Samwad Yatra begins on peaceful note

first_imgPro-reservation Maratha outfits on Friday launched the ‘Samwad Yatra’ in a bid to keep up the pressure on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. Leaders of the Maratha Kranti Morcha, which is spearheading the stir, decided to go ahead with the yatra despite Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s assurance that the process of granting quota to the Maratha community would be completed by December 1. The leaders of the stir have demanded that the State government grant Marathas a quota under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category, and not as separate ‘Maratha community’ which they fear will not pass muster in court.At the same time, MKM leaders assured that the Maratha community had no intention of snatching any benefits currently being availed by the other backward classes.“We want the Fadnavis government to include us in the OBC category and not push for our reservation as ‘Maratha community’ members. This can be achieved by expanding Maharashtra’s reservation limit which currently stands at 52%,” said Shantaram Kunjir, a Morcha coordinator from Pune heading the ‘Samwad Yatra’.Raghunath Chitre-Patil, another convener, said in 2014, the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) government had approved a 16% Maratha quota which could not endure as it was reservation “on lines of a caste/community” and not along economic lines.“The Congress-NCP government announced a quota for the Maratha community just as the elections were round the corner. What was more damaging was that by not arguing for our inclusion within the OBC, the government could not put up a convincing argument in court on the backwardness of a majority of the Marathas,” Mr. Chitre-Patil said. Vinod Patil, a pro-quota activist who filed the petition in Bombay High Court, urged for extending the State’s reservation limit to ensure fairness and preserve inter-caste harmony. “The OBC category constitutes 32% of the total reservation. We are demanding a quota under the ‘OBC’ category, but not at the cost of eating into reservation of the other economically and socially backward communities. So the government must expand the reservation limit by including the Marathas under a separate OBC category. Say for instance, if the backwards classes under the OBC category are collectively labeled ‘A’, then the Marathas may be labeled as ‘A1’ under the same category,” opined Mr. Patil.The yatra commenced with a formal ceremony at the SSPMS ground in Pune, with hundreds of protestors demanding that the current government fulfil all demands of the Maratha community including fee waiver for Maratha students and death sentence to the perpetrators of the heinous 2016 Kopardi rape-murder — the trigger for the Maratha quota movement. The yatra moved to Saswad, 30 km from Pune, to join other pro-quota protestors who completed 100 days of agitation on Friday.Unlike the jarring bursts of violence and arson that marked the State-wide shutdown on August 9, the first phase of the new stir commenced on a peaceful note. The agitators however, reasserted their intention of converging on the Vidhan Bhavan in Mumbai on November 26 if the State government failed to break the reservation impasse.The Kopardi incident in 2016 had spurred a wave of nearly 60 ‘Muk Morchas’(silent rallies) for two years across the state, while buttressing the community’s claim for Maratha reservation and a curb on the misuse of the Atrocity Act.On Thursday, speaking at a function in Ahmednagar, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had reiterated his promise of resolving the Maratha quota issue within the next fortnight while urging the Maratha community to get ready for celebrations on December 1 instead of gearing up to launch fresh agitations against the State government.last_img read more

Entire Nagaland declared ‘disturbed’ for six more months under AFSPA

first_imgCentre has declared the entire State of Nagaland a “disturbed area” for six more months under the controversial AFSPA, which empowers security forces to conduct operations anywhere and arrest anyone without prior notice.In a notification, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said the Central government is of the opinion that the area comprising the whole State of Nagaland is in such a “disturbed and dangerous condition” that the use of armed forces in aid of the civil power is necessary.“Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (No. 28 of 1958), the Central government hereby declares that whole of the said State to be a ‘disturbed area’ for a period of six months with effect from June 30, 2019 for the purpose of that Act,” the notification said.The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act has been in force in Nagaland for several decades. It was not withdrawn even after a framework agreement was signed on August 3, 2015 by Naga insurgent group NSCN-IM general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah and government interlocutor R.N. Ravi in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The framework agreement came after more than 80 rounds of negotiations over 18 years. The first breakthrough came in 1997 when the ceasefire agreement was sealed after decades of insurgency.last_img read more

