IIM-Ahmedabad to Open its First Overseas Extension Center in Dubai

first_imgThe Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIMA), one of the leading business schools of India, will soon set up its first Extension Center in Dubai. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect was signed between IIMA and BRS Ventures of United Arab Emirates (UAE). The center will start its operations in June 2018.“The UAE Extension Center will begin with executive education programs that are relevant to the region and will include both open learning and customized training programs. With the synergy, this partnership is expected to benefit both organizations, besides benefiting the UAE regional business and governance,” BRS Ventures said in a statement.The MoU was signed at the World Government Summit 2018 in UAE. According to the agreement, IIMA will provide academic and training expertise while BRS Ventures will facilitate the required support, including infrastructure, industry links and logistics.Depending on the response and other factors, IIMA-BRS Ventures will consider rolling out other programs in UAE of longer duration in a phased manner. These programs will be relevant globally and will ensure that the groups that are trained are not restricted to any region.“For an institute with global footprint of alumni, it is important to have physical presence beyond the national borders. UAE has been the gateway and hub for Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s business connect with the world,” IIMA director Errol D’Souza said, Khaleej Times reported.D’Souza added that the partnership with BRS Ventures, given their distinguished service to UAE as well as deep understanding of the region and its priorities, will help IIMA in implementing the planned activities and programs successfully.The programs will be offered in a two-phase process, beginning with executive education and public policy programs. The long-duration programs will be offered once IIMA creates its foothold in the region and is given good feedback, the report added.“The IIMA Extension Center will immediately benefit UAE and MENA regions’ economies, public policies, executive skills and industry overall,” said BR Shetty, the chairman of BRS Ventures. He added that when longer duration programs are launched, the graduating students will be entitled for preferred employment at BRS Ventures’ diversified businesses. “They will always remain of great interest to other government and non-government businesses in UAE and internationally,” said Shetty.Dubai is also set to have a Manipal Medical College, after an agreement to the effect was signed by BRS Ventures and Manipal Global Education Services. Related ItemsacademicsDubaiIIMlast_img read more

Lynx capture 4th WNBA title, overcome Sparks in 5 games

first_imgCoach Cheryl Reeve has always regretted not getting Fowles more involved late in Game 5 a year ago, andthey made sure to force-feed their MVP this time around to close the door. After Parker’s 3 cut Minnesota’s lead to 68-64, Fowles corralled a loose ball and finger-rolled it in just ahead of the shot clock buzzer for a 70-64 lead.The Lynx looked to have things in control when Augustus’s jumper gave them a 79-67 lead that lasted until Jantel Lavender’s layup with 90 seconds to go. But Riquna Williams hit two free throws and Sims had two steals for layups, one of which she converted for a three-point play to pull Los Angeles within 79-76 with 35 seconds to go.But Moore responded with a tough pull-up in the lane and Fowles hit a couple of foul shots to ice it.“We’re not a team and I’m not a person to make excuses,” Sparks coach Brian Agler said. “We just didn’t do what we needed to do to …”A rivalry this tight just had to come down to a Game 5, and Minnesota forced it with an 80-69 victory Sunday in Los Angeles. The Sparks and Lynx went five games last year before Los Angeles won on a last-second put-back from Ogwumike. The previous 12 meetings between these two teams, starting with Game 1 of last year’s finals, had a cumulative score of 908-908.ADVERTISEMENT “I think every time you do this, it gets a little more special because it gets a little harder,” Whalen said. “And more meaningful because you know it’s not easy. It’s not something we try to take for granted ever.”Candace Parker had 19 points, 15 rebounds and five assists for the Sparks, who were looking to become the first repeat champions in 15 years. Chelsea Gray had 15 points and eight assists, but Nneka Ogwumike fouled out with 5:29 to play and finished with 11 points. Los Angeles turned it over 17 times.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith a team that had the makings of a new dynasty bearing down on it, the Lynx responded to reassert their own. They have been in the finals in six of the last seven years and now find themselves in the company of Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes and the Comets that dominated the league’s early days.“They wanted to take their place next to the Houston Comets,” coach Cheryl Reeve said. “So they did it.”The game the Lynx rule now is bigger, faster and deeper and the proud core of Moore, Rebekkah Brunson, Augustus and Whalen have had to earn everything they’ve accomplished. They led by 12 in the third quarter, but Los Angeles pushed right back, trimming the deficit to four at the start of the fourth. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cavs, 76ers get to see their tantalizing guard combinations MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Odyssey Sims of the Los Angeles Sparks and Lindsay Whalen #13 of the Minnesota Lynx go after a loose ball during the fourth quarter of Game Five of the WNBA Finals on October 4, 2017 at Williams in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Lynx defeated the Sparks 85-76 to win the championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images/AFPMINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — Sylvia Fowles had 17 points and broke her own WNBA Finals record by grabbing 20 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Lynx to their fourth championship in seven years with an 85-76 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 5 on Wednesday.Maya Moore had 18 points and 10 rebounds and hit a huge runner with 26 seconds to play, Lindsay Whalen had 17 points and eight assists and Seimone Augustus added 14 points to help the Lynx move level with the Houston Comets for most titles in league history.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next LATEST STORIES A capacity crowd packed Williams Arena, turning one of the oldest basketball arenas in the country into a rollicking women’s hoops mecca, reminiscent of Whalen’s days here as a star for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. The old “Barn” is filled with obstructed views — seats behind support posts and under awnings that make seeing the court difficult.They were all filled on Wednesday night, and even if they had to crane their necks for the right view, they saw a game as long on turnovers as it was tension. The Lynx turned it over 18 times, but were able to overcome that with 22 points off of the Sparks’ mistakes.last_img read more

