zoom Bunker trading and brokerage firm Integr8 Fuels filed a claim with the Louisiana Eastern District Court, US, asking for the arrest of the Marshall Islands-flagged bulker M/V Aggeliki B for unpaid bunker bills.The claim against the vessel was submitted on March 10 due to non-payment of bunker invoice from previous charterers, Denmark-based Graincom Shipping K/S, on the grounds of a debt worth around USD 158,200.Namely, the 2011-built bulk carrier was fixed under one time charter trip with Graincom with SBM cargo ex Kandla to Montoir + Ghent. Under the deal, the charterers had the obligation to redeliver the ship with same bunkers and arranged the vessel to be supplied.Greece-based A.B. Maritime Inc, the owner of the ship, informed that, as per payment terms, the invoice was scheduled to be paid until February 16, 2017.However, while the 56,770 dwt bulk was waiting in Mississippi River to commence loading operation with different charterers, Intregr8 filed a claim to arrest the ship due to the unpaid invoice from Graincom.The vessel owner’s P&I club representative contacted Graincom requesting to proceed with payment, and subsequently Graincom settled the invoice.On March 15, A.B. Maritime Inc received claimants motion to dismiss the arrest through undersigned counsel, where Integr8 Fuels Inc gave notice that the action was voluntarily dismissed, without prejudice, against the defendant.The latest vessel tracking data from Marine Traffic, dated March 22 show that the 2011-built ship is underway using its engine in the Gulf of Mexico, heading for Santa Marta, Colombia with ETA set for March 28th.World Maritime News Staff
South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) welcomed the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt on September 14, the biggest ship ever to transit the Panama Canal to call US East Coast ports.The vessel was hosted on the heels of the first construction contract for the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project being awarded by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).“The first dredging contract awarded for harbor deepening is outstanding news for SCPA and the State of South Carolina, and the arrival of the biggest ship ever to call our port this morning (September 14) is a timely and visible example of the importance of the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project,” Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO, said.“Our harbor will ultimately be the deepest on the East Coast, allowing vessels like the Roosevelt to transit without tidal restriction. Today reaffirms our efforts and investments in terminals and infrastructure to prepare for the big ships being deployed to the East Coast following the Panama Canal expansion and completion of the new Bayonne Bridge.”Under the USD 47 million construction contract, awarded to initiate dredging work, the entrance channel will be deepened to 54 feet. It is the first of two contracts for entrance channel dredging, which will begin later this year. The main shipping channel will be deepened to 52 feet, offering access to 13,000-14,000 TEU vessels.The 14,414 TEU Roosevelt arrived in Charleston, where SCPA expects to handle some 3,000 container moves, or 5,200 TEUs, on and off the ship at the Wando Welch Terminal.The Roosevelt is deployed on the weekly OCEAN Alliance South Atlantic Express (SAX) service connecting Charleston with Hong Kong, Yantian, Ningbo and Shanghai via the Panama Canal.Previously, the largest ship to call Charleston was the 13,208 TEU OOCL France. Today, eighteen of SCPA’s 24 weekly container vessel services are comprised of ships too large to transit the Panama Canal prior to its expansion.Image Courtesy: SCPA
zoom Oslo-based boxship owner MPC Container Ships is continuing with fleet expansion efforts as it has agreed two more secondhand purchases.The company has entered into agreements to acquire the 1,049 TEU Annika and the 1,043 TEU Antigoni, both built at Daesun Shipbuilding, South Korea, in 2008.As informed, the total purchase price for the two vessels is USD 16.1 million.The vessel duo is owned by Greece-based Cosmoship, VesselsValue’s data shows.The takeover of the vessels is expected to take place in January 2018, lifting the fleet of the company to 41 vessels, MPC Container Ships said.Last week, the company also agreed to buy three 2006-built containerships, Vilano, Cap Pasado and Cap Blanche.
zoom Canada has reached a decision on prosecuting Greek shipping company Alassia NewShips Management (Alassia) for various environmental offenses related to the oil spill from its operated vessel Marathassa in April 2015.The Provincial Court of British Columbia said that an ex parte trial will be held against Alassia at the same time as the trial of Marathassa set for February 26, 2018.The decision was made following several legal challenges of the summons issued to the company in February 2017, as the company claimed it was not properly informed of the proceedings.The company did not appear at the first or any subsequent appearances in the provincial court.“It is abundantly clear that prior to the first appearance, Alassia had knowledge of the Summons because Alassia instructed Mr. Swanson (counsel for Alassia) to challenge the service of the Summons in Federal Court,” the court said.Hence, the court decided to prosecute the company regardless of whether it participates in the legal proceedings.The 81,000 dwt cargo ship was confirmed as the source of the toxic bunker oil spill in English Bay that released around 3,000 litres of oil into the water on April 8, 2015.A subsequent investigation conducted by Transport Canada into the Vancouver spill found that the spill had been caused by mechanical problems on board MV Marathassa.Following the spill, the City of Vancouver officials said that they were determined to get repayment for what the city had spent on the response.
