Could autonomous cars destroy the auto insurance industry?

first_imgBreak the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags: #autonomous cars#car insurance#GEICO#insurance#Self-Driving#transport#Warren Buffett Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img Autonomous car adoption worldwide is going to have a major knock-on effect on most industries that rely on humans driving cars.One industry that may see a severe downturn in revenue is the auto insurance industry, according to Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett. The billionaire investor said to CNBC “anything that makes cars safer is very pro-social, and bad for the auto insurance industry.”See Also: Self-driving lobbying supergroup to play many dates in Washington D.C.Cars have been made way, way safer, but now when you start making the driver safer, that would be a big jump, and that will happen someday, and when it happens there will be a lot less auto insurance written.”Buffett’s holdings company manages Geico, one of the largest auto insurance companies in the United States. For the past 15 years, Geico has increased its revenue, but the onset of autonomous vehicles might see a downturn in the company’s success.Autonomous vehicle manufacturers might also take it upon themselves to self-insure, rather than have the customer spend thousands in insurance costs for a car controlled by the manufacturer’s software.Could insurance be split between car owners and car designers?We might even see a half-and-half solution, where automakers are willing to insure for accidents that happen due to a flaw in the software, but not if the customer takes control of the vehicle and has an accident.Either way, the likelihood of an accident on the road is bound to fall, which will make auto insurance less expensive; one would hope.Autonomous cars are also going to change how many miles cars rack up in a year, according to research from the University of Michigan. In the study, the team found that autonomous cars may allow families to downsize to one car and use the car for other purposes while they’re at work, like picking up the kids, shopping, or renting the car to a taxi service like Uber or Lyft for pick-ups.That might benefit auto repairs, since the car will spend more time on the road, causing issues with tires and the engine to arise quicker. Google has already made note of the potential uptake in repair shops, to reassure the industry that there’s still some future for them in the autonomous world. David Curry 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Ashes: Australia coach Lehmann admits selection mistakes

first_imgClaiming that his team was more competitive on the Ashes tour to England two years ago, Australia cricket chief coach Darren Lehmann on Sunday conceded that they made a major selection blunder going into the crucial fourth Test at Trent Bridge.Australia surrendered the Ashes with a thumping loss by an innings and 78 runs at Trent Bridge just 39 minutes into the Test’s third day for their fourth consecutive Ashes series loss in England. They trail 1-3 with the fifth and final match scheduled to start on August 20. Australia had lost the 2013 series 0-3.Following the loss, captain Michael Clarke declared that he will retire after the fifth Test match and Lehmann admitted that the change in selection policy went against their historic view that a bowling allrounder was crucial to team balance.”We wanted the extra batter and spoke to the captain about it in this particular game. But we’ve always (previously) wanted five bowlers, so we probably got that selection wrong,” Lehmann was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”(I am) happy to admit when we’re wrong, you don’t get everything right. We’re really strong on having five bowlers and we didn’t do that this game. In the end it didn’t matter, we only bowled once and we didn’t bat well enough.”As a coach and as selectors, we’ve got things wrong at certain times there’s no doubt about that. We’ve got to own up like players have to and everyone else that our performances weren’t good enough, full stop.”advertisementHowever, he said his wards played better than what they did in 2013.”I think we played better (in England) in 2013 to be perfectly honest,” Lehmann said, reflecting on his third Test series loss since taking over from the sacked Mickey Arthur weeks before that campaign began.”We certainly didn’t cope with the swinging or seaming ball in the last two Test matches well enough and that’s something we have to get better at. But we got out-skilled by a very good cricket team in England.”Lehmann also acknowledged that naming a squad more than three months before the first Test was one of them. The 45-year-old pointed out that the decision to announce the touring party for the two-Test series in the Caribbean in June at the same time as the Ashes squad – on March 31 – was taken by the Cricket Australia (CA).The 16 players who went to the West Indies were supplemented by pace bowler Ryan Harris for the Ashes series, to which the Australians travelled direct from the Caribbean. But problems arose early for the selectors with Harris forced into retirement before playing a Test due to the recurrence of his chronic knee injury.And veterans Brad Haddin and Shane Watson both struggled for runs and opportunities in one-sided Tests in the Caribbean and were therefore dispensed with early in the Ashes when they were unable to turn around their form.Lehmann said he understood the logistical requirements of choosing a squad for such a lengthy overseas assignment and the benefits of having a continuity of personnel on each tour. But in hindsight it had left them effectively short on selection options as players fell by the wayside in this tour.”We’ve had that discussion as a selection panel and that was a tough one for us. End of the day, we were guided a bit by above (Cricket Australia) and how we wanted to move around from the West Indies to England,” Lehmann said.”Logistics and other things come into it that are way above my head. But if we had our time again we’d probably like to pick separate squads and then see what comes from the West Indies tour leading into an England tour.”Lehmann confirmed that the Australia team for the dead-rubber fifth Test would be selected from the 17-man squad currently in England.last_img read more

Rohit, Murali back in Test Team for Australia tour; Dhoni dropped from T20 squads

