Loopt Introduces Qs: Real-Time Polls in Place of Reviews

first_imgTags:#conferences#Location#mobile#web#Where 2.0 Think about your average, smartphone-enabled visit to a new restaurant: You sit down, take a gander at the menu and quickly pull out your phone to look up the latest Foursquare tips and Yelp reviews. Some are novels of glowing hyperbole while others lament the irritable waitress and denounce the spot as the diner on the seventh level of hell. Either way, you often find yourself overwhelmed and more confused than when you started out. Loopt, the mobile location tracking app and social network, announced today a new feature called Loopt Qs, “a fun, really social way to get bite-sized insider info and share your own opinions about a local place.” Loopt announced the new feature today on stage at the location-centric Where 2.0 conference. Loopt Qs offers real-time answers to common questions about locations around you – venues, restaurants, bars, and other locations. Is there a long line? What’s the best happy hour special here? Is the WiFi fast enough to work?“Most of the time, reviews are about a place you’re really excited about or someplace that really frustrated you,” explains the company in a demo video. “The reality is, most places are worth going to. […] By asking super specific questions that are quick and easy to answer, we capture a lot of the information that gets lost in the shuffle and the fact that it’s constantly being updated in real-time makes it sort of a radar for your city.”We’ve seen this similar functionality in another app called Localmind, which debuted at this year’s SXSW conference. With Localmind, users who check in to locations using an LBS service like Foursquare sign up to receive questions about those places. Other Localmind users can then see that there is someone checked-in and ask them a question. It’s a one-on-one interaction.Loopt Qs differs primarily in that it takes a collection of answers from many users and presents them in a graph, giving a simple, quick aggregate of answers. Are portions at this restaurant tiny, just right, or really large? Why take just one answer (potentially from a very large, hungry individual) when you can look at a bar graph of answers and see the most popular answer? This is Loopt’s approach with Qs.Loopt Qs will go live “very soon,” with San Franciscans getting first crack and other cities following. If you download the latest version now, the app will notify you when the new feature goes live. mike melanson The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

A Documentary Film on the Passivhaus Movement

first_imgDocumentary filmmaker Charlie Hoxie has made an excellent new 21-minute documentary film on the Passivhaus movement. Fortunately, the entire film has be posted for viewing on the Four Seven Five website.The English-language movie includes interviews with European and American designers and builders. Regular GBA readers will probably recognize a few of Hoxie’s interview subjects, including Wolfgang Feist, Henry Gifford, Sam McAfee, and David White. Energy projections versus energy useThe filmmaker notes, “The points awarded for energy efficiency [for LEED-certified buildings] are based on predictions of how much energy the buildings will use. Unlike Passivhaus, LEED buildings are not required to meet a defined benchmark of actual energy performance.” This stretches the truth somewhat, since Passivhaus buildings (like LEED buildings) are certified based on energy-modeling projections, not actual energy-use data. (To read about a Passivhaus-certified home that used far more energy than projected, see Occupant Behavior Makes a Difference.)Here’s the link to see the movie: Passive Passion by Charlie Hoxie.last_img read more

Pakistanis are ‘Dangerous,’ Indians ‘Disciplined,’ Says Dubai Security Official

first_imgA top security official in Dubai has kicked off a controversy following a series of tweets on April 1, in which he said that Pakistanis are a “dangerous” threat to the societies of Gulf while Indians are “disciplined.”While the comments, posted by Dhahi Khalfan, the Lieutenant General and Head of General Security in Dubai, were extensively reported in India, Pakistanis were furious at the attack. Khalfan also criticized Bangladeshis in his tweets.Khalfan tweeted the remarks after a gang of Pakistanis was caught for smuggling drugs. The posts were in Arabic and published from his verified handle @Dhahi_ Khalfan. He said: “Pakistanis pose a serious threat to the Gulf societies because they bring drugs to (our) countries.”يشكل الباكستانيون تهديدا خطيرا للمجتمعات الخليجية لما يجلبوه من مخدرات معهم إلى دولنا..يجب التشديد عليهم بإجراءات صارمة في المنافذ… pic.twitter.com/LTCj5OW98m— ضاحي خلفان تميم (@Dhahi_Khalfan) April 1, 2018He also posted a picture of three alleged Pakistani smugglers standing before a drug haul. Khalfan tweeted to his 2.66 million followers that it was a “national necessity” to “stop the recruitment of Pakistani labor.”He also tweeted saying: “Why are Indians disciplined while sedition, criminality and smuggling in the Pakistani community are rampant?”Khalfan further suggested that Pakistanis should be subjected to increased inspection, similar to what Bangladeshis face, “because of the criminal tendencies.”He added: “We became strict with the Bengalis because of the criminal tendencies they have shown. Pakistanis must be placed under an increased level of inspection.” Bangladeshis are referred to as Bengalis colloquially. He further said, “It is now a national duty to stop hiring Pakistanis.”Many people from Pakistan responded to the tweets, saying that the broad generalization was unfair just because a few drug smugglers caught were Pakistan nationals. The security official has previously posted (in Arabic) comments against the President of Turkey and Qatar, entities with whom the United Arab Emirates has a faltering relationship.The recent statement is inconsolable for every single Pakistani Citizen. I myself being a Pakistani Citizen always loved and supported UAE and i will. Generalizing a whole community for the mistakes of few is not farsightedness.— Broad Peak (@sherqilla) April 2, 2018In 2017, the UAE’s drug control agencies seized around 61.6 tonnes of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, the Khaleej Times reported Khalfan as saying on March 28.“Police and anti-narcotics forces in the UAE made great efforts in addressing the scourge, arresting miscreants behind drug smuggling bids and handing them to justice,” he said. “We should develop plans and analytical studies that contribute to apprehending drug dealers and smugglers before entering the country.” Related ItemsDubaiGulfPakistanlast_img read more

Indian Millionaires Row

first_imgThe road to UK’s Indian super-rich runs through Aston Road in Northwood, a west London suburb. The London Times reports that Indian millionaires are snapping up property in the tony Moor Park neighborhood and constructing multi-million dollar mansions. In recent months, 90 percent of all buyers on Aston Road are Indian, according to local residents, many of whom are trading up from low end housing in nearby Southall, which has the heaviest concentrations of Indians in London.Kulwinder Dhadwal, a property developer exploring homes in the area, told the Times: “The Indian community is still fairly conservative about displaying their wealth, but now there is a desire more and more to show the fruits of their hard work.”So show them, baby. Related Itemslast_img

