Disarm the criminals or arm people to fight them

first_imgThe death, on Tuesday, of Radhika Tanwar at the hands of a stalker is heart- rending. A young life has been snuffed out for no fault of her own. A cowardly killer used the easiest method to kill her – shot the unsuspecting victim at close range with a country- made pistol and walked away. On Wednesday, a gun was used to shoot a couple and injure them grievously. Almost every other day a murder is committed with the use of a gun. It takes something to bludgeon or knife a person to death, pressing the trigger of pistol is much easier. The state has done little or nothing to make it difficult to get one and so, for the homicidally inclined, the gun has become the weapon of choice.HistoryGuns were not always so easily available. In the 1960s when the Maoists decided to take on the Indian state in Naxalbari, in West Bengal, the only firearms they could muster were some 12 bore guns and hunting rifles looted from tea estates. In fact many of the Naxalites used pipe-guns made of ordinary water pipes.Chambal had its dacoits and Mumbai its gangsters, but the easy availability of guns in northern India is a relatively recent phenomenon. Its epicenter lies in the badlands of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar where the breakdown of administration in the 1960s and 1970s led to the proliferation of workshops churning out country- made weapons. Today’s Naxalites, of course, are armed with a variety of weapons – .303 rifles, SLR and INSAS carbines – many of which have come from government armouries by means that are not easy to determine.advertisementParallel to this has been the exponential growth in the availability of licensed arms. Till the 1960s, getting a gun license was quite difficult in India because of the hang-over of British colonial laws where the issue of licenses was closely linked to loyalty to the empire. But the rise of democratic politics saw a proliferation of gun licenses as newly rising castes saw gun ownership as much an issue of prestige, as to offset the perceived advantage of their upper caste rivals.In India strict gun-control laws were an outcome of the imperial necessity. The eighteenth century, in which the British fought their way to dominance in the Indian subcontinent, was a very violent one. Given the Mughal mansabdari system, armed men owing allegiance to their feudatories were scattered across India. With the breakdown of Mughal authority, India, particularly in the north, saw a long period of anarchy where petty rajas and landlords vied with each other for control, and the British by virtue of their superior military organisation and world view managed to prevail. Once they came to power, and especially after the 1857 uprising, they undertook a policy of systematically disarming the people through tough legislation and laws that made the ownership of weapons without license a major crime.This was not very different from the system they had back home. In the seventeenth century, the British aristocracy created laws restricting hunting and gun ownership to the upper classes and denying them to the poor. The legacy of this continues to this day and UK has some of the toughest laws against owning guns. Civilians, regardless of the circumstances, cannot own handguns.Other guns, mainly for hunting and sport are strictly licensed. But by themselves guns don’t kill. As the slogan goes, ” guns don’t kill, people do.” It is true that the easy availability of guns promotes its use in crime in the US. The American right to bear arms is written into their constitution and has as its basis the history of the country which was liberated from the colonial yoke because the people had the firearms to turn against their British overlords.But, Switzerland with a similar history, i. e. where people fought for their freedom and were able to defend their country against their bigger European neighbours because they remained armed and ready for war, does not have the kind of crime statistics you see in the US. It is a certain kind of a social and political milieu that provides the backdrop of their usage for violent ends.In the US it is obvious in its stratified social system and ghettoisation of the minorities. Unfortunately, the ambiance in India with its burgeoning urbanisation, poverty and social tensions make for an incendiary situation. Layer upon this a ruthlessly predatory attitude towards women and the weak, compounded by the breakdown in effective policing in most parts of India.advertisementProliferationThe big threat lies from unlicensed weapons. And these have proliferated widely. Making the weapon itself is not the problem, even the technology available to a village craftsman can do the needful. Ammunition is an issue, but leakages from the licensed system as well as from the police and the armed forces have created the problem. Last year, this paper reported how ammunition from CRPF armouries in UP managed to find its way to Maoists in the jungles of Chhattisgarh.Given the rapid urbanisation of the country and the emergence of large unpoliced or poorly policed areas can result in the rise of criminal gangs who are not afraid of taking on the police. We already see some aspects of this phenomenon in the Ghaziabad- Meerut area of the national capital region. If something is not done to check the proliferation of country- made weapons, things could go from bad to worse.The police need to first understand that there is a problem. The issue of misuse of licensed weapons is straightforward enough. Here the police need to not only strengthen the processes relating to the issue of licenses, but to also institute a process whereby which licenses can be withdrawn from people who could become a threat to society because of their possession of a licensed weapon. In other words, the licensing process should involve much more continuous monitoring.As far as the country- made gun phenomenon is concerned, the challenge is vaster. One aspect of it is the location and destruction of workshops that produce them. The second is to break the supply chains of ammunition for such weapons.LeachingThe third, and most doable, is to leach away the weapons from those who possess them. Countries have tried different ways of doing this-Brazil, Zambia, South Africa have experimented with amnesty and cash bounties to encourage people to turn in illegal weapons.What the Delhi police can easily do is to offer an amnesty, to start with, and then undertake a sustained drive to locate and seize these weapons. One way to do this is surprise search and seize drives where the police can seal off a mall, a market or a bus stand and search every person for hidden weapons. This will deter people from carrying the weapons around. For its part, the union government needs to pass laws that will enhance punishment for the manufacture, transportation and possession of illegal weapons.If the police and the government throw up their hands and claim they cannot do anything, it may be a better idea to make licensing easier and encourage the ordinary citizen to become a gun-owner and train them in the use of guns.At least this will be able to equalise the advantage that the criminals have vis- vis the common folk as of now.last_img read more

