Exclusion from NRC drives Assam lawyer to take extreme step

first_imgExclusion from the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) reportedly drove a 74-year-old lawyer in north-central Assam’s Kharupetia to death on Sunday. This was the third such case since the publication of the complete draft of the NRC on July 30.Family members found Nirod Kumar Das hanging in his room after returning from his routine morning walk. An autopsy confirmed death by hanging, said Chandan Goswami, incharge of the local police station.Raju Saha, the brother-in-law of the deceased, said Mr. Das appeared disturbed since his name was dropped from the NRC. “His name had figured in the first partial list (published on December 31, 2017) but the local NRC processing centre handed him a document two months ago saying his name has been put on hold as he has been declared a foreigner,” he said.Family members in NRCAll other members of his family – wife, three daughters, their husbands and children – and most of his relatives figure in the NRC. A note left behind by Mr. Das said he was ending his life to “escape the humiliation” of being marked a foreigner after the NRC process. “He blamed no one, listed five people he owed up to ₹1,200 and requested us to return the money,” Mr. Saha said. The septuagenarian had studied law after a 34-year teaching stint at the local government school. A decade ago, he began practising at the district court in Mangaldoi town, 16 km west of Kharupetia.“He was one of the most jovial members of our bar association. But he underwent a drastic change in the last two-three months, and would often mumble about his uncertainty as a citizen of Assam,” Mangaldoi-based lawyer Billal Hussain told The Hindu after attending Mr. Das’s cremation on Sunday evening.The Mangaldoi Bar Association has scheduled a condolence meeting on Monday.On September 3, Mr. Das had lamented in local publications about his “statelessness” and how he felt let down by the very system he was trying to uphold.“My legal documents since 1956, my father’s legacy data of 1966 and my own of 1971 (the cut-off year for detecting and deporting illegal migrants), and by government service mean nothing to the authorities. How can a man prove his citizenship if they are determined not to accept my documents provided by the government?” he wrote.The Assam State Committee of CPI(M) on Sunday wrote to the Supreme Court seeking the inclusion of all 15 admissible documents for the claims and objections phase of NRC that started from September 25.IIT-Guwahati helpline for students in collaboration with Saathi: 8486814024. Saathi uses this helpline for non-IIT cases too.last_img read more

TMC projects Mamata as PM candidate

first_imgThe ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal turned 21 on Tuesday and used the occasion to project party chief and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as a possible prime ministerial candidate of any grand Opposition alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. The party also vowed to work to ensure a secular and progressive India under the leadership of 63-year-old Ms. Banerjee. Describing 2019 as the “year of change”, senior TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee said the party is “standing at a historic juncture where it wants to play a vital role in New Delhi in favour of the working class”.Good daysMr. Banerjee, the nephew of the TMC chief, said the year will bring good days (achche din) in the country. “The year of 2019 is a year of change and struggle. We should fight hard in order to ensure that we are able to gift the people of this country a secular and progressive India in New Delhi under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee,” he said in a video message on the TMC’s 21st Foundation Day. “Our party has turned 21 today. The number 21 assumes immense significance as it signifies struggle, youthfulness and change,” he added. TMC was founded on January 1, 1998, by Mamata Banerjee, who was herself baptised into politics by the Congress. At present, the TMC has 34 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats from West Bengal.Ms. Banerjee congratulated party workers on the occasion. “The journey which began on January 1, 1998, has been full of struggles, but we have been steadfast in our resolve to fight for the people #Trinamool21 …We are thankful to Maa-Mati-Manush for their constant support. And the workers who work hard 365 days a year for the people. A big salute to you,” she said.Anti-BJP front The TMC, which has been eyeing a wider political space for the last few years, has been at the forefront of forming an anti-BJP Opposition alliance and convened a rally of Opposition parties in Kolkata on January 19.Ms. Banerjee has been touring the country and has met leaders of several parties in a bid to forge opposition unity to take on the BJP. The TMC observed the day in the State in every block and subdivision and also at the panchayat level. The party flag was hoisted at the Trinamool Bhavan by party general secretary Subrata Bakshi. Blood donation camps, blanket distribution and cultural events were also held across the State.last_img read more

