Ministry to have emergency meeting with “Draga” owner

first_imgSunken dredge in Mazaruni RiverThe Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) will convene an emergency meeting on Monday with the mining operator to have the sunken dredge “Draga” removed from the Mazaruni River.The sunken dredge in the Mazaruni RiverThe Natural Resources Ministry has released a statement in the wake of concerns raised by residents of the area that the sunken dredge can lead to grave harm for those traversing the river.The Ministry said it has confirmed that between the responsible mining operator and MARAD, there will be an intensified effort to remove the dredge from its location in the Mazaruni River.“The Ministry of Natural Resources can confirm that the Ministry is mindful of the many complaints from the public and is committed to ensuring that this issue is addressed as soon as possible,” the statement read.The dredge, which is owned by Crown Mining Supplies at Piremap Falls, sank some two months ago, causing the water levels to rise.However, the Ministry noted that while there has been some degree of restriction in the river due to the salvage cables attached to the wreck, it was reported that some cargo and passenger boats have been able to pass the area without hindrance, using a back channel.The water level has caused some difficulty in the salvaging efforts, the statement added.An emergency meeting will be convened on Monday between an advisory board of MARAD and the operator responsible for the sunken dredge, to discuss emergency modalities for its removal.Villagers in the area have registered their concerns that the situation is a “disaster waiting to happen”, as the water may recede at any time and force boat operators to take even more chances. They argued that the company was doing nothing to remedy the problem. “There has been no apology, no information, no relief, nothing,” one resident complained.last_img read more

Studio backs Blu-ray

first_imgThe battle to become the next-generation DVD standard has escalated, with Paramount Pictures becoming the first major movie studio to support both rival formats. Until Paramount’s announcement, the six major studios were evenly split between the Blu-ray technology backed by Sony Corp. and HD DVD supported by Toshiba Corp. Both formats deliver movies in sharp high-definition and can store more data than traditional DVDs, which will allow them to offer interactive features such as games. But the formats are incompatible and will force consumers to choose one over the other, a potentially costly decision if one format ultimately wins in the marketplace, the case when VHS defeated Betamax for home video in the 1980s. Warner Bros. did not immediately return calls seeking comment. The consortium backing HD DVD, which includes chip maker Intel Corp. and software giant Microsoft Corp., said they did not see the Paramount decision as a setback. “While we are concerned that our established HD DVD partner has chosen to make this announcement at this time, we remain supremely confident in the superiority of the HD DVD format,” Mark Knox, adviser to the group that supports HD DVD, said in a statement. The Blu-ray camp, which includes Apple Computer Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc., was quick to trumpet Paramount’s decision. “It’s a pretty clear statement that Blu-ray has got some major momentum going on,” said Andy Parsons, senior vice president of advanced product development at Pioneer, a major Blu-ray backer. “From a consumer’s point of view, if you buy a Blu-ray player, you’re going to have a much easier time finding content than ever before.” While Paramount still intends to release its films on HD DVD, the company said new information about the cost of manufacturing Blu-ray discs led it to reconsider its decision to support only one format. Most critical to Paramount’s decision was the availability of a Blu-ray drive on the new PlayStation 3 video-game console, which will go on sale early next year. “We have been intrigued by the broad support of Blu-ray, especially the key advantage of including Blu-ray in PlayStation 3,” said Thomas Lesinski, president of Paramount Pictures, Worldwide Home Entertainment. Toshiba, which had predicted it would have an HD DVD player ready for this holiday season, has delayed the launch in the United States until spring, bringing it closer to the expected availability of the PlayStation 3. Toshiba still plans on selling an HD DVD player in Japan this year. Formal talks between the two rival DVD camps about a possible joint format have stalled. Paramount’s decision is unlikely to restart those talks and a format war, which studios dread, is as likely as ever, analysts said. “We think the game’s not over,” said Richard Doherty, research director for the Envisioneering Group, a firm of technology analysts. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Faced with a choice between two competing formats when discs do appear on the U.S. market next year, “consumers will stay away from that. They just will,” said Ted Schadler, a Forrester Research analyst. Decisions by studios to provide content is considered key to the fate of the emerging formats. Paramount’s decision, announced Sunday, tips the balance in favor of the Blu-ray camp – at least for now. The Walt Disney Co., Sony’s Columbia Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox, which also support Blu-ray, have not said whether they will also release films in HD DVD. Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. remain in the HD DVD camp. “Universal has not changed its position,” Lea Porteneuve, a studio spokeswoman, said Monday. “However, we continue to evaluate all potential opportunities.” last_img read more

