ITBP organises first-ever training camp for war-disabled paramilitary personnel

first_imgIn  an effort to bring back the war disabled paramilitary personnel to the mainstream life, the Indian Tibet Border Police (ITBP) organised a first ever five day sports training camp for the war-disabled personnel who are confined to their homes.The training camp was organised with a Hyderabad based NGO. NGO Aditya Mehta Foundation trained differently amputees and differently-abled people in swimming, wheel chair badminton , lawn tennis and cycling.TURNING THEIR WEAKNESS TO STRENGTH The camp which concluded on Monday attracted a total 111 participants including 54 from BSF, 32 from CRPF, 17 from ITBP and eight civilians. The training was imparted by the coaches sponsored by ITBP, BSF and CRPF with the help of a NGO Aditya Foundation. ‘Turning your Weakness to strength’ was the motto of the camp.The training was imparted by the coaches sponsored by ITBP, BSF and CRPF. Among the disabled soldiers who got training here is Sunil Kumar Yadav of 160 Battalion, BSF Kolkata  who hails from Haryana and lost his left arm, is also knee amputee and without two fingers of right hand in a road accident when he was on duty in Tripura.”This session motivated and encouraged me to move out of my trauma and see brighter side of life. I want to get more training in future to play the games,” Sunil Kumar Yadav said.KaiGou Lal of STC BSF Chrachandpur, Manipur, lost  his limb on duty in a train accident while saving the life of his friend. He cycled first time with his prosthetic limb in this camp which has encouraged him to take up sports as a career in future.advertisementCIVILIANS ALSO PARTICIPATED The sole aim of this training camp was to encourage these personnel to forget trauma and to encourage them to play games. While 48 personnel learned swimming, 32 badminton, 45 cycling and seven learned Tennis during the camp. This also includes civilians.”The sole aim of this training camp was to encourage these personnel to forget trauma and to encourage them to play games. Efforts will be made to provide these facilities to them in future so that they maintain the level achieved during this camp,” Additional Director General (ADG), Border Security Force(BSF), AP Maheswari said.last_img read more


Genting Hong Kong Cuts Loss as Revenues Rise

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Cruise operator Genting Hong Kong managed to cut its net loss in 2018, while revenue surged during the year.The group recorded a slight improvement with consolidated net loss of USD 213.3 million in 2018, as compared with a consolidated net loss of USD 244.3 million in 2017. The result was recorded because of a significant one-time gain in the disposal of shares of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and The Star Entertainment Group Limited of USD 205 million in 2017 compared with a lower net one-time gain of USD 15.5 million in the disposal of the balance of NCLH shares in 2018.Total revenue was USD 1.6 billion in 2018 compared with USD 1.2 billion in 2017, representing a growth of 34%, mainly due to the inclusion of the first full year operation of 2 Dream Class ships and the higher third party revenue recognised in the shipyard segment.Cruise revenue was USD 1.35 billion in 2018 as compared to USD 1.02 billion in 2017, a growth of 33% with fleet capacity days increasing by 18.5% and occupancy percentage improving to 91% from 77% in 2017.World Dream replaced Genting Dream in the dual Hong Kong and Guangzhou homeports in November 2017 with Genting Dream redeployed to the Singapore homeport.“Cruise segment results are expected to grow further in 2019 with strong management focus on achieving acceptable investment returns for each brand,” Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Genting Hong Kong, said.“MV Werften, the Shipyard Segment, had improved results in 2018 with the keel laying of Crystal Endeavor and the first Global Class ship. Further improvement in 2019 is expected with even higher percentages of completion of Crystal Endeavor and the first Global Class ship. MV Werften is instrumental in the early delivery of new ships for the Group’s fleet commencing in 2020 while global orderbook of other shipyards now stretching to 2027,” he added.Barring any unforeseen circumstances, cruise segment results should continue to improve due to the low penetration rate in Asia and reduction in cruise capacity in China in 2019. The shipyard segment is expected to improve with 82% of the Crystal Endeavor and 65% of the first Global Class ship due to be completed by the end of 2019. With that, the company said that its results should continue to improve in 2019.last_img read more