Tendulkar feels Kohli ‘is in a good space’ ahead of 1st Test vs England

first_imgSachin Tendulkar on Tuesday said Virat Kohli’s determination to work on his weakness and improve his batting has made him the force he is today.Kohli, who has an exceptional record across all formats, is presently considered the best batsman in the world. In 66 Test matches to date, Kohli has scored 5,554 runs at an aevrage of 53.40. In 211 ODIs, he has scored 9,779 runs at an average of 58.20 and has 2,102 runs to his name in 62 T20Is.Tendulkar feels Kohli’s constant desire to improve his batting would help him to stay at the top for long.”The best part about him (Virat Kohli) is that the moment he realises there are areas he needs to work on he is immediately back in the nets working on those things,” Tendulkar said on Sky Sports Cricket.Virat Kohli says he’s not in a frame of mind to prove himself in any country”A player can only move forward if he accepts – and it requires a lot to accept and admit: ‘Okay, these are the areas where I have not done well and I need to go out and change these things’.Kohli, who has been successful almost everywhere in the world, suffered a rare failure the last time India travelled to England in 2014. He only managed 134 runs in five Test matches in 2014 at an average of 13.40. With the five-match Test series between England and India set to start at Edgbaston on August 1, Kohli would be determined to improve his record in England.Tendulkar feels Kohli is “in a good space” going into the Test series and backed him to score runs in the series.advertisement”He is in a good space. All he needs to do is try and be in the same space. His method of preparing himself before a tour, before a game is really nice. He should continue with that. There are going to be ups and downs, there could be bad tours, but that’s not the end of the world,” said Tendulkar.Indian cricket team coach Ravi Sahstri said Kohli’s biggest quality is that he never shies away from a challenge.”The passion that he brings into the dressing room, wanting to play the game as a competitor. He wants to compete and it’s like a disease – people want to emulate him, youngsters want to be like him,”Shastri said.”There is no excuse in him, he won’t leave a stone unturned. The effort will be maximum and then you will see the results. He doesn’t want anything easy – if he wants a hundred it should be a tough hundred in tough conditions. That’s what makes him different from a lot of other players.””He is never one to shy away from a challenge which I think is his biggest quality. I admire his preparation. He wants to excel but he knows there are no shortcuts,” added Shastri.last_img read more

ISL: Michael Soosairaj brace helps Jamshedpur FC thrash FC Goa 4-1

first_imgMichael Soosairaj’s brace powered Jamshedpur FC to an emphatic 4-1 win over FC Goa in the Indian Super League on Thursday in Jamshedpur.Soosairaj scored in the 17th and 50th minute while Memo (77th) and Sumit Passi (78th) scored two goals in quick succession to take the game away from Goa.Mourtada Fall scored the only goal of the match in the 33rd minute for FC Goa.The five changes made by Cesar Ferrando in the form of Gaurav Mukhi, Pablo Morgado, Robin Gurung, Bikash Jairu and Pratik Chawdhury worked wonders..@JamshedpurFC were on fire tonight as they scored 4 goals and secured their first ever win over @FCGoaOfficial!More videos: https://t.co/8jtqJIjojH#ISLRecap #LetsFootball #HeroISL #FanBannaPadega #JAMGOA pic.twitter.com/FphVd9GnJ6Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 1, 2018The home side scored in the 17th minute, thanks to Soosairaj. Cidoncha’s corner was headed down by Memo inside the box, which fell on the feet of Pratik.Pratik fed Soosairaj with the perfect pass and the former Chennai City FC winger slotted the ball home.After starting the game on a defensive note, FC Goa slowly came out of their shell and started attacking.The visitors equalised in the 32nd minute when Fall headed home from a Hugo Boumous’ free-kick.Soosairaj again got his team the lead with a brilliant strike after change of ends.He exchanged a one-two with Sergio Cidoncha in their own half before forwarding a through ball down the left flank. Soosairaj outpaced Seriton Fernandes, entered the penalty box and chipped the ball over Mohammad Nawaz, who had come off his line.advertisementGoa lacked flair in the attacking third and failed to trouble the Jamshedpur FC defence as the second half progressed.Memo consolidated Jamshedpur’s lead in the 77th minute converting a rebound.Michael Soosairaj turned on the heat against @FCGoaOfficial and bagged a brace as @JamshedpurFC ran riot! He is the Hero of the Match!#HeroISL #LetsFootball #JAMGOA #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/m4owDcUhsBIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 1, 2018Passi’s strike just a minute after Memo’s goal was the final nail in FC Goa’s coffin.Jamshedpur FC moved to the second position on the league table with 10 points from six matches. Goa are currently placed third.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Neymar makes peace with Barca’s Bartomeu

