Ravena-led crew rules Draft Combine mini-tournament


first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Ravena, the former Ateneo stalwart, bagged majority of the awards in the two-day event including the MVP honors.“Maybe my competitiveness really showed up that I didn’t want to lose,” he said as his side completed a sweep. “My mindset is to really win as much as I can, whether individual skills or team competition, especially the team competition because I really wanted to help my team win and make my teammates look as good as I can here in the combine.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogRavena fired 12 points in the finals as Perkins topscored for their team with 20 markers.Herndon added 18 points, de Chavez got 17 markers, and Flores had 13, as their side took home the P75,000 cash prize. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PBA IMAGESKiefer Ravena affirmed his place as one of the top amateurs in the country as he dominated the 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine and led his team to the championship.Team A-2, composed of Ravena, Robbie Herndon, Jason Perkins, Lervin Flores, Chris de Chavez, Elmer Cabahug, and Christian Geronimo, bested the Jeron Teng-led Team B-3, 83-72, in the finals of the mini-tournament Tuesday at Gatorade Hoops Center in Shaw.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments LATEST STORIEScenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Teng paced his team with 23 points, as he gained support from Ervin Grospe, who had 18 markers, and Dan Sara, who poured in 10.The runner-up squad also had Kyle Neypes, Gian Abrigo, and Zach Nicholls in their team.Ravena was joined by Perkins, Herndon, Teng, and Raymar Jose in the Mythical Five.In the battle for third, the trio of Gab Dagangon, Jett Manuel, and Jose led Team A-1 past Team B-2 of Emil Palma and Louie Vigil, 59-55.Dagangon got 20 points, Manuel unloaded 13 markers, and Vigil had 10.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Calisaan scores 36, Stags knock off Knights for 4th spot It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Battle for Third:A-1 59 – Dagangon 20, Manuel 13, Jose 12, Casiño 7, Moralde 5, Apreku 2.B-2 55 – Palma 14, Torres 14, Vigil 12, Gabriel 7, Baltazar 5, Sumido 3, Sargent 0.Finals:A-2 83 – Perkins 20, Herndon 18, De Chavez 17, Flores 13, Ravena 12, Geronimo 0, Cabahug 0.B-3 72 – Teng 23, Grospe 18, Sara 10, Neypes 8, Abrigo 7, Nicholls 0.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Palma and Thomas Torres had 13 points each in a losing effort.The 2017 PBA Rookie Draft is on Sunday at Robinsons Place Manila.Cross-over Semis:First Game:A-2 61 – Ravena 15, Perkins 14, Flores 13, Herndon 12, De Chavez 3, Geronimo 0, Cabahug 0.B-2 58 – Vigil 12, Gabriel 12, Palma 11, Sumido 7, Torres 7, Sargent 6, Baltazar 3.Second Game:B-3 51 – Teng 17, Neypes 11, Abrigo 9, Grospe 8, Sara 5, Nicholls 0.A-1 45 – Manuel 11, Jose 10,  Moralde 8, Dagangon 7, Casiño 5, Apreku 4.Classification Games: Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

Cocaine-trafficking ring broken by feds


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Local and federal authorities in Michigan, California, Florida, Kentucky, Texas, Georgia and Mississippi arrested 30 people, including one suspect in Los Angeles, officials said. Two suspects remained at large, authorities said. The BMF group was founded by brothers Terry and Demetrius Flenory, who began trafficking crack while in high school in the 1980s, according to the DEA. The ring expanded into a multimillion dollar criminal enterprise. “The BMF was a sophisticated drug smuggling and money laundering organization led by brothers that operated in 11 states and had direct links to Mexico-based drug trafficking organizations,” DEA Administrator Karen P. Tandy said in a statement. “For too many years, these drug dealers have poisoned our streets and cast shadows of fear across our communities.” Federal authorities announced Friday they have broken up a cocaine-trafficking ring that laundered more than $270 million over 15 years in an operation that stretched from Michigan to California and Florida. The organization had ties to the rap music industry, and its two leaders have appeared in rap videos, said Robert L. Corso, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Agency in Detroit. The gang was known on the streets as the “Black Mafia Family,” Corso said. “They were in fact just another group of thugs who brought fear, intimidation and violence to the streets of Detroit,” he said. The investigation is part of the DEA’s “Street Light Initiative.” The initiative was created in June when the DEA led “Operation Silent Night.” That investigation led to the arrest of 23 members of the Vineland Boys Street gang in North Hollywood and Burbank. The suspects face charges that include conspiracy, drug possession with intent to deliver and money laundering, according to a federal grand jury indictment. U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Murphy said local and federal authorities have been after the ring since 2000 but recently were able to pull several old cases together from different states.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

