Six dead, others critically hurt in fiery car crash in Florida: Officials

first_imgMattGush/iStock(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) — Six people are dead and others critically hurt after a fiery car crash on I-75 near Gainesville, Florida, officials said.Fifty gallons of diesel fuel spilled in the crash. The blaze has since been put out, Alachua County Fire Rescue said.Besides the six deaths, eight patients were “transported from the scene, multiple patients with critical injuries,” fire rescue said.A helicopter is responding to help with locating possible patients that may be in the woods, fire rescue said.This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Wards’ FTs, 24 Points Lead Bees Upstate

first_imgNae’Jon Ward finished 7-for-8 from the free-throw line. Photo by Desirée KeeganNae’Jon Ward knew his team needed him, so when the going got tough he did what he knows best — scored.The junior point guard went 3-for-4 from the free-throw line in the game’s last 15 seconds and racked up 13 second-half points in Bridgehampton’s 63-61 win over Academy Charter for the school’s first Long Island Championship Class D crown.“Whenever my team is counting on me, I’ve gotta make it happen,” said Ward, who finished the March 1 game at Center Moriches High School with 24 points, hitting three three-point shots and converting seven of eight chances from the foul line. “In that moment, all that was going through my head is ‘I have to seal the game.’”The Killer Bees started slowly. After a J.P. Harding (16 points, 10 rebounds) bucket, Academy Charter went on a 9-0 run, and led, by as many as 10 points, 19-9, before an Elijah White (18 points) buzzer-beating three-pointer closed the gap. White went on a tear in the second quarter, scoring 11 points and going 6-for-6 from the free-throw line, while Ward made all three of his shots from beyond the arc for a 38-33 halftime advantage.“We didn’t really know what to expect,” White said, because Academy Charter fielded a team for the first time this season. “It was a little nerve-wracking, because all we heard was that they had two good guards and they were really scrappy. They never played a team that we played, so we had no judgement, just had to come out here and play our hardest.”Ward hit both ends of a 1-and-1 opportunity after a long field goal to push the Killer Bees lead to 46-40 with 2:28 to go in the third, but three straight Academy Charter scores to end the period, and three more to start the fourth gave the team its first lead since the first quarter, 50-46.Harding made a shot from under the basket off a feed from Ward, and swished two free throws to retie things at 50 before Ward completed a three-point play to force Academy Charter to call timeout. Jahqur Carr scored the front end of a 1-and-1 out of the break and grabbed his own rebound off his miss to give Bridgehampton a six-point lead, but three seemed to be Academy Charter’s lucky number, as a 6-0 run knotted the game for the final time at 56-all before a Ward field goal and two White free throws once again put the Killer Bees out front.White said there’s always butterflies, but what made this win so special was the way his team was able to keep its composure when necessary, and score when it counted most.“The whole time we played hard, we stuck together,” White said. “When clutch time came all of us hit free throws and made the layups we were supposed to.”He let out a sigh of relief when Ward gave Bridgehampton a 4-point lead after hitting hitting two foul shots with seconds remaining, but Academy Charter cut the lead to one on a three-point basket with just 3.3 seconds on the clock. Ward was fouled and hit one of two three throws to give Bridgehampton the two-point victory.Bridgehampton coach Ron White said he stressed to his team the importance of defense if it wanted to win a championship, despite Justin Faulkner finishing with 22 points and Jarrett Dingle adding 16 for Academy Charter. While the rebounding wasn’t there in the first half, Bridgehampton finished with 20, and the Killer Bees made fouls count by finishing 22-for-28 from the free-throw line.“We were gritty, trying to get back to the old-school Killer Bees defense, and I’m going to make sure that comes together for us going forward,” White said. “These guys didn’t want to fail, had the crowd on their back, and I commend them for going hard and not quitting.”The coach smiled as he rubbed the golden basketball atop the trophy with the first-ever Class D Long Island championship title etched on the plaque below. Although the Bees have won nine state titles, they have never had to play for a Long Island title because there were no Class D schools in Nassau County.“We came a long way,” said Ward, who along with White made the All-Tournament team. “This is where people didn’t think we’d make it, they didn’t think we’d get here. We came together as brothers, put in countless hours in the gym, and it’s paying off. We’re finally getting recognition for the things we’ve been doing, and I love it.”Bridgehampton will play Section IX’s Roscoe at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh on Monday, March 4, at 6 PM. Roscoe held on to defeat Livingston Manor 45-44 to make it to the regional semifinals. The Killer Bees advanced to the finals last year after edging Livingston Manor [email protected] Nae’Jon Ward finished 7-for-8 from the free-throw line. Photo by Desirée Keegan Sharelast_img read more