first_imgIndia recall Rohit Sharma (R) and Murali Vijay for Australia test tour. File Photo   –  The Hindu SHARE SHARE EMAIL India have recalled batsmen Rohit Sharma and Murali Vijay to their 18-man test squad for the tour to Australia, opting to bank on experience for the four-match series. Parthiv Patel was chosen as the second wicketkeeper along with the 21-year-old Rishabh Pant, who made his test debut during the five-match series in England.Rohit has shown strong form in limited overs matches but was dropped from the test side following a poor return in South Africa earlier this year when he scored 78 runs in four innings. Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan opened for India in the first match of the England series but the duo were dropped during the 4-1 defeat and also left out of India’s two-test home series against West Indies.The right-handed Vijay, however, responded to his exclusion by making a hundred and three half-centuries for Essex in the County Championship. “We felt that Rohit’s nature of play, a very good back-foot player, his game is suited for Australia,” India’s chief selector MSK Prasad told reporters. “Murali Vijay was dropped from the England series. He went back and he played the county and showed his intent and performed and considering the intensity of the series, we’ve considered him for the Australia series.”The 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw, who made a sparkling debut with a century against West Indies, and Lokesh Rahul were the other openers in the squad. All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who injured his back during the Asia Cup, has not recovered sufficiently to make to the squad and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja will fill the role in Australia.“It’s very difficult to match Hardik’s all-round ability,” Prasad said. “At least we don’t see that kind of ability now in India. That’s why no other alternatives were discussed. And we expect Bhuvi can come good, we know he can bat.”India’s regular wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha continues to be on the sidelines, recovering from a shoulder and thumb injury, which opened the door again for Patel, who has played 25 tests for India. There was, however, good news on the pace bowling front with India travelling to Australia at full strength with Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav all available.Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav will be the slow bowling options alongside Jadeja. “If you see the selection we have done, it’s a mix of youth and experience which we really wanted because it’s going to be a high-intensity test series,” Prasad said. “That’s why we fell back on experience.”India will play a three-match Twenty20 series before the first test starts in Adelaide from Dec 6. Perth, Melbourne and Sydney will host the remainder of the tests followed by a three-match one-day international series.Dhoni dropped from the squadMahendra Singh Dhoni was dropped from India’s Twenty20 squad for the home series against the West Indies and the crucial away assignment against Australia, signalling a possible end to his run in the shortest format. In the other major decision, skipper Virat Kohli was rested from the T20 series against the West Indies and Rohit Sharma named the stand-in captain of the side.The committee said that Dhoni, the 2007 World T20-winning skipper, has been “rested” and India are now looking to fill in the second wicketkeeper’s slot. But when asked if Dhoni’s career in T20s is over, Prasad said, “Not yet. We want to try out other keepers for the second keeper’s slot,” said Prasad.The two keepers in the two T20 squads announced Friday are Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik. The three T20s against Australia will get underway from November 21, followed by a four-Test series and three ODIs. With Dhoni playing only seven T20Is this year and India’s next ODI assignment only in January against Australia, the former captain won’t be getting any domestic matches with both Vijay Hazare and Deodhar Trophy already over.The 37-year-old, despite being a sharp planner and a safe and agile hand behind the stumps, has been struggling to finish matches with the bat, something that came naturally to him at his peak and made him a modern legend. The decision to “rest” Dhoni might just be the first sign of selectors trying to phase out the maverick former captain in at least one format. A veteran of 93 T20Is, Dhoni has 1487 runs in the format at a strike rate of 127.09. The only T20Is left in the next six months is a three-game series against New Zealand, which is scheduled in February.Limited overs squadIn the limited-overs set-up, left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem received his maiden call-up for the T20s against West Indies. Fit-again batsman Kedar Jadhav, whose omission from ODIs came under the scanner, has been brought back for the fourth and fifth ODI.The BCCI has also selected Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Parthiv Patel, Prithvi Shaw for the India A tour of New Zealand.The Squads: For three T20I match series against West Indies: Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem.For four-match Test series against Australia: Virat Kohli (C), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.For three-match T20I series against Australia: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed.India A team for first four-day game against New Zealand A: Ajinkya Rahane (C), M Vijay, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Parthiv Patel (wk), K Gowtham, Shahbaz Nadeem, Md Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, R Gurbani, Vijay Shankar, KS Bharath.Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar. SHARE × COMMENT October 27, 2018 India recall Rohit Sharma (R) and Murali Vijay for Australia test tour. File Photo   –  The Hindu Published on cricket COMMENTSlast_img read more

Blue Star enters air cooler segment, eyes Rs 150 cr sales

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 31 (PTI) Air-conditioner maker Blue Star, which recently forayed into air coolers, is targeting sales of about Rs 150 crore in the next three years from the segment.The company, which did a select-market launch of its air coolers in North India, plans to expand the portfolio by April-May.”Our aim is to do at least Rs 150 crore business from the air cooler segments in next three years,” Blue Star Executive Director and President, AC and Refrigeration Products, B Thiagarajan told PTI.After the pilot launch last week, he said: “In next six months, it would have a pan India presence.”Besides, Blue Star has also forayed into air purifier segment.Thiagarajan, who is slated to assume the role of Joint Managing Director from April 1, said the reason for entering the air cooler and air purifier segments is to fill gaps in the companys product portfolio.”Our idea is that as a related product category, we should be present there,” he said.On manufacturing plans for the new segments, he said, at present, the company is sourcing from a third party through contract manufacturing.Blue Star would consider manufacturing when volumes pick up, Thiagarajan added.The firm, which mainly sells a range of air-conditioning and commercial refrigeration products, clocked a revenue of Rs 3,080.79 crore in fiscal 2015. PTI KRH ABK ABMlast_img read more

Evening newswrap January 26

first_imgAvalanches hit Kashmir’s Gurez, 10 jawans killed, 4 missing, rescue efforts on A massive rescue operation is underway as four jawans are reported to be missing after the tragedy.Mallya: Kingfisher a ‘public service’, not a ‘private toy’Vijay Mallya said he is getting used to “witch hunts” in reference to the recent SEBI directive barring him from the security markets.SEE Baahubali 2 poster: Prabhas, Anushka Shetty aim to bring you the conclusionFeaturing Prabhas and Anushka Shetty, the poster of Baahubali: The Conclusion was shared by director SS Rajamouli today.Kohli wishes India on Republic Day: Make a positive change around youIndia cricket captain Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Vijender Singh among notable sporting icons to wish India a happy Republic Day.last_img read more