School campaign helps change lives


first_imgThe brand new library is the firstin the school’s 32 years of existence.The lavender patch brings in a modest income for the school. Lavender Hill Secondary School aims tochange lives and transform the community.(Images: April McAlister) MEDIA CONTACTS • June OrsmondYES programme coordinator+27 083 709 4105• Fareeg Manie, headmasterLavender Hill Secondary School+27 21 701 9000 RELATED ARTICLES • DVD scheme to help poor schools • Safe social portal for scholars • Reviving sport in SA’s schools • Education focus of Mandela Day 2010• Poor schools score textbooksApril McAlister A school programme in an impoverished Cape Town suburb is helping to bring about positive change in individual pupils, their families and communities – and could be used as a model for sustainable development elsewhere in the country.The Youth Empowerment through School project, also known as the YES scheme, is a collaboration between the Wynberg Rotary Club in Cape Town’s southern suburbs, and Lavender Hill Secondary School.The Lavender Hill community is like many others on the Cape Flats – an area coloured people were moved to during apartheid, so authorities could make space for more white families within the city.This legacy of displacement and oppression is still felt today, and crime, drug abuse, domestic violence and gangsterism are rife.Lavender Hill residents generally have a meagre earning potential, and a large portion of adult males there are unemployed.These issues have deeply affected the youngsters of the community, leaving them despondent about their future.YES aims to break this negative cycle by equipping young and old with skills to improve their lives and the project’s model can be applied in any community that wants to improve its standard of living.Empowering kids to make better life choicesThe YES campaign began as a charity assisting the Lavender Hill Secondary School and was previously known as the Lend a Hand in Lavender project.The project’s coordinators, June Orsmond of the Wynberg Rotary Club and Lavender Hill headmaster Faseeg Manie, have been driving YES for the past 10 years.In that time it has made substantial progress in getting children off the streets, encouraging them to take part in healthy activities and empowering them to make better life choices.The new name has emphatic and positive implications, which are reflected in all the campaign aims to do.Better facilities The campaign has been carefully and methodically planned, with four structured phases involving infrastructure development; sustainability through financial management and a trust; implementation; and the Dream Phase – which envisages community members selling fresh produce grown in the school vegetable garden.With the aid of various NGOs such as the Gauteng province-based Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa, the children are given a decent meal at school, so they can focus on their schoolwork and not their grumbling stomachs.Nutritious packs are also made up and allocated to needy families, through an organised and well-managed feeding scheme.Wynberg Rotary, with assistance from a UK-based Rotary group, funded a revamp of the school playing fields and also arranged for a proper irrigation system to be installed. The fields are now ready to be used by the pupils.The Lavender Hill Development Trust has been registered to raise money for the sustainability phase, and to manage the finances. Its aim is to raise R2.5-million (US$352 178) for a capital fund and implement a YES fundraising programme, which involves leasing a block of playing fields, among other items.An established lavender garden, apt for the area and the school’s name, also provides a small income from a local market.The Bicycling Empowerment Network uses the Lavender Hill school premises for promoting exercise and alleviating poverty by providing people with a low-cost form of transport. Twenty donated bicycles will be used to start a supervised bicycle club for the community.Aiming high Although some South Africans still blame their situations on the country’s history, the Lavender Hill pupils are beyond that and are aiming high, says Manie.The school has received a batch of computers from the Western Cape’s Department of Education, with the help of the Khanya project, which uses technology to address the shortage of teachers. Lavender Hill Secondary School now boasts a top-class lab where pupils can practise their computer literacy.Two thousand covered reading books now sit on the shelves in the school’s new library which, through donations of quality furniture, has become a place for relaxation, study or leisure reading.With the assistance of activist group Equal Education, the library opened in July 2010 and is a first in the school’s 32-year-old history. Just 8% of South African schools have functional libraries.This school is still battling with a shortage of staff, but hopes to soon appoint a social worker for the children; an aide to the principal; and other helpers to free the teachers to do what they do best, which is teach.Volunteers for extramural sports and culture activities are also needed, and a drug rehabilitation programme is on the cards.Despite these challenges, the matric pass rate has improved steadily over the past five years. According to the school, its pass rate is 80%, which is well above the national average of 60.7% given by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga in January 2010.In 2008 the Lavender Hill pass rate was as high as 87%, but it dropped slightly in 2009.last_img read more