Jazz, Snyder trying to figure out how to play with both Gobert, Favors on the court

first_img Scheduling quirk puts the Jazz back home for a few days amid long road stand When you play with two big guys, like any team in the league we have to try to maximize what those guys can do, and what means is the spacing’s different and the other guys have to adjust to that and get better. – Quin SnyderSALT LAKE CITY — Coach Quin Snyder seems to be getting a little tired of answering questions about playing Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors at the same time, even if he says, “I’m not going to get tired of answering these questions because they’re legitimate.”Snyder has been asked variations of the question about his two big men several times over the past week since Gobert came back from his leg injury that sidelined him for 11 games over three weeks. Sometimes the Jazz coach will even interrupt the questioner as soon as Favors’ or Gobert’s name is brought up and go on a long discourse about re-integrating the two players.“We need to be a good team no matter who’s on the floor, and those guys are going to play together differently than if Joe Johnson’s at the 4 or Fave’s at the 5 because those players have different strengths,” Snyder said. “When you play with two big guys, like any team in the league we have to try to maximize what those guys can do, and what means is the spacing’s different and the other guys have to adjust to that and get better.”Snyder said both the coaches and players need to adapt to playing with Gobert and Favors at the 5 in different situations.“It’s nuanced and we need to figure those things out on the court,” said Snyder, who gave an example about passing into the post.“Fave might be the best in the league at catching the bounce pass, Rudy’s one of the better guys at catching the lob pass,” Snyder said. “We need to try to figure how to play the best we can to help our players succeed, put them in positions to succeed and put them in combinations to succeed.”The Gobert-Favors combo didn’t work so well in Saturday’s game, even though the Jazz called a play for Favors to get a 3-point basket in the left corner, which he made, in the opening 30 seconds of the game.After that 3-pointer, the Bucks went on a 16-2 run before Snyder replaced Favors with Jonas Jerebko at the 6:44 mark. The Jazz fought back and were within nine at halftime, but another slow start to the second half, when they scored just three points in four minutes, doomed Utah.JAZZ NOTES: In scoring 12 points against Milwaukee, Donovan Mitchell scored under 20 points for only the second time in eight games, stretching back to Nov. 25, and is second on the team in scoring at 17.3 ppg. … Rodney Hood, who has missed six straight games with a sore knee, leads the Jazz at 17.7 ppg. … After leading the league for much of the season, the Jazz are tied with Cleveland for third in free-throw shooting at 80.7 percent. … The Jazz are also third in 3-point shooting at 38.6 percent behind Golden State and Indiana. … Along with New York, the Jazz have played more home games than any other team in the NBA, with 16. Both the Jazz and Knicks are 11-5. … Utah’s next home game is Dec. 21 against San Antonio, followed by a game against Oklahoma City on the 23rd. Relatedlast_img read more

