ICC Test rankings: Steve Smith overtakes Kane Williamson, closes in on Virat Kohli

first_imgICC Test rankings: Steve Smith overtakes Kane Williamson, closes in on Virat KohliSteve Smith has been in sublime form in Ashes series, having amassed 378 runs in three innings at an impressive average of 126.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonAugust 19, 2019UPDATED: August 19, 2019 16:16 IST Steve Smith went on to score a valiant 92 in Lord’s Test. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia’s Steve Smith gained one place to reach the second position among batsmenKohli, who last featured in India’s 2-1 Test series win over Australia, is sitting on 922 points Smith is only nine points behind table-topper Virat KohliAustralia’s Steve Smith gained one place to reach the second position among batsmen while India skipper Virat Kohli retained his number one position in the latest ICC Test batsmen’s rankings.Steve Smith went on to score a valiant 92 in Lord’s Test after hitting successive centuries to steer Australia to a 251 run win over England in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston.Despite being banned for a year, Smith replaced Kane Williamson and is only nine points behind table-topper Virat Kohli.Pat Cummins, meanwhile, has strengthened his hold on the ICC Test Rankings for Bowlers, reaching career-high ranking points.Several Australians have made noteworthy strides in the batting rankings owing to their performances in the ongoing Ashes series. Travis Head climbed two spots to No.18, while Marnus Labuschagne has jumped 16 spots on the table to be No.82.Their English rivals, notably Ben Stokes (six spots up to No.26), Jonny Bairstow (seven spots up to No.30) and Rory Burns (17 spots up to No.64) have made advances too.However, Australia’s top-order players David Warner (down four), Usman Khawaja and Cameron Bancroft (both down five) have lost out.Meanwhile, Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne, whose brilliant 122 in the first Test helped his team claim a six-wicket win over New Zealand, has broken into the top 10, climbing four spots to No.8, the highest he has been in his seven-year Test career.Among bowlers, Archer, who returned match figures of 5/91 in his debut Test at Lord’s, has broken through in the rankings to 83rd. Jack Leach, who was playing only his sixth Test, climbed eight spots to be No.40. The left-arm spinner, who made his Test debut against New Zealand last year, has already picked up 24 wickets at an average of 24.16.advertisementAlso Read | I want to be 100 percent fit: Steve Smith on availability for 3rd Ashes TestAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Australia PM blasts English fans for booing injured Steve SmithAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow Virat KohliFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow ICC Test batsman rankingslast_img read more

Tourism Ministry to Adjust Advertising in US

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment has decided to adjust the country’s advertising schedule for the US market, after discussions with its team in the United States (US). “We will start advertising on November 26 to shore up our bookings in the US, and will have a three-week advertising blitz that will take us into the period before Christmas,” says Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill. The Minister was speaking at a press briefing, held at the Ministry’s New Kingston Offices on Thursday (November 15). Dr. McNeill pointed out that the US elections, held on November 6, would normally have a dampening effect on arrivals. However, with Hurricane Sandy affecting the north east US, it has “complicated the marketing challenge going forward.” “We are now considering the possible longer term strategies that will help us regain momentum in North America, while reinforcing our efforts in Russia, Central Europe and Scandinavia,” Dr. McNeill said. Sandy hit Jamaica on October 24 and caused the cancellation of 32 flights. When it hit the north east USA, 36 more fights were cancelled. Despite this, arrivals for the month of October were just marginally down over the similar period last year, less than one per cent at -0.9 per cent. “This was partly due to the positive performance we were having up to that point. In discussions with our partners, none of the airlines that fly out of the northeast have decided to reduce service, so we expect to see an improvement as we regain momentum,” Dr. McNeill said. He noted that there was no doubt that in the short and even medium term, the Hurricane’s impact on the northeast states could present challenges for Jamaica. “As I had indicated immediately after the hurricane, this is not a time for panicking, but a time for strategic planning on the way forward and reinforcing our relationship with our partners,” the Minister emphasised. He said based on the feedback from the Jamaica Product Exchange, and World Travel Market, the outlook for the upcoming winter tourist season in Jamaica “seems encouraging.”last_img read more

