Höegh LNG Optimistic on FSRU Demand

first_imgzoom Floating energy solutions provider Höegh LNG posted a profit after tax of USD 0.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, returning to black when compared to the same period from 2015 when a loss of USD 33 million was reported.EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2016 amounted to USD 31.2 million, compared with USD 25 million for the corresponding period in 2015.According to the group, the increase in EBITDA reflects the start-up of Höegh Grace under the long-term floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) contract with Sociedad Portuaria El Cayao S.A. E.S.P. (SPEC) in December 2016. The rise in EBITDA was also due to reduced operating expenses and the fact that all units were operated in accordance with their long-term contracts in 4Q 2016.During the fourth quarter of 2016, Höegh LNG signed a contract with Quantum Power Ghana Gas Limited to provide an FSRU for the Tema LNG import terminal located close to Accra in Ghana. Following this, the company’s capital was freed up by the partial sale of Höegh Grace to Höegh LNG Partners.Höegh LNG subsequently entered into a letter of intent for a new FSRU with Samsung Heavy Industries, before a new 20-year contract was inked with Global Energy Infrastructure Limited (GEIL) in Pakistan and an additional FSRU shipbuilding contract was placed at Hyundai Heavy Industries.Furthermore, Höegh LNG placed NOK 1,500 million (USD 179 million) in the Nordic bond market, with the proceeds being partially used to refinance a NOK 750 million bond which matures in October 2017.The company said it continues to operate in a positive market environment, since accelerating LNG exports are being mirrored by an increase in the number of FSRU contract awards.“With a solid operational and financial platform in place, and backed by a positive market environment, Höegh LNG continues to pursue additional business opportunities,” Höegh LNG said in its outlook for 2017.By placing new orders in 4Q 2016, the company moves forward towards its goal of 12 FSRUs by 2019. Currently, the firm has 10 FSRUs in operation or under construction.last_img read more

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

Small LNG Seagoing Ships to Be Loaded at Wilhelmshaven

first_imgGermany’s Wilhelmshaven LNG Terminal will enable the loading of small LNG seagoing vessels and barges as a result of the newest cooperation between Uniper SE and Titan LNG.The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to accelerate the growth of LNG as a fuel in the downstream markets for industry, shipping and road fuel in Germany.The duo is planning to develop a user-friendly technical interface and commercial products for small-scale LNG players from the Wilhelmshaven floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) for LNG.Apart from the loading of seagoing vessels, several truck loading bays are planned to enable the onward transport of LNG by road.With its proximity to the Jade Weser Port, Bremerhaven and the German Bight, Wilhelmshaven is said to be a suitable location to supply LNG for all downstream markets and in particular for marine fuels. As a fuel, LNG already meets the more stringent environmental requirements for ocean shipping.“The agreement … is another important step for the FSRU Wilhelmshaven project… With Wilhelmshaven, we offer a first-class location for supplying the shipping and road fuel markets with LNG. With this cooperation, the FSRU Wilhelmshaven project can make an important contribution to reducing CO2 and pollutant emissions,” Keith Martin, Member of the Executive Board and Chief Commercial Officer of Uniper SE, said.“Titan LNG is pleased that we can contribute the know-how we have built up over the last six years to this project for the LNG downstream market. We believe that the short distances to the markets will help to boost LNG as a fuel,” Niels den Nijs, Chief Executive Officer of Titan LNG, commented.Uniper is currently developing a FSRU at its Wilhelmshaven site. The FSRU will have a natural gas send-out capacity of 10 billion cubic meters per year and an LNG storage capacity of more than 263,000 cubic meters. The terminal is scheduled to go into operation in the second half of 2022.In December 2018, Uniper signed an MOU with the Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Line (MOL). MOL will own, finance and operate the FSRU. Uniper is currently coordinating the permits for the operation of the facility with the relevant authorities.Image Courtesy: Uniperlast_img read more

