Left Out Hypocrisy

first_imgIf they weren’t so hypocritical, left-wing Indian immigrant groups would have been out protesting the U.S. government’s action instead of abetting it in railroading Narendra Modi.   The denial of a U.S. visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is an unwarranted intrusion into Indian politics by the United States, which the motley crowd of Indian activist groups orchestrating the opposition to Modi’s visit are destined to rue.Modi, invited by the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, was barred from entering the country after the U.S. government rejected his application for a diplomatic visa and revoked his still valid 10-year business travel visa.Modi’s visa was ostensibly rejected under the International Religious Freedom Act, which allows for the exclusion of people responsible for severe religious violations abroad.The U.S. State Department claimed it had relied upon a report by India’s National Human Rights Commission on Modi’s culpability during riots in Gujarat three years earlier. Hundreds of mosques and Muslim businesses were sacked and an estimated 2,000 Muslims slaughtered in those riots.In truth, Modi’s visa was scuttled by an assorted alliance of religious, Muslim, Christian and self-styled progressive and leftist Indian organizations in the United States. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, chaired by Preeta Bansal, threw its weight behind the opposition by urging the state department to revoke Modi’s visa, as he was “implicated in grave violations of religious freedom.”We are no fans of Modi. Indeed his administration and politics of hatred against minorities in India are a blot on Indian democracy. We wish the people of Gujarat had been wiser and had dispensed with Modi at the polls. AAHOA might also have selected a more deserving individual to grace their convention.Democracy, however, does not always deliver the neatest outcomes. Bush, to our dismay, won reelection too.But political disputes in India ought to be waged in the marketplace of the Indian democratic process. That is not to say that there is no place for seeking the weight of international public opinion on matters as grave as the pogroms Modi is accused of complicity in.Modi’s opponents could and should protest his presence at any and every public forum, both in India or abroad. But by urging the U.S. State Department to deploy its arbitrary powers to bar an Indian citizen, indeed the elected chief minister of an Indian state, from visiting this country is unwise, and, for the left, disingenuous.For decades now, progressives and leftists have railed against U.S. meddling and intervention in the internal affairs of countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia.But having failed to secure the desired outcomes through the legal and political process in India, the left has remarkably ingratiated itself with the very agent it has derided for decades to inject itself into Indian domestic politics. Besides, every immigrant is acutely conscious of the whimsical character of visa regimes and their enforcers, not just in the United States, but worldwide. By asking the U.S. government to invoke these frequently abusive arbitrary powers, we provide legitimacy to them.The U.S. government coddles some of the most ruthless regimes worldwide, including some whose conduct is far more egregious than anything Modi is accused of. Furthermore, the very immigrant groups opposed to Modi have been at the vanguard of the criticism of the Bush administration’s own unconscionable abuses of prisoners in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay and its frontal assault on the civil liberties of citizens and aliens alike in the so-called war on terror.Modi was never charged or convicted of any crime and the visa regime granted him no due process to contest the accusations against him. If they weren’t so hypocritical, these Indian immigrant groups would have been out protesting the U.S. government’s action instead of abetting it in railroading Modi.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Premier League Title Race Done Unless Injuries Strike Liverpool: Jose Mourinho

first_imgLiverpool: Jose Mourinho knows what it takes to win a Premier League title and believes Liverpool are as good as champions unless they suffer an injury curse later in the season.The Portuguese was at Anfield on Sunday watching Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-1 to open up an eight-point gap over Leicester City and Chelsea and nine over reigning champions City. “From my position I think it’s done unless something, something dramatic happens in terms of an injury situation that breaks the team,” Mourinho, a three-times Premier League title winner with Chelsea, told Sky Sports on Sunday.”I think this Liverpool team… it’s adapted to the quality of the players and the puzzle is complete. City are capable of winning seven, eight, nine in a row but I can’t see how Liverpool can lose this advantage.”Former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, part of the team that claimed back-to-back titles over the past two seasons, said there is a great deal to admire in Liverpool.He added, however, that the Premier League is “geared for drama” and said it is not a done deal yet.He believes Liverpool’s schedule over the next five weeks could cause problems. They face 12 games in five weeks including the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar.”They have games all over the world,” Kompany said. “City will be there until the end in my opinion.”Former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness said Liverpool are “odds on” to win their first title since 1990.”What could go wrong? Injuries to key players,” he told Sky Sports. “To be at their best they all have to be high energy. Injuries would hurt them. When you don’t get much rest between matches you can get muscle injuries.”This period is vital for them. I would suggest that might be an issue going forward.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. injuryjose mourinholiverpoolmanchester city First Published: November 11, 2019, 10:41 AM ISTlast_img read more