BW LPG Cuts Loss Sells VLGC Oldie

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed owner and operator of LPG vessels, BW LPG has reported a loss after tax of USD 7 million in the second quarter of this year, trimming down the corresponding loss of USD 55.6 million from 2016.“The loss of USD 55.6 million in the same quarter last year was mainly due to an impairment charge on vessels and available-for-sale assets of USD 76.4 million while there was no impairment charge in the current quarter,” the company said.EBITDA for the second quarter amounted to USD 39.6 million, down by USD 12.7 million from the same quarter last year mainly due to a decline in LPG spot rates.VLGC rates averaged USD 28.8 per ton on the benchmark Baltic route, nearly halving to USD 21 per ton after starting the quarter at USD 36 per ton. The weakness in freight was driven by worsening arbitrage economics leading to substantial cargo cancellations in the U.S. Gulf Coast and continued above-average fleet growth, the company said.The global VLGC fleet currently stands at 253 ships on the water, with 29 on order. Fourteen ships have been delivered year to date, while three have been committed for scrapping.“Heading into the third quarter, there has been an uptick of fixtures on the long-haul US to Asia route going via the Cape of Good Hope (the longer route) rather than via the Panama Canal. However, this positive development on the distance side of the shipping demand equation is continuing to be partly offset by the adverse impact of U.S. cargo cancellations,” BW LPG explained.In July, BW LPG signed a contract to sell VLGC BW Vision as part of the company’s fleet renewal strategy. The 2001-built vessel is expected to be delivered in September 2017, the company added.As World Maritime News reported, during the same month, BW LPG and Global United Shipping India Private Limited teamed up on the establishment of a joint venture in India, BW Global United LPG India Private Limited.The JV, set to become operational by the end of the year, will own and operate a fleet of VLGCs for the transportation of LPG within Indian waters.last_img read more

Province to Analyze Overall Government Spending

first_imgThe province will analyze its overall spending and procurement to provide better value for Nova Scotians. A request for proposals was issued today, Feb. 23, as part of the province’s Expenditure Management Review, said Deputy Premier and Treasury Board Chair Frank Corbett. “Nova Scotia spends roughly $1 billion procuring goods and services, everything from paper and pencils to oil, vehicles and office space,” said Mr. Corbett. “Nova Scotians expect government to make smart purchases and this analysis will help find potential savings while improving the quality of goods and services for Nova Scotians.” The province will look at all departmental spending, and purchases by NSCC, school boards, and the Housing Development Corporation. The initiative will encourage sustainable development of the local economy. Mr. Corbett said the province is interested in finding savings and government wants to ensure that businesses in Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada continue to benefit from provincial procurement, and take even greater advantage of it. This is the latest of a number of strategies by government to live within its means. Others include ending excessive end-of-year spending, holding the line on overall spending, reducing debt servicing costs, and implementing the change and innovation fund.last_img read more

Prolonged Canada Post mail service shutdown caused health risk in Fort Chipewyan

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsCanada Post is refusing to explain how it allowed mail to go undelivered in Fort Chipewyan, Alta., for nearly 10 days, putting the health of residents in this isolated community at risk as medical supplies ran dangerously low.A Canada Post spokesperson said mail service resumed Tuesday and “should start to become more regular as we continue to work on a more permanent solution.”Caroline Adam, health director for Nunee Health Board Society, said medicine like antibiotics and pain killers sat locked in a freight van for the duration of the post office shut down. Adam said health officials were preparing to take a financial hit and re-order all their medicine from Fort McMurray, Alta., to avoid a health crisis.Adam said Canada Post’s service shut-down posed a “serious risk to our community member’s health.” She said the Crown corporation did not bother communicating with the health board or other community organizations during the service shut down.“We were worried. It poses a health risk to our clients who depend on the medication that is sitting in the post office,” she said. “Nobody in the community knew what was going on.”Fort Chipewyan is home to many Mikisew Cree First Nation members and the Mikisew Cree have undeveloped reserve land by the hamlet. There is no all-season road linking the community to the rest of Alberta.Carley Smith, media relations manager for Canada Post, refused to answer repeated questions seeking an explanation for what happened and how the mail services shut-down could have lasted for nearly two weeks.“We have had some unexpected staffing issues. We are working as quickly as possible to resolve these issues and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” said Smith.Transport Minister Lisa Raitt is responsible for Canada Post. Raitt’s office said Canada Post is “an arms-length Crown corporation, responsible for its own operations.”Adam said it was her understanding that Canada Post had a part-time casual worker staffing the community’s post office, but medical issues forced the individual to leave the position. The Crown Corporation was then expected to have someone in place by June 9, but nothing happened and the mail kept piling up, undelivered.“I believe somebody should be reprimanded for allowing this to occur,” said Adam. “Especially in an isolated community where we depend quite solely on our mail delivery system.”Adam is sending a letter to Canada Post expressing concern over the situation.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Remains identified as missing woman Kimberly Cardinal in Alberta