DeMarcus Cousins fouls out of Warriors debut in win over Clippers

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Curry scored 14 of Golden State’s 29 points in the third, including their final eight for an 81-72 lead.Tobias Harris led the short-handed Clippers with 28 points. Rookie guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander tied his career high with 24 in their season-worst fifth straight loss. They played without injured Lou Williams, and Danilo Gallinari left with lower back spasms.Cousins picked up his third foul 32 seconds into the second quarter. Then he hit a 3-pointer for the Warriors’ first basket of the period, bringing loud cheers from their many fans at Staples Center.Cousins missed his first shot but came right back with a one-handed slam off Durant’s bounce pass for the Warriors’ first basket. Cousins was called for two fouls in the first three minutes and sat down.The Warriors took their first double-digit lead in the first four minutes of the third when the Clippers missed their initial six shots. Golden State opened on a 14-2 run with five different players scoring, including a basket by Cousins before getting his fourth foul, to go up 66-53.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ Kyrie Irving stays hot with 38 points, leads Celtics to close win over Grizzlies Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins, center, dunks as Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, left, and Warriors forward Draymond Green watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Stephen Curry scored 28 points, DeMarcus Cousins added 14 before fouling out of his Warriors debut after being sidelined for nearly a year, and Golden State pulled away in the third quarter to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 112-94 on Friday night for its seventh straight victory and sixth in a row on the road.The Warriors shot just 9 of 37 on 3-pointers on a night when Curry made only three from long range. Fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson missed all four of his 3-point attempts.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Cousins shot 5 for 11 from the floor and finished with six rebounds and three assists during his first game since Jan. 26, 2018, when he ruptured his left Achilles tendon playing for New Orleans. He missed the rest of last season, including nine playoff games for the Pelicans. The Warriors signed him last July.With Cousins finally in the lineup, Golden State became the first team in 42 years to start five All-Stars from the previous season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsInstead of his usual scowl, Cousins left the court after his sixth foul at 8:51 of the fourth smiling and high-fiving his new teammates. Curry and Kevin Durant, who scored 24 points, looked happy, too.Cousins went out with a bang. He got his fifth foul just 30 seconds into the fourth and then made two consecutive 3-pointers — holding up three fingers — that extended the Warriors’ lead to 87-72. Draymond Green got two technical fouls in the second quarter, the second one for swinging from the basket after a high-flying dunk that sent the Warriors into halftime leading 52-51.Neither team led by more than six in the first half.TIP-INSWarriors: They’re in LA for five days. “I unpacked my bag for the first time ever on a road trip,” said coach Steve Kerr, who plans to catch up with friends from San Diego during the down time. … Durant got a technical in the third. … They’ve had 10 turnovers in each of their last four games. … Lead the season series 2-1. … G Shaun Livingston, drafted fourth overall by the Clippers in 2004, visited retiring Clippers play-by-play announcer Ralph Lawler before the game. … Golden State’s longest win streak of the season is eight games from Oct. 22 to Nov. 5.Clippers: Had just 11 assists. … Gallinari scored one point in eight minutes. … Williams has a sore right hamstring. He’s the NBA’s leading bench scorer at 18.7 points per game. He missed four games last month with a sore left hamstring. … Clippers coach Doc Rivers got a technical for the second straight game. … Patrick Beverley earned a technical while on the bench. … The teams’ last regular-season meeting is April 7. … Coolio performed at halftime. Emma Stone, Jennifer Garner (who sat with team owner Steve Ballmer), Ellen Pompeo and Billy Crystal attended.UP NEXTWarriors: Play at the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday before heading East for the rest of a five-game trip.Clippers: At the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday to begin a four-game trip. View commentslast_img read more

India Plans Appeal in Three Weeks For Early Reinstatement After WADA Suspends NADA Lab

first_img indian olympic associationInternational Standard for LaboratoriesioaNADA First Published: August 23, 2019, 4:34 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Mumbai: India’s dope testing laboratory has already addressed most of the concerns raised by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) about its standards and will apply within three weeks for its early reinstatement, a key government official told Reuters on Friday.WADA said on Thursday the New Delhi-based National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) has been suspended for up to six months for not conforming to international standards. The suspension prohibits the NDTL from carrying out any anti-doping activities, including all analyses of urine and blood samples.The WADA said NDTL could apply for early reinstatement if it satisfied its Laboratory Expert Group that it has addressed the issues.Radhey Shyam Julaniya, India’s sports secretary, said WADA had visited the laboratory last September.”WADA pointed out the deficiencies in September 2018,” Julaniya, who also serves as the NDTL’s chief executive, told Reuters.”The deficiencies have already been sorted out, complied with and overcome, and WADA was satisfied in 90% of the cases,” he said.”They wanted some more information and wanted validation through an international experts’ visit. They have not been able to allot time and visit and said they will do it sometime in January next year.”We explained we now have a full-time director, full employee strength and our performance is at par with any other country so send your team to take a decision. I told them ‘you are administering medicine when the disease has been cured.'”During the suspension, which took effect on Tuesday, any samples not yet tested or undergoing a confirmation procedure will be moved to another WADA-accredited laboratory.According to the World Anti-Doping Code, the laboratory has the option to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the WADA decision.”We are taking legal opinion while preparing all the extra paperwork WADA asked for,” said Julaniya, who refused to call the WADA decision a setback.”It generally takes four months for the paperwork but we will prepare it in three weeks and send.”India’s National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) is confident the world body’s decision would not hamper the country’s fight against doping with the next Olympic Games in Tokyo less than a year away.”The anti-doping programme of NADA does not get effected,” NADA director general Navin Agarwal said in an email. “The pre-Olympic testing will continue as planned.”Julaniya said laboratories in some European countries charge four times, and in some cases 10 times, more than what testing a sample at the NDTL costs.He said the NDTL was encouraging “more and more” East European and African nations to test their athletes’ samples in India.”Informally they wanted that we should have a different rate for international samples and for national athletes,” Julaniya said, ruing that India does not have a representation on the WADA board, something they want to fix in the near future.”We took the position that if our rates are lower, the other laboratories should reduce their rates rather than us increasing because this is a service and not a business.”I do not rule out that there might be some business interest of the other laboratories. This is basically a message to the East European and African countries that don’t go to India, their laboratory is discredited.” last_img read more


first_imgSriram, who won gold medals in 1974 and 1978 Asian Games, Sriram, who won gold medals in 1974 and 1978 Asian Games, also felt that majority of the current lot of Indian athletes lack dedication and hard work. “Nowadays, you have everything. Infrastructure is not bad as compared to our times. Now there are foreign training and exposure trips, you have foreign coaches and you have good diets. “We did not have any of these. We did not have corporate investing on training of athletes like what is happening nowadays. But we had a lot of Indians among Asian record holders during our times. Where are the Indians among Asian record holders currently? I feel this is due to lack of dedication and hard work among most of current lot of Indian athletes,” said the 67-year-old former middle distance runner. Sriram, who is now in the selection panel of the national federation, also linked doping at the departmental and age-group levels to this lack of desire to work hard among the current Indian athletes. “I dont believe in doping. I dont believe to the notion that doping is prevalent in other countries also and so we have to see the menace from that perspective. I did not dope, Milkha Singh or P T Usha did not dope. “It shows that these athletes want short cut to success without toiling hard. This is what I mean that most of current athletes lack the desire to work hard,” he added. Sriram, however, is upbeat about the proposed athletics league for which the Athletics Federation of India has invited Expression of Interest from interested entities. The league, if materialised, could see some top international athletes taking part in a franchise-based event on the lines of some of the tournaments being held in the country in other sports. “It (the league) has the potential to make a difference. Athletics may come up in its profile. But personally I think it should be held in four phases. It can have sprints, long distance, jumps and throws separately in each of the four phases. “Or it may be that events can be mixed like one or two sprints may be clubbed with jumps or throws so that the interest of the people in the league is there.” PTI PDS CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

