Wärtsilä to Equip Virgin Voyages New Cruise Ships

first_imgzoom Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to provide a comprehensive scope of solutions for three new 2,800-passenger cruise vessels being built for Virgin Voyages, a part of Virgin Group of companies. The ships, which will be built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, will feature Wärtsilä’s engines, hybrid exhaust cleaning scrubber systems, selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems and integrated navigation systems.The Wärtsilä solutions have been selected to support the requirement for clean and efficiently operating vessels. The cruise vessels will each be powered by two eight-cylinder and two twelve-cylinder Wärtsilä 46F engines.The Wärtsilä Hybrid Scrubber System selected for these vessels has the flexibility to operate in both open and closed loop modes using seawater to remove sulphur oxides (SOx) from the exhaust. Significant reductions in the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulates will be made possible by the Wärtsilä SCR system. Wärtsilä will also handle the commissioning of the engines and scrubber systems in cooperation with the shipyard.Navigation and automation controls for the vessels will be handled by the Wärtsilä’s Nacos Platinum solution.Florida based Virgin Voyages’ cruise operations will commence in 2020 from Miami with the delivery of the first of these three 110,000 gross ton ships. The other two vessels are scheduled to join their owner in 2021 and 2022, respectively.With a length of 278 meters and a width of 38 meters, the vessels will feature over 1,400 guest cabins and will be able to host more than 2,700 passengers, accompanied by 1,150 crew members.last_img read more

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Drewry AsiaMed Prices to Remain Firm until Q4

first_imgzoom The westbound Asia-Mediterranean trade will witness firm prices until the fourth quarter of the year when the anticipated phasing in of larger ships will pressurise spot rates, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.Headhaul traffic in the first quarter 2017 was revised upwards so that it now shows growth of 5.6%, up from the original 3% assessment. New Container Trade Statistics data for April and May shows the growth story has got even better with year-to-date volumes up by 6.9% to 2.3 million TEU.Exports out of Asia have been evenly distributed so far this year to the Western and Eastern regions of the Mediterranean, with the latter shading it by a mere 30,000 TEU. The growth rates to the two regions were more distinct with the East Med taking the spoils again with a rise of 8.9% after five months, versus 4.9% to the West Med.Carriers have slightly reduced the available capacity on the Asia-Mediterranean route since the April start of the new alliances, primarily through void sailings, of which there were three in May and two in June, Drewry informed. For July and August capacity will again be trimmed slightly and will be down by around 1% on the same months one year ago.Further ahead, Drewry estimates that 10 ships in the range of 5,000-9,000 TEU will be phased out to other trades, after cascading in of six 14,000 TEU ships and four 8,000 TEU ships from Asia-North Europe by the start of the fourth quarter.“As a result, we expect net capacity on the Asia-Mediterranean route to increase by around 1% westbound in the fourth quarter over the third, which might reduce load factors and freight rates in the traditionally slower quarter,” Drewry said.last_img read more

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12 Mariners Kidnapped off Nigeria

first_imgzoom Image Courtesy: ForestWave Twelve seafarers manning the FWN Rapide general cargo vessel were taken by pirates off the coast of Nigeria on April 21, Dutch company ForestWave, managers of the vessel, confirmed.FWN Rapide has meanwhile been moved to a safe position by two of the remaining seafarers, who are reported to be safe and unhurt.“ForestWave would like to stress its main priority is to establish contact with the missing seafarers and secure their earliest and secure return. The company’s emergency response team is working around the clock and is liaising with the local and international authorities. ForestWave together with its local organizations are in close contact with the families of the valued seafarers to support them in these difficult times,” the company said.FWN Rapide is a 2005-built vessel flying the Dutch flag and was on its way from Takoradi, Ghana to Port Harourt, Nigeria went it came under attack.The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has reported a rise in armed attacks against ships in the Western Africa since the beginning of this year. There have been 22 incidents recorded in Nigeria alone, of 66 reported incidents in the first quarter of this year.Of the 11 vessels fired upon worldwide, eight were off Nigeria, including a 300,000 dwt VLCC tanker more than 40 nautical miles off Brass.last_img read more

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Port of Hamburg Welcomes ONEs Magenta Boxship