Imbumba Foundation Caring 4 Girls

first_imgLil-lets We are Woman is one of the major partners in the Caring 4 Girls along with the City of Ekhuruleni, Bongani Mountain Lodge and uMkhosi woMhlanga (The Zulu Royal Reed Dance) innitiativeRichard Mabaso, founder of the Imbumba Foundation, has been pushing the envelope when it comes to playing his part in bettering the lives of those living in rural and poverty-stricken areas around southern Africa.Having grown up in a poor village in the province of Mpumalanga, Mabaso has an intimate understanding of the difficulties faced by people caught up in the vicious cycle of poverty and this, in part, is why he is so hell-bent on making a difference.The Imbumba Foundation delivers community development programmes, such as its Caring 4 Girls programme, to areas where they are most needed.The Caring 4 Girls programme helps get menstrual hygiene products to girls, as they often miss out on school without access to these. The programme is supported by partnerships and fundraising initiatives.TREK4MANDELA“What we decided, in 2012, was to come up with a concept that would not only make every day a Mandela day but something that would be more tangible and so we launched a programme called Trek4Mandela,” says Mabaso.Trek4Mandela creates mass awareness about the challenges faced by girls in underprivileged schools during their menstrual cycles and raises funds to buy menstruation hygiene products.The first Trek4Mandela expedition kicked off in July 2012 with Sibusiso Vilane, the first black African to conquer Mount Everest, joining Mabaso to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. Their trip was their contribution for Mandela Day’s 67 minutes of activism.The expedition was a success, raising enough funds to buy more than the targeted 67 000 sanitary pad packs.“The bigger picture is to use Trek4Mandela as something that will talk to the echoes of making every day a Mandela Day … so we don’t wait for July anymore; we’re educating people about Mandela Day so it can be an everyday thing,” says Mabaso.Since Caring 4 Girls began its operations the organisation has moved from strength to strength and over the past two years has distributed more than 130 000 packs of sanitary pads and touched the lives of more than 10 000 girls, with the numbers steadily on the rise.“Through this programme we are not only able to provide sanitary protection to the girls but we then build their confidence in knowing that during that tough or challenging time of the month they are supported,” explains Mabaso.Partners in the initiative include Lil-lets We Are Women, the City of Ekhuruleni, Bongani Mountain Lodge and uMkhosi woMhlanga (The Zulu Royal Reed Dance) to support more than 30 000 girls.As part of its work with the City of Ekhuruleni, Caring 4 Girls visited Winnie Mandela Secondary School in Tembisa on 28 February to hand over 20 school uniforms and sanitary pad packs, provided by the mayor’s office and the Imbumba Foundation, to pupils.Mondli Gungubele, executive mayor of the City of Ekhuruleni, and his mayoral committee joined Mabaso at the school.Mondli Gungubele (right), executive mayor of the City of Ekhuruleni, and his mayoral committee joined Mabaso (left) at the school and pledged to support the school in their development (image: Mathiba Molefe)During his address to the students the mayor promised to take the secondary school under his wing and pledged his office’s support, saying, “We, as a city, took a view that whilst education competence is a provincial and a national phenomenon, as a city we are responsible for education, all South Africans are responsible for education.“To date we have adopted three schools in Ekhuruleni to test the relationship and the programmes that we have involving the environment and sports, as well as addressing social issues like pupils not being able to go to school because they cannot afford sanitary pads.“The time spent away from school because of this impacts heavily on the child’s education.”Winnie Mandela Secondary School principal, Eddie Kekana, says, “Through this particular partnership and through the adoption of the school by the mayor we are actually very optimistic of greater things to come out of this institution.”Thsegofatso Rebetse, a female Grade 11 pupil at the school said, “I’m glad that the mayor didn’t forget us; I’m also happy that Mr Mabaso came to help the girls in our school and I hope that I can be one of the learners that will make the school very proud and lift the name of the school.”LEARNING TO SAVE WITH IMBUMBAThe Imbumba Foundation and the Caring 4 Girls programme have also partnered with the Banking Association of South Africa‘s flagship financial literacy programme, Teach Children to Save South Africa, to promote saving among the country’s children.“Our partnership with the Imbumba Foundation goes back to 2012 when we met in Soweto at the launch of Mandela Day,” says Fikile Kuhlase, senior general manager in the association’s socio-economic growth and development division.“The concept of Caring 4 Girls spoke to what we would be interested in supporting and as a banking industry body we would be more interested in issues surrounding financial literacy and financial inclusion and Caring 4 Girls allows us to look at the social inclusion aspect.”“Through this partnership with Teach Children to Save South Africa we are now able to develop not only a girl child but both a girl and a boy child,” Mabaso adds.PLAY YOUR PARTThis July you can join Mabaso and Vilane as they drive and climb through Botswana, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania, on the way to Mount Kilimanjaro, to pay respect to democracies that played a role in shaping South Africa’s freedom.Mabaso says, “Join Trek4Mandela as we celebrate 20 years of democracy; we are uniting Africa and the world through the living legacy of Madiba.”To participate in this year’s Trek4Mandela call Mabaso on +27 (0) 73 5577 2189 or +27 (0) 35 797 3800.To find out more about the Imbumba Foundation, Caring 4 Girls and their many partners, visit the organisation’s website or call or send an email to Mabaso.last_img read more