A Special Thanksgiving Message

first_imgIt’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind. Go to work, pay bills, take care of chores around the house, rinse and repeat. And as busy as we are, it’s easy to forget that the whole reason we do these obligatory tasks is so that we can have time to slow down and appreciate the people around us; the people in our lives who make that daily grind worthwhile. I don’t do it nearly enough. Fortunately, from time to time, there are days where we can’t help but notice and appreciate our friends, coworkers, and family who lift us up, give us hope, and inspire us.Thanksgiving is one of those days.When I take time to pause and think about it, I’m overwhelmed by the things that make me grateful. Like many of you in the nonprofit sector, I am fortunate enough to love my work. Every day I am surrounded by a team of dedicated individuals working to make this world a better place…one nonprofit at a time. I’m grateful for our team and for your work that drives us. We’re constantly exploring new ways to support you and your mission, so that you can spend more time improving the communities you serve. That you trust us to be part of the journey with you is humbling.On this day of giving thanks, and all the days in between, we at Network for Good are extremely grateful for you.From all of us at Network for Good to all of you…Happy Thanksgiving!last_img read more

Performance in South Africa helped me win an A+ contract: Shikhar Dhawan

first_imgStar opener Shikhar Dhawan made it clear that if Indian team intends to do well in upcoming England tour, the preparations for that would need to start early.Indian team’s preparations before the South African tour was panned by one and all as they didn’t play any practice games but Dhawan is confident that they can do well in England if they can prepare on the kind of tracks that will be on offer during the five-Test series starting August.”England is going to be a very difficult series but we will have to play on those sort of pitches from early on and see how it goes there. If we have the right preparation and are able to give our best shot, there is no reason why we can’t win Test series in England,” Dhawan told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event.Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma to earn more than Dhoni in BCCI’s new pay structureWhile he had an ordinary Test series in South Africa before being dropped after identical scores of 16 and 16 in the first Test, he came back well with two half-centuries and a hundred in India’s emphatic 5-1 ODI series win and a string of good scores in the T20 matches.Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan: How India’s top 3 have dominated the worldThe left-hander was visibly satisfied as doing well in the ‘Rainbow Nation’ according to him was a “dream come true”.Shikhar Dhawan gets 1300 per cent salary hike and truth behind MS Dhoni’s new pay packageadvertisementIn fact, he admitted that his performance in the ODIs and the subsequent T20s helped him bag an A+ central contract.”I was failing badly in overseas conditions, so to perform well (in ODIs and T20) gave me confidence. The performance in South Africa helped me win an A+ contract. I am very happy about that. It was a dream come true to perform like that in South Africa. I want to keep scoring runs consistently,” said Dhawan, who is the brand ambassador of Alcis, an Indian sportswear company.Dhawan has been retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad and is expected to form a formidable opening partnership with David Warner.”IPL is going to be exciting. It’s a fresh season and we have so many new faces and the team looks good. Hopefully, I will be fresh and fit to perform,” he said.However, Dhawan believes that while IPL can be a platform to get in contention for a berth in the Indian team, one should remain in the present and try to perform well.”IPL is a platform for players to get noticed and may be make it to the Indian team but the focus should be on performance rather than thinking about India selection,” Dhawan had a word of caution for talented youngsters.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Minnesota’s Zack Annexstad Taken To Hospital After Team’s Loss To Nebraska

first_imgMinnesota QB Zack Annexstad throwing a pass.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 20: Quarterback Zack Annexstad #5 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers passes in the first half against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Minnesota quarterback Zach Annexstad, who started the game for the Golden Gophers against Nebraska and had to be replaced at halftime, was taken to the hospital after the contest.Annexstad, according to Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck, was taken to the hospital for an “internal, midsection injury.” It’s unclear exactly what injury Annexstad is suffering from.The good news is that Fleck seems to think Annexstad is going to be okay. He told reporters he expects the quarterback to be “released soon.”Annexstad, before leaving the game due to injury, was 9-of-20 for 135 yards with a touchdown. He was replaced by Tanner Morgan.Annexstad, just a freshman, has started every game this year for the Golden Gophers.#Gophers starting quarterback Zack Annexstad suffered an internal, midsection injury and went to the hospital, with the expectation he will be released soon, coach PJ Fleck said.— Andy Greder (@andygreder) October 20, 2018Nebraska wound up winning the contest 53-28 for their first victory of the year.Hopefully, Annexstad is alright. We’ll keep you updated on his status.last_img read more

A New Avatar

first_img Joanna Lobo New Delhi March 15, 2019 ISSUE DATE: March 25, 2019UPDATED: March 16, 2019 17:31 IST The newest entrant in the over the top (OTT) player market, MX Player is a video app and streaming platform which launched in its new avatar on February 20 and focuses on original content under its ‘MX Originals’ label. “Our vision is to cater to every mood of every audienceThe newest entrant in the over the top (OTT) player market, MX Player is a video app and streaming platform which launched in its new avatar on February 20 and focuses on original content under its ‘MX Originals’ label. “Our vision is to cater to every mood of every audience type. We believe in ‘Everytainment’,” says Karan Bedi, CEO, MX Player (Mxplayer.in/)Of the five originals launched in February, Hey Prabhu! stands out. Rajat Barmecha plays Tarun, a social media celebrity who believes that his online ‘cred’ will make his life better, but soon realises that a hashtag can actually ruin his life. The premises of other shows are promising too, especially AaFat, in which five women, each with some ‘flaw’ (hairy, overweight, bald, rebellious, foul-mouthed), are chosen as contenders to marry a typical Delhi manRegional programmes have received a big boost too. The app already has content in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi and Bhojpuri, and more languages will be added soon The main thing that distinguishes MX Player from other platforms is that it’s free. “Also, we host a library of licensed content spanning over 100,000 hours of entertainment in varied formats-TV shows, web series, news, sports, etc. We also have music, powered by Gaana,” says BediYou’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments A New AvatarOf the five originals launched in February, Hey Prabhu! stands out. Rajat Barmecha plays Tarun, a social media celebrity who believes that his online ‘cred’ will make his life better, but soon realises that a hashtag can actually ruin his life.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Relax, It’s Almost National Punch Day

