Month: October 2019

GoodBulk Upbeat on Capesize Market

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Goodbuulk Dry bulk vessel owner and operator GoodBulk believes that secondhand Capesize vessels currently represent the most attractive risk adjusted return opportunity. “As such, the company continues to focus its capital allocation to this segment,” the company said announcing its business results for the third quarter of the year.The third quarter of 2018 saw a continuation of the improvement in the Capesize market as measured by the benchmark Baltic 180,000 dwt 5TC index (BCI). GoodBulk said that Capesize rates in July and August were the strongest so far this year with July averaging USD 23,952 per day and August averaging USD 25,209 per day, 195% and 57% above the same months of last year, respectively.As disclosed, September rates moved lower mainly due to softening coal imports into China as the nation had ample stocks to feed its power stations. Capesize rates averaged USD 17,177 per day, 13% lower than the same month last year. The market started to improve slowly in October with rates averaging USD 18,602 per day.The strong market pushed the company’s revenues and net other operating income (expenses) to USD 56.2 million, and net income of USD 14.5 million in the third quarter of 2018, against USD 0.7 million profit posted last year.For the nine months GoodBulk reported a net income of USD 27.2 million, a major boost from USD 1.2 million booked in the same period in 2017.“Management remains optimistic that supply and demand fundamentals in the Capesize market will remain strong supported by historically low fleet growth and growth in tonne miles,” the company pointed out.Commenting on the installation of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS), the dry bulker owner said this would be evaluated on a case by case basis depending upon the age of each ship and the market conditions at the time of the required installation. Currently, no BWTS investments are planned before 2020.Following delivery of the two Capesize vessels in October 2018, GoodBulk controls a fleet of twenty-five Capesize, one Panamax, and two Supramax dry bulk vessels with an average age of 9.5 years. Supramax vessel MV Aquapride was sold in July and it is expected to be delivered to its new owner in November 2018.last_img read more

Taking New Steps To Fight Childhood Obesity

first_imgNova Scotia is taking more action to fight childhood obesity. Premier John Hamm announced today, March 5, $300,000 towards theOffice of Health Promotion’s Active Kids, Healthy Kidsinitiative. More investments in healthy and active lifestyleswill also be announced within the next 60 days. “Today’s healthy children are tomorrow’s healthier province. This money and this program is about giving parents, educatorsand community leaders the tools they need to ensure our childrenlive longer, healthier lives,” said the premier. “As a provinceand as a society, we must do more to make healthy living apriority, especially among our young people.” The funding was confirmed today at a luncheon for communityorganizers for Active Kids, Healthy Kids. The $2.4 millionprogram, launched in 2002, is a three-year strategy to increasethe number of children and youth who exercise regularly andmaintain a healthy lifestyle. “Healthy living does not require our kids to be great athletes,nor should it ever exclude families on the basis of income,” saidthe premier. “All it requires is a sensible commitment to gooddiets and good physical activity, and a commitment from each ofus — including the government — to making these choices as easyand accessible as possible.” In December 2002, Premier Hamm established the Office of HealthPromotion, under the leadership of minister Rodney MacDonald, toimprove the long-term health of Nova Scotians, through suchmeasures as reducing the number of obese children. A recentreport from the Canadian Population Health Initiative says thatobesity rates have increased significantly among children overthe last 20 years.last_img read more

