Gorkha movement gathers steam

first_imgThe fresh movement for a separate State of Gorkhaland in the Darjeeling hills gathered steam on Tuesday with smaller parties backing the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) demand.At a meeting called by the GJM at the Darjeeling Gymkhana Club, representatives of the Gorkha Rashtriya Nirman Manch, Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh, the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), the Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxists(CPRM) and the BJP were present. It was decided to collectively carry forward the struggle for Gorkhaland.In an embarrassment for the Trinamool Congress, the GNLF, with whom it had forged an alliance in the recent municipal polls, came out in full support of Gorkhaland.“The GNLF wholeheartedly supports the demand for Gorkhaland,” GNLF spokesperson Neeraj Zimba Tamang said, adding the alliance with the Trinamool Congress was only an “electoral understanding.” Mr. Tamang said the demand for Gorkhaland was raised by GNLF founder Subhash Ghising and the party would stand by whoever raises the issue.GJM general secretary Roshan Giri demanded a written clarification from the West Bengal government on the three language policy, which intends to make Bengali compulsory. He said the movement would be peaceful.last_img read more

E.U. Parliament Committee Adopts Watered-Down Restrictions on Deep-Sea Fishing

first_imgBRUSSELS—After months of delays, the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee approved a report yesterday to restrict fishing practices deemed destructive for deep-sea ecosystems. But the committee did not back the proposal to ban bottom trawling and gillnetting altogether, an idea put forward by the European Commission in July last year.Bottom trawling and gillnetting are nonselective methods that catch 20% to 40% of unwanted fish, including vulnerable deep-sea species with long lifespans and slow reproduction rates. About 300 marine scientists have signed a petition in favor of the ban, released in June by a French marine conservation nongovernmental organization called Bloom.The Fisheries Committee agreed to close off northeast Atlantic areas known (or likely) to harbor vulnerable marine ecosystems, such as sponges and corals, to bottom trawling. “These areas are the spawning and nursing grounds of deep-sea species and their protection will be invaluable in achieving the recovery of deep-sea stocks,” said Kriton Arsenis, the social-democrat Member of Parliament from Greece who authored the committee’s report,  in a statement yesterday.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Besides, the committee introduced more stringent rules for data collection and a more robust scientific basis to set sustainable catch limits. It also left the door ajar for a general phaseout later—but only after an assessment of the impact of deep-sea fishing gear on fragile species and marine ecosystems after 4 years.In a statement, Greenpeace said that the proposed measures are too weak and their effects uncertain, and that bottom trawling and gillnetting should be banned completely. These methods “contribute only around one per cent of the EU’s total catch, yet suck up millions of euros in subsidies, destroy large areas of fragile sea-floor and overfish many deep-sea species,” Greenpeace fisheries expert Saskia Richartz said in the statement.Other environmental groups are a bit more optimistic. The committee vote hands over the baton to the whole Parliament, which is slated to vote on the issue next month. Bloom and Oceana, a conservation organization in Madrid, hope the plenary—which usually takes a more radical stance than the Fisheries Committee on these issues—will reconsider a full ban.But there are more steps ahead before any restrictions can be rolled out. The Parliament must also negotiate the legislation with member states, and fisheries ministers haven’t even started discussing the issue. Sources close to the negotiations say that France and Spain—where most European deep-sea trawling fisheries are based—have blocked the file.last_img read more