zoomOcean Space Drones 1 and 2 will be important test platforms in the H2H project. Image Courtesy: Kongsberg An EU-funded research project which aims to create conditions for autonomous vessel navigation is in its Concept Definition phase and will move on to the Technology Adaption and Integrations Work Package (WP03) this summer, Kongsberg said.Hull to Hull (H2H) was established in November 2017 to develop technical solutions for safer navigation in close proximity of other stationary or moving vessels and objects.Such solutions would be developed by using the European Global Navigation Satellite System (EGNSS), EGNOS and Galileo, that can enhance safety in busy waters and during close maneuvering, helping mariners to take the correct navigation decisions.The project is coordinated by Kongsberg Seatex, a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime. Project partners include SINTEF Ocean, SINTEF Digital, KU Leuven and Mampaey Offshore Industries.As explained, H2H aims to create a system that will allow proximity zones to be set for own vessels as well as neighboring objects, with high precision and high integrity.H2H focuses on solutions for measuring the location and orientation of a vessel and creating a 3D digital twin representing the vessel’s hull, which is linked to a coordinate system. This data can then be used as an input to an autonomy controller. H2H will also support manual navigation, providing reliable input for the captain or navigator to make better-informed decisions.H2H is divided into nine work packages, of which four are led by Kongsberg Seatex. The pilot system will be developed in WP03, where the main objective is to define precise sensors and communication systems and develop an integrated solution. The solution will be implemented using protocols and 3D models described in the concept. The project will also research specific needs related to auto-mooring and inland waterways, perform lab testing of various sensors and technologies and develop test scenarios for demonstrations scheduled for 2019 and 2020 in Norway’s Trondheimsfjorden, in Rotterdam harbor and inland waterways in Belgium.“We will implement the pilot system that will form the basis for all three demonstrations. This includes integration of sensors, building 3D models, and implementation of relative GNSS and communications protocols,” Per Erik Kvam, Project Manager, Kongsberg Seatex, said.“We are also responsible for providing the pilot system, and for the integration and installation for the Trondheimsfjorden demonstration, where we will show how we can control the location of the hull on two vessels involved in a simultaneous operation,” he added.
zoomC.K. Yoo, HMM CEO. Image Courtesy: HMM Hyundai Merchant Marine’s (HMM) president and CEO, Chang Keun Yoo, has decided to resign from his position next month, the South Korean shipping company confirmed to World Maritime News.As informed, Yoo will formally announce his resignation at the upcoming shareholders meeting scheduled for the end of March 2019.C.K. Yoo started his term two and a half years ago to oversee the company’s restructuring efforts and lead HMM into the new era of growth.The decision comes despite the term extension given to Yoo in March 2018.“It is not easy for me to decide to leave HMM in the middle of this critical moment of “war on loss” with the 2020 challenges looming on the horizon but I comfort myself with the thought that HMM has become much healthier than before,” Yoo said in his farewell message to HMM employees.He added that the key cornerstones have been laid for the company’s sustainable and profitable growth after 2020.Earlier this year, HMM CEO announced that 2020 will be a year of quantum leap for the company. The leap would be led by the newly ordered 23,000 TEU containerships but also by investments in IT, global network, education and improvement of customer service.Commenting on the projects launched during his tenure, he further said: “Ultra large containerships with scrubbers are under construction and the tasks of securing the hub terminals supporting the growth of volume have been completed with the agreement on Busan terminal reached of late. Our I/T capability will be enhanced in line with our expansion plan.”“The new era requires new leadership,” Yoo pointed out, expressing his hopes that the company and its employees would write “a new history of HMM” under the new leadership.Related: Uncertainty over Cargo Volumes to Continue in 2019
EDUCATION–NSCC Cumberland Campus Community CelebratesUpcoming Changes Education Minister Jamie Muir, students and staff will celebrateupcoming changes to the Cumberland Campus of the Nova ScotiaCommunity College (NSCC) today, Nov. 24. The celebrations includethe planting of a tree to symbolize the growth and changeunderway as the campus in Springhill prepares to begin more than$500,000 in renovations. The renovations are part of the province’s $123-millioninvestment in NSCC announced earlier this year to offer moreeducation and training programs to more students, closer to home.The development project will upgrade student learning areas andcreate seats for 21 additional students at the Cumberland Campus. “This is a great day for the students and staff of NSCC and thepeople of Cumberland County,” said Mr. Muir. “Increasing localopportunities for education and training at state-of-the-artfacilities, will help more students to prepare for a successfuland rewarding future.” The investment is part of the government’s skills initiative,Skills Nova Scotia. It involves working with partners to upgradepeople’s skills from basic literacy to the use of the mostadvanced technologies so they can further their success ineducation and the workplace. The investment will support a multi-year plan to strengthen NSCC, enabling the college to modernizefacilities, increase student capacity, and enhance skill-drivenlearning programs. “The staff and students at Cumberland Campus have been keenlyinvolved since April in determining how this renovation willunfold, and the excitement is building as the final details takeplace,” said Myrna Breen, principal, Cumberland