2003 Breastfeeding Challenge

first_imgMothers across Nova Scotia will compete in the 2003 InternationalQuintessence Breastfeeding Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 4, topromote the benefits of breastfeeding during World BreastfeedingWeek. At 11 a.m. the participants will attempt to set theQuintessence World Record for the most infants breastfeeding atone time. “Breastfeeding reduces an infant’s risk of illness and is alsobeneficial for the mother’s health,” said Health PromotionMinister Rodney MacDonald. “This event is a great way to promotethe importance of breastfeeding and to reinforce the healthbenefits.” This year the challenge includes sites from Nunavut to Floridaand from Newfoundland to California. There are over 70 sitesregistered across Canada and seven are in Nova Scotia: Amherst,Antigonish, Halifax, Sydney (two sites), Wolfville, and Yarmouth. The winner of the challenge will be determined by calculating thenumber of participating mothers and infants at each site in ratioto the province’s birth rate. The challenge presents a great opportunity for breastfeedingmothers to meet and share their experiences. Activities have beenorganized for each location to celebrate and show support forbreastfeeding mothers and their children. “We want to see lots of breastfeeding mothers come out,” saidJennifer Joseph, the Breastfeeding Challenge organizer for NovaScotia. “They’re the first-hand account of how importantbreastfeeding is.” Breastfeeding has numerous nutritional, physical, developmental,and emotional health benefits for infants. There are also manybenefits for the mother, such as reduced risk of breast andovarian cancers, easier weight loss to pre-pregnancy levels, andvarious psychological benefits. Although studies show that breastfeeding is in the best interestof both mothers and their babies, many women choose to useformula. The Breastfeeding Challenge is designed to celebrate thebenefits of breastfeeding and to demonstrate the community’ssupport for breastfeeding mothers. For information on the Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge, seethe Web site at www.babyfriendly.ca . All breastfeeding mothersand their families are welcome to attend the challenges in theircommunities. For information on the Nova Scotia sites call 902-470-7113. The 2003 International Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge isbeing presented by the Office of Health Promotion in partnershipwith the IWK Health Centre and the Nova Scotia District HealthAuthorities.last_img read more

New Chair for Canada Games Management Group

first_imgA university professor is volunteering to lead Nova Scotia’sparticipation in the Canada Games. Joe MacDonald of Antigonish is the new chair of the Canada GamesManagement Group. The group is responsible for the management,preparation and participation of Team Nova Scotia in the CanadaGames. “I’m pleased to have Mr. MacDonald continuing his commitment toour Canada Games athletes in this new role,” said HealthPromotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “His lifelong dedication tosport and physical activity make him an ideal candidate to leadthe many players involved in supporting Team Nova Scotia.” Mr. MacDonald holds a masters in physical education and has beena member of the education faculty at St. Francis XavierUniversity for 26 years. He served as the university’s assistantathletic director for 10 years. Mr. MacDonald volunteers with the Canadian Association forHealth, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. For two years,he chaired the finance committee of the Canada Games ManagementGroup before assuming his current position in March. “I’ve been involved with sport all my life and I see thisposition as an opportunity to broaden my efforts to help youngathletes achieve their goals,” said Mr. MacDonald. “Nova Scotiahas been recognized for its leadership and Games spirit, and Iaim to continue building on these strengths.” Nova Scotia is also the only province to win the Claude HardyAward for the best mission staff since its inception. The awardwas first presented in 2001 and again in 2003. Mission staff fromall provinces and territories voted on the recipient. The management group’s board members are mostly volunteers. Theyare appointed by, and accountable to, the minister. The group isunique in Canada in terms of its approach to supporting NovaScotia athletes. It is the first non-government group to manage the participationof a provincial team at the Canada Games; the first partnershipof government, the sports community and volunteers to support aGames team; and the first to form a fully volunteer missionstaff. The next Canada Games will take place in Regina, Sask. fromAugust 6 to 20, 2005. The 2011 winter Games will take place inNova Scotia. The bid process for hosting these Games will beginin 2006. Information for communities interested in preparing abid will be available this summer.last_img read more

