Kolkata Port Trust awards best performers

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) organised Trade Facilitation awards where the best performers in the field of trade and shipping were awarded.The best performers of both Kolkata Dock System and Haldia Dock Complex were handed over prizes. The awards were presented by KoPT chairman Vinit Kumar in presence of senior officials of KoPT. Ek Narayan Aryal, Consul General Nepal in Kolkata graced the occasion as a special guest. Steel Authority of India, TATA Steel were awarded as the top bulk importers whereas Krishna Tissues Pvt Ltd and Vedanta Ltd were given awards as top performing importer and exporter of containers. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaXpress Feeders were awarded for bringing in the maximum number of container ships. Haldia International Container Terminal Limited won the award for the Best Container Terminal in KoPT. Kolkata Port Trust including Kolkata Dock System and Haldia Dock Complex, achieved its highest ever cargo throughput in the fiscal 2018-19. Kolkata Port has handled 63.7 Million Tons (MT) of cargo traffic in 2018-19 compared to 57.9 MT in 2017-18 recording an impressive growth of over 10 percent. KoPT is now ranked 5th largest port in terms of cargo handling among all major ports and is the second fastest growing port in the country.last_img read more

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Conservatives contemplate Quebec byelection impact of NDP leadership

first_imgWINNIPEG – Federal Conservatives emerged Friday from two days of meetings, upbeat about the task ahead of holding the Liberals to account and strengthening their own party.The work begins in earnest almost instantly as Quebec Conservatives plan to rally next week in the Quebec riding just vacated by longtime Tory stalwart Denis Lebel.The byelection there will be an early test for new Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and could be a tough one to pass: Lebel won Lac-Saint-Jean in 2015 with just 33 per cent of the vote.But the Conservative feel wind in their sails thanks to a proposal by the Liberals to make changes to a tax code they argue currently allows wealthy businesses to get out of paying tax. But businesses in nearly every sector of the economy have said they are the ones who will take the real hit — and the Conservatives are harnessing that outrage.“They are hearing from every kind of small business across Canada, every kind,” said Scheer of the Liberals.“They are ignoring them. The Liberal arrogance on this is astounding.”Along with developing the lines of attack they’ll use against the Liberals come the return of Parliament, the Conservatives are also thinking farther down the road to how they’ll assemble and roll out their own proposals for the 2019 election.Election strategy was part of the discussion at the fall planning meetings, with the Quebec byelection not the only one on the horizon.Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose’s seat is empty in Alberta. Saskatchewan Conservative MP Gerry Ritz and former Liberal cabinet minister Judy Foote from Newfoundland and Labrador both recently announced their retirements.Those three are considered secure holds for their respective parties, but Quebec could be a competitive race. Expect to see Tories on the ground there often in the coming months. The byelection has not yet been scheduled.The Conservative candidate is Remy Leclerc, a former social worker who spent the last decade working for Lebel. On Thursday, the Liberals nominated a popular local mayor, Richard Hebert.“It’s a riding that’s important for us to win,” said Quebec Conservative Maxime Bernier.“We’re only 11 MPs in Quebec, we need to be more members of Parliament from Quebec if we want to win the next election.”The party elected 12 MPs in 2015 — including Lebel — their best showing in the province under former leader Stephen Harper.It came largely at the expense of the collapse of support for the New Democrats, with Tories picking up seven of their seats.Lebel’s narrow finish in a riding he’d held for 10 years, however, was also due to a drop in NDP support and a consequent boost for the Liberals.The pattern of NDP votes going to the Liberals repeated itself over and over again in the 2015 election and in some places cost the Tories seats.Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt said the smaller NDP vote in Atlantic Canada, as well as in the Toronto area, were factors for her party’s reduction to Opposition status. The party analyzed results like that across the country during their morning session Friday.But just as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is irritating former Conservatives with measures like a review of the tax code, so too will he have to address the former New Democrats who came his way, she said.“Mr. Trudeau has broken a lot of promises those NDP voters counted on and he’ll have to atone for those as well,” she said.An unknown for the Conservatives, however, is who the New Democrats will select as their new leader next month.Deepak Obhrai said he gave his fellow MPs an assessment Friday of the potential impact of candidate Jagmeet Singh. Obhrai called him a divisive figure in the Indo-Canadian community.“If he does become leader, which I’m not sure, then there is a very big potential of many Jack Layton-type NDPers looking for a new home,” Obhrai said.“That’s support we have to look into.”Conservative Gerard Deltell says he knows NDP candidate Guy Caron well, because the two have both served as finance critics. While he’s not offering an endorsement, he said he thinks Caron has been running a good campaign.“We do not select our opponent, we fight them,” Deltell said.“Let them select who they think is the best leader and we will address it.”last_img read more

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Mohit Raina is a shy person says Dia Mirza

first_imgMumbai: Actress Dia Mirza, who will be seen along with actor Mohit Raina in the upcoming web show “Kaafir”, says the latter is the shiest actor she has ever worked with. “Mohit is the shiest co-actor I’ve ever worked with. He took about 15 days to open up… even more than the little girl who plays my daughter in the show,” Dia said in a statement. Dia also finds the “Uri: The Surgical Strike” actor naughty apart from being shy. She added: “It’s said quiet children are the naughtiest and he is just like that! He is a complete joy to work with. “He takes a little time to reveal himself because he is shy but full of energy. He is naughty, in a nice way and I think he has the kindest eyes.” The show was shot in Himachal Pradesh and Mumbai. Directed by Sonam Nair, “Kaafir” will stream on OTT platform ZEE5 from June 15.last_img read more

