Bye Bye Bajaj

first_imgIt was a purchase to be remembered.There was the years-long waiting list to buy it and the jealous stares once you finally got it home. There was the pride of that first ride when, weaving through the streets, you knew that you’d finally — finally! — made it to the middle class.Outwardly it was just a scooter, a spluttering two-stroke Indian-made Bajaj with three gears. All too often, it came painted a sickly avocado-green.But in a time of empty shops and a hobbled economy, it was success.  A scooter repair shop, in New Delhi, India.“This was something big,” said Yash Tekwani, a well-to-do New Delhi businessman who can still picture the day in the early 1970s when his father, who ran a tobacco shop, drove home a blue Bajaj. In a working-class neighborhood where most people had only bicycles, the neighbors turned out to gawk. “It was a joyous occasion.”The joy, though, is ending.At the end of March, Bajaj’s last scooter factory rolled out its last scooter, ending an era in India’s transition from dreary socialist behemoth into a consumerist powerhouse. And those one-time icons of middle-class achievement will be left to secondhand dealers and armies of sidewalk mechanics.Because in modern India, modest dependability just isn’t enough.“People have more money to spend today,” said Pradeep Tyagi. He sells used motorcycles in the New Delhi neighborhood of Karol Bagh, where dozens of used-car and motorcycle dealers — and a handful of scooter shops — are jammed into a few narrow lanes. “No one wants to spend that money on a scooter.”Wander among the neighborhood’s tiny, dusty shops and it becomes clear how India’s aspirations have changed. Second hand scooter dealers Gulshan Marwah, left, with his son Neeraj Marwah at their shop, in New Delhi. “Bajaj can shut down,but I’ll still be selling them.”Because while India still has desperate poverty — more than one-third of the population lives on less than $1 per day — it has also become a nation of fierce consumers, its buying habits nurtured by a growing economy, easier loans and relentless advertising. In places like Karol Bagh, that means people who once would have aspired to scooters now want motorcycles. And everyone dreams of cars.Just ask Maug Lal. On a recent morning, the 32-year-old garbage collector was outside a Karol Bagh shop, staring longingly at a Honda motorcycle. The bike was red, streaked with racing decals and only slightly used.He had come to look at scooters. Instead, he found himself among the motorcycles. He couldn’t afford one — a low-end used model costs $350; a decent used scooter costs less than half that — but he mumbled that eventually he would be able to save up the money. It would only take four years.Lal kept his fingers resting on the Honda as a friend spoke up for him. “The motorcycle is a real man’s vehicle,” said Mohammed Tajuddin Khan. “When you sit on it you look strong.”It wasn’t always like this.Thirty years ago, India’s economy was mired in central planning and government regulations, back when foreign companies were largely frozen out of the Indian market and only a handful of people could afford anything more than a bicycle.Enter the Bajaj family, owners of a business empire with roots in cotton, steel mills and the beginnings of the scooter business.Bajaj brought mobility to the Indian masses, making a clunky, affordable machine that, with a little squeezing, could carry an entire family. That image — dad driving with one child standing between his knees, while mom rides behind him holding the baby — became emblematic of India’s slow move into modernity.It seemed like a miracle. And one where only the driver had to wear a helmet.At one point, the best-selling Bajaj model, the Chetak, was selling 100,000 units per month. The waiting list could last a decade and desperate buyers would pay huge premiums above the list price to get one. For a time, Bajaj was the world’s largest scooter manufacturer.Its 1980s sales campaign, an ode to patriotism and nascent consumerism, became iconic on its own, with TV ads showing young boys clutching Indian flags and happy families gathering around scooters.“The Bajaj is ours,” the jingle said, ignoring the fact that the design was largely borrowed from the Italian Vespa.So when Bajaj announced late last year it was discontinuing its scooter business to concentrate on motorcycles, the news set off a wave of hand-wringing: Indian newspaper editorials bemoaned the changing times; Old Bajaj scooter ads became TV and Internet sensations.“Exit an icon,” the Statesman newspaper declared. “Salute the scooter.”Bajaj, though, wasn’t thinking about icons when it made its decision. Scooter sales have plummeted in this decade as motorcycle sales have boomed. Bajaj stopped most scooter production four years ago. Pronob Biswas with his family rides on his Bajaj Scooter, in New Delhi.“We too feel nostalgic about how dear Bajaj scooters have been to the Indian middle class,” Milind Bade, a top Bajaj official told reporters. “But the business has to move on.”In many ways, Bajaj was simply moving with the Indian economy, which has blossomed since it was opened to outside investment in the late 1980s.By conservative estimates, the Indian middle class is now thought to number about 50 million people, more than five times as many as the early 1970s. More generous estimates put the middle class as high as 250 million — roughly a quarter of the population.They are desperate to buy. The avalanche of advertising — for TVs, apartment complexes, cars, cell phones, sex therapists, silk suits and saris — can make this country look like another America, a place where buying is a sport and a pastime.Along the way, Bajaj has also changed. First it modernized its scooters for increasingly finicky buyers, and then shifted decisively to motorcycles. Its last scooter, the Kristal, sells for about $750 — compared to nearly $2,000 for its best-selling Pulsar motorcycle.Despite the price difference, motorcycle sales reached almost 220,000 in December, an 86 percent increase compared to the same month one year earlier. Only a few hundred scooters were sold.And cars? They are now the new middle-class aspiration. Car sales reached almost 154,000 in February — the highest-selling month ever, and 33 percent more than one year earlier. Last year the Indian-made Tata Nano went on sale at around $2,400, making headlines with its claim to be the world’s cheapest car. While not yet in full production and fairly uncommon on Indian roads, analysts expect the Nano to soon become ubiquitous.If this can make India seem like a place where those clunky Bajaj scooters will soon be forgotten, Neeraj Marwah will make sure that won’t happen.He is an often-scowling man with a scraggly three-day beard whose family has been selling used scooters for two generations. He works out of a concrete store the size of a garage, sitting behind a desk that looks ready to collapse.Young people prefer motorcycles these days, he admits, but there are still millions of Indians out there yearning for their first Bajaj scooter. The are cheap, dependable and easy to repair. Marwah says he’ll be fixing them up and selling them for decades.“Every day I sell at least one of these things,” he said, shrugging. “Bajaj can shut down, but I’ll still be selling them. People will always want them, and I’ll always have some to sell.”   Related Itemslast_img read more

