Gadget Season Is Over, Thank God

first_imgTags:#iPad mini#media coverage#nexus series#opinion#Pause#Reviews Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Well, that was fun, huh? We got some new phones, new iPods, new tablets from everybody, new Macs, probably some new ultrabooks or whatever, all in time for the holidays. We got a fresh new excuse to argue with each other about which ones are the messiah and which ones suck. Now it’s all over.Can we go back to work now?I won’t pretend it’s not fun to be a tech reporter during gadget season. I love a new computer. I love to imagine how much more I could accomplish with a next-generation device. This year’s crop did not disappoint, either. I’m thrilled with the iPhone 5, I’m intrigued about why Dan Frommmer calls the iPad mini “the real iPad,” I could see myself switching from an Air to a 13-inch MacBook Pro with retina display in the next generation, and I really enjoyed exploring the Nexus 10 tablet.I enjoyed these device announcements because I could see how each of them might enhance my life as a reader and a writer. I like how gadget season makes me contemplate my daily workflows and consider ways I might change them, speed them up or slow them down.Even more than that, I love imagining what young geniuses and first-time computer users can accomplish with them as prices and barriers to entry plummet. That’s the revolution of personal agency that makes tech so critical right now.Remember The Real WorldBut all the drooling is gross. When people use words like “sexy” to describe a chunk of metal, my skin crawls. And the breathless comparison of specs and stats and prices gets us nowhere.Why is it so easy for people who love technology to lose sight of what we do with it? It’s not specs or features or form factors that matter. It’s applications. It doesn’t matter which tablet looks better on paper. Which one is better for reading? I don’t care what the company says the battery life is; which phone will last me through a real day of work?Not only do these practical questions make for more interesting reviews, they open perhaps the most important point that all techies have to consider. Everyone uses devices differently. We all have different habits, different jobs to be done, different interests, and different goals. No gadget is the best choice for everyone.Your favorite phone may not be my favorite phone. Having the same phone as someone else shouldn’t make you part of some tribe whose enemies use that other phone. As we go about the Internet reading about phones, can we all please try to keep that in mind?Photo credit: Eliot Weisbergcenter_img jon mitchell Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Tight security in Rohtak ahead of Dera chief’s sentencing

first_imgHours ahead of the pronouncing of sentence against rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, security personnel guarding the Sunaria Jail, where he is lodged, have been authorised to open fire at nefarious elements.Inspector General (Rohtak Range) Navdeep Virk on Monday told The Hindu that 100 preventive arrests had been made so far and 10 Deras of Ram Rahim — falling under his jurisdiction — have been sealed.Mr. Virk later told the media that on interrogation some of the detained had revealed that weaopns had been stored at Dera in Sonepat. Based on this information the weapons have been seized.”The situation is under control,” he added.Deputy Commissioner Atul Kumar Dwivedi said that shoot-at-sight orders were given during curfew. However, security personnel forming part of the multi-layered cordon around the jail complex have been given orders to open fire, if found necessary to control the situation.Mr. Dwivedi said he, along with senior police officers, patrolled the area till late on Sunday night. “All the security arrangements are in place,” he said.Security at high alertAll roads leading to the jail in one-km radius have been heavily barricaded and police pickets set up, with no civilians being allowed to enter the cordoned zone. Surprise checks are also being carried out in nearby villages.Apart from the local police, over 2,300 para-military forces have been deployed. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of Cr.PC have been issued. All schools and colleges are closed as a precautionary measure.As directed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh, who convicted Ram Rahim on August 25 in Panchkula, is being flown down to the jail premises to hear arguments of both sides on the quantum of sentence. The order is expected anytime after 2-30 p.m.The Indian Penal Code provisions under which Ram Rahim has been held guilty attract a maximum of 10 years and a minimum of seven years imprisonment.Jail authorities have prepared a make-shift court room for the hearing and pronouncement of sentence.Weapons seizedThe Inspector General of Police later told the media that over 100 weapons, including sticks and iron rods, have been seized from a Dera in Sonepat’s Bahalgarh, which is about 100 km from Rohtak city.”The weapons were seized from the fields inside the Dera complex,  at the instance of some of the suspects who were rounded up earlier,” said the officer.While the police are registering a separate FIR in this connection, investigations are under way to identify the others  involved.”No specific intelligence on Dera followers’ plans”The police have so far no specific intelligence input on any plans of the Ram Rahim followers to indulge in violence in and around Rohtak post pronouncement of sentence.On Monday morning, the IG again took a round to review security arrangements around the jail premises.The BSF personnel, in anti-riot gears, have been deployed along with the local police. Each and every vehicle entering the city is being checked.According to the police, the prosecution team has already arrived in the jail premises. It will press for maximum punishment to Ram Rahim.last_img read more

‘Gavaskar provided all the oxygen and blood to the Indian cricket edifice’

