MPC Container Ships Gets Listed on Merkur Market

first_imgzoom MPC Container Ships AS, the recently formed subsidiary of MPC Capital AG, has received the approval for admission to trading of its shares on Oslo Børs’ Merkur Market. Trading is expected to commence on May 31, 2017, under the ticker symbol “MPCC-ME”.“This listing reflects the company’s strategy for its shares to be listed on a reputable stock exchange and to provide its shareholder base an appropriate platform for trading,” MPC Container Ships AS said in a statement.As informed, no new shares are to be issued in connection with the admission to trading on Merkur Market.Established in April 2017, MPC Container Ships’ main activity is to own and operate a portfolio of container vessels with a focus on the feeder segment between 1,000 and 3,000 TEU.Last week, the Oslo-based company acquired seven boxships with capacities ranging between 966 TEU and 2,824 TEU for USD 38 million. Five of the vessels have already been taken over, and the remaining two are slated for delivery by the end of June 2017.In addition, MPC Container Ships has agreed to add one 1,200 TEU, one 2,500 TEU and four 2,800 TEU vessels to its fleet.last_img read more

2019 GRAMMY Nominees Album Now Available For PreOrder

first_img Twitter 2019 GRAMMY Nominees Album Available For Pre-Order 2019-grammy-nominees-album-now-available-pre-order The 25th edition of the album will feature a selection of songs from your favorite artists nominated for GRAMMY Awards this year, with a portion of all proceeds benefiting both MusiCares and the GRAMMY Museum, which benefits musicians in times of need and music education programs, respectively. The track list will be announced at a later date, with the announcement of this year’s nominees just one day away.”We are very excited to partner with Republic Records to celebrate some of the extraordinary GRAMMY-nominated songs that have highlighted the past year in music, and we are thrilled to have music industry veteran Leslie Lewis continue in her role as our longtime producer,” said Neil Portnow, Recording Academy President/CEO.Monte Lipman, founder and chairman of Republic Records, noted the shared excitement: “We’re honored to join forces with the Recording Academy for this year’s iconic GRAMMY Nominees album. This body of work recognizes a moment in time and music, and more importantly supports artist-related charitable causes. I’m anticipating this year’s lineup will be as strong as any year in recent memory.”Stay tuned to grammy.com tomorrow morning, Dec. 7, to find out the news everyone has been waiting for—who has been nominated for the 61st GRAMMY Awards. The show will take place on Feb. 10, 2019 in Los Angeles and air live on CBS.2019 GRAMMY Nominee album pre-orders and contest info are available at 2019grammy.com.What To Expect When You’re Expecting The 2019 GRAMMY Nominations AnnouncementRead more 2019 GRAMMY Nominees Album Now Available For Pre-Order The 25th annual edition of the CD featuring your favorite GRAMMY songs will be released on Jan. 25, 2019. Order your copy now for a chance to win two tickets to the 61st GRAMMY Awards!Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Dec 6, 2018 – 12:22 pm Today, on Dec. 6, in partnership with Republic Records, the Recording Academy announced the upcoming release, of the 2019 GRAMMY Nominees album on Jan. 25, 2019. Pre-orders are now open for the CD online, where you can also get a chance (no purchase necessary) to enter the drawing to win two tickets to the 61st GRAMMY Awards. Email https://twitter.com/RecordingAcad/status/1070739743137296389 News Facebook last_img read more

French Open 2019 Roger Federer vs Stan Wawrinka in quarterfinal Live streaming

first_imgBrunskill/Getty ImagesRoger Federer is going to play the quarter-final of the 2019 French Open against his compatriot and former doubles partner Stan Wawrinka at the Court Suzzane Lenglen, today. The 37-year-old Swiss legend will appear in his 54th quarter-final of a Grand Slam, achieving another piece of history as he matched American great Chris Evert’s record. Federer is playing this tournament after three years of absence.When and where to watch?The action at the Roland Garros starts with Federer’s match slated to begin at 2 PM local time, 12 PM GMT and 5.30 PM IST. In India, live coverage is being provided by Star Sports Select 2 and Star Sports Select 2 HD. Online viewers can stream the matches live on the Hotstar platform.Preview Roger Federer is two wins away from clinching his 100th career title. GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty ImagesFederer has been in tremendous form throughout this year’s edition of the tournament. He is yet to drop a set in the competition. He defeated Leonardo Mayer 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 in the Round of 16 to march into the quarters. The three years’ absence from Roland Garros doesn’t seem to have affected the 2009 champion as he has been playing quite smoothly. After being doubtful about his own success before the begining of the tournament, he is now among the contenders for winning the title. Stan Wawrinka.Adam Pretty/Getty Images.On the other hand, Wawrinka has had his own problems. He went out of the game with a knee injury that threatened his career after 2017 Wimbledon. As a result, he slipped outside the top 250 and also suffered a first-round defeat at last year’s French Open. But he has made a comeback and is currently ranked 28th. Wawrinka had a tough time beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in his fourth round clash. The final score of the tough contest was 7-6, 5-7, 6-4, 3-6, 8-6.Federer is leading 22-3 in head-to-head between these two Swiss players. The 2009 champion also has beaten Wawrinka in their last six meetings. Interestingly, the latter is the last player who recorded a victory over his compatriot at this Grand Slam, in the 2015 edition. The victory came in straight sets and eventually led to Wawrinka winning the French Open title.Global TV listingsFrance: France TV SportUSA: NBCUnited Kingdom: iTVAustralia: Fox SportsCanada: TSNSpain: EurosportJapan: WowowChina: CCTVlast_img read more