Ebondo drops 31 as CEU holds off Marinerong Pilipino

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ PBA IMAGESCentro Escolar University rode Rod Ebondo’s big performance to kickstart its campaign with a 104-93 win over Marinerong Pilipino in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Ebondo flirted with a double-double, posting 31 points and nine rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES CEU 104 — Ebondo 31, Fuentes 20, Manlangit 19, Wamar 11, Arim 9, Guinitaran 8, Cruz 4, Aquino 2, Caballero 0, Intic 0, Saber 0, Veron 0.MARINERONG PILIPINO 93 — Ayonayon 24, Subido 17, Robles 17, Toth 10, Tratter 6, Iñigo 6, Paredes 6, Banal 5, Pasaol 2, Babilonia 0, Lopez 0, Terso 0.Quarters: 20-21, 55-41, 83-75, 104-93. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29DOH kicks off nationwide polio vaccination drive01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Congolese, however, wasn’t the lone hero for the Scorpions as Judel Fuentes went 3-of-8 from three to finish with 20 markers, five of which coming in the last 1:22 to stave off the late uprising from the Skippers.Joseph Manlangit also got eight of his 19 points in the payoff period, and had seven rebounds, while Orlan Wamar tallied 11 markers, four rebounds, and three dimes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCEU saw its 19-point lead, 62-43, dissipate as Marinerong Pilipino rallied back to knot the score at 75 late in the third quarter.But the Scorpions quickly restored order, ending the third frame on an 8-0 run to regain the upperhand. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH CEU was also buoyed by its 12-of-30 sniping from three while lording the boards, 55-44.“It’s all credit to the players. They gave their best,” said coach Yong Garcia. “We had a good first half, but in the third quarter, we relaxed. I’m just glad that we followed the gameplan and recovered in the fourth.”Marinerong Pilipino stumbled to its second straight defeat and dropped to 1-2.Rian Ayonayon captained the Skippers with 24 points, eight rebounds, and two assists, while Renzo Subido and Billy Robles both got 17.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Former champ Francisco loses to Ortega in Mexicolast_img read more

