More Awesome iOS Games to Come As Epic Games Releases Unreal Development Kit

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts The technology behind some of the most popular video games, including Gears of War 3 and Infinity Blade, is now available to iPhone and iPad game developers, as Epic Games has released an updated version of its Unreal Development Kit (UDK).The kit, which is free to download, provides developers the framework to create 3D simulations, high-quality graphics, and advanced animations on iOS. There is no cost for licensing the UDK for educational or non-commercial usage. If you do want to sell the apps you make with the kit, there’s a $99 licensing fee and you’ll have to pay 25% in royalties after your first $5000 in sales.That could end up being quite a bit of money if you build a successful game, true, but making the kit free available will likely spur not just the development process for a gaming company, but also help expand the number of high-end video games that are starting to appear on Apple’s mobile devices.Paving the Way for More High-End Games on Mobile DevicesEpic Games’ Infinity Blade hit the App Store last week and was quickly crowned the fastest grossing app ever. And while some game makers and players have long scoffed at the thought of high-quality games ever being available – or more importantly playable – on mobile devices, Infinity Blade demonstrates that, indeed, you can unleash some furious video-game ass-kicking via your iPhone.As a Wall Street Journal article on today’s release notes, Apple has added a number of technologies over the last few years to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that have made this sort of gaming experience possible. And it’s also featured mobile gaming as part of its marketing campaign, with Epic Citadel – also built with the Unreal Engine technology – featured at Apple’s iOS 4.1 announcement in September.So what about Android? Game developers have a number of concerns with the Android platform, as “the wide variety of Android phones available on the market makes writing applications that can work across the board challenging, and Google’s Android Marketplace doesn’t allow for applications above a certain file size, a definite problem for both Infinity Blade.” But accordin to Epic Games co-founder Mark Rein says he expects Google will address that in the future, particularly as mobile game development grows. audrey watterscenter_img Tags:#Apple#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Becoming a Devadasi

first_imgThe ancient devadasi system, where young girls are dedicated in local temples and their virginity is auctioned off, was made illegal in Karnataka in 1982 but still continues in some parts of the southern state. Related Itemslast_img

Golgappas Meet The Gap

first_img“You are no longer my son.”Here is a stinging turn of phrase that transcends all physical and cultural margins. To this day, I vividly remember hearing them first-hand from my mother at age 16. “You’re a disrespectful, spoilt Canadian brat,” she said, “who has forgotten his cultural roots.” Weaned on Bollywood dramas from early childhood, ours was an inter-generational discrepancy of values – South Asian values, Hindu values, proper values. Contrary to her conviction and my vigorous dissent, I was affected.I am still struggling with my her observations on my identity. Mom’s accusations have led me to question: are my Eastern principles indeed battered by an essentially Western lifestyle?Better yet, does it matter? I hold a Canadian passport; why must I not embrace a Canadian identity?“My parents are, like, so mean!” It is a refrain I hear so often among my peers. I am therefore mindful that my dilemma is by no means unique. Nor is the habitual dynamic of parental dissatisfaction and youth rebellion unique to the South Asian diaspora. What is unique, however, is the mutually distorted expectations linking the first and second generation of desis.The former are people born and raised in Independent India. They embrace their culture and customs. There is an evident celebration of Indianhood, a pride in the history of its civilization. Their attachment to these traditional Indian values was palpable when Miss World 1994 Aishwarya Rai recently appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman. To a question by host Letterman if it is “common for grown up children to live with their parents in India,” Rai retorted, “Yes, I live with my parents.”“It is common in India,” she sassily added, “[since] one does not have to take an appointment to see one’s parent in India!”Such ethnocentricity thrives within the South Asian population. In fact idealized notions of culture contribute to the construction of ethnic identities. This is especially true for immigrants who have spent their formative years back home. They have already emerged from the turbulence of adolescence with a more or less affirmed sense of self. They know who they are. More so, they know their conception of home. Not that these concepts are written in stone. Nearly 60 years of independence have brought about enormous change. India is no longer simply affected by a history of colonialism. Rather, it is in midst of a phenomenon of potentially far greater bearing: globalization. Walk down the streets of Indian metros today and you will uncover a nation quite different from the one portrayed in the 1982 Academy Award winning Gandhi.On a recent visit back home, my brother and sister-in-law kindly gifted me a traditional outfit. “I wanted you to have something Indian,” my sister-in-law intoned. The intricate embroidery on the chiffon kurta appeared to be authentic Rajasthani work. Therefore, I did not expect to find the imprint of a designer logo on the tag.Apparently, Gap is now producing desi clothes for the desi market.And McDonald’s, never too far behind in matters of cultural appropriation, offers the McTikki Burger, a potato-filled fast-food option for a predominantly vegetarian Indian population. Incongruent, to be sure, for a nation fathered by Mahatma Gandhi’s notions of swaraj (self-rule).Defining the Indian identity, no doubt, transcends borders. So what of the Indian culture one finds abroad? Is it the Chai lattes served at a coffee shop near you? Or is it the pashmina adorned by your wealthy neighbor? Surely, it is neither of those artifacts.Nor is it blindly adhering to the will of your elders, a cause of which my mother is foremost advocate. Such polarity of views alienates Indian youth, like myself, who are thirsting for a middle ground. Herein lies the dilemma for the post-turn-of-the-century generation. If global consumerism and conservative dogma remain the dominant discourses of culture, where is the authenticity of the individual?The key to grasping the situation is to acknowledge change. Traditionalists, such as my mom, refuse to comprehend a new Indian reality. This is the truth for that non-fanatical populace that sustains a sense of ethnic belonging, devoid of the conventional norms. Explicitly speaking, Indianhood is no longer merely about customs. Gone are the days when domestic girls and professional boys grew up in sheltered homes until their marriage was arranged for them. now manages those affairs. Many in our generation have moved beyond these conservative rituals, into a broader, more liberal realm.Even back home, the Westernization of the Indian middle-class has been transforming. As a result, the roadside vender of foods and frolic has been displaced by shopping malls and nightclubs for those who can afford them. Beyond the Chacha Chaudhari novels, the Indian youth is now well acquainted with the heroic tales of Harry Potter. These kids are stepping out and, much to the disdain of some parents, exerting autonomy over their own lives.Indian kids in New York, London or Vancouver receive their dose of Indian culture through their parents, communities and specialized programming. They may not speak their mother tongue, but that is only a minor hindrance in the vibrant spirit of their culture. South Asian kids abroad are no less acculturated with their mores than those back home. They have been socialized in an assortment of belief systems and they often possess a greater appreciation for diversity, which allows them appreciate outlooks distinct from their own. If it takes a village to raise a child, why not let it be a truly global village?My Eastern principles are not battered, but, on the contrary, enriched by my Western lifestyle. Riding the public transit in downtown Toronto, I am exposed to cultures and counter-cultures in countless languages. Thus, my perception of Western society is not merely passed down through Hollywood blockbusters or quirky sitcoms based in New York City. Rather, I get to experience it first-hand through interaction with its masses. Second, I appreciate that my ethics do not require a passport. They transcend borders and, by way of such disposition, empower me to open my eyes to the world. At last, I grasp that I am being Indian the best way I know how: as a Canadian. The Indo-Canadian or Indian American youth today does not mirror what India once was. Rather, our preferences echo what it is to be Indian, and that is worthy of recognition. We don’t have Doordarshan to preach us tales of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata on Sunday mornings. That time, I’m afraid, has long past. Instead, we must rely on Britney and Christina for the latest in off-the-rack, multimedia morality.There are choices to be made that challenge our established conservative norms. Premarital sex, interracial marriage and queer rights: they may resemble issues that are distinctly Canadian. But they are equally rooted in ideals of “life” and freedom” that inspired India’s freedom movement.The decisions ahead of us can be empowering, provided we find support in our homes. Wisdom, in the end, is not merely in having beliefs, but rather in having the courage to question them. The time has come to recognize that whom we love has no racial, religious and political boundaries. Let us understand that this is not about “them” – it is about “us.” As such, the true Indian legacy, although dressed in spring attire from the Gap, will eternally linger in our hearts. And maybe one day, a craving for golgappas on the bustling streets of New Delhi will lead us back home.All things considered, folks, we are all right. Related Itemslast_img read more

