Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari is at the receiving end of the ire of political parties, which have demanded an increase in financial relief to nearly one crore rain-affected farmers in Maharashtra. On a day the Supreme Court criticised the State government for not implementing the previously announced assistance for the rain-hit Sangli and Kolhapur regions, the Shiv Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Monday demanded that the norms set by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) be expanded to give more help to farmers. By the end of the day, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had joined the chorus for a hike in compensation, along with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which demanded the relief amount be matched to the ₹50,000 given by the Delhi government. Sources in the Governor’s office said the package announced last week is already beyond what is recommended by the NDRF norms. The Governor on Saturday announced ₹8,000 per hectare up to two hectares for agricultural Kharif crops and ₹18,000 per hectare up to two hectares for horticulture/ perennial crops. This is a hike from the ₹6,800 per hectare suggested for agricultural Kharif crops, and an increase in the upper limit in all categories from ₹16,800 to ₹18,000. “The declared amount is already hiked and there is little margin for more improvement,” an official from the Governor’s office said. The Shiv Sena has demanded that the amount be hiked to ₹25,000 per hectare. The party held a protest outside Parliament on Monday, while an editorial in its mouthpiece, Saamana, criticised the Governor for the “low” amount. The Congress and NCP, too, have demanded compensation of more than ₹20,000. The AAP has gone a step ahead. Preeti Sharma Menon, national executive member of the party, said, “The Governor has announced ₹8,000 and ₹18,000 per hectare for Kharif crops and horticulture crops respectively, which is a pittance when compared to ₹50,000 per hectare, the highest in the country awarded by the AAP government in Delhi. The AAP demands that given the large-scale devastation of the Kharif crops due to unseasonal rain, the government declare ₹50,000 per acre as compensation for farmers immediately.”Senior officials said the assessment of the crop damage took time due to the model code of conduct being in place for the Assembly elections. This after aA Cabinet sub-committee headed by the then chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had approved ₹10,000 crore to provide immediate assistance to farmers. But the decision could not be formalised with the imposition of President’s Rule. According to an official estimate, major damage has been to corn, millet, and cotton crops. Senior officials said the overall relief package is worth near ₹8,000 crore to cover crop damage spread over 89 lakh hectares in Vidarbha, Marathwada, and parts of western Maharashtra.
zoomImage Courtesy: Flickr/Janko Hoener / CC-BY-SA-4.0. Luxembourg-based transportation company CLdN RoRo has canceled a contract with Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik for the construction of one roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessel.The contract covering one 5,500 lane meter ship (hull no. 531) was terminated on January 27, 2019, according to a filing issued on the Zagreb Stock Exchange.As explained, the contract was canceled due to Uljanik’s inability to deliver the newbuilding in line with the conditions stipulated in the agreement.Back in 2016, CLdN RoRo ordered two identical RoRo ships, originally scheduled for delivery in 2018.Designed for transporting wheeled cargoes, such as trucks, cars and semi-trailer trucks, the ships were part of the company’s expansion program including up to twelve new vessels.Following the cancellation of the RoRo ship, Uljanik received another termination of the shipbuilding contract today. The contract for one self-propelled cutter suction dredger was terminated by Dredging and Maritime Management SA (DMM) Luxembourg.The financially-troubled Uljanik is being hit with contact terminations amid the ongoing restructuring process. The shipbuilding group, which comprises the 3. Maj shipyard in Rijeka and the Uljanik shipyard in Pula, is seeking one or more strategic partners that would inject fresh funds into the company, helping it stay afloat.In a separate announcement published today, Uljanik confirmed the receipt of a number of bids from potential investors. The group’s management and other relevant parties are expected to evaluate these offers in the coming period.World Maritime News Staff
For us, that’s a challenge. If The New York Times Magazine is putting Nicki Minaj on its cover or T Magazine is putting Rihanna on its cover during the same cycle as us, we want to make sure that the way we’re covering that story is innovative, unique and high quality. For us, having Rihanna on our cover at the same time as Vanity Fair and T Magazine, I feel like our story really held up. That’s what this year has been about for us, challenging ourselves not to just be a good music magazine or a good looking magazine, but to be one of the best culture magazines out there. Folio: There was a time when a huge, global pop star like Rihanna might have only wanted to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair, for example, and it seems that’s no longer the case. Is that reflective of a changing landscape in magazine media? Folio: Going back to the digital growth—where are you seeing all this new traffic coming in from? Folio: For starters, to