Minor raped in Kalahandi district, one arrested

first_imgAn eight-year-old girl was raped allegedly by her uncle in Odisha’s Kalahandi district, the police said on Wednesday. The incident comes days after three similar cases of minors’ rape were reported from three different places — Nilagiri, Soro and Khaira — in the State’s Balasore district. The incident in Kalahandi happened on Tuesday near Bachaka village under the jurisdiction of Biswanathpur police station, the police said. The accused lured the girl with fruits and took her to a nearby forest, Additional Superintendent of Police of Kalahandi Gopinath Mani Patra said.Her father’s cousin The accused, a cousin of the girl’s late father, allegedly raped her inside the forest, the ASP said. After returning home, the girl, a student of Class III, narrated the incident to her mother who lodged a complaint with the police, he said. A case was registered against the accused on the basis of the FIR and the accused was arrested, Mr. Patra, also in-charge of the investigation unit for crime against women, said. Both the girl and the accused were sent for medical examination, he said, adding that the girl’s statement was recorded before the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Bhawanipatna. The incidents in Balasore triggered public outcry and had stalled the proceedings of the Assembly on Monday.last_img read more

Shatrughan joins Cong.,to contest against Prasad

first_imgRebel BJP MP from Patna Sahib Shatrughan Sinha joined the Congress on Saturday. He will contest the Lok Sabha election from the seat against BJP candidate and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.The two-term MP said he left the BJP, on its foundation day [Saturday], with “immense pain and a heavy heart”. Slamming the party in his inimitable style, the actor-turned-politician said, “The BJP has become a one-man show and two-man army.”He also heaped praise on Congress president Rahul Gandhi, calling him a “dynamic, tried, tested and successful leader and the face and future of India”.Mr. Sinha turned a rebel after he was denied a berth in the Union Cabinet under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Ever since, he has spared no chance to attack the Prime Minister and the BJP-led NDA government. He recently said that he had been advised by RJD chief Lalu Prasad to join the Congress.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Amber Fort’s Maotha lake to get a new lease of life

first_imgThe charm of the Maotha lake situated outside the historic Amber Fort, near here, will be restored with its replenishment with water supplied from Banas river’s Bisalpur dam. The lake, which collects rain water flowing down from the nearby hills, has at present very little water after it remained dried-up for several months.The picturesque lake, which has the “Kesar Kyari” garden in its middle, was the main source of water for the Amber Palace and common people before the erstwhile royal capital was shifted to the newly-built Jaipur city in 18th century.The Water Resources Department’s plan to fill up the lake artificially will improve the ground water recharge, help in the supply of drinking water to the residents of Amber town and provide water to wild animals in the region. This is the second such exercise being undertaken after 2012 to revive traditional water sources and restore environmental balance.Public Health Engineering Department’s Principal Secretary Sandeep Verma said here on Tuesday that the Bisalpur dam in Tonk district, which was full to the brim after an increase in water inflow from its catchment areas during monsoon, was the “natural choice” as source of water for Maotha lake. The dam is currently supplying water to Jaipur, Tonk and Ajmer towns.Mr. Verma said the Maotha lake’s capacity was 300 million litres, which was equivalent to one day’s water supply from Bisalpur to Jaipur. “The water body’s replenishment will increase the water table of local sources by about 5 metres, which will give a major relief to the town’s residents,” he said.‘No adverse impact’ Mr. Verma said there was no possibility of adverse impact by the supply of water to Maotha lake on the availability of drinking water in Jaipur and other towns, for which the Bisalpur dam had emerged as a lifeline during the last decade.last_img read more

Former New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe diagnosed with cancer of immune system

