Euronavs 1Q Profit Slashed

first_imgzoom Antwerp-based tanker owner and operator Euronav recorded a profit of USD 34.3 million in the first quarter of 2017, considerably lower from USD 113.5 million posted in the same period a year earlier.The drop comes despite improved freight rate performance compared to the second half of 2016. The average daily time charter equivalent rates (TCE) for the company’s very large crude carrier (VLCC) vessels stood at USD 41,147 and for Suezmaxes at USD 23,880 during the quarter.EBITDA for the period amounted to USD 101.3 million, lower from EBITDA of USD 176.4 million seen in the first quarter of 2015.“Q1 2017 was a confirmation of our thesis: short term challenges but a positive medium structure building for the tanker sector. Asset prices look to be bottoming out in our view confirmed by emerging buying interest from industrial players. However, short-term outlook retains a cautious tone with nearly a quarter of the large tanker order book scheduled for delivery during Q2 2017 and newbuilding contract activity picking up short-term albeit only in the VLCC sector,” Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav, pointed out.The company said the ordering of tankers in the first quarter was disappointing because 15 new VLCCs have been ordered during the first quarter.According to the company, the biggest challenge facing the tanker market at present is the concentration of tanker deliveries. The first quarter saw 27 VLCC equivalents delivered to the global fleet – a number which will be repeated during the second quarter. Absorption of these new, un-vetted vessels will occur during a seasonally weak period and will provide a sustained challenge for tanker operators over the summer months.Otherwise, crude oil markets remain “close to balance” according to the most recent International Energy Agency (IEA) report. Consensus forecasts expect inventory levels to reduce toward more normalized levels during the rest of 2017.“Euronav retains substantial balance sheet capability and fixed income visibility to navigate through a period of lower freight rates and/or to take advantage of expansion opportunities. The duration of the challenging freight rate environment will be entirely dependent on the number of additional orders to build new ships that are not needed by the market,” Rodgers added.During the first quarter of the year, Euronav took delivery of two VLCC resales, Ardeche and Aquitaine from Hyundai Heavy Industries’ (HHI) Samho shipyard.last_img read more

Parting with the peacocks Saskatoon zoo moves birds for ethical reasons

first_imgSASKATOON – There are no more peacocks at Saskatoon’s Forestry Farm Park and Zoo following a decision to move them somewhere better equipped to house them year-round.Manager Tim Sinclair-Smith says it was an ethical decision based on what happens when the birds aren’t allowed outside.Sinclair-Smith says the peacocks roamed around in the summer, but were locked in cages for up to seven months in the winter.He says the zoo would have had to spend $500,000 to build a winter facility.Officials chose instead to move the birds in the early spring to facilities with better housing such as zoos in Calgary and Toronto.Sinclair-Smith says it was felt the money could be better spent improving the zoo’s habitats for endangered species.(CKOM)last_img read more

Kent Nagano stepping down from Montreal Symphony Orchestra in 2020

first_imgLucien Bouchard, chair of the orchestra’s board of directors, is praising Nagano’s leadership, creativity and discipline and says he will “leave an indelible mark on the institution.” MONTREAL — Kent Nagano says he’ll be leaving as musical director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra when his contract expires in 2020. Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:center_img Nagano has headed the MSO since 2006. “Following a decade and a half as music director, it seems like a natural transition point at which to change the nature of our relationship and we are presently enjoying creative discussions about the directions in which that could lead,” he said in a statement. As international orchestras map out their seasons years in advance, management says it will move quickly to establish a plan to select Nagano’s successor. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The California-born maestro and the orchestra will continue to collaborate on various projects beyond 2020. The orchestra wanted Nagano to stay on as music director.last_img read more