Lyceum gets revenge, beats San Beda to take PCCL title

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES After San Beda took a 58-57 lead early in the fourth on Javee Mocon’s free throw, Lyceum raced to a 9-0 run capped off by two charities from Jaycee Marcelino to take a 66-58 buffer with 4:21 left.The Red Lions managed to cut the deficit to four, 68-62, after Clint Doliguez converted on a three-point play, but Marcelino answered with an elbow jumper and extened Lyceum’s lead to 68-62 with 44.9 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlthough this was a rematch of the NCAA finals, Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson reminded his team to think about their goal and not just getting their revenge against San Beda.“What I reminded the team, and even myself, was that it’s not about San Beda and it’s about the vision we started, it just so happened that San Beda is still in our path,” said Robinson, who led the Pirates to an 18-0 campaign in the NCAA preliminaries. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READcenter_img AFP official booed out of forum Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “Coach Boyet [Fernandez] made me work hard because he’s always there when we play, and I have so much respect for him. And the team kept it together, and one thing I reminded my players is to play in the moment and don’t worry about the future.”Marcelino, who won the Finals MVP plum, finished with 19 points, nine rebounds, and three steals to lead the Pirates to their first major championship under Robinson.Mike Harry Nzeusseu put up a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double for the Pirates.Mocon led the Red Lions with 24 points and eight rebounds while Donald Tankoua had a 13-point, 15-rebound double-double.ADVERTISEMENT Petron eager to get back to title contention after last season’s blunder Lyceum Pirates named PCCL champions. Photo by Bong LozadaLyceum avenged its heartbreak in the NCAA Finals and got back at San Beda, 70-66, to take the national title of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Pirates limited the NCAA champions to just nine points in the fourth quarter while scoring 16 of their own en route to the crown.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

ICC rubbishes reports of modifying draws to put India, Pakistan in same group

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has hit back at a report appearing in British media which said that draws of major ICC tournaments are ‘habitually fixed’ to get India and Pakistan in the same group.    The ICC, on Wednesday, announced the draw for 2017 Champions Trophy in England which will have a blockbuster tournament opener between India and Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4.   The report appearing in a leading British daily quoted ICC chief executive Dave Richardson as saying that draws for major multi-nation events are done “in consultation” with the broadcasters.”The bottom line is that a significant portion of the cricket world want to see that fixture,” Richardson was quoted as saying.However, on Thursday, ICC said Richardson’s comments were misconstrued.”The groups were determined strictly according to the rankings as at the cut-off date and in such a way as to create parity in each group, so that one group is not stronger than the other. This requires that the total ranking points in each group should be the same, that is, 18 points each,” Sami Ul Hasan, head of ICC’s media and communications told India Today.The seedings for the 18-day tournament were decided on the basis of ODI rankings at the cut-off date of September 30, 2015. Current World T20 champions West Indies did not qualify for the event as they were ranked ninth last year.”This method has been consistently followed for all previous events and strictly within those parameters, it has turned out that India/Pakistan have found themselves legitimately and fairly in the same group,” Sami added.advertisementGroups (based on teams’ rankings as on 30 September 2015; X denotes seeding) Group A Group B x-1 Australia x-2 India x-4 New Zealand x-3 South Africa x-6 England x-5 Sri Lanka x-7 Bangladesh x-8 Pakistanlast_img read more