first_imgThe Run MachineHad there been a Nobel Prize in sports, the committee would not have hesitated in giving it to Sunil Gavaskar (“Making History”, November 30). Statisticians have been amazed more by this ‘Little Master’ than Miss Universe! I for one would rather count the stars than the runs accumulated,The Run MachineHad there been a Nobel Prize in sports, the committee would not have hesitated in giving it to Sunil Gavaskar (“Making History”, November 30). Statisticians have been amazed more by this ‘Little Master’ than Miss Universe! I for one would rather count the stars than the runs accumulated by this run-machine – it is far more easier to do so.Hyderabad N. RameshThe difference between Gavaskar and Bradman is only the difference between super and superb.Gorakhpur Jayant MukherjeeGavaskar provided all the oxygen and blood to the Indian cricket edifice and raised it to the dizzy heights of popularity. Despite being discarded from the captaincy, he remained unruffled. While equalling Sir Don’s record, he underlined the fact that one not only needs skill and talent but determination and the will to reach the top.New Delhi Shashi Kant GuptaAfter breaking so many cricket records, Gavaskar insists that ‘I just go out and play”. This shows his honesty, concentration and dedication to the game. Long live our own Bradman!Bombay Umesh KhugaonkarRaj Kumar Dungarpur has aptly re-christened Sunil Manohar Gavaskar as Sunil Manohar Recordkar. India ought to be proud of the man who has now become the highest scorer of runs in the history of Test cricket.Chandigarh Prem SinghWhen a cricketer is judged by the number of runs scored and centuries made, Sunil Gavaskar’s apex position in the field is unquestionable. However, if it comes to batting under pressure or the number of Tests a batsman has saved, then it is Vishwanath who square-drives Sunny to the (de)fence!advertisementBangalore Ramanand SharmaI appeal to Gavaskar through your columns to think of retiring only after hitting at least 10.000 runs in Tests. I would like him to hit at least 36 centuries. He can do both before he is 38.Madras V.N. NarayanaswamyThe cover story was a real tribute to the Little Master for his magnificent performance.Ahmedabad H.B. AntaniNot CatchingBy publishing eye-catchers like the one on Gauri and Ambar (November 30), you are not giving us the value for our money.Falna Surendra GulzarBig BeefIndian politicians seem to believe that discovering a new controversial issue like beef tallow does more for national unity than coming up with solutions to the Assam and Punjab problems (Comment. November 30). As you’ve pointed out, beef tallow has been in use in India for two decades and most people know about it.The Congress(I) and the Janata Party are blaming each other for it, but what are we supposed to do? It is now up to the politicians to defuse this tallow bomb soon because we can ill-afford a Hindu Bhindranwale. Ahmedabad Ketan YagnikCabinet CapersIt is true that most of the new ministers in Bihar have a sullied image (“‘Expansion Backlash”. November 30). By inducting corrupt people into the Cabinet it seems that the Government is rewarding them for the corruption. Whatever happened to the Government’s recent announcement that all those with tainted reputations will be dismissed from the ministry?Patna Dr K. P. SinghHealth HazardThe only way the Government can stop the so-called health clubs (“Parlour Games”. November 30) from doing a booming business is by restricting flesh trade to one area in Madras, like it is in Bombay’s Falkland Road. Madras M. Haroon RasheedBombay BluesBombay once enjoyed the reputation of being the “Jewel of the East”, but it has lost a II its splendour (“Bombay on the Brink,”November 15). The poor live in wretched slums. The middle class live in murky hovels, eat devitaminised food with no proper place even for relieying.Now that you have brought this to the nation’s notice, maybe somebody will do something about it. Bombay Hasan S. SitabkhanBombay – these days better known as Slumbay – is a nightmare for the rich and the poor alike. Undoubtedly, the Government and the vested interests are responsible for the city’s plight. Decongestion is the only answer. Yet, when the textile mills wanted to shift out, the Government shot down the proposal.Things have come to such a pass that people no longer believe that the authorities are capable of setting things right.Bombay S. E. MeerzaYour cover story has rightly zoomlensed the woes and worries of Bombay. Once a golden city, it has now become a city of slums, sickness and street squatters. Can anybody really save Bombay?Bombay S.G. AgteBombay is a city opposed to all Gandhian ideals. The city’s film industry produces films that depict sex, violence and crime to an alarming degree. Its textile mills produce synthetic cloth which is affecting our village cottage indusries.advertisementIts advertising agencies create ads which show the ideal Indian woman as being one with a fair skin, brown hair and dressed in western clothes. Bombay needs to be saved morally too. But, maybe, it’s too late.New Delhi Aban BanaI have a six-point formula to save Bombay:Stop influx of fresh migrants to the city by enacting suitable laws.Shift all major establishments, like head offices of banks, railways. Life Insurance Corporation, Shipping Corporation of India, the State Trading Corporation of India etc to New Bombay or to the Bandra-Kurla complex.Shift all the worn-out mills out of Bombay and provide accommodation for workers at new locations.Shift rail and truck terminals to Bandra-Kurla-Chembur area.Establish a good railway station and trunk terminal at New Bombay to make it an effective counter magnet. All wholesale markets for cloth vegetables, spices, cereals etc must be shifted to New Bombay.Establish enough schools, colleges, cinemas, shopping centres and recreational amenities.Bombay K. V. SatyamurtyEnragedWas it for lack of something better that “Rage Of The Stage” was featured in the Arts section (November 15)? There is a lot happening in the arts that’s more meaningful than the mundane and gimmick-ridden affair like Amitabh Bahahan’s.You would do well to leave such coverage to magazines of suspect intelligence and give your readers something that has substance. New Delhi Ashish KhokarCardin FantasyJust reading about Pierre Cardin and his creations (November 15) gave me a feeling of elegance. I hope the Cardin fantasy will be a reality in India which has a vast market and resources to be explored. Calcutta Soumitra DeyTreasuring The PastThe Central Government should order an inquiry into why the jewels of Kashmir (November 15) were kept hidden in a vault and remained secret for so many years. There’s no harm in getting them valued by experts but they must not be sold because they represent history and a solid proof of the lifestyle and glory of the days of Indian kings and maharajahs. Bombay Quaid Z. NajmiAesthetic AwarenessYour article on the Belgian Embassy, designed by Satish Gujral (November 15) is a service to society. Public awareness regarding the physical environment, whether it be architecture or its allied fields, is of utmost importance in setting higher standards of excellence.The creation of an awake, opinionated public depends much upon the exposure it receives to such issues as are maligning a large portion of our urban environment. Examples of works contributing to the urban fabric, too, go a long way towards generating a desire to experience a qualitative improvement in the physical setting around oneself.New Delhi Avik RoySatish Gujral’s building is sculpture, not architecture. It is no more than a beautiful piece of jewellery. He says that a building should stand as an image to rejuvenate you. But it is difficult to see what image inspired the design of the Belgian Embassy. Its exterior looks more like a cross between the arches of the Link Road Burning Ghat and the burial tombs of ancient Egypt – buildings to die in rather than sculptures to live in.advertisementThe embassy building represents in all its grossness and vulgarity what a building should not be – an ego trip for the artist and the client. Gujral has very successfully reduced architecture to mere sculpture, an object of art. Devote less space to such frivolous ventures and more to the real issues of architecture.New Delhi Gautam BhatiaRich RewardsThe poverty-stricken countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America have become the hunting grounds for art collectors of the rich countries of Europe and America (“Diamonds Are Forever,” November 15). All the world’s rarest artefacts will inevitably migrate to these countries. The only consolation is that these objects may be better preserved there than in the countries of their origin.Calcutta R. GuhaCourting TroubleApropos the article “Unsettling Precedent”, (November 15) about the transfer of Justice P. Subramaniam Poti to the Gujarat High Court and the boycotting of the court by the lawyers it is very clear that the Congress(I) Government wants a committed judiciary, captive press, yesmen, a spineless bureaucracy, sycophants and politicians loyal only to “her” and her progeny to establish her dynastic rule in the democratic socialist India.Bangalore JayaramFollowing The ChiefYou criticised N.T. Rama Rao for making the party a family concern (“A Crucial Battle,” November 15). But it is nothing new for us. He is just following in the footsteps of the Nehru family who have been making the entire nation and the Congress party a family concern since more than three decades.Why is Rajiv treated as he is… why does the press give the Gandhi family so much unwarranted coverage… why are they telecast on Doordarshan at prime time?The answers to the above questions are in the reply to your criticism of Rama Rao giving room to his family members.Mrs Gandhi defends the monopoly of the Nehru family by saying that they have served India with dedication, sincerity and hard work – as if they are the only people capable of doing this. Why does Mrs Gandhi not put forward into politics any other person (from outside her family) who has the above qualities? Bakhtaran, Iran K. J. ReddiShameless TacticsIn reference to your article “Bidding for Power” (November 15), the shameless and unethical tactics employed to topple any elected government are disgusting and scorn-worthy. Defection is a cancer to democracy. It destabilises the stable government. Hence defection must be banned at any cost and only the people can come to the rescue by forcing the Government to enact legislation to prevent the evil. Mehsana, Gujarat K. K. Chaudharylast_img read more