first_imgChris StewartAPTN NewsA sad discovery for the family of Kimberly Cardinal after her remains were positively identified.St. Paul RCMP confirmed the discovery on June 25 and said the circumstances around Cardinal’s death are suspicious.She had been missing from Saddle Lake, northeast of Edmonton, since April.cstewart@aptn.calast_img

Towards constructive targets

first_imgThe university recently declared a war on black carbon through a decision to ban fuel-burning vehicles in the campus. The decision has gone down well with most university staff and students. But some have started citing ridiculous reasons for removing the ban. Late on Wednesday evening, a friend from Kashmir University (KU) sent me some photos which he had taken near the university’s iconic Iqbal Library. He wanted to show me how serene the KU campus looks these days without cars honking and whizzing around — and parked on roadsides in the campus following a recent decision by the KU administration to keep the campus free of diesel and petrol-propelled vehicles. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyThe photos looked soothing to the eyes and depicted an atmosphere of picture-perfect peace and tranquility, with students and academics walking in little groups of three, four or more in the campus. After all, when it comes to natural beauty and the charms of a university campus, KU can arguably take the crown, at least in South Asia. But oddly enough, some elements in the university , many of whom are academics, have started building pressure on the administration to remove this ban which aimed to make the campus healthier. For example, one staff member has raised questions about health emergencies, inter-departmental visits and offering prayers at the iconic Hazratbal shrine. All of these reasons do not hold water, considering that the university already has some electric cars and plans to buy more electric cars and e-rickshaws as part of its green mission even though the entire campus is just 1.06 square kilometres in area with a pretty good tree cover and comforting and restful gardens like Naseem Bagh. The Hazratbal shrine is just outside the main gate of the university. Also Read – The future is here!The ban was initially implemented for five days and was continued later as demanded by KUTA (Kashmir University Teachers Association). The association, as mentioned in the communication among KUTA members cited above, is in touch with the administration for making some more alternative arrangements in view of the continuation of the ban. Shakil Romshoo, who heads the Earth Sciences Department and is a strong proponent of the ban, wrote in response to the same post: “The movement and number of vehicles had increased a lot within the campus; and in absence of the regulation, it was going to get worse in future. All of us are enjoying the serene ambience of the campus since the ban was implemented. We need to be patient and support the initiative keeping in view the tremendous benefits of a vehicle-free campus.” He also cited the parking mess in front of each of the departments in support of his argument. Why KU needs to set an example In Kashmir, the government is struggling to cope with the proliferation of vehicles, for which lack of viable public transport is partly responsible. But in recent years, a growing middle-class has resulted in more vehicles on the roads. Thus, the number of vehicles has sharply increased. Bumper-to-bumper traffic on Srinagar’s roads are a common sight, especially in summers. The number of vehicles on the roads has doubled from over 7 lakh in 2010 to over 14 lakh (14, 881,90) in March 2017, as per the J&K Transport Commissioner’s office, foregrounding the need for better public transport. Widening of roads for accommodating additional vehicles and addressing traffic jams is the most common solution, which seems obvious to many people and policy-makers. But there is a fundamental problem with this idea as it involves more concretisation of land at the cost of the green area. Plus, many experts have argued that the widening of roads never addresses the problem as it encourages people to drive more miles and thus bring more cars on the roads. KU’s decision to ban vehicles inside the campus can set an example about why people should not become dependent on personal cars. The government can also take a leaf from KU’s decision and can improve public transport besides buying more electric buses in addition of the four buses it has got last month. The growing pollution in Srinagar is also a big concern and increasing traffic is one of the contributors to it. Romshoo, who was part of a study on growing pollution in Srinagar city, said that air quality of the Kashmir valley deteriorates significantly during autumn, with the level of PM2.5 touching 350 μg/m3 against the national permissible limit of 60 μg/m3. Romshoo said that vehicular traffic and biomass burning (burning of leaves and twigs for making charcoal) is also the main source of black carbon, which, he said, causes rapid melting of glaciers. “Average Black Carbon at Srinagar is the highest among all the observed high-altitude Himalayan sites,” he said while quoting from the study. Also, two years ago, the state government placed a ban on the burning of leaves iby ssuing circulars to various departments for its strict implementation. “With the onset of autumn, thick plumes of smoke rise up in different parts of the valley because of the open burning of abscised leaves, willow and poplar twigs releasing large amounts of air-borne particles (PM 2.5 and PM 10 which are particulate matter less than 2.5 microns and 10 microns) which include fine bits of dust, soot, harmful particles and toxic gases aggravating air pollution,” read the government order issued from the chief minister’s office. But this ban is affecting only the poor people who rely on burning of leaves and twigs for their livelihood. Why shouldn’t the middle class share the responsibility? KU has done well to bring the middle class under the polluters’ bracket! (Athar Parvaiz is an award-winning journalist based in Srinagar. He has extensively written on environment and climate change in recent years. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