Education Week Celebrates History

first_imgIn his 33 years as a teacher, Greg King has instilled hundreds ofstudents with his love of history — and used some unusualmethods along the way. Last month, for example, he and hisstudents at Prince Andrew High School organized a nationalconference on the Halifax Explosion. Mr. King is one of 27 award recipients being honoured today,April 18, as part of Provincial Education Week 2005 celebrations.The theme of Education Week, which runs from April 17-23, isHistory: Look in your own backyard/L’Histoire: Partout autour denous. “History is more than what we learn in textbooks — it’s allaround us in family stories, homes, communities and ourprovince,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “There are manyteachers like Greg King all across our province, who are helpingstudents appreciate history and encouraging them to activelyinvestigate the history that surrounds them.” Mr. King says that it is his job to get students excited about,and interested in, history using events like the HalifaxExplosion conference, which was called “Halifax Wrecked.” Thatconference, which attracted 500 participants, featuredprofessionally performed ballads of the era, a re-enactment and aluncheon to honour survivors and their families. “The next generation is key to preserving history,” said Mr.King. “We need to toss the torch of learning, responsibility andinsight to our students.” The province recognizes history as an important component of abalanced school program of studies. The Atlantic Canada socialstudies curriculum supports teachers in encouraging students toexplore history in a variety of ways. In 2005-06, the Department of Education will implement newhistory curricula in grades primary to two and in Grade 7. Theprovince will be providing a wealth of new learning resources forthe younger classes. Students in Grade 7 will receive newtextbooks and other resources. Teachers will receive newresources as well, and will participate in at least one day ofin-service education about the new curriculum and resources. Education Week is supported by five key education partners: theDepartment of Education, the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, the NovaScotia School Boards Association, the Nova Scotia Federation ofHome and School Associations, and la Fédération des parentsacadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Schools and school boards acrossthe province also host events during the week. Education Week has been celebrated in Nova Scotia since the1930s. For the third year in a row, the Teachers Plus CreditUnion is supporting Education Week with a corporate sponsorship.last_img read more

2007 Portia White Nominations Being Accepted

first_imgNominations from members and supporters of province’s arts and culture community for the 2007 Portia White Prize are being accepted until Sept. 15. The Portia White Prize promotes excellence, innovation and expression in the arts by honouring outstanding artists who make a significant contribution to the province’s cultural life. It is the province’s largest and most prestigious cultural award and recognized as one of Canada’s major awards in the arts. The recipient is awarded a prize of $18,000 and the opportunity to name an emerging Nova Scotian artist or cultural organization for a protégé prize of $7,000. Nominees must be established artists, either born in Nova Scotia or a resident in the province for the past four years. Nominated artists must have had a significant impact on the province’s cultural life, be currently active in their practice and agree to be nominated. All nominations are reviewed by a committee of peers made up of current leaders in cultural development who are representative of the province’s cultural and geographic diversity. The recipient of the prize will be announced at the second annual Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala and Conference being held Oct. 18 at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre in Sydney. Past Portia White Prize winners include, writer and poet George Elliot Clarke, musician and conductor Georg Tinter, visual artist Gary Neil Kennedy, writer Alistair MacLeod, filmmaker Sylvia Hamilton, visual artist Charlotte Wilson-Hammond, theatre artists Jim Morrow and Walter Borden, and visual artist Wayne Boucher, all of whom excelled in their disciplines and attained professional stature and recognition. Portia White was a classical singer from Nova Scotia who rose through adversity to achieve acclaim on the stages of Europe and North America. After retiring from the stage, she devoted her time to teaching and coaching young singers. Her achievements continue to instill pride in the African Nova Scotian community and stand as a model to all Nova Scotians. For more information or to obtain a nomination form, see the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc or contact Lois Ward at 902-424-6392 or by e-mail at wardlm@gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

