first_imgWe may think we’re a culture that ditches our worn technology at the first sight of something shiny and new, but a new study reveals that we keep using our old gadgets well after they go out of style. That’s bad news for the environment—and our wallets—as these outdated devices suck up much more energy than their newer counterparts.“There are a lot of products in U.S. households that do the same thing, but we still own 20 of them,” says Callie Babbitt, an environmental engineer at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and co-author on the new study.To figure out how much power these devices are collectively sucking up, she and colleagues borrowed cues from industrial ecology, wherein every home was treated as an ecosystem of electronic “organisms.” Babbitt’s team tracked the environmental costs for each product across its life span—from when its minerals are mined to when we stop using the gadget. 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Developed by Nobel Prize–winning economist Wassily Leontief, the data estimate the environmental emissions and energy consumed while making individual products. Next, they headed to libraries to dig up old consumer reports and surveys that described ownership—“My house has a TV in the basement and one in the den”—and usage—“At night, I use my laptop and my TV at the same time.”Babbitt’s team estimated the environmental impacts of common household electronics manufactured, bought, and used between 1992 and 2007. Devices were grouped by generation. Desktop computers, basic mobile phones, laptops, and box-set TVs defined 1992. Digital cameras and digital camcorders arrived on the scene in 1997. And MP3 players, smart phones, DVD players, and liquid-crystal display (LCD) TVs entered homes in 2002, before Blu-ray, plasma screens, tablets, and e-readers showed up in 2007.As we accumulated more devices, however, we didn’t throw out our old ones. The average number of electronic gadgets rose from four per household in 1992 to 13 in 2007, largely because we hoarded our outdated electronics, Babbitt’s team reports online ahead of print in Environmental Science & Technology. We’re not just hoarding these old devices—we continue to use them, based on consumer surveys. According to her team’s analysis, old desktop monitors and box TVs with cathode ray tubes are the biggest legacy perpetrators, with their energy consumption and contribution to greenhouse gas emissions more than doubling during the 1992 to 2007 window.  We’re also spending more time glued to our electronics, going from less than 700 hours of use per year in 1992 to more than 1400 hours in 2007.“The paper shows a lot of the gadgets aren’t replaced; they’re downgraded,” says energy engineer Edgar Hertwich of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, who wasn’t involved in the research. “The living room television is replaced and gets planted in the kids’ room, and suddenly one day, you have a TV in every room of the house.”Together, downgrading plus increased use equals a spike in household electronics’ energy consumption, Babbitt found. New policies and manufacturing trends have made individual gadgets more energy efficient—more standby modes or energy-saving LCD screens—but they can’t do anything about the outdated electronics we continue to plug in and turn on. As a whole home ecosystem, personal gadgets sap more energy than ever—nearly 30% of what a car burned in 2007, the study says.So what’s the solution? The team’s data only went up to 2007, but the researchers also explored what would happen if consumers replaced legacy products with hybrid electronics that serve more than one function, such as a tablet for word processing and TV viewing. For instance, they found that more on-demand entertainment viewing on laptops and tablets versus TVs and desktop computers could cut energy consumption by 44%.Another important aspect is improving design, Babbitt says. Next-generation “smart devices” could automatically e-mail or send text alerts when a device is left on for too long or send information on the best place to recycle electronics when gadgets get too old. Hertwich agrees: “There might be solutions on the horizon as multifunctional devices replace swaths of older devices that we have today.”last_img read more

first_imgIndian shares edged lower on Tuesday tracking global peers, with gains in state-run lenders such as State Bank of India being capped by losses in tech stocks such as Wipro.Investor sentiment was subdued as renewed fears of a trade war between the United States and China and a slump in tech shares such as Amazon.com triggered a global selloff.Read it at Reuters Related Itemslast_img