Zaheer Khan gets engaged to Bollywood actor Sagarika Ghatge

first_imgDelhi Daredevils captain and former India pacer Zaheer Khan got engaged to Bollywood actor Sagarika Ghatge, famous for her role of hockey player Preeti Sabarwal in Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Chak De India”.The star cricketer announced the development on Twitter on Monday. Zaheer is currently busy leading the Daredevils in the IPL and in his heydays, was one of the most widely followed cricketer, thanks to his good looks and spectacular bowling skills.Never laugh at your wife’s choices. You are one of them !!! Partners for life. #engaged @sagarikavghatge zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) April 24, 2017Zaheer debuted for India back in 2000 in Kenya and went on to become an integral part of Indian teams subsequently.Zak, as he is fondly called by his teammates, played 92 Tests and picked 311 wickets. In 200 ODIS, he pocketed 282 wickets and played a major role in India’s World Cup triumph in 2011.He retired from international cricket in 2015Zaheer also recently breached the 100 – wicket mark in the IPL. He has been in fine form this season with the ball and has made a telling difference in the overall performance of the Daredevils.Sagarika, his fiancee, is a noted Bollywood actor.Zaheer will soon join the list of married Indian cricketers. His good friend Yuvraj Singh married Hazel Keech late last year while Harbhajan Singh had tied the knot in 2015.#Yuvihazel wedding marathon finally ends . Congratulations @YUVSTRONG12 @hazelkeech. Finally it’s time to head back to the bay ! zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) December 8, 2016advertisementlast_img read more

Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas 11th in ATP’s World Ranking

first_imgATHENS – Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas on Monday moved up to 11th position in the ATP rankings for the first time in his career.Tsitsipas, previously seeded 12th in ATP ranking, moved up one position after his victory on Sunday at the ATP 250 final over 39-year-old Mikhail Kukushkin from Kazakstan.At 20 years old, Tsitsipas is the youngest tennis player in the top 25 of the ATP rankings.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Srikanth, Sindhu and Saina retain places in latest BWF rankings

first_imgIndia’s star shuttlers P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal retained their positions in women’s singles in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday.Kidambi Srikanth and H.S.Prannoy stayed put to their No.5 and No.11 spots in men’s singles rankings, while Sameer Verma and B.Sai Praneeth dropped one place each to 19th and 25th respectively.While Saina skipped last week’s Thailand Open, Sindhu made it to the final before losing to reigning World Champion Nozomi Okuhara, who climbed up two spots to 6th.Despite her runner-up finish, Sindhu is still placed at No.3 while her compatriot Saina remained on 10th.Meanwhile, 16-year-old Vaishnavi Jakka Reddy climbed up four spots to break into the World top-50 for the first time, achieving a career-best ranking of 50.Ruthvika Shivani Gadde, who returned to action this week in Singapore, also climbed up two places to 90th. Sai Uttejitha Rao, who hogged the limelight at the All India senior ranking tournament in Bengaluru recently, was one of the biggest movers as she climbed up 13 places to 115.In men’s rankings, Parupalli Kashyap, who reached the pre-quarters of Thailand Open last week, found his way back into the World top-50 as he climbed six spots to 48th.Among the others, Subhankar Dey dropped three places to 67th while Lakshya Sen faltered five places to 76th.In men’s doubles, Commonwealth Games silver medallists Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty dropped to 22nd while Manu Attri and B.Sumeeth Reddy climbed one place to 28th.advertisementWomen’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N.Sikki Reddy dropped one place to 28th. In mixed doubles, Satwik and Ponnappa climbed up nine spots to be ranked 47th.last_img read more

Heritage Sites Being Upgraded

first_img“The passport invites Jamaicans from an early age to become ‘dry-land tourists’ in their own country. The same heritage that we invite visitors from abroad to experience must be so familiar to us that we become tour guides for our own children, our families and for our people,” Ms. Grange said.In the meantime, she informed that work has commenced towards securing Port Royal’s inclusion on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) list of World Heritage sites.Minister Grange commended the organisers of the Health, Home and Garden Expo for staging an event that highlights the country’s culture while promoting the importance of wellness.“Your concern with lifestyle matters that impact all areas of life and that have a strong focus on arts, culture, and heritage is recognised as being of fundamental value to us as a people. It makes you one of those solid Jamaican institutions… devoted to promoting what is good for Jamaica as a country, what is good about Jamaica and what is good for the lives of its citizens,” she said.Event Coordinator, Fay Wint, encouraged Jamaicans to come out for a fun-filled experience.  She noted that there will be live entertainment, artist and children villages, give-a-ways, beautiful exhibits, talks and demonstrations.The Health, Home and Garden Expo 2017 runs from Friday (October 27) to Sunday (October 29) at the National Arena. Gates are open 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. “The passport invites Jamaicans from an early age to become ‘dry-land tourists’ in their own country. The same heritage that we invite visitors from abroad to experience must be so familiar to us that we become tour guides for our own children, our families and for our people,” Ms. Grange said. More of the island’s heritage sites are being upgraded in a bid to showcase the country’s rich history.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, said the work includes infrastructural improvements and erection of storyboards and general signage.“The culture agencies of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust and the Institute of Jamaica under the Ministry’s portfolio have been charged as a matter of priority to ensure that more of our sites are functional and operating at world-class standards,” she noted.The Minister was speaking at the official launch of the Health, Home and Garden Expo at the National Arena in Kingston on Thursday (October 26).She said there continues to be insufficient knowledge of Jamaica’s history and culture among the youth population, adding that many of the values that the older population grew up with and treasured are being pushed aside for foreign alternatives.“Do we celebrate Halloween more than we celebrate Heroes Day. Is Emancipation Day just a picnic holiday or a time to consider as many aspects as possible of the history of slavery before and since that date,” she questioned.As such, she said that appropriate spaces in major towns will be created to facilitate cultural performances, and the culture passport programme has been expanded to enrich the knowledge and experience of Jamaicans.The culture passport programme provides free or reduced-cost access to heritage sites; cultural institutions such as museums, galleries, theatres; and special cultural performances.Beneficiaries include students, members of community-based organisations and churches, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and other special-interest groups. Story Highlightscenter_img Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, said the work includes infrastructural improvements and erection of storyboards and general signage. The Health, Home and Garden Expo 2017 runs from Friday (October 27) to Sunday (October 29) at the National Arena. Gates are open 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily.last_img read more