Campus. “Thisdevelopment is essential in Cumberland County and provincewide.It will support the learners who will enter the labour marketwith the skills Nova Scotia requires, and it will also inspire anew view of learning in Nova Scotia, one that includes a nationalcalibre community college.” Over the next seven years, 2,500 additional students — anincrease of 30 per cent — will enter the college at its ruraland metro campuses. Improvements at the Cumberland Campus will upgrade studentlearning areas, expand the library, and build a new Centre forStudent Success, cafeteria and main lobby area. Renovations to the library will more than double its currentsize, creating more research and learning space including eightcomputer stations, study areas and student meeting rooms. The Centre for Student Success will centralize all of theservices and resources for students in one area and will includetesting and meeting rooms for students. The reception area in thefront lobby will be renovated and the business office will bemade more accessible to students and visitors. In addition, thedevelopment will focus on accessibility, creating two new sideentrances and an elevator in the front lobby. The drawings for the renovations will be completed this month,the construction tender call will go out in January 2004, andconstruction will begin at in February 2004. The project isscheduled for completion in 2005.
reviewing how public health services in the district health authorities and at the provincial level can be better integrated increasing the number of people working within the system, ensuring that the needed skill sets are represented developing the public health laboratory and developing a public health information system. The provincial government has taken another step in keeping Nova Scotians healthier and safer by releasing a provincewide review of the public health system today, April 26, at a public health conference in Halifax. The province implemented one of the main recommendations of the report earlier this year by establishing the Department of Health Promotion and Protection. “We welcome this report and are proud of it,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. “We are the first province to commission an external review of the strengths and limitations of our public health system post-SARS. We had already demonstrated our leadership by creating Nova Scotia Health Promotion three years ago. This is the next step forward — consolidating all of our public health functions under one roof and strengthening the system’s resources.” The report, called The Renewal of Public Health in Nova Scotia: Building a Public Health System to Meet the Needs of Nova Scotians, was commissioned jointly by the Department of Health and Nova Scotia Health Promotion more than a year ago. It was received by government in January 2006 and in February Premier Rodney MacDonald acted on one of the report’s key recommendations by creating the Department of Health Promotion and Protection. “The renewal of the public health system is critical to Nova Scotians becoming healthier and safer,” said Premier MacDonald. “This is a long-term priority for the provincial government.” The new department builds on the success of the former Nova Scotia Health Promotion office and aligns its work with the Department of Health’s public health branch and the office of the chief medical officer of health. As such, the department is responsible for responding to emerging public health threats, preventing chronic disease and injury, and promoting health among Nova Scotians. Some of the other recommendations from the report that will be considered are: The report also recommends doubling existing funding over the next five to 10 years. Additional funding for transition work will be contained in the province’s budget for 2006-07. “We are very pleased not only with the comprehensive actions for system renewal contained in the report but also with the inclusive process,” said Andrea Hilchie-Pye, president of the Public Health Association of Nova Scotia. “The implementation of this report will make Nova Scotia a leader in the public health arena.” The process of transition is being guided by Bob Fowler, deputy minister of Health Promotion and Protection. “My job is to help build the right foundations so that this department can become a good leader and a good partner as we undertake system renewal,” said Mr. Fowler. The complete transition for everyone involved throughout the province will take about five years. The report, written by an independent public health expert from Ontario, Dr. Brent Moloughney, is available on the Department of Health Promotion and Protection website at www.gov.ns.ca/ohp .
Nova Scotians in the southwestern region of the province will soon find it easier to access public housing services. On Dec. 1, the Annapolis Valley, South Shore and Tri-County (Digby, Yarmouth and Shelburne) Housing Authorities will unite systems and resources under a new name, the Western Regional Housing Authority. Families and seniors now living in public housing, and people trying to access affordable housing in these counties, will notice a more efficient, client-focused approach. As a result of the merger, staff will be better able to assist them in accessing the programs and services they need. “The government is committed to safe, affordable housing for low income Nova Scotians. A big part of that commitment is always being on the lookout for new ways to improve our client services,” said Minister of Community Services, Denise Peterson-Rafuse. “Merging the housing authorities lets us streamline office processes so we can put staff and other resources where Nova Scotians need them most.” The Annapolis Valley, South Shore and Tri-County (Digby, Yarmouth and Shelburne) Housing Authorities were created as regional housing authorities in 1997. No offices will close, there will be no loss of employment and no staff members are expected to move as part of the restructuring. The merger is part of an ongoing effort to help housing authorities become more efficient service providers.
