Increased Crude Oil Tanker Demolition a Positive Sign

first_imgzoom A total of 1.3 million dwt of crude oil tanker capacity was sent to the scrapyards during the first four months of 2017, heading to the expected demolished capacity of 9 million for the full year, according to BIMCO.The year so far has seen eight crude oil tankers form for demolition, including two VLCCs, two Suezmax, three Aframax and one Panamax. As only nine crude oil tankers got demolished in 2016, “eight sold in the first couple of months is positive,” according to BIMCO.Most recently the 1999-built double-hull VLCC, with the framing name Good News, returned USD 15.5 million to the shipowner, as demolition prices have reached levels not seen since first half of 2015.“January struck an upbeat tone for demolition in all sectors, but the overall pace of fleet renewal, via demolition, has slowed down since then. Crude oil tankers being the one exception to that as capacity removals spiked in April, reaching the highest level since February 2015,” Peter Sand, BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst, said.Sand added that there is “still a long way to go” as net fleet growth for the large crude oil tankers is already up by 2.4% year-to-date, and it is forecast to grow by 3.7% for the full year.Regarding the scrapping activity in the dry bulk segment, 5.7 million dwt of dry bulk shipping capacity was sold for demolition during the first four months of 2017. Of the total, 53% of demolished capacity were dry bulk ships, followed by Handymax vessels of which 1 million dwt was demolished.Additionally, as 2017 is set to be a year where supply side growth will outpace demand side growth, “much more needs to be done to limit the looming overcapacity in the product tanker sector,” BIMCO said.While January saw the highest amount of TEU-capacity demolished in the container shipping sector with almost 100,000 TEU sold off, the trend since then has been a clear slowdown. April was at an 11-month low, as 12 ships were demolished.Demolition of larger ships is a new trend, as the first ship with a capacity exceeding 6,000 TEU was demolished in March 2016. The intermediate sized old-post-panamax ship that was demolished was a 1997-built 5,006 TEU container ship.BIMCO said that the evaporated hype is in line with its forecast of a significantly lower level of demolished container shipping capacity in 2017 as compared to 2016, that had 654,410 TEU removed from the active fleet by demolition.last_img read more

UKs Eye in the Sky to Tackle Oil Spills Illegal Shipping

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license UK has unveiled the first images from a new satellite which can see through clouds and image the Earth round the clock to help stop oil spills and illegal shipping.NovaSAR-1, the first Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite made in the UK, can detect oil spills in the oceans, help spot suspicious shipping activity and monitor the effects of deforestation.“This ‘eye in the sky’ can capture an image a dozen times wider than the Strait of Dover and the data it provides can help crack problems from illegal shipping to alerting us to damaging pollution that needs to be countered,” Sam Gyimah, Science Minister, said.NovaSAR-1 has 3 imaging modes that create images with higher definition for precision applications including monitoring disasters and deforestation, and it also has a maritime mode and AIS receiver.The satellite’s dedicated maritime mode allows it to monitor an area of ocean 400 km wide. This allows ships to be detected by radar and compared with their ship tracking data, with discrepancies between the two highlighting potentially illegal activity.Launched in September, the satellite tests a new platform for low-cost satellite imaging. The government invested GBP 21 million to assist the development of NovaSAR-1 and will benefit from access to its data, significantly boosting the UK’s Earth observation capabilities and providing data to start-ups at the Satellite Applications Catapult in Oxfordshire.last_img read more

RollsRoyce Gets AiP for Hybrid Tug Propulsion System

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Technology company Rolls-Royce has received an approval in principle (AIP) from classification society ABS for its hybrid propulsion system for tractor tugs.The AIP was granted following an evaluation of the world’s first hybrid tug, a vessel designed by Jensen Maritime.To be delivered by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders to Baydelta Maritime LLC in February 2019, the vessel will be the first tug boat installed with the Rolls-Royce hybrid propulsion system.ABS considers the Rolls-Royce hybrid system is, in principle, compliant with ABS Rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels Under 90m (2018); ABS Advisory on Hybrid Electric Power Systems (2017); and ABS Guidance Notes on Review and Approval of Novel Concepts.“Our long-standing partnership with Baydelta Maritime and close cooperation with Jensen Maritime, Nichols Brothers and ABS has paved the way for an innovative, environmentally-friendly hybrid tug capable of safe and reliable operation and maximum bollard pull. The Rolls-Royce hybrid system enhances the tug’s escort capability, providing … assist support to the ultra-large containerships that operate from US West Coast ports,” Griff Lane, Rolls-Royce SVP Commercial Marine, Americas, said.The Rolls-Royce Hybrid Propulsion System consists of Power Take-In (PTI), electric motors, and main propulsion engines connected to azimuth thrusters, allowing vessel to operate in either a diesel-mechanical, diesel-electric or boost mode configuration.“The key benefit of a hybrid configuration is that it reduces the power requirement. Typically, a tug the size of the Baydelta vessel would need a power output 2,500kW. The hybrid arrangement allows operators to achieve the required bollard pull from a smaller engine. It provides greater operational flexibility which allows for the system to provide improved fuel efficiency, redundancy, and reduced emissions,” Lane explained.Rolls-Royce will supply all electric motors, shaft generators and a power management and control system. The hybrid arrangement provides power to US255 azimuth thrusters with ducted fixed pitch propellers that can be rotated 360 degrees around the vertical axis. This arrangement optimizes omnidirectional thrust and maneuverability as well as providing improved crash stop capability.last_img read more