Spend the Minimum: How Lion Air Hid Equipment Failures and Beat Regulators

first_imgThe government safety inspector had spent all night at the Makassar airport, in eastern Indonesia, several years ago, poring over a Lion Air jet that had suffered a hydraulic failure. Telling airline employees that the plane was to be grounded until the problem was fixed, the inspector went back to a hotel for a quick shower.When the inspector returned, the plane was on the runway, about to take off.Furious, the inspector demanded that the passengers disembark. But a supervisor with Lion Air explained how the airline had gone over the inspector’s head: Federal transportation officials in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, had given permission for takeoff, the inspector said. The plane was in the air minutes later.The notorious safety record of Lion Air, Indonesia’s largest carrier and one of the world’s fastest-growing airlines, is back in the spotlight after the crash of Flight 610, which hurtled nose-first into Indonesian waters with 189 people on board just minutes after takeoff on Oct. 29.Investigators are trying to figure out what deadly alchemy of factors caused a new Boeing jet to plunge into the water at more than 400 mph.They are examining whether Boeing failed to adequately explain modifications to the plane, a new 737 Max 8 model; how Lion Air handled repeated failures with the plane’s data readings for days before the crash; and how pilot training or confusion may have come into play in a case where only seconds may have been available to save the plane and its occupants.But even as the mystery of Flight 610 is still being pieced together, one thing is clear, investigators and aviation experts say: Few airlines were less prepared to deal with crisis than Lion Air.Interviews with dozens of Lion Air’s management personnel and flight and ground crew members, as well as Indonesian investigators and airline analysts, paint a picture of a carrier so obsessed with growth that it has failed to build a proper safety culture.As Lion Air Group, which owns several carriers including Lion Air, expands aggressively both at home and abroad, new questions are being raised about the company’s stunning rise. Lion ranks as one of Indonesia’s highest-profile companies, but it remains shadowed by accounts of opacity and incompetence from former employees and industry regulators.Even as Lion Air Group signed the two biggest aircraft deals in aviation history in recent years, its flagship carrier has suffered at least 15 major safety lapses, including a crash that killed 25 people, and hundreds more episodes that have escaped the public eye, aviation experts said.Government safety investigators say the company’s political ties have allowed it to circumvent their recommendations, as in the episode in Makassar, and to play down instances that would cause alarm elsewhere.Lion Air became adept at passing malfunctioning equipment from plane to plane rather than fixing problems, former employees said.Lion Air did not respond to repeated requests for comment regarding specific instances in which former employees and government investigators said the company had breached safety standards.Frank Caron, who was brought in as Lion Air’s safety manager from 2009 to 2011 on orders from insurance firms, said the carrier had an average of one major engineering issue every three days, even though most of its fleet was new.“Buying all the latest-generation, state-of-the-art engineering will be in vain if you don’t have systems in place that prioritize safety,” he said.Caron said that in his first month at Lion, insurance companies were shown logbooks that drastically understated the number of hours pilots worked.“What I saw was a company, from the top down, that made saving money a motto — so spend the minimum on pilot training, salaries, management, everything,” Caron said.Edward Sirait, Lion Air Group’s president director, denied that the company cut corners or dissembled in logbooks. In an interview in his sparsely furnished office, he said the company had twin priorities: growth and safety.“When we expand, we think about all the markets we have to get,” he said. “But we always develop in accordance with our fleet, human resources, crew and also the maintenance facilities.”Sirait added that Lion Air pilots were “professional” and would not keep dual logbooks. “If he was caught, his license would get revoked,” he said.Political PowerLion Air, Indonesia’s first low-cost private airline, was founded in 1999 by Rusdi Kirana, a former typewriter salesman and pastry chef whose sole experience with the aviation industry was running a travel agency.Today, Lion Air Group is Southeast Asia’s largest carrier in terms of fleet size, according to the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation, a consultancy, and the airline has 458 planes on order.To cater to some of its 30,000-strong workforce, the company built its own suburb on the outskirts of Jakarta, called Lion City.Yet from the start, the airline was shrouded in secrecy. Lion Air Group released few financial details. It paid for all those jets by borrowing heavily from foreign banks and aircraft leasing companies.Lion collected so many creditors that some banks were leery, even before the crash of Flight 610.“A lot of the banks have full exposure or overexposure on them and are reluctant to lend more,” said David Yu, the managing director of Inception Aviation Holdings, a European aircraft leasing and investment company.Back at home, the company tended to its political connections.By 2014, Kirana had ascended to the deputy chairmanship of the National Awakening Party, the largest Islamic political party in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation. It was a curious position for an ethnic Chinese Christian businessman.Kirana, who declined to be interviewed, has served as an economic adviser to President Joko Widodo of Indonesia. Last year, Kirana successfully lobbied to become the Indonesian ambassador to neighboring Malaysia, where Lion Air Group is stepping up its competition with AirAsia, the region’s other big low-cost carrier.Indonesia’s fortunate geography between India and China shaped Lion’s ambitions, Sirait said.“We look at the radius between China and South Asia, and it will keep growing with extraordinary economic growth,” he said. “That is our dream. That’s why we bought the aircraft.”For airplane manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus, low-cost carriers in the developing world are a boon, despite worries about lax safety standards.“This is an example of a win-win situation where the people of the region are going to be able to benefit from an outstanding airline,” President Barack Obama said in 2011 when Lion Air Group signed a $22 billion order for Boeing planes, the largest single order in the manufacturer’s history.Yet for all the ribbon-cutting jubilation, aviation experts worried the company had grown too fast for its own good.Members of its flight and maintenance crews, speaking on the condition of anonymity to avoid losing their jobs, say they were pressured to keep double logs to hide overwork and inattention to safety. Pilots said they resorted to using methamphetamine to survive the grueling hours.Over the years, Lion planes have collided with a cow, a pig and, most embarrassingly, each other. Two days in a row in 2011, Lion planes skidded off the same airport runway.In 2013, a Lion Air flight landed in the ocean rather than at the Bali airport. Official accident reports accused the 24-year-old first officer of lacking “basic principles of jet aircraft flying” and advised Lion to “ensure the pilots are properly trained.”“There are so many bad stories about Lion, it’s hard to know where to start,” said Ruth Simatupang, a former investigator for Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee.In the days since the crash of Lion Air Flight 610, Lion Group planes have been involved in two more episodes: one in which a plane’s wing clipped an electricity pole and another in which a jet experienced a hydraulic failure.Yet Lion has kept on growing.“Everything that’s bad about Indonesia, you can see in Lion,” said Alvin Lie, Indonesia’s official ombudsman and an aviation expert. “Do we want this company representing us, making us look like just another third-world disaster?”Danger SignsCapt. Hasan Basri, a pilot for Lion Air, said that two years ago he checked the logbook to find that the weather radar nestled in the nose of the plane he was to fly wasn’t working.The problem should have been fixed within 10 days. But Hasan said the carrier had a habit of simply moving the faulty radar to another plane. As the clock wound down on the next 10 days, the radar would then be switched to another plane, he said, in a dangerous game of hot potato.Not being able to depend on the plane’s hardware caused unnecessary stress on pilots, who were already overworked, former pilots for Lion Air said. Twenty-two-hour shifts weren’t unusual.Lion Air’s pilots are hired on two-year contracts — a questionable practice under Indonesian labor law — and must pay the company large fines if they choose to leave the company.Even by its own admission, Lion has skimped on pilot training compared with other airlines. When pilots for Garuda, Indonesia’s national carrier, train to fly the Max 8, the same new model that crashed last month, they travel to Singapore to practice on a Max simulator. Lion Air pilots, by contrast, take a three-hour online-learning program.“For the aviation industry, safety should be No. 1,” Hasan said. “But the way the pilots and maintenance crews are treated, the overwork and the fatigue and the worries about the poor management of the airline, it creates an unsafe environment.”For two days before its final flight, the Lion Air plane that crashed into the Java Sea registered inaccurate data readings. Each one on its own might have seemed surmountable. But as the anomalies piled up, the plane kept on flying.“As long as the priority is getting airplanes in the sky rather than safety, then you’re going to have problems,” said Simatupang, the former government investigator.Sirait, Lion Air Group’s president director, declined to discuss specifics of the crash of Flight 610.Laura Lazarus became a Lion Air flight attendant at 19 years old, breezing through a month of training even though she was supposed to undergo three. She flew up to six routes a day, she said.In 2004, Lazarus said, she was involved in her first accident, when a plane overshot the runway in the city of Palembang. Four months later, a jet landing in Surakarta again misjudged the runway and plowed into a cemetery, killing 25 people. Lazarus fractured her arm, leg and hip. A chunk of her calf was ripped out.For years, she wrangled over compensation, but she says she is done fighting.“I have no more tears to spill over how Lion Air treated me,” Lazarus said. “It’s best to leave all that in the past.”c.2018 New York Times News Service Related Itemslast_img read more