Arunachal FM warns of Kargil-like situation in North-East

first_imgArunachal Pradesh Finance Minister Kalikho Pul has raised an alarm and warned of a “Kargil-like situation” brewing in the North-East.Pul told Headlines Today that Chinese personnel are constantly intruding into Indian territory. He said that the Chinese are easily able to come into many of the north eastern regions, especially Tawang and Anjaw districts.”The situation is alarming for the last seven-eight years. Chinese personnel are constantly intruding into our territory. Names of our villages are written in their area. China has better infrastructure on their side…while our connectivity to the border areas is very poor,” Pul said.Pul has asked the Indian government to take steps to better the infrastructure in the border areas which are lying vacant, otherwise, he has warned, a “Kargil-like situation” may develop in the state.For more news on India, click here. For more news on Business, click here. For more news on Movies, click here. For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Philippine Azkals flaunt quality under continental spotlight

first_img(From up L) Philippines’ defender Luke Woodland, Philippines’ defender Alvaro Silva, Philippines’ forward Patrick Reichelt, Philippines’ midfielder Kevin Ingreso, Philippines’ goalkeeper Michael Falkesgaard(From down L) Philippines’ defender Daisuke Sato, Philippines’ midfielder Stephan Schrock, Philippines’ forward Javier Patino, Philippines’ midfielder Manuel Ott, Philippines’ defender Stefan Palla pose for a photograph prior to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup football game between Korea Republic and Philippines at the al-Maktoum stadium in Dubai on January 07, 2019. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)DUBAI—It was a debut many years in the making and the Philippines surely left its mark, notwithstanding the result.On a cold Monday night at Al Maktoum Stadium, the Azkals combined their grit and resilience with their tactical genius and work rate for the rest of the continent to see as they went toe-to-toe against a giant in South Korea in their Group C opener.ADVERTISEMENT That the Koreans needed a 67th minute strike from Hwang Uijo to finally grab maximum points was a mere footnote to what was a memorable introduction for the Azkals, who showed a spring in their step as chants of Pilipinas reverberated inside the cavernous, newly-refurbished facility throughout the match.READ: Asian Cup: Azkals impress in loss to South KoreaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“After a game like this, you will be having one teary eye and one which is okay with the result and the performance,” said midfielder Stephan Schrock, the captain for the night as coach Sven Goran Eriksson opted to start Javier Patino in favor of Phil Younghusband.“We are very proud. Korea had a lot of good players, they are composed and much better than the average Asian team. We surprised everyone with the performance tonight. We did very good. We have something to build on.” LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PBA to implement new rules on goaltending review, traveling, timeouts SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The Azkals will take a two-hour bus ride to Abu Dhabi late Tuesday as they prepare for their duel with China on Friday. Getting a result against the Chinese is paramount for Eriksson’s side if it wants to advance to the last 16.Few expected the Azkals to stay competitive against a Korean team that regularly plays in the World Cup and only recently stunned former World Cup champion Germany, 2-0.But the Azkals were hardly fazed by the quality and experience of a Korean side, which had established players in Ki Seungyeung of Newcastle United and Lee Chungyoung, formerly of Crystal Palace.The tactical brilliance of the staff led by Eriksson and deputies Scott Cooper and Chris Greatwich allowed the Azkals to cope with the Korean assault for majority of the match.The Azkals defended deep, but they tracked runs off the ball and produced a solid defensive block that hardly allowed the Koreans to break through. On the counter, they proved dangerous with Schrock and Patrick Reichelt threatening on the right and Patino holding up the play to relieve the pressure.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It took some tweaks and the introduction of Lee early in the second half for Korea to finally break down the Azkals.Lee, who played four seasons in the Premier League, praised the Azkals for their gallant stand.“Everyone thought Korea will win this game, but we saw in the first half that it was not easy,” said the midfielder. “It was a tough game for us. I’m happy to get a result, but the Philippines is good. They have a good future in this tournament.”The three-man defense anchored by Alvaro Silva put bodies on the line just to deny the Koreans opportunities, while Michael Falkesgaard produced three big saves to keep the Azkals in the match up until the late stages of the match.Patino led the line ferociously and provided the Azkals an attacking outlet when they recover the ball from deep positions, but his finishing let him down particularly in the second half when his tamed effort failed to beat Kim Seunggyu on the Korean goal when the match was still goalless.“We kept it nil nil for a long time,” said Younghusband, who came on in the 88th minute.“The longer it got, the more confidence it gave us. Every player had to work in this team. If you lose concentration or you sleep, South Korea will take advantage.”Still, it was a debut to remember for a Philippine team that struggles to get support for the sport back home.“The feeling is incredible: The whole atmosphere,” said Reichelt. “You can feel that this was all a different stage. And we showed that we belong in this stage.”“I’m happy with the performance; but I’m also sad because we could have gotten something out of it,” said Azkals manager Dan Palami. “But if somebody told us before the game that it was going to be just 1-nil, I would take it anytime against a team like South Korea which is always in the World Cup. It gives us encouragement and motivation to do better in our next games.”center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? 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ICC World Twenty20: India drop Shikhar Dhawan after repeated failures

