Blackmagic Cinema Camera Price Slashed

first_imgBlackmagic Design makes a bold move and drops the price of their popular Cinema Camera to $1995!Blackmagic Design aims to pick up a wider user base of their popular Cinema Camera – slashing the price from $2995 to $1995.  Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty recently told the Hollywood Reporter ““Too many manufacturers make products that are way too expensive or too complicated.” This move will certainly entice video pros who are currently debating on a DSLR or Cinema Cam purchase.With the recently released Blackmagic Production Camera and Blackmagic Pocket Camera, the price drop of this earlier model seems logical. When the camera was announced at the 2012 NAB show many video professionals couldn’t believe the almost 3K resolution for $3000. This recent price drops will sweeten that deal even more.Get the Blackmagic Cinema Camera over at B&H for $1995.last_img read more

What A Leader Must Do

first_imgVision. Mission. Purpose. Then these:A leader must believe there is a way. Strategy is nothing without belief. And if you don’t believe, no one else will.A leader must be a teacher. A leader teaches business, teaches values, teaches strategy, teaches empathy, teaches tactics, teaches personal growth and development, teaches mentorship, teaches coaching, and teaches customer-focus.A leader must help their team understand why something must be done.A leader must trust her people to accomplish their missions using tactics of their own choosing. She must build a team of people she trusts enough to use their own resourcefulness and creativity to reach their goals and overcome the inevitable obstacles.A leader must instill a spirit, a confidence, an esprit de corpes in their followers.A leader must nurture, sustain, and protect a healthy culture.A leader must surround themselves with people who will tell them the ugly truth without fear, and the leader must reward their candor (and never punish it).A leader must collect and share stories of people doing things right, living the purpose, and living the values.A leader breathes life into the organization’s values by serving as an example of those values.A leader must build more leaders out his followers, knowing that every follower is someone else’s leader—or will be soon.A leader must make himself dispensable.A leader must be decisive. They must make the tough calls.A leader must do what is unpopular when it is necessary, and they must explain why they made the decision so that others may understand. This is especially true when people’s lives are effected by those decisions.A leader must care more than anyone else.A leader must go first when it comes to the most difficult challenges.A leader must be entrenched in the details.A leader must accept responsibility and must be accountable for the decisions they take.These are some things a leader must do.QuestionsWhat do leaders do?What makes a leader effective?What are a leader’s most important priorities?What would you want from a leader?last_img read more

Two men booked under NSA in Madhya Pradesh for ‘illegally’ transporting cows

first_imgMadhya Pradesh’s Congress government slaps NSA on three men accused of cow slaughter Authorities in Agar Malwa district of Madhya Pradesh have booked two men under the National Security Act (NSA) for alleged illegal transportation of cattle and disruption of public peace, a police official said on Friday.The incident comes close on the heels of the Kamal Nath-led government invoking the stringent NSA against three persons accused of cow slaughter in Khandwa district.“The two accused — Mehboob Khan, a resident of Lambikheda in Ujjain district, and Rodumal Malviya of Agar Malwa — were arrested on Thursday under the NSA for transporting cows illegally and disrupting public peace,” Kotwali police station in-charge Ajit Tiwari said.After their arrest, a court sent the duo to the central jail in Ujjain, he added.Also Read  According to police, Agar Malwa town had witnessed tension on January 29 in the bus stand area when the two accused were carrying cows in their vehicles. People had protested against them, after which the market was shut. The duo was later booked by the police.“They were found to be involved in such activities in the past as well, which had led to disruption of peace in the area,” Mr. Tiwari said.The NSA was invoked against them by District Collector Ajay Gupta after Agar Malwa’s Superintendent of Police (SP) Manoj Kumar Singh sent a report on the matter.“In the past, four cases of illegal transportation of cows were registered against Mehboob and three cases against Rodumal, because of which the administration imposed the NSA against them,” he said.Talking to reporters in Mandsaur two days back in connection with the Khandwa case, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh had said it is the police who decide which sections should be applied and invoking the NSA appeared unnecessary in that case.last_img read more

My resignation letter delivered to CM, says Sidhu

first_imgIn the wake of widespread criticism over submitting his resignation letter from the Punjab Cabinet to party leader Rahul Gandhi instead of Chief Minister Capt. (retd.) Amarinder Singh, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday said his resignation has been delivered to the Chief Minister.“Today, I have sent my resignation to the Chief Minister Punjab, has been delivered at his official residence,” he said in his official Twitter handle.Also Read Capt. Singh said if Mr. Sidhu did not want to do his job, there was nothing he could do about it. “The Minister should have accepted his new portfolio instead of shunning the work in the middle of the crucial rice [paddy] sowing season. If he doesn’t want to do the job, there is nothing I can do about it.” How a soldier could refuse a job assigned by the General, he asked. There had to be some discipline in the government if it was to function effectively, he said.Capt. Amarinder, who was in New Delhi, told reporters that he had been informed that Mr. Sidhu’s resignation has been sent to his residence in Chandigarh but he was yet to see it. He would have to read it first to be able to comment on it. He pointed out that he had reshuffled the portfolios of 13 of the 17 members of his Cabinet after the Lok Sabha elections and Mr. Sidhu was the only member who had problems. The reshuffle was decided on the basis of their performance, and Mr. Sidhu should have accepted his new department..“Mr. Sidhu was given the crucial Power portfolio, which was particularly important at this time in view of the rice [paddy] season, from June to October. With many parts of the State not receiving adequate rain, the power situation is critical, requiring day to day monitoring,” he said.The Chief Minister expressed his unhappiness with the statement issued by Mr. Sidhu and his wife on the latter’s candidature for the parliamentary elections. He clarified that he had never opposed Mrs. Navjot Sidhu’s candidature and had suggested she should contest from Bathinda, which the couple rejected.Capt. Amarinder and Mr. Sidhu have been at loggerheads since the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. It started with Ms Navjot Kaur Sidhu accusing Capt. Amarinder of blocking her Lok Sabha ticket from Chandigarh. Later, the Chief Minister blamed Mr. Sidhu for not handling his department well, which he claimed had resulted in the Congress’s “poor performance” in urban areas in the general election. Public dissidence dents Congress imagelast_img read more