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: HHLA/Dietmar Hasenpusch Ocean Network Express’ (ONE) magenta-color containership has made its first call at the Port of Hamburg. The ONE Continuity reached Hamburg on Friday, October 26, and was handled at HHLA’s Container Terminal Altenwerder – CTA.With a length of 320 meters and a width of 46 meters, the 8,102 TEU boxship was previously known as MOL Continuity. Now, the rose-colored containership is deployed on ONE’s FE1 – Far East-Europe 1 liner service, linking Hamburg weekly with the Japanese ports of Kobe, Nagoya, Shimizu and Tokyo. Additional ports served on a weekly basis by FE 1 are Singapore, Jeddah and in Europe, apart from Hamburg: Southampton, Le Havre and Rotterdam.“We are delighted to be able to welcome and to clear ONE’s first containership in the new corporate livery here in Hamburg,” Jan Holst, Director Germany & Central Europe, commented.“With the novel magenta colour scheme, we are making this a memorable call for ONE. This, for the shipping industry very unorthodox colour underlines our claim to do things differently and to create something new,” Holst added.Ocean Network Express (ONE) is a Singapore-based global container shipping company that commenced operations on April 1, 2018. ONE merges the container activities of Japanese shipowners Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha  (‘K’ Line), Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK).For Japan, Hamburg is among Europe’s top ports. In the first half of this year, the Port of Hamburg’s container traffic with Japan grew by nine percent. With the entry into force of the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Japan, for 2019 economic experts anticipate a distinct boost for mutual foreign trade. For the Port of Hamburg, the abolition of existing customs duties and the opening up of markets will trigger a further rise in foreign trade with Japan, according to the port.Separately, Hamburg Senate has been preparing for Britain’s impending withdrawal from the EU for months. Around 1,000 companies in Hamburg have close business relations with British companies.As explained, Brexit is likely to impact around 17.5 percent of the local economic output. Customs in particular face new challenges, as significantly more controls must be put in place, according to an EU study. After the sobering outcome of Brexit negotiations recently, the senat has been forced to focus even more closely on a “no deal” scenario, i.e. an unregulated Brexit.last_img read more

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SCPA Reaches Record Volumes in 2018

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: South Carolina Ports Authority The South Carolina Ports Authority reported 6.4 percent year-over-year container volume growth, with a record 2.3 million TEUs handled in 2018.The year marked the third consecutive calendar year of record TEU volume for SCPA. The Port moved 199,701 TEUs in December alone, a 9.2 percent increase over December 2017 and the strongest December in SCPA history.As measured by the total number of boxes handled, SCPA moved 114,018 pier containers in December and a record 1.3 million pier containers in 2018.“We are pleased to report our strongest December in history and record-breaking growth of our container business in calendar year 2018,” said SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome.“January is already off to a strong start, and despite uncertainty in the trade industry we are optimistic that volumes will remain strong as we work to achieve our plans for 4.4 percent growth in fiscal 2019.”last_img read more

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Cancer Patient Navigation Program Extended

