Mi Band 3 quick review: One of the best gadgets Xiaomi has made so far

first_imgXiaomi is already very popular among the smartphone buyers in India. But that’s not all that it wants. It wants more. Xiaomi wants to occupy each and every corner of people’s homes, and it wants to do so with products like Mi TVs, Mi Air Purifiers, Mi Smart Security cameras, Mi Bands and so on and so forth. Last week, Xiaomi launched seven new smart home products at its Smart Living event held at the company’s India HQ in Bengaluru. One of these products is the Mi Band 3.The Mi Band 3 is affordable and comes with a price of Rs 1,999. And my first impression of it is that it’s fantastic.The Mi Band 3 is way more than just a fitness band. After using the Band 3 for some time, I believe it’s the best fitness band Xiaomi has made so far, and also overall the best that you can get under Rs 5,000. There are no two thoughts about it.The Mi Band 3 is already available in India and is selling for Rs 1,999 on Mi.com and Amazon.in. Mi Band 3 comes in three colours — Blue, Black, and Orange.I have used the Mi Band 3 for a while now, and love almost everything about it. Starting from the OLED display to the durable strap and the range of new features that it packs, the Mi Band 3 has almost everything that one wants from a fitness band.More than just a fitness bandThe Mi Band 3 not only monitors the sleep quality or the heart rate or measures the number of steps walked like the way the Band 2 would do, but also shows three-day weather forecast, and notifies users with new WhatsApp messages, emails, or calls. Unlike the previous generation Mi Bands, the Mi Band 3 is different in several ways.advertisementThe Band 3 not only notifies the user about a new message or a call but also displays the name of the caller and shows the content of the message or the email. This means the Mi Band 3 users may not have to switch to their phone to read messages or office emails. They can read them on the band, although the experience on its small screen is obviously not as good as what you get while reading the mail on a phone. To reply to messages or respond to calls, users need their phone.The Mi Band 3 comes with the ability to track sports activity and heart rate in real-time. For instance, whether a user is running, jogging, cycling or skipping, with Mi Band 3 they’ll be able to measure their heart rate on the go. The Mi Band 3 also comes with features like auto monitoring of sleep quality and, of course, counts the steps you take. The Band 3 also shows weather updates for three days and pack features like stopwatch and find a device, a feature I found unique and very useful while using the Band 3. For instance, in case a user misplaces the phone, the “Find Device” feature will let them remotely make the phone ring. So, the user will know that the phone is in the folds of sofa seats. Then there is the Idle Alert feature, which is similar to what you get in more pricey smartwatches or fitness bands. This feature lets users know that they are idle if they are sitting for over an hour by vibrating the band.The Mi Band 3 is also water resistant up to 50m. Xiaomi claims that users can go for swimming wearing the Mi Band 3 as it comes with a 5ATM rating.Easy to connect to the phoneI connected the Mi Band 3 to the Redmi 6. To connect the Mi Band 3 to the phone, users will first need to install the Mi Fit app on their device and then sign up with either Mi, Facebook, or Google account. They can also use their phone numbers to sign up with the app. After signing up, the users will need to follow these steps to connect their phones to the Mi Band 3:– Enter some of their personal details like weight, height and age– Ensure to switch on the Bluetooth on the phone and the band, and then search and pair the phone and the fitness band — To receive WhatsApp, email or call notifications on the Band 3, users will need to enable the incoming call, App alerts options on the Mi Fit app– Users will be able to manually select only the important apps that they want to receive notifications from.advertisementCan be worn for hoursThe Mi Band 3 comes with a much bigger display compared to the Mi Band 2, which shows the notifications clearly. Although it is not a smartphone, you can read short messages on this screen. The Mi Band 3 comes with an OLED display which measures about 0.78 inches and has 128×80 resolutions. It is also quite comfortable to wear as it weighs just 20 grams. Basically, you can wear the band whole day without any hassle.ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi Band 3, Mi Air Purifier 2S, Mi Luggage, and Mi Home security camera launched in IndiaI am still in middle of testing the Mi Band 3 but so far indications are that it has pretty decent battery life. The Band 3 comes with 110mAh battery, which is almost 60 per cent bigger than the Mi Band 2 battery. Xiaomi claims that the Band 3 can offer up to 20 days battery life. So far, the Mi Band 3 battery has held up pretty well for me. I used the fitness band for one full day to monitor heart rate in real time, get WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and email notifications, call alerts, and more, and only 15 per cent of the full battery was consumed by the end of the day, which is quite impressive. For active users and who get a lot of notifications, 20-day battery life claim may not come true but even if the Mi Band 3 battery lasts one week, that will be best in the industry.last_img read more

