Working with Speedlights: A Free Advanced Photography Course

first_imgLearn how incorporating speedlights into your photography sessions can produce stunning images in this free photography course.Speedlights can be a scary thing for those transitioning from beginner to intermediate photographer. Just mastering all the on-camera settings can take a lot of time, so throwing a speedlight in the mix can be a bit overwhelming to someone looking to take their photography to the next level.Just like with everything else in photography, using speedlights takes practice, but besides simply going out and shooting with one there are a few really great online resources that you can use to improve your strobe skills. We just recently found this awesome advanced photography course featuring photographer Joe McNally. The course specifically covers speedlight photography and we highly recommend it to anyone looking shoot better portraits. The course covers: Bouncing LightHigh/Low Key LightingWorking with ModelsCreatively Manipulating LightThis video was obviously created as a marketing effort for Nikon, but don’t worry! All of these concepts completely apply to other camera/speedlight models too. In fact, even if you are a Nikon shooter you can purchase speedlights that are just as good as Nikon brand for a fraction of the price. So I highly recommend doing some research online before committing to an expensive speedlight.If you are still wanting to incorporate manufactured light into your photography I highly recommend checking out the Strobist; where you can find some great articles and courses all about lights.Do you have any tips for shooting with speedlights? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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CBI files charge sheet against absconding self-styled ‘godman’ for rape of minor

first_imgPolice oversight needed at private hostels: HC Summons to no availThe last known location of the 77-year-old accused was in Nepal. “An Interpol Blue Notice was issued against him on March 26 last year. The agency also issued notices asking him to appear before the probe team. However, he did not turn up,” a CBI official had earlier said.In January 2018, following a Delhi HC directive, the CBI had taken over three FIRs registered by the Delhi Police involving Dixit and his Rohini ashram, Adhyatmik Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya.The CBI probe in another case of allegedly obstructing the work of an HC-appointed panel at the ashram was earlier completed and chargesheet filed against 59 women inmates.Also Read The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a charge sheet against self-proclaimed god-man Virender Dev Dixit for the alleged rape of a minor girl at his ashrams in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in 1999. The agency had earlier declared a reward of ₹5 lakh for information leading to his arrest.In the charge sheet, the CBI has alleged that Dixit, who headed Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidyalaya (renamed Adhyatmik Vidyalaya), raped the girl repeatedly in May-June 1999 at his ashrams. He had threatened the girl to “cause injury to her reputation” and also issued “life threats” to her family.Also Readcenter_img Rohini ashram pulled up for not allowing parents to meet daughterslast_img read more

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Will never produce a film without a recognisable face: Rahul Bose on ‘Poorna’ failure

first_imgPanaji, Nov (PTI) Rahul Bose on Thursday said that after the box office debacle of his last film, sports biopic, “Poorna: Courage Has No Limit”, he will never produce a movie that does not have a star headliner.Poorna is based on a true story of Malavath Poorna, a tribal girl from Telangana who created history on May 25, 2014 by becoming the youngest girl in the world to scale the Mount Everest at the age of 13.Aditi Inamdar, a Telangana girl, portrayed Poorna on screen.The abysmal performance of the film at the ticket window especially in tier-II towns, “really broke my heart”, Bose, who also directed the film, said.”Everybody thinks it was really gutsy to make a Rs 10 crore film on a 13-year-old girl climbing Mt Everest. I just thought it was a fantastic mainstream film. ‘Little girl climbs Everest, holds Indian flag’ what can get more mainstream than this? I wondered.”The biggest reality check that I got after making ‘Poorna’, which also defines the Hindi film industry, this would be the last mainstream film to be made with… As a producer, never will I make a film that doesn’t have a recognisable face,” he said.The actor-director was speaking at a panel discussion ‘Redefining Stories’ at the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI).Bose emphasised on the unwillingness of the smaller towns of giving chances to a film as “mainstream” as “Poorna”, which only clicked in major cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Pune and Ahmedabad.advertisement”The film vanished everywhere else. India, apart from these 8 cities, is not interested in, forget about a good film, a mainstream film (that is) without a face. You can say there are new stories and Bollywood is changing. But if you don’t have a recognised face, go home,” he added.As the trend of sports dramas continues to enjoy an upswing in Hindi cinema such as “Gold” and “Soorma”, Bose said such films work only if it is fronted by a known face.”There are so many sports films made with huge actors, which are really good. But that Rs 600 thousand crore thing… Because the actor has the heft. That’s who people come to see. You don’t care about what Tom Cruise is playing. You want to see Tom Cruise, which is fantastic.”He said “Poorna” recently broke even and he is planning to release the film in China soon.”… We cracked a very good deal with Amazon Prime, Zee for overseas and on satellite, plus the box office, which we didn’t recover the Rs 10.5 crore. All in all, we crossed Rs 11 crore today.”Yesterday, I got an offer to release the film in China. The profits will start coming in from there now – one-and-a-half years after the release of the film.”Bose, who made his directorial debut with “Everybody Says I’m Fine” in 2001, credited the houseful screenings for 290 NGOs, and parents and children who went to watch the film in the theatres for their support.Earlier, when moderator, cinematographer Aseem Bajaj asked what has been his story in films, Bose said he never had to face any struggle.”I have never struggled. I don’t have a ‘Mera koi godfather nahi tha, phir bhi’ story. I didn’t have to change my acting or anything. Right from ‘English August’ to ‘Poorna’, I’m proud of the choices I have made, barring one or two. So I don’t have that story.” PTI RDS BKBKlast_img read more