Mining Communities Honour Miners Memorial Day

first_imgThe Men of the Deeps will perform in Port Morien, Cape Breton Regional Municipality on Wednesday, June 11 as Nova Scotia communities pay tribute to miners who lost their lives on the job. “We mark Miners’ Memorial Day every June 11 to remind ourselves of Nova Scotia’s rich mining history, and to recognize the tremendous sacrifices made by miners who worked in the coal mines in this province,” said Labour and Workforce Development Minister Mark Parent. “In addition, this day also serves as a reminder of the importance of workplace health and safety.” Formerly known as Davis Day, Miners’ Memorial Day began in memory of miner Bill Davis, who was killed in New Waterford during the mining strike of 1925. During the Port Morien ceremony, members of the Davis family will lay a wreath in memory of their grandfather Bill Davis. “My grandfather sacrificed his life for coal mining in Nova Scotia, and every year we gather to thank him and all others who lost their lives in the pit for their sacrifices,” said Norma MacDonald, Mr. Davis’s granddaughter. Every year, the United Mineworkers of America organizes Miners’ Memorial Day events throughout the province. “Coal mining is ingrained in Nova Scotians as part of our heritage,” said Bobbi Burchell of the United Mineworkers of America. “When the mining industry ceased to exist in Cape Breton, we stood a chance of losing that history. These ceremonies are a way of making sure that doesn’t happen.”last_img read more

Change to Vital Statistics Act Would Help Grieving Families

first_imgA proposed amendment to the Vital Statistics Act will allow some grieving families to make arrangements more quickly after a death. The change would allow nurse practitioners and others authorized to sign medical certificates of death in certain circumstances. “Losing a loved one is painful enough,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “We want to ensure that grieving families don’t have to wait, and can make arrangements as quickly as possible.” Currently, only doctors and medical examiners are allowed to sign medical certificates of death, and funeral directors cannot remove a body until the certificate is signed. This can cause hardship for families in remote and rural areas, in some long-term residential facilities and deaths at home. Early consultations indicate strong support for the proposed amendments. More consultation is needed to determine when nurse practitioners and other authorized people can sign the certificate. “Nurse practitioners will be extremely pleased with this change,” said Donna Denney, executive director of the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia. “It will help families cope with the loss of a loved one, particularly in long-term and palliative care settings, in a more dignified and respectful manner.” There are more than 100 licensed nurse practitioners in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Coyote Plan Attracts More Trappers

first_imgThe province’s plan to address aggressive coyote behaviour is attracting more professional trappers and increasing community safety. Thirty-seven new trappers have joined the pelt-incentive program that operates during the regular trapping season, Oct. 15 to March 31. “The four-part coyote plan was launched two years ago to educate people about aggressive coyotes and to change the behaviour of aggressive coyotes toward people,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “We are working to make the province safer for everyone.” The pelt-incentive program is part of a four-part plan to make the province safer from aggressive coyotes by strengthening their fear of humans, changing their behaviour and educating Nova Scotians who come in contact with them. It is not intended to reduce the coyote population over the long term. A total of 403 licensed trappers took part in the program in the 2011-12 season, up from 366 the previous year. At $20 per pelt, $66,800 was paid this year to trappers who harvested and properly prepared 3,340 pelts. “The pelt-incentive program has been successful in attracting 37 more trappers this year, which helps strengthen the coyote population’s negative association with people, making people safer,” said Mike Boudreau, the province’s conflict wildlife biologist. “Trappers must check their traps every day and their presence in the woods and the traps they set send a regular message to the coyote population that humans should be avoided.” The other parts of the plan include providing Nova Scotians with education materials, training 13 trappers to target aggressive coyotes in selected areas when needed, and hiring a wildlife conflict biologist. Since the plan was created, government has released educational materials provincewide, including providing posters, bookmarks, and pamphlets to every elementary school. Provincial staff continue to promote coyote awareness to schools, community groups and media. Government’s priority to reduce human-wildlife conflict and promote safety will continue. The educational materials, are available at www.gov.ns.ca/natr .last_img read more

