Stena Polaris Reaches Destination

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Stena Group, October 24, 2013 Print  Close zoom After 35 days at sea, the Stena Polaris has arrived at the port of Yousu in South Korea. She has sailed via the icy and harsh North-East Passage along Russia’s northern coast. After arriving at her final destination, the ship was celebrated with representatives of the South Korean government, the corporate management of both Hyundai and the Stena Group and the port authorities attending.The Stena Polaris began her voyage on 17 September in the port of Ust Luga in the Gulf of Finland with a cargo of 44,000 tons of naphtha. The voyage is a joint project between Stena Bulk and South Korean Hyundai Glovis, the shipping arm of the Hyundai Group.The whole voyage has been reported in the form of Patrik Svahn’s blogs and photos from the ship. Patrik Svahn normally works in Stena Bulk’s office in Gothenburg but was the Company’s man on board. His reports have painted a picture of everyday life on board – the safety drills, waiting for an icebreaker so as to be able to pass through the most demanding areas, descriptions of the fascinating Arctic environment and a stormy trip across Barents Sea, etc.“After enjoying the five course dinner at the expo center in Yeosu the ceremony came to an end. As they say, “all great things must come to an end”. As I was not heading back to the ship, I said my good byes to my fellow companions who had embarked on this adventure together with me. And it was with a bit of sadness that I shook the hand of Captain Stipanovic, Mr. Lee, the professor, Chief Engineer Donadic and the rest of my newly made friends. We all set sail to take a top modern tanker through an unexploited and harsh part of the world. And we succeeded. Not because of one man or two men but because of a team effort. A team effort by the greatest team on earth!”Sailing via the North-East Passage offers the expansive Northern Asia opportunities to speed up the freight routes to and from the region.The voyage with the Stena Polaris is the first project where technology and operational know-how have been transferred from Stena to Hyundai Glovis. At the same time, it is the beginning of important collaboration. Stena’s objective is to  expand in Asia together with good partners.Higher safety requirementsThe Stena Polaris has been built to ice class 1 A specifications in accordance with Det Norske Veritas (DNV), which means that it is well equipped to sail in ice-covered waters where broken ice can be up to 0.8 m thick. In addition to an ice-strengthened hull her rudder and propellers are technically adapted for operation in icy waters and her main engines have been modified to deliver greater power.About the P-MAX tankersThe P-MAX tankers were designed and built by Stena and Concordia Maritime. They have a double hull, optimum corrosion control, two engine rooms with full water and fire integrity and two propulsion systems. Double propellers and rudders and a specially designed bridge layout give the tanker extremely good maneuverability and a 360° view, which facilitate safe navigation in narrow waters.The Stena Polaris, which is owned by Concordia Maritime and has been time-chartered by Stena Bulk for this project, has the following technical data: Length: 183 m, beam: 40 m, draft: 11.3 m, deadweight: 65,000 tons.Related:Following Stena Polaris through North-East Passagelast_img read more

COSCO Shipping Energy Warns of Over 50 Pct Profit Fall

first_imgzoom Hong Kong-listed COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation forecasts a drop in profit for the first six months of this year of up to 57 percent year-on-year.Specifically, the group’s net profit attributable to the equity holders is expected to range between RMB 800-900 million (equivalent to approximately USD 118.3-133.1 million), a decline of approximately 51% to 57% as compared to last year’s equivalent of RMB 1.85 billion.COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation disposed of its dry bulk cargo business at the end of June 2016. The revenue from the disposal of the dry bulk cargo business less the operating loss from the dry bulk cargo business constituted a net profit from discontinued operations worth RMB 743 million, the company said.However, the net profit from the continued operation of the group’s oil and gas transportation business fell by approximately 19%-28% on a year-on-year basis, mainly due to a decrease of approximately 40%-60% in the daily revenue level on the market of different types of vessels for foreign oil transportation in the first half of the year.last_img read more

