zoom NYSE-listed dry bulk owner and operator Scorpio Bulkers has entered into an agreement with an unrelated third party to time charter-in one Ultramax vessel.Under the deal, the vessel will be chartered for a period of two years at around USD 10,125 per day with an option to extend the agreement for one year at USD 10,885 per day.The company did not unveil the details of the ship in question, however, it informed that the time charter is expected to commence prior to the end of October 2017.Earlier in April, Scorpio Bulkers decided to sell its two 2014-built Kamsarmax vessels SBI Cakewalk and SBI Charleston to unaffiliated third parties for some USD 45 million in total.Featuring 81,600 dwt, the ships, which were built by Chinese Jiangnan Shanghai Changxing Heavy Industries, were added to Scorpio Bulkers’ fleet in August and September 2014, respectively.Following the completion of the sales, Scorpio Bulkers will own a fleet of 46 vessels, consisting of 18 Kamsarmax and 28 Ultramax ships, with a total carrying capacity of 3.2 million deadweight tonnes.
APTN National NewsJohn Graham has been convicted of murder in teh death of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash.Graham was found guilty Friday in connection with the 1975 execution of Aquash.Graham and Aquash were both members of the American Indian Movement.Graham’s family says his murder conviction is unjust.
The Toronto stock market was slightly higher Monday, led by rising resource stocks while traders look to the U.S. Federal Reserve to come up with another jolt of stimulus to revive a flagging economy.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 20.48 points to 12,288.5 while the TSX Venture Exchange added 2.14 points to 1,278.86.The Canadian dollar was up 0.2 of a cent to 102.43 cents US as copper prices added to Friday’s sharp runup on stimulus hopes.The loonie was also supported by the hawkish stance by the Bank of Canada.The central bank left its key rate unchanged at one per cent last week and repeated language indicating rates will likely rise at some point in the future.U.S. markets were lacklustre after jobs data last week missed modest expectations, raising expectations the Fed will announce on Thursday another round of bond-buying, known as quantitative easing, to help lower interest rates and thus boost loan growth.“Fed fumes is how I’ve referred to it,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis. “It’s abundantly clear right now that the markets are being powered by expectations of what central banks are going to do.”The Dow Jones industrial average was up 13.86 points to 13,320.5, while the Nasdaq composite index was down 11.4 points to 3,125.02. The S&P 500 index slipped 0.04 of a point to 1,437.88.Traders were also cautious as data released Monday showed that China’s economic slump is worsening.Imports declined 2.6 per cent from a year earlier, below analysts’ expectations of growth in low single digits. That came on top of August’s decline in factory output to a three-year low and other signs growth is still decelerating despite repeated stimulus efforts.A slowing Chinese economy is particularly bad news for commodity prices and stocks on the resource-intensive Toronto stock market. Analysts expect Chinese growth fell to a three-year low of 7.6 per cent in the latest quarter.In a speech to the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation meeting in Vladivostok, Russia, Chinese President Hu Jintao gave no growth forecast or details of possible new stimulus but promised to continue a “proactive fiscal policy,” or government spending to pump up the economy.The base metals segment rose one per cent as hopes for further stimulus measures from central banks pushed copper prices to a 17-week high. The December contract in New York ahead five cents to US$3.69 a pound, adding to a 13-cent jump on Friday.“Copper is a China story,” added Fehr, noting China is the world’s biggest consumer of the metal watched as an economic barometer as it is used in so many industries. “(China) will post a pretty good number in 2012 and if indeed we’re going to get more easing out of the Chinese central bank, that will only provide additional support for internal demand.”Sherritt International (TSX:S) rose 27 cents to C$4.71 and Taseko Mines (TSX:TKO) rose 11 cents to $3.36.The energy sector edged up 0.45 per cent with oil prices lower following three days of gains. The October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange off 13 cents to US$96.29 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) climbed 29 cents to C$31.83.Talisman Energy Inc., (TSX:TLM) shares ran up 28 cents to $14.15 as the company said that John Manzoni has agreed to step down as president and chief executive. He’s being replaced by Hal Kvisle, a former CEO of TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) who is already a Talisman director.The telecom sector was ahead 0.45 per cent with Telus Corp. (TSX:T) ahead 45 cents to $62.21.BCE (TSX:BCE) gained 17 cents to $44.31 as it said it will launch a made-in-Canada competitor to Netflix, available in English and French. CEO George Cope made the announcement at a CRTC hearing in Montreal into Bell’s $3.4-billion acquisition of Astral Media.Financial stocks were also positive as Royal Bank (TSX:RY) improved by 40 cents to $56.59.Gold stocks led TSX decliners as bullion pulled back $5.50 to US$1,735 an ounce. Iamgold Inc. (TSX:IMG) faded 15 cents to C$13.63.A major TSX loser was Ottawa-based nuclear medicine company Nordion Inc. (TSX:NDN) which lost a arbitration ruling to Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. Nordion shares plunged $3.98 or 38 per cent to $6.48 after falling as low as $5.38 as the company also said it would suspend its quarterly dividend and stop buying back shares on its stock buyback plan.European markets were little changed as London’s FTSE 100 index was off 0.03 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX inched up 0.01 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 was off 0.16 per cent.