CISF cutting focus on soft skills to make airports more secure

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 8 (PTI) The next time you are at an airport in the country, you might notice a change in the way the CISF personnel welcome you.The force responsible for airport security across the country has asked its personnel not to be over-friendly with passengers as it shifts from a ‘broad smile’ concept to a more disciplined and ‘sufficient smile’ theory to welcome travellers so that it can focus more on further improving their security, two top officials said Monday.”From broad smiles, we are now coming to a sufficient smile system as focussing on the core area of ensuring fool proof security is more important,” said the force’s Additional DG and chief of aviation security M A Ganapathy when asked about imparting soft skills to CISF personnel for better interaction with passengers.He was briefing reporters about 2-day ‘international aviation security seminar’ beginning here from Tuesday.CISF Director General (DG) Rajesh Ranjan echoed his views and said an over-stress on just enhancing soft skills of the airport security personnel had its own pitfalls.”We cannot be over-friendly with the passengers because one of the reasons cited as to why 9/11 (the 2001 terror attack on twin towers in US) happened…was excessive reliance on passenger-friendly features where security personnel went out of the way to ensure that the passenger is facilitated, thereby compromising on security,” the DG said.”So, friendly smiles are good but focus should be on the core duties (of security) that we perform at the airports as also rightly pointed out by the ADG,” he said.advertisementAlso, the behaviour and discipline of CISF personnel have been analysed by many agencies, he said, “and I can say that we shine above the world in this domain.”The paramilitary force guards 60 civil airports of the country at present and has also made a case for installation of body scanners for passenger screening and procurement of body-worn cameras for its personnel to make security system robust at airports.While the scanners will ensure that a traveller does not conceal any item in his body that could be a security risk to the terminal or in the aircraft, the body cameras will be sported by CISF jawans for audio-visual recording of the interaction between them and the arriving passenger and its feedback will be used to better flying procedures and ensure correct behaviour by both parties.While the scanners will be procured by the airport operators after approval from regulatory authorities like BCAS, the body-worn cameras will be purchased by the force once it gets the required budget, ADG Ganapathy said.Ranjan added that the force is experimenting with modern technology at various airports of the country for better security.”We have tested the body scanners and body-worn cameras over a period of time and we have given our recommendations to the government which includes the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Union Home Ministry.”The recommendation is to procure these gadgets,” the Central Industrial Security Force chief said.He added that the force is yet to get the “details” of the Digi Yatra initiative, announced by the Civil Aviation ministry recently, for seamless travel for air passengers.Ranjan said the force is of the opinion that all civil airports in the country should be under its security cover but issues like cost of deployment (of CISF) and threat perception to a facility are subjects analysed by other stakeholders in the domain.When pointed out that the recently inaugurated Pakyong airport in Sikkim does not have a CISF cover, the DG said that such border facilities are “strategically very important from our point of view and they should have robust security set up” but the decision to deploy CISF at any such facility is taken by the government.He said that airports in Jammu and Kashmir, presently guarded by other forces like the CRPF, should have “much more robust security infrastructure” but the final decision in this context is taken by the government after assessment by multiple agencies.The DG added that the CISF was “ready and prepared” to take over security responsibilities of the new and small airports made operational by the government under the regional connectivity scheme (RCS).”It is a thought to deploy CISF at some airports (under RCS) but there is no decision yet,” he said.The DG said the CISF will soon take over security duties at the newly-built Kannur airport in Kerala.He said the force is looking at modern technology to launch ‘express security check’ of hand baggage, electronic stamping of boarding cards and dispensing hand baggage tags at all airports under its cover.advertisementAt present, hand baggage is not tagged at 48 airports, out of the total 60, by the CISF.The DG said issues of getting adequate CCTV coverage at airports and having bomb disposal and detection squads at all of them are being addressed timely. 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Meet Rex Singh, 1st cricketer from Manipur to be selected in India U-19 team

first_imgManipur is not only known for its scenic beauty but has also given some incredible sports stars who have made the nation proud with their commendable performances. Rajkumar Rex Singh is one such person who has made the region proud by becoming the first cricketer to be selected in the Indian cricket team’s under-19 squad. Singh was recently picked for a test match against South Africa.Manipur is known as a powerhouse of sports. The region has produced many players who have participated globally and have made the nation proud through their achievements. Away from the glitz and glamour of the Indian Premier League, history is being written in one of the newest centers of Indian cricket.The 18-year-old left arm pacer is the first cricketer from the state to feature in an Indian side ever.”I got a call from the BCCI for verification and after that, I got an official call from Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA). I am very happy and proud to be part of the Under-19 team,” said Singh.Born and raised in Sagolband Moirang Hanuba village, Singh’s journey to cricket began with a tennis ball in a tiny ground near his house at the age of 11 years. However, his talent was first noticed by Ph Rohendro Singh, who is also Singh’s current coach.It was not long before Singh’s first notable performance came in. In 2014 in Ranchi, he picked up a five-wicket haul against Bihar U-16 (Associate and Affiliated Tournament). Singh said he is thankful to his father, who is a truck driver in Imphal, for supporting him financially. Though he feels that cricket is an expensive game, the budding player says he is happy that he made his parents proud.advertisement”I was expecting that someday he will do great. At a very tender age, he started practicing cricket and I am really happy that my son is now doing great in Cricket. He would often practice in the tiny ground,” said R.K. Doren, father of Singh.Singh recalled that bowling at the age of 10-11 years with a leather ball helped him a lot and said that his coach guided him well on how to hold the ball and the importance of wrist position.”I was supposed to leave school but I will complete my education. So I will finish my 12th standard and graduation. I belong to a poor family so sometimes I struggle,” said Singh.Singh made headlines in December last year after claiming all 10 wickets in an innings in the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy match against Arunachal Pradesh in Ananthpur which he says is his favourite cricketing moment. His ability to swing the ball was also compared with veteran Indian pacer Irfan Pathan.”Being a mother, I put a lot of effort to train him. Like ensuring that he comes back and eat on time. Being a mother, I feel that the role of a mother is very important to train a child,” said Singh’s mother Renubala Devi.Also Read | 10 wickets in an innings: Manipur teen Rex Rajkumar Singh achieves rare featAlso Read | Pakistan U-19 tour of Sri Lanka cancelledlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: There will be no margin for error against India, feels Jacques Kallis