Manvir Baryan wins day one of final round of African Rally Championship

first_imgManvir Baryan won day one on the Tanzania rally (file photo)Kenya’s Manvir Baryan and his co-driver Drew Sturrock from Scotland dominated and comfortably won day one of the Tanzanian Rally.The sixth and penultimate round of the Africa Rally Championship series provided a fair share of thrill and spills on day one in Morogoro, Tanzania.The Skoda Fabia R5 crew scooped all the day’s four stages to take the event lead by four minutes and three seconds.Tanzania’s Randeep Singh and Dharam Pandya ended day one in second and third place respectively.But it was all disaster for several crews by the second stage of the event.Gurjit Singh and Shameer Yusuf rolled their Subaru GVB in the first stage. Gurjit was left with back injuries.That incident forced teammates Mandeep, Rajpal and Ajiminder Singh to withdraw from the event.Kenya’s Karan Patel and James Mwangi were the other casualties; rolling their Mitsubishi EvoX in the second stage. However, the crew came out with no injuries.Other day one casualties included Uganda’s Yasin Nasser whosed engine stalled in the morning stage, Gurpal Sandhu and Zambia’s Jassy Singh all retired out of the event.The second and final day of the event will feature four stages covering a total distance of 49.22 kilometres before the overall winner is announced.Comments Tags: Africa Rally ChampionshipManvir Baryanlast_img read more

South Africa: start saving!

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “The DTI wants to make sure that South Africans are armed with all information they need in order to make informed decisions,” said DTI director for consumer affairs Karin Coode. “This includes spending wisely over the festive season and being careful about borrowing money.” “However, what is clear from all these negative indicators is that those people who put money aside are well prepared to rise above the current economic storm,” the institute said. “Those who have not saved sufficiently are really feeling the pinch – an important lesson for all of us.” SAinfo reporter The institute said South Africans needed to take special care not to overspend during the coming festive period. “Consumers need to be conscious of the need to save, and ignore the ‘Sale’ signs, as New Year obligations include school fees for many parents.” On top of this, South Africans had over the past few months seen interests rates increase to 12%, inflation peak at 13.40%, and the stock market decline by 30.13% year-on-year. Official unemployment figures stood at 23.2% for the 3rd quarter or 2008, and economic growth is forecast to slow to 3.3% in 2008 and 3% in 2009.center_img South Africa’s saving rate dropped from 2.7% in 2001 to a negative rating of -0.5% in the second quarter of 2008, the institute said in a statement on Tuesday. The South African Savings Institute has launched a campaign to encourage South Africans, hit by an economic slowdown and high interest rates amid a global finance crisis, to save money and spend more responsibly. “Clearly this is picture is unsustainable.” Partnering the South African Savings Institute in the campaign are the Department of Trade and Industry, the Financial Services Board, the National Credit Regulator, the Council for Medical Schemes, and consumer affairs provincial offices. 13 November 2008last_img read more

TweetLouder is a Fast Easy Way to Track Your Favorite Bands

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tweetlouder is a new service that uses your Twitter account and your music listening history to connect you with Twitter and concert updates from all your favorite musicians in just a few clicks. It’s a project of concert tracking startup SonicLiving. It was first demonstrated as a proof of concept at Twitter’s developer conference, Chirp.I’ve been syncing my music listening history from Rdio and Spotify to Last.fm lately, so it was really easy to click click click and boom – there’s the official Twitter accounts of all the bands I’ve been playing on those services. You can also sync with iTunes or Pandora. After I followed the bands it discovered on Twitter, I put them in a Twitter List, which I can now visit whenever I want to see some music updates. Cool. Thanks, Tweetlouder.Concert alerts is an incredibly crowded market, but this is a cool feature that’s sure to help draw attention to SonicLiving. It’s a great example of a way that 3rd parties can add value on top of our accessible data. Tags:#music#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