Nova Scotia’s chief public health officer, Dr. Robert Strang, is alerting the public that a national recall of frozen hamburgers was expanded Oct. 8 to include Compliments Super 6 Burgers, President’s Choice Beef Burgers and Webers Bucket of Burgers. The recall began Oct. 2 when the Canadian Food Inspection Agency recalled Compliments brand Super 8 Beef Burgers. The products may contain harmful E.coli bacteria and are linked to a cluster of E.coli cases in Ontario. “There are still no confirmed or suspected E.coli cases associated with these products in Nova Scotia,” said Dr. Strang. “To be safe, Nova Scotians who have any of these products are advised to throw them out.” The President’s Choice Beef Burger package has the UPC code 0 60383 37167 8. The product was distributed through Loblaws stores in Nova Scotia, including Atlantic Superstore, Save Easy, No Frills, and Wholesale Club. The Super 8 and Super 6 Beef Burgers were distributed under the Compliments brand through Sobeys and Foodland stores in Nova Scotia. The Super 8 burgers have a UPC of 0 55742 37055 3. The Super 6 burgers have a UPC of 0 55742 34129 4. Webers Bucket of Burgers may have been distributed nationally but were not sold in Nova Scotia. The UPC code is 6 27843 06456 5. The province continues to monitor the situation with federal partners. When cooking ground beef, including hamburgers, remember: cook all ground beef until a thermometer inserted into centre of the meat reads 71 C (160F) keep raw meat separate from other foods in the kitchen wash hands, cutting boards, utensils and counter tops with hot, soapy water if they touch raw meat Full details of the recall are available at www.inspection.gc.ca. More information about E.coli is available at www.novascotia.ca/hpp/cdpc/ecoli.asp.
À l’approche des Fêtes, nous tenons à rappeler aux Néo-Écossais les conseils de sécurité-incendie. Les arbres de Noël naturels devraient avoir été coupés depuis peu et placés dans un bac pouvant contenir au moins un gallon (4,5 litres) d’eau. Il faut vérifier le niveau d’eau tous les jours. L’arbre, les cadeaux, le papier d’emballage et les décorations doivent toujours être placés loin des sources de chaleur comme les radiateurs, les foyers, les poêles à bois, les téléviseurs et les écrans d’ordinateur. L’arbre de Noël ne devrait pas bloquer une sortie. « Nous voulons que tous les Néo-Écossais soient en sécurité pendant les Fêtes tout en ayant du bon temps avec leurs familles et leurs amis, a déclaré la ministre du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire, Kelly Regan. Il y a des précautions de base à prendre quand on décore l’arbre de Noël et la maison, quand on se tient au chaud, quand on allume de bougies et quand on cuisine. En faisant encore plus attention à ce temps-ci de l’année, on peut éviter le pire. » Quand vous décorez votre arbre, assurez-vous que les fils des lumières ne sont ni effilochés ni craqués et que les douilles ne sont pas cassées. Utilisez toujours des lumières, des rallonges et des décorations incombustibles approuvées par l’Association canadienne de normalisation (CSA). N’utilisez pas de lumières et de rallonges d’extérieur à l’intérieur de la maison et évitez de faire passer des rallonges dans les montants de porte ou sous les tapis. « Les incendies résidentiels durant les Fêtes sont tragiques, a déclaré le commissaire des incendies de la province, Harold Pothier. J’encourage tout le monde à être conscient de la sécurité-incendie pendant les prochaines semaines pour que vous puissiez profiter de cette période avec les gens qui vous sont chers. » Il ne faut jamais laisser les lumières des décorations et les bougies allumées quand vous n’êtes pas dans la pièce ou quand vous allez vous coucher. Les lumières et les décorations à l’extérieur devraient être branchées dans une prise avec disjoncteur de fuite de terre. Pour faire tenir les fils de lumières, il ne faut jamais utiliser des clous ou des punaises qui risquent de pénétrer dans l’isolant. Il faut prendre des crochets en plastique ou des agrafes isolantes dans la mesure du possible. Les lumières d’extérieur devraient être installées avec les ampoules orientées vers le bas pour éviter que l’humidité ne s’accumule dans la douille. Quand il sera temps de se débarrasser de l’arbre, nous vous rappelons de ne pas le faire brûler dans le foyer ou le poêle à bois. La combustion rapide et la chaleur excessive peuvent endommager la chambre de combustion et la cheminée, et créer un sérieux danger d’incendie. Les gens devraient consulter la municipalité pour savoir quel jour les arbres seront ramassés en bordure de la rue ou de la route. Durant les Fêtes, les détecteurs de fumée devraient être testés chaque semaine. En passant, les extincteurs, les échelles de secours, les détecteurs de fumée, les trousses d’urgence et les lampes de poche font aussi de très bons cadeaux. Pour plus d’information sur la sécurité-incendie durant les Fêtes, appelez le Bureau du commissaire des incendies au 902-424-5721. Pour voir la vidéo du commissaire des incendies, Harold Pothier, allez à http://youtu.be/DD0H6dvH_GY(en anglais seulement).