Where Could Kaavya Be?

first_imgLife sometimes can be a bit of a Bollywood tear-jerker. One minute you’re on top of the world, the next you are broken to pieces.When last month’s issue of Little India went to press, Kaavya Viswanathan was the $500,000 advance golden girl, feted and toasted for her first book How Opal Mehta got Kissed, Got wild and Got a Life.Now she has become the poster child for plagiarism, after she was exposed for having copied materials from Megan McCafferty’s two popular chick lit books, Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings as well as from Sophie Kinsella’s Can You Keep a Secret, among others.Viswanathan’s book has been withdrawn from shelves (scant available copies are now being sold online for $100 a pop!) and the publisher has cancelled her contract; no word on whether they plan to sue for the advance. The fantastic film deal is canceled. Viswanathan has gone into hiding since the scandal broke. She may not even be at Harvard or at home, which according to news reports wore a deserted air, with mail and packages accumulating outside. Could she be in India? Scotland, where she lived earlier?In an earlier interview for Little India before the scandal broke, we had asked her if she had any moments of doubt or experienced writer’s block. She thought for a minute and replied, “Just the normal process of writing. I didn’t worry about whether I’d be able to write the book. I worried about whether it would be good, whether people would like it, what the reaction would be.”Might that have made her take the drastic step of appropriating other people’s work? Or was she done in by the “write by numbers” demands of the chick lit world and her packaging company? We had asked her how she managed to write the book and study for her exams at Harvard simultaneously – both exceedingly demanding activities. She responded, “It was definitely a challenge. I wrote most of the book in my freshman year so I had to be real careful about budgeting my time. I wrote whenever I had a chance or a free moment. I wrote in the library on my laptop.”In those heady days, we had asked her if her life had changed after the book? She laughed:, “It really, really hasn’t. I mean, not in the least! Maybe I’m a little bit busier or maybe I go to New York a little more often, but that’s about it! I’m a completely average college student!”If she could only turn back the clock! Related Itemslast_img read more