Hypomagnesemia

first_imgDefinitionHypomagnesemiais a condition in whichthe amount of magnesium in the blood is lower than normal.Alternative NamesLow blood magnesium; Magnesium – lowCauses, incidence, and risk factorsHypomagnesemia can be caused by:AlcoholismBurns that affect a large area ofthe bodyChronic diarrheaExcessive urination (polyuria), such as in uncontrolled diabetes and during recovery from acute kidney failureHigh blood calcium levels (hypercalcemia)HyperaldosteronismMalabsorption syndromes, such as celiac disease and inflammatory bowel diseaseMalnutritionMedications including amphotericin, cisplatin, cyclosporine, diuretics, proton pump inhibitors, and aminoglycoside antibioticsSweatingSymptomsCommon symptoms include:Abnormal eye movements (nystagmus)ConvulsionsFatigueMuscle spasms or crampsMuscle weaknessNumbnessSigns and testsYour health care provider will do a physical exam to help determine the cause of your symptoms.Tests that may be ordered include anElectrocardiogram (ECG)Blood and urine teststhat may be done include:Calcium blood testComprehensive metabolic panelMagnesium blood testPotassium blood testUrine magnesium testTreatmentTreatment depends on the type of hypomagnesemia and may include:Fluids given through a vein (IV)Magnesium by mouth or through a veinMedication to relieve symptomsExpectations (prognosis)The outcome depends on the condition that is causing the problem.ComplicationsCardiac arrestRespiratory arrestDeathWhen to Contact a Medical ProfessionalHypomagnesemia can be a life-threatening emergency. Call your health care provider right awayif you have symptoms of this condition.PreventionTreating the condition that is causing hypomagnesemia can help. If you play sports, drink fluids such as sports drinks,which contain electrolytes. Drinking only water while youare activecan lead to hypomagnesemia.ReferencesYu ASL. Disorders of magnesium and phosphorous. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman’s Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 121.advertisementReview Date:4/14/2013Reviewed By:David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

