Govt proposes no registration charges for EVs

first_imgNew Delhi: The government has decided to waive registration charges for electric vehicles, a draft notification said Wednesday. The move, aimed at promoting electric vehicles (EVs) in India, comes at a time when the country plans high penetration of such vehicles by 2030. Issuing the draft notification to amend the Central Motor Vehicles Rules (CMVR), 1989, the road transport and highways ministry said battery-operated vehicles “shall be exempted from the payment of fees for the purpose of issue or renewal of registration certificate and assignment of new registration mark”. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe exemption will apply to all category of vehicles, including two-wheelers. The ministry has issued the draft notification for amendments in CMVR where the amendments in Rule 81 are proposed for such waiver. The amendments will be done in exercise of the powers conferred on the central government under various sections of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. Comments from stakeholders have been sought in a month. “The said draft rules shall be taken into consideration after the expiry of a period of 30 days from the date on which the copies of this notification as published in the Gazette of India, are made available to the public,” the draft notification said. The objections or suggestions that may be received from any person with respect to the said draft rules before the expiry of the aforesaid period will be considered by the central government, it said.last_img read more

Patty Smyth Returns With Christmas Album

first_imgAfter helping define the 1980s new wave aesthetic with her band Scandal, singer-songwriter and performer, Patty Smyth, continued her triumphant run throughout the 1990s, writing and performing chart-topping and award-winning singles. But since 1999’s greatest hits package, Patty hasn’t issued any albums. Now, just in time for the holiday season, Patty is gifting her fans with her first release in 16 years with the Christmas album, Come On December.Patty Smyth – Come On DecemberThe eight-track album puts Patty’s signature pristine and emotive vocals front and center within this cozy, elegant, acoustic pop-rock collection of cherished standards and spirited originals. Patty’s eloquent, signature sense of phrasing and melody make this album both a holiday classic and unmistakably a Patty Smyth record.On Come On December, she sings defining modern versions of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” “Do You Hear What I Hear,” and “Auld Lang Syne.” Her newly minted originals, “Come On December,” “Walk With Me” and “Broken” exquisitely conjure up feelings of instant nostalgia and heartwarming emotionality brought on by the cherished canon of holiday music.In conjunction with the album, Patty has launched a PledgeMusic campaign that runs from Friday, Oct. 23rd thru Thursday, November 19th. One hundred percent of the money from the campaign will benefit Headstrong, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide cost-free, stigma-free, and bureaucracy-free mental healthcare to post-911, and Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans.Come On December will be available on Patty’s online store and digital stores (via Tunecore) Friday, November 20th. In December, Patty and band will be performing in both New York and Los Angeles. Currently, Patty is in the studio working on her 2016 release.last_img read more

Feds announce 20 million to reduce diesel use in remote Indigenous communities

WHITEHORSE — The federal government has announced a $20-million initiative aimed at reducing diesel reliance in remote Indigenous communities but experts say challenges remain.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi says the initiative is to make sure Indigenous groups have the capacity to develop their own solutions to reduce their dependency on diesel.This initiative builds on over $700 million already committed to help remote regions get off diesel but Sohi says one of the reasons a number of Indigenous communities still rely on this fuel for electricity and heating is because they are isolated.  A PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo and an expert on remote off-grid communities throughout Canada says he doesn’t think enough money has been spent to get the areas off diesel.Nicholas Mercer says renewable energy sources are a good financial option in the long-term but it’s difficult for most communities to come up with upfront capital.Dylan Heerema, a member of the Pembina Institute’s remote communities team, says such projects take time to plan, finance, construct and implement.  The Canadian Press read more

Report Honda to shut UK plant imperiling 3500 jobs

LONDON — Britain’s Sky News says Honda is to close a car factory in western England with the potential loss of 3,500 jobs.The broadcaster says the Japanese carmaker will announce Tuesday that the Swindon plant, where Honda makes its Civic model, will close in 2022.Honda said Monday it could not comment “at this stage.” The Unite trade union, which represents workers at the plant, said it was looking into the report.The report comes as British businesses are issuing increasingly urgent warnings about the damage being done by the uncertainty around Britain’s looming exit from the European Union.The U.K. is set to leave the bloc on March 29 but has yet to seal a deal laying out the divorce terms and establishing what trade rules will apply after Brexit.The Associated Press read more