What We See, Isn’t

first_imgWe believe what we see, but astronomy has long taught us that our eyes deceive. What we see today might be the drama of the cosmos unfolded long ago. Past, present and future lose their meaning in the vastness of the universe.Recently, researchers and telescopes detected the most distant object in the visible universe. While we celebrate the discovery, the fact is that this particular object likely no longer exists. So, even as we wonder how far we can see to the edge of the universe, it also invites the fundamental question, can we trust what we see?   The fading infrared afterglow of GRB 090423 appears in the center of this false-color image taken with the Gemini North Telescope in Hawaii. The burst is the farthest cosmic explosion yet seen.400 years after Galileo peeped into the heavens using the first telescope, human civilization set its sights on the edge of the visible universe. The Gamma Ray Burst (GRB), named GRB 090423, is the most remote object we have ever seen in the cosmos. There are no magic machines in the foreseeable future to lead us further.This GRB, estimated to be 13.1 billion light years away, is one of the brightest stellar explosions recorded. NASA’s space telescope SWIFT spotted the event first in April 2009 and then followed it with scores of ground based telescopes.“It’s the most distant gamma-ray burst, but it’s also the most distant object in the universe overall,” says Edo Berger of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, a member of the team that observed the afterglow with the Gemini North telescope.Astronomers use something dubbed the “red shift” as a tool for determining distances in the universe. The red shift is the wavelength or frequency shift of light as it travels. This is similar to the changes in the frequency of an ambulance siren as it passes by. We perceive the declining frequency or lower pitch of sound as it travels even though the ambulance is producing it at the same frequency. Analysis of light from cosmic events, such as GRB, the most luminous event in the universe, enables researchers to measure the distance and origin of such events. Light is a messenger that conceals the details of its journey in its wavelength spectrum. It also means that if light does not reach us, there is no way of knowing what is out there in the farthest corners of the universe.    Drawing of a massive star collapsing to form a black hole.The GRB 090423 is the aftermath of the explosion from one of the early stars in the universe. Since this event occurred 13.1 billion years ago and the universe is considered to be 13.7 billion years old, this first generation star had a life span of about 630 million years – a young star by cosmic standards. It is usual for massive stars to end their life at younger ages compared to lighter stars, which survive billions of years. When mid-sized stars, such as our sun, finish their main sequence life, they end up as “white dwarfs,” a relatively quiet event.However, massive stars send the message of their demise as waves after a violent death in the form of supernovas. During this process the core of the star transforms into a highly dense neutron star sending the outer layer of stellar masses to form a nebula.A nebula serves as the feeding ground for the next generation of stars. Nebulae teach us that death and birth are cyclic in the universe rather than absolute transformations. Our solar system was once a part of a nebula created from the death of a star caused by a supernova explosion. In nature, creation-preservation-destruction are continuous cycles, without beginning or end. As the Bhagvad Gita says, “Death is as sure for that which is born, as birth is for that which is dead.”  A supernova explosion in the past created a nebula that in turn became the birthplace of our star sun and planets. Scientists believe our sun is a third generation star. Millions of years later, organic molecules formed in one of the planets to evolve to become intelligent beings – humans. In essence, all the heavier elements, such as carbon, oxygen and nitrogen that make up our body came from super nova explosions. The elements heavier than hydrogen were created in the interiors of stars and then expelled into space to be integrated into later stars. As the astronomer Carl Sagan once noted, we are made of “star stuff.”The Eagle nebula, which is 7,000 light years way from earth, is one of the most admired nebulas, thanks to the Hubble telescope, which captured this nebula in all its majesty. The Eagle nebula shows huge columns of gas and dust light years across, which are known as the “Pillars of Creation.” The pictures show that new stars are born in this stellar nursery. Astronomical calculations reveal that these pillars vanished 6,000 years ago due to a nearby supernova explosion. Yet, we will continue to see the intact pillars for another 1,000 years as the message of that destruction in the form of light has yet to reach us. Time is an illusion in which we live, along with space and is created by the movement of objects and perceptions. Time exists because we are bound to things through our senses.   Artist’s illustration of one model of the bright gamma-ray burst GRB 080319B. The explosion iis highly beamed into two bipolar jets, with a narrow inner jet surrounded by a wider outer jet. Supernova explosions are celebrated events among astrophysicists because they provide a rare opportunity for researchers to study distant parts of the cosmos. Even our most sophisticated telescopes are unable to spot a star at those distances, but a supernova outshines even its mother galaxy providing an exceptional chance to look at it.The stellar explosions more powerful than supernova are known as hypernovas. These rare events are capable of sterilizing life in their cosmic neighborhood. In a galaxy, such as our own, the Milky Way, these events occur rarely – once every 100,000 years. Given the billions of galaxies spanning the universe, however, it is a common event in the universe. If the supernova explosion leads to neutron stars, scientists think that hypernovas might create something more bizarre – a black hole. The GRBs are said to be the “birth cry” of black holes from the farthest corners of the universe.When we look at the sun, in fact we are seeing the sun as it existed 8 minutes ago – the time light takes (at a speed of 186,000 miles per second) to travel the 93 million miles between sun and earth. Even if the sun disappears in a cosmic event, we will continue to see the non-existing sun for 8 minutes! We perceive the past of the sun as our present sun. By the same reasoning, what we are seeing of the GRB is an event that took place 13.1 billion years ago. This GRB and the resulting nebula must be long gone, but the earthlings see it now as the “messenger light” from that occurrence just reached us in this corner of the Milky Way galaxy. We are looking at this GRB today and seeing the yesterdays!   Pillars of Creation in the eagle NebulaUnder the Big Bang theory, cosmologists believe the universe is expanding since its birth 13.7 billion years ago. When the waves originating from this hypernova began their journey, the universe was much smaller than its current size. As the waves propagated throughout the universe they had to travel greater distance as the departing galaxies created new space between them. The gamma rays encountered this new space as extra distance on their voyage. Thus, the successor of this event, if it exists, must be much farther than 13.1 billion light years. Probably, we will never know about it as its distance to our galaxy has increased so much that the light or any electromagnetic radiations will never reach us.The visible universe represents the space we can conceive in the sense that radiation from there will reach us. There must be much more to explore beyond the visible universe, but we have no means of knowing. As the universe continues its expansion, eventually our Milky Way galaxy will be left alone in the universe with all the others departed to farther reaches. In the absence of any information from other galaxies, the mortals on this galaxy might assume that their universe is their own galaxy.So how far can we see? The puzzling answer is around 13 billion light years. Our best telescopes can see a few million years after the origin of the universe. But we cannot see anything before the point when light emerged out of the baby universe. Asking the question “how far can we see” is actually the same as inquiring, “how far back in time can we see?” The expanding universe imposes a limit on our view and so we will not see anything beyond 13 billion years ago. And when we see it, unfortunately it will not be there any more! In the Gita, Krishna tells Arjuna, “All created beings are unmanifest in their beginning, manifest in their interim state, and unmanifest again when they are annihilated. So what need is there for lamentation?”  Related Itemslast_img read more

Stressed Out

first_imgA survey of 6,500 women across 21 different nations by Nielsen found that 87% of Indian women said they felt stressed most of the time, with 82% claiming they had no time to relax. More than two in three women in Mexico, Russia and Brazil were stressed out. Swedish, Malaysian and South Korean reported the least stress.The survey found that Indian women were the most likely to splurge on themselves — 96% on clothes and 75% on health and beauty products. World’s Stressed WomenIndia 87%Mexico 74%Russia 69%Brazil 67%Spain 66%France 65%South Africa 64%Italy 64%Nigeria 58%Turkey 56%U.K. 55%U.S.A. 53%Japan 52%Canada 52%Australia 52%China 51% Related Itemslast_img