first_imgThere has been a sharp increase in crimes in trains and railway premises, data has revealed. In the year 2017, 1,058 cases of robbery were reported across the 16 Railway zones of the country, which increased to 1,472 in 2018. Similarly, the number of rape cases reported in 2017 were 55, which increased to 69 in 2018. Drugging casesThe figures were tabled in the Lok Sabha by the Ministry of Railways last week in response to questions by seven MPs. The number of cases of drugging has remained the same, 257 for both 2017 and 2018.A closer analysis of the data points out huge variations in crimes as far as Railway zones are concerned. For instance the Central Railway has recorded the highest incidents of robbery (723) in 2018, followed by Western Railway which recorded 377 cases. North East Frontier Railway, South East Central and South Eastern Railway have recorded the least number of cases of robbery with four, four and nine respectively in 2018. In terms of cases of rape, three railway zones, West Central and Central Railway with 14 cases each and Northern Railway with 11 cases, amount to 56% of all rape cases recorded in all the zonal railways in 2018. Southern and South Central Railway recorded no incident of rape in 2018. In terms of incidents of drugging, Central Railway and North Central Railway recorded 61 cases each, followed by 31 in North Central and 18 in North East Frontier Railway.What is interesting about these figures is that the data has been brought into the public domain for the first time. The National Crime Record Bureau, which has a chapter on Crime in Railways, was last released in 2017 containing statistics recorded in 2016. Retired IPS officer and former Executive Director of the Railway Protection Force Nazrul Islam furthered explained these figures. ‘Proactive officers’“If more cases are recorded in some zonal railways that does not necessarily mean that the zone is more crime prone. It can be that officers there are more proactive in recording cases and thereby victims have higher chance of getting justice,” Mr Islam said.last_img read more

first_imgAnother vape smoker nabbed in Lucena El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Japanese ace, Dizon seek repeat wins Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas may be using the Jones Cup Invitational to prepare for bigger tournaments ahead. But make no mistake about it, the Filipinos will be going to Chinese Taipei seeking nothing less than the championship.“Just like any tournament, our goal will be to win [the title],” amateur standout Kiefer Ravena said on Wednesday during the team’s sendoff at Bar One Restaurant of Holiday Inn in Ortigas. “The Jones Cup is just one step [for us] moving forward.”ADVERTISEMENT Team Philippines plays nine games in as many days starting with its clash against a Canadian club team on Saturday as Gilas tries to win it again for the first time since LA Tenorio emerged MVP in 2013.The Philippines won this title last year with an import-laden team led by former NBA All-Rookie Team member Al Thornton.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsGilas will also seek to retain the Southeast Asian Games gold medal starting August 20 in Kuala Lumpur and will play in the Fiba Asia Championship just days before that in Beirut in Lebanon as it tries to improve on second place finishes in the last two editions.The Jones Cup team will be practically the same squad that will play in those two tournaments with the PBA set on lending its biggest stars only in the World Cup Qualifying process that starts in November. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong “[That’s why] it’s nice to get momentum going to the bigger tournaments,” Ravena, a former UAAP MVP who is entertaining thoughts of making the jump to the pros in the coming Draft, added. “This will really count for Gilas.”Mike Myers will play as the import in the Jones Cup as the Gilas Cadets led by RR Pogoy, Jio Jalalon and Matthew Wright get their international baptism of fire, with the tournament definitely to prove tougher than the Seaba, which the Filipinos ruled with ease two months ago.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View commentslast_img read more

first_imgView comments Buoyed by a big Filipino crowd at MABA Stadium, the Philippines fought hard, but Indonesia proved to be too much in the end as a familiar narrative was rewritten.The Filipinos also yielded to the Indonesians in the 2015 SEA Games with Natasha Christaline leading the way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingChristaline was brilliant yet again, scoring 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field. Yuni Anggraeni also made a big impact with 16 points and 11 rebounds.The setback to Indonesia, just like before, dealt a huge blow to the Philippines’ bid to bag its breakthrough gold medal in women’s basketball. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Perlas took a 41-34 lead at the half but its shooting turned sour in the second half while Christaline caught fire for Indonesia, which gained a 59-50 advantage entering the final frame.Allana Lim had 15 points for PH, which ripped Singapore, 88-54, in the opener, while Camille Sambile added 14.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Joshua open to MMA crossover fight NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Perlas Pilipinas quickly lost its luster, dropping a 78-68 decision to Indonesia just a day after its sparkling debut against Singapore in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonylast_img read more