83 director Kabir Khan wishes Ranveer Singh happy birthday with emotional post. See pic

first_imgBollywood’s Wild Child Ranveer Singh turns 34 today. The actor, who will play the role of veteran cricketer Kapil Dev in his next film 83, is busy shooting for the sports biopic in UK with wife Deepika Padukone.Ranveer got a special and sweet message from director Kabir Khan. He wrote, “Happy Birthday @ranveersingh 83 is one of those once in a lifetime experiences and I’m so glad you are the one stepping into Kapil Dev’s shoes for me. There is no way I would have pulled this one off without your incredible commitment and dedication. Your infectious enthusiasm motivates the team everyday. So here’s to yet another year of brilliance from you… sorry @deepikapadukone but I had no other photo of Ranveer and me together #HappyBirthdayRanveerSingh.”On his birthday, Ranveer gifted fans his look as Kapil Dev from 83. It goes without saying that Ranveer has completely nailed the look of the cricketer.Deepika Padukone will play the role of Dev’s wife, Romi Bhatia in the film.83 revolves around India’s historic win at the 1983 Cricket World Cup against West Indies, under Kapil Dev’s captaincy. The film is scheduled to release on April 10, 2020.ALSO READ | This is why Ranveer Singh stopped hugging Pankaj Tripathi on 83 setsALSO READ | 83: Pankaj Tripathi joins Ranveer Singh as manager of winning World Cup teamALSO READ | Ranveer Singh’s 83 will now release in April 2020ALSO WATCH | Deepika Padukone marries Ranveer Singh in Italylast_img read more

Five Observations on the Oklahoma State Football Depth Chart

first_imgOSU released it’s post-training camp depth chart Thursday in advance of next Saturday’s season opener. Kyle P. broke down his thoughts and some of the biggest strengths and weaknesses. I had some leftover thoughts I wanted to write too, to try and cover some questions I myself had.5. The cornerback depth is concerningOn the two-deep released, it’s not a surprise that Ashton Lampkin and Ramon Richards are listed as starters. And behind them, Lenzy Pipkins and Darius Curry aren’t all that surprising, either. But one surprise to me is that true freshman and early enrollee Madre Harper from Lamar High School wasn’t able to crack the two-deep, and he hasn’t been addressed but it sounds as if he may redshirt. To add to that, Gundy named six freshman who should play this season and of that group only one cornerback was named: AJ Green, a former DeSoto product.4. The running back group tells us nothing, for nowThere were four running backs listed on the depth chart upon its release, and when asked about sophomore Jeff Carr’s mysterious omission, Gundy responded with a deer-in-the-headlights look like I’d never seen — which tells me that he actually could be riding with five dudes headed into the season. The first couple games of the season could be a ‘live game tryout’ of sorts, and the winners of the battle will potentially take off into the season. On the scenario, Gundy did note that he’d like to skinny down the group. “I’d say we need to use fewer backs at certain positions,” Gundy said in his press conference Thursday. “We have certain guys that can do certain things for our offense. Some of them will be in two-back sets and some of them won’t be in. There is more flexibility with them.” For now there’s no clarity, but freshman Justice Hill may be emerging as the leader in the clubhouse.“He has play-making ability,” Mike Yurcich said. “He is a very well-rounded tailback, and he’s really good through the hole. It’s going to be interesting to see who emerges out of that.”3. Senior talent wins out at cowboy backBlake Jarwin, the All Big-12 selection from 2015, is the obvious starter with experience and proven production at cowboy back, with Zac Veatch listed at No. 2. But behind them, there’s still Keenen Brown who didn’t crack the list but is in line to get some playing time after making the move from receiver to cowboy back. “He’s a kid with a big body that can catch any ball thrown to him. He just finds a way to get open,” Jarwin said about Brown to The Oklahoman. “I can’t wait to see him on the field this year.”2. The kicking jobField goal duties is going to Ben Grogan and punting is Zach Sinor. But the real question is if Ben Grogan will continue his role in kickoff duties, or if Matt Amendola, trick kicker extraordinaire or anyone else can supplant him. Amendola may have the stronger leg between the two, and it could be a passing of the baton of sorts to let Amendola take over in a larger role in that capacity. But Gundy, who invited students to an open tryout, alluded to perhaps finding a guy through the open invite. Said Gundy, “They’re in a kicking competition right now. Don’t ask me their names.”1. The O-line group is pretty much the sameOf the starters listed on the depth chart, only Marcus Keyes is the new true starter with Salako, Lundblade, Robinson and Crabtree all returning from last year. From the release it looks like junior college all-american Larry Williams is No. 2 behind Keyes at left guard, which could be a guy to watch and see if he is able to take over one of the starting spots at guard. Outside of that, this is still a group that I’m skeptical about, and Gundy didn’t do anything to change that by tempering expectations in his presser. He stated he wants to expect 125 rushing yards per game which he says “would be like Christmas” from last year. But 125 yards per game would have ranked No. 113 in the country last season — the exact spot they finished last year by averaging 126.8. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Idiocy reigns as AFL commentators and umpires draw focus from on-field action

