Polaris Shipping Adds New Capesize to Its Fleet

first_imgzoom South Korean shipowner Polaris Shipping has opted to expand its fleet as it reached an agreement to purchase a 209,000 dwt Capesize vessel TRF Charleston.Under the deal signed on June 5 with US-based TRF Ship Management, Polaris Shipping will purchase the company’s bulk carrier newbuilding for USD 46.2 million.The vessel fetched a price which is slightly over its current market value of USD 42.4 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.Featuring a length of 300 meters and a beam of 50 meters, the bulker was delivered from China Shipping Industry in January 2017.The newbuilding will join Polaris Shipping’s fleet of 31 bulk carriers.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Inflection Point for Crude Oil Tanker Market Yet to Come

first_imgzoom 2018 is not likely to be the turning point for the crude oil tanker market taking into account the anticipated fleet growth set to continue this year, distorting further the balance between supply and demand.A total of 58 very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are scheduled to be delivered this year, although some of these are expected to be pushed to 2019, and further contracting has decreased when compared to 2017.This compares to 50 VLCCs delivered in 2017 and 47 in 2016.However, increased scrapping of older crude carriers has sparked some optimism with 13 VLCCs removed from the global fleet in 2017 and up to seven reported to be scrapped so far this year.“It will take some time until the crude oil tanker market has sufficiently absorbed new supply of vessels, despite the existence of factors that are evident in strong markets. The inflection point in the market has clearly not yet arrived, but when it is here and the right opportunities present themselves, we will be prepared to act,” Frontline said in its financial report for the fourth quarter of 2017.The Norwegian tanker owner has two more VLCCs pending delivery, with two VLCCs and one LR2/Aframax tanker delivered in January 2018.On the demand side, the world economy and crude oil demand remain strong. The oil supply growth has primarily come from the Atlantic Basin, whilst the demand growth is in Asia, which is positive for tonne-mile development, Frontline said.Nevertheless, the drawdown of crude inventories has pushed down the freight rates, negatively impacting the market.“While inventories remain elevated, days of forward demand cover has decreased sharply due to rising consumption, and we expect inventory draws to halt in the second quarter of 2018,” Frontline added.Speaking of the outlook, Frontline believes there will be opportunities going forward and the tanker owner says that it has the financial and commercial platform to grow its fleet when a beneficial opportunity arises.“Until then Frontline is sharply focused on maintaining our cost-efficient operations and low breakeven levels,” the shipowner concluded.last_img read more

Yang Ming Picks Low Sulphur Fuel for 2020 Sulphur Cap

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 read more

Teekay Shuttle Tankers Eyes USD 150 Mn to Finance Newbuilds

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Bermuda-based Teekay Shuttle Tankers is looking to raise up to USD 150 million to finance its newbuild series under construction.Namely, the company has mandated Danske Bank, DNB Markets, Nordea and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB to arrange a series of fixed income investor meetings in Bergen, Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo starting on October 2, 2019.Subject to inter alia market conditions, a senior unsecured green bond issue of up to USD 150 million may follow.Teekay Shuttle Tankers’ green bond framework has a second opinion from CICERO and has received a CICERO light green shading, the company explained.The proceeds from the potential bond issue will be used to partially fund the E-Shuttle newbuild series currently under construction.last_img read more

Dates fixées pour les consultations sur lélectricité renouvelable

first_img Pour consulter le Plan en matière d’électricité renouvelable, l’ébauche du règlement et l’horaire des rencontres, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/energy. On encourage les gens à soumettre leurs commentaires au sujet de l’ébauche du règlement relatif au Plan en matière d’électricité renouvelable lors d’une série de rencontres qui auront lieu au cours des prochaines semaines. Les rencontres sont organisées par les autorités régionales de développement, conjointement avec le ministère de l’Énergie. L’ébauche du règlement présente comment les tarifs offerts aux groupes communautaires qui produisent de l’électricité renouvelable seront établis, ainsi qu’un tarif spécial à l’appui de la prochaine étape du développement de l’énergie marémotrice. Le règlement établit également le poste d’administrateur de l’électricité renouvelable pour sélectionner les soumissions retenues des producteurs d’énergie indépendants. Plus tôt ce printemps, le gouvernement a présenté son plan visant à atteindre un objectif de 25 % d’électricité renouvelable d’ici 2015, et à établir un objectif de 40 % d’électricité renouvelable d’ici 2020. Les soumissions écrites sur le règlement proposé seront acceptées jusqu’au 23 juillet par la poste au ministère de l’Énergie, 5151, rue George, Halifax (N.-É.), B3J 3P7 ou par courriel au RenewableRegs@gov.ns.ca.last_img read more