Sprinting to Disaster

first_imgThey call it Murphy’s Law, the adage that “everything that can go wrong will go wrong”. For the organisers and stakeholders of the New Delhi Commonwealth Games, it’s a law that is being self-perpetuated with grim consequences. Days before the Games were to begin, two men on a motorcycle sprayed,They call it Murphy’s Law, the adage that “everything that can go wrong will go wrong”. For the organisers and stakeholders of the New Delhi Commonwealth Games, it’s a law that is being self-perpetuated with grim consequences. Days before the Games were to begin, two men on a motorcycle sprayed a bus carrying Taiwanese tourists with pistol fire in the Jama Masjid area, critically injuring two and triggering a fresh security scare; an overbridge meant to ferry athletes and spectators from the main stadium to the car park collapsed, injuring 23 labourers; parts of the false ceiling of the weightlifting venue at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium came crashing down and an advance party from New Zealand, Canada, Scotland and Ireland raised serious concerns about the unhygienic conditions in the residential zone of the Games Village constructed under the supervision of the DDA.Collapsed footover bridge near the main venue.The Village was to be officially opened on September 23 and just two days before that it was in an “uninhabitable and filthy” condition, says the chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), Mike Hooper, with human excreta clogging the toilets, stray dogs sleeping on beds meant for athletes and officials, and switches, faucets and lifts that didn’t work.To add to the embarrassment, the secretary general of the Organising Committee (OC), Lalit Bhanot, came out with the shocking, even bizarre statement, “Our hygienic standards and foreigners’ hygiene standards are different”; thereby implying that Indians are fine with excreta and filth in their living accommodation. If that wasn’t enough, the security arrangements were exposed by an Australian TV crew that managed to smuggle ammonium nitrate, an explosive, in a detonation box into the main venue, Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, an ominous sign in view of a purported Indian Mujahideen e-mail received by a media house soon after the Jama Masjid firing, threatening to target foreigners at the Games.advertisementIt’s a chain of disasters that sends a dubious message to 70 other participating nations on the eve of the arrival of athletes. There’s more. The heavy rains have ensured that the Yamuna, adjoining the Games Village, is flowing above the danger mark, heightening the scare over dengue. It was no great surprise that some top athletes from England declared they were pulling out of the Games, including world triple jump champion Phillips Idowu.Countdown to CrisisJawaharLal Nehru Stadium: Rs 961-crore project by CPWD. 11 days before the Games the ceiling of the weightlifting complex falls; a pedestrian overbridge in the main complex constructed by the PWD collapses.Commonwealth Games Village: Worth Rs 1,000 crore, constructed by DDA. Termed “uninhabitable” on the eve of the arrival of participating athletes.Indira Gandhi Sports Complex: Renovated at a cost of Rs 669 crore by the Sports Authority of India. The velodrome has suffered damage due to waterlogging and seepage. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pressed the panic button and deputed Delhi Lt. Governor Tejendra Khanna, also DDA chairman, to personally oversee the clean-up operation. In contrast, Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy, who heads the Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted last year to ensure effective coordination between 54 agencies to make the Games a success, seems unfazed. Calling the concern about cleanliness as “not major”, he stressed that “the Games next month would be absolutely world class”.Such is the Nero-like fiddling by officials, with top dog Suresh Kalmadi maintaining an eerie silence, that the threat to the conduct of the Games and the prospect of other hurriedly built venues and structures collapsing, mean India’s image has taken a serious beating. “The writing was on the wall,” says a senior member of GoM who insists that he will come out in open with details of mismanagement after the Games are over. “If they are to happen, that is,” he adds. The Government opened the doors of the treasury in the name of country’s honour, with the cost of the Games now reaching an estimated Rs 70,000 crore.The Games Village, worth more than Rs 1,000 crore, with 14 blocks and 34 towers having 1,168 air-conditioned flats that can house over 8,000 athletes and team officials, was handed over to OC by the DDA as late as end of last month. When the chefs-de-mission from participating countries, who started moving in by September 15, raised concerns about the cleanliness, the OC promptly shifted them from their allotted towers to the one meant for the Indian contingent.”I have never seen such under-preparedness in my life. I don’t think we’ll get any big event, such as the Olympics, in future.”Kunjarani Devi, weightlifter advertisementTroubled Trio: (From left) Kalmadi, Dikshit and Gill are shirking responsibility.During this time, there were some 12,000 labourers engaged at the site putting overlays in place, and without effective monitoring by the OC. They defecated in the bathrooms meant for players and no cleaning up was carried out before they were opened for inspection just two days before the players were to shift in. Weightlifter Kunjarani Devi slammed the shoddy work for the Games, saying “I have never seen such under-preparedness ever in my life”. Adding that she was ashamed of what was going on, the ace weightlifter said the CWG mess will affect India’s chances to bid for sporting events. “I don’t think we’ll get any big event, such as the Olympics, in future,” she said.As the situation stands today, there can’t be a bigger contrast to the stated objective: to deliver the best Games ever, showcase project India as an economic power and Delhi as a global destination. Documentary proof of the mess was provided by the Central Vigilance Commission’s (CVC) probe in August this year when it carried out inspection at 16 Games-related projects by agencies such as the PWD (under the Delhi Government), CPWD, DDA, NDMC and MCD (all under the Government of India).Shattered window pane of the bus attacked near Jama Masjid.Explaining the modus operandi, the CVC said that agencies created alarming circumstances and used them as an alibi to demand more funds and induct favourite contractors without adhering to the safeguards. These conditions were artfully created under the nose of the GoM which kept sending positive signals while the Government kept hiking budgets. The allocation in the last two years to the tune of Rs 7,271 crore while a paltry sum of Rs 378 crore was given for the preparation of teams. These renewed targets and budget need to be approved by the GoM, but nobody in the Government questioned the cost escalations.Sports Minister M.S. Gill was forthright in articulating his ministry’s resolve to keep things open and transparent, but has been an embarrassment himself by first refusing to acknowledge world wrestling champion Sushil Kumar’s coach, even pushing him aside, and then refusing to answer questions when the excreta literally hit the fan. He brushed aside the CVC report, saying action has to wait as the “focus must now be on the success of the Games”.The swollen Yamuna with the Games Village in the background.Top functionaries in the ministry are now looking for a face-saver even as the hostess of the Games, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, known for her great working rapport with Gill and Reddy but not with Kalmadi, took no action. She wanted to wait for the full report, assuring “account and accountability will be fixed”.Dikshit blamed the rains for the mess which is a politician’s favourite ploy to divert attention and accountability. The national shame is as much about shoddy workmanship, corruption, inefficiency and lack of transparency as it is about how India is exposed as a country with First World ambitions and pompous declarations with Fourth World mentality. India’s biggest Games are becoming its biggest embarrassment and no one knows when the next disaster will strike.advertisementlast_img read more