Sikh Gurdwaras Bill passed by RS without any discussion

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 16 (PTI) A bill which seeks to amend 91-year-old Sikh Gurdwaras Act to exclude Sahajdhari Sikhs from voting in the elections to Sikh religious bodies, was today passed by Rajya Sabha unanimously without any discussion. The Sikh Gurdwaras (Amendment) Bill 2016, which was introduced by Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday, was passed with all parties agreeing to it on the last day of the first part of Budget session. “There is unanimity in the House to pass the bill without discussion. I am passing it,” Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said. The Bill proposes to remove the exception given to Sahajdhari Sikhs in 1944 to vote in the elections to select the members of the Board and the Committees constituted under the Act. The Union Cabinet had recently approved the proposal of the Home Ministry to amend the Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925, with effect from October 8, 2003. The said amendment was also carried out by a Home Ministry notification dated October 8, 2003, in exercise of the powers conferred by the Parliament under Section 72 of the Punjab Re-organisation Act, 1966. However, the notification was quashed by the High Court of Punjab and Haryana on December 20, 2011, leaving it to the appropriate and competent legislature to decide as to whether or not to amend the Act to that effect. PTI LUX AKK AKKlast_img read more

Indian Super League to see two new teams from next season

first_imgThe Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament will see two new teams from next season with the introduction of franchises from Jamshedpur and Bengaluru.The Jamshedpur franchise is owned by Tata Steel Limited while the Jindal South West (JSW) group owns the Bengaluru team.”The ISL, in its fourth edition, will witness an expanded five-month module with number of participating clubs increasing to 10 from its original eight founding member city clubs,” Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), the organisers of the ISL, said in a statement on Monday.”The inclusion of two new clubs came through the ‘Invitation To Bid’ tender process floated by FSDL last month. An independent panel along with consulting firm EY evaluated the bids to present its report today to the panel, in the presence of All India Football Federation (AIFF) General Secretary Kushal Das,” the statement said.”Tata Steel Ltd, which has won the bid to participate in ISL from Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, are the pioneering Indian corporate to have provided national football with perennial pool of young footballers since 1987 through its Jamshedpur based facility — Tata Football Academy”JSW Group which owns the successful football club Bengaluru FC through its subsidiary JSW Sports won the right to participate in ISL from Bengaluru city. JSW Group has to its credit established a very successful and professionally run football club in I-League within a short period of 3 years; winning the competition twice including in its debut year,” the statement added.The ISL started in 2014 with eight city based teams — Atletico de Kolkata, NorthEast United, Delhi Dynamos, FC Goa, Mumbai City FC, FC Pune City, Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters.advertisementKolkata giants Mohun Bagan and East Bengal were also in talks with the AIFF in recent days over their inclusion in the ISL. But the negotiations hit a roadblock after the two clubs laid down several conditions before the AIFF.Among other things, the two clubs have demanded that they should be exempt from paying the franchisee fee of Rs 15 crore and they should be allowed to use Kolkata as their home base.The issue of using Kolkata as a home base by Mohun Bagan and East Bengal have grave implications for Atletico de Kolkata — the current ISL representatives from the city — as it will mean that their support base in football-crazy West Bengal will disappear overnight.Das expressed satisfaction with the bid evaluation process, and hoped that the expansion of the ISL will improve the standard of the game in the country.”The interest shown by India’s two large corporates to be part of ISL and Indian football’s growth story is an indication of the growing popularity of the sport in the country,” he said.”Their contribution to Indian football has been immense and will only set the high standards in ISL.”last_img read more

Atromitos Takes Down Olympiakos

first_imgATHENS — Atromitos handed Olympiakos its first defeat in the Greek league and joined the defending champion and PAOK in first place on Sept. 27.PAOK can take sole possession of the lead when it hosts OFI on Sept. 28.Also, Asteras won 1-0 at Platanias and Xanthi drew 1-1 at Panionios.Atromitos’ victory came three days after it hired former Portuguese international Ricardo Sa Pinto as its new coach.“Coach was wise not to make too many changes, but he rallied us,” said Tassos Karamanos, the goal scorer with a low drive in the 29th minute.Olympiakos coach Michel said his players lacked passion. Four days before Olympiakos’ Champions League game at Malmo, Michel used the same lineup that beat Atletico Madrid 3-2.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Olympiacos Rules Panathinaikos, 93-74