Hunters Helping the Hungry in its Sixth Year

first_imgNova Scotians using food banks are once again getting help feeding their families from the Hunters Helping the Hungry program. For the sixth year in a row, hunters can donate deer and moose meat to the province’s food banks. “Government is proud to be a partner in this program with Feed Nova Scotia and others as we work to make life better for families,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources.”On behalf of the province, I thank the hunters for helping to make a real difference in people’s lives.” Hunters have donated 3,553 kilograms of meat to Feed Nova Scotia over the past five years. “There are eight servings of protein in a single kilogram of deer meat so these donations are very important to families who struggle with hunger and poverty and rely on foodbanks for support each month,” said Dianne Swinemar, executive director of Feed Nova Scotia. To donate deer or moose meat, hunters may take carcasses to one of 18 participating, registered meat cutters in the province and indicate the amount of meat they want to donate. Feed Nova Scotia then distributes the meat to 150 member food banks provincewide. “Many hunters appreciate the opportunity to share the bounty of their wildlife harvests with others and they feel good knowing their donations of meat are helping families in need,” said Tony Rodgers, executive director of Nova Scotia’s Federation of Anglers and Hunters. Hunters Helping the Hungry is a joint initiative of Feed Nova Scotia and the hunting community, in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Agriculture, novascotiahunting.com, Eastern Woods and Waters, and the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters. For more information on this program and other ways Feed Nova Scotia is helping hungry families, visit www.feednovascotia.ca .last_img read more

Students Celebrate New Yarmouth High School

first_imgStudents in Yarmouth are learning in a modern, well-equipped, environmentally friendly new high school, officially opened by Education Minister Ramona Jennex, today, Dec. 17. Ms. Jennex joined Grade 9 to 12 students at Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School (YCMHS) to share in the celebration. “This new high school is a shining example of how we’re putting kids and learning first as we build and renovate schools in communities across the province,” said Ms. Jennex. “It has dedicated facilities for art, sciences, sports and more to give students a good education that will lead to good jobs.” YCMHS includes 29 classrooms, dedicated science labs, an art room, a raised drama room and a cafeteria-auditorium space. The grounds feature soccer fields and a basketball court. “The new school is a significant improvement and the facilities work extremely well,” said acting principal Don Berry. “We’re enjoying the bright, open space of the school interior. Dedicated areas for sports, dance, and classroom activities, as well as science labs and art rooms, have contributed significantly to our school culture.” There are 950 students at the new school, which the province invested $20 million in over the past three years to build. “The new school is a huge improvement over where we were before. It’s bigger, brighter and there are more places to play sports, study or just hang out,” said Kallie Hood, co-president of the school’s student council. The school is the first in the province to incorporate Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold standards. Environmentally friendly design elements include increased use of daylight for illumination and a wood-pellet burner system to help heat the school. The school is also expected to cost less to operate.last_img read more

