BP Canada gets green light to restart drilling off Nova Scotia coast

first_imgHALIFAX – BP Canada has been given the green light to restart drilling operations off the coast of Nova Scotia, a month after the energy giant spilled thousands of litres of drilling mud into the Atlantic Ocean.The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board said Monday it gave the company approval to resume drilling operations late Sunday.The energy regulator said the leak was caused by a loose connection in the mud booster line.It said BP has put in place measures to prevent another accident, including replacing a section of the mud booster line and installing a pressure system alarm.“We have verified that all the responsive steps have been implemented,” board CEO Stuart Pinks said in an incident bulletin update.“We are satisfied that the responsive actions taken, including the additional monitoring and testing that will be done for the remainder of the project, allows for drilling operations to resume safely.”BP Canada did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The leak of 136 cubic metres of synthetic drilling mud from BP Canada’s West Aquarius drilling unit about 330 kilometres southeast of Halifax sparked widespread concern about offshore exploration in Nova Scotia.The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs said last month the incident raises questions about the protection of the lands and waters, as well as any species potentially affected by the spill.Synthetic-based mud is a heavy, dense fluid used during drilling to lubricate the drill pipe and regulate reservoir pressure.The regulator is continuing to investigate the potential environmental effects of the spill, including reviewing footage of the seabed and analyzing samples of the drilling mud on the sea floor.A report will be made public once the investigation has concluded, the board said.Board spokeswoman Stacy O’Rourke said determining if any enforcement actions may be taken — including fines — will be part of the regulator’s ongoing investigation.last_img read more

Prince Harry and his Spouse Visit Andalusian Gardens Discover Richness of

Rabat – Prince Harry of England and his Spouse Princess Meghan Markle visited, Monday, Rabat’s Andalusian Gardens, located in the historic site of the Udayas, where they reviewed a sample of Moroccan crafts.Upon their arrival, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, currently visiting Morocco, were greeted by songs performed by Gnawa troops and admired a selection of handicrafts, an authentic national heritage that reflects the values and centuries-old customs and habits of Moroccans.The handicrafts presented to the princely couple include copper and silver solid engravings, traditional carpets, carved wooden crates as well as leather articles and pottery.The couple also discovered Arabic calligraphy motifs on leather, paper or fabric, traditional stools made from goat and cattle skins and embroidered with silk and “skalli”. On this occasion, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex expressed their admiration for the richness and diversity of Moroccan craft industry.The objectives of this visit are to bring the princely couple closer to an important component of Moroccan civilization and culture, and to make them aware of the efforts being made to safeguard this heritage. read more

Lebanon European mariners take the wheel of UN coastal fleet

“Thanks to the vigilant posture of MTF, the maritime front has been as calm as the sea today,” Major-General Claudio Graziano, Force Commander of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), said at a ceremony passing command from Germany, which led the sea operation since its inception in October 2006, to the European Maritime Force (EUROMARFOR).EUROMARFOR was formed in 1995 by France, Italy, Portugal and Spain to carry out naval, air and amphibious missions for humanitarian and peacekeeping operations. At the hand-over ceremony, held aboard the flagship FGS Bayern off Beirut, outgoing MTF commander Rear Admiral Christian Luther of Germany presented a UN flag to Rear Admiral Ruggiero Di Biase of Italy, which now heads the European force.Maj.-Gen. Graziano congratulated the MTF personnel on their work over the past 14 months. “This has greatly contributed not only to the success of UNIFIL in implementing resolution 1701, but also directly to the security and prosperity of Lebanon as a whole,” he said.Since the start of its operations MTF has hailed more than 13,000 ships and referred 70 suspicious vessels to the Lebanese authorities for further inspection.Eight countries have contributed naval units to the MTF: Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Turkey. 29 February 2008A European naval group today took command of United Nations peacekeeping’s first-ever maritime task force (MTF), which was deployed off the coast of Lebanon in 2006 to curtail arms smuggling following that year’s war between Israel and Hizbollah. read more