first_img Read more Share on LinkedIn AFL Australian rules football In November of 2017, the Italian newspaper Il Globo, published a story on the demise of the AFL’s multicultural round, quoting Gillon McLachlan from a week earlier saying: “The celebration of cultural diversity within Australian Football doesn’t need one round to prove its existence – it lives within community and grassroots football”.Sadly, it does not live inside the Triple M commentary box.Brian Taylor has been called an idiot often enough that it amounts to a cliché, but to hear him on Saturday afternoon was to understand that in the same way a man’s ears become exaggerated as he ages, so too does the idiocy that defines him. McLachlan hails ‘pragmatic’ AFL umpiring after Rampe goalpost furore Read more Under AFL rule 17.11, a free kick is to be awarded against a player or official who intentionally shakes a goal or behind post. Technically, Myers should have had a second shot on goal from the goalsquare to give Essendon the win (albeit an unjustified one).To hear AFL CEO McLachlan tell it: “Yes, technically [it was a free kick] but it’s, like all things, it’s context … where and when.”But football is not like all things. To quote Chuck Klosterman:“Sports, unlike life, need inflexibly defined rules. Any game (whether it’s the World Cup or Clue) is a type of unreality in which we create and accept whatever the rules happen to be.”“So how do we make an unreal exhibition meaningful? By standardizing and enforcing its laws, including the ones that don’t necessarily make sense.”There are many who would love to hear McLachlan’s thoughts on the context at the MCG on Saturday afternoon – a game that according to callers on 3AW ended with more crowd violence and “a man relieving himself on a cop car leaving the ground”.Thankfully police and not AFL umpires were in attendance, otherwise things may have gone unchecked and completely out of hand.And then there was the footballing violence of Saturday twilight’s Gold Coast versus Melbourne game, where not even a thrilling final minute could save the previous 119 that sucked the football-loving soul right out of you. Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian He has now called football long enough that he has become a caricature of himself, figuring that he can just hang Orazio Fantasia’s name in the air like a rug, and try knock all the Italian out of it for the sake of his own self-entertainment.“In Italy, it’s ‘Fan-ta-sia’. Guess where we live? Australia, and we call it ‘Fan-tay-sha’,” said Taylor.“We don’t pronounce Italian names in Australia in the full Italian way. We pronounce it with the Australianism in it, and that’s how we’ll continue to do it.”Setting aside the fact that no commentator in the country thought to check the correct pronunciation of a footballer now in his sixth season of AFL, this is hubris straight out of a pigeon-littered Greek amphitheatre.Greek, Italian – it’s all the same in footy, where like this country’s other most popular public spectacle, politics, anything is true if it’s said loud enough and often enough.But the rules of our sport, much like the pronunciation of a surname, should be rigid enough to withstand the bullshit hammers of our commentators and others.The last 30 seconds of Friday night’s game between Sydney and Essendon was some other very special sort of stupid. The Bombers’ David Myers winking before he took a kick from a long way out, looking to win Essendon the game, and then laughing with his captain Dyson Heppell after his godawful kick never got close. And then there was the free kick not paid when Dane Rampe bizarrely climbed the goal post. Emma Race Share on Messenger Australia sport Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Zach Merrett’s mic-drop moment is a boon for AFL gender equality … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Essendon Guardian Australia sport newsletter: subscribe by email Only the most optimistic Dees’ fan could summon something as positive as “we’re not dead, we’re in a coma, and we’re really happy with the way this season is panning out,” in a game where they had 66 entries in their forward 50 for a miserable 61 points.Thankfully, later that night Showdown 46 at the Adelaide Oval was briefly elevated to its blockbuster status after Port Adelaide kicked five goals in a row in the last quarter, reducing the margin from seven goals to just a couple of kicks.The Crows, largely on the back of an impressive defensive effort and the success story that is Alex Keath, have now won their last four games to fulfill the prophecy of many preseason pundits of sitting inside the top four. In contrast, the injury-hit Port now find the ground giving way beneath their feet.Hawthorn’s Jarryd Roughead too has seen his season slipping away, but playing in the curtain-raiser for the Hawthorn versus GWS game on Sunday (his first VFL game in seven years) did all that was asked of him and more, kicking five goals and giving encouragement and advice to his opponent – mid-season rookie draft contender Reuben William.It gave the weekend a show of character and class that was sadly missing elsewhere. Topics Share on Twitter Reuse this content comment Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Read more Share via Emaillast_img read more