Don’t want to die in accident? These are safest cars to go for in India right now

first_imgWith an astronomical number of options to buy a car in the current market, buying a new car is nothing short of winning a battle. With an increase in the number of people moving on the roads, the sense of safety keeps steadily reducing. Unfortunately, in the Indian car market, the major emphasis is given on the price, cost to run, mileage, and performance while safety takes a backseat. The idea of a safe car is coming up, slowly but steadily.In a report from the transport ministry released in September last year, the stats showed as many as 17 people died in 55 road accidents per hour on an average in 2017, with more than 50 per cent of the victims from the 18-35 age group. The report also stated one major fact – the overall number of accidents declined by 4.1 per cent from last year, but fatalities went up by 3.2 per cent.Now coming to more hard numbers, there were a total of 1,40,652 road accidents which took place in India last year, which resulted in 1,50,785 deaths and leaving 4,94,624 persons with serious injuries.With such numbers, we can assume that buying a car with adequate safety features should be on top of the list. Almost every car that is being sold in India right now gets a safety rating from Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program). Global NCAP is a UK based company which focuses on the promotion of public health and safety, and consumer safety in vehicles.NCAP results can be used as a datum point to evaluate the structural integrity of the vehicle, vehicular impact on passengers, and possible injuries or fatalities at the time of a collision. Recent NCAP tests have shown Indian car manufacturers to make safe cars to earn up to 4 stars, but for a pan-market basis in the automotive segment, the thought process of buying a safer car than a cheaper one is yet to develop.advertisementWe believe the readers can think for themselves so here are the top 5 safest cars you can buy in India right now.Renault Duster This model from the French manufacturer started the trend of compact SUVs in the Indian market since its launch in 2012. The Renault Duster scored 3 stars in the NCAP tests. The model used is the one with a single driver airbag.The Duster went through a mid-lifecycle update in 2016 and is among the dominant market leaders right now. The Duster is currently offered in diesel and petrol variants.The Duster is powered by a 1.5-litre diesel which is available in two states of tune – 84bhp/200Nm and 108bhp/240Nm. The petrol variant is powered by a 1.6-litre engine which belts out 102bhp and 145Nm of torque. The lower power diesel model and petrol are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The higher power diesel variant is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The latest addition is the automated manual transmission (AMT) available with the 108bhp diesel variant but without AWD.Prices for the Duster start at Rs 7.95 for the petrol, and Rs 8.95 lakh for the diesel variant, ex-showroom.Volkswagen Polo The Polo initially secured zero stars at the first test. However, in the second test, the hatchback recorded a 4-star rating. The German carmaker quickly addressed these issues and now the car has got dual airbags, starting from the base Trendline model.The Polo sold in India is powered by a 999cc, 4-cylinder petrol which churns out 75bhp of power and 95Nm of torque. There is also a diesel variant on offer which is powered by a 1.5-litre engine belting out 89bhp and 230Nm of torque. The powertrains are mated to a 5-speed manual.Prices for the Polo start at Rs 5.53 lakh for petrol and Rs 7.04 lakh for the diesel variant, ex-showroom.Also, the Polo is sold in GT TSI and GT TSI Sport, which is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol and churns out 103bhp and 175Nm of torque. The powertrain is mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.Toyota Etios Liva We are not new to the fact that Toyota makes one of the strongest cars in many markets across the globe. Remember when the Top Gear trio tried killing a Toyota Hilux pickup and failed. But we don’t have the Hilux here. However, the Etios Liva is one of the cheapest cars to buy in India which also gets a 4-star safety rating. The Etios Liva gets dual airbags as standard.The Etios Liva can be bought in petrol and diesel variants. The petrol variant is powered by a 1.2-litre engine which churns out 79bhp of power and 104Nm of torque. The diesel variant is powered by a 1.4-litre engine which churns out 67bhp and 170Nm of torque. Both the powertrains are mated to a 5-speed gearbox.advertisementPrices for the Etios Liva start at Rs 5.48 lakh for petrol, and Rs 6.76 lakh for diesel, ex-showroom.Mahindra XUV500 When Mahindra launched the premium SUV back in 2011, one of the major highlights of the premium SUV was that it had a monocoque chassis. For readers who don’t know what a monocoque chassis is – a single shell. For chassis made in a single molded shell, with no internal frame. Monocoque chassis are regarded as safer and more stronger considering the vehicle body is integral to the frame, as opposed to body-on-frame construction.The model tested (W11 AWD) received 4 stars in the ANCAP test which is the Australian variant of the NCAP tests. The model testes are the same one in the Indian market and get 6 airbags, and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) as standard. It also gets Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Traction Control, and Hill Descent Control. However, the W11 AWD model has priced at Rs 17.85 lakh, ex-showroom.However, the point to be noted here is the XUV500’s structural integrity. The SUV scored 16 out of 16 points in the side-impact test which checks the structural integrity in case of side-collision.The XUV is powered by a 2.2-litre mHawk 4-cylinder diesel which churns out 155bhp and 360Nm and can be availed in a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic. The petrol variant is powered by a 2.2-litre 4-cylinder which produces 140bhp and 320Nm of torque and is mated to a 6-speed automatic. There is no manual option.Prices for the XUV500 start at Rs 12.39 lakh for the diesel variant and Rs 15.50 lakh, ex-showroom for the petrol variant.Hyundai Creta One of the successful models from the Korean manufacturer for the Indian market, the Hyundai Creta has taken the premium compact SUV market by storm. The car got a very commendable 4-star rating in the Latin NCAP tests. The vehicle tested was similar to the Indian variant, and featured two airbags.The Creta currently sold in the Indian market is similar to the one sold in Brazilian markets and is powered by a two engine option – petrol and diesel. The petrol variant gets a 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder engine churning out 123bhp and 151Nm of torque. The diesel variant gets 2 diesel options which include a 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre engine options which generate 89bhp and 126bhp and are mated to a six-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic option.Prices for the Creta start at Rs 9.43 lakh for the petrol, and Rs 9.99 lakh, ex-showroom for the diesel variant.Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza This is the latest addition. Maruti Suzuki’s compact SUV, the Vitara Brezza scored an impressive 4-star rating in the latest series of crash tests conducted by the Global New Car Assessment Program. The results were made public on Thursday at the inaugural Global NCAP World Congress which is being held in Delhi.advertisementThe variant of the Vitara Brezza which was tested came with standard dual-airbags, ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution, and ISOFIX anchorages. The car received 4-stars in Adult Occupant Protection whereas received two stars for Child Occupant Protection. According to the GNCAP report, the Adult Occupant Protection was good and robust. Also mentioned in the report is the Child Occupant Protection received two stars because of the forward facing position of the 18-month old dummy in the test, but a 3-year old dummy received good protection.The Vitara Brezza is powered by a 1.3-litre turbo diesel powerplant which churns out 89bhp and 200Nm of peak torque. The powerplant is mated to a 5-speed manual, or a 5-speed AMT or AGS, as called by Maruti Suzuki. Prices for the Brezza start at Rs 7.58 lakh, ex-showroom.Ford Aspire Ford recently came out with the facelifted compact sedan, the Figo Aspire. Priced at Rs 5.55 lakh, ex-showroom, the model secured a three-star rating in the Adult Occupant Protection criteria.The Ford Aspire facelift is powered by a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder TiVCT petrol from the Dragon series churning out 96bhp powerplant which can be found on the current gen Freestyle. The Aspire also comes powered with the 123bhp, 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TDCi diesel engine on offer. Transmission duties will be done by a 5-speed manual gearbox. Ford, however, did not bring the diesel-automatic combo to the Indian market at launch. The only automatic petrol combo can be availed in the Titanium trim and is priced at Rs 8.49 lakh, ex-showroom. The petrol AMT is powered by the 1.5-litre TiVCT engine and is mated to a 6-speed AMT unit. All variants get dual-airbags, ABS and EBD as standard.The Figo Aspire will face off against the recently launched Honda Amaze (Rs 5.81-9.11 lakh), segment leader Maruti Suzuki Dzire (Rs 5.60-9.45 lakh), Hyundai Xcent (Rs 5.61-8.61 lakh) and the VW Ameo (Rs 5.62-10.01 lakh).last_img read more

