Maritime industry stakeholders all over the world are increasing their contribution to the reduction of carbon footprint. While shipping companies decided to modify their vessels in order to comply with the upcoming 2020 Sulphur Cap regulation, the port industry took their own measures to cut pollution.One of these is India’s second-largest, private-sector port and terminal company by capacity and throughput, Essar Ports, that has a total operational capacity of 110 MTPA in India.Speaking to World Maritime News, the company’s CEO & MD, Rajiv Agarwal, said that Essar Ports believes that green ports “are truly the future of the industry.”Rajiv Agarwal, CEO & MD, Essar PortsAgarwal explained that the company took numerous steps and has invested in reduction of the carbon footprint at all of its four terminals by implementing technologies such as cold-fog system, sprinkling systems for dust and pollution control, completely mechanized handling facilities ensuring zero spillage and covering the entire conveyor system.He added that these measures “have been pivotal in our vision of developing environmentally friendly facilities.”Additionally, developing deeper draft ports and terminals enabled operations with larger parcel size “which further the initiative lowering carbon footprint. We will continue to invest in modern technologies which ensure cargo handling through environmentally friendly means.”Essar Ports’ terminals are focused on bulk and dry bulk cargoes that are primarily used as raw material in core sector industries, like steel, power and cement.So far, the company has invested more than USD 1.6 billion in the development of port terminal facilities in India. Essar Ports said that its terminals are not only capable of handling the biggest ships sailing today “but also provide one of the best turnaround times of India,” contributed by the modernization and development of the company’s Vizag iron ore handling complex.The iron ore handling complex can now berth Super Capesize vessels up to 200,000 dwt, with a depth of 20 metres. The 24-million-tonne terminal has seen a growth rate of 45% in overall cargo throughput driven by a sharp increase in new customers, the company explained.Speaking about Essar Ports’ future plans, the CEO noted that the company is always on the lookout for opportunities to grow its businesses as the four terminals have further expansion possibilities.“Our target is to grow at a rate of more than 20% in the near future. To achieve this growth we have put a strategy in place to expand our customer base in the near future. The focus is now on increasing revenue, diversifying cargo base, optimizing costs, and improving our operational and financial performance.”During the first quarter of the year, Essar Ports reported a 17.4% growth in cargo volumes across its four terminals. The combined throughput stood at 13.5 million tonnes, up from 11.5 million tonnes in the same period of 2018.Of the four terminals, the Salaya and Vizag terminal showcased a strong performance in cargo handling with a striking increase in third-party cargo utilization thereby helping the company achieve its target of handling 60 million tonnes of cargo by the end of the current financial year.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Essar Ports (Hazira Port)
Scotiabank Centre announced today, May 29, Centerplate will be its new concessions services partner as part of the facility’s plan to enhance customer experience. “We’re thrilled to partner with Centerplate as we take another exciting step in the evolution of our community facility,” said Scott Ferguson, president and CEO of Trade Centre Limited, the Crown corporation that manages Scotiabank Centre. “We’re proud to be working with a partner who will help us meet the changing needs of our customers and pave the way for an exciting future.” Centerplate will introduce new options, including local food and healthy alternatives, while continuing to provide traditional favourites. The transition will take place over the summer with the launch set for the fall events season in September. “Centerplate is extremely excited to partner with leaders, guests, and local organizations to enhance the guest experience at Scotiabank Centre,” said Chris Verros, president and CEO of Centerplate. “We are energized by the community commitment and vision of the venue’s leadership, and look forward to making it better to be there.” A competitive procurement for food and beverage services at Scotiabank Centre evaluated approach to customer satisfaction, business value, facility renewal and commitment to the centre’s future success. Scotiabank Centre will also unveil facility enhancements in the fall, including new seats and renovated, expanded washrooms, all based on customer input. Centerplate is a global leader in live-event hospitality, “Making It Better To Be There” for more than 115 million guests each year at more than 350 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues worldwide, including facilities such as MTS Centre, home of the Winnipeg Jets, and BC Place Stadium.