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Murder suspect aggressive obnoxious before fatal Stampeders shooting trial

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — A woman who was at a bar the night a Calgary Stampeders player was killed two years ago says the man accused in the murder was aggressive and obnoxious before the fatal shooting.Nelson Lugela, who is 21, is on trial for second-degree murder.Hilary Jeavons told court Lugela was one of the instigators in an altercation with a group of Stampeders at Marquee Beer Market on Sept. 25, 2016.She says Lugela approached the players at least twice, was aggressive and bumped into her numerous times during the evening without apologizing.Jeavons says she was outside the bar when she heard two gunshots before heading home.Hicks was shot twice after the bar closed and died a short time later.last_img read more

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New Brunswick turns to bow hunt to control deer in populated areas

first_imgFREDERICTON — The New Brunswick government will launch a controlled bow hunt within the City of Saint John this fall to deal with the growing nuisance of deer within populated areas.A public meeting is set for Wednesday evening to explain the program to residents of a Saint John neighbourhood who have been complaining about deer roaming the streets and destroying gardens.Provincial biologist Joe Kennedy says it has been an increasing problem for the last 10 years, and a controlled bow hunt was first launched in towns east of Saint John four years ago.Those hunts have killed 476 deer so far, but Kennedy says more deer are migrating into the communities and reproducing at a rapid rate.Residents of nearby St. Andrews took out a full-page newspaper ad last week demanding action from the province to reduce the deer population, raising concerns about traffic accidents and the risk that deer are infested with ticks carrying Lyme disease.The current New Brunswick deer population is estimated at 73,000. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Manitoba to issue apology to Pimicikamak for harms caused by hydro system

first_imgTim FontaineAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG – Manitoba’s premier will travel to a Cree community and personally deliver a letter of apology for harms caused by the province’s hydro system, according to a press release from Chief Catherine Merrick.In the release, Chief Merrick also says the months-long occupation of the Jenpeg Generating Station will end. People from her community had taken over the grounds of the dam in Sept., angry over what they say are decades of abuses and broken promises by Manitoba Hydro, the Crown utility responsible for the dam and the province.Now an agreement has been reached to begin talks that the Pimicikamak hope will “reset the relationship between the parties.” Those talks will include environmental clean up from damages caused by the dam – which was completed in 1979 – and profit sharing.A mediator, retired Supreme Court Justice Frank Iaccobucci, has already been appointed to oversee the process.No date was given for the premier’s apologetic visit to Pimicikamak territory and APTN received no response from our request for clarification from his office.tfontaine@aptn.calast_img read more