first_imgNeymar ‘I spoke to Bartomeu in a normal fashion’ – Neymar offers olive branch to Barca president Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Last updated 2 years ago 05:47 10/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PSG star Neymar Getty Neymar PSG Olympique Marseille v PSG Ligue 1 Olympique Marseille Barcelona The Brazilian’s Camp Nou exit was marked by a war of words with the Catalan chief, but he attempted to cool tensions at the Best FIFA awards on Monday Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar has revealed he held a “normal” conversation with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, the first contact between the pair since he left Camp Nou. The world-record transfer that brought the Brazilian to Parc des Princes was surrounded by reports of a falling out with the Catalan supremo. Neymar 11/1 to be CL top scorer 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 Bartomeu had stated after the deal was done that the club had “trusted too much” in Neymar and his father, words that Neymar slammed as a “joke” on social media. But speaking at the Best FIFA Football Awards in London, the PSG man offered an olive branch to his adversary. “I spoke to Bartomeu in a normal fashion,” he explained to Radio Marca after making the top three in the Best Men’s Player category, alongside Lionel Messi and eventual winner Cristiano Ronaldo. Neymar also commented on his friendship with Messi, and stated that the pair avoided the subject of football as they caught up in London. “We didn’t speak about football, only other things,” he revealed. “He is my friend and wherever we are, we will be together.” Both Messi and Neymar were left watching as Ronaldo reclaimed the trophy he won in 2016, and the Brazilian believes that Real Madrid’s Champions League win played a large part in that. “Yeah, it weighs a lot, of course, the Champions League,” he added to reporters after the ceremony.”I congratulate him, he deserves this, he has done a lot in football, he is a very respected guy and with Messi he is one of the two stars of world football, and I am very, very happy to be in the final three.”last_img read more

Moloi: I never undermined Pirates coaches

first_imgOrlando Pirates I never undermined Orlando Pirates head coaches, says Chippa United’s Teboho Moloi Austin Ditlhobolo Journalist Last updated 1 year ago 17:29 12/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Chippa United, Teboho Moloi Backpagepix Orlando Pirates PSL Chippa United Nicknamed Tebza Ngwana during his playing days, Moloi admitted that his passion for Bucs meant he was never going to take a back seat Chippa United coach Teboho Moloi says he never undermined the head coach during his time as assistant coach at Orlando Pirates.The retired midfielder served as an assistant coach between 2011 and 2015 under Julio Leal, Augusto Palacios, Roger De Sa, Vladimir Vermezovic as well as Eric Tinkler.During his tenure, there had been regular speculation in the media that as an insider he had more influence and power than his position warranted. 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 “When I was an assistant I always used to see myself as a coach because I’d also bark instructions, and it would be seen as I’m saying something different to the coach, but I still maintain that I grew up in that [Pirates] team,” Moloi said on The Citizen.“When you grew up in your house, how can you stand up from having lunch and go to the corner and piss there, instead of using the bathroom?”“I would never give an instruction that was against what the coach wanted or that was not beneficial for Pirates to win at that time,” he explained.The former Pirates fan-favourite went on to admit that he is “the most difficult person to deal with, especially when it came to Orlando Pirates because I grew up there, I understand the culture and everything.”Moloi intially joined Chippa last season as assistant to Dan Malesela. However, he took over the head coach role after Malesela departed last September.Moloi says that the challenges he faces now as the main man at Chippa were never part of his job at Pirates.“I knew that whatever I was doing then was in the best interest of the team, so I don’t know now [at Chippa] whether it’s different from there or not,” he continued.“The only thing I can tell is you different is that I have to be in the office now, like I was asked [by the media], ‘Coach, how many players do you think you’re going to reinforce?’“I never used to make those decisions – the financial decisions, travelling, replacements and all that – and now I have to put my head on the block,” he concluded.Moloi was on a 10-match unbeaten run in the league with the Chilli Boys before Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Ajax Cape Town.The former South Africa international was named as the league’s Coach of the Month for November on Monday.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Memes galore as Virat Kohli pleads with folded hands to umpire over DRS call