U.S. stocks climbed Thursday after the Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. officials could reduce the new tariffs on Chinese imports as part of trade negotiations between the two countries. It was the latest in a series of potentially conflicting updates on the trade dispute.On Thursday:The S&P 500 index rose 19.86 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 2,635.96.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 162.94 points, or 0.7 per cent, at 24,370.10.The Nasdaq composite added 49.77 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 7,084.46.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks climbed 12.55 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 1,467.25.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 39.70 points, or 1.5 per cent.The Dow is up 374.15 points, or 1.6 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 112.99 points, or 1.6 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 19.86 points, or 1.4 per cent.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 129.11 points, or 5.2 per cent.The Dow is up 1,042.64 points, or 4.5 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 449.19 points, or 6.8 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 118.69 points, or 8.8 per cent.The Associated Press
Rabat – This week’s newspapers and online news sources highlight King Mohammed VI’s return from France, royal activities, political, cultural and business events.King Mohammed VI’s ReturnOn Monday, King Mohammed VI returned home from France, where he spent several weeks recovering from minor heart surgery he successfully underwent in the Ambroise Paré Clinic in Paris. Royal ActivitiesKing Mohammed VI chaired on Thursday a Council of Ministers. During the meeting, the King examined draft Dahirs and approved a set of international agreements, as well as the appointment of a number of institutional and government officials.On Friday, King Mohammed VI received 10 Moroccan officials who were recently appointed ambassadors of Morocco to several countries, including Portugal, Spain, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia and Cuba.MINURSO Confirms Polisario’s Maneuvers in Western SaharaMoroccan press reported on Thursday that the United Nations Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric confirmed Polisario’s maneuvers east Morocco’s Defense Wall just a few weeks after a previous MINURSO statement had denied any Polisario-linked military operations in Western Sahara. Dujarric said during a recent press conference that a MINURSO patrol unit was intercepted and faced Polisario gunfire on April 16. “MINURSO has informed the UN Security Council that on April 16, in the Tifariti area, MINURSO observers were intercepted by Polisario elements, who then proceeded to fire warning [shots].”BMI Research Ranks Moroccan Mining Sector 2nd in MENABMI Research notes in its recent report that the performance of Morocco’s mining sector is operating at a balanced productive pace, owing to Morocco’s well-established mining industry. The report described the Moroccan market as the most attractive market in the MENA region with an overall Mining RRI (Risk/Reward Index) score of 56.3 out of 100.FIFA Task Force Arrival to MoroccoMorocco is satisfied over the outcomes of the recent FIFA 2026 technical task force visit. The FIFA delegation arrived in Morocco on April 16 to evaluate the assets and resources that Morocco is promoting as it seeks to win the rights to host the 23rd World Cup in 2026. Chairman of the Moroccan bid Moulay Hafid Elalamy said that the FIFA task force admired the Moroccan file. The FIFA delegation “felt the passion of the whole population” for the tournament, which “clearly highlights the fact that Morocco as a whole is a candidate,” he added.World Mourns Death of Swedish Prominent DJ AviciiFans of prominent Swedish DJ Avicii were shocked to learn of his death on Friday, April 20. The DJ died at the age of 28 while in Oman.“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” Avicii’s publicist Diana Baron confirmed in a statement.Musical Lineup for Essaouira Gnaoua Festival All Set This summer, from June 21-24, the beach town of Essaouira will celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Gnaoua Festival. The popular world music event will include award-winning “jam-band” Snarky Puppy, and several other Moroccan and international bands.Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan to Sif for Aeronautics ExamsCrown Prince Moulay El Hassan is expected to study aeronautics at the Royal Preparatory High School for Technical Aeronautics (CRPTA) in Marrakech, according to Akhbar Al Yaoum. The choice of the 15-year old prince to enroll in the aeronautics school does not necessarily suggest that he will study aeronautics as a permanent formal major, added the newspaper.Morocco, EU Start Talks on New Fisheries Agreement European Union and Moroccan delegations have launched talks on a new fisheries deal, which includes the Western Sahara waters. The talks over the new fisheries agreement began on Friday behind closed-doors in Rabat. The negotiations started after the 28-member EU state approved a mandate instructing the European Commission to open new negotiations to include Western Sahara in the EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement.State Dept. Report on Human Rights in MoroccoOn Friday, the US Department of State published its 2017 Annual Human Rights report. The report hailed Morocco’s “positive” measures to improve human rights in the country. The document also describes Morocco’s 2016 parliamentary elections as “credible and relatively free from irregularities.” The report also underscores the engagement of Moroccan women in elections, emphasizing that “voters elected a record number of women in the October 2016 elections.”