The Making of- Virat Kohli’s First Sneaker with PUMA, one8 Basket

first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with NewsVoir. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)Catch the Indian skipper in action as he recreates PUMAs iconic basket silhouetteBangalore, Karnataka, India (NewsVoir)Indian skipper Virat Kohli dropped his first sneaker collaboration with global sportswear brand PUMA earlier this week. Grabbing the country and fans by storm, PUMA has released a special video that gives a glimpse into the making of the one8 Basket. Tailored specially for Indian consumers, the video was unveiled by Virat on his Instagram account/handle.In a candid video, for the first time ever, you see Virats creative side where hes actually sketching the shoe. Created by Street Style Spotlight, the video has been executed flawlessly. It shows Virat in conversation with PUMA team, picking the detailing for the shoe and even creating the designs. In the video, Virat walks you through the detailing he has incorporated, the thought behind the logo placement and the inspiration behind the design of the shoe.Taking inspiration from a game that he loves, Virat tells you how his first sneaker collaboration features aesthetic influences from cricket. Further translating his passion for cricket into design he gives an up-close view of the gold stitching on the premium leather upper inspired by the stitches on a cricket ball. Even the perforations on the shoe are inspired by the perforations in his batting gloves. Inspired by the test cricket ensemble, Virat knew the sneaker definitely had to be available in a white colourway. Black is Virats go to colour, it is one of his favourites. The one8 basket has been adapted in classic black to create a truly timeless sneaker.advertisementBringing together two big brands, Virat has worked very closely with PUMA through the entire creative process, carefully curating design and detailing to create a new interpretation of this timeless classic with his unique stamp. The PUMA Baskets classic and minimalistic silhouette is the perfect choice for Virats first sneaker collaboration. His personal style is reflected in the timeless silhouette and the classic colours he has selected for the shoe – black and white.Created for those who live in their sneakers, the PUMA one8 Basket is just as comfortable as it is fashionable. The classic basket silhouette makes it a very versatile unisex shoe that can be worn by anyone with any outfit.PUMAs concept behind the video is to showcase how closely Virat was involved in the entire creative process of one8 Basket. Catch the link to the video of Virats debut sneaker here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-XXWu7lGkcShare the video and tag @pumaindiaFollow: @pumaindiaPUMA is one of the worlds leading sports brands, designing, developing, selling and marketing footwear, apparel and accessories. For 70 years, PUMA has relentlessly pushed sport and culture forward by creating fast products for the worlds fastest athletes. PUMA offers performance and sport-inspired lifestyle products in categories such as Football, Running and Training, Basketball, Golf, and Motorsports. It collaborates with renowned designers and brands to bring sport influences into street culture and fashion. The PUMA Group owns the brands PUMA, Cobra Golf and Dobotex. The company distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs more than 13,000 people worldwide, and is headquartered in Herzogenaurach/Germany.Image: Virat Kohli PUMA one8 BasketVideo: The making of – Virat Kohlis first sneaker with PUMA, one8 BasketPWRPWRlast_img read more

