Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles05:18After the Typhoon Part 201:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ “I was really disappointed in the first three games,” said the Russian. “I felt I was a bit unlucky and really believe if I had turned those points round and won the games, it may have been a different match. I was a little down on myself and missed more than I should.”The Russian fought harder in a second set that went with serve until the 12th and final game.Yet she failed to earn a break point in the match and appeared outclassed in her first Premier-level final since Moscow in 2015. Semifinal opponent Angelique Kerber was the only seed she faced this week before third-seeded Wozniacki.“It’s disappointing to lose no matter which round it is, even more disappointing in the final,” said Pavlyuchenkova, who needed three sets to win all four of her matches en route to the final.“I felt a little flat due to the previous matches. I didn’t have so much energy left.”ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients “This was my seventh final of the year — it gets harder to get that last win,” said world No. 6 Wozniacki, who has now won at least one title every year since 2008. “I’ve been putting myself in a position to win all year. It was really important for me to stay focused and positive.”Wozniacki had crushed world No.1 Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-0 in the semifinals and a similar score looked on the cards here Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The court suits my game. She plays powerfully so it was important for me to make her move around early on. In the first set everything was going my way. In the second set she served better, so it was tricky for me to break.”The first set lasted only 20 minutes as Pavlyuchenkova struggled to get a foothold. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Jarin on NU loss: ‘Adamson guards outplayed us’ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Read Next View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark poses with the winner’s plate after beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO — Caroline Wozniacki overwhelmed Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-0, 7-5 to retain her Pan Pacific Open title on Sunday.The victory gives Wozniacki, also champion in Tokyo in 2010, her first title of the year. The Dane had lost all six of her previous finals in 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
Much before the Indian cricket board (BCCI) became a superpower the decision making was carried out by a sacrosanct BCCI working committee.On matters that needed a resolution, a BCCI Special General Meeting (SGM) comprising of all state associations would be convened. One such meeting is scheduled this Sunday.On the agenda is formulation of BCCI’s next move after the setback at ICC with the most powerful cricket board hopelessly outvoted on revenue and governance matters.Over the years the BCCI head ruled over ICC but following the legal turbulence of the last three years the balance of power has turned away.There is a bit of iffy’ air amongst a powerful bunch of thick skinned administrators. They want to use the strong arm tactics of old with the ICC but know there is a third umpire in the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) watching.The COA has made it clear any decision against the interest of Indian cricket (pulling out from Champions trophy) will force them to appeal to the Apex Court again.The elected BCCI members who range from top politicians to business magnates haven’t found themselves more powerless before. Even if they resolve to implement the lingering threat of pulling the Indian team out of the Champions trophy, the courts may have a final say on the matter.Yet some find reasons to stay upbeat; taking solace from the fact that at least the decks are cleared over their SGM participation, albeit temporarily.Niranjan Shah, the 72 year old Saurashtra Cricket boss confirms he will attend.advertisement”I will attend the SGM. I chaired the NCA meeting also the other day,” he says.This after the COA clarified that in the absence of any Supreme Court directive on the member’s eligibility for meetings they would not bar any association representative from attending.”Since the Hon’ble Supreme Court has not yet decided the issues raised in the Third Status Report, the Committee of Administrators is refraining from issuing any direction which has the effect of barring any Members and/or their nominees/ representatives from participating in any Special General Meeting or Annual General Meeting at this stage,” goes the COA’s latest communication to BCCI member units.That opens the window for former BCCI and ICC boss N Srinivasan as well. He may be ineligible to be a BCCI office bearer on various counts but the specific Court directive on his SGM participation representing Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) would not come before Court proceedings resume in July. “We haven’t decided yet. There are still a few days to go for the SGM,” says TNCA Secretary Kasi Viswanathan.Association representatives at BCCI SGM don’t have to be office bearers in those bodies so many other members of the BCCI old guard like former President Anurag Thakur, former Treasurer MP Pandove could attend if they wish. But most of them are aware all this is only to stay relevant in cricket administration. With the third umpire watching there is little room left to manoeuvre or dictate terms anymore.