UAE firm says it bought 3 tons of Venezuela gold

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An investment firm in Abu Dhabi says it has bought some 3 tons of gold from Venezuela amid that country’s political turmoil.Abu Dhabi’s Noor Capital posted a statement on its website early Saturday acknowledging the purchase after being called out in a tweet Thursday by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida.Noor Capital said it “does not engage in any illegal or prohibited transactions,” saying its Jan. 21 purchase was handled “per international standards and laws in place as of that date.”It added: “Until the situation in Venezuela stabilizes, Noor Capital will refrain from any further transactions.”The United Arab Emirates is a strong ally of the U.S., but has faced increasing criticism from American lawmakers over its conduct in the war in Yemen.The Associated Press read more

Côte dIvoire UN sets up inquiry on rights abuses during 2002 early

The United Nations has set up an Independent Commission of Inquiry for Côte d’Ivoire to establish the facts and responsibilities for the serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law which occurred in the country between mid-September 2002 and the signing of a peace agreement the following January. Violence flared up in the West African nation on 19 September 2002 with deadly attacks by elements of the armed forces. Refugees in Côte d’Ivoire reported losing their homes after government forces allegedly burned parts of the city’s immigrant districts during a security sweep. Shantytowns were also razed in government operations. Following clashes between government troops and rebels, a UN team termed Bouaké a “ghost city.” Tens of thousands of people fled across the border to neighbouring countries. After a ceasefire was brokered, in January 2003 the parties concluded the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement, which called for the establishment of the investigative panel announced Tuesday in Geneva. Bertrand Ramcharan, the Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the Commission will take into account the sub-regional dimension of the events in question and visit relevant countries neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire. The mission is set to last initially for three months. Commission members are Aref Mohamed Aref, a lawyer from Djibouti; Gérard Balanda, a judge from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC); Fatima Mbaye, a lawyer from Mauritania; Radhia Nazraoui, a lawyer from Tunisia; and Justice Almiro Rodrigez of Portugal, a lawyer and former judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). They are expected to begin their work shortly. Earlier this year, the Acting High Commissioner established, at the request of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, an inquiry panel that looked at alleged atrocities committed during demonstrations in Abidjan on 25 and 26 March of this year. read more

Syria Actions not words needed to save lives in East Ghouta –

“The UN is ready to move convoys into East Ghouta, and to evacuate hundreds of casualties, as soon as security conditions permit,” Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told reporters at Tuesday’s regular press briefing in Geneva.“In the current situation, that is not possible,” he added.Responding to questions, Mr. Laerke said that what people in East Ghouta and throughout Syria urgently needed is “the immediate implementation of the 30-day ceasefire, in accordance with the recent Security Council resolution,” calling on all sides involved of the conflict to abide by its terms.“Actions, not words, are needed to save lives in East Ghouta” he stressed. “Only a change in the situation on the ground will enable lifesaving programmes to be implemented.”Mr. Laerke maintained that if the Security Council-mandated ceasefire is not observed by all the warring parties, there can be no genuine cessation of hostilities.At the same time, Alessandra Vellucci, Director of the UN Information Service in Geneva, said the Organization was ready to act but “had to be sure that there were no obstacles, physical or administrative standing in its way.”She echoed Mr. Laerke in saying that a ceasefire required the full implementation of the Council’s resolution, reminding the press that it had been passed unanimously and needs to be fully implemented.For his part, World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson Tarik Jašareviæ said that a medical evacuation plan for East Ghouta had been drawn up in 2017, noting that “if and when the plan was implemented, the Syrian Red Crescent Society would be taking the leading role.”In response to a question,  Mr. Jašareviæ said that more than 1,000 names had been listed of potential evacuees from East Ghouta – some 600 of whom had been classified as moderate or severe cases.Mr. Laerke, added that Syrian government authorities would be involved when the evacuations took place.Responding to a question on the safety of persons being evacuated, Mr. Laerke said that all humanitarian actors agreed that the only way to guarantee their safety was for all sides in the fighting to accept the terms of the ceasefire. read more