Panama Canal Welcomes Largest Passenger Ship ToDate

first_imgThe Panama Canal welcomed Norwegian Cruise Line’s 168,000 gross ton Norwegian Bliss, the largest passenger vessel to ever transit the waterway, on May 14.“The Panama Canal is proud to welcome the Norwegian Bliss and recognizes that this distinct milestone is made possible by the Canal Expansion, as well as the experience and efforts gained in the two years since its inauguration,” Manuel Benítez, Deputy Canal Administrator, said.The Norwegian Bliss left Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard in March to begin a 15-day itinerary this month, sailing from Miami, Florida through the Panama Canal and up along the west coast of Central and North America before reaching its final destination at the Port of Los Angeles in California. The ship will then service the Alaska region until the end of the cruise season, after which it will be repositioned in the Caribbean.“The Panama Canal is proud to welcome the Norwegian Bliss and recognizes that this distinct milestone is made possible by the Canal Expansion, as well as the experience and efforts gained in the two years since its inauguration,” said Deputy Canal Administrator Manuel Benítez.— Panama Canal (@thepanamacanal) May 14, 2018For the Panama Canal, May 24 marks the unofficial end to the 2017-18 cruise season when it will transit the Pacific Princess, operated by Princess Cruises, as part of a 17-day voyage from Los Angeles, California to its final destination at the port of Fort Lauderdale.“By the end of its cruise season, the Panama Canal will have transited a total 248 passenger ships with a total of 312,304 passengers onboard,” Albano Aguilar, the Canal’s international trade specialist, said. “Of this, a total of 20 cruises will be Neopanamax vessels, including the Caribbean Princess, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Splendor, Norwegian Bliss and Disney Wonder – all able to transit the waterway thanks to the Expansion of the Canal,” Aguilar added.Image, Video Courtesy: Panama Canallast_img read more

All Welcome to Join in Groundhog Day Festivities

first_imgNova Scotians are invited to join our province’s famous groundhog at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park for a centuries-old weather forecasting tradition on Friday, Feb. 2. The park will open at 7 a.m. for visitors to enjoy free hot drinks, displays, face painting and crafts. Natural Resources Minister Margaret Miller will join Sam’s fans to watch him make his prediction at 8 a.m. “I invite all Nova Scotians to join me at the wildlife park for Sam’s 30th spring forecast,” said Ms. Miller. “This is a fun event we look forward to all year. Our location in Nova Scotia makes it even more exciting as Sam is the first groundhog in North America to make his prediction.” Folklore says if Sam does not see his shadow, spring will come early. If he does, we can expect six more weeks of winter. Feb. 2 is also World Wetlands Day. Representatives from Ducks Unlimited, the Department of Natural Resources, the Clean Foundation, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Mi’kmawey Forestry and Ikanawtiket will all join Sam at the park to raise awareness about the value of wetlands. At 9 a.m., after Sam’s forecast, there will be a guided nature walk of the park’s wetland trail. The Greenwing Legacy Interpretive Centre will also be open to visitors. If you cannot join the festivities in person, you can watch Sam live leading up to the event and on the day of to make his prediction at The best times to tune in are 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., when he gets fed. Sam is also on Twitter @ShubenacadieSam. During the winter, the park is open only on weekends. For Groundhog Day, the park will be open until noon. Directions to the park and park hours are online at read more