first_imgPIRAEUS – Olympiacos got sweet revenge in Greece’s basketball league, returning to the title with a 93-74 pounding of arch-rival Panathinaikos in a 3-0 sweep.The two had played for the crown every year for the last 13 years but Panathinaikos had won 12 of them, broken only by an Olympiacos win in 2012.Playing before a delirious home crowd in Peace and Friendship Stadium, the Reds just had too much firepower for the Greens, who had been depleted by injuries and a suspension.Panathinaikos had big forward Esteban Batista back but the writing was on the wall early in this rout with the winners building up a 51-39 halftime lead behind captain and sharpshooting guard Vassilis Spanoulis, who wound up with 23 for the night and held the trophy aloft at the end after seeing Panathinaikos do it so many times before.Panathinaikos, hampered by 17 sloppy turnovers, tried to make a game of it and came within five at 51-46 before the Reds stepped on the gas and pulled away.After the end of the game hundreds of Olympiacos fans stormed the court and celebrated with the players and officials of the club, in what was a peaceful ending after so many riot-marred and battle-scarred finals between the two teams whose fans hate each other with a passion.In the fight for third, PAOK leads its fellow Thessaloniki team Aris, 2-1, after winning 62-51. The next game is June 16 on Aris’ home court. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sergio García: ‘I’ll do what I’ve always done at Ryder Cups – everything’

first_imgRyder Cup 2018 Ryder Cup Share on Facebook Share via Email Le Golf National: hole-by-hole guide to 2018’s Ryder Cup course Share on LinkedIn Rory McIlroy: ‘My proudest moments are majors; my best experiences are Ryder Cups’ “I think that I have proved myself over and over. The only thing I can do out there is when I get called upon playing, just do my best, do what I do, do what I’ve always done here at Ryder Cups and that’s everything.”That Thomas Bjørn turned to García raised eyebrows on the basis of form, an issue that may have been overplayed. The 2017 Masters champion has missed five major cuts in a row but this year García has at least posted three top 10s in the United States and two in Europe. One of those came at this venue, Le Golf National, at the French Open in July. And yet, more notable than the 38-year-old’s birdies and bogeys has been a recurring sense of joylessness on the golf course.García was candid enough to admit there were times when he felt this, an eighth Ryder Cup appearance, might be beyond him. “For sure,” he said. “When things don’t go exactly as you plan or as you want it and you are playing a lot in the summer and you keep missing cuts by one it feels like it’s kind of getting a little farther away. Team Europe and USA golfers preview ‘special’ Ryder Cup contest – video Read more Sergio García US sports Quite rightly, Spain’s influence in the biennial meeting of Europe and the USA is the stuff of legend. Seve Ballesteros and José María Olazábal were the trailblazers for a scene enhanced by García and, now, Jon Rahm. The 23-year-old qualified automatically for his maiden Ryder Cup. He too found time to sing García’s praises and there is a live chance of Rahm and García playing as partners at some stage over the three days.“I’ve gotten to know Sergio pretty well outside the Ryder Cup and he loves the event,” said Rahm. “He knows what it is like, he knows how well he performs in this event, and he does act in a great way. His demeanour, his energy is so positive and so energetic, it’s very contagious.“It’s so much fun to be around people like him at an event like this just because he gets everybody very energetic and very, very much the same way he is. It helps everybody get together and bring everybody together. I mean, he is a special man.”High praise. Yet should García not deliver on the course, fury will inevitably head his – and Bjørn’s – way once more. Share on Messenger Topics Golf “He’s great. He’s fun-loving. He never lets the environment or the atmosphere get too serious and I think that’s one of the big things about European Ryder Cups over the past few years. We’ve basically left any sort of egos at the door and no one’s allowed to have an ego.“I think the more you can keep that atmosphere in the team room, the better. Sergio is great at bringing that atmosphere into the team room and just bringing that dynamic to everyone else.” Support The Guardian This video has been removed. This could be because it launched early, our rights have expired, there was a legal issue, or for another reason. Since you’re here… “You still kind of see it but it starts to get too far away, and you want it to come back. There were thoughts, but at the same time I talked to Thomas and I told him: ‘I want to be a part of the team. But if you guys decide to not pick me, I’m going to be at home cheering as hard as if I was there.’ So it’s not like I was going: ‘Oh, he didn’t pick me, I don’t even want to watch it or I don’t care.’ That doesn’t change for me and that will never change. But I’m definitely glad to be here and to be a part of it.”When naming García, Bjørn pointed heavily towards the Spaniard’s role in bolstering team camaraderie, a point backed up by other members of the home team. “I think just everyone loves Sergio, at least in our team room,” said Rory McIlroy. “He has been the heartbeat of our team for a while and he has been a constant. I think with a lot of these Ryder Cup teams, it’s about continuity and about bringing the same mindset to each one. Read more Noise has surrounded Sergio García from the moment his wildcard pick for this Ryder Cup was confirmed. Attention, it is claimed, will be focused on García more than any other member of the European team desperate to reclaim the trophy they lost at Hazeltine two years ago. From the man himself, when such matters were put to him, there was a shrug.“I don’t think so,” said García on Wednesday when asked whether he had arrived in France with a point to prove. “The captain’s picks, they are not easy for captains and vice-captains, but they have their way of doing it and they know what they want to choose that can bring something extra to the team. Share on Twitter features Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp … 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. 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Need your support: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly responds to Harbhajan Singh’s congratulatory message