Budget Bulletin Opportunities for Learning

first_imgGreat beginnings start with a solid education. This year’s education budget is being increased by six per cent, bringing the total budget for education to $1.138 billion. LEARNING FOR LIFE IIAdditional funding of approximately $20 million will help to meet the diverse needs of Nova Scotia’s students and will help make the province’s public education plan — Learning for Life II — a reality. The funding will help to focus on priorities like accountability, parental involvement, and results measurement. CLASSROOM RESOURCESAlmost $5 million will be provided to extend the plan to reduce class sizes in the early grades. Starting this fall, the maximum class size for Grade 3 students will be 25, just as it is for grades primary, 1, and 2. Another $200,000 will add 60 more schools to the accreditation list — ensuring high and consistent standards for students. MENTORS FOR STUDENTSAlmost $1 million will fund reading and math mentors. As well, an additional $200,000 will fund math and reading assessments for Grade 3 students. An additional $500,000 will be provided to hire more guidance counsellors. OPPORTUNITIES AND OPTIONSAn additional $1.4 million will be provided to 27 schools for the Opportunities and Options program. This program matches students with qualified employers and provides practical learning experiences. Successful students are then guaranteed a seat at the Nova Scotia Community College in order to continue their studies. As well, $100,000 will be invested to develop new career-oriented courses for high school students. UNIVERSITY FUNDING In 2004, a three-year agreement was signed with universities, capping tuition for most at the undergraduate level to 3.9 per cent, resulting in average savings of $2,600 per student. This year’s commitment is $20.3 million, bringing total university funding to $227.9 million. POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION INCENTIVESNova Scotia’s student debt reduction program — which helps about 10,000 students — will receive a $1.2-million investment, doubling the employment and repayment bonuses under this program. Graduates will also benefit from a $1,000 tax credit, which can be applied against a graduate’s Nova Scotia income tax. Students will have three years after graduating from a post-secondary institution to use the credit. The required parental contribution for student loans will be reduced by 25 per cent. A total of $46 million will now be available to an even greater number of students. Youth in the care of the province will benefit from an extension of the bursary program that covers the cost of tuition and books. Currently, only those under 21 can access the program, and an increased investment of $200,000 means that the age limit will increase to 24. SKILLS AND LEARNINGAn additional $787,000 brings the total skills and learning budget to $13.6 million. These funds will expand on the many initiatives designed to develop a skilled and adaptable workforce ready to meet the demands of tomorrow’s employers. -30- Note: For further 2006-07 budget information, see the Department of Finance website at www.gov.ns.ca/financelast_img read more

An Investment in Innovation and Tradition

first_imgA $45 million upgrade to the Oland Brewery in north-end Halifax will result in a state-of-the-art operation that will maintain jobs and increase exports. The investment, announced today, Oct. 4, by Labatt Breweries of Canada, will allow the company to better compete in markets outside of the Maritimes and will increase production capacity. The government of Nova Scotia, through its Industrial Expansion Fund, will contribute $4.5 million toward the upgrade. “This investment in a key, historic Nova Scotia manufacturing company will see the use of technological innovation to become more competitive,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “Our success as a province is closely linked to our ability to increase exports and bring more dollars into our economy.” The Oland Brewery plant exports 65 per cent of its product outside of the Maritimes. Keith’s India Pale Ale is currently Canada’s number one premium domestic specialty brand. The estimated annual direct tax benefit to the province in maintaining the brewery jobs in Halifax is about $7.5 million over five years. The estimated direct provincial tax revenues from the construction project would be about $1.7 million. “Our investment gives Labatt’s room to continue to grow,” said Jean Lépine, vice president corporate affairs, Quebec/Atlantic. “It also ensures that the Oland legacy of quality and tradition will continue for years to come.” Part of the province’s return on investment is linked to the export of the Alexander Keith’s family of brands. Last year, the equivalent of more than 140 million bottles of Alexander Keith’s were exported across the country. Every bottle, bottle case, can and keg displays the Nova Scotia flag. Moving forward, the Oland Brewery will renew its marketing and promotional partnership with the province. Oland Brewery employs 255 people full-time, with a payroll of more than $20 million in the province. The company also spends $22 million annually on goods and services from Nova Scotia businesses. The Industrial Expansion Fund is one of the methods by which the government of Nova Scotia supports economic development in the province. The fund has flexibility in the amount and type of funding it can provide. The fund is key to helping industries involved in innovative research and technology and contributes to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Province Increases Services for Hearing Speech Treatment