JAZZ 108, KNICKS 101SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rudy Gobert scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Utah rallied to defeat New York.The Jazz snapped a three-game losing streak, while the Knicks dropped their third in a row.Gobert carried the Jazz throughout with the 7-foot-1 Frenchman scoring off pick-and-rolls, offensive rebound put-backs and even going full-court for a dunk after a steal. The Jazz struggled on offense, but Gobert connected on 13 of 14 shots.Gordon Hayward finished with 19 points and eight rebounds for the Jazz.Kristaps Porzingis led New York with 24 points, while Derrick Rose added 17 and Carmelo Anthony tallied 16.TweetPinShare0 Shares BUCKS 116, KINGS 98SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) — Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points, 13 rebounds and six assists for Milwaukee, which cruised to a victory over Sacramento.The win moved the Bucks into a tie with Indiana for the sixth spot, one game behind fifth-place Atlanta in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race. The Bucks have been the NBA’s hottest team the past three weeks, winning 10 of 12 games.Greg Monroe had 15 points for the Bucks, who have won two straight and four of five. Mirza Teletovic and Khris Middleton had 13 points each and Malcolm Brogdon had 12.The Bucks swept the season series from the Kings with a 116-98 win last night!! #OwnTheFuture pic.twitter.com/kxl3Ef15DM— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) March 23, 2017Rookie Buddy Hield had 21 points and Tyreke Evans added 18 for the Kings. Arron Afflalo and Garrett Temple had 12 points each.OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook recorded his 35th triple-double of the season with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder cruised to a 122-97 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.The Thunder have won 16 straight games against Philadelphia, a run that stretches to the 2008-09 season, the franchise’s first in Oklahoma City.Westbrook, who made all six of his field-goal attempts and all six of his free throws, has recorded five triple-doubles against Philadelphia, his highest total against any NBA team.He needs six triple-doubles in Oklahoma City’s final 11 games to tie Oscar Robertson’s single-season record, set during the 1961-62 season.Nik Stauskas led the 76ers with 20 points, reaching the 20-point mark in consecutive games for the first time in his career.NUGGETS 126, CAVALIERS 113DENVER (AP) — Wilson Chandler scored 18 points in his return from a pulled groin and provided stellar defense on LeBron James in Denver’s victory over Cleveland.The Nuggets bounced back from consecutive heartbreaking last-second losses to Houston with a signature win that increased their lead to 1 1/2 games over idle Portland in the race for the final playoff spot in the West.Will Barton scored 20 points, Kenneth Faried added 17 and Jamal Murray had 15 off the bench for Denver, which also got 21 points from Gary Harris and 16 from Nikola Jokic.Kyrie Irving lead the Cavs with 33 points but James had just 18 and the two stars sat out much of the fourth quarter with Cleveland trailing by double digits.CELTICS 109, PACERS 100BOSTON (AP) — Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points, Avery Bradley had 18 with eight rebounds and Boston beat Indiana night for its fifth win in six games.Al Horford added 15 points with eight boards and eight assists, and Jae Crowder also scored 15 points for Boston, which won for the 12th time in 13 home games.Paul George led the Pacers with 37 points and Jeff Teague had 25. Indiana has alternated by winning and losing in its last 15 games.BULLS 117, PISTONS 95CHICAGO (AP) — Nikola Mirotic scored a season-high 28 points as Chicago beat Detroit.Mirotic shot 12 of 15 and made 4 of 6 3-point attempts to lead Chicago to an easy win after dropping eight of 10.Jimmy Butler added 16 points and 12 assists. Joffrey Lauvergne filled in for suspended center Robin Lopez and outplayed Andre Drummond with 17 points and seven rebounds. Rookie Paul Zipser added a career-high 15 points.HORNETS 109, MAGIC 102ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 22 points and Marco Belinelli came off the bench to add 20 as Charlotte pulled off a fourth-quarter comeback to defeat Orlando.Orlando entered the fourth quarter with a five-point lead but Frank Kaminsky came off the bench to score 13 of his 18 points and Walker added eight points to help the Hornets outscore the Magic 32-20 in the final quarter. Cody Zeller also had 15 points and Nicolas Batum added 10.Terrence Ross led five Magic in double figures with 19 points while Nikola Vucevic had 14 points and 12 rebounds.WIZARDS 104, HAWKS 100WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 28 points and John Wall added all 22 of his in the second half to help Washington over Atlanta.Wall also had 10 assists on a night he shot just 6 of 21 from the floor, including two assists to Beal during a late 14-2 run that helped Washington ensure victory after Atlanta had led by as many as 12 early.Ian Mahinmi had 10 rebounds off the bench as the Wizards used a 55-44 edge on the glass to overcome 40 percent shooting.Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 29 points and Dennis Schroder had 18 to lead the Hawks, who fell to their fifth consecutive defeat.
Pinterest It was, perhaps, inevitable that Robbie Williams would begin the 2018 World Cup opening ceremony by singing Let Me Entertain You, rather than Party Like a Russian, the 2016 single that reportedly caused a certain amount of disquiet in the titular nation. It was certainly a robust opening for British viewers, but one wondered if it had quite the impact for the rest of the world: Williams’s stardom has been largely confined to Europe and isn’t of the wattage it once was. Still, nothing hung around long enough to get dull – Let Me Entertain You faded into the soprano Aida Garifullina warbling on the back of a “firebird” for a few seconds before Williams returned for a snippet of Feel, before Garifullina joined him for, inevitably, Angels. “And through it all she offers me protection,” Williams sang, echoing the prayers of flair players towards referees. Read more World Cup 2018: Opening ceremony and Russia’s flying start – in pictures features Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Then there are the scores of unofficial songs: from Rasputin Rebooted by the Stars House Band, featuring Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefsand the former cricketer Andrew Flintoff, a song so awful it managed a total of 3,540 views on YouTube as of Thursday lunchtime. Rather better is Chin Up, by hipsters du jour Rhythm Method, though don’t expect it to be echoing round the streets, sung lustily by post-pub gangs of drunk fans.Old music, too, gets a push. World Cup advertising campaigns get built around music – for people of a certain age, Massive Attack’s Inertia Creeps isn’t so much an expression of dread as the accompaniment to Adidas’s 1998 World Cup campaign – and the money that flows in from “syncs” to advertisements is a major revenue stream in this age of declining sales. World Cup Robbie Williams and the Russian soprano Aida Garifullina during the World Cup opening ceremony. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images Share on Twitter Topics Twitter The whole thing – compact, based around partial songs rather than a dragged-out epic – felt based not on the self-conscious pomposity of Olympics opening ceremonies, but the tightly scheduled wham-bam of Super Bowl half-time shows. Albeit this was a Super Bowl half-time show done on a fraction of the budget. There were no bonkers mass dance displays, but there were women in some Fifa-approved bastardised national costumes. (Williams, it emerged later, flipped the bird during his version of Rock DJ, although this was missed by ITV in the UK who were already focusing on the football.) And a man in a wolf suit giving high fives to Ronaldo – the original one – and a child identified in Fifa’s official schedule only as “kid”. Presumably all those Fifa riches were heading straight for grassroots football projects even as Ronaldo and “kid” grinned awkwardly at each other. It was short, it was mostly painless. And it was completely pointless.But the opening ceremony was just the spearhead of a month in which the music business will expect to make serious money. Williams and his label, Universal, will be hoping for the massive increase in sales and streams that traditionally follow a globally televised appearance; the official World Cup song – Live It Up, by Nicky Jam featuring Will Smith and Era Istrefi – will doubtless get it little boost after being played throughout the tournament. But away from the Luzhniki Stadium, the industry is gearing up for a lucrative month.For starters, Live It Up isn’t the only “official anthem” of this World Cup. Tournament sponsor Coca-Cola has its own “official anthem” – Colors, by Jason Derulo and Maluma. Telemundo, which holds the Spanish-language broadcast rights to the tournament in the US, has released J Balvin and Michael Brun’s Positivo – an old song with repurposed lyrics – as its World Cup anthem. And there are three more songs that appear to have been given “official” status, too, originally with the intention of there being a Fifa-sanctioned album, though there’s been no sign of it yet. Still, that pales in comparison with the nine – nine! – songs that were granted official status one way or another for the 2014 World Cup. Share on Pinterest Robbie Williams This year, Beats by Dré has commissioned a four-minute mini-movie directed by Guy Ritchie called Made Defiant, telling the “origin stories” of World Cup stars – and soundtracked by hip-hop star Anderson .Paak. You can also expect to hear AC/DC on Coca-Cola ads and Major Lazer on Pepsi ads. Even the streaming services aren’t letting up, with Deezer and Apple creating World Cup-themed playlists. And a nation awaits what lachrymose power ballads BBC and ITV have chosen for their montage sequences (Oasis, of course, claimed to have written Stop Crying Your Heart Out in expectation of it accompanying England’s exit from the 2002 World Cup).But what British audiences hear will be just a fraction of the World Cup’s musical spread. The combination of Latin American music’s booming popularity around the world and the fevered obsession with football in South America means that this could be a massive tournament for the music industry there: it’s no coincidence that both Fifa’s and Coca-Cola’s songs feature Latin artists – Nicky Jam and Maluma. This could be the reggaeton World Cup. Certainly, by the time the tournament finishes on 15 July, no one will be talking about Robbie Williams. Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Robbie Williams ‘selling soul to dictator Putin’ in World Cup gig Facebook World Cup 2018 View gallery Reuse this content
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)Speculation about Urban Meyer’s future as Ohio State’s head football coach has been rampant for much of the 2018 regular season.Meyer, of course, was suspended at the start of the season for his role in the Zach Smith scandal, and there are some who think the Buckeyes’ head coach hasn’t looked right this year.The Ohio State head coach has sternly clapped back at any of this talk. He says he’ll be coaching at Ohio State in 2019.Meyer’s wife, Shelley, appears to be on board with that, too.Check out her latest message to the Ohio State head coach:“Keep going, Urbs. You can do this,” she wrote.Keep going, Urbs. You can do this. ? https://t.co/pXN0hFit8z— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) November 13, 2018OK then.Ohio State is set to play Maryland this weekend before hosting Michigan in Columbus on Thanksgiving weekend.The Buckeyes, 9-1, remain in Big Ten championship and College Football Playoff contention.
India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 29, 2019UPDATED: August 29, 2019 16:11 IST Every year on August 29, India celebrates National sports day. This year PM Modi has launched the Fit India Movement(Image Courtesy – Reuters (r))Every year on August 29, India celebrates its National sports day. The day is celebrated to honor the legendary hockey player Major Dhyan Chand Singh. Te day is observed to spread awareness on the importance of sports and daily activities in everyone’s life.This year, on the occasion of National Sports Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Fit India Movement’ . He has asked everyone to take up sports as it has a direct connection with fitness and fitness is necessary for a healthy life.History of National Sports Day Dhyan Chand Singh joined the army at an early age and learned the game of hockey from his coach Pankaj Gupta. He quickly picked up the technique of ball dribbling which led him to became the captain of the Indian Hockey team. Due to his extraordinary skills, he was named as ‘Chand’.During his sports career, he has won 3 Olympic medals and till date, he remains the only hockey player who has won Padma Bhushan award. His lifetime awards and achievements in sports are considered as the highest point in the history of Indian sportsNational Sports Day 2019Just like every year, this year too, two athletes have been nominated by the Selection Committee for sports awards in highest sporting honor in the country – Khel Ratna.Wrestler Bajrang Punia and Rio Paralympics silver medalist Deepa Malik has been nominated for the award. Wrestler Bajrang Punia and Rio Paralympics silver medalist Deepa Malik have been nominated for the Khel Ratna award.advertisementFit India MovementOn the occasion of National Sports Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the ‘Fit India Campain’. It is a nationwide campaign and it aims to encourage people to inculcate physical activity and sports in their everyday lives.UGC has issued a letter to inform all the universities to prepare for the ‘Fit India Movement’. A committee comprising government officials, members of Indian Olympic Association (IOA), national sports federations, private bodies, and fitness promoters was also formed to advise the government on the Fit India Movement.The 28-member committee, under the chairmanship of sports minister Kiren Rijiju, has 12 members from the government, including secretaries of Sports, Secondary Education, Ayush, Youth Affairs, among others.Read: 1992 Summer Olympics: What happened on this day in the historyRead: National Sports Day: 5 women athletes who made India proud in 2019Read: Odisha college student creates history, wins first-ever gold at Worldskills contest in RussiaRead: Indian team creates history at 45th WorldSkills event in Russia, wins 4 medals Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKaran Yadav Tags :Follow National Sports DayFollow fit india movement National Sports Day: History, significance and Fit India Movement Every year on August 29, India celebrates National sports day. This year PM Modi has launched the Fit India Movement.advertisement Next