first_imgIndia dropped Shikhar Dhawan from the playing XI for the ICC World Twenty20 semi-final clash against West Indies on Thursday. (Live Scorecard)Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who lost the toss at the Wankhede Stadium, made two changes to the squad after axing Dhawan. Ajinkya Rahane, who was with the team since the start of the tournament, replaced the out-of-form opener. (India vs West Indies, ICC World T20 semi-final: LIVE UPDATES) Karnataka batsman Manish Pandey replaced all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who was ruled out of the tournament after he suffered an ankle injury during the league game against Australia.Dhoni’s decision to axe Dhawan for the big clash came as a surprise as the Indian skipper had backed him even after a string of poor performances.Dhawan had scored only 43 runs from four outings in the tournament with his top score of 23 coming against Bangladesh. Dhawan had trouble facing up to against genuine pace in this tournament.Dhawan, who had hit a half-century in the home series against Sri Lanka, lost his touch in the Asia Cup T20 tournament. Dhawan could only manage 19 runs in the tournament before slamming a match-winning 60 against Bangladesh in the final.last_img read more

Rory McIlroy may skip Rio Games over Zika fears

first_imgRory McIlroy took a long time to decide he would represent Ireland at the 2016 Rio Olympics but the 27-year-old world number three could now miss golf’s return to the Games after a 112-year absence because of concerns over the Zika virus.The Northern Irishman had threatened to skip the Olympics as he agonised over representing Great Britain or Ireland in Brazil but after opting for the latter in 2014, the mosquito-borne disease may lead the four-times major winner to avoid the Games.First detected in Brazil last year, Zika has been linked in that country to more than 1,300 cases of microcephaly, a rare birth defect defined by unusually small heads and something that is clearly a major concern for McIlroy.ZIKA CONCERN “There’s going to be a point in the next couple of years where we (McIlroy and fiance Erica Stoll) are going to have to think about starting a family,” McIlroy told the British media after winning the Irish Open over the weekend.”Right now I’m ready to go but I don’t want anything to affect that.”Three-time major winner Vijay Singh and Australian golfer Marc Leishman have both withdrawn from the Rio Games due to concerns over the virus but McIlroy remains optimistic over his participation as he continues to monitor the situation.”As it gets closer, I am relishing the thought of going down there and competing for gold,” McIlroy said.”But I have been reading a lot of reports about Zika and there have been some articles coming out saying that it might be worse than they are saying,” he added.advertisement”I am actually going to get my injections on Wednesday – at least I will be immunised for whatever… if I do get bitten by a mosquito down there.”last_img read more