first_imgOne of the most elegant batsmen of his era, Martin Crowe now has the toughest battle on his hands after the former New Zealand captain was diagnosed with lymphoma, an invasive cancer of the immune system.The 50-year-old Kiwi received the news only recently, his manager Louise Henderson said, adding Crowe and his family had requested privacy in dealing with the news.”The family has a number of issues to confront over the next couple of weeks. The diagnosis is very new, the family is still in shock and obviously dealing with the understanding that life as they know it for the unforeseeable future is different.”Crowe, famous for his cover-drive and flicks off his pads, gave immense joy to cricket lovers in 77 Tests and 143 One-Day Internationals between 1982 and 1995.He, along with legendary all-rounder Richard Hadlee, presided over a successful period for New Zealand cricket in the 1980s. As captain, his great achievement guided his team to the semi-finals of the 1992 World Cup, which New Zealand co-hosted with Australia. The Kiwis won seven of their eight roundrobin matches, before bowing to eventual champions Pakistan in the last four.During his pomp, Crowe had been admired for having a great deal of time to play the fastest bowlers in the world. Former Pakistan speedster Wasim Akram was candid enough to admit that Crowe was the best in handling the reverse swing unleashed by him and Waqar Younis.Crowe was named as one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year in 1985, and his 299 against Sri Lanka in 1991 still remains the highest Test score by a New Zealand player. He also had a stint with English county Somerset between 1984 and 1988.He could have played much more at the highest level, but his body did not always cooperate. His broken shin, back trouble, torn hamstrings and serious knee injuries did not allow him to get on the park as much as he would have liked.Crowe, whose brother Jeff also played Test cricket for New Zealand, did not have an auspicious start to his Test career. He even wondered whether he had what it took to succeed at the highest level. It only shows his mental strength that he went on to achieve what he did. After retirement, he has been an outspoken voice in the media, and was even involved with Indian Premier League side Royal Challengers Bangalore for a while.advertisementlast_img read more

Depleted NorthPort whips debuting San Miguel Beer

first_imgNorthPort 121 – Bolick 25, Ibeh 18, Lanete 16, Grey 16, Tautuaa 11, Elorde 11, Anthony 10, Taha 9, Flores 3, Gabayni 2.San Miguel 88 – Rhodes 27, Fajardo 19, Santos 11, Pessumal 11, Standhardinger 6, Cabagnot 5, Zamar 4, Vigil 3, Lassiter 2, Rosser 0, Mamaril 0.Quarerscores: 25-25, 54-41, 91-63, 121-88Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Shorthanded NorthPort utterly dominated San Miguel Beer, 121-88, to bounce back from a narrow loss and gain a share of the lead in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup standings Wednesday night at Araneta Coliseum.Batang Pier drew a brilliant scoring performance from rookie Robert Bolick, who had 25 points and seven rebounds in the match.ADVERTISEMENT “Perhaps they’re still on vacation mode,” said NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio, whose squad improved to 4-1 alongside upstart Blackwater.“But we need wins. This conference is short. After 11 games, we’ll learn about our position [to compete],” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We just caught San Miguel on an off night,” Jarencio said, trying to play down what the stat sheet showed: a balanced scoring effort.Import Prince Ibeh had 18 points while five more from NorthPort’s local crew tossed in 10 or more in the scoring effort to fill the void left by three of its players, including its foremost weapon in Stanley Pringle. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img View comments Alex Compton taking it slow with returning Vic Manuel Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The Beermen turned to old reliable Charles Rhodes and its centerpiece June Mar Fajardo for scoring, with the American reinforcement tallying 27 points, while the reigning Most Valuable Player 19.Arwind Santos and Von Pessumal had 11 each to round out the double-digit performers but their contribution came in a bit late in the losing effort that saw Batang Pier break away by as many as 38 points.San Miguel, like fellow Philippine Cup finalist Magnolia, absorbed a loss in their conference debut.The Batang Pier face the Hotshots next, while the Beermen goes up against the 3-1 TNT in the back-to-back games at Ynares Antipolo this weekend.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

1st Elite (Senior) Mens National Boxing Meet begins

first_imgGuwahati, Dec 8 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today inaugurated the 1st Elite (Senior) Mens National Boxing Championship at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Sorusojai here. The championship would boost governments effort to make Assam the Sports Capital of the country and in 2017, several other mega sports events would be played in Assam, he said.Stating that India is a rising star in world sports, especially, in individual sports like Boxing, the Chief Minister said, Boxers from North East like Mary Com, Sarita Devi and Shiva Thapa have made the nation proud by bringing laurels in international sports events. “If talent is properly harnessed, North East can produce more acclaimed sportspersons who can lead the nation in the field of sports at world events”, Sonowal said. He also said that the elite boxing championship would immensely help the upcoming boxers of the state and motivate the young generation to take up boxing as a career.He appreciated the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and Assam Amateur Boxing Association (ABA) for holding this mega sports event in the state. “Our State Government will host the Himalayan Sports Festival in 2017 where 11 states of the country and several Himalayan nations will take part”, the Chief Minister said. “Assam is also an important venue of the Under 17 FIFA World Cup Football Tournament which will be played next year. These events will bolster Assams image as emerging sports destination of India”, Sonowal said.BFI president Ajay Singh said, the Boxing Federation would make best efforts to host 2020 Olympic Qualifying matches in Guwahati. He also said that a Franchise Team from Assam will participate in the proposed Boxing League. PTI ESB SBN SBNadvertisementlast_img read more