“So, the assessment is not solely about a group of persons looking at your product for relevance, design and aesthetics. There’s also a programme in which we have presenters speaking to our audience, generally about know-hows that they will find useful,” Mrs McDonald Riley adds. Story Highlights Currently, corporate gifts are either purchased directly from overseas or sourced from local businesses that import items and add value through limited printing (hot stamp or screen-printing) locally. The Tourism Linkages Network will be staging its ‘Christmas in July’ trade show on July 19 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. The Tourism Linkages Network will be staging its ‘Christmas in July’ trade show on July 19 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.The event is held annually to encourage the purchase of more locally made products by stakeholders in the hospitality sector and corporate Jamaica who are looking for suitable gifts for clients and staff.Speaking with JIS News, Director of the Tourism Linkages Network, Carolyn McDonald Riley, says patrons at this year’s event will be treated to a new feature called an artisan village.“This year, we are looking at putting in an artisan village. This is one of the innovative ideas coming out of the Ministry of Tourism. What you’ll be able to see is the product in the making. So, you will be able to actually watch people making a product from start to finish. These are the real manufacturers, and, yes, there’ll be some finished products from them,” she notes.In addition to the new feature, the Linkages Network has expanded the list of buyers who will be at the event to order gifts.“Previously, we mostly had corporate Jamaica or the diplomatic community and gift shop from the hotel industry. This time, we have expanded it to… persons in the pharmaceutical industry, because we are also having an increase in health and wellness products and nutraceuticals,” the Director tells JIS News.Persons interested in participating in the ‘Christmas in July’ trade show have already submitted their applications, which will be assessed by a Committee on May 31.“There’s a Committee in place that looks at the design, durability, material appropriateness, packaging, labelling, cost price, functionality, product relevance, design influence and also to ensure for the person’s benefit, copyright industrial design protection,” Mrs McDonald Riley informs.The assessment session will be held at the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) incubation centre, Marcus Garvey Drive.“It’s not just about an assessment of products. We have presentation in terms of persons who speak to branding, persons who speak to marketing, and persons who speak to how you sell your products [and] how you close a deal,” she says.“So, the assessment is not solely about a group of persons looking at your product for relevance, design and aesthetics. There’s also a programme in which we have presenters speaking to our audience, generally about know-hows that they will find useful,” Mrs McDonald Riley adds.Meanwhile, the Director says new products will be on display at this year’s event.“Each year, we have more than half of the entrants bringing new products to the market. We are looking forward to having new products and new innovations, and we are also looking forward to the public to come out and support our manufacturers of these wonderful products,” she says.She informs that for this year’s staging of Christmas in July, a lot more operators are expected to come out and view the gifting solutions available.Corporate gifting in Jamaica is a multimillion-dollar business, which includes, but is not limited to, gifts at Christmas, gifts at conferences and tokens for promotional activities.Currently, corporate gifts are either purchased directly from overseas or sourced from local businesses that import items and add value through limited printing (hot stamp or screen-printing) locally.Christmas in July is an initiative of the Tourism Linkages Network of the Ministry of Tourism, JBDC, Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA), Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA).
zoom Stolt-Nielsen Limited (SNI) has announced that Stolt-Nielsen Gas Ltd. (SNG), SunLNG Holding Ltd. (SunLNG) and LNGaz Ltd. have agreed to form a new start-up focused on the development of small-scale LNG liquefaction and logistics services in Bécancour, Québec, Canada.The new joint venture, to be named Stolt LNGaz Ltd., will have a Canadian operating subsidiary, Stolt LNGaz Inc. The transaction represents an initial investment of USD 20 million, with SNG owning 50% of the venture.Stolt LNGaz intends to provide clean burning natural gas to remote mining operations and other industrial customers in northeast Canada at a substantially lower cost than diesel and residual fuel oil, which are the primary energy sources today.Under the current plan, gas delivered via existing pipelines terminating in southeast Canada will be liquefied at a small-scale plant to be constructed by Stolt LNGaz.The fuel will then be transported primarily via LNG carriers to a number of customers and hubs across northeast Canada. Cost advantages are expected to enable surplus production to be exported to northern Europe.Stolt LNGaz expects the total capital investment to be approximately US$570 million over the next four years in infrastructure and services development, partly funded with debt financing secured by long-term customer contracts.Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer at Stolt-Nielsen Limited, said: “This start-up investment leverages Stolt-Nielsen’s expertise in marine logistics. We are pleased to be partnering with SunLNG, along with the experienced energy entrepreneurs, Bjørn Torkildsen and Rodney Semotiuk.”May 28, 2014
zoom Athens-based dry bulk shipping company Diana Shipping has extended a charter contract for its Capesize dry bulk vessel M/V Santa Barbara with German RWE Supply & Trading GmbH, for a period of twelve to fifteen months. The new charter period is expected to commence on December 18, 2015, at a gross charter rate of USD 7,500 per day minus a 5 percent commission paid to third parties.The Santa Barbara is a 179,426 dwt Capesize dry bulk vessel built in 2015.Diana also announced that it entered into a time charter contract with Cargill International S.A., Geneva, for its Post-Panamax dry bulk vessel the M/V Polymnia. The gross charter rate is USD 5,650 per day, minus a 4.75 percent commission paid to third parties, for a period of about twelve to maximum fifteen months. The charter commenced today.The Polymnia is a 98,704 dwt Post-Panamax dry bulk vessel built in 2012.The employment extension of Santa Barbara and the employment of Polymnia are anticipated to generate approximately USD 4.65 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charters.Diana Shipping Inc.’s fleet currently consists of 43 dry bulk vessels, with one new-building Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel and one new-building Newcastlemax dry bulk vessel expected to join the fleet during the third quarter of 2016, and an additional new-building Newcastlemax dry bulk vessel during the fourth quarter of 2016.