Some 100,000 survivors of last October’s devastating earthquake in Pakistan have left temporary camps and returned to their ruined towns, villages and properties over the past month as the emergency phase of the massive relief operation begins to wind down, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today.Fifty-seven camps have so far been closed, while another 99 remain open for about 55,000 people yet to go home. “Inevitably, there will be some vulnerable people who cannot go home immediately for various reasons,” deputy UNHCR representative in Pakistan Michael Zwack said.“Some have been orphaned, widowed or disabled; others have lost their land or come from towns like Balakot, which lies on major fault lines and has to be relocated. It is extremely important that these vulnerable people continue to be assisted until more permanent solutions are found for them,” he added.To support the trend of returns, which began after the Government announced earlier this year that relief camps would start closing in March, UNHCR has provided $2.25 million to support the efforts of the inter-government International Organization for Migration (IOM) to facilitate the voluntary, safe and dignified return of the displaced. The 8 October quake killed over 73,000 people, injured nearly 70,000 others and left millions more homeless.Under an agreement signed last month, UNHCR will fund a significant portion of IOM’s part of the UN Action Plan to provide medical screening and transport facilities to quake survivors. The project will run until the end of August.UNHCR is also funding the International Catholic Migration Commission to conduct vocational training programmes in some camps, targeting extremely vulnerable individuals in particular. Through courses like sewing, embroidery, plumbing and masonry, trainees should become more self-reliant upon return to their villages.
OSU junior heavyweight Kyle Snyder lifts Wisconsin’s Connor Medbery before slamming him to the mat for a takedown in the heavyweight finals of the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri. OSU placed second, behind Penn State. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsST. LOUIS — Ohio State finished second at the 2017 Division I NCAA Wrestling Championships and sent a total of nine wrestlers to the event. Five of those went on to be named All-Americans, four placed in the top three of their weight classes, and one won a national championship.125 poundsOSU’s redshirt freshman Jose Rodriguez went into the tournament unseeded and lost 13-4 in the first round of the championship bracket to American University’s No. 11 Josh Terao. Rodriguez was able to get a single victory over Ohio’s Christian Moody, but was later pinned by Nebraska’s No. 5 Tim Lambert.133 poundsRedshirt junior Nathan Tomasello entered the tournament with a perfect regular season record and a Big Ten championship. He beat Illinois’ No. 8 Zane Richards by a score of just 3-1 in the quarterfinals after getting major decision victories over his first two opponents.In the semifinals, it was a Big Ten championship rematch with Iowa’s No. 4 Cory Clark. Tomasello beat Clark at Big Tens 5-4 on a last-second escape, but Clark fought to a different outcome at the NCAA tournament with a 7-4 decision.In the consolation bracket, Tomasello took down Nebraska’s No. 7 Eric Montoya and Michigan’s No. 5 Stevan Micic in the finals to finish in third place for the second consecutive year.141 poundsOSU freshman Luke Pletcher entered the tournament as a No. 12 seed and defeated Michigan’s Sal Profaci 8-5 in the first round, but lost to All-American Anthony Ashnault from Rutgers.In the consolation bracket, Pletcher was able to pick up another win over Iowa’s Christopher Carton, but Penn State’s Jimmy Gulibon upset him in his second consolation match.149 poundsRedshirt sophomore Micah Jordan came into the tournament as a No. 4 seed and, as a recent Big Ten runner-up, looked dominant early.Jordan put together a technical fall over North Carolina’s Troy Heilmann, and then defeated Maryland’s No. 13 Alfred Bannister with a 10-2 major decision.In the quarterfinals, Jordan faced off against Iowa’s Brandon Sorensen. Jordan lost to Sorensen in their regular season matchup, but notched a win at the Big Ten championships.Jordan lost, this time 3-0. In the consolation bracket, Jordan beat Lehigh’s No. 10 Laike Gardner 9-6, getting a technical fall over South Dakota State’s Alex Kocer and a major decision over Northern Illinois’ Max Thomsen.In the consolation finals, Jordan faced Sorensen yet again, and was held scoreless for the second time, losing 4-0. 