rare.last_img read more

If youve reported a sexual assault to Alaska State Troopers a UAA

first_img“They’re talking with me to help change the system and make it better,” Johnson said. “And then the second part,” Johnson explained, “we start to talk about what justice means for them in these types of cases, and whether they think justice was done in their case, and what kinds of things people could have done differently to make them feel like justice was done, what kind of recommendations they have for making improvements.” “I’m asking them to talk to a stranger about something very traumatic and personal,” Johnson said. “I can promise confidentiality, so I can promise that I’m the only person who would know their name and that they did participate.” Every interview begins the same way: by asking about the assault. Answering is optional. From there, Johnson asks about the experience of reporting the assault and about how the case was handled. Adults who reported a sexual assault to state troopers between 2006 and 2016 are asked to take part. If you’d like to participate, you can call Johnson at 907-786-1126 or email idjohnson@alaska.edu. Contacting her does not mean you have to do the interview. Johnson is also interviewing the professionals who handle sexual assault cases once they’re reported, including people working in law enforcement, criminal justice, health care and advocacy. Dr. Ingrid Diane Johnson is an assistant professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center. She knows that she’s asking people to do a hard thing: talk with her about their experience reporting sexual assault to state troopers. Participants get a $45 gift card, but that’s not why they’ve been sharing their stories. Alaska has one of the nation’s highest rates of sexual assault, and the state wants to improve how it responds to people who report these crimes to the Alaska State Troopers. A researcher leading a study on the topic is asking victim-survivors for help. “People are free to reach out to me just to ask questions or just to feel me out, talk to me a little bit and see if they even feel comfortable talking with me,” Johnson offered. “I’m happy to have a lot of initial conversations before someone even commits to doing an interview.” The Alaska Department of Public Safety hired Johnson for the project using federal funds.last_img read more

RMG workers protest at fellows termination

first_imgPeople suffer after readymade garment workers put barricade on the main road in Abdullahpur area on Thursday. Photo: UNBReadymade garment workers put barricade on the main road in the Dhaka’s Abdullahpur area halting vehicular movement for around two and half hours on both sides of House Building to Abdullahpur on Thursday, reports UNB.Employees of ‘Top Jeans’ in Hazipara of Uttarkhan came to the street around 11:00am protesting at the dismissal of some of their fellow workers from the factory.At one stage, they started demonstrating on the main road and went to Abdullahpur and put barricade there around 12:00pm halting vehicular movement on the busy road, said traffic inspector Asad of Abdullahpur.Although vehicles were diverted from Abdullahpur to House Building to keep the vehicular movement normal, huge traffic clog had surrounded the area, said another police officer.Additional police forces were deployed to bring the situation under control.Later around 2:30pm, the agitated workers withdrew the roadblocks after being assured that their demand would be met, said deputy commissioner of Uttara division Nabid Kamal Shaibal.He also said the vehicular movement from the Airport to Abdullahpur became normal after 2:40pm.last_img read more

Tiger on Delhis mind

first_imgA leading telecom company recently tied up with Galerie Art Eterne to mobilise the art world and unleash their vision of the tiger on the canvas. The art project ‘Strokes for Stripes’ featured various artists who showcased their imagination of the tiger, the national animal and pride which is sadly on the verge of extinction.The works of the artists culminated in the form of a calendar for 2013. These soul stirring art pieces were subsequently auctioned to raise funds to highlight the need of tiger conservation and create awareness for the cause. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Vivek Menon, executive director, Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) said: ‘Wildlife conservation would not be possible without support and funding from charitable organisations, institutions and individuals. CSR focus on wildlife has also been on a rise in the country, which is a positive trend.’Eminent artists whose works were showcased included Arpana Caur, Jai Zharotia, Niladri Paul, Prof. Niren Sengupta, Sanjay Bhattarcharya, Ajay Zharotia, Krishnendu Porel, Pratul Dash, P. Shivani Bhardawaj, Amarendra Maharana, Prittam Priyalochan, Sandeep Jigdung and Vinita Dasgupta. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘I am proud to be a part of this cause. Doing my bit for this social cause gives me an inner satisfaction, that is all I wanted to do,’ said P. Shivani Bhardawaj, whose portrait was sold for Rs 2 Lakh at the auction.The portraits which were originally priced at Rs 1 lakh each were sold for Rs 3-4 lakhs at the auction. The proceeds from the auction were donated to WTI, the initiative’s cause partner who will channelise these funds for ‘Save Our Tigers’ initiative.The event witnessed performances by Louis Banks, a Grammy Award nominated music composer and adman-lyricist Prasoon Joshi who wrote a few lines especially for the occasion. Diverse groups such as artists, environmentalists, conservationists were present at the event, to lend their support to the cause.last_img read more