Tyson Fury maintains innocence before anti-doping hearing

first_imgFormer world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury said he’s innocent of doping charges and is being harassed by the UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD), before his hearing on Monday.Fury was charged with a doping offence by UKAD in June 2016. In August 2016, Fury’s legal team said the would sue UKAD over the allegations, because tests taken in March and May 2015 showed contradictory results.The 28-year-old Fury vacated his titles and his boxing license was suspended in October 2016 pending investigation after he admitted to consuming cocaine and dealing with mental health issues.”I’ve never taken a drug in my life,” he told The Daily Telegraph.”These people can say what they like but I’m suing them for what they have done to me … I have been tested 50 to 60 times, sometimes three times in a week, blood and urine. This went on from way before the Klitschko fight.”If I tested positive then why didn’t they ban me then? It never made any sense to me. I even had a meeting with them and they said I had nothing to worry about. Fifteen months later they say they are suspending my licence.”Fury traded barbs with current world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on social media during the build-up to and after Joshua’s victory over Wladimir Klitschko on April 29.Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, denied reports of a scheduled bout between the two, since Fury has yet to regain his license, and if he is found guilty on Monday, he could face a lengthy ban from the sport.Fury also said that he was being harassed by the UKAD, after they administered a random drugs test last Friday.advertisement”I was very shocked, Fury said. “But they said they had come here to give me a random drugs test. With all that is going on, they still expect me to be super nice to them, so I was.”I explained to them that … that I’ve been out of the ring for 18 months, but UKAD were insistent on testing me on Friday. Perhaps they wanted me to say ‘go away’, so they could give me an automatic ban. I let them test me, I said go ahead, because I have nothing to hide. But it’s like harassment.”last_img read more

FIFA Confederations Cup: Australia, Cameroon hopes hit after 1-1 draw

first_imgAustralia fought back to draw 1-1 with Cameroon in the Confederations Cup on Thursday, a result that further dents both countries’ hopes of progressing in the eight-team tournament in Russia.Andre Franck Zambo Anguissa put Cameroon ahead with the last touch of the first half, but a Mark Milligan penalty on the hour mark ensured a first point for both in Group B.Australia play Chile in Moscow on Sunday and Cameroon face Germany at the same time in Sochi in their final group games.Yet the chances of both the African and Asian champions finishing in the top two and progressing to the semi-finals look slim after they lost their opening encounters at the start of the week.The two countries, meeting for the first time, traded free kicks in the opening 20 minutes but it took until the 37th minute for either to create an opening.Australia keeper Matt Ryan was called into action after a smart one-two between Cameroon captain Benjamin Moukandjo and striker Vincent Aboubakar allowed the former to fire at goal.The African champions ended the first half with a succession of corners and then opened the scoring with the last kick before the break.A long ball out of defence bounced over Aboubakar but Zambo Anguissa’s deft touch steered it past the on-rushing Ryan.The Olympique de Marseille midfielder, who spurned a call-up to play for Cameroon when they won the African Nations Cup in Gabon at the start of the year, missed out on a second in the first 10 minutes of the second half.advertisementAustralia levelled on the hour mark when Ernest Mabouka brought down Alex Gersbach to concede a penalty, after Serbian referee Milorad Mazic consulted the Video Assistant.Stand-in skipper Milligan stepped up and converted from the spot.Mabouka sought to make amends with a strong run down the right in the 65th minute before he teed up Aboubakar right in front of goal, but the burly striker lifted the ball over the crossbar.Aboubakar then headed over from a similar position with 12 minutes remaining.last_img read more

AITA agrees to field Bopanna-Sharan as team at Asian Games

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 30 (PTI) The AITA today agreed to field Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan as a team at the Asian Games on request of the two players which means that veteran Leander Paes will team up with young Sumit Nagal. Bopanna and Sharan had requested AITA and the Sports Ministry to pair them. The AITA at its Executive Meeting (EC) discussed the matter and accepted Bopanna and Sharan’s request. “Yes, the EC has decided that Rohan and Divij will play as a team,” a source told PTI. Since Ramkumar Ramanathan and Prajnesh Gunneswaran will focus on singles, the third singles player left in the squad is Nagal. Paes and Nagal will be fielded as India’s second team at the Asian Games, scheduled to begin in Indonesia from August 18. PTI ATATlast_img read more