‘We Want Seven!’ Huge Crowds Fete Patriots On Super Bowl Win

first_imgBy: Philip Marcelo, Associated PressBOSTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans jammed downtown Boston on Tuesday for a parade celebrating the New England Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl title, clamoring for more with cheers of “We want seven!” and “Next year, right here!”A party atmosphere enveloped the city as fans clad in team garb packed sidewalks in the mild weather and stood on tiptoe for a glimpse of quarterback TomBrady, coach Bill Belichick and the rest of the team. Red, white and blue confetti rained down.It’s a familiar feeling in Boston. The parade came just four months after the city feted the Red Sox for their fourth World Series championship in 15 years.“Getting to see Tom Brady again is always a special day, but the Patriots are amazing. Six-time champs,” fan Lauren Mills said, adding that she still hasn’t had her fill. Her message to Brady: “Go for No. 7. He still has how many fingers left? You know, four more rings to go.”Fresh from Sunday’s 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl in Atlanta, team members and their families took a 2-mile (3-kilometer) swing through the city aboard Boston’s iconic World War II-era amphibious “duck boats.”Brady held his pigtailed daughter, Vivian, and they waved and grinned at the crowd as players and team owner Robert Kraft took turns holding aloft theLombardi Trophy. Belichick and his partner, Linda Holliday, beamed, and the storied coach doffed his cap.Star tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has talked about retiring after this latest NFL title, whooped it up with his brothers and father. He and several other players removed their shirts and spent much of the parade cavorting bare-chested.They waved large signs that read, “We Got Everything” — a twist on the Patriots’ motivational hashtag, “Everything We Got,” that had become a theme this season.At least one brave Rams fan, wearing one of that team’s blue and yellow jerseys, hung out along the parade route.Officials expected more than 1 million attendees, and early trains and subways were jammed, overwhelming the Boston area’s transit system with what officials said was record ridership.The weather was unseasonably warm, with temperatures above 60 degrees (15 degrees Celsius) and dazzling sunshine.Security was tight, and police took away several fans who appeared intoxicated, including one man on a stretcher.Mayor Marty Walsh warned fans not to throw anything. Errant beer cans slightly damaged the Red Sox World Series trophy last year.Unlike in past years, no post-parade rally with speeches was held. Officials didn’t elaborate on why.Stephen Chhom, of Lynn, Massachusetts, was along the parade route overlooking the Statehouse with his friend Ricky Sok and Sok’s son, Raiyu.“What made this year special were all the other fans doubting us,” Chhom said, wearing a Julian Edelman jersey. “The record speaks for itself. Tom Brady and the rest of the team prove themselves every single time.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Parasoft: software security and compliance testing for DevSecOps

first_imgParasoft announced the latest releases of Parasoft Jtest and Parasoft dotTEST, their Java and .NET development testing solutions that combine static analysis, security testing, unit testing, and code coverage analysis to help users maximize application quality and security, while minimizing business risks. The new releases (10.4.2) focus on enabling DevSecOps to make security a part of the development process, and help organizations achieve continuous security and compliance with more support for security standards than ever seen before. Parasoft’s security solutions integrate into the daily development workflow from the start, providing teams with continuous visibility into security standards compliance, and helping them remediate vulnerabilities earlier and continuously throughout the DevSecOps journey.Parasoft’s solutions provide pre-configured, out-of-the-box, and fully-customizable test configurations for security standards, including CWE Top 25, CWE CUSP, OWASP Top 10, PCI-DSS, and UL 2900.  Developers can execute real-time security and compliance scans, directly within their development workflows in the IDE, to see potential security vulnerabilities right where they can understand and fix them prior to check-in.In this release, Parasoft has also built into the product a broad array of context-specific training and tutorials for vulnerabilities identified in the code, to help developers learn about and address security issues as they work, enhancing their security expertise. The same security configuration or policy can also be leveraged by scans executed as part of the CI/CD pipeline, providing a safety-net to gate the delivery pipeline and ensure that insecure code does not get promoted to later stages. Bringing everything together is Parasoft’s centralized reporting dashboard that dynamically demonstrates the application’s security and compliance status in real-time, with widgets that directly correlate to the security standard’s risk assessment framework being used, and automatic report generation for auditing.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Infineon: AMR-based angle sensors as single and dual die versionsNext Enhancing privacy and security in the smart meter lifecyclelast_img read more

Brazil football legend Pele leaves French hospital to return to Brazil

first_imgPele left a Paris hospital on Monday after being treated for a urinary infection. The 78-year-old Pele, who has been frequently hospitalised in the last few years for kidney and prostate procedures, was under care in the French capital since last Wednesday.The soccer great said in statement he will be back home in Brazil “ready to work again” after a five-day stay at the American Hospital of Paris.”I suffered from a severe urinary infection that demanded medical and surgical assistance as an emergency,” the three-time World Cup winner said. “I want to profoundly thank you for the positive thinking and good wishes.”Pele’s spokesmen Joe Fraga and Pepito Fornos did not say whether Pele’s treatment has been finished or if he will continue recovering at a hospital in Sao Paulo.Pele was taken to the hospital after an event with Kylian Mbappe, the French forward who has drawn comparisons with the Brazilian great after helping France win the World Cup last year as a teenagerThe two are ambassadors for a Swiss watchmaker.Earlier on Monday, striker Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain visited Pele and published a picture of the former footballer looking well on his hospital bed.In November 2014 Pele stayed in a Sao Paulo hospital for two weeks, including some time in intensive care, because of a urinary tract infection.At the time, his Brazilian doctors said intensive care was needed because of excessive inflammation in his body.Pele’s meeting with Mbappe had initially been planned for last November but was postponed because of the Brazilian’s poor health at the time.advertisementAlso Read | Brazil football legend Pele says he feels ‘so much better’ after French hospital treatmentlast_img read more

England full-back Anthony Watson ruled out for six months

first_imgRugby union Six Nations 2018 verdict: Guardian writers on their highs and lows Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp England’s woes were compounded on Monday night with confirmation that Anthony Watson has sustained a torn achilles and faces around six months out of action.Eddie Jones revealed after the defeat by Ireland on Saturday that he was prepared to rest some of his British & Irish Lions contingent against South Africa in the summer despite three consecutive defeats but Watson’s enforced absence is still a considerable blow, depriving England of one of their most potent attacking weapons. Topics Share via Email Six Nations Share on Facebook Bath Ireland rugby union team Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Bath confirmed on Monday that Watson has been ruled out for the rest of the season and it is understood that, with surgery and a lengthy period of rehabilitation, the 24-year-old will face a race against time to be fit for the start of the 2018-19 campaign.“Anthony has been in superb form this year and we’re obviously really disappointed to have lost him at a critical part of the season,” said Bath’s director of rugby, Todd Blackadder.Watson, who has scored 15 tries in 36 Test appearances, had only just displaced Mike Brown as England’s first-choice full-back but left the field on Saturday on an electric cart after sustaining the injury towards the end of the first half. England are already set to be without Courtney Lawes and Nathan Hughes for the three-Test series against South Africa after both underwent knee surgery last week. Six Nations 2018 England rugby union team Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Samskip Buys Euro Container Line, Expands Presence in Norway