Getting out of the Fort William Trap in Thunder Bay

first_imgWillow Fiddler APTN National NewsCrystal Morrison sits at her kitchen table making a ribbon skirt using her traditional colours that came to her in a dream.Morrison was sitting at a different table about two years ago when she was addicted to drugs and alcohol.“It became a once a month thing, then it became weekly and then it became anywhere from four to five times a week drinking down there,” says Morrison.“Everybody knew my name down there.”She’s talking about the Fort William Trap in the south end of Thunder Bay.It’s where the city’s marginalized people can be seen hanging out near the Victoriaville Mall and Newfie’s Pub.“There was a lot of stabbings that happened there, there was shootings that happened there, there was gangs, you know people were afraid at that time of walking home,” Morrison recalls.It’s gotten a lot worse in the last year according to people APTN News spoke to recently in Thunder Bay, as gangs from Toronto and Ottawa flood the city.Morrison now tries to help people get out of the trap. But finding their way out tends to be a journey of their own.“I’ve never been to treatment,” says Morrison.Instead, she found a group of women who shared similar experiences.“We’re sobriety sisters,” she says. “We’re all aiming for the same thing and that’s to be who we are and not afraid to show it, so to speak.”Ron Kanutski knows what Morrison went through because he fought, much like her, to get out of the trap.He was a young man when first came to Thunder Bay more than two decades ago.“I came to Thunder Bay for something better,” he says, adding as a young man he blamed others for his problems. ” I don’t have a problem, it’s my family, it’s my girlfriend, it’s my friends, it’s this community, it’s their belief system.“I’m going to go somewhere else and start over where it’s better.”But his problem followed him.“Then I came to realize, I can’t run away from what I’m dealing with. I got to take a look at what’s going on from here,” says Kanutski.“I have a saying now that I always say, I had to feed my spirit something different than I was feeding it.”Kanutski is a musician and a comedian and has worked with treatment centres and youth.“Right now … it’s an epidemic, it’s out of control and we just don’t have enough services to even deal with this right now,” he says of Thunder Bay.But that doesn’t stop him from trying to draw people from the darkness into what he calls the light.“We need to talk to that next generation that’s coming because they’re vulnerable and they’re living…some children are living in some dark situations,” he says.Kanutski has been using culture and traditional practices to reach out to children for the last 17 years.“These aren’t just names, these are human beings you know and they’re lost and we’ve got to help people find their way back,” he says.wfiddler@aptn.calast_img read more

Morneau to unveil changes to controversial small business tax proposals

first_imgOTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau will unveil changes Monday aimed at mollifying the many critics of his controversial small business tax reform proposals, hoping to tamp down a political wildfire that has scorched Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government.The damage control effort will begin with a special briefing early Monday morning for Liberal backbenchers, some of whom have been among the most vocal opponents of the measures.Sources, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly, say Morneau wants to demonstrate to anxious Liberal MPs that he’s heard their concerns about his tax reform plan and is addressing them.The proposed reforms were intended to put an end to measures which the government contends have allowed wealthy individuals to use incorporation as small businesses to unfairly reduce their income tax burden.They triggered an angry backlash from doctors, lawyers, accountants, shop owners, farmers, premiers and even some Liberal backbenchers, who maintained the reforms would hurt the very middle class Canadians that the Trudeau government claims to be trying to help.The changes are expected to ensure the reforms are targeted more clearly at the wealthy.They’re also expected to address concerns that the reforms will disproportionately impact women, inhibit the ability of small business owners to save for a rainy day and make it impossible for farmers, fishers and others to pass their businesses on to their children.Morneau has acknowledged changes are required to address some of the concerns raised and to ensure there are no unintended consequences.Speaking briefly Friday outside a meeting of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, Morneau referred to Monday’s caucus briefing as “an important discussion.” He referred several times to continuing the discussion, suggesting that whatever he announces Monday won’t be the end of the story.“I’m going to continue this discussion. We’re going to talk about what we think is important and that is that we get it right,” he said.Morneau acknowledged that the government has to do a better job of reassuring middle class Canadians that they won’t be negatively impacted by the proposals.“The fact that farmers won’t be impacted, we need to make that clear. The fact that, you know, small businesses will be able to continue to invest in their business, which is what we want, and won’t be worried about passing their business to the next generation, we’re going to communicate that clearly.”As originally proposed, the plan would restrict income sprinkling, in which an incorporated business owner can transfer income to a child or spouse who is taxed at a lower rate, regardless of whether they actually do any work for the company.It would also limit the use of private corporations to make passive investments that are unrelated to the company and curb the ability of business owners to convert regular income of a corporation into capital gains, which are taxed at a lower rate.The proposals were unveiled in mid-July but it took about a month for the backlash to materialize. Since then, the Liberals’ popularity has taken a hit in some public opinion polls and the governing party’s backbenchers have become increasingly anxious.A number of Liberal MPs, including finance committee chair Wayne Easter, have complained about the messaging surrounding the proposals, which they say portrays small business owners as tax cheats.The Conservatives have used the furor to accuse Morneau of hypocrisy, targeting small business owners while doing nothing to deal with legal tax avoidance strategies used by large corporations like Morneau Shepell, a human resources company headed by the minister until his appointment to cabinet in 2015.That line of attack was bolstered Friday by news that for two years, Morneau failed to disclose to the federal ethics commissioner that he and his wife are partners in a private company that owns a family villa in southern France. CBC News reported that holding property through a private company is useful in avoiding inheritance taxes in France.Morneau’s ownership of the villa was disclosed but the involvement of the private company was not until last month, when CBC began to ask questions about it.Morneau called the failure to disclose the company an “administrative oversight.”“In fact, I disclosed the asset originally when the commissioner asked me to disclose all my assets. The administrative structure that I was advised to purchase the house with when I did so as a foreigner was something that we just gave information to (her) more recently, just because it was an administrative oversight.”Jocelyne Brisebois, a spokeswoman for Dawson, declined to say if the ethics commissioner is looking into the matterUnder the Conflict of Interest Act, Dawson has limited power to do anything about it in any event, other than impose a fine of up to $500.last_img read more