165 poundsOSU redshirt sophomore Cody Burcher entered the tournament as an at-large qualifier and unseeded, and seemed outmatched by the competition. Burcher was held scoreless by Arizona State’s No. 7 Anthony Valencia in the first round, losing 11-0.In the consolation bracket, Burcher fared a little better, but still lost his first matchup 2-1 to Ohio University’s Yoanse Mejias.174 poundsRedshirt junior Bo Jordan came into the tournament as a Big Ten champion for the first time, and carried a No. 3 seed along with only one loss on the season.Jordan earned a 10-1 major decision over Harvard’s Josef Johnson in the first round and a 10-4 decision over Iowa State’s No. 14 Lelund Weatherspoon in the second.In the quarterfinals, he continued marching along, beating Iowa’s No. 11 Alex Meyer with a 4-3 decision. In the semifinals, Jordan faced off against Cornell’s Brian Realbuto, who handed Jordan his only loss of the season.Jordan fought from behind for most of the match, but employed an acrobatic takedown in the last 20 seconds that also saw him pick up near-fall points to secure a 11-7 victory.In a Big Ten championship rematch, Jordan and Penn State’s Mark Hall faced off for the national title at 174. Jordan won the Big Ten bout, but Hall was able to win, 5-2.184 poundsHopes were high for No. 6 seed Myles Martin at the 2017 NCAA tournament, after winning a national championship as a true freshman in 2016, becoming the first Buckeye to ever do so.Looking impressive in his first matchup, he was two points away from a technical fall over Bucknell’s Garrett Hoffman.Martin’s run was spoiled by Illinois’ No. 11 Emery Parker in the second round, losing 14-9.In the consolation bracket, Martin took down Penn’s Joe Heyob with a tech-fall before a 12-3 major decision of Edinboro’s No. 14 Dakota Geer.Next, Martin faced a fellow All-American in Northern Illinois’ Drew Foster, and was able to come out victorious after surviving a sudden victory period.Martin’s charge was stopped short by Iowa’s No. 3 Sammy Brooks. At the NCAA tournament, Brooks defeated Martin with a 6-2 decision to send Martin to the fifth-place match.There, Martin impressed once again, getting some much-needed team points over Oklahoma State’s No. 4 Nolan Boyd and winning with a 10-6 decision.197 poundsRedshirt freshman No. 3 Kollin Moore, who recently won a Big Ten championship in his first year of competition, barrelled through the first two rounds of the tournament with a 16-6 major decision over North Carolina State’s Malik McDonald and a 16-4 major decision over Oregon State’s No. 14 Corey Griego.In the quarterfinals, Moore faced a tougher challenge in Oklahoma State’s No. 6 Preston Weigel, but picked up a 13-5 major decision.In the semifinals, a rematch with Minnesota’s No. 2 Brett Pfarr, the Gophers avenged his loss at the Big Tens with a 13-9 decision over Moore.In the consolation bracket, Moore pinned Virginia Tech’s No. 4 Jared Haught in the first period en route to a third-place finish as a freshman. He suffered only four losses on the season, all four against Pfarr and 197-pound champion J’Den Cox of Missouri. HeavyweightNo. 1 seed and junior Kyle Snyder entered the tournament with sky-high expectations. A world and Olympic champion, he had an undefeated season for the Buckeyes.After getting through the first two rounds with technical falls, Snyder sustained a rib injury against Colorado’s No. 16 Garrett Ryan.In the third match, Snyder looked dominant for the first two periods, but his injury began to show in the third, during which he failed to record a point and was ridden out by Minnesota’s No. 8 Michael Kroells, but still won 13-7.That would be the last time the injury seemed to bother Snyder.In the semifinals, Snyder rolled over Duke’s No. 4 Jacob Kasper 19-6 and advanced to face Wisconsin’s No. 2 Connor Medbery in the NCAA Finals.Yet another Big Ten championships rematch, and this one went in favor of the Buckeyes. Snyder tallied two takedowns en route to a 6-3 win over Medbery and his second consecutive national championship at 285 pounds.