Spring Sitting Ends with Passage of Sixth Consecutive Balanced Budget

first_imgWith unanimous consent, the government passed it sixth consecutive balanced budget for Nova Scotians. The end of the spring sitting today, April 13, means the 2007-08 budget, along with 17 government bills and two opposition bills, have become law. Central to the government’s legislative agenda is the new Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, which builds on some of the best work government and the private sector have done on the environment and the economy in the past few years. It recognizes that the province’s environmental assets are the foundation for long-term prosperity. “This legislation sets the stage for moving toward our government’s goal of achieving one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world by 2020,” Premier Rodney MacDonald said. Legislation also includes a bill to establish a Nova Scotia Medal of Bravery, stricter rules for new drivers, legislation giving Nova Scotia workers the option to retire or continue to work when they reach the age of 65, and key changes to the Education Act to give communities a clear, predictable process so all voices and considerations are heard before a decision about a school’s future is made. “Even in the face of a looming challenge presented by the federal government after reversing its decision on the Atlantic Accord, this government has honoured its commitment to balanced budgets and debt reduction,” Premier MacDonald said. “My mandate for the province was also based on a promise to our future generations to clean up our environment. Our government has stayed true to these vital, fundamental commitments to Nova Scotians.” This year’s Financial Measures Act moves forward with a number of tax initiatives to make Nova Scotia more competitive and to encourage business investment. Changes include a tax break for volunteer firefighters, post-secondary graduates and digital media productions. Another bill establishes the legal framework for the opening of the Donkin mine and provides project developers with predictability from regulators. Also announced during the session were regulations to strengthen employers’ responsibility to protect workers from physical violence and threats of physical violence on the job. They outline the to address the risk of workplace violence in sectors where the problem is most acute. “While minority government presents its own challenges,” the premier said, “it also presents positive opportunities.” The minority government unanimously supported a motion to push for the federal government to honour the Atlantic Accord. The members also honoured the fallen on the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy as well as Canadian soldiers killed on Easter Sunday, including Dartmouthian Master Cpl. Christopher P. Stannix. The House also paid tribute to the continued faithful work of the government House leader, Finance Minister Michael Baker, who guided the government through another minority sitting while continuing with his cancer treatment.last_img read more

Province Offer Condolences to Norway

first_imgCommunity Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse is offering heartfelt condolences to the people of Norway in the wake of the attacks on July 22 that killed 76 people. “I know all Nova Scotians are shocked and saddened by the attacks and join me in expressing our sorrow for the people Norway, their families, friends and relatives,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “Nova Scotia has a strong bond with Norway: we both have a long North Atlantic shoreline, and Nova Scotia was a base for hundreds of young Norwegians during the Second World War.” Friday’s attacks began with a bombing outside government offices and was followed about 90 minutes later by a mass shooting at a youth camp that killed at least 68 people, including a number of children. A man has been arrested and charged for both attacks. Some people have left flowers on the Norwegian war memorial in Halifax and there are plans for a possible memorial service to recognize the province’s strong history with the Scandinavian country. When Germany invaded Norway in 1940, hundreds of ships stranded at sea sought help, including seven factory ships and 16 whalers that came to Halifax. The sailors were eventually housed at “Camp Norway” in Lunenburg, which eventually became a training school for some 1,400 sailors who would serve with the Royal Norwegian Navy. The Norwegians became well established along the South Shore from Chester to Liverpool.last_img read more

Minister Encourages Participation in Environment Week Activities

first_imgThe province is encouraging Nova Scotians to participate in Environment Week activities close to home. United Nations World Environment Day is marking its 40th anniversary on Tuesday, June 5. Many countries, including Canada, have expanded celebrations to a week, which runs Sunday, June 3 to Saturday, June 9, this year. It is a time to highlight, and encourage, action on environmental issues and sustainability. This year’s theme is Sustainable Energy For All. “Protecting our environment is a year-round activity, but Environment Week is a great opportunity to think about how we can do even more to protect our air, land and water resources,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “Whether it’s cleaning up litter, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions or using sustainable transportation, there are many ways to show our commitment to helping the environment this week.” Activities this week include: — Clean Across Nova Scotia, organized by Clean Nova Scotia, is part of a worldwide initiative June 8-9. A map of community litter pickups is available at http://clean.ns.ca/programs/waste/cleanacrossns/ . — The Downtown Halifax Business Commission and Eastlink are sponsoring a litter pickup on Wednesday. For more information, visit http://downtownhalifax.ca/index.php/events/ . — The Commuter Challenge is a week-long, friendly competition between cities to see how many residents can use environmentally sustainable forms of transportation. Information on how to participate is located at http://commuterchallenge.ca/blog/ . The Environment Department protects the environment and health of Nova Scotians by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, diverting solid waste resources from landfills and keeping drinking water safe. For more information, visit www.gov.ns.ca/nse/.last_img read more