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GuineaBissau UN agencies maintain fight against deadly cholera outbreak

WHO has sent an epidemiologist and UNICEF has deployed water and sanitation experts to assist in the response to the cholera epidemic, which can be a frequent occurrence in the poor West African nation.In its latest update on the outbreak, released yesterday, WHO said that the UN agencies are working with health authorities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to treat patients, educate the public about hygienic practices and de-stigmatize the disease among populations at risk.Cholera is mainly transmitted through contaminated water and food and long-term prevention depends on access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation to prevent exposure. But the water and sanitation infrastructure in Guinea-Bissau is both limited and dilapidated.UNICEF reported earlier this month that it has already provided materials to disinfect the water system and wells in the capital, Bissau, home to more than two-thirds of all cases.In total, 7,166 cases had been reported as of 21 September, with as many as 3,000 new cases recorded this month. The number of fatalities has also risen from 96 to 133 since early September.Nearly 400 people died in the last previous major outbreak of cholera in Guinea-Bissau, in 2005-06. 25 September 2008The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) continue to help authorities in Guinea-Bissau combat an outbreak of cholera that has claimed at least 133 lives since May and forced thousands of others to be hospitalized. read more

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UN cultural body seeks to save drone singing and other dying traditions

1 October 2009A new United Nations-backed initiative to prevent age-old cultural practices from dying out was launched today, with traditions ranging from Latvian female drone singing to a collective fishing rite in Mali becoming eligible for funding to ensure their survival. They were among 12 practices from eight countries inscribed on the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) List of Intangible Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding at a meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.The Committee considered the traditions to be endangered despite the efforts of communities or groups concerned. Countries involved will now implement specific safeguarding plans, with the practices eligible for financial assistance from a special fund.Traditions to be safeguarded include the “Suiti cultural space” of a small Catholic community in predominantly Lutheran western Latvia, characterized by vocal female drone singing, wedding customs, colourful costumes, the Suiti language, local cuisine, and folk songs, dances and melodies, at present only familiar to a few, mostly older people.Droning comes in for protection in Mongolia, too, where Tsuur music of the Uriankhai, simultaneously blending sounds from a three-holed pipe and the human throat, has faded due to neglect and disrespect of folk customs and religion. Touching the Tsuur mouthpiece with the front teeth and applying the throat produces a unique timbre comprising a clear, gentle whistling sound with a drone.Two other Mongolian practices are earmarked – Biyelgee ethnic dances in Khovd and Uvs provinces, embodying the nomadic way of life and typically confined to the small space inside the ger (tent); and the Tuuli oral tradition of heroic epics that can run to thousands of verses of benedictions, eulogies, spells, myths and folk songs. Other practices inscribed today include the Kalyady Tsars (Christmas Tsars) ritual in Semezhava, Belarus; the Qiang New Year Festival, wooden arch bridge design, and Li textile techniques of spinning, dyeing, weaving and embroidering, all in China; Ca trù singing, a complex form of sung poetry in northern Viet Nam; and Cantu in paghjella, a male singing tradition combining three vocal registers in Corsica, France.African traditions include the Sanké mon collective fishing rite in Mali on the second Thursday of the seventh lunar month, combining the sacrifice of roosters and goats to the water spirits of Sanké pond, followed by collective fishing over 15 hours and a masked dance; and oral traditions and performing arts of the Kayas in the sacred forests of the Mijikenda, Kenya, which are also sources of valuable medicinal plants.Yesterday the Committee inscribed 76 traditions from around the world, including the tango, religious processions and fertility dances on UNESCO’s the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. read more

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Calif regulators recommend record 300M fine against PGE for 2010 gas pipeline

Calif. regulators recommend record $300M fine against PG&E for 2010 gas pipeline explosion by Sudhin Thanawala, The Associated Press Posted Jul 16, 2013 4:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – California regulators on Tuesday called on Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to pay at least $300 million in fines in connection with a deadly 2010 gas pipeline blast in what they said would amount to the largest fine ever levied by the state Public Utilities Commission.In an amended brief filed in the pipeline case, the commission’s safety division cited the eight people killed and 38 homes destroyed in the blast in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of San Bruno and said there were steps PG&E could have taken to prevent the explosion.“The tragedy in San Bruno, which was directly caused by PG&E’s unreasonable conduct and neglect for decades, was the worst disaster in the history of California electric and/or gas utilities,” the safety division said in its filing.Regulators had originally called for a $2.25 billion penalty against PG&E, though it would consist entirely of funds the utility has spent or promised to spend on pipeline system improvements ordered by the commission.Consumer advocates and San Bruno officials had objected to that penalty. San Bruno officials said it was tax deductible and “littered” with credits and perks to benefit PG&E that would amount to a net penalty of almost nothing to the company.The lead PUC attorneys probing the blast abruptly quit the investigation after the penalty was announced, with one, Robert Cagan, calling it “unlawful” in an email sent to radio station KQED.Under the amended brief, $300 million of the $2.25 billion would go into the state’s general fund in the form of a fine. Additionally, PG&E shareholders, not ratepayers, would be on the hook for a significant share of the costs to fix the pipeline system, said Tom Long, the legal director of The Utility Reform Network, a utility watchdog group.“What the safety division announced today is finally a real penalty,” Long said. “It will actually require PG&E shareholders to pay real money.”Tom Bottorff, PG&E’s senior vice-president for regulatory affairs, characterized the revised penalty as overly punitive and said it would backfire by making it difficult for the utility to raise “the capital necessary to maintain the extraordinary investment in safety currently under way, or raise billions of dollars more for safety improvements mandated by the CPUC.”“In its zeal to punish PG&E, the staff of the California Public Utilities Commission has lost sight of our important shared goal of making PG&E’s natural gas operation the safest in the country as quickly as we possibly can,” Bottorff said in a statement.The National Transportation Safety Board unanimously agreed in 2011 that the blast was caused by what board chairman Deborah Hersman called a “litany of failures” by PG&E, as well as weak oversight by regulators.Separate from the NTSB investigation, investigators at the utilities commission blamed PG&E for the explosion, which occurred when an underground pipeline ruptured at the site of a decades-old faulty weld, sparking a massive fire.PG&E has accepted liability for the disaster in numerous public statements but has denied most of state investigators’ allegations that the utility violated safety rules.The penalty recommended Tuesday still must be reviewed by an administrative law judge and the five-member commission itself, both of which can offer amendments or counter-proposals before a final vote. read more

