Panaji – Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on his 62nd birthday on Wednesday said in the coming year he would work towards extending the duration the State Legislative Assembly meets to more than 45 days a year. He was speaking to reporters at the State Legislative Assembly complex after cutting a cake in the presence of legislators and Speaker Pramod Sawant during a break in the winter session of the Assembly, which began on Wednesday. Mr. Parrikar said, “My resolution is that the House should run for a longer period. From the coming budget session, the House should run for a minimum of 40-45 days a year. So, next year, I will cross 40 days because if a House functions for a longer time, then those who asks several questions can then spread their questions over more days. If the House does not run for a longer time, there are no pointed questions. If there are no sharp questions, there are no solutions.”
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday rapped the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MoRTH) for not submitting a plan on the disposal of muck from the construction site of the Chardham highway project in Uttarakhand.A Bench headed by NGT acting chairperson Jawad Rahim gave the authorities time till April 19 to comply with the previous orders and file the action plan.Noting that the Ministry had failed to submit a plan despite the tribunal not passing any interim order, the green bench said: “Even muck dumping plan which we had directed to file has not been filed or produced today. This can hardly be appreciated. Be that as it may, we restrain ourselves from imposing cost but we make it clear that no further adjournment would be granted in the case.”The green panel further said that its previous orders would be continued till any other order is passed.Earlier, on March 21, the NGT had said: “Material placed by the project proponent (MoRTH) shows that the project activity has commenced somewhere in the year 2015, therefore we do not intend to pass any interim order but till further hearing of the issues, the project proponent should restrain from felling of trees.”NGO for stay on projectThe directions came while the tribunal was hearing a plea filed by Citizens of Green Doon, a Dehradun based NGO that had sought a stay on the road widening project. The petitioners had further claimed that the construction work was being carried out in violation of environmental laws.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—After four years of struggling to return back into its place at the top, Magnolia has finally figured out the winning solution to win a PBA championship.Players have come and go, most notably franchise’s face in James Yap who was shipped Rain or Shine for Paul Lee, but the Hotshots’ core, those who wore the old San Mig Coffee jersey, remained the pillar of success for the team.ADVERTISEMENT Mark Barroca won his second Finals MVP after the Hotshots wrapped up Alaska in Game 6 Wednesday while the older veterans Marc Pingris and PJ Simon provided emotional leadership.That’s why Magnolia governor Pardo said that management has no plans to trade away its key players especially after the Governors’ Cup title run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“The core of the team will be retained,” said Pardo. “We’re happy with them, in fact most of them have been renewed already.”“We’re not into trade talks, and there’s a saying right? Why fix it if it’s not broken. We won and why would we break it up,” added Pardo in Filipino. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion After back-to-back UAAP titles, Ateneo’s Isaac Go is also First Honor for 2nd straight year Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño For the team, the franchise’s 14th title was a culmination of hardwork and sacrifices the past few years, which have been rocky, to say the least.Magnolia finished as the second-worst team in the league in 2016 with a 12-24 record for the season until the Hotshots took a risk in Chito Victolero, whose only credential back then was lead the Columbian franchise to its lone playoff appearance in 2016 Governors’ Cup.But Victolero, who also led the Hotshots to three semifinals stints, has won the respect and admiration of his players, and the result of that is hard to miss.“Coach Chito is a players’ coach, he’s really someone that the player admire,” said Pardo in Filipino. “Players love him, and these players would put it all on the line for him.”“Even the import’s (Romeo Travis) going all out and he’s not even a Filipino,” said Pardo. “He had a hamstring injury, he had a cut on his brow, but he didn’t quit. Chito does a great job of motivating players. Hats off to him and we’re lucky we got him.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
It has long been speculated that Apple would launch its first 5G enabled iPhone in 2020 – a year later than the first wave of 5G phones is hitting the market. However, those that timeline was slightly delayed when Intel missed its initial developmental guideline for its 5G smartphone modem. Reports later indicated that Apple could unveil its first 5G-enabled phone in 2021. But it seems that Apple’s 5G dreams are back on track thanks to its settlement with Qualcomm.TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple will release its first 5G-enabled iPhone in 2020 with Qualcomm and Samsung modems on board. In a note obtained by CNBC, Kuo said that the 5G iPhone would spur a wave of sales and upgrades with a number of users opting for higher-end models. And since Apple doesn’t release its iPhones before September, iPhone lovers will have to wait till September 2020 to know what the Cupertino, California based company has in store for them.”We expect Apple will likely adopt 5G baseband chips made by Qualcomm (focus on mmWave markets) and Samsung (focus on Sub-6GHz markets) for lowering supply risk, reducing costs and having better bargaining power,” Kuo wrote in his note.Apple said that it shipped a total of 217 million units of iPhones in the financial year 2018. Kuo, who is known for making predictions about Apple products, expects that number to reach about 200 million units in the financial year 2020.”We are positive on the high-end iPhone models’ replacement demand in [second half of 2020] thanks to the 5G iPhone. We expect the total iPhone shipment will respectively reach 188-192 million and 195-200 million units in 2019 and 2020,” he added in his note as obtained by the publication.advertisementAs far as Apple 2019 lineup is concerned, the iPhones this year’s lineup would include support for the LTE networks. In addition to this, Apple is also expected to upgrade the front cameras in its 2019 iPhone lineup. Kuo believes that Apple would ship the iPhone 11 with a 12MP front camera instead of a 7MP camera and that this feature would be not only be available in the high-end model but also in the low-end models of the phone. Kuo also said that the Apple iPhone 11 would include a triple rear camera setup with a 12MP superwide angle lens.At this point, we don’t know much about the 2019 iPhones or its 5G iPhone past the rumours and what Kuo has predicted so far. But Kuo has a pretty good track record at predicting Apple products so it is safe to assume that the 5G iPhones are coming next year.ALSO READ: | Apple, Qualcomm working to bring future iPhones with in-display fingerprint sensorALSO READ: | Apple’s 5G iPhone could be delayed until 2021ALSO READ: | Apple won’t release a 5G iPhone until 2020
zoomImage by WMN Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has signed contracts with the Shanghai City’s District of Baoshan to set up a cruise hub dedicated to support the shipbuilding and maritime activities in the cruise sector.The hub builds upon the agreements between Fincantieri, CSSC and Carnival Corporation & plc announced in February 2017 for the construction of two cruise ships, the first ever made in China for the local market.The deal for the first two ships is worth around USD 1.5 billion. The ships are planned to be built for the Chinese market at the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) yard, a facility of CSSC Group. The first delivery is expected in 2023.Fincantieri said that the hub will act as a fundamental industrial basin to supply this production. As disclosed, 70% of the total value of a modern cruise ship is realized through the supply.Under the deal, the district will provide financing, tax commercial and administrative benefits, land for necessary development and other resources, in hope of attracting foreign investors and suppliers to the district.“Fincantieri has given a broad support to the district in defining the preferential policies to attract suppliers and will promote the park in its network and in the industry as a whole, as a foundation for the companies which want to access to the opportunities of this project. In this way, the group will become a lever for the establishment in China of its supply chain or of other SMBs, which would greatly benefit from this operation,” the shipbuilder commented.This project is part of the initiatives undertaken by Fincantieri in China aimed at developing the local cruise market, which in the coming days could reach new goals.