Skin-whitening Products

first_imgJose, 19, is a college student in Puerto Princesa City, Philippines.On a regular school day, after he wakes up, he takes a shower, scrubbing his body using soap made of papaya (Carica papaya), a fruit that’s said to have skin-whitening properties. Afterwards, he applies a facial whitening lotion, and before finally going to school he uses SPF 30 sunscreen, again with whitening properties, on his face and arms.Jose was one of many young people I met in my ethnographic work as part of the Chemical Youth Project, a research program that sought to document and make sense of the different chemicals that young people use in their everyday lives, from cosmetics to cigarettes.Skin whitening among women has long been commonplace in the Philippines and other parts of Asia and the world but, while working on this project, I was struck by the fact that young men too, are using a plethora of whitening products. And that these products have proliferated in various retail outlets, from shopping malls to small sari-sari, or neighborhood, stores.But this development is not unique to the Philippines either. A 2015 study found that the prevalence of skin-whitening product use among male university students in 26 low and middle-income countries was 16.7%. The figure was higher in many Asian countries: 17.4% in India, 25.4% in the Philippines,and 69.5% in Thailand.In the Asia-Pacific region alone, the male cosmetics industry was estimated at $2.1 billion in 2016. Whiteners are likely to be a significant component of this figure; a 2010 study reported that 61% of all cosmetics in India had a whitening effect.Views of WhitenessHow do we make sense of this phenomenon? First, it must be pointed that the preference for white skin, even among men, has existed in many parts of Asia since ancient times.In Heian Japan (794 to 1185 AD) and Ming China (1368–1644), handsome men were described as having white or pale skin. In one undated Philippine epic, the hero covers his face with a shield so that the sun’s rays will not “lessen his handsome looks.”Researchers have suggested that, in many societies, fair skin was a mark of class distinction. In her 2012 book Living Color, American anthropologist Nina Jablonski explains:Untanned skin was a symbol of the privileged class that was spared from outdoor labor … Dark-skinned people were deprecated because they were of the labouring class that worked out in the sun.Others have suggested that the association of whiteness with purity became conflated with the idea that white skin signifies spiritual and physical superiority.Arguably, the colonial encounter lent another meaning to white skin, making it a marker of racial — not just class — distinction. Filipinos, for instance, were commonly referred to by the Americans as their “little brown brothers,” signifying an unequal fraternity based on height and skin color.But some scholars have also pointed out that many Asian people don’t necessarily aspire for a “Caucasian whiteness,” but a “cosmopolitan whiteness” that transcends race and signifies mobility across national borders.Like the emergence of the “metrosexual” (urban men who enjoy interests traditionally associated with women and homosexual men), the rise of male-specific whitening products may be explained by the demographic and social changes that have given rise to the view of the body as, in the words of UK sociologist Chris Shilling, “a project that should be worked at and accomplished as part of an individual’s self-identity.”It can also be attributed to changing notions of masculinity that are no longer incompatible with the use of cosmetics or beauty products.Promises With Side EffectsToday, cosmetics companies, through mass-mediated, star-studded advertising, build on these conditions. In India, Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan made headlines by endorsing “Fair and Handsome” skin whitening cream in 2008.In South Korea, K-pop superstars promote homegrown brands such as The Face Shop and Etude House, and serve as ambassadors of a Korean male aesthetic: slim, youthful-looking, and fair-skinned.While it is insightful to look at these historical and global trends, it’s also important to look at the individual users themselves, and the role whitening products play in their lives.In my fieldwork, I met many young men who were motivated by perceived social and economic gain: 20-year-old call center agent Edwin wanted to be more attractive to girls.Jose, for his part, wanted to someday be a flight attendant. He told me, “If you’re fair-skinned, you’re noticeable, and that gives you a advantage.”Their assumptions find empirical support in studies that suggest men with lighter skin are more likely to get higher paying jobs. In environments where young people only have their bodies as “capital,” resorting to modification is understandable.But from a public health perspective, the proliferation of whitening products raises questions of efficacy and safety, particularly in Asian countries without strong regulation.For all their promised effects, there’s actually no proof that many products actually work, and many of them have potentially grave side effects. Mercury, for instance, is a known toxin but it’s still found in skin whitening products in India, even when it has long been banned in many other countries.Is it Right?Alongside these health concerns, the moral debate continues. By shaping the way people people view their skin – and that of others – will its color, which is determined by genes, occupation and lifestyle, become another layer of inequality?And as with any other social issue, there has been dissent. Across Asia, a growing number of voices challenging the “colorism” they have to live with. Blogger Aswasthi Thomas, for instance, recently declared: “I’m Indian, I’m dark, and I don’t care.”But what these campaigns sometimes forget is that the quest for distinction through physical appearance is probably as old as humanity itself. And it’s unlikely to go away, especially when it is useful for people intheir everyday lives.Even so, as desires for dermatological perfection become increasingly commodified — and as skin becomes subjected to a host of chemicals — the point about restraint and reflection is well taken.Indeed, as more and more men and women embrace the idea that “fair is handsome”, we need a deeper conversation about the motivations that underwrite the phenomenon of skin whitening, and the meaning of (un)fair skin.The author is a PhD candidate in Medical Anthropology, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), University of Amsterdam. Reprinted from The Conversation  Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian Athletes Bag 37 Medals at 7th World Dwarf Games

first_imgThe 21-member Indian contingent team won a record haul of 37 medals, including 15 gold, at the World Dwarf Games last week. Dressed in the blue, the Indian players were among the nearly 400 athletes from 24 countries who participated in the international competition.The 7th edition of the World Dwarf Games was held over a week at the University of Guelph in Ontario province.Bagging Many MedalsAmong the winners was the versatile player Joby Matthew, who won two gold, three silver and a bronze medal. “I had a wonderful experience. I participated in badminton doubles, badminton singles, shot put, javelin, discus throw, and power-lifting,” Matthew told the media. It was an incredible moment for India as the athletes went up to the podium to receive their medals on multiple occasions. “We are very proud to be Indian athletes,” Matthew added.Arunachalam Nalini, who won five medals, including one gold, highlighted the importance of these international events, saying, “This is our Olympics, the little peoples’ Olympics.”Another athlete CV Rajanna won the gold in the 200 metre sprint event while Devappa More won the 100 metre race, becoming the fastest man at the event.The occasion of Indian Independence Day made the victory even more special, said team’s coach and manager Shivananda Gunjal. “We want to give a gift to the country on Independence Day. Coming here, we have been given so much respect, we are very proud of that. We are happy to give 15 gold medals to the country on August 15,” he said.India’s consul general to Toronto, Dinesh Bhatia, felicitated them on August 15.No Support From Indian GovtThese athletes, however, received no help from the Indian government. When they arrived in Toronto, they couldn’t afford hotel rooms in the city and sent out a plea for assistance on Facebook.“We have no support from the central government or state governments or any sponsors,” Rajanna, who won three golds at the event, said, adding that he also handled all their paperwork and logistics through the trip.  Most of these athletes took loans so that they could travel to Canada.Good Samaritans Helped the AthletesA non-profit organisation, Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation, in Canada arranged their stay at its community centre and took care of their visit to the consulate.“Having learnt of their wonderful accomplishments at the Games and how proud they were for bringing honour to India, I so wanted them to be part of the Independence Day celebrations here in Toronto,” Brinda Muralidhar, a representative of the organisation, told media.The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) also helped them by offering free rides. “The team wanted to experience a subway ride. We were so happy and honoured when the TTC offered free rides to and from Bloor (Street, where the Indian consulate is located) in honour of the athletes,” Muralidhar said. Related ItemsDevappa More Indian dwarf athleteIndia Canada Dwarf GamesIndia World Dwarf GamesIndian Dwarfs win medalsJoby Matthew Indian athleteLittle IndiaRajanna Indian dwarf athletelast_img read more