Ethics commissioner finds Canada PM Trudeau violated ethics

TORONTO — Canada’s ethics commissioner said Wednesday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau improperly pressured a former attorney general to halt the criminal prosecution of a company, a development that could imperil his re-election chances.The report comes just before the official start of campaigning for the Oct. 21 general election and it threatens to re-inflame a scandal that rocked the government earlier this year, causing a drop in poll ratings that had since abated.Ethics commissioner Mario Dion said Trudeau’s attempts to influence the then attorney general and justice minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, were contrary to the constitutional principle of prosecutorial independence.“The prime minister, directly and through his senior officials, used various means to exert influence over Ms. Wilson-Raybould,” Dion wrote.“The authority of the prime minister and his office was used to circumvent, undermine and ultimately attempt to discredit the decision of the director of public prosecutions as well as the authority of Ms. Wilson-Raybould.”Trudeau said at a news conference that he takes responsibility “for everything,” but said he “can’t apologize for standing up for Canadian jobs.”Wilson-Raybould believes she was demoted from her role as attorney general and justice minister to veterans’ affairs minister in January because she didn’t give in to pressure to enter into a remediation agreement with a Canadian company accused of bribing officials in Libya.That potential solution would avoid a potential criminal conviction that would bar Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin from receiving any federal government business for a decade. The company is a major employer with 9,000 employees in Canada and about 50,000 worldwide.The report said Trudeau “directed his staff to find a solution that would safeguard SNC-Lavalin’s business interest in Canada.”“What happened over the past year shouldn’t have happened,” Trudeau said. “I take responsibility for the mistakes that I made. At the same time, we learned many lessons.”But Trudeau said he didn’t agree that any contact with the attorney general on the issue was inappropriate. He said his job is to consider the impact decisions have on Canadians.He noted that deferred prosecution agreements are frequently used in many countries and it would be up to his new justice minister on whether the company gets one.The scandal led to multiple resignations, including that of Gerry Butts, Trudeau’s top aide and best friend. And it damaged the party for weeks. Butts has since rejoined Trudeau’s re-election campaign team.Wilson-Raybould, who resigned from Cabinet before she was later ousted form the Liberal party caucus, said the report “represents a vindication of the independent role of the Attorney General.”Opposition Conservative leader Andrew Scheer renewed calls for police to investigate and called SNC-Lavalin a “Liberal” linked corporation that defrauded some of the poorest people on earth.Scheer said Trudeau hasn’t lived up to promises to be open and honest when he was elected.“Trudeau may not face a court of law for his role in this scandal, but he will have to face the Canadian people over the next few weeks,” Scheer said.The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said it is “examining this mattercarefully with all available information and will take appropriate actions as required” and declined further comment.Nelson Wiseman, a political science professor at the University of Toronto, said the report is very damaging and said the scandal could topple Trudeau’s Liberal government.“The SNC-Lavalin controversy is certainly reignited and fits with the Conservative narrative that the Trudeau is no angel,” Wiseman said. “I expect the Liberals to drop in the polls by 5 per cent or so. Whether they can recover by election day is an open question. I wouldn’t bet on it.”Rob Gillies, The Associated Press read more

Lubbers bows out as UN refugee chief with plea to turn the

“I saw a lot of misery during my time as High Commissioner, but a lot of wonderful things as well,” he told hundreds of staff gathered in UNHCR’s cavernous headquarters atrium in Geneva. “For me, it was a great time. And I think for you – even with all the difficult moments – it was a great time as well.”He handed over temporary leadership responsibilities for the agency to Deputy High Commissioner Wendy Chamberlin, who will work closely with Assistant High Commissioner Kamel Morjane pending the appointment of a new High Commissioner.“I don’t feel alone today, not at all. I’m not going away in anger,” Mr. Lubbers said of his resignation, which Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcomed as serving the best interest of UNHCR, its staff and the refugees it serves so that the page can be turned and a new chapter be started.“No. I am going away with gratitude – gratitude for what you meant to me; gratitude for working together. I am absolutely sure that not only are the refugees wonderful people, you are, too,” Mr. Lubbers added, echoing Mr. Annan words. “We must now turn the page. Don’t dwell longer in the past. Turn the page. That’s what I ask you do to do. I’ll do it myself anyway.”He said his “50 wonderful months” leading UNHCR’s global efforts to protect and assist 17 million refugees and others of concern were a privilege, and he thanked staff for their support during the last difficult 10 months, when the allegations swirled. He received several minutes of applause from staff lining all levels of the seven-storey atrium.Throughout Mr. Lubbers has vigorously denied the accusations, dismissing them as a campaign of slander. The charges came from a UNHCR staffer who said the 65-year-old former Dutch Prime Minister sexually harassed her during a meeting in December 2003. On Sunday, Mr. Annan said in a statement that while he had accepted legal advice that the original allegations could not be substantiated, “the continuing controversy has made the High Commissioner’s position impossible.”The ninth head of the UNHCR since its establishment in 1951, Mr. Lubbers served since 1 January 2001, when he succeeded Sadako Ogata of Japan. read more

Mexico urged to continue progress on enforced disappearances womens rights and press