zoom Greek marine fuel logistics company Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has renewed its USD 1 billion secured global borrowing base multicurrency revolving credit facility.The company said that the vast majority of the existing participating lenders updated their commitments to Aegean at improved terms in-line with market conditions.In addition to the global borrowing base, Aegean also said it renewed a USD 250 million secured US borrowing base revolving credit facility on improved terms, which would be in part used to finance its operations in the United States.“Both borrowing base facilities are also expected to continue to be used for the financing of the company’s working capital needs in connection with the purchase, transportation, storage and sale of fuel and gas oil for the company’s global and US businesses,” according to Aegean.E. Nikolas Tavlarios, President of Aegean, said that this agreement “provides Aegean with ample financial flexibility to continue executing our strategy.”Both renewals were arranged by ABN AMRO as sole lead arranger, bookrunner and syndication agent. ABN AMRO also acted again as agent in all capacities.
zoomImage Courtesy: CNW Group/Fednav Limited Canadian dry bulk shipping company Fednav Limited took delivery of the Federal St Laurent, its latest Great Lakes-suitable Handysize vessel, on June 27.The 34,500 dwt international ice-class bulk carrier was handed over to the company at a ceremony held at the Oshima Shipyard in Japan.Built to trade in the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes, the Marshall Islands-flagged vessel emits 30% less greenhouse gases than similar vessels built 20 years ago and is equipped with an Optimarin ultraviolet ballast water treatment system, according to the company.The bulker is the fourth Federal St Laurent in Fednav’s history.“This vessel is anchored in the history of Fednav, but more importantly, it represents the strong links between the Great Lakes, the Seaway, the St. Lawrence River and the rest of the world,” Paul Pathy, President and CEO of Fednav, said.Fednav Limited has a fleet of more than 100 bulk carriers trading worldwide, 64 of which are owned. From offices on four continents, the company said it operates the largest fleet of Great Lakes-suitable oceangoing vessels, the largest fleet in the world of ice-class bulk carriers, and three ice-breaking cargo ships that service the Arctic twelve months a year.
A mother and her two young children and an unrelated man who ran into a burning home to help those inside have been identified in a series of online tributes as the victims of a deadly house fire in southern Ontario.Authorities have declined to formally identify the two adults and two children who died in Monday’s blaze that gutted a home in Oshawa, Ont. But social media posts from family members, friends and organizations connected with the deceased have provided the names of the four who died.The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association identified three of the victims as Lindsey Bonchek and her two children, Madeline and Jackson. It described the trio as relatives of an association member.The daughter and the niece of the fourth person killed in the fire both issued emotional Facebook posts naming him as Steven MacDonald.MacDonald’s niece wrote that he died after going back into the burning home in order to rescue people inside.Her account is echoed in a fundraising campaign organized by someone identifying himself as MacDonald’s future son-in-law.“Luckily, my fiancee Alysha Macdonald (7 months pregnant) was able to get out of the house without any physical harm to her or her child,” Brandon Desroches wrote on a GoFundMe campaign page. “However, her father Steven Macdonald passed away while courageously running back into the building to save the others.”Alysha MacDonald offered her own tribute in a Facebook post that spoke of her father’s generosity and devotion, but did not reference the specific circumstances of his death.“We lost a true hero, I love you more than words can describe dad and I’m trying to stay strong cause I know it breaks your heart to see me cry ,” she wrote in the post. “Rest In Peace dad you were truly a hero.”A friend of Bonchek’s cousin issued a Facebook post of his own, which linked to another GoFundMe campaign. That page described Boncheck as a single mother who worked tirelessly to provide for her three children.“Lindsey will be terribly missed by her family; remembered as a devoted mother who did what she could with what she had for her children,” it said. “Madeline was a bright star and mathlete, who adored her youngest brother, Jack.”Bonchek’s eldest son, who survived the fire, has nothing left but “the shirt on his back,” the page said.Monday’s deadly blaze was reported a little after 8 a.m. in the midst of a heavy snowfall. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames that had to be fought from the outside before crews could attempt to rescue those trapped inside.“The firefighters made several heroic attempts to get in and get to the upper levels and they were pushed back,” Oshawa Fire Chief Derrick Clark said. “They fought their way up through intense heat and smoke conditions … and after retreating, they forced their way back in again.”The brown brick house, officially classified as having two storeys plus a loft, was divided into a number of apartments, Clark said.Durham Regional Police said the provincial Office of the Fire Marshall is currently in charge of investigating the fire. The office did not respond to request for comment.
TORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Home Capital settlement? A London, Ont., court will consider whether to approve a proposed settlement of an investor class-action lawsuit against Canada’s biggest alternative lender on Monday. Approval is a condition of an Ontario Securities Commission settlement with the company and three former executives who accepted responsibility for misleading investors about mortgage underwriting procedure problems.Shipping and shopping: Statistics Canada will release wholesale trade numbers on Monday and retail sales figures from June on Tuesday. It’s the latest in a string of economic data that is being closely watched for signals on whether the Bank of Canada might hike interest rates again this fall. The central bank raised rates in July for the first time in seven years to 0.75 per cent from 0.5 per cent. Friday’s consumer inflation data suggested it might be climbing closer to the bank’s target of two per cent, further signalling a hike could be nigh.More trouble for Sears Canada: Representatives for the embattled retailer will be in court in Toronto again Tuesday to discuss issues related to the company’s corporate restructuring under creditor protection. On Friday, a judge approved a hardship fund that will provide a total of $500,000 to former employees that will come from a pool of money set aside to pay bonuses for key employees. Issues that are still on the table include the potential sale of some assets and a motion filed by a group of creditors that wants to sue the company’s executive officers and directors, alleging negligent misrepresentation and oppression.NAFTA, NAFTA, NAFTA: The first round of trade talks in Washington, D.C., wrapped up on Sunday but the renegotiations will continue to grab headlines — that is, if the controversy surrounding U.S. President Donald Trump and his tweets don’t overshadow them. Trump’s trade czar Robert Lighthizer kicked off talks by insisting on major changes to NAFTA. The next round of talks will take place in Mexico in early September.Inside the banks: Royal Bank will kick off the latest earnings season for the Big Five Canadian banks on Wednesday, followed by CIBC on Thursday. Aside from their bottom lines, issues to watch include their take on the cooling housing market and the potential impact on their mortgage portfolios, as well as consumer debt levels and loan losses. Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 20, 2017 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Aug 20, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
UN Spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York that Mr. Ban met with UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane for over an hour. “Ms. Kane briefed the Secretary-General on her trip and on the current status of the investigation,” Mr. Nesirky said, adding that that she thanked the Syrian Government and opposition for their cooperation during this mission. Ms. Kane had been in Damascus, at Mr. Ban’s request, meeting with the Syrian Government to facilitate access for the team of inspectors, who arrived on 18 August. “Ms. Kane reported that the mission was able to conduct a wide range of fact-finding activities pertaining to the 21 August incident in the Ghouta area,” he added.The inspection team, led by Swedish scientist Dr. Åke Sellström, is now in The Hague, the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is assisting the probe, along with the UN World Health Organization (WHO).The team will spend the day collating the samples and other evidence prior to sending them for testing in laboratories in Europe. As soon as the team receives the results of the laboratory analysis of its samples, the conclusions will be transmitted to Mr. Ban who “looks forward to receiving the findings as soon as possible” so they can be promptly presented to the 193 Member States and to the Security Council, Mr. Nesirky said. Mr. Ban spoke briefly to Mr. Sellström earlier today by telephone to thank him for his work, the spokesperson said. Mr. Ban will be briefed in more detail by him tomorrow. Mr. Nesirky also noted that Mr. Ban is in touch with Ambassador María Cristina Perceval of Argentina, which holds the rotating Security Council presidency for August, and with Ambassador Gary Quinlan of Australia, which will take the presidency in September.
“We have worked hard to reach this point,” WHO Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan, said in Geneva.“There has been massive mobilization on the part of the affected countries and all partners to accelerate the development and availability of proven interventions,” she continued. “If a vaccine is found effective, it will be the first preventive tool against Ebola in history.”Based on promising data from initial clinical trials in late 2014, WHO said it will launch a Phase III trial in Guinea on 7 March to test the so-called VSV-EBOV vaccine for efficacy and effectiveness to prevent Ebola in collaboration with the Health Ministry of Guinea, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Epicentre and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.WHO said the vaccination will take place in areas of Basse Guinée, the region that currently has the highest number of cases in the country.The announcement came as the agency, in its latest update on Ebola, reported 132 new confirmed cases had been reported in West Africa in the week to 1 March, an increase from the previous week of 99 new cases. Liberia reported no new confirmed cases this week, the first time since the week of 26 May 2014, but the weekly number of confirmed cases has increased in both Sierra Leone and Guinea, according to WHO.Transmission remains widespread in Sierra Leone and Guinea, and the agency also reported a marked increase in case numbers compared with the previous week. Unsafe burials continue to occur in both these countries.Assistant Director-General Marie-Paule Kieny, who leads the Ebola Research and Development effort at WHO, said: “An effective vaccine to control current flare-ups could be the game-changer to finally end this epidemic and an insurance policy for any future ones.”Explaining the trial strategy, WHO said it involves the identification of a newly diagnosed Ebola case – the “index case” – and the tracing of all his/her contacts. The contacts are vaccinated if they give their consent.“The objectives of the trial are two-fold: to assess if the vaccine protects the contacts who were vaccinated and if vaccinating the contacts will create a buffer – or ring – of protected individuals – around the index case to prevent further spread of the infection,” WHO said. “Vaccination will also be proposed to frontline workers in the area where the trial will take place,” the agency added.Since September 2014, according to WHO, the two most advanced Ebola vaccines have been evaluated in about 15 countries in Africa, Europe and North America.”“The VSV-EBOV vaccine was selected for the planned trial based on a framework of parameters developed by the WHO Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee on Ebola Experimental interventions,” it said. “Criteria included acceptable safety profile, induction of appropriate immune responses, including neutralizing antibodies, and the timely availability of sufficient supplies of vaccine doses.WHO, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and vaccine alliance GAVI are collaborating with the affected countries to develop plans and strategies for large-scale introduction, should this be needed.WHO said the vaccines’ manufacturers have assured that enough vaccine will be available in the coming months and that financial resources are in place to procure and make vaccines available in the affected countries. The vaccine VSV-EBOV was developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The vaccine was licenced to NewLink Genetics, and on November 24, 2014, NewLink Genetics and Merck announced their collaboration on the vaccine.