“The Secretary-General welcomes the proposal by the Republic of Korea to reopen inter-Korean communication channels and encourages the leadership of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to respond positively,” UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq told journalists in New York. The comments follow Monday’s announcement by the Republic of Korea that its Defence Ministry had proposed to meet with DPRK representatives with the goal of ending hostilities. “The absence of communication channels with the DPRK could be dangerous,” the spokesperson said in today’s press briefing, echoing the statement Mr. Guterres made on 28 April at the Ministerial-level Security Council meeting on non-proliferation. At that time, Mr. Guterres said that “we need to avoid miscalculation and misunderstanding . We need to act now to prevent conflict and achieve sustainable peace.” SEE ALSO: Korean Peninsula: Conflict prevention ‘our collective priority’ but onus also on DPRK, says UN chiefHe urged DRPK to refrain from further testing, comply with relevant Security Council resolution, and explore the resumption of dialogue. “This means reopening and strengthening communication channels, particularly military to military, to lower the risk of miscalculation or misunderstanding,” Mr. Guterres said in that speech.
Today, SMMT released figures for December pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in December 2013 that were defined as pre-registrations.CLICK HERE: Download the December 2013 release.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Members of the OSU offense attempt to move the ball downfield during the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game against Michigan State on Dec. 7. at Lucas Oil Stadium. OSU lost, 34-24.Credit: Lantern file photoFor the majority of the Ohio State offensive line, facing the Michigan State Spartans will be a whole new experience.Three of the Buckeyes’ five starting offensive lineman were not starters against the Spartans last season, and none were starters two years ago, the last time OSU played in East Lansing, Mich.Despite the inexperience, junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker said he is looking forward to Saturday.“I think it will be a really good test of where we are because I definitely think we have improved throughout the season but the few tests we have had, we haven’t played well as a unit,” Decker said Monday, referencing the Virginia Tech and Penn State games. “While I do think we have improved a lot, and we have grown a lot as a unit and as individual players, I think this game will be very telling of where we are at as an offensive line.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he believes the key to a successful program is the ability of a team’s line play, something he believes both the Buckeyes and Spartans have.“I think the programs are somewhat similar,” Meyer said Wednesday. “Not just our two programs, but any really good team, if you watch them play, they are driven by very good line of scrimmage players.”OSU senior tight end Jeff Heuerman agreed with his coach, adding that Michigan State is very talented up front.“They have a good front, four (or) five guys and they blitz a lot. They are very sound on defense,” he said Wednesday.One of those players for the Spartans is redshirt-junior defensive lineman Shilique Calhoun, who was named a Chuck Bednarik and Lombardi award semifinalist this week.Calhoun is tied for fourth in the Big Ten in sacks with six and is tied for 13th in the conference in tackles for loss with 8.5.Against the Buckeyes last season, Calhoun accumulated just four total tackles, including half a sack.Decker said he is relishing the idea of going up against Calhoun for the second straight season.“I’ve been looking forward to playing against him all year. I know for me personally, its going to be a good challenge and a good gauge of where I am as a player,” Decker said. “I remember playing against him last year and … I’m sure he has only gotten better.”Meyer echoed Decker’s comments but added he has confidence in his linemen, both offensively and defensively.