No word from BCCI on managing IPL workload: Ricky Ponting

first_img Indo-Asian News Service MumbaiMarch 24, 2019UPDATED: March 24, 2019 09:20 IST Ricky Ponting said there has been no directive from BCCI regarding workload of India’s World Cup-bound players (@DelhiCapitals Photo)Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting on Saturday said the franchise hasn’t received any official statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) regarding the management of workload of India’s World Cup-bound players.With nearly three weeks’ gap between the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 final and the beginning of the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales, a lot has been talked about managing the players’ workload in the recent times.Talking to the press on the eve of Delhi’s campaign opener against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium, here on Sunday, Ponting said: “We have had no direct information on them at all. If we look through our squad, I mean if you talk about workload management stuff, you think that the batsmen will be right to play all the games.””I am not sure what the directive from the BCCI is going to be on that, but it will be the fast bowlers they will be trying to look after,” he said.Ponting admitted the team management will have to properly look after pacer Ishant Sharma who is likely to be a part of India’s World Cup squad.”Ishant has sort of forced himself into that squad. We’re just going to make sure that we look after him on the way through. Hopefully, some common sense comes into it and someone like Ishant is available for selection for every game,” the former Australia skipper said.On the availability of foreign players in Delhi’s squad, keeping the World Cup in mind, the 44-year-old said: “We do, actually. Obviously Chris Morris is not here. He’s got another T20 (Twenty20) game to play for South Africa in a couple of days’ time. He’ll probably arrive on the 25th for us.”advertisement”As far as the leave dates are concerned, all the New Zealanders are here until the end. We’ve got the New Zealanders, West Indians and South Africans predominantly as our overseas players,” he said.Delhi has never made it to the IPL finals since the inception of the league in 2008.Ponting said he isn’t thinking much about the past. “What has happened in the past has happened. The whole vibe around the franchise for the last two weeks has been positive. We have (been) reborn, we have new owners. We have got new colours, new logo, and everything about the start of the new season has been fresh, new start for Delhi Capitals,” the coach said.Speaking on their preparations for this year, Ponting said: “Our preparations for the last two weeks has been strong. (The) boys worked particularly hard before we travelled here, and any who were here and who watched us train yesterday would understand how hard we trained. We made things little light today. Boys are fit, energetic and ready to go for tomorrow.Also Read | Rishabh Pant works with Kiran More ahead of Mumbai Indians vs Delhi CapitalsAlso Read | IPL is our home tournament so we must enjoy ourselves: Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | Old friends Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar catch up before Mumbai-Delhi clashFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow workload managementFollow IPLFollow Ricky PontingFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow MI vs DCFollow BCCI No word from BCCI on managing IPL workload: Ricky PontingDelhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting said that there has been no communication from the BCCI on the workload management of the Indian players, who will play in the 2019 ICC World Cup, during the 2019 IPL.advertisementlast_img read more

Kongsberg Maritime Introduces Innovative Training Centre App

first_imgzoom Kongsberg Maritime Ltd has developed an innovative new app to support courses offered at its Westhill training centre, streamlining the booking process for delegates and allowing them to organise training on the go.The new app will enable trainees to book courses remotely on mobile devices, making the booking process more user-friendly, accessible and efficient. All Aberdeen-based training courses will be available through the app, including recently launched courses, K-Chief 600 and the Kongsberg Networks course.It will support the growing demand for all courses at Thermoplyae House in Westhill, where specialist in training courses are available in marine automation, dynamic positioning, and subsea positioning systems.Operations supervisor, Kerry Johnston, comments, “The launch of the new training centre app is a really exciting development for us. We have seen significant growth in demand for all Aberdeen-based courses, and believe that the new app will give delegates a more accessible, user friendly way to book courses. We hope that the busy delegates who attend our courses will find that they are able to make bookings on the go, saving them a lot of time.“We anticipate increased demand over the next quarter with the addition of the two new courses, K-Chief 600 and Kongsberg Networks, to our portfolio. It’s an exciting time for our training centre in Aberdeen, and if the interest in the training courses continues as expected, we would hope to recruit new training instructors to meet demand.”While the training centre provides a range of industry-standard courses for the marine offshore sector, the centre is also equipped to offer bespoke courses to meet specific requirements.Kongsberg Maritime Ltd now runs between five and 10 courses throughout the week, with the number of attendees often reaching 50 per week.Kongsberg Maritime Ltd is the UK division of Kongsberg Maritime and is a key player in vessel positioning, marine automation, survey and ROV instrumentation.Kongsberg Maritime, October 15, 2013last_img read more

City celebrates 90th birth anniversary of Kishore Kumar

first_imgKolkata: The 90th birth anniversary of Kishore Kumar was observed with great enthusiasm in Kolkata.The statue of Kishore Kumar with Sachin Dev Barman on Southern Avenue was garlanded on Sunday morning. SD Barman considered Kishore to be his elder son. The statue, the only of its kind in the country, was installed by the Amit Kumar Fan Club. The space was provided by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. Kishore’s statues at Naktala and Baisnabghata Patuli were also garlanded. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaChief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is a great fan of Kishore Kumar, tweeted: “Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana…Fondly remembering Kishore Kumar, legendary singer, on his birth anniversary.” Meanwhile, the state government organised a programme at Rabindra Sadan, where singers like Rupankar, Raghab, Sriradha Bandyopadhyay and Haimanti Shukla took part, among others. Indranil Sen, minister of state for Information and Cultural Affairs and himself a well known singer and Vivek Kumar, principal secretary, Information and Cultural Affairs, also took part in the gala show. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe legendary singer’s fan following is ever growing, even after one and a half decades of his death. He had sung two immortal Rabindrasangeets, namely Ami chini go chini tomare and Bidhir badhon katbe tumi in Satyajit Ray’s Charulata and Gharebaire. Ei to hethae kunja chayae sung by Kishore Kumar in Lukochuri over five decades ago is still very popular among the music lovers. In the 1970s, Ei je nodi jae sagore and Noyono sarasi kano sung by him were instant hits. Sei rate rat chilo purnima sung in his inimitable style remains a treasure in Bengali music. Kishore’s songs in Uttam Kumar’s lip like Ki ashae bandhi khelaghor in Amanush and Prithibi bodle gache in Anandashrom remain popular tunes even today. The Kishore Kumar and Rajesh Khanna duo which started in Aradhana, opened a new chapter in Hindi cinema. The two along with RD Barman presented some immortal songs. His acting in Chaltika Naam Gaadi with his two elder brothers Ashok Kumar and Anup Kumar and his second wife Madhubala, showcases the talent of Kishore as an actor.last_img read more