Tesla delivers record number of vehicles cuts prices 2000

first_imgDETROIT — Tesla says it delivered over 245,000 electric cars and SUVs last year, nearly as many as all previous years combined.The company also says it’s cutting prices of its three vehicles by $2,000 to help customers handle the gradual phase-out of federal electric vehicle tax credits. On Jan. 1 the federal credit for Tesla buyers dropped from $7,500 to $3,750. It will gradually be phased out this year.The company’s sales included almost 146,000 Model 3 lower-priced cars and another 99,000 of the more expensive Model S sedan and Model X SUV. The Model 3 starts at $35,000 but still can’t be purchased for under $45,000.The company says it made nearly 87,000 vehicles in the fourth quarter, 8 per cent above its previous quarterly record set in the third quarter.The Associated Presslast_img read more

UN experts call on Israel Palestinians to abide by rule of law

27 September 2010A United Nations monitoring committee is concerned that Israel may not have investigated all allegations of serious humanitarian violations during its deadly conflict in Gaza 21 months ago and said there is no indication that Hamas seriously investigated alleged abuses on its part. But the committee – appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to assess domestic, legal or other proceedings by Israel and the Palestinians over allegations raised in the report of the UN Independent Fact-Finding Mission into the Gaza conflict, known as the Goldstone Report – noted that the Palestinian Authority, in control of the occupied West Bank, was prepared from the very start to cooperate with it.The Goldstone report stated that both Israeli forces and Palestinian militants were guilty of serious human rights violations and breaches of humanitarian law during Operation Cast Lead, which Israel said it launched to counter missile attacks from Gaza. More than 1,400 Gazans were killed and 5,000 others injured, while homes, schools, hospitals and marketplaces were reduced to rubble.“The committee views its report as a call to both sides to strictly abide by the rule of law,” Chairman Christian Tomuschat said today in presenting its findings to the Council. “The committee hopes and trusts that both sides will heed the findings of the report of the committee in their pending and forthcoming dealings with the offences that were committed during the Gaza conflict.”The committee noted that Israel had “indeed taken steps to address some of the many complaints made,” he added, regretting its refusal to admit committee members to speak with its own investigators, but citing such positive measures as new procedures for the protection of civilians in urban warfare and the establishment of a doctrine on munitions containing white phosphorous which can gravely burn people.“However, the committee remains concerned that not all allegations of serious violations of international humanitarian law have been investigated.”Mr. Tomuschat noted lack of information substantiating whether the probe complied with international standards, “a fundamental lack of transparency,” and the issue of impartiality where the military advocate-general is both an adviser to the Government involved in planning the Gaza operations and responsible for referring cases for criminal investigation.“It also appears that Israel has refrained from conducting a general review of the military doctrine regarding legitimate military targets as opposed to civilian targets,” he said. “The [Goldstone] Fact-Finding Mission rejected the Israeli viewpoint that the entire governmental infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, including the Legislative Council building, was a legitimate target.”The committee was also unable to visit the Gaza Strip, where Hamas seized power from the Palestinian Authority in 2007. “Unfortunately, the two reports the committee has received from the de facto authorities in Gaza did not indicate that a serious investigation into the violations alleged in the report of the fact-finding mission took place,” Mr. Tomuschat said, noting that they focus primarily on allegations aimed at Israel. Because of Israel’s refusal the committee was also unable to visit the West Bank, but he welcomed the way the Palestinians had investigated the allegations through an independent commission.“However, actual steps would have to be undertaken with a view to implementing the results of the investigation, in particular by commencing criminal prosecution against the alleged perpetrators where appropriate,” he said. read more

Emmy Awards viewership plunges to 69 million people

NEW YORK — Emmy Award viewership plunged to 6.9 million people, a drop of 32% from last year.The Nielsen company says it’s the first time ever that viewership for television’s biggest awards show has slipped below 10 million viewers.The show, telecast Sunday night on Fox, had no host and competed with a popular NFL game on NBC.The ratings illustrate a growing disconnect between the TV-viewing public and television academy voters. While a popular series like HBO’s “Game of Thrones” won best drama, the less-seen Amazon series “Fleabag” earned best comedy.Last year’s Emmys, with 10.2 million viewers, had been the previous least-watched edition of the Emmys.The Associated Press read more