first_imgNova Scotians will have access to more hearing and speech treatment in the new year. Health Minister Chris d’Entremont announced today, Dec. 12, the province will begin funding medically-approved double cochlear implants in January. About 30 people – mostly children – are expected to benefit from the change in policy. “Providing double cochlear implants as early as possible can have an incredible impact on speech and language skills and can improve learning skills,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “We’re pleased to make this investment, which can bring immense value to children and families.” Cochlear implants are devices that capture sound and turn it into electrical signals. They are surgically placed in the ear, next to the hearing nerve, where they send information to the brain, allowing the patient to hear sounds. In Nova Scotia, these surgeries are performed at the IWK Health Centre and the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Single cochlear implant surgeries have been performed in Nova Scotia since 2001. New medical research has recently shown that double cochlear implants can significantly improve hearing and speech skills in some people. For a patient to be a good candidate for a double cochlear implant they would have to have profound hearing loss in both ears, be at least 12 months old, and will usually have tried hearing aids for at least six months with no success. The investment will cost government about $300,000 a year.last_img read more

Human Rights Inquiry Settles

first_imgA complaint of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and sexual harassment, that was before a board of inquiry, has been settled. The complainant, whose name is banned from publication, claimed that while employed at the Nova Scotia Youth Facility in Waterville, his co-workers and a supervisor sexually harassed him over a six-year period due to perceptions of his sexual orientation. The institution, as part of the settlement terms, agreed to work with the Human Rights Commission to ensure that practices and services offered within the facility, and in particular to vulnerable groups such as homosexual young persons, are optimal. The settlement agreement does not address financial compensation. The board chair, Cheryl Hodder has concluded the inquiry because of the settlement. In her decision, Ms. Hodder states the settlement is consistent with the purposes of the Human Rights Act and, in particular, with its goals of recognizing individual dignity, equality and the role of public agencies in protecting and promoting the equal opportunity of all persons in the province to enjoy a full and productive life. Krista Daley, CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, said that settlement is the preferred approach to resolving human rights disputes. “The commission is pleased that the case was settled to the satisfaction of all parties. We look forward to continuing to work with Correctional Services on training their staff in the area of human rights.” Before the matter was settled, the inquiry heard evidence that the complainant was subjected to harassment but that he also participated in it. The employer’s evidence showed that front-line management assumed that his participation meant he had consented and therefore it was not an offence under the Human Rights Act. The commission pointed out that the complainant was trying to fit in as a way of avoiding further harassment and questioning of his sexuality so his participation was therefore not true consent.last_img read more

Le gouvernement provincial est prêt pour une interruption du service postal

first_imgEn vue d’une interruption possible du service postal, le gouvernement provincial prend des mesures pour envoyer aux Néo-Écossais les chèques dont ils dépendent et pour assurer la prestation continue des services gouvernementaux. « Je veux rassurer les Néo-Écossais qui s’attendent à recevoir un paiement du gouvernement que nous avons mis en place un plan pour en assurer la livraison, a dit Graham Steele, ministre des Finances. Nous comprenons l’importance de ces chèques et nous nous engageons à offrir un service ininterrompu. » Chaque mois, le ministère des Finances imprime et distribue en moyenne 41 400 chèques. Maintenant que l’avis de 72 heures a été donné, les chèques du gouvernement ne seront plus envoyés par la poste. Le gouvernement provincial mettra en œuvre son plan de distribution de la correspondance importante qui est habituellement transmise par la poste. Des renseignements détaillés au sujet de la plupart des programmes gouvernementaux sont disponibles sur le site www.gov.ns.ca (en anglais seulement), qui sera mis à jour régulièrement. « Nous allons utiliser notre réseau de bureaux régionaux à l’échelle de la province et collaborer avec les particuliers et les entreprises pour assurer la continuité des affaires du gouvernement avec le moins d’interruption possible pour le public, » a dit M. Steele. Les personnes ou les entreprises qui reçoivent des paiements électroniques ne seront pas touchés par une interruption du service postal. Les paiements effectués par dépôt direct seront effectués comme d’habitude. Quelque 10 000 chèques ont été préparés à l’avance et envoyés par la poste le 25 mai pour les programmes de soutien du ministère des Services communautaires et le Programme d’exécution des ordonnances alimentaires du ministère de la Justice. Plus de 200 chèques ont également été envoyés par la poste plus tôt que d’habitude par l’Agence des pensions de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le prochain cycle mensuel d’envoi de chèques est prévu pendant la semaine du 27 juin. Pendant une interruption du service postal, le gouvernement provincial prendra des mesures pour permettre aux Néo-Écossais de transmettre facilement toute correspondance importante, par exemple les demandes et les formulaires, aux ministères du gouvernement. Des boîtes de dépôt sécurisées seront installées aux 11 centres Accès Nouvelle-Écosse. Ces boîtes seront accessibles pendant les heures d’ouverture régulières. On rappelle également aux Néo-Écossais que de nombreux services sont offerts en ligne, y compris ceux de Services Nouvelle-Écosse et Relations avec les municipalités. Le Bureau des véhicules automobiles continuera de traiter les demandes régulières pendant une interruption du service postal, mais certains services, par exemple l’envoi de lettres d’avertissement, seront reportés. Des renseignements supplémentaires sont disponibles sur le site Web de Services Nouvelle-Écosse.last_img read more