World must boost efforts to protect Somali civilians UN expert says

“I am deeply disturbed by the continuing endless reports of civilian casualties – many of them women and children – caused by ongoing fighting in [the] south-central region and in [the capital] Mogadishu,” Shamsul Bari, the UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights, said in a news release.One hospital alone in Mogadishu has reported 1,400 war-wounded people in the first half of this year, said Mr. Bari, who has just wrapped up visits to Somalia, Kenya and Uganda.“Many children and young people risk being recruited by armed groups and used in the front lines and there are generations who have known nothing but violence and conflict,” he warned.The death toll in the first seven months of this year is higher than of the same period last year, with reports of nearly 1,000 civilians having died and more than 2,500 others having been injured. Most of the casualties resulted from shelling by warring groups in the capital.Somalia is facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today, with one in every seven Somali children dying before the age of five and one in very five children in the south-central region being malnourished, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The Independent Expert called on the international community to “explore all possible means” to stop many scourges: summary executions, including the beheadings of innocent people; amputations; flogging; whipping; forcible marriage of young girls to militiamen; use of civilians as human shields; the imposition of strict dress codes on women; prohibition on the use of public mass media; and bans on listening to music and public gatherings.For his part, Augustine Mahiga, the top UN envoy to the Horn of Africa nation, voiced hope today that the increased representation of the UN Political Office in Somalia (UNPOS) will help to further the peace process in the country.The Office, which is headed by Mr. Mahiga, has been based in Nairobi due to security concerns.Within the next few months, UNPOS will have increased numbers of both international and national staff in Garowe and Hargeisa in the self-declared autonomous regions of Puntland and Somaliland, respectively, to join national staff already on the ground, he said.“After this, UNPOS will crucially need to be in Mogadishu although for security reasons we will have to take a cautious approach,” noted Mr. Mahiga, who is Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative.He noted that there are many tasks, including collecting information and interacting with the Somali Government, the African Union’s peacekeeping mission (AMISOM) and other partners, which can only be done on the ground.Currently, there are more than 60 international UN staff based inside Somalia’s borders, as well as nearly 800 national staff from various UN agencies delivering humanitarian aid and implementing recovery and development schemes.The world body has continued to deliver relief – including health and nutrition activities – to 3.2 million people in the country. Although the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has temporarily suspended its distributions in parts of southern Somalia, it continues to feed 340,000 people in Mogadishu.“The UN works hard to be as close to those suffering the effects of the conflict as possible,” Mr. Mahiga stressed. 10 August 2010An independent United Nations human rights expert today called on the international community to step up efforts to protect civilians in Somalia, where the world body is hoping to boost its presence in a bid to advance the peace process in the war-torn country. read more

Ban urges Israels Netanyahu to act with wisdom and restraint on Palestinian

21 September 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today to act with responsibility, wisdom and restraint towards the Palestinians’ approach to the United Nations, where they have said they will seek full membership. In a meeting on the sidelines of the General Assembly’s 66th annual session, Mr. Ban reiterated his support for a Palestinian State, living side by side in peace with a secure Israel, reaffirming his belief that negotiations were the only path for a sustainable resolution of all final status issues.He emphasized the need for historic decisions on both sides at this critical moment. In a meeting on Monday, the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, told Mr. Ban he intended to submit an application this Friday for Palestine to become a UN Member State. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have been stalled since late September 2010 following Israel’s refusal to extend a 10-month freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory. That decision prompted Mr. Abbas to withdraw from direct talks with Mr. Netanyahu, which had only resumed a few weeks earlier after a two-year hiatus. read more

Muslim Council meets Mahanayakas over Halal issue

The Muslim Council had said that Muslims in Sri Lanka wish to coexist with all other communities in the country. The Mahanayakas have responded by saying that efforts should be taken to strengthen the ties between Buddhists and Muslims in the country. A delegation of the Sri Lanka Muslim Council met the Mahanayakas of the Kandy Malwatta chapters this morning and discussed the issue arising from the issuing of the Halal certificate.The delegation led by the President of the Muslim Council, N.M. Ameen, briefed the Mahanayakas on the concerns of the Muslim population as a result of the tensions that have arisen in the country following stiff opposition being raised on Halal certificates being issued by the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU). Some Buddhist groups, including the Bodu Bala Sena and the JHU, have objected to the Halal certificate being issued by the ACJU in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Extreme weather warning issued as FANI moves away from Sri Lanka