“They are very good on defense, (but) I like to think our defensive front is very good against their offensive line,” Meyer said. “These kind of games, which I have been a part of games like this for a long time, it’s a line of scrimmage game.”A member of the Buckeye defensive front, sophomore defensive end Joey Bosa, was also named a semifinalist alongside Calhoun for the Bednarik and Lombardi awards.Bosa has dominated the Big Ten this season, leading the conference in sacks with 10 and tackles for loss with 14.5.Bosa started the 2013 Big Ten championship game against the Spartans last season and recorded OSU’s lone sack and led the team in tackles for loss with two.MSU redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Jack Conklin said in a Tuesday press conference that he is excited to not only take on Bosa, but the Buckeye defensive line as a whole.“Obviously he’s a great player, see him this season and last season, he bounces around a lot so the whole line is going to have to be ready to play against him. Obviously I’m excited to play such a great player,” Conklin said. “I mean, you come to Michigan State to play the best teams, and obviously I’m excited to play against Bosa and the whole offensive line is excited to play one of the best D-lines in the nation.”The battle in the trenches is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. from East Lansing, Mich.
Updated 8.40pmFINANCE MINISTER MICHAEL Noonan has said that “on the face of it”, the CRC top-up money should be paid back.Speaking to George Lee on The Business on RTÉ Radio 1 this morning, he described the recent revelations about the Central Remedial Clinic and its payments to some staff as “an astounding set of circumstances and absolutely shocking”.He said he thinks that the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) approach “is the correct one and I suppose what the chairman John McGuinness said: that they should be allowed to process all the information and come up with a conclusion after examining the relevant witnesses.”He also said he hopes that the former chairman – Hamilton Goulding – appears before the PAC “where he can tell his side of the story”.Added Noonan of garda involvement:I don’t think it would be appropriate that the PAC inquiry would be inhibited in any way by an early intervention of the guards, but when the PAC has completed its work and arrived at conclusions then the other relevant agencies could get involved.When asked by Lee “should the money be returned”, Noonan replied: “On the face of it it should, yes.”Unmitigated messMeanwhile, Deputy Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Féin said on RTÉ radio, while speaking to Claire Byrne today, that there “has been an enormous sense of not just shock but also a numb feeling” and that it had been an “unmitigated mess and scandal”.She said that she hoped when the CRC representatives come before the PAC again, “they come to give the full facts” and “not to dodge questions”.She said that the efforts they have made “to play a game of cat and mouse with us” have failed.McDonald said they have confidence that John Creegan, the HSE’s interim administrator, will come before the CRC “with all of the facts”.She said that the CRC have “acted with utter contempt for their staff and service users” and “contempt towards an Oireachtas committee”.The chair of the PAC, John McGuinness, said that Creegan is due to come before the committee and brief the members on all of the paperwork that he has and what he has found.On the same day, he expects the CRC board, remuneration committee, Brian Conlon and Paul Kiely, to appear before the PAC. McGuinness hopes that this can be done in a matter of weeks.He also stated that he thinks the comments Hamilton Goulding made today should have been kept for the PAC, and that anyone who has information like that “should bring it forward” and give it to the relevant people.First posted 12pmRead: Dáil to debate Sinn Féin bill on charities regulator>Poll: Should Paul Kiely have to give back his CRC retirement package?