first_imgSouth Africa has no margin for error after second World Cup loss and should take advantage of India’s ‘first game nerves’ to bring their World Cup campaign back on track, said legendary all-rounder Jacques Kallis.South Africa, who were thrashed by England in the opening match, suffered their second successive loss in the World Cup, going down by 21 runs against Bangladesh on Sunday.Kallis believes the Proteas will be under a lot of pressure ahead of their clash against favorites India.”It’s disappointing and frustrating and there is lots of pressure on the next game, otherwise the tournament could be over before it’s really started for South Africa,” Kallis wrote in a column for the ICC.”It doesn’t get any easier though against India but it’s their first game and our third, so maybe that could give us the edge we need,””They’ve not played for a week and maybe they’ll be some first game nerves, whereas we are settled.”The 43-year-old from Cape Town said India will make South Africa pay if they commit any silly mistake.”We’ve got to play all our cards and we can’t afford any more silly mistakes at vital stages – these are the best sides in the world and they’ll always punish you,” Kallis wrote.”Strange things happen in this sport and if we can get a win then I think we can go on a streak and we are still good enough to be a contender.”There will be no margin for error though. I think you’ll need six wins, maybe five with a really good run rate, to finish in the top four, so South Africa almost need to win every game they will play.”advertisementSouth Africa is battling injury issues with pacer Lungi Ngidi being ruled out of India clash due to a hamstring strain and Kallis feels experienced Dale Steyn needs to be drafted into the playing XI.”The injury to Lungi Ngidi certainly didn’t help Faf, he’s a world-class player and a big part of our attack. You’ve got to play Dale Steyn against India now, and hopefully he is close to fitness,” Kallis wrote.Bangladesh posted their highest ODI total, scoring 330 for six at the Oval after South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis elected to bowl after winning the toss.South Africa then fell short at 309 for eight while trying to become the first team to successfully chase more than 330 in a World Cup match.Kallis wrote: “Bangladesh got all their partnerships going and once you get over 300 then it always becomes a tough chase, letting them score 50 or so runs in the final four overs really didn’t help either and ultimately proved the difference.”I understand what Faf du Plessis was doing with the toss and playing the extra pace bowler. However, the wicket just didn’t allow it and perhaps he stuck with the tactics a bit too long and should have started bowling a little fuller and straighter.”It’s great having a game plan but you need to have a back-up when it’s not working, I felt we were one step behind the entire match and just tactically a bit off. We need to be a bit smarter.Also Read | ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Highlights: Bangladesh beat South Africa by 21 runsAlso Read | Salaam Cricket 2019 Highlights: This is England’s year, reckons Sunil GavaskarAlso Seelast_img read more

Mixing with lower divisions is football’s school of hard knocks

first_img Next Generation 2017: 60 of the best young talents in world football Share on LinkedIn Sportblog Some supporters of lower-league clubs complain the introduction of under-21 Category One academy sides to the Checkatrade Trophy has devalued the competition but my personal experience is very different. I was a lucky participant at the age of 17 in the final of this tournament having played and scored for Bristol City many moons ago and this week as an aspiring coach I travelled to a Checkatrade Trophy game with a young Brighton Under-21 side who were drawn away to Oxford, a team full of professional experience.Five minutes before the kick-off I was in the dressing room, putting a reassuring arm around the shoulder of 17- and 18-year-old players who were being thrown in at the deep end against seasoned professionals. Their greatest fear was that maybe they weren’t ready for the physical test or that with their naive ambition and potential they’d be “found out” as players, take a sound beating and be told they were nowhere near ready or good enough to cut the mustard in the professional ranks. I know that feeling; I’ve been there, just like them.My nerves as the game developed were unfounded as I saw young boys turn into men who not only relished the physical challenge but also expressed themselves technically to a level that resulted in an outstanding performance, a draw then victory in a penalty shootout. In the dressing room after you could feel the pride and belief emanate from every player and a game that to many was peripheral had become a stepping stone to a career in the professional game. It can’t be overstated how important winning a match in a real competition – physical battles, taking charge of the ball – is to a young player’s self-belief.In one game they probably learned more about the career they crave than any number of coaching sessions or tactical briefings over the previous three years – you might not believe it but experience of the job is just as essential in football as it is for an apprentice in any walk of life. It’s fascinating to see the makeup of this England squad where the likes of Dele Alli, Jermain Defoe, Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane, Harry Maguire, Michael Keane, John Stones, Kyle Walker and Jamie Vardy all had first-team experience outside the Premier League from a very young age.Playing down the divisions is very much football’s school of hard knocks and minutes before I made my debut in League Two for Torquay United, a senior pro pulled me to one side, looked me dead in the eye and warned me that if we didn’t win the game there would be no bonus and he wouldn’t be able to pay his mortgage. I could tell from the vice-like grip he had on my shirt that if I failed to perform he would be paying me a visit afterwards and there would be less chat and more violence.There is no comparison to experience like that against the nice, pressure-free football played against fellow academies and players the same age. It doesn’t prepare young players in any way for the rigours of winning three points on a Saturday and, given how difficult it is to break into a Premier League team, the involvement of under-21 teams from the top tier in the Checkatrade Trophy is beneficial across the divisions.We are fortunate to have a wonderful structure in our professional league as well as the support and traditions of lower-league clubs in this country so it is unfeasible to have “B” teams from top clubs playing in our professional leagues as is the case in Spain or Germany. Instead of seeing the negatives of the inclusion of young teams in the Checkatrade Trophy we should embrace it in the knowledge we are exposing the next generation of players to a level and style of football that might otherwise evade them.Some of these players will make it at the highest level, some at lower levels, and sadly some will fall by the wayside but exposing them earlier to such competition gives more of them a chance to show their potential. In turn that improves our national game across the board and surely that’s what all of our clubs, academies and youth development programmes should be striving for. Topics Checkatrade Trophy Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Reuse this content blogposts Share on Facebook Read more I witnessed something special this week. Pressure on, players so nervous before a game they could hardly speak knowing their individual and collective performances would be analysed, studied and scrutinised by the people who have the power to determine their careers. These 90-odd minutes would be a significant indicator as to which way the team were heading and whether they had the ability to play at the highest level.You might think I’m describing the atmosphere before one of the key World Cup qualifiers being played this week but I’m not. I’m talking about the numerous games being played up and down the country in front of small crowds – usually to a maximum of 2,000 fans.last_img read more