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7 Indian players to play County cricket before World Test Cship opener

first_imgNew Delhi: Seven of India’s Test specialists may play a few games for various English county sides to prepare for the inaugural World Test Championship series in July and August. The players that BCCI have zeroed in are Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, Mayank Agarwal, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma, who will play County cricket. Pujara already has a three-year contract with Yorkshire and is set to play there again. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Pujara’s contract was a deal between him and the county and it’s a long term deal,” a senior BCCI official said on Friday. As far as Rahane is concerned, he is likely to sign a deal with Hampshire in the coming week and is waiting for the approval of all three Committee of Administrators. “CoA head Vinod Rai has already given his approval but Diana Edulji and Lt General Ravi Thodage are yet to give their approvals,” the official said. “With India set to play against the Caribbean in about fortnight after the end of the World Cup, the BCCI has prepared a proposal wherein their Test specialists can play some red ball cricket in months of June till mid July,” the senior official added. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterSome of the counties that BCCI is talking to include Leicestershire, Essex, Nottinghamshire. “During the last Test series in England, the BCCI has had discussions with the CEOs of all major counties so that our top Test players can play there in summers,” said the official. Ideally, the BCCI is looking at three to maximum four first class games for its players before the West Indies series. “The conditions are completely different save that they will playing with red Dukes which will also be used in the West Indies. It’s just that they will get game time. We are hopeful that all our seven Test players will be playing either Division 1 or 2 of the English county,” he said. India skipper Virat Kohli was supposed to play for Surrey last year but could not do so due to an injury.last_img read more

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Mazda recalls more than 200K cars in US Canada due to failing

OTTAWA — Mazda is recalling more than 200,000 Mazda 3 compact cars in the U.S. and Canada because the windshield wipers can fail.The company says in documents posted Saturday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the recall covers cars from the 2016 through 2018 model years.The Japanese automaker traced the problem to metal deposits that can cause a wiper relay to stick, knocking out the wipers and limiting driver visibility.It says it has no reports of crashes or injuries due to the problem.Transport Canada says the recall affects more than 51,000 units in Canada.It says owners can take their vehicle to a dealer to have the front body control module replaced.— with files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Press read more

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Samantha Power says Sirisenas rash actions could stir violence

“Pres. Sirisena’s rash actions in #SriLanka are creating potential for destabilizing violence. Cannot ignore warning signs. Sri Lankans are counting on leaders at home, the region, the UN to step up with urgency to resolve crisis,” she tweeted. Power was a top member of the cabinet of former US President Barack Obama. (Colombo Gazette) Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power says President Maithripala Sirisena’s “rash actions” in Sri Lanka are creating potential for destabilizing violence.Power tweeted saying Sri Lankans are counting on leaders at home, the region and the UN to step up with urgency to resolve the crisis. She also tweeted saying “the dangers of #SriLanka constitutional crisis are clear: violence is possible & Rajapaksa’s return to power will likely end flagging efforts at ethnic reconciliation. Where is US diplomacy? SL must know suspending aid, targeted sanctions on the table”. read more

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Victims of FIFA scandal Small clubs and youth teams say they need

