Volumes Grow by Over 5 Pct at India’s Major Ports

first_imgzoom The average growth of India’s twelve Major Ports during the three-month period ended June 30, 2016 stood at 5.28 percent, while the ports handled a total of 212.78 million tons in the quarter, against 202.11 million tons seen during the corresponding period in 2015.India’s ports of Paradip, Visakhapatnam, V.O. Chidambaranar, Cochin, Mormugao and Kandla registered positive growth, while the other six ports, Kamarakar Port, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Kolkata Port (Kolkata Dock System (KDS) + Haldia Dock Complex (HDC), Mumbai Port Trust, Chennai Port and New Manglore Port Trust, registered negative growth.The total traffic at Mormugao Port surged by 85.6 percent, mainly driven by an increase in iron ore and thermal and steam coal traffic, followed by the port of Paradip with a rise of 17.7 percent, while the third place was taken by Vishakhapatnam at a growth of 13.7 percent. Slight growth was reported at the country’s other ports of Kandla, Cochin and V.O. Chidambaranar, which saw an increase of 8.1, 5.4 and 0.02 percent, respectively.During the period, Kandla handled the highest volume with 35.8 million tons, followed by Paradip with 28.6 million tons, JNPT with 20.9 million tons and Vishakhapatnam with 20.9 million tons.Petroleum, oil and lubricants were handled the most, reaching 31.9 percent of the total throughput, followed by container volumes at 19.5 percent, and thermal and steam coal at 16.8 percent.last_img read more

Find the Most Unique Undiscovered Campsites in the US With Hipcamp

first_img Nevada’s Massacre Rim Named Latest International Dark Sky Sanctuary Editors’ Recommendations The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Şahin Yeşilyaprak/UnsplashAnyone who’s tried to find and book a campsite on public land knows the struggle. Without an all-in-one metasearch engine — think Kayak or Expedia — for campgrounds, searching for campsites was a painful, time-consuming task. Now, with the release of its new mobile app, Hipcamp has streamlined the process, making it easier than ever to book right from your phone.By the numbers, Hipcamp is impressive. With more than 300,000 sites available, it claims to be the largest resource of its kind in the United States. That number includes public park campsites and private campgrounds, making it easy to zero in on the site that fits your needs. Most impressive are the niche options available for specific types of camping. Hipcamp curates lists for lake camping, beach camping, pet-friendly campsites, and glamping (glamour camping) options. Like Airbnb, many of Hipcamp’s sites are unique and destination-worthy in their own right like this off-grid tiny cabin in Oregon, California’s The Sanctuary Treehouse, and this rustic campsite on a vineyard in Minnesota. For at least a decade, most campground-booking engines around the country were siloed, closed off from one another. That made it almost impossible to do a quick, location-based search for, say, all available campsites in Yosemite this weekend or the best beach camping near Savannah, Georgia. Instead, it usually involved an arduous process of searching dozens of sites, all with different layouts, requirements, contact forms, payment systems, and owners. Even today, some systems aren’t online at all, forcing would-be campers to pick up the phone and — brace yourself — call the reservation office (the horror!).There’s no shortage of peer-to-peer options for campers looking to reserve a temporary stay on their own secluded patch of Earth. Most, however, tend to cater to a specific niche. GlampingHub, for example, is the country’s largest booking engine for upscale camping, where campsites typically offer most, if not all, the comforts of home. On the other end of the spectrum is FreeHouse — a site dedicated to disconnected, off-grid accommodations where nature-lovers can expect a proper digital detox far from civilization. Hipcamp is unique with a comprehensive catalog that offers luxury and barebones accommodations, plus everything in between.The Hipcamp app is free to download for iOS, and the company promises an Android version is in the works. Users can also book through the Hipcamp website. It’s free for campers to register, and money only changes hands when a site is reserved. Book a Last-Minute Summer Camping Trip Just About Anywhere With Pitchup The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Escape to the Pacific Northwest at Hoh Rainforest Caravan Cabinslast_img read more