22 days agoLeicester defender Ben Chilwell: Why I rejected Liverpool at 17

first_imgLeicester defender Ben Chilwell: Why I rejected Liverpool at 17by Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City defender Ben Chilwell admits turning down Liverpool as a teenager.And the England international insists he has no regrets.”I was 17 at the time. My agent looked at it all by talking to Liverpool and Leicester about the situation,” Chilwell told Sky Sports.”At that time I was breaking through the U21 team at Leicester, so I was just focused on getting in there and moving on to the first team here.”I certainly have no regrets. Looking back at how the past four, five years have gone with eight starts for England, I am very pleased.”Leicester was the right place for me at the time and the older players have helped me a lot. The staff has kept me to the ground, so I certainly have no regrets.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Euronav Bounces Back to Profit, Selling Suezmax Quartet

first_imgzoom Antwerp-based tanker owner and operator Euronav NV has returned to full-year profit, recording USD 350 mln in earnings, against USD 45 million loss from 2014.For the fourth quarter the company recorded USD 104.8 million in profit, up from USD 3.9 million from the corresponding period in 2014. “2015 was a landmark year for Euronav with the company achieving a number of key objectives such as delivery of the most profitable year since 2008, full listing on the NYSE and the appointment of Carl Steen as an independent Chairman,” says Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav.“Euronav continues to experience robust and fundamental strength in the VLCC and Suezmax sectors. The first quarter of 2016 is not only substantially better than the first quarter of 2015 but it should also beat the fourth quarter of 2015 which was the best of the four quarters for that year. We believe the current market fundamentals are not reflected in our share price.”Separately, the company has decided with a joint venture partner Bretta Tanker Holdings Inc. to sell their share in the joint venture companies formed for the purpose of ordering and owning four Suezmax tankers.Euronav said that in February this year both partners decided to start marketing the four Suezmaxes Eugenie (2010 – 157,672 dwt), Devon (2011 – 157,642 dwt), Maria (2012 – 157,523 dwt), Captain Michael (2012 – 157,648 dwt) for a potential sale in 2016 in order to determine the fair value of each ship.Euronav holds a right of last refusal and may choose to exercise such right should the best offered price for any of the vessels be considered by Euronav as attractive.OutlookIn terms of vessel supply Euronav said that this always needs to be considered in the context of the anticipated demand for oil.“In the context of robust oil demand (IEA forecast 1.2 mbpd growth for 2016) and with potential for further demand stimulation from a low oil price, we believe that the supply of VLCCs and Suezmaxes is a manageable prospect for the tanker sector. At the same time, capital markets delevering and a structural restriction of availability of financing for tankers have substantially reduced the rate of large tanker ordering in the past six months.”As a result, along with a sustained positive ton-mile expansion and the likelihood of persistently high global oil production, the company expects a positive outlook for large tanker markets through 2016 and beyond.So far in the first quarter of 2016 the Euronav VLCC fleet operated in the Tankers International Pool has earned about USD 62,275 per day and 92% of the available days have been fixed, the company’s results show. Euronav’s Suezmaxes trading on the spot market have earned about USD 37,500 per day on average with 99% of the available days fixed for the first quarter.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

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

Another Aboriginal man shot dead by Edmonton cops

first_imgAPTN National NewsAnother Aboriginal man has been shot and killed by an Edmonton police officer.This is the second shooting by police in the city in a little over a month.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.last_img

Housing pipelines and Senator Beyak dominate the conversation on Nation to Nation

first_imgTodd Lamirande Nation to NationThe co-founder of Idle No More, Sylvia McAdam, says sub-standard housing has caused untold sadness.She says a solution is badly needed – And she may have one.When US President Donald Trump approved the Keystone XL pipeline, approvals had been reached everywhere except in one place. The state of Nebraska may be the only thing that stands in its way from being built.And last night controversial Senator Lynn Beyak heard from a residential school survivor during the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples.tlamirande@aptn.calast_img read more