Bianca Andreescu advances to US Open final

first_imgCanada’s Bianca Andreescu has advanced to her first career Grand Slam final with a 7-6, 7-5 semifinal win over Belinda Bencic at the U.S. Open. The 19-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., is the first ever Canadian, male or female, to reach the finals of the U.S. Open. Coming into this event, she had never advanced past the second round at a major. She is just the second Canadian woman to reach the finals of a Grand Slam, joining Eugenie Bouchard who made the finals of Wimbledon in 2014.In the opening set Andreescu overcame a set point while trailing 5-4, then rallied to win the first five points in the tiebreaker. In the second set, the 15th seed trailed Bencic 4-1 and 5-2 in the second set before taking the last five games. “If someone told me a year ago that I’d be in the finals of the US Open this year, I’d tell them you’re crazy,” Andreescu said in an on-court interview following the match.She now sets up a Rogers Cup final rematch against Serena Williams, who is hoping to pull off a little history of her own.Williams overcame a slightly shaky start and quickly took control, turning in an impressive performance for a 6-3, 6-1 victory over No. 5-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in their semifinal.If she wins Saturday’s final, Williams will equal Margaret Court with 24 Grand Slam singles titles, the most in tennis history. Court, though, won more than half of hers against amateur competition before professionals were allowed to play in majors starting in 1968. This will be Williams’ fourth final in the past six major tournaments. She was the runner-up at Wimbledon each of the past two years, losing to Angelique Kerber in 2018 and to Simona Halep in July. And she was also the runner-up, of course, a year ago at Flushing Meadows, losing to Naomi Osaka.That final was, and forever will be, overshadowed by Williams’ extended argument with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, who docked her a point, then a game – and was barred by the U.S. Tennis Association from officiating any matches in this year’s tournament involving her or her older sister, Venus.last_img read more

BC totem pole being carved as symbol of reconciliation cant find funding

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsFunding problems may keep the Language Revitalization Pole grounded.In June, APTN News told you about the 800 year old cedar that’s being carved in Port Alberni, B.C.The carving is well underway, but the project needs to find money fast.The goal is to raise the totem pole this year during the United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous Languages.Read More:Language Revitalization Pole being carved in B.C. as symbol of ‘real reconciliation’ read more

King of Morocco Islam does not object to profit

Marrakesh – King Mohammed VI  highlighted the importance of Islam as a religion that encourages the “entrepreneurial spirit, personal fulfillment and promotion based on merit.”In his letter read by AbdelIlah Benkirane, Head of government,  to the official opening session of the 5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Marrakech, King Mohammed VI stressed on the positive role of Islam regarding fair competitiveness in the world of entrepreneurship.“Our religion does not object to profit. On the contrary, it encourages the entrepreneurial spirit, personal fulfillment and promotion based on merit,” the letter said. The royal message highlighted the example of the institution of the waqf (endowment) as  “an original form of entrepreneurship, which is rooted in our tradition of inter-generational solidarity.”King Mohammed VI called on the governments to instill self-confidence in young people  in order to “overcome the pessimism that has plagued our continent.”The king emphasized the urgent  “need to nurture positive examples and turn success stories into models to emulate” to enable young generations to “believe in their ability to learn and to become entrepreneurs.” read more

GM recalls over 34M pickups SUVs to fix brake issues

DETROIT — Under pressure from the federal government, General Motors is recalling more than 3.4 million big pickup trucks and SUVs in the U.S to fix a brake problem.The recall covers the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups from the 2014 through 2018 model years. Also included are the Cadillac Escalade from 2015 to 2017, and the GMC Yukon and Chevy Suburban and Tahoe from 2015 through 2018.GM says a pump in the power-assist brakes can put out less vacuum power than needed, increasing stopping distance and the risk of a crash.The recall comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating in November of last year.Dealers will recalibrate the electronic brake control module. Owners were to be notified starting Sept. 6.The Associated Press read more

Delayed grain crop due to wet summer dampens spirits of railways farmers

TORONTO — A delayed grain crop is causing headaches for railways, elevator operators and farmers following a dry spring and wet summer.Grain carloads at the two major Canadian rail companies are down 11 per cent so far in the quarter ending Sept. 30.John Brooks, head of marketing at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. — where grain revenues make up nearly one-third of annual revenues — told an investor conference that harvests are up to 30 per cent below the average this time of year but that he remains “bullish” on pushing the product to market over the next few months.Wade Sobkowich, head of the Western Grain Elevator Association, says the wet Prairie weather will likely produce a crop with more mildew, sprout damage and frost, which will make it “challenging” to mill the grain and boost profit margins, despite an expected one per cent rise in overall harvest volume.Sobkowich says farmers are under a lot of stress to get grain off the fields, a feat that will require more co-operative weather.CP Rail framed the harvest woes as a “timing issue,” though persistent rain could dampen the quality of the output as well as export volumes. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 25, 2019. Companies in this story: (TSX:CP)The Canadian Press read more