first_imgNeed your support: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly responds to Harbhajan Singh’s congratulatory messageAfter Harbhajan Singh congratulated Sourav Ganguly on his elevation as BCCI president, the former India captain thanked the off-spinner and said he needs his support to take Indian cricket forward.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 16, 2019UPDATED: October 16, 2019 16:10 IST New BCCI president Sourav Ganguly thanked Harbhajan Singh for his congratulatory tweet (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHarbhajan Singh congratulated new BCCI president Sourav GangulyGanguly’s nomination has been validated by the BCCI electoral officerThe likes of Tendulkar, Sehwag and Laxman have wished Ganguly the best for his new role in cricket administrationSourav Ganguly is all set to become only the 2nd India cricketer after Maharaja of Vizianagaram to don the role of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president and it seems his former teammates are excited about the new chapter in Indian cricket.After a dramatic weekend in which top officials and government representatives met in Mumbai, Sourav Ganguly emerged as the frontrunner for the BCCI president role, piping former India and Karnataka batsman Brijesh Patel. Ganguly filed his nomination for the top job in the Indian cricket body on Monday in Mumbai and is all set to be elected unopposed.Ganguly’s nomination was also validated by BCCI electoral officer N Gopalasawmi and he will be announced as the next president after the BCCI AGM on October 23.Taking to social media to congratulate his former skipper, Harbhajan Singh wished Sourav Ganguly the best in his new role as BCCI president.”You are a leader who empower others to be a leader congratulations @SGanguly99 for becoming @BCCI president..I wish you all the best going forward..(sic), Harbhajan Singh wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.Replying to Harbhajan’s Tweet, Sourav Ganguly said he needs the World Cup-winning off-spinners support.”Thank u bhajju …need your support in the same manner as u bowled from one end for india to win matches ..”Thank u bhajju …need your support in the same manner as u bowled from one end for india to win matches ..— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) October 16, 2019Harbhajan and Ganguly shared a great rapport during their heydays as India cricket team stars. While Harbhajan made his debut as early as 1998, the off-spinner rose to prominence under Ganguly’s captaincy in the 2000s.advertisementMeanwhile, Ganguly’s former teammates Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman also took to social media to congratulate the Kolkata hero on his elevation as BCCI president.”Congrats on being elected the @BCCI President, Dadi. I am sure you will continue to serve Indian Cricket like you always have. Best wishes to the new team that will take charge,” Tendulkar wrote on Twitter.Along with Sourav Ganguly, Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s son, Jay Shah was chosen unanimously as the BCCI secretary.Arun Singh Dhumal, brother of former BCCI president Anurag Thakur, has filed his nomination for the treasurer’s position and Kerala Cricket Association president Jayesh George has filed nomination for the joint secretary’s post in the apex body of Indian cricket.Brijesh Patel is now set to become the chairman of Indian Premier League (IPL).Also Read | Met Amit Shah for first time, there was no political development: Sourav GangulyAlso Read | Would like Virat Kohli to focus on winning big tournaments: Sourav GangulyAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sourav GangulyFollow Harbhajan SinghFollow BCCIFollow BCCI PresidentFollow India national cricket teamFollow Sachin Tendulkar Nextlast_img read more