Ban appoints Brazilian environment official as UN biodiversity chief

20 January 2012Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, a national of Brazil, as Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, a national of Brazil, as Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).Mr. Dias, who is currently the National Secretary for Biodiversity and Forests at the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, was chosen for his extensive experience in policy-making and in coordinating the implementation of biodiversity policies, programmes and projects at a national and international level. He has also been directly responsible for overseeing several multi-institution programmes and has been deeply involved with the negotiations and implementation of the Convention since its origin and participated, as a member of the Brazilian delegation, in the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee of the Convention on Biological Diversity.In announcing his appointment, Mr. Ban thanked Mr. Dias’ predecessor Ahmed Djoghlaf for his continued commitment and contribution to the CBD in his capacity as Executive Secretary. read more

Presidential search community consultations to be streamed live

Those who can’t attend Friday’s presidential search community consultation sessions are invited to take in the conversation online.The sessions, which happen from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and again from 1:30 to 3 p.m., will be streamed live online.To watch, visit brockvideocentre.brocku.ca and log in with your campus ID.Then click on Live Videos and Presidential Search.For more details about these sessions, see the Advisory Committee on Presidency’s announcement.

Family found wrong corpse in coffin when they went to say goodbye

first_imgFamily found wrong corpse in coffin when they went to say goodbye to their grandad The body had been mixed up with another man and been buried three days earlier in the wrong grave. Share27 Tweet Email4 THE GRIEVING FAMILY just wanted to see the body one last time before his cremation. But peeking into the coffin for the final farewell they got a shock: it was someone else.The 90-year-old had in fact been buried three days earlier in someone else’s grave.The embarrassed firm of undertakers in the southern town of Weiz in Austria admitted to the mix up this week.Inside the coffin ready to be given up to the flames was an 86-year-old man whose family thought they had already said their final goodbye to days before.Andreas Adlmann from funeral directors Koller-Adlmann told the Kleine-Zeitung daily that an employee “had not taken proper notice of the toe tags”.“This was a human error that should never have happened,” he said. He promised that in future a record will be made for every cadaver that will be signed by two people.As the family of the 90-year-old waited at the crematorium, his coffin was quickly dug up, cleaned up and brought over.And the 86-year-old was buried where he should have been, as a priest looked on and gave the necessary consecration.© – AFP, 2017Read: A spy novel set in Dublin during the 1940s Emergency chosen as this year’s One City One Book> Image: Shutterstock/Kzenon Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP Image: Shutterstock/Kzenon Mar 25th 2017, 8:30 AM https://jrnl.ie/3300641 Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 8:30 AM Short URL 40,750 Views 23 Comments last_img read more

One for All présente de nombreux chargeurs universels

first_imgOne for All présente de nombreux chargeurs universelsOne for All a révélé la disponibilité de nombreux chargeurs universels pour téléphones mobiles.Pour ne pas s’encombrer avec une kyrielle de chargeurs, il existe une solution : les universels. La firme basée aux Pays-Bas One for All a dévoilé toute une gamme de chargeurs universels pour téléphones mobiles, permettant d’économiser une place précieuse dans les bagages.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?La marque propose tout d’abord deux chargeurs USB. Le premier, le PW1515 est doté du système de Turbo Charge 1000mA muni d’une diode. Il est proposé à 12,90 euros. Le second chargeur USB peut être utilisé en voiture et les caractéristiques sont identiques. Le PW1615 sera vendu 9,90 euros.  À nouveau destiné à une utilisation en voiture, le chargeur universel PW1620 est doté de sept embouts pour permettre une compatibilité avec les principales marques du secteur et d’un câble rétractable. Ce chargeur coûte 17,90 euros. Le même produit offrant deux ports USB, le PW1625 sera vendu pour sa part à 22,90 euros.Pour ce qui est des chargeurs sur prise murale. La marque propose un premier modèle, le PW1520 équipé de Turbo Charge 1000mA, câble rétractable et sept embouts, comme sur les modèles indiqués précédemment, pour 19,90 euros ou bien le même accessoire doté de deux ports USB au tarif de 24,90 euros, le PW1525. Enfin, le constructeur propose des câbles rétractables seuls au prix de 9,90 euros.Le 3 juin 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Port of Vancouver meeting rescheduled

first_imgVancouver — The Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners meeting originally scheduled for July 11 has been changed to 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 18.It will still be held at the Port of Vancouver, USA Administrative Office, 3103 N.W. Lower River Rd.Also, the commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 25 has been cancelled. The commission will be attending the Washington Public Port’s Association Commissioners Seminar starting Sunday, July 23 in Union.last_img