James hints BC speculation tax being redrawn for vacation homes implications

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s finance minister is dropping hints the blueprint for the province’s proposed speculation tax is being redrawn after a homeowner backlash.Carole James introduced the speculation tax in last month’s budget, but details were scarce other than saying it will come later this year and it targets foreign and domestic buyers who do not pay B.C. income tax.She said Wednesday concerns about unexpected tax increases from some B.C. property owners with two properties are being heard.The homeowners have been telling the government about fears their vacation homes will be hit with large tax bills despite promises of offsetting income tax credits.“Details to come, as I said then (on budget day),” said James. “We’re working on those details now, including all of the issues that people have been raising. They are on our table. They are part of our considerations.”The details in the budget pegged the proposed speculation tax at $5 for every $1,000 of assessed value this year and rising to $20 for every $1,000 of assessed value in 2019.But the budget was not clear about British Columbia residents with vacation or second homes in the province.“The new annual property tax will target foreign and domestic home owners who do not pay income tax in B.C., including those who leave their homes vacant,” said the budget documents.James said the government is preparing the final details for the speculation tax, and vacation property owners from B.C. is one of the tax issues being reviewed.“We’re aiming to make sure that we get speculators out of the market,” she said. “We don’t want people treating our housing as a stock market.”James said earlier the tax measures in her budget are part of the government’s aim to improve housing affordability for thousands of people, including seniors forced to live in their vehicles and young professionals who refuse jobs in B.C. because they can’t find a place to live.The proposed speculation tax will not apply to every region of the province, targeting Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, the Victoria area, Nanaimo Regional District, Kelowna and West Kelowna.Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said the minority New Democrat government appears to be making up tax policy on the fly.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the tax would rise to $10 for every $1,000 of assessed value in 2019.last_img read more

Spring Weather Forecast

first_img“As we head into the 10th of March we expect the pattern to break down and we are going to see a milder pattern we conclude the end of March,” said Gilham “It won’t be clear sailing all the way to summer yet overall, as we get the back and forth of spring yet the temperatures will tip to the milder side of normal.”Gilham goes on to share Spring is a tumultuous season and we are in an area known for wild swings in weather. “It will be noticeable when there is the change and precipitation that shows is not to be excessively wet or dry,” said GilhamIn the summer sneak peek Gilham is forecasting a warmer than normal temperatures although warm summers can come with some negatives such as fire season and agricultural interests. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As we end the month of February we look towards March and learn what weather this month will bring.Speaking with Doug Gilham, Meteorologist at the Weather Network he shares with me “Some relief is on the way.”As February has been exceptionally cold with temperatures averaging 10 degrees colder than seasonal and normal, these temps will continue through the first week of March.last_img read more