Chelsea team news & line-up vs Bournemouth

first_imgChelsea Chelsea team news: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Bournemouth Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 20:00 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Alvaro Morata Chelsea Bournemouth Getty Images Chelsea AFC Bournemouth Antonio Conte Morata Willian Premier League The Blues are aiming to build further momentum on Wednesday as they take on Eddie Howe’s side at Stamford Bridge Chelsea face Bournemouth on Wednesday looking to build on their FA Cup win over Newcastle and close the gap on the two Manchester clubs in front of them.Antonio Conte’s side defeated Newcastle 3-0 on Sunday, with Michy Batshuayi, who is likely to leave the club before the January transfer window closes, scoring two goals.With Alvaro Morata an injury doubt and Batshuayi likely to be in the process of a move on deadline day, Eden Hazard may be utilised in attack as the Blues aim to move ahead of United in the table, if results go their way. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player CHELSEA INJURIES Chelsea have a host of injuries with Alvaro Morata unlikely to play due to a back injury. Willian, meanwhile, has a hamstring complaint but he has said that he is in contention to face Watford next Monday. Thibaut Courtois is expected to return against Bournemouth after getting over his ankle problem. David Luiz also missed the game against Newcastle after injuring his ankle in training but Gary Cahill and Danny Drinkwater both made their comebacks from their recent small injury issues. Cesc Fabregas could also make his return after missing a number of games in recent weeks, while Ross Barkley is another option in the midfield area.CHELSEA SUSPENSIONS Conte currently has no players suspended, with Morata and Pedro having recently completed their respective bans.Spain striker Morata is, however, two yellow cards away from a two-match ban. POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP Conte is limited in terms of his team selection, with the signing of a new striker and left-back not set to be concluded in time for the game against Bournemouth.Batshuayi is fit but there’s a chance he could be left out due to his likely move away from Stamford Bridge, meaning Hazard could start in attack, with Barkley also set to feature in a supporting role.Willy Caballero will continue in goal, if Courtois remains out with an ankle injury. Chelsea predicted XI to face BournemouthBOURNEMOUTH TEAM NEWS Jermain Defoe is out with an ankle injury, while Tyrone Mings is also likely to be unavailable to Eddie Howe. Bournemouth’s only other concern is Harry Arter, who has been missing with illness. Bournemouth vs. LiverpoolTV CHANNEL & KICK OFF TIME The match takes place at 19:45 GMT on Wednesday but it won’t be shown live in the UK. BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Bournemouth have failed to score in three of their five previous visits to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea, scoring just twice and never more than once in a game. Bournemouth have yet to win a Premier League game played on a Wednesday (D1 L2). Ross Barkley has had a hand in five goals in four Premier League matches versus the Cherries (two goals, three assists). Eden Hazard has scored five goals in his last four Premier League appearances against Bournemouth. Willian has had a hand in eight goals in his last five Premier League starts (3 goals, 5 assists), compared to scoring none and providing just one assist in his first seven starts in the competition this season.last_img read more

College Football Player In “Critical Condition” After Being Shot

first_imgThree footballs next to a pylon(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A college football player and NFL hopeful is reportedly in “critical condition” after being injured in a shooting.Martayveus “Marty” Carter, a running back at Grand Valley State, was reportedly injured in a shooting this past weekend.Carter is an NFL hopeful, entering the supplemental draft, but he wasn’t chosen.Here are the details on the reported shooting, from the Holland Sentinel:Grand Valley State running back Martayveus “Marty” Carter is in critical condition in an East Chicago, Indiana hospital after being wounded in a shooting either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, according to the Times Northwest of Indiana.Carter was wounded and Brian Thomas, 30, of Hammond, was killed in the shooting, pronounced dead at the scene by police and is being ruled as a homicide, according to the Lake County coroner’s office in a news release to NWI.Carter, 23, is being treated in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois. According to the NWI, he was not listed as a patient as of Monday and four guns were recovered from the scene. Several subjects are detained for questioning regarding the incident.Carter rushed for 3,728 and 36 touchdowns in three years. He was one of the best running backs at the Division 2 level.Our thoughts are with him and his family.last_img read more

National Security Council Signs Off On Social Intervention Operational Framework

first_img He pointed out that unattached young persons of the inner-city communities such as Mount Salem are the main targets of the social intervention aspect of ZOSO. Story Highlights Speaking  at the Rotary Club of Kingston’s luncheon on  September 28 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, Mr. Sweeney said with the sign-off, the social-intervention programme “will begin to roll out effectively now”. “We have to engage the youth and ensure that they are moving in the right direction,” Mr. Sweeney emphasised. Deputy Chairman, Social Intervention Committee, Zones of Special Operations (ZOSO), Omar Sweeney, has announced that the operational framework for the social intervention aspect of the Government’s new anti-crime initiative has been signed off with the National Security Council.Speaking  at the Rotary Club of Kingston’s luncheon on  September 28 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, Mr. Sweeney said with the sign-off, the social-intervention programme “will begin to roll out effectively now”.“So, the first will begin in Montego Bay tomorrow (September 30). There will be more items in the media and more information that is coming out around these activities,” the Deputy Chairman said.In an interview with JIS News following his presentation regarding the social intervention aspect of ZOSO in Mount Salem, St. James, Mr. Sweeney pointed out that most of the [social intervention] initiatives now are around civil registration, including the delivery of birth certificates, tax registration numbers and other forms of identification as well as some public health services.“We are now moving to start looking at clean-up activities in the community in a coordinated way. That is solid waste removal, bushing, clearing of some areas, street lighting for public safety, [and] the development of youth corps,” Mr. Sweeney said.He pointed out that unattached young persons of the inner-city communities such as Mount Salem are the main targets of the social intervention aspect of ZOSO.“The Social Intervention Committee is formed as a critical tool to seek the peace of the communities that we deem as Zones of Special Operations. It’s a coordinated government response to some of the issues in these communities, or what we need to attack. What is true is that much of the violence produced in these communities is done by unattached youth,” Mr. Sweeney said.“If they are not attached to formal things or good things, you find that they will get attached to illegal activities, so the social-intervention strategy will have a strong focus on youth,” he noted.Mr. Sweeney called on members of the Rotary Club to assist with the social-intervention aspect of ZOSO.“Service clubs can provide an impact. Service clubs like Rotary possess tremendous professional skills, and the transfer of that knowledge will go a far way in what we would say is no cost. It costs nothing to transfer knowledge,” he said.“We have to engage the youth and ensure that they are moving in the right direction,” Mr. Sweeney emphasised.last_img read more