People and complexity: the missing ingredients in celebrity activism for Africa


first_imgGlobal celebrities help raise awareness of otherwise ignored causes and can secure pledges from policymakers. Yet their simplified advocacy messages, often divorced from issues of power, can lead to ineffective or even harmful policies.Hollywood star Ben Affleck championed legislation requiring companies reporting to the US Securities and Exchange Commission to disclose their use of “conflict minerals” mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Image: Erin Lassahn) Georgia Cole, Ben Radley and Jean-Benoit FalisseCelebrity activism and support for African humanitarian causes – such as the Enough Project, Akon’s Lighting Africa and Kony 2012 – has become mainstream. But what are the consequences, and is this something we necessarily want to promote?Celebrity activism is nothing new. At the turn of the 20th century, prominent British journalist, author and politician Edmund Dene Morel and Anglo-Irish diplomat and human rights activist Roger Casement successfully challenged Belgian King Leopold’s violent and autocratic rule of the Congo Free State. They did so with the help of notable friends: Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle, Cadbury’s Chocolates founder William Cadbury, and literary great Joseph Conrad, author of Heart of Darkness. In the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst lobbied hard for a fascist-free and, later, independent Ethiopia. A few decades after that Bob Geldof and Band Aid raised US$150 million for famine victims in Ethiopia.Although some of the most famous campaigns sought to provide a palliative solution to one-off disasters such as famine or Ebola, most modern-day celebrities are not content with fundraising or short-lived remedial goals.They have chosen to champion socioeconomic causes that have more expansive and lasting pretensions. The latest generation of American celebrity activists  has most commonly knocked at the doors of Congress, demanding changes in US policy towards their cause célèbre.Celebrity activism has grown more powerful in the past decades. The spread of internet and communications technologies has broken down the oligopoly on news, opening many new stages for celebrities and their causes.In the 1980s Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof and his Band Aid initiative raised US$150-million for famine victims in Ethiopia. Unfortunately the effort not only ignored the causes of the famine, but warped popular perceptions of Africa as a whole, with long-term repercussions for trade, investment and prosperity. (Image: Harry Potts) Just causes versus personal brandsShould we question the motives of these celebrities, who hire expensive PR experts to “sell” their convictions? As Daniel Drezner writes, engaging in causes clearly benefits these individuals too. It provides them with access to new outlets such as political talk shows or international forums and helps polish their personal brands.Causes are to celebrities what corporate social responsibility is to business. Every established name seems to require, at least, one. In 2010, with the headline “Dr Clooney, I Presume?”, the online US magazine Mother Jones published an interactive satirical map of Africa allowing users to explore the “celebrity recolonization of Africa”.Celebrities undoubtedly help make causes known to a larger audience. They are often effective in obtaining pledges from governments, policymakers and businesses. The problem is that they are often much less effective in transforming these commitments into appropriate and effective policies.Darrel West writes that the fascination for celebrities raises the risk that there will be “more superficiality and less substance in our political process”.As West points out, it:… drains attention from experts with detailed knowledge, and risks the skewing of civil discourse toward solutions which may not represent effective long-term remedies for complex policy problemsBeyond ‘celebrityhood’A stark example of this is provided in the new documentary, We Will Win Peace, which tracks the impact of Section 1502 of the US’s Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.Championed by celebrities from Ben Affleck to Nicole Richie, this section required companies reporting to the US Securities and Exchange Commission to disclose their use of “conflict minerals” originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or an adjoining country.This stipulation was presented by the Enough Project as an essential precursor to preventing conflict, and thus sexual violence, in the DRC. The project is an international advocacy organisation replete with celebrity frontmen and women who campaign against genocide and crimes against humanity.The documentary, alongside other important research, shows the implications on the ground of this simplified rendering of the facts.With de facto international boycotts on minerals from the DRC, and a government ban on artisanal mining, tens of thousands of miners and businesses ended up unable to make a living. This pushed many individuals either towards the illicit mining industry or a rebel group, thus paradoxically exacerbating the very violence it set out to reduce.We Will Win Peace from Seth Chase on Vimeo.Three pillars of ethical activismAlex de Waal, in an article for the World Peace Foundation in 2013, outlined three fundamental pillars on which ethically driven activism could be based.First, it should respond to and collaborate with local people, rather than impose agendas developed outside the place they live; where they experience the “cause” first-hand, in their lives. The Dodd-Frank Act campaign should have asked local activists, populations and mining experts in the eastern DRC about mineral supply chains coming from the region and whether those could be altered to improve the situation. Evidence suggests this consultation failed to take place beyond a narrow segment of civil society – the church.In Maniema, Democratic Republic of Congo, artisanal miners dig the mineral wolframite out of a mine that has become the centre of a functional and thriving community. Sections of the US Dodd-Frank Act, the authors say, would have been better drafted in consultation with the people who actually live in the eastern DRC. (Image: Julien Harneis)Second, activism should be fact-driven, reflexive and responsive, and open to the fact that it must change with changing contexts.Third, it should speak to power but also firmly against it. Ethical activism should never presume that all change is possible from within existing political systems.The final point is particularly pertinent. It raises a question. Would celebrity activism be more relevant if it were decoupled from the belief that change was best achieved only through shifts in Western government policy?As research has shown, the problem with celebrity causes is that they tend to depoliticise policy and activism. They too often obfuscate the complex dynamics of power and socioeconomic relations in favour of a simple, catch-all solution. Celebrities can improve this situation by bringing back into the debate more stakeholders, researchers and local voices.Celebrities speaking truth to power, rather than half-truths that may inadvertently serve the interests of power, may be a more promising way forward if celebrity advocacy relating to Africa is to lead to meaningful socioeconomic change.The celebrity advocacy circuit for change in Africa lacks celebrity participation in bottom-up movements, as opposed to top-down advocacy. But if the cycle of simplified celebrity advocacy messages leading to ineffective – even harmful – African policy is to be broken, genuine engagement with, and commitment to, the people they advocate on behalf of is critical. It may provide a welcome step forward.Georgia Cole is Researcher in the Department of International Development at University of Oxford.Ben Radley is PHD Researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam.Jean-Benoit Falisse is DPhil candidate at University of Oxford.This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.Photo research and editing for Media Club South Africa by Mary Alexander.last_img read more