Speaking at a scheduled review as part of the 31st Universal Periodic Review, Ambassador Miguel Ruiz Cabanas insisted that his Government was committed to doing more to bolster Mexicans’ freedoms.“Mexico faces considerable challenges in terms of human rights; we have not come here to downplay them or to deny them,” he said.Listing a series of violations that included torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, enforced disappearance of persons, threats and violence against human rights defenders, journalists, and women, the Mexican head of delegation spoke of the need for action from every branch of Government: executive, legislative and judiciary.Mexico faces considerable challenges in terms of human rights; we have not come here to downplay them or to deny them – Ambassador Miguel Ruiz CabanasOf 102 Member States that responded to the Mexican Ambassador’s comments, five highlighted torture concerns, 16 spoke about dangers faced by human rights defenders and 15 underscored the threat to journalists.Another 12 States raised the issue of enforced disappearances – a key matter of public concern following the 2014 disappearances of 43 students in Ayotzinapa.A report published in March this year by the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, concluded that there were “strong grounds” to believe that at least 34 people detained during the investigation into the students’ disappearance had been tortured, and many of them arbitrarily detained.Most of these detainees had been in the custody of the Attorney General, the US delegation noted in a written submission, also citing “evidence of obstruction of justice and manipulation of evidence”.Addressing concerns from countries including Belgium about suspects being held without charge – a practice known as “arraigo” in Spanish – Ambassador Cabanas confirmed that it was only applied in exceptional cases to combat organized crime, and that its use had diminished “significantly” since Mexico’s last country review in 2013.Femicides, murder rate for women ‘very high’The issue of women’s rights was raised by more than 20 States, with Belgium also calling for clarification on the “very high” number of female murder victims in Mexico, noting too that perpetrators escaped justice despite the existence of mechanisms to combat these crimes.On the same matter, Canada urged Mexico to “develop and fully implement” guidelines for the investigation into cases of femicide in states of the federation where they are absent.France, meanwhile, welcomed the country’s “solid legislative framework” to promote human rights, adding that its implementation was nonetheless “often insufficient”.One of Mexico’s main challenges in promoting human rights and the rule of law is that fact that around 95 per cent of offences fall under state – and not federal – jurisdiction, Ambassador Cabanas explained.To address this, standards, frameworks and mechanisms have been designed at a federal level, he noted.“Mexico is a federal republic with 129 million inhabitants,” he said. “It comprises 32 states, each with its own constitution and powers. With 2,459 municipalities our federal system means it is essential for umbrella-coordination efforts to protect human rights across a territory of two million square kilometres.” read more

Kohli reclaims top spot Hazlewood tops ODI bowling rankings

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRabada tops ODI bowling rankingsMay 30, 2017In “latest news”Pakistan move closer to direct qualification for 2019 World CupJune 19, 2017In “latest news”De Villiers back at No. 1 in ODI rankingsMarch 10, 2017In “latest news” India captain Virat Kohli surpassed AB de Villiers and David Warner to reclaim the top spot in the ICC rankings for ODI batsmen. Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, meanwhile, topped the ODI bowlers’ rankings for the first time in his career. South Africa quick Kagiso Rabada, who had gained the No.1 spot last month, dropped to fourth place.Virat Kohli had entered the Champions Trophy trailing top-ranked AB de Villers by 22 points (ICC (photo)Unbeaten knocks of 81 and 76 against Pakistan and South Africa in the ongoing Champions Trophy helped Kohli overtake Warner and de Villers, who had climbed to No.1 in March this year. Kohli, who had briefly held the No. 1 ranking in January, has a one-point lead over Warner. De Villiers, who had scores of 4, 0 and 16 in the Champions Trophy, dropped two places, and trails Warner by 14 points. Joe Root and Kane Williamson were ranked fourth and fifth respectively.Hazlewood, who took nine wickets in three Champions Trophy matches, became the first Australian to top the ODI bowlers’ rankings since Mitchell Starc in October 2015. Imran Tahir and Starc retained their second and third rankings respectively. Afghanistan legspinner Rashid Khan gained 18 places to surge to seventh.India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who is the leading run-getter in the Champions Trophy so far, leapfrogged five of his peers to return to the top ten. Dhawan scored 271 runs in three innings during the league stage of the tournament, with two fifties and a century.In the allrounders’ list, Ben Stokes gained one place to displace Mitchell Marsh at No. 6, while Shakib Al Hasan retained his place as the top ODI allrounder. Stokes did much better on the batting rankings, gaining nine points to climb to a career-best 20th, following an unbeaten 102 against Australia.South Africa, who exited the Champions Trophy after two losses in three league matches, retained their No. 1 spot on the team rankings, leading Australia and India by two points. England gained two points to climb to fourth and have a three-point lead over New Zealand. If the final of the Champions Trophy is contested between India and England, and if India win, they will secure a slim lead over South Africa and become the No. 1 ODI team.The ICC’s top 10Batsmen: 1. Virat Kohli, 2. David Warner, 3 AB de Villiers, 4 Joe Root, 5 Kane Williamson, 6 Quinton de Kock, 7 Faf du Plessis, 8 Babar Azam, 9 Martin Guptill, 10 Shikhar DhawanBowlers: 1. Josh Hazlewood, 2. Imran Tahir, 3 Mitchell Starc, 4 Kagiso Rabada, 5 Sunil Narine, 6 Trent Boult, 7 Rashid Khan, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Liam Plunkett, 10 Mohammad Nabi (ESPNCricinfo) read more