first_imgzoom Rotterdam-based transportation company Samskip has completed the acquisition of Norwegian shipping firm Euro Container Line (ECL) as it expands its presence in the Nordic area.The company said that the ECL acquisition aims to strengthen Samskip’s position in the Norwegian market by enhancing the speed and frequency of services.Total annual Norwegian Samskip volumes are expected to increase from the current 55,000 TEU to 90,000 TEU, increasing overall annual volumes from 850,000 TEU to 885,000 TEU.Samskip also said that with this move the company would expand its refrigerated transport capacity, connecting with its cold stores in Ålesund and Rotterdam, which increases to around 275-300 reefer containers per week.The acquisition of ECL in Norway is Samskip’s latest step to strengthen its position in Norway, as the company recently purchased a 50% stake in Bergen-based owner Silver Green, which operates a fleet of 14 reefer vessels.Furthermore, Samskip said that it would now be calling 14 ports in total, and possibly additional ports on an inducement basis, where Holla, Ikornes, Maløy and Haugesund will be new additions to the Samskip network.With a fixed twice-weekly sailing schedule ex-Rotterdam and two additional fixed sailings ex-Hamburg, Samskip will increase total frequency to 3-4 sailings per week into Norway, depending on seasonal demand.last_img read more

Sale of Rotterdam Terminal Affects Odfjells Earnings

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Odfjell Norwegian shipping and tank terminal company Odfjell SE suffered a net loss of USD 120 million in the second quarter of this year, compared to a loss of USD 4.7 million seen in the same period of 2017.EBITDA stood at USD 37.2 million in Q2 2018, against an EBITDA of USD 41.4 million posted in the corresponding period a year earlier.As explained, the results reflect the impact of the sale of the Rotterdam terminal, while underlying results from Odfjell Terminals improved compared to the previous quarter.Earlier this year, Odfjell Terminals entered into an agreement with the Netherlands-based Koole Terminals to sell its 100% ownership of Odfjell Terminals Rotterdam (ODR). The transaction is expected to be completed in the second half of this year.The move followed the announcement by American private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg (LG) on the sale of its 49 percent shareholding in Odfjell Terminals B.V. (OTBV) and Odfjell’s decision on an outright sale of OTBV subsidiaries OTR and Odfjell Terminals Maritiem (OTM).Odfjell has agreed to acquire LG’s indirect shareholding in the Antwerp terminal for USD 27 million subject to certain conditions related to LG’s exit.“The sale of our Rotterdam terminal will further strengthen Odfjell SE as a company. The planned increase in our shareholding in our j/v terminal in Antwerp will ensure a foothold in Europe, with Antwerp being the most important port for chemicals in the EU,” Kristian Mørch, CEO of Odfjell SE, commented.Odfjell further said that the chemical tanker market softened during the quarter, but the company’s TCE performance remained stable due to strong contract nominations.“Chemical tanker spot rates weakened further during the quarter, but we continued to outperform the market indexes due to strong contract coverage,” Mørch added.During Q2 2018,  Odfjell Tankers took delivery of three vessels while two time chartered vessels were redelivered.One of the company’s vessels, Bow Jubail, leaked over 200 tons of fuel oil in the Port of Rotterdam following the collision in June. Odfjell said it worked together with Dutch authorities and its insurance company to mitigate consequences of the spill.When speaking about the future prospects, the company said it expects the challenging market to continue in the coming quarter. Time charter rates in Q3 are also expected to be in line with Q2 2017.“We continue to believe that we will see a gradual improvement for chemical tankers towards the end of the year,” Odfjell said.last_img read more

Amy Childs Joins Great British Bagathon

first_imgThis September, Amy Childs is joining in the Great British Bag-athon and clearing out her wardrobe to fill up bags full of unwanted things.The goal is to raise 1 million bags of unwanted things for the British Heart Foundation during the month of September.Amy Childs says: “I’m thrilled to be supporting the Great British Bag-athon and had a big clear out so that I could donate as many bags of unwanted things as possible to my local shop. This is a cause close to my heart as my cousin had open heart surgery when she was born, so I have seen firsthand the fantastic work the BHF funds.“I’d like to encourage everyone to set aside some time this September and help raise bags of unwanted things for the Great British Bag-athon. Those unwanted killer heels can help give heart disease the boot.”If you’d like to follow in Amy’s footsteps and donate bags of your unwanted things to the Great British Bag-athon, find out more here. Every bag you fill is a bag full of life-saving research.Source:last_img read more

Norwegian Yara fined in corruption scandal

first_imgOSLO – Norway’s Yara, the world’s biggest mineral fertiliser producer, said Wednesday it had been hit with a hefty fine by Norwegian authorities following an international corruption investigation.The firm said it would not contest the 295-million-kroner (35.4-million-euro, $48.3-million) fine.“The company acknowledges guilt and accepts a corporate fine,” Yara said in a statement. When it emerged that suspect payments had been made to a Libyan oil minister in the Kadhafi regime — according to police — just ahead of creating a joint venture in the country, Yara opened an external investigation of its international operations in 2011.The investigation revealed other “unacceptable payments” in Switzerland and India, and led Norwegian police to press charges against the company for “aggravated corruption.”“The affair is about bribes to senior government officials in Libya and India, and to a supplier in Russia (via a Swiss subsidiary),” the Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime confirmed Wednesday.“In total, the bribes amount to around $12 million between 2004 and 2009”.  The police criticised the management of the company, accusing it of failing to report the corruption allegations until 2011, despite having heard about them in 2008.last_img read more