Infineon opens new development center for automotive and artificial intelligence in Dresden

first_img Continue Reading Previous Premier Farnell announce new global franchise with SiTimeNext Arduino and MathWorks team up to offer students new Arduino Engineering Kit Infineon is setting up a new Development Center at its Dresden location. The company is planning to create around 100 additional new jobs in the first phase. The new Development Center is expected to employ a total of around 250 people in the medium term. One focus of it will be to develop new products and solutions for automotive and power electronics, as well as artificial intelligence. It is scheduled to be launched in the course of the 2018 calendar year.In Dresden, the Infineon Group already has one of its largest and most cutting-edge locations for developing wafer technologies and manufacturing processes, as well as a highly automated production plant. 2,200 employees carry out research into and develop technologies for microcontrollers, sensors and power semiconductors and make chips there – including for the automotive industry. System integration is gaining in importance to enable complex interaction between semiconductors in more and more technically sophisticated cars. Modeling complex systems and developing highly integrated products will be one of the new Development Center’s core tasks in addition to chip design.Automotive is Infineon’s largest business area: Semiconductors for the automotive industry generate 42 percent of the Group’s revenue. Infineon expects that the trend toward electrically driven, connected and increasingly autonomous cars will help boost its growth significantly in the coming years.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Melania praises LeBron James after Trump insults NBA star

first_imgWashington, Aug 5 (PTI) Melania Trump has praised LeBron James for his charity work, saying she is open to visiting his new public school, hours after her husband Donald Trump questioned the NBA superstar’s intelligence.Trump posted a scathing tweet questioning James’ intelligence after the three-time champion said in an interview that the President was “using sports to kinda divide people” and he would “never sit across from him”.In a volley of late-night tweets, Trump publicly lashed out at James, questioning his intelligence and terming his interviewer from CNN Don Lemon as the “dumbest man” on television.”Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!” Trump tweeted.”It looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation and just as she always has, the First Lady encourages everyone to have an open dialogue about issues facing children today,” Melania’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said.”As you know, Mrs Trump has travelled the country and world talking to children about their well-being, healthy living, and the importance of responsible online behaviour with her Be Best initiative. Her platform centers around visiting organisations, hospitals and schools, and she would be open to visiting the I Promise School in Akron,” she said in a statement to CNN.James recently opened the school for underprivileged children in his home town of Akron, Ohio. He said the school prioritized a holistic experience for students that include sports, which he described as critical for healthy communities.advertisement Many professional athletes, including basketball legend Michael Jordan, have been critical of Trump’s statements.”I support LJ. He’s doing an amazing job for his community,” Jordan said in a statement.James, one of the most prominent athletes in the US, has been critical of Trump for years.Last year, he called Trump a “bum” for rescinding his invitation to the Golden State Warriors to celebrate their basketball championship with a visit to the White House.”Going to the White House was a great honour until you showed up!” James had tweeted. PTI MRJ MRJ MRJlast_img read more

GILL & MEYERS RETAIN POSITIONS AS AUDITOR AND CITY SCHOOL BOARD…

first_imgPAT GILL HAS BEEN RE-ELECTED TO ANOTHER FOUR YEAR TERM AS WOODBURY COUNTY AUDITOR BY DEFEATING REPUBLICAN CHALLENGER JOANNE CRAIG 60 TO 39 PER CENT:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/GILLWIN.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….IN WOODBURY COUNTY :12THE AUDITOR’S RACE WAS CONTENTIOUS AT TIMES, WITH MISINFORMATION PUT OUT REGARDING HOW SOME PAST ELECTIONS GILL OVERSAW AS AUDITOR ALLEGEDLY HAD ISSUES.THOSE SO-CALLED ISSUES PROVED TO BE UNFOUNDED:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/GILLWIN2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….RESULTS TONIGHT. ;08IN THE RACE TO FILL OUT THE ONE YEAR REMAINING ON THE SIOUX CITY SCHOOL BOARD SEAT IN THE ELECTION, JOHN MEYERS WILL RETAIN THE SEAT HE WAS APPOINTED TO FILL.MEYERS DEFEATED MIYUKI NELSON IN THE NON-PARTISAN RACE BY WINNING WITH 72 PER CENT OF THE VOTE.last_img read more