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BMW and Bosch Board Members address SMMT Summit

SMMT International Automotive Summit, 12 June, Canary Wharf – Today, Board Members from BMW and Bosch addressed a 250-strong audience of the automotive industry’s most influential leaders, meeting to discuss the key issues effecting the future growth of the sector at the UK’s most high-profile industry Summit.The SMMT International Automotive Summit will feature more than 40 speakers from automotive, academia, government, new technology, social media, retail, supply chain and the finance community. Leading figures from these sectors will concentrate on the future potential of UK automotive, challenges to be addressed and how to capitalise on changing trends in technology and consumer preferences.Keynote speeches started the day, with BWM’s Ian Robertson and Bosch’s Peter Tyroller addressing capacity crowds:Dr Ian Robertson (HonDSc), Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW: “BMW manufacturing follows major sales markets, the UK is BMW Group’s fourth largest global market and as such, we will continue to invest in our operations the UK. CO2 legislation is set to have a massive effect on the automotive industry and BMW will build new three-cylinder engines for its all-new i8 hybrid sports car in the UK at Hams Hall.“The UK industry is going through a very strong period, boosted by encouraging industry and government collaboration. While government is working to rebalance the economy to manufacturing, we can’t afford to be complacent if we are to ensure longevity.”Peter Tyroller, Member, Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH:“We need a balanced approach with regard to CO2 legislation to ensure Europe remains competitive in the global automotive industry. While electric and hybrid vehicles are certainly an important part of our future, internal combustion will play a major role for years to come. Bosch recognises the expertise of UK engineers across all technologies and has plans to dedicate more resources to development and engineering services in the UK.In addition to these industry keynote speakers, the SMMT Summit will close as Business Secretary Vince Cable describes how government is committed to supporting the sector and ensuring sustained growth.Ahead of the Summit, SMMT announced that UK car manufacturing could surpass the 1972 record of 1.92 million cars produced, with over two million units rolling off domestic manufacturing lines in 2015.Images and video of the keynote speakers will be available shortly at www.smmt.co.uk/events/summit/.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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EYEWITNESS Rearguard action…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Dazzling them…April 5, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Railroading…April 13, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”Eyewitness: Changing… …self-definitionsAugust 5, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …on Amerindian landAnother day, another spiteful PNC action against the Guyanese people exposed; this time, against the Indigenous Peoples, when, for all intents and purposes, the Amerindian Land Titling (ALT) programme has been dumped. But who’s surprised, apart from the Amerindian quislings in the Government? And if the truth be told, they can’t really be surprised, since they’ve been getting their instructions since 2015 to keep their mouths shut. It’s like the PNC hit “ALT-Delete” button on the quislings’ computers, so they can’t question anything.The moment the PNC launched their Commission on Ancestral Lands and included Amerindian lands in the CoIs’ remit, they tipped their hand. The strident protests by some from their ranks — that Amerindians were getting too much land — just confirmed their covetous plan to hold off on any more land titling. After all, what was there to “Inquire” into?Amerindians’ claims to their lands are part and parcel of the Articles of our Independence Agreement with the British. Stephen Campbell had gone up to London and negotiated on behalf of his people for their fair share of land. He could’ve easily claimed all of Guyana, since Britain and other civilised jurisdictions have abandoned the doctrine of “terra nullis” – that is: to claim by international law (which they made up as they went along!) that even though the Amerindians were living here in clear sight, the land was deemed “unoccupied”!!So Campbell got ‘Annex C’ inserted into the Independence Agreement, which mandated that Amerindians have to be given title to all lands occupied by them since “time immemorial”. Which is not such an onerous test as it sounds – they had to simply show they’d been living on the land or using it for a specified period.But this clause had always irked the PNC types, who insisted ALL Guyana was theirs – to have and to hold (or destroy) as they saw fit! But after Amerindians kicked up a storm at the CoI – and the international community and Opposition supported them on the issue – the PNC backed OFF.But the PNC didn’t back DOWN. Your Eyewitness has always been reminding you, dear reader, that the PNC always follows the Burnhamite doctrine: that “there are many ways to kill a cat”. Or, in this case, to deny Amerindians land rights.And this amazing declaration that — even though the money’s available to complete the ALT – not even a SINGLE new claimant village has been given its title since 2015 shows that foot-dragging is their latest gambit!!The PNC fired the entire ALT team the moment they got into office. And like Humpty Dumpty, it will NEVER be put together again!!…molasses industrial action?Well, after centuries of underdevelopment by those dastardly Britishers, Guyana’s finally entered the Industrial Age. Naah…Your Eyewitness isn’t talking about the oil strike; that’s just pumping oil from a hole in the ground. And in any case, Guyana has absolutely NOTHING to do with the aforesaid pumping!! We’re talking about the crack crime sleuths of SOCU springing into action to find out who’s been leaking figures on the production of MOLASSES at Enmore!!Now, dear reader, you might protest that since the colony was founded, we’ve been making molasses to produce sugar. And that any idiot can figure out the amount of molasses being produced from the amount of cane shipped to the factory!! But THAT’S not the point, is it? The PNC Government spitefully shut down Enmore factory just to stick it to the sugar workers, who’ve always been fervent supporters of the PPP. “High costs”.To satisfy their contract for molasses to DDL, they HAD to crank up Enmore; but they don’t want to let out that costs are now DOUBLE what prevailed before!!Dunderheads!!…on AFC drunkNow, if a connoisseur and habitual imbiber of bush rum like Whim’s own Moses Nagamootoo had to cut loose the loose cannon at Bath as his “special assistant”, why’d the PNC keep him?His hagiographic PNC letter writing, of course. Jail him!! read more