first_img bayern munichharry kaneserge gnabryTottenham Hotspur First Published: October 2, 2019, 7:28 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. London: Serge Gnabry scored four second-half goals as Bayern Munich embarrassed Tottenham 7-2 in the Champions League on Tuesday — the biggest-ever margin of defeat suffered by an English team at home in any European competition.The Bundesliga champions fell behind to an early Son Heung-min goal but then clicked into gear, producing a ruthless display of finishing in the north London rain as Spurs fell apart. Harry Kane briefly gave the home side hope with a penalty to reduce the deficit to 4-2 but that was merely the prelude to another masterclass in finishing from the five-time European champions.”It was a great evening for Bayern Munich and for German football,” said Bayern boss Niko Kovac. “Playing this way here in England is really unique.””I have compassion for my colleague (Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino),” he added, praising the “amazing” Gnabry and Manuel Neuer for his display in the Bayern goal.Spurs, who reached the Champions League final in June, where they lost to Liverpool, also had a sluggish start to the competition last year, winning a single point from their first three games.But Pochettino faces a huge task now to lift the team after this humbling at their new ground following an unconvincing start to the season.The Spurs boss urged his side to stay together despite the traumatic defeat, saying the timing of Bayern’s second goal just before half-time was a hard blow.”The most important thing is to stay calm, no rushed analysis, no rushed judgement, no rushed assessment,” he said, praising the clinical finishing of Bayern, who had 11 shots on target.”You need to show your quality like a man first,” he added. “To face it like a professional. This type of situation you have to show your quality, how you are strong.”The early exchanges gave no clue about the carnage to come.Tottenham’s deserved early lead was wiped out 194 seconds later by Joshua Kimmich but the home side went toe to toe with Bayern for most of the first period.Bayern forged ahead on the stroke of half-time, though, thanks to a superb finish from Robert Lewandowski, who picked up the loose ball at the edge of the area and swivelled to fire into the bottom corner.GNABRY STRIKESThe second half belonged to former Arsenal man Gnabry, who struck four times as the visitors completed a rout. Lewandowski also scored a second.It was the first time Spurs had conceded seven goals in a home match in any major competition.The result leaves Bayern in pole position in Group B with two wins from two matches while Spurs have just one point after seeing a 2-0 lead wiped out in their opening game against Olympiakos.But despite their poor start they are just two points behind second-placed Red Star Belgrade, who beat Olympiakos 3-1 on Tuesday.Bayern extended their advantage eight minutes after the break as Gnabry broke at pace down the left and burst into the box before drilling into the bottom corner.Spurs’ misery was compounded as Gnabry struck again two minutes later, capitalising after Harry Winks lost possession.Pochettino’s men were handed a lifeline as the referee pointed to the penalty spot for a foul on Danny Rose, with Kane reducing the deficit to 4-2 on the hour mark.But Gnabry sealed his hat-trick for Bayern in the 83rd minute after racing beyond the Spurs defence and slotting past Lloris from 15 yards.There was still time for Lewandowski to side-foot home a sixth for the German giants and Gnabry was able to add his fourth, and a seventh for Bayern, in the 88th minute. last_img read more

first_imgWorld No.1 tennis star Novak Djokovic has a potential semi-final encounter with clay expert Rafael Nadal, while defending champion Serena Williams could face Angelique Kerber on course to the women’s singles final after the draw took place at the French Open on Friday.DJOKOVIC GETS A FAVOURABLE DRAWThe top-seeded Serbian Djokovic, who holds 11 Grand Slam titles but still seeks his first ever French Open title, will open his campaign against Chinese Taipei’s Lu Yen-Hsun, the world No.100, and will avoid all top ten seeds except Czech Tomas Berdych before the semi-finals, reports Xinhua.Nadal, having been promoted to fourth seed after Roger Federer withdrew, could meet local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals as the Spaniard is chasing his 10th Roland Garros title.MURRAY COULD MEET NISHIKORI IN QUARTERSIn the other half of the men’s singles draw, second-seeded Scottish Andy Murray is heading to a possible quarter-final collision against fifth-seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori, while defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka is on course to meet Canada’s big server Milos Raonic in the last eight.France’s hopes of triumph for the first time since Yannick Noah in 1983 were hit on Friday morning when former semi-finalist Gael Monfils pulled out due to virus infection.SERENA, AZARENKA DRAWN IN SAME HALFOn the women’s front, top seed American Serena, who takes on Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia in her opening round, has been drawn into the same quarter with former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka before taking on Australian Open winner Angelique Kerber in a potential semi-final clash.advertisementSecond seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland heads the draw in the other half with Simona Halep in the same quarter and Roberta Vinci and Garbine Muguruza wait in the other quarter.With the ailing U.S. Open semi-finalist Peng Shuai dropping to the 464th in the WTA rankings and having failed to earn a wild card from the French organisers, three Chinese enter directly into the French Open main draw.Australian Open quarter-finalist Zhang Shuai picks up Kazakhstan veteran Galina Voskoboeva in her opening match and the 2014 Asian Games champion Wang Qiang faces French wild card holder Tessah Andrianjafitrimo.The French Open, featuring a total prize money of 32,017,500 euros ($35886814.88), starts on Sunday and ends on June 5 with the men’s singles final.last_img read more