Diana Containerships Books FullYear Profit

first_imgzoom Greek containership owner Diana Containerships Inc. reported a net loss of USD 16.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2017, doubling its loss from the previous year which came at USD 8.5 million.The loss for the fourth quarter was driven by impairment charges for two vessels totaling in USD 8.4 million.However, for the full year, the company managed to return to profit, having booked USD 3.8 million of net profit, rebounding from a major loss from the previous year which amounted to USD 149 million.The net income for 2017 reflected a gain of USD 42.2 million from a debt write-off, arising from the refinancing of the secured loan facility with the Royal Bank of Scotland plc, which was secured on June 30, 2017.On the other hand, the full-year net loss for 2016 included USD 118.9 million of impairment charges for seven of the company’s vessels and USD 2.9 million of loss on sale of two vessels.Time charter revenues, net of prepaid charter revenue amortization, for the year ended December 31, 2017, amounted to USD 23.8 million, compared to USD 33.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2016.Diana’s 11 containerships, five Panamaxes and six Post-Panamaxes, are employed on time charters with liner majors.last_img read more

Minister Requests Review of Parsons Case

first_imgRamona Jennex, Education and Early Childhood Development Minister, today, April 10, asked Halifax Regional School Board to review its response in the Rehtaeh Parsons case. “This is a heartbreaking situation and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family,” Ms. Jennex said. “If there are gaps in the education system that need to be addressed and fixed to ensure more families in the province don’t have to go through the same horrific tragedy as the Parsons family, we will do whatever we can to close those gaps as quickly as possible,” said Ms. Jennex. Ms. Jennex met with the Halifax board chair and superintendent today to begin the review process. She has asked department staff for options on how the province can review Ms. Parsons’s experience in the school system. Justice Minister Ross Landry has also asked senior officials for options to review how police and the Public Prosecution Service handled the case. “Earlier today, I met with a loving and brave family,” said Mr. Landry. “They shared with me the details of the events that led to this terrible tragedy. The family and I agree that the distribution of photos online is very concerning and must be addressed.” The province has also offered the school board more support services, including counselling and mental health services. “Across government and in our communities, we need to take a long, hard look at this devastating tragedy and make sure we’re responding to the needs of Nova Scotia’s children and youth,” said Ms. Jennex. “Young people need to know where they can turn for help, and we all have a role to play in raising our youth to be responsible and respectful of each other.” Nova Scotians of all ages should not have to worry about getting access to the services they may need. Everyone can access emergency mental health services by calling the mental health crisis line at 1-888-429-8167. Staff at the crisis line will be able to offer some help on the phone. They can direct the person to the emergency room and let the hospital know they are coming, or direct the person to the emergency services they need in their community if they do not need the ER. People can also access services by calling 211, 811, or by visiting an emergency room or family doctor.last_img read more

All alerts evacuation orders lifted as worst wildfire season eases in BC

first_imgVANCOUVER – For the first time in nearly three months, all wildfire evacuation orders and alerts have been lifted in British Columbia as the province begins to recover from its worst wildfire season on record.The Cariboo Regional District and Thompson-Nicola Regional District say final alerts affecting southern Interior properties have been rescinded.The alerts were lifted as the BC Wildfire Service reported a 1,900-square kilometre blaze that broke out near Ashcroft on July 6 and burned almost 100 kilometres northward is 85 per cent contained.A news release from the Cariboo Regional District says with the entire region deemed “all clear,” its emergency operations centre will close, effective at noon.The Regional District of East Kootenay lifted its final evacuation orders and alerts on Monday, three days after the B.C. government rescinded a provincewide state of emergency that went into effect in early July.Fourteen wildfires of note still blaze within the Southeast, Cariboo and Kamloops fire centres but the wildfire service says cooler weather has allowed crews to make good progress containing flames that have scorched over 12,000 square kilometres of timber since April 1.An off-road vehicle ban covering central and southeastern B.C. was removed Wednesday but campfire bans in those areas remain in effect until further notice.More than $510 million has been spent fighting fires that, at the height of the disaster, chased almost 50,000 people from their communities.Fires are blamed for destroying 509 structures, including 229 homes, and causing financial loss to ranchers, farmers, forestry and tourism operations.last_img read more