Monty Williams hoping to give Suns some needed stability

first_imgMonty Williams, the man GM James Jones hired to coach the Suns, hopes to change the trend.“Continuity, having a staff here for a while and putting in a system that the players can rely upon, but ultimately it will come down to James, myself and the players pushing this thing forward,” Williams said during his introductory news conference Tuesday. “The players are going to have to embrace a level of work and commitment that it takes to be a champion.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWilliams was hired on May 3 to replace Igor Kokoskov, who was fired after one season in the desert.Williams’s arrival in Phoenix was delayed while he finished out the playoffs as an assistant to Philadelphia coach Brett Brown. The 76ers were eliminated from the playoffs last week by Toronto on Kawhi Leonard’s hang-on-the-rim buzzer-beater in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Williams’ name had been linked to numerous head-coaching jobs, including the Lakers, but he wound up in the Valley of the Sun after multiple discussions with Suns owner Robert Sarver.“In my conversations with Mr. Sarver, I saw someone who didn’t duck the tough questions,” Williams said. “We both had tough questions for each other and in this day and age where people throw each other under the bus, make excuses, blame, I didn’t see that. I saw a man who really wants to bring success to this city and I mean that with all of my heart or I wouldn’t have come here.”Williams had a previous stint as an NBA head coach, leading New Orleans from 2010-15. A year after he was fired, Williams’ wife, Ingrid, was killed in a car crash.He didn’t know if he wanted to get back into coaching after her death, but was pushed by his kids to return to coaching the sport he loves.“When everything happened to my family, my focus was just take care of my children,” said Williams, who has remarried. “That led me to believe I might not ever be able to coach again, and I was cool with that. But they weren’t. And to have your children want you to go back to doing what you love to do gave me even more confidence, more strength. Hopefully that translates and the players can pick up on that.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Suns have been known as a dysfunctional franchise, but were lauded for landing Williams, a well-respected, well-rounded coach.Williams played nine NBA seasons with New York, San Antonio, Denver, Orlando and Philadelphia. He’s been a head coach, an assistant and spent two years in San Antonio’s front office.“His experience in all facets of basketball as a coach, player development on the offensive side of the ball and the defensive side of the ball, in the front office gives him a unique perspective that I think is well suited for our franchise,” Jones said.In the Suns, Williams takes over a young team with two star-quality players at its core: Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton.Booker has developed into one of the NBA’s best scorers, leading the Suns with 26.6 points per game. He had five 40-point games the final month of the season, including 50 and 59 in consecutive games.Ayton was the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s NBA draft and didn’t disappoint, shooting 59% while averaging 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds.Phoenix should be able to add to its talent base with the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft.“There’s so much room to grow,” Williams said. “I think we have a young team that’s learning how to win and they will and I have to do my job. I have to enhance the strengths but be honest about our weaknesses and get the players to consider a new way of doing some things. I think I’m here at the right time and I’m here with the right people.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Phelps honored for honesty on mental health, helping others Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ Phoenix Suns new NBA basketball head coach Monty Williams speaks at a news conference, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns have gone through coaches like tear-away racing visors, the count up to five in five years.The instability has hurt them on the court, the run of playoff-less appearances stretching to nine straight seasons with this year’s 19-63 finish.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Ryan Giggs ‘set to leave’ Manchester United

first_imgRyan Giggs has rejected an offer to stay at Manchester United and is ready to end his association with the club after 29 years, a British newspaper reported on Thursday.Giggs, who played 963 times for United after joining the club as a 14-year-old, worked as a coach under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.But the Daily Mail said he has decided against taking up an offer of a reduced role from new manager Jose Mourinho.”Giggs’ representatives are now in negotiations with United over a pay-off for the final year of his contract,” the Mail said.  It was reported that Giggs has not spoken directly to Mourinho, who starts work at United on Monday. Giggs is likely to be questioned about his future on British television on Thursday when he starts work as an ITV pundit ahead of the Euro 2016 quarter-final between Poland and Portugal.The Welshman had been tipped as a future Manchester United manager but is now expected to seek a role with another club.last_img read more

Photo: Look Who’s At The Oklahoma-Vanderbilt Game

first_imgA closeup of Oklahoma Sooners cheerleadersOKLAHOMA CITY, OK – MARCH 20: Oklahoma Sooners cheerleaders perform against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Chesapeake Energy Arena on March 20, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, the Oklahoma Sooners took on the Vanderbilt Commodores in the Big-12/SEC Challenge. The Sooners outclassed the Commodores for much of the first half to the tune of a 41-23 lead heading into the half.During halftime, a familiar face dominated the cameras. Former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts was in the building to watch the Sooners in action on Saturday afternoon and it looks like the Oklahoma faithful was glad to see him.There was a massive line to meet the former Alabama football star.Check it out.Halftime turned into a Jalen Hurts meet-and-greet: pic.twitter.com/55Fhy5X6sR— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) January 26, 2019Hurts graduated from Alabama in the fall and will be immediately eligible to play for the Sooners when the team takes the field for the 2019 college football season.After announcing his plans to transfer to Oklahoma, Hurts’ odds to win the Heisman jumped – making him the third-favorite behind Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.Lincoln Riley and company have produced the past two Heisman winners, so the jump in odds shouldn’t come as a surprise. Now the college football world just have to wait over seven months to see what Hurts can bring to the table.In the meantime, he’ll be a celebrity walking around campus like only a true football star can.last_img read more

