DNV GL Peace Boat Team Up on Ecoship Development

first_imgzoom Classification society DNV GL and Peace Boat, the Japan-based international non-profit NGO, inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at SMM maritime trade fair in Hamburg on September 6, forming a partnership to develop the Ecoship cruise ship.According to DNV GL, the MoU will see the partners work together on the design, construction and operation phases of the vessel and the promotion of the Ecoship as a flagship for climate action, the sustainable development goals and for sustainability in shipping.Planned to sail in 2020, the 55,000 ton ship will be able to accommodate 2,000 passengers. It will feature a length of 224 meters and a width of 31 meters.Peace Boat aims at creating a vessel design and a set of specifications that “incorporates environmentally friendly technologies, is out in front of incoming regulations, and offers a transition model towards a low-carbon economy.” The vessel has been designed by the Spanish architectural naval design company, Oliver Design. The design incorporates features such as ten masts to harness wind energy for propulsion, solar panel-covered sails and a 6,000 m² top-deck solar farm, a closed-loop water system to reuse, purify and re-purpose water and waste heat recovery systems.“The cruise industry is growing so fast, particularly in East Asia, and the need to mitigate the environmental impact of such expansion is very important. Through its technical characteristics and in the programmes that it carries out we hope it will encourage a model for ‘green’ cruising and further innovations in the cruise industry,” Yoshioka Tatsuya, Founder and Director of Peace Boat, said.Image Courtesy: DNV GL – Maritimelast_img read more

MSC to Add Maple Service on Transpacific Route

first_imgzoom Starting from September 15, 2016, Switzerland-headquartered Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) plans to launch a new service on the Transpacific Trade in an effort to “assist shippers following the recent Hanjin announcement.” The move comes after the South Korean shipping company, Hanjin Shipping, decided to file for court receivership on August 31, 2016.MSC’s new Maple service will include six 5,000 TEU vessels calling at Busan (South Korea), Shanghai, Yantian (China), Prince Rupert (Canada), Busan.The first two sailings will call Yantian, Shanghai, Busan and Long Beach (US) in order to cover “the anticipated high initial demand.”MSC joined efforts with Maersk Line, which together form the 2M Alliance, to cover Hanjin’s service. Maersk Line also announced its plans set up a new service between Asia and the United States West Coast, the TP1 service, effective September 15, 2016. The service will cover Yantian, Shanghai, Busan and Los Angeles/Long Beach.Image Courtesy: MSClast_img read more

Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inks Sale Leaseback Deals with CMB

first_imgzoom Chemicals shipping company Navig8 Chemical Tankers has entered into sale and leaseback agreements with CMB Financial Leasing for two of the company’s 25,000 DWT stainless steel chemical tankers.The ships in question are 2017-built Navig8 Saiph and Navig8 Sceptrum, and the expected net proceeds from the transaction are set at USD 66.84 million.“A portion of the proceeds will be utilized to repay existing loans used to finance the vessels’ newbuilding contracts under the bank loan facility announced by the company on November 3, 2016,” the company said.Navig8 Chemical Tankers has entered into 7-year bareboat charters with CMB for the vessels that will be sold and delivered to CMB.The company has purchase options to re-acquire the vessels during the charter period, with the first such option exercisable on the third anniversary of the date of delivery of each vessel to CMB, and obligations to repurchase the vessels at the end of the bareboat period.Navig8 has 31 chemical carriers delivered to its fleet and anticipates delivery of one more ship by mid-2017.last_img read more

Panama Canal Ups Maximum Draft for Neopanamax Locks

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Panama Canal Authority The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) increased the maximum allowable draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks on June 13.The maximum authorized draft for vessels transiting these locks was set at 14.94 meters tropical fresh water (TFW).The ACP informed that vessels arriving with drafts over 14.94 meters TFW may be allowed to transit depending on the actual level of Gatun Lake at the time of transit.Otherwise, they will be required to trim or off-load cargo in order to be allowed to transit.The changes were made following the recent rainfall in the canal watershed, which increased the levels of Gatun and Alhajuela Lakes considerably in the preceding days.The ACP will continue to monitor the level of Gatun Lake in order to announce any futuredraft modifications in a timely manner.last_img read more