first_img 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home How to Make a Mojito 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master Editors’ Recommendations It’s the middle of September, so we know that a lot of you are thinking, “Oh, God! Where did the summer go? Why didn’t I make the best of the warm weather? How did the time pass so quickly? What am I doing with my life?” Well, to that we say—stop it!Look, there’s plenty of warm weather to be had in September. It’s prime tailgating season, the weather is much more pleasant than the dog days of summer, and it really does make for perfect barbecue weather. And do you know what goes well with a September barbecue? A refreshing alcoholic punch!RELATED: Sip on Diplomatico Reserva This SummerSeptember 20 is National Punch Day. We’re sure you didn’t know that, so don’t pretend. To honor the occasion, the good people at Cruzan Rum have prepared a selection of specialty recipes to try out. And Cruzan Rum knows of what they speak. They are distillers of over twenty different varieties of rum including their “Distiller’s Collection,” which is highly regarded within the rum community. We recommend trying the Single Barrel Rum.These recipes are easy to make at home. So instead of freaking out; instead of worrying about what you are doing with your life, have some friends over, barbecue and experiment with some rum punch recipes. That sounds a lot more fun, right?Cruzan® 9 PunchIngredients: 1.25 parts Cruzan® 9 Spiced Rum4 parts Orange Juice1 part Cranberry JuiceMethod: Build over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.Cruzan® Weekender’s PunchIngredients:8 parts Cruzan® Aged Light Rum4 parts Cruzan® Passion Fruit Rum12 parts Riesling3 parts Lemonade4/5 part Lemon SyrupMethod: Combine all but Riesling in a punch bowl and refrigerate. Add Riesling at service. (Serves 8)Cruzan® Blueberry Spritz PunchIngredients:12 parts Cruzan® Blueberry Lemonade Rum8 parts Sauvignon Blanc4 parts Soda Water3 parts Fresh Lemon Juice2 parts Simple SyrupMethod: Combine all ingredients except soda water in a pitcher. Chill in refrigerator for one hour. At service, add ice to pitcher and top with soda. Garnish with lemon peels. (serves 6)Cruzan® Strawberry Rosemary PunchIngredients: 1 bottle Cruzan® Strawberry Rum6 parts Fresh Lime Juice24 parts Ginger Ale6 Rosemary SprigsRosemary Ice Blocks (*See Additional Recipe Below)Method: To prep, pour rum into a punchbowl and add 4 sprigs of rosemary. Give it a quick stir, making sure to fully immerse the rosemary. Let the mixture sit for one hour at room temperature. After one hour, remove the sprigs of rosemary from the bowl and discard them. Next, add the lime juice to the rosemary-infused rum and chill in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. To serve, add rosemary ice block and ginger ale to your rum punch mixture. Serve over ice in a punch glass. Garnish with a small piece of rosemary sprig. (serves 8)*Rosemary Ice Blocks Method: Fill a couple of round plastic containers with water and a couple rosemary sprigs and put it in the freezer. When serving your punch, float the ice blocks in the punch bowl. 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather last_img read more

Narragansett Brewing’s Mark Hellendrung Discusses Life, Lager, And New England’s Oldest Brewery