Ban urges countries to press ahead on political deal at climate summit

16 November 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged countries to seize the opportunity presented by next month’s climate change conference in Copenhagen to clinch a political agreement that will help chart the way forward on a new legally binding pact to combat global warming. “Opportunity is knocking. It is up to you to open the door,” Mr. Ban told a two-day meeting that began today in the Danish capital, ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference.The conference, set to begin on 7 December, aims to reach accord on a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 pact which has strong, legally binding targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, whose first commitment period ends in 2012. In a message delivered by Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Mr. Ban stated that Copenhagen will mark a milestone in international efforts to build a more sustainable relationship with the planet. “We must seize this opportunity to create a safer and more prosperous future for all, to reduce the emissions that are causing climate change, and to help the most vulnerable adapt to impacts that are already under way,” he said, adding that “the technical details can be resolved at a later stage.”While applauding the progress made in the negotiations to date, the Secretary-General noted that core political issues remain unresolved.A comprehensive outcome, he pointed out, should ensure enhanced action to help the poorest and most vulnerable to adapt; ambitious emission reduction targets for industrialized countries; nationally appropriate mitigation actions by developing countries with the necessary support; significantly scaled-up financial and technological resources; and an equitable governance structure. “These are the essential elements of a Copenhagen deal – a deal that can safeguard our common future while ushering in powerful new opportunities today for economic growth, enhanced security, and sustainable, climate-resilient development.” He added that the engagement of world leaders is critical, noting that the support of the ministers gathered in Copenhagen today and tomorrow is vital for ensuring that a global climate change deal stays at the forefront of their agendas.Last week Mr. Ban strongly encouraged all heads of State and government to accept the invitation issued by Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen to attend the closing days of the 7 to 18 December conference. “The Secretary-General believes it is essential to maintain political momentum at the highest level and from all sectors of society, and is optimistic than an ambitious, fair and effective climate deal can be reached at Copenhagen,” read a statement issued by his spokesperson. read more

UN starts work to set up camps for Haitis earthquake survivors

25 March 2010Engineers from the United Nations mission in Haiti have started preparing the ground for the establishment of new and better camps to house hundreds of thousands of people left homeless after January’s catastrophic earthquake, the head of UN peacekeeping operations said today. The Haitian Government had on 19 March issued a decree identifying the sites where new camps expected to provide displaced people better shelter during the rainy season will be set up, Alain Le Roy, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told reporters in New York.“Work has already started to prepare the ground for the relocation of the camps. Now that we have the sites, we will do the work as soon as possible,” said Mr. Le Roy. He said engineers from the UN mission in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH, were working with those from the US military to prepare the ground for the camps.Mr. Le Roy, however, acknowledged that it will not be possible to provide everyone in need with adequate shelter before the upcoming rainy season, given the large number of people who required it.Speaking at the same briefing, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support Susana Malcorra, said that the crisis in Haiti had been complicated by the fact that the devastation happened in an urban setting with a complex land tenure and limited infrastructure. Thus there was a delay is identifying proper sites for the camps. “We need not underestimate the complexity of this huge humanitarian catastrophe,” she said.Mr. Le Roy said UN police were now working with the Haitian national police to patrol most of the main spontaneous camps where those displaced had settled to prevent cases of sexual assault against women. Efforts had also been made to improve security at night by lighting up the camps with solar-powered lamps.Responding to a question about sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers, he said the policy of zero-tolerance for such misconduct continues, but stressed that the vast majority of the 140,000 UN peacekeepers deployed in various mission around the world conducted themselves with integrity.Asked about reported demands by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Chad for the UN to withdraw peacekeepers from both countries, Mr. Le Roy said consultations were ongoing. He said a Secretary-General’s report on the “options and scenario” for the UN mission in DRC, MONUC, will be ready at the beginning of April and would propose withdrawing troops from the more stable western regions of the DRC, but recommend that MONUC continues to play its role in the east, where conflict and insecurity remain widespread. read more