All options open for closure or merger of MMTC STC PEC Goyal

first_imgNew Delhi: Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said on Tuesday that all options are open with the ministry for closure or merger of three public sector undertakings – MMTC, STC and PEC. When asked whether the government is considering to shut or merge these units, Goyal said: “All options are open”. He said gradually the purpose of these companies is getting eroded and they are no more canalising agencies. “It is not the government’s business to be in the business,” he told reporters here at the sidelines of a CII function. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHe said there is no meaning for such a big infrastructure (MMTC) to carry out gold imports. “We have started discussions. One by one we will do,” he added. STC and PEC are debt-ridden firms. According to STC’s annual report for 2018-19, the company is facing “severe liquidity crisis” as all the lender banks have reported STC’s account as NPA due to non-payment of interest on the banking limits availed by the company”. Therefore, at present, the company has no banking limits, funded or non-funded, available with it. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe company has reported a net loss (after tax) of Rs 881 crore during 2018-19 as compared to net profit (after tax) of about Rs 38 crore in 2017-18. The net loss reported in 2018-19 was mainly due to write-offs amounting to about Rs 626 crore made in the books of accounts. STC was set up in 1956 as a trading arm of the government to undertake trade with east European countries. PEC was incorporated as a subsidiary of STC in 1971 to handle canalised business of export of railway and engineering equipment. It became an independent firm in 1997. MMTC was created in 1963 as an independent entity on separation from STC primarily to deal in exports of minerals and ores and imports of non-ferrous metals. All three companies are under the administrative control of the commerce ministry. When asked about India, US trade talks, he said both countries are in continuous dialogue on trade related issues. “If things get resolved, we will announce something,” he added.last_img read more

Excop Blairs cabinet promotion pits him against politics of fear Trudeau

first_imgOTTAWA – Former Toronto police chief Bill Blair’s promotion to cabinet gives the Trudeau Liberals a political firefighter on the thorny issues of irregular migrants, gun violence and criminal syndicates.Blair’s move to the front benches in the newly created cabinet post of minister of border security and organized crime reduction also gives Justin Trudeau a new ally in a much broader ideological battle — combating what the prime minister calls the “politics of fear” practised by conservatives at home and abroad.Blair was one of five MPs promoted to cabinet in Wednesday’s shuffle, a pre-emptive move by the Liberals to prepare for the next federal election in 15 months.Trudeau faces complications from populist governments at home in Ontario under Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives and in the United States under President Donald Trump.Ford has clashed with Ottawa over the strains posed by an influx of irregular border crossers from the U.S. into Ontario, a problem that has also affected Quebec. The escalating tariff war and uncertainty over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement — not to mention the complete breakdown in personal relations between Trump and Trudeau — has diminished Canada-U.S. relations.Blair’s new job will bring him face to face with provincial premiers as well as politicians south of the border. He will face challenges in both settings.Both are drug-related.At Queen’s Park, Ford’s emotions are reportedly still very raw over the fallout from police chief Blair releasing the infamous video of his brother, then-Toronto mayor Rob Ford, smoking crack cocaine in 2013.Blair’s clash with the Ford family capped what was at times a tumultuous decade as the city’s top cop.Blair will be drawing on his vast law enforcement experience to help find solutions to gun violence that in Toronto alone has left 27 people dead and 82 injured so far this year, compared with 17 deaths and 80 injuries at this time last year.“The best response is when all three levels of government come together,” Blair said after being sworn in at Rideau Hall.“I look forward for the opportunity to work with the provinces, territories, and with the municipalities across the country to address that concern.”In Washington, as Blair tries to stem to flow of northward migrants, he will face questions over Canada’s plans to legalize marijuana as of this fall. The Trump administration opposes relaxing restrictions on the drug.But Blair will be prepared, having stoically served as the Trudeau government’s main political spokesman on cannabis.It was lifetime away from the start of his career as a beat cop on the streets of some of Toronto’s toughest neighbourhoods.As chief, he would fight off calls for his resignation after hundreds of protesters were rounded up on Toronto’s streets during the G20 summit protests in 2010. He also clashed with both Fords at Toronto city council while fighting cuts to the police budget.Lisa MacLeod, the Ontario minister responsible for immigration offered hope of good relations, when she tweeted her congratulations to Blair on Wednesday, saying said she looked forward to meeting with him.That followed last week’s bitter clash between MacLeod and federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen when they met to discuss the impact of migrants.Blair’s new portfolio overlaps with those of Hussen and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.Trudeau played down any suggestion that Blair was being parachuted in to clean up a problem, saying he’s adding value to an already strong team.“Bill Blair has always stepped up in public service and we’re excited about being able to have him focus on this particular question within the larger areas of public safety and immigration,” said Trudeau.Trudeau said his first conversation with Blair — years ago when he was trying to lure him into politics — resonated with him now that he is in his cabinet.“He said the number one enemy of public security is fear,” Trudeau recalled.“When Conservatives across the country are playing the fear card we need strong, reassuring voices to counter that and to demonstrate that the safety and security of Canadians and their communities is something that we will never flinch on, that we will continue to deliver.”Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt said the shuffle would continue to lead to Liberal failures, partly due to Blair’s appointment. “I think what it’s saying is that this government is ready to take on the provinces and have a fight.”Raitt also took issue with the appointment of Jonathan Wilkinson, a North Vancouver MP, as minister of fisheries, saying that would isolate him from the fishers he will be serving because “the most turbulent place for fisheries is the Atlantic Canada coast.”Trudeau created a new seniors portfolio, appointing Hamilton MP Filomena Tassi to court a constituency that traditionally has a higher voting rate than younger people. The Canadian Medical Association applauded a decision it says gives seniors a voice at the cabinet table.Trudeau rounded out his new cabinet appointees by naming Toronto MP Mary Ng to the small business and export promotion portfolio, and giving her responsibility for the Business Development Bank of Canada.And veteran Montreal MP Pablo Rodriguez, who was government whip, was promoted to heritage, replacing the embattled Melanie Joly.— with files from Janice Dickson and Andy Blatchfordlast_img read more