Cop suspended after massage video goes viral

first_imgKolkata: A Sub-Inspector from Balurghat Government Railway Police (GRP) was suspended on Wednesday after a video, where a lady constable was seen massaging his feet, went viral. According to sources, on May 2, a lady constable in uniform was massaging Sukumar Adhikary’s feet at his rest room in Balurghat GRP. It is suspected that one of the GRP staff, who was present in the room, recorded the video. It is alleged that the lady constable neglected her duties and behaved rudely with people. Despite several complaints against her, Adhikary supported her. Several staff of Balurghat GRP were unhappy with her behaviour. It is suspected that someone recorded the video which was later forwarded to senior officials to reveal the truth. Upon receiving the video, Adhikary was closed immediately. Later, he was suspended. But what action could be taken against the lady constable is not yet decided. A probe has been ordered in this regard. Adhikary was reportedly posted at Balurghat GRP two years ago. He will retire from his job approximately after four years.last_img read more

Morocco to Reduce Gas Prices in August

Rabat – The prices of premium gasoline, fuel oil n2, fuel oil n2 ONE and special fuel declined in August 1, 2014, announced the Ministry of General Affairs and governance.The price of premium gasoline has dropped 36 cents per liter, to stand at MAD 13.20 per liter, while the price of fuel oil n2 fell by MAD 17.46 per ton to reach MAD 5,894.12 per ton, the ministry said in a statement on Friday.The price of fuel oil n2 ONE was down to MAD 5,692.57 per ton, a reduction of MAD 17.46 per ton, while the price of special fuel dropped to MAD 6,816.70 per ton, on the back of a reduction of MAD 176.65 per ton. read more

Seven students arrested over Kiralagala Stupa pics

The students had taken photos standing on the Kiralagala Stupa and then posted it on Facebook. (Colombo Gazette) Seven students of the South Eastern University have been arrested for posing and taking photographs on the Kiralagala Stupa.The Police said that the Buddhist Information Centre had lodged a Police complaint over the incident.

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US policeman who fatally shot woman who attempted to report possible rape

first_img By Stephen McDermott 34,528 Views US policeman who fatally shot woman who attempted to report possible rape found guilty of murder The 40-year-old victim was shot after calling emergency services twice. A US POLICE officer who fatally shot an Australian woman in 2017 has been found guilty of murder by a Minneapolis jury.Mohamed Noor, 33, who was fired from the city’s police force following the incident, was convicted of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter yesterday.The jury began deliberating on Monday after three weeks of testimony, and acquitted the former officer of the most serious charge of second-degree murder with intent to kill.Noor testified that he shot Justine Damond, an Australian who had moved to the US, to protect his partner because he had feared an ambush when responding to an emergency call she had made.The 40-year-old victim, a yoga instructor, had approached the car after calling emergency services twice to report a possible rape in the dark alley behind her home.No such assault was ever found to have occurred.Noor targeted Damond from the passenger seat of the police cruiser he was in with his partner, Matthew Harrity.He testified that he believed that there was an imminent threat after he saw a cyclist stop near the police cruiser, heard a loud bang and saw Harrity’s “reaction to the person on the driver’s side raising her right arm”.Noor added that when he reached from the cruiser’s passenger seat and shot Damond through the driver’s side window, it was because he thought his partner “would have been killed”.Damond was wounded in the abdomen and died at the scene. Her last words were: “I’m dying,” according to authorities.‘Sad and tragic’Prosecutors insisted that the shooting was unreasonable and contrary to police department training policy.Damond had moved to the midwestern American city to marry her fiancee, Don Damond, and had changed her name from her maiden name, Ruszczyk.Her death caused outrage back home and her Australian family was in the courtroom for the trial. Ex-Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor walking out of court last week Source: Brian PetersonAt a press conference, Damond’s father, John Ruszczyk, said he believed Noor’s conviction was reached despite the “active resistance” of many police officers and institutions.The shooting also enraged many of the victim’s neighbours, who mounted a campaign for police reforms, and the city’s police chief at the time was forced to resign within days.“I want to extend my sincere apologies to the family and friends of Justine Damond Ruszcyzk,” Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said in a statement after the verdict.The chief called the incident “sad and tragic” and acknowledged that it had had an impact “around the world, most significantly in her home country of Australia.”“I will ensure that the (department) learns from this case,” Arradondo said.With additional reporting from – © AFP 2019 Justine Damond’s memorial ceremony in Minneapolis in 2017 Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Justine Damond’s memorial ceremony in Minneapolis in 2017 May 1st 2019, 10:18 AM Image: SIPA USA/PA Imagescenter_img Short URL Share7 Tweet Email Wednesday 1 May 2019, 10:18 AM 26 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