N Korea test-fires new tactical guided weapon

first_imgSeoul: North Korea said Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of “tactical guided weapon,” its first such test in nearly half a year, and demanded that Washington remove Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from nuclear negotiations. The test, which didn’t appear to be of a banned mid- or long-range ballistic missile that could scuttle negotiations, allows North Korea to show its people it is pushing ahead with weapons development while also reassuring domestic military officials worried that diplomacy with Washington signals weakness. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSeparately, the North Korean Foreign Ministry accused Pompeo of playing down the significance of comments by leader Kim Jong Un, who said last week that Washington has until the end of the year to offer mutually acceptable terms for an agreement to salvage the high-stakes nuclear diplomacy. Both the demand for Pompeo’s removal from the talks and the weapon test point to North Korea’s displeasure with the deadlocked negotiations. In a statement issued under the name of Kwon Jong Gun, director general of the American Affairs Department at the Foreign Ministry, North Korea accused Pompeo of “talking nonsense” and misrepresenting Kim’s comments. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsDuring a speech at Texas A&M on Monday, Pompeo said Kim promised to denuclearize during his first summit with President Donald Trump and that U.S. officials were working with the North Koreans to “chart a path forward so we can get there.” “He (Kim) said he wanted it done by the end of the year,” Pompeo said. “I’d love to see that done sooner.” The North Korean statement said Pompeo was “misrepresenting the meaning of our requirement” for the negotiations to be finalized by the year’s end, and referred to his “talented skill of fabricating stories.” It said Pompeo’s continued participation in the negotiations would ensure that the talks become “entangled” and called for a different counterpart who is “more careful and mature in communicating with us.” In a speech at his rubber-stamp parliament last week, Kim said he is open to a third summit with Trump, but only if the United States changes its stance on sanctions enforcement and pressure by the end of the year. Kim observed the unspecified weapon being fired Wednesday by the Academy of Defense Science, the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said. Kim was reported to have said “the development of the weapon system serves as an event of very weighty significance in increasing the combat power of the People’s Army.” The Associated Press could not independently verify North Korea’s claim, and it wasn’t immediately clear what had been tested. A major ballistic missile test would jeopardize the diplomatic talks meant to provide the North with concessions in return for disarmament. A South Korean analyst said that details in the North’s media report indicate it could have been a new type of cruise missile. Another possible clue: one of the lower level officials mentioned in the North’s report on the test Pak Jong Chon is known as an artillery official. Some in Seoul worry that the North will turn back to actions seen as provocative by outsiders as a way to force Washington to drop its hard-line negotiating stance and grant the North’s demand for a removal of crushing international sanctions. A string of increasingly powerful weapons tests in 2017 and Trump’s response of “fire and fury” had many fearing war before the North shifted to diplomacy.last_img read more

Top UN envoy urges calm as Afghanistan awaits election results

“I say to candidates, campaigners, voters, and media, that you must respect this process. This is a critical part of it. Respect also means demonstrating patience,” Kai Eide said during a visit to the Commission’s headquarters in Kabul. Mr. Eide, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), met with some of the commissioners and saw how the ECC deals with the complaints filed by candidates and voters. The Commission said it has so far received 790 complaints from across the country following the 20 August polls, including 54 classified as “Priority-A,” which, if proved, could have an impact on the result. Mr. Eide said he was concerned about every irregularity, but emphasized that the ECC would do all it can to address and correct them. Forty-one presidential candidates, including two women, as well as over 3,000 candidates competing for provincial council seats, took part in last week’s polls, the first to be organized by the Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC). The elections were hailed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council, both of whom congratulated the Afghan people for exercising their right to vote. 24 August 2009The top United Nations envoy for Afghanistan today urged patience and calm as the country’s Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) responds to the complaints that have been received following last week’s historic presidential and provincial council polls. read more

Macys cuts ties with Trump NY mayor slams Trumps immigrant comments city

FILE – In this April 1, 2015 file photo, Flo Rida performs on stage at the “Furious 7” Takeover in Los Angeles. Rapper Flo Rida has pulled out of his guest appearance at the “Miss USA” pageant later this month, part of the continued fallout over pageant owner Donald Trump’s remarks about Mexican immigrants during his presidential campaign announcement. A representative of the Platinum-selling rapper confirmed that Flo Rida won’t be performing at the July 12 pageant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File) by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Jul 1, 2015 9:09 am MDT Last Updated Jul 2, 2015 at 12:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Macy’s department store chain joined an ongoing exodus from association with Donald Trump and New Mexico’s governor and New York City’s mayor slammed him over his comments on Mexican immigrants.Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico, the nation’s only Latina governor and a rising star in the Republican party, added her voice Wednesday to criticism of the GOP presidential hopeful, denouncing his comments as “horrible.”Trump’s presidential campaign announcement contained his assertion that some Mexican immigrants to the United States bring drugs and crime, and some are rapists.New York City officials said Wednesday they are reviewing the city’s contracts with Trump in light of his comments, and Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a statement calling them “disgusting and offensive,” adding that “this hateful language has no place in our city.”The Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point Park opened in April in the Bronx and the Trump Organization has a 20-year concession agreement to operate the facility.Representatives for Trump did not respond Wednesday to an email seeking comment on the city’s review.Trump’s team was struggling to hold the Miss USA pageant together following defections by hosts, performers, judges and the two TV networks that were scheduled to broadcast the event on July 12. Trump owns the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.The pageant issued a statement earlier this week that “we are disheartened by recent events but the show will go on.”Rapper Flo Rida had been the highest-profile performer scheduled for Miss USA in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and his representative confirmed Wednesday that he would not perform. Country singer Craig Wayne Boyd, winner of “The Voice” last year, and pop singer Natalie La Rose, whose single “Somebody” hit the Billboard Top Ten this year, also dropped out. There were no more announced performers.Emmitt Smith, the former Dallas Cowboys running back who was a judge for Miss USA, cited Trump’s statement and NBC’s decision in backing out and sent his best wishes to the competitors who had been preparing for the pageant.The Macy’s chain said in a statement that it’s “disappointed and distressed” by Trump’s remarks and will end its relationship with him. Macy’s has carried a Donald Trump menswear line since 2004, including $70 button-down shirts and $65 striped ties. Most items were heavily discounted on Macy’s website on Wednesday.“We have no tolerance for discrimination in any form,” the company said. “We welcome all customers, and respect for the dignity of all people is a cornerstone of our culture.”The move comes after an outcry on social media, including online petitions, for Macy’s to drop the line. NBC, TV Company Ora TV and Mexican TV network Televisa also have cut ties to Trump.Trump said in a statement that he had decided to end his relationship with Macy’s because of pressure put upon them by outside sources. He said he was never happy that the ties and shirts were made in China, and if he were to do another product line in the future, he would insist they were American-made.“Both Macy’s and NBC totally caved at the first sight of potential difficulty with special interest groups who are nothing more than professional agitators,” Trump said.The city of Bogota, Colombia, also was heard from this week. In protest of Trump’s comments, its tourism board said it was withdrawing support for a campaign it had helped organize to host the next Miss Universe pageant.It had decided to organize the bid with private businesses as a result of Colombian Paulina Vega’s win in the 2014 Miss Universe pageant. Colombia had been in the running with China.HGTV “Property Brothers” star Jonathan Scott was also one of the pageant’s judges but backed out, too, saying on Facebook that he could not support Trump’s views.“We are all on this big rock together,” he said, “and I choose love.”Besides Smith and HGTV’s Scott, Miss USA listed country singer Jessie James Decker, E! News anchor Terrence Jenkins and TV host and former Miss Universe winner Zuleyka Rivera as pageant judges in a news release issued last month. Of that quintet, only Decker’s name was listed as a judge by Miss USA on its website Wednesday. A show spokeswoman said she had no information about judges or performers.The pageant lost both of its co-hosts, Cheryl Burke of “Dancing With the Stars” and MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Jeannie Mai, who hosted a show on the Style Network, was listed as a show host.Last week, the hosts of the Univision simulcast, Roselyn Sanchez and Cristian de la Fuente, said they wouldn’t take part in the Spanish-language telecast.Trump’s campaign comments struck many Latinos as insensitive, and Univision’s decision last week to back out of televising Miss USA and break off its business ties with Trump led to a cascade of others following suit. Trump responded by suing Univision on Tuesday.____Associated Press writers David Bauder, Michael Balsamo, Mesfin Fekadu and Mae Anderson in New York and Russell Contreras in Albuquerque, New Mexico, contributed to this report. Macy’s cuts ties with Trump; NY mayor slams Trump’s immigrant comments, city reviews contracts read more