Le gouvernement provincial lutte contre lintimidation et la cyberintimidation grâce à un

first_img « L’intimidation est un problème déchirant et complexe pour lequel il n’existe pas de solution facile, a dit Mme Jennex. Il s’agit d’un problème sociétal que tout le monde peut aider à prévenir en élevant la voix. C’est ainsi que nous apporterons de réels changements. » Le plan, annoncé à l’école secondaire Dartmouth High School, appuie une intervention communautaire en ce qui a trait à l’intimidation et à la cyberintimidation. « Je crois qu’ici, à l’école Dartmouth High School, nous visons à inclure tout le monde peu importe le sexe, la race, l’orientation sexuelle et la religion, a dit Rosa Poirier-McKiggan, élève de 12e année. Nous sommes fiers de la diversité de nos groupes qui visent l’égalité, le respect et un avenir progressif. Ces groupes incluent, entre autres, Eco Club, Human Rights Club, Club 5, Multicultural Club et Gay Straight Alliance. » « En encourageant l’engagement des élèves du point de vue culturel, à l’intérieur et à l’extérieur des classes, nous renforçons la confiance en soi des élèves en leur offrant différentes expériences éducatives et culturelles », a dit Eartha Monard, directrice de l’école Dartmouth High School. Les deux composantes du plan, « Élevons la voix! Plan d’action pour la lutte contre les comportements d’intimidation et de cyberintimidation » et « Élevons la voix! Mesures pour lutter contre les comportements d’intimidation et de cyberintimidation », peuvent être consultées à l’adresse www.ednet.ns.ca. Créer un centre d’information pour les jeunes, les enseignants, les parents et les membres de la communauté afin que l’aide et les ressources soient faciles à trouver. Offrir une formation au personnel des écoles pour leur permettre d’apprendre à reconnaître les problèmes de santé mentale. À l’heure actuelle, tout le personnel de soutien des écoles, y compris les conducteurs d’autobus, sont formés pour reconnaître et signaler les incidents d’intimidation. Organiser une conférence annuelle sur l’intimidation et la cyberintimidation. Offrir des subventions aux écoles pour l’élaboration de ressources approuvées pour les programmes d’études sur l’apprentissage social et émotionnel qui abordent l’intimidation. Exiger que tous les conseils scolaires signalent chaque année les incidents de comportement gravement perturbateur, y compris l’intimidation et la cyberintimidation, afin d’en examiner les causes. Organier un symposium en mars pour les dirigeants de la police. Réviser le Code de conduite dans les écoles de la Nouvelle-Écosse afin de définir l’intimidation et la cyberintimidation. Distribuer des ressources sur l’utilisation responsable des téléphones cellulaires aux clients qui signent un nouveau contrat. Un nouveau plan d’action provincial aborde l’intimidation et la cyberintimidation afin de réduire les incidents et d’aider les jeunes et leurs familles qui en ressentent les effets dévastateurs, selon l’annonce effectuée aujourd’hui 27 février par Ramona Jennex, ministre de l’Éducation. « Les parents aiment profondément leurs enfants et veulent qu’ils soient heureux, qu’ils réussissent et qu’ils soient en bonne santé et en sécurité, a dit Mme Jennex. L’intimidation peut empêcher tout ça. » « Ce plan aborde l’intimidation et la cyberintimidation de nombreuses façons pour trouver les causes profondes du comportement et réduire ses effets afin que les jeunes puissent un jour vivre dans un monde où l’intimidation est plutôt rare. » Le plan pluriannuel annoncé aujourd’hui, la Journée nationale contre l’intimidation, présente plus de 40 mesures à prendre pour lutter contre l’intimidation et la cyberintimidation. Ces mesures exigent la participation des familles, des écoles, des enseignants, des communautés, de la police, des fournisseurs de soins de santé et de plusieurs ministères gouvernementaux. « Pour aborder les causes de l’intimidation et de la cyberintimidation, il faut une intervention communautaire, a dit Kathleen Richard, coordonnatrice de la lutte contre l’intimidation au ministère de l’Éducation. Le plan d’action du gouvernement adopte une approche coopérative visant à offrir du soutien aux jeunes et à leurs familles pour les aider à s’y retrouver dans un monde en constante évolution. » Voici quelques-unes des mesures clés : last_img read more

General Election Called for October 8

first_imgNova Scotians will be going to polls for a general provincial election on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Premier Darrell Dexter visited Lt-Gov. J. J. Grant today, Sept. 7, to ask that he dissolve the government and call a general election. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to exercise their democratic right to vote, so they have a voice in the legislature,” said Premier Dexter. By law, the campaign must be a minimum of 30 days and the election held on a Tuesday. -30-last_img