Bridgewater Hosts 36th Annual 4H Show

first_imgMembers of 4-H clubs will have the chance to show their skills at the 36 Annual Nova Scotia 4-H Show and the South Shore Exhibition Grounds in Bridgewater, Sept. 27 -29. 4-H members are eligible to compete at the show after achieving top honours at a local exhibition with their life skills or livestock project. This annual family event is an excellent opportunity for people to experience the 4-H youth leadership program in an interactive way. The Nova Scotia 4-H Show offers something for everyone and visitors will see 4-H members demonstrate the technical, livestock and life skills they learned throughout the year. “For 100 years 4-H has been a successful leadership development program that teaches youth to become future leaders in their communities, business, government and agriculture”, said Paul LaFleche, deputy Minister of Agriculture. “I encourage everyone to attend the Nova Scotia 4-H Show to witness what the 4-H program can offer every member of the family.” A national survey of 4-H alumni named leadership and youth development as the most important goals of the 4-H program. “4-H teaches us so many valuable skills and I can say from personal experience that it is a wonderful program,” said Nicole MacEachern, an 18-year old member with the County Line 4-H Club in Richmond County. “For the past three summers I’ve been a counsellor at Camp Rankin and in school completed the 4-H Personal Development Education Credit. I plan to continue being a 4-H member until I am 21 and then volunteer as a leader.” Nova Scotia has the largest 4-H Show in Canada with all the exhibitors being 4-H members from 9 – 21 years of age. The event is open to the public and admission is free. A schedule of events is available at www.gov.ns.ca/agri/4H/.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. -30- INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge, Valley Mills Crowdis Bridge, in Valley Mills on Marble Mountain Road, is closed until further notice. Detour via Eden Road, Barren Road, Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Denys Road. Signs are in place. CONTINUING WORKlast_img

Anil Agarwal wants to refund VAT dues take back import tax hopeful

first_imgNew Delhi: Mining baron Anil Agarwal has said that Zambia must withdraw an import duty on copper and give his company due VAT refunds to help restore investor confidence that was shattered by the African nation’s move to liquidate his copper-mining business. Vedanta Resources has taken the government of Zambia to international arbitration following the seizure of its Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), one of Africa’s biggest copper producer, stunning investors. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents”We took the plan 15-16 years back. They (recently) slapped duty on copper concentrates, withheld our VAT refunds of $200 million… (Zambian) government has been pressuring us to continue operations but we said please resolve these issues first,” Agarwal said here. Last month, Zambian government seized control of KCM, one of Africa’s biggest copper producers saying it had breached environmental and financial regulations. State-controlled Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Investment Holdings (ZCCM-IH) is seeking liquidation of KCM, in which it owns 20.6 per cent. Vedanta owns 80 per cent of the company and has has invested over $3 billion in KCM in adding processing capacity and extending the mine life since it acquiring the business in 2004. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefAgarwal said the African nation must “give us refunds due to us and remove (5 per cent import) duty on concentrate”. Zambia, which is Africa’s second-largest copper producer, is not in a good shape financially, he said. KCM is Zambia’s largest integrated copper producer with nearly 13,000 workers. It invested $500 million in a new copper smelter which produced 135,000 tonnes of refined copper in the first nine months of 2018. “I have a feeling they will resolve the issue… I am hopeful of an amicable solution,” he said. The Zambian High Court has appointed Zambian law firm Lungu Simwanza & Company to act as provincial liquidator for KCM following an application by ZCCM-IH. “The court is hearing the case, let’s see (what comes out of it),” he said. alast_img read more