New Program Improves Seniors Access to Wheelchairs

first_img raising the low-income threshold for the caregiver benefit from $18,785 to $22,003 so more people qualify for the $400 monthly benefit expanding the Supportive Care Program by removing the 40 hour/month cap on service and the need to be a low-income senior expanding the number of people who would qualify for the Personal Alert Program to help them if they live alone and have a history of falls improving the property tax rebate for eligible seniors to help thousands more who remain in their homes providing additional funding to Caregivers Nova Scotia to provide more support services for caregivers across the province; increasing the amount spouses staying at home can keep of their combined income when their partner goes into long-term care providing funding to the district health authorities to add more supports and services like transportation and yard work to help more seniors stay at home longer raising the home care income threshold to $22,003 so more seniors are eligible. A new provincial program will help hundreds more low-income seniors get the support they need to stay in their homes and communities longer. The province is developing a Seniors Community Wheelchair Loan Program to ensure seniors with mobility issues have better and more affordable access to wheelchairs, Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, June 18. The program is expected to start in September. “We know that many seniors want to live independently for as long as possible,” said Premier Dexter. “Until now, low-income seniors who needed a wheelchair couldn’t get help from the province unless they were living in a long-term care facility. That wasn’t acceptable. “Seniors who want to stay in their homes and communities deserve to be able to live well at home. In many cases, they just need a little extra support to do that. Programs like this one give seniors options to live their lives independently, and with dignity.” The program targets low-income seniors 65 or older. Applicants need to have been assessed by a health-care provider in the district health authority and found to need a wheelchair for basic daily activities and to remain in their homes. The program has a $1.4 million annual budget and is expected to benefit as many as 300 seniors in its first year. A request for proposal will be posted Wednesday, on the tenders website. Ralph Ferguson, a senior from the Pictou area and a commissioner of the Nova Scotia Disabled Persons Commission, applauded the program. “This will be enormously helpful to Nova Scotia seniors living on fixed incomes,” said Mr. Ferguson. “I am pleased that seniors who need it, will now get help to access the often costly wheelchairs they need to live active, healthy lives in our communities.” In 2012, the province invested $22 million in home and community care improvements to ensure seniors, Nova Scotians living with disabilities, and their families, are getting the care and support they need. Part of that investment was a commitment to address mobility issues for low-income seniors. “Government is working hard to make home care more affordable, to provide better support for caregivers, and to strengthen the community solutions available to seniors and their families,” said Premier Dexter. “Our goal is to maximize people’s independence and their ability to participate in all aspects of life.” Some of the improvements for persons with disabilities and seniors brought in last year include: Information about these programs and other services, including nursing, specialized equipment, and long-term care, can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/health/ccs . For more information call 1-800-225-7225.last_img read more

I3 Technology StartUp Winners Announced

first_imgFive Nova Scotia start-ups have each won $100,000 in cash and in-kind services as zone winners of a competition to find and support high potential early stage Nova Scotia knowledge-based companies. The I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition winners announced today, Jan. 27, by Innovacorp boast innovations that kill oral bacteria that leads to tooth damage, turn woody biomass into renewable diesel fuel, help work groups communicate and collaborate better, protect organizations against network and website attacks, and improve the strength of leg muscles of people with knee trouble. “The I-3 competition showcases the great entrepreneurial spirit that exists across our province, and provides many start-up companies an important kick-start to their success,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson. “I congratulate all companies in this competition for coming forward with some very exciting business plans. Nova Scotians should be proud.” Each zone winner gets $100,000 in cash and in-kind business-building services to help further develop their start-ups. The second-place winners each get $40,000 in cash and services. “The quality of entrepreneurial activity happening throughout the province is the highest it’s ever been,” said Stephen Duff, president and CEO of Innovacorp. “The 25 companies that were shortlisted from the initial 228 submissions in November left the judging panels with a very challenging task. The zone winners we’re announcing today represent high-potential, knowledge-based companies that will be capable to compete and win in global markets.” Winners in each zone are:Zone 1 (Cumberland, Colchester, Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough counties): — 1st Place: Extrify – Jim Fitt, Peter Bennett (New Glasgow)– 2nd Place: Pearl and Daisy Natural Soap Company Inc. -Rebecca Taylor (Debert)Zone 2 (Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties)– 1st Place: CelluFuel Inc. – Chris Hooper, Tor Suther, Ed McKay, Veselin Milosevic (Brooklyn)2nd Place: QNova Precision Battery Evaluation Inc. – Chris Burns, David Stevens, Tim Hatchard (Hebbville)Zone 3 (Digby, Annapolis, Kings and Hants counties)– 1st Place: Fenol Farm Inc. – Sherri McFarland (Mount Uniacke)– 2nd Place: Delicious Brains Inc. – Brad Touesnard (Milford Station)Zone 4 (Halifax Regional Municipality)– 1st Place: Spring Loaded Technology – Chris Cowper-Smith, Shea Kewin, Bob Garrish (Halifax)– 2nd Place: Atlantic Motor Labs Inc. – Braden Murphy (Halifax)Zone 5 (Victoria, Cape Breton, Inverness and Richmond counties)– 1st Place: Heimdall Networks – Jim DeLeskie (Sydney)– 2nd Place: Breton SmarTek – Ian McVicar, Ken Grisham, Stephanie Timmer (Sydney) First-place winners move on to the provincial round to compete for a $100,000 seed investment from Innovacorp. The provincial winner will be announced at an event in Halifax on Feb. 12. For more information, visit http://innovacorp.ca/news/news/i-3-zone-winners-2013-2014 . Four cash awards of $25,000 will also be presented at the event for the best overall submission in information and communications technology, life sciences, clean technology, and oceans technology. The zone winners were selected through two rounds of competition. In the second round, finalists submitted business overviews and gave presentations to the judges. Finalists were evaluated by a six-person judging panel on industry knowledge and management experience, barriers to competitive entry, market size and credibility of plans to reach key milestones. This is the fourth provincial I-3 competition. It attracted 228 formal submissions, far exceeding Innovacorp’s 150-submission goal, reflecting the high level of entrepreneurship across Nova Scotia. For additional more information on the I-3 competition, visit www.innovacorp.ca .last_img read more