Valley View Provincial Park in Annapolis County has a potable water supply, but shower and toilet facilities are not available. “I want to assure Nova Scotians that we will continue to work with impacted municipalities to identify and address issues as the situation continues,” said Zach Churchill, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. More information on provincial parks can be found at http://parks.novascotia.ca/ . The Emergency Management Office also encourages Nova Scotians to do their part to conserve water and to always make sure drinking water and non-potable water is safe. Nova Scotians with dry wells should only use water from a registered or municipal supply. Water from lakes, rivers, streams and other surface water sources is not reliable, and may be contaminated. With regard to non-potable water, under most circumstances it is not necessary to boil water for other household purposes. Adults, and older children can shower, bathe or wash but should avoid swallowing the water. Toddlers and babies should be sponge bathed. Dishes and laundry can also be washed in water that has not been boiled. With dry conditions expected to continue, the Emergency Management Office is working with the Retail Council of Canada and the Red Cross to arrange for water to be donated to residents. Government is purchasing water and will also work with other industry partners to source more as needed. For more information on resources available and more safety tips, go to novascotia.ca/watershortage/ . Provincial parks in Lunenburg, Shelburne and Queens Counties are welcoming people to use their shower facilities and access drinking water. The following provincial parks will make their water facilities available to the public between Sunday and Thursday each week until further notice, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Graves Island Provincial Park, Lunenburg Co. Rissers Beach Provincial Park, Lunenburg Co. Thomas Raddall Provincial Park, Queens Co. The Islands Provincial Park, Shelburne Co.
New Delhi: E-commerce major Amazon.in Thursday said it has expanded its ‘Pantry’ service to over 110 cities in the country as it bets big on the grocery category to drive growth in business. Amazon Pantry has been aggressively expanding its presence to smaller cities in the country. The service was available in 40 cities in November last year. “Consumables is a fast growing category for Amazon.in. Amazon Pantry has become popular with customers… We have now added more than 70 cities and towns in the last six-seven months to take the total number of cities covered by Amazon Pantry to 110,” Amazon India Director Category Management Saurabh Srivastava said in a statement. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsCustomers even in smaller cities like Ichalkaranji in Maharashtra, Kaithal in Haryana and Belgaum in Karnataka now have access to Amazon Pantry, he added. Through Amazon Pantry, customers get access to about 5,000 products from over 500 brands across categories like staples, household supplies, personal care, and others. In select cities like Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Pune, it allows customers to choose time slots to schedule order deliveries. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefAmazon is betting heavily on the grocery segment in India. The company has also committed $500 million to its food retail venture. The grocery segment accounts for a significant portion of the unorganised retail segment in the country. With people becoming comfortable buying even milk and bread online, the e-grocery market is projected to witness a strong growth over the next few years in India. Walmart-owned Flipkart as well as players like Grofers and BigBasket have also been strengthening their presence in the segment. In March, BigBasket raised about $150 million, while Grofers said it has raised $200 million funding earlier this month.