Ministers Panel on Education Releases Report

first_img Strengthen the curriculum to transform teaching and learning Make high-quality teaching the norm in every classroom Prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s opportunities Ensure that inclusion is working for everyone Create a positive climate for learning Collaborate for improved student health and well-being Build a modern-day structure for teaching and learning The province is being challenged to make significant changes to the way education is delivered in Nova Scotia. The Minister’s Panel on Education released a report today, Oct. 30, that contains seven themes that represent what almost 19,000 Nova Scotians said are the most important issues to improve the system. “The panel is pleased to present our results of our review. We took a holistic look and are all proud to assist the Province of Nova Scotia in charting a course for change in our education system,” said Myra Freeman, panel chair. “With such a high level of participation from Nova Scotians, the panel is in a strong position to identify the issues that government and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development need to address most urgently.” Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey accepted the report and announced work will begin immediately on an action plan to create changes in the education system. “I want to thank the panel for all of the work they have done over the past nine months, and thank all Nova Scotians who took the time to share their feedback on the province’s education system,” said Ms. Casey. “I know Nova Scotians are passionate about the quality of learning and education that students receive. I look forward to reviewing the report and creating an action plan for change.” Nova Scotians presented mixed views about the quality of the public school system, with 50 per cent expressing dissatisfaction. The report focuses on areas where a compelling case can be made for change and the greatest areas of concern for Nova Scotians. The themes of the report are: Many teachers, parents, administrators and students expressed the need for fewer curriculum areas and more time to master key areas of learning — math and literacy. Curriculum at the early elementary level for all subjects should be integrated, with math and literacy as the foundation. Teacher education, certification, discipline, hiring and professional development were cited as critical areas for improvement. Students need more support entering and leaving the school system, as well as from grade to grade. Many Nova Scotians feel students are not ready for the workforce and post-secondary learning when they graduate from high school. There are concerns about advancing students to the next grade with peers even if they are not academically ready. There is support for the principles of inclusion, but it is not working in its current model. In the absence of appropriate levels of support, inclusion has introduced a new layer of complexity to classrooms, and teachers are struggling to effectively meet the needs of all students. Respect between students, teachers and parents was a common theme, as was ensuring schools are welcoming and reflective of cultural groups. Creating a positive school climate is a shared responsibility. All staff, students, parents and community partners must work together to create respect and take action against bullying and violence in schools. The role of the school has expanded over the years. It is expected to ensure students succeed academically, but also faces issues such as obesity, mental health, career planning, and health and well-being. There is an urgent need to continue work on improving the physical health of children and youth in the province. Nova Scotians say schools are taking the right steps to contribute to students’ health and well-being, but add there is a need for more physical activity during the school day and a greater focus on mental health awareness. The province needs to look for ways to improve how the school system is funded and governed. Concerns were raised about a system that is not working as well as it should for students. Key points Nova Scotians brought up during consultations were: The report is the first comprehensive review of Nova Scotia’s school system in 25 years. The full report, Disrupting the Status Quo: Nova Scotians Demand a Better Future for Every Student, is available at www.novascotia.ca/review .last_img read more

Prolifération dalgues bleues dans le lac Torment

first_imgOn demande aux résidents et aux visiteurs de la région d’East Dalhousie, dans le comté de Kings, de ne pas nager dans le lac Torment ou de consommer l’eau de ce lac et de toute étendue d’eau liée en raison d’une prolifération possible d’algues bleues. Bien que le risque pour la santé soit relativement faible, il vaut mieux éviter tout contact avec l’eau à titre de précaution. La prolifération d’algues bleues a lieu naturellement, et ces algues peuvent produire des toxines. Il faut éviter de boire l’eau ou d’utiliser l’eau pour préparer ou cuire des aliments, ou pour se brosser les dents. Les toxines ne sont pas éliminées en faisant bouillir l’eau. Les symptômes liés à la consommation d’eau contenant des algues bleues incluent des douleurs abdominales, la diarrhée, des vomissements et la nausée. Il n’est pas recommandé d’utiliser l’eau pour les loisirs, ou pour se laver. Le contact direct avec les toxines produites par les algues bleues peut causer l’irritation de la peau et des yeux. Si les symptômes persistent plus de quelques jours, consultez un fournisseur de soins de santé. Dans la mesure du possible, ne laissez pas les animaux de compagnie ou autres consommer l’eau ou nager dans l’eau où des algues bleues sont présentes. Des renseignements supplémentaires sont disponibles aux liens www.novascotia.ca/nse/water/docs/BlueGreenAlgae.pdf et http://novascotia.ca/dhw/environmental/blue-green-algae.asp (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