first_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene Chances are, if you grew up outside of New England, you might not have heard of Narragansett Brewing. And if you have, you probably know it as the Jaws beer.Narragansett Brewing, however, is so much more than the beer famously crushed by Quint in Jaws. The oldest brewery in New England, ‘Gansett was once the official beer of the Red Sox. To boot, their famous mascot, Chief Gansett, was drawn by none other than Dr. Seuss. It was, put simply, a New England powerhouse.But after changing hands several times, a move to Indiana, and a cost-driven change to the famous lager recipe, ‘Gansett almost went dark in the early 2000s.Yet now, thanks to president Mark Hellendrung, Narragansett is the 38th largest brewery in the United States, available up and down the east coast and even found as far west as Portland, Oregon.Along with several other investors, Hellendrung, a Rhode Island native and the former president of Nantucket Nectars, bought ‘Gansett in 2005 and made it the New England-loving powerhouse it is today.From their ongoing Lovecraft series–serious beers named after the serious (and seriously scary) Rhode Island native H.P. Lovecraft–to their recently re-released Del’s Shandy–a lager-based shandy that is basically summer in a can–Narragansett is going through something of a renaissance.So what happened in the 11 years Hellendrung has been at the helm?We talked to Hellendrung about how he brought ‘Gansett back from the brink, the return of Del’s Shandy and the future of craft beer.The Manual: Del’s Shandy is back on shelves in time for summer. How long have you guys teamed up with Del’s to make your shandy?Mark Hellendrung: Last year was the first year out in Portland, but this is the third year we’re going to have it.The one thing that we never talk about with the Del’s is the difference in the beer compared to other shandys. Almost all the other shandys out there are wheat beers. Ours is a lager, and it’s based off our high-rated lager.The frustrating thing about beer now is that everything sort of becomes copycat. Like there’s a million pumpkin beers out there right now. So I think it’s really important to differentiate yourself. So the lager for us is that point of difference. You can go out and get twenty different lemon shandys, and ours is different and more drinkable. I think it’s the perfect blend of beer and lemonade. The lemon flavors come out cleaner because of the lager we use.What do you suggest readers pair with Del’s Shandy?I make an awesome beer-can chicken with the Del’s Shandy. That’s what I do with it.  We use two all-natural lemon concentrates, one that sort of gives it the lemon peel-zest flavor, the other is more of the pulp-y flavor. Those flavors and aromas really come out in the chicken. Aside from that, seafood is certainly good.What’s your favorite beer that you guys make? I know that you make a lot of seasonals, but just say all of your beers were available today. What would you reach for first?During summer, I’m drinking lager all day long. I really like that style. I’ll enjoy an IPA or two, but I love drinking lager beer, and so I love ours.But right now I really love our Reanimator, which is part of the Lovecraft series. It’s just–it’s basically a Helles lager that we dry-hopped, and it’s about 7 1/2% alcohol, and it’s just perfect. It used to be our bock, but then we dry-hopped it and renamed it the Reanimator after the Lovecraft story. It’s just one of the things we’re doing to innovate and try new things.So why Narragansett? What was so important to you about buying the brewery?I’m a lifelong Rhode Islander. I was running Nantucket Nectars, and Snapple bought us out. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do next. I was in this bar in Newport–and you gotta remember that this was 15 years ago, before craft [beer] really started taking off. I was in a bar with a buddy and I was sorta bored with everything in the bar. I said to the bartender, “There’s gotta be something else you have that’s interesting.” And this old-timer at the end [of the bar] said, “Give him a Narragansett!” And next thing you know the whole bar is talking about old stories of Narragansett and how great it used it be. And I was like, man, whatever happened to Narragansett? The more people I talked to, it just became this cause. I felt like New England deserved to have it back, and it has just taken on a life of its own since then.‘Gansett moved operations to Indiana one of the times it was purchased. People complained about quality, and the brewery almost died. Maybe you could expand upon why you felt it was important to bring it back to its roots. It’s just a source of local pride. Bringing the brewery back and bringing the lager back to its original recipe–they kept changing it in Indiana, making it cheaper, more watered down–I just thought, just for the authenticity of the brand and what we’re doing, it’s important to the brand to do things right. This is real to me and to everyone I work with. It was important to do it this way.For a while, megabreweries weren’t really taking craft beer seriously. It seemed like a fad. But judging by some of these recent purchases–such as Elysian–it looks like they are taking it seriously now. How do you view these recent purchases of craft breweries? Well those acquisitions certainly change things–and I know these guys either don’t want to admit or think that things are going to change, but when you sell a major piece of the company, and you’re not just working for yourself anymore, the soul of the brand changes, and the soul of how things get done changes.I don’t want to be the one to say it’s right or it’s wrong, but I will emphatically say that it’s different, and it’s really up to each person to say whether it’s right or wrong. It is what it is. Those big guys will now bring a lot of muscle to what used to be smaller brands. You know, craft beer has always been a sort of David versus Goliath type thing, and [craft breweries who have been bought out] are certainly on the other side of the fence now. They’re certainly not David. When you’re owned by Anheuser-Busch or MillerCoors, you’ve got all the world’s resources behind you.Did your experience with Nantucket Nectars being sold to Snapple inform how you view these acquisitions?Yeah, that’s a good example where it’s like, the recipes didn’t change, but the way we did things changed, and it wasn’t Tom [First], Tom [Scott] and me and Chris Testa doing the under-the-cap facts. It was this marketing person. There’s a big difference between someone saying, “I’m going to make this thing look like it comes from Nantucket” versus a bunch of people who lived on Nantucket making it look like Nantucket. That may seem like nuance, but it’s real. And again, I’ll still go out and have a Nantucket Nectars half-and-half in the summertime, and it tastes great, but it’s still not the same soul that it once was.I think that’s a pretty important distinction. Given that you and the other investors went out of your way to purchase Narragansett and revive it, I’m assuming this is a no, but would you ever consider selling ‘Gansett?[Laughs] Never say never, but it’s not anything we’re working on right now. I mean, shoot, you look at the guy from Ballast Point, and he got $1 billion. I mean, a billion dollars is a billion dollars. But that’s not something I’m interested in now. I’ll say that if it ever did happen, I’d like to do it in a very unique way. You know, we’re building this the right way, in an authentic way. I think that that’s where the value of the brand is, and it’s going to be hard for someone else to come in and replicate it.What do you want for the brewery 5-10 years down the line?I really want to continue to expand in a smart way. We’re in the midst of filling in a lot of east coast states now. We’re in South Carolina [in March], Virginia next month. And then over time, I want to get Chicago going, and I want to get the Pacific Northwest going and use Portland as a hub to do that. More so, I want to continue to innovate in the craft space, with our Lovecraft series and maybe some other flavors of Del’s Shandy and really just continue to have fun with the lager. At the end of the day, lager is still the number one style in America when you add up all the Bud and the Corona and all that other stuff. I like to think that we do it in a fun way. We’ve got a lot of other fun things we haven’t tapped into yet–like, Dr. Seuss used to be an illustrator for Narragansett way back in the day. We want to continue to explore our heritage and history and have fun with it. Editors’ Recommendations The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens last_img read more

Of Course Dubai is Building a 500-Foot Gold-Plated Picture Frame

first_img World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts To Find Beauty In Yosemite, Just Whip Out Your (Honda) Passport Dubai is a bit like the Houston of the Middle East. It’s unapologetically bold, brash, and over-the-top — a city that elevates conspicuous consumption to an art form. Every monument, building, and theme park is more lavish and expensive than the last. So, when architects imagined framing the city’s skyline with a 50-story-tall, gold-leafed picture frame, no one batted an eye.This month will see the opening of The Dubai Frame. The massive frame consists of two 150-meter-high glass towers — roughly 500 feet, or 50 stories, to us Statesiders — making it the world’s largest picture frame. A glass bridge will connect the towers, providing visitors with a panoramic view of the city, including Karama, Deira, Bur Dubai, and the Emirates tower. On the ground floor, a museum and gallery will feature interactive exhibits and 3D projections of the city’s old quarter, which will make use of virtual reality technology to explain its history.The Dubai Frame/FacebookThe designers’ intent was to “frame” (get it?) the two sides — old and new — of the city. To put it more esoterically: “The idea is to create an illusion of time travel through a warp vortex and arriving into the city 50 years ahead.”From its location in popular Zabeel Park, visitors will be able to scope out the city’s old quarter (to the north) and New Dubai (in the south), and vice-versa. While the frame was initially slated to be silver, the designers felt that didn’t pack enough punch. It was changed to gold plating to more strongly reflect the sun and intensify its brightness.The Dubai Frame joins a long list of over-the-top attractions aimed at increasing tourism to the city. Most notable are the famed Burj Khalifa (at nearly a half-mile high, it’s the world’s tallest building) and Burj Al Arab (often called “the most luxurious hotel in the world”). The Frame alone is projected to attract 2 million visitors each year.The project has already seen numerous setbacks and weathered waves of controversy. In spite of them all, the Frame opened this month (January 2018), and advanced purchase tickets are available through a dedicated pre-booking website for about USD $14 for adults. This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness This Little House in Washington Has Big Personality This Belgian-Monastery-Turned-Hotel Has Us Craving a Trip to Antwerp Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Roger Moore Helps Stop Construction Of Foie Gras Facility In China