An extreme weather warning has been issued as the ‘FANI’ cyclone moves away from Sri Lanka.The Department of Meteorology said that the storm was located near latitude 14’1N, Longitude 83.9E at 08.30 a,m. as of today (1st May 2019) about 680 km northeast of Trincomalee. Wind gust of up to 70 kmph are expected in the sea areas off the coast extending fromHambanthota to Pottuvil and the sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam toKankasanturai via Mannar. General public, Naval and fishing communities have been requested to be attentive about future advisories issued by the Department of Meteorology in this regard. The wind will be south-westerly and speeds will be between 35-45 kmph in the sea areas around the island.Wind speeds can increase up to 50 kmph at times. Sea areas around the islandcan be rough at times. The storm is likely to move northwestwards and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards towards the Odisha Coast, India while moving away from the island. read more

Human Rights Commission concludes its work hands over to new Council

Addressing the 62nd and final session of the Commission, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said the overwhelming General Assembly vote on 15 March to set up the 47-member Human Rights Council marked “a major stride forward” for the UN’s human rights system, although she said there was still much to do.“While we can say for sure that the decision taken in New York was one of historical significance, its actual impact on people’s lives is still to be determined. Much will rest on the profound culture shift that must accompany this institutional reform,” Ms. Arbour said.“The protection of human rights will thrive in a rigorous, frank and cooperative environment. Progress cannot be made in an atmosphere of distrust and disrespect and through the pursuit of narrow self-interest.”Ms. Arbour went on to say that it was important for the new Council to “quickly find a way to deal with its substantive mandate,” adding that its credibility “requires quick action on matters of substance,” although she added that people should not forget some of the achievements of the 60 years of human rights work performed by the Commission.In particular, she highlighted the fact that in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, the Commission drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the General Assembly on 10 December 1948.However despite these successes, the Commission – which meets just yearly in Geneva – has come in for increasing criticism over the years as being ineffective and not accountable, and so the idea of the Council was put forward by Secretary-General Kofi Annan a year ago.The Council has several elements making it a stronger body than the Commission, including its higher status as a subsidiary body of the General Assembly, its increased number of meetings throughout the year, equitable geographical representation and also the voting rights associated with membership.However despite these improvements, the United States has said that the Council does not go far enough and it was among the four that voted against setting up the body earlier this month, although the resolution was adopted by a vote of 170 in favour, with only 4 against and 3 abstentions.Despite its ‘no’ vote however, Mr. Annan has said that US Ambassador John Bolton has pledged that Washington will work cooperatively with other Member States to make the Council as effective as possible. read more