United Airlines will give passengers up to 10000 for giving up seats

first_img 16,640 Views By Paul Hosford Thursday 27 Apr 2017, 7:19 AM http://jrnl.ie/3360613 Short URL United Airlines will give passengers up to $10,000 for giving up seats on oversold flights But it will keep overselling tickets. 45 Comments Share14 Tweet Email2 Apr 27th 2017, 7:19 AM Image: AP Photo/David J. Phillip Image: AP Photo/David J. Phillip UNITED AIRLINES SAYS it will raise the limit — to $10,000 — on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and will increase training for employees as it deals with fallout from the video of a passenger being violently dragged from his seat.United is also vowing to reduce, but not eliminate, overbooking — the selling of more tickets than there are seats on the plane.The airline made the promises as it released a report detailing mistakes that led to the 9 April incident on a United Express plane in Chicago.United isn’t saying whether ticket sales have dropped since the removal of a 69-year-old passenger by three airport security officers, but the airline’s CEO admits it could be damaging.“I breached public trust with this event and how we responded,” Oscar Munoz told The Associated Press. “People are upset, and I suspect that there are a lot of people potentially thinking of not flying us.”ApologyTo head off customer defections, United had already announced that it will no longer call police to remove passengers from overbooked flights, and will require airline crews traveling for work to check in sooner.For United, the timing of the viral video could hardly have been worse. The airline struggled badly after a 2010 merger with Continental, enduring several technology breakdowns that angered customers. In the past year, however, the airline has flown more on-time flights and lost fewer bags. It recently rolled out plans for expanding service this summer.Instead of being commended for those signs of progress, however, it has faced more than two weeks of withering criticism and mockery. David Dao, the passenger injured when he was yanked from his seat, is almost certain to file a lawsuit.Munoz apologised again and faulted his own initial response, in which he defended airline employees and called Dao belligerent.“That first response was insensitive beyond belief,” Munoz said. “It did not represent how I felt,” saying that he got “caught up in facts and circumstances” that weren’t initially clear, instead of expressing his shock.IncidentIn the report, United provided new details about the incident. It said Flight 3411 to Louisville, Kentucky, was oversold by one ticket, but a volunteer gave up his seat. After passengers boarded, four crew members of Republic Airline, which operates many United Express flights, showed up late after their Louisville-bound plane was delayed by a mechanical problem.United said it was a mistake to let the Republic crew board late, which required removing four paying passengers; calling officers when there was no safety or security issue; and not offering enough money to entice volunteers to give up their seats.“We could have spent a lot of $10,000s and made that thing right,” Munoz said.United said it will reduce but not end the overbooking of flights. Munoz said if airlines can’t overbook flights there will be more empty seats and fares will rise. Delta CEO Ed Bastian called overselling flights “a valid business process.”Read: Fresh PR headache for United Airlines as giant rabbit dies on plane Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Golfe du Mexique une nouvelle fuite de pétrole causée par une collision

first_imgGolfe du Mexique : une nouvelle fuite de pétrole causée par une collisionGolfe du Mexique –  Une nouvelle fuite de pétrole s’est répandue dans le golfe du Mexique, au large de la Louisiane. Un bateau est en effet entré en collision avec un puits de pétrole, provoquant une fuite de brut.La collision a eu lieu dans un marécage uniquement accessible en bateau, situé à 104 kilomètres au sud de La Nouvelle-Orléans. Le puits appartenant à la compagnie texane Cedyco s’est fracturé après avoir été percuté par une barge baptisée “Captain Buford”, qui était elle-même tirée par un remorqueur. Les garde-côtes ont immédiatement envoyé des secours sur place.À lire aussiUn puits romain presque intact découvert en AngleterreCraignant un nouveau scandale, les autorités américaines se sont empressées de minimiser l’accident, assurant qu’il n’a aucun lien avec la marée noire provoquée par l’explosion et le naufrage de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon. “Des vapeurs de gaz et d’eau remontent à la surface” a indiqué Thad Allen chargé de la lutte contre la marée noire pour le gouvernement américain. Et d’évoquer une fine couche de pétrole visible en surface.Comme le souligne la garde-côte Mary Landry, de nombreuses ressources sont disponibles sur place, mobilisées autour de la marée noire, et ont donc pu être déployées rapidement pour réagir à l’accident. “Nous avons la situation sous contrôle. Il ne s’agit que d’un incident mineur par rapport aux efforts extraordinaires que nous déployons contre la marée noire de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon” a-t-elle assuré.Le 28 juillet 2010 à 15:50 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