Interview: Antwerp Sets the Course for Future Growth

first_imgzoom Belgium’s Port of Antwerp is the biggest port area in the world, covering 13,057 hectares, the equivalent of 20,000 football fields. The Port of Antwerp is situated some 80 kilometers inland at the upper end of the tidal estuary of the Scheldt river, which thanks to the latest deepening in 2010 is navigable by the biggest container vessels.This inland location, bringing the port closer to Central Europe’s manufacturers and consumers, is one of the main reasons why the Port of Antwerp is among Europe’s busiest ports.The port of Antwerp handled a freight volume of around 148.34 million tonnes during the first nine months of this year, a 3.7% more than the same period last year, putting it on track to surpass the last year’s record volumes of 190.8 million tonnes.Given the sheer size of the port area, as well as the volumes handled, the port’s logistics network has to be constantly adapted and upgraded to keep up with the growing demands.World Maritime News staff visited the Port of Antwerp and met with Luc Arnouts, the port’s Chief Commercial Officer, to find out what challenges lie in running the shipping and logistics operation of this magnitude.WMN: The North West European Ports, including Antwerp, voiced their dissatisfaction with the allocation of EU funds that were intended for the Mediterranean ports, and announced talks with the EU Commission. Have there been any developments on this matter? What should, in your opinion, be a more fair distribution?Arnouts: “If you look at the performance of the North West European Ports, and compare it with the performance of the Mediterranean ports, then with all due respect, we have to acknowledge that the largest percentage of goods destined for the central part of Europe has been, and still is passing through the North West European Ports. We believe that one of the contributing factors to the performance of our ports is the way we are organized. The supply chain solutions the North West European Ports offer seem to be very well adapted to servicing a large part of Europe. Even in terms of geography, we are closer to certain ports. So, what we want to say is, if you are looking at allocating funds according to the needs of the European ports, the previous efforts done by the ports in the North West Europe should be taken into account, in order for us to continue working efficiently. We feel that all the European ports should have a level playing field. We have to plead for a correct distribution of the funds. We have demands and wishes for further developing intermodal links, and we would love to see some support from the EU. We want to make sure that the allocation of the funds is done not only based on a fact that there is progress in the North West European Ports compared to other ports, and that this should give us a disadvantage. We feel it should be to the contrary, our quality and performance should serve as an advantage in the process of allocating the funds. If you look at the waterway systems in this part of Europe, especially Belgium, North of France, Western Germany, etc., it is such an efficient system offering interesting modes of transport, such as transport by barge, which is, from an environmental and reduced congestion point of view, an excellent option. Let us not start creating systems to compensate others who do not have this advantageous system we have. “WMN: The 2M Alliance has selected Antwerp as the import and export port of call. Could you comment on your expectations? How will this affect Antwerp’s business figures?Arnouts: “The shipping industry is going through a very interesting period. The shipping alliances are becoming a common occurrence, becoming better organized and better structured. We were happy that the two biggest carriers, Maersk and MSC, decided to assign a prominent role to the Port of Antwerp. We think that the experiences that both of the carriers have had at our port over the years have convinced them to further solidify our business relationships. MSC has been our number one container customer, and Maersk has been increasing its operations within the port at a rate of 20% per year over the last four years. We believe that our port was chosen because of our position, our cargo generating power, which is due to the fact that we have a big industrial cluster within the port, and our huge logistics complex, the biggest one in Europe. It is also beneficial that we have the nautical accessibility of a deepsea port combined with our inland location. The 18,000 TEU vessels are calling at Antwerp which is located 100 kilometers inland, close to consumption and production areas.”WMN: Rotterdam has been facing numerous congestion issues since July and as a result shipping companies switched their calls to Antwerp. Could you explain to our readers how has this switch affected your business operations? Has Antwerp been experiencing bottleneck problems? What is the situation now? Arnouts: “One thing that we feel we have been developing in a positive way is the transport within the port. The port covers a huge area, and in the last few years we have set up solid intra-port shunting systems. This horizontal transport, as we refer to it, is something that might have played a role in the congestion taking place in Rotterdam. For the past year we have worked on this system, seeing that we have many terminals on different locations, quite a distance away from one another, so we had the need to create this connectivity between our terminals to make sure that congestion occurring at one part of the port can be alleviated by directing and transporting containers throughout the port. I think we have an effective system of intra-port transport put in place, whereas our northern neighbours still have some work to do in that area. On the other hand, we do not have congestion issues today, but that does not mean that we will not suffer from it tomorrow. We battle congestion with prioritizing our terminals, with our good transport system, and with our high-performing terminal operators. The ingredients are there to maintain the port congestion-free, but I am not saying that a sudden increase in volumes would not lead to congestion. “WMN: Port of Antwerp has introduced paperless export for Ro/Ro transport recently? Do you see this trend spreading to other types of cargo transportation?Arnouts: “In today’s business, the transfer of data is as important as the transfer of goods. People want to know where their goods are, and to make sure that the flow of goods runs smoothly. The administrative flow needs to be organized in the best way. Here in Antwerp we created the Antwerp Port Community System (APCS), which is the collaboration between the public sector, that is ourselves, and the private sector. It is a 50:50 venture which focuses on facilitating and providing solutions to all the players in the port community, both shippers and receivers, in order to enable a better flow of cargo and better communication. One of the tools that we have developed with that in mind is E Desk. You need the proof that goods have left the port, and this has always been a burdensome procedure with a lot of paperwork. Now, once the shippers bring the goods to the terminal, a message is sent via E Desk from the terminal to the Customs that the goods are loaded, and this message is regarded as a final proof of export. We first introduced this tool with containerized cargo, and now we have incorporated the system into our Ro/Ro business.”WMN: Are there any hidden dangers behind switching to the electronic way of doing business, as there is a growing threat of cyber-attacks? What is the port doing to prevent these?Arnouts: “As you know, many ports, including our own, have suffered cyber-attacks on our IT systems. I am referring to our containerized cargo IT system which was attacked. We take this threat very seriously, and that is why we created a working group to focus on how to tackle this problem. Evidently, the information on the goods that are moving through our port can be misused by criminals. That is why we created this working group which is a part of APCS.”WMN: Port of Antwerp started construction of what will be the biggest sea lock in the world in 2011. What is the current stage of construction, when is it going to be completed?Arnouts: “We are fully on schedule. The new lock will be operational in the first half of 2016. This lock will give us an additional boost the development of the left bank of the port, which is developing pretty well, but with only one lock the situation is not optimal. “WMN: Is Antwerp ready for the bigger ships of the future reaching up to 24,000 TEU? What are the future steps in terms of infrastructural investments? Arnouts:” Fifteen to twenty years ago nobody had dreamed of 10,000 TEU vessels, they were thought of as impossible. Therefore, I am not saying 24,000 TEU vessels are impossible, but what I clearly feel is that the impact of these huge vessels on port operations is now getting to a critical point where we might need additional investments in port infrastructure. The 24,000 TEU vessels sound great in cost-per-unit terms, but we also need to start looking at a total impact of such huge ships on the whole logistics chain, and tally up a total cost of introducing these vessels into the supply chains. If the idea of 24,000 TEU vessels were to be abandoned, it would have to do with the overall costs of the required investments in port infrastructure. I do not know if 24,000 TEU is the limit, but what I do know is that any further increase in size of the ships will have a larger impact than the increases up to now. Most of the modern terminals have, with rather modest adaptations, been able to receive these huge vessels. But when you consider what might be required to receive a 24,000 TEU vessel, the adaptations would have an investment impact which could prove to be a deal breaker.Looking at the insurance aspect, if you build 24,000 or 30, 000 TEU vessels, they would carry an incredible value across the seas, so trying to insure those ships and the cargo they are carrying might also create a problem. “World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Data Theft Affects Hundreds of Svitzer Australias Employees