All the speculation around when the iPad 2 will be released can end as All Things Digital has been told that iPad 2 is being unveiled on March 2.Apple is apparently set to hold an event on that day, just 8 days from now, where the new tablet will be revealed. And with it we should be confirmation of an official release date along with all the new features it sports.The event is taking place in San Francisco with the most likely venue being the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. We don’t know whether Steve Jobs will be there, but he made it to the meeting with President Obama, so I’m sure everyone is hoping he is well enough to make an appearance if not actually unveil the iPad 2 himself.Read more at All Things Digital
279 Views 38 Comments Share17 Tweet Email Louis Brennan Friday 3 Mar 2017, 7:00 AM By Louis Brennan http://jrnl.ie/3267393 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ALTHOUGH LESS THAN a decade in operation, Airbnb has established itself around the world to such an extent that virtually everyone has already either used it, or knows someone who has used it. However, it has been assailed by critics.They argue that Airbnb’s disruptive approach impacts the hotel sector which traditionally provided relatively stable employment to lower skilled workers, and contributed via taxes to local and national Governments.They also argue that it has contributed to the housing crisis plaguing Anglo-Saxon countries.Disruptive business models Airbnb is one example of disruptive business models that have come into sharp focus in recent years. However, disruption has long been a part of the business world.From the entry of McDonald’s into the fast food sector to low-cost carriers like our own Ryanair into the airline sector, disruptions based on innovative business models have over time impacted industries in a myriad of ways and reshaped industry space.In many cases, the disruption created new market niches thus expanding the industry space. With the advent of McDonald’s, eating out opened up to larger segments of the population, while low cost airlines opened up air transportation to many for whom flying was not an affordable option.These earlier disruptors complemented the focus of incumbent players rather than necessarily displacing them.Those disruptors also tended to have other beneficial effects Source: Shutterstock/Eugenio MarongiuBy increasing competition in the sector, incumbents were forced to adapt or exit with an overall increase in the efficiency of the sector. By making travel more affordable to the masses, the advent of low-cost airlines has proven to be a boon for tourism, including here in Ireland.Even more recently the arrival of disruptive retailers such as Aldi and Lidl into Ireland has increased competition in the grocery sector, providing benefits to consumers and employment in the sector.All of the above is not to imply that there were no losers from disruptive business models in the past. Rather it is to suggest that the plurality of direct and indirect benefits to citizens and society tended to outweigh the costs incurred.Internet platformsRecent years have seen the emergence of disruptive business models based around the exploitation of internet platforms.Such disruptive business models have driven the growth of new companies, provided benefits for consumers and improved overall economic productivity, particularly with the more intensive use of resources.They have tended to spawn new ventures in established sectors that are often in direct opposition to incumbents, as exemplified by the already established Uber and Airbnb.Unlike established players in their respective industries, Uber and Airbnb have operated without incurring the costs of having employees and owning assets in the delivery of their offerings, be it transportation in the case of Uber or short term accommodation in the case of Airbnb.They have also sought to operate as unshackled as they possibly can from the responsibilities and regulations that established players in the industry are obliged to adhere to, in relation to employees and consumers, and in relation to national or local authorities.One example of the latter is the case of Airbnb and adherence to housing property regulations. Their ensuing cost advantage has led consumers to embrace their offerings.Driving the gig economyThese disruptive business models are a driver of the gig economy whose proponents argue offer freedom and flexibility to those working in it.But there are concerns that these recent disruptive business models can also have regressive social effects, undermining job security and contributing to heightened inequality.Critics see them as driving an ever greater share of the workforce to become part of the precariat and the working poor. With 20% of the self-employed in the UK already receiving income support in the form of tax credits, such an outcome creates challenges for the state and for society more generally.Furthermore with incumbents under threat from such disruptive business models, there is the possibility of a race to the bottom with more widespread deployment of similar approaches by incumbents.Distributing growthWhile they can drive productivity and growth, the challenge for society is how the benefits of such growth are distributed. This is particularly so since these disruptive business models can be deployed to favour winner take all outcomes.A heavy responsibility rests with those introducing disruptive business models to seek to ensure that their potentially abundant benefits are shared by all stakeholders.Louis Brennan is a professor in Business Studies at the Trinity Business School. He chaired a panel discussion on this topic as part of the Trinity Global Business Forum, in Trinity College on Thursday March 2 2017.Debate Room: We need a minimum passing distance law or more cyclists will die on our roads>Opinion: ‘Taxpayers who earn significantly less than Bus Éireann drivers are being asked to foot the bill’> Mar 3rd 2017, 7:00 AM Good or evil?: McDonald’s and low cost airlines opened up eating out and travel to us all Disruptive business models like McDonald’s, Airbnb and Uber attract harsh criticism but they have benefits too, writes Louis Brennan.