Kabaddi Goes Glam

first_imgMention Kabaddi in polite circles — read: high society, elitist, culturally, intellectually and socially superior — and expressions vary from shock, surprise, disgust and amusement.“Kabaddi? You mean that ganwar game played in small towns, where young, strapping hulks take off their (eeeek) shirt and end up (yuk) rolling in the mud, pinning down one poor sod while grunting and yelling their heads off! “God, it’s the pits, yaar! It’s so down market, weird and vulgar!”Not any more, dude. Sharp, designer tees and shorts, air conditioned surroundings, pink mats, disco lights, fireworks, thumping music — welcome to the glitzy ambience of the newly launched Pro-Kabaddi League! The man, brain and driving force behind this makeover, determined to turn the humble, desi, unglamorous chant of Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Kabaddi echoing in smaller metros, cities and villages into a triumphant war-cry in, you heard right, Mumbai is none other than the sophisticated, urbane and well-respected sports commentator Charu Sharma.A sharp, sports entrepreneur, Sharma informs us that even Tendulkar-city, “Mumbai has over 800 registered Kabaddi clubs! Actually, there is a fairly decent groundswell supporting the sport but because it has little patronage from the media, it remains off the radar for most sports enthusiasts. Our launching PKL will hopefully give it the focus and attention it deserves.”Sharma reckons that the sport has been given short shrift for two basic reasons. “One, the popular perception of it being a physically-driven, crude and dirty small-town sport fielding rough-tough, desi types, high on kushti and brute force, rolling in the mud with remote demonstration of skill. Two, a complete lack of any focused publicity, promotion or marketing of kabaddi to attract the curious for at least, a test-run.“We at PKL are determined to address these problems with quality and speed by packaging these events as slick, international offerings by our brilliant broadcast partners, Star India. Matches will be played not on dirty muddy surfaces but air-conditioned surroundings where the players will find themselves sweating aesthetically in promo TV campaigns!”The players are in a state of shock. The IPL-isation of this hatta-katta sport has completely spun them out to a different, unknown, unfamiliar, even undreamt of, stratosphere. For many players, a list of firsts marks their entry into this space — first flight, first 5-star hotel stay, first glimpse of big bucks!Says 31-year-old Asian Gold Medalist Jasmer Singh “Frankly, I have never seen money before a game ever, earlier.” The champ was purchased by the Delhi franchise for a cool Rs. 11 lakh plus. In fact, none of the 6 players who’ve been bought for Rs.10 lakhs plus, ever really had a clue about their true worth.Their diet, as part of the new lifestyle, has changed dramatically too. The days of drinking doodh (milk) with crushed badaam (almonds) for strength-building is history. Juice, protein-shakes and at least three liters of milk is the new menu. Hostels are out as are buses. Air conditioned hotels and cars are in. Slowly gearing up to their new life, the players are also hoping their sport gets recognition, respect and acceptance from the masses and terms like Baithi (toe-touch) and Kaichi (scissor-hold grip) are known and understood by spectators.Champ Rakesh Kumar confesses that he would be thrilled if his famous “lion jump,” in which he jumps over his opponents’ heads to reach the touch line, catches the public imagination as much as M.S. Dhoni’s “Helicopter shot.”As the Pro Kabaddi League kicks off and gains momentum — amidst huge, glitzy fanfare — everyone involved seems bullish about its future. Starting with Abhishek Bachchan (who purchased the Jaipur Pink Panthers team) and Sonakshi Sinha, the opening was a glamorous star-filled affair in Mumbai. Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Shahrukh Khan and Aamir Khan, Sachin Tendulkar with wife were only some big ticket dazzlers who graced the event with the media having a field day. The players in turn — unaccustomed to this kind of freak-out atmosphere — rose to the occasion to present a scintillating contest where the U Mumbai team socked it to Junior Bachchan’s team Jaipur Pink Panther 45-31 to emerge victorious.Social commentator Santosh Mehta however offers a reality check by tamping down the temperature, pointing to some simple ground realities before jumping into the arena to yell Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi and declare it a grand success: “What works for cricket might not work for other sports. Packaging can never be the be-all and end-all of promoting a sport. Sustained interest in any sport cannot be determined by how much entertainment surrounds it, but how much meaning lies imbued within it.”Desai goes on to explain that the process needs to be nurtured over a period of time to familiarize the masses with its DNA — rules, conventions and meanings. Also critical is a shared vocabulary to describe the sport and its constituent action. Further it needs to be populated with enough colorful and eye-catching events — sixes, fours, wickets, catches, run-outs, fouls, free-kicks, penalties — to generate excitement, controversy and buzz. Over time it needs its own history and mythology, new heroes and narratives for people to connect with, in an enduring manner. “Contrary to appearances, developing a sport is neither about commerce nor entertainment. It’s about infecting people with passion and belief.”Desai is spot-on. While Charu Sharma, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonakshi Sinha and Star India’s initiatives are commendable in trying to reboot this popular desi sport from have-not land into the mainstream, at the end of the day, the focus has to be about identifying ways that can co-opt the viewers to enjoy it and give it a place in their lives. As sports needs a market, the market too needs to figure out ways, avenues and means to engage with the sport.In promoting this earthy, homespun, grounded and unglamorous sport, Sharma and gang have a real opportunity and an exciting, challenging task to lift Kabaddi from its down-market and desi image to a thrilling, competitive, drama-filled, neo-WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) event that is truly a spectator sport. Will they be able ot pull it off? Shhhh … Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Kabaddi! Related Itemslast_img read more