Texas Fan Pens ‘Thank You’ Letter To Notre Dame Fans For Their “Remarkable Hospitality”

first_imgFans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 5: Fans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas Longhorns fans who made the trek up to Notre Dame, Indiana, weren’t thrilled with the result from the game this past Saturday. But at least one UT supporter still had great things to say about the Fighting Irish and their fan base. A Texas fan named Terry Bader penned a cool ‘thank you’ letter to Notre Dame and its fans for their “remarkable hospitality” this past weekend. It was published by The Observer Thursday morning. The school tweeted out a photo of the letter – check it out:A Texas Longhorn fan wrote a thank you letter to The Observer. Well done, Irish fans READ: http://t.co/ppS4VslodZ pic.twitter.com/OxKfDSphqQ— The Fighting Irish (@FightingIrish) September 10, 2015It’s a refreshing story – especially considering we typically only hear tales on the other end of the spectrum. Well-done to all involved here.last_img read more

Photo: Nick Saban Isn’t Going To Be Happy With Alabama’s Fans Today

first_imgNick Saban screaming on the field for Alabama.Twitter/@ESPN_SchickAlabama has arguably the most-demanding fans in the entire country. Five national titles in nine years is a blessing, but it also leads to high expectations for Nick Saban and company.Saban has been vocal about his displeasure with unsatisfied fans in the past. He won’t be happy with what the fans did on Saturday during the game against Arkansas State.Crimson Tide fans left early.That’s right, the home fans decided a 50-point lead was safe enough to leave their team behind – which is will be. However, for a fanbase as demanding as Alabama’s leaving early isn’t a good look.They didn’t stay 60. pic.twitter.com/iOY3GATkCB— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) September 8, 2018You can demand greatness from your team if you’re not willing to support them for a full 60 minutes.The Crimson Tide hold a 57-7 lead with just under seven minutes to go in the game. Saban won’t be happy with the way the fanbase left early on Saturday afternoon.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Urban Meyer’s Wife Tweets During Tonight’s Ohio State Game

first_imgUrban Meyer with his wife after an Ohio State football game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is not in Texas for tonight’s Ohio State-TCU game. The Buckeyes’ head coach is back in Ohio, serving the final game of his three-game suspension to start the 2018 season.There was some talk that Meyer might make the trip to Arlington, Texas, considering his suspension ends at midnight after tonight’s game, but he won’t be re-joining the program until they get back to Columbus.“For those wondering, Urban Meyer’s final game day under suspension doesn’t begin until midnight Saturday, but he did not travel with Ohio State to TCU, a spokesman confirmed. Meyer rejoins the team with no restrictions Sunday,” ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg tweeted.For those wondering, Urban Meyer’s final game day under suspension doesn’t begin until midnight Saturday, but he did not travel with Ohio State to TCU, a spokesman confirmed. Meyer rejoins the team with no restrictions Sunday. https://t.co/8HtGJR9ZxH— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) September 14, 2018So, Urban Meyer is back watching the game in Columbus with his family – who’s all very nervous, apparently.Meyer’s wife, Shelley Meyer, responded to an Ohio State fan on Twitter during the game.It was awesome. Still nervous.— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) September 16, 2018Ohio State has looked good tonight, but so has TCU. The Horned Frogs’ offense, save for that turnover into the end zone, has had little difficulty moving the ball on the Buckeyes’ defense.Urban Meyer has yet to be missed by this Ohio State team, but many thought tonight could be the night that it happens. The Buckeyes could certainly use their head coach against a tough TCU team.Ohio State is up, 10-7, early in the second quarter. The game is on ABC.last_img read more