first_imgPakistan have never beaten India in a World Cup encounter but skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed said his team will treat every match at the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup “as a match against India”.Speaking to the press before Pakistan’s departure for England, where they play a 5-match one-day international series, before the start of the World Cup.”For us all nine matches are important so we will take every match as a match against India,” said Sarfaraz.The India vs Pakistan blockbuster match is scheduled to be played at Old Trafford in Manchester on June 16.Sarfaraz also said that Pakistan would take the confidence from the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, where they defeated India in the final by 180 runs, saying: “We have beaten India in a bigger event recently so we will have that advantage”.When the Pakistan skipper was asked about the controversial omission of pace bowler Mohammad Amir, Sarfaraz said, “Amir has an opportunity to improve in the coming five-match (series).””We have a very good bowling combination as we have picked six fast bowlers to rotate during the ODI series against England,” Sarafaz said.Bags packed, good to go! #WeHaveWeWill@SarfarazA_54 @MHasnainPak @FakharZamanLive @AasifAli2018 @iamamirofficial pic.twitter.com/sPyYq3qFf7Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) April 22, 2019The Pakistan cricket team also met with Pakistan’s only World Cup-winning captain and current Prime Minister Imran Khan.”It was a very good meeting,” Sarfaraz said when asked about the meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan.”Imran Khan told us to fight boldly (during the World Cup) and gave us very useful tips during an hour-long meeting,” Sarfaraz said.advertisementPakistan’s World Cup squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (WK & C), Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib MalikAlso Read | Pakistan’s Sarfaraz Ahmed likes underdog label for World Cuplast_img read more

first_imgPrimera División Athletic Club vs Barcelona: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Goal Last updated 2 years ago 14:53 10/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andres Iniesta Lucas Digne Lionel Messi Barcelona La Liga JOSEP LAGO Primera División Athletic Club v Barcelona Barcelona Athletic Club Ernesto Valverde visits his old club on Saturday in a game the Blaugrana will be keen to win in order to keep their advantage at the Liga summit Ernesto Valverde is in for a poignant homecoming on Saturday as the Barcelona coach takes his new side to the Basque Country to face Athletic.La Liga has so far looked easy for Valverde, who has eased into a four-point lead over second-placed Valencia with eight wins in Barca’s first nine league outings. Athletic, however, are never an easy prospect in San Mames, and in spite of an underwhelming start to the season this weekend’s clash should be a blockbuster for fans. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Athletic Club vs Barcelona Date Saturday, October 28 Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Unai Nunez, Athletic Bilbao 2017/18In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football or by stream via Sky Go.In addition, dabblebet customers with a funded or active account can watch and bet on the match live. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go / dabblebet In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on beIN Sports and by stream via beIN Sports Connect. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Athletic players Goalkeepers Kepa, Herrerin Defenders Boveda, Saborit, Laporte, Lekue, Etxaita, Nunez Midfielders Benat, San Jose, Iturraspe, Susaeta, Rico, Vesga, Garcia, Aketxe, Cordoba Forwards Williams, Merino, Aduriz The Basque side continue to struggle with the absence of Iker Muniain, who suffered a cruciate ligament tear in September and is expected to miss at least six months of action.Oscar De Marcos and Mikel Balenziaga also miss out for the hosts, who will be back in action in the Europa League midweek.Potential starting XI: Kepa; Lekue, Unai Nunez, Laporte, Saborit; Iturraspe, San Jose; Williams, Raul García, Cordoba; Aduriz.. Position Barcelona players Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Mascherano, Digne, Umtiti, David Costas, Alba Midfielders Rakitic, S. Busquets, O. Busquets, D. Suarez, Paulinho, Roberto, Gomes Forwards L. Suarez, Messi, Alcacer, Deulofeu Barca have a few long-term injury issues in the squad. Ousmane Dembele continues on the sidelines and is not expected to be back before the new year, while Rafinha has gone under the knife for a knee problem.Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal are carrying minor niggles and miss the trip, along with Andres Iniesta, but Valverde can nevertheless field a strong squad in a game he will be itching to win in his old stamping ground.The likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, meanwhile, enjoyed a rare midweek off as Barca rotated for the Copa del Rey, and will be raring to go as they return to the starting line-up this weekend.Potential starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Paulinho, Rakitic; Deulofeu, Messi, Suarez..BETTING & MATCH ODDS Lionel Messi BarcelonaBarcelona are 4/9 favourites to win, according to dabblebet , with Malaga priced at 11/2 and the draw available at 15/4.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets. GAME PREVIEW Ernesto Valverde BarcelonaAfter the Supercopa debacle that marked Ernesto Valverde’s first games in charge at Camp Nou, even he must have been surprised by the imperious form that followed.Barcelona have won eight and drawn one of their nine games to date in La Liga, adding for good measure three consecutive Champions League wins for a near-perfect start to the season. Midweek it was the kids’ turn to shine with victory in the Copa del Rey over Murcia, but on Saturday the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will return in a special game for Valverde. It was, after all, four years of sterling service at Athletic that helped seal Valverde’s appointment as successor to Luis Enrique, and the coach is guaranteed a warm welcome when he walks out at San Mames on Saturday. Valverde, however, will not be fooled by the formbook ahead of this clash. Athletic may have under-performed so far under Jose Ziganda, currently sitting 11th with just three wins in nine, but the Basques can never be taken lightly.last_img read more