first_imgCancer patients in two more areas of the province now have accessto Cancer Patient Navigation, a support program for cancerpatients and their families. Official program launches will take place Tuesday, Sept. 23, inthe region served by Annapolis Valley Health and on Wednesday,Sept. 24 in the area served by South Shore Health. That means cancer patients in five of the province’s nine healthdistricts will now have access to the program, which providesimproved access and enhanced co-ordination of treatment, follow-up and support services to cancer patients. Special staffmembers, known as “navigators,” ensure patients have theinformation, knowledge and support they need as they journeythrough the cancer care system. The navigators work closely withfamily doctors, cancer specialists, patients and their familiesto strengthen community cancer services. “Patients have told us that cancer treatment is like goingthrough a maze,” said Dr. Andrew Padmos, commissioner, CancerCare Nova Scotia “We listened and responded by developing CancerPatient Navigation for Nova Scotians. Now, the rest of Canada islooking to us on how they too, can enhance access for theirpatients.” Since the program was launched in February 2002 in three earlyadopter districts (Pictou County, Guysborough Antigonish Straitand South West Health), navigators have worked with more than 900patients and 300 family members, physicians and other healthprofessionals. “This program provides tremendous support to cancer patients andtheir families in Nova Scotia,” said Premier John Hamm. “I’mextremely pleased to see that it is being expanded to two moreregions in our province.” “I’d also like to commend Cancer Care Nova Scotia for the hardwork they have done on the development and implementation of thisimportant program.” “A cancer diagnosis can have an overwhelming impact on the livesof patients and their families,” said Health Minister AngusMacIsaac. “Having a helping hand to navigate them through thisprocess is not only comforting, it also makes sure that they havethe information, knowledge, and support they need to cope andheal to meet the future.” About 24,000 Nova Scotians are living with cancer. Almost 4,000of them are living with cancer in regions served by South ShoreHealth and Annapolis Valley Health. During the next year about5,000 new cases will be diagnosed, 800 in these two districts. “With the launch of the Patient Navigation Program, cancerpatients in Annapolis Valley Health (AVH), will now have moresupport and assistance in our district,” said Anne McGuire, CEO,Annapolis Valley Health. “The AVH Cancer Care Committee found thenavigation role is a top priority for patients and familiescoping with a cancer diagnosis. Working in partnership withCancer Care Nova Scotia, AVH will be able to help cancerpatients, their families and loved ones find the best care andservices possible during their treatment and beyond.” “We are pleased to be working in partnership with Cancer CareNova Scotia to provide a service that will positively impact thelives of hundreds of cancer patients and their families in ourDistrict,” said South Shore Health’s CEO Kevin McNamara. “PatientNavigation will improve access to, and co-ordination of, cancerservices and greatly enhance the quality of cancer care providedin our hospitals and in the community.” During extensive consultation, cancer patients, family members,health professionals, community organizations and volunteersindicated that patients need more care from the time ofdiagnosis, more timely information and more involvement by thefamily doctor. These recommendations formed the foundation forPatient Navigation. A formal evaluation of Patient Navigation is currently underwayin the early adopter districts. The evaluation will clarify therole of the patient navigator and ways of improving co-ordinationand continuity of care. Evaluation results will be available inNovember 2003. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health,created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, familiesand the health-care system through prevention, screening,education and research.last_img read more

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Highland Village Museum Tunes up for August

first_img For Broadcast Use: Highland Village Museum in Iona, Victoria Co., is geared up for another month of history and music. The interactive historical site provides a chance to experience the Scottish tradition of Gaelic Nova Scotia. Every Tuesday and Thursday, museum animators and visitors take part in an afternoon céilidh featuring piping, fiddling, singing, step-dancing and storytelling. Visitors are encouraged to join in the singing, tell a few stories, or sing a song of their own. For more information contact Highland Village. -30- There is going to be another great month of history and music at Highland Village Museum, in Iona, Victoria Co. Each Tuesday and Thursday, manager of interpretation Jim Watson, along with other Highland Village staff and animators, presents an afternoon céilidh featuring piping, fiddling, singing, step-dancing and storytelling. Visitors are encouraged to join in the singing, tell stories, or sing a song of their own. The céilidhs offer entertainment for all ages, and are a great way to get a taste of the musical heritage of Nova Scotia. Visitors to the interactive historical site, that covers 43 acres with 11 period buildings, can learn about the province’s Scottish settlers, and participate in this important part of Nova Scotia’s living Gaelic culture. Highland Village Museum and gift shop are open daily, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information contact Highland Village. Thigibh air céilidh, or Come for a visit!last_img read more

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Settlement Agreement Approved for Gregory Matthew Duncan

first_img be prohibited from becoming registered as an ultimate designated person, as a chief compliance officer, or in any supervisory capacity for a period of five years pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 pay costs in connection with the commission investigation and proceedings of $1,000. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. To view the order visit http://www.gov.ns.ca/nssc/docs/DuncanOrderNov_23_2012.pdf -30- The Nova Scotia Securities Commission has approved a settlement agreement with former Keybase branch manager, Gregory Matthew Duncan. Mr. Duncan violated Nova Scotia securities laws by failing to properly and adequately supervise the trading activities of employee John Alexander Allen. Mr. Duncan failed to conduct sufficient inquiries into Mr. Allen’s new account applications submissions to ensure the information recorded was correct and consistent. Mr. Duncan accepted responsibility for his conduct and was co-operative with commission staff. The commission approved the settlement agreement and ordered that Mr. Duncan:last_img read more

