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South Africa benefits from renewables

first_img15 June 2015In the fog of confusion caused by the chaos at Eskom, we lost sight of where the government had done really well in the area of power generation, said investment director Rob Spanjaard.He said the state-run renewable energy programme had won international awards for its efficiency and impact and its success could provide a model to help Eskom out of its difficulties, which were currently dragging the whole economy down.Spanjaard, the investment director and portfolio manager at Rezco Asset Management, said before the implementation of the state’s renewables programme, wind generation projects were about to be approved at a cost of 125c per kilowatt- hour (kWh).“The government, under the auspices of the Department of Energy, then did some amazing work and developed the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme [REIPPPP]. Companies and consortia were in 2009 invited to competitively bid around clearly constructed criteria.“Round one bids were accepted at 115c/kWh, round two came in at 100c/kWh, round three at 74c/kWh, and by the time round four was reached in August 2014, the bid price had dropped to 62c/kWh. The same process caused solar power to be bid down from 275c/kWh in round one to 79c/kWh in round four.Cost of coal generation“This should be compared to the expected cost of 128c/kWh of new coal power from Medupi. Coal-generated cost increases to 168c/kWh if the cost of infrastructure like dams is included. The final costs of nuclear power are forecast to be more expensive than coal. These renewable energy projects are very profitable to the bidders, so there are increasing numbers of groups bidding for the projects available. At the last round, only 20% of bidding projects were selected,” Spanjaard said.The REIPPPP had already brought power and hope to communities that had never had access to basic services. The Duineveld township in !Kheis Municipality in Northern Cape was one such example, where 300 households benefited from the renewable energy programme.Led by Acwa Power Southern Africa, the project won the African Community Project of the Year award at the African Utility Week on 14 May for connecting 300 homes through 75 watt photovoltaic solar systems, making it possible for children to do their homework at night.The community project formed part of an IPP programme called Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Park, located in Groblershoop, Northern Cape. Once completed, the solar park will add 50MW of clean energy to the national grid.REIPPPP is inspirationalOn 16 April, the Department of Energy approved 13 more new renewable IPP bids, which means there will now be 79 REIPPPP projects with 5 243MW being added to a national grid desperately in need of power.“The renewable programme is inspirational and visionary,” bid-winner Andrzej Golebiowski of Scatec Solar told Fin24 at the time.“It’s really big on a global scale. It’s over 4 000MW they [Department of Energy] are planning to award this year. It’s going to make it by far one of the biggest markets globally for renewables. That’s pretty impressive,” Golebiowski said after his company won three bids to produce solar energy in South Africa.His projects – solar photovoltaic Sirius Solar PV Project One, solar photovoltaic Dyason’s Klip 1 and solar photovoltaic Dyason’s Klip 2 – will collectively add 225MW to the grid.Spanjaard said these investments in energy benefited the country in many different ways, over and above energy generation.“In the process the country got an unbelievable bargain. Currently, 5 200MW has been approved at a capital cost of R168-billion. The project winners had to supply all their own capital. About 40% of the spend is now local content and thousands of jobs have been created,” he added.“In addition, billions will be donated to community projects over the life of the projects, and all projects have to be [black economic empowerment] compliant.“The projects take about 12 to 18 months to get up and running from the time of approval, as compared to 10 years at Medupi.”Tax instead of subsidiseReferring to Eskom, he said the state got to tax the projects instead of having to subsidise a loss-making state entity. South Africa also got to protect its environment and, finally, the country got much-needed cheap electricity, he said.There were some basic lessons that could be learned from the Department of Energy’s renewable energy programme.“The lessons have nothing to do with privatisation or even renewable energy. The state – anywhere in the world – works best when it regulates, takes the position as referee, forces groups to compete openly and transparently, and then taxes them.“At the very least the government should analyse what has worked so spectacularly well for [it] in one area of power generation and apply these lessons to Eskom.”Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