MP wants to keep the Cat out of Australia

first_imgA Victorian MP believes Yusuf Islam, the Cypriot-Greek British singer formerly known as Cat Stevens, should be banned from entering Australia. Mr Islam has an upcoming tour of Australia but Fairfax reports Democratic Labor MP Peter Kavanagh wants him barred from coming here. It is believed the position surrounds Mr Islam’s support of a fatwa – or Islamic death sentence – on British author Salman Rushdie.Mr Rushdie was put under police protection following the release of his book, The Satanic Verses, because of outrage in parts of the Muslim community. Many Muslims believed the book was blasphemy and it was reported by the New York Times in 1989 that Mr Islam supported the death sentence.Mr Kavanagh said Immigration Minister Chris Evans should deny Mr Islam a visa unless he publicly said he does not support the murder of someone who expresses their views. The British singer/songwriter, who’s father was Greek and mother Swedish, changed his name to Yusuf Islam after converting to Islam in 1977. He will play shows in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.The 61-year-old artist is famous for classic songs like Peace Train, Father & Son, (Remember The Days Of The) Old School Yard, First Cut Is The Deepest, Wild World, Moonshadow, and Morning Has Broken.For many years it seemed unlikely that Yusuf would return to the stage, after deciding to devote himself to educational and philanthropic causes in the Muslim community. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

The World Soy Foundation Gives Thanks this Holiday Season

first_img“Thank you. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to provide for my daughter. I knew she wasn’t getting enough food before and it pained her mother and me to see her suffer. Thank you for helping me change that.”Those are the words of a father whose daughter receives improved nutrition and education through a World Soy Foundation (WSF) supported project in El Salvador. This year, we are giving thanks for donors like you who are improving lives around the world through your donation to WSF. Thank you for helping us provide much needed protein for this little girl in El Salvador and for helping her father feel, for the first time, truly able to provide for his family. The pride visible on his face as he thanked us was immeasurable.As you look at your family around the table this Thanksgiving with hearts full of gratitude, we hope you remember the impact you have had on the lives of others. This holiday season WSF asks for your continued support as we work to improve the lives of kids around the world.Happy Thanksgiving!P.S.—don’t forget, Tuesday, Dec. 2 is #GivingTuesday! Click HERE to visit our #GivingTuesday page and join us on this special day in spreading joy!last_img read more

Large snow flakes fall in Clark County

first_imgWell, that was fun.Snow fell in downtown Vancouver this morning. Honest to goodness, white flakes.The first flakes were spotted around 7:45 a.m. Snow was covering lawns, cars and roofs in Hazel Dell and Salmon Creek. Some plate-sized, heavy snow flakes were being reported throughout Clark County. The National Weather Service predicted snow levels would fall to between 500 and 1,000 feet after 1 p.m. But a curveball from Mother Nature upped the timeline. The weather service issued a Winter Weather Advisory at about 8 a.m.The morning’s large flakes were the product of somewhat rare circumstances: Big snow flakes are produced by the joining of smaller flakes during snowfalls in temperatures slightly above freezing when there’s little or no wind. Jeff Mize of Clark County Public Works said about two inches of snow fell in North County and Washougal. Mize said snow plows were activated in those areas. A handful of wrecks involving cars sliding off roads and into ditches and poles have been reported throughout Clark County, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian. Firefighters responding to the wrecks were being urged to drive cautiously.last_img read more