Beggarfree Dhaka still a utopia

first_imgIn this photo taken recently, 70-year old Abu Bakkar is seen begging on the footpath near Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. Photo: Imam HossainA Dhaka city free from ‘nuisance’ of beggars is not a myth! Visibly invisible, the concept lives in political rhetoric and sometimes on paper, in a country where one-fourth of the population is statistically called poor.Only on 9 May, state minister for social welfare Nuruzzaman Ahmed told parliament that three zones of Dhaka city were made free of beggars.The zones are: Zone-I: Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel, zone-II: diplomatic zone, and zone III: Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, InterContinental Dhaka and Bailey Road.Beggars, however, are often seen everywhere in these three zones. In most places, the beggars do not even know that begging is banned there.Abu Bakkar from Pabna begs for money in front of Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. He came to Dhaka around two months ago targeting Shab-e-Barat and the fasting month of Ramadan.The 70-year-old man, who earns around Tk 500 to 700 every day in this capital, does not know that he cannot beg money in the three zones.“No one told me about that,” Abu Bakkar said with a puzzled look. “I roam around begging from Panthapath to Shahbagh. No policemen or security guards disturb me while begging,” he added.According to the social welfare ministry’s data, there are around 100,000 beggars in Dhaka city.In this photo taken on 18 May, disabled Mostafa is seen begging on Gulshan Lake Bridge near Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Gulshan diplomatic zone. Photo: Fajlay Rabbi RaazA member of Bangladesh Ansar, Shamim Sardar, has been working as a security officer for InterContinental Dhaka hotel for the past five months.“We work here in front of the hotel round the clock. Beggars can easily be seen here and in front of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and BIRDEM.’’Asked if he knew that the area has been declared beggar-free, Shamim shook his head in the negative.“I don’t know about this, nor even have I seen any police driving beggars away from in front of the hotel,” he said.Seen in front of SAARC Fountain signal, Zarina Begum was sitting on the pavement with her two-year old daughter, Andhari. Asked if she knows that the footpath where she is begging has been declared beggar-free, she replied she is not a beggar, rather she is a street vendor and sells cigarettes on foot.“I’m not a beggar. I have sold all my cigarette packs today and now I’m just sitting idly beside the road. But, I don’t mind if anyone helps me financially,’’ she said.Just a few yards away, a limping Tofazzal Hossain was leaning on a crutch and begging. Tofazzal, who lost one of his legs in a train accident, is from Rangpur but now lives in an Azimpur slum.His three sons are rickshaw pullers and auto-rickshaw drivers. He also has two daughters.“After much difficulty, I could marry off my daughters. My sons are not well established enough to support us. And this is why I have been begging.’’In this photo taken recently, Zarina Begum and her daughter Andhari are seen sitting on the footpath near Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. Photo: Imam HossainWhen asked if he knows this area has been declared beggar-free, “I know begging for money is legal in Dhaka city. There is no bar. No one has told me anything about this.”Begging, however, is a punishable offence according to existing laws of the country. The minimum punishment for begging is three years in prison and the maximum is seven years, to be doubled for a repetition.Mahfuz (pseudonym), a police constable, attached with Bangladesh Police Lines, deployed in front of Sonargaon hotel, told Prothom Alo, “I don’t know if this place has been declared beggar-free. We often see beggars signalling cars for money. We have not been instructed to look after this. Our duty is to keep the footpath moving so that no one can stand still in front of the hotel.”Only a few metres away, a beggar couple started knocking on the car windows, especially to the expensive cars.One of them is blind.When approached with the same question, they gave Prothom Alo the same reply, “We don’t know that we can’t beg here.”A pedestrian, Hassan Zakaria, said that there was a billboard reading, ‘beggar-free area’ on the island just in front of the Sonargaon hotel. “But, it has been removed a few months ago,” he added.A lame man was found begging for money on the Gulshan Lake Bridge near Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Dhaka on Friday. His name is Mostafa.When approached, Mostafa said he is begging for money with the fear of being evicted as policemen often drive them away from the diplomatic zones in the capital. Despite the fact, he was begging there as both locals and foreigners have a tendency to donate money here.“I know this place has been declared beggar-free as police evicted me twice. Despite that, I sit here to beg as I can earn more here,’’A housewife who lives in Gulshan-2 told Prothom Alo, “Beggars here in posh areas are very smart. Sometimes, they ask for money, especially dollars, from foreigners in English. And sometimes, they will come to your car window and say that they left begging and have become street vendors. And so, you must help them financially. Isn’t this begging too?” In spite of beggars’ presence in all three ‘beggar-free zones’, ruling party leaders and ministers talk tall of having beggar-free Dhaka, and sometimes beggar-free Bangladesh. In this photo taken recently, limping Tofazzal Hossain is seen begging on the footpath near Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. Photo: Imam HossainState minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed said that the country would have no beggars by 2018 as the prime minister announced that beggars would be rehabilitated and job opportunities would be created for them.On 17 March, prime minister Sheikh Hasina mentioned that necessary measures had been taken to make every district free from beggars.Just a few days later on 29 March, finance minister AMA Muhith told a programme, “Begging will completely be rooted out once the Sheikh Hasina-led government comes back to power.”Earlier in mid 2013, the government said it had decided to clear beggars from some locations in the capital including Shahjalal International Airport area, Bailey Road, the diplomatic zone and places surrounding the embassies, and the Sonargaon, Ruposhi Bangla and Radisson hotels.The government took a number of projects to rehabilitate the beggars but these do not seem to have been so successful.According to social welfare ministry officials, the government’s experience of rehabilitating beggars is not pleasant as the beggars simply return to begging just a few months after being rehabilitated.And so, the vision of a beggar-free Dhaka remains a distant dream.last_img read more