Victims of FIFA scandal? Small clubs and youth teams say they need money that was diverted by Stephen Wade, The Associated Press Posted May 30, 2015 3:20 pm MDT Last Updated May 30, 2015 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A soccer ball designed with Brazil’s national colors, formed by a street performer into a receptacle to collect tips left by tourists, sits in front of the Maracana Stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Brazilian Jose Maria Marin, the former president of the Brazilian Football Confederation, was among seven high-ranking soccer officials arrested Wednesday in Zurich on U.S. charges of corruption. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo) RIO DE JANEIRO – The accused in the FIFA scandal are easy to spot: globe-trotting executives charged with diverting millions meant to build the game to their personal accounts. Those who feel victimized aren’t as obvious: Youth players with hand-me-down equipment, semi-pro clubs that can’t afford to travel and developmental leagues that can’t pay referees.Players and coaches can only dream about millions reportedly siphoned off by top soccer officials.“The reason that these people were able to make so much money corruptly goes to the love that people have for the sport,” Kelly Currie, the acting U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, said as 14 top world soccer officials were indicted. “And so it’s taking that love and skimming off the marketing rights that allowed these people to enrich themselves and line their pockets.”Take Fabio Braz, a 36-year-old defender on Brazil’s lower-division America Football Club, which is deep in debt and having trouble paying for basics. He doesn’t see money trickling down from powerful Brazilian Football Confederation, whose new $35 million headquarters is a monument to wealth and power and whose former president was arrested Wednesday.The indictment claimed Brazilian soccer officials took bribes for decades, selling off TV rights and marketing agreements while millions were delivered to them personally.“They take away our money,” Braz told The Associated Press after Friday practice. “We are here daily working our butts off, earning our keep, defending our families, fighting for our survival.”Narinder K. Bhatia, the vice-president of India’s Delhi Soccer Association, said little money trickles down to the grassroots.“It’s been very difficult to run the game,” Bhatia said. “We are unable to provide nutrition. A cup of tea and a snack is not enough for players during matches.”In South Africa, revelations that bribes were paid to get the 2010 World Cup have angered millions.The indictment said “youth leagues and development programs” were hit hardest by corruption. FIFA spent $1 billion on development projects the last three years. But it’s unclear how much of that money got to players and clubs, or ended up in the bank accounts of FIFA officials.Christopher Gaffney, who studies global sports events at the University of Zurich, said the victims stretch beyond field, pointing to businesses involved or hurt by the schemes: Employees making shoes in Asian sweatshops who went underpaid, while their companies paid millions in bribes; Nepalese workers who died building massive stadiums so tiny Qatar can host the 2022 World Cup.“The victims are hidden by the spectacle,” Gaffney said in an email. “White-collar crime has its greatest impacts on those who don’t own a suit.”___BRAZILA worker leaned a ladder on a wall at dawn Thursday and pulled down — letter by letter — a sign on the Brazilian Football Confederation building that read: “Sede Jose Maria Marin,” Jose Maria Marin Building.Marin’s was among those arrested in Switzerland and is charged with taking millions in bribes from multiple companies. He stepped down in April to become a CBF vice-president.About 45 kilometres (25 miles) north of the lavish CBF headquarters, Braz practiced Friday at Giulite Coutinho stadium, the home of America Football Club on the gritty outskirts of Rio.The club’s 11,000-seat stadium is surrounded by dilapidated cinderblock houses, abandoned factories and mountains of trash strewn at every corner.The club was one of Rio’s best 40 years ago, but now plays three levels below Brazil’s top teams.Braz has played for top Brazilian clubs and probably earns twice the average of 5,000 reals ($1,650) monthly salary for players on the team.“The majority of soccer clubs in Brazil have big problems,” Braz said. “Players aren’t paid, and then you see how the CBF benefits with so much money and luxury.”The 100-year-old club is $20 million in debt, said Wagner Tardelli, head of soccer administration at the club.Tardelli was a referee until he was pulled off a key match in 2008 by Marco Polo Del Nero, now the CBF president.Del Nero accused Tardelli of match-fixing. Tardelli sued Del Nero and won his case, but the scandal ruined his career. He said he’d like to see Del Nero “arrested and put in jail.”“What we see with the CBF is impunity,” Tardelli said. “The truth is the CBF operates as a separate state, and no president in this country has been able to change that institution.”Tardelli gazed around at a field of young players.“If this money had been used for the kids and junior leagues — for example — wouldn’t that have been a great help?”___INDIAAt the Asian Games last year, India was eliminated without scoring a goal. The massive nation has never played in the World Cup.Rahul Paswan practiced this week with the semi-pro Royal Rangers on the uneven turf at New Delhi’s Ambedkar Stadium.“The biggest problem for us is buying equipment,” said Paswan, an 18-year-old midfielder. “My family is unable to support me enough. I can’t think of buying top-notch soccer boots. We also seldom get to play on a decent field.”Bhatia, the vice-president of the Delhi Soccer Association, said development money from FIFA seldom filters down.“Most of the money is spent on high staff salaries and hotel bills,” Bhatia said. “There should be no diversion of money, it should go toward developing the game.”___AFRICARevelations of bribes from the indictment have been front-page news in South Africa, where soccer clubs are crying out for funding.South Africa’s northern neighbour Zimbabwe is a stark example in Africa of how soccer still struggles in poorer countries.The Zimbabwe Football Association recently had to auction off an artificial-surface training field for $115,000 to pay down its debt.In West Africa, FIFA has funded the Guinea Football Federation’s new headquarters, with gleaming offices and boardrooms, a reward for top officials who keep FIFA President Sepp Blatter in office.Critics say that money would have been better spent on fields and equipment.“FIFA has become a danger for small nations like Guinea,” Guinean political analyst Aliou Diallo said. “The heads there butter themselves up with the misery of our fragile economies.”___C. Rajshekhar Rao in New Delhi, Renata Brito in Rio and Gerald Imray in Johannesburg contributed to this report.___Stephen Wade on Twitter: http://twitter.com/StephenWadeAP read more