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Opinion Ryan Giggs is hanging up his boots – its truly the

first_imgI USED TO take solace in constants. The sun would rise. The rain would fall. And Ryan Giggs would play for Manchester United. So now that he’s announced his retirement… well. There’s significant restructuring to be done. I need new constants. Ryan Giggs has called it a day. I am officially old.Hyperbole aside, football fanatics and pop culture enthusiasts alike may well feel that Giggs hanging up his boots marks the end of an era, which is curious because his emergence, all the way back in 1991, marked the end of an era too.Ryan Giggs was arguably the first of the celebrity footballers, a brave pioneer with fabulous bone structure in a world previously reserved for bouffant rock stars and toothy actors. Up to his debut there were footballing heroes, of course – Pele, Best, Maradona… uh, Vinnie Jones – but Giggs was the first of the footballers-as-mass-market-sex-symbols, a prodigious talent with prodigious cheekbones. His entrance heralded the final days of an age when footballers could be great sportsmen without also needing to be great brands, coinciding with the rise of the Premier League and Murdoch’s reimagining, on a grand scale, of football as entertainment. Pre-Cristiano Ronaldo, Pre-Ljungberg, Pre-Beckham… pre Liverpool’s Spice Boys, even: Ryan Giggs was a whole new world. Ryan Giggs was all thatOK, so he shared a little of the limelight with teammate Lee Sharpe and rival Jamie Redknapp, but neither commanded the same level of attention. Sharpe was plagued by injuries, and Redknapp was stigmatised as holding a key role in an underperforming team, while Giggsy wowed the commentators, enthralled the fans and dampened the gussets of a generation. It was partly down to his modesty, partly to his rootsy Manc accent (the Welsh lilt having been knocked out of him years before), partly to Alex Ferguson’s insistence that he was a super special snowflake who needed minding, to the extent that a frustrated media dubbed him “the cotton-wool kid”.It was significantly down to his looks, which meant his visage was particularly suited to commercial endorsements and Smash Hits posters, and attracted a celebrity girlfriend or two. And it was overwhelmingly down to his talent: his balance, his speed, his ridiculous twisting and turning on United’s left wing, his impeccable temperament. That would have earned him his status as a legend even if he’d looked like Peter Beardsley, but the inescapable early-‘90s fact was that Ryan Giggs was all that and a bag of chips.Due in no small part to Fergie’s efforts, Giggs escaped his teen-dream phase unscathed. He settled on the fans’ pedestal, safe in the knowledge that, barring some David Busst-level injury, he would remain a remarkable footballer. He wasn’t always consistent (remember his Samson moment? He shaved his head and temporarily forgot how to play), but his longevity is legendary, deservedly so.Knocked off his pedestal?And then out of the blue he fell victim to the Streisand Effect, got himself into a heap of trouble with a superinjunction, and was revealed to have had a torrid affair with glamour model Imogen Thomas. We didn’t even have time to scoop our jaws from the floor before it was revealed he was also doing a line with his little brother’s wife. Up to this point, the suggestion that the saintly Ryan Giggs could have even contemplated such a thing would have been met with howls of derision. Ryan Giggs? His brother’s wife? RYAN GIGGS? The tabloids might as well have revealed an evil wizard had turned him into a literal bag of chips.The interesting thing here is not that the public knocked Giggs off his pedestal, because generally, having an affair with your brother’s wife is the kind of thing people get upset about. It’s not the way he handled it (with stone-cold silence; Fergie would have been proud), or how his family reacted (brother Rhodri seems to be softening, but dad Danny Wilson continues to utilise the tabloids to pitch bitter insults at his first-born). It’s how quickly fans and pundits shelved the misdemeanour, and how that epitomises idealised celebrity: come for the fireworks, stay for the talent.Celebrity should be no more than a spotlight shone on the extraordinary.There are those, of course, who would argue that athletes have no place on the celebrity carousel, though such a stance seems ill-informed to the point of naivety in a world where David Beckham’s wedding was covered by OK Magazine and every second student flat sports a print of Muhammad Ali standing triumphantly over Sonny Liston. And it’s in our nature to be fascinated by idiosyncrasies and shortcomings; we want to worship athletes’ abilities, but identify with their humanity. We project onto them our hopes and dreams – and perhaps there’s no sport quite as emotionally charged as football, especially in a culture where your team becomes an extension of yourself.All that remains will be actual achievementsCelebrity, though, is fleeting. At the end of Giggsy’s time in the sun we’re left with pundits arguing about whether he deserves his plaudits, and whether his record commands inclusion in Man Utd’s G.O.A.T line-up… which is exactly how it should be. Celebrity, and its downsides – intrusion, personal criticism, pressure to conform to the beau ideal – will melt away, and all that remains will be actual achievements. And perhaps a bawdy joke or two about “keeping it in the family”.In the 23 years since Ryan Giggs made his first-team debut, football has been transformed. The current landscape is one in which Jose Mourinho can complain about peacock players who care more for the money then the glory, and Yaya Touré can (hilariously) make headlines because he thinks his birthday cake wasn’t impressive enough. And so Ryan Giggs’ retirement demonstrates a fitting – and significant – lesson. When all is said and done, no one’s going to care who you had affairs with or which designer you favoured. All they’re going to remember is how good you were, and Ryan Giggs, the most decorated player in English football, was very, very good.Read more of Lisa McInerney’s columns here >Read:  Alex Ferguson praises ‘amazing servant’ Ryan GiggsRead:  19 reasons why Ryan Giggs is a footballing legendlast_img read more