WB silent when Myanmar burns

first_img.Human Rights Watch has criticised the World Bank, which has an investment of over $2 billion in Myanmar aka Burma, for its silence over the atrocities committed against the Rohingya Muslims.“The institution is staying woefully silent as Burma’s security forces are committing rampant atrocities against the Rohingya Muslim population, in response to [alleged] attacks by a Rohingya armed group on police outposts,” the rights group observed in one of an article published on Monday.The HRW article titled “Where is the World Bank While Burma is Burning?” insisted that WB president Jim Yong Kim should denounce the Myanmar government’s abuses.Referring to UN estimate that more than 313,000 Rohingya Muslims have taken shelter in Bangladesh, the HRW said the refugees have described killings, shelling, and arson in their villages that have all the hallmarks of a government campaign of “ethnic cleansing.”New satellite data obtained and analysed by HRW shows widespread burnings in Rohingya villages.The Rohingya, having suffered decades of state repression, are one of the poorest and most marginalised ethnic groups in the Buddhist-majority country.Authored by Jessica Evans, the HRW article mentioned that violence against Rohingya risks the country’s development.It recalled that in 2012, the WB downplayed the violence in Rakhine state as “localised instances of communal violence”.But, according to the HRW, since 2015, following criticism, it recognised that Burma’s government has been fuelling institutionalised discrimination against the Rohingya.“Now it needs to go even further,” the article added.The HRW recommended that the WB chief should highlight how this attack on the Rohingya population runs roughshod over the government’s commitments to advance social and economic development, putting the bank’s investments at risk and undermining its twin goals of eliminating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.“The bank should also publicly offer to assist implementing the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, led by former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan,” the article said.“Ironically, the bank’s silence on the Rohingya is happening as the World Bank and the UN prepare to launch their flagship report on development and the prevention of violent conflict.”The article said Jim Yong Kim has emphasised how institutionalised discrimination is bad for people, societies, and economies.“His integration of non-discrimination into the bank’s work can be his legacy for the institution – but only if he tackles the most serious abuses as they arise. He should start by speaking out against the horrifying situation unfolding in Burma.”last_img read more

CEC asks executive magistrates to treat all candidates equally

first_imgChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda addresses the executive magistrates at election commission auditorium in Dhaka on Sunday. Photo: PIDChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Sunday asked the executive magistrates to treat all the candidates equally while discharging their election duties.”Your duty is to treat all the candidates equally. Neither less nor more,” he said.The CEC was briefing the executive magistrates deployed for election duties in different districts of Sylhet, Chattogram (except Cumilla district) and Barishal divisions.Nurul Huda also asked the magistrates to ensure the safety of presiding officers. “Your duty is to assist the presiding officers. Never volunteer to guide them. If you do, it will be a mistake,” he added.He said the executive magistrates will have to read the electoral code of conduct alongside the penal code thoroughly as they need to take many prompt decisions during the election.Four election commissioners — Mahbub Talukder, Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanam and Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury — also spoke on the occasion.On Saturday, the election commission started the three-day briefing for the executive magistrates for checking the violation of the code of conduct ahead of the upcoming national election slated for 30 December.The executive magistrates from different districts of Dhaka and Mymensingh division and Cumilla district attended the first day’s briefing.On 12 November, the EC directed the Public Administration Ministry to appoint executive magistrates at the field level to check the violation of the electoral code of conduct.One executive magistrate was deployed for every upazila, one for three to four wards of city corporations, one to two magistrates for each district sadar municipality and one magistrate for three to four upazilas of the Chattogram Hill Tracts.The magistrates will discharge the election duty till the next day of voting.The commission will deploy more executive and judicial magistrates on a large scale a few days before the general elections.last_img read more