British Army Officers Pay Tribute to Saragarhi Martyrs

first_imgA delegation from the British High Commission, including several members of the British Royal Army, saluted the Sikh martyrs of the battle of Saragarhi at an event in Ludhiana on Sept. 11.“This is the story of two nations — the British and the Sikhs, who first met in the battle field and left as friends. The Sikhs in the British army carry on that tradition of valor,” Colonel John Richard Kindall, who attended the event commemorating the 120th anniversary of the battle, said, Tribune India reported. He praised the valor of the Sikh soldiers, and their loyalty towards fellow personnel, the army, and the country.Major Sartaj Singh Gogna, who is now a part of the British Royal Army, recalled that he drew inspiration from the battle of Saragarhi to join the force at the age of 21. He added that he was just two years old when his parents migrated to the UK, and after completing a pharmacy course, he understood his true calling and joined the British Army.Ranvir Singh, another British Royal Army personnel, said that the Sikh members in the force are following the religion’s values and ethos.Battle of Saragarhi: Show of Sikh ValorThe battle of Saragarhi is considered one of the most ferocious battles fought in history. It involved a clash of 21 Sikh members and a non-combatant of the 36th regiment of the British Army with 10,000 Afghan tribesmen on Sept. 12, 1897. Killing more than 200 Pashtun Orakzai opponents, the British Army held their ground and proclaimed the bravery of the Sikh people to the whole world.When the British Parliament heard the news, it halted the session midway to give a standing ovation to the 22 persons who were killed in the battle. The entire regiment was given ‘Indian Order of Merit’, the highest award given to Indian army officials at that time. It was also the first and the last time that an entire unit received a gallantry recognition.Battle of Saragarhi Continues to Inspire PeopleA serving woman squadron leader who hails from the family of Naik Lal, one of the 22 martyrs, that the Hindustan Times that the Union government should also follow the footsteps of the Punjab government and declare a holiday on September 12 to commemorate Saragarhi day.“I grew up listening to how 21 soldiers and a non-combatant killed more than 200. I was told how my great-great-grandfather, who was seriously injured, continued to fire till his last breath. It made me who I am today,” said the young woman who sought anonymity due to the Air Force Code of Conduct.Films on Battle of SaragarhiThree films based on the ‘Battle of Saragarhi’ are getting ready for release in Bollywood. Rajkumar Santoshi’s Battle of Saragarhi, with Randeep Hooda and Vikramjeet Virk in the lead roles, is expected to hit the screens next year.Bollywood action icon Akshay Kumar and Karan Johar are joining forces for a new movie titled Kesar, which is also expected to be based on this battle.Recently, Ajay Devgan also revealed that he will be making a big budget film based on the same incident with the title Sons of Sardaar: The Battle of Saragarhi. Related ItemsBattle of SaragarhiBattle of Saragarhi SikhBritish battle of SaragarhiLittle IndiaNaik Lal SaragarhiSikh battle British armylast_img read more

30% Indians Experienced Sexual Risk Online: Report

first_imgAlmost three in 10 Indians experienced sexual risk online in 2017, according to Microsoft’s Digital Civility Index (DCI). India ranked seven out of 23 countries surveyed for online civility and had a DCI of 61 per cent.Men reported more harassment than women, but the report said that women faced higher consequences from online bullying. As much as 23 per cent men reported harassment online compared to 16 per cent women, most of which involved unwanted sexting.According to the Microsoft study, harassment was defined as unwanted contact, unwanted sexting, online harassment, cyberbullying or misogyny.“Females were more likely to lose trust in people online and offline, have greater life stress and had higher rates of depression,” the report said.In India, there was 43 per cent unwanted contact; 17 per cent hoaxes, scams and frauds; 17 hate speech and 26 per cent damage to personal reputation. About 20 per cent online risks were facilitated by family and friends compared to 17 per cent globally.“Nearly one-third of Indians experienced a behavioral risk which was eight points below the global average. Trolling declined and fell below the global average by six points. Reputational risks rose a combined three points led by damage to personal and work reputation,” the report said.Forty four per cent of the respondents had met their perpetrator in real life in India versus 53 per cent globally. Indians said that 64 per cent of them stood up for themselves compared to the global average of 52 per cent.The report also said that 36 per cent Indians stood up for others compared to 27 per cent globally.“Among those who had met their perpetrators, 75 per cent met before the risk occurred. The average number of risks was 72 per cent higher among those who had met the perpetrator in real life versus those who had not,” the report said.In another survey, conducted by global cyber security firm Norton by Symantec in October 2017, 8 out of 10 Indians surveyed admitted to have had experienced some form of cyberbullying or stalking, with 41 per cent of women saying they had faced sexual harassment on the internet.Two of the most common forms of online harassment in India were reported to be abuse and insults, followed by malicious gossip and rumors. A total of 87 per cent of the respondents with disabilities or mental health issues, and 77 per cent of people with weight issues said they had experienced online shaming. Related ItemsInternetSocial mediaSocietylast_img read more