first_img 7 third Man Point Match Ended Mohammed Shami (IND) M. Shami (IND) Referee: Chris Broad (ENG) Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK), Richard Illingworth (ENG) and Richard Kettleborough (ENG) 3 (50.0) fine Leg 8 0 91.30 2 224/8 224/8 Mid off Mid on 10 52 e/r Mid off Square Leg Toss: IND elected to bat Mid Wicket 24 covers 166/6 ( N. Zadran 41.3 Overs) , 0 graphs vs Jasprit Bumrah J. Bumrah 10 2 c Yuzvendra Chahal b Hardik Pandya 1 fine Leg 1 Mid off (50.0) third Man 213/8 ( M. Nabi 49.3 Overs) , Mid off All batsmen are considered right handed 2 0 21 All batsmen are considered right handed Hazrat Zazai H. Zazai b Mohammed Shami b Mohammed Shami c & b Jasprit Bumrah covers b Yuzvendra Chahal Point 213/10 ( Ur Rahman 49.5 Overs) , Yuzvendra Chahal Y. Chahal 0 3.9 Square Leg Mid Wicket All batsmen are considered right handed Point covers third Man Mid off India IND fine Leg Rahmat Shah R. Shah c Yuzvendra Chahal b Jasprit Bumrah 2 0 2 Mid on fine Leg 213 Square Leg 42 fine Leg third Man Mid Wicket Point 21 1 ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 India IND 4/40 (9.5) 0 third Man 36 Point third Man 1 20/1 ( H. Zazai 6.3 Overs) , nb Afghanistan 10 fine Leg Mid off 0 9.5 Mid on Mid Wicket Rashid Khan R. Khan st MS Dhoni b Yuzvendra Chahal 3 0 third Man 27 Square Leg fine Leg 0 b Mohammed Shami Mid off Hardik Pandya H. Pandya Asghar Afghan A. Afghan b Yuzvendra Chahal third Man Top Batsmen Top Batsmen 19 covers Mid Wicket 55 106/3 ( R. Shah 28.4 Overs) , covers Square Leg 0 0 Mid off 4.06 Mid on covers 130/5 ( A. Afghan 35 Overs) , 190/7 ( R. Khan 45.4 Overs) , 23 42.10 4 Mid on ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 15:00 (Local Time) B commentary 39center_img All batsmen are considered right handed Afghanistan AFG 3.9 10 India Today Web Desk SouthamptonJune 23, 2019UPDATED: June 23, 2019 11:19 IST Virat Kohli. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia piped Afghanistan by 11 runs in a last-over thriller on SaturdayKohli was seen arguing with umpire Aleem Dar over a DRS callMohammed Shami’s hat-trick in the final over sealed the deal for IndiaIndia captain Virat Kohli was a bundle of energy on the field in their tense ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 thriller against Afghanistan on Saturday in Southampton.India captain had led the team from the front with the bat, scoring a fluent 63-ball 67 on a sluggish pitch wherein most batsmen struggled. India finished with only 224 but Kohli marshaled his troops wonderfully well to clinch an 11-run win over the spirited Afghanistan team.India vs Afghanistan, World Cup 2019: Report | HighlightsAfghanistan gave India a massive scare on Saturday and they were going steady in their chase, making sure they didn’t lose wickets in clusters.Kohli, in search of early wickets, went for an early DRS call in the third over after an LBW appeal from Mohammed Shami against Afghanistan opener Hazratullah Zazai was turned down.Shami bowled a full-length straight delivery to Zazai and hit him on his pads before going up in appeal. However, umpire Aleem Dar wasn’t interested.However, Kohli opted for the DRS after discussing the call with the bowler and wicketkeeper MS Dhoni. Nonetheless, replays showed the ball pitched outside the line of the leg-stump, not much by only a whisker. The third umpire ruled the decision as umpire’s call and the on-field decision of not outstayed.Virat Kohli wasn’t quite satisfied with the replays and went straight up to the umpire and pleaded to him with folded hands.Kohli’s animated gesture has sparked a meme fest on social media with cricket fans using the viral photo to depict several real-life relatable moments.advertisementWhen traffic police catches me…#INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/xtZ6lkZu3gTweet Potato (@newshungree) June 22, 2019Students in college for attendance#CWC19 #Kohli #INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/KVkgrNIu3MSachin | ???? (@Subtle_Sachin) June 22, 2019Me on the last day or exam vs me on the result day #INDvAFG #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/c7pQxRh8VOsweety (@piggy_chopps) June 22, 2019attitude of a guy whole year vs few days before the exam..#INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/8X3vVnWBi7Chirag (@chirag_rachchh) June 22, 20191. Banks when I don’t need loan2. Banks when I really need loan#INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/NKn84QYOd8Tweet Potato (@newshungree) June 22, 20191. Boss, when project deadline is near2. Same boss, when I ask for leave#INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/vd5xNDOaOzTweet Potato (@newshungree) June 22, 2019Having clinched an 11-run win, India are sitting pretty at the 3rd spot of the 10-team table with 9 points from 5 matches. Virat Kohli’s men will next face the West Indies on June 27.Also Read | India vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019: Jasprit Bumrah’s wickets turning point, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Captain’s trust has given me confidence, says Jasprit Bumrah after India beat AfghanistanAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Virat KohliFollow umpire Aleem DarFollow DRS callFollow India vs Afghanistan 5.1 Super Over 0 view full scorecard 45 b Mohammed Shami Top Bowlers Top Bowlers Mohammad Nabi M. Nabi c Hardik Pandya b Mohammed Shami c Vijay Shankar b Hardik Pandya Square Leg 0 India Mid Wicket Mid on 0 covers Point 0 Afghanistan batting AFG batting 0 c Hardik Pandya b Mohammed Shami ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019, Match 28 w 87.5 S/R India Bowling IND Bowling 0 40 All batsmen are considered right handed covers All batsmen are considered right handed (49.5) 0 Next not out 1 94.54 c Yuzvendra Chahal b Jasprit Bumrah (49.5) 0 fine Leg 16 fine Leg covers 57.14 Mid on Scorecard 0 Yuzvendra Chahal (IND) Y. Chahal (IND) third Man advertisement 10 Square Leg Hashmatullah Shahidi H. Shahidi c & b Jasprit Bumrah 0 m 213 213/9 ( A. Alam 49.4 Overs) , Afghanistan AFG 41.66 67 (63) Point Mid on r (49.5) 1 Fall of Wickets – 64/2 ( G. Naib 16.5 Overs) , R 106/4 ( H. Shahidi 29 Overs) , st MS Dhoni b Yuzvendra Chahal Square Leg Aftab Alam A. Alam b Mohammed Shami Square Leg 0 Mujeeb Ur Rahman Ur Rahman b Mohammed Shami 213 o Ikram Ali Khil (wk) Ali Khil (wk) not out India beat Afghanistan by 11 runs 6s Gulbadin Naib (c) G. Naib (c) c Vijay Shankar b Hardik Pandya wd 2/36 (10) Mohammed Shami M. Shami Virat Kohli (IND) V. Kohli (IND) 10 Kuldeep Yadav K. Yadav 4 Najibullah Zadran N. Zadran c Yuzvendra Chahal b Hardik Pandya 0 0 Point 2 No data available! Mid off 63 Mid on 70 All batsmen are considered right handed 52 (55) Point 14 Mid Wicket 2 0 1 World Cup 2019: Memes galore as Virat Kohli pleads with folded hands to umpire over DRS callICC Cricket World Cup 2019: India captain Virat Kohli was seen pleading with folded hands to on-field umpire Aleem Dar over a DRS call that went in favor of Afghanistan on Saturday. Kohli’s men survived a massive scare and clinched an 11-run win. Mid Wicket 39 Mohammad Nabi (AFG) M. Nabi (AFG) 51 46.66 Series Status: Player Of The Match: Jasprit Bumrah 36 Extras: 17 runs (B: 4, LB: 4, WD: 9, NB: 0, P: 0) 1 Mid Wicket 0 0 4s All batsmen are considered right handed All batsmen are considered right handed 3.6 0 0 Match Ended view more view less 64.28last_img read more