Vintage Bike Meets Contemporary Cool With Brooklyn Cruiser and MoMA

first_img What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Types How did New York-based bicycle company Brooklyn Cruiser manage to snag collaboration with one of the city’s most esteemed art institutions, the Modern Museum of Art? All they had to do was make their bikes look good. One of the museum directors spotted a Brooklyn Cruiser roll by on the street, and he was instantly impressed at its design, which has the retro look of a vintage bike combined with all the modern functions of a contemporary bike. He then asked one of the buyers at the MoMA Store to look into it. “We were 100 percent onboard,” says Brooklyn Cruiser president Ryan Zagata. A partnership was born.Zagata decided to base the MoMA collaboration on the company’s Willow 3 model, a classic step-through bike, adding a red frame. “The parallel lines of the down tubes tend to catch the eye,” explains Zagata. “When paired with the cream colored tires and contrasting red frame, it presents what we feel is a classically unique and stunning look.”Don’t be fooled by the old school notion that step-through bikes are reserved for the ladies. “This myth that the step through frame is a woman’s model is a bit of a dying urban legend,” says Zagata. This model is unisex, and men just happen to represent the bulk of the consumers who have purchased this bike. Plus, there are many advantages for both sexes. “They are very quick to mount and dismount so they are suitable in urban environments presenting many stops and they are often seen as safer as you can easily step through the frame if you become unbalanced without the risk of becoming tangled in the frame,” says Zagata.Brooklyn Cruiser’s bikes are made for the urban cyclist, so peddle down the street wearing a suit and nice shoes. This bike won’t wreck your stylish look. In fact, it will add an extra je ne sais quoi to it.Brooklyn Cruiser Bicycle, $580 at momastore.org. Welcome to the Botanist Bar, Canada’s Most Extraordinary Cocktail Bar This Indoor Market Takes You to Japan Without Ever Leaving New York City Editors’ Recommendations Where to Find Artwork to Match Your Style How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club last_img read more

ClassNK Releases New Guidelines on Welding of Duplex …

first_imgzoom Leading classification society ClassNK released new Guidelines on the Welding of Duplex Stainless Steels. The guidelines have been developed to help shipyards safely and effectively make use of new duplex steels that are increasingly being used in the construction of cargo tanks for chemical carriers.Duplex stainless steel has a two-phase microstructure containing grains of both ferritic and austenitic phase, giving it a combination of excellent corrosion resistance and high strength with a lower nickel content than austenitic stainless steels such as SUS304 and SUS316L.The vast majority of the world’s chemical tankers with stainless steel cargo tanks are built at Japanese shipyards, which have traditionally used austenitic steels for cargo tank construction. Recently however these shipyards are increasingly using duplex stainless steels as an alternative to austenitic stainless steels for their corrosion resistance and high strength properties.Before shipyards or builders can use duplex stainless steel in the construction of vessels, however, they must first obtain approval for the Welding Procedure Specification (WPS) that will be used when welding duplex stainless steel. It was in order to simplify this process and support the widespread use of these new materials at shipyards around the world that ClassNK released its newGuidelines on the Welding of Duplex Stainless Steels on 14 January 2014.The new guidelines, which conform to ClassNK rules, provide a comprehensive summary of the requirements for welding procedure specification certification and welding procedure qualification tests, including relevant precautionary measures for the welding of duplex stainless steels.Speaking on the release of the guidelines, ClassNK Material and Equipment Department General Manager Takeshi Imamura said: “As the world’s leading classification society for chemical tankers with stainless steel cargo tanks, we hope that these new guidelines will help shipyards take advantage of these new materials in developing and building a new generation of safer and more efficient chemical tankers.”ClassNK, January 14, 2014last_img read more

Paragon Delays Kamsarmax Deliveries

first_imgzoom Athens-based dry bulk shipping company Paragon Shipping Inc. has decided to postpone the delivery of the three Kamsarmax vessels currently under construction until the first quarter of 2016.The decision comes as Paragon comes to grips with difficult market plagued by vessel oversupply and record-low charter rates.The company’s outstanding newbuilding program consists of two Ultramax drybulk carriers, with expected deliveries between the third and fourth quarter of 2015, and three Kamsarmax drybulk carriers with expected deliveries in the first quarter of 2016.The aggregate cost of the newbuilding program is USD 148.2 million, of which USD 101.7 million is currently outstanding.With the USD 160 million syndicated secured loan facility led by Nordea Bank Finland Plc, Paragon has secured debt financing of up to USD 78 million for the two Ultramax and two of its Kamsarmax newbuilding drybulk carriers. For the remaining Kamsarmax newbuilding drybulk carrier, the company is in talks to secure debt financing.The company posted adjusted net loss of USD 8.8 million, or USD 0.35 per common share, in the first quarter of 2015.Paragon’s recorded net revenue, net of voyage expenses, was USD 6.8 million in the quarter, with reduced average daily adjusted total vessel operating expenses by 23.5% year-over-year. “During the first quarter of 2015, charter rates remained at historically low levels. The demand and supply dynamics remain quite adverse and this resulted in lower revenues compared to the prior year. Given the current market environment, it has become even more critical to maintain our liquidity. Thus, we have further intensified our efforts to maintain our cost control efficiency. Within this context, we reported record low adjusted total vessel operating expenses for the first quarter of 2015 of USD 5,907 per vessel per day,” said Michael Bodouroglou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Paragon Shipping.The company has agreed with certain of its lenders to defer a portion of its quarterly installments, which were originally due from the first quarter of 2015 through the second quarter of 2016 and payable from the company’s available cash, of about USD 6.5 million in the aggregate.“We believe that we are taking steps to the right direction, given this difficult market. We are pleased to note that positive signs have emerged with respect to the supply side, as a significant number of vessels are heading to the scrapyards, while the market participants refrain from ordering new vessels and delay the delivery of the already placed newbuilding orders. Nonetheless, it seems that a healthy equilibrium, by historical standards, is yet to be reached and, consequently, we continue to remain cautious for the near future,” Bodouroglou concluded.Image: Nasdaqlast_img read more