Post swearingin Modi has packed international schedule

first_imgNew Delhi: Post his swearing-in on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a tight schedule from June till August as he will be on foreign tours holding bilaterals back to back beginning Maldives, Bishkek and Osaka and in between even finding time for Budget deliberations in New Delhi. In his first bilateral visit post assuming office for the second term, Modi is expected to travel to the Maldives on June 7-8, reports say. The Prime Minister had visited Maldives in November 2018 to attend the swearing-in ceremony of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, after he defeated Abdulla Yameen in the presidential polls. This was followed by Solih’s visit to India in December. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Following that Modi will be attending the annual summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek on June 13-14. Next, the Prime Minister is likely to meet US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, in June. The summit will be held from June 28 to 29. The two leaders had agreed to meet at the G-20 summit during Trump’s congratulatory call to Modi on his Lok Sabha poll victory. The US leader had said that he sees “great things” for India-US relations after Modi’s win. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The White House had said that Trump and Modi pledged to continue to strengthen the US-India strategic partnership, building on the achievements of the last two years. Modi had responded saying: “I too am looking forward to working closely with you for closer bilateral ties, which also augur well for global peace and prosperity.” The Prime Minister will also be meeting leaders from the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) regional bloc who are invited to his inauguration ceremony. According to the External Affairs Ministry, Modi will host Chinese President Xi Jinping in India later this year for which the venue and the dates were being finalised. “During the first Informal Summit in Wuhan, Chinese President Xi had accepted the invitation of PM Modi to visit India for the next Informal Summit in 2019. The two sides are in touch, through diplomatic channels, to finalise the date and venue for the meeting,” the Ministry said in a press statement. The first informal summit between Modi and Xi took place in April 2018 in Wuhan in China.last_img read more

Jabariya Jodi release postponed again

first_imgMumbai: Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra-starrer upcoming film Jabariya Jodi has been rescheduled for release on August 2. The film, which was earlier supposed to hit the screens on May 17, was later postponed to July 12, the release date of much-awaited Hrithik Roshan-starrer Super 30. Announcing the new release date of Jabariya Jodi, producer Ekta Kapoor took to Instagram and wrote: “Zabardasti release date change karwaya (was forced to change the release date). I did not want release between two eclipses. So when too many releases came on that day, we moved to August 2. See you at theatres.” Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’Sidharth also shared the new release date. “The surprise wedding of the year set to arrive on August 2,” he posted on his Twitter account recently. Directed by Prashant Singh, Jabariya Jodi is based on the real issue of ‘Pakadwa Vivah’ (forced marriage), which was once rampant in Bihar. “I think I haven’t played this kind of role earlier in my career and for Parineeti Chopra also, it’s a different world and different role,” Sidharth had said earlier.last_img read more

SubInspector another cop injured while trying to arrest dreaded criminals

first_imgKolkata: A police Sub-Inspector in Nadia’s Chopra suffered bullet injuries in his lower abdomen while another received critical head injuries after being attacked by some miscreants as they went to arrest two dreaded criminals at Laxmipur village late on Friday night.The incident has triggered a political slugfest between the Trinamool Congress and the Congress in the district with one accusing the other of unleashing a reign of terror and backing criminals. The incident sparked tension among the locals prompting the district police officers to set up a police picket in the troubled area. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaA police team reached Dangipara area under Chopra police station on Friday night to arrest two notorious criminals — Md Swadagar and Md Sahid who had reportedly taken refuge in a house. On the basis of specific information, the police raided the spot and surrounded the house. As the police officers were preparing to enter, some miscreants opened fire from the house during which Pintu Burman, an Sub-Inspector was injured. A bullet hit his lower abdomen. The police reportedly retaliated and the incident led to an exchange of fire between the two sides. No miscreants were, however, injured in the police firing. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersLater, when the police team tried to step into the house, a gang of miscreants suddenly attacked them. Another police officer, identified as Praveen Gurung, was injured when his head was slashed with a sharp weapon. The police have, however, managed to arrest a number of them, including main accused Md Swadagar against whom many criminal cases were pending in various police stations in the district. According to the police, Burman and Gurung are undergoing treatment in two separate hospitals in North Bengal. Senior police officers including IG North Bengal Anand Kumar visited Chopra.last_img read more