Navios Partners Takes Delivery of Bulker Trio

first_imgGreek shipowner and operator Navios Maritime Partners informed that three dry bulk vessels joined its fleet.The ships in question are Navios Symphony, Navios Aster and Christine B.Built in China in 2010, the 178,132 dwt Navios Symphony was delivered to the company on September 20. The Capesize vessel has been chartered out at a rate of USD 17,575 per day until March 2018.Additionally, the Navios Aster, previously known as Asterix, was delivered to Navios Partners on August 21. Built at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in South Korea in 2010, the 179,314 dwt Capesize bulker will work for an undisclosed party at a rate of USD 14,963 per day until March 2018. The ship was purchased from Greece-based Capital Maritime and Trading in August 2017, VesselsValue’s information show.The third ship, Christine B, was handed over to Navios Partners on August 11. Constructed at Tsuneishi Zhoushan shipyard in 2009, the 58,058 dwt bulker has been chartered out at an index-linked charter until November 2017. Christine B was bought from Greek company First Lines in July this year, according to data provided by VesselsValue.Following the delivery of these vessels, Navios Partners has 13 Capesize vessels, 14 Panamaxes, three Ultra-Handymaxes and seven container vessels on the water.last_img read more

Okeanis Eco Tankers Gets Option to Acquire Suezmax Pair

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek shipping company Okeanis Eco Tankers Corp. has been granted an option by the company’s chairman to acquire two Suezmax newbuilding vessels.As informed, the option secures a right for the company, at no cost, to acquire the vessels at the chairman’s acquisition price.The tankers would be constructed at South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and delivered in Q3 2020.According to Okeanis Eco Tankers, the option follows a unanimous decision by the company’s board of the directors not to exercise its right of first refusal to step into tanker transactions sourced by the chairman.“After careful evaluation …, the board decided to forego the opportunity to grow the company,” Ioannis Alafouzos, chairman and CEO, commented.“The board is of the unanimous view that the company’s fleet is already well-positioned –- in terms of size, composition, age and growing spot market exposure –- to capitalize on the strengthening tanker market, and that further growth is thus not warranted at this time.” “Nonetheless, as the sponsor of the company, I have granted the company the option to acquire these vessels from my private vehicle at the price I contracted them… The main drivers of the decision by the company to exercise or not exercise the option will be the prevailing market conditions, asset values and the company’s cost of capital … at the relevant time,” Alafouzos explained.The option can be exercised by November 1, 2019. If the company does not exercise the option, Okeanis Eco Tankers will receive a daily fee of USD 600 per vessel from the sponsor for the commercial management of the option vessels upon their delivery.Based in Piraeus, Okeanis Eco Tankers is a pure play eco and scrubber-fitted tanker company that has a fleet of fifteen crude oil and products tankers in the VLCC, Suezmax and Aframax segments. Eight of the fifteen ships are currently being built at HHI, with deliveries planned between Q2 and Q4 2019.last_img read more

The great gold bull market has begun

first_imgMumbai: Gold prices have hit a record high amid a rush for safe haven assets owing to the fears of a recession. Goehring & Rozencwajg, a research firm which focuses on investments in natural resources, says the great gold bull market has begun. Gold prices have surged over 20 per cent since January 1 and touched a life-time high of $1,546.10 per troy ounce amid multiple headwinds, primarily US-China trade spat. A bull market is defined by a condition in a financial market where a commodity, stock, currency or bond prices are rising or are expected to rise. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal According to the Goehring & Rozencwajg’s report, this bull market will be driven by Western investors, and their buying pressure may have already started. Recently, the UK and Germany’s economy contracted, raising fears of recession. Germany, the biggest European economy which is largely export-dependent, has been hit by US-China trade tensions. The UK, the world’s fifth largest economy, recently logged negative growth, owing to the pressure on its businesses amid political uncertainty due to Brexit. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “Precious metals were strong last quarter, as more and more central bankers talked about cutting interest rates and undertaking additional quantitative easing,” the report said. Gold rose 9 per cent while silver once again lagged, rising less than 1 per cent. Platinum fell 2 per cent and palladium (again being pushed because of restrictive diesel regulations in Europe) rose 11 per cent. Explaining the gold bull run further, Goehring & Rozencwajg said gold stocks were also strong during the quarter, advancing by 14 per cent . “We have seen a large increase in the physical accumulation by both gold and silver ETFs (exchange traded funds) over the last several months,” the firm said. However, they added that the only thing that concerned them was the price of oil relative to gold. “Over the last three years, we have been very bullish on global oil markets. We explained how we were waiting for gold to become undervalued relative to oil, just like it did back in the 1999-2000 period. A “cheap” gold-oil ratio would give us our final signal that gold’s three-and-a-half-year corrective phase had come to a close” they added.last_img read more