Damen Expands Presence to Finland

first_imgzoomThe mega-yacht Seadream Innovation. Image Courtesy: Damen Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group has opened a new engineering center in Helsinki, establishing its presence in Finland for the first time.As informed, the new office has been set up in order for Damen “to take advantage of the depth of engineering expertise that exists in the country”.This follows Damen’s last year’s entry into building large vessels for the RoPax, cruise and offshore markets via its new Romanian yard, Damen Shipyards Mangalia.“The new office will augment and extend Damen’s engineering capability in this market segment,” the group said.Damen further said it selected Finland as it is, along with Italy, Germany and France, one of the leading countries in the world in the design and construction of cruise and RoPax vessels. It also has expertise in ice-class vessels, a growing segment of the cruise market.What is more, the new unit would be able to collaborate between the Damen engineering entities in Gdansk and Rotterdam.Damen Engineering Helsinki Oy will focus on concept and basic engineering with an initial target of around 30 people to be based there by the end of 2020, the shipbuilding group informed.“We are now focused on building the team and we already have two projects to start with: a cruise vessel and a RoRo vessel,” Damen’s Frank Rebel commented.Damen Shipyards Group currently operates 36 shipbuilding and repair yards.last_img read more

MOL Sets Up Zero Emission Fuel Working Group

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Japanese shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has taken another step in its plan to cut emissions as it joined the Carbon Capture & Reuse (CCR) Study Group.Additionally, the company launched the “Cross-industrial Working Group Related to Zero Emission Alternative Ship Fuels” with an aim to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in international shipping’s value chains by using synthetic methane (methanation fuel) as an alternative to fossil fuel.Synthetic methane is generated by methanation technology that combines CO2 with renewable energy-derived hydrogen.In April 2018, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which studies measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in international shipping, set the goals – reduce CO2 emissions by 40% per unit of transport by 2030, and total GHG emissions by 50% by 2050, compared to 2008, and to zero GHG emissions as early as possible in this century.MOL aims to introduce methanation fuel for ships and establish a supply chain by launching the working group, and will engage in study and promotion of the fuel in cooperation with other industries, other companies, and government agencies.last_img read more

Pictou County Track Complex Receives Funding

first_imgA new track and field facility for Pictou County and surrounding communities is one step closer to reality. The province announced a Building Facility Infrastructure Together (B-FIT) grant for $863,000 today, Feb. 27. Pat Dunn, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection, and Peter Mackay, Minister of National Defence, made the announcement in Stellarton, joined by athletes, students and community representatives. “Today is a great example of community investments to encourage and support more Nova Scotians to be active and healthy,” said Mr. Dunn. “Increasing access to sport participation is integral to healthy living initiatives. “It is key to pursuing and promoting healthy living for all Nova Scotians.” The federal government is matching the province’s investment in the project. “The government of Canada is committed to investing in Nova Scotia’s infrastructure needs like the Pictou County Track Complex,” said Mr. MacKay. “By matching the province’s funds for this project, government is taking action to create jobs, boost the economy and improve the quality of life for Canadians.” The facility will include an eight-lane, 400-metre synthetic rubberized track. It will include field event components including pole vaulting, jumping pits and a shot put area. There will also be a support structure with washrooms, storage areas and venues for officials. “Giving a track to Pictou County not only allows us to flourish and enjoy the greatest sport of all time, it also gives us a place where dreams are made, where goals are obtained and, most importantly, where friendships are formed,” said Leanna MacLean, a local track and field athlete. The total cost of the project is expected to be $2.5 million. The towns of Stellarton, New Glasgow and Westville, the Municipality of Pictou County, and the Pictou County Recreation Athletic Society have contributed funding for the project. Additionally, the Pioneer Coal and Energy Mines and Resource offered to contour and grade the land for the facility. “This facility will provide an excellent venue for young athletes to train and compete,” says Pat Carty, chair of the Pictou County Recreation Athletic Society. “It will be a safe and high quality facility for everyone our region to increase physical activity as well as providing an excellent venue to host local, provincial and federal track and field special events”. The facility will be built near the Trans Canada Highway on a parcel of reclaimed land. Pioneer Coal and Energy Mines and Resource and the Town of Stellarton made an agreement to transfer ownership of the land over to the town once the reclamation is completed. Nova Scotia’s B-FIT program was first introduced in 2007 and will invest $68 million over 10 years in the construction of sport and recreation infrastructure. This is in addition to the $3 million invested annually in recreation facility development grants. B-FIT assists not-for-profit community groups and municipalities to develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. This announcement is part of the Building for Growth infrastructure project. The program will stimulate the economy by creating a demand for goods and services, therefore creating jobs. The Nova Scotia government is committed to improving our economy and investing for the future.last_img read more