Students Families to Benefit from SchoolsPlus Expansion New Mental Health Clinicians

first_imgStudents and families in communities throughout Nova Scotia will have greater access to services and after-school programs with a multi-year expansion of SchoolsPlus and more mental health clinicians in schools. Students and staff gathered at schools in Aylesford, Glace Bay, Inverness, and New Glasgow today, May 23, for the announcement of four new hub sites. “More students, families and communities are now accessing a full range of support services that address their unique needs through SchoolsPlus,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “Important services like homework support, health-related information, guidance and mental health counselling are delivered in a safe, comfortable and familiar location for families.” The Department of Health and Wellness is providing funding to add 10-and-a-half mental health clinician positions to support SchoolsPlus sites across the province. “Mental health clinicians are an important part of the collaborative SchoolsPlus program,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine, during the opening at St. Mary’s Elementary in Aylesford, which will serve nine more schools. “Now more students across the province who are experiencing a mental health issue or a mental illness will have access to the support and care they need.” SchoolsPlus brings a range of mental health services and other health programs together with mentoring, social work, homework support and justice services into schools where children, youth and families can easily access them. “Having a mental health clinician in schools reduces barriers that rural families face, like transportation and the stigma of accessing mental health services,” said Megan Saunders, SchoolsPlus mental health clinician for the Annapolis-Bridgetown family of schools. “I am able to see students and their families in their own schools, where they are most comfortable, and my role is helping to build capacity in the school community about mental health and mental wellness.” Events were held at three other schools. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan announced the hub site for Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board at John Bernard Croak V.C. Memorial School in Glace Bay, which will support six more schools. Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson announced the Strait Regional School Board hub site at Inverness Education Centre Academy, will serve four more schools. In New Glasgow, Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines, on behalf of Ms. Casey, announced the hub site in Chignecto Central Regional School Board will be at New Glasgow Academy, and will serve four more schools. The department, for the first time, has also pre-approved for next year one SchoolsPlus site each for the Cape Breton, Halifax, and South Shore boards and CSAP. In 2016-17, sites will be added in Chignecto Central, Tri-County and CSAP. The locations of the hub sites will be announced later. “We are very pleased to receive word of an additional SchoolsPlus program for our board,” said Ambrose White, superintendent of Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board. “This program will enhance services provided to the students of the Glace Bay family of schools.” SchoolsPlus is available in all eight school boards, providing services to more than 150 schools. For more information, visit http://schoolsplus.ednet.ns.ca .last_img read more

Feedback Sought from Colorectal Cancer Patients

first_imgCancer Care Nova Scotia is asking for feedback on draft clinical standards for diagnosing and referring patients who have possible signs of colorectal cancer. Patients, survivors and their families are asked to review the draft standards and give feedback. Clinical standards give doctors and other health professionals information about how to diagnose and treat a disease based on the latest evidence. This includes types of tests and treatments, where they are done, and when they need to take place to ensure patients get high-quality care. Clinical standards also help patients know what to ask for, and expect, from the health system. “Patients and family doctors have told us that the process could be improved,” said Dr. Heather Johnson, a family doctor from Bridgewater, and chair of the working group that drafted the standards. “These standards are intended to provide family doctors and other health professionals with an improved process to ensure that every patient receives the necessary tests as quickly as possible. It also outlines the step-by-step process for referring a patient for treatment once a diagnosis is made.” Chris Collier, interim chief operating officer for Cancer Care Nova Scotia, said engaging patients and their families is key. “They offer important insights as members of our standards working groups and on the clinical standards oversight committee,” he said. “We also invite patients, survivors and their families to review each set of draft standards to ensure they address patient concerns.” Cancer survivors Archie MacEachern, of Sydney, and Robin McGee, of Kentville, are committee members. “As cancer survivors, our perspective is unique,” said Mr. MacEachern. “Patients and families provided insightful feedback on rectal cancer treatment standards and spoke of areas where improved patient education is needed. “I strongly encourage patients, survivors and family members of a loved one who has had colon cancer to consider sharing their thoughts on this.” The draft standards are available at www.cancercare.ns.ca/CRCstandards . The deadline for the online survey on the website is Oct. 13. There will also be focus groups in Halifax and Truro on Oct. 8, and in Sydney on Oct. 9. The deadline for registering is Oct. 3. Space is limited. Those interested in participating can call 1-866-599-2267. People who cannot provide feedback in these ways can call Sarah MacDonald, patient engagement co-ordinator, at 1-866-599-2267. Cancer Care Nova Scotia, a Department of Health and Wellness program, was created in 1998 to facilitate quality cancer prevention and care for all Nova Scotians.last_img read more