The impact, profile and reputation of South Africa on the African continent

first_imgBrand South Africa and the South African Research Chair Initiative in African Diplomacy is hosting a roundtable on South Africa relations with fellow African countries at the University of Johannesburg. Based on Brand South Africa’s SA Inc research project, the findings that will be shared will provide a holistic view of South Africa’s impact on the continent.Johannesburg, Monday 14 March 2016 – One of the objectives of Brand South Africa’s research in peer African markets is to develop a more integrated and holistic understanding of the full spectrum of South African activities in peer markets.Brand South Africa, in partnership with the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARCHI) Chair in African Diplomacy (University of Johannesburg) invite media to a roundtable where findings from research in Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Angola will be shared.Key issues to be interrogated include:Lessons from a market entry strategy point of viewCultural competency when engaging with peers across the continentLessons from South African expats and expertise in key marketsThe reputation profile of South Africa – beyond policyLessons on the need for creative interventions to share expertise and experiences between government, business, and academia to build national competence and enhance African integration.All guests, including media, are requested to bring along any form of identity (Licence, I.D, Passport) as well register their car by providing the model/make and registration number of the vehicle when confirming attendance.Join the research roundtable  as follows:Date: Wednesday 16 March 2017Time: 09h30-12h30Venue: University of Johannesburg – Kingsway Campus library, Level 5 AuditoriumRSVP: Please confirm your attendance with Tsabeng Nthite ontsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About SARCHI Chair in African DiplomacyThe National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARCHI) Chair: African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy is a newly established research and post-graduate training initiative under the aegis of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Johannesburg. Headed by Prof Chris Landsberg, it seeks to respond to the fluctuating state of Africa’s international affairs by developing a research and outreach agenda embedded in strong basic and applied primary research.Join the conversation at: #SANationBrand. Follow us on Twitter using @Brand_SA and on Facebook. Tell us how you Play Your Part for South Africa through the website or the @PlayyourpartSA Twitter page.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5041Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email: tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Trade on likelihood not hope