Organizations Receive Funding to Improve Accessiblity

first_imgThe province is improving access for persons with disabilities through investments in 19 community facilities and venues. The Community ACCESS-ability Program will provide almost $108,000 for accessibility-related capital improvements such as renovations, installations, and equipment. “This funding will help non-profit community organizations and groups provide accessibility to facilities,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “This investment will make life better for Nova Scotians with disabilities by removing barriers in public buildings and spaces.” The program will provide a grant of up to two thirds of the costs, to a maximum of $10,000. The organization is responsible for raising at least one third of the project’s funding from other sources. “We appreciate the funding that will allow us to provide wheelchair-handicap walkways and ramps for our many visitors and local residents,” said Ohra Colins, president, Greville Bay Shipbuilding Museum Society/Age of Sail Heritage Museum. “This means lower levels of both main buildings, adjacent buildings and our beautiful new Wharfwalk will become accessible to everyone to enjoy.” A list of approved projects can be found at http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/muns/infr/access/access.asp .last_img read more

Nova Scotians Receive Diamond Jubilee Medals

first_img “I am very pleased and humbled to have this honour bestowed upon me as a result of the kind words of my fellow volunteers and the Royal Canadian Legion,” said Mr. Law. “It’s a reward in itself to be a part of the difference volunteers can make in serving our communities, country and citizens. This occasion will be a lasting memory, its meaningfulness deepened by sharing it with family, friends and supporters.” Throughout the year, the Diamond Jubilee medal will be awarded to 60,000 deserving Canadians. For more information on the Diamond Jubilee and the medal, visit novascotia.ca/diamondjubilee. Twenty-one deserving Nova Scotians were recognized with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal today, Sept. 25, for contributions to the province. Premier Darrell Dexter presented the medals at a ceremony in Digby. “The Diamond Jubilee Medal celebrates outstanding contributions made by Canadians and Nova Scotians,” said Premier Dexter. “Today’s recipients are making Nova Scotia a better place to live, and are great examples of what can be achieved when you get involved in your community.” The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal commemorates the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne, and honours her service and dedication to Canada. Hundreds of Nova Scotians will be honoured throughout the year with the Diamond Jubilee Medal. Today’s recipients were nominated personally by the premier. The medal recipients are: Samy Abidib (Yarmouth) Joseph Allen Bishara (Tusket) Josiah Gerald Cormier (Yarmouth) Justin Cottreau (Clark’s Harbour) Murray Covert (Annapolis Royal) Gerald Edward William Curry (South Ohio) Darren Deinstadt (Shelburne) Mariele Guerrero (Dublin Shore) Gary Wayne Hudson (South Ohio) Sasanet Iassu (Somerset) Paul Law (Deep Brook) Arthur McDonald (Clementsport) Douglas Moore (Cornwallis) Harry Leonard Nelson (Greenfield) Richard Parry (Digby) H. Reed Power-Grimm (Annapolis Royal) John David Rogers (Cornwallis Park) Warren K. Sabean (Port Lorne) Nicole Thimot (Petit-Ruisseau) Kelsey Torak (Shelburne) Justine White (West Pubnico)last_img read more