ACLU Claims Migrant Parents Were Misled Into Waiving Rights

first_imgWhen immigration officials asked a Guatemalan father to sign a sheet of paper in English several weeks ago, he had no idea what it said.The man, a migrant who primarily speaks the Mayan language Akatek, knows no English, barely understands Spanish and is completely illiterate, according to his lawyer. But he is clear about what he wants most – to reunite with his 8-year-old daughter, from whom he was separated at the border in May.So the father was stunned to learn, from an attorney in a New Mexico immigration processing center, that he signed a form waiving his right to do just that.The Guatemalan man is one of many migrant parents separated from their children who may have unknowingly signed away their reunification rights, lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union wrote in court documents filed Wednesday.Some parents said they thought they were signing paperwork that would, in fact, allow them to reunite with their children, according to their immigration lawyers. Others described being crowded into rooms with dozens of people, given only a few minutes to fill out forms that would determine whether they would reunite with their children or leave them behind in the United States. They signed the forms out of fear, or confusion, or a belief that they had no other choice, lawyers wrote in the court filing.“One father was told that if he didn’t sign the form presented to him, then he would not see his daughter again,” lawyer Kathryn Shepherd wrote in a court affidavit.These testimonies, described by more than a dozen lawyers, were part of a 125-page court filing from the ACLU as part of an ongoing class-action lawsuit over the U.S. government’s separation of migrant families at the border.The court filing asked U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, of the Southern District of California, to extend the amount of time that reunited families may be allowed to remain in the United States before the government tries to deport them.The ACLU argued that families should be given seven days after reunification to consult with attorneys and as a family about “what might be the most consequential decision of their lives” – whether to be deported together or to leave their children behind in the U.S. to pursue their asylum cases.The Trump administration on Tuesday said it was on track to reunite the majority of separated migrant families by Thursday’s court deadline. The government said it had reunited 1,012 parents with their children, out of 2,551 who were separated.But the administration also faced scrutiny from Sabraw over its inability to sort out how many migrant parents have already been deported or released from federal custody. The Trump administration said Monday that 463 parents are no longer present in the United States, meaning they may have been deported. Lawyers for the government, however, cautioned that the number does not necessarily indicate how many parents were sent back without their children.The Trump administration has also insisted that all of the parents it deported without their children gave their written consent. As of Tuesday, the government had counted 127 parents who opted to be deported without their children.But Wednesday’s court filing paints a picture of confusion and misinformation. Lee Gelernt, of the ACLU, accused immigration officials of distributing paperwork to migrant papers in a “coercive and misleading manner,” creating a chaotic reunification process.For this reason, the ACLU argues that it is crucial for parents to have a longer waiting time – at least a week – to discuss with attorneys before any deportations take place.Many of the parents speak indigenous languages, of which there are hundreds throughout Latin America. Interpreters in these languages are scarce, lawyers say. And even among those migrants who speak Spanish, many do not know how to read or write.“The evidence is overwhelming that parents have signed forms they did not understand,” Gelernt wrote. “Parents plainly had no idea what they were signing or agreeing to orally.”This means that many migrants have very little understanding of the current status of their asylum case, the whereabouts of their children or their legal options moving forward.Luis Cruz, a lawyer counseling with migrant parents in Otero County Processing Center in Chaparral, New Mexico, described speaking with five fathers who were on the government’s list of people who had relinquished their rights to reunification with their children.“All of the five fathers wish to be reunited with their children,” Cruz wrote in an affidavit as part of the ACLU’s court filing. “All five said they can’t read or write in Spanish or English. Each of the fathers told me that they were not given the opportunity to ask questions. . ..Each described feeling hopeless and believing that they had no alternative but to sign the form.”One broke down in tears, saying he hadn’t spoken to his son in 25 days and was uncertain of his location. Another father said he did not know the status of his case, but was not aware of any final order of removal.“In fact, he has received an order of removal which is dated June 3, 2018,” Cruz wrote.This miscommunication was compounded by the fact that many migrant families arrive in the U.S. with very little prior documentation. This creates chaos – and major delays – as lawyers try to piece together cases for both the separated families.Even lawyers working with recently reunified families struggle to sort through cases.“Mothers and children are profoundly confused,” wrote lawyer Shalyn Fluharty. “Mothers are unable to confirm whether they spoke with an asylum officer, or immigration judge.”Leah Chavla, who has been counseled reunited families at a residential center in Dilley, Texas, said it takes hours just to get basic information from families about the stages of their cases. This is in large part, Chavla says, because of the trauma these families have experienced.Chavla described the struggle of clarifying information during an interview with a mother and her 11-year-old son.“The boy would barely speak through the entire interview, only sometimes slightly nodding or shaking his head to answer simple – yes or no – questions,” Chavla said. “He only stared forward with an intent expression that looked like he was concentrating so as to not cry. His mother repeatedly told him to speak to us, but he could not speak.”Manoj Govindaiah, the director of Family Detention Services at the immigrant services group RAICES, said these experiences have “inculcated families with skepticism and distrust to a level that far exceeds any that I have previously experienced with our clients.”Govindaiah recalled how one father asked him repeatedly for proof that he was in fact an immigration lawyer. When Govindaiah later asked the man why he was so distrustful of him at first, the father responded that ever since he entered the country, he has been lied to, and that “he doesn’t know who is government and who isn’t, and now that he has his son back, he will not let his son go anywhere without him.The meeting ended without reaching a meaningful discussion about the father’s legal options, Govindaiah said. The father simply “could not move past his fear of re-separation.”The father’s repeated response, Govindaiah said, was “but as long as I’m with my son, I’ll be OK. I’ll be with my son that whole time, right?”© The Washington Post 2018 Related Itemslast_img read more

Body of Indian Teen Swept Away in UAE Flash Flood Found In Oman

first_imgThe body of Albert Joy, who was washed away in a flash flood at Khor Fakkan in the United Arab Emirates, was found on the shores of Oman on Nov. 22 after a massive search operation. The police revealed that the teenager’s decomposed body was pulled out of a dam in Oman’s Madha area, which is 20 km away from Wadi Shis from where he went missing on Nov. 16.The operation was conducted by the UAE Police and Royal Oman Police. The UAE rescue team consisted of 75 members, Lieutenant-Colonel Waleed Al Yamahi, the director of Khor Fakkan Police, said, Gulf News reported.The father of the 18-year-old youth went to Oman for the identification of the body, which was handed over to the UAE Police and taken to Fujairah Forensic Department for post-mortem, one of the relatives was quoted as saying by the publication.“The family wants to do his funeral in their hometown in Kerala as his grandparents live there. We are waiting for the approvals,” a family friend told Gulf News.The authorities extended the search to Oman after the family requested them to do so on Nov. 21 as the search operations in Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi had not yielded results. While the car was found, the search for the boy wasn’t fruitful until the search covered Oman.This request was made to Vipul, the Indian Consul-General in Dubai, by the family when he visited their house at Ras Al Khaimah on Nov. 21. According to Vipul, the Indian Embassy in Oman asked Omani authorities for help after they took up the matter with the mission. He added that the consulate would assist the family for repatriating the body.Colonel Mohammad Abdullah Al Obaid, the director of the Eastern Region Police, commended the effort and coordination between police departments of the two countries. He also asked the public to heed the warnings issued by the Ministry of the Interior and the Sharjah Police. He emphasized that residents are required to move away from spots where runoff water from valleys and mountain areas flows during heavy rains.Joy, an engineering student from Ras Al Khaimah, was trapped in flash floods when he went to the area on an outing along with five of his friends. A local person, Khalifa Ali Bin Saeed Al Naqbi, and his employees rescued five of them. Al Naqbi told Gulf News that Joy refused to jump into water as he could not leave his father’s car. The vehicle was swept away. The teen is survived by his parents and sister. Related ItemsFlash floodOmanUAElast_img read more

