first_imgzoom Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Taiwanese ocean carrier Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation will follow in the footsteps of industry majors such as Maersk by choosing low sulphur fuel to comply with the upcoming 2020 sulphur cap.The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) regulation, set to enter into force in 2020, has had owners perplexed amid growing pressure from the market to pick the less painful road to compliance.Namely, as of January 1, 2020, ships will be banned from burning any marine fuel with a sulphur content above 0.5 pct. The exception will be ships fitted with scrubbers.Aside to LSFO and scrubbers owners can opt for marine gas oil (MGO) or other alternative fuels, such as LNG, hydrogen and methanol.“The use of low-sulfur fuel is the intended solution for now, but we can’t rule out other options like scrubber installation and LNG related infrastructure,” Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation confirmed to World Maritime News in a statement.The decision is being announced as Yang Ming seeks to renew its fleet with 20 newbuilding boxships. These include ten 2,800 TEU containerships to be ordered by Yang Ming and ten 11,000 TEU newbuilds chartered from Costamare and Shoei Kisen.The new ships will replace the vessels which are about to be off-hired or retired in the next 2 to 3 years.Separately, THE Alliance, which aside to Yang Ming includes Hapag-Lloyd and Japanese merged container lines under the Ocean Network Express (ONE) brand as its members, announced they were pulling one transpacific loop from their Trans Pacific – West Coast products.“The update of THE Alliance product will feature total six services in Asia/North America West Coast. The PS5 and PS8 services will conjugate into one combined service and cater for customers connecting the key ports of North China, Central China and North America gate ports,” a statement from the liner alliance said.The move is being announced on the back of a brewing trade war between the US and China.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

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first_imgAs a part of the revised curriculum of National Council for Educational Research and Training’s (NCERT), students of classes 1 to 5 will now be taught about child sexual abuse in detail with the help of educational films and counsellors. It plans to include a revised version of sex education imparted to children in schools.The NCERT is an autonomous organisation which assists and advises the Central and State governments on policies and programmes for qualitative improvement in school education.Why include sex education? As per a DNA report, a senior official at the NCERT said, ”Once children grow up, they are more conscious of their surroundings and can take care of themselves but younger children are more vulnerable, hence we are pondering over making the curriculum for younger children stronger.They will be taught about child sexual abuse through educational films and characters with whom they can relate. They are already told what is a good touch and bad touch, but we need to teach beyond this.”Komal – A film on child abuseKomal, a film on child abuse, which explains sexual abuse in detail is likely to be made a part of the curriculum.The film begins with the story of a 9-year-old girl, who, like any other child of her age, is active in sports, studies and plays with her parents back home. It takes a turn when an overfriendly neighbour (of the girl’s father’s age) sexually abuses her and she becomes a recluse. The film shows how it is never a child’s fault if someone is misbehaving with them and tells them what they should do to protect themselves in such situations.advertisementThe NCERT has developed a curriculum titled ‘Health and Physical Education’ for classes 1 to 12, which has been prescribed to all schools.Read: Akshay Kumar’s powerful message for youngsters Read: Yogi Adityanath’s ‘Wall Of Shame’ initiative to create disciplined teachers For information on more latest news and updates, click here.last_img

first_imgFormer world champion Viswanathan Anand suffered a disappointing final round loss against Sergey Karjakin of Russia to finish joint eighth in the St Louis Rapid Chess tournament here today.After raising visions of a good finish, luck did not favour Grandmaster Anand much on the final day as he was first held to a draw by Le Quang Leim of Vietnam in the seventh round and then shared points with Fabiano Caruana of United States in the penultimate round.The Indian ace ended on seven points, coming through one win, five draws and two losses in the event that gave two points for a win and one for a draw.Levon Aronian of Armenia topped the rapid section with 12 points in all. On the final day, Aronian scored two good wins and a solitary draw.The American duo of Hikaru Nakamura and Caruana were right behind Aronian on 11 points each and Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi was fourth on 10 points. Lenier Dominguez of Cuba was right behind on nine points.Le Quang Leim and Sergey Karjakin shared the sixth spot on eight points each while Anand, Garry Kasparov and Navara David of Czech Republic shares the eighth position.The event is still only half way through as the players will change gears again and play the blitz that will have eighteen games in all and the winner in the USD 150000 prize money tournament will be decided by the cumulative score.For Anand, the road ahead looks difficult but things can still turn around if he can start off with a few wins in the blitz. A five-point margin is huge and the turnaround can only happen with some massive scoring by Anand.advertisementGarry Kasparov was again the big news of the day simply with his presence. However, Kasparov, once the best player on the planet, could not keep pace with clock or pressure and lost two games besides getting lucky and winning one against Leim.It was a heartbreak for the yesteryear champion as he simply lost from a won endgame through a super-trick from David Navara in the first game of the day. Le Quang Leim dropped a rook in the next game from a playable position to give Kasparov his only victory in the event thus far while Caruana proved stronger in what was a tricky endgame in the final round.Standings after Rapid: 1. Levon Aronian (Arm, 12); 2-3: Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura (both USA) 11 each; 4. Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus, 8); 5. Lenier Dominguez (Cub, 9); 6-7.Sergey Karjakin (Rus), Le Qunag Leim (Vie) 8 each; 8-10: Garry Kasparov (Rus), V Anand (Ind), David Navara (Cze) 7 each.last_img

first_imgBarcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says coach Ernesto Valverde remains the right man to lead the club next season despite overseeing successive calamitous Champions League exits.Valverde has signed a new contract with Barca until 2020 with the option of another season and has won back-to-back La Liga titles with the Catalans as well as taking his side to the Copa del Rey final, where they will face Valencia on May 25.His position has come under scrutiny though after his side spurned a 3-0 lead over Liverpool by losing 4-0 at Anfield in a semi-final second leg.The result felt even more painful after they threw away a three-goal lead over AS Roma to exit last year’s competition.”Valverde said it the other day, he has the support of the president and the board. He is the coach we want,” Bartomeu told reporters at a book promotion on Thursday.”This is a long-term project, he has a contract and we are very happy with him. We’re already planning for next season, we’ve signed some players and after the final we’ll have more discussions.”Bartomeu said the club was still reeling from the painful Champions League elimination but he emphasised the importance of winning the league title and urged the players to focus on beating Valencia in the Copa del Rey final.”The first objective is always to win La Liga and then the Cup and Champions League. It has been a great season, we won the league with games to spare but we all want more,” he added.advertisement”Next up we have the Copa del Rey final and we go into after a very painful defeat, but now is the time to come to terms with it and get our spirit back.”Also Read | Harry Kane included in England’s Nations League squad despite injurylast_img

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