Ahead of sustainability summit Global Goals will light up UN Secretariat building

“Starting at 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m., we expect to illuminate the building with [images] relating to the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as images related to the 70th anniversary of the United Nations,” Under-Secretary-General for Public Information Cristina Gallach told reporters at a press conference, noting that filmmaker Richard Curtis produced the project. The projections were developed in collaboration with the Global Goals campaign and 59 Productions. The filmed footage will be edited into a four-minute film to be shown at the Global Citizen Festival on 26 September and broadcast around the world as part of international coverage of the event. The Global Goals campaign – funded by Mr. Curtis and launched at UN Headquarters earlier this month – aims to reach 7 billion people in seven days with news of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.“We think it’s going to be a moment to raise awareness, so [its] the right thing to do just a few days before the summit,” she added.More than 150 world leaders are expected at UN Headquarters to formally adopt at a three-day summit that begins Friday 25 September, an ambitious new sustainable development agenda. It will serve as the launch pad for action by the international community and by national governments to promote shared prosperity and well-being for all over the next 15 years.Agreed by the 193 Member States of the UN, the new framework, Transforming Our World: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, consists of a Declaration, 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets, a section on means of implementation and renewed global partnership, and a framework for review and follow-up.Also speaking at the press conference was Amina J. Mohammed, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, who described the agreement as “really meaningful.”“It’s universal so it applies to everyone,” she explained. “We will no longer have a North-South conversation about what the North is doing for the South, but what we are doing for each other. Clearly anything that happens anywhere in this world has that fallout in many other places – from the global financial crisis to conflict and migration, we feel it everywhere – to natural disasters and climate change.”The agenda builds on the successful outcome of the Conference on Financing for Development that recently concluded in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and is expected to positively affect the negotiations on a new meaningful and universal climate agreement in Paris this December.Its adoption on Friday will be preceded by an address to the General Assembly by Pope Francis. Shortly after he departs, a special video will be projected in the Hall.Performances are also expected by international pop stars and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Shakira and Angélique Kidjo. Malala Yousafzai will then share a message alongside 193 young people representatives from all UN Member States. The summit will then officially open.Once the goals are adopted, Ms. Gallach said, every goal will be read out by a group of different people – female presidents, young children, celebrities and other individuals. read more

Mens Volleyball Ohio State loses third straight against No 1 Long Beach

Sophomore Kyle Skinner gets ready to serve the ball against George Mason at the game on Jan. 18 at St. John Arena in Columbus. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior Reporter.After losing two straight matches without winning a set, having to face the No. 1 team in the country on their home court is not the best way to end a losing streak. The struggling Buckeyes (4-8) were able to keep sets close early, but couldn’t gain enough momentum to get back in the match as No.1 Long Beach State (12-0) cruised to a victory in three sets, 25-19, 25-18, 25-21. The Buckeyes took their first lead of the match in the third set after an attack error by Long Beach State gave them a 4-3 lead. Back-to-back aces by junior libero Chase Moothart bookended a three-point run that brought the Buckeyes over the 20-point threshold for the first time in the match. But a kill by senior outside hitter TJ DeFalco and an Ohio State service error closed out the third set, 25-21, handing the Buckeyes their third-consecutive straight-set loss. Ohio State was unable to establish a rhythm on offense in large part due to errors. The Buckeyes committed 33 errors on the night, 19 service and 14 attack, while the Beach had only 24, 16 service and 8 attack. Though the Buckeyes tallied 30 kills on the night, the 14 errors on 61 attacks limited them to a .250 hitting percentage. Freshman libero Parker Mikesch had 26 assists and two digs as he continues his campaign as the Buckeyes full-time setter while senior Sanil Thomas is injured. Freshman outside hitter Sean Ryan provided 10 kills for Ohio State, helping to fill in as a point finisher for the Buckeyes in the midst of sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes’ absence due to injury. Ryan got off to a hot start in the first set with two kills, helping the Buckeyes keep pace with the Beach. But a kill by senior opposite hitter Kyle Ensing and an attack error by Ryan gave Long Beach State a 4-2 lead, which they would stretch to as many as seven points en route to a 25-19 first set victory. Ensing and DeFalco combined for 21 kills, five digs, and an ace, leading the team to a .475 hitting percentage. Both teams had their share of success from the service stripe, as the Buckeyes totalled three and the Beach came up with five. After a close start to the second set, Long Beach used four Buckeye errors and an ace by redshirt senior middle blocker Nick Amado for five straight-points, taking a 16-9 lead. Though Ryan contributed five kills and sophomore libero Luke Meidel added an ace, Long Beach State used kills by Ensing and senior setter Josh Tuaniga to close out the set, 25-18. Ohio State returns to conference play against Lindenwood at 8 p.m. on Friday in Saint Charles, Missouri. read more