Image: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ie Aug 31st 2019, 3:43 PM 34,963 Views https://jrnl.ie/4790639 Saturday 31 Aug 2019, 3:43 PM A GROUP OF activists blocked off a section of Lower Liffey Street today, declaring it a “clean-air zone” as part of a campaign to pedestrianise more areas of Dublin City.The occupation was organised as part of the Streets Are for People movement, which involves members of the Dublin Cycling Campaign, Dublin Commuter Coalition, the Irish Pedestrian Network and Extinction Rebellion.Green Party councillor Neasa Hourigan, one of the organisers of the event, said there is already a proposal before Dublin City Council to pedestrianise this section of the street. The council is due to vote on the proposal on Monday. “There’s only 1,000 cars that go down this street every day,” she said.“It would be a prime area to carve out for some kind of low emissions zone so that people with kids, people who want to go have a sandwich, have safe climate-friendly place to be.” An artist’s impression of the proposed Liffey Street Lower plaza.In July, the same activists blocked off Dublin’s South William Street from traffic, a day Hourigan described as “hugely successful”.She said the groups plan to occupy a number of other streets across the city in the future as part of the campaign. Source: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ie“We’re not trying to close down the city to all cars, we’re just trying to show what’s possible and show what spaces should be pedestrianised, should be better for people and more accessible – places to rest, places that are just that bit further away from congestion,” she said. 113 Comments Another Dublin street blocked off by activists in car-free demonstration Councillors are due to vote next week on a proposal to permanently pedestrianise this section of the street. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Michelle Hennessy Image: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ie Share35 Tweet Email Short URL
Several Southwest Washington residents took part when former crewmen of the USS Rainier held their 2016 reunion earlier this month in Vancouver.That wasn’t the only local angle. You can trace that ship’s name — as well as the names of a couple of its seagoing sisters — back to Vancouver.And this doesn’t have anything to with Vancouver’s Kaiser Shipyard, which produced about 140 vessels during World War II. (The USS Rainier was built in Tampa, Fla.)In this case, we’re actually talking about Capt. George Vancouver. His Pacific Coast voyage in 1792 added many names to the British navy’s map of the Northwest, including several mountain peaks.Capt. Vancouver named Mount Rainier after a fellow British naval officer, Rear Admiral Peter Rainier.One of Vancouver’s junior officers, Lt. William Broughton, led an expedition up the Columbia River. In addition to naming a point of land on the north shore after Vancouver, Broughton named a peak to the south after another British admiral, Samuel Hood.Further north, Capt. Vancouver named Mount Baker after the junior officer who discovered it, Joseph Baker.But for many Navy veterans, Rainier, Mount Hood and Mount Baker bring more to mind than the clean snowy slopes of the Cascade Range.
POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A hazmat team was called to a Pompano Beach home after a resident found a suspicious substance inside his mailbox, Thursday.The homeowner, Michael Cooks, was getting his mail near Southeast 23rd Avenue and Second Street at around 10:30 a.m. when he noticed something startling.“I saw powder and a packet of brass tacks, and I thought, ‘What is that doing in there?’” said Cooks. “I was going to taste it, touch it, see what it was, but thought, ‘Better not, could be dangerous.’”Instead, a hazmat team was sent to the house to investigate along with the Broward Sheriff’s Office and Pompano Beach Fire Rescue.The scene was later cleared, but it remains unknown as to what the substance was.