US $110 Million Oyster Bay Hotel to Open June 1

first_img “Following the flurry of openings we had in 2017 with luxury brands such as the Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa, Zoetry Montego Bay, and Breathless Montego Bay, here we are again with another crowning jewel,” he beamed. With the opening, Excellence Group will join Royalton Resorts, owners of Royalton White Sands and Blue Waters, and Melia Hotels International, which operates the Melia Braco, as the three main internationally recognised brands to set up operations in Trelawny. Story Highlights The Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts will on June 1, become the newest member of the country’s growing fleet of luxury brands with the opening of its US$110 million hotel in Oyster Bay, Trelawny. The Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts will on June 1, become the newest member of the country’s growing fleet of luxury brands with the opening of its US$110 million hotel in Oyster Bay, Trelawny.Ground was broken for the 315-room property last March.With the opening, Excellence Group will join Royalton Resorts, owners of Royalton White Sands and Blue Waters, and Melia Hotels International, which operates the Melia Braco, as the three main internationally recognised brands to set up operations in Trelawny.Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, tells JIS NEWS that the opening of the world-class hotel brand will further raise the country’s stock as a premier destination for luxury travel.“Following the flurry of openings we had in 2017 with luxury brands such as the Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa, Zoetry Montego Bay, and Breathless Montego Bay, here we are again with another crowning jewel,” he beamed.“This is yet another testament to Jamaica’s ever increasing status as the top Caribbean destination for high-end travel. Attracting a luxury brand like Excellence is nothing to scoff at,” he said.Mr. Bartlett also pointed out that the country can take pride in knowing that it is being viewed as a safe and stable destination to do business, adding that “the best is yet to come.”The Minister said the pending opening of Oyster Bay is another feather in the cap for the people of Trelawny, who have been seeing a dramatic increase in their tourism offerings.“In recent times, we have seen the opening of the US$4 million plus Good Hope Adventure Falls, the continued development of both the Falmouth pier and the town of Falmouth, and now the soon to be opening of Excellence Oyster Bay,” he noted.For his part, Excellence Group’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Domingo Aznar said the project “is of great excitement for us to deliver the best Excellence product to date, and our first foray outside of the Dominican Republic and Mexico.”“With Excellence Oyster Bay, we raised the standard to offer a whole new all-inclusive luxury experience for adults and we are confident that Jamaica is the perfect choice for it,” he told JIS NEWS.Built on a private peninsula and located just 35 minutes from the Sangster International Airport, Excellence Oyster Bay will offer nightly entertainment, daily activities, eight world¬-class restaurants, nine bars, state¬-of-¬the ¬art fitness facilities, two beachfront swimming pools, a chill¬-out lounge with rooftop pool, the exclusive Excellence Club, and the brand’s famous Miilé Spa.last_img read more

PM Directs Petrojam Board to Recover Funds

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has directed the Board of State refinery, Petrojam, to take the necessary actions to recover funds determined to have been misappropriated from the entity’s resources.This instruction comes in the wake of the Auditor General’s (AG) report into the refinery’s operations, which identified certain administrative and oversight shortfalls.“Where the Board sees that, for example, payments were made for work on a contract and, by virtue of delays and changes, the contract is terminated… but full payment was made and work not completed… the Board should seek legal advice and prepare to recover such funds through civil means. That is part of the principle of restitution that will ensure that there is accountability,” Mr. Holness emphasised.He was addressing journalists and other stakeholders during a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) on Monday (December 10).Mr. Holness noted that in the past where issues of the magnitude of what occurred at Petrojam were brought to public attention, reports were tabled, “but we have seldom sought to make restitution”.He emphasised that this is an important principle that the Government must “not just speak about in words, but [put into] practice and reinforce it”.The Prime Minister further contended that consequent on the Petrojam revelations, Jamaica’s system of governance “can only grow stronger if we establish that there has to be a principle of restitution”.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness said that every effort will be made to ensure that the relevant committees of Parliament are furnished with the AG’s report.He advised that the Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives will consult with government members on the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) to ensure that the report is brought to that body’s earliest and most convenient sitting for scrutiny and deliberations.Mr. Holness also indicated that he is slated to meet with AG, Pamela Monroe Ellis, on Monday afternoon to further discuss some of the recommendations outlined in her report.He pointed out that the proposals put forward are measures that could be implemented across public bodies.“We have seen where there could be tweaks as well as profound changes to the structure of governance… that could improve the efficiency of public administration,” Mr. Holness added.last_img read more