Off the Beaten Path: Hana, Maui

first_img Pabst Continues Portfolio Expansion With PBR Hard Coffee 1. Hana 2. Hana 3. Hana 4. Hana 5. Hana 6. Hana 7. Hana 8. Hana 9. Hana 10. Hana 11. Hana 12. Hana 13. Hana 14. Hana 15. Hana 16. Hana 17. Hana 18. Hana 19. Hana 20. Hana 21. Hana 22. Hana 23. Hana 24. Hana 25. Hana 26. Hana 27. Hana Sleep With the Wolves in Canada’s Parc Omega Witness Antarctica’s 2021 Total Solar Eclipse on an Exclusive Cruise These Treehouses Will Restore Your Sense of Childlike Wonder center_img The Best Wine Country Regions in the U.S. for Outdoor Adventures True—Maui is no longer Hawaii’s secret little paradise. False—There are no more hidden wonderlands to experience in Maui. In fact, along Maui’s roads less traveled it’s still possible to experience the fabled small town charm that drew people here in the first place.But to find the long lost languid side of Maui, it’s a good idea to skip the road altogether. Mokulele Airlines (Hawaii’s local) swept me away from the hordes of tourists at Maui’s Kahului International Airport to a small, one room airport on the other side of the island that announced itself by a simple, hanging wooden sign—”Hana Airport”. Twenty minutes and fifty bucks after leaving the jumble of high rises in the distance, I was surrounded by wild jungle and palm trees rustling the wind, staring up a dirt path waiting for a transfer to the town of Hana.Most of the people I left behind will stay on Maui’s west coast and only see Hana for a brief moment at the end of “The Road to Hana” (Highway 36), an incredibly scenic all-day drive dotted with waterfalls that’s sadly been transformed into a traffic jam of tourist vans. “Doing” the road is one of Maui’s most touted draws, so I was a little wary of flying right over it. Any regrets faded away after settling into my airy cottage at the Travaasa Hana.As if by the clockwork of a dream, while taking those first few moments to unwind on the private patio, a white egret landed on the back of a horse that was grazing less than 50 yards away, between nothing more than me and the Pacific ocean. From where I stood, Maui looked much like it did 50 years ago when tourists had just started to take notice of this insanely beautiful and unexplored tropical island. And when they came all those years ago, they initially flocked to this very location. The Travaasa may only be a few years old, but these are the same grounds of the first hotel ever in Maui (and is still the only hotel in Hana).The sprawling grounds are on the other side of the road from Hana’s downtown—really a few local eateries, a horse stable and a general store, all of which are abuzz with talk of the Festival of Aloha, a small parade and country fair that celebrates the local culture. In a few days, the town’s elders, vintage cars, motorbikes, Hawaiian beauty queens and other iterations of local life, will march down the town’s main path (they call it a road, I wouldn’t) under a bombardment of thrown candy to celebrate their Polynesian heritage.This I learned from Jolynn Piimauna, descendant of Hawaiian royalty who now runs the Hana stable. She’s a true paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy, and was guiding us on horseback along the back hills, off the main roads and highways along Maui’s plush green coast. She detailed the flora, fauna and history of this remote part of the island, “Hawaiian royalty used to love Hana. They found it had a rejuvenating spirit.” I didn’t have to close my eyes to imagine what they used to see; the gentle lull of the waves from the cliffs below and hazy mist covering Haleakala Volcano were time machine enough.On the walk back to the Travaasa from the stable, handwritten signs advertising local food and something called the “Chow Wagon,” caught my eye, and following their directions netted me a delicious handmade ice pop—Shaka pops if you go.Travaasa, which also has a property in Austin, Texas, is an experiential resort built to reflect the local culture. In Hana this means that you can choose to experience the infinity pool in a hammock or the best Lomilomi massage of your life in their number one ranked spa, but there’s also a schedule of Hawaiian activities like throw net fishing, archery, yoga, coconut husking, and ukelele lessons. Though, of course you could just work out all day in their exhaustive gym—your call.It would be completely understandable to never leave the resort’s grounds, but off property, just a few steps from the Travaasa, is one of Maui’s most spectacular and hard-to-get-to secret beaches—Red Sand Beach. The path is thin and slippery, precariously etched into a cliff lined in tree roots and isn’t for the faint of heart (for legal reasons, the Travaasa cannot give directions, but it’s easily found on Google maps). At the end is a perfectly secluded red sand beach, ensconced by steep cliffs and a natural jetty that create an A picture perfect placid swimming pool.A ten minute drive up the road from Travaasa are Koki and Hamoa beaches. They are rustic stretches of sand and surf, manicured by nothing more than Mother Nature. Hamoa has quite the reputation for its striking beauty; Koki, long a favorite of surfers is the quieter of the two. But go to both because the best views are had by walking the 20 minutes between them.A few minute drive in the other direction of Hamoa, and you can spend the day at Pa’iloa, the black sand beach at Waianapanapa State Park. It can get a little crowded with day-trippers but behind the beach are a series of trails that lead to fresh water caves. They’re cold and totally swimmable; a great respite from the heat, though local legend says they’re haunted. Walk back to Hana on Kihaapi’ilani Trail (two to three hours) along the beach where you’ll pass century old ruins, pictographs and a few ancient burial sites.Friday and Saturday are pizza nights at Hana Farms, an organic farm about a fifteen minute drive up the road from Travaasa. The volunteers who cultivate the fruits and vegetables here also run Clay Oven Pizza, which is only open on weekend evenings. Seated at one of the five wooden picnic tables, we break out our beer and wine (it’s bring your own) and soon we’re chowing down on perfectly cooked pies, like the mouthwatering Pineapple Sausage. A man jams some Jawaiian tunes—a brand of polynesian reggae that’s been popular in Hawaii since the 1980s; children run about, and soon tables mix and conversation flows so much that it feels more like a friend’s backyard BBQ than any restaurant.It’s the same feeling at the Festival of Aloha that Sunday. The parade filed into the local football field where it took on the feeling of a country fair in small-town America, except with a lot of flowers. For a minute I felt out of place; the festival is built for the local community, not for tourists and I didn’t exactly know where to put myself. But then I spotted Chaka Pops, the same handmade ice pops I had on my first day in Hana. “You’re still here” the woman smiled. “You remember me?” I replied in partial shock. “It’s a small town,” she said, “I hope you’ve been enjoying your stay.”Stay…a much better word than visit, because even when I leave this place, a part of me will remain.Rooms at the Travaasa are running for half price if you book from now until May 9th. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Dorian LPG Agrees Sale and Leaseback for Concorde