Haryana govt witnesses 22 rise in stamp duty collections from Gurugram

first_imgGurugram: The reforms initiated by the Haryana government in the last two years seems to have now paid the dividends. Despite the high number of unsold inventory in Gurugram, the Haryana government has witnessed an increase of 22 per cent from the stamp duty collections in the four tehsils namely Gurugram, Manesar, Farrukhnagar and Manesar.Moreover ,the creation of sub tehsil of Wazirabad that consists of all the posh localities of Gurugram like Golf Course road, DLF, Sushant Lok and Sector 28 and 27 has also benefitted the state government. Also Read – Chinese national held with 6.4 kg sandalwoodIn the financial year of 2016-17 where the government was able to get Rs 1,220 crore in stamp duty collections in 2017-18 it increased to Rs 1,303 crores and in 2018-19 it increased to Rs 1,560 crore. A major reason cited by the officials for the increase in government exchequer is the Khattar Government’s decision to revise the circle rates two times in the year. The revision of rates by the state government has made sure that for residential plotted colonies, new rates will three times higher than that of the agricultural land. Also Read – Gzb man accuses wife of extorting money and thrashing his parentsWhile for residential groups using plots that rates will be four times than the agricultural land. Commercial properties that seem to be doing very well at Gurugram at present will be five times more expensive than the agricultural land. Over the years the state government’s policy to increase the circle rates have resulted in the property rates being increased by over 25 to 30 percent. The reforms initiated by the Khattar government in increasing the floor to area ratio has also increased the revenue for the state government. According to new norms The new houses and the residential projects expected to be constructed in Gurugram now have more carpet areas as compared to earlier establishments. With the implementation of this move in the 75 square metre area, 33 per cent of more space area has been added and in 101 to 150 square metres, 53 per cent more space is included. The increase in the revenue due to the stamp duty collections have resulted in cash strapped public agencies like Gururgam metropolitan development authority (GMDA) and Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) now demanding a percentage of share from the revenue.last_img read more

Will not pull down Ambedkars statue Minister

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam on Monday clarified that statue of Dr BR Ambedkar will not be pulled down, as alleged by the Vice Chancellor of Ambedkar University Anu Singh Lather.”We are the believers of Ambedkar. We would rather step down from power than allow such a thing to happen,” said Gautam. The Minister said that the Vice Chancellor of the university is making false statements on the matter and is planning to gherao (encircle) the Delhi Secretariat on June 25. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark”For the last 30-35 years, there has been a statue of Dr BR Ambedkar on a piece of land at the Deoli pahadi and an organisation by the name of Dr Ambedkar University used that land to run classes. It has now been allocated for building a hospital and school. But, unfortunately, the VC of the University is spreading misinformation that the Delhi government is trying to pull down the Ambedkar statue,” Gautam added. The AAP leader said that he had conducted an inquiry in the matter and directed the education department and the SDM to ensure that no such statue is pulled down. “This government believes in the values of Babasaheb Ambedkar. A meeting was also conducted with all stakeholders to convey this,” he added.last_img read more

DJB suspends four staff for drinking at workplace

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi Jal Board has suspended four of its employees after a video surfaced online, purportedly showing them drinking liquor and playing cards at their workplace. The video clip, allegedly shot at the utility’s Punjabi Bagh Zonal Revenue Office, showed one man asking the security guard to lock the gate so that no one can enter the premises. The man then asks the security guard to bring him some snacks, soda and water bottles, while another man deals a deck of cards. Another man can be seen consuming liquor in the video. DJB vice-chairman Dinesh Mohaniya said, “Looking at the nature of the video, strict action has been taken and four employees have been placed under suspension.”last_img read more

