South Africa Rejects Japanese Trios Merger Deal

first_imgzoom The South African Competition Commission has decided to block the proposed merger between Japan’s big three container shipping companies.Namely, the commission has prohibited the deal between Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) to merge their container liner shipping businesses to form a joint venture in that market.After considering the impact of the proposed transaction on the market for the provision of container liner shipping services and on the adjacent market of the car carriers shipping market where the joint venture partners compete, the commission has found that the structure of the container liner shipping market “is conducive to coordination based on previous collusive conduct in the container liner market in other parts of the world.”South African Competition Commission added that the merger “increases the likelihood of coordination as it creates further structural linkages in the container liner market.”The commission also found that the proposed transaction creates a platform for coordination in the car carrier market which has a history of collusion involving the merging parties.Announced in October 2016, the new joint-venture company would operate a fleet totaling 1.4 million TEUs, placing it as sixth in the market with approximately 7% of global share.K Line and MOL, which will each hold 31 percent, and their compatriot NYK Line, which will hold the remaining 38 percent, envisaged to establish the new joint-venture company on July 1, 2017, while business commencement was expected to start as of April 1, 2018.last_img read more

United lacked mad dogs in midfield Mourinho

first_imgJose Mourinho has blamed his midfielders’ lack of bite in the middle of the park for their recent stalemate against Southampton at St Mary’s stating they lacked “mad dogs”The Saints went 2-0 up after 20 minutes courtesy of Stuart Armstrong and Cedric Soares but the Red Devils levelled proceedings to 2-2 before half-time thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera.But Mourinho felt his side would have done better if they had fought valiantly in the middle, claiming his midfielders did not understand that “simplicity is genius” when trying to link the defence to the attack in a lifeless second half.“We lost so many balls in midfield, so many balls in our transition to the last third that it was difficult to have that continuity,” he told BT Sport and equally cited on FourFourTwo.“We did so well in the last 15, 20 minutes of the first half, we chose to connect to the attacking players by transporting the ball, the right choice of pass, accelerating the game, but in the second half, we went back to that dynamic.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“The players don’t understand that simplicity is genius. They keep, keep going to complicated football. But [there was] good spirit, good fight, a great example of players fighting until the limit. I would say, as positive examples, Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones, many others showing that respect for the shirt.“The second goal was a direct free-kick and the first was because we didn’t press enough the ball, which is something we do wrong. It doesn’t matter the system we play, it has to do with the characteristics of the players.“We don’t have many – I hope people understand what I mean – we don’t have many mad dogs, who bite the ball all the time. Scott and Matic did a very positive job for two midfield players and Phil Jones leads that group of three in a way we are totally in control.“What we needed to improve in this game is simplicity in midfield. By losing so many balls in midfield, we broke that dynamic that normally leads to goals.”last_img read more

Jack White To Release Live Album On BlueAndWhite Vinyl

first_img Jack White To Release Live Album On Blue-And-White Vinyl Facebook Jack White To Drop Vinyl-Only Live Album jack-white-release-live-album-blue-and-white-vinyl Recorded during two shows on the Boarding House Reach tour — a show at the Blue Room at his label headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., in March and a concert in Detroit in April — the new project will be released via White’s exclusive Vault subscriptions service. Fitting with White’s latest visual theme, the LP will be pressed on “beautiful blue and wonderful white vinyl,” according to Third Man’s site.    The live album will mark White and Third Man’s 37th Vault release and follow the recent landmark reissue of Captain Beefheart’s Frank Zappa-produced seminal sound collage Trout Mask Replica. In addition to a remastered version of the influential album, the Vault package contained extras such as a special seven-inch single, lyric book, tote bag, patch, and even a printed replica trout mask. Twitter The main man at Third Man preps a new live LP to be distributed through his Vault subscriptions serviceNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jul 3, 2018 – 11:40 am On the heels of his adventurous new album, Boarding House Reach, GRAMMY winner Jack White has announced his label, Third Man Records, will release a new live album titled Live At Third Man Records/Nashville & Cass Corridor. News White’s latest live album will also feature a few extras, including three glossy 8 by10 photos, logo flag and “a die-cut sleeve with peep-in artwork reminiscent of Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti or the Stones’ Some Girls, the interplay between the sleeve and the jacket will provide fans with hours upon hours of flip-flopping fun.”Live At Third Man Records/Nashville & Cass Corridor is available for preorder through July 31 for those who join The Vault.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Jack White’s P&E Wing Speech: “Let The Music Tell You What To Do” Email last_img read more