SMMT President how an apprenticeship kickstarted my career

What made you decide to choose an apprenticeship? Like many teenagers I had little idea of what career path I wanted to take. I grew up in east London, where most young people either followed their parents’ career paths, worked in the print industry at Wapping or worked in a market such as Billingsgate or Smithfield.However, when I was 15 I attended an open day at a local manufacturing company on a scheme very similar to the ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ initiative currently seen throughout much of the UK automotive industry. The open day allowed me to experience a manufacturing environment for the first time and it really appealed to me. I loved the diversity of skills and functions that were required to design and make something. Most importantly, I was able to understand the entry mechanisms to employment and training within a manufacturing industry. I met an apprentice at the company who explained their experiences and the training that they were receiving.For me, it literally was a light-bulb moment! I could be paid to train and gain qualifications for a career in an industry that excited me. I got a company name and address from the back of a light bulb packet, Thorn EMI Lighting. I wrote to them and after an entry exam and a series of interviews I was offered a four year apprenticeship. What skills and experience did you gain as an apprentice?It was a steep learning curve. My first year was spent in the apprentice school with 30 other apprentices from around the Thorn EMI group, completing projects to learn basic fabrication skills such a milling, turning, CNC operation, casting, wiring and welding. Every apprentice had to complete each project to a set standard before they could progress to the next project, with all projects being completed within a 48 week timeframe to successfully complete the first year. I still find it amusing to meet ex-apprentices from other companies, not only in the UK, who did exactly the same projects during their apprenticeship’s first year.The remaining three years were spent working in a variety of departments such as Quality Control, Production Planning, R&D and the Design Office. The final six months were spent working in the Advanced R&D department – where I would eventually be employed.The skills and knowledge that I gained during that four year period gave me a very hands on and rounded industry education, which encompassed many disciplines. What did you do during your apprenticeship?I completed a four year Indentured Technician Apprenticeship with Thorn EMI. The Thorn Group was a major UK manufacturer during the 1970’s and 80’s designing and producing electrical products such as televisions, appliances and lighting. I worked in the Domestic Appliances Division which designed and manufactured microwaves and cookers. Although the apprenticeship lasted four years, the company paid for me to attend college over a five year period and complete an ONC and HNC in Mechanical and Production Engineering. For those five years, a typical week comprised of four days working within the company and one day and two evenings spent at college.The apprenticeship was approved by the Engineering Industry Training Board (EITB), now known as SEMTA. This ensured that my training adhered to specified standards which guaranteed that I would receive a nationally recognised qualification that would be valued by my current and future employers. How was taking the apprentice route beneficial to your career?The apprenticeship provided me with an excellent platform on which to build and develop my future career. The skills and knowledge gained as an apprentice have been transferable across the many manufacturing industries in which I have worked. It has also meant that as my management career has developed, I have personally experienced and overcome many of the challenges that my staff face day-to-day. Therefore, I feel I can support them more effectively in overcoming these challenges. What would you say to anyone thinking of applying for the SMMT member services apprenticeship? An apprenticeship can provide an excellent foundation for a very rewarding and fulfilling career. There are many types of apprenticeship at different levels so it’s important to do your homework and research what you are looking for. By taking the apprenticeship route rather than full time university, I don’t feel that my career has been restricted at all. It’s really a question of fit and what is right for you!I’m delighted that SMMT will employ an apprentice and I know that the successful applicant will have a wonderful opportunity in a great organisation. During my apprenticeship and throughout my career I’ve been fortunate to be mentored by some very inspiring people and I know that the SMMT apprentice will also have the opportunity work with some very gifted, supportive and inspirational colleagues. I look forward to meeting the successful applicant and wish them much success. SMMT is now taking applications for the Member Services Apprentice position. View the job role and apply here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) As SMMT is recruiting for its first ever apprentice to join the Member Services Team, we spoke to SMMT President, Gareth Jones, about how his apprenticeship helped get his career started, and his advice for people considering the apprentice route. read more

Tsunami warning lifted after 68 magnitude earthquake in eastern Indonesia

first_imgTsunami warning lifted after 6.8 magnitude earthquake in eastern Indonesia Residents in the Morowali district earlier fled their homes. Share46 Tweet Email 1 Comment Image: DPA/PA Images By Michelle Hennessy Updated Apr 12th 2019, 4:00 PM A TSUNAMI WARNING has been lifted in eastern Indonesia after a strong earthquake hit the coast earlier. The 6.8 magnitude quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 17 kilometres off the coast of Sulawesi island, the USGS said. This is the island where a 7.5-magnitude quake-tsunami around the city of Palu killed more than 4,300 people last year.The Indonesian geophysics agency issued a tsunami warning for coastal communities in Morowali districts, where residents were advised to move away from the coast. The warning was later lifted by the agency, which had estimated the wave at under a half a metre. Although the quake hit Sulawesi, on the other side of the island from disaster-hit Palu, residents there still felt the tremor. “I ran straight outside after the earthquake – everything was swaying,” 29-year-old Palu resident Mahfuzah said.Thousands in Palu were living in makeshift shelters six months after the late September disaster with at least 170,000 residents of the city and surrounding districts displaced.Entire neighbourhoods are still in ruins, despite life returning to normal in other areas of the tsunami-struck city.- With reporting from AFP. Short URL center_img Residents have been warned that considerable damage is possible in poorly built structures. Apr 12th 2019, 2:07 PM Residents have been warned that considerable damage is possible in poorly built structures. Image: DPA/PA Images Friday 12 Apr 2019, 4:00 PM 10,424 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Conflicting reports regarding Neville and his current status with WWE