first_imgHumane Society International, along with animal protection groups in the United Kingdom and China, and global film star Sir Roger Moore, have succeeded in stopping the construction of a massive foie gras production facility in China’s Jiangxi Province.The project was to be financed by UK- registered company Creek Projects Investments Ltd. China’s Central People’s Broadcasting Station, quoting a local government official, confirmed an end to the planned facility.The proposed foie gras production facility, set to receive a 100 million yuan investment by Creek Projects, would have been one of the largest in the world, designed to produce 1,000 tonnes of foie gras by slaughtering 800 million ducks and 2 million geese each year. Foie gras typically involves force-feeding ducks and geese by placing a long pipe down their throat and pumping large quantities of food directly into their stomachs, several times a day, until their livers become diseased and enlarged up to 10 times their normal size. Foie gras – meaning ‘large liver’ – is considered a delicacy by some.Humane Society International, Compassion in World Farming and others mounted a campaign to halt construction of the new facility and oppose expansion of China’s growing foie gras industry. In the UK, appeals were sent to the Chinese Embassy in London and Creek Projects Investments in Huntingdon, whilst in China animal campaigners from Green Beagle and Compassion in World Farming held media events and lobbied local officials.“The abandoning of plans to construct this massive foie gras production facility in China is a great example of animal protection groups across the world using their collective reach to challenge animal cruelty,” said Mark Jones, director of HSI UK. “The forced feeding of birds for foie gras production is illegal in our own country, and the British public will not tolerate investments in such cruel practices by British companies overseas.”In June, HSI and Compassion led a petition letter to the provincial leaders of Jianxi Province in China, co-signed by Animals Asia Foundation, the International Fund For Animal Welfare, the RSPCA, the Hong Kong SPCA, Animal People and others.Sir Roger Moore also gave his support to the campaign, saying he was “utterly appalled” that a British company was funding animal cruelty in China. “Foie gras is sold as a luxury product but there is nothing luxurious about animal cruelty,” said the James Bond actor.Foie gras production is widely condemned for being cruel and more than a dozen governments have prohibited this intensive farming practice including the UK, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, the UK, most Austrian provinces, Turkey, Israel and the U.S. state of California. Studies have shown that foie gras production methods cause pain and injury to the animals. Walking and moving becomes increasingly uncomfortable and difficult as their livers enlarge, and force-feeding can also cause painful bruising, lacerations, sores or organ rupture. The birds can also suffer considerable fear and stress during repeated capture and handling.Joyce D’Silva, ambassador for Compassion in World Farming said: “This is a triumph for animal welfare and campaigners across the globe. Just as cruelty knows no geographical boundaries, neither does compassion and concern for the welfare of animals. By working together, we have proven that animal welfare prevails. Not just in the UK, but universally.”last_img read more

Morocco Finds Solution to Potable Water Problem in Al Hoceima

Rabat- The head of Morocco’s National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE) in the Fez region, Mohammed Berkia, has announced that the office is adopting projects to improve potable water supply in Al Hoceima until 2035.Berkia said in a statement to the state-owned press, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), that the ONEE’s projects aim to solve the problem of potable water in the Rif region and provide supplementary water for laundry and other uses.Berkia revealed that the projects will cost an estimated MAD 714 million. The government has budgeted MAD 900 million for the project, which will launch by the end of the year. The muddy waters of the Ben Abdelkrim El Khattabi reservoir dam in Al Hoceima have contributed to a shortage of clean water in the region, making it insufficient for the population’s daily needs.With respect to potable water supply in urban areas, the office will invest MAD 300 million to carry out the project until 2035. The water flow speed in the region will reach 200 liters per second.The projects also include the treatment of seawater to be preserved in a tank with a capacity of 2,000 cubic meters. To increase water supply in the rural areas of the Rif region, Berkia announced that 13 new dam reservoirs will be built at a cost of MAD 330 million.The project is within the framework of King Mohammed VI’s  Manarat Al Moutawsit development program.The implementation of the program has suffered a slow start and did not meet a strategic vision integrated and shared by all stakeholders, according to the Court of Auditors. The court noted that most stakeholders at both central and local levels were significantly delayed in carrying out their duties for the program.In October 2017, the King sacked several ministers and high officials who operated in the previous government lead by Abdelilah Benkirane. read more

US current account deficit narrows to 948 billion in third quarter smallest

US current account deficit narrows to $94.8 billion in third quarter, smallest in 4 years by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Dec 17, 2013 6:35 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The U.S. current account deficit narrowed in the July-September quarter to the lowest level in four years as a rise in Americans’ foreign investment earnings helped offset a bigger deficit in goods.The Commerce Department says the deficit in the current account declined to $94.8 billion in the third quarter, the smallest imbalance since the third quarter of 2009 when the country was climbing out of a deep recession. The deficit was 1.8 per cent lower than a revised $96.6 billion deficit in the April-June quarter.The current account is the country’s broadest trade measure covering not only goods and services but also investment flows.For the third quarter, the deficit in goods increased by 1.7 per cent but this was offset by a 7.1 per cent rise in investment earnings. read more