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Nova Scotia Energy Sector Employers Encouraged to Apply to Program

first_imgSmall and medium-sized companies in the energy sector are encouraged to apply to a wage subsidy program that can help them temporarily hire post-secondary students and recent graduates. The Energy Training Program provides eligible employers with 50 per cent of the cost of a salary, up to $7.50 per hour, during a student’s 12 to 17-week employment with the company. Work terms run from May to August. “We’re supporting employers with specialized employment needs to connect with students preparing to enter into the energy sector,” said acting Energy Minister Michel Samson. “The program is in its 13th year of operation and has really contributed to the energy sector’s momentum.” So far, the program has helped 119 Nova Scotia employers hire 306 students and recent graduates from Nova Scotia universities and community colleges. “The program provides a convenient way for Summerhill Group to meet its business objectives while supplying our office with eager staff members equipped with the most recent knowledge in the field of energy efficiency,” said Jonathan Hudson, program manager. Summerhill Group, a Canadian company, designs energy conservation programs and engagement strategies for businesses and consumers. It participated in the Energy Training Program in 2013 and 2014. “The program provided me with the opportunity to gain professional experience with Summerhill Group, where I was able to contribute to energy efficiency programs affecting the day-to-day lives of Nova Scotians,” said Michael McKinnon, an intern with the company in 2014. “I am proud to be living in the Maritimes again, and I look forward to continuing my career in the energy sector here in Nova Scotia.” Mr. McKinnon is pursuing his master of resource and environmental management degree at Dalhousie University. Employers are encouraged to apply for the 2015 program by March 20. For more information on the program visit http://energy.novascotia.ca/industry-development/energy-training-program .last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

first_imgHALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 The northbound lanes of Highway 102, between the junction of Highway 118 at Miller Lake and Exit 6 (Halifax Stanfield International Airport) have lane closures for seal coating. Closure times are:Monday to Thursday, sunrise – 3 p.m.Friday, sunrise – noonSaturday and Sunday, sunrise – 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to sunset. Work is expected to be completed by Monday, Aug. 31. -30-last_img