Train of Thought on the Mumbai Local

first_imgThe quintessential Mumbai local is not for the faint-hearted, but it is the cheapest and fastest means of transport in the linear city of Mumbai. The Mumbai suburban railway comprises a network of trains referred to as local trains, which serve almost 7.5 million commuters daily. The network is an extension of the railway system built by the British in India and is the oldest in Asia.Overcrowded and claustrophobic, the Mumbai commuter stalks life and limb when he boards a coach of the Mumbai local. Yet he must take a particular train to work every single working day. He scrambles, jostles, cusses and fusses as he strives to find a seat. In spite of trains running at intervals of three minutes, the crush and rush at peak hours is simply unimaginable and must be seen and experienced. Put it on your bucket list, if you as yet have not experienced the bitter-sweet ride on a local.Very often your day is doomed if you miss your “regular” — a fast or slow to your destination. Again, you might experience when you don’t have to move to exit or enter the train; you are simply pushed in and out. The first train starts at approximately 4.00 am and the last train to anywhere runs at 1.30 am.I commuted to and from work on the Mumbai local almost 25 years ago. I slipped into the ladies’ coach in the early hours of the morning then frantically looked around for a window seat or parked myself on the nearest available seat. I also had to change trains, but commuting in the early hours in the morning I escaped the crush and rush. I have fond memories of shopping trips with mom to Marine Lines and Crawford Market, commuting by the local.My college-going son prefers the local to any other mode of transport. As for me, at 50 I enjoy the occasional ride and like most women take pleasure in “local train” retail therapy.The trains today are undoubtedly sleeker and prettier in mauve and white, against the previous yellow and maroon of the past, but Mumbai is bursting at the seams. Commuters tumble out and stumble in as the train halts at each station. Seats are occupied in the blink of an eye and on a bad day you may find yourself standing for the entire journey.Entering and exiting the ladies’ compartment is no better, but the compartment is a people and place watcher’s delight. Women exit the lady’s coach while another group impatiently prepares to enter. Tucking in their saree palao, gathering their children close to them, tightening their holds on their bags and generally preparing mentally and physically to board or disembark, the ladies are ready.The train halts for two minutes at each station. In that time, ladies as everybody else, must exit and enter the coach. You might trip over a hot-headed fisherwoman who has no qualms about parking herself at the entrance of the compartment, but you don’t want to mess with her. The lucky ones get the coveted window seat. Those of more generous proportions while asserting their right to a seat will try to squeeze in, attracting some killer looks and caustic remarks. Three can comfortably occupy the long wooden seat, the fourth must sit a tad uncomfortably, but then “beggars can’t be choosers.” A common query-cum-request is, “Where are you getting off? Please keep the seat for me.”Harried housewives, giddy collegians, nerds, mothers with young children, a few senior citizens, the single lady, a new bride all must catch the local to their respective destinations. While some are the stern-faced the “mind your own business” type, others will deign to exchange a smile with you. You can safely tell your life story to the lady sitting next to you, with never a chance of bumping into each other again. The collegians are talking and giggling, while the nerd prefers the textbook. The office-goer tidies herself up and the harried housewife takes a nap. The senior citizen opens a prayer book, the new bride takes a call on her cell phone.Recently the railway authorities experiment with closed-door coaches in the first class ladies section, to mixed reactions. The skeptics felt that the concept would not work, given the Mumbaikars’ penchant for standing at the exit or hanging from the door.You grow up with childhood friends, school friends and college friends then forge office friendships. If you are a Mumbaikar you will have made another class of “train friends.” They celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, promotions and life in general.When hungry on a Mumbai local, don’t worry! Vendors selling bhel, chiki, samosas, and an entire array of snacks constantly breeze in and out. Stock your refrigerator with vegetables and fruits available on the train. Many a working wife or mother may get down to cleaning the vegetables there and then. Stationery, handkerchiefs, toys, fashion jewelry, and a host of cosmetics, including lipsticks, nail paint, eye makeup are yours for the asking.Atlhough packed, the general compartment is usually quieter. Gentlemen generally scan the newspaper, catch up on lost sleep, get together for a game of cards, discuss films, politics or cricket or simply stare out of the window, watching the world go by. The odd vendor may try his luck.The Dabbawalah (lunchbox carrier) collects hot homemade food packed in dabbas or boxes from residences of working people and through some amazing networking and coding delivers the lunch boxes to office goers. The Mumbai local is his means of transport.The city lifeline is a great leveller. Religion, caste, creed, social status have no place, as you are jammed together like a pack of sardines, with a common goal of reaching your destination. It is not unusual to see dare devils travelling on roof tops, footboards or on connecting bumpers in between bogies all for the lack of space.Commuting by the locals honors the “survival of the fittest,” as the newcomer will learn. His argumentative skills are honed every now and then and in no time he is transformed into a true Mumbaikar.Undoubtedly the heartbeat of the city would be stilled without the quintessential Mumbai local. Related Itemslast_img read more

Mumbai-Goa Luxury Cruise to Begin in October

first_imgThe much-awaited Mumbai to Goa cruise line, which is said to be the country’s first ever luxury cruise line, will start from Oct. 1, India’s Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said.“The first cruise line will set sail from Mumbai on Oct. 1 to Goa,” Gadkari told reporters at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Mumbai. The cruise was earlier expected to start in August.The ship will have a capacity to carry 500 people and the journey will be completed in 15 hours, the minister said. The vessel is not likely to halt at any place along the route, and it is scheduled to depart at 5 pm on alternate days from both the destinations.There would be seven categories of bookings for the cruise, the Times of India reported. The minimum fare, including all meals, will be Rs 7,500 per passenger, it said. Fares for the other categories have not been finalized yet.The on-board facilities include multiple restaurants, 24-hour coffee shops, bars, a lounge and discotheque, an infinity pool, spa and conference facilities, according to Conde Nast Traveller. The ship will have 104 staterooms/cabins across different categories, and has been designed to be environment-friendly, with minimum use of plastic, the report added.It cleared its sea trials in May, and is ready to sail now.The ship has been named Angriya. It was built in 1997 and registered as Ogasawara Maru in Japan. It was later renamed Ogasa in the Pacific Islands.The ministry is also investing Rs 1,000 crore to build a cruise terminal on the east coastline of the Mumbai Port area. It also plans to open a terminal along the eastern water front of the city at the investment of Rs 1,000 crore to increase the number of cruise liners from 80 to 900 over the next five years. Two new floating restaurants are also going to open up in Mumbai, PTI reported, citing an earlier statement by Gadkari.The ministry had earlier asked all ports to set up cruise terminal, and said that it would provide an additional Rs 800 crore to buy boats.Earlier this year, Sanjay Bhatia, the chairman of the Mumbai Port Trust, said that the new cruise terminal being planned in Mumbai will make the city at par with Miami in the United States, a beach town known as a party destination. “Our aim is to make this place in Mumbai comparable with Miami” NDTV had quoted him as saying.The Indian government is aiming at attracting five million cruise tourists to the country by 2040, Union Minister of State for Tourism KJ Alphons said last month during the inauguration of a new international cruise terminal at the Ernakulam Wharf of Cochin Port in Kerala. Related Itemscruise tourismGoaMumbailast_img read more