first_imgzoom Owner and operator of modern very large gas carriers Dorian LPG has reached a sale and bareboat charter arrangement for its 84,000 cbm carrier Concorde.The company entered into the USD 70 million deal that closed on January 31, 2018, resulting in net cash proceeds of USD 56 million. Out of the amount, USD 35.1 million was used to repay a portion of the outstanding principal on the USD 758 million debt financing facility that Dorian LPG entered into in March 2015.Under the arrangement, the Concorde was delivered to its undisclosed buyer upon completion of the transaction and, on the same day, the company entered into a 13-year bareboat charter for the vessel.Dorian LPG has a purchase option to re-acquire the Concorde from the third anniversary of the commencement of the bareboat charter through the end of the bareboat charter. The company said it would continue to technically manage, commercially charter, and operate the vessel.The bareboat charter carries a 4.9% fixed interest rate for the duration of the contract and has a 17.3-year loan profile.The Concorde Japanese Financing has a mandatory buyout in 2031 with early repurchase options from January 31, 2021 and carries a fixed interest rate of 4.9%.Dorian LPG unveiled the transaction as part of its third quarter fiscal year 2018 report, in which it said that its net income stood at USD 1.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to a net income of USD 5 million reported in the same quarter a year earlier.For the first nine months of the fiscal year, the company said that its net loss reached USD 16.9 million, widening significantly from a net loss of USD 3.4 million reported in the same period of the previous year.Revenues for the quarter increased to USD 44.5 million, compared to USD 35.7 million seen in the previous year’s quarter. For the nine-month period ended December 31, 2017, Dorian LPG’s revenues were at USD 120.3 million, increasing from USD 119.8 reported a year earlier.last_img read more

Naidu served notice to vacate house in view of floods

first_imgAmaravati: Authorities in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday served a notice on former chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to vacate the house on the banks of Krishna river here in view of the flood situation. With rising Krishna water threatening to inundate houses along its banks, revenue officials asked the residents to move to safer places. Officials said notices were served on 32 houses to prevent any loss of life. Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief and Leader of Opposition in the Andhra Assembly Chandrababu Naidu and his family members had left the house a few days ago. As nobody was available at Naidu’s house, Undavalli Village Revenue Officer (VRO) pasted the notice on its entrance. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ However, leaders of the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) allege that Naidu has “run away to Hyderabad since the onset of floods”. Earlier on Friday, Naidu alleged that there was a conspiracy being hatched against him after a drone was seen hovering over his house. TDP workers staged a protest claiming that the drone was taking pictures of their party chief’s house. Water Resources Minister P. Anil Kumar, however, clarified that the drone was deployed by the Water Resources Department to take visuals of the water and monitor the flood situation. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had earlier alleged that Naidu was living in a house built on river bank in a violation of the River Conservancy Act and other environment norms. In June, state authorities had served a demolition notice on Lingameneni Ramesh, from whom Naidu had taken the house on lease after he shifted here from Hyderabad in 2016. The government also demolished Praja Vedika, a meeting hall build adjacent to Naidu’s residence.last_img read more

Beach day delayed a week

(Updated) Usually, the first Friday in June sees thousands of high school students in Niagara and Norfolk County skip classes to head to the lake for beach day.While the photo above shows what Augustine beach in Wainfleet looked like last year, today’s weather means beach day has been postponed and will now take place next Friday. However police say they will still be on the look-out today for any students who might show up with plans to party on the beach.

More than 1 million Kosovo residents registered UN mission

Peter Schumann, co-head of the Department of Public Services, told the Kosovo Transitional Council yesterday that 1,121,645 “habitual residents” of Kosovo had registered as of last week, as a result of the various ongoing efforts. Most Kosovo residents now possess identity cards issued by the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Mr. Schumann said. In addition, more than 50,000 have UNMIK travel documents, and many have used them to travel outside Kosovo. Mr. Schumann said special programmes were encouraging registration of Kosovo Turks and Serbs, who did not participate in the exercise last year, as well as others who might have returned from abroad or turned 16. Some 5,600 Kosovo Turks were added to the civil registry this summer, as well as over 48,000 people belonging to the Serb and other communities. According to Mr. Schumann, the identity card system was totally overhauled thanks to the work of Public Services’ Kosovar staff, who re-entered data for 900,000 residents into the registrar’s computer system after errors plagued last year’s ID project. All but 100,000 identity cards had been picked up from the Public Services Department, and UNMIK was aiming at delivering the remaining cards to people who are over 60 years old. read more