La vente et le renouvellement des plaques dimmatriculation portant le drapeau acadien

first_imgLes Néo-Écossais continuent d’appuyer la culture acadienne et francophone en contribuant au Fonds communautaire Vive l’Acadie. Les fonds, d’une valeur totale de 33 050 $, ont été recueillis lors de la vente et du renouvellement de 661 plaques d’immatriculation portant le drapeau acadien entre le 1er avril 2015 et le 31 mars 2016. Ils serviront à appuyer des projets culturels communautaires. « La communauté acadienne et francophone de la Nouvelle-Écosse célèbre sa riche culture par une variété de projets intéressants cet été, affirme Michel Samson, ministre des Affaires acadiennes. Je remercie tous les gens qui ont contribué au fonds Vive l’Acadie, et je souhaite un grand succès à toutes les activités qui font la promotion de la joie de vivre dans notre province. » Les dons d’émission provenant de la vente et du renouvellement des plaques d’immatriculation portant le drapeau acadien sont remis aux collectivités acadiennes et francophones d’où ils proviennent. Ils seront versés à 10 associations régionales acadiennes et francophones établies qui sont membres de la Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse et dont le mandat vise le développement des collectivités. Les fonds serviront à appuyer des activités qui font la promotion de la culture et du patrimoine acadiens et francophones, par exemple des ateliers d’art, des concerts, la conservation du patrimoine, des productions théâtrales et des festivals. « La contribution du Fonds communautaire Vive l’Acadie nous aidera vraiment en appuyant notre activité du 15 août, souligne Napoléon Chiasson, président de la Société Saint-Pierre. La désignation de Jeanne Dugas comme personnage historique national par la Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada est une grande célébration pour toute l’Acadie, et particulièrement pour Chéticamp. L’annonce officielle et le lancement d’un livre et d’une vidéo sont des occasions d’apprendre au sujet de la vie de Jeanne Dugas. » Pour savoir comment obtenir une plaque d’immatriculation portant le drapeau acadien, consultez le http://accessns.ca/drapeau-acadien. Les Néo-Écossais peuvent « aimer » la page des Affaires acadiennes sur Facebook.com/Affairesacadiennes ou s’abonner au compte Twitter en français du gouvernement provincial au @GouvNE.last_img read more

Payroll Rebate Approved

first_imgNova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of a payroll rebate for i3Vision Technologies Inc. i3Vision Technologies, founded in 2007, specializes in contact center optimization technologies, providing expertise to design, implement, customize and integrate a wide variety of communications and best-of-breed, enterprise-wide systems, including Genesys and Salesforce. By expanding its support operations in Yarmouth, the company has the potential to create up to a maximum of 80 jobs under the payroll rebate agreement. Based on the maximum growth forecast of the five-year payroll rebate agreement, NSBI estimates i3Vision Technologies could spend $12,600,000 in salaries. It is estimated the new employees would contribute provincial tax revenues of $1,417,000 through their income and consumption taxes. As a result, i3Vision Technologies would earn a rebate of up to $1,018,200 over five years. i3Vision Technologies would be eligible for a smaller rebate if it creates fewer than 80 new jobs. Information on NSBI transactions can be found at: http://www.novascotiabusiness.com/fundingdisclosures. -30- Quick facts:center_img payroll rebates are designed in a way that the tax revenue generated for the province by the new jobs in Nova Scotia is always more than the amount spent on the rebate payroll rebates are only paid after a business has generated actual payroll for the Nova Scotia economy for every dollar a company spends on the new jobs, it receives between five and 10 cents back when a company submits an annual rebate claim, it must send NSBI audited information that confirms the number of jobs it created that year payroll rebates are paid through the Strategic Investment Funds.last_img read more