The game goes on even after retirement

first_imgWhen Anil Kumble walks out as IPL Royal Challengers Bangalore captain again in April – yes, it’s a possibility, though Vijay Mallya is yet to choose his team – he would be establishing a unique record of playing representative cricket as president of a state association affiliated with the BCCI.Kumble can, anyway, be categorised as an ‘active’ player as he captained India at the Hong Kong International Cricket Sixes this month, even though he has quit Test, ODI and Twenty20 International formats. Probably no player has ever been elected to head an association so soon – just two years and 49 days – after his retirement. So, either ways, Kumble has set a new benchmark.And as the cherry on his KSCA cake, Kumble’s cricketer friends Javagal Srinath (secretary), Venkatesh Prasad and Roger Binny (both vice-presidents), Sujith Somasundar and Vijay Bharadwaj (both managing committee members) have also won, which makes it a virtual clean sweep by the players’ group.In the past, there have been many Test/first-class players who had gone on to hold administrative posts, but all of them achieved that feat well after their retirement. Delhi’s Ram Prakash Mehra (BCCI and DDCA president), Fateshsinh Rao Gaekwad (BCCI and Baroda president), Maharaja Vijaya Ananada ‘Vizzy’ of the United Provinces (BCCI chief), Ghulam Ahmed (BCCI secretary), Syed Mohammad Hadi (Hyderabad secretary), Niranjan Shah (BCCI secretary), M.P. Pandove (Punjab secretary and BCCI treasurer) and the new Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy (ex-Hyderabad Ranji player) are just a few ones to name.advertisementIt’s not just players, but even officials who often hold more than one post, which at times poses a conflict-of-interest situation. BCCI’s chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty is also treasurer of the Mumbai Cricket Association while board joint secretary Sanjay Jagdale is also secretary of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association.The most curious case is that of board secretary and presidentelect N Srinivasan as he is not just president of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, but also holds the top post of the All India Chess Federation, besides being the owner of the IPL Chennai Super Kings franchise. M.P. Pandove is BCCI treasurer as well as Punjab secretary.Rajeev Shukla is a BCCI vice president and secretary of the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association. Similarly, Arun Jaitley, Shivlal Yadav, Arindam Ganguly, K Srikkanth (chairman of national selection committee and brand ambassador of IPL Chennai), Lalchand Rajput, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Anurag Thakur are among the many officials holding posts that can be questioned as they may pose conflict of interests at some stage.The other aspect of the current crop of immediately-retired players is that they are into multiple activities, which make them extremely busy and occupied. They are the true ‘allrounders’ of the modern age, and here one doesn’t refer to someone who bats and bowls with distinction.Kumble, for instance, is chairman of the BCCI’s National Cricket Academy (NCA) and is also a member of the athlete commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency. He also writes a newspaper column, and runs a company along with his brother. Srinath is another busy man, being an ICC match referee. Besides, he turns up as television expert every now and then, and also writes a column. Prasad was till recently the bowling coach of the Indian team as well as of the IPL Chennai Super Kings. He appears as an expert on television and thus has his hands full as well.Samosas to jostle with KFC at Kotla during WCKFC and Pizza Hut have secured the official license to sell their products during next year’s cricket World Cup, but fans in Delhi who can’t afford these don’t have to worry. They will have the option of buying cholebhature, samosas and chaat etc. during the four matches at the Ferozeshah Kotla.When officials of the International Cricket Council (ICC) visited Kotla on Monday, DDCA officials asked them if local vendors can put up stalls to cater to the thousands of spectators who usually throng the venue. “They said that until the vendors don’t sell the same stuff as KFC and Pizza Hut, they would be allowed to sell local snacks like samosas and chole-bhature etc. But the ICC officials said that they can’t do branding, implying that they can’t put up boards and sell the same food/snacks as KFC and Pizza Hut,” a DDCA official told MAIL TODAY.However, ICC’s official beverage partner Pepsi, will not be allowed to sell packaged water inside the stands. The Delhi Police officials, who joined the ICC inspection team, said that they won’t allow plastic bottles due to security reasons. The police also told the inspection team that they won’t allow spectators to take any articles inside the stadium without getting them scanned. “They said X-Ray machines will have to be installed at the gates. So, we might either buy X-Ray machines or take them on rent,” the official said.advertisementLike in the Commonwealth Games, volunteers will play a crucial role in the World Cup. “The ICC has said that it will provide attractive volunteer kits – track suits, caps, waist pouch etc. It’s not known how many volunteers will be deputed at each venue, but the officials said that they would be young and in sufficient numbers,” he informed. One only hopes that DDCA officials refrain from deputing their kids and relatives, like they usually do during international matches.The visit of the ICC team, which included a few BCCI officials, ended with the DDCA hosting a dinner at a five-star hotel. “One can understand that we were being good hosts by treating them to drinks and good food. But what surprised many was the DDCA presenting each of the 29 ICC members with expensive gifts. What was the need of giving these gifts? What was the DDCA trying to achieve? Defies logic, really,” he said.BCCI can learn a lot from PatelAnil Kumble and Co’s ascension to the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) throne might not have been as smooth had Brijesh Patel not decided to opt out. Patel, who turned 58 on Wednesday, had served KSCA for 12 years as secretary.”We achieved a lot but could not do much in the last three years due to a fractured mandate,” Patel told MAIL TODAY, referring to the election three years ago when Srikanta Wadiyar was elected president and his group clinched more seats than Patel.”The KSCA is in good hands [of Kumble & Co].By deciding to not to contest, we have set an example for various sports bodies, including the BCCI,” stressed Patel.When asked to point out his achievements, Patel said: “Overall, we made the facilities better. We took the game to mofussil areas and built the infrastructure there. We also contributed to the BCCI’s National Cricket Association.”Another significant step that Patel took was to tweak the KSCA constitution, making it easier for cricketers to get into administration and keep the politicians at bay. “Now, for example, even Vijay Mallya can’t be elected as a KSCA office bearer. Only the 1,300 members and 229 clubs in Bangalore can vote,” he pointed out.last_img read more