Programme pour aider les élèves à commencer la journée du bon pied

first_imgTous les élèves des écoles publiques de la Nouvelle-Écosse pourront bientôt commencer chaque jour du bon pied par un petit déjeuner sain à l’école. Le gouvernement a plus que doublé son financement au programme scolaire d’alimentation saine, élevant l’investissement annuel total à 1 975 000 $. Brendan Maguire, député d’Halifax Atlantic, a fait l’annonce au nom de Randy Delorey, ministre de la Santé et du Mieux-être, aujourd’hui 22 janvier à l’école élémentaire Burton Ettinger d’Halifax. « Un petit déjeuner sain est important pour bien commencer la journée, souligne M. Maguire. Nous voulons jeter les bases pour une bonne nutrition et donner à chaque enfant toutes les chances possibles d’atteindre leur plein potentiel en classe. » Grâce au nouveau financement, le programme peut être offert dans toutes les écoles de la province, et d’autres écoles pourront élargir leurs programmes actuels d’alimentation saine au-delà du petit déjeuner. Il pourrait s’agir d’offrir des aliments et des boissons sains par des programmes de collations (fruits et légumes), des programmes de déjeuner et des programmes parascolaires de collations. « Je participe au programme de petit déjeuner de notre école depuis 2002 et il s’agit d’une excellente façon de commencer la journée, pour moi et pour les élèves, affirme Pam Carter, enseignante et coordonnatrice dévouée du programme de petit déjeuner. Au cours des années, j’ai vu moi-même les effets positifs d’un repas sain sur les élèves ici à l’école élémentaire Burton Ettinger, et j’ai eu l’occasion de rencontrer tellement d’élèves chaque matin. Je suis ravie que nous puissions en faire encore plus. » « Chez Nourish, nous savons qu’une alimentation saine entraîne une bonne concentration, déclare Margo Riebe-Butt, directrice générale de Nourish Nova Scotia. Le financement supplémentaire permettra aux programmes d’offrir plus de fruits et de légumes, assurant ainsi une bonne alimentation qui permettra aux élèves de bien apprendre. » Les programmes scolaires d’alimentation saine ont permis de servir plus de cinq millions de petits déjeuners aux élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse l’année dernière. Chaque élève des écoles publiques de la Nouvelle-Écosse tirera profit de cette expansion. Des renseignements supplémentaires sur le programme scolaire d’alimentation saine sont disponibles au https://nourishns.ca/program-support/programs-we-support (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

Beautification and Streetscaping Projects Announced

first_imgGovernment is partnering with municipalities to invest in beautification projects across the province. Through the $500,000 Beautification and Streetscaping Program, the province will contribute up to 50 per cent of the costs of municipal projects with a minimum contribution of $10,000 and a maximum of $25,000. The program is application based and work can include landscaping, installing interpretive and entrance signs, enhancing lighting and building public restrooms. Among the recipients is the Sydney Waterfront District Beautification Project which was announced today, July 20, by Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette, on behalf of Chuck Porter, Minister of Municipal Affairs. Under this project, the province will contribute $25,000 toward landscaping work on Charlotte Street and the installation of signage. “The Beautification and Streetscaping Program is designed to support the development of inviting areas where residents and visitors want to spend time,” said Mr. Mombourquette. “Key investments can rejuvenate areas, foster local pride, encourage economic development and enhance the character of municipalities.” “We are passionate about the experience that locals and visitors have in the Sydney waterfront district,” said Michelle Wilson, executive director of Sydney Waterfront District Association. “Studies show that beautification attracts people to spend more time in an area, which in turn has economic benefits. We’re extremely grateful to the province for this opportunity to create a welcoming and vibrant atmosphere that people want to come back to.” Also today, in Yarmouth, Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Zach Churchill announced $13,000 for the town under the Downtown Beautification Project. Work will include the restoration of fountains and landscaping around town signs. “We want visitors to our area, whether they come by land or by sea, to see and enjoy the beauty of our town and all it has to offer,” said Mr. Churchill. “The aesthetics of our town are not only important to our visitors but also to our residents and community.” “The Town of Yarmouth understands the importance beautification plays in economic development and enhancing the quality of life for our citizens,” said Mayor Pam Mood. “We are thrilled to receive this funding which will be used to take us to the next level.” A complete list of approved projects under that program is available at https://novascotia.ca/dma/funding/streetscaping-program.asp .last_img read more