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, from about five kilometres north of the Port Hastings Rotary at Creignish, north for 6.5 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Friday, July 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. HANTS/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Whittenburg Road Sections of Whittenburg Road in Lower Stewiacke, from Route 224 north for about four kilometres to the Colchester County line, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross, West Big Intervale and Hatchery roads. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Malagash Road Malagash Road, from Smith Road to Purdys Loop Road, is reduced to one lane for chip sealing until Monday, Aug. 31.Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Route 289 Sections of Route 289, from Pictou/Colchester county line west for almost six kilometres, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30. A flag person is on site. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Chester Grant Road The Middle River bridges on Chester Grant Road is closed until Friday, Aug. 7 for repairs to the decks and abutments. Detour route on Trunk 12, Highway 103 and Trunk 14. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road Grand Lake Road (Trunk 4), from the Gardner intersection east for about three kilometres, is reduced from four lanes to two lanes for repaving and upgrading. Upgrade work is also being done on Murphy Road, Windemere Drive, and the Yolanda Drive intersection. Traffic control people are on site but delays are possible. Drivers should allow extra time or use alternate routes if possible. Work takes place from dawn until dusk and is scheduled for completion by the end of August. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. PICTOU COUNTY: Scotch Hill Road Sections of Scotch Hill Road, from Route 376 north to River John Road, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 The northbound lanes of Highway 102, between the junction of Highway 118 at Miller Lake and Exit 6 (Halifax Stanfield International Airport) have lane closures for seal coating. Closure times are:Monday to Thursday, sunrise – 3 p.m.Friday, sunrise – noonSaturday and Sunday, sunrise – 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to sunset. Work is expected to be completed by Monday, Aug. 31. DIGBY COUNTY: Bonnie Road The Bonnie Road Overpass over Highway 101 near Meteghan, is closed to all traffic until further notice. A detour route is marked. HANTS/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Meadow Road Meadow Road, from Cooks Brook Road to Route 224, is reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30. COLCHESTER/CUMBERLAND: Highway 104 Traffic on sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104, from west of Exit 8 at Westchester to the Mines Bass River Road underpass, are reduced to one lane for guardrail repairs and repaving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Night Work Sections of the Halifax-bound lanes of Highway 102, between Exit 5 at Fall River and Exit 4-C at Glendale Avenue and Duke Street, are reduced to one lane during night hours. On weekdays, lane reductions begin at 7 p.m. and end at 6 a.m. On weekends, the lane reductions are from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Delays are possible during construction. Travel with caution and use an alternate route if possible. Work will be completed this fall. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Heatherton Bridge, over the Pomquet River on Highway 104, will be reduced to one lane from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for paving, from Monday July 27 until Friday, July 31. Traffic control people on site. CONTINUING WORK NEW WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Barnhill Bridge Barnhill Bridge, about three kilometres north of Trunk 2 on Belmont Road, is closed for repairs until Friday, July 31. Detour signs are in place. PICTOU COUNTY: River John Road Sections of River John Road, from Meadowville Station Road to Scotch Hill Road, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.center_img VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30- KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice. The detour route is Maple Avenue to Victoria Road to Ward Road. DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road is closed until further notice to replace the deck. A detour route is in place. PICTOU COUNTY: Frasers Mountain Branch Road Sections of Frasers Mountain Branch Road, from the intersection of Frasers Mountain Road to Glenfallach Road for about three kilometres, are reduced to one lane for gravelling and seal coating until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Gaspereau River Road, Wolfville Gaspereau River Road, Wolfville, is closed between Greenfield Road and Black River Road to replace a culvert until Tuesday, Aug. 4. Detour via White Rock Road. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, near Big Pond, from west of the intersection of Glen Albert Drive west for about 2.8 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving and upgrading. Traffic control people are on site but delays are possible. Work takes place from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and is scheduled for completion by the end of October. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104, from Exit 20 at Alma for 4.4 kilometres, are reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and paving until Friday, July 31. Speed through the work zone is reduced from 110 km/h to 80 km/h. Motorists are reminded that speeding fines are doubled in construction zones. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Sections of the southbound lanes of Highway 102 from Exit 11 at Stewiacke to the Colchester County line are reduced to one lane for rumble strip installation until Friday, July 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103 Sections of Highway 103, from Exit 20 in Summerville west to Port Joli, are reduced to one lane until Saturday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Glenfallach Road Sections of Glenfallach Road, from Woodburn Road to Frasers Mountain Branch Road, for almost one kilometre, are reduced to one lane for gravelling and seal coating until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 4, near Londonderry Sections of Trunk 4, near Londonderry, between Baseline Road and Highway 104, are reduced to one lane for guardrail repair and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, Eastbound Lanes Sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104, between Exit 19 at Salt Springs and Exit 20 at Greenhill, are reduced to one lane for repaving. Speed limit through the construction zone is 80 km/h and drivers should use extra caution. Work is scheduled for completion by the end of July. HANTS COUNTY: White Settlement Road White Settlement Road in Noel has stop-and-go traffic for ditching and road resurfacing until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, is closed until further notice because of a collapsed culvert. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Bridge Work has begun on a new bridge beside the existing Varner Bridge on Route 208 near New Germany. The existing bridge is open, but there may be occasional, brief closures during construction. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. The new two-lane bridge will be completed this year. RICHMOND COUNTY: Grandique Ferry Road Grandique Ferry Road, from Route 320 for 3.6 kilometres to the end of pavement, is reduced to one lane for paving and patching until Saturday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. The work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.last_img read more

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Fletcher Lake Water Quality

first_imgENVIRONMENT—Fletcher Lake Water Quality A domestic fuel oil spill may affect the quality of water in Lake Fletcher in Fall River. People who draw water from the lake are advised to watch for an oily sheen and distinct odour. If present, they should avoid using the water. Boiling the water will not make it safe to drink. Surface water should never be consumed unless properly filtered, disinfected and monitored for water quality. People with properties on municipal water supply can continue to drink their water. -30-last_img read more

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Whoever Messes With Us Mamata Banerjees Message In Tweets On Eid