Mens volleyball Ohio State regains homecourt advantage with sweep of Fort Wayne

OSU redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Leeson goes to serve in the set against No. 4 Long Beach State. OSU won 3-1. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Lantern ReporterThe No. 2 Ohio State Men’s Volleyball team (22-1) returned home from a two-game road trip and defeated Fort Wayne (5-19) in straight sets (25-11, 25-11, 25-16) on Thursday. The Buckeyes entered the match off of two straight road wins against No. 10 Loyola and No. 7 Lewis, after losing for the first time in 42 consecutive matches on Mar. 11 against fifth-ranked UC Irvine. With limited minutes for junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen and senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson, junior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir and senior opposite hitter Ryan Genn stepped up and combined for 21 of the Buckeyes’ 30 kills. It took no time for the Buckeyes to return to its winning ways at St. John’s Arena. OSU defeated Fort Wayne 25-11 in the first set, combining for eight kills on eight assists. The Buckeyes also had a 5-0 run in the middle of the set to help secure the 14-point set victory. However, the Mastodons really struggled on the attack, combining for a negative-.211 hit percentage with nine attack errors and four service errors. “Fort Wayne helped us a lot,” Hanson said. “They just made a lot of unforced errors. We really didn’t have to play great to get a lot of those points, but I thought our guys were really focused.”The momentum did not stop after the first set. Redshirt senior middle blocker Driss Guessous started the second set with a kill and OSU never looked back. The Buckeyes won six straight points and went on an 11-1 run, leading to a 25-11 second set win over the Mastodons. Genn shined in the second set, recording five of the Buckeyes’ 10 kills in the set. With extended playing time, Genn was ready to show people what he could do on the court. “Coach tells us always to be really aggressive, so I was just thinking that mentality from the service line and from an attacking point,” Genn said. “It worked out pretty well for me today.” The Buckeyes won the third set 25-16, with Hervoir scoring six of OSU’s 12 kills. Hanson was very pleased with the junior after he led the team with 11 kills. “Max had a great night, got the ball in rhythm, hit some really good shots,” Hanson said. “We need Max to kind of be that offensive force, but I think we have always known that he is a pretty good blocker, a real good defender. If we can continue to get a little more offense out of him as we go forward, that’s just going to take more pressure off of Nick (Szerszen) and Miles (Johnson).”With a home win under the Buckeyes’ belt, OSU will next take on a familiar foe in No. 11 Ball State.“Ball State is going to be a tough match,” Genn said. “It always is. They are always a pretty scrappy team and whenever we play them, it’s always a tight-knit match. I’m excited.” The Buckeyes and Cardinals will show down at St. John Arena Saturday night at 7 p.m. read more

HP recalls another 162000 notebook batteries

first_imgIf you own a Hewlett-Packard notebook, you may want to check your model number as HP is, once again, recalling thousands more of its lithium-ion batteries due to overheating issues, which can cause the battery to rupture, resulting in fire and burn hazards. These batteries are used in some HP and Compaq notebooks.The recall isn’t great news for HP who has quite a history of recalling its notebook batteries. HP recalled batteries in October 2008, April 2006, and October 2005, as well as more recently in May and October of 2009, and May of 2010. The first recall in the same series as the current recall came in May 2009 where 54,000 batteries were recalled. The current recall is about three times that at 162,000 batteries. Since the 2010 recall, which involved 70,000 batteries, HP has received 40 more reports of batteries overheating.The laptops in question were sold from July 2007 to July 2008. You can check to see if you own one of the defective batteries by checking the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall notice. If you do own a defective unit, you should take out the battery and contact HP who will replace the battery for free. If you thought you might be included in a previous recall and weren’t, you should check your computer again. HP says that about 5 percent of all of its batteries sold in the period of July 2007 to July 2008 were affected.Recalling products is nothing out of the ordinary. Garmin recalled 1.25 million nuvi units last year for overheating batteries, and Sony recalled 535,000 Vaio laptops for also having overheating issues last year. The question is how do these faulty batteries get out into the wild? It seems to me that companies should be testing them first to make sure there are no overheating issues that result in batteries bursting into flames and causing physical harm.Have you ever had your HP battery recalled, or are you in the new batch? Let us know in the comments below.Read more at ConsumerReportslast_img read more

Arduinopowered Sega Rally arcade cabinet drives actual RC car

first_imgGone are the good old days of arcades, but if you pay attention to the games modding scene, you’ve probably noticed that arcade cabinets are used for projects quite frequently. This time around, rather than someone modding an arcade cabinet to house current-gen systems or to contain every NES ROM ever released, Artica and TheArcadeMan teamed up and modded a Sega Rally Championship cabinet to control an actual RC car.Ripping out the guts of the arcade unit, the duo stuck an Arduino inside it, and mapped all of the inputs — steering wheel, buttons, pedals, gears — to the new board. The information was sent to the RC car via XBee, a radio module. The RC car had a receiver Arduino sending the cabinet’s input information to the wheels and throttle of the car.However, the duo wanted to feel like they were playing a video game, but using real life objects. So, rather than sit in the modded cabinet and control a car they couldn’t see, they hooked the RC car up with two cameras — one in the front, and one mounted on a piece of PVC higher up, facing the front.The car sent the video feed back to the arcade cabinet screen, so what was shown on the screen simulated a video game race, but was actually real life.Amusingly, the team’s biggest problem wasn’t modding a cabinet’s wheel or pedals to control an RC car, but getting the video signal to display on the cabinet’s CRTs. Eventually, the team gave up attempting to use the original CRTs, and replaced them with two newer CRTs that fit the cabinet’s frame.The end result of the project was a Sega Rally Championship arcade cabinet that controlled an RC car, displaying two video signals from which the player can choose. A real-life video game race, complete with different camera angles.via Articalast_img read more

52 arrested during statewide illegal marijuana crackdown

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — State Attorney General Xavier Becerra Thursday announced the arrest of 52 people as part of an enforcement effort billed as the nation’s largest mobilization to eradicate illegal marijuana cultivation.The three-month California Campaign Against Marijuana Planting operation resulted in the seizure of 614,267 cannabis plants and 110 weapons at more than 250 illegal grow sites, according to state officials.The recently concluded crackdown on illegal indoor and outdoor marijuana cultivation and pot trafficking “put an exclamation point behind California’s multi-agency illegal-cannabis campaign, holding accountable individuals who damage our public lands and hurt our communities,” Becerra said.“At the California Department of Justice, we will continue to work with our partners at the federal, state and local levels through our CAMP program to vigorously enforce California’s laws against illegal cannabis activity,” he said.During the 12-week operation, four groups of investigators targeted illicit marijuana cultivation and distribution in the following counties: Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kern, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, San Joaquin, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Stanislaus, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Ventura, Yolo and Yuba.Among the accomplishments of the CAMP teams was protection of public resources against misuse and safeguarded public land and water from illegal pesticides, according to the attorney general’s office.In Stanislaus County, the personnel stopped drug traffickers from diverting water from the San Joaquin River, officials said. In other cases, authorities halted the use of a banned pesticide called carbofuran, shielding public lands from the toxic chemical.Taking part in the operation along with various local law enforcement agencies were the Central Valley High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program; the state Bureau of Land Management, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Justice and National Guard; and the federal Department of Agriculture, Department of Interior, Drug Enforcement Administration, Forest Service and National Park Service. October 4, 2018 52 arrested during statewide illegal marijuana crackdown Posted: October 4, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Nine automotive gift ideas for your graduate