Manu, Jeremy make it a day of golden firsts for India at Youth Olympics

first_img(Eds: Collating relevant stories, results and quotes) Buenos Aires, Oct 9 (PTI) India’s next generation of athletes scripted history not once but twice in the space of 24 hours as weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga and shooter Manu Bhaker picked up the country’s maiden set of gold medals in the Youth Olympics here on Tuesday. The 15-year-old Lalrinnunga shattered the national record in the men’s 62kg category to claim the top honours and announce his arrival at the big stage. Bhaker, on the other hand, rediscovered the form that made her a sensation in the women’s 10m air pistol event. Lalrinnunga, who is also a world youth silver-medallist, lifted a total of 274kg (124kg +150kg) to finish on top in the Argentine capital on Monday night, which was early Tuesday morning in India. “I am feeling really happy that I won the gold medal here,” Lalrinnunga told PTI. The 16-year-old Bhaker shot 236.5 to finish on top of the podium on Tuesday, making up for the heartbreak at the Asian Games in Indonesia and the World Championship where she could not live up to her billing. “This is an important win for me. It will be a morale booster (after the Asian Games disappointment) as I look forward with an aim to bring home more laurels,” Bhaker said after winning the gold. Mizo sensation Lalrinnunga, who will turn 16 on October 26, is the son of a former boxer, Lalneihtluanga, who has seven national-level gold medals to his credit. Lalrinnunga was himself an aspiring boxer before he shifted to weightlifting on the advice of coaches and was picked up by the Army Sports Institute scouts in 2011 at the age of 8.advertisement Earlier this year, Lalrinnunga claimed a silver (youth) and a bronze (junior) in the Asian Championships, smashing two national records in the process. On Tuesday, Bhaker began the eight-woman final with a 10.0 and followed it up with a 10.1 and 10.4. She led the Stage 1 with 99.3 after a sequence that included seven scores of 10 and above. Two 9.8 in the beginning of second stage (elimination) were followed by a 10.1 and 9.9, helping her maintain the lead over Thailand’s Kanyakorn Hirunphoem by some distance. The World Cup and Commonwealth Games gold medallist extended her domination in the following shots and looked to be on course for the yellow metal. She slipped once to the second place but quickly regained the top position. Earlier, Bhaker topped the qualifying with 576, which included a series of 95, 96, 96, 96, 95, 98 and placed second and third in the qualification were Russia’s Enina Iana and Chinese Lu Kaiman with 569, the gulf in scores clearly highlighting the form the Indian was in. Representing the country in the women’s 10m air pistol event, Bhaker has won medals at all major events she has participated barring the recent Asian Games. While Lalrinnunga and Bhaker made the nation proud, weightlifter Sneha Soren could not finish on the podium in the women’s 48kg category, signing off fifth. In swimming, Srihari Nataraj, who competed in the 100m backstroke final despite being a reserve, could only manage a sixth position. In other events, Archana Kamath and Manav Thakkar, India’s representatives in table tennis, won their singles matches of the group stage. Kamath beat Malaysia’s Javen Choong 4-2 while Thakkar defeated Slovakia’s Aleksandra Vovk 4-1. It was a big win for India in hockey as the team thrashed Austria 9-1. Rising badminton sensation Lakshya Sen had it tough against Danylo Bosniuk in the first game before he regained his composure to beat the Ukrainian 23-21, 21-8. India have already won four medals with Tushar Mane and Mehuli Ghosh bagging a silver each in 10m rifle shooting while Thangjam Tababi Devi won India’s first medal in judo by finishing second in the 44kg category. India won just two medals — a silver and a bronze — in the last Youth Olympics in 2014 in Nanjing in China. In the inaugural 2010 edition in Singapore, the nation fetched six silver and a couple of bronze medals. The country is being represented by 47 athletes at the ongoing Games, its biggest ever contingent. PTI AH BS PM PDSPDSlast_img read more

Rice Football Signed A 7-Year-Old Boy With Leukemia In A Very Special Ceremony

first_imgRice Leukemia SigneeRice Leukemia SigneeThe Rice football program landed a very special recruit on Wednesday. Seven-year-old Ziggy Stoval-Redd, who is battling leukemia, signed with the Owls during a special signing ceremony. Accompanied by his mother and Rice head football coach David Bailiff, Ziggy received a warm round of applause from the Owl team. Here’s the video:Whenever stories like this pop up in the sports world, it always warms the heart a little bit.last_img