In and around your city

first_imgA checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.Food Asian plattersInformal, contemporary and no-fuss, Holy Basil, the specialty restaurant at the newly launched Radisson Blu Plaza is the perfect space to spend a leisurely evening at. The beautiful Buddha figurine and the lanterns hung from the ceiling set,A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.FoodAsian plattersInformal, contemporary and no-fuss, Holy Basil, the specialty restaurant at the newly launched Radisson Blu Plaza is the perfect space to spend a leisurely evening at. The beautiful Buddha figurine and the lanterns hung from the ceiling set the mood for the delicious South-East Asian feast that is on offer here. The menu is a blend of Thai, Japanese and Chinese cuisines featuring sushi, sashimi, roast meats, dim sum and a variety of wok-fried delicacies. Their duck cooked in Chinese wine and oyster sauce, sauteed lobsters with asparagus and the robatayaki (traditional Japanese grill) are cracker dishes. Wrap up your meal with selections from the dessert menu like the chocolate spring rolls and green tea crepe.Meal for two: Rs 1800 plus taxes.Where: Road No 6, Banjara Hills.Tel: 6733 1133.ShoppingBling bagsJazz up your evening wardrobe with this handbag from Da Milano’s autumn 2012 collection. It is a lovely blue bag with woven detailing that promises to be an attention grabber. Price: On request.Where: Shopper’s Stop, Begumpet.Tel: 27761084.Q and A: Winning strokesAn inspirational biography of badminton ace Saina Nehwal, written by journalist TS Sudhir was released in the city last month. The book couldn’t have come at a better time with Nehwal clinching the bronze for India at the Olympics. Simply Hyderabad caught up with the senior journalist.Q. What was your biggest reason for writing this book?A. I have followed badminton as a sport and also Saina Nehwal’s badminton career ever since she started out. Saina’s rise to her current stature is an interesting story of hard work as well as unconditional support from her parents. This book is not just Saina’s story but is as much about badminton in India, Pullela Gopichand’s story and that of many other players who are not so commonly known. In a cricket obsessed country like ours, it is important to write about other sports and other sportspersons too.Q. Could you share with us some interesting tidbits about Saina that you came across during the course of your work?A. There are quite a few things. Something that immediately comes to mind is this comment made by her fitness trainer who says that while Saina is very disciplined about fitness, once she’s done with what she needs to, she’s like any other youngster who’d laze around, not want to shower on time, leave her clothes piled up on chairs-that kind of stuff. I’ve attempted to introduce to the reader who Saina is as a person, behind the sportswoman that we are all familiar with.Q. Howcome you chose to write a biography of someone as young as Saina?A. Yes, it is unusual to write a biography of a 22-year-old. But my idea was to write this book while Saina is still active. Her never-say-die attitude, her focus on the game and the undying hunger to win is bound to inspire many youngsters who might end up reading the biography.Q. Did you have to tweak your style of writing for this book?A. Yes. My writing in here is very simple and straightforward unlike the more stylized kind of writing that I tend to indulge in otherwise. I needed to ensure that the book is read by all age groups and particularly by school goers.Q. What does Saina have to say about the book?A. Well, she hasn’t read it yet. She wasn’t even reading newspapers before she was headed to London for the Olympics. Now that she’s back, she should read it, hopefully.advertisementlast_img read more