Rally held in NW MiamiDade for girl killed in shooting

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida community continues to seek “Justice for Jada.”People gathered in Northwest Miami-Dade to plead for any information in the shooting death of 8-year-old Jada Page.Page was killed in a drive-by shooting on Aug. 28.Related: Family of 8-year-old Jada Page makes plea to the publicHer mother, Rosalind Brown, remains frustrated that the shooter is still out there. “I’m not a politician, I’m just a mom,” said Brown. “I’m just begging for justice. Whoever it is, I’m begging for justice. I don’t know if they’re keying in on the right person, but I need you guys to continue to give tips.”Jada and her father, James Page, were shot in their front yard. Jada would die two days later.Her father has since recovered.If you have any information on Jada’s killer, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $25,000 reward. last_img read more

Juneau Assembly bans homeless from sleeping downtown

first_imgHomeless resident Catherine Duncan, far left, appeals to the Juneau Assembly not to pass a camping ordinance that would ban homeless from sleeping downtown on Feb. 13, 2017. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/KTOO)A divided Juneau Assembly passed a controversial anti-camping ordinance Feb. 13 to ban homeless people from sleeping near downtown businesses.Listen nowIn the end, the controversial ordinance passed by a single vote. It will allow police to cite anyone caught sleeping on private property in the downtown core between midnight and 7 a.m.The ordinance passed in a 5-4 vote. Supporters were: Mayor Ken Koelsch, Jerry Nankervis, Debbie White, Mary Becker and Beth Weldon. Opposed were: Norton Gregory, Jesse Kiehl, Loren Jones and Maria Gladziszewski.Many downtown merchants have complained of people using shuttered storefronts to shelter from the cold. Those concerns were heard by a majority of the Assembly.“This isn’t about the people who sleep on the sidewalk. This isn’t about people in Marine Park,” Assembly member Debbie White said. “This is about people who have invested in our downtown community, who employ our neighbors.”Assembly member Jerry Nankervis echoed that it was a matter of rights of business owners.“We are trying to reinforce — at least in my mind — that I believe people have private property rights,” Nankervis said, “and just because you’re homeless doesn’t supersede somebody else’s private property rights.”Juneau Police Chief Bryce Johnson said the ordinance would be a tool “which would give us the option of either writing a ticket or taking someone to jail for disorderly conduct.”It takes effect in mid-April when the city-run Thane Campground reopens.Opposition came from four Assembly members including Norton Gregory, who noted that many homeless people suffer from substance abuse and mental illness.“Those are the discussions that I wish we were having tonight and we were talking about rather than passing an ordinance about pushing these people out of the downtown area,” Gregory said.Assemblyman Jesse Kiehl disputed the police chief’s argument it would improve overall public safety.“Are people better off now in doorways? You bet they are,” Kiehl said. “Because those abandoned mine buildings above Gastineau Avenue are scary places and there are no lights and (the Juneau Police Department) doesn’t drive by and check.”Merchants who had complained that homeless people had harassed and intimidated their customers and employees were pleased with the vote.“I personally think this will help and I hope it’s the beginning of a longer process to address all the issues of the homeless in downtown Juneau,” Eric Forst, owner of the downtown Red Dog Saloon, said.Homeless residents reacted with dismay.“I’m scared of what’s going to happen,” Lisa Williams, 27, said after the vote. “I don’t know where I’m going to go and I’m afraid to go up to the woods. I have no idea what it’s going to mean for me.”The ordinance began as an initiative by Juneau Mayor Ken Koelsch, who proposed it after fielding complaints from merchants in December.“I asked for the no camping ordinance to be drafted and introduced for action,” Koelsch said in prepared remarks. “I accept full responsibility. It speaks to a core value of mine regarding respect of property of others.”The ACLU of Alaska has cautioned the city that a blanket ban on homeless people downtown would be unconstitutional.Courts have ruled homelessness can’t be criminalized when the homeless population exceeds shelter space available.For that reason City Attorney Amy Mead said this ordinance was drafted narrowly to only apply to private property.So what if the homeless campers move to a public place like Juneau’s Marine Park?“My advice to (the Juneau Police Department) is that it would be potentially unconstitutional to enforce the camping ordinance against those people at that time,” the city attorney said in a brief interview.The argument over this ordinance may be over.But both sides here agree that the quandary over Juneau’s homeless problem continues.last_img read more