GAMBIA COLLEGE PRINCIPAL ASSURES QUALITY EDUCATION As he Pledges to Change

first_imgBy SaikouSuwarehJabai The newly appointed Principal of the Gambia College, Mr. Jallow, has said that quality education lies on the top of his institution’s priority. Mr. Jallow, who since 2005, respectively rose through the ranks of lecturer, senior lecturer, deputy registrar, actingregistrar, and registrar, expressed his delight over his appointment to this prestigious position. As the then registrar, he said he has a smooth and gradual transition to his new office as he was virtually running the affairs of the college even though there was a general overseer. He unveiled plans of motivating his hardworking staff and improving the college’s infrastructural condition as some parts are dilapidated due to the intensive use as a result of rise in population. He said he is currently working with the Work Supervisor in trying to get some of the toilet systems changed from the flush nature to pit latrines which will later be emptied into septic tanks. This, he said, will be more effective and durable. Speaking on quality education, the principal said the college has now raised the entry requirement bar so as to enroll better students who will be well equipped teachers to serve the country. “If you improve on the quality of intakes, then you are likely to get better students and if you provide them with resources, they will use the resources better and eventually come out as qualitative graduates,” he noted. Asked to shed light on the late payment of stipends, Principal Jallow said it depends on when and how much money they have to share. He said the college is not financially strong enough to pay the stipends and as a result, it waits for subventions in order to settle the students. He said that money comes from the tax payer’s money and noted that the college is the only institution where one gets quality education for free and still gets paid during their course. The principal finally thanked the entire college community for the understanding and cooperation they have shown to his administration in their quest to make the Gambia College an internationally recommended center of academic excellence. Speaking to the Gambia College year 3 students recently during their passing out ceremony at the school, the Deputy Permanent Secretary for Programs at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Momodou S. Jallow, seized the opportunity to congratulate the principal on his new appointment. He said this development is as a result of the selfless national service Principal Jallow continues to render to the Gambia College and hoped that his new post will help him to accelerate the development of the institution in achieving its desired goals. He reiterated the principal’s take on quality education, saying the decision to raise the entry requirement bar is a clear manifestation of the college’s commitment to quality education.last_img read more

Fabianski happy with positive first week at West Ham

first_imgWest Ham’s new signing Lukasz Fabianski says his first week of pre-season training with the Hammers has been ‘intense’ but the goalkeeper insists he wouldn’t have it any other way.The 33-year-old started work within hours of meeting the squad, relishing his new challenge. “It’s been cool,” the shot-stopper told the official club’s website.“It’s been my first week of pre-season and I think I’ve had to jump straight in with my new team-mates. “It’s been really intense to be honest, but that has been really useful for me as it’s given me a chance to get to know the other players and people around the Club, and how they work. It’s been a really positive week.”What we learned from day 2 of the Premier League? Taimoor Khan – August 20, 2019 The new Premier League season is only two weeks old but it has already taught us a few things that could define the campaign….Fabianski was full of praise for the Chilean boss, citing his precision and attention to detail in every session. He continued:“He’s a very well organised manager when it comes to preparing everything. When you walk into training you know exactly how your day and the session is going to look. “His training methods are spot-on as well. You can see what he wants from the team and what he demands from us in every training session. That’s what you expect from a top manager, and he’s certainly a top manager.”last_img read more

Karimnagar Bakrid festival of faith sacrifice

first_imgKarimnagar: Muslims across Karimnagar district on Monday offered special prayers at mosques on Bakrid, festival of sacrifice, with gaiety and religious fervour. Muslim societies along with Eidgah committees organised the festival prayers at various locations in Karimnagar city. The leaders of Muslim societies gave Bakrid message to the followers. They appealed the Muslims to live peacefully and harmoniously with people of other communities. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us Speaking to The Hans India, a veterinary employee Md Yakub Khan said Bakrid is one of the most important festivals in the Muslim calendar. It commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son on Allah’s command. ‘According to the Islamic belief, Allah wanted to test Ibrahim and told him to sacrifice his son Ismail. He agreed to do it, but found his paternal feelings hard to suppress. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us So, he blindfolded himself before putting Ismail at the altar on Mount Mina near Mecca. When he removed his blindfold after the sacrifice, he saw his son standing in front of him.On the alter lay slaughtered a lamb.’It is in honor of this test of faith that Muslims around the world sacrifice animals on the occasion to show their faith in Allah, he added.Soon after the morning prayers, thousands of devotees sacrificed goats and meat was donated to the poor in the spirit of sacrifice. The biggest crowds were seen at various mosques, Idgahs and locations where special arrangements were made for offering prayers and the people found greeting each other on the occasion.last_img read more

