The Tripura government has banned the plying of unregistered battery-operated rickshaws, also known as e-rickshaws, causing disruption for commuters. The deadline to register the vehicles ended on July 31. A senior official in the Transport Department said a large number of e-rickshaw owners had failed to register their vehicles. “The non-compliance had continued despite a few extensions in the deadline,” he told The Hindu on Saturday.The Tripura High Court has issued several directions regarding e-rickshaws since March 2017, but the orders were not implemented. The erstwhile CPI(M)-led Left Front government had taken a decision in July 2014 to register and license e-rickshaws but no headway was made. Providing employment Authorities have been in favour of e-rickshaws as they are a cheap mode of transport and provide employment to youth. Following the expiry of the deadline, teams have been deployed to impound unregistered e-rickshaws. The Battery Rickshaw Welfare Association and the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh have demanded an extension of the deadline.
Moody’s rating agency has upgraded Royal Caribbean Cruises’ senior unsecured rating to Baa2 from Baa3, and assigned a P-2 rating to the company’s planned USD 1.15 billion commercial paper program.The rating agency added that the company’s rating outlook is stable.“The upgrade to Baa2 reflects Moody’s expectation that Royal Caribbean will benefit from strong booking trends, increased onboard spending and the introduction of new ships which will enable the company to maintain leverage below 3.5x,” Pete Trombetta, Moody’s lead lodging and cruise analyst, said.“The upgrade also reflects the company’s improved liquidity position, including reduced outstandings under its committed revolving credit facilities,” Trombetta added.The P-2 commercial paper rating reflects RCL’s adequate liquidity, supported by its strong free cash flow generation which is sufficient to cover debt maturities over the next 24 months.Constraining the company’s liquidity profile is the large cash outflows related to new ship deliveries which cause spikes in capital expenditures throughout the year.RCL also has a USD 1.4 billion revolver due 2020 and a USD 1.2 billion revolver due in 2022; combined outstandings of about USD 700 million at March 31, 2018.The revolvers do not require a material adverse change representation at borrowing, but do contain financial covenants which are expected to maintain ample headroom, Moody’s concluded.
Wilhelmsen Ship Management, a Wilhelmsen group company, said it will be providing ship management services for the new Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) named Turquoise, owned by Ireland-based Pardus Energy.Pardus Energy is a new entrant into the FSRU market, which aims to further expand its market presence.The FSRU is a 170,000 CBM gas processing vessel, built at Hyundai Heavy Industry, South Korea. The FSRU will be managed by Wilhelmsen Ship Management Malaysia.“This win further solidifies our position in the gas market and we expect further growth driven by the positive sentiment in this segment,” says Carl Schou, CEO and President of Wilhelmsen Ship Management.WSM’s portfolio of managed vessels includes more than 450 vessels, including LNG/LPG, Ro-Ro and PCC/PCTC, container, cruise, bulk, and offshore.Image Courtesy: Wilhelmsen Ship Management
Trolling can never be justified. Celebs often have to go through virtual attacks by trolls over some of the most insane and absurd reasons. Take a look.Meeting PM Modi: Priyanka Chopra had a brief meeting with PM Modi in Berlin last year. While what they discussed remains unknown, a certain section on Twitter started trolling the actress for her ‘indecent dress’. As a comeback and in a major burn to the haters, Priyanka shared another picture with her mother showing off their long legs.For napping on hubby Nick’s chest: Soon after her wedding, Priyanka shared an adorable photo with hubby Nick Jonas where she was clicked sleeping on his chest. Trolls had a field day asking if Priyanka has hired a photographer that follows her everywhere, including the couple’s bedroom. Talking about the trolling on Jimmy Fallon’s show, Priyanka said, “I mean, don’t you guys ever go out with friends and you’re sitting with a bunch of friends, and you do something cute and another friend takes a picture? We were like eight of us sitting and watching the Super Bowl. I fell asleep and she took a picture. She was like, ‘You’re probably the first person who fell asleep during the Super Bowl’.”Photo-shopped arm-pits: The cover of Maxim magazine’s June-July issue featuring Priyanka Chopra drew flak for photo shopping her armpit. However, Priyanka gave it back to the haters with another picture showing off her arm-pits.Smoking: Recently, a picture of Priyanka Chopra smoking along with mother Madhu Chopra and husband Nick Jonas on a yacht during a vacation in Miami surfaced online. Netizens started trolling the actress for smoking despite being asthmatic, as claimed by Priyanka herself.Age gap with Nick Jonas: Priyanka Chopra has often been trolled with tags like ‘mom’ and ‘aunty’ for the age difference between her and husband Nick. Addressing the same, Priyanka had said, “I find it really amazing when you flip it and the guy is older, no one cares and actually people like it.”