Premier Appoints Deputy Minister

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter today, Aug. 29, announced the appointment of Lynn Hartwell as deputy minister of the Department of Community Services. “Nova Scotians, particularly those in need, will be well served by Ms. Hartwell’s leadership and experience,” said Premier Dexter. “The Community Services Department oversees services that are crucial to Nova Scotians and key to the social prosperity of the province. Ms. Hartwell is a capable and consultative leader for a department with such an important mandate.” Ms. Hartwell most recently led the province’s response to sexual violence and bullying, as well as community engagement around changes to services for persons with disabilities. Ms. Hartwell has worked for the province for 15 years, holding key positions with the Departments of Justice, Labour and Advanced Education and Community Services. Most recently she was associate deputy minister of Community Services. The appointment is effective Sept. 3.last_img read more

Call for Applications for Adjudicative NonAdjudicative Boards

first_imgNova Scotians looking to help support and serve their communities can now apply for the many available positions on the province’s 160 agencies, boards and commissions. The province launched its spring recruitment campaign today, April 10, to let people know about the opportunities available in a variety of roles. “I would like to thank and applaud the many Nova Scotians who volunteer their time and expertise to benefit the public good,” said Joanne Bernard, Minister of the Voluntary Sector. “Agencies boards and commissions play an important role in our communities and I encourage any interested person to take the time to look at the positions available and apply.” Adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions deal with a variety of different matters and have quasi-judicial functions. They review evidence, make findings of fact and law, and make decisions that affect the liberty, security or legal rights of people. Members must apply legal, sound professional and technical principles to decisions. Examples of adjudicative ABCs include the Farm Practice Board, Review Board under the Criminal Code, Tuition Appeal Board and the Motor Vehicle Appeal Board. Non-adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions make decisions or recommendations to government on financial, regulatory, business or policy matters. Their work affects Nova Scotians in many important areas, including youth services, health-system administration and professional licensing. Applicants are assessed on their skills and qualifications, taking into account the needs of the individual agency, board or commission. Applications for non-adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions are welcome at any time, with assessment of applications beginning May 11. The application deadline for adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions is May 19. Applications will be considered for current vacancies as well as openings that occur in the coming year. Most appointees are reimbursed for expenses and, in some cases, are also nominally remunerated for their services. Applicants can contact the Executive Council Office at 902-424-4877 or toll free at 1-866-206-6844 if they have questions about current opportunities or the application process. The province has an employment equity policy and welcomes applications from Aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible people, persons with disabilities and women. People are encouraged to self-identify on applications, covering letters or resumes. For more information on board position profiles, current opportunities and how to apply, visit http://novascotia.ca/exec_council/abc/current-opportunities.asp .last_img read more

Bluenose II Update

first_imgLunenburg boat builders have begun work to replace the rudder on the Bluenose II. Service contracts were finalized this week with several Nova Scotian companies. Snyder’s Shipyard will construct and install the wooden rudder, Lunenburg Industrial Foundry and Engineering is providing the berth and other services, and Canadian Maritime Engineering will fabricate rudder components called pintles and gudgeons. A fourth contributor who will provide the manual steering gear is still to be determined. The work will begin immediately in Lunenburg at the off-season dock of the Bluenose II and will eventually move to the Lunenburg Foundry’s berth, where Snyder’s Shipyard will continue the installation. Work, including sea trials, will be completed during the off season. The cost for the project remains within the previously announced build budget of $25 million.last_img read more