Remember The Rainforest Cafe Bet You Didnt Know It Still Exists

first_img Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About 7 of the Best Drink References in Music Robert Alexander/Getty ImagesIt leapt, panther-like, onto the scene a full 25 years ago, and so it may surprise you to learn that the Rainforest Cafe is in fact still going strong. The Rainforest Cafe’s first location was in the Mall of America. Our nation’s biggest shopping center — at that time, at least — already had its own sprawling amusement park. Why not a kitschy restaurant seemingly run by animatronic animals (without the Chuck E. Cheese music-playing ability, of course)? Keep in mind this was 1994, a great year for music but an otherwise strange one for the rest of our culture. Genetically-engineered foods entered the picture, Nancy Kerrigan was attacked, and Beanie Babies were starting their ascension. Perhaps it’s not shocking that a red-eyed, alien-like frog named Cha Cha would become one of several Rainforest Cafe mascots. Any product of the 1990s recalls the especially vocal plight of the rainforest. Remember the countless campaigns? The staggering facts revealed about slash-and-burn development and its devastating toll on the Amazon? Critters like jaguars, toucans — hell, even anacondas — became heroic symbols of not only an exotic, magical place; but a disappearing one at that. Rainforest Cafe/FacebookWhy not bring the rainforest to life in the last rational place on earth, the suburban mall? That was at least part of the idea. It’s claimed that the founder assembled a test version of the restaurant in his basement, powered by a river made up of 3,700 extension cords.If Disneyland taught us anything, it’s that parents need access to booze while their kids amuse themselves. Rainforest Cafe’s drinks options are the work of Big Food Coloring, if there is such a thing, a smattering of neon concoctions so bright they’re almost warm to the touch (think of Applebee’s cocktails, but brighter). The menu is still chock-full of proud beverages. The margarita, or “Margarilla,” which claims to be the best north or south of the equator. The “Cheetah Rita,” mixed up “fast and furiously.” The “Mongoose Mai Tai.” The “Pink Parrot Lemonade,” topped with Sprite. Sugar and alcohol have never seen so much of each other. The Rainforest Cafe offers an important lesson in contextual drinking. Of course the drinks aren’t great. That’s beside the point. But when a gorilla is beating its fake chest, lights are flickering to mimic an electrical storm, and the volcano dish your kid just ordered shows up mostly on fire, it just needs to be large and boozy. Better still, make it a souvenir (“buy the drink, keep the glass”)!City of Wonders Seasonal Drinks Rainforest CafeOn the food side of things, the menu has been updated slightly to include some more modern and probably healthy items (I’ll put money on the fact a kale and red quinoa salad or a poké bowl were not on the menu when the restaurant first launched), but for the most part the offerings are exactly what you would expect from a family-friendly restaurant: a smattering of fried foods like chicken bites or shrimp, burgers, sandwiches, and a slew of items vaguely related to the cafe’s theme — “Amazon Fajitas,” “Volcanic Cobb Salad,” and more in that vein.(We’re not going to get into the items, such as Tuki’s Turkey Club,” wherein a rainforest animal seems to be attempting to get you to eat a non-rainforest animal. In this case Tuki, the “amusing and curious baby elephant” is attempting to get you to eat turkey.)I recall dining at a Rainforest Cafe in an American mall years ago. It was like a stroll through a giant version of the produce section of your local supermarket, augmented by fake claps of thunder that sound as the misters turn on. The waiters had to call themselves safari guides. There were fake elephants. Animal sounds poured out of the speakers, tucked neatly behind fake palm fronds. Did I say fake? It was, but it also kinda felt real.Rainforest CafeAn adult might say, “I get it, it’s an examination of what’s become of the rainforest.” But that’s probably overthinking. A kid is just happy to be around so many fun animals, even if some are a little scarier than others. Like any good chain, the Rainforest Cafe just keeps trucking. It’s weathered the various economic downturns and the rise in foodie culture that was spurred by the likes of the Food Network, Michael Pollan, and others. It’s had its share of closures, about half to be sure, but despite big retail mostly shifting online, this ultra-themed restaurant enterprise is mostly still at it. Like Planet Hollywood or Bennigan’s, Rainforest Cafe refuses to die.Looking to revisit a Rainforest Cafe? Check here for locations. The McMenamins Effect: How 2 Brothers Helped Start Beervana The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing Editors’ Recommendations Hang Like the Rat Pack at These Old School Vegas Steakhouseslast_img read more

Brazils PresidentElect Bolsonaro to Move Embassy to Jerusalem

By Josh BabbRabat – Bolsonaro made the remarks on Thursday If the move does happen, Brazil would join just two other countries, the US and Guatemala, in stationing their embassy in the contested city of Jerusalem. Taking to Twitter, Bolsonaro said, “As previously stated during our campaign, we intend to transfer the Brazilian Embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem. Israel is a sovereign state and we shall duly respect that.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to praise Bolsonaro “for his intention to move the Brazilian Embassy to Jerusalem, a historic, correct and exciting step!”The Palestinians lay claim to parts of East Jerusalem which Israel has controlled since the 1967 six-day war. Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its rightful capital. Most countries maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv. Rubens Barbosa, Brazil’s former ambassador to the US, says the move could endanger Brazil’s economic ties with Arab countries, stating the country risks “throwing away as much as $6 billion per year in poultry sales.”On Sunday, congressman Bolsonaro won a runoff election in Brazil against leftist candidate ex-Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad, claiming 55 percent of the vote in a country where election participation is compulsory.The runup to Sunday’s election was marred by harsh rhetoric and political violence targeted at voters, journalists, and politicians. Bolsonaro himself was stabbed in the stomach at a rally in September.  Bolsonaro has a controversial history, often making crude comments targeting Brazil’s minorities, the LGBT community, and women. He once told a fellow congresswoman that she did not deserve to be raped because she was “very ugly.” He also publicly stated that he would rather see his son “die in an accident” than come out as homosexual. read more