UK Citizen Arrested in Mumbai in Cheating Case

first_imgA 62-year-old citizen of the United Kingdom was arrested at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai over his alleged links to a Rs.13 crore cheating case. Mark Lawrence Lopresto was arrested by officials of the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) on Feb.9.A look-out circular (LOC) was issued against Lopresto when his name came up in a 2014 case of cheating, the Hindustan Times reported. The complainant in the case, Santosh Maskara, came to know Lopresto in 2007. He introduced Maskara to another person named Vivek Tondon, the police said, according to the report.In his complaint, Maskara alleged that Lopresto, Tondon and other accused employees owe him Rs 12.43 crore. Consequently, Maskara filed a complaint with the Marine Drive police station in 2014. The charge of investigating the case was later handed over to the EOW.“They had decided to jointly set up a company, Alphapet Limited in Mauritius, and had also decided the share holdings in the company. Later, the accused Tondon and others allegedly took 10,26,861 shares from Maskara’s company Poly Janta Technology, but never gave him any money for the same,” said a police officer, the report said. Lopresto, who belongs to London and holds dual nationality, was the chief finance officer in the company.A charge sheet was filed against the other accused in the case, and Lopresto has been charged under various relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.This is the most recent case of a foreign national being accused of crime committed in India. In January this year, a German national was charged with raping six Indian children and appeared before court in Berlin for the alleged crimes. The incidents allegedly took place when he was working in India between 2015-16.More than 400 foreigners were booked for various crimes in Goa in the last five years, state Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar informed the Legislative Assembly in August last year.According to the National Crime Records Bureau, West Bengal recorded the maximum number of crimes registered with foreigners as offenders, at 520 cases, while Delhi recorded 143. A total of 91 cases were registered in Karnataka in 2016. The total number of crimes committed by foreigners in 2016 was 180 in Union Territories while the total in all of India in 2016 was 1,226.In 2015, the numbers stood at 155 in Union Territories and 1,278 in all of India, while in 2014 the corresponding figures were 183 and 1,473, respectively. Related ItemsFraudMumbaiUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Mumbai Most Expensive Indian City for Expats: Survey

first_imgMumbai is the costliest city to live in for expats in India, ahead of Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru, according to the 2018 survey published by global consulting firm Mercer.The cost of living in Mumbai for expats is more than that in global cities like Melbourne and Frankfurt, the report said. The Maharashtra capital is ranked at No. 55, ahead of Melbourne (58), Frankfurt (68), Buenos Aires (76), Stockholm (89) and Atlanta (95). Delhi (103), Chennai (144) and Bengaluru (170) are comparatively cheaper while Kolkata, at the 182nd place, is the least expensive Indian city for expats.“While cities such as Melbourne and Buenos Aires have fallen in their rankings, Mumbai’s jump is attributable to the continued surge in prices of food, alcohol and domestic supplies,” the survey said, according to PTI.Four out of five of the world’s most expensive cities for expatriates are now in Asia, according to the report. Hong Kong has taken the top spot from Luanda as the world’s costliest city to live for expats. Luanda, the capital of Angola, has moved to the sixth place due in part to the downward trend in the city’s housing market, the report said. Tokyo and Zurich are at the second and third positions, respectively, while Singapore has moved one place up from last year to take the fourth spot.Other cities appearing in the top 10 of Mercer’s costliest cities for expatriates are Seoul (5), Shanghai (7), N’Djamena (8), Beijing (9), and Bern (10).Asian cities dominated the list of the Top 10 most expensive locations for working abroad.“Stronger Chinese monetary regulation, a flourishing economy and a push to have the Chinese yuan as an international currency pushed Chinese cities up the ranking,” Yvonne Traber, Mercer’s global mobility product solutions leader, said in a statement. “However significant surges in other locations worldwide caused Japanese cities, Osaka and Nagoya in particular, to fall in this year’s ranking.”The world’s least expensive cities for expatriates are Tashkent (209), Tunis (208), and Bishkek (207).The survey uses New York City as the base city for all comparisons, while currency movements are measured against the US dollar. The survey this year included 209 cities across five continents. It measured the comparative cost of over 200 items in each location, including housing, transportation, food, clothing, household goods, and entertainment.2018 City Ranking for Cost of Living for Expats1. Hong Kong (China) 2. Tokyo (Japan) 3. Zurich (Switzerland) 4. Singapore 5. Seoul (South Korea) 6. Luanda (Angola) 7. Shanghai (China) 8. N’Djamena (Chad) 9. Beijing (China) 10. Bern (Switzerland) 11. Geneva (Switzerland) 12. Shenzhen (China) 13. New York City 14. Copenhagen (Denmark) 15. Guangzhou (China) 16. Tel Aviv (Israel) 17. Moscow (Russia) 18. Libreville (Gabon) 19. Brazzaville (Republic of the Congo) 19. London (UK) Related ItemsMumbailast_img read more

Indian Student Forgiven by Australian Family, Spared Immediate Jail Term

first_imgAn international student from India, who was found guilty of reckless driving and causing the death of an Australian citizen in Medina, Perth, last year has been spared an immediate jail term. The convict Preetpal Singh was driving a Mitsubishi Lancer when it collided with Daniel Wellfare’s motor bike. Wellfare, a father of four, died in the hospital shortly after he was taken there.A court on August 31 found Preetpal guilty of dangerous and reckless driving, which finally resulted in the death of a person. Police officials who investigated the case told the court that Singh entered the intersection without sufficient time to avoid the crash. During the hearing, the prosecution told the court that a momentary inattention from a person can result in catastrophic consequences.Soon after the judgment, Singh was taken into custody, since it was said that there were chances the convict would flee the country before he is sentenced.Wellfare’s Family Pardons SinghAfter the court found Singh guilty, Wellfare’s family said that they have forgiven Singh and do not want him to go to the jail.“I wouldn’t wish that upon anybody. It would be nice for him to move on and to just go back to his family, be with his family,” Nanlee Leonard, Wellfare’s partner, said, according to Perth Now.“There are no winners. We have a young boy going to jail for a long time, we’ve lost a son, our grandchildren have lost their father,” said Wellfare’s stepmother.During the sentencing on Sept. 8, 2017, Judge Michael Gething said that even though the death of Daniel Wellfare was a catastrophic outcome, the reckless driving that led to it was at the lower end on the seriousness scale.“You have shown extreme remorse, and have been devastated by the consequences,” said Gething, reported.Singh was jailed for 14 months, with the term suspended to 12 months. Related ItemsIndian crime AustraliaIndian pardoned AustraliaIndian student guilty AustraliaLittle IndiaPreetpal SinghPreetpal Singh Daniel Wellfarelast_img read more