After Vijay Nayantharas clip from Thalapathy 63 shooting spot goes viral

first_imgNayanthara waving hands towards crowd on Thalapathy 63 sets.Screen shot from the videoThe fans of Vijay have been getting one or the other updates about his next movie, presently referred to as Thalapathy 63, in the recent past. His recent clip from the sets when he saved fans from collapsing fence had went viral. Now, yet another video from the sets have sent fans into a tizzy.In the latest clip, the actress is seen waving her hands towards the crowd before commencing her work. Well, the fans are not complaining even though it is a 15-second footage. As per the buzz, Nayanthara, who joined the shooting on 11 March, is taking part in a song shoot. [Crawl down to see the video]If it is not enough, Vijay’s yet another clip from the sets have surfaced on the internet. Like the previous clips, Thalapathy waves his hands towards the fans before bidding goodbye to them.The Thalapathy 63 team headed by director Atlee Kumar is filming an important portion at a private college on the outskirts of Chennai. It is said to be a long schedule and the filming is going as per their plans.The team has completed a significant portion, thereby paving way for the rumours of early release of Thalapathy 63. The film is scheduled for Diwali release and the speculations had claimed that the flick might release in August. Actress #Nayanthara from #Thalapathy63 Spot. @Thalapathy63Off #NayantharaFans #NayantharaU @NayantharaU #Vijay63 pic.twitter.com/ci0JJKO95x— #Thalapathy63 (@Thalapathy63Off) March 15, 2019However, the makers of the movie clarified that Thalapathy 63 would release as scheduled before and there was no change in their plans. Exclusive : Today’s Video of #Thalapathy #Vijay ❤️ From #Thalapathy63 Spot. @vijayofficials #Vijay63 pic.twitter.com/fL19XbruNC— #Thalapathy63 (@vijayofficials) March 15, 2019AGS Entertainment-produced film has Yogi Babu, Kathir, Daniel Balaji and others are in the cast.Coming back to Nayanthara, she is reuniting with Vijay after a gap of 10 years. The actress, who had done a special number in his Sivakasi, had shared screen space in Villu.last_img read more

Future Group acquires furniture retailer FabFurnish

first_imgKishore Biyani-led Future Group has acquired FabFurnish (Alix Retail Pvt. Ltd) in an all cash deal, according to reports. The acquisition of an India-based start-up, which sells furniture on internet, marks the retail giant’s foray into e-marketplace.”Today I operate in only 20 cities (through Home Town). Now I can operate all over India,” Biyani told the Economic Times, emphasising the potential internet and smartphone growth in the country hold.The buyout could range between Rs.15 crore and Rs. 20 crore in cash to the Rocket Internet-backed start-up, reported the Mint, citing two sources privy to the deal. It added that the Future Group will retain the FabFurnish brand and will use the store’s online platform to take its Home Town retail stores online.The acquisition is expected to bunch together all of Future Group’s home furnishings and decor services under the FabFurnish brand. It will, in turn, make the combined entity India’s largest home décor e-marketplace. Biyani said Home Town is expected to become a Rs. 800 crore – Rs. 100 crore business by the end of the current financial year.Without hiding his inhibition on the global furnishing giant IKEA’s India entry next year, Biyani said his company was readying itself with internet technology acting as its “bulwark.” “We are creating the largest home furnishings company in the country. Ikea is coming in, and it will take them at least two to three years to become a Rs 1,000 crore company, and we are already there,” he told the ET.The daily reported that senior executive from the Future Group and the chief of Home Town could provide leadership to the merged entity. The 100 odd employees at FabFurnish will be retained in whole, and deployed to fight the competition from newer rivals such as Pepperfry and Urban Ladder, said reports. Incidentally, Ratan Tata has an investment in Urban Ladder, and Goldman Sachs in PepperFry. Both the furnishing start-ups received fresh round of funding last year alone to the tune of $40 million and $100 million, respectively.Though an early starter in India’s online furniture retailing segment, FabFurnish could not sustain its market share and was losing to competition from the better funded rivals. In fact, for long it had raised the suitability of the business model its Berlin-based incubator, Rocket Internet, had followed in India. Rocket’s other venture, online fashion retail company Jabong, is in look out for buyers too.last_img read more

Paytm to merge its wallet business with proposed payments bank

first_imgDigital payment services company Paytm is planning to merge its wallet services with the proposed payment bank in the near future to comply with the norms of the Reserve Bank of India before launching banking operations.According to a report in the Economic Times, the firm will merge the entity after receiving necessary regulatory approvals. “As per the directions of RBI, the company will transfer its wallet business to the newly-incorporated Paytm Payments Bank Limited (PPBL) after receipt of necessary approvals,” the report quoted a spokeswoman of Paytm as saying.Paytm, which is owned by One 97 Communications, has two major businesses — namely payments business and commerce marketplace. RBI has issued payments bank license in the name of Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma who holds 51 percent stake in the proposed entity with rest being held by One 97 Communications. According to reports, Sharma has invested Rs 112 crore for a majority stake in the payments bank.”Banks have their own mobile wallets, so it should not be a problem for Paytm to have its wallet business merged with the payments bank business. However, in line with regulatory requirements, the company has had to segregate its e-commerce business from the payments business,” the report quoted Bhavik Hathi, managing director of consultancy firm Alvarez & Marsal, as saying.On the launch of operations of Paytm’s payment bank, the report quoting company officials as stating that the company was in the process of obtaining final approval from the RBI and would commence operations post these approvals.Interestingly, Paytm has emerged as a major beneficiary of the government’s demonetisation move. According to the company, it has witnessed over 5 million transactions on a daily basis with a peak of Rs 120 crore worth of transaction on a single day after banning of high-value currencies.In August last year, the central bank issued licenses to 11 entities, including Airtel, Paytm, FINO, Department of Post and Reliance Industries, to set up payment banks. Recently, Airtel was the first entity to start operations of its payment bank.Payment banks will only accept deposits with no provision of giving out loans to clients. While it can open both savings and current accounts, credit card issuances are not allowed.last_img read more