first_imgA generic view of a goal line marker.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Alliance of American Football made its debut just over two weeks ago and has been dominating the headlines since. While most of the news has been positive, a new report suggested the AAF had trouble paying its players.According to a report, the AAF failed to pay its players for the first week of competition. The AAF released a statement, calling the non-payment a “glitch” in the system rather than a lack of funds.Regardless, it’s a bad look for the new league as it looks to gain legitimacy as a developmental league for the NFL. Former draft busts and college football stars looking to get back in the good graces of the NFL will have to fight through the new league’s struggles in its inaugural season.One of the biggest names in the AAF is former Alabama star Trent Richardson.The former No. 3 overall pick failed to make it in the NFL and now he’s struggling in the AAF.Richardson is averaging just 2.4 yards per carry this season – though he does have three touchdowns in two games.He’s hardly the only former college star struggling. Former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is completing just 50-percent of his passes and hasn’t thrown a touchdown yet this season.It’ll be a tough road back to the NFL for both players.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defence (CADE) has given an unconditional clearance to the proposed merger of the container shipping activities of Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV) into Hapag-Lloyd. The German and the Chilean shipping company signed a binding business combination agreement in April 2014. Its implementation is subject to the approval of regulatory authorities. Among others, the Department of Justice of the United States, the European Union (EU) and Chile have already cleared the planned transaction. Approvals of a few jurisdictions are still pending.The transaction will make Hapag-Lloyd the fourth largest container shipping company in the world, with some 200 vessels, an annual transport volume of 7.5 million TEU and a combined turnover of around EUR 9 billion (USD 11.3bn).Press Releaselast_img read more

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) plans to launch two new services between Asia and Australia under a vessel sharing agreement (VSA) with three European carriers, starting from May 2017. To be jointly operated by MOL and Denmark-based Maersk Line, the new Asia-Australia Express will be a pendulum service, linking Northeast Asia to Australia and Southeast Asia to Australia.Under the VSA, MOL will operate three ships and Maersk Line will operate nine ships. The Asia-Australia Express will serve as a replacement for the existing AU2 and AAB/AAT services, according to MOL.Port rotation of the Asia-Australia Express service will be as follows: Yokohama, Osaka (Japan), Busan (South Korea), Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo (China), Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Fremantle (Australia), Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia), Singapore (Singapore), Laem Chabang (Thailand), Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Yokohama.The second service, the China-Taiwan-Australia Express (CAE service), will connect China, Taiwan and Australia. The CAE service will be jointly operated by German-based Hamburg Süd, Maersk Line and Switzerland-headquartered Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).According to MOL, the CAE service will serve as a replacement of the existing AU1 service.The CAE service will include the ports of Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Xiamen, Nansha, Hong Kong, Yantian (China), Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane (Australia) and Kaohsiung.In addition, MOL’s existing NZ1 and NZ2 services will also be enhanced by adding Brisbane port of calls in NZ1 service and Sydney port of calls in NZ2 service.Separately, MSC informed about the service upgrades related to the VSA between the four shipping companies that will come into force in May 2017.MSC’s said its Wallaby Service to and from North East Asia will continue to operate the following port rotation, while maintaining the same transit times: Yokohama, Osaka, Busan, Qingdao, Shanghai (Yangshan), Ningbo, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Yokohama.The company said that the last vessel on the current VSA will be ER France, with an estimated time of arrival in Yokohama on May 2, 2017.Another MSC’s service, the Panda Service, will see improved South China coverage as a result of the additions of Xiamen and Nansha ports.The rotation of the Panda Service will be as follows: Kaohsiung, Xiamen, Nansha, Hong Kong, Yantian, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Kaohsiung.The last vessel on the current VSA will be CAP FRIO, with an estimated time of arrival in Kaohsiung on May 4, 2017, according to MSC.last_img read more