OSG Nosedives into Red

first_imgzoom NYSE-listed tanker owner and operator Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) suffered a full-year net loss of USD 293.6 million in 2016, compared with a net income of USD 284 million seen in 2015. Following the spin-off of the company’s businesses, a net loss from continuing operations for the full year 2016 was USD 1.1 million, compared with a net income of USD 80.6 million for 2015.The decrease was mainly due to vessel impairments in the second half of 2016, and reductions in interest expense due to the company’s debt reductions in the second half of 2015 and in 2016.Furthermore, adjusted EBITDA was USD 176.2 million in 2016, an increase of USD 8.1 million compared with 2015, driven primarily by lower general and administrative expenses, partially offset by the decline in time charter equivalent (TCE) revenues.TCE revenues amounted to USD 446.2 million in 2016, a drop of USD 2.9 million compared with 2015. The decrease was attributed to lower average daily charter rates earned by OSG’s Jones Act fleet.In late-November 2016, OSG completed the process to separate the company into two independent businesses – Overseas Shipholding Group and International Seaways (INSW).OSG retained the US business while INSW took over OSG’s former international business.“We … successfully executed on our strategic goal of streamlining our operating structure and enhancing our focus by completing the spin-off of International Seaways,”  Sam Norton, OSG’s President and CEO, said.“Going forward, OSG will be a diversified US Flag shipping company with a trusted operating franchise and a leading portfolio in the Jones Act market,” Norton further said, adding that the company is well-positioned for future growth opportunities.As of March 7, OSG’s fleet is comprised of a total of 24 vessels.last_img read more

RCMP widens investigation in BCs Okanagan after fatal ferry shooting

first_imgSURREY, B.C. – The RCMP are examining possible links between two violent incidents in British Columbia’s Okanagan less than 24 hours before a deadly police-involved shooting Tuesday on Vancouver Island.Sgt. Janelle Shoihet says a preliminary investigation has uncovered possible ties between a shooting that severely injured a man in Vernon and a carjacking in Penticton that injured another victim and ended with the theft of his vehicle.The Vernon shooting happened at around noon on Monday, and Shoihet says a suspect was seen leaving the area in a 1996 grey Ford Crown Victoria.Several hours later, RCMP in Penticton were alerted to a man allegedly carrying a gun and matching the description of the suspect in Vernon, followed just minutes afterwards by a call about a carjacking and the theft of a Pontiac Vibe.The suspect escaped and the RCMP say in a news release the Pontiac was traced to a B.C. ferry arriving in Nanaimo on Tuesday morning, when police intercepted the vehicle as it left the vessel.An unnamed driver was killed Tuesday when shots were fired at the ferry terminal in Nanaimo, and the province’s police watchdog is now investigating.“Investigators are actively working to either confirm or eliminate information in order to conclusively determine if the various incidents are connected, if they are connected to a single individual, or if others are involved,” the RCMP says in the release.Police said Thursday they located the Ford Crown Victoria they had been looking for after a public appeal.Const. Kelly Brett also said the 24-year-old man shot in Vernon remains in hospital in serious condition.The RCMP investigation must take care not to impede the Independent Investigations Office as it looks into the Nanaimo shooting, says Supt. Ray Carfantan, assistant district officer of the RCMP’s southeast district.“While we wish to advance these investigations, we must be mindful of the nexus to the ongoing Nanaimo investigation by the Independent Investigation Office of British Columbia,” he says in the news release. “We will continue to support the investigative needs of our units here in the Okanagan to enhance public safety, while respecting that the IIO BC leads the investigation on Vancouver Island.”Ron MacDonald, the chief civilian director of the Independent Investigations Office, has said the agency must determine a number of things in its investigation, including whether the suspect was armed when he was stopped on Tuesday and if there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and police.The agency investigates all police incidents that result in death or serious injury.last_img read more