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Poll Should ministers be allowed to keep a secret diary of official

first_img Poll Results: A FREEDOM OF Information (FOI) request to access a ‘secret diary’ kept by a government minister of official meetings has been denied.The application by the Sunday Times follows the Minister for Communications, Energy, and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte revealing that he keeps such a diary as some meetings are of a ‘commercially sensitive’ nature.The minister told RTÉ Radio 1 that he does this “deliberately” and “to prevent the contents being released under FOI”. Other meetings are recorded in a digital diary, which can be accessed.We want to know what you think: Should ministers be allowed to keep a secret diary of official meetings? I don’t know (163) YesNoI don’t knowVotecenter_img No (2214) Yes (996)last_img read more

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Bayley talks RAW debut on ESPN Summer Rae out with injury WWE

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns: Leukemia Is In Remission Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Roman Reigns Is Back After Absence For Leukemia Rusev WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning Videos Articles Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Twitter Facebook Bayley talks RAW debut on ESPNWWE star Bayley talked with Jonathan Coachman on the latest “Off The Top Rope” segment on ESPN this week talking about her RAW debut a few weeks ago.We catch up with @itsBayleyWWE about her start on the main roster. https://t.co/hsWGKI2n93— Jonathan Coachman (@TheCoachESPN) September 23, 2016Summer Rae out with injuryWWE star Summer Rae is currently out of action with a neck injury according to a report by The Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Summer is also said to be battling back and elbow issues. No details at this time on when she will return to the ring for the company.WWE comments on German TV dealWWE issued the following statement in response to reports about the company losing television in Germany beginning in March when the current deal expires.“WWE is near the end of a positive and transparent bidding process for our flagship programs, Raw and Smackdown, with strong responses from multiple parties.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRoman Reigns Is Back After Absence For LeukemiaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:45/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 35.26%0:04Remaining Time -0:41 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Roman Reigns is in Remission Google+ Roman Reigns WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury Pinterestlast_img read more

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Watchdog renews call for tougher training for Prince William Sound oil tanker

first_imgOne of Edison Chouest’s new tugs, the Commander, near Valdez. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Following two minor accidents, a citizens’ watchdog group is asking the state’s top environmental regulator to require tougher training for new oil spill response crews in Prince William Sound.Listen nowIn late June, an Edison Chouest tugboat hit an oil tanker during a docking maneuver. Two days later, a skiff was caught between an Edison Chouest response barge and tugboat. During both accidents, there were no injuries and no oil was spilled.Edison Chouest is the new oil spill response and prevention contractor in charge of escorting oil tankers in Prince William Sound. Alyeska Pipeline Service Company is replacing Crowley Marine Services with Edison Chouest this summer.In response to the accidents, the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council is asking the state Department of Environmental Conservation to require the new crews and equipment to be trained in rougher weather conditions. That’s something the group has called for before.In a letter sent July 5, the group stated it “believes a gap exists in prevention and response competency and proficiency.”The group added the two incidents are “clear symptoms that this transition was too rushed.”Alyeska reports it is taking measures to ensure the circumstances leading to both accidents don’t happen again. In an emailed response, Alyeska spokesperson Kate Dugan said Edison Chouest crews have undergone thousands of hours of training and will continue to train going forward.However, Dugan said Alyeska is standing firm in its position that it won’t train crews in rough conditions.“We won’t risk human life or environmental damage to demonstrate something where capability can be demonstrated in other, more safe ways,” Dugan wrote.“This transition has been years in the making and has been carefully planned and executed,” Dugan added. “We have brought some of the most high-performing tugs in the world to Prince William Sound and they are operated by highly trained and experienced crews.”Officials with the Department of Environmental Conservation are meeting with the council today, and the agency will issue an official response after that meeting.last_img read more