Best bitcoin trading platforms in India Heres where you can buy sell

first_imgBitcoin, Ethereum are types of cryptocurrencies availableReutersEven though people are talking about bitcoin and other forms of virtual currencies, the true understanding of cryptocurrency is often lost in the translation. But that doesn’t hinder the spiking interest into the whole new world of the digital form of currencies – that has received its fair share of praise and criticism over the months.On one hand, we read about investors buying millions worth of bitcoins and on the other hand, bitcoin skeptics are getting louder. Besides cryptocurrency trading, mining of the virtual currencies is a popularising notion among the techies and also a gateway for hackers to utilize computing power from devices of unsuspecting victims and organizations. Of course, there are risks involved in the business, but investors are also finding fruitful results with cryptocurrency trading.If you’ve been thrilled by all the talk about bitcoin, ripple, litecoin and other forms of cryptocurrencies in India but have no idea how to get started, there are two ways – mining and trading. Since mining is a complicated process for technically-challenged to understand, let’s give you the best options that’ll get you started with crypto trading.The most important step is to find a suitable trading platform that you are comfortable with and you can trust. A good amount of internet search can yield some knowledge, but there’s a risk of being lured by biased posts. Here are some bitcoin trading platforms that allow buying and selling of bitcoin and other forms of cryptocurrencies in India.UnocoinUnocoin is a multi-cryptoasset exchange platform that lets you buy, sell, store, use and accept cryptoassets such as Bitcoin Gold, Bitcoin Cash, litecoin, ripple, ethereum, and bitcoin. With this platform, users get full-featured mobile bitcoin app in addition to the website, access to real-time bitcoin market prices and instantaneous trading transactions. Unocoin is a bitcoin trading platform in IndiaPR handoutAs a limited period offer on Unocoin, traders can avail zero percent transaction fee till February 28, 2018, which is a strong USP for the platform. Unocoin supports various payment methods including bank transfers, PayUmoney balance and net banking.ZebPayZebPay is an equivalent alternative to Unocoin with identical features. There are mobile apps for Android and iOS for easy trading on mobile phones. ZebPay exchange has received mixed reviews from its users, mostly involving the speed, fees and delays in KYC. But the platform is trusted by many and also serves the purpose for bitcoin trading in India.ZebPay lets you buy bitcoins by transferring funds from your band using NEFT, RTGs and IMPS.CoinsecureCoinsecure lets you trade online via its website as well as mobile app. It has a quite positive reputation in the bitcoin trading industry and it’s quite handy when it comes to using its features and interface. The platform lets you have two-factor authentication, trade for as low as Rs 100 and has 0.4 percent charges on trades. CoinsecureFacebook/CoinsecureCoinomeCoinome has been widely recommended by traders within the BTC community. But it’s not entirely a trading platform where you can buy or sell bitcoin, but merely a way to connect users. With backing from BillDesk, instant eKYC using Aadhaar and instant withdrawals on weekdays, Coinome is seen as a perfect fit for traders who’d like to keep all BTC transactions at their fingertips.There are no apps for this platform, but it can be accessed via the website.KoinexFinally, we have Koinex – another name in the bitcoin trading sector with mixed reviews from its users. The positive reviews favor the availability of bitcoins, allowing easy purchases and the negativity is drawn by its comparatively high transaction fees.Security is a top priority with OTP verification and PAN card is mandatory to use the platform. It offers both web and mobile access, but only through Android smartphones.last_img read more

Never too late 1984 victims to get Rs 5L compensation

first_imgThe riot victims who have been pleading for justice since the last 30 years during the UPA regime has failed to draw the much needed attention from the previous government. Now, with the NDA government extending all cooperation to the riot victims, kin of those killed heaved a sigh of relief with an expectation to get a more dignified social acceptance in coming years.  Sources said, the order was passed by home minister Rajnath Singh, who took the decision after a high-level meeting where the issue of compensation to civilian victims of communal, terrorist or Naxal violence was discussed threadbare. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIApart from 1984 riot victims, Singh has also increased the compensation to civilian victims of communal, terrorist or Naxal violence from Rs three lakh to Rs five lakh. So far, next of kin of persons killed or civilians who suffered permanent incapacitation as a result of such violence were paid Rs 3 lakh as per provisions of the Central Scheme for Assistance to Civilian Victims of Terrorist, Communal, Naxal violence since 2008.‘Assistance would be given to the surviving spouse in case of death or permanent incapacitation of the husband or the wife, as the case may be. If both the husband and the wife died in same incident of violence, the family would be entitled to get the assistance, in each case,’ Ministry spokesperson said. Families of the victims would be eligible to get assistance under the scheme even if they have received any other assistance, by way of payment of ex-gratia or any other type of relief from the government or any other source except when a similar scheme is already being implemented by the Central government. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindAs per ministry statistics, the union government had disbursed Rs 6.12 crore as compensation to civilian victims in 204 incidents of terrorist, communal and naxal violence in 2011-12 and Rs 3.99 crore to civilian victims in 133 such incidents in 2012-13. No reimbursement could be made to any civilian victims in incidents of terrorist, communal and Naxal violence during 2013-14 and 2014-15 (till July) as state governments did not send the proposals.last_img read more