Rio de Janeiro: A Brazilian police document says an unidentified woman has accused soccer star Neymar of raping her in Paris last month. After the revelation, the player used Instagram to publish a 7-minute video that includes WhatsApp messages he says he exchanged with the accuser in a friendly way days later. Neymar calls the incident “a setup” and insists it is an attempt of extortion against him. The document obtained by The Associated Press on Saturday says the incident took place May 15 at 8:20 p.m. in a hotel. The woman went to police Friday in Sao Paulo. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun Sao Paulo state’s Public Security Secretariat, which oversees police, confirmed in a statement that the complaint was registered, but did not offer details. Once more involved in an incident off the pitch, Neymar said he fell in a trap and will learn from the incident. “There was a relationship between a man and a woman between four walls. On the next day nothing happened,” the striker said. “I hope investigators read the messages and see what happened.” Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up The first messages in Neymar’s video are dated March 11. The video includes multiple erotic photos and messages he said he exchanged with the accuser. The last date that appears on the video is of May 16, with no reference to the alleged crime. Earlier his father and agent, Neymar da Silva Santos, said his son had consensual sexual relations with the accuser and was blackmailed by her lawyer after they broke up. “This is a tough moment. If we can’t show the truth quickly it will be a snowball. If we have to show Neymar’s WhatsApp messages and the conversations with this lady, we will,” Santos told TV Band. Neymar’s father said he has evidence that his son was blackmailed, including pictures and witnesses, but did not show either in the interview. He also said his son is already preparing his defense for a legal case if needed. The Paris police and the city’s prosecutors’ office said through spokesmen that they were unaware of any complaint. The woman says she and the Brazil star met in France after exchanging Instagram messages. She told police a representative of the Paris Saint-Germain player named Gallo allegedly bought her tickets to Paris and booked her a hotel room. She said Neymar arrived apparently drunk at the hotel. The woman described to police that they “touched each other, but in a given moment Neymar became aggressive and, with violence, had sexual intercourse against the victim’s will.” The text also says the woman left Paris two days later and said she did not file her complaint in Paris because she was shaken. The police document says the woman will go through medical exams as part of an investigation. Neymar is in Brazil preparing for the Copa America starting next week. He arrived at the Granja Comary training ground outside Rio de Janeiro 10 days after the alleged incident. Brazil players had a day off Saturday. Neymar left the training ground with other teammates in his helicopter earlier in the day. On Sunday, an event named after the player is expected to take place in Rio, but his presence is not assured. The 27-year-old Brazilian has had problems on and off the pitch. One week before the accusation of rape became known, he lost Brazil’s national team’s captaincy for the Copa America to veteran Dani Alves. Coach Tite did not lay out the reasons for the move, but he was under pressure to punish Neymar for his disciplinary problems at Paris Saint-Germain. After PSG lost the French Cup final to tiny Rennes on April 27, Neymar had altercation with a fan and publicly criticized teammates he didn’t name for not listening to him enough. That was one of his first matches since January, when he once more picked up a fifth metatarsal injury in his right-foot. That was the same problem that affected his performances in the last World Cup, a tournament he prefers to forget because of an image disaster caused by his constant diving. Brazil’s fitness coaches say he will be in better shape once the South American tournament begins. This week Neymar skipped two Brazil training sessions in Copa America preparations because of pains in his left knee. Brazil’s soccer confederation said Friday he was fully recovered. Fan love for the player has also been stained because of politics after his showing of support to far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has made a series of racist, misogynistic and anti-gay statements. As Neymar prepared for his return after the injury, Brazilian media reported his father had met Bolsonaro and Economy Minister Paulo Guedes to discuss the player’s tax problems, which didn’t help him with fans that will pressure him more than ever to win a Copa America on home soil later this month.
New Delhi: In view of the rising incidents of deaths due to AES/JE in Muzaffarpur and adjoining areas in Bihar, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has issued instructions for deployment of eight advanced life-support (ALS) ambulances in the affected districts.Accordingly, eight additional ALS ambulances were pressed into service for transportation of critical patients under the National Health Mission (NHM), a statement issued by the health ministry said. The central teams comprising 10 pediatricians and five paramedics each had started working on the ground, in coordination with the state government, it added. The teams were sent to Bihar on Wednesday. Vardhan further informed that 16 senior district officials and medical personnel were sent to the vulnerable blocks for monitoring and early identification of cases and ensuring daily reporting. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaTheir headquarters were also shifted to these blocks, he said, adding that the district collector was involved in the process now and was personally taking responsibility for the same. The collector had deputed senior deputy collectors (SDCs) or district-level officers to lead various block teams, Vardhan was quoted in the statement as saying. These teams would be assisted by a district-level medical officer and a medical officer in-charge (MOIC) to do the overall work at the block level, the statement said. It added that the authorities in Bihar were given instructions to switch to daily surveillance and monitoring for detecting early warning signs of the disease. “The state government has started a social audit, along with an active case-finding campaign through a house-to-house survey, and is moving the prospective patients to the nearest PHC for early intervention. Surprise checks are also being conducted at the PHCs by SDCs. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah”Additionally, the early morning inspection of anganwadi centres is also being undertaken by SDCs and child development project officers (CDPOs). They are also giving ORS to each house in the affected villages,” the statement said. The auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs) and accredited social health activists (ASHAs) were directed to visit every house to raise awareness on Acute Encephalitis Syndrome/Japanese Encephalitis (AES/JE) by distributing pamphlets and brochures, it said, adding that awareness was also being created through other measures such as announcements through microphones and inter-personal communication. Also, a team of experts from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) was deployed at the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur for making the virology laboratory operational at the earliest, Vardhan was quoted as saying in the statement. He added that the multi-disciplinary team deployed earlier was reviewing all the case records of the AES patients admitted to the hospital in 2019. Expressing serious concern over the “deplorable public health infrastructure” in the country, the NHRC Thursday issued notices to the Centre and all states and Union Territories, underlining loss of lives in various parts of the country in recent times, including of over 100 children in Muzaffarpur. The National Human Rights Commission has also directed that teams comprising doctors on the panel of the NHRC, along with its officers, will visit hospitals, primary health centres and other health facilities in “vulnerable” states one by one, starting with Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab to conduct on-the-spot fact-finding investigation, officials said.