Why Relief Pitchers Need A Better Stat Than The Save

FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (April 18, 2017), we’re joined by FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver for a discussion of why he thinks the save ruined relief pitching — and the new statistic he designed to improve it. Next, in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon, lead science writer Christie Aschwanden drops by to talk about whether we’re getting closer to seeing a marathon finished in less than two hours. Plus, a significant digit on fouls in the NBA playoffs.Here are links to what we discussed:Check out Nate’s piece on the goose egg, the metric he developed to revolutionize relief pitching.MLB.com columnist Joe Posnanski looks at how saves evolved from stat to game-changer.Can science help runners break the marathon’s two-hour barrier? FiveThirtyEight chats with experts about the possibilities.Kathrine Switzer, 70, the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon, ran it again this year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of her achievement.Significant Digit: 15, the number of free throws the Memphis Grizzlies shot in Monday night’s playoff game against the San Antonio Spurs, who shot 32. Although Grizzlies coach David Fizdale blamed the refs in a postgame press conference, FiveThirtyEight’s Kyle Wagner points out that his anger may not be entirely justified. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code read more

Working exhibit of surface mining machines

first_imgWith four months to go before it opens its gates, 381 exhibitors have now signed up to participate in Hillhead 2010 – the world’s biggest working quarry show, June 22-24 at Tarmac’s Hillhead quarry, near Buxton, England. Continuing demand for exhibit space throughout January and February has resulted in a complete sell-out of stands in the Main Pavilion, and plans are currently being put in place to extend the exhibition area within the Registration Pavilion. Likewise, strong demand for demonstration areas means that outdoor space is now also in very short supply with the few remaining slots filling up fast.As usual, equipment for all sectors of the extractive industries will be on show in June, including excavators, trucks, wheel loaders, crushers, screens and more, together with a vast array of ancillary equipment, materials and services.Since the last show in 2007, considerable development work has taken place at the exhibition site, particularly in the face demonstration area, where the splitting of the 24-m high quarry face and the creation of a new box cutting will improve and enhance the ‘live action’ loading and hauling demonstrations.This year’s show will also provide the launch pad for the latest phase of the British HSE’s ‘Target Zero’ health and safety initiative. A number of high-profile speakers will be contributing to the launch, to which senior industry executives, union officials and others associated with the advancement of health and safety in the industry have been invited. The launch event will take place in the ‘Industry Information Village’ located in the centre of the Main Pavilion. New for 2010, this innovation will bring together a group of key industry organisations in a 200m2 open-plan stand area, so that visitors can obtain a information on a wide range of subjects from a single location.The ‘village’ will comprise stands presented by The Institute of Quarrying, Institute of Asphalt Technology, Mineral Products Association (MPA), British Aggregates Association (BAA), Concrete Society, University of Derby, Mineral Products Qualifications Council (MPQC) and Proskills.For news of all the latest show developments, visit the Hillhead 2010 website — www.hillhead.com — where updates will be posted on a regular basis.last_img read more