Fire officials in Saskatchewan dont know what caused blaze that killed two

first_imgThe Canadian Press LOON LAKE, Sask. _ Fire officials say they don’t know what caused the blaze that killed two children on a northern Saskatchewan reserve last week.Two-year-old Harley Cheenanow and his 18-month-old sister, Haley, died after the fire broke out at their grandmother’s house.The volunteer fire department in nearby Loon Lake was called but didn’t respond, because service to the reserve had been cut weeks earlier over unpaid bills.Investigators said Wednesday the source of the fire can’t be determined because of the  “complete burn” nature of the blaze.“(We) have confirmed that a battery-operated smoke detector was in the home at the time of the fire, but it is not known if it was in normal working condition,” said a statement from Emergency Management and Fire Services.RCMP officers were the only first responders that showed up to help as the fire raged.The grandmother managed to get out alive but the children, carried out of the burning home by their father, died at the scene.Chief Richard Ben of the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation has said his reserve has a working fire truck, but they don’t have enough money for proper equipment or to train crews to use it.Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said in a letter to the federal government last week that First Nations receive insufficient funding to ensure a safe and healthy environment.He said the situation has reached a “critical level” and asked for a meeting with Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt.Valcourt has said Makwa Sahgaiehcan, like all other reserves, gets sufficient funding for fire services and it’s up to band officials to decide how the money is spent.In his letter, Bellegarde also said the government policy that caps annual funding increases for First Nations at two percent needs to change.“The lifting of the two per cent cap and replacing it with an appropriate escalator is a good place to start,” he wrote.Valcourt’s office has indicated the minister has agreed to meet with Bellegarde.(The Canadian Press)last_img read more

UNs environmental television products to be showcased at industry conference

“We invite TV broadcasters to discover the wealth of material and media services which exists within the United Nations system that they can use to produce a variety of formats from the small screen to mobile devices,” said Caroline Petit of the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), who will be attending MIPTV along with representatives of several other UN agencies. Through its award-winning series “UN in Action,” UN Television has produced short documentaries on numerous environmental subjects, including stories on the future of the Aral Sea, the prevention of natural disasters in Kazakhstan, and cleaning up radioactive waste in Serbia. “21st Century,” a newly launched 26-minute monthly magazine, combines narrative storytelling and news reporting from around the world, while DPI also furnishes stories from field missions through its UNifeed satellite transmission. Among the UN system’s many new green projects to be featured is “So You Think You Know About… Climate Change,” a documentary series produced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the award-winning United Kingdom-based back2back productions in association with BBC World. “Bling: A Planet Rock” is a 90-minute documentary produced by VH1 Rock Docs, Article 19 Films and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Featuring hip-hop artists from the United States and Sierra Leone, it spotlights millions of diamond diggers to help disadvantaged communities and promote conscious consumerism, encouraging the purchase of ‘clean’ diamonds through the power and influence of popular music. Also providing products will be the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Bank and the Millennium Campaign. 13 April 2007The United Nations audiovisual family will offer ‘green’ stories and projects to major international broadcasters as they join MIPTV (Marché international des programmes de television), the leading international television programming marketplace, next week in Cannes, France. read more

Nielsens top programs for Sept 2329

LOS ANGELES — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Sept. 23-29. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. NFL Football: Dallas at New Orleans, NBC, 24.1 million.2. NFL Football: Philadelphia at Green Bay, Fox, 17.9 million.3. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 16.54 million.4. “NCIS,” CBS, 12.58 million.5. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.8 million.6. “Football Night in America,” NBC, 12.26 million.7. “Thursday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” Fox, 10.12 million.8. NFL Football: Chicago at Washington, ESPN, 10.61 million.9. “The Voice,” NBC, 8.94 million.10. “FBI,” CBS, 8.83 million.11. “The Voice,” NBC (Tuesday), 8.32 million.12. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 8.24 million.13. “The Masked Singer,” Fox, 8 million.14. “This Is Us,” NBC, 7.9 million.15. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 7.85 million.16. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 7.53 million.17. “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 7.33 million.18. “911,” Fox, 7.15 million.19. “God Friended Me,” CBS, 7.13 million.20. “Hawaii Five-0,” CBS, 7 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by Fox Corp.; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.The Associated Press read more

40 million UN trust fund to help poor countries food safety forum

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) established the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) in 1962 to set safety standards and ensure fair practices in food trade. However, many developing countries have not fully participated in the work of the CAC because of the cost involved in attending meetings and working groups. The new Project and Fund for Enhanced Participation in Codex is meant to remedy that situation. “All countries, especially the developing countries, need to be fully involved in the international debate and in drawing up policy guidance on food safety and trade,” FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said. The new FAO/WHO trust fund, expected to run for 12 years, will help some 120 developing countries and countries in transition increase their participation in the vital work of the Commission. The CAC currently has 168 member countries. “This will enable all Codex Members both to improve the quality and safety of food at home, and to be more effective when trading their food internationally,” WHO Director-General Gro Harlem Brundtland said at the Geneva launch. Food safety standards have become increasingly important in recent years, as countries faced a number of food safety crises, such as mad cow disease, dioxin contamination of animal feed and listeria contamination of milk products and ready-to-eat foods. According to FAO and WHO, appropriate food standards, when properly implemented, serve to safeguard the health of consumers and also contribute to a rule-based trading system that is predictable and non-discriminatory. read more