first_img Car Games and Apps Auto Tech Roav Bolt puts the power of Google Assistant in your… • Aug 29 • Best college laptops for 2019 Rather than a road trip, your grad may just want to veg out for a few weeks (or the entire summer) playing video games. If you want to indulge them, have we got the gift idea for you: the CSL Elite racing wheel for Xbox One and PC. Coming in at under $400, the CSL wheel is a neat piece of kit featuring a multicolor-LED center stripe atop an integrated rpm readout. The wheel also offers myriad adjustability and feedback torque of up to 4.4 pound-feet.Preorder at Fanatec Education is the gift that lasts a lifetime. In this case, DirtFish rally school may even be able to extend a lifetime. There’s no such thing as being too skilled behind the wheel, especially when you remind yourself that a motor vehicle is a flammable, fuel-powered, 4,000-pound weapon. With great power comes great responsibility. Advanced driver training is a fun way to learn how to be more responsible behind the wheel. In addition, your graduate will probably appreciate being able to add rally training to his or her humble-brag armamentarium.DirtFish rally school is located in Snoqualmie, Washington, with two-hour courses starting at $499, but the school also offers five-day programs and even private instruction. Consequently, finishing rally training would make your loved one a double-grad, likely necessitating another present, but we’ve got plenty more gift ideas remaining.See at DirtFishApple CarPlay/Android Auto head unitEnlarge ImageThe XAV-AX5000 is a solid grad gift. Sony Let’s face it: buying a new car is a well-off person’s game. College and high-school graduates are typically cash-strapped, which means they’re likely driving older vehicles sporting outdated technology. But you can get your grad in step with the times by hooking them up with an aftermarket head unit that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.The 6.95-inch Sony XAV-AX5000 at $400 is a solid, low- to midpriced choice, but if you really feel like splurging, Alpine’s 7-inch iLX-107 is sweet. At that price point, the system offers wireless Apple CarPlay (but no Android Auto). Very few brand-new cars come with wireless smartphone-mirroring tech, so this system would actually put your grad ahead of the curve.See Sony XAV-AX5000 at Amazon See Alpine iLX-107 at AmazonAnker Roav Bolt Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Graduation season is here. You’ve cleared your schedule to attend the ceremony and perhaps the related party, but what about the gift? If you’re coming up dry for ideas, we’ve got your salvation below.Whether your grad is planning an epic post-college road adventure, or simply wants to stay home and spend a few weeks forgetting everything he or she studied for that last round of finals, we’ve got thoughtful gift ideas that are sure to please your loved one.DirtFish rally school Is your graduate is a fan of Google Assistant? Do they constantly use a Google Home Mini in their dorm or apartment? What if your loved one were able to bring the power of Google Assistant into his or her older ride? Well, now they can with the Anker Roav Bolt.At $50, the Roav Bolt is a much cheaper way to get modern tech smarts into an older vehicle. Simply plug the Bolt into a cigarette lighter, then connect the device to an AUX jack. Once the Bolt pairs with the driver’s smartphone, your grad can then make phone calls, send text messages, request driving directions or even switch off a light back home, all hands-free.See at WalmartRoadside emergency kitBlikzone roadside emergency kitEnlarge ImageThink of the Blikzone roadside emergency kit as peace of mind in a briefcase. Blikzone While roadside emergencies aren’t the happiest things to think about, being prepared for them is a good step toward mitigating the risks a young person may encounter on the road.For less than $80, the 81-piece Blikzone roadside emergency kit will provide your grad with most everything he or she needs to keep safe while stranded. The kit includes items such as jumper cables, an air compressor, tire repair kit, tow strap, a flashlight, mylar blanket and rain poncho. In the event your grad gets trapped, the kit also includes a seat belt-cutter and a safety hammer to break windows. Altogether, the kit weighs less than 9 pounds and fits inside a briefcase-size bag for easy trunk storage. (Note: the hammer and cutter should be stored within the driver’s reach, perhaps in the glovebox.)See at AmazonAAA membershipAAA Automobile Club MembershipEnlarge ImagePeace of mind in a card. AAA One limitation of a roadside emergency kit is that it can’t tow your grad’s broken-down car, but a AAA (American Automobile Association) membership can. The auto club’s roadside assistance program can also splash up your grad’s gas tank in the event they run out of fuel, render assistance if they lock their car with the keys inside, change a tire and even change a battery.On top of that, at around $50 per year, a AAA membership unlocks access to rental car discounts, reduced hotel rates and even cheaper movie tickets, among myriad other perks. In certain regions, if you’re already a AAA member, buying a gift membership could mean a reduced renewal fee for your own membership or a complimentary upgrade to a higher-tier membership with even more benefits. Sometimes it pays to give.See at AAABluetooth OBD-II ScannerAutophix 3210 Bluetooth OBD-II ScannerEnlarge ImageA device like this can save a lot of headaches. Autophix One way to decrease the likelihood your grad will need to use the aforementioned roadside emergency kit or AAA membership is by arming them with an OBD-II diagnostic scanner. The Autophix 3210 is a $45 Bluetooth gadget with an associated app (for both iOS and Android devices) that not only gives the user vehicle component fault codes, it also gives detailed lists of what specific issues could be causing those codes to pop up. This is definitely the OBD-II scanner to buy if your grad lacks knowledge in automotive matters.See at AmazonLyft gift card Jun 26 • Dorm TVs and more: Best back-to-school streaming boxes and TVs Read More reading • Nine automotive gift ideas for your graduate Now playing: Watch this: Jun 23 • The Apple Watch is still on sale starting at $199 at Amazon and Walmart Aug 23 • 11 great gadgets that can smarten up a dumb dorm roomcenter_img Grads Tech Gift Guide Share your voice These are our 15 favorite gifts for grads in 2019 14 great graduation gifts for under $50 9 great graduation gifts under $100 Best gifts for grads from $100 to $250 Best streaming boxes and TVs for your grad Laptop, PC and tablet gifts for grads Best phones to gift to your grad Best headphones for grads Best wireless speakers and audio for grads Best gifts for grads looking to stay fit Gifts for the graduating gamer Gifts for foodie grads The best graduation gifts for a first apartment The Cheapskate’s top gift picks for grads Nine automotive gift ideas for your graduate Tags Perhaps your graduate is without wheels, but in this day and age of rideshare services, that’s no longer as painful of an issue as it was a decade ago. It’s also easy as heck to give the gift of a Lyft ride. You don’t even need to set foot in a store or even hand your grad a card.All you need to do is open your Lyft app, hit the menu button in the upper-left-hand corner, tap “Promos” and select “Gift Lyft to friends.” From there, you can select your gift amount, enter your grad’s information, and boom! In a matter of seconds, you’ve boosted your stock with your just-graduated loved one. (You can also just as easily send Lyft credits via Lyft.com/gift.)See at LyftFuel gift cardClose-Up of Woman Refueling CarEnlarge ImageGas up your grad’s road trip. RunPhoto/Getty Images If your grad is planning a post-college, cross-country road trip, a gas card goes a long way, pardon the pun. According to fuel retailing industry publication CSP, at 14,000-plus gas stations across America, Shell currently holds more than a 12 percent market share. A gas card from that brand would mean less time spent searching for the nearest Shell station, and ultimately, a happier graduate.The Big Oil brand’s next-strongest competitor, ExxonMobil, is 3,000 stores shy of Shell’s site count.If you’re not keen about giving money to Big Oil, similarly to how you can gift Lyft credits, you can also send your grad a ChargePoint gift card to juice up at any of the electric vehicle charging network’s 64,000-plus locations.Racing wheel 2018 Honda Accord: Turbo engines, sharper design and more space 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC350e review: Premium plug-in hybrid feels like an efficiency half-step 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2:04 0 More From Roadshow See All Post a commentlast_img read more