Ford EcoSport Bookings Cross 14000 in 2 Weeks Report

first_imgFord’s newly launched EcoSport SUV has reportedly received more than 14,000 bookings in less than two weeks.The Financial Express, citing a source close to the development of EcoSport, said the American auto major has received more than 14,000 orders for EcoSport in India, and this number is likely to cross 17,000 by this Friday.”By last Friday, bookings for the EcoSport had touched 14,000. By now, this would have crossed 17,000. A new count will be taken by Friday,” a source told to the Financial Express.The report also stated that due to higher demand for the diesel version of EcoSport, some dealers across the country have also stopped taking orders. The greater demand for the vehicle in the sub-continent will push the company to extend the waiting period for customers.The vehicle which was launched in the country on 26 June is expected to be a game-changer for Ford in the auto market. By pricing it low, Ford is directly posed a challenge to current auto market leaders like Maruti and Hyundai along with Renault Duster, Mahindra Quanto and Premier Rio. The car comes with a starting price of ₹5.59 lakh.Under the hood, EcoSport comes with 1.5L petrol, 1.5L diesel and the 1.0L EcoBoost engine. The 1.5L petrol engine is expected to give 112 PS power and 140 Nm torque. It comes in both manual and automatic transmissions. The manual transmission model gives a mileage of 15.8 kmpl, while the automatic model is expects to deliver 15.6 kmpl. The revolutionary EcoBoost EcoSport engine churns out a power of 125 PS and 170 Nm torque along with a mileage of 18.9 kmpl. The diesel variant of EcoSport is the most fuel-efficient among all models and is expected to give a mileage of 22.7 kmpl.”We have had an overwhelming response and are now consolidating the order list. This is quite high and unprecedented for us at Ford,” said Vinay Piparsania, executive director for marketing, sales and service, Ford India.Meanwhile, Ford India is recalling its EcoSport diesel models in India due to the problems with the glow plug module. The recall of newly launched vehicle is likely to hurt the sentiments of prospective buyers in the country.last_img read more

Now Ratan Tata invests in speciality tea startup Teabox

first_imgRatan Tata, the former chief of the Tata Group who is currently chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, the Group’s holding company, has invested an undisclosed sum in a speciality tea start-up, Teabox. This is Tata’s fifth investment in a start-up this year. The announcement was made by Teabox in a media statement released on Wednesday.”His (Ratan Tata’s) direct guidance and experience in the tea industry will surely help us grow Teabox to be the first global premium tea brand from India,” said Kaushal Dugar, founder and CEO, Teabox.Teabox said that it procures premium tea directly from plantations in Darjeeling, Assam, Nilgiri and Nepal with the help of its warehouses in these places and sells them to customers worldwide. The four-year-old start-up raised $6 million in Series A funding in March 2015, taking the total fund raised to $7 million till date. Teabox was founded in 2012 by Kaushal Dugar and is backed by JAFCO Asia, Accel Partners, Keystone Group LP and Dragoneer Investment Group. Ratan Tata’s earlier investments in the current year are in technology and data provider Tracxn Technologies, pet dog care portal DogSpot, founded by Rana Atheya, cashback and coupon portal CashKaro, co-founded by Swati Bhargava and Rohan Bhargava, and baby care products retailer FirstCry.India is home to about 4,200 start-ups, according to software industry body, Nasscom. Recently, the government launched “Start-up India”, an initiative launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to encourage Indian start-ups.last_img read more