Not just moms expectant dads get depressed too

first_imgWhile “baby blues” as well as prenatal depression are linked mainly with women, researchers have now found that a significant number of first-time expectant fathers too experience depression during their partner’s pregnancy.The findings may have important clinical implications for depression screening and early prevention efforts in expectant fathers.“The mental health of men remains a neglected area of research and one that is not adequately addressed during the transition to parenthood,” said senior study author Deborah Da Costa, associate professor at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The research team recruited 622 men in Canada over a period of one and a half years. Expectant fathers completed online questionnaires measuring various factors such as mood, physical activity, sleep quality, social support, marital adjustment, financial stress, and demographics, during their partner’s third semester. Researchers found that 13.3 per cent of expectant fathers experienced elevated levels of depressive symptoms during their partner’s pregnancy. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMost of the factors associated with depression in men were identified to be modifiable, meaning that tools are available to help cope with these difficulties. The researchers also found that men who were having sleep difficulties were more at risk of experiencing depression.“These are important signals because some of these factors may worsen in postpartum; certainly sleep will be compromised in the first years,” Da Costa explained.The findings appeared in the American Journal of Men’s Health.last_img read more

Sampriti flyover to be inaugurated before Durga Puja Firhad Hakim

first_imgKolkata: State Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim expressed his optimism that the Sampriti flyover, connecting Jinjira Bazar to Batanagar, will start operation before the Durga Puja.”I am hopeful that construction work of the flyover will be over within a month. In the meantime, we will have the necessary safety certificates in place to make the bridge operational,” Hakim said after inspecting the progress work of the elevated corridor on Saturday along with engineers of the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), which is the implementing agency for the flyover. Senior officials of Larsen & Toubro (L&T), the executing agency, were also present. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe minister said he would be seeking time from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and request her to inaugurate the flyover before Durga Puja. He further informed that the road under the flyover that has been damaged due to the construction work will also be spruced up on a war footing. “As soon as the flyover is ready for vehicular movement, we will close the road underneath for repair work. It will be repaired by December 1,” Hakim maintained.The minister also assured that the level of drains on either side of the road underneath the flyover that has got elevated due to “faulty” work will also be levelled in a proper manner soon after the flyover’s construction is complete. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe flyover whose length is 6.8 km is expected to reduce the travel time from Batanagar to Taratala to a little more than 10 minutes from half-an-hour.”We will be taking up widening of roads, construction of surface drains in such a manner that it will keep the provision of junction improvement at the Jinjira Bazar crossing so that the project’s purpose of fast-tracking vehicular movement is served,” a senior KMDA official said.It may be mentioned that the flyover will be the first in the city to be built on a PPP model. The Centre will bear 35 percent of the cost since this is a JNNURM project. The Centre has sanctioned Rs 86.8 crore for the same. The rest has been borne by the consortium of River Bank Holdings and its joint venture partner L&T Dabriwala. The total cost is estimated to be around Rs 355 crore.Sources in the Urban Development department said the Chief Minister has future plans of taking one flank of the flyover to Joka and another connecting Tollygunge Phari, Anwar Shah Road and Jadavpur, right up to Garia.last_img read more