Commissioning of Gem Diamonds PET and electric pulse technology pilot plant set

first_imgGem Diamonds looks to be only a matter of months away from commissioning a pilot plant that could help reduce diamond damage at its flagship Letšeng mine in Lesotho.In the company’s December quarter trading update, it said the $3 million pilot plant could reach the commissioning milestone at the end of the June quarter.The plant is set to test out both positron emission tomography (PET) to identify diamonds within kimberlite prior to the crushing process, and electric pulse technology to liberate the diamonds at the operation.During the company’s Capital Markets Day presentation last year, Gem Diamonds said it had carried out due diligence on the PET technology, a sensor-based sorting system that could be applied to scan kimberlite to identify the diamondiferous rocks.The technical due diligence concluded that the physics of the PET technology applied in the minerals industry was sound and functional, the scalability challenges identified could be addressed in the development and engineering phase, and value engineering was required to optimise the material handling and associated capital expenditure.In tandem with this, the company has looked at ways to liberate the diamonds identified by the PET technology without causing damage.In collaboration with the University of Johannesburg, it has developed a non-mechanical crushing system that uses electrical power to break the kimberlite. During last year, a prototype of this electric pulse technology was developed and successfully tested in Johannesburg, with further testing at higher altitude already being carried out at Letšeng.Gem said on its website: “The group believes that the advancement of these and other technologies to detect and liberate diamonds within kimberlite will change the future processing paradigm, with a commensurate increase in the overall profitability.”The pilot plant is initially expected to process tailings as part of the development of these technologies.last_img read more

Government outlines plan to tackle mortgage arrears

first_imgUpdated 5.55pmTHE GOVERNMENT HAS launched its plan to tackle the current mortgage arrears crisis.At the end of December 2012, there were 792,096 private residential mortgage accounts for principal dwellings in Ireland, of which 143,851 (18.2 per cent) were in arrears.  Some 94,000 (11.9 per cent) were in arrears of greater than 90 days.The approach to Mortgage Arrears Resolution can be read at this link (PDF).The documents state that possible solutions to mortgage arrears could include a split mortgage, where a lender splits a borrower’s unaffordable mortgage loan, with an amount set aside to or ‘warehoused’ at a later date. They also include deferring payment, or debt write-off.Strong actionFinance Minister Mr Michael Noonan was joined by Deputy Governor Matthew Elderfield from the Central Bank, and John Hogan assistant secretary in charge of banking policy in the Department of Finance at the launch of the plan today.Minister Noonan said that the government is at the point where it has all the legal underpinnings in place to allow it to take a very strong action on mortgage arrears, and that it is able to put forward a plan to deal with impaired mortgages.Also published today were the proposed changes to the Code of Conduct on Mortgage arrears. The amendments seek to ensure that borrowers are not subject to harassment, and that the borrower engages with the lender in a meaningful way.Banks will be required to meet specific targets which stipulate that: by end-June 2013, they should have proposed sustainable mortgage solutions for 20 per cent of distressed borrowers, and by end-September 2013, 30 percent, and by the end of 2013, the banks for 50 per cent of distressed borrowers.FrameworkThe framework applies to ACC, AIB, Bank of Ireland, KBC Bank, permanent tsb and Ulster Bank in relation to both principal dwelling homes and buy to let mortgagesElderfield said that it is realistic to expect “a substantial acceleration in the number of cases that are dealt with on a sustainable basis, improved prompt management of early arrears cases, and, more effective action to staunch the flow of new cases”.In some cases, where the borrower is insolvent and is at the threshold of repossession despite cutting their expenses right back, the Central Bank believes that some form of sustainable debt relief makes sense.He said that voluntary surrender of the property or repossession is a possible outcome under the targets “where the borrower’s ability (or unwillingness) to pay falls short of the recoverable value of the property”.Those borrowers who do not cooperate with their bank are liable under the revised Code to immediate commencement of legal proceedings and rule themselves out of possible participation in the new personal insolvency arrangement.“The process is designed to assist those who can’t pay – not those who won’t pay,” said Noonan, adding that repossession should and will remain the last resort.InsolvencyWork is taking place to get the new Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI) operational in 2013 to provide new options to people in mortgage distress and other debt by facilitating agreed arrangements to allow people stay in their homes.Regarding the Mortgage to Rent scheme, around 25 cases will be completed by the end of March but over 800, have been put forward for the scheme. Funding has currently been provided for 250-275 households to benefit from the scheme this year.A mortgage to rent scheme for local authority borrowers in arrears has also been set up and is being rolled-out nationally.Fianna Fáil finance spokesperson Michael McGrath TD described the plan as “long on aspiration but short on real action”, and criticised it for the additional power it gives to banks and its “failure to set any meaningful or enforceable targets”.Labour Party TD Ciaran Lynch welcomed the plan, saying that it contains “realistic and measurable targets” and “sets out a workable pathway towards addressing this crisis”. He added that the Oireachtas Joint Committee, on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform will monitor closely and carefully how the targets are met.Read: Banks ‘do not have a veto’ to block insolvency deals, insists Kenny>last_img read more