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Fire breaks out at Manchester Christie hospital building

first_imgA fire has broken out at one of the buildings belonging to The Christie Hospital.The incident is still ongoing according to the local fire service.The blaze is currently engulfing the Cancer Research building, which is next to the hospital. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The fire broke out at the Christie Hospital in ManchesterCredit:Will Huntington @willhuntington1 Insane fire at The Christie #Manchester #Fire #TheChristie pic.twitter.com/DeXD6iQVsA— Trish. (@trish_373) April 26, 2017 “Any patients who are attending for treatment need to attend as normal and access the hospital via the Palatine Road entrance.”Patients should park in the multi-storey car park off Palatine Road. All the associated areas have been evacuated including any patient areas.”Patients should park in the multi-storey car park off Palatine Road.”The police were called because of the fire. The Greater Manchester Police told the MEN they were called to the Oak Road entrance of the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute building at 10.43am.They said that several roads surrounding the site and The Christie Hospital grounds have been shut. It is believed the fire started on the roof of the Paterson Building this morning.Some on social media have captured pictures and footage of the fire. @MENnewsdesk christies hospital on fire pic.twitter.com/vd3Slnh7XY— Dylsss🇾🇪 (@Dylsssmcr) April 26, 2017 A spokesperson for the fire service dealing with the blaze told the Manchester Evening News: “We were called at 10.36am this morning to a building fire at the Christie on Wilmslow Road.”Five fire engines are currently dealing with the fire. The fire service were not able to confirm where the fire had started, only that the incident was still ongoing.”Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said the fire includes a three-storey office block and laboratory.The service said in a statement: “At 10.36am on Wednesday (April 26) the fire service was called to a building fire at Christie Hospital, Wilmslow Road, Manchester.”Five fire engines and an aerial ladder are at the scene.”Firefighters are wearing breathing apparatus and using jets and hose reels to extinguish a fire involving a three-storey office block and labs.” There’s actually five fire engines pic.twitter.com/n8WvvE4XRl— Jennifer Williams (@JenWilliamsMEN) April 26, 2017 A statement from the Christie Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “There has been a fire on the roof of the Paterson Institute.”All associated areas have been evacuated, including any patient areas. The fire service is on site.”For staff and patients, if they have not already been evacuated, need to carry on as normal. Will Huntington @willhuntington1last_img read more

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A Kindle loaded with ebooks is heavier than an empty one

first_imgOne of the major selling points of the Kindle e-reader Best Price at Amazon is its ability to store thousands of books without getting any bigger or heavier. Try and do the same with physical books and you soon wouldn’t be able to move under the weight, or even carry more than a dozen or so.Well it turns out the Kindle, or any e-reader for that matter, does in fact get heavier the more you fill up its memory with e-books. That may sound surprising until you hear just how much heavier it becomes.I was under the impression that data doesn’t weigh anything beyond the device weight it is stored on, but University of California, Berkeley professor of computer science John D. Kubiatowicz cares to differ. He decided to answer the question of whether an e-reader gets heavier with thousands of e-books loaded on to it for The New York Times.The additional weight is actually unmeasurable, but there is an additional weight on the order of 10-18 grams. This is because the transistors in the flash memory the Kindle uses distinguishes between a 1 and a 0 by trapping electrons. More data means more trapped electrons, which means ever so slightly more weight.So the extra weight actually comes just from the device storing more energy. Kubiatowicz worked out that the additional energy 4GB of flash memory holds when full is 1.7 times 10-5 joules, which translates into the 10-18 grams weight difference stated above.You will never notice this difference in weight when holding a Kindle, but it’s a good fact to remember in case you want to impress a fellow Kindle owner with your knowledge of the device.Read more at The New York Times, via The Guardianlast_img read more