Security Council authorizes all necessary measures to protect civilians in Libya

17 March 2011The Security Council today effectively authorized the use of force in Libya to protect civilians from attack, specifically in the eastern city of Benghazi, which Colonel Muammar Al-Qadhafi has reportedly said he will storm tonight to end a revolt against his regime. The Security Council today effectively authorized the use of force in Libya to protect civilians from attack, specifically in the eastern city of Benghazi, which Colonel Muammar Al-Qadhafi has reportedly said he will storm tonight to end a revolt against his regime. Acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which provides for the use of force if needed, the Council adopted a resolution by 10 votes to zero, with five abstentions, authorizing Member States “to take all necessary measures… to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in the Libyan Arab Jamhariya, including Benghazi, while excluding an occupation force.”The abstentions included China and Russia, which have the power of veto, as well as Brazil, Germany and India.Expressing grave concern at the deteriorating situation, the escalation of violence, and the heavy civilian casualties, the Council established a no-fly zone, banning all flights – except those for humanitarian purposes – in Libyan airspace in order to help protect civilians. It specifically calls on Arab League states to cooperate with other Member States in taking the necessary measures.The Arab League last weekend requested the Council to impose a no-fly zone after Mr. Qadhafi was reported to have used warplanes, warships, tanks and artillery to seize back cities taken over in what started out a month ago as mass protests by peaceful civilians seeking an end to his 41-year rule. The resolution further strengthens an arms embargo that the Council imposed last month when it unanimously approved sanctions against the Libyan authorities, freezing the assets of its leaders and referring the ongoing violent repression of civilian demonstrators to the International Criminal Court (ICC).The Council called on Member States today to ensure strict implementation of the embargo, including through inspection of suspect ships on the high seas and of planes going to or from Libya, deplored the flow of mercenaries into Libya whom, according to media reports, Mr. Qadhafi has recruited.Demanding an immediate ceasefire and a complete end to violence and all attacks against and abuse of civilians, and condemning the “gross and systematic violation of human rights, including arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances and summary executions,” the Council noted that the attacks currently taking place may amount to crimes against humanity. ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has already opened an investigation into Mr. Qadhafi, some of his sons and members of his inner circle for such crimes in repressing peaceful protesters. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said Mr. Qadhafi lost his legitimacy when he declared war on his people.Mr. Ban spoke with Libya’s Foreign Minister Musa Kusa by phone yesterday and, through him, urged the authorities to immediately halt the violence against civilians.In its resolution, the Council condemned acts of violence and intimidation committed by the Libyan authorities against journalists, media professionals and associated personnel, and the head of the UN agency entrusted with promoting the right to freedom of expression today urged the authorities to respect human life and ensure that citizens are not denied their rights, notably the right of children to education in a safe environment.UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova reiterated her previous call to the Government to respect freedom of expression and ensure that journalists can carry out their duties freely without fear of intimidation or attack.The UN World Food Programme (WFP), meanwhile, has boosted aid delivery to people fleeing the violence in Libya with the provision of more than 15,000 daily hot meals cooked in a transit camp along Libya’s border with Tunisia. Some 300,000 people, mainly migrant workers, have fled over the borders to Tunisia and Egypt in the past month.Over the past week, WFP and its partner humanitarian organizations have been running the two largest food distribution points in Choucha transit camp on the Tunisian border. The centre hosts between 15,000 and 18,000 people, mainly Bangladeshis and African migrant workers, waiting to depart for their home countries.The recent protests in Libya are part of a broader wave of unrest across North Africa and the Middle East that has led to the ousting of long-standing regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. read more

Accused in bizarre Port Burwell bodyandfridge investigation released on bail

Who is Sam Waters, the man charged in Port Burwell fridge-body probe? Man charged with ‘indignity’ to Port Burwell body, but OPP still say little Criminologist slams OPP for ‘retrograde’ handling of death probe A body. A discarded fridge. A beach town on edge as tourist season looms Police lift body, refrigerator from beach near Port Burwell   We want to hear from you Send us opinions, comments and other feedback. E-mail your letter to: lfp.letters@sunmedia.ca (no attachments please) Or go to lfpress.com/letters. Letters should be kept to 150 words. ST. THOMAS — Samuel Waters didn’t need a full-blown bail hearing to get a chance to go home.Charged with committing an indignity to a body in connection with the grisly discovery on a beach near Port Burwell last week, Waters, 22, was released from custody with the consent of the Crown early Wednesday.The Jarvis man is central in the growing mystery surrounding the body discovered with what appeared to be a freezer or fridge found at the base of a cliff at the end of Lakeshore Line, about an hour southeast of London.The OPP haven’t released the name of the deceased. There has been no report of foul play or any homicide-related charges. All that’s been said is that there is no danger to the public.That makes the incident all the more confounding, especially with Waters’ release after the unusual charge was laid last week.Waters, a skinny, young man with a beard, who was brought into court wearing a Captain America T-shirt, said nothing during what was supposed to be a three-hour bail hearing.Instead, Elgin County Crown attorney Lisa Defoe told justice of the peace Gordon Chaput that the prosecution was agreeing to Waters’ release because of his lack of criminal record.A court-ordered publication ban was in place on the evidence in the case. Waters was ordered released on $3,500 bail without a deposit and with one surety from Port Dover.He must report to the OPP detachment in Simcoe once a week, stay in Ontario and surrender his passport. He was ordered to stay out of Elgin County, which would include Port Burwell, except for court-related purposes.Waters was told he could not associate or communicate with six people, including his father Chad, who owns South Coast Hobbies and Rides in Simcoe where Waters works.He is also subject to a weapons ban, but is allowed to use tools at his job. His next court appearance is June 26.He left the courthouse with his surety. People who identified themselves as Waters’ relatives and friends were quick to tell reporters that Waters is a good person and a nice guy.Meanwhile, there has been nothing more from investigators about the case, almost like a there’s-nothing-to-see-here signal to the community.The body was discovered by a local resident. The OPP used a helicopter to lift first the body, then the freezer from the beach.The hobby shop remained closed for business on Wednesday.With files from Laura Broadleyjsims@postmedia.comRelated read more