Brazils Neymar out of Copa America after tearing ankle ligament

first_imgBrasilia: Superstar Neymar was ruled out of the Copa America Thursday after tearing his right ankle ligament during Brazil’s 2-0 friendly win over Qatar. “Due to the seriousness of the injury, Neymar will neither be fit nor have time to recuperate sufficiently to participate” in the tournament, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said in a statement. The injury to the world’s most expensive footballer is a big blow to the hosts’ preparations for South American continental championship, which begins in just over a week’s time. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun A distraught-looking Neymar was seen covering his face with his hands as he sat on the bench after hobbling from the field in the 20th minute at Brasilia’s Mane Garrincha Stadium on Wednesday night. A large ice pack had been strapped to the Paris Saint-Germain striker’s lower right leg while two members of Brazil’s support staff carried him from the pitch. The injury comes just nine days before Brazil’s opening Copa America game against Bolivia. Minutes after Richarlison had opened the scoring in the 17th minute, Neymar was substituted with the CBF saying he had suffered “a ligament rupture at the level of the right ankle”. With Neymar ruled out, the host nation face an uphill battle to win South America’s continental championship for the first time since 2007.last_img read more

Water crisis DMK warns of jail bharo stir in TN

first_imgChennai: Upping the ante against the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu for “inefficient handling” of the water scarcity in the state, DMK president M K Stalin on Monday led a massive protest here and lambasted Chief Minister K Palaniswami for attempting to downplay the crisis. ‘Yagams’ (elaborate ritualistic worships) that AIADMK leaders are conducting are to save their positions in the government and not to please the rain gods, said Stalin, while also warning of a massive ‘jail bharo’ stir if the government failed to solve the state-wide water crisis. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaAIADMK leader D Jayakumar, however, asserted that the protest would get no support from the people. Joining the DMK workers at the protest, Stalin dramatically raised an empty pot and asked, “Kudam Inge Kudineer Enge?” (Pot is here, where is the drinking water)?” “The government has scarcity of funds, schemes, jobs, industries, justice, law and order, now include water. But Chief Minister K Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam and Municipal Administration Minister S P Velumani are not bothered,” the DMK chief said addressing a large group of his party cadres. “This is the situation in Tamil Nadu. The state government, which is on the Centre’s clutches, has not taken any initiative to avert such a situation,” he alleged.last_img read more

Muzaffarnagar riots Property of accused in murder case of eyewitness attached

first_imgMuzaffarnagar: Authorities have attached properties of an absconding accused in the murder case of Ashfaq, who was an eyewitness in the killings of his two brothers during the Muzaffarnagar riots in Uttar Pradesh, police said Wednesday. The properties of Sehdev, one of the seven accused in the case, have been attached after an order by the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Rakesh Gautam, said Harsharan Sharma, Station House Officer of Khatauli. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Six other accused in the case have already been arrested and Sehdev is currently on the run, he added. Ashfaq, who had witnessed the killings of his brothers Nawab and Shahid during the Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013, was shot dead on March 11 after he had apparently refused to withdraw the case, police said. The communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar and its adjoining areas in August and September 2013 had claimed more than 60 lives, while over 40,000 people were displaced.last_img read more

Kolkata IT employees plan to form trade union body

first_imgKolkata: IT employees in the metropolis have drawn up plans for forming a trade union body to protest against alleged unfair labour practices in the industry. The IT professionals have formed a platform — Kolkata Forum for IT Employees (FITE) — and has already applied for registration as the proposed trade union body for the IT, ITeS, BPO and KPO industries operating in West Bengal. “The decision to create this platform had been triggered and accelerated by the sheer number of incidents of unfair labour practices, which cannot be resisted by the IT employees individually,” a spokesman of FITE told PTI. Citing examples, he said that when recession hits the market, the IT sector faces the heat and thousands of employees lose jobs, besides “forceful resignations and illegal terminations”. The FITE is in the process of getting legally registered, the spokesman added.last_img read more