5 Ways You Can Fall in Love With Tagging Again

first_imgTagging content online is something that doesn’t seem to have taken off the way some people expected it to. Is it too complicated for widespread adoption? Is it too arbitrary to have the impact that formal taxonomies offer? Is it just too much work while you’re zipping around the web? Who knows – what’s important is that tagging web pages can still be very useful!I stopped using social bookmarking tools for a big part of 2007 because saving things for my own future reference wasn’t enough motivation to invest the time required. In the latter half of the year, though, I’ve seen what some other people are doing to make it worthwhile again. Here’s five and a half ways you can fall in love with tagging URLs again.1. Re-enforce your learning at the end of yearThe inspiration for this post came from social media aficionado Tim Bonnemann’s practice of tagging all the words he looks up online with the tag “dictionary.” At the end of the year, he posted the full list of links to his blog. What a great way to deepen recall of the things you’ve learned! 2. Build a collaborative tag stream for a community of practiceOne of the best things about tagging URLs is that all kinds of RSS feeds become available. One community of practice, a loose group of nonprofit technologists, uses the tag “nptech” to mark items of interest in, ma.gnolia, flickr, youtube and elsewhere. The feeds for nptech items in all of these services are then combined into one NPtech metafeed.That makes a good community news feed, but it can be taken even further. At one point as many as 2000 people were using the tag nptech – that can be a lot of information. Consultant Beth Kanter now publishes a summary of each week’s highlights from the Nptech feed over at NetSquared.3. Create a shared items feed and put it on your web pageMany of our readers probably use the shared items feature in Google Reader. That service continues to grow more sophisticated – last week it added any shared items feeds from your Gmail contacts to your list of subscribed feeds, for example. While that’s pretty hot – there’s something to be said for baking your own, too. If you tag items something like “toshare” in a service like or Ma.gnolia then you can share URLs that you find outside of Google Reader and you can switch feed readers/tagging services without loosing all your shared items subscribers. I did this on my personal blog this year by taking the feed from my items tagged “toshare” in and running it through the service FeedDigest. There I got a PHP snippet to display my links and notes on the sidebar of my blog (it’s also live here in javascript on the right of this post, albeit a touch wonky with CSS). I also spliced the toshare feed together with my blog’s feed (via FeedDigest) and ran the spliced feed through Feedburner. I then added a link to my sidebar offering my shared items + blog posts feed for subscription via Feedburner. Several hundred people have subscribed to get my links and knowing that someone else cares is a huge motivation to keep tagging things I find online. I open my bookmarking app to tag something “toshare” and while I’ve got it open I may as well give it a few other tags as well for better classification.This winter I switched from to Ma.gnolia for my social bookmarking and it was easy to replace the feed in FeedDigest with the Ma.gnolia feed. Nothing changed as far as Feedburner was concerned, it was still getting the same spliced feed URL – so all my subscribers are still getting my links.If you’re curious, by the way, the reasons I switched to Ma.gnolia include: OpenID login, a very active development team, engagement with the newest data standards like oAuth and APML, live customer support chat by Pibb IM (also with OpenID, RSS) and a couple of other very cool features. The user community there is quite impressive, too.4. Tag into a mobile readerIn addition to tagging things “toshare” I’ve also taken recently to tagging items “toread” and pulling that feed into Netvibes. Netvibes