Canadian PM Trudeau says gender equality under attack

first_imgVancouver: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday said gender equality is “under attack,” and warned of declining women’s rights, at a major conference on the subject. “Progress can backslide. We’re seeing it happen. Gender equality is under attack. And I can only imagine how hard it is to be a feminist on the frontlines,” he said in an opening address to the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver. “Individuals and interest groups are trying to roll back women’s rights,” Trudeau said without giving names. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ He warned that “politicians are giving into the pressure, shamefully campaigning to undo women’s hard-won victories.” The three-day Vancouver conference has brought together 8,000 participants including leaders, activists, academics and journalists from 150 countries to discuss gender equality. Trudeau has made the issue a priority of his government, which faces parliamentary elections in October. After taking office in 2015 he formed a cabinet with equal numbers of male and female ministers. Earlier on Monday, Trudeau attended the unveiling of a report that concluded that perhaps thousands of indigenous women were victims of endemic violence that amounted to “genocide.” The day before, his government announced funding of Can 300 million (US 223 million) for women’s rights organizations in Canada and overseas.last_img read more

Afghan Prez says hell visit Pak to improve ties

first_imgKabul: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says he will visit Pakistan on June 27 to open a new chapter in his country’s uneasy relationship with its neighbour and mend ties that are often characterized by mistrust and tit-for-tat accusations. In his message to mark Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday that caps the fasting month of Ramadan, Ghani said he agreed to visit Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan after the two leaders met last week on the sidelines of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation meeting in Saudi Arabia. “I hope the visit will be positive,” Ghani said.last_img

IHGF declared countrys leading trade show

first_imgRakesh Kumar, Director General – EPCH informed that Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair has been declared a leading trade show by Indian Exhibition Industry Association during the 9th edition of IEIA open seminar being held from June 13 -15, 2019 at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida. The IHGF is one amongst other eight shows such as IITF, Auto Expo, Iconic Indian exhibitions, ELECRAMA, India ITME IMTEX, and Plast India declared as leading shows of India; and play a key role as a multiplier of economic growth of the Country. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveIEIA open seminar is a platform to build business network, explore partnership, share knowledge, discuss concerns and address industry challenges for building a stronger industry. This year’s edition is being attended by more than 800 exhibition industry professionals from around 28 countries. Dr Anup Wadhawan, Commerce Secretary was the Chief Guest during the inauguration of the IEIA Open seminar on June 13, 2019. Commerce Secretary assured support to the exhibition sector and in particular to India Expo Centre and Mart. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painKumar while receiving the award along with team of EPCH said, right since its inception in 1986, EPCH has been playing a stellar role in projecting India’s image abroad as a reliable source of inimitable handcrafted items being produced and manufactured by more than 7 million artisans and craftspersons scattered in different craft clusters of the Country. He further said that receiving the award for IHGF as leading trade show in India took him down the memory lanes when EPCH organized Indian Handicrafts & Gifts [ IHGF] for the first time. With the passage of time, the show progressed in leaps and bounds. The IHGF has been revamped, renamed as IHGF-Delhi Fair with a new theme, bigger space, grander in product display and longer in duration. Looking at the largest participation by Indian Handicrafts exhibitors, Limca Book of World Records have recognised IHGF-Delhi Fair as world largest congregation of handicrafts exhibitors under one roof. Kumar informed that IHGF-Delhi fair is playing a vital role in increasing handicrafts exports from the Country apart from providing employment to artisans belonging to weaker sections of the society. Since the inception of EPCH, numerous export promotion efforts have brought about a sea change in India’s handicrafts exports. Kumar said that credit goes to handicrafts exporting community in achieving IHGF as the leading trade show in the Country and for posing faith in the Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair for the last more than 24 years and also to the International buying community from all across the globe who year after year is increasing to visit and source the requirement of home, lifestyle, textiles, and fashion products from IHGF-Delhi Fair.last_img read more