iPod Nano Hack Points to Video Apps Calendar Functionality

first_imgWhen PCMag reviewed the 6th generation nano, we knocked the tiny touchscreen music player points for all of the functionality that Apple had stripped from the device since the last version. Turns out the little iPod maybe actually have more capabilities than Apple is letting on.A hacker who performed a bypass of the device’s cache comparison, stripping the nano of its ability to revert its settings. Doing so allowed him to take a look at the player’s plists, Turns out that they’re awfully similar to those of its predecessor, featuring, among other things, Movies, TV Shows, Games, and Calendar functionality.The poster “hope[s] to enable these pretty soon,” so you may actually be able to turn the thing into a tiny iPod touch–just so long as you’re willing to do it yourself.last_img read more

Firefox 16 released with Reader Mode for Android web app support on

first_imgThe release of Firefox 16 may have been held back briefly, but it’s finally here. There are a few new features available regardless of whether you’re running Mozilla’s browser on your Android device or a Windows, Mac, or Linux system.First and foremost, support for web apps has made its way to the Firefox’s channel. It’s been about four months since initial support landed in Nightly builds, and Linux users can get in on the action, too. Initially Mozilla had announced that its focus would be on the larger install bases of Windows and OS X, but the community quickly responded to make sure that Firefox users on Linux weren’t left out.But while you may be excited that Firefox now supports web apps you might be wondering where you can go to install some. Unfortunately, you’ll need to be patient. Mozilla’s Marketplace isn’t quite ready for prime time yet.Android users can now tap into the Safari-like Reader mode, which reformats pages for more distraction-free reading. Once a page has finished loading, Firefox will display a small book icon in the Awesome Bar if it’s able to offer a conversion. Tap it, and the minimalist version will appear.On OS X systems, initial support for VoiceOver has been enabled by default. For developers, there’s a slick new toolbar that offers a sort of built-in command line for development and testing within Firefox. Loads of HTML5 goodies have been given the green light, too, including CSS3 animations, transforms, transitions, and IndexedDB. The battery and vibration APIs are also now supported by default — just in time for a flood of tablets that can run Firefox in Windows 8 mode.More at Mozillalast_img read more

St Johns College 2013 Art Show

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram St John’s College student’s work will be showcased at their annual Art Show, titled Paradise. To create their artwork, students used a diverse range of talents and materials – from pastel drawings to colourful oil paintings and grade 5 students’ 3D artworks made of recycled straws. Face painting, art work for sale, display of Prep to Year 12 art work, and live music will be available. Entry is gold coin donation. When: Thursday 12 September from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm Where: St. John’s Greek Orthodox College, 21 Railway Place, West Preston 3072 For more information, contact (03) 9480 5300last_img

US Producing Record Gallons of Biodiesel But Imports Also Increasing

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released final 2016 biodiesel and renewable diesel numbers. The numbers show that the U.S. is producing record gallons of American made biodiesel, however foreign imports of biodiesel and renewable diesel are capturing over a third of the market, limiting the potential for additional economic benefits to U.S. producers.Highlights of the final 2016 production numbers included:U.S. domestic biodiesel production reached 1.8 billion gallons, up from 1.4 billion gallons in 2015Total biodiesel and renewable diesel utilization in U.S. reached 2.9 billion gallons, up from 2.1 billion gallons in 2015Imports increased to over 1 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel, up from 670 million gallons in 2015The American Soybean Association (ASA) is actively engaged with industry partners on the U.S. EPA’s implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and urging Congress to extend and restructure the biodiesel tax credit to promote further domestic biodiesel production. These efforts will continue in 2017 with the new Administration and Congress, which is seeking to enact comprehensive tax reform.last_img read more

Nizamabad Resolve land disputes with teamwork

first_imgNizamabad: Stating that forest land disputes could be resolved with coordination, Joint Collector M Venkateshwarlu urged tahsil officers and forest officials to work together at field-level.He reviewed forest land reconciliation, Kalyana Lakshmi and Shadi Mubarak, civil supply and revenue issues at Pragati Bhawan here on Thursday. The JC said that VRO, surveyor, RI and tahsildar will form a team from revenue department and asked the forest department to decide who will participate in the joint inspection. These teams will check the records available to settle forest lands disputes and the facts can be found on the field, he added. The JC ordered speedy disbursal of Shadi Mubarak and Kalyana Lakshmi cheques to the beneficiaries.last_img