first_img October 13, 2017 at 2:15 pm Hotrod Google+ Pinterest WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Videos Articles Kevin Murphy So Neville basically said: “No yob!” How does having a huge, overly long title run in a divisions where you are pretty much the best they have end up as not being book correctly? They needed more than just him, so Enzo and KAlisto are perfect for more name recognition. I think he just wanted to be champ forever and only ever wrestle up-an-coming indie guys. Poor Neville. So small, yet already such a huge ego. See you at the conventions with Ryback and Lex Luger. I love neville but if the reason for walking out is “i don’t want to job” thats crappy as everyone has to job.IF THE UNDERTAKER JOB TO KHALI NEVILLE CAN JOB TO ENZO. October 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm Al79 Now Playing Up Next So he’s mad because he’s not used correctly? Join the club of wrestlers who think in a similar way. October 14, 2017 at 11:18 am WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Football Kid Stacey Roman Reigns is in Remission 10 COMMENTS Videos Articles Mat Thompson Drew Mcintyre You have no idea what it’s like working for that evil company… they sign wrestlers just to hurt other companies and then they are pushed to the back round, signing with WWE is often a career killer! October 13, 2017 at 9:06 pm WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Now Playing Up Next if he wants to return, walking out wont help his cause Facebook Right on, I wish the whole roster would quit, then they would all be free from their evil clutches! Nikki Bellacenter_img October 16, 2017 at 10:38 am goddessroleplay AJ styles is the man, but Neville could be even better in that ring. He believed he was better than the current CW crap they were using him for, and he’s right. . ya’ll I’m riding with Neville. Jim Bilbee Videos Articles What a baby , buh bye Twitter October 13, 2017 at 1:59 pm He wanted to move beyond the Cruiserweight division but WWE glass ceilinged him. Same reason as Aries left. When you’ve peaked in your division and don’t get to move to another, what’s the point in continuing? Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Hotrod Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte October 14, 2017 at 12:20 pm October 12, 2017 at 9:12 pm Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Since Monday night, various wrestling media outlets have been reporting that Neville walked out on WWE after hearing plans for RAW this past Monday night in Indianapolis.While was aware of these reports, attempts to contact WWE regarding his contractual status with the company were not returned as of this writing.Conflicting reports among the wrestling media almost immediately arose.The Wrestling Observer Newsletter stated that Neville “walked out” on Monday night after being told he would be losing to then WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore in a non-title match. The company then shifted plans to having Kalisto challenge Amore for the title in the main event and ultimately win the championship setting up a rematch for TLC.In a conflicting report, stated on Thursday that Neville was never at the RAW taping on Monday night or weekend live events as Mustafa Ali took his place at RAW branded events against Amore. WWE officials were reportedly made aware that Neville would not be appearing at the taping and that is when plans changed in favor of Kalisto.Both wrestling media outlets noted that Neville is either gone or is pushing for a release from the company, freeing him up from his deal to go pursue interests with other wrestling promotions and possibly make a return down the line similar to Drew McIntyre. Either way, WWE has not publicly announced his release and he remains under a deal.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp October 12, 2017 at 8:52 pm Wayne Martin October 13, 2017 at 7:55 am WWE Wrestler Enzo Amore Kicked Off Flight Brian L. Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Ronda Rousey Comments are closed.last_img read more

Eusebio on Torino and Monchis transfer dealings

first_imgEusebio Di Francesco has reiterated his faith in the transfer dealings of sporting director Ramon Monchi.Ahead of the club’s game with Torino, Eusebio went on to give an insight into the fitness of his players for the game.“Both Dzeko and Schick are in excellent condition,” the Coach said at a Press conference via Football Italia.“I’ll make a decision tomorrow, keeping Edin’s recovery in mind. I’m happy to have two important options in front of me, especially Patrik’s recent growth.“Who will recover in time for tomorrow? Manolas almost certainly because he’s trained with us for the last three days, so if he doesn’t have any problems [before Saturday] then he’ll be available.“Florenzi isn’t at his best because of a bad cold, so I have to evaluate whether to call him up or not.Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.“Karsdorp will play for his place with Santon [at right-back], then there are Mirante, Perotti, De Rossi and Juan Jesus who aren’t available.“Pastore? He’s acquiring good physical condition. Now he must find consistency in what he does, but Zaniolo will start as our No 10.“I can say we’ve improved our last three games, but we’ve often come back from bad runs and we hope we don’t have to again.“Tomorrow we have the obligation and need to win, and we’ll show intent right away because against certain teams with certain mechanisms, everything becomes more difficult.“I have faith in Monchi, who is looking for opportunities [to bring in players]. I told him that if we have to do something for the sake of it, it’s better to do nothing at all.“If there’s an opportunity to improve our squad, then yes, otherwise we’ll stay as we are. Belotti? I won’t talk about players who don’t belong here.”last_img read more