Goldenport Holdings Freezes Debt Repayment

first_imgHorrendous market conditions especially in the dry bulk shipping industry continue to exert the limitations of dry bulk owners the latest victim being Goldenport Holdings Inc.Namely, the Athens-based owner and operator of a fleet of dry bulk and container vessels, announced suspension of debt servicing as of 22 January 2016.“The economics of the dry shipping market continue to be particularly challenging with the Baltic Dry Index falling to all time lows and containership freight rates decreasing sharply in the second half of 2015. Against this background, cash flow generated from operations is only sufficient to cover the operating expenses of the fleet. As a result, the company has suspended the servicing of its debt and is in ongoing negotiations with its lenders to restructure its loan facilities,” Goldenport Holdings said.The company did not disclose when a deal might be expected so as to continue debt servicing.Based on Goldenport’s fleet employment update, out of the company’s six bulk carriers, five have secured employment with March-June set as their earliest termination dates while one Supramax remains idle.Goldenport’s two small containerships are chartered until March and April, 2016 respectively with options for extension.last_img read more

Ggn traffic cops begin campaign against wrong side driving

first_imgGurugram: The Gurugram police began a campaign against driving on the wrong side. On a single day, there were 623 challans that were issued by the law enforcement officials.The department had earlier zeroed in on 26 spots across the city. On Tuesday, they fined 623 offenders, of which, maximum violations — 122 — were recorded near Sheetla Mata Mandir. The next highest number of challans issued for wrong-side driving was 60, along the stretch between Badshapur and Vatika Chowk, followed by 46 between Vatika Chowk and Bestech business park, 45 in Udyog Vihar-1 and 42 along Galleria road. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkThe drive was a hit among residents, many of whom took to social media to appreciate the department’s initiative. “I witnessed this drive in more than one location, and I can say it was a sight to watch. This will instil fear of wrongdoing in commuters. Though fear is not the best way to stop crime, it’s at least a decent weapon. Kudos,” said Vishnu. Traffic snarls and prolonged jams are a common sight in Gurugram, especially during peak office hours, forcing traffic cops to be on their toes to ensure smooth traffic flow.last_img read more

Smokey Robinson To Present 1 Million Check Donated By Niagara Cares For

first_imgOn the heels of his headlining performance as the 2016 “Rocker of the Year” at the annual Little Kids Rock Benefit in New York City, Smokey Robinson will be giving students at Pio Pico Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) a million reasons to make beautiful music.Smokey Robinson receiving the Rocker of the Year award at the 2016 Little Kids Rock Benefit.On January 18, Robinson will make a special appearance to hear a new generation’s take on his timeless tunes, deliver brand new instruments, and present a $1 million check donated by Niagara Cares to support Little Kids Rock’s mission of transforming lives by restoring, expanding and innovating music education in public schools.“Little Kids Rock is such a great organization for supporting the effort for getting our kids in the arts in schools,” Robinson said. “We need to support our kids in as many positive areas as we possibly can. We are not only talking about the future of music; we are talking about the future of our country. We are talking about the future; our future period.”Robinson’s performance at the sold-out benefit last October not only brought the crowd to its feet but also helped raise $1.1 million to establish youth-centered, culturally relevant music education in schools across the United States. Inspired by Little Kids Rock’s progressive approach, Robinson will second that emotion by presenting a check to the organization for an additional $1 million, on behalf of Niagara Cares, a philanthropic arm of Niagara Bottling that supports initiatives serving children and families in need.Little Kids Rock partnered with the LAUSD in 2004 and has since distributed more than 7,000 instruments and curricular resources worth more than $2 million. To symbolize the investment that will bring the program to tens of thousands of additional children, Robinson will unveil a surprise of brand new instruments to the school. The nonprofit will then donate instruments and expand the program to 30 more LAUSD schools on Saturday, January 28 at Little Kids Rock’s Modern Band Workshop.last_img read more