Her daughter, Kim Vella, 57, told the inquest that at 4.10pm on the day of her mother’s death she received a telephone call from her in a “manic state”.She said she then called the older persons mental health care team, saying she was “extremely concerned”, and was put through to her mother’s carer, Emma Bulbrooke.She said: “She was of the opinion that they were due to go out of hours and that it was best for me to make my way to the house and do the best I could.”If I didn’t like what I saw I was to call 999 but I wasn’t told what to ask for. They were closing at 5 o’clock.”Mrs Vella said she then went to her parents’ house, where she found her mother in an “uncontrollable state”, accusing her and her father of “ganging up on her” and attempting to get her sectioned.She said she did receive a call while at the house from Ms Bulbrooke but this had been passed to her father.She said her mother attempted to hit her and, with her father, restrained her on the floor but she managed to escape when she went to get a phone to call 999.Mrs Vella said she had been “shocked” by the response from the care provided to her mother in the weeks and months leading up to her death as she felt her case was not “prioritised” despite her deterioration.Describing her mother before her illness, Mrs Vella said: “She was one of life’s beautiful people.”Pathologist Dr Adnan Al-Badri told the inquest that toxicology tests carried out after Mrs Munns’ death showed no trace of the anti-psychotic drug risperidone which she had been prescribed suggesting that she had not taken it for up to five days previously.The inquest is expected to last for four days. A care worker from the controversial Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust told the daughter of a 74-year-old woman just hours before she fell to her death from a motorway bridge that they could not respond to a “crisis call” because the office was about to close for the day, an inquest has heard.Marion Munns, a retired nurse, had previously been admitted to the Western Community Hospital in Southampton, Hampshire, for three months in 2014 for depression and had returned home after showing improvement – but her condition deteriorated again the following year.The grandmother died on November 12 2015 after she had become distressed and escaped from her Southampton home through an upstairs window before climbing off the garage roof and running away. Marion MunnsCredit:Family handout/PA Her body was found on the M27 motorway and the Winchester inquest heard that the mother-of-two died of severe multiple injuries.Her husband, John Munns, said in a statement that her condition deteriorated during 2015 and her behaviour became increasingly “erratic”, including an obsession with drinking water.He said she had become “sullen and lethargic” and added: “She was zombie-like with no personality. This wasn’t my Marion, she was deteriorating.” If I didn’t like what I saw I was to call 999 but I wasn’t told what to ask for. They were closing at 5 o’clockKim Vella, daughter of Marion Munns Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
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July 28, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 28, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A local police officer was honored this weekend with one of the nations highest awards for bravery.A Chula Vista police officer David Sachs was awarded the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery.In 2017, Sachs responded to a call in a Chula Vista neighborhood. When Sachs arrived, 27-year-old David Scott charged him with a knife. Sachs then fired his gun in self-defense. He was stabbed four to six times in the head and the arm.After seven months of recovery Sachs is back to work, and is has received one of the highest honors that a law enforcement officer can receive in the U.S. Chula Vista police officer awarded Congressional Badge of Bravery KUSI Newsroom,
Battle Ground — An Oct. 18 groundbreaking ceremony will mark the beginning of a $4.8 million road extension project in Battle Ground.Crews will extend Southwest Scotton Way west through Lewisville Highway (state Highway 503) to Southwest 20th Avenue. The project, intended to improve traffic flow with a new east-west connection, will also put a signalized intersection where Scotton Way crosses the highway.The project is being paid for by the city with the help of federal stimulus money and bonds. The groundbreaking begins at 1 p.m. near the west end of the project site on the 1300 block of Southwest 20th Avenue.
Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch Led by AJVM Director Fion Lao, the group of around 20 team members was familiarized with the Responsible Gambling Information Kiosk and other facilities inside AJVM’s new service center. The center opened to the public in February with on-site counseling services to tackle gambling addiction.AJVM volunteers discussed the adverse effects of gambling disorder and introduced the team members to the center’s services for casino workers. Founded in 1993, AJVM aims to encourage young people to participate in volunteer work and serve the community through collaboration with various organizations. Since 2014, AJVM has been assisting GEG in promoting responsible gaming activities and volunteer programs for its team members, with approximately 6,300 GEG team members having taken part in these activities.After the visit to AJVM’s center, the Responsible Gaming Team paid a visit to the TWGH’s three rehabilitation centers in Hong Kong, namely the Even Centre, the Integrated Centre on Addiction Prevention and Treatment and the Healthy Budgeting Family Debt Counseling Centre. The objective of the trip was for the team members to acquire an understanding of how these social service centers address individuals