Khandu seeks Centres help to fast track road rail projects reform agri

first_imgItanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has emphasised the need to fast track communication programmes in the state, while seeking support from the Centre for structural reformation of the state’s agriculture sector, an official release said. Addressing the fifth governing council meet of NITI Aayog, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, the chief minister presented the status of rail, road and air projects in the state. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana He also underlined the roadmap for Arunachal’s development, with special mention of rainwater harvesting and water management plans, the release said. Speaking on the ‘aspirational districts programme’, Khandu briefed Niti Aayog on the achievements and challenges faced by the state in implementing it. He also shed light on the enormous potential of the state in the fields of agriculture and allied sectors, tourism and hydro power, which, he insisted, if systematically harnessed would take the state to new heights. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah The chief minister also sought the Centre’s support in modernising the police force in the state, while participating in a discussion on security matters. Stressing the need for a permanent bureaucracy, Khandu requested the policy think-tank to consider creating a separate IAS cadre for the state. The pace of development gets affected as the state still functions under Union territory cadre, the CM said. “Owing to Arunachal’s vastness and diversities, the officers posted here need at least two to three years to understand the pulse of the state. By the time they know, they are transferred, hampering development,” he reasoned. Claiming that the state has been ignored when it came to distribution of foreign funds, Khandu requested Niti Aayog to device a mechanism to overcome this hurdle and compensate Arunachal Pradesh accordingly. The CM also urged the Centre to relax the guidelines of its flagship programmes for Arunachal Pradesh. “The tough and the inaccessible terrain in the state makes it difficult for agencies to implement the programmes as per guidelines,” he said.last_img read more

Plane that flew MLAs belongs to firm linked with BJP RS member

first_imgBengaluru: The chartered plane in which 10 dissident MLAs of the Congress and the JD(S) flew from here to Mumbai belongs to a company associated with Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a Rajya Sabha member of the BJP, company sources said here.The plane belongs to Jupiter Capital Private Limited. Chandrasekhar is the founder and chairman of the company. Admitting that the aircraft that ferried the MLAs belonged to Jupiter Capital, the company officials clarified that they were running a business and whoever wanted to use the plane could do so. “It is a charter operation and the aircraft is chartered regularly by various people,” a top official of the company told PTI requesting anonymity. The officials refused to divulge the information as to who had booked the flight and on whose behalf. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The Congress has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of hatching a conspiracy to topple the party’s coalition government with the Janata Dal (Secular) in Karnataka. Former chief minister Siddaramaiah, former Union minister Mallikarjun Kharge and Karnataka Water Resource Minister D K Shivakumar reiterated their charge on Sunday that the saffron party was behind the current political turmoil in the southern state. However, the BJP has been maintaining that it has nothing to do with it and the rebellion is a fallout of the squabbling between the two ruling coalition partners. Congress spokesperson K E Radhakrishna said, “It is obvious that their (BJP’s) hand is very much behind (the attempt to topple the government). They cannot fool people. Central leaders of the BJP are involved in this. Their role is as clear as the sun.” Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedHe claimed that the chartered plane was kept ready at the HAL Airport here to fly the dissident legislators out as soon as they came out of the Raj Bhavan after meeting Governor Vajubhai Vala on Saturday. Radhakrishna alleged that the conspiracy to bring down the government was planned a week earlier, when rebel JD(S) MLA A H Vishwanath went to Delhi and met BJP leaders there. Vishwanath could not be contacted, despite repeated attempts. The JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka is facing a crisis after 12 MLAs of the alliance submitted their resignations to the state Assembly Speaker on Saturday. The troubled ruling coalition, which has 118 MLAs in the 224-member Assembly, faces the risk of losing its majority in the House if the resignations are accepted.last_img read more

Congress national media coordinator resigns

first_imgNew Delhi: Amid a leadership vacuum in the Congress, its national media coordinator Rachit Seth on Thursday resigned from the post saying there was no meaning holding any post after Rahul Gandhi quit as President. Earlier, Seth tweeted that “45 days have gone and apart from media loaded speculation, there is no sign of (a) new Congress President. “Karnataka and Goa developments depict that anarchy is creeping in where opportunists and power brokers are having the last laugh. No point in blaming BJP… fault within,” he said, quickly adding that his tweets were personal in nature. Later, while announcing his resignation, he said: “My life and blood will always carve for a liberal and progressive India and Indira Gandhi shall always remain my inspiration.”last_img read more