has a great that’s good for checking a small number of feeds in between full-reader sessions. Adding my toread tag to Netvibes has made it easy for me to catch up on things I want to read while traveling around town. Sometimes I’ll just read the most widely popular items from my toread feed, by running that feed through AideRSS and getting a new feed of the 20% of those items that were most tagged, Dugg, commented on and linked to. AideRSS can be applied on top of all of the methods on this list.It’s another way that I’m incentivized to open up that tagging interface more than I would be if I was only saving things for posterity. Now a searchable archive of key pages is available as a secondary consequence of tagging things toread and toshare.5. Tag your microblog postsIf you think opening up to save something is more trouble than it’s often worth, then I’m sure you’ll agree that it can feel really overwhelming to compose an entire blog post! (I wrote about this once and got linked to by the BBC, whereupon I was promptly called a loser by snarky British readers for even bringing up the dilemma. “Blogging,” one said, “is like wearing a coat that says I am Billy No Mates.” That’s the funniest insult I think I’ve ever received.)ANYWAY, I know I’m not alone in finding it much easier to share information over Twitter than by blogging or tagging in a social bookmarking app. Enter Hashtags. Like tagging for Twitter, hashtags are terms you put after a # in a post. then aggregates all the tweets using a given tag and publishes an RSS feed. Reading a feed of short messages sent from the #sandiegofires was very interesting, for example. Though you can certainly just subscribe to a search feed through a service like Terraminds – Hashtags let you do all the things in microblogging that you can do using the methods described in numbers 1 through 4 above. See also Dave Sifry’s new project Hoosgot – a service he calls the Lazyweb for the age of Twitter.5 1/2 The futureIn a future that leverage our Attention Data, we’ll be able to tag things in order to influence our Attention Profiles. What does that mean? It means that once you’ve exposed your Ma.gnolia APML (Attention Profile Markup Language) to your Bloglines RSS reader – then you’ll be able to influence the feeds that Bloglines recommends to you by tagging certain things in Ma.gnolia.Perhaps you discover that you love reading African photoblogs but you don’t know much about the field. Tag a few that you discover in Ma.gnolia and the next time you open up Bloglines it will notice that you’ve expressed a new interest and recommend some of the top African photoblogs in its giant feed database.That future isn’t terribly far off, in fact. Ma.gnolia already publishes a rudimentary APML file for each user and Bloglines has announced that it will support APML soon.ConclusionSo tagging hasn’t taken off like early fans thought it would – but it’s still really useful. If we explore ways that it can provide tangible, short-term, personal value then we can score the long term, aggregate value as a result. I wish it weren’t that way – but that’s how I’ve found value in the practice myself.So let’s tag some terms we have to look up the definitions for this year! Please let readers here know about any other super cool tagging practices you’ve experimented with. marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Features#How To#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Jeff Fulmer named Senior Director of Asset Protection at Rite Aid

first_imgJeff Fulmer has been named Senior Director of Asset Protection at Rite Aid. Jeff was most recently Vice President of Loss Prevention for Barnes & Noble, where he served since 2003. Over the course of his nearly three decades in loss prevention, he was also Director of Loss Prevention – Stores for Lowe’s Home Improvement, as well as a Regional Loss Prevention Manager for General Nutrition Centers. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.Congratulations Jeff! Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