High fibre in pregnancy cuts risk of Preeclampsia

first_imgLadies, please take note. Consuming a high-fibre diet may reduce the risk of preeclampsia during pregnancy, researchers have found. “Simple recommendation to ‘eat real food, mostly plants and not too much’ might be the most effective primary prevention strategy for some of the most serious conditions of our time. The mother’s gut bacteria and diet appear to be crucial to promoting healthy pregnancy,” said study lead author.The recently published study showed that pregnancy outcomes and infant immunity are linked to gut bacteria. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainPlant-based fibre is broken down in the gut by bacteria into factors that influence the immune system. The research team investigated the role of these metabolic products of gut bacteria during pregnancy. The researchers found that in humans, reduced levels of acetate, which is mainly produced by fibre fermentation in the gut, is associated with the common and serious pregnancy-related condition preeclampsia. Preeclampsia occurs in up to 10 per cent of pregnancies and is characterized by high blood pressure, protein in the urine and severe swelling in the mother’s body. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe study also found that preeclampsia affected the development of an important foetal immune organ – the thymus. Foetuses in preeclamptic pregnancies were found to have a much smaller thymus than children from healthy pregnancies. The results showed that promoting specific metabolic products of gut bacteria during pregnancy might be an effective way to maintain a healthy pregnancy and to prevent allergies and autoimmune conditions later in life.last_img read more

8 killed as series of quakes hit far northern Philippines

first_imgManila: Eight people were killed and dozens injured when a series of earthquakes struck islands in the far northern Philippines early Saturday, toppling historic buildings and sending terrified locals fleeing their homes. The tremors hit the province of Batanes, a group of sparsely populated islets north of the nation’s largest Luzon island, tearing deep cracks in roads and forcing the evacuation of a hospital. Authorities said some of the dead, including two babies under a year old, were crushed by the walls of their own homes. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”We saw houses shaking. Some of the walls of the houses collapsed and fell on the victims,” Police sergeant Uzi Villa told AFP. “Some people died because they were sleeping soundly since it was still early,” he added. Many people were still asleep when the first tremor struck around 4:15 am (2015 GMT Friday), followed just under four hours later by a second, stronger jolt. The biggest of the quakes — of magnitude 5.4 and 5.9 — struck within hours of each other, according to the US Geological Survey. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAt least three aftershocks followed, which prompted edgy locals to spend hours in town squares waiting for the string of quakes to end. Authorities said two people were reported missing, though they have not completed a search of the area because debris was blocking some roads. Raul de Sagon, mayor of worst-hit Itbayat town, told AFP that eight people had been killed and around 100 others were hurt, including seven serious cases that had to be flown out. Itbayat’s hospital was damaged and patients had to be wheeled to safety, while at least one high school and the area’s 19th-century church were heavily damaged. Batanes is pounded every year by tropical cyclones and typhoons that blast through the Philippines and homes are built of stone to survive the annual onslaught. “We always experience typhoons so houses here are made to withstand strong winds,” de Sagon said. “But we were not prepared for earthquakes such as this.” The Philippines is part of the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from quake-prone Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin. The country’s most recent deadly quake occurred in April when at least 11 people were killed and a supermarket collapsed in a 6.3-magnitude tremor that hit a region north of the capital Manila.last_img read more

Most irresponsible politics ever Govt on Rahuls Kashmir remark

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday dismissed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s tweet on Kashmir, saying that the “sudden U-turn has insulted the country by his irrespective utterances many times.”Union minister and senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar emphasised the fact while addressing a press conference here that even Pakistan used Gandhi’s statements on alleged violence in Jammu and Kashmir in its letter to United Nations, mentioning “much backlash from across the country.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The Islamabad said and I quote “the acts of violence in Kashmir have been acknowledged by main stream politicians like Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, ” Javadekar mentioned. The ruling party left no stones unturned by claiming Congress of doing the “most irresponsible politics ever.” “Things are not wrong in Kashmir but in Congress. This statement shows the bankruptcy of the party that ruled the nation for 70 years. Never in the past statements of a political party were used against the country,” the minister further asserted after showing the press people a short video clipping of Rahul Gandhi’s statement. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe saffron quarter further rejected any reports of violence in the valley. The political crossover emerges after the Congress leader tweeted “Kashmir is India’s internal issue and there is no room for Pakistan or any other foreign country to interfere in it.” The statement, however, came after media reports claimed that Pakistan had moved a petition in UN on Jammu and Kashmir mentioning his previous quote on the situation. A delegation of opposition leaders was also not allowed to leave Srinagar airport over the weekend and sent back by the state administration.last_img read more