first_imgNEW DELHI: Mamata Banerjee’s tweets on Eid celebrations on Wednesday carried a sharp political message days after the national election in which the Bengal Chief Minister’s Trinamool Congress suffered a huge drop in its tally against a rising BJP in the state. “Hindus stand for renunciation (tyaag), Muslims for integrity (imaan), Christians for love (pyaar) and Sikhs for sacrifice (balidan). This is our beloved Hindustan and we will protect it,” posted Mamata Banerjee in tweets that were part English and part Hindi. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga “Jo humse takraega wo choor choor ho jaega. (Whoever messes with us will be destroyed). That is our slogan,” she added. The tweet reflected Mamata Banerjee’s pushback, pummelled by the BJP’s “Jai Shri Ram” chant campaign that picked up during the acrimonious national election campaign. The Chief Minister is seen lashing out at groups shouting “Jai Shri Ram” in videos that have gone viral. The Trinamool’s counter was rival slogans like “Jai Hind” and “Jai Ma Kali”. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers “There is nothing to be scared. Muddai Lakh bura chahe to kya hota hai, wahi hota hai jo manzoor-e-khuda hota hai. Sometimes when the sun rises, its rays are very harsh but later it fades away. Don’t be scared, the faster they captured EVMs, the quicker they will go away,” tweeted Mamata Banerjee. Ms Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress accuse the BJP of unleashing terror and violence during the polls and rigging EVMs or voting machines. The BJP, demonstrating its growing base in Bengal, won 18 of the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats – up from two in 2014 – and the Trinamool won only a few more, 22. Ms Banerjee has repeatedly questioned the verdict, attributing it to massive manipulation by the BJP. The BJP has made it clear its campaign in Bengal will not stop until it has won 2021, when the state votes for a new assembly.BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya has said that Mamata Banerjee’s government will not survive full term and elections may take before that.(With inputs from NDTV)last_img read more

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US edge past Spain to advance to Womens WC quarters

first_imgReims (France): After outscoring opponents 18-0 in the group stage of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the US had to work hard for a 2-1 victory over Spain in the knockout stage. Spain, making their first appearance in the round of 16 on Monday, opted to emphasise physicality in the contest against the premier side in international women’s soccer, who are pursuing a fourth World Cup title, reports Efe news. And while La Roja’s rugged approach kept the match competitive, it also proved to be their undoing, as both US goals resulted from penalties. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev Referee Katalin Kulcsar pointed to the spot in the seventh minute after Spain’s Mapi Leon fouled Tobin Heath. Megan Rapinoe converted to give the defending champions an early lead in front of an overwhelmingly pro-US crowd at Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims. But the Spanish women were back on level terms just two minutes later thanks to a poor clearing attempt by US goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. The keeper saw her pass to Becky Sauerbrunn cut off by Lucia Garcia, leaving the ball for Jenni Hermoso, who tucked it into the top right corner for her third goal of the competition. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships The equalizer buoyed Spain, who held firm despite losing midfielder Vicky Losada to injury in the 31st minute and managed to keep themselves in the match until Virginia Torrecilla fouled Rose Lavelle in the 70th minute. Kulcsar awarded the penalty, only to then consult VAR, and the match clock was at 75 by the time Rapinoe took the kick to make it 2-1. The outcome sets up a tantalizing quarterfinal clash between the US and host nation France, whose men’s team hoisted the 2018 World Cup, set for next Sunday at Parc des Princes in Paris.last_img read more

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Lowering GST on automobiles would help the economy Anand Mahindra

first_imgNew Delhi: Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra Wednesday said lowering GST on automobiles would help the economy, stating that the auto industry has a huge multiplier effect on small companies and employment. In a tweet, Mahindra echoed calls from the auto industry to reduce goods and services tax (GST) on vehicles amid a prolonged sales slump, with passenger vehicle sales recording the steepest decline in nearly 18 years in May when it dropped by over 20 per cent. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep “What we’re all searching for is the ‘Mt. Mandara’ which can start the ‘Manthan’ of the economy & get it spinning faster. I’m biased, of course, but the auto industry is one such ‘Mandara’. It has a huge multiplier effect on small companies & on employment. Lowering GST would help,” he said. He was responding to a tweet by automotive magazine ‘Autocar Professional’ in which Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) ex-president John K Paul was quoted as saying that reducing GST on vehicles will kick-start growth again in the Indian auto industry, which is the third-largest employer in the country. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs Earlier this month, the Society of Automobile Industry (SIAM) had sought reduction of GST on all vehicles to 18 per cent from the current rate of 28 per cent in the upcoming Budget. The passenger vehicle (PV) sales declined for a seventh straight month in May to 2,39,347 units against 3,01,238 units in the year-ago month. In fact, barring October last year, when sales were up 1.55 per cent, PV offtake has been in the negative in 10 of the last 11 months. The dip last month is the worst since September 2001, when sales had dropped by 21.91 per cent. All major segments, including two-wheelers and commercial vehicles, witnessed a decline in sales in May, SIAM had said. Vehicle sales across categories registered a decline of 8.62 per cent to 20,86,358 units from 22,83,262 units in May 2018.last_img read more