PayPal Is Putting Some Mobile Magic Back In The Web

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting PayPal is making some of the advances it’s pushed in mobile-app payments available on the Web, the company announced Tuesday. Its in-app checkout experience, which it calls One Touch, is now rolling out to websites which already use PayPal’s payment technology.Consumers will notice a new option to stay logged into PayPal, which will remember their payment options. In a marked change, PayPal will no longer force shoppers to change their payment method from a default bank-account withdrawal; instead, the service will remember the credit or debit card or bank account they prefer, and use that each time. It’s how PayPal works in mobile apps already.Bank-account withdrawals are more profitable for PayPal, as I noted when I interviewed David Marcus, then PayPal’s president, in January 2014. “That’s over,” Marcus told me, vowing to change the checkout experience to be more straightforward. Now that day has come: PayPal is no longer tricking its customers into using a payment method they may not prefer.PayPal checkout now remembers your payment preferences and shipping address, saving you clicks and typing.Mobile First—And Then The Web Must FollowThere’s a deeper significance to PayPal’s move, one the whole industry should pay attention to. It’s an example of a technology first designed for mobile devices that is migrating into the broader Web. Consider how Flipboard, a company which became famous as an app developer, is now shifting its news-reading experience back to the Web.For years, the innovation in e-commerce has been focused on mobile apps. That’s where PayPal’s Braintree subsidiary made its name, powering frictionless mobile transactions in apps like Uber, Airbnb, and HotelTonight.That click-and-you’ve-paid convenience has been missing from the Web, which still uses a confusing array of popups and redirects to process even simple e-commerce transactions. When you squeeze that Web shopping experience into a mobile browser, the result is disaster—or, to use the technical term, abandoned shopping carts.Bill Ready, the former CEO of Braintree who was recently promoted to be PayPal’s global head of merchant and next-generation commerce, says that his customers were seeing a 50% rise in completed purchases by adopting the simpler One Touch checkout process within apps.See also: PayPal’s Startup Guys Have Seized The Company’s Reins“We saw such huge results that we’re taking the native buying experience and rolling it out across the Web,” says Ready.Most sites using PayPal won’t have to do anything to get the upgrade—it will happen automatically through the code their sites call up from PayPal’s servers.Ready notes that this upgrade will be easier on merchants than on mobile, where PayPal required developers to adopt a new software-development kit, the SDK.He admits that PayPal hasn’t done extensive testing that lets it predict the kind of uplift that websites will see from a simplified checkout experience, but he predicts that particularly on mobile versions of e-commerce sites, online retailers will see more completed purchases.Some Things Still Don’t Check OutReady’s team hasn’t quite finished the job, though. Even before PayPal bought Braintree, Ready was touting a vision of e-commerce where his company’s servers would safely store credit and debit cards and let consumers use them from site to site and app to app.This latest upgrade to PayPal’s checkout doesn’t integrate with Braintree’s so-called “vault” technology. If a customer has stored a credit card with Uber, a Braintree merchant, in an app on her phone, she won’t automatically have that card available when she shops on her laptop for dresses at and checks out with PayPal. (Nothing’s stopping her from storing the same card in both places, but eliminating that busywork of entering a card over and over again is what Ready’s vision is all about.)PayPal president Dan Schulman, who’s slated to become the company’s CEO when the payments company spins off from eBay Inc. later this year, hinted that more change might be coming in a recent eBay earnings call—specifically touting Ready’s role in combining PayPal’s disparate systems, which include Venmo, a person-to-person payment system which serves as another kind of digital wallet for debit- and credit-card accounts:Bill as you know was the CEO of Braintree, and what we really did by putting that together is … combine the Braintree platform and the PayPal platforms much more closely together so that we are able to being able things like One Touch not just on full-stack integrations and on mobile, but into the PayPal base … And so we are taking the things that we’ve learned through both Venmo and Braintree, putting them together with some of our other acquisitions to provide to our PayPal embedded base, not only the services that you see now, but services that we will introduce even as of this quarter that will take us to a whole different level as a result of that integration together.There are a couple of months left in this quarter. Plenty of time for Ready’s team to lash together more of the company’s systems—all in the name of faster shopping. Tags:#Bill Ready#Braintree#Braintree Payments#Dan Schulman#e-commerce#Mobile Payments#mobile Web#One Touch Payments#PayPal owen thomascenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

a month agoSolskjaer unconvinced as Man Utd labour past Astana

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer unconvinced as Man Utd labour past Astanaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United made it hard on themselves against Astana on Thursday.United kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 1-0 victory over the Kazakh side.The winner came through 17-year-old Mason Greenwood, who finished superbly after 73 minutes in what was his first start for United.The goal saved Solskjaer’s blushes as they laboured throughout the 90 minutes.Speaking after the game, he said: “We made it hard for ourselves. Games like these, you want to make sure you win the game in the first 20 minutes and you can enjoy it.”You could see some of our lads needed games but it’s pleasing we got the three points.” last_img read more