More Supports for Indigenous and African Nova Scotian Survivors of Violence

first_imgThe Governments of Nova Scotia and Canada are teaming up to support Indigenous and African Nova Scotian women and families who have experienced violence. Both are investing $1 million in Creating Communities of Care – a project to support survivors of gender-based violence in Halifax’s urban Indigenous and African Nova Scotian communities. “Everyone deserves to feel safe and to have access to the supports they need for a better life,” said Kelly Regan, Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. “We know Indigenous and African Nova Scotian communities need services that are grounded in their culture. “The partners who stepped up to carry this work now have the funding they need to help these communities overcome the unique barriers they face when they experience violence.” “Services and supports for gender-based violence survivors and their families need to consider the unique experiences, cultural traditions and practices of these communities,” said Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax, on behalf of Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality. “Over the next few years, government and community partners will work together to develop supports and services to help gender-based violence survivors heal, recover, and rebuild their lives.” Since December, the Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network, the Association of Black Social Workers, the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia have been asking survivors what matters most to them. Their aim was to develop a deeper understanding of how to better serve and support these communities. “As an organization working with the African Nova Scotian community, we have often been in spaces where our identities and experiences are erased and further marginalized,” said Crystal John, president, Association of Black Social Workers. “Our journey toward a framework of prevention and safety focuses on the most marginalized communities and discusses how multiple forms of oppression intersect with sexism. We are fortunate to provide a culturally safe space where voices of the African Nova Scotian Community are heard and valued.” Creating Communities of Care is a collaboration through Standing Together – Nova Scotia’s commitment to build a co-ordinated action plan to prevent domestic violence and support victims. The learnings from this project and others will help inform the plan. For more information about Standing together, go to https://novascotia.ca/standingtogether .last_img read more

Evolution of EVMs

first_imgAhead of vote-counting in the recently concluded general elections where BJP registered a landslide victory, allegations were levelled by some political parties that EVMs were being changed in strong rooms in few states. The big question is whether this could be possible? Mass rigging of India’s EVMs is very difficult as these machines are offline making them standalone units. Narendra Modi, however, expressed his concern over the opposition making the needless controversy over EVMs. Also Read – A staunch allyElectronic Voting Machine (EVM) is voting using electronic means to either aid or take care of the responsibilities of casting and counting votes. An EVM is designed with two units: the control unit and the balloting unit. These units are joined together by a cable. The control unit of the EVM is kept with the presiding officer or the polling officer. The balloting unit is kept within the voting compartment for electors to cast their votes. This is done to ensure that the polling officer verifies the voter’s identity. With EVM, instead of issuing a ballot paper, the polling officer will press the Ballot Button which enables the voter to cast their vote. A list of candidates’ names and or symbols will be available on the machine with a blue button next to it. The voter can press the button next to the candidate’s name they wish to vote for. Also Read – Cuban pathosEVMs are used only in few countries including Brazil, India and the Philippines. Countries like Bhutan, Nepal, and Namibia also use EVMs made in India. Many countries of the world, including England, France, Germany, The Netherlands and the US have banned the use of EVMs. Electronic Voting has been discontinued in Belgium, Paraguay, and Japan. Adoption of EVM technology has been somewhat disorganised. A few countries have tested Electronic Voting and adopted it, others have tried it out and abandoned it, and some continue to test it or have plans for further testing in the future. Only a small handful of countries use Electronic Voting Technology on an ongoing basis and even fewer use it nationwide as the sole voting method. In countries like Bhutan, UK, Italy, Norway, Kazakhstan, Australia, Nepal, Philippines, Australia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Russia, Mongolia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Finland, Somalia, and Switzerland, electronic voting has been tested but not put into use. There are three types of Electronic Voting in elections