Minister Mckenzie Urges Portlanders to Stay Alert

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, is appealing to residents of Portland to be prepared for disasters and to be ready to move to higher ground in case of rising waters.Speaking at a town hall meeting at the Errol Flynn Marina on Wednesday (Nov. 22), the Minister said that while the country has not been hit by a hurricane, the heavy and continuous rainfall affecting the island is having a severe impact on infrastructure and personal property.“This parish has been experiencing severe rainfall since the start of the year, some serious rains. It is expected that we are going to have continuous rains right through until January.  It is therefore in your interest to be on the alert,” he said.“So, when the Meteorological Service (of Jamaica) says within the next 48 hours (your community) is going to be affected, don’t sneer at the warning. We want you to move to higher ground. It is easier to replace the property but impossible to replace lives,” he noted.He said that failure to adhere to the warnings puts first responders at risk during rescue operations.“We’re going to be providing some funds to the municipal corporation to have further community meetings in communities where there are constant problems when it rains.  We want you, the residents of Portland, to be fully aware of what the requirements are,” he added.  “We’re going to be providing some funds to the municipal corporation to have further community meetings in communities where there are constant problems when it rains.  We want you, the residents of Portland, to be fully aware of what the requirements are,” he added.  “This parish has been experiencing severe rainfall since the start of the year, some serious rains. It is expected that we are going to have continuous rains right through until January.  It is therefore in your interest to be on the alert,” he said. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, is appealing to residents of Portland to be prepared for disasters and to be ready to move to higher ground in case of rising waters.last_img read more

DNV GL Secures Multi-Million GBP Contract for Statoil …

first_imgDNV GL, February 6, 2014 Print  Close My location zoom DNV GL UK has secured the third party ICP (Independent Competent Person) multi-million GBP contract, related to compliance with UK Offshore Regulations for the Statoil Mariner project.The award is the culmination of two years’ of project FEED support, assisting Statoil in developing Performance Standards and the Written Scheme of Examination (WSE) under the UK Offshore Safety Case Regulations for the Production Drilling Quarters (PDQ), Subsea, Umbilical’s, Risers & Flowlines (SURF) and the Floating Storage Unit (FSU).The Mariner Field is located on the East Shetland Platform of the UK North Sea, approximately 150km east of the Shetland Isles. The project is the largest new offshore development in the UK in more than a decade, with production expected to start in January 2017. The field is estimated to produce for 30 years, with average production of around 55,000 barrels of oil per day over the plateau period from 2017 to 2020. The project will involve DNV GL offices world-wide and draw on integrated services of third party verification, classification and consultancy; with the majority of the design review work being undertaken in London where the three main design subcontractors reside.Hari Vamadevan, Regional Manager UK and Southern Africa said the project is complicated as it involves many contractors working across multiple countries. “The commercial and technical support teams in the UK and Korea worked hard to explain to all the project stakeholders the role of ICP and Class in UK waters which was critical to securing the contract. This project will continue to cement DNV GL’s position as the verification and classification company for the North Sea, and open more opportunities for us in the future.” 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

Inmarsat Joins Autonomous Ship Project

first_imgzoom Global satellite communications provider Inmarsat has joined the Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA) recently launched by Rolls-Royce.The project, funded by Tekes (Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation), will bring industry partners together with universities, research institutes, ship owners and other stakeholders to explore the economic, social, legal, regulatory and technological factors which need to be addressed in order to make autonomous ships a reality.Inmarsat’s role in the project is to provide the satellite communications link and platform. The Fleet Xpress service, delivered through the Global Xpress and L-band constellations, the world’s first hybrid Ka/L-band mobile satellite system, forms the basis of the system.“The launch of Inmarsat’s Global Xpress mobile broadband network, which forms the heart of the new Fleet Xpress service, is a real turning point for the future of the maritime industry and ideally lends itself to the AAWA Initiative,” said Ronald Spithout, President Inmarsat Maritime.“Fleet Xpress will enable the ship-to-shore communications required to support the remote control functionality fundamental to the realisation of the autonomous ship. The high-performance, high-throughput network will open up unlimited possibilities for maritime applications and real-time monitoring and analysis of data, for smarter shipping today and the future.”last_img read more