37 Bahri Ships to Fly Saudi Arabias Flag

first_imgzoom National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) revealed plans to re-flag 32 of its very large crude tankers (VLCCs) and five of its mid-size carriers under the domestic flag by the end of 2017.The move comes amid a positive shift the country’s transport sector has witnessed. In addition, the initiative is another achievement of the Public Transport Authority under the national transformation program, according to Bahri.Ibrahim bin Abdul Rahman Al Omar, Bahri’s CEO, explained that the registration of the company’s 37 VLCCs under Saudi Arabian flag is aimed at enhancing the Kingdom’s position in the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) global rank lists and at increasing the size and efficiency of the Saudi Arabia’s fleet.The company said it continues to implement the plan to register the remaining 18 tankers in its fleet under the domestic flag.Oil tanker Amjad was the last VLCC to join Bahri’s VLCC fleet. The 300,000 dwt vessel was handed over to the company in February 2017 and registered under the Saudi Arabian flag.Image Courtesy: BahriWorld Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Mallya fights Indian banks attempt to recover dues in UK

first_imgLondon: Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya on Wednesday faced yet another legal battle to prevent a consortium of Indian banks led by State Bank of India (SBI) getting access to nearly 260,000 pounds in a UK bank account.The 62-year-old is contesting an interim debt order obtained by the Indian banks in January this year, which relates to funds in the former Kingfisher Airlines boss’ current account with ICICI Bank in London. At a hearing before Master David Cook at the Queen’s Bench Division of the court, Mallya’s legal team sought a dismissal of the interim order. A judgment in the case is expected at a later date. “The hearing concerns an interim third-party debt order obtained by the banks in January and relates to funds worth just short of 260,000 pounds in Dr Mallya’s current account with ICICI Bank in London,” said a spokesperson for TLT LLP, the law firm representing the Indian banks. “This is part of the banks’ ongoing efforts to enforce the [Indian] Debt Recovery Tribunal judgment against Dr Mallya in the UK. Dr Mallya is opposing the application and asking that the court discharges the interim order. If it is made final, the funds will be released to the banks,” the spokesperson explained. The case is part of wider efforts by SBI and 12 other Indian banks Bank of Baroda, Corporation bank, Federal Bank Ltd, IDBI Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Jammu & Kashmir Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, Punjab National Bank, State Bank of Mysore, UCO Bank, United Bank of India and JM Financial Asset Reconstruction Co Pvt Ltd to recover some of the funds owed to them as a result of unpaid loans by Mallya’s now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. In a ruling in May last year, a UK High Court judge had refused to overturn a worldwide order freezing Mallya’s assets and upheld an Indian court’s ruling that the consortium of 13 Indian banks were entitled to recover funds amounting to nearly 1.145 billion pounds. TLT LLP has been representing the banks in their efforts to recover their dues as part of the worldwide freezing order, including a bankruptcy petition aimed at seizing his assets to recover dues filed at the end of last year. Mallya had been granted 20,000 pounds in weekly allowance as a result of the worldwide freeze order after his legal team made representations to the court to hike the initial 5,000 pounds weekly allowance. Mallya, meanwhile, remains on bail after his extradition was ordered by Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London in December last year and signed off by UK home secretary Sajid Javid in February. He has since filed an application in the UK High Court seeking leave to appeal against that order, with the papers now awaiting a judge’s ruling on whether it should be rejected or can move to a hearing stage. PTIlast_img read more