Share JORGE SANHUEZA-LYON / KUT NEWSHouston in August 2017 days after Hurricane Harvey hit.The flood control district in the Houston area is considering a proposal to build massive underground tunnels to drain floodwaters from bayous across the county.Harris County Flood Control District officials said the idea could be a bold answer following Hurricane Harvey to dramatically improve Houston’s defenses against deadly floods.The Houston Chronicle reports that the project could cost several billion dollars and take several years to complete. It would build a network of deep tunnels to carry water from several of Houston’s waterways, so that they’d be able to keep a 100-year storm event within their banks.Republican Rep. John Culberson of Houston said this project could be partially funded by Federal Emergency Management Agency hazard mitigation grants.Commissioners will vote Tuesday, March 27, on whether to pursue a feasibility study to assess the tunnel proposal.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019Top afternoon stories:Ivanka Perez/Houston Public MediaHouston Police Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner (center) said at a news conference Jackson had remained a suspect for HPD even though an initial charge was dropped in 2017.Breakthrough In Josué Flores Murder CaseHarris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced on Tuesday that a grand jury has indicted Andre Jackson for the alleged murder of Josué Flores after being presented with new DNA evidence that was examined in a Florida laboratory.Flores’ murder shocked Houston in May 2016 because of its brutality. The killer stabbed the child multiple times at the 1900 block of Fulton Street when the 11-year-old boy was returning to his home after leaving Marshall Middle School in the Near Northside neighborhood.Jackson, a 30 year-old homeless veteran, had previously been charged with Flores’ murder. But Ogg dropped the charges in July 2017 because of insufficient evidence that prosecutors felt could lead to a conviction. Now, the district attorney says there is evidence beyond a reasonable doubt against Jackson.Houston Police arrested Jackson in Baytown and he is in custody. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday and faces five to 99 years in prison, or life. Jackson has publicly claimed he is innocent.Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaThe public safety campaign will urge gun owners to safely store their firearms to prevent accidents and shootings.Texas To Launch $1 Million Gun Safety Awareness CampaignThe Texas Department of Public Safety will launch an awareness campaign to urge gun owners to lock away their firearms.The initiative is part of the state budget Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law this past weekend.The budget allocates $1 million over two years to the campaign, which will likely be similar to DPS’ Don’t Mess With Texas and Turn Around Don’t Drown awareness campaigns.Currently, if a child 16 years of age or under gets a hold of a loaded weapon in Texas, the owner of the gun can be charged with a misdemeanor (Class A misdemeanor if someone gets hurt, otherwise Class C).The gun safety campaign is scheduled to start by Sep. 1, 2020.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaThis August 25, 2018, photo shows a voting sign in Harris County regarding the election on the county’s bond for flood prevention and mitigation projects.Poll Says Texas Voters’ Election Qualms Run HighTexas voters find a lot wrong with who does and doesn’t get to vote in the state’s elections, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.Generally speaking, Democrats see voter suppression and Republicans see voter fraud.“Partisans on both sides can find things to fault,” said Joshua Blank, manager of polling and research for the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin. “Texans as a whole look upon the election system pretty poorly.”Half of the voters said noncitizens vote “sometimes” (24%) or “frequently” (26%) in the state’s elections — a view held by 75% of Republican respondents and 54% of independent voters. Among Democrats, 27% said noncitizens “never” vote in Texas elections and another 37% said it “rarely” happens. White voters (56%) think noncitizens vote sometimes or frequently; 33% of black voters and 40% of Hispanic voters agreed with them.But those Democrats don’t think everything is rosy: 68% said eligible voters in Texas are sometimes (37%) or frequently (31%) prevented from voting. That view is shared by 44% of voters overall, by 24% of Republicans and by 37% of independent voters. Among all voters, 43% think eligible voters are never or rarely blocked from casting ballots. A majority of black voters (53%) said voters are frequently or sometimes prevented from voting; 49% of Hispanic and 40% of white voters agreed with them. Share