Indigenous Miss Canada hopeful has eye on top prize

first_imgAPTN National NewsA First Nation woman from Edmonton is hoping to take the top prize at the Miss World Canada pageant.It’s a dream for many young women, but this professional pow wow dancer and motivational speaker admits her blessed life has a deep scar.APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan has this story.last_img


RBA surprises on interest rate hold

first_imgRBA surprises on interest rate hold2.2K viewsRBA surprises on interest rate hold2.2K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00RBA surprises on interest rate hold2.2K viewsBusinessEDITORS’ NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIALS Investors’ hopes for a rate cut down under dashed. The Reserve Bank of Australia held interest rates steady after cutting to a record low ofVentuno Web Player 4.50EDITORS’ NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIALS Investors’ hopes for a rate cut down under dashed. The Reserve Bank of Australia held interest rates steady after cutting to a record low oflast_img read more


Tunisia migrant death toll rises to 35

first_imgMap of TunisiaThe bodies of 35 migrants have been recovered off Tunisia’s southern coast, the country’s defence ministry said Sunday, revising upwards an earlier government death toll.As of 1:00pm (1200 GMT), “35 bodies were recovered and 68 migrants rescued,” said Rachid Bouhoula, a spokesman for the ministry.The interior ministry reported a distress call on Saturday night at 10:45pm from “a fishing boat about to sink” with migrants on board.Tunisians and seven foreigners were among the survivors, including nationals from Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco and Cameroon, said the defence ministry spokesman.“The coastguard and the navy continue their search with the support of a military plane,” the interior ministry said in a statement.“Units of the Sfax Marine Guard and the Navy went to the boat which was five nautical miles from Kerkennah island and 16 nautical miles from the city of Sfax,” the ministry added.Tunisians and migrants regularly try to cross the Mediterranean to seek a better future in Europe, but departures peaked last September.According to non-governmental organisations, the uptick reflected frustration among young people hard hit by unemployment.In October, a collision between a migrant boat and a Tunisian military ship left at least 44 dead, in what Prime Minister Youssef Chahed called a “national disaster”.last_img read more