first_imgzoom Towage provider Svitzer Australia was a victim of data theft in which the details of some 600 employees were leaked, Maritime Union of Australia cited the company.From the total, 400 of the affected employees’ leaked data included bank account details and tax file numbers.Svitzer confirmed the incident, saying that it “caused emails from three Australian employees’ email accounts to be auto-forwarded to two external email accounts” between May 27, 2017 and March 1, 2018.Svitzer Australia identified the issue on March 1, 2018, and stopped the data theft within five hours of becoming aware of the cybercrime.“All the necessary measures were quickly taken to effectively stop the data theft and our main focus now is on protecting our employees, our data and the Svitzer IT estate and business,” the company added.Furthermore, Svitzer informed that IT forensic investigations determined that this was an isolated incident only impacting Svitzer Australia, not other parts of Svitzer, nor any other parts of the Maersk Group, Svitzer’s parent company.“We can confirm that it is safe to write and receive emails from us, and that the details of any sensitive data stolen will be communicated directly with those potentially affected,” Steffen Risager, Managing Director of Svitzer Australia, said..“This is a reminder of the constant threat individuals and businesses alike face. The nature of cybercrime means while we can get it right a thousand times, the perpetrator only needs to get it right once. We will learn from this experience,” Risager concluded.last_img read more

Nurses to Provide Care to Sexual Assault Victims

first_imgFourteen specially trained registered nurses will provide immediate, on-call emergency care for victims of sexual assault at three sites in Antigonish and Richmond counties. The $110,000 announcement was made today, July 25, by Transportation and Public Works Minister Angus MacIsaac on behalf of Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. Providing timely, sensitive care to sexual assault victims is sometimes a challenge in emergency room departments. Under the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program, a nurse is called immediately and can stay with the victim in the critical hours following an assault, providing emotional support and physical assessment. Nurses can also conduct a forensic examination and freeze evidence for up to six months, giving the individual time to make difficult decisions about reporting to police. “This initiative will allow Nova Scotians to have access to the right provider at the right time,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “The program is a wonderful example of community-based health care with partners coming together to address a need in their community.” The program will be run by the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre in partnership with the Guysborough Antigonish Strait District Health Authority and St. Francis Xavier University. It will be provided at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, the Strait-Richmond Hospital and Lindsay’s Health Centre for Women. “We are very pleased that the Antigonish SANE program has been approved,” said Lucille Harper, executive director Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre. It will help address the needs of sexual assault survivors in the Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority district.” The program will operate based on the positive experiences of the SANE program in the Halifax metro area where the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre administers the program. The Department of Health is currently working with the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre to look at a model for the province.last_img read more