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Noida Police fines 400 school buses over safety measures

first_imgNoida: Over 400 school buses and vans were issued ‘challans’ in Noida and Greater Noida on Thursday for not having adequate safety measures on board the vehicles, officials said. The action was carried out as part of “Operation Clean”, a special initiative of Gautam Buddh Nagar police to make roads safer, the officials said. The police campaign was carried out on vehicles linked to 129 schools and began at 6.30 am, a spokesperson said. “During the campaign, 427 school buses and vans were issued ‘challans’ after they were found not having adequate safety measures and not fulfilling the safety criterion. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”Another 702 buses and vans were let off with a warning to adopt proper safety measures while having children on board,” the spokesperson said. Around Rs 26,700 was collected in fines during the 11th edition of the “Operation Clean”, he said. Gautam Buddh Nagar SSP Vaibhav Krishna said the action was taken after a number of complaints were received about school buses and vans violating traffic rules and compromising the safety of children. “There have been complaints that these vehicles get overloaded with children, run on wrong lanes, risking lives of children and other commuters. So this campaign was to send out a message that you’re being watched when you violate rules. There’s no getting away from the law,” Krishna told on Thursday.last_img read more

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2 arrested for killing burning body of friend

first_imgNew Delhi: A man was murdered and his body was burnt by his friend near the hills of Manesar. South Delhi Police have arrested two accused in the case. Police identified the accused as Amit (friend) and Ishant. Police said that on July 7, it was reported by Shambhu Kumar that his son Neeraj had left his house on June 27 at around 12.30 pm and has not returned so far. Police said during the investigation, they questioned deceased friend Amit (19), who disclosed that earlier he was residing at Lado Sarai and had developed a close friendship with Neeraj. He used to work in a restaurant and used to misappropriate some money daily from the purchase of grocery items for the restaurant. Both used to drink alcohol from this money. “Later, the owner learnt about this and Amit was removed from the job. However, in his absence, Neeraj used to defame Amit in Lado Sarai,” DCP (South) Vijay Kumar said. He further added that Amit had taken a small amount of money from some persons in Lado Sarai and they used to give calls to his parents in Village at the behest of Neeraj. This caused annoyance to Amit and he planned to eliminate Neeraj. In this meantime, he roped his school friend Ishant. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”It is being probed that the first attempt to kill was made on June 26 when they called Neeraj and after having drinks deceased was making too much of noise which could have caused the attention of the neighbours as such no further step was taken,” police said. Police further added that again in the afternoon, Amit called Neeraj for drinks and asked him to come on his scooty. Thereafter, all the three went to Gurugram and purchased more liquor and at the behest of Amit went towards the hills of Manesar. Till late in the night, all the three had liquor and when Neeraj passed out, Amit and Ishant killed him by hitting his head with stones. On next day morning, both returned back to the spot and burnt the body.last_img read more

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TMC councillor Krishna Chakraborty to be new Bidhannagar mayor

first_imgKolkata: TMC councillor Krishna Chakraborty is all set to become the new mayor of Biddhannagar Municipal Corporation. Chakraborty on Friday submitted her nomination for the post of mayor at BMC and no other nominations were received for the mayoral post.Sources said a board meeting will be convened at the civic body on Saturday at 1 pm to elect the new mayor. At 2 pm, Chakraborty will be sworn-in as the new mayor in presence of state Municipal Affairs Minister Firhad Hakim, State Food Minister Jyotipriya Mullick and State Fire Services Minister Sujit Bose. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “The party has selected me to become the new mayor and all our councillors have extended their support to me. I have filed my nomination paper today. We will work together with all the councillors and take forward the development work of Mamata Banerjee-led government,” Chakraborty told reporters on Friday. The mayoral post became vacant after TMC MLA Sabyasachi Dutta resigned from his post last month alleging that he could not discharge his duties as the mayor of Biddhannagar Municipal Corporation after not receiving any support from the state government. After his resignation, the TMC leadership decided to nominate Chakraborty for the mayoral post.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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Forests not enough