Amazon adding 800 more jobs in Austin after NYC HQ2 fails

first_img Tech Industry Share your voice Austin, Texas, is home to the Whole Foods headquarters. Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images Amazon faced a chilly reception in New York, but it appears Texas is more than happy to cozy up to the tech giant.The world’s biggest online store on Thursday said it’s expanding its tech hub in Austin, Texas, and hiring 800 new tech workers there. Along with an existing Amazon tech hub, Amazon-owned Whole Foods’ corporate headquarters is also located in Austin.The announcement comes a little more than a month after the company scraped its much-ballyhooed plans to build a 25,000-employee campus in New York City following blistering criticism. Local activists and politicians complained about the company’s lavish $3 billion incentives package, the potential strain on infrastructure and Amazon’s alleged mistreatment of its workers.In announcing the end of the New York project, Amazon said it planned to move forward with its other 25,000-employee campus in Virginia and a 5,000-employee site in Nashville, and also expand its 17 corporate offices and tech hubs around the US and Canada. An Amazon representative told the Austin American-Statesman on Thursday that the local project wasn’t related to the pullout from New York and was in process for several years.Amazon won’t receive any incentives from the state or local governments to open a new a 145,000-square-foot space in a mixed-use tower, the publication reported. The new office will open in 2020 and hiring will take place over several years, it said.Amazon said its created 22,000 full-time jobs across Texas since 2011. Austin was one of the 20 finalists in Amazon’s year-long search for a new headquarters, dubbed HQ2, that would become an equal to the original Seattle campus. The project was eventually split in two, with New York getting half and Virginia getting the other. Amazon Comments 2 Tagslast_img read more

Vistara to reduce business class seats to boost load factor

first_imgVistara, the airline promoted by Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines (SIA), is planning to reduce business class seats to carry more passengers, as it struggles to increase its passenger load factor (PLF).”Demand for the business class was relatively low and the growth witnessed can be attributed primarily due to a strong demand for the economy class. We are also required to operate on regional routes which have minimal business class demand,” Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO, Vistara, told the Financial Express. Launched in January last year, Vistara now covers 12 destinations in the country, including four metro cities — Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad. It has a fleet of nine Airbus A320 aircraft and operates 365 flights a week.However, the carrier runs few flights on high traffic routes like Bangalore to Hyderabad, while the rivals operate many.”The number of flights from Hyderabad and Bangalore are very less and it is difficult for us to sell Vistara tickets as the time slots are not convenient. Also a lot of their business class seats are remaining vacant which is also a concern,” Jyoti Mayal, chairperson of Airline Council, told the daily.The airline has cut fares to compete with top domestic carriers, like Indigo and SpiceJet. It is focusing on the New Delhi to Mumbai route to improve the passenger traffic. Currently, it operates eight flights daily on that route.”We will also be offering more choices of destinations and improving the timings of our flights based on customer feedback. We are also gearing up to expand the footprint by 50% in 2016,” Phee Teik said.Vistara had a market share of 1.3 percent in the domestic passenger traffic in December, while its PLF was 77 percent. Passenger load factor is a measure of capacity utilisation by an airline.last_img read more