Security bill limits CSIS disruption powers boosts review of spy services

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government’s sweeping new security legislation would limit — but not eliminate — controversial powers that allow Canada’s spy agency to actively disrupt terror plots.The long-awaited bill introduced Tuesday pulls back on other elements of legislation ushered in by the Conservatives, charts new paths for Canada’s security services in data-crunching and cyberwarfare, and bolsters accountability and review in the often murky world of intelligence.The 150-page bill, unassumingly entitled, “An act respecting national security matters,” follows federal consultations that attracted input from tens of thousands of Canadians.The government’s primary goal with the legislation is to strike a balance between keeping Canadians safe and respecting their rights and freedoms, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told a news conference.“Canadians unequivocally want accountability, transparency and effectiveness from their security and intelligence agencies,” Goodale said. “They also expect compliance with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and respect for privacy.”The legislation fleshes out Liberal campaign promises to repeal some elements of a contentious omnibus bill brought in by Stephen Harper’s government after a gunman stormed Parliament Hill in October 2014.In the House of Commons, Goodale came under fire from both sides: the Conservatives accused the Liberals of making things harder for security forces, while the NDP complained they’d not done enough to erase the Harper measures.The Conservatives gave the Canadian Security Intelligence Service explicit authority to derail terrorist threats, expanding on the service’s traditional intelligence-collection mandate. However, many Canadians expressed concerns that such disruption activities could violate the Constitution.The Liberal legislation requires CSIS to seek a warrant for any threat reduction measure that would “limit” a right or freedom protected by the charter, and it clarifies that a warrant can only be issued if a judge is satisfied the measure complies with the charter.The bill amends other elements of the Conservative legislation, tightening provisions on information-sharing among federal agencies, redefining terrorist propaganda and narrowing a general prohibition against promoting terrorism offences to the crime of counselling someone to commit a terrorist offence.Another change takes aim at the recurring problem of mistaken no-fly list name matches involving youngsters, allowing the public safety minister to inform parents that their child is not on the roster.In addition, under a revised appeal process, someone’s name would be dropped from the no-fly list if the minister does not deal with their appeal within 120 days. However, the minister would be able to extend the deadline before the first 120-day period expires.The government says the changes are steps toward a longer-term solution to no-fly list headaches.The bill also modernizes the CSIS Act, setting out in law a regime to authorize spy service actions that would otherwise break the law — modelled on an existing system in the Criminal Code for police.For example, the regime would apply to counter-terrorism operations, where providing direction to an undercover source infiltrating an extremist cell could be considered illegal without the special permissions.Other provisions are intended to help CSIS keep pace in the age of Big Data and technological advances that few could have foreseen when the spy service was created in 1984.CSIS would be required to seek the Federal Court’s authorization to keep publicly unavailable datasets that contain personal information largely relating to Canadians.The bill also proposes allowing the cyberspies of the Communications Security Establishment, Canada’s electronic spy agency, to use more advanced methods and techniques to gather intelligence and take action online to defend Canadian networks by halting cyberthreats.The Ottawa-based CSE, a key player in the global Five Eyes partnership, would also be permitted to help the Canadian Armed Forces with operations.A new super-watchdog — the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency — would oversee the intelligence activities of well over a dozen federal agencies, including some, like the Canada Border Services Agency, that have never been subject to such review.The idea is to ensure a more seamless and comprehensive approach to scrutinizing Canadian security agencies.Many have complained the current system doesn’t work as well as it should because separate watchdogs review CSIS, RCMP security agents and the CSE. The existing watchdogs cannot always freely exchange information or collaborate on reviews — a problem the new, overarching body is intended to solve.In addition, a new intelligence commissioner would authorize some intelligence and cybersecurity activities in advance. Establishing a commissioner is designed to build public confidence that agencies are operating with respect for Canadian law and values, the government said.The Liberal bill comes as MPs prepare to head to their ridings for the summer, which means the legislation is unlikely to face serious debate until the fall.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Trudeau says Alberta carbon tax fight wont affect Trans Mountain line decision

first_imgEDMONTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Alberta’s opposition to a carbon tax won’t influence his cabinet’s decision on whether to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.But Trudeau says climate change cannot be ignored and that one of the easiest ways to fight it is with a carbon tax.He says the federal carbon tax remains affordable to Canadians, with tax incentives to ensure an average family does not get punished.The federal tax has been put in place in Ontario, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Manitoba — provinces that have not implemented their own carbon levy.Alberta will soon join that list as Premier Jason Kenney’s new government has promised to kill the province’s carbon tax then fight the federal one in court.When asked if Ottawa would immediately implement a federal carbon tax should the Alberta one be repealed, Trudeau says there will be discussions but says nowhere in Canada will it be free to pollute.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stars To Perform At RiseUp AS ONE Border Concert