Indo-U.S. Ties ‘Special,’ Says Indian American Lawmaker After Meeting Modi

first_imgIndian American lawmaker Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, who met India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 6, said that he would work with his counterparts to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries.The recent meeting was part of a high-level delegation of American Congressional leaders who interacted with their Indian counterparts to discuss trade, strategic partnerships, and security coordination, according to Krishnamoorthi,  D-Illinois, News Indiatimes reported. The meeting was hosted by India’s External Affairs Ministry and included Indian American Congressman Ami Bera, D-California, as well as Reps. Dave Schweikert, R- Arizona; Tom Suozzi, D-NY; Terri Sewell, D -AL; Dina Titus, D – NV; Drew Ferguson, R – GA; and Pete Olson, R-TX.“I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in Congress to ensure that the United States and India are able to continue their partnership on peace and security in an uncertain world,” Krishnamoorthi said in a statement, adding that it was an honor to meet Modi and discuss the Indo-U.S. “special relationship.” India is the “linchpin of security” in the Indo-Pacific region, he said.“This week’s talks have been instrumental in ensuring that the United States and India continue to build on our security partnerships and promote peace and stability in the region and across the world,” Krishnamoorthi was quoted as saying by News Indiatimes.“The meeting with the Prime Minister only underscored that at the heart of our friendship with India are the values that we share: a commitment to freedom, democracy, and the rule of law,” the Congressman said.Krishnmamoorthi was named co-chair of the New Economy Task Force for the Democratic Party along with his Congressional colleagues Susan DelBene, Debbie Dingell, and Darren Soto in September 2017.“India is a key partner for the United States and Asia. Both our economic and strategic posture in the region is strengthened by investing in the bilateral relationship between the world’s two largest democracies,” Krishnmamoorthi had said in June 2017.India and the United States have been disagreeing over trade tariffs recently, with U.S. President Donald Trump increasing tariff on steel and aluminum for India and other countries. The clampdown on H-1B visa has also created an atmosphere of uncertainty. Related ItemsIndian AmericanRaja KrishnamoorthiUnited Stateslast_img read more

Five Indian-Origin Billionaires Named in Forbes’ List of Richest Americans

first_imgFive Indian Americans figure in Forbes magazine’s recently-released list of the 400 richest Americans. The Indian-origin billionaires moved to the United States early in their careers and have made a mark in the country as successful businessmen.Of all the Indian Americans who made it to the list, four are part of the technology industry while one made his riches in the airline business.The list of Indian Americans is topped by Romesh T. Wadhwani, followed by Rakesh Gangwal, Vinod Khosla, Kavitark Ram Shriram, and Niraj Shah.Wadhwani, the founder of Symphony Technology Group is ranked 271, with a net worth of $3 billion. The 70-year-old businessman was born in Pakistan and moved with his family to India during Partition. He earned a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and earned his masters and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. In 1999, he sold his company Aspect Development Inc., to i2 technologies for $9.3 billion.Kolkata-born Rakesh Gangwal, 64, is at No. 354 with a net worth of $2.3 billion. The airline veteran is the co-founder of InterGlobe Aviation, which owns IndiGo Airlines, India’s largest low-cost private carrier.Gangwal earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and did an MBA from Wharton before landing a job with the United Airlines in 1984. He later went on to become the CEO and Chairman of the US Airways Group. He co-founded IndiGo in 2006, along with Rahul Bhatia, who is also in the Forbes India billionaires list.Until earlier this year, Gangwal was the richest Indian American in the United States, with $3.3 billion, but since March his wealth has dropped by $1 billion due to the falling share prices at Indigo.With a net worth of $2.2 billion, Vinod Khosla is the third richest Indian American in the list. The 63-year-old Delhi-born venture capitalist is ranked 368. Khosla, who co-founded Sun Microsystems in 1982, is an active and prolific venture capitalist and invests in new technologies like biomedicine and robotics through his Silicon Valley VC firm Khosla Ventures.Khosla earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He moved to the United States in the 1970s and graduated with a biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.Next on the list is Kavitark Ram Shriram, who is at No. 368 with a net worth of $2.2 billion. The Chennai-born mathematics graduate is known for spotting companies in their start-up stages itself and is best known for being one of the earliest financial backers of Google. He started his career with Netscape in 1994 and later became the president of Junglee, which was later acquired by Amazon. With this acquisition, he worked for a brief while with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. In 1998, when Google was a still a startup, Shriram invested $250,000 in the company.He is still on the board of Alphabet, the parent company of Google.Placed at No. 368, Massachusetts-raised and Cornell-educated Niraj Shah, the CEO of Wayfair, is the fifth richest Indian American, with $2.2 billion. Shah, 44, is also one of the youngest billionaires on the list. He co-founded online home goods retailer Wayfair in 2002, which went public in 2014. Since March, his wealth has increased by $600 million. Related ItemsforbesIndian Americanlast_img read more

PSL: Cignal turns back Foton, wins bronze

first_imgLATEST STORIES El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ But in the fourth, the HD Spikers decided it was enough as Jovelyn Gonzaga and CJ Rosario poured it out amid the Tornadoes’ string of errors to secure the podium finish.It was a sorry loss for the Tornadoes who went through the preliminaries unbeaten, absorbing only their first defeat in the semifinals at the hands of Petron.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMaica Morada and Honey Royse Tubino stood out with 17 and 12 points, respectively to provide solid back-up for Gonzaga and Rachel Ann Daquis. EJ Laure of Foton over Cherry Mae Vivas and Che Saet of Cignal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOCignal applied the pressure just enough to see Foton self-destruct to prevail, 25-16, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22, for the bronze medal in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at Muntinlupa Sports Complex.Gaining from the depth of their roster, the HD Spikers went all-out in the first two sets before allowing the Tornadoes to bounce back in the third frame mostly through the efforts of 6-foot-5 leader Jaja Santiago.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Estrella nails game-winning, step-back 3 as Mapua stuns Letranlast_img read more

India vs Australia 2nd Test Live Streaming: How to Watch IND vs AUS Match on Sony Liv

first_imgAfter registering a thrilling 31-run victory in the first Test at Adelaide, India will look to continue the momentum when they take on Australia in the second Test on a green top in Perth on Friday.The pitch will offer plenty of pace and bounce at the new Optus Stadium and as much as Australia will be excited by the idea of their bowlers doing the job, an upbeat India will have the sniff too.Like captain Virat Kohli said in the pre-match press conference, having a world class bowling attack at his disposal, India are now certainly more excited than nervous about green pitches.Former England captain Michael Vaughan also said that Australia have taken a risk with the green top because they were outbowled at the Adelaide too.”Certainly from seeing the Indian attack in England and at the Adelaide Oval, Bumrah (Jasprit), Shami (Mohammad) and Sharma (Ishant) will be going to bed tonight thinking thank you,” Vaughan told Fox Sports.India vs Australia 2nd Test Live Streaming: When and where to watch IND v AUS 2nd Test Live”The actual three quicks of India out bowled the three quicks of Australia. They were outstanding. It’s a big, big risk that Australia are taking.””They clearly need a pitch that they feel they can get at the Indian batsmen but I just look to the game at Adelaide Oval, it wasn’t the pitch, it wasn’t anything to do with the conditions. It was just that India produced more discipline for longer periods.”advertisementFor India, Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin have also been ruled out of the second Test with injuries, apart from Prithvi Shaw who is already injured and in the process of recovery.Coming to the hosts, Aaron Finch could be pushed down the order with Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh opening the batting. Finch drew a lot of flak after the first Test for his poor form opening the batting.India Tour of Australia: 2nd Test match Ind vs Aus live match broadcast channels listWhat time does the 2nd Test between India vs Australia start?2nd Test starts at 7:50 AM IST on December 14, Friday at the Optus stadium in Perth.What TV channel and live stream is the 2nd Test between India and Australia Live Streaming on?Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD in English commentary and Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Sony Liv will live stream India vs Australia match.Where will the 2nd Test between India and Australia be played?The 2nd Test between India and Australia will be played at the Optus stadium in Perth from 7:50 AM IST.Where can I watch the India vs Australia 2nd Test live?The match will be shown on Sony sports network and can also be streamed on SonyLIV.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Australia 2nd Test?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Australia from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the 2nd Test between India and Australia?India 13-man squad: Virat Kohli (C), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav.Australia playing XI: Tim Paine (C, WK), Josh Hazlewood (VC), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Starc.Also Read | Fast and furious: India’s Perth memories over the yearsAlso Read | Perth Test: Green pitch set to test India’s skills and Australia’s resolveAlso See:last_img read more