Snapchat Acquires 3D Photo StartUp

first_imgJune 6, 2016 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Snapchat in 3-D? The popular social network has reportedly acquired 3-D photo app service Seene.According to TechCrunch, the low-priced purchase was made “a couple of months ago,” though neither company has officially confirmed the deal.Seene makes “computer vision technology” for mobile devices, including 3-D scene reconstruction, object tracking, augmented reality and 3-D face capture — the latter of which is a very Snapchat-friendly quality. The system (see video below) launched in September within the Seene app, and promises real-time, high-resolution 3-D facial capture on iOS and Android.Neither Snapchat nor Seene immediately responded to PCMag’s request for comment. The startup’s website shows no signs of a change, still listing San Francisco and London as its shared home; TechCrunch says the team will relocate to Los Angeles.In April, Snapchat added the ability to face swap with photos from your phone’s camera roll. Ever wonder what you’d look like as your cat? Or with your best friend’s flawless skin? Hold the screen over your face to launch the app’s selfie features, then swipe to the “Face-Swap From Camera Roll” lens. The program automatically scans your photos for faces, surfacing all applicable options.It’s functions like that which attract an estimated 150 million people every day to the application, which recently bested Twitter’s estimated 140 million daily users. The micro-blogging site — once the number-two social network behind Facebook — has also been eclipsed by Instagram, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Urban businesses push Ottawa to improve airports to attract tourists

first_img Posted by MONTREAL — A coalition of business leaders in Canada’s largest cities is putting pressure on Ottawa to reduce security screening times and cut travelling costs to bolster a prime engine of the country’s economy.In its first political foray, the Canadian Global Cities Council is pushing to make airports more internationally competitive in order to attract more tourists, enhance economic activity and improve the travelling experience.The group of Canada’s eight largest urban chambers of commerce will unveil a series of recommendations Thursday morning on security screening, border entry and visas, and transit connectivity.“We want to make sure that Canada can be a global transit hub,” said Adam Legge, council chairman and president of Calgary’s Chamber of Commerce.The coalition says Canada’s top seven airports collectively contribute $59 billion of economic activity and support 272,000 jobs.The group is calling for enhanced use of technology, the adoption of international security screening standards and targeted checks of travellers from high-risk countries to speed up how long it takes to pass through security.While London Heathrow and Hong Kong International airports require that 95 per cent of passengers be screened within five minutes, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority expects that on average half of passengers wait longer than 15 minutes.More news: GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programs“We can’t say that we’re open for business and then expect people to wait in a three-hour queue,” Legge added.The council is calling for increased funding for CATSA and the Canada Border Services Agency to meet growing demands.It also wants Canada to harmonize immigration and trusted traveller programs with other countries. That means only requiring visas for citizens of high-risk countries and increasing the use of automated border clearance systems.The traveller experience can also be improved and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving transit connections from airports to downtown cores and to communities and facilities surrounding airports, it adds. While just eight per cent of passengers at Toronto Pearson airport used transit, about 40 per cent do so in London, Paris and Amsterdam, said the report.Legge said the government needs to cut taxes, fees and rents that increase the price of air travel in Canada and has driven travellers to use U.S. airports.He said the changes could see one-way travel costs cut by about $25.“It’s a bold ask but I think we have to bring to government’s attention the uncompetitiveness of Canada’s current position that will continue to be eroded over time,” said Legge.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyAir Canada says it supports initiatives that foster growth at Canadian airports and reduce high taxes and fees.Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced in November that the government will work to reduce waits at airport security to international standards and introduce an air passenger rights regime.The voice for Canada’s airports said it’s optimistic that years of talk will result in changes in the country’s airport policy.“To have the business communities in our largest cities on board with that just adds to the voices that have been calling for air policy reform for years,” said Daniel-Robert Gooch, president of the Canadian Airports Council.Montreal Board of Trade president Michel Leblanc said the coalition will push the government to adopt changes within a year.“The solutions that we are putting on the table exist elsewhere,” he said. “We’re not reinventing the wheel so that should require rather quick deadlines for implementation.”After addressing airports, the coalition plans to speak out on other subjects including infrastructure and the availability of skilled workers. Thursday, December 8, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Airports, Ottawa Urban businesses push Ottawa to improve airports to attract tourists Sharelast_img read more