namely, Optical Scanning (OS), Direct Recording (DR) and Vote Over Internet (VOI). Electronic voting was implemented in Argentina on a limited basis in 2004. Additional election reform legislation was passed in 2016. Argentina purchased DRE voting machines from South Korea for its 2017 national election, but they were not used due to security concerns. Brazil implemented DRE voting machines on a limited basis in 1996. The use of DRE voting machines was expanded throughout the country in 2000, and electronic voting is used at all levels nationwide. Paper ballots and voter-verifiable paper trail systems were eliminated entirely in 2018. Federal elections in Canada are all carried out via paper ballots. Some municipalities use optical scan and DRE voting machines, and internet voting has been made available in a limited number of areas. Electronic voting is only used at the municipal level, never at the Federal level. Estonia first implemented internet voting at the local level in 2005. Internet voting was expanded to the national level in 2007. Traditional polling places are still available, but about one-third of all votes in any given election are cast via the internet. Estonian citizens living abroad are also able to use internet voting. Peru implemented EVMs for the first time in 2013, and it was expanded to cover about 14 per cent of voters nationwide in the next few years. Touchscreen DRE voting machines are used in Peru. Venezuela implemented Electronic Voting in 1998. Touchscreen DRE Voting Machines are used throughout the country, and they include the ability to print a voter-verifiable paper trail. Vote results are also transmitted electronically, rather than physically transporting the machines to a central location. The US uses Optical Scan Machines in every state, although they are sometimes only used for absentee ballots. Some states have DRE voting machines in every local zone, and other states use a mixture of paper ballots and DRE voting machines. Voting over the internet, email, and fax is mostly limited to specific military personnel. The reason as to why the paper ballot system is still prevalent in the US is security. Americans feel safer in using paper ballots as compared to EVMs. E-voting is not highly preferred because of the cost it comes with. Politicians would not get for e-voting over the dearly-known paper ballot ritual, which is said to have been accurately modelled from decades of polling and analysis. Printed ballots came into fashion in the US long after the American Revolutionary War, before which people cast their votes by calling out their preferences in public. Printed ballots did not come into some seven states of America until the 20th century. Over the years, voting rights evolved in the US but so was not quite the case with the technology involved in voting. Hence, through the 1900s, forms of the paper ballot remained in fashion. Presently, though secret ballot is most prevalent across the US, some states use mail ballots. In this case, the ballot is sent to the voter’s home, they mark their choice and mail it via post. Oregon and Washington conduct all elections by mailed ballots. The electoral system in India has been a work in progress from the beginning. During Independent India’s first general elections in 1952, separate ballot boxes were used for every candidate. A decade later, in 1962, India introduced the common paper ballot for all candidates in a constituency and voters marked their preference. EVMs were first used in India in 1982 but they were not adopted into widespread use until much later. Partial adoption of DRE voting machines occurred in 1999 and electronic voting was adopted nationwide in 2002. India uses portable push-button DRE voting machines that run on battery power. They also use battery-powered voter-verifiable paper trail hardware. EVMs were introduced in all state elections since 1998 and since 2004 in the parliamentary elections. In 2013, India added the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT), which is essentially a printer attached to the electronic voting machines that allows each voter to print out a piece of paper that shows the candidate voted for. It can be used to crosscheck the results shown by the machine if there is a dispute. In the recent past, during the recently concluded elections, there were demands from opposition to count all VVPAT slips and compare with EVM votes. This was, however, turned down both by EC and SC and instead allowed to count randomly five VVPATs. Different political parties in India including BJP, INC, BSP, AAP, TDP and others have been changing their stances and question credibility of EVMs mainly during the period of their defeat in elections which proved to be baseless by and large. Gradually, it establishes the tamper-proof nature of EVMs although it doesn’t defend EVMs against many issues of malfunctioning, etc., which is well taken care of by ECI through continuous improvements like introduction of VVPAT, timely checks, and replacements, etc. (The author is Chief PRO to Telangana CM. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