Yahoo’s New Local Search is Great, Too Bad It’ll Get Binged


first_imgRelated Posts marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Oh, the irony. One day after it was announced that Microsoft’s Bing will be replacing Yahoo’s own search engine on Yahoo.com, Yahoo! came out with a new local search functionality that ought to be the envy of every search engine.Searching for local businesses on Yahoo now brings up a nice interface containing reviews, an overview, photos and driving directions inside a drop down box you can access without leaving the page you’re on. It’s a smoother user experience than Google or Bing offers and Yahoo may have more local business information than either of those two competitors can offer in-house as well.The new Yahoo local search presentation is much more informative than what Bing offers and it’s more graceful than what Google offers. Even on local searches where Google does have a lot of information, you often have to click over to a Google Maps page to learn more about a particular business. Removing that one pageload makes a big difference in a single user’s experience – multiply that by millions and millions of people searching and this little change is a pretty big deal.Presumably it will be replaced with Bing soon. Bing will no doubt improve, perhaps it will leverage some of what Yahoo! has already, but on face it seems like another loss of innovation and quality user experience due to trouble with monetization.center_img Tags:#news#NYT#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Udacity Ignores Reality, Founds Open Education Alliance


first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… lauren orsini How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?center_img Why You Love Online Quizzes Tags:#education#MOOCs Massively Open Online Courses were upheld as the future of learning during a panel on new models in online education at the TechCrunch Disrupt Conference yesterday in San Francisco. But in reality, the program is getting low marks on its actual implementation in the state of California.The TechCrunch Disrupt 2013 panel discussion united Sebastian Thrun of Udacity, an online course provider, and California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom to talk about Udacity’s radical partnership with California’s education system. This year saw the largest scale MOOC experiment in the country, as San Jose State University partnered with Udacity to offer five courses to 2,000 plus pioneering students.Thrun said MOOCs, or Massively Open Online Courses, are the inexpensive key to including more disenfranchised students in higher education. “He’s not talking about a lecture and putting it online. He’s talking about a whole new model of education that takes the latest in terms of how we learn and incorporates it into a new platform of engagement that arguably will make learning more interesting, meaningful and life long,” said Newsom of Udacity’s education model.It’s a nice sentiment, but according to the numbers, MOOCs aren’t there quite yet. The Udacity offerings were certainly affordable at $100 to $150 per course, but whether they worked for students is a different matter entirely. During the spring semester starting in January 2013, Udacity offered three online mathematics classes to 300 San Jose State students. But students flunked in large numbers, with no more than 51% of students passing any of the three courses. In a traditional setting, the average pass rate is closer to 74%. The experiment improved slightly during the summer semester, when Udacity offered two more mathematics courses. Eighty-three percent of students in elementary statistics earned a C or better, and 73% in algebra earned a passing grade. It would sound like a huge improvement from spring, except when you take in the fact that a whopping 40% of summer students opted to drop out (compared to 17% in spring).Udacity’s South By SouthWest panel pitch not only acknowledges the failings of MOOCs, but admits that some have up to 90% dropout rates (these courses do not necessarily reflect Udacity offerings). But during Thrun and Newsom’s chat, the cold facts were disregarded in favor of an optimistic future. “Look, this is not about replacing or changing campus education,” said Thrun, “but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t stop innovating.” It’s no wonder that MOOCs have tenuous support among academics. But in Silicon Valley, Udacity is finding a lot of support for its innovation, despite reality’s buzzkill. During the talk, Thrun announced the Open Education Alliance. Udacity is being joined by companies like Google, Cloudera, Autodesk, and fellow education providers Khan Academy and Georgia Tech to “[assist] in the curation and development of a new 21st century curriculum.”It’s hard to get on board with this rosy view of the future when the present isn’t quite so bright. Watch TechCrunch’s video of the entire discussion here.last_img read more