struggling with substance abuse, pathological gambling and financial problems.The Even Centre provides counseling and treatment services exclusively for people diagnosed with gambling disorder and their family members. Its Supervisor, Daphne Yeung, shared with the GEG representatives her insights into handling gambling disorder cases. GEG and TWGHs’ representatives exchanged views on the work undertaken by social service institutions in Hong Kong and Macau with respect to responsible gaming. Galaxy Entertainment Group’s (GEG) Responsible Gaming Team embarked on a tour of several social service establishments in Macau and Hong Kong last week, becoming the first gaming operator group to visit Associação de Juventude Voluntária de Macau (AJVM) at its new service center in Seac Pai Van as well as three rehabilitation centers under the Hong Kong Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (TWGH).In a press statement, GEG said that the tour was designed to broaden the team members’ understanding of the latest treatment approaches to gambling disorder. Galaxy boss Francis Lui pleased by Yokohama’s IR bid RelatedPosts Load More JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner
FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – A doctor on board a South Florida flight is being hailed a hero for his assistance during a medical emergency.A Delta Air Lines plane was about to take off from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when a passenger on board lost consciousness, Wednesday.The call for help was quickly answered by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, who was also a passenger on the flight.Adams quickly intervened. Adams has since arrived in Jackson, Mississippi, the flight’s destination, where he’s speaking on a panel discussion on opioid abuse.Delta Air Lines has reached out to thank him for volunteering his services.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. On my @Delta flight to Jackson, Mississippi (by way of Atlanta), and they asked if there was a Doctor on board to help with a medical emergency- why yes- yes there was. Patient doing well and like a good #USPHS officer, I was glad to be able to assist! pic.twitter.com/N9HdY3py6G— U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General) May 16, 2018“I was able to respond and help make sure that individual was stabilized. We went back to the gate and transitioned care over,” said Adams. “Again, I was just very honored to be able to be part of a team that included two nurses to help respond and potentially save this person’s life.”
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ReutersThe upcoming Budget 2015 could see the Narendra Modi government making fixed deposits of three years and above tax-free against the current five-year term, in a bid to bring term deposits on par with mutual funds and tax-free bonds, which have seen a large number of investors. In a pre-budget meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, senior bank executives and heads of financial institutions recommended the introduction of corporate tax slabs, in the lines of individual taxation.The banking industry reportedly strongly supports the idea of fixed deposits of lower maturity being considered for tax-free status. In the recent past, mutual funds have been able to draw many customers, thanks to the three-year lock-in period, making the financial instruments more attractive to the common man.However, banking officials want a level playing field, and fixed deposits allow the cost of funds to be brought down. Tax rebates under Section 80C are inconsistent in their minimum lock-in periods, with investments in public provident funds account being locked-in for 15 years, while the national savings certificate has a six-year lock-in period, and three-years for equity linked savings scheme (ELSS.)As a percentage of gross domestic spending, financial saving has slipped by 10 basis points to 1.7% in 2012-13, with gross domestic savings too witnessing a more significant 1.2% fall to 30.1%, for the same period, according to EconomicTimes.Currently, investments up to ₹1.5 lakh in post office savings schemes, bank deposits, principal on home loan, public provident fund and life insurance are exempted from tax.
Research scientists have created the first non-carbon-based material with a hardness approaching that of diamond. Their work could have a significant impact on technologies and industries that rely on diamond as a cutting and drilling tool and abrasive. Extremely hard yet metallically conductive: Researchers develop novel material with high-tech prospects Explore further Citation: Scientists Create First Non-Carbon Material with Near-Diamond Hardness (2007, March 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-03-scientists-non-carbon-material-near-diamond-hardness.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The material is a boron nitride “nanocomposite.” This means that, rather than consisting of one large continuous crystal, it is made of crystalline boron-nitride grains that are each a few to several nanometers in size. Although research groups have previously reported boron carbonitride materials, claimed to be the second and third hardest materials after diamond, the particular versions, or “phases,” of those materials were unstable at high temperatures. In industry, this is a major drawback.