Andrew Strauss emotional after England obliterate Oz to reach World Cup final

first_imgBirmingham: Former England director of cricket Andrew Strauss was overcome with emotion after the team he helped build “obliterated” Australia to reach the World Cup final on Thursday. England booked their first World Cup final appearance for 27 years with an eight-wicket rout of holders Australia at Edgbaston. Eoin Morgan’s side will face New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday as they bid to win the World Cup for the first time. It was a big moment for former England captain Strauss, who was drafted into the newly-created role at the England and Wales Cricket Board after the team’s dismal World Cup flop four years ago. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherStrauss was the man behind the appointment of England head coach Trevor Bayliss and urged the ECB to place more emphasis on white-ball cricket during his tenure, which has seen them rise to the top of the one-day international team rankings. He stepped down from the position in October 2018 to spend more time with his family after his wife was diagnosed with lung cancer. “That was England’s best performance of the World Cup,” Strauss told broadcaster Sky Sports. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”England absolutely obliterated Australia with bat and ball. The way (Chris) Woakes and (Jofra) Archer set the tone was fantastic. “And with the bat, I mean it was just outstanding batting from (Jason) Roy in particular. Now is not the time to talk about the Ashes but the way he lined up (Mitchell) Starc, I thought he was fantastic. “It was the ultimate performance. England will go into that final with just incredible spirits, huge confidence and they will be confident they can put New Zealand away as well. “I was getting quite emotional watching that today. All I ask from this England team is to play the same way on Sunday.” Meanwhile, Australia legend Shane Warne admitted England were deserved winners and backed the hosts to take the title. “Disappointing from a Australian point of view, but they were outplayed by England from the word go,” Warne said. “England showed their class, I thought Eoin Morgan was world class. He manipulated his bowlers well, he could have easily backed off but he didn’t. “He brought Archer back earlier to go for it and (Adil) Rashid was the real ace for Morgan today.last_img read more

Centre rushing 10000 troops to Kashmir valley to strengthen counterinsurgency ops

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has ordered rushing of about 10,000 central forces personnel to the Kashmir valley in order to strengthen counter-insurgency operations and law and order duties there, officials said on Saturday. They said the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has ordered the deployment of 100 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) on July 25 on an “immediate” basis.Officials said that 100 more companies are expected to be sent to the valley. One CAPF company comprises about 100 personnel. The latest units will be drawn from the CRPF (50 companies), SSB (30) and ITBP and BSF will contribute 10 each, they said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe ministry has said that these personnel will be deployed to strengthen the counter-insurgency grid and law and order duties in the Kashmir Valley, they said. They are being airlifted and sent by trains, officials said. It is understood that the new units will reinforce the strength of the security forces already present in the valley who are conducting the annual Amarnath Yatra and carrying out counter-terrorism operations daily, they added. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe troops will be addition to about 65 regular battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force in the valley and over 20 other battalions of other forces deployed to conduct the yatra that will end on August 15. One CAPF battalion has about 1,000 personnel. The new strength of the troops will also help in the conduct of the Assembly polls in the state that are expected to be held in some time, they said. Meanwhile, Union minister G Kishan Reddy said on Saturday that the NDA Government has given a “free hand” to security forces to give a befitting reply to terrorists and Pakistan unlike in the past when India would be at the receiving end of their aggression,. Speaking at a function to mark the 81st Raising Day of CRPF in Hyderabad, the Union minister of state for home said that the government would deal with all internal security problems firmly and lauded the role of the force in containing Maoist violence.last_img read more

Kashmir on edge Security beefed up restrictions imposed many leaders detained or

first_imgSrinagar: Kashmir remained on edge as the authorities stepped up security at vital installations and in sensitive areas, suspended mobile internet services and either “arrested” or “detained” several leaders in fast-paced developments on Sunday night. Officials said restrictions on movement of people would come into force in Kashmir Valley at the crack of dawn. The officials said former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti would not be allowed to move out of their respective house in view of the restrictions, while Congress leader Usman Majid and CPI(M) MLA M Y Tarigami claimed to have been arrested around midnight. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details However, no official confirmation of the arrests was immediately available. “I believe I’m being placed under house arrest from midnight tonight & the process has already started for other mainstream leaders. No way of knowing if this is true but if it is then I’ll see all of you on the other side of whatever is in store,” National Conference leader Abdullah tweeted. “To the people of Kashmir, we don’t know what is in store for us but I am a firm believer that what ever Almighty Allah has planned it is always for the better, we may not see it now but we must never doubt his ways. Good luck to everyone, stay safe & above all PLEASE STAY CALM,” he said in another tweet. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Reacting to the development, Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba said, “How ironic that elected representatives like us who fought for peace are under house arrest. The world watches as people & their voices are being muzzled in J&K. The same Kashmir that chose a secular democratic India is facing oppression of unimaginable magnitude. Wake up India.” Responding to Abdullah’s tweet, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said, “You are not alone @OmarAbdullah. Every Indian democrat will stand with the decent mainstream leaders in Kashmir as you face up to whatever the government has in store for our country. Parliament is still in session & our voices will not be stilled.” “What is going on in J&K? Why would leaders be arrested overnight while having done no wrong? If Kashmiris are our citizens &their leaders our partners, surely the mainstream ones must be kept on board while we act against terrorists & separatists? If we alienate them, who’s left?” he said in another tweet. Mobile Internet services have been suspended in Kashmir Valley, the officials said, adding that satellite phones were being provided to police officials and district magistrates. The government imposed restrictions under Section 144 CrPC in Srinagar district with effect from midnight. As per the order, there will be no movement of public and all educational institutions shall also remain closed. There will be a complete bar on holding any kind of public meetings or rallies during the period of operation of this order. After the Jammu and Kashmir administration curtailed the Amarnath Yatra and asked pilgrims and tourists to leave the valley at the earliest on Friday, anxious residents continue to throng markets to stock on essentials and serpentine queues have been visible outside shops and fuel stations. The Anantnag district administration, in view of “panic stocking”,ordered all fuel station dealers not to sell petrol or diesel without permission from the district magistrate or an authorised officer. Various educational institutions in Kashmir Valley also directed their students to vacate hostels. The authorities in Jammu and Udhampur district also ordered closure of schools and colleges as precautionary measures. The University of Jammu will remain closed on Monday and all scheduled examinations have been postponed. The authorities have imposed night curfew in Kishtwar, Rajouri districts and Banihal area of Ramban district. Additional paramilitary forces, which arrived in Kashmir in the past few days, have been deployed across the city and in other vulnerable areas of the valley, the officials said. The strength of the security personnel has been increased around vital installations such as the civil secretariat, police headquarters, airport and various central government establishments in the city, they said. Barricades have been erected on many arterial roads, including the entry and exit points to Srinagar, the summer capital of the state. Riot control vehicles have also been kept on standby in some areas where apprehension of law and order disturbances is more, the officials added. In Delhi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with top security officials on Sunday and is believed to have discussed the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. The hour-long meeting was attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other senior officials. Political parties in J-K had expressed apprehensions about such action after the Centre deployed additional troops and curtailed the Amarnath Yatra. Jammu and Kashmir Governor S P Malik had earlier dismissed speculations that the Centre might be planning to do away with Article 35A of the Constitution, which gives exclusive rights to the state’s residents in government jobs and land. The parties on Sunday unanimously resolved to fight any attempt to abrogate the constitutional provisions that guarantee it special status or any move to trifurcate the state or “unconstitutional delimitation”, NC leader Farooq Abdullah said. The meeting was also attended by Mehbooba, Omar Abdullah, Taj Mohiuddin (Congress), Muzaffar Beig (PDP), Sajad Lone and Imran Ansari (Peoples Conference), Shah Faesal (J&K Peoples Movement) and M Y Tarigami (CPI-M).last_img read more