what do you attribute all of this growth in digital? Is there anything you’ve been doing differently? Some of our biggest stories in the past year have absolutely been magazine stories. We had an amazing run with Fader 100 where we had two incredible cover stories, but also just a ton of excellent content that we created for the magazine that’s all done really well online. We had an exciting cover story with Zayn Malik, which for The Fader was kind of a departure, but also super in line with the history of the best stuff The Fader does, which is to talk to an artist early on in a project and take time to learn where their head is at. That Zayn story was a classic Fader story, and we were happy to bring the Fader approach to a new audience with that one. For music and culture magazine The Fader, the end of 2015 saw the release of the brand’s landmark 100th issue, the digitization of its complete archive through a partnership with BitTorrent, and unprecedented digital growth. Combined traffic across desktop and mobile jumped 33 percent year-over-year, and October 2015, the month the 100th issue was released, was the highest-traffic month in the magazine’s sixteen-year history. Our goal has been to move away from that MP3 blog model. We saw so much potential in The Fader’s brand and the way that The Fader has always looked at music, which is using music as a prism to learn more about the entire world and youth culture and technology. It’s been a process both of staffing up and working with everyone here to improve day-to-day writing and editing skills. We’re still a small staff and we will lean on each other to create most of the content. To some extent, we’ve just been in blogging boot camp all together, and trying to do magazine-quality stuff every day. Folio: caught up with Naomi Zeichner, editor-in-chief, to get a glimpse of what’s behind The Fader’s growth and what’s next for the brand. Folio: Looking back at that Fader 100 issue, was featuring well-established stars like Drake or Rihanna a departure for the brand? Naomi Zeichner: We’ve been doing everything differently over the past year or so. I don’t mean to say we’ve switched our entire approach or model, but The Fader at its inception and for many years on the internet was a great MP3 blog; that was the bread and butter of our business, and then we had this separate magazine that we were doing, and those stories would also always go online, but there were only so many of them. Zeichner: The Fader has always been all about balance. I don’t think The Fader has ever shied away from pop music. Drake and Rihanna are both established artists, but also artists who constantly have their hands in what’s next in culture and are supporting or feeding off of young artists, so they’re very much in our world. It was about looking back, but we also think those artists are really vital and interesting right now. It was the same for Zayn; Zayn was a pop star who was actively trying to wheel himself back into a smaller, more meaningful world. We thought that was an interesting story and it says a lot about the status of the boundaries between indie and pop. Zeichner: Yes, we have each issue up for free download as part of our bundle now, and then you’ll be able to purchase the entire archive. I went to an art show recently where these kids had created a whole wall out of Fader photography that they got from the archive bundle when it was free, and that was a really cool moment for me. Some of our early magazines still exist in this office only on compact discs as quark files, so knowing that the archive was digitized and made available is really amazing. Zeichner: This year, we have a fuller stable of editors than ever. A joke that I make with my deputy is that we taught each other “folk journalism.” We aren’t people who went to journalism school, but all of a sudden we have this infusion of people who have worked at amazing places and are some of the best editors in the business. Their specialties aren’t only in music. They’re people who love music and love culture, but also are really ambitious writers about politics, sports, technology, identity—things like that. I’m looking forward to those editors both improving the overall quality of our magazine stories and also making sure that we have more non-music, high-quality stories that we’re breaking in our magazine, as well as just bringing in more freelancers and more people into the Fader network. Folio: Your BitTorrent partnership resulted in over one million downloads for the Fader 100 issue. Can we expect more promotions like that in the future? Zeichner: Not exactly, but we are thinking about how to use social platforms for native content. These days, when an artist visits the office, what we’re doing with them for our Snapchat story is one of the first things we think about. A few years ago when we did our redesign for our site, we built it mobile-first, and we’re going to introduce a couple of tweaks to the mobile design in a couple weeks, making sure that all of our articles—whether it’s a long-form magazine article or something that’s more newsy or more listy—is really pleasant to read on your phone, and that you’re able to easily navigate around the day’s content on your phone. That sort of user experience is really important to us, but we aren’t necessarily tailoring content towards social. Folio: What are some ways in which that affects your editorial strategy? Are you tailoring content for different social platforms? Zeichner: Just like other publishers, we’re seeing a ton of traffic directly from Facebok. For