Facebook makes deal with Washington AG to halt discriminatory ads

first_imgFacebook will be legally required to end its practice of allowing businesses to block certain groups like blacks, gays and immigrants from viewing ads under an agreement reached with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.The Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday it had launched an investigation into the social-media giant and successfully bought 20 fake Facebook ads that excluded various ethnic minorities in late 2016. The ads, all approved by Facebook, were in some cases blatantly racist: One housing ad contained a headline specifically stating that people of certain ethnicities need not apply; another was looking for a white tenant.On Tuesday, under pressure from the investigation, Facebook signed a legally binding document in court in Seattle requiring it to shut down the advertising tool for businesses looking to exclude demographics protected under state law.The practice, first unveiled in a series of ProPublica articles that sparked the attorney general’s investigation, is one of several issues facing Facebook’s lucrative advertising network, which allows anyone from presidential candidates to the local flower-shop owner to micro-target its billions of users.When advertisers launch a campaign, Facebook offers a drop-down menu where they can select what types of people won’t see their ads, which it calls “exclusion marketing.” A landlord could advertise an open apartment and make sure black Facebook users couldn’t see it, for instance — an apparent violation of fair-housing laws.last_img read more

Elderly couple robbed at home after withdrawing thousands of dollars

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An elderly couple was robbed in West Miami-Dade after crooks slashed their tires at a bank and followed them to their home.A 90-year-old woman and her 89-year-old husband spoke with 7News about the troubling robbery, Monday.Victim Gwen Peiffer said her husband drove home with the slashed tires and pulled into their garage at their home at Northwest Fifth Street in May. That’s when a robber ran into their garage, grabbed the woman’s purse with $11,000 inside, pushed her husband and fled the scene.The Miami-Dade Police Department released surveillance video Monday of the robbery.Peiffer said she withdrew the large sum that day to pay bills and gifts and said it all happened within seconds. “I had just opened the door. Mark was here, and he pushed Mark against the car, and he just pulled the purse off my shoulder, as I was going in here,” Peiffer said. “That’s it. I thought I was going nuts.”She said the robber sprinted out of the garage. “It didn’t seem real, but he ran, and boy, he ran,” she said.Police said they are looking for a white van that could be seen on surveillance. They are also looking for two robbers who were involved. If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

South Florida girl donates popular dolls to Miami schools on Valentines Day

first_img“To have children know there is someone else out there that loves me, other than my parents, and think I’m beautiful, that’s Zoe’s heart,” Mindingall said.Cultural appreciation and self-awareness is Zoe’s way of promoting love.Zoe learned the important lesson of giving from her mother, who every year at Christmas asked Zoe to give away one of her favorite toys to someone less fortunate.FOR MORE INFORMATION:Zoe’s Dollshttp://zoesdolls.comCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A savvy South Florida girl teamed up with Hasbro to promote self love on Valentine’s Day and celebrate Black History Month by giving away popular dolls.The toy company is helping dozens of young South Florida girls feel the love this holiday by handing out Zoe’s Dolls just in time for Valentine’s Day and Black History Month.Ten-year-old Zoe Terry, the CEO of Zoe’s Dolls, is behind the giveaway. “I thought dolls would be a great way to show your image is beautiful,” she said.Zoe, alongside Hasbro, will donate 150 Baby Alive Dolls to girls in Pre-K and first grade at three Miami public schools, Tuesday.“She’s letting them know that they are beautiful, regardless of skin tone and of course, self love,” said Miami school board member Dorothy Bendross Mindingall.7News caught up with Zoe at Olinda Elementary in Miami where she explained why she chose Valentine’s Day to share her message. “I was bullied when I was 5 years old, so I wanted to let little brown girls known that their image is beautiful and don’t let anyone tell you your image is not beautiful,” she said. “Dolls bring girls happiness, and Valentine’s Day is about happiness and loving, and they love their dolls.”Zoe, who said she’s not an entrepreneur, but a “girl pre-nuer,” has been giving away dolls on Valentine’s Day for the past five years. last_img read more