Railway drive to check touts

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to stop touts posing as travel agents and issuing fake tickets, the Eastern Railway has launched has launched a special drive named Mission Takal-07 in Howrah Division a month ahead of Durga Puja.Eastern Railway’s RPF has launched a special drive on Tuesday. A team of 12 RPF personnel, in coordination with Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), nabbed touts involved in e-ticketing scam or selling tickets illegally. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe RPF personnel raided 14 different areas covering the entire Howrah Division viz Ambika Kalna, Azimganj, Barddhaman, two locations at Nalikul (Bus stand & Railway station), Tarakeswar, Bally, Chandanpur, Kuntighat, Raghunathpur, Salkia, Pakur and two locations at Howrah area. During such intensive raids, 15 persons were arrested and 238 tickets worth Rs 3, 79,771 lakh approximately were seized. It might be mentioned that the fake user IDs were generated to book these tickets in an unauthorized manner only for the business purpose. During this operation, articles and equipment used for e- touting were seized by the RPF teams and arrested persons are booked under section 143 of Railways Act. Raids were also conducted at Jamalpur, Bhagalpur, Sahibganj and Malda. As many as 788 cases were detected with realization of Rs 3,51,278 as fare and fine.last_img read more

AAP scheme to fund higher education of 100 Dalit students overseas

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on Thursday launched a scheme to fund higher studies of around 100 Dalit students overseas.The decision, taken during a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, decided to provide financial assistance of up to Rs 10 lakh for a two-year course and up to Rs 20 lakh for a four-year course to the candidates. Meritorious students who have secured admission to M Phil, PhD, LLM, M.Tech and other higher education courses in foreign universities will be able to apply under the scheme, Delhi’s SC/ST minister Rajendra Pal Gautam said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe applicants should be residents of Delhi and their family income should not exceed Rs 8 lakh per annum, he said. It’s happening for the first time in Delhi, Gautam added. Gautam said according to the proposal of the SC/ST Welfare Department, students will get the scholarship in the field of Engineering and Management; Pure Sciences and Applied Sciences; Agricultures Sciences and Medicine; International Commerce, Accounting and Finance; and Humanities and Social Science from accredited universities. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”The students, below 30 years of age, with 55 per cent marks in Master Degree will be eligible for the Ph.D scholarship, while those with 55 per cent marks in Bachelors Degree will be eligible for the Master Degree,” he added. Gautam said after completion of the course, the candidate will have to submit the course completion certificate by the concerned Institution/University to the Secretary, Department for Welfare of SC/ST/OBC, Delhi. “The candidate also has to give an undertaking that he/she has not received any scholarship financial assistance from any government/other organisation including university/college for the same course he/she is applying under the scheme,” he said.last_img read more