BNP to join polls but not under Hasina Khaleda

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia speaks at a discussion meeting organised by JCD marking its 39th founding anniversary, at capital’s Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh on Tuesday. Photo: Collected/Prothom AloThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Tuesday said her party would join the next election if it is held under a party-neutral government after dissolution of parliament.“The BNP is an election-oriented political party. We’ll take part in the polls. Even if you want to keep us out of the polls, it is not possible. We’ll join the polls and you will have to make that arrangement,” said Khaleda.Also a former prime minister, Khaleda was addressing a gathering of activists of her party’s student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in the capital.JCD organised the gathering marking its 39th founding anniversary although the authorities did not allow it to organise its scheduled programme in time.Read more: Khaleda allowed to enter IEB, finally“Elections cannot be held keeping this parliament and elections can also not be held under [Sheikh] Hasina,” said Khaleda.She alleged that her arch rival, premier Hasina-led Bangladesh Awami League (AL) did not come to power with the people’s mandate.“This government is not elected with the people’s vote and as it’s not elected, elections cannot be held under this government. There is nothing called parliament today.“Hasina made an arrangement for holding polls keeping parliament in place, in order to stay in power. None of them got votes in the 2014 elections. They are not eligible to be members of parliament, so parliament must be dissolved,” she added.Reiterating her demand for a non-party neutral election-time government to oversee the next general elections, the former prime minister said, “We’ll take part in the polls, but that election should be held under a neutral government, not under Hasina. And such election will be held in this country, because the entire world has come to realise that fair election was not and will not be held under Hasina. The people have realised that.”She was critical of the AL government for its failure to contain the prices of essential commodities.UNB adds: Khaleda alleged that a stalemate has been created in the country as everything is happening at the ‘behest of the Prime Minister’. “The country can’t run this way. People didn’t liberate the country to be ruled by a single person.”The BNP chief accused the government of forcing Chief Justice SK Sinha to quit at ‘gunpoint’, saying its intention is not good as it has not yet appointed the new Chief Justice.She alleged that the government is staging dramas in the name of anti-militancy drives branding innocent people militants only to get sympathy from the foreign countries.The BNP chief also alleged that the government is destroying the country indulging in widespread corruption, plundering and various irregularities in the name of development.She said though the government is dreaming of building the Padma Bridge, it can’t be constructed during the tenure of the current government. “The Padma Bridge won’t be constructed during the Awami League’s rule. Even, if they somehow construct the bridge, please don’t get on it as there’ll be huge risk,” she added.Khaleda urged the leaders and activists of her party and its associate bodies, including JCD, to get united maintain discipline and chain of command to get success in their efforts to restore a people’s government.She also warned that the party high-ups are observing the activities of all-level leaders and activists.last_img read more

Kashmir former CM Omar PDP chief Mehbooba under house arrest

first_imgIndian home minister Amit Shah, Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti. Photo: CollectedFormer Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti will not be allowed to move out of their houses as strict restrictions are imposed in the Kashmir Valley from early Monday morning, police sources said.National Conference leader Abdullah had earlier on Sunday night expressed apprehension that he was going to be placed under house arrest along with other mainstream leaders, while Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti had called the development “ironic”.”I believe I’m being placed under house arrest from midnight tonight & the process has already started for other mainstream leaders. No way of knowing if this is true but if it is then I’ll see all of you on the other side of whatever is in store. Allah save us.”To the people of Kashmir, we don’t know what is in store for us but I am a firm believer that what ever Almighty Allah has planned it is always for the better, we may not see it now but we must never doubt his ways. Good luck to everyone, stay safe & above all PLEASE STAY CALM,” Abdullah said in a series of tweets.Mehbooba Mufti, who tweeted about hearing “reports about internet being snapped soon including cellular coverage” and “curfew passes being issued”, posted: “God knows what awaits us tomorrow. It’s going to be a long night.””In such difficult times, I’d like to assure our people that come what may, we are in this together & will fight it out. Nothing should break our resolve to strive for what’s rightfully ours.”Subsequently, Mehbooba Mufti tweeted: “How ironic that elected representatives like us who fought for peace are under house arrest. The world watches as people & their voices are being muzzled in J&K. The same Kashmir that chose a secular democratic India is facing oppression of unimaginable magnitude. Wake up India”.last_img read more

UTMB Study Debunks Link Between Mental Illness And Gun Violence

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X 00:00 /00:00 Photo via Twitter @liuba4congressA new study from UTMB in Galveston found no link between mental health and the risk of gun violence, debunking the idea that mental illness is the leading cause of shootings.Psychologist Jeff Temple, who co-authored the study, told Houston Matters that garden-variety anger and, above all, easy access to firearms are far better predictors of gun violence than mental illness.“If you look at all the gun-related killings in the United States, less than 5 percent of them were perpetrated by people diagnosed with mental illness,” Temple said. “So it’s not the mentally ill that we need to be worried about with respect to gun violence. It’s the sane.”That’s with a highly visible exception: 50 to 60 percent of mass school shootings involve someone who is mentally ill. Temple said that as common as such shootings seem, they are very rare compared to ordinary gun-related murders and suicides.“As a society, we really shouldn’t be threatened by people with psychological problems,” he said. “We don’t want to stigmatize these folks any further. In fact, they’re substantially more likely to be harmed because of their mental illness as opposed to harm anyone else from their mental illness.”In conducting the study, Temple and his co-author, Yu Lu, tracked behaviors symptomatic of illnesses such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. They also accounted for demographic factors such as race, gender and age.The one element that stood out as a major predictor of gun violence was access to firearms. They found people with current access to a gun were 18 times more likely to have threatened someone with a gun in the past than those without. Listenlast_img read more