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Be more transparent Supreme Court raps RBI in final warning

first_imgThe suggestion was not accepted by the lawyers appearing for the Hindu parties.ReutersThe Supreme Court on Friday gave the RBI “one last opportunity” to disclose annual inspection reports of banks as it just stopped short of issuing a contempt notice against RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das and ordered the Reserve Bank of India to disclose the wilful defaulters’ list under the Right To Information Act.The top court also ordered the central bank to withdraw its non-disclosure policy, which the court concluded is in violation of judgment in 2015.Taking a serious view of the continued defiance the court came down heavily asking the RBI to make full disclosure of its annual inspection reports on the financial health of banks including the position of NPAs and also withdraw its disclosure norms as it came in the way of making public information on the state of banks under the RTI.A bench of Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice M. R. Shah said: “Any further violation will be viewed seriously.”The RBI, as per 2015 judgment, was supposed to disclose the annual audit report of the banks, the status of NPAs and action taken thereon. Reuters/Vivek PrakashThe top court by its 2015 order had asked the RBI to share information on the annual audit of the banks including on NPAs under the Right to Information Act.However, this was stalled after RBI introduced disclosure norms that blocked the disclosure of information on the financial health of the banks under the RTI. An RTI activist Subhash Chander Agrawal had moved the top court seeking contempt action against RBI Governor for not complying with its 2015 judgment.Girish Mittal and Agrawal had moved the top court for contempt action against the RBI not complying with the court’s direction to disclose information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.The petitioners had claimed that RBI and its former Governor Urjit Patel had “willfully and deliberately” disobeyed the top court’s judgement asking the central bank to disclose information under the RTI Act.The two petitioners sought initiation of contempt of court action against former Governor for not disclosing information as directed by the top court.One of the contempt petition filed by Girish Mittal said that RBI refused to provide the information sought about the inspection reports of some banks.In December 2015, the petitioner under the RTI Act had sought certain information which included copies of inspection reports of ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank and State Bank of India from April 2011 till December 2015.The petitioner had also sought copies of case files with file notings on various irregularities detected by RBI in case of Sahara Group of companies and erstwhile Bank of Rajasthan by these entities themselves and their known/unknown promoters.However, RBI denied the information in January 2016 that such information is exempted under Section 8(1)(e) of the RTI Act and Section 45NB of the Reserve Bank of India Act.The petitioners contended that top court in 2016 while directing disclosure of a very similar type of information sought under the RTI Act had observed RBI is clearly not in any fiduciary relationship with any bank.The petitioners have argued that the responses of RBI are in complete violation of the top court judgment by which it was held that RBI ought to act with transparency and not hide information that might embarrass individual banks and it is duty bound to comply with the provisions of the RTI Act and disclose the information sought.last_img read more

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Why ditching the headphone jack might be a good idea

first_imgLast week Apple took the stage to announce the new iPhone 7. It’s water-resistant, faster, a bit more power efficient, and of course… sans headphone jack. Over the past few days just about everyone has given their hot takes on the issue.“How am I supposed to listen to music and charge my phone?,” “How will we pass our phones up to DJs to play our favorite tracks?,” and of course “Why does Apple keep making so many anti-consumer decisions?”I might not have an answer for all of those, but I can say that dropping the 3.5 mm jack isn’t without merits.First, let’s get one thing clear: I’m no Apple apologist, and I always think it’s better to give customers options. That said, consumers are slow to pick up on new tech. It’s one of the reasons that Apple uses Lightning connectors in the first place.While many wanted the tech giant to get on the micro-USB bandwagon, Apple opted for its own proprietary cable. With that move, it could guarantee the ethical standards used in the cables’ production, offer better power management for phones and peripherals, allow users to plug the cable in side-up or down, and do all that with a connector that was far more sturdy than the notoriously flimsy micro-USB. With USB Type C, more recent Android phones are catching up… to tech that Apple has had for years. The lesson? Sometimes it really is necessary to force an update to aging or substandard tech.With that in mind, Apple could be looking to do the same audio. The headphone jack that we know and love, while universal, has some pretty big flaws.The first of which is that headphones jacks require a bit of extra hardware inside the phone. This array of chips and signal amplifiers help convert the digital music stored on the phone into an analogue signal that runs to the headphones. Apple’s marketing BS claims that by cutting this out you’ll be able to get a truly digital listening experience, but until we have computers implanted in our brains, that’s not possible. At the very least, sound waves are analogue, so as long as you’re listening to your music and not beaming it into your skull, you won’t ever hear “fully digital” music.What it does mean, is that consumers will have an easier time getting our hands on DACs or digital-to-analogue converters for audio. These chips are embedded in the cables for Lightning-compatible headphones available today. Moving the DAC outside the phone has a few big advantages. First — it means that if you’re a bona fide audiophile (like yours truly), then you have more control over the final listening experience. You can now easily upgrade your DAC just by switching out cables or headphones instead of sticking to the one that Apple gives you with the phone.Plus, by moving the DAC and amplifier outside of the phone, you’re reducing or eliminating a lot of electromagnetic interference. A phone’s internals are busy, sending signals to and fro, broadcasting all kinds of data, and rendering your adorable little critters in Pokemon Go (that joke’s still topical, right?). The problem is that all of that electricity moving about can distort audio signals and mess with the quality you hear in your buds or cans.Those interested in louder music or big, over-ear headphones might want to perk up too. While the headphone jack only has a little bit of juice to play with, the lightning connector can provide power as well as receive it. That’s good news, because many advanced headphones like noise-canceling headsets, need a battery to work. By pushing audio through Lightning, the cable can run some of those extra, power-hungry features on its own.The cynic in me is sure that this part of the company’s bigger plan to squeeze more money out of customers via their Beats brand, but for many people, it’s still a fantastic idea. Or at least, it could be. Apple’s current plan seems to be to use the tens of millions of people who will buy any new iPhone no matter what to make some of these bigger changed more ubiquitous, that will, in turn, make everything cheaper and help cement the standard.It’s even possible, that if most people find the bump in audio quality significant enough, other phone companies will follow suit. The difference being that because the Android market is so fragmented, and because getting customers to adopt new tech is hard, Apple is likely the only company that has a large enough market share to start pushing that change on its own. Despite that, it’s still really hard to take the company seriously when it says that it’s dropping a nearly universal standard because of “courage.”last_img read more