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Have we hit the market low?Many wonder if the market low has passed because markets frequently rally going into October. I’m not sure for several reasons.There are hints that China may start exporting some corn for the first time in 10 years.Harvest is starting slower than usual. Friday I drove from Lincoln, Neb. to Minneapolis and was surprised with how few acres were harvested along I-80 and I-35. I get a sense the market hasn’t been affected much by harvest pressure.Yields are expected to be big this harvest. In fact, some elevators in the western Corn Belt have already started limiting dumping hours.While many farmers are very reluctant to sell at current levels, some landlord shares may get sold across the scale, which may push prices lower in the next few weeks. Harvest reportsCorn is drying fast in the field. Within a week moisture levels on our farm went from 20% to below 15%. Harvest is about 50% over our farm but probably only 20% for most of the Midwest.Corn yield reports can be best described as “variable” in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Ohio. Most clients tell me their yields are exceeding August estimates. As for beans, the word “record” is being used a lot. Guessing or managingMany farmers tell me they do well at picking prices. Maybe some do, but many do not. If farmers were good at predicting prices, most would have sold their 2015 crop for over $4 and would have their 2016 crop already sold for $4.25. However, most farmers didn’t get $4 for their 2015 corn and few have much 2016 sold. Sadly, many farmers are fooled into thinking they are good at guessing prices, when in actuality they probably have been lucky.Some farmers have the misconception that I try to predict prices and sell at the high. Unfortunately, I don’t know when the market will be at its highest. And here’s the thing: no one else knows either.Instead I try to “manage” the market. What does this mean? Know your breakeven points and be prepared to sellSince I don’t know where the market will go, I need to be prepared to sell all the time. That way I can take advantage of opportunities when they become available. The key is knowing your breakeven points and selling when the market hits adequate profit levels, because this may end up being the top of the market. Every time I sell, I actually hope it’s the worst of the year. Consider all scenariosI set up trades based upon what is likely to happen, not what I hope will happen. While I always hope the market goes higher, I know for sure it won’t stay at the top. The prices from five years ago won’t be available in most years. For instance, the last time futures were $4.50 was two years ago. It’s been three years since corn hit $5. Therefore, since $5 corn has happened so infrequently in the last three years, I need to be realistic that it may not happen again for a while.Nevertheless, I’m still a farmer that needs to make a profit and I will always have more grain to sell. Therefore, I optimize my grain marketing strategy to take advantage of the market if it goes up, but also if it goes down. I even make trades where I profit if the market moves sideways. By taking into consideration multiple scenarios, I reduce my potential risk. Make a planIf you have any unpriced old corn, you need to create a marketing plan right now. In fact, if less than 50% of your new crop corn is unpriced you should sit down right now and develop a plan because you are adding more risk to your farm operation.A plan can be as simple as writing a note on your shop door that tells you to sell corn at desired levels. When that price comes, listen to yourself from the previous months and remember you always have more corn to sell. Maybe not today, but for sure in 365 days you will.If you’re not sure what prices to write down, start with pulling the following numbers:Yields: Pull the average yields for the last three yearsExpenses: Pull the costs for fertilizer, equipment, seed, gas, etc. for the last three years. Other than fertilizer these costs don’t adjust much year over year on our farm (and even fertilizer changes don’t change overall expenses that much). Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. 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Harvest moving forward for Between the Rows farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nathan BrownWe are pretty well wrapped up with our soybeans. We have shelled a little bit of corn but we still have quite a ways to go with that.Our beans were 8 to 10 bushels off of what they normally are. We did spray one or two fields with fungicide and those fields were yielding what we normally would see. So this may have been the year to spray fungicide and we suffered a little there.There was some frogeye, but maybe more than anything the overall plant health may have been the benefit of the fungicide. I don’t know that it was any one disease, just the overall plant health.The first soybeans we cut were on the dry side and the last load came out at 12.6% moisture. We’d cut soybeans for two days and then we’d sit for a week. The replants were planted the first part of July and didn’t come to maturity until the frost — that held us up.So far the corn we have shelled has been wet. The driest we have shelled so far was 18% to 19% and that was the first that was planted. The highest has been 26% moisture. Yield wise everything seems to be on par with where we should be on corn. We did spray fungicide on all of our corn ground and it is looking good. We are hoping to get another good couple days before more rain sets in.Most beans around here seem to be pretty well wrapped up but there is still a lot of corn to go. So far the corn is standing well.We flew some cover crops on the first part of September and we have gotten a couple of good rains in the last few weeks that have really brought them on. Everything we have harvested has cover crops on it now. We have our wheat sown Oct. 8. It is up and looks good, with a good stand and good color. We also planted some cover crops with a Turbo-Max with vertical-till machine and a seeder.It has been a rather delightful fall compared to last fall. Bean yields were down a little but we are pretty tickled with what we have. We have also still had some heat to bring things along this time of year. We have been grazing some of our summer cover crops with some feeder calves and we have been happy with their gains. Lamar LimingWe finished beans the beginning of last week and got the wheat in before that on the corn ground we chopped. We got done chopping but haven’t started shelling corn yet.The beans were below average, but for the year I was alright with it. The bean yields were anywhere from 35 to 68 bushels, but that is what we were expecting. Test weight was average and they dried down pretty well as late as some of them went in.The wheat is coming up and is not bad. I got it in around mid-October and we’ll just see what happens there.Around here there are some guys further ahead on corn than I am and there are still quite a few beans in the area that need to be taken off. We have not gotten a lot of rain the last few weeks, but we did get .9 over the weekend. This corn going in late last spring is still holding quite a bit of moisture. It was windy here yesterday but not that bad. The corn stalks are generally in pretty good shape.We are in good shape on feed for the cows. We have plenty of hay and the silos are both full. The quality is down so we’ll see what that will do for production moving forward. Dylan BaerWe got an inch of rain Saturday and we are are right on track with an inch a week. We did manage to get our beans finished on Thursday night and we got caught up on some tillage before the rains came.We were pleasantly surprised with the beans. Looking back, we maybe should have planted more beans. I think we will average between 50 and 55 across the board. I think our worst was 42 and our best was 58 or 59. We heard about some 60-bushel beans out there. We have had normal years where we planted in May where we only averaged 50-bushel beans so we can’t ask for much more than that. The last field we planted was on June 30 and it was our best field that went 58. We don’t know where that came from.We were able to get some sunshine this fall and it helped. The average moisture was around 14% and the quality was fine. Some fields had some good bean size to them and good test weight.We are looking forward to trying some corn the next dry spell we get. It won’t take us long to get that out. It has been a weird fall with limited acres on everything. We have been able to take things field by field and get them ready for next spring. We have only had spotty frosts, but it sounds like this week temperatures might fall off a little bit.The first round of wheat was planted Sept. 20 and it looks great, but we are almost worried about it getting too tall. We planted more around Oct. 8 and 10 and that wheat is also off to a good start.Andrew ArmstrongHarvest went well and we were actually able to finish a week ago Sunday. There was one day we weren’t able to run because of rain and that was it. We had another rain that soaked right in because it was so dry. We ran pretty hard and some of the corn we shelled was up to 24% and 25% moisture. We were able to lock in propane pretty cheap and had to dry some. We did leave a field at the beginning and came back to get it. We did not dry any soybeans. Most of them were around 11% moisture. There were parts of some fields where the beans were a little green yet where it had laid wet or got replanted. The blend is your friend — that is what we always say.We started with our most southern fields and we were pleasantly surprised with the results. It was not a record-breaker for corn, but above average. The beans were a little below average overall.For beans we had fields in the high 50s on down to 30s and 40s on the low side. For corn, it was everywhere. We had some close to 200 on down to about 140. We were really fortunate just to have crops to harvest, honestly.We did a little bit of fall tillage where we tiled a field. We got equipment cleaned up and put away.last_img read more