Gibraltar court to decide fate of seized Iranian tanker

first_imgGIBRALTAR: Gibraltar’s Supreme Court was to decide on Thursday whether an Iranian oil tanker seized last month near the tiny British territory can be held longer amid speculation that it might soon be released. The Grace 1 supertanker, carrying 2.1 million barrels of Iranian oil, was seized on July 4 by Gibraltar police and British special forces of the overseas British territory, provoking a diplomatic crisis between Tehran and London. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us It was suspected of carrying oil to war-torn Syria in violation of EU sanctions. Iran, which has described Britain’s actions as “piracy”, seized a British tanker, the Stena Impero, on July 19 in the strategic Strait of Hormuz for breaking “international maritime rules”. The Supreme Court hearing on the fate of the Grace 1 is set for 10:30 am (local time), with a decision expected to be announced later in the day. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The current detention order on the vessel expires on Saturday. There has been speculation in recent days that Gibraltar authorities will soon release the tanker after the deputy head of Iran’s port authority, Jalil Eslami, said Tuesday that Britain had shown an interest in overcoming the problem and documents had been exchanged. “I hope this problem will be resolved in the near future,” he added in a report by state news agency IRNA. Advertise With Us The government of Gibraltar would neither confirm or deny the report. “We continue to seek to de-escalate issues arising since the lawful detention of Grace 1,” a spokesman said. Sanam Vakil, a senior research fellow at Chatham House in London, said Iran sees its seizure of the Stena Impero as “retaliation” for the British seizure of the Grace 1. “It’s a tit-for-tat thing. If the Grace 1 gets released, and it would be if behind the scenes probably Iran made a commitment not to export that oil to Syria, and then it is likely that the Stena Impero will also be released,” she told AFP. Iranian authorities believe Britain seized the Grace 1 at the behest of the Trump administration which they feel is “staging an economic war against Iran designed in the long run to prevent Iran from regaining its market share in the oil sector. So Iran is also trying to defend its market share,” she added. The capture of the tanker has heightened frictions just as European nations are scrambling to save a landmark nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic after the United States pulled out of it last year and started imposing sanctions on Iran. Iran says the tanker was in international waters and was not headed to Syria. It has repeatedly called for the ship’s release. Gibraltar authorities will also have to decide on the fate of four crew members of the Grace 1, including its captain, who was arrested shortly after the tanker was seized. All four are on police bail and have not been charged with any offence. Gibraltar’s Supreme Court on July 19 extended its initial order authorising the detention of the Grace 1 for a further 30 days at the request of the attorney general.last_img read more

Todd Faces Campaign Finance Probe

first_imgDespite news that D.C. Council member Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) is embroiled in a controversy over unsubstantiated donations and missing information, some Ward 4 residents seem willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.Brandon Todd is facing accusations of campaign inconsistencies in his 2015 council bid reporting. (Courtesy photo)On April 7, the Washington Post reported that Todd’s 2015 special election campaign was unable to document $100,000 in contributions and failed to report $34,000 to the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance. On April 16, the newspaper reported that there is missing information for 136 contributors that gave $18,000.“I take very seriously any audit conducted by the Office of Campaign Finance,” Todd told the AFRO on April 17. “My campaign team is working diligently to address all of the issues of the audit. We are confident that this matter will be resolved soon after all of the documents are in.”On April 28, 2015, Todd won a special election to serve out the remainder of Muriel Bowser’s term as the Ward 4 representative. Bowser stepped down from her council seat when she was elected District mayor in 2014.Bowser endorsed and supported Todd, who served as director of constituent services for Bowser when she was on the council and served as the finance chair for her mayoral bid.In addition, he was elected a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and in 2013 he was elected as the chairman of the Ward 4 Democrats. Todd was elected to a full term on the council in November 2016. He is the chairman of the Committee on Government Operations.“I am a strong Brandon Todd supporter,” Marlena Edwards, a longtime Ward 4 political activist and a member of the D.C. Democratic State Committee, told the AFRO\. “I look forward to a quick resolution of this issue.”Not all Ward 4 residents feel the same as Edwards. Leo Alexander, a former television journalist who ran for mayor in 2010, is no fan of Todd’s.Alexander said that Todd can’t cut the mustard when it comes to being a member of the District’s legislative body. “Brandon is a nice guy,” he said. “But he is in over his head as the council member. Everybody can’t be ‘the guy.’ He is just a stooge for Muriel and that’s it.”“Brandon Todd is only accountable to the people of Ward 4 and he goes to the Wilson building everyday fighting for them,” Everett Hamilton, campaign spokesperson for Todd, told the AFRO.last_img read more