UP Police sirens to play Jaagte Raho

first_imgLucknow: Remember those good old days when the watchman would shout “Jaagte Raho” throughout the night to keep thieves at bay. The Uttar Pradesh Police have now adopted the slogan and all Dial 100 vehicles will play “Jaagte Raho” instead of the routine siren. A trial run has already been started in the Hazratganj area of Lucknow. Residents are applauding the idea. Ramesh Naithani, a business who lives in Hazratganj, said: “It is a reassuring slogan and also confirms the presence of police in the area. The earlier siren was misleading because people have installed in on motorbikes too.” The police have been grappling with allegations of deteriorating law and order situation and insensitive behaviour of the cops. Director General of Police O.P. Singh said: “We have controlled the crime graph to an appreciable extent. We are trying to cultivate a people-friendly image for the police force and are trying out new initiatives. This is one of them.”last_img read more

Spain hit by more wildfires as heatwave continues in Europe

first_imgMadrid: Spain was hit by more wildfires as temperatures remained sky-high in the Europe-wide heatwave, authorities said Saturday, just as firefighters finally managed to contain another blaze they had been tackling for nearly 72 hours. A fire that started Friday evening in the central town of Almorox had already burnt at least 1,600 hectares (4,000 acres), spilling over into the Madrid region and forcing the evacuation of a village, emergency services said. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’Another blaze near the city of Toledo some 60 kilometres (37 miles) away also forced the evacuation of 22 residents, as water-dropping aircraft assisted firefighters on the ground amid strong winds, according to the regional government. Meanwhile, a major blaze in the northeastern region of Catalonia had finally been contained and “was in the process of being stabilised,” the regional government said in a statement. But it warned that a small part of the blaze remained of concern. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”Today the weather conditions continue to be extreme and the next hours will be critical and decisive, not just for this fire, but also for the rest of the territory,” it said. The fires come as Europe is hit by a major heatwave, with temperatures in some parts of France reaching record highs. Spain’s weather agency said temperatures on Saturday would be above 36 degrees Celsius (97 degrees Fahrenheit) in a large part of the country, and would likely reach or go over 40 degrees C in the centre including Madrid and south. In parts of the northeast, meanwhile, they were expected to soar to 42 degrees C. Meteorologists blame a blast of hot air from northern Africa for scorching temperatures early in the European summer, but the heatwave is due to die down from Sunday.last_img read more

Djoker is a deadly spider Opponents coach

first_imgLondon: Playing Novak Djokovic is like facing a killer eight-legged spider that can reach everything you throw his way — so says the coach of his Wimbledon quarter-final opponent David Goffin. The defending champion and world number one takes on Belgian 21st seed Goffin on Centre Court on Wednesday for a place in the semi-finals. Goffin’s coach Thomas Johansson said he had a game plan to drag Djokovic out of his comfort zone. “It’s almost impossible to find any weaknesses in his game,” the 2002 Australian Open champion said of Djokovic. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”He doesn’t have a big serve but it is very, very accurate. From the baseline he’s a wall. “I remember hitting with him many years ago; it’s like hitting against a spider. It feels like everything is coming back. Playing Novak Djokovic is like facing a killer eight-legged spider that can reach everything you throw his way — so says the coach of his Wimbledon quarter-final opponent David Goffin. The defending champion and world number one takes on Belgian 21st seed Goffin on Centre Court on Wednesday for a place in the semi-finals. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenGoffin’s coach Thomas Johansson said he had a game plan to drag Djokovic out of his comfort zone. “It’s almost impossible to find any weaknesses in his game,” the 2002 Australian Open champion said of Djokovic. “He doesn’t have a big serve but it is very, very accurate. From the baseline he’s a wall. “I remember hitting with him many years ago; it’s like hitting against a spider. It feels like everything is coming back. “You really have to try to put him in uncomfortable positions on the court — otherwise he will kill you.” Goffin, 28, has matched his best-ever performance at the Grand Slams by reaching his first Wimbledon quarter-final. Four-time Wimbledon champion Djokovic, 32, has a 5-1 record over Goffin — but the Belgian won their last encounter, on clay in the Monte Carlo quarter-finals in 2017. “It’s very important for David to have beaten him once. Most of the guys never have,” Johansson said. “Novak is the guy to beat here. You can talk about Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer but he is the defending champion. “We are the underdog — and we like it.” Johansson, 44, has been working with Goffin on tactics to contain Djokovic, namely a much-improved slice and drawing the top seed to the net. “We will try to find a good solution because rallying with him is not an option,” the Swede said. Goffin is only the fifth Belgian man in history to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals — and, along with Xavier Malisse in 2002, the only one to do so since 1924. Malisse, 38, said the odds were heavily in favour of Djokovic — but Goffin could still spring a surprise. “It’s going to be tough. Everyone knows it — including him,” the former world number 19 said. “But it’s one match. If he’s on good form and Djokovic is off a bit, gets a little stressed or nervous, that can change things. “It’s about 60 to 65 percent in Djokovic’s favour.” Goffin’s route to the last eight has seen him knock out Bradley Klahn, Jeremy Chardy, 11th seed Daniil Medvedev and Fernando Verdasco. Belgium’s Kim Clijsters, a two-time Grand Slam champion, said her compatriot had been playing better than ever. “It’s very exciting,” said the retired 36-year-old.last_img read more