Volvo bets you’ll still want private, luxurious self-driving cars

first_imgBreak the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Tags:#IoT#Lyft#self-driving cars#Uber#Volvo Donal Power For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img Related Posts While many experts predict the demise of individually owned autonomous cars, Volvo is hedging its bets on premium private self-driving vehicles.The Car and Driver blog featured an interesting discussion with Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson. In it he said Volvo sees a future in premium self-driving cars, with buyers willing to shell out $10,000 extra for fully autonomous functionality.This runs contrary to the views of many industry experts, including Lyft co-founder John Zimmer, who sees private car ownership vanishing within a decade.See also: Three reasons self-driving cars aren’t driving public supportThey anticipate it will be replaced with new technology that enables fleets of self-driving cars to operate more like public transit. And Volvo recent’s partnership with Uber indicates that it’s not completely ruling out ride-sharing models with self-driving cars.However, it still sees value in a luxury niche for private ownership.“I think you still need to have a car which is not just fulfilling the transportation demand, but giving customers emotional value—a premium car,” said Samuelsson. “To make a car even more premium is one of the most interesting things.”Not only is Volvo one of the few auto makers to indicate there’s a potential market for both self-driving shared cars and private vehicles.So…how much with autonomous cost me?It’s also one of the first to put a ballpark dollar figure on the premium luxury car owners are willing to pay for fully autonomous private vehicles.“Such functionality should, for sure, be something close to $10,000,” said Samuelsson. “At the end of the day, customers will have to decide how valuable it is, but this is something we believe makes a premium car very attractive, and it also, we believe, makes it more profitable.”He says Volvo is targeting the consumer who is willing to pay more to use their time more effectively. Such as for a motorist who, for example, was stuck in traffic jams for an hour each day.“That hour could be used for something much more interesting,” he said. “Telephone conferencing, reading something, having breakfast with the kids. That is something we think is very important for Volvo.” 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Top Innovative Companies that Help Mom Sleep at Night