Fury overcomes bloody cut over eye to beat Wallin

first_imgLas Vegas: Tyson Fury overcame a bloody cut over his right eye to pound out a unanimous decision over Sweden’s Otto Wallin and set up a lucrative heavyweight rematch with Deontay Wilder. Fury remained unbeaten in 29 fights and retained his claim to the lineal heavyweight title against a fighter who was little known but gave the big Englishman all he could handle. With blood streaming down his face, Fury dominated from the middle rounds on in what was supposed to be little more than a tune up fight for his scheduled February rematch with Wilder. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh He was a 30-1 favorite at fight time, but after being cut in the third round had to reach deep to pull out the win on Saturday night. The three ringside judges had Fury winning by scores of 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112. The Associated Press had Fury winning 116-112. “It’s all heart and determination,” Fury said. “If I can keep going, I keep going. Otto is a great Swede, a Viking warrior.” Fury was cut over his right eye in the third round, and it clearly bothered him as the fight went on. Blood flowed down the right side of his face and stained his trunks, and Fury kept wiping at the cut to try and keep the blood out of his eye. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Referee Tony Weeks stopped the fight briefly in the sixth round for the ringside doctor to look at the eye. When the fight resumed, Fury fought at a quicker pace, seemingly realizing he might be running out of time. With renewed determination, he kept the pressure on Wallin the rest of the way to cement a huge payday against Wilder, who he fought to a draw in December. “Deontay Wilder, I want you next,” Wilder said. Wallin was still fighting hard in the final round, stunning Fury with a right to the head and chasing him around the ring in search of a knockdown that never came. Wallin, fighting for only the second time in the U.S., suffered his first defeat to fall to 20-1. “I did everything I could, I tried my best,” Wallin said. “Tyson is a great fighter.” Much of the fight was fought at close range, as the two men brawled on the inside. That was particularly true in the later rounds, as Fury (29-0-1) tried to land uppercuts and Wallin kept punching at Fury’s bloody right eye. Fury earned a reported 12 million for the fight, part of a deal with promoter Bob Arum, who scooped him up after the Wilder fight. He will earn a lot more against Wilder, who still must beat Luis Ortiz in November to make the February rematch happen. Arum said Fury stepped up the pace after the cut over his eye was ruled to be from a punch. Had the fight been stopped early because of the cut Wallin would have won. “It was a courageous performance, a terrific fight,” Arum said. “We knew the Swede wasn’t a quitter. But Tyson’s a real warrior. That’s why they call him the Gypsy King.” Fury came into the ring behind a mariachi band, wearing a pancho and a sombrero to stake his claim to fighting on Mexican Independence Day weekend in Las Vegas. But he quickly found himself in a rough and tumble battle with Wallin, who was plucked from obscurity to be Fury’s opponent. Wallin had his moments in the fight, but never seemed to really hurt Fury. Fury started landing cleaner punches as the fight went into the later rounds and when he wasn’t punching at Wallin he was leaning his 6-foot-9 256 1/2-pound fame on him. Wallin fought hard, but seemed to be tiring in the later rounds as Fury built up a lead on the scorecards. Wallin was trying to score the biggest win for a Swedish heavyweight since Ingemar Johnansson defeated Floyd Patterson for the heavyweight title in 1959.last_img read more

YouTube revises policy bans dangerous prank videos

first_imgSAN BRUNO, Calif. — YouTube is trying to prevent otherwise bright people from doing dangerous things.The video-sharing network owned by Google is cracking down on harmful or dangerous pranks.Updated policies no longer allow challenges that present “an apparent risk of death” and ban content featuring children “participating in dangerous challenges that pose an imminent risk of injury or bodily harm.”YouTube also says it is drawing the line on content that “intends to incite violence or encourage dangerous or illegal activities” that have a risk of serious harm or death. They include bomb making or pranks that put people in physical danger.A recent “bird box challenge” featured videos of people engaging in activities while blindfolded.People also were sickened in a challenge that involved eating Tide detergent pods.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Zidanes second coming at Madrid like winning a trophy

first_imgMADRID: Real Madrid’s players feel like they have won a trophy following Zinedine Zidane’s return to the club after a troubling 10-month spell in the wake his departure, defender Alvaro Odriozola said.Zidane resigned as Madrid coach last May after winning a third consecutive Champions League title, but the Frenchman made a remarkable comeback earlier this month when Santiago Solari was sacked.That was less than five months after Julen Lopetegui was also removed from the role due to disappointing results. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe European champions, who were knocked out of this year’s Champions League in the last 16 by Ajax Amsterdam after a chastening 4-1 defeat, enjoyed a therapeutic 2-0 win over Celta Vigo in Zidane’s first game back in charge.They will be looking to extend the positive feeling his return has brought when they host Huesca on Sunday.”Zidane’s return has reignited the hopes of supporters and for us it’s practically like winning a trophy, we are very happy,” Odriozola said in an interview with website La Galerna.”We have talked about what he likes about my game and about my weak points, ‘Zizou’ always tells you the truth and players appreciate sincerity like that.” Madrid are 12 points behind runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona and have no realistic prospect of winning a trophy this season after they were also eliminated in the Copa del Rey semi-finals by Barca.last_img read more