“Less than two months ago, world leaders adopted the visionary 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Our challenge now is to implement this blueprint for a better future. Information and communications technologies and the Internet can empower this global undertaking,” said Mr. Ban in his remarks at the Forum, delivered by UN Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs Lenni Montiel. Mr. Ban observed that there are several challenges in implementing the Sustainable Development Agenda, including large digital divides. “People living in poverty, women and girls, children, persons with disabilities, older persons, indigenous peoples and marginalized, vulnerable groups lack adequate access to and training in using ICTs and the Internet,” said the Secretary-General, adding that cyberattacks, cybercrime and issues related to privacy and surveillance are also issues that need to be addressed. Mr. Ban urged all stakeholders to “intensify efforts to promote accessibility, affordability, education and multilingualism by investing in critical infrastructure and capacity building and by building an open, reliable, safe, secure, stable and inclusive Internet through multilateral and multi-stakeholder global partnerships.”He also called for collective reaffirmation of the universality, indivisibility, interdependence and interrelation of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, both online and offline.Each year, the United Nations convenes the IGF meeting, through the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, to bring together various stakeholders to discuss current and emerging Internet governance issues, as well as related opportunities and challenges.The IGF is an open, inclusive and transparent forum for dialogue on public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance. It is intended to foster a common understanding of how to maximize Internet opportunities and address the challenges that arise. According to a news release issued by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the three-day meetings is expecting some 5,000 attendees, including high-level government officials, civil society leaders and Internet policy experts, both in-person and online.The news release also added that “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development” is the overarching theme of this year’s Forum, focussing on the importance of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the Internet in developmental activities.“Information and Communications Technologies, as a powerful enabler of sustainable development, can make great contributions to the implementation of the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda,” noted Mr. Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.Other sub-themes that will be addressed in the Forum are Cybersecurity and Trust; Internet Economy, Inclusiveness and Diversity, Openness; Enhancing Multi-stakeholder Cooperation, Internet and Human Rights, Critical Internet Resources and Emerging Issues. “The IGF Platform has contributed towards efforts at national, regional and international levels to build a cyberspace that promotes peace and security, enables development and ensure human rights,” said Mr. Montiel.Further, the Department observed that Agenda 2030 aims to “significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020.”According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), there are more than 7 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, compared to only 738 million in 2000. However, ITU estimates that four billion people in the developing world still remain unconnected despite making progresses in bridging the digital divide.
In May, police took the children into care, including a breastfeeding infant – reportedly without “duly considering their best interests, preserving the family structure or first providing instructions on how to combat problems in the home,” the experts said.“This family separation has caused immense trauma and psychological damage and we are deeply troubled about the impact on the children’s physical and mental wellbeing,” said E. Tendayi Achiume, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and Michal Balcerzak, Chairperson of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.Meanwhile, the experts have called on the Government to reunite the family and in the meantime to ensure immediate and ongoing visitations. And they have asked for the Dutch government to take steps to end racial bias in the child welfare system.Separation of a child from his or her parents should only occur as a last resort – UN experts“Any separation of a child from his or her parents should only occur as a last resort and must comply with international human rights law,” they continued.Research has revealed that the negative stereotyping of parents of African descent has heightened reports of maltreatment and provoked greater involvement with state agencies, according to the experts.Moreover, the experts noted that according to civil society reports, there are disparities in how the social welfare system treats white Dutch families compared to those of African descent. “We have raised our concerns with the Government of the Netherlands, and called on them to investigate this case, reunite the family and guarantee equal treatment before the law,” the experts said.The Government has denied racial discrimination or impropriety, saying that any claims of racial bias may be reported to the police and local anti-discrimination services.Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary, and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Oct. 2 to 6. All are open for the University community to attend.Master of Science thesis defenceIllya Bakurov, a candidate in the Department of Computer Science, will present his Master of Science thesis defence on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 9 a.m. in Plaza 600F.His thesis is titled Non-photorealistic Rendering with Cartesian Genetic Programming using Graphic Processing Units.His examination committee members are Dr. Michael Bidochka, Chair; Dr. Penousal Machado, External Examiner (University of Coimbra); Dr. Brian Ross, Supervisor; Dr. Beatrice Ombuki-Berman and Dr. Ke Qiu, Committee Members.Master of Science thesis defenceYaroslava Girilshena, a candidate in the Department of Computer Science, will present her Master of Science thesis defence by video conference on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 9 a.m. in Plaza 600F.Her thesis is titled Complete computational sequence characterization of mobile element variations in the human genome using meta-personal genome data.Her examination committee members are Dr. Michael Bidochka, Chair; Dr. Wendy Ashlock, External Examiner, (Ashlock & McGuinness Consulting); Dr. Sheridan Houghten Supervisor; Dr. Ping Liang and Dr. Ke Qiu, Committee Members.Interdisciplinary Humanities dissertation defenceMalcolm Matthews, a candidate in the PhD Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities, will present his PhD dissertation defence on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 2 to 5 p.m. in Welch Hall 147.His dissertation is titled The Rhetoric of Autism: A Posthuman Personification of Masculinity in Crisis (from Rain Man to Mr. Robot).