United snatch draw at the death as Zlatan scores from the spot

first_imgUnited snatch draw at the death as Zlatan scores from the spot He hot a penalty in the 94th minute to rescue a draw at Old Trafford. Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 10:50 PM Short URL Apr 4th 2017, 10:50 PM Image: Martin Rickett Share Tweet Email 20,722 Views By The42 Team Image: Martin Rickett Johnson: I always knew I could be number one… once Tiger stopped playingFighting for fairness, Ireland stand together on a landmark day for women’s football ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC HIT a stoppage-time penalty as Manchester United managed a draw at Old Trafford against Everton.Phil Jagielka put the visitors ahead in the first half, before Ibrahimovic had a goal disallowed after the interval as he was deemed offside.Late into added time Ashley William’s blocked Luke Shaw’s shot with his arm, and was sent off before Ibrahimovic made no mistake in finding the back of the net.It prevented Everton from leapfrogging United into fifth place in the table, with Manchester City four points better off in fourth before they visit leaders Chelsea on Wednesday.Ibrahimovic was back in the side following a three-game domestic suspension and had a header incorrectly ruled out for offside in the 71st minute, when it appeared United would follow Saturday’s 0-0 draw against West Brom with another frustrating home stalemate.Williams made a timely early challenge to thwart Ibrahimovic before Jesse Lingard – preferred to Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial in a wide attacking role by Mourinho – sliced wide from 20 yards in the 13th minute.Ronald Koeman added some of the experience his defeated Merseyside derby line-up lacked in the form of Kevin Mirallas and Gareth Barry and the former England midfielder’s lofted pass was chested down by the Belgium winger in the 21st minute, who drew a save from David De Gea at his near post.Everton led from the resulting corner as Jagielka outmuscled Marcos Rojo to prod Williams’ looping header through De Gea’s legs. United were almost level after half an hour, when Joel Robles acrobatically pushed out Daley Blind’s curling free-kick and Ander Herrera clattered the rebound against the crossbar from a tight angle.A rasping drive from Herrera forced Robles to tip behind in the 39th minute and Jagielka concluded a fine individual half in stoppage time with an immaculate challenge to halt Marcus Rashford after Ibrahimovic’s flick released him into the area.Mourinho sent on Pogba in place of Blind at the interval and the world’s most expensive player was quickly into the thick of the action. After Barry was booked for cynically barging over Rashford in full flight, Ashley Young – now operating at left-back after the half-time reshuffle – whipped in a free-kick that flicked off Romelu Lukaku and Pogba guided a header against the crossbar.Young was booked for a rash foul on Miralles and his robust approach appeared to result in an injury, meaning Shaw entered the fray to cheers from the Old Trafford faithful.Ibrahmovic thought he had United back on terms with 19 minutes to play as Robles failed to keep his header out but was spared as a marginal offside call fell in the visitors’ favour.Robles did not convince entirely under increasingly direct United attacks, and Fellaini fired over under pressure from Barry when the goalkeeper’s punch failed to clear 73rd-minute danger.Luke Shaw was then the unlikely hero for Jose Mourinho.Four days on from being labelled United’s fourth-choice at left-back and having his professionalism questioned by Mourinho, Shaw was introduced to play.The England left-back drilled goalwards in stoppage time, with Ashley Williams sent off for handling the shot on the goalline before Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted from the penalty spot.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 50 Comments Follow us: the42.ie https://the42.ie/3324507 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Smart tax questions for small businesses

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram One of the great challenges we face in life generally is that we don’t know what we don’t know. This is no more so than in business where there exist a number of tax breaks, subsidies and benefits that are often not well publicised. As a small business owner, knowledge of what is available can be of enormous assistance to the effective running and growth of your small business. Qualifying Small Business Entities have access to approximately a dozen concessions across Capital Gains Tax, Income Tax, GST and Fringe Benefits Tax. The principal qualification is an aggregate turnover of less than $2 million; so that’s where you start. If the annual sales in your business are under the threshold and you’re not aware of the concessions available, then you should be. If you’re looking at purchasing a business or selling yours then you REALLY should be. Messing up the tax or GST side of a business purchase or sale can cost real money. I wonder, though, how many people there are working really hard to grow their businesses that are missing out on tax concessions that they are rightly entitled to but are completely unaware of. I’m not the first person to say that you make your money on assets when you buy them and not necessarily when you sell them. By that I mean it’s difficult to make a gain when you pay too much for something. That something could be a property, a share in a company, a work of art or a business and I firmly believe it. Since the introduction of the Small Business Entity regime and its predecessor you can also save money when you sell if you do it right and that saving is on Capital Gains Tax and the number can be large. A gain on sale can be exempt from tax if you’ve owned the business for 15 years. If that’s not the case you may qualify for the 50 per cent active asset exemption. That can be in addition to the normal 50 per cent exemption if the asset has been held for greater than a year and in combination may mean you only pay tax on 25 per cent of the gain.Small Business entities can be eligible to deduct certain expenses immediately. They’re entitled to a deduction for prepaid expenses when larger business isn’t. They pay GST quarterly rather than monthly and have much simpler depreciation rules than their larger counterparts. You should seek advice from a qualified tax accountant, or visit a Yellow Brick Road branch where we can arrange to have someone explain it in more detail. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on mark.neos@ybr.com.au with any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch.last_img read more