State to set up college and hospital on yoga and naturopathy in

first_imgKolkata: Bengal government is all set to construct a yoga and naturopathy degree college and hospital in Howrah’s Belur giving emphasis on the traditional methods of treatment.The hospital will come up at an estimated cost of Rs 67 crore. It will have 100 beds with an annual intake capacity of 60 students. The project has been taken up by the Ayush department with an aim to utilise Ayush system of medication in delivering health care to masses. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn another development, a 50-bedded Integrated Ayush Hospital is under construction at Midnapore town. The hospital is expected to be made functional within the current financial year. Once the hospital is operational, many patients from the areas can avail Ayurvedic treatment at the hospital. In addition to these projects, the state government has also given consent to provide 10 acres of land in the premises of Kalyani TB Sanatorium for ‘Centre Research Institute on Yoga & Naturopathy (CRIYN)’ at Kalyani in Nadia. The total cost of the project is Rs 300 crore. The research institute will have 10-bedded hospital as well. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAfter coming to power the Mamata Banerjee government had laid enormous stress on the development of infrastructure in Ayush sector. A different department has been created to give impetus to the country’s one of the oldest methods of treatment. Many new Ayush hospitals have been constructed in different parts of the state. It may be mentioned here that the Ayush method of treatment is cost effective and people with some financial constraints can avail the treatment. Hence, the government has taken a number of steps to promote Ayush form of treatment. Pathological and bio-chemical tests are now done at free of costs at Viswanath Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya (Ayurvedic Pharmacy Training Institute) in collaboration with private laboratories. The Ayush department has collaborated with private laboratories to run the project smoothly. Two new post graduate courses namely ‘Practice of Medicine’ with 6 seats in the Calcutta Homeopathic MCH and ‘Materia Medica’ with 6 seats in Mahesh Bhattacharyya Homeopathy (MCH) have been started.last_img read more

30K premises in S Delhi still home to mosquito breeding

first_imgNew Delhi: Nearly 30,000 premises in South Delhi are still home to mosquito breeding, despite continuous efforts by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to prevent such breeding and spread awareness about dangers of leaving areas unchecked for mosquito breeding.According to the SDMC, there are 29,719 premises under their jurisdiction where mosquito breeding has been detected. Sounding alarm, the municipality urged that public involvement in curbing this menace is extremely crucial to prevent and control vector-borne diseases like dengue, malaria, chikungunya through control of mosquitoes. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe SDMC recently carried out an intensive drive to check office complexes, markets and construction sites and found that 23.5 percent of construction sites, 16 percent of office complexes and 13 percent of marketplaces have let their premises become a breeding ground for Aedes and Anopheles mosquitoes. Some places where mosquito breeding has been detected are the Government Girls Senior Secondary School-2, A Block, Janak Puri, Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) in Raja Garden, MTNL office, Vishal Enclave, CRPF School in Dwarka-Sector 16, CRPF Camp, Jhroda Kalan, Mother’s Pride School Dwarka-Sector 17, Police Station in Dwarka-Sector 23, Fire Station in Dwarka-Sector 16, Horticulture Department, Bhijwasan, CGHS Dispensary, Saadh Nagar, Sector 12 Market in Dwarka, Furniture Market, Najafgarh, DMRC Construction Site at Delhi Gate, Construction Site at GMR Airport Authority, Airport, Construction Site at Terminal 3 Airport, Sarai Kale Khan Market, Lajpat Nagar Market, East of Kailash, Kalkaji Market and others.last_img read more

Police hands over Rs 23500 challan to Haryana biker

first_imgSirsa: A biker was on Thursday fined of Rs 23,500 for violating traffic rules under the new Motor Vehicles Act, police said. Sonu, a resident of Patiala, was riding the motorcycle without a number plate near Delhi bridge on Hisar-Sirsa road, traffic police in-charge Bahadur Singh said. When asked to furnish documents, he told Singh that he had purchased the bike recently and had no registration certificate and other papers. “The defaulter has been challaned for Rs 23,500,” Singh said. The amended Motor Vehicles Act, which aims at stricter punishment for violation of traffic regulations, came into force on September 1.last_img read more