Here’s how self-driving cars could impact your city’s planning


first_imgHow IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Related Posts Tags:#autonomous cars#driverless cars#Internet of Things#IoT#Self-Driving#Smart Cities#smart city#urban planning IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… As the future of self-driving cars continues to evolve, many of the largest tech companies, auto industries, and city planners around the world are working to prepare for the impacts that autonomous cars will have across all sectors.Since transportation is a central piece of our society, various thought-leaders and industry experts are working together to ensure public safety and find a way to have future technological advancements improve the economy.See also: What is the future of self-driving regulation?Across the related businesses, hundreds of billions of dollars is being invested in research and development. This investment of both technology and assets are looking to bring the promise of a cleaner, safer, and more efficient method to travel.How autonomous cars could change policySeveral groups across the world are voicing their concerns on how autonomous cars will impact societies and the public good. Everything from social equality, cyber security, and even how our food is farmed will be changed by emerging technology associated with autonomous vehicles.Increased urban sprawlAutonomous vehicles will allow individuals to get more work done as they commute to and from the office since they won’t have to spend their time and energy doing something other than driving.This will make longer commuting less stressful so that we could see more vehicle traffic in downtown areas.Cities are witnessing an inversion of investment. As individuals and jobs return to downtowns, the demands to replace surface parking lots with mid and high density, mixed-use development increases.Autonomous vehicles will propel the shrinking importance of suburban areas since the need to be located within proximity of downtown epicenters will not be needed.As more people move out of suburbia, these areas will witness economic depressions and will have a difficult time maintaining basic amenities for remaining residents.Increased parking construction footprintAs more people commute longer distances to work in their autonomous vehicles, cities will be pressured to develop larger and more parking areas to accommodate the increased traffic.Parking is not an option for major cities, and providing convenient parking is a central focus for cities like Houston, TX, Little Rock, AR, and Washington, DC.These cities have allocated more than half their land area to highways, streets, and parking areas. This type of land allocation will have wide-reaching repercussions on the environment, low-income communities, and cultural development in the vicinity.Shifting commerce & service developmentAs autonomous car technology continues to evolve, many of the largest automakers are placing their bets that future vehicles will run on electricity and stored in onboard batteries.This exciting advancement will reduce America’s dependency on foreign oil for remote fueling stations, but it will also change the way cities zone construction sites that will support city transportation.In place of stand-alone gas stations, many parking lots will integrate electric refueling stations. Unlike the single purpose asphalt resting spots of today’s parking lots, future parking areas will double as recharging centers.See also: Ford patents removable steering wheel for self-driving carsCharging stations and induction pads in on-street spaces are going to be a vital part of the utility infrastructure of the near future.The land use implication here is that on-street parking will continue to supply separation between moving cars and bicyclists and pedestrians.Improved city aesthetics, pedestrian safety & air qualityAs autonomous cars account for the majority of vehicles on our public roads, many city planners will be able to use more aesthetically appealing development plans.This will not only incorporate more trees and other elements since planners won’t have to anticipate the human error. Also, urban planners can also integrate designs that are pedestrian friendly.Air quality in our cities will also improve once fossil fuels are now not a portion of the exhaust system, improving the environmental surroundings and people’s health.Self-driving the future of urban planning?The future of city planning looks bright, and the evolution of self-driving car technology means that our cities will see dramatic impacts moving forward.It is our responsibility to ensure that our local lawmakers are setting proactive regulations to protect public safety and keep up with the ever-changing environment of emerging technology. Chris Giarratanalast_img read more