BNP calls formation of joint working group an uncertain process

first_imgmirza fakhrul islam alamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Monday opposed the decision of Bangladesh and Myanmar to form a joint working group to start the repatriation process of all the Rohingyas staying in Bangladesh, saying it is an uncertain process to resolve the crisis, reports UNB.”The formation of a joint working group is an uncertain process to resolve the issue. Such a decision has manifested that the government is going to fail to have a quick solution to the Rohingya crisis. It’s also failed to make the international community understand the dangerous situation Bangladesh is now facing,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.Speaking at a documentary screening programme, the BNP leader renewed their party’s call for forging a national unity to overcome the Rohingya crisis.”We’ve long been talking about forming a national unity to face the challenge. Unfortunately, the government is not paying any heed to it as its policy is to divide the nation.”He urged the government to call a national convention to forge the unity and take steps to send an all-party delegation to different countries to push for resolving the problem.Jatiyatabadi Samajik Sangskritik Sangstha (Jasas) screened the documentary at Kendrio Kochi Kachar Mela auditorium on the plight of Rohingyas and repression on them.Earlier at a meeting of officials of the Bangladesh and Myanmar at the state guesthouse Padma, the two countries agreed to form a joint working group to start the repatriation process of all the Rohingyas living in Bangladesh, which Dhaka sees as a “progress.””It’ll soon be formed and I’m hopeful (about a solution),” Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told reporters in the afternoon mentioning that Myanmar came up with the proposal of repatriation of the Rohingyas.He, however, said the composition of the joint working group will be finalised later. “We’ll give our names from our side while they’ll give their names [for the joint working group].”Fakhrul said the government has failed to portrait the Rohingya crisis and genocide against them by the Myanmar authorities before the international community.”People of Bangladesh have come under an attack through the problem. The government has failed to convince the international community how humanity, and Bangladesh’s independence, sovereignty, economy, environment and society have been affected by the Rohingya crisis.”He also criticised the government for not sending any high-profile delegation to any country and for not intensifying its diplomatic efforts to get influential countries’ support to resolve the Rohingya crisis.He also urged the country’s people to get united to drum up a strong public opinion across the country and abroad to stop persecution on Rohingyas and force the Myanmar authorities to take back their citizens ensuring their rights, citizenship and dignity.last_img read more

New Zealand parliament passes tougher gun laws

first_imgNew Zealand parliament. AFP File Photo.New Zealand lawmakers have almost unanimously passed sweeping gun reforms, paving the way for a ban on military-style semi-automatic weapons to enter into force as soon as Friday.Lawmakers passed the legislation on final reading, less than a month after a gunman entered two mosques in Christchurch killing 50 people.During the debate Wednesday prime minister Jacinda Ardern told parliamentarians she “vividly” recalled the moment after the massacre when she, without consulting widely, decided the government had to act.Ardern, her voice filled with emotion, said it was during a briefing with the police commissioner when she was told about the “nature of the attack”, the weapons used and how they were notified but had been obtained legally.”I could not fathom how weapons that could cause such destruction, and large-scale death could have been obtained legally in this country. I could not fathom that,” she told lawmakers.She could not, she said, face the public or “the victims that had been left behind from this terror attack and tell them hand-on-heart that our system and our laws allow these guns to be available and that was okay. Because it was not.”The new rules amend permissive 1983 gun laws that had the subject of multiple reform attempts.The sole holdout against the legislation was the ACT Party, which has a single seat in the 120 seat parliament.The new rules are aimed at removing semi-automatic firearms from circulation through a buy-back scheme, prohibition and harsh prison sentences.A hand-in amnesty will be in place until 30 September 2019, but perpetrators will face between two and ten years in jail for breaking the laws.The new laws also prohibit “semi-automatic firearms, magazines, and parts that can be used to assemble prohibited firearms.”The law will now need royal approval, in practice a rubber stamp, which is expected to take place on Thursday, paving the way for the rules to enter into force the next day.The bill was first introduced on 1 April. Its passage in barely ten days has surprised even the most ardent gun control advocates.last_img read more