Womens Sports Leagues Band Together to Increase Resources and

From left, Caiti Donovan, executive director of SheIS; Brenda Andress, commissioner of Canadian Women’s Hockey League; Lisa Borders, President of WNBA; Stacey Allaster, Chief Executive for the US Tennis Association and Dr. Jen Welter, first female NFL coach, all meet to speak with sponsors, investors and other commissioners of leagues in New York. (AP Photo/Doug Feinberg)NEW YORK (AP) — Women’s sports leagues are banding together with a new initiative, SheIS.Eight leagues, including the WNBA, U.S. Tennis Association, Women’s Pro Fastpitch League and Canadian Women’s Hockey, will try to help each other increase resources, viewership and attendance.“Each commissioner has agreed to come to one and another’s events,” WNBA President Lisa Borders told The Associated Press. “Women have to support women before you ask other people to support you. I’ll buy a ticket to a hockey game in Canada or a fast-pitch softball game.”All the league commissioners signed a pledge and filmed a public service announcement promoting the effort. Those ads will start rolling out Tuesday.“It’s a social media campaign for now but will grow,” Borders added. “This is only tier one.”The initiative was the brainchild of Brenda Andress, commissioner of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, who came up with the idea last November.“This collective sports voice has never been heard. I wanted to create some type of program or challenge to bring women together that was born out of positivity,” Andress said. “So I thought of SheIS. When I thought of myself, she is a grandmother with young kids. She is a commissioner. She is a hockey player. She is anything she wants to be. That’s where SheIS came from.”Andress reached out to Borders and USTA chief executive Stacey Allaster, who quickly jumped on board.“Right off the bat, they were so supportive,” Andress said. “We have to do it together. Let’s do it, but let’s do it right. It’s going to be professional, top notch. It’s about us as females recognizing we can bring the fans not just to hockey, but to the WNBA. Tennis needs more eyes on the TV. It’s not about everyone else making the difference for us, but us making the difference for ourselves.”There has been much discussion over the years about the wage gap in sports between the sexes. Tennis is one of the few sports where the women have some parity — all four Grand Slam events pay both sexes equally.“I think the secret sauce for women’s tennis started with our athletes,” Allaster said. “It took their advocacy and courage to stand up to the establishment much like soccer players and female hockey players have. It was Billie Jean King and the ‘Original 9′ saying they’d do this back in the 1970s. The athletes have the power and SheIS is a great time to energize our athletes.”The SheIS group can point to a Seattle group already using the multisport format. Force 10 Sports Management owns and operates the WNBA’S Seattle Storm. The group also runs the Seattle Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League and the Seawolves of Major League Rugby. There is cross-promotion among the sports.“Seattle is absolutely the model,” Borders said. “They were doing that before SheIS is born.”The city has embraced female athletes such as Sue Bird, Megan Rapinoe and Breanna Stewart.Before the launch Tuesday, members of the founding committee, league commissioners and prominent figures from across sports gathered at the WNBA office in New York to sign the SheIS pledge.“The heroes who run, walk and play among us make up 51 percent of the global population, yet have little to no visibility in the sports world,” said Dr. Jen Welter, who was the first female coach in the NFL.“SheIS will give the first true platform for these real-world, real-women heroes who have been living among us. With that comes the opportunity to be much more visible and for female athletes and their supporters to join forces in a really positive way. I love that this bubbling movement is coming from the sports industry, because sports has the ability to change the world.”The other leagues that already joined are Women’s Pro Lacrosse, Canada Basketball, Rugby Canada and the National Women’s Hockey League. Andress expects other sports like soccer, gymnastics, swimming, cycling and running to join soon, too. Through the initiative, the leagues also aim to help increase young girls’ participation in sports.“Women for so long have been competitive no matter what they do in life,” WNBA player Chiney Ogwumike said. “We are even more powerful when we are collaborative. In public, we have to support each other.”The initiative also has support from the WWE. Stephanie McMahon, the chief brand officer of the company, signed the pledge .“We need to encourage audiences to watch and attend games and live events, and young girls to stay in sports,” she said. “Girls need to see themselves across sports, entertainment and business, and it’s going to take all of us to show the world that SheIS anything she wants to be.”___ read more