Differentlyabled artists render colours of freedom

first_imgShe cannot walk. Her hands do not move. That does not mean she cannot do anything. Wheelchair-bound Sunitha Thrippanikkara makes everyone around proud with her work. The 36-year-old Sunitha is a mouth painter. In 2017, she bagged the National Award for mouth painting from President Ram Nath Kovind. Now she is one out of few differently-abled artists who have designed posters for the National Geographic documentary, ‘The Great Indian Election’. The posters define the symbol of freedom. Sunitha’s piece depicts freedom through her painting of a girl sitting on the globe of democracy. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAccording to Sunitha, through her effort she has tried to portray her dreams and emotions. “Painting is my passion. I live my dreams through my paintings. Things which I can’t do practically, I try to put them on my canvas. These water colours add light to my life,” she said. Sunitha was born with muscular dystrophy and gradually her body lost all strength. Later, she became unable to use her limbs. However, she never let her disability come in her way to success. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”I have been painting since childhood. Earlier, I used to paint with my hands but owing to weakness, my hands stopped functioning and I had to stop painting. When I got to know that I can’t paint anymore, I was disappointed. I was upset because painting is my life. Then I met mouth artist Ganesh Kumar and saw him painting with his mouth. It inspired me and made me believe that nothing is impossible. That’s how I started painting with my mouth,” she recalled. After meeting her mentor Ganesh Kumar, Sunitha has never looked back. She continued painting, and till date, she has created over 3,000 paintings. She has also conducted exhibitions nationally as well as internationally. Apart from painting, Sunitha, who is a Master of Arts in Malayalam literature, often writes poetry and short stories. The Kerala-based artist is now preparing for an exhibition in Dubai but “the thought of boarding a flight” bothers her. Sunitha has raised concern over the lack of disabled-friendly transportation facilities in India. Recalling her travel experience in public transport, she shared that she felt like a “luggage” whenever she travelled on a plane. “The process is more than just cumbersome at airports. I have travelled in flights thrice in my life and have had a very bad experience. “The staff made me change my wheelchair three times before I could board the flight, and made me wait for long. My body cannot take so much pain. Airlines should create separate front seats for disabled people. Even in trains, you cannot take more than one helper along with you in a coach meant for disabled people. All these things should be changed. Our public system should be friendly to everyone,” she said. Like Sunitha, Bandenawaz Nadaf is also an artist who has never considered his disability a hindrance. Bandenawaz was born with disability of upper limbs. His right hand is a short stump and he doesn’t have a left hand. So, he started writing with his foot and gradually developed an interest in art. Soon, he started painting with his foot. He is currently a member of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Association. He, too, has designed posters for the “The Great Indian Election”. His theme encourages voting in the rural areas, and advocates voting for all. Asked if there is anything from which he wants freedom, Bandenawaz said: “I want freedom from discrimination. I want society to treat disabled people equally and behave normally.”last_img read more

Jio tops 4G download speed in July Vodafone leads upload speed

first_imgNew Delhi: Reliance Jio has topped the 4G download speed chart and Vodafone the 4G upload one in July, according to telecom regulator TRAI. Reliance Jio continued to lead the average 4G download speeds last month. Jio achieved 21.0 Mbps average download speed in July, witnessing an improvement from 17.6 Mbps in June. Jio was the fastest 4G operator in 2018 with the highest average download speed in all 12 months, and this year again, it has topped the list in all seven months so far. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year State-run BSNL topped in the 3G speed category. Bharti Airtel dipped in July to 8.8 Mbps from 9.2 Mbps in June, according to the data published by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India(TRAI). Though Vodafone and Idea Cellular have merged their businesses and now operate as Vodafone Idea, TRAI has published their network performance separately. The average 4G download speed on the Vodafone network also dipped to 7.7 Mbps in July, from 7.9 Mbps in June. Idea registered a marginal improvement in average download speed from 6.1 Mbps in June to 6.6 Mbps in July. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Vodafone topped the average 4G upload speed chart with 5.8 Mbps in July, an improvement from 5.7 Mbps in June. Idea and Airtel networks registered slight decline in average 4G upload speed in July at 5.3 Mbps and 3.2 Mbps, respectively, while Jio witnessed improvement with 4.3 Mbps average upload speed. The average speed is computed by TRAI based on data it collects with the help of its MySpeed application on real-time basis.last_img read more