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Am happy that festival films are doing well

first_imgAnurag Kashyap said he is happy that the festival films are doing well commercially as well. ‘I think the myth that the festival films don’t work commercially has changed. This myth is thing of the past now its good the audience has changed and the credit goes to the audience,’ Kashyap said at the 16th MAMI film festival where he presented his Black Friday. Directed by Kashyap, Black Friday featured Kay Kay Menon, Nawazuddin Siddiqui among others.last_img

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10 Stories From the Web to Know About This Week

first_imgSeptember 20, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Jay Z bails on the Nets, parsing the weird productivity tips of historical figures, San Francisco partners with Kiva.org, the CBO weighs in on a government shutdown, Twitter and GoDaddy get together, online merchants ditch credit-card processing, ethical fashion gets a bump, tips for delivering a knockout speech… This week’s notable news and tantalizing tidbits for entrepreneurs.1. Jay Z goes pro: The Jigga is liquidating his share in the Brooklyn Nets for $1.5 million after starting his own sports agency, Roc Nation Sports. The all-star roster already includes, Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees, Victor Cruz of the New York Giants and Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant. (Forbes)2. Historic productivity tips: Benjamin Franklin used to read and write in the buff; Beethoven demanded 60 beans per cup of coffee. Some of the world’s greatest thinkers had some borderline crazy methods for staying productive. Here are a few. (Fast Company)3. Kiva partners with SF: San Francisco moved to partner with online lender Kiva.org to bring crowdfunded loans to local entrepreneurs at zero-percent interest. Loans, which will be accessible through the site KivaZip.org, are seen as critical for bridging the lending gap for startups in particular. (SFGate)4. CBO talks shutdown: The Congressional Budget Office Chief Douglas Elmendorf says a government shutdown would damage the economy and “scale up” problems over time. He also added that only President Obama can “cushion” the effects. (CNNmoney)5. The kibosh on credit: The results of a recent National Small Business Association survey shed light on the growing trend of online merchants refusing to accept credit-card payments. Only 69 percent of online merchants currently accept credit cards, down 22 percent in the last three-years. The culprit? Cyber insecurity. (Businessweek)6. Ethical fashion falls short: After the recent tragedy at the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh, the push to make the fashion industry more ethical has lost steam. Still, new online platforms are hoping to buck the trend. (The Guardian)7. The golden minute: Nailing the first 60-seconds of a speech is critical to success. From dealing with public-speaking anxiety to preparing the room for your arrival, get insightful tips for delivering a knockout speech. (LinkedIn Today)8. Boston’s new Innovation Studio: T3 Advisors, a commercial real-estate consulting firm, has moved to a new space on the Boston waterfront. Included in the new office is an “Innovation Studio” meant to bring T3 closer to the local startup scene. (Boston.com)9. GoDaddy and Twitter unite: As part of its Website Builder tool, GoDaddy is offering a Twitter functionality aimed at small businesses looking to quickly and easily set up a profile page. Russ Laraway, the director of small and medium businesses at Twitter says, “we’re helping businesses get online faster to reach the followers most likely to purchase from them.” The service ranges from $1 to $5 per month. (Mashable)10. The land of engineering: The phrase “German engineering” has become synonymous with quality cars, but now the term is used more broadly, as people head to the country for a chance to win a key apprenticeship. The system has its perks, including partly subsidized earn-as-you-learn schemes. (BBC)  How Success Happens Listen Nowlast_img read more

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Sydney still number one destination for business events

first_imgSydney has once again been ranked Australia’s leading destination for conferences and professional meetings following the release of the Union of International Associations (UIA) 2014 International Meetings Statistics Report.Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said the results see Sydney ranked first in Australia and among the top 20 globally.“This is a tremendous achievement and reinforces Sydney’s appeal as one of the best places in the world to meet,” Mr Ayres said.“I applaud Business Events Sydney for securing major international events for our city, having delivered over $1 billion worth of economic impact for NSW over the past five years.“This is just another example of Sydney leading the way for the rest of the nation,” Mr Ayres added.Business Events Sydney CEO, Lyn Lewis-Smith said results complement the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) rankings which also placed Sydney as number one in the nation.“These results are just fabulous and better than many might have anticipated or expected. They really are a credit to the city – its can-do and collaborative spirit and reputation as a reliable place to do business,” Ms Lewis-Smith said.“It just reinforces that the government’s courageous decision to redevelop the city’s convention facilities at Darling Harbour was the right one.“We are a city that is open to and embraces big ideas and bold moves – this is where great things happen,” Ms Lewis-Smith concluded.Business Events Sydney has secured almost 120 events worth $277 million in new money for the NSW economy, including more than 20 events for International Convention Centre Sydney, opening in December 2016.Source = Business Events Sydneylast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter North American travel a