During UN envoys visit Yemeni authorities commit to stop recruiting child soldiers

“I am heartened by the pledge from President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi and others in Government to end the recruitment and use of children by Government forces,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, who met with the President and other senior officials as well as civil society members.“The re-structuring of the security forces envisioned during the transition period offers a unique opportunity to end grave violations against children and to professionalize the security force,” Ms. Zerrougui said. “The President’s public instruction to all security forces not to recruit children under 18 is a very positive first step.” The restructuring of the country’s security and armed forces is one of the elements of the democratic transition process underway in Yemen, following widespread protests last year that led to the resignation of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.Four parties in Yemen are listed in the Secretary-General’s ‘list of shame’ for recruitment and use of children: the Yemeni armed forces; Ali Mohsen’s First Armoured Division; pro-Government tribal militia; and the Al Houthi armed group.During her visit, which began on Monday, Ms. Zerrougui also travelled to the Sa’ada governorate, where she met with the leader of the Al Houthi armed group, Abdul Malik Badraldeen Al Houthi.While in the capital, Sana’a, Ms. Zerrougui met with child victims of conflict who had been recruited by the First Armoured Division and the police. “Children must go to school, not military camps. I urge the Government to act quickly with United Nations support in separating children from the security forces, and ensuring that they are reintegrated back into civilian life.”Ms. Zerrougui also met children maimed by mines, and warned of the increase in use of explosive remnants in the country. “I am horrified by the widespread use of explosive weapons in populated areas in Yemen, which has increased dramatically this year – by five times – and have a disproportionate impact on children,” she said.The UN Resident Coordinator in Yemen, Ismael Ouldcheikhahmed, reiterated the UN system’s readiness to work closely with the Government and other partners to reintegrate children and facilitate their access to education and livelihoods support. Ms. Zerrougui’s office said the Government’s commitment paves the way for the development of an action plan to address prevention, separation, and the reintegration of children, in line with Security Council resolution 1612, adopted in 2005. The resolution establishes measures to end grave violations against children through a monitoring and reporting mechanism on the use of child soldiers. read more

Largest joint UN humanitarian convoy of the war reaches remote Syrian settlement

The vulnerable inhabitants, the vast majority of whom are women and children, are living in desperate conditions that have worsened due to the harsh winter: at least eight young children have reportedly died in Rukban in recent weeks.The convoy of 133 trucks –a joint operation with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent – is delivering food, health and nutritional supplies, as well as hygiene materials, education items and children’s recreational kits. In addition, vaccines for 10,000 children under the age of five have been sent with the convoy.This large-scale delivery of essential humanitarian supplies to the extremely vulnerable in Rukban could not have happened a moment too soon – UN Syria Coordinator, Sajjad Malik “This large-scale delivery of essential humanitarian supplies to the extremely vulnerable in Rukban could not have happened a moment too soon”, said UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Mr. Sajjad Malik in a statement released by the UN on Wednesday. “While this delivery of assistance will provide much-needed support, it is only a temporary measure. A long-term, safe, voluntary and dignified solution for tens of thousands of people, many of whom have been staying at the Rukban settlement for more than two years in desperate conditions, is urgently needed.”The humanitarian supplies provided during this convoy were chosen based on the findings of a needs assessment carried out during the previous convoy to reach the outpost, in November 2018. Monitoring will also take place during the current convoy by the UN and Red Crescent teams to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches civilians in need.In order to bring about a situation where the displaced people at the settlement can return home, or to a place of their choosing, the UN and Red Crescent will carry out a survey to consult with them on their wishes and priorities. In the Wednesday statement, the UN underlined the fact that it urges all parties to allow safe, sustained and unimpeded humanitarian access to all people in need in Syria line with their obligations under International Humanitarian Law.In the last three years, tens of thousands have fled to Rukban from ISIL or Da’esh extremist- held parts of Syria being targeted by Russian and U.S.-led coalition air strikes, according to news reports.The camp lies inside a “deconfliction zone” set up by US-backed coalition, Russian and Syrian Government forces, which has reportedly encouraged many of Rukban’s inhabitants to stay rather than go back to their homes in areas under Government control where they fear retribution by the Syrian army. read more

Pick Szeged win Kanjiza Cup 2016

Kanjiza Cup 2016Pick Szeged The second best Hungarian team, PICK Szeged, won 6th Kanjiza Cup, tournament of Serbo-Hungarian border. The Juan Pastor boys best Meshkov Brest 22:20 at the final match.MOL-Pick Szeged-HC Meshkov Brest 22-20 (11-9)MOL-Pick Szeged: Sierra – Pedro 2, Buntic 2, Skube 5/1, Bánhidi 1,  Gorbok, Källman 4, Sego, Thiagus Petrus 1, Balogh 2/2, Bodó 2, Gaber 1, Sostaric 1, Blazevic 1, Bóka, Sunajko, Zubai.Brest: Pesic – Rutenka, Osztrusko, Atman 4, Kristopans 5, Shumak, Vukic 1, Mijatovic, Sztojkovics 3/1, Nyikolankau 1, Dzamali 3, Razgor, Prodanovic 1, Jurinok 1, Tioumensev, Babicev 1.The third place won Croatian RK Nexe over RK Metalurg Skopje 28:22, while fifth are RK Partizan Beograd ahead of Romanian Dobrugia – 35:33. ← Previous Story Michal Jurecki two months out Next Story → EUPHORIA: BSV Silkeborg to sold-out Boxen for clash against PSG read more