6 baby animals born within 7 days at Zoo Miami

first_imgZoo officials also noted that the party isn’t over, as they’re expecting a giraffe and another Giant Eland to be born in a few days.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Zoo Miami is celebrating a baby boom after six baby animals were successful delivered on their premises within seven days.All of the newborns are female and were delivered by different mothers.  Courtesy: Zoo Miami Courtesy: Zoo Miami Courtesy: Zoo Miami Courtesy: Zoo Miami Courtesy: Zoo Miami Courtesy: Zoo Miami Courtesy: Zoo Miami Courtesy: Zoo MiamiThe first birth occurred on July 2, when a female Addax was added to a community of 66 other white antelopes born at the zoo. They are considered to be one of the world’s most critically endangered animals.A female Grévy’s zebra, also known to be endangered, was added to the Zoo Miami family on July 5.Following her birth came a Arabian Oryx, welcomed into the world on July 7.July 8 was the most eventful day when three babies, one Grévy’s zebra and two Giant Elands, were born. last_img read more

Why your Roombas random patterns make total sense

first_img CNET Smart Home CNET Smart Home 24 Electrolux iRobot Neato Robots Inside our test room are objects and challenges designed to mimic what a robot will encounter as it cleans a room. That includes constructs designed to mimic large furniture like sofas or dressers, smaller objects like lamps or table and chair legs, and even surface irregularities like carpets, transitions between flooring and electrical cords. A camera mounted above captures a bird’s-eye view of all the action. From there we can figure out the path each vacuum takes during its cleaning cycle. This system also allows us to calculate how much of the floor a machine actually covers, and the time it takes to do it.   15 Photos Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) reading • Your Roomba takes a weird path to clean the floors in your home. Here’s why it matters See All Preview • Electrolux’s robot vac scans objects to map its path See it Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Pure i9 Vacuum Cleaners Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Electrolux Pure i9 The way a robot vacuum travels around the room as it cleans really matters. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET Any robot vacuum cleaner will remove at least some dirt from your floors. How much ground it covers, though, and its behavior moving through rooms will vary a great deal from model to model. The most important factor behind this is a robot’s navigation system. Its navigation technology, together with software, determines a vacuum’s actions. That plays a massive role in how well a given robot cleans a space, or even hunt for garden weeds. As you might expect, some robot vacuums perform the task better than others. Read more: How to prep your house so your robot vacuum won’t get stuck.Fortunately, our brand-new robot vacuum testing room at our warehouse lab in Louisville, Kentucky, can help us show the differences between robot vacuums, including how well they perceive, interact and otherwise move around in a physical space.  robot-vac-group-shot-1To break in our new test room, we ran nine current robot vacuum models across its floor. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Robot navigation on a budget There are three main types of systems robot vacuum cleaners typically use to navigate a space. The first is a simple collection of collision, wheel, brush and cliff sensors. They tell robots when they hit or are about to hit objects. With that information, they can slow down or change course altogether. Additionally these sensors help vacuums avoid falls down flights of stairs. You tend to find these systems in budget robot vacuums. The upside is they cost a lot less than more complex machines. The $349 SharkNinja Ion S87 and $199 Eufy Robovac 11S are examples of products with this style of navigation. eufy-black-navBasic robot vacuums equipped with collision and proximity sensors, like the Eufy RoboVac 11S Max here, bounce around obstacles to find their way, but miss a lot of open floor space. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET The downside is that they operate in a random fashion, bumping into things and veering willy-nilly around the room. The very first iRobot Roombas did the same. Sadly that results in incomplete floor coverage. Spots in tight places (corners, table and chair legs) get lots of repeat attention. Open areas, however, are likely vacuumed once (or perhaps not at all) since the robot travels in a straight line until it detects something in its path. deebot500-covThis image is designed to show the actual area the robot covered for cleaning. As you can tell, the Ecovacs Deebot 500 was very inconsistent.  Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET These machines take a long time to run too, roughly three times as long as the most advanced robot vacuums need to attack the same area. Sure, long clean times won’t matter much if you tend to vacuum when nobody’s home, and have all day to do it. When company is due to arrive in 45 minutes, or other time-limited situations, that’s a problem. Visual or optical navigation Other robot vacuums combine the basic array of collision sensors with a main visual sensor that’s augmented by a lens. These vacuums use a navigation algorithm called VSLAM (or visual simultaneous location and mapping). The optical system can identify landmarks on the ceiling, as well as judge the distance between walls. irobot-roomba-i7-navThe iRobot Roomba i7+ shows a more logical, thorough navigation path thanks to its optical technology. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET VSLAM also calculates the vacuum’s relative position in a room in real time, letting the bot create a map as it cleans. Robot vacuums that operate this way navigate a room with greater efficiency, systematically cleaning the floor in a logical pattern. They won’t waste time vacuuming areas of a room the robot knows it has already travelled over. As a result, they can cover the same area in a shorter time, and with better coverage than a robot based only on physical sensors. iRobot’s current line of Roombas, such as the $1,099 i7+ and $1,299 S9+, have this kind of navigation system. The same is true of higher-end Ecovac models like the $499 Deebot 711. i7-covThat optical navigation translates to much more thorough coverage across our test room floor. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET Visually driven robot vacuums have a few drawbacks. Since their optical sensors need at least some amount of ambient light present, they have trouble finding their way in completely dark rooms. Compared with basic models, you’ll pay extra for these more intelligent robots too.   Laser navigation Another way robot vacuums can sense their environment is with lidar (light detection and ranging). It’s the same sort of technology you’ll find in many self-driving car prototypes such as those from Waymo and Uber. All Neato Botvacs use this method, including the $829 Botvac D7 Connected, the company’s current flagship model. Here’s a view of the Neato Botvac D6 Connected using its laser LIDAR SLAM system in our test room. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET Top-tier Ecovac Deebots like the $549 Ozmo 930 have built-in lidar too. In this sophisticated system, a turret-based laser mounted on the top of the robot vacuum illuminates objects to help the robot figure out their location and distance. Vacuums equipped with lidar can also detect the size and shape of things in their path. neato-botvac-d6-connected-navGuided by lidar, the navigation pattern of Neato’s Botvac D6 was very systematic, optimizing its pathing to get the job done completely, and in a short amount of time. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET They actively scan their surroundings too. That’s why these machines tend to cover floors with extreme efficiency For instance, both the Neato Botvac D7 and Botvac D6 cleaned our test room floor in just under 21 minutes. The $349 SharkNinja Ion S87, with its basic navigation, spent 1 hour and 9 minutes cleaning the floor of our test room. Likewise, two budget Ecovacs machines, the $279 Deebot 500 and $249 Deebot 600, both had cleaning times of over 1 hour (60 and 64 minutes respectively). The longest though was the $199 Eufy RoboVac 11S Max (100 minutes, 34 seconds), also the cheapest model in this group.   neato-botvac-d6-connected-covEven with a pathing plan that looks sparse, the Neato Botvac D6 managed to cover essentially the entire test room floor. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET Shorter runtime isn’t the only benefit to lidar. Paired with the SLAM (or simultaneous location and mapping) algorithm, these robots also create detailed maps on the fly. You can perform useful interactions with those maps too. For instance, you can drop virtual boundaries within them, or make restricted zones at will for the robot to avoid. These vacuums also navigate in the dark if necessary. All that is great. Just remember you’ll pay a premium for these machines. They typically occupy the ultra-high-end rung of the market.   Hybrid systems A new approach a few robot vacuums take is to combine multiple navigate technology into one system. That includes brush, cliff, wheel and optical sensors, as well as laser emitters. There aren’t that many products that do this at the moment. One you can buy today is the $499 Electrolux Pure i9. This unique robot vacuum is equipped with a pair of front-firing lasers. Sitting in the middle of them, on the vacuum’s front face, is also a big optical sensor behind a lens. electrolux-pure-i9-navThe Electrolux Pure i9, using a hybrid navigation and sensor system, definitely missed areas of our test room floor. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET Even with all that tech, the Pure i9’s movement through our test room appeared confused. It didn’t roll along confidently like the Neato and Roomba machines. Instead it muddled through it in fits and starts, constantly pivoting in different directions. The Electrolux Pure i9 uses a hybrid optical and laser navigation system. Even so, it often looked confused rolling across our test room floor.  Brian Bennett/CNET With so many tools, as well as enhanced software and processing power, robots with hybrid navigation have the potential to offer unheard of levels of automation and intelligence. I think the upcoming Ecovacs Deebot 960 looks especially promising. Ecovacs says the vacuum will be able to actually identify objects like shoes, clothing and piles of toys. electrolux-pure-i9-covRobot vacuums with hybrid sensor systems have promise. The Electrolux Pure i9 is one, but it didn’t cover our test room floor as well as other machines. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET And the company says the robot’s AI-based recognition will learn new objects over time. Perhaps that list will include pet messes and other wet, goopy or sticky debris. That would be a welcome update, potentially saving your flooring and your carpet from becoming even messier than before the robot vacuum started cleaning. A note on our new robot vacuum testing room We’ve conducted straight-line, cleaning performance-based tests for robot vacuums in the past, but that really only tells part of the picture about how well a robot vacuum will clean your home. How well it can navigate a space, how much area it actually covers and how long it takes are all important factors, too. To help us capture that information, we built an industry-standard testing room, as specified by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the international standards body that, among other things, governs robot vacuum testing methods for manufacturers. center_img Look for more robot vacuum testing from us in the near future. For now, we can at least say conclusively that not all robot vacuums are the same, and the way a bot navigates around a room will impact not only its cleaning performance, but also how long it takes to get the job done. $499 Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Share your voice See It 3:43 Mentioned Above Electrolux Pure i9 Lasers, sensors and robots, oh my: Some robot vacuums… CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $614 Some robot vacuums have a better sense of direction than others Tags Now playing: Watch this: Comments •last_img read more