Toronto Raptors two-million strong NBA victory bash marred by shooting

first_imgCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and some 2 million other fans cheered the NBA champion Toronto Raptors on Monday in a victory celebration that united the nation, but the party was marred by a shooting that seriously wounded two people. Photo: ReutersFive double-decker buses that carried the players and their families moved along the parade route at a snail’s pace due to the massive crowd, as players including Kawhi Leonard, who was named most valuable player of the NBA Finals, sprayed champagne on the fans. Photo: ReutersThe Canadian musician Drake, one of the team’s most prominent and outspoken fans, earned a place on one of the buses.The convoy arrived nearly two hours behind schedule near Toronto’s city hall, where the team was greeted on a stage by Trudeau and other dignitaries. Photo: ReutersThe shooting interrupted an otherwise peaceful, six-hour bash that only began to clear out in the late afternoon. Two people were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Toronto police said on Twitter. Two also were taken into custody and two firearms were recovered, police said. An investigation is ongoing.The shots were fired near Nathan Phillips Square, the parade’s final destination, during the victory speeches, causing hundreds of people to scatter for cover. However, it caused only a brief pause in the celebrations.Canadians from coast to coast and all the way up to the Arctic have been celebrating since the Toronto Raptors captured their first National Basketball Association championship in a country that is traditionally known for its love of ice hockey.advertisementThe Raptors clinched the best-of-seven series in Oakland, California, on Thursday in six games by beating the defending champion Golden State Warriors 114-110, giving rise to a nationwide love affair with basketball.Canadian Sporting HistoryThe Raptors victory is the first major professional sports championship for a Canada-based team since Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993. Toronto has been waiting for its beloved Maple Leafs to win the NHL championship since its last Stanley Cup victory in 1967.”It’s the culmination of playing for 24 years. We’ve been waiting a long time for this,” said Raptors fan Chris Rogers.Rogers, 34, who has rooted for the Raptors since they entered the league 1995, was dressed in a jersey of Raptors guard Kyle Lowry. He had been waiting since morning to watch the parade.Rogers said his workplace was fully supportive of him being out of the office as they believed the parade was important.About 2 million fans stood by to celebrate and catch a glimpse of the winners, according to Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Raptors.Streets were closed off to accommodate the convoy, and three subway stations were also closed due to overcrowding on the street level. Enthusiastic fans festooned the streets of Toronto wearing Raptors red, purple, black and white.A few fans climbed atop bus stops and the arches of Nathan Phillips Square, but were asked by police to come down.As crowds swelled along the streets, several people were put on stretchers due to dehydration. Raptors’ dancers, security guards and the organizers were seen handing out water to the fans, who continued to throng streets leading up to the square.The Snowbirds, an aerobatic flight demonstration team of the Royal Canadian Air Forces, contributed to the festivities by soaring over the skies of Toronto.Toronto Mayor John Tory proclaimed June 17, 2019, as “We The North” day to mark the occasion, borrowing the slogan used by the Raptors.”This championship is the culmination of years of patience, support, devotion and belief. Toronto has proven that it is a basketball city and that the game thrives in The North,” Tory said in a statement.Also Read | Canadian Sikh immigrant’s life and struggles go viral. Internet is in tearsAlso Watch | Bangladesh cricket team’s near-death experience with Christchurch shootinglast_img read more

Recapping Week 10 in the Big 12

first_imgUSATSIUSATSIOklahoma State struggled mightily for the third straight week but at least the rest of the Big 12 was exciting (kind of). Here’s a look back at the five games from Week 10.Kansas State vs Oklahoma StateThe wheels are falling off of this Oklahoma State season.Things started quite well for the Pokes, as they opened the game on an impressive scoring drive that seemed to be what we’ve come to expect out of an Oklahoma State offense.However, the rest of the game was all K-State. Morgan Burns returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, something the Cowboys were aiming to avoid (except that plan was constructed around some guy named “Lockett”).The Oklahoma State offense mustered just 261 total yards, while also turning the ball over three times. Daxx Garman threw for 148 yards and two interceptions, and looked completely lost once again.It seemed that Yurcich and Co. finally realized that the offense should revolve around Tyreek Hill, but of course they went away from him in the second half.Kansas State did what Kansas State does, limit mistakes and take advantage of yours. Jake Waters threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns, while Tyler Lockett and Curry Sexton combined for 15 receptions and 253 yards.Kansas State is in the driver’s seat for the Big 12 title, and Oklahoma State…..isn’t.Final ResultKansas State – 48Oklahoma State – 14This WeekKansas State – @ TCUOklahoma State – ByeIowa State vs OklahomaThe Sooner went into Ames and basically did whatever they wanted to. The Trevor Knight-led offense racked up 751 total yards, including 510 on the ground (the most by an Oklahoma team since 1989).Three different Sooners eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the ground, including: Knight with 146, Alex Ross with 144, and Samaje Perine with 110. It’s looking more and more like the Oklahoma State vs Texas game in Stillwater will be for the chance to play in a bowl game. Should be fun, I think.Final ResultTexas – 34Texas Tech – 13This Week Texas – West Virginia @ homeTexas Tech – ByeUpdated Big 12 standingsScreen Shot 2014-11-03 at 8.08.00 AMIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! The Sooner defense held Iowa State to only 334 total yards, much of which came in the second half once the backups were in.The lone concern, if you’re a Sooner fan, is the health of Sterling Shepard. Shepard was carted off the field with an apparent groin injury, but it looked to be precautionary for the most part.Oklahoma hopes to have him back for next week’s matchup with Baylor, as they will need all of the points they can get against a high-powered Baylor team. Final ResultOklahoma – 59Iowa State – 14This WeekOklahoma – Baylor @ homeIowa State – @ KansasWest Virginia vs TCUThis had to be the ugliest, best football game I’ve ever seen. There was a stretch late in the first half where I wasn’t sure if there would be another completed pass.However, things picked up in the second half and it was a Jaden Oberkrom field goal as time expired that won it for the Horned Frogs.Following a week that saw them put up 82 points, the TCU offense struggled for much of the say but made plays when they needed to.Trevone Boykin went 12/30 through the air for only 166 yards and one touchdown. Boykin and running back, B.J. Catalon, made big plays with their legs down the stretch including a collective three touchdown runs.Clint Trickett struggled through the air as well, only completing 15-26 passes for 162 yards. The weather had a lot to do with the lack of offense, as it was cold and rainy in Morgantown.Many have criticized Dana Holgorsen for being too conservative in the second half, but he claimed that Trickett was too uncomfortable to air it out. I sure hope this is what the rest of the Big 12 slate will be like, it should be fun.Final ResultTCU – 31West Virginia – 30This WeekTCU – Kansas State @ homeWest Virginia – @ TexasBaylor vs KansasBryce Petty and the Baylor Bears took care of business coming off their first loss of the year. The Baylor offense racked up 669 yards and 30 first downs, while not turning the ball over.The Baylor defense also look impressive in what was essentially a glorified tune-up for their anticipated matchup against Oklahoma this week.Kansas quarterback, Michael Cummings, actually had a good statistical day for the Jayhawks. Cummings went 21/30 for 288 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn’t near enough to keep up with the Baylor offensive machine.It seems Baylor, at least Bryce Petty, is more than ready for the Sooners.Final ResultBaylor – 60Kansas – 14This WeekBaylor – @ OklahomaKansas – Iowa State @ homeTexas Tech vs TexasIt was all hands on deck for the Longhorns, as four different players scored a touchdown in a 34-13 victory over the Red Raiders.Tyrone Swoopes led the way, throwing for 228 yards and once again looking like a threat at the quarterback position. Malcolm Gray added two touchdowns on the ground, as the Longhorns tallied 469 total yards in the contest.Texas Tech, without Davis Webb, struggled mightily on the offensive side of the ball.Pat Mahomes, filling in for the injured Webb, left the game with an injury and was replaced by Vincent Testaverde Jr. Testaverde, the son of Heisman Trophy winner and NFL veteran Vinny Testaverde, finished the game and played admirably.last_img read more