Paul OConnell Im so happy for the lads and for Brian in

first_imgIRELAND CAPTAIN PAUL O’Connell has admitted that Joe Schmidt has been the difference in Ireland finishing the Six Nations as champions a year after they disappointed in the competition.2013 saw Ireland winning just once under Declan Kidney, and while Schmidt has enjoyed having the large majority of his players fit and in form, O’Connell says the Kiwi has influenced with his high levels of detail.“It’s been a massive impact, no doubt. It was a poor, disappointing, frustrating season last year, albeit injury-plagued as well. He’s brought what you’d hear Leinster players saying for the last few years.“He’s brought real clarity, a very effective way of rucking, and people are in no doubt of their role. I just think when you have a good team and you can give players that kind of clarity, it allows them to be good players.That’s what we’ve had in the last few months. We made real progress in the autumn, we took a step backwards against England but learned a lot from it.”At 34, O’Connell may be in the twilight of his international career, even if he looks fitter and more effective than ever. Despite making himself a legend of the game worldwide, the Munster lock has not enjoyed repeated success with Ireland.Speaking in Paris after last night’s thrilling 22-20 victory over France, O’Connell said that lifting the trophy will prove a highlight of his time as a professional player.“It’s very important, every time you start a Six Nations, to achieve something. Historically this is always our toughest Six Nations, with England and France away from home. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“To be able to win the championship with those two fixtures is a great achievement. There’s a measure of satisfaction certainly, there’s been an awful lot of close calls in the past.“We’ve achieved a lot of provincial success with Munster and Leinster, but this is where you really want to achieve it as an Irishman. To have made the progress we have in a year is great, but also have that progress endorsed with a trophy is a great feeling.It gives the younger guys in the squad a winning habit, and that’s an important thing to have.”In typically understated fashion, O’Connell chose to focus on something that Ireland could have done better in the game, mentioning that their composure in the closing stages had concerned him.He was simply relieved to have finished the championship with that precious win, allowing his great teammate and friend, Brian O’Driscoll to sign off in style.“We knew where France were going to be physically, we spoke about trying to match that and go beyond it. I was delighted we scored three tries, it’s not an easy thing to do in Paris.“I’ve been coming here since I was 22 and that’s my first win. I was a little disappointed with the last 10 minutes, something to address in the future. It was disappointing we didn’t close it out in a more controlled fashion.“I’m so happy for the lads, and for Brian in his last international and his last Six Nations.”Sexton shaves D’Arcy’s magnificent beard off after Six Nations win 15 signs you’re a hardcore schools rugby fanlast_img read more

Apple buys Dr Dres Beats for 3 billion in bid to boost

first_imgAPPLE HAS ANNOUNCED it will buy Beats Music and Beats Electronics in a much-hyped deal worth $3 billion (€2.21 billion), in a bid to to bolster its position in the hotly contested online music sector.The move is expected to help the US tech giant, a pioneer in digital music with its wildly popular iTunes platform, ramp up its efforts to counter the successful models of streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and others.The deal for the maker of high-end audio equipment and the subscription streaming music service is Apple’s largest acquisition ever.It calls for Beats co-founders Dr. Dre, a Grammy-winning hip-hop pioneer, and Jimmy Iovine, a veteran music executive, to join the California company.“Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple,” chief executive Tim Cook said in a statement. That’s why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world.Bringing Beats into the Apple fold will offer opportunities to weave iTunes Radio service into more devices, and even spread the App Store for mini programs to other products, according to analysts.Adding Beats will give Apple fresh star power in music and the ability to get more ad revenues from streaming including mobile.The deal represents a shift in strategy for Apple, which is known for developing its own products in-house and making only modest acquisitions.But some analysts say the logic for the tie-up is not entirely clear.“Confusing”“It’s a little confusing to me what Apple is getting out of it,” said Bob O’Donnell, analyst and founder of Technalysis Research.O’Donnell said Beats “appeals to a demographic that is different from some of the typical Apple demographics” and has a streaming music service with “a relatively limited number of customers.”“It doesn’t seem a great match unless there are other issues at play,” O’Donnell told AFP. “But my guess is that Apple isn’t going to spend that much without that being the case.”The analyst said Apple may be able to give a boost to its recently launched iTunes streaming service, or possibly get a foothold in the lucrative market for music accessories.- © AFP, 2014Read: Apple expected to reveal smart home features for iPhone >last_img read more

ASAWISHH El Salvador Seminar Educates on Baking with Soy

first_imgWISHH Consultant, Dr. Sergio Serna, gives instruction to local bakers on the inclusion of U.S. soy products in baked goods.Last week, the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program hosted a baking seminar in El Salvador with one of the largest flour mills in the country.The seminar provided 20 representatives from commercial bakeries in the country a better understanding about the functional properties of soy and the use of soy ingredients in baking applications. As a result of the seminar, two of the largest bakeries in the country will be conducting follow-on trials with U.S. soy flour.Dr. Sergio Serna lead the seminar focused on the inclusion of soy ingredients in baked goods. Key commercial clients of the flour mill attended the hands-on seminar where they prepared a variety of breads enriched with defatted soy flour. This seminar was requested by executives at the flour mill as a follow up from a previous seminar hosted by ASA/WISHH earlier this year.last_img read more

Jury selection underway in 2nd trial of North Miami officer accused of

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – Day two of jury selection is underway in the second trial for the North Miami Police officer accused of shooting an unarmed therapist.Officer Jonathan Aledda is headed back to the court after rejecting a plea deal on Monday that included one-year probation with no jail time.In the deal, Aledda would also have to give up his law enforcement credentials.Investigators said the officer shot an unarmed behavioral therapist back in 2016.If convicted, Aledda faces over 60 years in prison.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img