Mosasaur fossil proves the early lizards had tails like sharks

first_img Journal information: Nature Communications This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. First freshwater mosasaur discovered ERMNH HFV 197 reveals, for the first time in a mosasaur, the soft tissue outline of a tail fin, to demonstrate that mosasaurs are convergent with ichthyosaurs and whales in the development of a semilunate propulsive surface for enhanced locomotor efficiency. Credit: (top) Photograph (by Johan Lindgren), (centre) sketch indicating the bones and skin structures preserved (by Johan Lindgren), and (bottom) life reconstruction (by Stefan Sølberg) of Prognathodon sp. Mosasaurs lived approximately 98 to 66 million years ago during a time when ocean levels were much higher. In their early history, they had legs and feet and likely resembled modern monitor lizards—after moving into shallow lakes, streams and eventually the ocean, they adapted by becoming more streamlined and developed fins and tails. Despite scientists unearthing hundreds of mosasaur fossils, until now, it wasn’t known what sort of tail they had developed—none of the specimens found had preserved tail parts. Because they are a part of the lizard family, scientists assumed their tails tapered to a point, which would mean they would have had to swim more like eels, than fish. This new find proves otherwise. Instead of a tapered appendage, mosasaurs developed what looks like upside down shark tail—a development that would have enabled the predators to swim very fast, allowing them to catch most anything in their vicinity.The fossil found was that of a juvenile, approximately six feet long—adults are believed to have grown to an average of 33 feet. Though small it marks the first instance of a mosasaur fossil with fins, including the tail, almost completely intact. The find settles the debate about which kind of tail the air-breathing swimming lizard had and has caused paleontologist to revisit theories regarding what life in the oceans during the late cretaceous period must have looked like. If masasaurs, which scientists already believed dominated the seas during their time, were able to swim much faster than has been previously thought, it means that other swimmers in the sea likely had to develop adaptations to elude them. ( —A trio of researchers studying a mosasaur fossil found in Jordan report in their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, that the late cretaceous period reptile clearly had a hypocercal (shark-like) tail fin. The fossil was first discovered in 2008 by workers digging at a quarry—it then sat unstudied in Eternal River Museum of Natural History in Amman for four years before this new team of researchers from Sweden, Jordan and the U.S. discovered its existence and began giving it a closer look. More information: Soft tissue preservation in a fossil marine lizard with a bilobed tail fin, Nature Communications 4, Article number: 2423 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3423AbstractMosasaurs are secondarily aquatic squamates that became the dominant marine reptiles in the Late Cretaceous about 98–66 million years ago. Although early members of the group possessed body shapes similar to extant monitor lizards, derived forms have traditionally been portrayed as long, sleek animals with broadened, yet ultimately tapering tails. Here we report an extraordinary mosasaur fossil from the Maastrichtian of Harrana in central Jordan, which preserves soft tissues, including high fidelity outlines of a caudal fluke and flippers. This specimen provides the first indisputable evidence that derived mosasaurs were propelled by hypocercal tail fins, a hypothesis that was previously based on comparative skeletal anatomy alone. Ecomorphological comparisons suggest that derived mosasaurs were similar to pelagic sharks in terms of swimming performance, a finding that significantly expands our understanding of the level of aquatic adaptation achieved by these seagoing lizards. The first mosasaur tail on record with a preserved soft tissue outline. In similarity with whales and ichthyosaurs, mosasaurs were equipped with semilunate caudal flukes, and they presumably swam like pelagic sharks. Credit: Johan Lindgren © 2013 Explore further Citation: Mosasaur fossil proves the early lizards had tails like sharks (2013, September 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more