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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Presenting Jan 2018 issue of Bliss ~ Voice of SYMA

Presenting  Jan 2018  issue of Bliss ~ Voice of SYMA

Dear (s)

The newsletter of SYMA – Bliss is in your hands.  Click here :  -  Bliss Jan 2018   to download the issue : 

Another year has fleeted past and 2018 dawned with fresh hopes ~ sadly, as it has been continuing the insane NY celebrations left some lifeless and some grievously wounded. 

The woes on the Pretoria tour continues as India lost its 1st test and in the 2nd chasing 287, Indians are 35/3 .. .. there is a new Ranji Champion, ‘Vidarbha’.   The present issue has in detail

·         the significant change in our Medical lab – now with Medall, providing us the technical support bringing greater acceptability and precision in the diagnostic results. 
·         continued request for finding out alternate premises
·         a very detailed programme guide on our ChildFest – Goldwinner SYMA Childfest – in association with Mangal Tirth Estate at Spencer Plaza.
·         something on our medical service
·         condoling the death of Mr N Ganapathi our former President
·         sure there have been very many comments on the result of RK Nagar by-elections.  Our Q : on who was its first representative and some history of TN assembly elections

Bliss ~ the voice of SYMA, the newsletter has silently crossed 100 **  –  and we look forward to your continued support. சைமாவின் பணிகள் தழைத்து ஒங்க, மேலும் மக்களை சென்றடைய உங்கள் அனைவரின் ஒத்துழைப்பையும் கோருகிறோம்.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

Editor – Bliss. 17th Jan 2018.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Mount Maunganui ~ Sangha, Austin, Sutherland, Prithvi Shaw and more .... !!

Jason Jaskirat Singh Sangha ~ heard ? – does it sound something to you – he is the Aussie Captain, in case you don’t know !!!

Watching the match – right handed Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra played so well, but missed out when century was well in the offing as the camera zoomed on a familiar face of Steve Waugh and his wife .. at Mount Maunganui,  a holiday paradise – know for  surfing, swimming and relaxing. 

Mount Maunganui of Tauranga, located on a peninsula to the north-east of Tauranga's city centre. It was an independent town from Tauranga until the completion of the Tauranga Harbour Bridge in 1988, which connects Mount Maunganui to Tauranga's central business district.  Located across the harbour from Tauranga, “the Mount” is almost surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, with New Zealand’s best beach on one side of its peninsula, and the sheltered waters of Pilot Bay on the other. Standing 232m above sea level, this iconic landmark is treasured by Maori and it is here that the U19 World Cup match between India and Australia is happening. 

It is the 7th match, Group B (D/N), ICC Under-19 World Cup at Mount Maunganui, Jan 14 2018 – India won the toss and is batting – and batting well too.

The inaugural event was titled the McDonald's Bicentennial Youth World Cup, and was held in 1988 as part of the Australian Bicentenary celebrations. It took place in South Australia and Victoria. Teams from the seven Test-playing nations, as well as an ICC Associates XI, competed in a round-robin format. The tournament was notable for the number of future international players who competed. Future England captains Nasser Hussain and Mike Atherton played, as did Indian spinner Venkatapathy Raju, New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns, Pakistanis Mushtaq Ahmed and Inzamam-ul-Haq, Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya, and West Indians Brian Lara, Ridley Jacobs, and Jimmy Adams.

ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup is an international cricket tournament organised by the ICC contested by national under-19 teams. First contested in 1988, as the Youth World Cup, it was not staged again until 1998. Since then, the World Cup has been held as a biennial event, organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The first edition of the tournament had only eight participants, but every subsequent edition has included sixteen teams. Australia and India have both won the World Cup three times, and India has been in the finals twice more. It won in 2000, 2008 & 2012, losing in finals in 2006 & 2016.

The 2018 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup is currently being held in New Zealand from 13 January to 3 February 2018. It is the twelfth edition of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup, and the third to be held in New Zealand.  West Indies are the defending champions.

In one surprise result, Afghanistan Under-19 194 for 5 (Rasooli 76*, Khil 46) beat Pakistan U-19 - 188 (Nazir 81, Omarzai 3-34, Ahmad 3-38) by five wickets.  Darwish Rasooli struck an unbeaten 78-ball 76 to lead Afghanistan to victory in their opening match of the Under-19 World Cup, beating Pakistan by five wickets. Chasing 189, Afghanistan were reduced to 50 for 3, before Rasooli, in the company of wicketkeeper Ikram Ali Khil, staved off Pakistan's challenge.

Australia's squad for the Under-19 World Cup is  by batsman Jason Sangha, and include allrounder Austin Waugh - son of former captain Steve Waugh. Another allrounder, Will Sutherland, son of Cricket Australia's (CA) chief executive James Sutherland, is named vice-captain.  Sangha had become the youngest Australian to make a first-class century against England, scoring 133 for the CA XI in a tour game in Townsville in the lead up to the Ashes. In July last, Sutherland, a powerful batsman and fast-medium bowler, had chosen cricket over football, accepting a multi-year rookie deal with Victoria rather than nominating himself for the AFL draft.