Brock aims to reduce its carbon emissions

Brock is aiming to reduce its carbon emissions over the next 10 years as part of the Niagara Sustainability Initiative (NSI) — a not-for-profit group that helps local organizations measure and reduce their emissions.The University is a participating organization in the project, which offers cost-reduced carbon management software and other items essential to being sustainable.Facilities Management is leading Brock’s involvement.“Our objective as part of this initiative is to help the University progressively reduce its carbon footprint,” said Tom Saint-Ivany, Associate Vice-President, Facilities Management. “We are looking to first understand the extent of our institution’s carbon emissions and then achieve a specified target reduction over a 10-year period.”Monitoring and data collection will start in January 2012. The University will use data from that year to establish the baseline levels of its carbon emissions.The initiative will bring together various groups at the University to monitor their carbon contributions. This includes Facilities Management, Procurement Services, Food Services, Residences, Conference and Event Services and the Campus Store. Student groups and organizations will also be involved as the program evolves.The following Brock properties in Niagara will be monitored though this initiative:main campuseast campusRodman Hallthe Brock Research and Innovation CentreNew buildings and future property acquisitions will also be included in the program.The Carbon Project will monitor direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from sources owned or controlled by the University. This includes boilers, generation facilities, furnaces and vehicles; indirect GHG emission from electricity purchased by the University; and indirect GHG emissions from employee air and rail business travel.Brock is aiming for a Bronze level of carbon reduction. That means a 20 per cent reduction in GHG emission intensity relative to the 2012 baseline over a 10-year period from 2013 to 2023.Other participating partners in the NSI initiative include Walker Industries, the City of Welland, Niagara College, Creative Sign Works and Synchro Engineering. read more

Ohio States offensive line locked and loaded

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer announces the team’s offensive and defensive players of the week during his weekly press conference, but this Monday, he did something different. His offensive award was not to a single player, but to an entire unit: the offensive line.“Our offensive player of the week ran for 210 yards, had 15 knockdowns, scored 17 points and on the last drive of the game, killed four minutes and 30 seconds running the ball against a very good defense, so our offensive player of the game is our offensive line,” Meyer said of the unit’s performance in the Buckeyes’ 17-16 victory against Michigan State on Saturday.That offensive line consists of redshirt junior left tackle Jack Mewhort, junior left guard Andrew Norwell, redshirt junior center Corey Linsley, redshirt junior right guard Marcus Hall and senior right tackle Reid Fragel. Each has started all five games so far this season.Meyer expressed his satisfaction with the performance and progression of the offensive line through the season’s first five games, and especially in its most recent game.“Those five guys right now are locked and loaded, they’re together, they’re being well-coached, and they found a way to rush for 200 yards against a very stout team that doesn’t give up much rushing yardage,” Meyer said. “That’s the group right now that I’m most pleased with.”Coming into the season, however, the Buckeyes had less certainty with their offensive line, as they had to replace three starters from 2011.Norwell is the only returning starter in his same position from 2011, while Mewhort moved from right guard to left tackle. Hall had started five games at right guard in 2011, while Linsley and Fragel, the latter of whom was a tight end in his first three years with the Buckeyes, had never started a game as an offensive lineman at OSU.Mewhort said this year’s starting offensive line has come together well.“We’re really gelling well, and we’re getting better every day, so we’re really excited about the places we’re going,” Mewhort said.Offensive line coach Ed Warinner said the unit has “continued to grow” over the course of the season thus far.“They’ve played together for five games … we’re not a finished product there … we still have a lot of things to continue to grow and clean up and get better at, but I think they’re really playing hard, they’re starting to understand what we want in the spread offense, we’re trying to be physical up front,” Warinner said. “They practice that way and they’re starting to carry it to the game field and it was good, it was good to be able to finish off that game the way we did, and for them to be recognized by the head coach and the offensive staff as a unit that made the big impact, that was great.”Warinner said Meyer’s stamp of approval is meaningful to the offensive linemen because of the work they’ve put in.“I think it validates the hard work that they’ve put in, and just how hard they’re playing,” Warinner said. “There were four starting offensive linemen in this building at 6:30 this morning without anybody telling them they had to be here, without anybody making them have to be here. That tells me right now that they’re pretty all in.”Meyer specifically pointed out the progression of Fragel as a first-year offensive tackle for the Buckeyes.“Reid Fragel has become an offensive lineman. He wasn’t an offensive lineman at first, who are we kidding? He was a tight end playing offensive line that was trying to figure it out. His last two games, he’s now an offensive lineman, an Ohio State offensive lineman, which is, you say that around here, that’s pretty powerful stuff. We’ve had some great offensive linemen throughout the years,” Meyer said.While Meyer did praise the five starters, he expressed concern about the offensive line’s depth.“Unfortunately, we only got five (starting-caliber offensive linemen),” Meyer said. “(We) should have eight of them, we don’t. We have five guys right now.”The next test for the No. 12 Buckeyes’ offensive line is scheduled for Saturday in a home game versus No. 21 Nebraska at 8 p.m.Warinner said his unit will have to “be at our best” while going up against the Cornhuskers’ defensive front.“They have big defensive tackles that try to knock the guards back, they have defensive ends that are aggressive, quick,” Warinner said. “It’s a challenging defense … They are good up front. We’ll have to take it a notch up from last week.” read more

Athens struggling with new electronic metro tickets

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The long queues and initial distress was just the beginning. The implementation of a new electronic ticketing system for the Athens metro train network continues to be shaky, at best, with only six of the electronic barriers being in operation. The initial plan was for all barriers to have been activated before Christmas, but now transport authorities are seeing to have no more than seven operating by new year’s eve. Despite the delay in activating the barriers, the Athens Urban Transport Organization (OASA) has already seen a positive impact at the stations where they have been in operation. For example, more electronic tickets have been validated at Doukissis Plakentias metro station, which has active barriers, than at Omonia or Syntagma in central Athens, which are the network’s busiest stops.Meanwhile, commuters are still trying to get used to the new system, and figure out how to issue and reload their cards at the automatic tellers, with OASA staff allocated in all stations to assist them, and particularly the elderly. last_img read more