Tahsildars told to focus on passbook issues

first_imgVikarabad: District Collector Ayesha Masrat Khanam said tahsildars should work extra time to clear the pending works regarding issues related to pattadar passbooks. She conducted video conference with all the tahsildars and RDOs from the collectorate, here on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, she said complete the digital signatures of the passbooks which have no issues. She directed them to complete 90 percent of works by the weekend. The collector told them to complete mutations, virasats etc.Speaking about the enrolment of new voters, the district Collector told tahsildars to take steps to identify the youth who crossed 18 years of age.Joint Collector Arunakumari, DRO Mothilal, RDO Vishwanatham, tahasildars at collectorate Sridhar, Deepak were present.last_img read more

Public participation key to success of Swachh prog VK singh

first_imgNampally: Printing and Stationery Department Commissioner VK Singh said that Swachh Bharath and Swachh Telangana programmes cannot be realised only with government enforcement, without public awareness and public participation in cleanliness activities. He was speaking during the cleanliness awareness rally organised by Jan Seva Sangh here on Sunday. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, VK Singh said that all the jails in the state were transformed due to the cleanliness awareness created among prisoners. The same effort, however, could not be replicated across the state and the city due to lack of awareness and participation of the public. He hoped that the city of Hyderabad would be transformed into a beggar- and garbage-free city within a year. He urged people to unitedly fight to create awareness on cleanliness and strive for clean surroundings.last_img read more

Air India Flight Returns to NJ after Engine Catches Fire A Look

first_imgAn Air India flight had an emergency landing at the Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, on Sunday after an engine overheated and caught fire.According to airport officials, the flight was bound for Mumbai and had 313 passengers on board, none of whom were injured. It was first suspected that a bird strike was the cause of fire but was proven otherwise on further investigation.The pilot of AI Flight 144 reported about the flames coming out from an engine on the aircraft’s left side, Erica Dumas – a spokesperson for the Port of New York and New Jersey – told Reuters.”Aircraft rescue and firefighters responded, and the aircraft was towed to the ramp. The passengers deplaned on the taxiway and were bussed to the terminal,” Wireupdate quoted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).Air India is reputed for engaging in emergency landings every year, usually owing to technical faults which require to be checked and properly serviced by the engineers in charge before take off. In January, a Delhi-bound AI flight with 135 passengers onboard had made an emergency landing in Varanasi, due to technical faults merely 15 minutes after take off. In the following month, an AI Dreamliner made an unscheduled landing in Kuala Lumpur, after all three of the jet’s navigation computers failed simultaneously.Last year, an AI helicopter landed because of oil leakage in Gujarat. The same year one more emergency landing happened in Vishakhapatnam with 174 passengers onboard, after pilots detected a snag in its engine parameters.Even in 2012, a Delhi-bound AI plane made an unscheduled landing in Pakistan, after detecting a technical problem with its hydraulic systems, with 122 passengers onboard.Air India, which recently joined Star Alliance group on Friday, made promises to improve services for the travellers. But these emergency landings raise questions on the services provided by the airline. It also puts the passengers’ lives at risk.Now that the government has budgeted an upfront equity of ₹6,750 crore in the current fiscal year and the airline itself has improved its financial standing compared to the last couple of years, the travellers can finally hope for better services and less emergency landings in the coming years.”AI’s operating losses had declined by 44.2% to ₹2,123.78 crore and net loss had declined to ₹5,388.82 crore,” Hindustan Times quoted aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju.last_img read more