OOCL Most Reliable Carrier in Q3

first_imgzoom In the third quarter of 2017 Hong Kong-based container shipping company Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) was the most reliable carrier with a schedule reliability score of 83.3%.Evergreen and Wan Hai were the second most reliable carriers scoring 82.5% each, followed by APL and HMM with 82.3% and 82.0%, respectively, according to the data provided by SeaIntel.During the quarter, 11 of the top-18 carriers saw a quarter-on-quarter improvement in their reliability scores, while the scores declined for 6 carriers, albeit by small margins, and Hapag Lloyd recorded no change from Q2, 2017.No carriers saw a positive year-on-year change in schedule reliability with the biggest year-on-year decreases recorded by MOL, UASC and K Line, with drops of 15.1, 14.4, and 13.8 percentage points, respectively.On-time performance was based on 38,595 separate vessels arrivals, SeaIntel said.Schedule reliability in Asia-USWC improved by 4.3 percentage points Q/Q, reaching 80.8% in Q3, 2017, recording a Y/Y decline of 7.6 percentage points.Niche carrier Matson recorded schedule reliability of 100%, followed by ZIM and HMM with 97.3% and 91.4%, respectively.In Asia-USEC on-time performance decreased from 72.4% in Q2 to 70.4% in Q3, deteriorating significantly by 16.9 percentage points on a Y/Y level. During the quarter, Evergreen, CMA CGM, COSCO, and APL were the most reliable carriers on this trade lane with reliability scores of 83.2% each.On-time performance in Asia-North Europe continued improving, increasing by 2.4 percentage points in Q3 to 77.5%, bringing it closer to the on-time performance of 80.6% recorded in the same quarter in 2016. The most reliable carriers were OOCL, Evergreen, and APL, all with a score of 87.7%.In Q3, schedule reliability in Asia-Mediterranean increased to 77.2%, which corresponds to a Q/Q increase of 5.1 percentage points, 5.7 percentage points below 82.8% recorded in Q3, 2016.ZIM was the most reliable carrier on this trade lane with schedule reliability score of 85.6%, followed by Maersk Line with 84.3%.Global schedule reliability improved marginally by 0.2 percentage points from 74.5% in Q2 to 74.7% in Q3.On a year-on-year level, schedule reliability recorded in Q3 was 10.6 percentage points lower than last year.last_img read more

Investing in Fall Prevention for Seniors

first_imgThe province is investing $300,000 over three years to preventfalls among seniors, Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonaldannounced today, May 18. Falls are the leading cause of injuryamong seniors. “This is a serious health issue and we’re putting resources inplace to decrease the rates of falls,” said Mr. MacDonald. “Thisgovernment is committed to improving the health of Nova Scotiansand injury prevention plays a big part in that.” Prevention of falls is a priority area of the province’s InjuryPrevention Strategy. Each year one in three people over the ageof 65 will experience a fall. Of these, one in five will resultin a fracture. The investment is going into Preventing FallsTogether, a project of Community Links. Community Links is acharitable association that helps rural seniors and volunteersshare effective ways of meeting the needs and priorities of olderNova Scotians while promoting healthy communities. “This funding allows us to continue our efforts to prevent fallsamong seniors,” said Sandra Murphy, provincial co-ordinator withCommunity Links. “We’re able to build capacity and make this asustainable project so we can continue to build on the strengthsof rural communities and the experience of volunteers who serveseniors.” Preventing falls is one of three priority areas of the provincialstrategy, along with prevention of motor vehicle crashes andself-inflicted injury. The strategy was developed in the fall of2003 by stakeholders at the request of the Office of HealthPromotion. The strategy received a $350,000 investment this year. “This is a growth year as we build a foundation for thestrategy,” said Julian Young, co-ordinator of injury preventionand control at the Office of Health Promotion. “Simply havingthis strategy in place is a huge step in the right direction.We’re the only province in Canada with a provincially-fundedinjury prevention strategy.” The Injury Prevention Strategy is on the Health Promotion websiteat www.gov.ns.ca/ohp/injuryprevention.html .last_img read more

Nine Incredible Picnics Remain

first_img Aug. 21: Annapolis Royal Farmers Market, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 21: Halifax Waterfront (Sands at Salter, near Bishop’s Landing), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 21: Chisholm Park, Antigonish, noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 21: Wentworth Park, Sydney, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 21: Muir Murray Estates Winery, Wolfville, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24: Truro Farmers Market, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 28: Noggins Corner Farm, Greenwich, Kings Co., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 28: Evan’s Family Farm Market, Wilmot, Annapolis Co., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 11: Beacon Park, Yarmouth, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are still nine chances left to celebrate and savour the flavours of local food with Nova Scotian producers and chefs at community-hosted Incredible Picnics. The picnics showcase locally grown and produced items like fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, breads and beverages. There will also be live entertainment and children’s activities. Upcoming picnics are: For more information visit www.selectnovascotia.ca . -30-last_img read more