Man Utd held by Wolves after Pogbas penalty woe

first_imgWolverhampton (United Kingdom): Manchester United were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against Wolves after Paul Pogba’s penalty was saved by Rui Patricio at Molineux. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side took the lead through Anthony Martial’s second Premier League goal of the season in the first half. Ruben Neves hit a brilliant equaliser for Wolves after the interval before France star Pogba was denied by Patricio. It was a curious decision for Pogba to take the spot-kick as Marcus Rashford had scored a penalty in last weekend’s 4-0 victory over Chelsea and also memorably netted the Champions League last-16 winner from the spot against Paris Saint Germain last term. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Pogba has now missed four Premier League penalties since the start of last season. United would have gone top of the table with a win, but instead they were left to reflect on an inconsistent performance that underlined why Solskjaer still has a lot of work to do to turn his team into title contenders. While there were moments of promise in attack and defence, United didn’t take their chances and crumbled too easily when they came under pressure in their second game of the season. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later At an average of 24 years and 173 days, Solskjaer had picked United’s youngest Premier League starting line-up since the final day of the 2016-17 campaign. Daniel James made his maiden start for United after the close-season signing from Swansea scored his first goal as a substitute against Chelsea. There was no place in the matchday squad for Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, who has been linked with Inter Milan. Solskjaer has described James as United’s ‘x-factor’, but the 21-year-old didn’t win any friends when he was booked for diving in a failed attempt to win a free-kick from referee Jon Moss. United threatened for the first time when another of their young guns Rashford spun past Ryan Bennett on the left side of the Wolves area and crossed towards Martial, who did not make enough contact as the ball flashed past him. It was a warning Wolves failed to heed as United took the lead with an incisive raid in the 27th minute. – Revitalised Wolves – ====================== Breaking inside from left, Luke Shaw found Jesse Lingard who moved the ball onto Rashford. Rashford slipped a perfectly-weighted pass to Martial in the Wolves area and the French forward blasted a superb strike into the roof of the net without breaking stride. Solskjaer had called for Martial to be more clinical and, his message received loud and clear, the Norwegian clapped approvingly on the touchline. Martial’s goal took him to 50 for United in all competitions since his move from Monaco in 2015. Martial should have doubled United’s lead on the stroke of half-time when he pounced on Bennett’s misplaced pass and eased past Willy Boly, only to tread on the ball when he seemed certain to score. Well marshalled by Harry Maguire, United denied Wolves a single shot on target in the first half. But Wolves were revitalised after the interval by the introduction of the speedy Adama Traore. Suddenly, Maguire and company did not look so solid and Raul Jimenez glanced a free-kick against the far post with United keeper David De Gea rooted. Wolves’ pressure paid off in the 55th minute when a short corner was worked to Neves on the edge of the area and the Portugal midfielder curled a sublime strike into the top corner. Neves’s eye-catching effort survived a VAR review for offside in the build-up and he celebrated his 10th goal from outside the area since joining Wolves. United had a golden chance to reclaim the lead when Martial found Pogba in the Wolves area and the France midfielder was clipped by Conor Coady. Pogba and Rashford appeared to discuss who should take the spot-kick. Whoever made the final call, it proved a bad move as Pogba’s powerful drive was superbly pushed away by Patricio.last_img read more

SC allows Mehbooba Muftis daughter to meet her in Kashmir

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter to meet her in Kashmir, where she is under detention following abrogation of Article 370. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi allowed Iltija, Mufti’s daughter, to meet her after she submitted in the court that she has no problem in going to her Srinagar residence but has not been able to move out freely there. In her petition, Iltija had submitted that she is concerned about her mother’s health as she has not met her for a month.last_img read more

Zomato lays off 541 staffers says blame it on automation

first_imgNew Delhi: Food delivery platform Zomato on Saturday said that it has laid off 541 people — 10 per cent of the company’s strength — across customer, merchant and delivery partner support teams.The reason behind the move is an improved Zomato platform with Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven bots and automation in resolving customer queries that has led to an overall reduction in direct order-related support queries, the company said in a statement. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”While this has been a painful decision, to make the transition smoother, we have extended between two-month months severance pay (based on tenure), family health insurance cover (till the end of January 2020) and career fair opportunities with companies,” said Zomato. The company, which is at the loggerheads with the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) over deep discounts in its fine-dining Gold programme, claimed it has improved the speed of service resolution and now only 7.5 per cent of its orders need support (down from 15 per cent in March).last_img read more