first_imgThe carbon cycle is classically described in terms of ‘sources’ and ‘sinks’ of emissions. The electricity sector, which converts fossil fuels into light and heat, is a source (as are most human activities since the dawn of the industrial age). Identifying sinks is trickier. We know that, as a general principle, more forest cover equals more carbon sequestration (or sink) potential. It is much more difficult to put a number on how much carbon forests can absorb. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe special report on Climate Change and Land released on August 8, 2019, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) illustrates this difficulty. It thus delivers a wake-up call for policymakers that aggressive forestry targets do not excuse cowardice in cutting emissions from fossil fuel use. To make this case, it explicitly identifies the limits of carbon sequestration by forests. The report estimates the mitigation potential from reducing deforestation and forest degradation at between 0.4 and 5.8 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide per year. By comparison, the energy sector accounted for 33 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide in 2018; coal alone accounted for over 10 gigatonnes. Also Read – Insider threat managementHeadlines may continue to give the impression that planting forests is a panacea for the climate crisis, but scientists are much less sanguine in their projections. The IPCC indicates that some land-based response options “take decades to deliver measurable results” because “adaptation and mitigation benefits from afforestation/reforestation depend on the growth rates of trees”. Besides, afforestation, reforestation and agroforestry “do not continue to sequester carbon indefinitely”—eventually “the net annual removal of CO2 from the atmosphere declines towards zero”. The report also notes that any sequestration gains are “at risk from future loss (or sink reversal) triggered by disturbances such as flood, drought, fire, or pest outbreaks, or future poor management”. The long view on forestry stands in contrast with the report’s statements on “Action in the near term”. This section of the report’s summary for policymakers makes clear that “the consequences of inaction on […] mitigating climate change exceed the costs of immediate action in many sectors”. It also makes clear the consequences for not acting immediately, stating that “[d]eferral of Greenhouse Gas emission reductions from all sectors implies trade-offs including irrevocable loss in land ecosystem services required for food, health, habitable settlements and production, leading to significant economic damage to many countries in many regions of the world”. (emphasis ours) The second type of magical thinking in the land-energy discussion centres on the question of bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS). This is a technological solution to generate net-zero carbon energy which has firstly, not been tested at scale, and secondly, will require extensive tracts of land to implement. Nevertheless, it has emerged as a buzzword in climate innovation. It is undeniable that all pathways that keep us below a 1.5°C threshold will require some amount of carbon capture and storage (CCS). However, there are other CCS technologies which are less land-intensive (but which do not generate energy). Moreover, the IPCC is clear that BECCS should not be a preferred solution for land-based mitigation. In its attempt to inform policymakers, the report’s summary explicitly divides such solutions into two categories: Those which contribute positively to sustainable development and other societal goals, which can be applied without competing for land and which have the potential to provide multiple co-benefits. This includes improved management of cropland and grazing lands, improved forest management, and increased soil organic carbon content. Those which increase demand for land conversion and which, if applied at scale, could have adverse side effects for adaptation, desertification, land degradation and food security. BECCS is the highlight of this category. The report, as with all IPCC reports, is scrupulously even-toned. Yet, it brings home the seriousness of the land-based challenge (particularly in its observation that, since the 1850s, the land surface air temperature has risen nearly twice as fast as the global average temperature). The report also clarifies the limits of land-based mitigation and differentiates risks associated with critical policy choices. Sustainable land management will remain an important counter-balance to carbon emissions. It must proceed hand-in-hand, however, with deep cuts to gross carbon emissions. DOWN TO EARTH (The author is Deputy Programme Manager, Climate Change, Centre For Science and Environment, New Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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JK move correct economy needs to be corrected Swamy

first_imgPune: BJP lawmaker Subramanian Swamy has said the withdrawal of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status was correct but the state of economy “needs to be corrected” as this issue is also important for national security and nation-building. The Rajya Sabha MP told reporters Sunday the “wrong policies” adopted during former finance minister Arun Jaitley’s tenure were responsible for the economy slowing down. He also criticised ex-Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan for raising interest rates. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “I think the wrong policies adopted during the tenure of Arun Jaitley, which are still in force, such as levying high taxes are some of the reasons for the slowdown… Increase in interest rates by former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan was one of the reasons (for the slowdown),” said Swamy. He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an event in Pune. Replying to a question on the Centre’s move to scrap the provisions of Article 370, which gave special powers to Jammu and Kashmir, and the economy, Swamy said, “The economy needs to be corrected. My advice was not sought on the economic front. My advice was sought on Article 370, and it was done correctly.” “Yes, the economy should be given priority. In fact, both things are important for nation-building and national security,” he added. Jaitley served as finance minister during the first term of the Narendra Modi government. Jaitley, 66, is on life support at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi.last_img read more

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