PNB shares drop over 11 after BPSL fraud case

first_imgNew Delhi: Shares of Punjab National Bank on Monday dived over 11 per cent after the company detected a fraud of more than Rs 3,800 crore by Bhushan Power & Steel Ltd (BPSL). The scrip tanked 11.19 per cent to Rs 72.60 on the BSE. At the NSE, shares of the public sector lender dropped 11.24 per cent to Rs 72.60. PNB said Saturday Bhushan Power & Steel Ltd misappropriated bank funds and manipulated its books of accounts to raise funds from consortium lender banks. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep “On the basis of forensic audit investigation findings and CBI filing FIR, on suo moto basis, against the company and its directors, alleging diversion of funds from banking system, a fraud of Rs 3,805.15 crore is being reported by bank to RBI (Reserve Bank of India). “It has been observed that the company has misappropriated bank funds, manipulated books of accounts to raise funds from consortium lender banks. At present, the case is at NCLT which is in advance stage and the Bank expects good recovery in the account,” Punjab National Bank (PNB) said in a regulatory filing.last_img read more

For the love of dog sledding at the Arctic Winter Games

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN NewsThe dogs are ready to run.“These dogs love it,” said Canzada Maruskie, dog musher. “If they couldn’t run they wouldn’t have anything to do at that point, they love what they are doing.”So do their owners.The Maruskie family traveled over 3,600 kilometres from Alaska to be at the South Slave Arctic Winter Games.They’ve also been doing it for a while and picked up a few things along the way.“We don’t feed them the morning before the race, pretty much the only thing that we do differently,” said Zachary Maruskie. “Some mushers probably do that too. It’s just so they don’t poop on the trail.”However, some issues came up they couldn’t account for.A minimum of four teams are needed for dog sledding at the games, according to the official rules.In 2016, host Greendland didn’t offer the sport.But it appears the games are making an exception this year with only two teams entered.“We are already prepared, we already paid, we got sponsors, we got all this stuff to do, you can’t just cancel it at the last minute,” said Scott Maruskie.tpimentel@aptn.calast_img read more

Spain to Impose Restrictions on Domestic Workers Commuting to Ceuta

Rabat – The Spanish government delegate in Ceuta, Salvadora Mateos, has urged domestic workers to “regulate their situation” in order to cross the Morocco-Spain border at Ceuta.In a statement to the press on Tuesday, Mateos stated that new restrictions, which require locals to provide proof of work or residence do not violate the Schengen visa agreement which allows domestic workers and Moroccans who live less than 40 kilometers from Ceuta to enter the city without restriction.Spanish media reported, however, that Mateos is concerned for domestic workers and nearby residents, who can now be asked for proof of work or residence when entering Ceuta. Read Also: El Othmani, Sanchez Discuss Migration Projects, Seasonal Workers in SpainBut she explained that the move is aimed to end undocumented migration, because many cross the border with Moroccan passports and many Moroccans and Algerians enter Spain as unaccompanied foreign minors.Mateos said that the “Smart Border,” to be installed within three months, will better manage entries and exits. With high numbers of people crossing the border, police have not been able to efficiently process them.The Development Society of Ceuta (Procesa) estimated that 20,000 Moroccans enter the Spanish enclave every day. Only 1,314 people are registered under social security as domestic employees. Many of them made their work status regular in just the last two years.In 2017, 197 domestic workers regularized their status, and in the first 11 months of 2018, 286 did. read more

Guinea UN envoy continues consultations over political tensions

Said Djinnit, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, arrived in Conakry, Guinea’s capital, on Saturday as part of a joint delegation with officials from the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).The delegation met with the two candidates in the run-off round, Cellou Dalein Diallo and Alpha Conde, as well as with the President of the National Transitional Council, the country’s two vice-presidents and local representatives of the International Contact Group on Guinea.Today they are scheduled to meet the Independent National Electoral Commission (known by the French acronym CENI) and other officials.Delegation members are calling for the holding of the run-off round, which was previously scheduled to take place yesterday, within the shortest realistic timeframe, while insisting that all conditions for peaceful and free and fair elections must be met, according to information released by Mr. Djinnit’s office.Guinea’s electoral authorities had cited technical reasons when they called off the ballot last week.Mr. Diallo and Mr. Conde told the delegation that they deplored the deadly clashes earlier this month in Conakry and reiterated their commitment to an agreed protocol on peaceful campaigning. That agreement was signed in the presence of Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaoré, ECOWAS’ mediator for Guinea, on 3 September.On Friday, the Security Council said that the holding peaceful, free and fair elections is vital to re-establishing constitutional order in Guinea and voiced regret at the postponement of the election.“The members of the Security Council regretted the postponement of the second round of the presidential elections and urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) to set a new date and organize it as soon as possible,” Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan of Turkey, which holds the Council presidency this month, said in a statement read out to the press.The statement followed a closed-door meeting of the Council on the latest developments in Guinea, where clashes in Conakry claimed at least one life and injured dozens of others. The head of CENI, Ben Sekou Sylla died overnight on 13 September, a week after he was convicted of falsifying results in the first round of the presidential ballot held in June, in which Mr. Diallo and Mr. Conde scored the highest number of votes among 24 candidates.Many observers have said these presidential elections could be the first free and fair polls held in Guinea since it gained independence in 1958. 20 September 2010A senior United Nations official is holding consultations today in Guinea with key officials as part of an international effort to resolve the tensions surrounding the deferral of the country’s second round of presidential elections. read more