Caps and Closures Market Gain Impetus Due to the Growing Demand

first_imgCaps & Closures Market Report, published by Allied Market Research, projects that the global market is expected to reach $56,057 million by 2022 from $39,200 million in 2015, registering a CAGR of 5.3% from 2016 to 2022. The bottled water and non-alcoholic beverage application segments are expected to grow at significant CAGRs of 5.9% and 5.6%, respectively, in terms of revenue.Although plastic screw closures and peel-off foils are widely used for packaging beverages & foods due to their ease of use and protective properties, manufacturers are expected to switch towards other options as metal screw closures and easy-open cans due to decrease in their prices and weight coupled with the development of better recyclable procedures.Download Request Sample @ in demand for packaging industry is one of the major factors that drive the caps and closure in food and beverage market. As the main motive of packaging industry is to preserve food and beverages flavor, texture, test, and extend shelf-life of it. Caps and closures help in the process to extend shelf-life of products and provide barrier to dirt, moisture, and oxygen. In addition, the trend of moving from unpacked goods to packed goods in the developing countries such as India and China is on an increase.Caps & closures are used in various applications such as products and containers. They are mainly used in the packaging industry to preserve products to extend their shelf life. The caps and closures industry uses different type of materials to manufacture suitable product packaging such as plastics, metals, rubber, paperboard, and others.Factors such as growing demand for packaging industry, use of eco-friendly caps and closures, and increasing demand for plastic caps & closures provide significant opportunities for the market players. However, fluctuating prices of raw materials is has hampered the growth of the market.The global caps and closures market for food and beverages is projected to account for $56,057 million, registering a CAGR of 5.3% from 2016 to 2022. Increase in demand for packaging industry and upsurge in demand for plastic caps and closures have increased the adoption of caps and closures in the food & beverages industry. However, fluctuating prices of raw material hamper the market growth. Furthermore, the development of eco-friendly caps and closures is expected to offer lucrative growth opportunities to the market in the future.Based on product type, the beverage caps and closures segment contributed the highest revenue in 2015, accounting for three-fifths share of the total revenue. Moreover, the food caps and closures segment accounted for two-fifths share of the overall revenue in 2015. Increase in demand for packaged foods & beverages and improvement in lifestyle are some of the key growth factors of the caps and closures market for food & beverages applications.Based on application, the market is bifurcated into alcoholic and non-alcoholic segments. The alcoholic beverages segment is expected to dominate the market in terms of volume, registering a CAGR of 5.1% during the forecast period.Have any Query? Ask our Research Experts: Market Players are: RPC Group Plc (UK), Reynolds Group Holdings Limited (New Zealand), Crown Holdings Inc. (U.S.), Amcor Limited (Australia), Rexam PLC (UK), Berry Plastics Corporation (U.S.), Silgan Holdings Inc. (U.S.), AptarGroup Inc. (U.S.), Guala Closures Group (Italy), and BERICAP GmbH Co. & KG (Germany).KEY FINDINGS OF THE STUDYThe Asia-Pacific region is projected to dominate the global caps & closures market during the forecast periodThe LAMEA region is projected to grow at a significant CAGR of 6.9%, in terms of revenue, during the forecast period.The North American region accounted for nearly two-sevenths share of the global caps & closures market, in revenue terms, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.0% during the forecast period.The caps & closures market in China held the highest market share in the Asia-Pacific in 2015, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.0%, in terms of revenue, during the forecast period.The peel off foil type caps & closures segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.3% from 2016 to 2022.The Latin American caps & closures market generated the highest revenue in the LAMEA region, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.6%, in terms of volume, during the forecast period.About Us:Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. 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