Marathi audience difficult to please

first_imgWhy did you wait so long to make your debut in Marathi films? Television took away all the time and energy and my life. (Laughs) I have been doing television for quite a while. But then, it came to a point when I was saturated and felt that I had it me to do something more than just play roles on TV. I needed to get out. So I wrote a short film called D.A.T.E. I had no clue what I was doing. I bounced it off my mother. She said, ‘It is a good script. What do you want to do with it?’ I said I wanted to make it into a film. She then asked what I was doing about it. I should make it! So we pooled in money. My mother, my husband and I started a company called Purple Morning Movies. I had no idea that there was such a big market out there that showcases short films. I did a lot of research and I am lucky that D.A.T.E. received an overwhelming response. That was a catalyst and that is where the journey began. Then we got Sholay Girl, which was a huge canvas and then came Mogra Phulaalaa. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiographyMy mother had been writing the script for this film for over a year. She is one of those writers who take their time. Finally, when the script was ready, I had been buttering her to cast me in the film. She would bully me and say, ‘You had better behave or I will throw you out of the film!’ So, this has been a very exciting year for me, as a director, a producer and as an actor. Were you always the first choice for Mogra Phulaalaa? Right from its nascent stage, I have been involved with Mogra Phulaalaa. From the ideation stage, Swwapnil (Joshi) who is opposite me in the film and all of us were wondering what we should make when mom cracked the story. As the film developed and progressed, it kept getting better and better. She had me in mind when she wrote the film. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot What was it like working with your mother as the director of the film? People say you are a different person on the set than when you are at home. But it has never been like that for us. Do we take our work home? Absolutely! It is our work that defines us. We are constantly talking about it. But on the set, mom was very strict, so I was very careful not to overstep. I was extra-cautious. I did put my thoughts across but I used to be very diplomatic. I have learnt the craft from her. She has taught me everything. What I like about her is that if somebody gives a good suggestion, she will consider it. She lets the actors do what they want to do but she also knows exactly what she wants. As a director yourself, what did you learn from your mother, the director? Scripting – she taught me that in execution, things may go a little haywire or you may not be able to make it like you want to, but if your script is good, everything else can be managed. That is one thing she absolutely ingrained in me, a good script is the crux. Tell us about your character in Mogra Phulaalaa. There is a very interesting dynamic, which will be revealed in the film. My character’s name is Shivangi Gupte and she is an assistant manager in a bank. She is a strong woman on the outside but is actually very vulnerable because of what she has endured. She meets a man of marriageable age who is a mamma’s boy. The mother wants to get her son married but is also worried that she may lose him. Shivangi opens a new world for him and starts a love story between them. The film features stalwarts like Neena Kulkarni and Chandrakant Kulkarni. What was it like working with them? I didn’t get the chance to work with them very much, but they are very close to me as they are from the film industry. And since this was my first film, they were very protective about me. To me, they are Neena maushi and Chandu dada, and I am fortunate that I could do this film with them. What are your plans as a filmmaker and actor? I am working on my directorial project. I have been away from it because of Mogra Phulaalaa. Also, today, the dynamics have changed. No longer are people only actors or filmmakers; you don’t have to limit yourself. Hollywood has been doing this for years, where actors are actively involved in the filmmaking process. People used to tell me, ‘Sai, if you want to concentrate on your acting, stop thinking about direction.’ I never understood that because they are different crafts. You have someone like Farhan Akhtar, who sings, acts, writes, directs and produces. I think he started the whole movement that said, ‘I can do everything’. As an actor, I am really looking forward to Mogra Phulaalaa. People haven’t seen me act in Marathi, Hindi audiences have. And the Marathi audience is difficult to please. They are very critical about what they see. So, I was careful not to lose the sincerity of my character. I am nervous because I want to be accepted by the Marathi audience and do more Marathi films. Organically, nothing came to me and I kept doing what came my way. But now,, I think I am at a stage where I can be choosy and not do things I don’t want to.last_img read more