Sangha has already led Australia Under-19s in a bilateral series against Sri Lanka at home in April. He made news in November when he became the youngest first-class centurion in the country since Ricky Ponting in 1992-93. It was a pre-Ashes warm-up fixture and Sangha was facing an attack that included Chris Woakes, Craig Overton and Moeen Ali. He held firm to bring up a superb century, one he says gave him oodles of belief.  So much, excitement," he says. "Indian roots. How could I not be mad about cricket?"

Rahul Dravid is the coach for the Indian U 19 team.  Lot of interesting things in store for the cricket fan.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

14th Jan 2018.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Donald Trump cancels trip to London ~ the new building for US embassy

US President Donald Trump today,  cancelled a trip to the UK to open the new US embassy on the grounds that it was a “bad deal” concluded by the Obama administration.  .. .. that obviously attracted lot of media attention, with Britain trying to project that none in Britain wanted him to come.  One will understand the truth based on whichever version one gets to read !   ..  Chennaites would know the surging crowds that stand in front of the US embassy near Gemini bridge every day waiting to get visas. Also we would never understand why fringe parties would paste posters and conduct some demonstration nearer the Embassy [though permission is denied mostly ~ some had always violated such permissions] – would it in any manner reach the US administration – would the shouts ‘imperialism down, down !’ would ever be heard in US – and have some effect ??

US Consulate is an all important building ~ a diplomatic mission  is  an organisation present in another country  facilitating  visas and many many other documentary and other processes..  The  embassy, which is the main office of a country's diplomatic representatives in the capital city of another country, whereas consulates are smaller diplomatic missions which are normally located outside the capital of the receiving state.  Though believed to be so, not all diplomatic missions  enjoy full extraterritorial status and in those cases are not sovereign territory of the represented state.  However, most major countries do enjoy that right and are afforded special privileges (such as immunity from most local laws) by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Diplomats themselves still retain full diplomatic immunity, and (as an adherent to the Vienna Convention) the host country may not enter the premises of the mission without permission of the represented country, even to put out a fire.  Thus sometimes, people do take political asylums in diplomatic missions !

Trump is in news for altogether different reasons ~ the much commented man’s cancelled trip to London  is the news !!  ~ it is all about a building which was never owned by United States but it had control -  a 999-year leasehold, but the freehold is owned by Grosvenor Estates.  BBC reports that the  decision to move away from the Grade II listed building to Nine Elms was taken by the George W Bush administration in October 2008, shortly before he left office. The state department said it would begin construction on a new site in Nine Elms and the existing embassy was put up for sale immediately. It said it considered renovating the existing building but said the goal of moving to a secure, modern and environmentally sustainable site could best be met by moving.

There were reports of Donald Trump blaming Obama's 'bad deal' for cancelling his trip to Britain ~ the US  President pulls out of US embassy opening because old site was 'sold for peanuts.' US President was expected to make his first trip to the UK since entering office but that has turned damp-squib or rather has triggered a huge political row in UK. 

The US President condemned his predecessor Barack Obama  tweeting shortly before midnight in Washington to criticise the move to an 'off location' at Nine Elms, south of the River Thames, as a 'bad deal'. The tweet to his 47million followers sparked an overwhelming social media backlash.  Meanwhile, as questions were raised over whether it was a 'bad deal', property experts said the US may have 'sold the family silver' - but sold high and bought low. Mr Trump tweeted overnight that he was 'not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for 'peanuts', only to build a new one in an off location for $1.2billion'

At a cost of £750million ($1billion), the new embassy near Battersea is significantly more expensive than the £315million ($431million) the Mayfair site was sold for, as revealed by Land Registry documents today.  And some media experts pointed out that Mr Trump wrongly blamed Barack Obama for the embassy sale, when George W. Bush was actually in the White House at the time in 2008. 

London Mayor, who has clashed with the US President in the past, said a visit by Mr Trump would have been met by 'mass peaceful protests'. Donald Trump was ridiculed by the people of Battersea today after saying the US embassy was moving to an 'off location'. Mr Trump's dismissal of Vauxhall was also questioned by David Hatcher, of Estates Gazette, who described it as 'a prime central London location'. 'At pre sent to some it might look like a load of cranes and construction sites with not going on around them,' he said. 'However, Vauxhall's star has undoubtedly risen and Apple's decision to locate its giant new headquarters at the iconic Battersea Power Station is perhaps the ultimate rubber stamp of approval that shows it is establishing itself as a prime central London location.  Given its long-established history as an area rich with nightlife with ever more techhie types with plenty of disposable income set to move, as well as those that have bought pricey flats, it will likely only become more appealing as time goes.' Situated in the London Borough of Wandsworth, Battersea boasts many attractions, including its iconic power station, which first started operating in 1933, when it was only half-built. It is also home to the capital's only licensed heliport on the south bank, as well as a family-run zoo designed specially for children in Battersea Park. Its Peace Pagoda - which offers panoramic views of Chelsea Embankment - was presented by Buddhist monk Nichidatsu Fuji in 1984 as part of a Japanese movement to promote peace across the globe following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

And Nine Elms, where the embassy is located, is home to the New Covent Garden Market. The biggest wholesale flower, fruit and vegetable market in the UK, it spans 57 acres and is used by 200 firms.  His visit next month would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests.  MailOnline and other British media feels that this  just reinforces what a mistake it was for Theresa May to rush and extend an invitation of a state visit in the first place.