Fortigo Network 4TiGO raises 10 million from Nandan Nilekani Accel Partners

first_imgTrucks on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway at Pampore in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Aug 8, 2016 (representational image).IANSLogistics start-up Fortigo Network announced on Wednesday that it has secured $10 million in its Series A funding round from existing investors, Infosys co-founder and former UIDAI Chairman Nandan Nilekani, and Accel Partners.Fortigo Network aims to use the new funds to enhance the platform as well as fuel expansion of their truck network which currently has presence in all south-Indian states, south Maharashtra, Gujarat, Pune, Kolkata, Mumbai and Delhi NCR.Launched in June last year, Fortigo Network expects to grow by close to 50,000 trucks over the next 2 years.”With this funding, we will be able to extend the Fortigo Network to a pan-India level. Our blueprint is to enter and mark our presence in all the important transport hubs of the country including Guwahati, Jaipur, Raipur, Nagpur, Lucknow and Kanpurand, the hubs of Orissa, Bihar and Jharkhand over the next nine months. With this push, we expect to achieve our next milestone of reaching break-even by December 2018,” Anjani Mandal, Co-founder and CEO, Fortigo Network, said, in a statement.Fortigo Network is India’s only freight exchange platform enabled with live transaction and electronic payments. Fortigo Network also offers complementing business services and facilities for the Indian road transport sector to enable the users to improve their efficiency and profitability. Using the cloud-based platform of Fortigo Network, consignors, consignees, fleet owners, transport companies and agencies can exchange information, transact and manage their entire business.By leveraging its partnerships with Federal Bank and IOCL (Indian Oil Corporation Limited), Fortigo Network facilitates completely cashless transactions on its platform and extends working capital benefits to its members. Additionally, Fortigo Network uses the 800+ networked retail outlets of IOCL to provide complementary amenities to truck drivers, such as overnight stay facilities, secure parking, breakdown assistance, fuel discounts, etc., for greater driver safety and convenience. Vivek Malhotra, Co-founder and Chief of Strategy and Marketing, Fortigo Network, said the funding is also to upgrade the technology needs of fleet owners. “We want to facilitate the technology enablement of small and medium-sized fleet owners in getting onto the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN),” he said. Subrata Mitra, partner at Accel Partners India, had a similar statement to make. “With the proposed GST coming up and growing importance of electronic payments in business transactions, we expect the Fortigo Network to play a significant role in transforming the unorganized and fragmented transport industry,” he said.  Reuters filelast_img read more