first_imgMother’s Day is just around the corner.  As we know, moms wear multiple hats, not just taking on the task of taking care of the smallest members of the family.  They are often going around the clock. To keep going, moms need a good night’s sleep. That way, they can recharge their batteries and take it all on again the next day. However, life doesn’t always give them that good night of sleep. That’s where technology has been able to step in and help. Some of today’s most innovative connected companies have developed solutions that give all those moms out there a few more Zs.Snoo BassinetExhaustion is mom’s number one stressor.  Sleeping like your baby? Up every hour on the hour? This is not how moms want to sleep.  Snoo is an innovative connected bassinet device that keeps baby safe and comforted. Using white noise, swaddling, and a gentle rocking, baby will be to sleep in no time — and so will Mom.  EcobeeWe all kid about our refrigerator talking to us.  How about the light switch? All these connected devices are great because it means less work for us. Now, the same goes for the thermostat. After all, once Mom hits the pillow, she should not have to get up again even to turn up the temperature in a particular room. Ecobee is the upstart competitor to Nest and is emerging as the clear leader.  Now, it’s possible to use the connected device to just heat up just the baby’s room with just one control. With help from Amazon, every mom can go to bed once and stay there until morning.Naturebox Healthy Snacks Moms make lunch every day for their families. However, there are those days where moms discover not everything goes as planned and there’s not enough time to make a good lunch for your kids. Or, there may fewer healthy ideas. Certainly, there has to be something better than Doritos Chips and Chips Ahoy Cookies.  Rather than staying up at night worrying about your kids’ nutrition, try Naturebox.  Not only are the snacks featured in these curated food boxes healthier, the selections taste great.  The company offers online ordering to connect moms directly to a very convenient way to create delicious, easy to make lunches each day. Kwik.meAmong the long list of tasks that moms have to handle each day is getting dinner on the table for the family. And, that includes dinner in the dish for the family pet. Also, there is the laundry and cleaning to do. What often happens is that all these tasks end up leading to memory loss about what’s in the pantry and what was long used up. Not to mention the rest of the family who forgot to tell you they finished up those chips. That’s where Kwik helps moms rest easy. It makes sure you’re never short of laundry detergent, dog food and more.  Plus, moms can skip those last-minute trips to the store. All you do is press the Kwik button and get a text message that confirms the online order that was just made. Greenlight CardWhen was the last time you reached into your wallet to fish out a $5 dollar bill to hand to your tween kid for a stop at the grocery store but you only had a $20?  “Bring me my change back!” As you are saying that, you are also realizing that you’ll never see that change again. Now upstart Atlanta-based Greenlight solves this problem. Plus, they’ll give your kids a sense of financial responsibility and freedom to put that mind at ease. Your child gets a card with the MasterCard symbol on it as well as their name on it.  It allows you to give your kids spending money without wondering how you’ll get the change back. In fact, you can even specify what store they can spend the money atReso.ioMoms start to lose sleep when they realize school breaks are just around the corner. Now, that organized, relatively peaceful day will be filled with kids wandering around the house letting you know they are bored. That’s where Reso comes to the rescue. This innovative company has curated local day camps, workshops, activities, and groups in local areas to help moms find and book places for their kids to make new friends, get exercise, and learn new things. Circle with DisneyWhile electronic devices and apps are great for entertaining kids, the problems moms face as the constant monitoring and nagging about not spending too much time on them, especially when homework and chores come first. What if you never had to ask your kid to get off Facebook? Imagine if Netflix or YouTube had a time limit no matter what device your kid was on. Circle Home pairs wirelessly with your home Wi-Fi. From there, moms can easily manage every device on that network. Using the Circle app means greater control over screen time while avoiding the arguments that cause moms stress. Skybell DoorbellEvery Tiger Mom wants to make sure their house is safe whether they are home with the kids or have stepped out to run an errand while the teenager of the house is left in charge of their little siblings. Skybell provides a way to ensure everyone is safe by watching whoever approaches the front door whether they ring the doorbell or not. The Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell has a camera and allows you to talk to the person at the door through a smartphone app even if you are not home at the time. This provides reassurance and dissuades any would-be criminal from seeing your home as an easy target. igloohome Smart LockNow that Mom knows who is at the door she can control who comes and goes. With the new Smart Lock Deadbolt 02 by Igloo Home, granting real-time access to the home for the cleaning crew, babysitter or relative is a simple keystroke away.With no-wifi needed and blutooth capable, this is one of the smartest, most advanced heavy-duty deadbolt locks on the market.Pubnub Secure IOT Network and Chat EngineWhile all these devices are great, how about installing, keeping them up and running and secure?  Pubnub is the world’s largest real-time network that handles all the details, including communication with devices like Snoo. They make sure your families data is secure from being broadcast over the internet. They even handle the secure chat application so that you can talk to support during the install. T-mobile Sync-up Drive by Moj.ioMoms worry, but their worry reaches new heights when any one of their “babies” starts to drive a vehicle. However, more vehicles and carriers like T-Mobile are starting to introduce ways to help lower this anxiety.  Solutions like Sync-up Drive powered by  tell mom where the family car is at all times.  Whether there is a check engine light or the car is stuck on the side of the road, Mom can be kept in the loop at all times.JavaPresseVery busy mom needs some good sleep but when they wake up a little help staying motivated (and caffeinated). Making sure everybody gets to school, makes it to soccer, has clean clothes, eats a snack, and gets their homework done can be exhausting.That’s where solutions like JavaPresse Coffee Company can come in handy. This specialty coffee club focused on fresh-roasted coffee, shipping every box out within two hours of roasting. JavaPresse’s all-natural and organically grown beans can help moms feel better about their contribution to the planet — and a lot better about their energy levels throughout the day. Best of all? No last-minute grocery store stops for coffee with their new monthly coffee delivery program.When Mom is HappyWhen moms get rest, they are happier and don’t focus on the many worries that often come to mind with a lack of sleep. With these 10 innovative connected device solutions, moms everywhere can sleep more soundly, worry less, and feel confident that their children, families, and homes are secure.   Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Connected Devices#mom#mothers day#smart home Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at Follow the Pucklast_img read more