Android is from Mars iOS is from Venus

first_imgIt doesn’t take a self-help author to see that Android and iOS users tend to be different breeds. Anyone who has read blogs devoted to either platform has seen it. Hardcore Android fans tend to measure devices more on technical specs and the ability to customize. Apple loyalists, on the other hand, lean towards enjoying a smooth, ready-made experience. You could even say that Android attracts objective thinking, and iOS attracts subjective thinking. Android is more math and science, iOS is more art and humanities. We’re generalizing here, but you’ve probably seen more than enough evidence of it to understand the point.Are there exceptions left and right? You bet. Is one way better than the other? Only you can decide that for yourself (you probably already have).But just look at the criticisms you typically hear from Android users about Apple products. They often point out features that Android has quietly had for some time — only to have Apple later make worldwide headlines for introducing their own version. From the perspective of objective facts and figures, the amount of attention Apple receives seems ridiculous. Hence, the Apple resentment we see so often.Apple fans’ dismissals of Android, on the other hand, are often based more on the kind of experience it all adds up to. “Who cares whether specs and features are a little greater if I find it more enjoyable to use them on an iPhone? Why does it matter if Android did it bigger, if Apple did it in a way that’s more fun, attractive, and cohesive?”Of course many fans from both camps were disappointed that we didn’t see an iPhone 5 with a radical new design and some flashy hardware features. But that’s where the similarities end in reactions to the iPhone 4S.A5 processorI read many an Android blog laughing at the hub-bub that Apple made over the A5 processor in the new iPhone. There are already lots of Android phones that have dual-core chips, like the LTE-equipped Droid Bionic, so they saw the A5 as lots of hype over something that’s already been done, many times over. “Now a quad-core phone, that would be something special.”To an Apple fan, their retort to this is something along the lines of “who gives a hoot if Android phones also have dual-core chips? This is an improved version of the experience I know and love.” The Android side isn’t impressed because the A5 doesn’t top the numbers (measured in cores and GHz) that we have already seen for months. For the Apple side, it’s more like a favorite movie that just got restored and remastered.SiriProbably the most noteworthy feature of the iPhone 4S is the Siri personal assistant. Or, rather, if you’re an Apple fan, it’s a personal assistant. If you’re an Android fan, it’s a voice recognition API connecting to servers and a variety of applications and databases to make those iOS users think they have Rosie from the Jetsons.Android fans have made the point that their platform has had Voice Actions for a while now. Any Android phone will let you use speech to search Google, initiate a phone call, navigate to a specific restaurant, or listen to a song. It can achieve many of the same end results as Siri, no doubt.To a typical Apple fan, though, Siri will be a conversation with an assistant. “Learning voice commands is for nerds,” they might say. “Just give me a conversation.”Android Voice Actions can get you from point A to point B. Siri is a personal assistant.Being an expert vs. going on a rideMaybe another way to sum up these differences is that Android fans like to be experts, and Apple fans like to go for a ride.Android can definitely be more complicated than iOS, and I think the hardcore fans like it that way. Rooting your phone, flashing a custom ROM with a new kernel, even learning Voice Actions — they all require a process of research, learning, and, finally, expertise (all of which often takes place in XDA-Developers’ forums). Rocket science? No way. But it has enough of a learning curve that you feel like you’ve accomplished something by mastering it.iOS is focused on simplicity. Apple doesn’t want you to worry about customizing your phone, beyond changing the wallpaper. That’s their job. You just get to play in the garden that they built. It’s a tailored experience that requires little more than a childlike sense of discovery. Yes, you can jailbreak your phone and install apps that Apple doesn’t want on it, but that’s pretty far from the point.Different languagesNow, does this mean that all Apple users are technically illiterate Kool-Aid drinkers, or that every Android fan is too hung up on nerdy stuff to enjoy the ride? I don’t see it that way. What it does mean is that each team tends to speak its own language. With many exceptions, Android’s language is full of numbers, stats, and procedures, while iOS’ speaks of journeys, sensations, and adventures.Is one right? Is the other wrong? Maybe your answer to that says more about you than it does about the subject.last_img read more

Vancouver City Council breaks in its new chambers

first_imgThe first vote cast by the Vancouver City Council in its new council meeting chambers Monday was a unanimous one — albeit it was to approve meeting minutes from Aug. 15.But, by the end of the inaugural meeting at the new City Hall downtown, the council had a dissenting vote, heard from concerned citizens and was back to business as usual.Vancouver is fully moved from five buildings spread out over 10 miles into one building, at 415 W. Sixth St., across from Esther Short Park.“It will be our new home for the next 50 years, no doubt about it,” Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt said as the meeting drew to a close around 9:15 p.m. “We start a new era. What a great overall morale builder and a great next step forward.”Just hours before the meeting was set to start, staff scrambled to unpack chairs and finish final details, while a group of neighborhood association leaders also got a grand preview tour. The official dedication and open house for the public will be Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.Vancouver purchased the six-story, 118,000-square-foot building from Bank of America in June 2010 for $18.5 million, more than half off the estimated $40 million construction cost. The building was built by Downtown Vitality Partners, a group that includes Columbian Publisher Scott Campbell, but was forfeited in early 2010 as part of a bankruptcy settlement. The Columbian had no stake in the sale to the city.last_img read more

McSally Could Join Senate Armed Services

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), who Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) named Tuesday to fill the late Sen. John McCain’s seat for the next two years, could take McCain’s slot on the Senate Armed Services Committee as well. Sen Jon Kyl has filled McCain’s seat in the Senate and on the committee since September but is stepping down on Dec. 31. McSally, a decorated Air Force pilot who championed the A-10 Warthog as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, would appear to be a natural choice to keep the Senate Armed Services seat for an Arizonan, reports CQ. Senate Republicans have not yet announced their committee assignments for the 116th Congress.She was first elected to the House in 2014 to a district that includes Davis-Monthan AFB. McSally will occupy McCain’s seat for the middle two years of its six-year term. The state will hold a special election in 2020 to fill the seat for the term’s last two years.Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.last_img read more

COAST to withdraw from election monitoring

first_imgCOASTCOAST Trust, an organisation of development activism, has refuted criticism from the prime minister’s political affairs adviser, HT Imam, about monitoring in the 30 December parliamentary elections.In a statement on Wednesday, COAST said it is a non-partisan organisation and it believes in constructive engagement with the government.It drew attention to Imam’s criticism of COAST and a few other organisations for giving them permission for monitoring the polls.Describing HT Imam as a respected and prudent political figure, COAST pointed out that he might have received certain ‘misinformation’ that led him to mention the name of COAST Trust.It appreciated the election commission for showing confidence in it about polls monitoring but the organisation “is considering withdrawal from all election monitoring activities this time to avoid controversies and misunderstanding”.As a humanitarian and nonprofit organisation, COAST said it always believes in the spirit of the liberation war — democracy, socialism, secularism and nationalism.“COAST always works to serve the interest of the country being positively engaged with the government at national and international level,” reads the statement which cited examples of its engagement with the government in the international negotiations.COAST recalled that the BNP-Jamaat alliance too accused COAST Trust of ‘favouring the Awami League’ during the 2008 national elections.It pointed out that Awami League had then raised objection with the then election commission to COAST Trust’s nomination in the election monitoring. It added that the AL withdrew the accusation after COAST had a meeting with HT Imam and explained its position.COAST Trust said it has been working in the country’s coastal region since 1998 to support the poor with the guidance of NGO Affairs Bureau under the prime minister’s office.last_img read more