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Totti tells a crazy story involving jail

first_imgThe Italian legend was visiting a prison and one fan volunteered to stay one more week in order to meet the former Roma footballerFans can go to great lengths to show their support for their teams.Others will go crazy if they get to meet their heroes in real life.And that’s what Italian football legend Francesco Totti remembers about a prison visit, where a fan volunteered to stay longer to meet his idol.The former Roma star tells in his book how in 2006 he visited Rebibbia prison in Rome with the whole squad.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“We went to visit the prison and take a tour of the cells, where everyone was detained. Everyone was very happy because for them to see a player inside was like seeing the Pope,” he was quoted by The Daily Mail.“There was this lad there that kept shouting, ‘Me! Me! Me!’ and wanted, at absolutely all costs, to take a photo with me. No-one would let him through, but he started to push his way forward and try and get closer to me to take a photo. I did not really understand why he was so determined.”The inmate was scheduled to be released one week before Totti’s visit, but he wrote a letter to the prison warden begging him to allow him to stay.“Even if I lived for another 100 years, I’ll never again have a chance like this to have my photo taken alongside Totti,” the inmate wrote in the letter.last_img read more

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Banks facing intensified liquidity crisis

first_imgBanks facing intensified liquidity crisisIslami Bank Bangladesh Limited has recently curtailed the authority of its branch managhers, making it mandatory to take permission of the head office for distributing loan amounting to Tk 500,000 and above.Any of the 332 branches of the country’s largest private commercial bank earlier could disburse any amount of approved loan.The IBBL has taken the step, as do other banks, in the wake of intensified liquidity crisis of banks in recent times, according to bankers and businessmen.Mainly the private banks have been plagued by the liquidity crisis, months before general elections, despite reluctance of many entrepreneurs in making investment decision in a potentially turbulent year.The private banks have slowed down the process of loan disbursement, and raised interest rate up to 13 per cent in their desperate bid to collect deposits.At least 20 private banks are currently facing liquidity crisis, according to the Bangladesh Bank officials.The banks are now trying to realise loan money, instead of distributing fresh ones, some bankers told Prothom Alo.Mid-level bank officials said there is a pressure from the authorities to collect more deposits from the people.The crisis heightens as the government organisations attempted to take back money deposited with some private banks.However, the government banks, which are sometimes given capital from taxpayers’ money, are exceptions.“The state-owned banks have enough money while private banks are facing liquidity crisis,” Association of Bankers’ Bangladesh (ABB) president Syed Mahbubur Rahman said.He also pointed out that many customers do not want to take loans as the election is nearing. “It’s a common phenomenon in an election year as is ahead of the budget.”Hossain Khaled, a director of the country’s one of oldest business enterprises Anwar Group, said, “The effects of elections generally are felt at the end of the election year, but this time around, the liquidity crisis has surfaced at the beginning of the year.”He acknowledged that businessmen remain cautioius while spending money in the election year. State-owned Sonali Bank, the largest one, is now lending money to most of the private banks.“All private banks are borrowing money from us. We’re are giving them money as much as we can, complying with rules,” said managing director of Sonali Bank Obayed Ullah Al Masud.He added that the Sonali Bank is now receiving more loan applications from those who were earlier refused by the private banks.Managing directors of three other state-owned banks — Agrani Bank, Rupali Bank and Janata Bank — said they, too, have a good amount of money to lend for investment.Customers not getting loansThe central bank officials said the lending rate was of single-digit a few months ago, but it has now touched even 15 per cent.The rate of the call money is on the rise, as well, according to bankers.Pubali Bank managing director A Halim Chowdhury said top business groups are also not getting loans easily.“The banks are thinking twice before approving any loan proposal,” he added.‘Crazy’ for moneyThe banks have raised interest rate thrice to 9-13 per cent on deposits — a rate which was just 5.22 per cent in 2016.Rupali Bank and Agrani Bank have also increased their interest rate.Bank officials said the depositors are running from one bank to another for getting better rates.The picture was opposite last year when some of the banks discouraged customers to deposit money.Forex reserve shrinkingAmid the rising price of US dollars, private bank officials forecast the crisis of dollars would further intensify in the coming days and as a result, the entire economy may suffer.Bangladesh Bank records say it has already sold $12 billion dollars in the current fiscal year. The rate of a dollar against a taka rises up to Tk 83 from Tk 78 within a year.The central bank had to pay Asian Clearing Union (AKU) more than $1.56 billion in January and February, compared to $1.155 billion in November-December.The latest foreign exchange reserve has decreased to $32 billion from $33.36 billion only recently.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islam.last_img read more