Injecting hormone can make ageing muscles young and active

first_imgOsteocalcin, a bone hormone produced during exercise, tends to decline with age in women at the age of 30 and in men at age 50.The findings showed that during exercise in mice and humans, the level of osteocalcin in the blood increases depending on how old the organism is. Osteocalcin increased the capacity of exercise in the older mice. Also, the bone-derived hormone was found powerful enough to reconstitute, in older animals, the muscle function of young animals. “Our bones are making a hormone called osteocalcin that provides an explanation for why we can exercise,” said Gerard Karsenty, Geneticist at the Columbia University Medical Center in the US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For the study, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, the team tested mice that were genetically engineered to investigate whether osteocalcin levels were affecting exercise performance. In three-month-old adult mice, osteocalcin levels spiked approximately four times the amount that the levels in 12-month-old mice did when the rodents ran for 40 minutes on a treadmill. The three-month-old mice could run for about 1,200 meters before becoming exhausted, while the 12-month-old mice could only run half of that distance. However, when old mice whose osteocalcin levels had naturally decreased with age were injected with osteocalcin, their running performance matched that of the healthy three-month-old mice. The older mice were able to run about 1,200 meters before becoming exhausted. “Osteocalcin is the only known bone-derived hormone that increases exercise capacity. This may be one way to treat age-related decline in muscle function in humans,” Karsenty noted.last_img read more

Bosses with mood swingsmake workers anxious

first_imgDoes your boss switch between being friendly and nasty at the drop of a hat? It may make you more anxious than having an employer who is in a bad mood all the time, a study conducted in India and the UK has found. Not being able to predict how their boss is going to act towards them has a detrimental effect on the productivity of workers, researchers said.Far from the stereotypical view that ruthless and unsympathetic managers cause the greatest issues for employees, researchers from the University of Exeter in the UK showed that bosses who switch between being friendly and severe at the drop of a hat are actually most damaging. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfExperts found even a poor but consistent relationship with managers was better for workers than one that was influenced by mood swings.The impact is worse when colleagues don’t have a supportive relationship with their co-workers.Academics measured how “ambivalent” staff felt about their manager to what extent they had both positive and negative views about them.”The focus is usually on trying to work out if relationships between staff and bosses are good or bad, but they can sometimes be both, and it is important to measure that,” said Allan Lee, from University of Exeter in the UK. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Bosses reward and punish their workers, and this has an impact on self-esteem. If their staff have to adopt different roles at different times because they have a manager who can be both nasty and nice they view him or her in an ambivalent way,” Lee said.”If your boss is both pleasant and unpleasant to be around it is hard to know what they think about you, and if you can’t predict how they will act,” he said. “This makes it hard to trust them. This creates negative emotions and makes staff feel anxious, causing poor performance at work,” he added. The study shows employees can compensate for an ambivalent relationship with their boss if they have a good relationship with other colleagues.Researchers carried out four surveys in three companies two in the UK and one in India, asking what they thought about their bosses and how they performed in different tasks.The 320 staff who took part worked in a service centre, providing telephone-based customer service support or outsourced human resources services and other business tasks. A total of 60 teams of staff were examined, they shared a single supervisor but worked independently of each other.last_img read more

Samsung Unveils Next Generation Gear Smartwatches Ahead of Mobile Conference

first_imgPerhaps the biggest difference between the first and second generations of Samsung’s smartwatch is that the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will run Tizen, an open source, Linux-based operating system. Their predesessor runs Google’s Android OS. February 23, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Tizen is a collaborative project between Samsung and Intel that is designed to give users a uniform experience across devices, the companies say. As noted last week, Samsung plans to present an updated HTML5 version of Tizen at the Mobile World Conference. Related: Android? Nope. iOS? No Way. Samsung’s Newest Smart Watch Will Use a Different Operating System.  There are a few visually noticeable differences in the new iteration of Gear. First, Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo have a more lightweight design. In Gear 2, the camera has been relocated from the wristband — where it’s situated on the first Gear — to the watch’s main body. Gear 2 Neo doesn’t have a camera. The new smartwatches will feature a standalone music player, so users can listen to music on the watches without being connected to a smartphone. They will also come with a  heart rate sensor and a pedometer.center_img Otherwise, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo seem much like the first generation Gear. The two new Gear watches will be available to customers starting in April, Samsung says. 2 min read Register Now » Gear 2 will be available in Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange. Gear 2 Neo will come in Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange. Related: Why This Will Be a Huge Year for Wearable Tech  A day ahead of the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Spain, tech giant Samsung pulled back the virtual curtain on the next generation Gear smartwatches. Yes, smartwatches. Plural. They are called the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo.last_img read more