UK India can do great business and achieve real change British envoy

first_imgTech Rocketship Award winners posing with British Deputy High Commissioner Dominic McAllister and Gita Krisnankutty – first secretary of head of inward investment India.IBTimes India/Sami KhanThere are now a record 842 Indian companies operating in the UK, up from 800 in the previous year, with combined revenues of almost £48 billion (£46.4 billion in 2018 report), according to a Grant Thornton-CII report. Indian companies paid a combined total of over £684 million in corporation tax, which is almost double the amount recorded in last year’s report (£360 million), and employed 104,783 people (104,932 in the 2018 report). The India Meets Britain Tracker 2019 report was released earlier this year. GT and CII are holding a roadshow in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi to highlight the report’s findings.During the report’s launch at the roadshow in Bengaluru on Tuesday, British Deputy High Commissioner in Bengaluru, Dominic McAllister, said: “We are determined that the UK will be the best place in the world to grow your business. The UK government is committed to facilitating the closest possible relationships between business leaders in both our countries – including supporting pioneers in innovation. The UK and India can do great business and achieve real change. Both governments are committed to taking this further by building on the technology partnership; leveraging finance; sharing skills and expertise.”The report provides a tracker of the fastest-growing companies, as measured by those with a turnover of more than £5 million, year-on-year revenue growth of at least 10 percent and a minimum two-year track-record in the UK. This year’s tracker includes 62 companies that recorded an average growth rate of 37 percent. The total combined revenue of these companies reached over £12 billion last year. Three companies in this year’s tracker reported a growth of more than 100 percent. UNCTAD/twitterThe UK and India have been the top five investors in each other’s economies since 2010. Since 2010, the UK has been the largest G20 investor in India. Building on the UK’s Industrial Strategy, the India-UK Tech Partnership sets out how we are building a Britain fit for the future – how we will help businesses create better, higher-paying jobs with investment in the skills, industries, and infrastructure that we will need, added McAllister.Technology and telecoms companies continue to dominate the Tracker, as they have done since its launch in 2014. This year, they account for 35 percent of the fastest-growing companies. Engineering and manufacturing companies are the next in line, accounting for 16 percent of the 2019 Tracker. This is followed by pharmaceutical and chemical companies, which account for 15 percent, continuing historically strong representation.The geographical spread of the fastest-growing Indian companies across the UK remains unchanged compared to last year. London continues to be the preferred location for more than half (53 percent) of the 62 fastest growing Indian companies. London is the global home of capital. Over £2.2 billion (Rs 20,000 crore) in Masala Bonds have been listed on the London Stock Exchange by Indian companies.last_img read more

UMI Customer Appreciation Day

first_imgUrban Ministries (UMI), a Christian media company, is scheduled to have a Customer Appreciation Day at Purity Baptist Church on Aug. 12 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. During the Customer Appreciation Day, UMI will be thanking customers, welcoming new customers to learn about the company’s products, and give away free samples and complimentary items. For more than 47 years, UMI has partnered with local churches across the U.S. in providing quality Christian Education resources for Sunday school, vacation bible school, precepts for living commentaries, bible studies, and other Christian materials. Admission is free. To register for tickets, visit eventbrite.com.UMI Customer Appreciation Daylast_img read more