us, I would say Twitter is a larger audience than for some other publications, I think because music readers still hang out on Twitter, which is awesome. We’ve seen a huge increase in mobile traffic. We also see a lot of direct traffic, which is coming from people texting each other links, or when people put links in their Instagram bios, which for us is an exciting metric. Folio: So what’s next? How will you top those numbers in 2016? Zeichner: Absolutely. I think a print magazine cover at this point is such a feather in the hat. There are so few print magazine covers, and we’re just really proud that people still feel that a Fader cover, as a symbol, is a currency that they want to be a part of, and that it still means something. These distinctions between a high-brow thing and a low-brow thing, or a popular thing and an underground thing, might go away. Lots of publications are now operating with that understanding. Last year we saw huge traffic growth when we were able to meaningfully weigh in on a cultural moment. When Meek Mill and Drake were fighting, we had a million posts that were different from posts that you’d see elsewhere on the internet, and that’s where we really saw growth. Looking at things like the election, and even the Grammy’s coming up, we want to make sure that we have the best coverage and all different types of coverage. Now we have coverage coming from our UK office, and we also have someoene in Canada starting, so we’re looking forward to broadening the types of stories we tell. 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Leaders and activists of the Jatiya Oikya Front join the rally in Sylhet on Wednesday. Photo: Anis MahmudJatiya Oikya Front began its maiden rally at the Registry Field in Sylhet to mobilise public support in favour of the alliance’s seven-point demand, including holding the 11th parliamentary polls under a non-party administration, reports UNB.The rally activities started around 2pm on Wednesday with recitation from the holy Quran and holy Gita. Sylhet city mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury is presiding over the rally.Kamal Hossain will address the rally as the chief guest while BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir as the main speaker.Sylhet district unit general secretary Abu Kaher Chowdhury Shamim was the first speaker of the rally.It is the first political programme of the new alliance of four parties–BNP, Gano Forum, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) and Nagorik Oaky– since its formation on 13 October.Before the start of the rally, the senior leaders of the Oikya Front visited the Shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (R), Shah Paran (R) and the grave of General MAG Osmani, and offered fateha there on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.Several hundred leaders and activists of the party holding placards, banners and portraits of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman, chairperson Khaleda Zia and acting chairman Tarique Rahman started thronging the rally venue since noon. They chanted various slogans demanding Khaleda’s release from jail.Huge law enforcers have been deployed in the city and around the rally venue to maintain law and order.The Oikya Front’s seven-point demand includes installation of a neutral interim government, dissolution of parliament, reconstitution the election commission, release of all political prisoners, deployment of army and cancellation of the move to use electronic voting machine (EVM) for holding the next polls in fair and acceptable manner.After the Sylhet Rally, Oikya Front is scheduled to hold another such programme at Laldighi Maidan in Chattogram city on 27 October. However, they alliance did not yet get permission for the rally.
August 21, 2013 Register Now » If you don’t have access to the internet then you’re probably not reading this article. And you’re most likely not spending hours surfing Facebook, either. That’s a problem Mark Zuckerberg wants to solve.The billionaire tech entrepreneur and Facebook founder has formed a partnership called internet.org. The goal, it says, is to make internet access available to basically everyone. It’s kind of like Google’s plan to provide internet access to far reaches of the planet via a network of floating balloons, but also probably very different.”Today, only 2.7 billion people — just over one-third of the world’s population — have access to the internet,” Facebook said in the announcement. “Internet adoption is growing by less than 9 percent each year, which is slow considering how early we are in its development.”Related: Could Facebook’s New Mobile Purchase Platform Be a PayPal Competitor?Along with Facebook, founding internet.org member companies include Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung and others. The idea is to develop joint projects, share knowledge and mobilize industry and governments to bring the world online, the announcement says. That means helping to make internet access more affordable, to reduce the amount of data needed to run apps online and to create new business models for providing internet on grander scale.Facebook’s user growth is expected to grow substantially in emerging markets, according to a report from New York City-based digital marketing research firm eMarketer. This year, Facebook’s user base is expected to jump 34.4 percent in the Asia-Pacific region, 29.5 percent in Latin America, 31.8 percent in the Middle East and Africa and 29.3 percent in central and eastern Europe. Growth in North America is slowing, meanwhile, and is only expected to increase by 3.6 percent.This isn’t the first partnership Zuckerberg has struck up with goals that go beyond the walls of Facebook. In April, Zuckerberg co-started FWD.us, a political advocacy group that aims to foster technology innovation and entrepreneurialism.Related: Mark Zuckerberg and Other Tech Giants Form Political Advocacy Group Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals
Barcelona bans new hotels in the city centre to curb property prices MADRID — Despite fierce opposition from hotel and business owners, Barcelona officials agreed Friday to curb the number of rooms for tourists in the city centre in a move aimed at appeasing residents angry about sky-high property prices.The City Council approved the proposal from Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau, a former activist who made herself a name campaigning against evictions ordered by banks when tenants failed to repay mortgages.Soon after she took office in 2015, Colau imposed a moratorium on new licenses for hotels, serviced apartments and other establishments offering tourist accommodations.The new plan grants a limited number of licenses in the outskirts of the city, but no new permits are expected downtown even if current businesses close down.“We have to stop this free-flow that operates without any control in the city,” Janet Sanz, a deputy mayor in charge of urban planning and a close aide of Colau’s, said.Hotel and retail business groups issued a joint statement on Friday criticizing what they consider to be the latest move by the mayor to “demonize” tourism. The industry says tourism accounts for 14 per cent of Barcelona’s GDP and employs over 100,000 people.More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backNuria Paricio, director of Barcelona Oberta, an association of more than 6,700 shops and businesses, said tourism was being turned into “a scourge.”“This plan is not going to stop the illegal apartments that are appearing like mushrooms in Airbnb and other platforms and that are responsible for pushing the prices of rentals in apartments,” Paricio said.Colau government has initiated legal battles against online platforms that allow homeowners to rent out their properties without paying occupancy taxes. It also has pledged to increase the number of inspectors combing the city for unlicensed apartments from 20 to 110 in 2018.Barcelona, with 1.6 million permanent residents, received 32 million visitors in 2016, according to local authorities, although more than half of them only made day trips while staying in nearby coastal towns or on cruise ships. Tags: Spain Share By: Aritz Parra Source: The Associated Press Monday, January 30, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Travelweek Group Tags: Agent Incentives, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, Savings Share Bahia Principe’s Happiness Sale includes newly reno’d Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Posted by Tuesday, January 8, 2019 MIAMI — Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts is starting the new year off right with the return of one of its most popular consumer incentives, aimed at ramping up bookings just as the winter weather here at home settles in for the long haul.Today marks the start of Bahia Principe’s Happiness Sale, taking place now through Jan. 22 and offering savings on travel throughout 2019, including peak season and holidays.Clients can pick from 20 of Bahia Principe’s all-inclusive properties located in the D.R., Jamaica and Mexico.Vacationers can also reserve a stay at Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar, which reopened late last year after an extensive renovation, or at Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine, an adults-only, Punta Cana property which has been rebranded.“As 2019 begins to unfold, potential travellers are looking ahead and planning for their next special getaway,” says Helen Montijano, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the U.S. and Canada. “Our signature Happiness Sale allows for travellers to book in advance, taking advantage of notable discounts for travel throughout 2019 including deep summer deals. Our resorts offer top service, facilities and amenities that create a wonderful experience in the Caribbean for everyone, including snowbirds or those who simply want a quick weekend escape.”Grand Bahia Principe La RomanaThe booking deadline is Jan. 22 and the travel deadline is Oct. 31, including peak season. Bahia Principe says the extended travel window gives vacationers the ability to book far in advance at an attainable price point.More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesPunta Cana’s Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar, which reopened in November 2018 after US$30 million in renovations, has been upgraded to feature all-new swim up suites and modern interiors. Travellers can also reserve a stay at the rebranded Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine, an adults-only, entertainment-focused property. For families looking for a whimsical setting and a range of activities for guests of all ages, there’s Fantasia Bahia Principe Punta Cana.Bahia Principe reminds agents that they can take advantage of double points for all bookings through the brand’s Bahia Principe Rewards loyalty program.Agents who are new to Bahia Principe Rewards receive 1,000 welcome points when they sign up, which are also doubled during the Happiness Sale booking window.For more information see www.bahia-principe.com << Previous PostNext Post >>