Turkish police kill 2 attackers after car bomb in Izmir

first_imgTurkish police officers stand guard at the site of an explosion in front of the courthouse in Izmir on 5 January, 2017. Photo: AFP A car bombing blamed on Kurdish militants rocked the Turkish city of Izmir on Thursday, killing at least two people and triggering a deadly shootout, as authorities chased the fugitive killer behind the New Year attack in Istanbul.Turkey is on edge after the shooting rampage at the Reina nightclub unleashed shortly after revellers rang in 2017 which killed 39 people and was claimed by the Islamic State group.A top official said the gunman may be a Turkic Uighur and several people of Uighur origin were arrested earlier on Thursday.Just four days after the nightclub carnage, a car bomb exploded outside a courthouse in the Aegean city of Izmir on Thursday afternoon, with authorities blaming the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).State-run Anadolu news agency said a policeman and a court worker, reportedly a bailiff, were killed.Police battled “terrorists” in a clash which saw two militants killed while another escaped and is now being pursued.Several ambulances rushed to the scene after the blast in the usually peaceful port city, Turkey’s third largest metropolis, and the gateway to the plush beach resorts of the Aegean.A Turkish police officer stands guard at the site of an explosion in front of the courthouse in Izmir on 5 January, 2017. Photo: AFPThere has so far been no claim of responsibility for the latest bombing after a year of bloodshed in the Muslim-majority NATO member.But Izmir governor Erol Ayyildiz said that initial evidence suggested the PKK—which has fought a deadly insurgency for over three decades—was behind the attack, rather than IS.He said police tried to stop the car before it exploded and the “terrorists” then sought to escape as the explosion went off and the gunfight began. Up to seven people were wounded, he added.Usually calm Izmir lies well to the west of the PKK’s main theatre of operations in the Kurdish-dominated southeast of the country.‘Uighur origin’ -Turkish authorities meanwhile were seeking to close in on the Istanbul club attacker, who slipped into the night after spraying 120 bullets at terrified partygoers celebrating New Year.Of the 39 dead, 27 were foreigners including citizens from Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Iraq and Morocco.A top official said the attacker was likely a Turkic Uighur and reports have indicated the authorities are looking into the possible existence of a cell, also including other jihadists from Central Asia.IS took responsibility for the massacre in a statement on Monday, the first time it has issued a clear and undisputed claim for a major attack inside Turkey.The extremist group said it was a response to Ankara’s military operation against the jihadists in northern Syria, where Turkish armed forces are supporting opposition fighters retaking territory from IS.Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak told A Haber broadcaster on Thursday that the attacker was “probably” of Uighur origin as he sought to play down fears that the gunman would escape Turkey.Most Uighurs, an eastern Turkic group, live in the Xinjiang region of China, although there are also significant populations in ex-Soviet Central Asian states.Previous reports had said the killer could be from Kyrgyzstan or Uzbekistan.Kaynak said airports had taken measures to ensure the killer did not flee Turkey and Dogan reported that the authorities also tightened land borders.The agency said checkpoints would be set up to search all vehicles and people leaving the country at border crossings in Edirne, western Turkey, which has a land border with Greece and Bulgaria.“The security forces are aware of who the terrorist is. We are also aware of the probable place where he might be,” Kaynak added, without giving further details.Kaynak described the massacre as “sophisticated and well planned”, suggesting the gunman is part of a “well formed cell”.Families detained in Izmir -Special forces detained several people Uighur origin suspected of links with the Istanbul attack on the outskirts of the city on Thursday, Anadolu said.Excluding the latest arrests, at least 36 had been detained in the probe by Wednesday.Authorities had on Tuesday detained 20 adults—along with 20 of their children—from three families in Izmir. There was no indication of any link to the bombing in the city.Those held had moved to Izmir on December 10 from the central city of Konya, where they are suspected of having been in touch with the killer during his stay there.Police are investigating possible links to IS of the suspects, who include Uighurs, Kyrgyz citizens and suspects from the Russian Caucasus region of Dagestan.The latest attack comes after Turkey suffered a bloody year in 2016 when multiple bombings blamed on Kurdish militants and IS jihadists killed hundreds of people.last_img read more