Moneycorp, whose Gatwick-based branch was singled out for criticism from Mr Lewis, claimed its higher airport rates were due to operating costs.Retail director Tracy Bownes said the firm had to offset “significant cost… from ground rent and additional security, to the cost of staffing the bureau for customers on early and late flights.”She added: “An easy and more cost-effective way for customers to buy travel money is to pre-order online and collect at the airport. We always encourage our customers to do this, and increasing numbers of people are planning ahead in this way – we’re seeing up to 50% of transactions coming from reserve and collect customers at some of our airport bureau. Our online reserve and collect rates are always highly competitive.”David Buik, a markets commentator for leading stockbroker Panmure Gordon, said consumers were being widely exploited at airports.”The volatility of the market is such that this is now money for old rope,” he said.”The money is bouncing around like a cork in the bath and they are saying they need to protect themselves.”The foreign exchange system is not down to Brexit alone… But the pound is under pressure and we are back to the volatility days. It is somewhat inevitable that they will capitalise on vulnerable people. They know exactly what they are doing.” Martin Lewis tweeted a picture of exchange rates at one airportCredit:ITV Holidaymakers face “disgraceful” exchange rate profiteering, experts warned as several airports offer less than a euro to the pound amid the financial volatility over Brexit.Consumer champion Martin Lewis, of MoneySavingExpert.com, launched a fierce attack on financial companies for taking advantage as one leading airport bought at 1.35 euros and sold at just 97 cents.Tweeting a picture of a Moneycorp exchange rate board which showed buy-sell spreads had edged to more than a third, he wrote: “No wonder they shouted at me ‘you’re not allowed to photograph that’. Disgraceful exchange rate profiteering [content deleted]” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Holidaymakers were offered 97 cents for the pound at several airports on Friday after a torrid day in the currency markets following the overnight “flash crash”.Investors were this morning braced for the pound to fall further, fearing continued volatility will result from the government’s “hard Brexit” stance.
TWENTY YEARS IS a long time and in Hollywood it’s even longer.So it’s interesting to see who made their film debut 20 years ago and just how they got going.We’ve gone back in time and found some stars who got their start in 1993.1. Vince Vaughn Shockingly Tactful / TumblrBefore the 90s hit Swingers and his comedy roles in the likes of Old School and Wedding Crashers, Vince Vaughn had a small part ( his first film role) in American football flick Rudy.He was credited as Vincent Vaughn (fancy) and also got to work with budding actor Jon Favreau in his debut role.The pair became close friends, working together on Swingers, both of them becoming highly successful (Favreau is a big name director having helmed the first two Iron Man movies)Not bad for a first film role we suppose.(Some NSFW language in the clip below)movieclips / YouTube2. Jennifer AnistonCinemastatic / TumblrOf course it was Friends that turned Jennifer Aniston into a global superstar but like her future ex-boyfriend Vince Vaughn, she made her film debut in 1993.Jennifer turned up in the horror movie Leprechaun which clearly was a critically acclaimed look at Irish myths.Just kidding, it was a trashfest about a killer leprechaun terrorising people for his gold coins.The film was panned but became a cult hit and lead to five (!) more Leprechaun movies.This is a proud moment for both Ireland’s culturual legacy and Jennifer Aniston’s career.LionsgateUKMovies / YouTube3. Matthew McConaugheyLaugh A Little / TumblrHe’s now a bankable star who has starred in more than a few rom-coms and appeared in quirky roles in films like Magic Mike.Unlike some of his peers McConaughey’s first film role wasn’t particularly embarrassing as he turned up in Richard Linklater’s cult classic Dazed and Confused.The 70s set comedy wasn’t a box office smash but is a favourite of critics and Quentin Tarantino even cited it as one of his favourite films.Mind you, we’re not sure about his blonde locks and moustache throughout.(some NSFW language in the clip below)movieclips / YouTube4. Anna PaquinLois Bernstein/AP/Press Association ImagesAnother star who got a very respectable 1993 start was Anna Paquin, who starred in The Piano and won an Oscar at the age of 11.Paquin continues to do well, having starred in three X-Men movies (and will appear in the next film, due for release next year) and also stars in the hit drama series True Blood.Still of the class of 1993, Paquin tops the lot with that Oscar win.We’ve heard of starting out strong but that is ridiculous.MrDmtlsd / YouTube5. Kate BeckinsaleDoug Peters/EMPICS EntertainmentAnother star who started out classy was Kate Beckinsale who chose Much Ado About Nothing as her first film role.A Shakespeare adaptation is always a way to prove your acting chops and it served Beckinsale well for a strong career in film and TV.Of course, Beckinsale’s biggest success is still leaping around the place in a leather catsuit in the Underworld movies which is not quite Shakespeare but whatever pays the bills we suppose.gabtor70 / YouTube6. Alicia SilverstoneShe was very much the quintessential 90s teen star and at just 15, Alicia Silverstone made her movie debut in 1993.She was the troubled lead in the The Crush which we haven’t seen but looks amazing in a “so bad it is actually amazing way”cdsabino / YouTubeThe Crush wasn’t a huge hit (although it did win 2 MTV Movie Awards) but it did win her roles in three Aerosmith videos which along with Clueless turned her into a pin-up for a generation.What a gal.Slowly Taking Over Me / Tumblr12 reasons why there is still no party like an S Club party>7 pieces of must-read life advice from Jack Nicholson>