At ComicCon comic books and their heroes leap from pages into film

At Comic-Con, comic books and their heroes leap from pages into film, videogames, television SAN DIEGO – There’s no such thing as just a comic book hero anymore. From big-screen films and small-screen animation to books, clothes and makeup, the hero business is big business.Two decades ago, the only place to find the X-Men was in the pages of comics and on Saturday morning cartoons. Now, they, and others, like Superman, Batman and the zombies from “The Walking Dead” are cultural juggernauts, crossing over into everything.And nowhere is that more evident than at Comic-Con International.Once just 300 or so attendees in a hotel, the event now hosts more than 100,000 visitors over four days and is a top destination for film and television companies, not to mention marketers of apparel and other products, too.Attendees can wear Avengers perfume while walking in Converse high-tops that have the Joker or Batman on the sides. They’re buying glass tumblers with Marvel superheroes on them, T-shirts that bear the logo of Green Lantern, and hats with The Flash lightning bolt on the front.It’s no surprise, either, said Rob Salkowitz, a consultant and author of “Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture.” Comics have been a foundation of entertainment for decades, but since the 1990s, the advent of better technology in film and TV has seen what was once a staple of four-colour comics transform into visual spectacles.“Superheroes were created because it was a good fit for the print technology in the 1930s and 1940s,” Salkowitz said. “What happened in the late 1990s is the technology for video games and movies finally got good enough to realize the imagery of comic books in a satisfying way.”To wit, Bruce Banner’s eye-popping transformation into the Incredible Hulk is easy to do, and realistic.“Of course, the level of visual effects now, anything is possible,” said Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios. “I think people, back in the day, would look at a beautiful Jack Kirby drawing and say ‘That’s beautiful, you could never bring that to life. Now, you can.”Now, there’s a demand for content to fill stories of all stripes.Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” was a black-and-white comic drawing rave reviews. Now it’s a top-rated TV show commanding millions of viewers, helping boost sales of collected editions of the graphic novels and driving interest in hiring comic book scribes for television.Brian Michael Bendis, who writes for Marvel Entertainment, had a pilot shot for his creator-owned “Powers” series that he does with Michael Avon Oeming.Kirkman is also going into television again with “Clone,” a comic series created and written by David Schulner for his Skybound imprint. On Saturday, it was announced that “Clone” had landed a development deal with Universal Television.Schulner credited Kirkman for guidance in doing that, too.“I knew if I went off the rails too badly, Robert would be there to put me back on track. Now I’ve been writing the comic for two years — issue No. 9 comes out next week — and I just finished writing issue 15, so to be able to turn it into a television show is just icing on the cake.And it’s not just heroes, either. Archie Comics’ Sabrina was turned into the popular TV sitcom “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” starring Melissa Joan Hart. It ran for seven seasons.Salkowitz said comics have “70 years of backstory” and an “emotional resonance” on nearly everyone.“It becomes a very easy thing for Hollywood and video game manufacturers to plug right in to this existing mythology,” he said. “They don’t have to invent it all themselves. They don’t have to jumpstart universes.”It boils down to loyal, enthusiastic fans, and the comic book companies have that.“Every brand wants raving fans, they don’t want consumers. They want fans, people who are participating,” Salkowitz said. “Look around. Comics have fans.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Matt Moore, The Associated Press Posted Jul 20, 2013 7:08 pm MDT read more

Large vans drive growth in October UK new LCV market

New van and pick-up registrations increase 14.1% to 28,494 units in October.Growth driven by rise in demand for large vans weighing 2.5-3.5t, up 27.6%.Year-to-date market down -1.6% as monthly demand for LCVs continues to fluctuate.SEE LCV REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDDOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLEDemand for new light commercial vehicles (LCVs) increased in October, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). More than 28,000 vans and pick-ups joined British roads in the month, representing a 14.1% increase in registrations, as demand continued to fluctuate throughout 2018.Growth was driven by a rise in demand for the popular 2.5-3.5t van, up 27.6% to take a 70.1% share of the market, while demand for pick-ups increased 3.2%. In contrast, small and medium-sized vehicles both experienced declines, down -24.9% and -14.8% respectively. The rise follows months of fluctuating registrations caused by variations in fleet buying cycles and business confidence.Year-to-date, 302,741 new LCVs have been registered, representing a drop of -1.6% on the first 10 months of 2017, and in line with current forecasts. However, demand remains at a high level, up a third (33.0%) on the same period in 2013.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,While it is positive to see a boost for new vans in October, the growth comes on the back of a turbulent 10 months, with ongoing fluctuations in demand. Although the sector remains strong, we expect this trend to play out over the remainder of the year, as ongoing political uncertainty affects business confidence and hence operator investment.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Man mauled to death by his own Staffordshire bull terrier was being

first_imgIt is not clear what the subject of the documentary was, but members of the film crew were the first to alert the emergency services.Neighbours in the block where Mr Perivoitos been resident for more than 20-years said Major was a friendly and well behaved dog and had recently helped save Mr Perivoitos’ life by alerting someone by barking when he suffered a similar seizure.One resident in the block said: “I heard he had a seizure and the dog apparently saved him.It was about two or three months back.” Mario Perivoitos was attacked by his dog after suffering a seizure Despite the fact the BBC crew were in the flat at the time of the incident, police were forced to break down the door in order to allow the emergency services access. Friend Angela Constantinou, 35, who had known Mr Perivoitos since childhood, said: “This guy had two master’s degrees. He was very intelligent, he was really kind. I think one of them was philosophy.”He was very interested in lots of things. He was excellent at computers.”But she said in recent years he had experienced drug problems and his health had suffered as a result.Police were called to Mr Perivoitos home in the Wood Green area just before 10.30pm on March 20 to find him in a critical condition.He was rushed to hospital but had lost too much blood and was confirmed dead a short time later.A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said the cause of death had been given as loss of blood and damage to the airway consistent with a dog bite.A BBC spokesman refused to say what the film crew had been doing, but confirmed that they were inside the flat at the time of the incident.The spokesman said: “A crew making a BBC documentary were present – but not filming – at the time of the incident and called an ambulance.”Given the ongoing inquiries, it would not be appropriate to comment further.” The dog involved was a Staffordshire Bull Terrier (stock image) Others described hearing him desperately trying to fight the dog off when it suddenly attacked.Geoff Morgan, 52, who lives in the property upstairs said: “I heard shouting – ‘Get him off! Get him off me’. He was shouting really loudly. He was bleeding from his neck. There was a lot of blood.”center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mario Perivoitos was attacked by his dog after suffering a seizureCredit:SWNS  Staffordshire Bull Terrier (stock image) A philosophy graduate who was taking part in a television documentary was mauled to death by his pet dog after he suffered a seizure, sending the animal into a frenzy.Mario Perivoitos, had been filming with a BBC crew at his home in north London when he was suddenly taken ill, causing his Staffordshire bull terrier, Major, to attack.After falling to the ground the 41-year-old was bitten repeatedly in the neck, causing a fatal loss of blood.A spokesman for the BBC confirmed that a crew had been present when the attack took place but said the cameras had not been rolling at the time.last_img read more