New Delhi: Star Indian sprinter Hima Das won the women’s 200m gold, while national record holder shot putter Tajinder Pal Singh Toor bagged a bronze in the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland. Hime, the world junior champion and national record holder in 400m who has been struggling with a back problem for the past few months, clocked 23.65s on her way to the 200m gold. This was Hima’s first competitive 200m race of the year. She has a personal best of 23.10s, which she clocked last year. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherAnother Indian, V K Vismaya finished third with a personal best time of 23.75s in the race at Poznan on Tuesday night. Asian champion Toor won the men’s shot put bronze with a best effort of 19.62m. His national record while winning Asian Games gold last year stands at 20.75m. Muhammed Anas, the 400m national record holder, was third in the men’s 200m race with a timing of 20.75 seconds. K S Jeevan won the men’s 400m bronze in 47.25s.
Tehran: Twitter has blocked accounts of some major Iran news agencies over alleged harassment of people who follow the Baha’i faith.The agencies speculated the blocking of their accounts occurred after British-flagged oil tanker was seized by the country in the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions in the Gulf.Persian language Twitter accounts of the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Mehr News agency and the Young Journalists Club (YJC) news outlet were suspended due to Twitter rule violations, Sputnik News reported on Sunday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this yearSome media reports said the accounts were suspended for targeted harassment of people associated with Baha’i — a minority faith in Iran.According to the English edition of Mehr News, the two agency’s accounts (@MehrDiplomacy and @MehrNews_FA) were blocked for unknown reasons.Twitter users noted that state-run media IRNA (@irna_1313) and the YJC (@yjcagency) accounts have also been suspended.Twitter was yet to issue an official statement on this.The accounts were blocked after Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized the tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz for violating international maritime regulations.In June, Twitter pulled down almost 5,000 accounts suspected of being directly run or linked to the Iranian government.The micro-blogging site said all the account sets were originated in Iran.Twitter cracked down on a total of 4,779 pages and it took down at least 1,666 accounts in set one that originated in Iran. Cumulatively, these accounts tweeted nearly two million times.
New Delhi: IAS, IPS and other central service officers of J-K cadre will continue to serve in the two successor Union Territories (UTs) while new recruits of these services will be allocated the AGMUT cadre.According to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, the provincial service officers will continue serving in their current positions till a new order is issued by the Lt Governor for the two new UTs of J-K and Ladakh. “In future, the All India Service officers to be posted to Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir or Union territory of Ladakh, as the case may be, shall be borne on the Arunachal Goa Mizoram Union Territory cadre, and necessary modifications in corresponding cadre allocations rules may be made accordingly, by the central government,” according to the Bill introduced by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha on Monday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Bill provides for creation of two UTs– J-K and Ladakh. The Arunachal Goa Mizoram Union Territtory is popularly known as the AGMUT cadre. The Bill added that the cadres of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS) for the existing state of Jammu and Kashmir, on and from the appointed day, shall continue to function on the existing cadres. The Lt Governor, the Bill said, will decide about the provisional strength, composition and allocation of officers once the two new UTs are formed and notified. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KTalking about these provisions for “other services”, the Bill said “every person who immediately before the appointed day is serving on substantive basis in connection with the affairs of the existing state of Jammu and Kashmir shall, on and from that day provisionally continue to serve in connection with the affairs of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union territory of Ladakh, by general or special order of the Lieutenant Governor of Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.” It added that state government employees will be able to “seek option” to serve in either of the two UTs of J-K and Ladakh and this transfer will be “determined” by the Lt Governor. The Bill added that the “Central government shall have the power to review any of its orders issued under this section.” It also talked about the future of the public service commission that will function in the two UTS and recruit provincial service officials for the government. “The Public Service Commission for the existing state of Jammu and Kashmir shall, on and from the appointed day, be the Public Service Commission for the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.” “The Union Public Service Commission, with the approval of the President, shall serve the needs of the Union Territory of Ladakh.” The government on Monday revoked some provisions of the Article 370 to take away Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, and proposed bifurcation of the state into two UTs– Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
New Delhi: Rajya Sabha MP and senior Trinamool Congress leader, Derek O’Brien was on Friday questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with the Saradha chit fund case at the agency’s offices in Bidhannagar.Sources familiar with developments said that the TMC politician was questioned about certain payments that were received by his party’s official newspaper, Jago Bangla. It is alleged that O’Brien was operating the account of the Bengali weekly, where the payments were received. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Rajaya Sabha MP was earlier asked by the probe agency to join the investigation into the Saradha chit fund case. However, O’Brien had asked for more time as parliament was in session. Speaking to the Millennium Post, the sources added that the money paid into the newspaper’s accounts had originated from proceeds of the sale that came through selling some paintings by the West Bengal Chief Minister. Earlier, the CBI had examined Shibaji Panja, a businessman, in connection with the chit fund case, and it was alleged that he was the one who organised the exhibitions where paintings by the CM were sold. Sources in the know had at the time said that several hit fund companies had purchased paintings from his exhibitions, including the Saradha Group.