Five of a family saved from mob in Nashik


first_imgHours after five persons were bludgeoned to death in Dhule district by a mob that suspected them to be child-lifters, a family of five narrowly escaped a similar fate in Nashik district late on Sunday night.The police said a huge mob, fed on social media rumours about a child lifting gang, came looking for the victims in the Azad Nagar locality of Malegaon. The victims Gajanan Sahebrao Gire, his wife Sindhubai, their two-year-old child, Sindhubai’s sister Anusaya and another relative Yogesh — all hailing from Parbhani district — were apparently asking for money along Malegaon’s Ali Akbar Road area to pay for their return back home.“Around 11 p.m. , we got a call about some persons being assaulted by a mob on suspicion of being child lifters. The police rushed to the scene and managed to pacify the restive mob,” said Harssh Poddar, IGP, Nashik Range. However, when the police attempted to take some of them into custody, the crowd turned violent. The mob, which had swelled by then, began hurling stones on the security personnel. “One police vehicle was overturned and the windscreens of some vans were smashed. A reserve team was rushed to the spot and only then did we manage to quell the violence,” said Sub-Inspector Milind Navgire.He said the police took the family, which had taken shelter in a building along Ali Akbar road, safely to a nearby police station.Another official from the Malegaon police station said a case under sections 143, 147, 149 and 323 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) had been lodged against unidentified persons at the Azad Nagar police station. No arrests had yet been made.last_img read more

Expanded Panama Canal Tops Expectations


first_imgzoom On its way to further position Panama as the logistics hub of the Americas, the Expanded Panama Canal has set a number of records and surpassed expectations in its first year of operations, resulting in redrawn global trade routes.Over the past 12 months from its inauguration date of June 26, the Expanded Canal’s performance “has exceeded nearly all expectations.”During the period, more than 1,500 Neopanamax vessels transited the new locks, according to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP).Containerships represent some 46.8 percent of traffic through the waterway, followed by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, which represent around 34.2 and 9.4 percent, respectively. Other segments such as bulk carriers, tankers, car carriers, and passenger vessels have also transited the new locks.Additionally, Panama Canal’s tonnage has increased by 22.2 percent when comparing the 2016 and 2017 fiscal year. On average, 5.9 vessels transit the Expanded Canal per day, surpassing original forecasts of two to three daily transits for the first year of operation.Fifteen new liner services opted to transit the Expanded Locks, “as shipping lines continue to reroute their services to take advantage of the economies of scale offered by the Expanded Canal.”The one-year anniversary of the canal’s inauguration, one of the most significant milestones in the history of the 102-year old waterway and a defining moment for the people of Panama and the broader maritime industry, will be commemorated on June 26, 2017.All vessels transiting on Monday will receive a commemorative first anniversary plaque, the ACP informed.last_img read more

COSCO Coastal Oil Singapores Debt Claims Not Genuine


first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC 2.0 license Crude oil products supplier Coastal Oil Singapore Pte Ltd, which has filed for liquidation in December 2018, has been linked to debt fraud.COSCO Shipping International (Hong Kong) said that it has received claims from commercial banks seeking payments of alleged debt from one of its indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries, Sinfeng Marine Services Pte.As informed, the troubled marine fuel player reportedly assigned to the banks receivables due from Sinfeng to Coastal Oil Singapore.Namely, Coastal Oil Singapore was a major supplier of Sinfeng, which is engaged in the supply and trading of marine fuel and related products to major oil ports.Specifically, Coastal Oil Singapore accounted for 94% and 93% of Singfeng’s total purchase costs for the year ended December 31, 2017 and the six months ended June 30, 2018.“Based on a preliminary assessment, the management of Sinfeng is of the view that the documents inrelation to almost all of the alleged debts are not genuine,” COSCO Shipping International said in a regulatory filing. “Sinfeng is still in the process of conducting an investigation  and seeking professional advice in respect of the aforesaid matters.”Sinfeng is working on finding alternative suppliers to Coastal Oil Singapore and will conduct a review of its business operations.“The board expects that the revenue of the group will decrease significantly unless and until alternative suppliers to Coastal Oil Singapore are identified. However, in light of the insignificant profit contribution of Sinfeng, the board currently does not foresee any material adverse impact on the group as a result of the liquidation of Coastal Oil Singapore,” COSCO added.last_img read more