“The real breakthrough would be a bulk material that is hard, tough, and thermally stable, and thus ideal for cutting and drilling. We are the first to synthesize a bulk noncarbon material that fits this description,” said Natalia Dubrovinskaia, a researcher with the University of Heidelberg and the University of Bayreuth, both in Germany, to PhysOrg.com. Dubrovinskaia is the lead author of the paper describing the new material, which appears in the March 8 edition of Applied Physics Letters.For many materials composed of crystalline grains, also referred to as polycrystalline materials, there is a grain size for which the material’s hardness is optimized. This size is often in the nanometer range.Along this line of thought, Dubrovinskaia and her colleagues synthesized and conducted several experiments on a series of polycrystalline and nanocrystalline phases of boron nitride. This characterization included measuring the samples’ “Vickers hardness,” a test that assigns a hardness value to a material based on how readily it is indented by diamond. That value can be expressed in terms of the pressure applied by the diamond – using the pressure unit “pascal” – before it makes an indentation. For very hard materials that usually means billions of pascals (gigapascals, GPa). Single-crystal diamond, the hardest type, has a hardness of about 100 GPa.The boron nitride nanocomposite synthesized by Dubrovinskaia and her group displayed a maximum hardness of 85 GPa at a grain size of about 14 nanometers, and is thermally stable up to 1600 degrees Kelvin (about 2400 degrees Fahrenheit). The material’s hardness arises from two factors: the nanoscale-grain-size effect and each grain’s two-phase composition. That is, each grain has a nanoscale crystalline structure and a sub-nanoscale structure. This complex composition significantly increases the bulk material’s mechanical strength.Prior to this research, the next hardest known material after single-crystal diamond was cubic boron nitride, a single-crystal phase of the material, which has a Vickers hardness of 50 GPa. That leaves a rather large 50 GPa gap.“This gap can be filled by boron nitride nanocomposites, particularly by tuning their grain size and the compositional structure of the grains,” says Dubrovinskaia. “These materials may come to play an important role in industry.”Citation: Natalia Dubrovinskaia, Vladimir L. Solozhenko, Nobuyoshi Miyajima, Vladimir Dmitriev, Oleksandr O. Kurakevych, and Leonid Dubrovinsky, “Superhard nanocomposite of dense polymorphs of boron nitride: Noncarbon material has reach diamond hardness.” Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 101912 (2007)Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.
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Photo: Simon McGrath, COO AccorHotels Pacific and Michael Issenberg, Chairman and CEO AccorHotels Asia Pacific celebrate the acquisition at Peppers Soul, Gold CoastAccorHotels completes acquisition of Mantra GroupAccorHotels today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Mantra Group for $1.2 billion. The deal includes the Mantra, Peppers, BreakFree and Art Series brands, representing 138 hotels in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Bali.Michael Issenberg, Chairman and CEO of AccorHotels Asia Pacific said, “The Mantra Group is the latest chapter in the strong growth story of AccorHotels in the region. Since our launch with the Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour in 1991, AccorHotels has become the largest hotel group in the Pacific, and Australia has always played a key role in that story.“AccorHotels is a significant contributor to the Australian tourism industry, and this deal is a signal of our confidence in Australia both as an attractive destination for global travellers but also as a feeder market for our Asia Pacific and wider network.”At the close of the deal, AccorHotels will operate over 330 hotels and resorts across Australia and over 900 throughout Asia Pacific. AccorHotels will also be the largest employer on the Gold Coast, outside of government.Simon McGrath, COO of AccorHotels Pacific said, “The Mantra Group brands will enhance AccorHotels’ portfolio and create new opportunities for our people, partners and guests. We believe that tourism is critical to the economic growth of the region and future job creation and this deal will allow us to further develop the industry.”Mr McGrath added that innovative growth was a hallmark of both AccorHotels and the Mantra Group. “Our innovation in economic business models, brands and customer initiatives has fueled our growth over the last 27 years and the Mantra Group has built an innovative business focused on the best partnership experience for its 10,000 strata title owners,” he said. “Under Bob East’s leadership this bespoke approach and responsiveness has seen it maintain and grow rooms under management. We see enormous value in leveraging Mantra Group’s entrepreneurial spirit and expertise to create new opportunities.“Mantra’s brands and properties perfectly complement the AccorHotels network and will enable us to provide new destinations and new experiences for our guests. We look forward to combining the talent and expertise of both groups to create an even more innovative, agile and dynamic team.”Bob East, CEO of Mantra Group said, “I am immensely proud of the great company we’ve built and what we’ve achieved as an Australian-based business. It’s been an enjoyable journey for me leading the team since 2007 through to our float on the ASX in 2014 and now closing this deal with AccorHotels. I have enormous belief in the business and the team here is looking forward to working with Simon and AccorHotels to continue this success.”The Mantra Group leadership team will continue to be based in the Gold Coast office, reporting to Mr McGrath, in line with all other AccorHotels Pacific business units.“I’m looking forward to getting my feet under the desk at the Gold Coast, working with the team and getting to know the detail of this business. We welcome our Mantra colleagues to AccorHotels and together, we will benefit from our shared values, expertise and entrepreneurial spirit,” Mr McGrath said.Source = AccorHotels
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