Record number of Africans crossed Gulf of Aden in 2012 UN agency

“Despite economic and security difficulties, Yemen has continued to receive and host a record number of people fleeing the Horn of Africa in search of safety, protection and better economic conditions,” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva. The previous record high was in 2011, when more than 103,000 people arrived in Yemen by sea, the agency noted. Eight of every ten arrivals last year were Ethiopian nationals (over 84,000 arrivals), while Somali refugees constituted the rest. Many migrants use Yemen as a transit stop en route to other Gulf States.Mr. Edwards said that all Somali arrivals are automatically recognized as refugees by Yemeni authorities, while UNHCR conducts refugee status determination for Ethiopians and other nationalities seeking asylum in Yemen. “A very low percentage of Ethiopian arrivals decide to seek asylum in Yemen, partly due to a lack of awareness and access to asylum mechanisms, or do not meet the criteria to be recognized as refugees,” he stated.“However, for the vast majority of Ethiopian migrants protection space is nearly non-existent and they are often extremely vulnerable.”Boats crossing to Yemen are often packed beyond capacity and smugglers, in order to avoid the Yemeni coast guard, force passengers into the water, often far from the shores and with tragic consequences, according to UNHCR.“Some exhausted passengers are unable to swim and drown,” said Mr. Edwards, noting that at least 100 people are estimated to have drowned or went missing in various incidents and shipwrecks in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea in 2012.Even those who make it to shore face challenges such as exploitation, violence and sexual abuse, he added. Yemen is a historic transit hub for migrants, according to UNHCR, and stands out in the region for its hospitality towards refugees. The country currently hosts over 236,000 refugees, virtually all of them of Somali origin. There are also more than 300,000 internally displaced Yemeni civilians in the north due to recurring conflict since 2004. read more

Turf field project enters home stretch

Workers this week are glueing in coloured line markers for different sports that will use the new turf field. Just over two weeks away from its official opening, the University’s new artificial turf sports field is nearing completion.Workers have laid most of the turf panels and this week are busy installing the coloured field markings for soccer, lacrosse and rugby.After that, the checklist includes finishing the pads and landscaping for the periphery areas of the field, wiring floodlights in the 70-foot light standards, completing accessible ramps/walkways to the field and installing netting at each end of the pitch.Besides being a new high-quality venue for varsity teams, the facility will be heavily used by students in Brock’s popular inter-mural and recreational sport programs. It will also be available for bookings by community groups.The $1.5-million project is being funded through the Brock University Students’ Union and a donation from an anonymous Brock alumnus.Construction is on schedule to be completed in time for Homecoming Weekend on Sept. 18-20. The field’s official opening ceremony will take place Saturday Sept. 19.Davan Group of Puslinch, Ont. won the contract to build the field. read more

New Lomography Disposable Cameras Are All That And a Bag of Chips

first_img Everything old is new again—but with a modern twist.From vinyl records to typewriters, vintage tech is making a comeback, and Lomography is climbing aboard with the new Simple Use Film Camera.A long-time proponent of analogue and digital photography, Lomography has introduced a 21st-century disposable shooter.The pocket-sized Simple Use cam comes in three models, each loaded with a different “funky” 35mm film: Produce classic analogue images with Color Negative ISO 400, make moody monochrome magic with Lady Grey ISO 400, or tint your world purple with LomoChrome Purple ISO 400.For $16.90 each, the Color Negative and LomoChrome Purple also feature three color gel clash filters; mix and match yellow, magenta, and cyan gels to create six different hues. The black-and-white version costs $21.90; bundle all three cameras for $52.92.via LomographyBefore snapping any pictures, get into the right state of mind by jamming to Hootie & the Blowfish, feeding your Tamagotchi, and guzzling a Zima.Photographers of a certain age will no doubt remember the intricacies of using a disposable camera: Turn the film advance wheel, stand no more than seven feet from the subject, press the shutter release button, turn the film advance wheel.And, for the love of all that is holy, remember to activate the flash—hold down flash button until the indicator turns red—when shooting anywhere that isn’t a well-lit room or sunny landscape.When the film counter turns to “E,” open the back door, remove the roll, and mail it back to 1994 get it developed at any lab.Intended for single use only, the Simple Use Film Camera can be restocked, at your peril (opening it is not covered by any warranty or guarantee).Boasting a 31mm lens focal length, 1/120s shutter speed, and f/9 aperture, the handheld camera requires one AA battery and 15-second flash recharge time after each snapshot. Photos: Animals Rescued From Illegal Trafficking in ColombiaEagle Steals Rabbit From Fox in Mid-Air Battle Stay on targetlast_img read more