Paragon Shipping Cancels One of Its Two Newbuilding Contracts

first_imgzoom Paragon Shipping Inc., a global shipping transportation company specializing in drybulk cargoes, announced yesterday that it has entered into an agreement with a Chinese shipyard to cancel one of its two 4,800 TEU containership newbuilding contracts at no cost to the Company, transfer the deposit to the remaining vessel and to reduce its contract price from the original $57.5 million to$55.0 million.After taking into consideration the above changes, the Company will have one 4,800 TEU containership newbuilding on order with $23.0 million, or approximately 42% of the purchase price, already funded and the remainder of the contract price due upon delivery in the second quarter of 2014. The final installment due on delivery will be financed through the Company’s loan facility with China Development Bank, subject to certain closing conditions. The Company has granted Box Ships Inc. an option to acquire the containership newbuilding.Subsequently, the Company announced that it has acquired two additional Eco-Design Ultramax newbuilding drybulk carriers from an affiliated entity with scheduled deliveries in the second quarter of 2015. The two Ultramax newbuildings are being built in Yangzhou Dayang Shipbuilding Co., a member of the Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group, and will have acarrying capacity of 63,500 dwt each. The Ultramax vessels are sister ships to the company’s existing two Ultramax newbuildingsunder construction at the same yard that are expected to be delivered in 2014, and include approximately $1.6 million in extra equipment. The total consideration for these two Ultramax newbuildings is $56.5 million.Commenting on the developments, Paragon Shipping’s Chairman and CEO, Michael Bodouroglou, stated “The cancellation and reduction in price of the containership newbuilding improves the Company’s equity position, and gives Paragon greater flexibility as it can now take delivery of the one containership with little or no additional equity. We now have 13 vessels on the water and we believe this recent positive event will result in additional long-term growth for the Company. By acquiring the two additional Eco-Design Ultramax newbuildings, our newbuilding program has grown to six vessels, including the one containership, to be delivered starting December 2013 through to the middle of 2015. “Paragon Shipping, December 10, 2013last_img read more

HMM Sells LNG Transport Business for USD 1.03 Billion

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location HMM, February 28, 2014 Print  Close zoom Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) will sell the LNG transport business for 1.1 trillion KRW ($1.03 billion) to solve the market’s concern on HMM’s financial status.HMM said that it sells the LNG business unit as part of its 3.3 trillion valued self-help plan presented last Decembe. HMM has also said that it expects to gain momentum on the implementation of its self-help plan, according to which the disposition was supposed to take place much later in June 2014.HMM recently started bidding for the sale of its LNG business unit and received LOIs (Letter of Intents) from 6 candidates on February 6th. HMM chose IMM Investment, Corp., as the preferred bidder. The sale value as a whole is estimated at about 1.1 trillion KRW; after an actual inspection on the preferred bidder, HMM will close the deal in the first half of this year.HMM owns 10 LNG vessels and is in a long-term charter contract with state-run Korea Gas Corporation until 2028. HMM has been transporting 7.3 million ton of gas, which is nearly 20% of South Korea’s annual LNG consumption.HMM plans to repay relevant debt with the proceeds from this disposition and to secure additional liquidity. HMM says it is expected to gain large profits because LNG business is undervalued on its books.The proceeds from this asset disposition, in addition to the 600 billion won in cash that HMM secured at the end of last year, will help solve most of the market’s concern on HMM’s financial status.Moreover, HMM has secured 56.3 billion KRW through the disposition of 18,097 container boxes in December 2013 and 46.5 billion KRW by selling 11.3 million shares in the KB Financial Group. HMM has also announced that it will procure 93 billion KRW by selling shares in the Shinhan Financial Group within 6 months. When HMM secures 70 billion won by selling its land property in Yongdang (in Busan, 453 kilometers south of Seoul), HMM’s self-help plan valued at 1.4 trillion won will become fully implemented.HMM will make additional capital procurement by implementing more self-help plans.One HMM official has commented, “It’s too bad that we had to sell the LNG Business Unit, which provided us with sizable profits and stable cash flow. But we’ll focus our ability on enhancing the global competitiveness of our containers and bulk units, and by doing so we’ll be able to become the best shipping company.”last_img read more