No time to lose to advance peace and democracy in Somalia –

“Today the change we have awaited so long has come,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks at the mini-summit on Somalia, held in New York on the margins of the high-level debate of the 67th General Assembly.After decades of warfare, Somalia has been undergoing a peace and national reconciliation process, with a series of landmark steps over recent weeks helping bring an end to the country’s eight-year political transition period. These steps included the adoption of a provisional constitution, the establishment of a new parliament and the selection of a new president.“The process of ending the transition was not always smooth. But it was more inclusive and representative than any such efforts Somalia has seen in a generation,” noted Mr. Ban. “In full view of the Somali people, young and old, men and women from all clans took part. They showed courage and integrity in the face of immense pressure.”Among those attending today’s meeting were senior African Union officials, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), Augustine Mahiga, and Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali. The new Somali President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, joined in by video link from the capital, Mogadishu.“Today we begin a new partnership for peacebuilding in Somalia – on that is led by Somalis and grounded in shared principles – to build peace and opportunity for the long term,” Mr. Ban said, adding that continued support is needed to address the security and humanitarian situations.In recent weeks, there have been several attacks which have led to numerous deaths, including a member of parliament as well as journalists and civilians. In addition, two million people affected by drought and violence are in need of humanitarian assistance.“I urge you now, immediately, to redouble your efforts to support Somalia,” Mr. Ban told participants at the meeting. “We must also pave the way for Somali institutions to assume primary responsibility for security. I appeal to each of you to consider how you can contribute to democracy, justice and state-building in Somalia.”The Secretary-General also emphasized the importance of supporting Somali authorities to meet their human rights obligations and rebuild their institutions so that the country can successfully hold popular elections and a constitutional referendum in the next four years. However, he underlined that for progress to be long-lasting, Somalia would need continued international support.“Our focus must be on helping to enable Somali institutions to rebuild and reconcile after two decades of war,” Mr. Ban said. “Somalia’s people have taken risks for peace and they will need to show even more courage in the years ahead. We must match their courage with our commitment.”The meeting resulted in a communiqué, in which participants committed to forge a new partnership for peacebuilding and statebuilding, work with Somali authorities in capacity building in the areas of security, justice, economic recovery and human rights, among others, and pledged to enhance their support for the country’s justice sector.Participants also reaffirmed their support for humanitarian efforts in the country and agreed to meet again to discuss concrete steps to show their support.“Moving forward, we look forward to building a new partnership based on Somali priorities and leadership, competent and representative national institutions, and mutual trust and accountability,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told reporters after the meeting. “The international community will insist on a serious effort by the Somali leadership and institutions to manage resources transparently and accountably and to govern inclusively in the interests of all Somalis.”During a meeting yesterday, Mr. Ban congratulated the Somali Prime Minister on the important political progress that has taken place with the completion of the transition period, and discussed the need for support for stabilization efforts in the coming months. read more

Brock continues development of new policy

Public demonstrations like the one that took place at Brock University today help raise awareness of the need for more effective ways of helping survivors of sexual harassment and violence.Universities are no more immune to these types of incidents than any other workplace in Canada, however unlike most workplaces, Brock was one of the first universities in Canada to have formal procedures dealing with sexual violence.Earlier this month, Brock administrators took action against an employee after a former student came forward with a complaint about sexual harassment. The complaint led to an independent investigation, the results of which were presented to the University in January. As a result, the employee is not assigned to a class and is not on campus.Brock has been receptive to, and mindful of, all concerns raised about how we have responded to this issue, and the University will be reviewing its current policies and processes.As well, a sexual assault working group, formed last year, has evolved into a committee that is developing a new stand-alone policy to deal with sexual harassment and violence. That committee is inclusive of students, faculty, staff and senior administrators, and will produce a policy that is in line with Ontario’s new Bill 132. read more

Game Changer Metta World Peace Signs to New York

Metta World Peace is headed back to where it all started for him as a basketball player, New York City. The Queens native, who was recently amnestied by the Los Angeles Lakers, has reached an agreement to play with the New York Knicks.“I don’t care if I’m starting, or sweeping the floors. You hear me? I want to win,” World Peace said.Officials from the Knicks reported that they have agreed to terms with the NBA player, but a contract has not yet been signed.According to reports, on the table is a two-year contract with the first year guaranteed. World Peace would get $1.6 million per season, with a player option for year 2.World Peace’s agent Marc Cornstein confirmed the team that his client will be playing for next season.“Yes, this is going to happen,” Cornstein said. “He’s just thrilled to be joining the New York Knicks. He’s really excited to be joining his hometown team. That’s obviously been something that’s been a dream of his since growing up in Queensbridge.” read more