US Navy Veteran Who Killed Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas Gets Life Sentence

first_imgAmerican Navy veteran Adam Purinton who killed Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas City in 2017 was sentenced to life in prison on May 4. He  had pleaded guilty to the charges of murdering Kuchibhotla at a bar in Olathe on Feb. 22, 2017.Purinton, 52, was sentenced by Johnson County, Kan. District Court Judge James Charles Droege to nearly 78 years in prison as part of a plea agreement reached in March. He will not be eligible for parole until after he turns 100.He was charged with first-degree murder of Kuchibhotla, 32, and two counts of attempted first-degree murder for shooting his friend, Alok Madasani, and an American bystander, Ian Grillot. Both Madasani and Grillot, who chased Purinton after he fled Austin’s Bar and Grill, were injured in the attack.Purinton had yelled, “Get out of my country,” before shooting Kuchibhotla, who later died from injuries sustained in the attack.Purinton also received 165 months imprisonment for each of the other two attempt-to-murder charges.Kuchibhotla’s wife Sunayana Dumala expressed satisfaction at the court’s decision.“Today’s sentencing in the murder of my husband will not bring back my Srinu, but it sends a strong message that hate is never acceptable,” Dumala said in a statement. “I want to thank the District Attorney’s office and the Olathe police for their efforts to bring this man to justice,” she said.“Imagine how much more he could have achieved and contributed to the community if not for your anger and hatred,” she added. “I hope in the years that you must spend in the jail you will one day realize the magnitude of your mistake,” she said.Purinton was arrested on Feb. 23 at another restaurant, where he had allegedly boasted of killing Middle Easterners, according to the Kansas City Star. He is also facing federal hate crime and firearms charges, which could result in death penalty. Purinton has pleaded not guilty in the federal case.Kuchibhotla, who was from Hyderabad, moved to the United States to study engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso. Later, he bought a house, got married and planned to start a family, his wife had said.The hate crime had garnered a lot of attention from the media and the Indian American community. Protests were staged in Kansas and in other states in a show of solidarity.Dumala, who has become a voice against hate crime in the United States after losing her husband, was also invited to attend US President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address on Jan.30. Related Itemshate crimeKansasSrinivas Kuchibhotlalast_img read more

Indian Couple Falls to Death in Yosemite National Park

first_imgAn Indian origin couple died after falling 800 feet in an area with steep terrain in California’s Yosemite National Park last week. According to media reports, the tragedy occurred when the couple was taking a selfie.The couple was identified as Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30. They fell to their deaths from Taft Point in the Yosemite National Park in California. They were both Indian expats living in California.Fox News cited Vishnu’s brother Jishnu Viswanath as saying that the couple was apparently taking a selfie.  The popular viewpoint in the park does not have a railing to protect visitors from the ledge, NDTV reported.Quoting Jishnu, news agency AP said that the couple set up their tripod near a ledge. Park rangers recovered their bodies last Thursday after other visitors reported seeing an unattended camera on a tripod, Jishnu said. Rangers “used high-powered binoculars to find them and used helicopters to airlift the bodies, ” NDTV said in its report.The news agency said the couple liked life on the edge.  The couple chronicled their traveling adventures on social media and a travel blog—’Holidays and HappilyEverAfters’— that attracted thousands of followers.NDTV said that just months before her death, Moorthy had warned of the dangers of taking photographs on the edge of cliffs and atop skyscrapers in an Instagram post.In that post, Moorthy posted a picture of herself at the Grand Canyon and wrote a caption saying, “A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs. But did you know that wind gusts can be fatal? Is our life worth one photo?”In a coincidence, Moorthy appears in the selfie of another tourist couple at Taft Point, minutes before she fell to her death.In its report British newspaper, Daily Mail said that Moorthy was perched on the edge of Taft Point for hours with no backpack or camera on the night of fatal fall – and hikers saw no sign of her husband.Moorthy appeared in the selfie taken by Drea Rose Laguillo and her boyfriend Sean Matteson, who were at Taft Point in Yosemite National Park at the time. The quoted Laguillo as saying that during the hour she was in the place Meenakshi Moorthy was alone, and her husband Vishnu Viswanath was nowhere to be seen. The portal quoted Laguillo as saying that Moorthy was not wearing makeup, had no camera and was without a backpack, which seemed to suggest she was not planning to take any photos.As they left, Laguillo and Sean Matteson took a final picture in which Moorthy is seen sitting motionless on the edge of the cliff.Matteson said the woman made him a little nervous because he felt she was standing too close to the edge. But he said she appeared comfortable, NDTV said in its report.NDTV cited Park spokesman Jamie Richards as saying earlier, “We still do not know what caused them to fall. We’re trying to understand what happened. We may never know, (but) from everything we see, this was a tragic fall.”NDTV cited Richards as saying that this year 10 people have died in the park and six of those visitors fell to their deaths. In May, Asish Penugonda, a 29-year-old Indian national, fell to his death while ascending the park’s famous Half Dome trail.“Yosemite is a wild and scenic place. If you are not paying attention to your footing, it is very easy to have a slip and fall,” Richards said.The couple, both software engineers, had been married since 2014. The couple studied at College of Engineering, Chengannur in Kerala.The college said both Vishwanath and Moorthy belonged to its BTech 2006-10 Computer Science and Engineering batch. In a Facebook post, the college said, “Our hearts go to the friends and family members of this lovely couple. May their souls rest in peace.”Jishnu said the funeral will take place in the U.S. as the bodies were not in a condition to be flown back to India. Related Itemslast_img read more

Pingris grateful for coach, teammates’ support as he gets 5k points

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESMarc Pingris eclipsed the 5,000-point mark in his career on Friday but he could’ve easily waited for another game to reach the milestone.The fun-loving Star forward became the 81st local in the PBA to reach the scoring landmark when he finished with 12 points in Star’s 128-81 beating of Kia in the Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES MVP remains in full support of Gilas despite Chooks backing Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pingris, though, wasn’t exactly chasing for the record, believing it’s just one of the many things he could still achieve in his career the PBA.“I told my teammates to not always look for me in the offensive end. The important thing is that we get the win because I still have a long career ahead of me in the PBA,” said Pingris in Filipino as he finished the night with 5,001 career points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Just pass the ball to whosever open, but if given a chance I’ll take it.”Pingris got the opportunity with 7.7 seconds left in the game, flushing home a smooth one-hander on an open dunk. MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games And Pingris wouldn’t even have reached 5,000 points if not for Star head coach Chito Victolero’s insistence that he come into the game despite the Hotshots holding a massive lead.Pingris was five points shy of 5,000 when he sat at the bench before Victolero made an effort to put the forward back in the game and have the other four players on the court orchestrate the offense through their big man.“Coach realized that I needed only five points and he asked me if I still want to play,” said Pingris. “I told coach that the decision is up to him so he just said ‘okay, you’re coming back in.’”“He put that trust in me so I really thank him for that.”ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