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Garth Brooks, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum, and more also slated to join Nashville, Tenn., Country Rising benefit concert for Texas, Florida and Puerto RicoRenée FabianGRAMMYs Oct 2, 2017 – 11:02 am Your favorite country artists have stepped up to the plate to form an all-star line-up to contribute to the hurricane relief efforts in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and other devastated areas. Country Rising Concert Benefits Hurricane Relief carrie-underwood-sam-hunt-join-hurricane-benefit-concert NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 12, 2015 – 11:59 am Carrie Underwood Wins Best Country Solo Performance Facebook Twitter Carrie Underwood, Sam Hunt Join Hurricane Benefit Concert Called Country Rising, the Nashville, Tenn., benefit show will include GRAMMY winners Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Reba McEntire, and Dierks Bentley and GRAMMY nominees Sam Hunt and Martina McBride, among others.Funds raised from the concert will go to the Country Rising Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The fund was created to benefit victims from all the recent hurricanes and their affected areas, including Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands.The concert will be held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Nov. 12. Tickets will go on sale starting Oct. 6.Puerto Rico: Lin-Manuel Miranda Pens Star-Studded Benefit Track Email News
Share your voice Facebook’s logo. James Martin/CNET Facebook said Wednesday that more people are visiting its video hub Facebook Watch and spending more time there compared with the end of last year.The number of people visiting Watch every month increased to more than 720 million, up 80% from the 400 million reported in December. The number of daily visitors rose to 140 million, up 87%, from 75 million in December. Facebook counts visitors only after they have spent at least one minute on a Watch video, a sign that the viewing is intentional.The average time a visitor spent with Watch rose to 26 minutes, up 30%, from 20 minutes. The growth in viewers suggests Facebook has had some success luring visitors to its video project, which went global less than a year ago. Facebook Watch streams original shows, such as Huda Boss, Five Points, Sacred Lies, and Sorry For Your Loss.Still, the number of people who visit Facebook Watch is smaller than other video sites. YouTube has more than 2 billion logged-in viewers every month. As Facebook tries to attract more people to watch videos, it also has to make sure it moderates content that violates its rules such as hate speech, nudity and violence.Facebook said it’s partnering with entertainment, news and sports producers around the world to bring new shows to its online audience. Those include The Voice Germany and MTV’s The Real World. The company recently started a news program, called Uncovered and produced by the UK’s award-winning Channel 4 News, to combat online news. Facebook will also stream sports, including highlights from International Cricket Council’s world cup and Australian Football League. Facebook already streams a handful of Major League Baseball games. Tags Internet Services Tech Industry 0 Post a comment Facebook
A controversial mine near Southeast Alaska’s border won approval from Canada’s federal government on Friday.The Kerr-Sulphurets – Mitchell project’s environmental protection plan got the OK from the nation’s Ministry of the Environment.The project, known as the KSM, is in northwest British Columbia, northeast of Ketchikan and east of Wrangell.Brent Murphy, of mine owner Seabridge Gold, says the federal action is an important step.“It means that the project can proceed,” Murphy said. “We’ve received both the provincial and Canadian governments’ approvals.”“Essentially, it’s an approval in principal and now we move forward in the permitting phase.”He says the project has about 100 of the 150 permits it needs. It’s also seeking investors to develop the proposed $5.3 billion mine.The KSM is a copper, gold and silver deposit upstream of two rivers that enter the ocean within about 50 miles of Ketchikan.Fisheries, tribal and environmental groups in Southeast Alaska oppose development, saying the mine would pollute those rivers and harm salmon and those who eat them.Canada’s action disturbs Carrie James, who co-chairs Southeast’s United Tribal Transboundary Mining Working Group.“I’m just really disappointed in the decision; it doesn’t surprise me. We’re not going to stop. We’ll keep fighting and we can’t stop,” James said.Opponents are asking the Obama administration to pressure Canada to use more stringent permitting standards. They’re also pressing British Columbia to give the project a higher level of review.