Crime Prevention Award Nominations Deadline Approaches

first_img Individual Youth Community Group or Organization Policing Business Community Media Nova Scotians are being encouraged to nominate people with outstanding commitment to crime prevention for a provincial award. The deadline for the Minister’s Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention has been extended until Friday, Feb. 24. The award honours those who are making a significant contribution to their community by preventing crime, and making communities safer. “Many people are working hard to help families feel and be safe in our communities and this is an opportunity to recognize the good work that’s happening around the province,” said Ross Landry, Minister of Justice. Nominees can include business leaders, police officers, youth, media, and community groups and leaders. The winners will be announced at the Crime Prevention Symposium on March 28. The Department of Justice is accepting nominations in six categories: For more information and nomination forms, visit www.gov.ns.ca/just.last_img read more

Premier Recognizes Small Business Week Encourages Nova Scotians to Shop Small

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter is encouraging smaller businesses to prepare for future opportunities, to become more innovative and productive, and help provide Nova Scotians with the skills they need for good jobs. Premier Dexter today, Oct. 15, acknowledged the start of Small Business Week in Nova Scotia, as he met with local business and community leaders in Amherst. “Small businesses across the province will benefit greatly from the opportunities on the horizon in Nova Scotia,” said Premier Dexter. “For example, it’s not only shipbuilders who will benefit from the shipbuilding contracts. It’s the coffee shop owner who will now have more customers, it’s the hairdresser that will have more clients, it’s the farm in rural Nova Scotia that will have more mouths to feed.” The premier also proclaimed Oct. 20 Small Business Saturday in Nova Scotia — the first premier in Canada to do so — encouraging Nova Scotians to “shop small” in some of the vibrant, innovative small businesses in all areas of the province. “Anytime Nova Scotia can lead an initiative that supports small business is a good thing,” said Leanne Hachey, Atlantic vice-president for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. “And to the have our premier be the first in the country to encourage all Nova Scotians to ‘shop small’ on Oct. 20 is definitely a move we should all applaud.” Through jobsHere, the province is supporting hundreds of businesses of all sizes as follows: for the third year in a row, the province has reduced the small business corporate income tax rate the province’s Productivity Investment Program has helped 20,000 more people in 353 businesses get additional workplace training the province has invested $10 million to expand and improve the Credit Union Loan Guarantee Program, which gives many start-up businesses, small businesses, new immigrants and social enterprises greater access to capital the Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program helps small businesses improve products, and refine operations the province has increased funding for the Business Development Program, encouraging new businesses and helping small businesses expand. Businesses and new entrepreneurs who attend Small Business Week events benefit from information on business issues, government programs and services, and have an opportunity to network and build local contacts. For information and a list of events, visit www.shopsmallbiz.ca . Small businesses can find out what programs are available in one central place at http://business.novascotia.ca .last_img read more

CANADIAN ACTRESS ELLEN PAGE AND DANCER EMMA PORTNER ARE MARRIED

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Ellen Page is now a married woman.The 30-year-old star of “Juno,” ”Inception” and the recent remake of “Flatliners” wed Emma Portner, who teaches contemporary jazz at the Broadway Dance Center in New York.The Juno star announced on social media Wednesday that she tied the knot … alongside a photo of the newlyweds’ wedding bands the actress wrote, “Can’t believe I get to call this extraordinary woman my wife.” Portner also announced the surprise marriage on her Instagram page, writing, “@ellenpage I LOVE YOU.”Page posted the news Wednesday on Instagram in a photo of the couple’s hands showing off wedding bands on their ring fingers. Her publicist later confirmed the union.The actress first began posting photos with Portner on social media over the summer.In 2014, Page came out as gay at a Human Rights Campaign event in a rousing speech that earned her a standing ovation. The actress said she was ready to come out in hopes that her experience would help other people struggling with their sexuality.The actress previously dated artist Samantha Thomas. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more