Siakam leads Raptors to NBA Finals Game 1 win over Warriors

The Raptors though seemed thoroughly comfortable in the moment. While the Warriors hadn’t played in 10 days after sweeping Portland in the west finals, Toronto rode the momentum of four straight wins against Milwaukee in the Eastern finals, cobbling together a 10-point lead in the first half, and stretching it to 12 by the third quarter. The Raptors led 88-81 with one quarter left.Golden State pulled to within three early in the fourth. But when Lowry hurled a long pass to Siakam for an easy basket, it put Toronto up by seven. Green’s three-pointer with 7:31 to play made it a 12-point game, and brought the delighted capacity crowd of 19,983 fans, including golfer Bubba Watson, out of their seats.The Raptors matched the Warriors virtually shot for shot down the stretch, and when VanVeet’s long jumper circled around the rim, as the crowd held its collective breath, before dropping with 3:21 to play, Toronto went back up by a dozen.Golden State would pull to within seven with just over a minute to play, but the win was already well in hand. Lowry drilled an icing-on-the-cake three with 30 seconds to play and the crowed erupted.“Our goal was to get one (in Toronto) and it’s still on the table for us,” Warriors guard Klay Thomspon said. “I know we’ll respond like the champions we are.”Drake, who’s been a lightning rod in the post-season for his on-court antics, came dressed in a No. 30 Dell Curry jersey. Dell (Steph Curry’s dad) played for the Raptors from 1999 to 2002.Siakam’s points were the most by a player 25 or younger in their Finals debut since 2012 (Kevin Durant, 36 points for Oklahoma City).It was a night of firsts. The first NBA Finals for the Raptors, a story 24 years in the writing. It’s was the first NBA Finals game held outside the United States, and so the first time “O Canada” was sung at an NBA Finals – performed by The Tenors. The celebratory Scotiabank Arena fans were so loud, they entirely drowned out the Tenors by the anthem’s final few words.Jordan Smith, winner of Season 9 of “The Voice,” sang the U.S. national anthem.According to several online ticket agencies, it was the most expensive Game 1 in NBA history. The average resale price was about US$1,360, almost double the average price of last season’s Game 1 between the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.Every logo in Raptors history was splashed across the giveaway T-shirts.Lowry said it was the loudest he had ever heard the building.“It was pretty crazy in there tonight,” he said. “We’ve got the best fans in the NBA and they’re just showing it every single night.”Six Raptors scored in a first quarter that saw Toronto race out to a seven-point lead. A running dunk by Thompson capped an 8-0 Warriors run that had the visitors up by a point. Toronto replied with a 7-0 run and led 25-21 heading into the second.The Raptors shot 65 per cent in the second quarter, and when Green connected on a three-pointer with 11 seconds left, the bucket sent Toronto into the halftime break with a 59-49 lead as chants of “Dan-ny!” rained down from the crowd.Outside the arena, thousands of festive fans packed Jurassic Park, many of whom had been there at dawn to line up.Raptors alumni were honoured at centre-court during a timeout, including the team’s first general manager Isiah Thomas, plus Muggsy Bogues, Charles Oakley, Jerome (JYD) Williams, Dell Curry, Tracy McGrady, Morris Peterson, Chris Bosh, and a Year 1 Raptor Damon Stoudamire.Rapper Kardinal Offishall performed “The Anthem,” his ode to Toronto, during a timeout. Rapper ASAP Ferg performed at halftime.In his pre-game press conference, NBA commissioner talked about the Finals being a full-circle moment. The first NBA game was played between the Toronto Huskies and New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1946.The presence of a non-American team, he said, might be felt on a global scale.“Symbolically having our first Finals outside the United States maybe has a big impact on countries that follow the NBA but don’t have teams,” Silver said. “This clearly is a marker of sorts that here we are 2019, our Game 1 of the Finals taking place in Toronto, Canada. That will be a milestone.“It’s come full circle in terms of basketball being invented by a Canadian.” Two years removed from toiling in the NBA’s G League, Pascal Siakam led the Toronto Raptors to an historic victory on Thursday.The 25-year-old from Cameroon scored 32 points to lift the Raptors to a thrilling 118-109 victory over defending champion Golden State Warriors, giving Toronto a 1-0 lead in its NBA Finals debut.Kawhi Leonard had 23 points on 5-for-14 shooting against a swarming, smothering Warriors defence.Marc Gasol, who was acquired at February’s trade deadline to help the Raptors’ playoff push, had 20 points and seven rebounds before fouling out of the game with 1:14 to play.Kyle Lowry finished with nine assists but just seven points. Fred VanVleet had 15 points, while Danny Green shrugged off the shooting slump that plagued him in the conference finals to finish with 11.After Game 1, Raptors coach Nick Nurse recalled how Siakam came to the gym after the team was eliminated in the playoffs two years ago and said “Listen, I need to learn how to shoot.”“He was extremely hard working,” Nurse said. “Just super, super committed to finding a place in this league and improving his game.”Game 2 is Sunday before the Finals shift to Oakland, Calif., for Games 3 and 4.Open Gallery14 itemsStephen Curry had 34 points to lead the Warriors, who are making their fifth consecutive Finals appearance, and are by far the more experienced squad, boasting a combined 140 Finals games between them, compared to Toronto’s 38.Warriors coach Steve Kerr was full of praise for the Raptors.“They played a great game, they deserved to win,” Kerr said. “We’ve got to play better if we’re going to beat them.”Kerr had talked about the magnitude of the Finals compared to the first three rounds of the playoffs.“It’s just different,” he said in his pre-game press conference. “Everything about it feels different. It completely takes you out of your comfort zone.” read more

UK surgeon suspended for branding his initials on patients liver

first_imgA CONSULTANT AT a Birmingham hospital has been suspended for allegedly branding his initials into a transplant patient’s liver.Simon Bramhall of Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the West Midlands city was suspended after a colleague checked the patient during a routine check-up of the patient. While doing so, it was found that a beam of argon gas had been used to burn the initials into the organ.The gas is usually not harmful and the scarring would be superficial.An insider told The Telegraph newspaper in England that the case was “shocking” and that Mr Bramhall was a vastly experienced surgeon.“I am hoping this is just a mistake, I don’t know what would possess someone to do that to another human being.“What gives a person the right to do that to another?”UK patient charity Patient Concern spokesperson Joyce Robins said: This is a patient we are talking about, not an autograph book.Read: Surprise inspection of Holles St finds grime encrusted window sills and dusty incubatorRead: TD wants new probe into the use of second-hand braces at Galway dental unitlast_img read more