first_imgUnivision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, and the Fusion Media Group (FMG), a division of UCI serving the rising American mainstream, announced today that its October 15 ‘RiseUp AS ONE’ concert – a celebration of music, diversity and unity – will be staged along the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, California and feature a talented lineup of artists, musicians and performers.Sprint will serve as the presenting sponsor.This unparalleled, bi-lingual live-music event will take place at the Cross Border Xpress (CBX) in San Diego with artists who represent the best of our diverse and inclusive society, including Miguel Bosé, Luis Coronel, Andra Day, Lila Downs, Jorge Drexler, Fonseca, Jesse & Joy, Juanes, Natalia Lafourcade, Los Tigres del Norte, Lupillo Rivera, Residente, Alejandro Sanz, Julieta Venegas and Carlos Vives.The event will be hosted by La Banda’s Alejandra Espinoza and award-winning journalist Jorge Ramos along with FUSION’s Nando Vila and Natasha del Toro. They will be joined by special guests including Gael García Bernal and Jonás Cuarón of “Desierto,” Mía Maestro, Wilmer Valderrama, and more.The concert will be broadcast live coast-to-coast in Spanish on Univision Network and English on FUSION from 7:00-10:00pm, ET (4:00-7:00pm, PT). UCI will cover and promote the concert across its suite of platforms including its 17 broadcast, cable and digital networks and partnership, 126 local television and radio stations and an array of digital brands. For those who wish to attend this free concert, RiseUpAsOne.com will have more information about tickets in the coming days.“The U.S.-Mexico border provides the perfect stage for this amazing event and is a way to highlight diversity and inclusion, despite borders,” said Camila Jimenez Villa, Co-President and Chief Content Officer, Fusion Media Group. “This location and our incredible lineup of award-winning artists will celebrate, through the power of music, the connectedness of our world and the positivity that occurs when we show empathy, respect and openness to one another.”“Sprint is proud to collaborate with Univision and Fusion to bring the RiseUp AS ONE event to life, celebrating our collective community,” said Marcelo Claure, CEO of Sprint. “We are in the business of helping people connect to what matters most to them. This event showcases the very spirit of our mission to keep moving forward without borders or barriers and rising together as ONE voice / Una Voz.”Supporting partners include The California Endowment’s #SchoolsNotPrisons and #Health4All campaigns, Cross Border Xpress (CBX), City of San Diego, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, City of Imperial Beach, HBO, Revolve Impact, Dots, Variety, Square, PVBLIC, UNICEF and BET.Watch the recently released RiseUp AS ONE launch film narrated by award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda here.Univision and Fusion Media Group recently announced the event’s co-chairs, who come from diverse backgrounds and communities. The list of co-chairs include: José Andrés, Nicolas Berggruen, T Bone Burnett, Ximena Caminos, Kenneth Cole, Jason Collins, Junot Díaz, Ava DuVernay, Emilio & Gloria Estefan, America Ferrera, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr, Don Graham, Salma Hayek, Samuel L. Jackson, Dr. Henry Jenkins, Quincy Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mía Maestro, Jonathan Olinger, Eduardo Padrón, Shonda Rhimes, Robert Rodriguez, Dr. Robert K. Ross, Sree Sreenivasan, Forest Whitaker, and Ethan Zuckerman.For more information about the event and to sign up for event updates, please visit RiseUpAsOne.com (#RiseUpAsOne).last_img read more

DMK warns of CHOGM demos

“The Centre should not neglect the requests of Tamils in this regard and openly communicate to the Minister that India will not participate in the meet,” he said. The DMK party in Tamil Nadu on Saturday demanded that India should not participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM) in Colombo in November this year and warned of protests and hoisting of black flags State-wide if its demand was not acceded by the Centre.“If the request is ignored by the Centre, black flags will be hoisted atop homes and commercial establishments, besides staging rail roko, to express the feelings of Tamils and condemning India’s participation in the summit,” DMK President M. Karunanidhi said in a statement in Chennai. Stating that only eight of the 49 Tamil fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy have been released so far, he noted that the remand of the others has been extended by courts there.He alleged that the Rajapaksa government has been continuously working on diluting the Rajiv Gandhi-Jayawardene Accord.The DMK, which walked out of the UPA coalition over the Lankan Tamils issue in March this year, had adopted a resolution in the Executive that month, stating that India should boycott the meeting in case it was held in the island republic. He noted that all political parties in Tamil Nadu have been urging the Centre not to participate in the meet.On the frequent attacks on Indian fishermen allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy, he observed that though the Centre had repeatedly been writing to the island nation on the issue and also held talks with its Ambassador, “it seems the Sri Lankan Government is not even listening to it.” The Press Trust of India quoted him as saying that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should clearly convey to Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris during his scheduled visit on Sunday that India would not participate in the meet. read more