Media practitioners briefed on World Cancer Day preparations

first_imgBy Sarjo Camara-Singateh The health promotion and education directorate under the ministry of health and social welfare, on Thursday 14th of January briefed the press on its readiness to create massive cancer awareness walk, which is slated for 4th February, 2016. This coincides with the world cancer day, according to Mr. Modou Njai the Director of HealthPromotion and Education. He said the event is planned to start from the new National Assembly in Banjul where everyone will converge and walk to create awareness on the disease and the theme for the event is “We can, I can”. He stated that the localize theme is “We can, I can, The Gambia Can” According to Mr. Modou Njai preparations are on high gears and they need the media to continue fostering their kind relations that they were accorded with. He noted that the backdrop of this effort is to create cancer awareness and to raise support in various ways for the revitalization of the existing cancer unit at Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital Mr. Njai said this cancer awareness walk is organized by the ministry of health and social welfare and the office of the first lady who is spearheading the event. Mr. Njai said the event will attract speeches from health personnel, presentations, display of information and education materials on various cancers. He said cancer is a concern, Gambia he said, is faced with four types of cancers, namely cervical, prostate, breast and liver cancers. He noted that they have established a national task force that has various committees to ensure that the event would be successful. Mr. Abdoulie Janneh a focal person on cervical cancer at the ministry of health said the cancer walk will enable people to know more about the disease; he said currently five health fertilities are screening centres for interested persons to know their status. He noted that in the case of cervical cancer they targeted grade 3 (nine to thirteen years old) children in West Coast Region which is a two year programme, and the idea is to have Gambia women free from cancer. He urged people to come out undergo cancer screening. Mr. Janneh said they are also vaccinating against hepatitis B too. Mr. Omar Badjie, programme manager non-communicable diseases and focal point on tobacco, who chaired the briefing said there is an event on cancer and of the traditional support of the. He said in totality seven cancers exist, but in the Gambia we have four cancers, he said cancer is very painful, it has no cure, he noted that someone with cancer only receive palliative care Mr. Lamin Sanyang, a health promotion and education officer gave the vote of thanks. Mr. Sanjally Trawally, the deputy director of health promotion and education directorate gave the closing remarks. He also acknowledged the support given to them by the media during the Ebola outbreak. He further stated the need for the media to give a helping hand in this cancer awareness creation walk.last_img read more


first_imgThe idea of creating a magazine targeting the commercial construction space was on the table before Hanley Wood was acquired by CCMP Capital Advisors in August 2005. The company assembled a team of 20 executives—including major group publishers, chief editors and stakeholders—to help develop the Architect concept and launch the product. The team spent two years of due diligence, assessing the market opportunity. The time was also spent hiring staffers and creating technology platforms for the Web site.“The notion was that since Builder is at the hub of everything we do in residential construction, we thought we needed a hub for commercial construction. That’s where Architect came in,” says Goldstone. “There was a gap where none of the magazines in the market focused on the people and products and practice—they just focused on the big beautiful projects. Architect connects the projects with the people that are doing them, the products going into them and the business information of how to run a viable architectural practice. We’re doing that both in print and online.”Big Launch, Big ReturnWhat differentiated the launch of Architect from a number of other b-to-b launches is the time and amount of money that was spent pre-launch, Goldstone says. Shortly after the launch, Hanley Wood purchased Architecture and Architectural Lighting, and folded the content of each into Architect.“This was sort of an old school launch in that we knew it would take some major initial losses but that the idea was big enough to sustain the investment,” Goldstone says. Architect launched with two issues in 2006 and immediately went monthly in 2007. With the two acquisitions, the company was due to lose at least $2 million in its first year. But, the publisher generated $5 million in revenue and instead broke even in the first full year of the magazine’s operation.Today, Architect has a controlled circulation of 60,000 and the Web site features original content including Web-first stories, slideshows, video, podcast interviews, blogs, interactive maps and continuing education learning programs. The Architect staff uses a combination of the K4 publishing system and Adobe’s InDesign and InCopy programs to manage the magazine’s design and editorial workflow, and to convert easily from print to Web.“The two formats have their own particular strengths and weaknesses,” says editor-in-chief Ned Cramer. “Architects are highly visual people and the graphic freedom and photographic richness of a magazine strongly appeal to them. But architects, like every professional group, rely more and more on the Web as a fast and convenient way to gather and exchange information.”More recently, Hanley Wood this fall developed Hanley Wood TV, a product that spans the company’s Web sites. Architect TV is set to launch online early next year. It will feature editorial content such as construction practices and product information.In today’s growing e-media marketplace, Goldstone urges that anyone considering a magazine launch to invest equally in its companion Web site. “A great magazine will support a great Web site and a great Web site will support a great magazine. Having either a lousy magazine or a lousy Web site, in today’s market, will inevitably drag down your brand. You have to be ready to make the right type of investment and have enough resources.”MORE STARTUP STORIES:Glam MediaCraftInternet EvolutionScientific AmericanWTWH Media This was the coolest launch I’ve ever been a part of.”That’s how Hanley Wood Business Media president Peter Goldstone describes the 2006 launch of Architect. The magazine’s launch coincided with the Business Media group’s merger of its magazine and e-media operations, enabling the Architect brand to have a print and e-media play right from the start.“Architect was Hanley Wood’s first to launch parallel with the magazine and Web site,” Goldstone says. “Everyone who was involved with starting the magazine was also involved in the e-media launch. We didn’t talk about the magazine without talking about the Web play at the same time. We didn’t have two separate operating teams working in silos. It was completely integrated and seamless.”last_img read more