Amarinder assures Sushma of action

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has assured Union Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj of action against the travel agent responsible for trafficking 39 Indians to Iraq, where they were abducted and killed. “Will personally look into the matter @SushmaSwaraj ji and ensure the most stringent action against the agents responsible for the heinous crime. Will keep you updated,” Capt. Amarinder said in a tweet on Sunday. On Friday, Ms. Swaraj had said the agent responsible for trafficking 39 Indians to Iraq was still operating his business in Punjab and sending people abroad. She had requested Capt. Amarinder to take stringent action against such illegal travel agents operating in the State. Ms. Swaraj had told Parliament in March that the 39 Indians, who were abducted by the ISIS terror outfit in Mosul in Iraq three years ago, were dead.Illegal network Addressing a national conference of the State women commissions in Delhi two days ago, Ms. Swaraj had urged them to crack down on the illegal network of agents operating across the country.Ms. Swaraj had said the commissions need to identify these illegal agents and give their names to the Chief Minister of their respective States for action.last_img read more

Two aides of prime accused remanded in CBI custody

first_imgTwo close aides of Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case in which the girl inmates of the home were sexually abused, were remanded in a five-day CBI custody by a court here on Wednesday. The special court hearing cases filed under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act passed the order, declining the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) request for a seven-day custody of Madhu and Ashwani Kumar – who allegedly posed as a doctor – and posted the matter to November 26 for further hearing. Madhu, who was grilled by the police on Tuesday afternoon, was arrested on Wednesday morning and made to undergo medical tests at the Sadar hospital, before being produced before the court, along with Ashwani, who was arrested the previous night. Madhu, who handled many businesses of Thakur, had told reporters that she was not hiding but did not appear before the probe agency as she was never named as an accused nor was a warrant issued against her.‘Privy to no secrets’ She had also claimed that she knew nothing about the goings on at the Balika Grih (shelter home for girls), was “privy to no secrets” and refuted the media reports that she used to liaison with influential people to promote Thakur’s NGOs, newspapers and other businesses. Kumar, who was arrested from his in-laws place in Fatehpur village under the Kurhani police station in the district, did not have any medical background. He learnt how to administer injections while sitting in the clinic of his father, a doctor, at Kurhani, about 30 km from Muzaffarpur town. He was associated with Thakur’s NGO “Sewa Sankalp Aur Vikas Samiti” and allegedly used to administer injections laced with sedatives to the shelter home inmates before they were subjected to sexual abuse, sources close to Kumar said. A number of people have so far been arrested in connection with the high-profile scandal, which came to light following a social audit of Bihar shelter homes by Tata Institute of Social Sciences.last_img read more