Unity in diversity is Indias strength Mamata

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said that unity in diversity is India’s strength, and asked people to uphold the spirit and remain united. Referring to a Sanskrit phrase found in Maha Upanishad, ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, meaning, “the world is one family”, the chief minister, on International Human Solidarity Day, urged everybody to stay united and fight the divisive forces. “On International Human Solidarity Day, let us pledge to uphold the spirit of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ in truest sense. Unity in diversity is India’s strength,” Banerjee tweeted. “We must all be united and fight against the forces which seek to divide us for selfish reasons,” she added. The United Nations’ (UN) International Human Solidarity Day is annually held on December 20 to celebrate unity in diversity. It also aims to remind people on the importance of solidarity in working towards eradicating poverty.last_img read more

Tulum ruins visitor numbers surpass Chichén Itzá

first_imgTulum, Q.R. — Updated figures show that the Tulum ruins are the second most visited site in Mexico this year, surpassing visitor numbers of Chichén Itzá.Adriana Velázquez Morlette of the National Institute of Anthropology and History in Quintana Roo, says in the first two months of the year, the archaeological remains of Tulum were placed as the second most visited in the country, surpassing the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá.Between January and February of this year, she said Tulum received 205,360 visitors, a figure only surpassed by Teotihuacán, in the State of Mexico. In contrast, Chichen Itza received 195,312 people, more than 10,000 fewer visitors than Tulum.The head of the INAH in Quintana Roo stressed that little by little, Tulum has been displacing Chichén Itzá as the second most visited archaeological site in the country, noting last year, both sites finished with similar numbers.It wasn’t until the first two months of 2018 that figures show Tulum had surpassed the Yucatan ruins of Chichén Itzá. Velázquez Morlette says one reason more people are choosing Tulum is simply distance. Many tourists are preferring to visit Tulum rather than travel the distance to Chichén Itzá.She added that over the Easter holidays, the sites of Tulum and Coba were the most frequented with Tulum counting more than 75,000 visitors and Coba 19,000, figures she says are 15 percent higher than last year.Of those visiting the sites, Velázquez Morlette says that 70 percent were foreign tourists with the 30 percent balance being national visitors.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

9 ways a nonMuslim should react to their Muslim friends during Ramadaan9

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 5. Please be a little flexible. How we determine when Ramadaan begins is decidedly old-school; you have to physically see the moon. That’s why, if your Muslim co-worker says, “Starting tomorrow, can I start work early so I can leave sooner?”, try to accommodate.6. They will still go for coffee with you, but no, they can’t drink. Not even water.7. Please understand why they may keep their distance. One word: Halitosis. You try not eating or drinking the whole day. That’s why they are standing a foot away from you when you talk.8. You can say “Ramadaan Mubarak”. It means “Happy Ramadaan”.9. Please don’t say “I should fast too, I need to lose weight” – Ramadaan is not about that.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Over a billion Muslim brothers and sisters worldwide will commence fasting from tomorrow (May 17) for a month.Read also: The relevance of RamadaanHerewith some advice on how a non-Muslim should react to their Muslim friends during Ramadaan:1. You CAN eat in front of them. For the next 30 days, Muslims around the world will abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t carry on your business as usual.2. Try not to schedule a work lunch. If your Muslim co-worker takes a pass, understand.3. You don’t have to fast with them. However, you can if you want to see what it feels like.4. You CAN join them for Iftaar, which is the breaking of fast after sunset. They like to make a big communal meal.last_img read more