Kolkata: The cyclone ‘Fani’, which is currently located over Bay of Bengal at 1,170 km Southwest of the city, is expected to gain strength in the next 24 hours and likely to bring heavy showers in the coastal districts of Bengal.The state government has already issued an alert asking fishermen not to voyage into the sea from May 2 and those who have already sailed have been asked to return within the evening of May 1 as a strong wind is set to hit the South Bengal districts on May 2. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe state government has also asked the East Midnapore district administration to take adequate preventive measures in this regard. Senior administrative officials of the district issued instructions saying that a strong vigil will be conducted on the beaches of Digha, Mandarmani and other coastal areas, to ensure that no visitors bathe in the sea on May 2 and May 3 as it will remain turbulent. The district administration has also asked all the fishing organisations not to sail any fishing boats during this period. All watersports activities in beaches will be shut down in the wake of the cyclonic storm as well. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore said heavy rainfall will lash various South Bengal districts, including the city, between May 3 and 4. The districts like North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, East and West Midnapore, Jhargram, Kolkata, Howrah and Hooghly will receive heavy to very heavy rainfall. On May 2 there may be light rainfall in the coastal districts. A gusty wind with an average speed of 60-85 km/h will be sweeping through various South Bengal districts on May 3 and 4. In some coastal areas, the wind speed may go up to 100 km/h. Sanjib Bandyopadhyay, deputy director general of the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore, said on Tuesday: “The cyclone ‘Fani’ will intensify in the next 24 hours, as a result of which various South Bengal districts will receive heavy rainfall along with strong wind. Some of the North Bengal districts will also witness rainfall and strong breeze. The cyclone will initially advance in the Northwest direction and take a sudden turn towards Northeast on May 1.” It may be mentioned here that the city and various South Bengal districts have been facing a hot and humid spell for quite some time. Until recently, there was no system in the region that could trigger a thunderstorm. Warm winds have been blowing into Gangetic Bengal from Northwest and Central India, leading to a heat-wave like condition in Bankura, Purulia, Birbhum and Jhargram.
Kolkata: To address the issue of vacant seats in a number of its affiliated colleges, even after the completion of undergraduate admission the Calcutta University syndicate on Thursday decided not to allow any college to increase its seats in an illogical manner.”No colleges will be allowed to increase its seat beyond 10 percent in any subject in Honours and 15 percent in any subject for admission in general course. We have conducted a detailed survey of the admission pursued by various colleges and have found out that seats lie vacant in certain subjects in a college as they do little homework regarding demand of students,” said Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor of CU. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSources in the CU syndicate informed that a number of colleges which includes around 10 in the city have also applied for slashing of seats in certain subjects as they have found vacant seats in some subjects. “Colleges are participating in the National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) and other assessments by agencies like NAAC. So if these agencies find that sanctioned seats in a certain college is not getting filled up then its image will not be portrayed in a good light. We feel that the institutions applying for decrease of seats have realised the hard reality and have acted accordingly,” a member of CU syndicate said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”Registration and admission in all colleges under CU will be online. Students need not be present physically in any college before commencement of classes,” said Dipak Kar, Pro vice-chancellor (academics) of CU. The admission forms will be made available online in a few days after the publication of Higher Secondary examination results on May 27. Colleges will have to submit their respective merit list by June 10. The admission process will start from June 12 and will continue till July 6. The classes will begin from the first week of July. “We have collected all admission related data from colleges about their seats in pass subjects to have a clear idea of the number of seats and the intake of students,” a syndicate member said.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free We learned a little more about Apple’s upcoming Apple Watch today. At an event in San Francisco, the company showed off its timepiece, revealing a few more details about its upcoming release as well as pricing.Versions of the watch are meticulously made out of aluminum, stainless steel or 14k gold. The Apple Watch Sport will be made out of aluminum, and starts at $349 for the 38-millimeter version. The Apple Watch Collection uses the steel and is priced between $549 and $1,049, and the Apple Watch Edition is made of the 14k gold, and is priced at $10,000.Pre-orders for all three start April 10th and the watch will be available on April 24.Apple WatchImage credit: AppleRelated: How to Rent the Apple Watch Before Buying ItOne big concern over the past few weeks has been the Apple Watch’s battery life, a worry Apple put to bed during today’s event. According to CEO Tim Cook, the watch has “all-day battery life,” and should last 18 hours on a typical day.Here’s a look at some of