People want change in Assam: Sonowal

first_imgMajuli, Apr 4 (PTI) BJPs chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal today said people were voting in the Assam Assembly elections for a change as they wanted development in the state.”People want change (Congress government) for a free, clean and efficient government. They want an administration that protects their culture too”, said Sonowal who is contesting from Majuli, Asias largest fresh water island in the Brahmaputra. He also said that the youth of the state were very enthusiastic about a change as even those living outside, including many from abroad, had come to cast their vote here. “The youth want to take up the leadership for a value based administration. So there is a lot of responsibility on us”, said the union sports minister who has brought Majuli into focus by contesting from here as BJPs chief ministerial candidate.Sonowal claimed that he and his party workers had to guard all the polling stations in Majuli “despite a government being there”.Later Sonowal left for Dibrugarh district where he will cast his vote today. PTI ESB PR DV PSlast_img read more

Mitchell Marsh identified as a leader for the future, says Greg Chappell

first_imgAustralian national selector Greg Chappel believes that all-rounder Mitchell Marsh is an appropriate candidate for the role of vice-captaincy of the national team.Chappel said that Marsh, being the captain of Australia A team, would surely prove to be a good option for the position, reported.”We do have three or four guys who are going to be quite capable. There is an opportunity for them to get some experience in leadership roles. We want to give them leadership opportunities and (Marsh) is one that has got that opportunity. He is captaining Western Australia and he has been identified as a leader for the future,” Fairfax quoted Chappel, as saying.”He will get that opportunity (against India A) and I am sure he will do a good job. I saw him at the Under 19 level – he has got some natural leadership skills. The more opportunities he gets, the better he will get at it,” he added.The Australian team had to go through a major leadership reshuffle after their former captain Steve Smith and former vice-captain David Warner were handed a one-year ban by the Cricket Australia for their involvement in a massive ball-tampering scandal that took place during the four-match Test series against South Africa at New Lands.Since then, the team have been struggling to get a perfect combination of players and leaders in the squad.Earlier, Australian bowler Pat Cummins had endorsed the name of pacer Josh Hazelwood for the vice-captaincy role.Hazelwood had responded in a positive tone and had asserted that it is an exciting role that brings out the best in players.advertisementApart from Hazelwood and Marsh, there are other names like Mitchell Starc and Nathon Lyon who are likely to be considered for the position of Tim Paine’s deputy.(With ANI inputs)last_img read more

Moto G7 concept video leaked, shows waterdrop notch, bezel-less screen, dual cameras

first_imgMotorola is all set to launch the Moto G6 Plus in India today. The smartphone manufacturer has already launched the other two phones under the G6 series, aka the Moto G6 and the G6 Play in the country back in the month of June this year. Meanwhile, looks like, Motorola has already started working on the follow-up series as a 3D concept video of the Moto G7 surface online, showing the full design of the phone.Not much is known about the Moto G7. A couple of weeks ago, live images of the Motorola One alongside an ‘unknown’ phone surfaced online. Reports now suggest that the then unknown device was actually the Moto G7. Based on a couple of leaks and rumours from the past, Waqar Khan created a 3D concept video and uploaded it on YouTube. The concept video shows the complete design of the phone from both front and rear side.The video shows the Moto G7 in four colours — red, white, dark blue and light blue. On the front, the Moto G7 is seen with Oppo F9 Pro and Vivo V11 Pro like waterdrop notch design. But sadly, the waterdrop notch on the G7 doesn’t look as promising as on the Oppo and Vivo phones. The design of the notch is also different compared to the F9 Pro and V11 Pro. The notch includes the selfie camera and also the earpiece. With the waterdrop notch onboard, the bezels on the Moto G7 have been reduced on all sides.advertisementOn the left side, the Moto G7 is seen sporting both the power as well as the volume buttons. This means the SIM card tray will be on the right side of the phone. As per the video, looks like the G7 will boast off a glass back with a circular shaped camera module on the top edge followed by the fingerprint sensor just as the G6. As far as the rear panel design is concerned, the G7 will look much like the G6. Looks like, Motorola is in no mood to bring the in-display fingerprint sensor on its phones anytime soon, unlike other phone makers like Oppo, Vivo, among others.The circular camera setup on the rear panel includes two sensors on it. The megapixel count, however, is yet to be revealed. The Moto G6 also packs a dual camera setup on both rear and single on the front. The Moto G6 includes a primary sensor of 12-megapixel and secondary sensor of 5-megapixel on the rear panel. The rear camera of the G6 is paired with LED flash. On the front, the Moto G6 packs a 16-megapixel selfie shooter with LED flash.Going by the 3D concept video, it also looks like that the G7 will come with a bigger screen than the predecessor. The G6 sports a 5.7-inch display with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution. Under the hood, the G6 comes with 1.8GHz octa-core processor, 4GB RAM, and 3000mAh battery.last_img read more

Wellard Gets Better Offer for Livestock Carrier

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) Australia’s largest live cattle exporter Wellard has received and accepted a proposal to sell the M/V Ocean Swagman for USD 25.2 million to Panama-based Trim Shipping, part of Nova Marine Holdings.The offer from Nova is USD 3.2 million higher than the previously announced proposed sale of the vessel to Heytesbury Holding Company for USD 22 million.“The Nova transaction remains subject to approval of the Nova board, however, Wellard considers that (if approved) it is likely to lead to a superior outcome than the Heytesbury transaction,” the company said in a statement.The 12,892 GT livestock carrier would be delivered to Nova between November 1 and December 13, 2019.As informed, there is no charter or leaseback arrangement under this transaction.What is more, Wellard explained that the Heytesbury transaction remains on substantially the same terms as previously revealed. If the Nova transaction proceeds, the Heytesbury transaction would not complete, and a break fee may be paid.“Wellard is continuing to negotiate a standstill agreement with its noteholders which reflects and supports the sale of the Ocean Swagman to either of Nova or Heytesbury,” Wellard further said.Ocean Swagman has the capacity to transport 7,000 cattle or 26,000 sheep, or a combination of both. It is the sister ship of the 2010-built Ocean Outback which was sold for USD 26 million in 2017.Featuring a length of 130 meters and a width of 21.6 meters, the ship sailed on its maiden voyage back in 2010.last_img read more