Yuvraj Singh has a Jabra fan, Manchester United end EPL campaign on a happy note and more

first_imgI am big fan of Yuvraj Singh, says Krunal PandyaMumbai Indians’ all-rounder Krunal Pandya has caught the eyeballs with his batting exploits in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League. Krunal, who has outshined his brother Hardik this season with his all-round show, said he is a “big fan” of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning hero Yuvraj Singh.Zaheer stays optimistic about DD’s top-four finishDelhi Daredevils seem to have lost steam at the right juncture of the tournament with nothing going their way. However, skipper Zaheer Khan is still optimistic of Delhi making it to the play-offs with two must-win games remaining.Injured Viat Kohli to lead RCB vs KXIP in must-win gameRoyal Challengers Bangalore will look to build on their two emphatic consecutive victories as they continue their push for an Indian Premier League play-off berth in a match against laggards Kings XI Punjab today.EPL: Man United ease past Bournemouth to seal fifth spotWayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford scored to lift Manchester United to a comfortable 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Tuesday that secured fifth place in the Premier League table.Caroline Wozniacki pulls out of French OpenFormer world number one Caroline Wozniacki and rising Swiss talent Belinda Bencic have withdrawn from the French Open due to injuries.last_img read more

Scotland land at World Cup in better shape and executive style

first_imgnews Read more Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Women’s football Something similar happened when Phil Neville’s squad checked into a slightly more opulent base a long goalkick down the sea front but Docherty refuses to be overawed by her high-profile neighbours. “England are a great team,” she said. “But I don’t think they’re unbeatable.”With the eyes of the world on her, the 26-year-old may soon finally be able to fulfil her long-term ambition.“My job is about visiting people with dementia, making them a cup of tea, having a chat and making them feel they can be in their own homes. I’m there to give the families respite. One of the reasons I went into it is because my grandpa had dementia so I know how hard it is. There are difficult parts but it’s also satisfying because you put smiles on people’s faces. I enjoy my work but to play full-time is everybody’s dream.” Read more Women’s World Cup kicks off as hosts France shoot for historic double Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Women’s World Cup Share on Twitter Scotland women’s football team Women’s World Cup 2019 Women’s World Cup 2019 team guide No 15: Scotland Topics Share on Facebook Reuse this content It is safe to assume Nicola Sturgeon has secured Nicola Docherty’s vote. Before the first minister facilitated the funding that has enabled all part‑time players in Scotland’s World Cup squad to take six-month sabbaticals from their day jobs, the Glasgow City full‑back routinely got up at 5.45am.There was a gym session before leaving for work in Edinburgh caring for dementia patients and then a drive for evening training at Glasgow City but, thanks to Sturgeon, Docherty and her teammates have arrived in Nice virtually unrecognisable from the team who lost 6-0 to England at Euro 2017. Share on Messenger “Nicola Sturgeon’s been amazing,” Docherty said as she relaxed in the team hotel just off the Promenade des Anglais on Thursday. “She’s been a great support and we’re all buzzing that she’s coming to the game on Sunday.”That match is England v Scotland in Nice and Docherty senses revenge in the balmy Mediterranean air. “I was sitting on the couch at home for the 6-0,” she said. “But it’s a massive difference now. We had a lot of injuries two years ago but we’ve got a new coach [Shelley Kerr] now and a different style of play. We’re also properly fit. For the last six months I’ve been getting proper recovery and sleep. I’m no longer rushing home to Falkirk and then eating during the drive to training.”This brave new world assumed a new dimension as Kerr’s squad flew to Nice on a private jet – “it was surreal,” said Docherty – and received pre-departure pep talks from not just Sturgeon but also tennis’s Judy Murray and Steve Clarke, the Scotland men’s manager.“You could walk around on the plane doing what you like and then, at the hotel here, we were welcomed by a group of children singing a special song they’d written for us.”last_img read more