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Floating solar panels to come up on Bikramgarh Jheel

first_imgKolkata: In a unique initiative the state Power department, in collaboration with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), has decided to install a floating solar power plant on Bikramgarh Jheel in the southern fringes of the city.According to sources in the Power department, the plant would have a capacity of 300 KW and the power generated from the plant would be used for illuminating the Jheel during night. It has been learnt that as per the initial plans, the solar power produced by the plant will be sold to CESC during daytime. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA survey has already been conducted at the Jheel area to examine the viability of the project. A detailed project report has also been chalked out. The state Power department will provide technical support to the civic body, to set up the solar plants at Bikramgarh Jheel situated in Golf Green area. According to a senior official of the Power department, the project would cover an area of around 1 acre, out of the total 7.3 acre that the lake covers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSolar photovoltaic (PV) cells will be placed on the lake’s surface. The Power department and KMC officials will adopt the procedure of echolocation to measure the depth of the lake and bathymetry will be used for mapping the lake floor. According to the sources in KMC, apart from installing a solar plant on the Jheel, a beautification drive has also been initiated in and around it. The total cost of the project may go up to Rs 4 crore.Installing the floating panels is a part of the state government’s initiative towards the development of solar plants in the state on a large scale. It may be mentioned that the state Power department has started a series of projects, giving thrust on the alternative sources of power. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also laid emphasis on solar energy, through a project called “Aloshree”. Under this project, solar plants are being set up on the roofs of various government offices across the state. It has also been learnt that more such projects will be taken up in the future.West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency (WBREDA) and the district officials have already identified the buildings where the solar panels could be installed. In many cases, the solar panels have already been set up on the roofs of various office buildings, schools and colleges. The state government has given a lot of stress on renewable energy. A great deal of work has already been done by the Power department to produce energy from solar power.Generating solar power has been given paramount importance, as it will not only reduce dependency on other energy sources, but will also help the government buildings develop energy required for their own consumption.The project also aims at installing a grid-connected solar system in government offices, which will prove handy in preserving the natural resources.last_img read more

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Yet another Demon Tree spotted in Ladysmith

first_imgPeople are seeing “Demon Trees” all over the place in Ladysmith, it seems. The latest one is in a spooky place too! Where? The local graveyard!A Ladysmith Gazette journalist received a phone call telling her that a resident living in Ladysmith had spotted a creepy tree at the graveyard. The resident had gone to pay her last respects to a loved one at the graveyard when she suddenly noticed the strange-looking tree.Well, you decide if it looks anything like a demon… It certainly has some folks talking!Also read: Demon tree in Poort Road?Also read: People complain about “Haunted House” in Ladysmith Also read: Another “Demon Tree” in Ladysmith? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The resident, who asked that her name not be mentioned, says the tree resembles wings and looks like an eerie ghost. She added that it is even more creepy being at the graveyard.Are “Demon Trees” multiplying in this part of the world or are people letting their imaginations get the better of them? Take a look at the photo and you be the judge!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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Shocking road going up to the monuments

first_img“It is very sad that the local municipality has no interest in fixing our roads, not even the ones they know tourists will be travelling on to visit the battlefields or grave sites associated with the Anglo-Boer War,” fumed IFP councillor Abbas Warasally. “I was really disappointed not to visit the monuments in Ladysmith. I read about them and was really hoping to see them for myself, but due to the terrible state of the road leading up to the area, we could not,” said a despondent and disappointed tourist who was in town recently.According to the municipality, there are plans in action to repair that road within the next three weeks.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Tourists and local community members are complaining about the state of the road leading up to the monuments. It has been described as a terrible, gravel road with huge potholes and trenches which makes it virtually impossible to drive on. Tourists complain that they spend money to come and visit Ladysmith, and they look forward to taking in the historical sights (which includes visiting the monuments on the outskirts of town). Then comes the let-down when they are faced with the shockingly poor condition of the road and are afraid to risk damaging their vehicles. So, ultimately, going to the monuments gets struck off their list of interesting things to do. Even Ladysmith residents seldom head up there anymore, unless they have a powerful 4X4 vehicle that can handle any and all treacherous terrain. last_img read more

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Kyrgyzstans governing coalition collapses

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