Louisiana Coroner Rules Museum Founders Death A Homicide

first_imgBy REBECCA SANTANA Associated PressThe founder of Baton Rouge’s African American history museum died of suffocation and her death was a homicide, a coroner ruled Monday, as residents of Louisiana’s capital city struggled to come to terms with the slaying of the well-respected, 75-year-old community leader.East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark released preliminary autopsy results that show Sadie Roberts-Joseph was suffocated before her body was found in the trunk of a car Friday.In this Feb. 17, 2010, photo, Sadie Roberts-Joseph, founder of the Odell S. Williams Now and Then Museum of African-American History, now known as the Baton Rouge African-American History Museum, poses for a portrait wearing an Egyptian headdress, in Baton Rouge, La. East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark released preliminary autopsy results Monday, July 15, 2019, that show Roberts-Joseph, 75, was suffocated to death before her body was found in the trunk of a car over the weekend. (Travis Spradling/The Advocate via AP)He said Roberts-Joseph died from “traumatic asphyxia, including suffocation.” The Advocate reports this means her airways were physically blocked, cutting off her oxygen supply.Roberts-Joseph founded the Baton Rouge African American Museum in 2001. It features a 1953 bus that visitors can board to learn more about the Baton Rouge bus boycott of that year. They can also learn about three different types of cotton grown in the museum’s garden, and learn more about African American contributions in areas such as inventions and art.C. Denise Marcelle, a state representative and former member of the council that governs Baton Rouge, had known Roberts-Joseph for years. They worked together on Juneteenth celebrations which commemorate the end of slavery.“She was just a very likeable person and that is why the community is so outraged,” Marcelle said. “It’s really a shock to the entire Baton Rouge community. It’s just a shock.”Recently Marcelle said she’d put the lieutenant governor’s office in touch with Roberts-Joseph so they could work together on a civil rights trail project across Louisiana. Marcelle said Roberts-Joseph often came to the council to speak on various issues. She was soft-spoken and even if she disagreed with you on an issue, she did it respectfully, Marcelle said.The Baton Rouge Police Department announced Saturday that Roberts-Joseph’s body had been discovered Friday. Sgt. L’Jean Mckneely Jr. said Monday that she’d been discovered in the trunk of her own vehicle.“The Baton Rouge Police Department joins the community in mourning the loss of Ms. Sadie Roberts-Joseph. Ms. Sadie was a tireless advocate of peace in the community,” the department said in a Facebook post Saturday.“We had opportunities to work with her on so many levels. From assisting with her bicycle giveaway at the African American Museum to working with the organization she started called CADAV. (Community Against Drugs and Violence) Ms. Sadie is a treasure to our community, she will be missed by BRPD and her loss will be felt in the community she served,” the post said.__Follow Santana on Twitter @ruskygal.last_img read more

Download Twitter images and videos automatically

first_imgDownload Twitter images and videos automatically by Martin Brinkmann on November 17, 2017 in Companies, Internet – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 6 commentsTwitter Media Downloader is an  extension for the Firefox and Google Chrome web browser to download images and videos published on Twitter automatically.Twitter is a popular social messaging service; it supports text but also media. While you can download individual media easily on Twitter, images for instance with a right-click on the displayed image and the selection of the save image option from the context menu, that process is not overly comfortable if you want to download multiple images from search or individual Twitter users.Tip: My favorite image downloader Bulk Image Downloader handles this as well.Twitter Media DownloaderTwitter Media Downloader is a Firefox and Chrome extension that adds options to Twitter to download images and videos in bulk. The extension is a bit difficult to figure out at first, but it is easy to use once you figure out the basics.The extension indicates downloaded media by adding a Media link to Twitter search result pages and timelines.A click on it opens the download interface. You can simply hit start there to download the most recent 100 media uploads, or change the configuration first before you start doing so.The following options are provided:Change the download limit from the default 100 files.Select a starting and end ID range.Select to download images, videos (GIF), and/or videos.A click on start initiates the process. The extension downloads media files based on the configuration. You can stop the process at any time prematurely; the extension zips all files and displays a download prompt afterwards for a single zip file that contains all the downloaded media files.The downloading works on search results pages, and user timelines.Twitter Media Downloader adds an icon to the main Firefox toolbar as well. You can click on it to configure core parameters of the extension. Use it to enable or disable image and/or video download links, and to switch the media filtering mode from a fast but less accurate mode to a slower but highly accurate mode.Closing WordsTwitter Media Downloader is an excellent extension for Twitter users who would like to download images or videos in bulk from the web service.Summary12345 Author Rating2.5 based on 7 votes Software Name Twitter Media DownloaderSoftware Category Browser Advertisementlast_img read more

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