Row in Legislative Council over ruling on motion seeking expulsion of BJP MLC

first_imgLegislative Council chairman Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar’s decision to allow party group leaders to decide the fate of controversial BJP legislator Prashant Paricharak caused a stir on Thursday. The Council was adjourned after Shiv Sena legislators marched to the well when the Chairman — without passing a ruling — announced the motion to expel Mr. Paricharak moved by the Shiv Sena was not sustainable and a decision would be taken only by party group leaders later.This led to sloganeering and shouting by Sena legislators, who called the decision an insult to the armed forces on a day the country was praising their role in the India-Pakistan tensions. The controversial BJP-backed independent legislator was suspended for one-and-a half years for his controversial remarks on the wives of Army personnel in 2017. When the period of suspension ended, it was revoked by the Council last year. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MLC Anil Parab moved a proposal seeking expulsion of Mr. Paricharak for his controversial remarks. This proposal came up for ruling on Thursday, when Mr. Nimbalkar said that in his opinion the proposal could not be accepted until group leaders have adjudicated on it. “During the last session the decision was taken to allow group leaders to adjudicate on this matter and whether he [Paricharak] should be allowed in the house,” he said. Mr. Nimbalkar later told The Hindu that he was merely expressing his opinion as the motion was not sustainable on technical grounds. “I am bound by technicalities and not emotions. The ultimate decision will be by group leaders. I merely expressed a point of view,” he said. The Sena legislators trooped into the well and called the apparent decision an insult to the armed forces. “it is a grave insult to allow him (Paricharak) in the house when the armed forces are fighting a decisive battle,” Sena leader Diwakar Raote said. Mr. Parab later clarified that members had misread chairman’s words when he was only referring to the motion being adjudicated by the group leaders. Leader of the Opposition in the Council Dhananjay Munde alleged that the chairman was under pressure from the BJP, at a time when the country was dealing with a crisis on the border. “We must be discussing farmers and drought, instead the chairman decided to take up this motion when it was not even listed in the morning on the agenda,” he said adding it was a wrong time to take up the motion for adjudication.last_img read more

Hyper Court: Basketball at your fingertips

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRising star Kristine Cayabyab echoed Ravena’s sentiments.“It’s really a big help to young basketball players. The drills will really help you become a better player,” said Cayabyab, who watches her favorite player LeBron James’ highlights on YouTube.Here are the rest of the photos from the media trial:Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Access to basketball has never been this easy for aspiring basketball players and professional ballers alike.Nike on Saturday officially launched the Hyper Court app that gives exclusive basketball content to Filipino hoopers.ADVERTISEMENT Manalang bids goodbye to Adamson after ‘heartbreaking’ loss QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIEScenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC During the event, selected members of the media experienced what the interactive training is all about.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBasketball stars Kiefer Ravena, LA Tenorio, Jayson Castro and Jeff Chan helped conduct shooting and dribbling drills. The training routines are part of the Hyper Court app, which allows Filipino ballers free access to videos.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s very convenient knowing it’s in our hands and everybody is into technology nowadays,” Ravena, a two-time UAAP champion and MVP out of Ateneo told “It makes it accessible to everybody to have your own workouts, to figure out a way on how to improve their skill set and the app made everything possible for everybody.”Photo by Tristan Tamayo/“With my experience before, you have to do it the manual way. Go to a coach, training centers. but nowadays, we can maximize the technology that we have. it just made everybody feel like they can be a professional athlete and they can improve their game through the app.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more