The Windows 8 logo has been revealed

first_imgYou probably already know that Windows 8 is going to be different from its predecessors in a number of ways. It’ll run on ARM processors, for example. It’s also missing a start button. And apparently it’s also getting an updated logo.Since the early days of Windows, there have been few changes to its iconic emblem. When Windows XP arrived, the heavy black “window frame” was removed. In Windows Vista it was updated slightly again, with Microsoft retooling the color palette and adding a slight glow effect to the middle. In Windows 8, it’s going full Metro.The familiar color scheme is gone. The waving flag effect is gone. This is about as simple and window-y as a logo can get: it’s just a single, bluish pane divided by a pair of white muntins. Perspective has been added, making the window seems slightly less static.That particular shade of blue is a bit of a surprise since it’s not a match for the Windows Vista logo or any of the blues used in the more recently revealed Windows Store logo. And rather interestingly, it’s a contrast to the Start Charm that you’ll be seeing in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview when it arrives at the end of the month.While the color has been drained, the Charm is still waving away. Windows 8 is still very much a work in progress, but what’s going on here? Why two different Windows emblems?It’s possible that the Charm is retaining the recognizable shape to remind users that the also-familiar Windows Desktop is still part of the experience in the new OS. The Metro-style logo won’t come as a surprise when Windows 8 boots to the Start Screen, but once a user flips to the desktop, the “vintage” Windows icon will be a better fit.More at Fudzillalast_img read more

Germany asks Poland for forgiveness 80 years on from beginning of World

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Germany asks Poland for forgiveness, 80 years on from beginning of World War II Nearly six million Poles died in the conflict that killed more than 50 million people overall. We want to, and we will, remember. And we will bear the responsibility that our history imposes upon us.Polish President Andrzej Duda, for his part, denounced Nazi Germany’s attack on Poland, calling it “an act of barbarity” and “a war crime.”“I am convinced that this ceremony will go down in the history of Polish-German friendship,” he added, thanking Steinmeier for his presence. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the Polish President Andrzej Duda lay a wreath at the Memorial to the Civil Victims of the Bombardment Source: Bernd von Jutrczenka via PA Images‘Working for tolerance’The heads of state will later tour the Wielun museum and meet with local survivors of the 1 September 1939 bombing. The bombing came one week after Germany and the Soviet Union secretly agreed to carve up Eastern Europe between them by signing the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans attended a separate dawn remembrance today in Westerplatte, where a Nazi German battleship opened fire on a Polish fort on 1 September 1939. Timmermans spoke of how “we Europeans could honour the memory of those who fell for our freedom here”.“We express it (gratitude) by … working for tolerance, working for mutual respect, working to remove the feeding ground of those who propose intolerance. Who believe that hate is a good engine for politics. Who believe that confrontation between nations, between different cultures, is a good thing,” he said.Hitler’s attacks on Poland led Britain and France to declare war on Nazi Germany.On 17 September, the Soviet Union in turn invaded Poland.After the Nazis tore up the pact with Moscow, two alliances battled it out to the end. The Axis powers led by Germany, Italy and Japan and the victorious Allied forces led by Britain, the Soviet Union and the United States. Later today, US Vice President Mike Pence, Steinmeier and Duda will deliver speeches at a ceremony in Warsaw’s Pilsudski Square, the site of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  The town of Wielun was the first town to be attacked by German dive bombers during the German invasion of Poland and was largely destroyed Source: Bernd von Jutrczenka via PA Images‘Demand compensation’Although it has been 80 years since the war started, there are still unresolved matters according to Poland, which says Germany owes it war reparations.A parliamentary commission is currently working on a new analysis of the extent of Poland’s wartime human and material losses. “We have to talk about, remember and demand the truth regarding those losses. We have to demand compensation,” Morawiecki said today at the Westerplatte ceremony.When it comes to reparations, however, Berlin believes the case is closed.German Chancellor Angela Merkel will attend the Warsaw ceremony, but no other major world leaders are expected.US President Donald Trump had planned to attend the war commemorations but cancelled at the last minute so that he could monitor Hurricane Dorian. Also not attending are French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, while Russian President Vladimir Putin was not invited – unlike 10 years ago – because of Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.The Polish presidency had said the commemorations would be attended by around 40 foreign delegations, a few of them led by heads of state.They include Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky whose partnership matters to Poland, which believes its security depends on Ukraine remaining outside of Russia’s sphere of influence. – © AFP 2019   33,584 Views 49 Comments German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier speaks at the commemoration ceremony of the city of Wielun Source: Bernd von Jutrczenka via PA ImagesGERMAN PRESIDENT FRANK-Walter Steinmeier has asked Poland’s forgiveness for history’s bloodiest conflict, 80 years on from the beginning of World War II. Steinmeier made his comments during a ceremony in the Polish city of Wielun, where the first World War II bombs fell.“I bow before the victims of the attack on Wielun. I bow before the Polish victims of German tyranny. And I ask your forgiveness,” Steinmeier said in both German and Polish.Poland suffered some of the worst horrors of World War II. Nearly six million Poles died in the conflict that killed more than 50 million people overall. That figure includes the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust, half of them Polish.“It was Germans who committed these crimes against humanity in Poland. Anyone calling them things of the past, or claiming that the vile rule of terror of the National Socialists in Europe was a mere footnote of German history, is passing judgement on him or herself,” Steinmeier added in the presence of his Polish counterpart.“As Germany’s Federal President, let me assure you that we will not forget,” Steinmeier said.center_img Share103 Tweet Email4 Sunday 1 Sep 2019, 11:17 AM By AFP Sep 1st 2019, 11:17 AM last_img read more