Woman in court in Port demo truck theft

first_imgA homeless woman accused of trespassing at the Port of Vancouver by swimming in from the Columbia River and then stealing a demolition truck appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Friday.Michele Milligan, 45, reported that she was despondent when she jumped into the river and swam to the port, according to court documents. She has been homeless for two years and has possible mental health issues, court documents say.She faces charges of second-degree burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, second-degree malicious mischief and illegal camping.Pretrial release Officer Tim Stearns said Milligan had received some mental health resources in Longview and had been seeking temporary housing in Portland just before her arrest.Judge Scott Collier held Milligan in lieu of $5,000 bail and appointed Vancouver attorney Sean Downs to defend her.She is scheduled to appear Tuesday in front of Judge John Nichols who will review any additional information on possible temporary housing for her in Portland. If Stearns can confirm an address where she can stay, Nichols may agree to release her through the court’s supervised release program without posting a bond.She also has a pending fourth-degree assault charge and has been cited in the past for illegal camping in Clark County, according to court records.last_img read more

US vetoes UN draft rejecting Trump Jerusalem move

first_imgUS Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley speaks during a UN Security Council meeting over the situation in the Middle East on Monday. Photo: AFPThe United States on Monday vetoed a draft UN resolution rejecting President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, after all 14 other Security Council members backed the measure.The veto cast by US Ambassador Nikki Haley highlighted Washington’s isolation over Trump’s announcement that the US embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, effectively ignoring Palestinian claims on the city.Soon after the clash at the top UN body, the White House announced that US Vice President Mike Pence was delaying a trip to the Middle East planned for this week.Trump’s 6 December decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital broke with international consensus, triggering protests across the Muslim world and drawing strong condemnation.Key US allies Britain, France, Italy, Japan and Ukraine were among the 14 countries in the 15-member council that voted in favor of the measure put forward by Egypt.The draft resolution reaffirmed that Jerusalem is an issue “to be resolved through negotiations” and that any decisions on the status of Jerusalem “have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded.”“The United States will not be told by any country where we can put our embassy,” Haley told the council after the veto.“What we witnessed here today in the Security Council is an insult. It won’t be forgotten,” she said, describing the measure as “one more example of the United Nations doing more harm than good in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”To win the 14 votes, the text was watered down with no condemnation and no specific mention of Trump’s move. Instead, it expressed “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem.”Resolutions presented to the council require nine votes for adoption, but the United States-along with Britain, China, France and Russia-have the power to veto any measure.Pence visit scrappedIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately thanked Haley, posting on Twitter: “Truth defeated lies. Thank you, President Trump. Thank you, Nikki Haley.”The Palestinians slammed the veto as “unacceptable” and vowed to turn to the UN General Assembly to win adoption for the resolution that was blocked at the council. No country has veto powers in the 193-nation assembly.“Regrettably one state decided to oppose the whole world and to stand against the whole world with regard to this long-standing issue,” Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour told the council.“The United States chooses to disregard international law and ignore the international consensus.”Pence’s trip to Egypt and Israel was pushed back to mid-January to allow the US vice president to remain in Washington during a vote on Trump’s tax bill, a White House official said.Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas had already scrapped a meeting with Pence and his Fatah faction had called for mass protests during the visit which had been initially been scheduled for Wednesday.Israel seized control of the eastern part of the city in the 1967 Middle East war and sees all of Jerusalem as its undivided capital. The Palestinians view the east as the capital of their future state.The draft resolution had included a call on all countries to refrain from opening embassies in Jerusalem, reflecting concerns that other governments could follow the US lead.Going back a ‘century’Washington’s closest allies, France and Britain, came out ahead of the vote to declare their backing for the measure, which they stressed was in line with positions enshrined in UN resolutions adopted over several decades.Several UN resolutions call on Israel to withdraw from territory seized during the 1967 war.The status of the city must be decided through negotiations and “not by the unilateral decision of a third country that would bring us back a century,” said French Ambassador Francois Delattre.The US veto came nearly a year after the previous US administration abstained in a council vote condemning Israeli settlements, allowing that measure to pass.Haley, who used her veto power for the first time as US ambassador, stressed that the United States still supports a two-state solution “if that’s what the parties agree to.”The Palestinian envoy led a group of Arab ambassadors in a meeting with Miroslav Lajcak, the president of the General Assembly, to schedule a vote on the draft resolution, probably on Thursday.Resolutions by the General Assembly are non-binding, but a strong vote in support of the resolution would carry political weight.last_img read more