first_imgBraces can help you get straight teeth but it may not always bring happiness and self-confidence, a study suggests. A recently published study followed 448 13-year-old kids from South Australia in 1988 and 1989. By the time that they turned 30 in 2005 and 2006 more than a third of them had received orthodontic treatment. “The study, examined if having braces lead to a greater level of happiness or psychosocial outcomes, later in life. There was a pattern of higher psychosocial scores in people who did not have orthodontic treatment meaning people who hadn’t had braces fitted were happier than the ones that did have braces.” Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”Those who didn’t have braces had varying levels of crooked teeth, just like those who had braces treatment –ranging from mild through to very severe,” researcher said. The study looked at four psychosocial aspects: how well people felt they coped with new or difficult situations and associated setbacks; how much they felt that could take care of their own health; the person believed that the support they received was from their personal network and their own level of optimism. “These indicators were chosen because they are important for psychosocial functioning and are relevant to health behaviours and health outcomes; since the core research question was the impact of braces treatment on patients’ self-confidence,” they added. During the study, a dental student, who has never had braces fitted: “My orthodontist recommended that I have braces fitted but I’m quite happy without them.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said the government should have taken chief ministers’ views before changing the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission, adding that unilateralism is not good for federal policy and cooperative federalism. Earlier in July, the Centre changed the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission and mandated the panel to suggest ways for allocation of non-lapsable funds for defence and internal security. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalSpeaking at an event here, Singh said any change in the panel’s terms of reference at the fag-end of its term should have been done in consultation with the states. “The best course would have been for the Central government that if it wants to tailor the terms of reference, it should be backed by Chief Ministers’ Conference, which is now under the auspices of NITI Aayog, otherwise there would be strong feeling that the (Central) government is trying to rob the states of due resource allotment. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”I think that it is not good for the federal polity of our country and cooperative federalism we all swear by these days,” Singh said while addressing the ‘National Seminar on Additional Terms of Reference of the 15th Finance Commission: Implication for the States’. “The commission’s report goes to the finance ministry and then it goes to the Cabinet and therefore government of the day can take a view that whatever the mandate of the Parliament, the government would abide by that rather than imposing its view unilaterally on the reluctant state commissions,” he added. The government on November 27, 2017 notified the 15th Finance Commission, headed by N K Singh, to suggest the formula for devolution of funds to states by the Centre for five years commencing April 1, 2020, among other issues. The commission, which has been mandated to use 2011 census data rather than the one of 1971 for resource allocation, was to submit its report by October 30, 2019. The deadline was later extended till November 30, 2019. “I respectfully request to the authorities to still take this view that they will go by the advice of the Chief Ministers if there is new controversy with regard to additional terms of reference of the commission,” the senior Congress leader said. “I am told once upon a time, the 9th Finance Commission took the view that it will be guided by the Constitutional mandate and will do the fair distribution of taxes, though I don’t know that whether this (15th) commission is going to adopt that line of thought. But…internal security as well as defence are subjects which are of great national importance,” Singh added. About the role of the commission, he said, “There are certain basic issues like allocations for health, education and other important subjects, environment protection, where all states have a legitimate interest. What should be done by the government is to evolve a broad national consensus in dealing with all these issues, otherwise there would be bickering and dissatisfaction. This is not good for the federal polity of our country.” He was of the view that cooperative federalism demands give and take and therefore it is very important that the Centre should take the initiative to consult states as often as necessary to carry them along. “It’s rather odd for the government to come up with additional terms of reference. Most of the states have already gone to the commission with their requirement and now you impose another terms of reference on the commission, which would complicate its work. That is certainly not good for the federal polity and cooperative federalism that we desire should flourish in the country,” he added.last_img read more