Shanghai Motion Seeks Investors to Help Indie Streaming Beat Piracy

first_img“The plug-in is a tool which can go with any platform or streaming site. Users can choose their favorite P2P sites and stream however they want, from wherever they have the films or the user experience they prefer. The plug-in sorts out the rest.” Motion uses Ethereum blockchain-enabled technology for micro-payments.Anne-Spohie Lehec, former head of sales for Hong Kong-based Asian Shadows and previously head of festivals partnerships at MUBI.com, will be in Shanghai representing the company.In Cannes, co-founder Florian Glatz presented the technology from a legal perspective, illustrating how IP rights can be better protected and exploited via blockchain. The company contends that many people who use piracy services to view content are simply frustrated fans without a legal means to pay.But Motion also positions itself and the peer to peer streaming market as a rival to the world’s global streaming giants. China has three of the largest streaming platforms, accounting for 60% of global streaming subscribers according to a recent study, as well as a host of fast-growing specialty streamers that are emerging in specific areas such as games streaming, short-form video, and which cross-over into social media.“Peer-to-peer is a potential 10x larger market than Netflix – and it will be in the hands of content creators, not Silicon Valley,” said co-CEO and film producer Alan R. Milligan. “Tech companies have taken advantage of our content and put themselves in a dominant position for digital distribution and recently, production. It’s time the film industry owns the tech, and ensures that its used to our advantage, rather than being subject to tech companies pushing the film industry aside. Not only will the film industry become shareholders, they will also be actively taking part in our development and on our board.” Motion says it is significantly different from the rights trading platforms and streaming services, such as TRX, BidSlate and FilmHub that have emerged in the past couple of years to address the independent film sector. “We are not another platform, but rather a tool, a browser plug-in. The user only needs to install the Motion plug-in. Then when users stream peer-to-peer content, we facilitate a direct payment from them to the rights holders in under three seconds,” the company said. It is also available as an app that can be downloaded to a user’s smartphone. Related European movie technology company Motion will be in Shanghai from this week seeking investors and content partners for its online distribution tool.The company positions itself as enabling paid-for peer-to-peer streaming, by connecting movie producers and sales agents directly with their audience.Backed by a trio of companies — Cinemarket, White Rabbit and LeapDAO – it launched in Cannes last month.The company is currently attempting to raise EUR1 million in a funding round that will close at the end of June. It says it has over EUR500,000 of financial commitments.French production companies Haut et Court, Elzevir and Le Bureau “have invested their library and have committed to investing cash,” Motion told Variety. “It’s important for us that the film industry owns the technology and is represented on the board of Motion.” Shanghai Film Review: ‘Vortex’ Shanghai Film Review: ‘The Wolf Hour’center_img Popular on Variety Berlin-based Motion is currently developing the Beta version of its ecosystem, with plans to launch it in test markets in January 2020. Results are planned to be presented at the next Cannes film festival, May 2020 and in Shanghai in June 2020.Founded by Milligan, White Rabbit is a company seeking to professionalize the peer-to-peer market, collect data and revenue for rights holders. Cinemarket is a services company specializing in copyright management and licensing for the consolidation of film and video catalogs. It was created by French film writer and director Adrian Lugol and German lawyer Glatz. LeapDAO (formerly PARSEC Labs), was created by Johann Barbie and pitches itself as “the first ever decentralized adaptive organization.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more


TravelOnly toasts its top performers at gala event

first_img Monday, January 29, 2018 TravelOnly toasts its top performers at gala event Share The story of Global Medic and the obvious needs that it addressed resonated with those present and attending through social media. More than $35,000 was raised for ‘Travel Agents Care’, an initiative started by TravelOnly travel agent Karen Gill (PlanAVacation.ca). Supplier partner TravelBrands donated $5,000 and Nicole Francis (The Travel Boutique) donated $1,000.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedThe Travel Agents Care fundraising initiative came together last fall in the wake of the 2017 hurricane season. Gill along with TravelOnly agents Marie Odorizzi, Sharon Loppie and Pat Probert, having spent time in many of the Caribbean destinations impacted by the hurricanes, decided there was no question that they needed to act.At Saturday’s event, suppliers also took the stage to give brief updates on their products and to give awards to their top producers. They included AmaWaterways, The Barcelo Hotel Group, Collette Vacations, AMResorts, Israel Ministry of Tourism, Carnival, NCL, Air Canada Vacations, MSC Cruises, Globus, Perillo Tours, Palace Resorts, Sunwing, Transat, Royal Caribbean, Playa Resorts, TravelBrands and Manulife Insurance.During the evening Travel Only also named and introduced its eight new President’s Club members for 2018. Travelweek Group Tags: TravelOnly TORONTO — TravelOnly hosted its Annual Distinction Awards event with a gala celebration for its travel agent associates, trade partners and media at the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel.Since 1974, when TravelOnly got its start headed up by Patrick Luciani, the company has grown over the years to a cross-Canada travel agent network with over 600 travel agent associates.The night included a supplier trade show featuring TravelOnly’s travel partners and segued into opening keynote addresses from TravelOnly President Gregory Luciani and Ensemble Canada Executive Vice President, Lindsay Pearlman.Rahul Singh, Executive Director, Global Medic, was one of the night’s special guests, speaking about Global Medic’s global disaster relief efforts, specifically its program of delivering clean water devices to areas affected by hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters to allow people affected to clean contaminated water to get immediate access to clean drinking water which is always in shortage. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more