New Delhi: From biodegradable plastics to humanoid robots, a new wave of emerging technologies is on the horizon that have the potential to provide major benefits to societies and economies in the years to come, a new World Economic Forum (WEF) report said. An international Steering Committee of leading technology experts identified this year’s “Top 10 Emerging Technologies” — humanoid (and animaloid) robots designed to socialize with people; a system for pinpointing the source of a food-poisoning outbreak in seconds and minuscule lenses that will pave the way for diminutive cameras and other devices, among others. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “Technologies that are emerging today will soon be shaping the world tomorrow and well into the future – with impacts to economies and to society at large,” said Mariette DiChristina, Editor-in-Chief of Scientific American, and chair of the Emerging Technologies Steering Committee. Bioplastics are advanced solvents and enzymes that are transforming woody wastes into better biodegradable plastics. Like standard plastics derived from petrochemicals, biodegradable versions consist of polymers (long-chain molecules) that can be moulded while in their fluid state into a variety of forms. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “However, the options currently available – mostly made from corn, sugar cane, or waste fats and oils – generally lack the mechanical strength and visual characteristics of the standard kinds,” emphasized the report. Recent breakthroughs in producing plastics from cellulose or lignin (the dry matter in plants) promise to overcome those drawbacks. In an added boon for the environment, cellulose and lignin can be obtained from non-food plants, such as giant reed, grown on marginal land not suitable for food crops, or from waste wood and agricultural byproducts that would otherwise serve no function. Worldwide sales of consumer robots reached an estimated $5.6 billion in 2018 and the market is expected to grow to $19 billion by the end of 2025, with more than 65 million robots sold a year. “A wave of robots is lining up to take the place of defunct robots, including BUDDY (Blue Frog Robotics), a big-eyed mobile device that plays games in addition to acting as a personal assistant and providing home automation and security,” said the report. Like most robots, social robots use artificial intelligence (AI) to decide how to act on information received through cameras and other sensors. The ability to respond in ways that seem lifelike has been informed by research into such issues as how perceptions form, what constitutes social and emotional intelligence, and how people can deduce others’ thoughts and feelings. Another promising emerging tech of 2019 is tiny lenses. It is hard to make tiny lenses with traditional glass-cutting and glass-curving techniques, and the elements in a glass lens often need to be stacked to focus light properly. “Engineers have recently figured out much of the physics behind much smaller, lighter alternatives known as metalenses. These lenses could allow for greater miniaturization of microscopes and other laboratory tools, as well as of consumer products,” the report mentioned. In the next few years, the tiny lenses will probably make their way into smaller, easier-to-manufacture sensors, diagnostic tools such as endoscopic imaging devices and optical fibres. Those potential applications are appealing enough to have attracted research support from government agencies and such companies as Samsung and Google. Disordered proteins as drug targets will herald new possibilities for treating cancer and other diseases, said the report. These “intrinsically disordered proteins” (IDPs) looked different from the proteins with rigid structures that were more familiar in cells. IDPs were shape-shifters, appearing as ensembles of components that constantly changed configurations. This loose structure allows the IDPs to bring together a wide variety of molecules at critical moments, such as during a cell’s response to stress. “It is increasingly likely that in the next three to five years, these once “undruggable” proteins will end up in the crosshairs of pharmaceutical development,’ said the WEF report. Other emerging technologies on the list are: Smarter fertilizers that can reduce environmental contamination; collaborative telepresence where participants can be seen in virtual gatherings; advanced food tracking and packaging; safer nuclear reactors, DNA data storage; and utility-scale storage of renewable energy.