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterNorth American travel agency Travel Leaders Network has released a shortlist of some suggested destinations for luxury travellers looking to avoid the crowds and experience travel from a new perspective.Luxury travellers today are seeking personalised itineraries in out-of-the-ordinary destinations that offer them exclusiveness and all of the VIP amenities of the more iconic, top-visited destinations, Travel Leaders said.Luxury travellers are most interested in exclusive access, including VIP tours, private cars and drivers, and customised culinary experiences, according to results from the most recent Travel Leaders Group travel trends survey. Sometimes their customised experience is through community service in a foreign land.IschiaSet in the Tyrrhenian Sea, about an hour off the coast of Naples, Italy, is a small mountainous island called Ischia that is a dream for any traveler looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the nearby Amalfi Coast, said Atlanta Travel Leaders advisor Marybeth Green, who just returned from Italy.“The major cities of Western Europe are wonderful, but Ischia offers the views, charm and experiences without the crushing crowds,” Green said. Ischia offers stunning views of the Bay of Naples and some of the best beaches in Italy. Ischia Pointe is home to most of the hotels, charming shops and cafes. Adventurous outdoor enthusiasts will want to head to the town of Fontana, where they can journey to the top of Mount Epomeo, which rises more than 2,500 feet above sea level and offers stunning 360-degree views of Capri and the Sorrentina Peninsula.TallinnWhile virtually all European cities provide charm and culture, the port cities lining the Baltic shores – from St. Petersburg, Russia to Helsinki, Finland, are worth the trip. One stop in particular is Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia with its beautiful beaches and all the trappings of a modern metropolis. It’s one of the ports of call on the Crystal Cruises Serenity Baltic Treasures cruise that sails from Denmark to Sweden.“Tallinn is really a Baltic gem wrapped up in an easily walkable package,” said Ted Blank, a luxury advisor with Travel Leaders in Stillwater, Minnesota. “As overtourism becomes a fact of life in many destinations, travellers are seeking a stress-free alternative that still allows authentic cultural experiences. Less crowded destinations can offer tremendous historical, cultural, and culinary highlights in a serene environment, where the locals still welcome travelers with open arms,” he added. For example. Tallinn’s Old Town neighbourhood, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with cobblestone streets, is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Northern Europe.Tuamotu IslandsA cruise in the southern Pacific Ocean is one way travellers can uncover the hidden gem of the Tuamotu Islands, a French Polynesian chain of almost 80 islands and low-lying atolls near the eastern part of Tahiti. Whether one arrives on a Silversea Cruises world cruise or a 10-day Windstar Cruises sailing, it’s awe-inspiring to realise that The Tuamotus cover 16 regions in an archipelago that stretches across an area roughly the size of Western Europe. Manihi, built on a coral reef, is the farthest north of Tuamotu Archipelego and is less than a two-hour flight from Tahiti. This obscure getaway, known as the Island of Pearls, has a lagoon perfect for scuba diving, especially for people interested in searching for black pearls.“Traveling to destinations that are less crowded can be a great way for clients to really immerse themselves in the local culture,” said Lynch. Manihi is less inhabited than its largest sister, Rangiroa, and is a great location for connecting with the local fishermen.Canadian Rockies“The view of the Canadian Rockies onboard the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train allows unparalleled views in a comfortable, relaxed setting, with all of the details taken care of,” said Blank, adding that there are opportunities to stop and visit the quaint mountain towns and parks. For one, Banff National Park is a bucket list destination that thrills millions of visitors a year, with certain areas in the Alberta park, such as Lake Louise being extremely popular for their hiking trails, skiing and turquoise lakes.For a less crowded experience, but all the joys and natural wonders of the Canadian Rockies, venture across the border into British Columbia to visit Yoho National Park, which sits along the western slope of the Continental Divide of the Americas. Although Yoho is the smallest of the country’s national parks, within its borders is The Takakkaw Falls, the second largest waterfall in Canada and a site to behold.Other feedback“I had a client who wanted to rent a private island for his wife’s 40th birthday,” said Rey Alton, a Travel Leaders advisor in Houston, Texas. “He wanted space for a total of five couples, so they could include their friends, and he wanted a private chef capable of unique culinary options. We found them the perfect island – Cayo Espanto in Belize. It has only seven villas – the ultimate in privacy and an on-site massage therapist. At $25,000 a night, it is also the ultimate in luxury.”Not all luxury travel is as pricey or as remote. “Luxury travel is trending toward unique vacation locations such as Greenland, which is only a 90-minute flight from Iceland,” said Valerie Lederle, a Travel Leaders advisor in Colleyville, Texas. “A unique hotel with a small spa, a hot springs experience, a private champagne lunch overlooking the fjords or staying in a deluxe safari-style camp on the edge of the Greenland Ice sheet is a very unique and appealing experience.”“Luxury travel has evolved from being more than just five-star accommodations. It is also five-star itineraries,” stated Allegra Lynch, a Santa Rosa, California-based Travel Leaders advisor. “For example, consumers don’t necessarily think of traveling to the Arctic Circle, but they are open to the idea if they are able to join a luxury winter safari, complete with traditional igloo stays,” she said.“Some want to help with a community project or spend time, for example, in an orphanage in Africa for an extended period of time, not just for an hour or two,” said Tom Mieczynski, a luxury Travel Leaders advisor in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. “They fulfil deeper connections with themselves by stepping out of their comfort zones and finding real meaning in their experiences.”Travel Leaders Network is one of the largest sellers of luxury travel, cruises and tours in the travel agency industry, with approximately 6,600 travel agency locations across the United States and Canada.Lead image: Ischia in the Tyrrhenian Sea.More info at travelleaders.comGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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