Standing in London's Grosvenor Square, in the heart of Mayfair, itself the wealthiest part of the city, the old embassy was bought by Qatari Diar – the property development arm of the Qatari royal family – in 2013. The Qataris will now spend $1.4bn (£1.08bn) to refurbish the building and turn it into a five-star Rosewood hotel with 137 bedrooms.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

12th Jan 2018.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

cargo carriage by drones ~ addition to modes of transportation !

Marine Insurance is all about cargo and its movement from one place to another.  Underwriting is the art of evaluating the potential of the risk, deciding on offering indemnity and then deciding on the rates, terms and conditions of insurance.   A good underwriter with keen eye to details would look in to the risk studying its physical hazards and other possible situations that might render a loss or damage to the subject matter about to be insured.  The physical features of the subject matter including its fragility, susceptibility to external factors, shelf life, whether perishable, its packing, its size, they way they would be handled and whether they will withstand such handling,  its commercial value and utility value, its marketability all can impact the decision of the Insurer.

In insuring cargo in transit from place to place and specific emphasis is on the way the goods are carried, handled, moved, the mode, packing, stowage and other aspects.  Containers by their standardisation eased space and brought in a revolution. ~ and there is one important aspect of carriage – who is the carrier or what is the mode of transit ?  in general – it would by trucks (lorries); railway; sea (ship / country crafts) and by air [cargo carriers].  There is ‘Courier’ too ~ but that is more of a carrier than a mode, as a Courier could again transport goods by rail / road / sea / air. Can you ponder over  adding something more to the ‘mode’ !! ~ the clue is cargo hanging !!

A huge autonomous drone that can carry the weight of two baby elephants has been unveiled by Boeing states an interesting article in MailOnline.  The heavy-duty quadrocopter can transport payloads up to quarter-of-a-ton, and Boeing says it may use the drone to shift heavy cargo in future.  After designing and building the craft in just three months, Boeing says it has already put the vehicle through flight tests at one of its research centres.

A huge autonomous drone that can carry the weight of two baby elephants has been unveiled by Boeing. The heavy-duty quadrocopter (pictured) can transport payloads up to quarter-of-a-ton, and Boeing says it may use the craft to shift cargo in future. 

BOEING'S CAV PROTOTYPE :  Powered by an electric propulsion system, Boeing's CAV prototype has eight helicopter-like rotors, allowing for vertical take-off and landing. The craft weighs 339 kg (747 lbs), but is capable of carrying a further 226 kg (500 lbs) of cargo. It measures 4.6m long (15 ft), 5.5m wide (18 ft) and 1.2m (4 ft) tall. Boeing may use the heavy-duty quadrocopter to shift heavy cargo in future.

The aerospace firm, based in Chicago, Illinois, calls the vehicle an electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) cargo air vehicle (CAV) prototype. It dwarfs the average drone, measuring 4.6 meters long (15 ft), 5.5 metres wide (18 ft) and 1.2 metres (4 ft) tall.

The cargo can be attached to the drone with cables.  Boeing says the drone is a precursor to its future autonomous flying craft. 'This flying cargo air vehicle represents another major step in our Boeing eVTOL strategy,' said Boeing chief technology officer Greg Hyslop in a statement. 'We have an opportunity to really change air travel and transport, and we'll look back on this day as a major step in that journey.'

Powered by an electric propulsion system, Boeing's CAV prototype has eight helicopter-like rotors, allowing for vertical flight. The craft weighs 339 kg (747 lbs), but is capable of carrying a further 226kg (500 lbs) of cargo. The quadrocopter has completed initial tests at a Boeing autonomous research laboratory in St Charles, Missouri, but the firm did not provide details of the flights.  Today's commercial airplanes already use sophisticated computer systems that have automated key aspects of flying. But Aurora aims to go far beyond that, aspiring to a completely autonomous flight, from take-off to landing. In April last year, Aurora was selected by Uber to develop its on-demand urban air transportation system.

Interesting and innovative ~ how much % it is going to have market share of cargo movement would remain to be seen.  In between, as an Insurer, do you foresee any new challenges in this new form of transit; what could be the recovery and whether there could be new perils added ‘cargo dropped and damaged’ and whether there could be liability scenario from such mishandled heavy cargo ???

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
11th Jan 2018.