Archives Updates Halifax Explosion Online Resources

first_imgVisitors to the Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management Web site now have the opportunity to view rare film footage and photographs shot after the 1917 Halifax Explosion, newly re-mastered in a high-resolution format. All of the photographs, films, and archival records in the Halifax Explosion 1917 Online Resources have been re-digitized, so Internet visitors can see, in great detail, the aftermath of the disaster and efforts to rebuild the city. “Dec. 6, 1917 is a day forever etched in the history of this province,” said Bill Estabrooks on behalf of Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “Through these photos and films we see horrific damage and destruction, but also the strength and determination that eventually rebuilt Halifax.” More than 160 images and documents showing the devastated city are featured with a new magnification tool that lets visitors explore each image in minute detail. Photos showing coffins piled up on Argyle Street, a cloud of smoke looming over the harbour, and entire city blocks levelled from the blast, are stark reminders of the chaos that followed the disaster. A highlight of the resource is 13 minutes of silent black-and-white film shot by W.G. MacLaughlan, showing the waste and ruin of a city destroyed. Re-mastered and slowed to actual speed, the films reveal the clearest views and closest details yet seen of the terrible days that followed Dec. 6, 1917. “We are pleased to present Halifax Explosion Online Resources in a high-resolution format for website visitors,” said Lois Yorke, director of public services. “These photos, films, and records are powerful reminders of the turmoil our city once faced.” There are also several personal narratives of those who lived through the disaster, including a Dec. 10, 1917 letter written by a Halifax housewife and the 1985 reminiscences of an elderly woman looking back to when she was six years old at Chebucto School. Another feature of the online resource is the Halifax Explosion Remembrance Book: A List of Those Who Died, a searchable database with information about 1,951 casualties. Information on the Halifax Relief Commission, 1917-1978, is also available. Halifax Explosion 1917 Online Resources is available at www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/explosion/ . Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management acquires, preserves and makes available the province’s documentary heritage.last_img read more

amfAR Raises Over 2 Million At 7th Annual Inspiration Gala Los Angeles

first_imgChelsea Handler, Barry Diller, Heidi Klum, Jon Hamm, Cheyenne Jackson, Dita Von Teese, Jane Lynch, Lea Michele, Victoria Justice, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, and amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole were among those who gathered at the seventh annual amfAR Inspiration Gala Los Angeles last week.Heidi Klum at amfAR Inspiration Gala Los AngelesCredit/Copyright: Kevin TachmanThe event paid tribute to Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of DreamWorks New Media, and Academy Award-winning actress and United Nations Messenger of Peace Charlize Theron in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the fight against AIDS. The event, presented by Harry Winston and M•A•C Viva Glam, raised over $2 million for amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research programs.Jason Derulo Performs At amfAR Inspiration Gala LACredit/Copyright: amfARSophia Amoruso, Fredrik Eklund, Jay Ellis, Estelle, Peter Fonda, David Foster, David Furnish, Brad Goreski, Kelsey Grammer, Courtney Love, Angela Lindvall, Maureen McCormick, Jesse Metcalfe, Shemar Moore, Mia Moretti, Samantha Ronson, Cara Santana, Milissa Sears, Teddy Sears, Nina Senicar, and others were also in attendance.The evening began with a Disney-themed musical tribute to honoree Jeffrey Katzenberg. A 10-piece orchestra performed Aladdin’s “Friend Like Me,” and American Horror Story star Cheyenne Jackson and Glee’s Jane Lynch then took the stage to perform Aladdin’s “A Whole New World.” Longtime amfAR supporter Heidi Klum then welcomed guests and introduced amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole. Mr. Cole spoke passionately about amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative, which is aimed at developing the scientific basis of a cure by 2020.Barry Diller presented the amfAR Award of Inspiration to his friend Jeffrey Katzenberg, stating “for those who need to be inspired by example, here he is.” Katzenberg was recognized for his support of a wide range of AIDS-related and other charitable causes, including amfAR and AIDS Project Los Angeles, of which he serves as a Trustee. In his acceptance remarks Katzenberg cited the progress that has been made against HIV/AIDS thanks to organizations like amfAR and stressed that “AIDS has never been just a health issue, it is also a human rights issue.”Chelsea Handler presented the amfAR Award of Inspiration to the “uncompromising” Charlize Theron, “because in the fight against AIDS, we need uncompromising.” Theron founded the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project in 2007 to support African youth in the fight against HIV/AIDS by providing them with important tools and skills to live healthy and productive lives, and also serves as a United Nations Messenger of Peace. Accepting the award, she discussed her personal connection to HIV/AIDS growing up in South Africa, and stated that “to end this epidemic, we need big bold investments in science and medicine [and] big, bold investments in outreach.”The event also featured a colorful and competitive live auction, conducted by Alexander Gilkes, who encouraged guests to give generously to amfAR’s efforts to find a cure for HIV.• Model Angela Lindvall helped introduce exquisite Harry Winston earrings, featuring 124 round brilliant diamonds. Titled “Belle,” in tribute to the 1920s jewelry estate of Arabella Huntington, these earrings weigh a total of approximately 1.09 carats and sold for $40,000. • Haggadah, a work by renowned German artist Gerhard Richter, sold for $75,000. • A seven-night stay for six adults at one of the most luxurious and exclusive residences in the Maldives, the beachfront Sunrise Retreat on Soneva Fushi, sold for $70,000. • Two tickets to the Givenchy runway show in Paris during the 2016-2017 season, as well as a ready-to-wear Givenchy outfit with private shopping experience, a Givenchy bag, and round-trip airfare for two on Delta One sold for $50,000 • Donuts (Chocolate), a work by the world’s most famous and mysterious street artist, Banksy, sold for $50,000 to Event Chair Aileen Getty, who also pledged $100,000 to amfAR later in the auction. • A playful and mesmerizing hand-painted mural by the Haas Brothers, titled Animal Party and introduced by one of the artists, sold for $95,000. • An opportunity to explore the legendary Rainbow Mountain hidden deep within the Andes of Peru with Johan Ernst Nilson, one of the world’s leading explorers, sold twice for a total of $120,000.The evening ended with an explosive performance by pop and R&B sensation Jason Derulo, who performed a set of his biggest hits including “Whatcha Say,” “Wiggle,” “Talk Dirty,” and “Want To Want Me.”Aileen Getty and amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole served as Event Chairs. Will Arnett, Antonio Banderas, Matt Bomer and Simon Halls, Steve Buscemi, Nicolas Cage, John Demsey, America Ferrera, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Jim Gianopulos, Charles Gibb, Jon Hamm, Nayla Hayek, Kevine Huvane, Stephen Huvane, Cheyenne Jackson, Milla Jovovich, Anna Kendrick, Heidi Klum, Donna Langley, Andrew Lipman, Willie Maldonado, Ron Meyer, Dame Helen Mirren, Eddie Murphy, Gary Newman, Denis O’Hare, Sean Patterson, Alan Poul and Ari Karpel, Tricia Quick, Peter Rice, Vincent Roberti, Rich Ross and Adam Sanderson, Zoe Saldana, Jeff Shell, Martin Short, Stacey Snider, Jeffrey Tambor, Dana Walden, Stephen Warren, and Catherine Zeta-Jones served as Event Co-Chairs.The event was presented by Harry Winston and M•A•C Viva Glam. Cadillac and Moët Hennessy were the event’s Signature Sponsors. MILK was the Associate Sponsor. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.The Inspiration series was launched in 2010 by amfAR and Josh Wood Productions to celebrate men’s style and fashion while raising funds for the Foundation’s life-saving AIDS research programs. Inspiration galas have taken place in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, Miami, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro, raising more than $26 million to date.last_img read more