the device’s other features:AppsIn iOS 8.2 for the iPhone, there will be a new Apple Watch app where you can browse and buy apps as well as set up notifications. iOS 8.2 is available starting today.Apple launched WatchKit in November, and since then a lot of apps have been made for the timepiece. There are apps to give you your flight information when you’re at the airport, and a barcode within the app can be used as a boarding pass at the airport.Other apps shown off include WeChat, Instagram, SPG hotels, Alarm.com and Uber. The Uber app shows you your driver’s ETA, name and license plate number. Like the Uber app on your phone, it will let you know when your car arrives. The SPG hotel app can be used to unlock your room door. You can even check in to your hotel room on the watch, so you can bypass the front desk entirely. The alarm.com app allows you to see a live video feed from your home’s security camera and lock and open doors.We also saw a number of watch faces for the Apple Watch at Monday’s event, and learned more about them. In addition to the built-in faces, you’ll be able to add things like a stopwatch or the date. A “Glances” feature” will allow you to quickly see your heart rate, and next meeting.Related: Apple to Suppliers: Make Us 5 Million WatchesCommunicationThe Apple Watch connects to your phone over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. A built-in speaker and microphone allow you to answer phone calls and you can read full emails on the device. A sketch feature will allow you to do things like draw on the watch, and then have your drawing play back on a friend’s watch just as you drew it. You can also send your heart beat to that special someone if that sort of thing excites you.A sports app allows you to keep track of your favorite teams, and social networking apps can help you stay on top of Facebook and Twitter posts.MovementJust like your FitBit, the Apple Watch monitors how much you move each day. It can remind you if you’ve been sitting a little too long, and on Mondays you’ll get a report on how much you moved the week before. It can make suggestions about what your movement goals should be for the week. The watch’s Workout app works for things like the stair stepper or elliptical at the gym, and will track your workout.Related: For Advertisers, Apple Watch Could Be a Double-Edged Sword 4 min read March 9, 2015
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TravelManager’s annual conference is underway in Honolulu, with over 320 personal travel managers (PTMs), reps from partner suppliers and National Partnership Office (NPO) folk in attendance.This year’s conference theme – success – was chosen because of its relevance to all areas of life, says TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal. “Whilst success in business is commonly measured in terms of turnover, we know that in reality it’s much more subjective and multi-faceted. Whether it’s improving work-life balance, choosing to specialise in a particular field of interest or developing functional and personal skills, we’ll be discussing the tools and skills currently available, and looking at future innovations that will help our PTMs and travel partners achieve even greater success going forward.”The official conference begins today (Friday 17 August local time) at the Prince Waikiki, with a welcome from Hawai’i Tourism’s Giselle Radulovic. In the lead-up, attendees have been arriving all week to make the most of the pre-conference golf tournament and famils to Oahu and Maui, the latter organised by Hawai’i Tourism Oceania together with post-conference famils to the islands of Kauai and Hawaii.After the conference is formally opened by Gazal and House of Travel Australia CEO, Joe Araullo, there will be presentations from partner suppliers such as Hawaiian Airlines, Allianz and WLCL, as well as from PTMs, who will share their “Secrets of Success’.“It’s a key part of TravelManagers’ culture that our PTMs share ideas, experience and knowledge with their colleagues, recognising that each individual has something to contribute and something to learn,” Gazal explains.One of the main highlights of the conference’s first day is sure to be the presentation from keynote speakers, Chris Paulsen. Paulsen founded the New Zealand-based House of Travel, which acquired TravelManagers Australia in November 2007, and has received accolades throughout his career that include New Zealand’s Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2006, The Prime Minister’s Social Hero Award in 2007, and the Chairman’s Circle Honour from the US Travel Association in 2013. “The House of Travel business model which Chris set up in 1987 was ground-breaking within the industry,” says Gazal. “Despite the changes and challenges faced by the travel industry over the past thirty years, Chris’ inspiring leadership and vision of what constitutes success made him an obvious choice to speak at this year’s conference.”Day one will conclude with a welcome cocktail function, hosted by Hawai’i Tourism Oceania at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Day Two will be spent in a series of supplier workshops, before a mystery team-building activity in the afternoon. “Participants will get the chance to discover the sights and tourist attractions of Waikiki – it promises to be an ‘amazing’ afternoon,” said Gazal. “And in the evening, the sunset cocktail party will be a great way to unwind from what promises to be a very full day.”The final day of the conference will entail further supplier and PTM presentations, before the second keynote speaker’s address from Turia Pitt.The conference concludes on Sunday night with a gala awards dinner that is set to embrace the conference’s theme of success.IMAGE: TravelManagers Michael Gazal Annual ConferenceHawaiiTravelManagers