Scientists find 5 life skills which bring health wealth and success

first_imgPeople with all five skills had more friends and were less depressed  Primary school pupils during a lesson People with all five skills had more friends and were less depressed  Although the researchers say causal conclusions cannot be drawn from the observational study, they said they had been careful to take into account cognitive function, education and family background, ruling them out as being responsible for the outcomes associated with life skills. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. To find out the impact of key life skills, the team from UCL looked at data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing which has followed more than 8,000 middle-aged Britons for the past 11 years.center_img Even a good education will not help you achieve success without the five life skills Credit: PA Co-author Prof Jane Wardle, of UCL concluded: “Life skills such as persistence, conscientiousness, and control are important in early life.“Our results suggest that fostering and maintaining these skills in adult life may be relevant to health and wellbeing at older ages.“This work opens up possibilities for exploring ways in which a range of life skills might be enhanced in people at older ages, for the possible improvement of health, wellbeing, and social function in the later stages of life.”The research was published in the journal PNAS. They discovered that just three per cent of people who scored highly for all five positive attributes had symptoms of severe depression compared with 22 per cent of people who had a low number of life skills.Nearly half the people who reported the highest levels of loneliness had the fewest skills, declining to 10.5 per cent in those with the most.Highly skilled people also had lower levels of cholesterol and of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation relevant to a number of different diseases including type 2 diabetes and heart disease.  They also had smaller waistlines and walked more quickly, which often predicts a longer life.The proportion of respondents who rated their health as only fair or poor was 36.7 per cent among those with low life skills, but fell to just six per cent in participants with a higher number of attributes.Regular volunteering rose from 28.7 per cent to 40 per cent with increasing numbers of life skills. The five life skills which bring health, wealth and success throughout life have been discovered by scientists.Experts at University College London have found that emotional stability, determination, control, optimism and conscientiousness are the foundation stones of building a fruitful life.People in their 50s and 60s who scored highly in at least four of the five attributes were generally wealthier, less depressed, healthy and connected to a large social circle.In contrast those who achieved two or fewer of the skills were often lonely, depressed and were far more likely to suffer from chronic diseases.“It is well recognized that some highly intelligent people or those who come from privileged backgrounds may not succeed because they lack character strengths, whereas less well-endowed individuals who are reliable and self-disciplined do attain their goals,” said Professor Andrew Steptoe of the department of Epidemiology and Public Health, who co-led the research.“No single attribute was more important than others. Rather, the effects depended on the accumulation of life skills.“We were surprised by the range of processes – economic, social, psychological, biological, and health and disability related – that seem to be related to these life skills.”Want success? Here are the 5 life skills you really need last_img read more

Vendor implicated in 14M gold heist remanded

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGrove man charged for $1.4M gold heist granted bailNovember 9, 2018In “Court”Man accused of $1M gold heist freedJune 3, 2019In “Court”Joiner accused of gold chain theft remandedMay 14, 2018In “Court” A 31-year-old vendor was on Thursday hauled before the court to answer to a charge of robbery of more than $1M worth of gold jewelry.Leonard Farley of Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD) denied the charge when he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate Judy Latchman.The court heard that Farley on September 29, 2018 at Black and White Bridge Tucville, East La Penitence, while being armed with a knife, robbed Wayne Brakes of 12 gold chains and a gold band, a total value of approximately $1.4M.Defence attorney for Farley, George Thomas informed the court that his client was nowhere in close proximity of the area when the incident occurred.However, Principal Magistrate Latchman remanded him to prison until October 10, 2018. read more

The longterm development plan for Albertas oil sands

first_imgAs we go to press on our March issue – featuring an article on the Athabasca oil sands – the Government of Alberta has released a 20 year strategic plan for Alberta’s oil sands that aims to reduce the environmental footprint, optimise economic growth, and increase the quality of life in Alberta’s oil sands regions. “When it comes to Alberta’s oil sands, we believe that Canada can be a leader in finding innovative ways to ensure both economic growth and greater environmental protection,” said Lloyd Snelgrove, President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for the Oil Sands Sustainable Development Secretariat. “This strategy will guide our responsible approach to development, with an increased focus on the environment and the importance of this significant resource to local communities.” Responsible Actions: A Plan for Alberta’s Oil Sands outlines long-term strategies and immediate actions that address economic, social and environmental challenges and opportunities in the oil sands regions. The plan highlights current efforts such as carbon capture and storage, and strengthens the approach for land reclamation, cumulative effects management and environmental conservation. The strategy is closely aligned with provincial and regional initiatives such as the Provincial Energy Strategy and the Land-use Framework.“Responsible Actions is another important step in addressing high growth community pressures and a road map to our future,” added Guy Boutilier, MLA for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo.The strategic plan was based on extensive stakeholder consultations, which were outlined in three reports:Investing in our Future: Responding to the Rapid Growth of Oil Sands DevelopmentMulti-stakeholder Committee Final ReportAboriginal Consultation Final Report.Alberta’s oil sands regions contain the second largest petroleum reserves in the world and play a key role in the long-term economic growth and energy security for Alberta and Canada.last_img read more