Bangla Test Changes on cards as no end to Indias middleorder woes

first_imgBirmingham: Kedar Jadhav and Yuzvendra Chahal could find their names struck off the final XI as India aim for a quick turnaround in their penultimate World Cup group league game against a battle-hardened Bangladesh, which is trying to stay relevant in a fight for the last-four berth. The seasoned Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja are in contention for the first XI berths keeping the odd dimensions of the Edgbaston ground in mind. India are currently on 11 points from seven games and a win on Tuesday will ensure a smooth passage to the semi-finals unlike Bangladesh, who must win their last couple of league games in order to make their maiden entry into the last four stage. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together Having received a rude shake-up from England, India will have very little time for recovery as they seek immediate course correction against a team, which boasts of the world’s No.1 all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in its ranks. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s poor show as a finisher in a wobbly middle-order has already made the Indian team look vulnerable more than ever and insult to injury was the first lacklustre bowling day in the tournament, that led to an implosion. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open India scored only 39 runs in the last five overs against England, with Dhoni and Jadhav at the crease. More than their inability to hit big shots, which was certainly the primary factor, the lack of intent was an eyesore. However, the team management has rallied around their senior-most player and that makes Jadhav the possible fall guy, making Ravindra Jadeja’s case for inclusion stronger by the day. The primary logic could possibly be Jadeja being better at big-hitting compared to Jadhav, when batting at Nos.6 or 7. His wicket-to-wicket left-arm spin is a restrictive option and to top it all, his outstanding ability to field at any position. The other factor that could play a massive role in this decision is the dimension of the Edgbaston ground, where the boundary on one of the sides is less than 60 metres. The England troika of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes exploited the shorter boundary against wrist spinners Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, hitting the reverse sweep effectively. Similarly, when England bowled, all their pacers were seen bowling to a field set on the side of the longer boundary, which helped them cut the number of sixes to a mere one. After being outplayed tactically, the team management are eager to set things right and have understood that two wrist spinners could be a risk against the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Shakib, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das and Mahmudullah. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar being fit and available for selection, India for the first time in the tournament, could go in with three frontline pacers and in that case, Chahal may have to cool his heels after recording worst ever World Cup figures (0/88 in 10 overs) by an Indian bowler. If Bhuvneshwar is included in the playing XI against Bangladesh, it will definitely bolster the lower-order batting. For India, the important thing will be that Bangladesh’s bowling won’t have the same potency as England and they will heavily depend on Shakib’s all-round exploits (476 runs and 10 wickets) that has got them so far in the tournament. Bowling will be Bangladesh’s weak link and Virat Kohli will certainly want to bat first on a placid track piling up more agony for the ‘Tigers’. Bangladesh’s biggest problem is their skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, who has taken only one wicket in six games so far. Mashrafe has lost the zip and is in the team because of his acceptability as the Bangladesh captain. Squads: India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmuduallah Riyadh, Sabbir Rahaman, Mehidy Hasan Miraj, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammed Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahaman, Rubel Hossain, Liton Kumar Das, Abu Jayed, Mohammed Mithun. Match Starts 3pm (IST).last_img read more

8 core sector industries grow by 51 in May

first_imgNew Delhi: The eight core sector industries recorded a growth of 5.1 per cent in May on the back of healthy output in steel and electricity. The eight core sector industries – coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertiliser, steel, cement and electricity – grew by 4.1 per cent in May last year. Steel and electricity output increased by 19.9 per cent and 7.2 per cent, respectively, during the month under review. However, crude oil, refinery products, and fertiliser were in the negative zone. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepDuring April-May, the eight sectors grew by 5.7 per cent compared to 4.4 per cent in the same period last year. Meanwhile, the Indian manufacturing sector growth moderated in June, largely owing to softer increase in new work intakes, which in turn translated into slower rises in output and employment, a monthly survey said Monday. The IHS Markit India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) was at 52.1 in June, down from May’s three-month high of 52.7, indicating a slight setback in the Indian manufacturing sector. This is the 23rd consecutive month that the manufacturing PMI has remained above the 50-point mark. In PMI parlance, a print above 50 means expansion, while a score below that denotes contraction. “Gauges of factory orders, production, employment and exports remained inside growth territory, but rates of expansion softened in all cases as domestic and international demand showed some signs of fading,” said Pollyanna de Lima, Principal Economist at IHS Markit. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAccording to the survey, consumer goods was the key source of growth, where robust increases in sales, output and employment were registered. Modest expansions in production and new work were noted in the intermediate goods category, but jobs stagnated. At the same time, operating conditions in the capital goods sector were broadly unchanged. Meanwhile, growth of new export orders also showed signs of weakness. “Also, a further decline in unfinished business points to excess capacity among goods producers, meaning that job creation may come to a halt in the near term should demand growth fail to revive,” Lima added. On the prices front, June data continued to show only a moderate increase in input costs and enabled firms to lower charges. Easing price pressure might prompt the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to continue with its dovish stance in its upcoming policy review in August. In the June review, RBI had cut key lending rates by 0.25 per cent for the third time this year to spur economic growth. “Firms tried to boost sales by offering price discounts for their goods, in light of subdued rises in cost burdens. Tamed cost inflation may assist competitive pricing and lift demand to a meaningful extent as we head into the second half of 2019.” Going ahead, manufacturers remained upbeat about growth prospects in June, with marketing initiatives, stable political conditions and forecasts of a pick-up in demand underpinning positive sentiment. However, the degree of optimism weakened slightly from that recorded in May.last_img read more