Cargo Ship Splits in Two off Turkey

first_imgzoom The 1975-built general cargo ship Leonardo has split in two while it was anchored off the coast of Kilyos, Turkey.The ship’s eleven crewmembers were rescued following the incident which occurred on August 27 in the Black Sea, according to media reports.Turkey’s General Directorate of Coastal Safety deployed eight ships, including search and rescue towboats, to the scene.Half of the vessel was allegedly towed to the beach, while the other half remained in the water and was gradually sinking.The Mongolia-flagged Leonardo was reportedly sailing to the Tuzla dockyard in Istanbul where it was scheduled to undergo repairs.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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StealthGas Offloads Three LPG Tankers

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: StealthGas LPG shipping company StealthGas has started the year with the sale of three second-hand ships cashing in USD 17 million.The ships in question are the 2006-built Gas Enchanted, which has already been delivered to its new owners, and  1998-built Gas Legacy and 1996-built Gas Evoluzione, scheduled for deliveries in the third quarter of 2018.“More evidence that values are firming even on older vessels was provided by these sales, as we sold the Gas Legacy at 5.6 times demolition value and the Gas Evoluzione at 4.2 times demolition value,” Michael Jolliffe, StealthGas’ Board Chairman, said.The company has seven more ships older than 20 years which are also sale candidates.The sale of older tonnage coincides with the delivery of the last 22,000 cbm semi-refrigerated newbuild LPG, which concluded the company’s 26-strong newbuilding program.StealthGas ended the first quarter of 2018 with a net loss of USD 5.8 million, compared to a net income of USD 2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017.Revenues for the period amounted to USD 39.7 million, an increase of 4.2 pct year-on-year, mainly due to improved market conditions in the small LPG segment.Jolliffe said that the company’s net revenue and profitability were affected by the rise in oil prices which increased voyage costs and LIBOR rates. In addition, slower spot market for LPG around Chinese New Year and weak earnings of the company’s tankers led to lower than anticipated margins.The results were are also impacted by costs related to the delivery and commencement of trading for new vessels in the fleet as well as significant ballasting costs on a number of vessels.During the past three months, the company concluded ten new time charter contracts and contract extensions.“We also chartered in an LPG vessel from a third-party to take advantage of this positive market momentum. What I would like to note is that we have 19 vessels finishing their period contracts in the period from this month until December 2018 and they will most likely be chartered at improved rates, leveraging our company’s revenue,” Harry Vafias, Chief Executive Officer of StealthGas, said in a conference call.“We continue to observe that our core market’s fundamentals have improved as rates for small LPG carriers are still on the rise, and the forecast is that they will continue to do so at least for the next couple of years,” Joliffe said.“Taking this into account, our main focus is to take advantage of this positive market momentum to the fullest and calibrate our fleet management strategy so as to increase our profitability. We have so far in the second quarter of 2018 reduced our commercial idle days by about 90% compared to the first quarter of this year. With an asset base in excess of USD 1 billion, low leverage and ideal demand and supply conditions, combined with improving freight rates, gives reason for optimism for the future.”last_img read more

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Scrubbers Installed on NewlyRefurbished Queen Elizabeth

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Damen Cunard’s cruise ship Queen Elizabeth has been equipped with twin exhaust gas cleaning systems following a twelve-day repair and refit program at Damen Shiprepair Brest.The refurbishment program included a series of the ship’s major systems being overhauled or installed.Once it arrived, the ship was placed in Damen Shiprepair Brest’s drydock number 3 and the relevant manufacturers began on maintenance to its stabilizers, ABB Azipods, bow thrusters and water intakes.Meanwhile, above the waterline, work was going on to install twin scrubbers which, along with all the pipe and ducting work, involved the removal of two cabins to accommodate the additional equipment.Inside the vessel, the refurbishment included a series of cabins and corridors, along with the ship’s spa and part of the retail provision. Ashore, Damen performed routine maintenance to Queen Elizabeth’s lifeboats, liferafts and tenders, and the yard also cleaned and repainted the hull and topsides of the ship.The project represented a major logistical operation, with multiple third-party teams working alongside the Damen personnel and each other. In total, around 250 people worked on the project.The program was completed a day earlier, with Queen Elizabeth back at its home port of Southampton in the morning of November 27, 2018.With a length of 294 meters and a width of 32.3 meters, Queen Elizabeth is a Vista class cruise ship delivered in 2010. Apart from Queen Elizabeth, Cunard Line has two more ships in its fleet, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2. In addition, the company has one cruise vessel on order which is scheduled for delivery in 2022.last_img read more

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EIB Provides Funding for New SwedenFinland RoPax

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Kvarken Link/Rauma Marine Constructions The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a EUR 70 million (USD 78.9 million) loan with the Finnish-Swedish consortium Kvarken Link Oy with the aim of improving the ferry connection between the two countries.With the funding, Kvarken Link Oy finance a new ferry to transport passengers and vehicles between the ports of Umeå in Sweden and Vaasa in Finland.The new ice-class RoPax ferry, to transport up to 800 passengers, would be built by Rauma Marine Constructions in Finland to high environmentally friendly specifications with hybrid propulsion. With a length of 150 metres, the passenger/car ferry is scheduled for delivery in 2021, and will operate under the Finnish flag.“Vaasa and Umeå have been connected by ferry since 1958. When the original service went bankrupt in 2011, the municipalities took it upon them to continue the service – and with success. The growing demand in both passengers and freight now warrants a modern ship to keep both cities connected,” Alexander Stubb, EIB Vice-President, said.The vessel will be equipped with a hybrid propulsion system with a combination of a dual-fuel engine (LNG/LBG and diesel) and batteries, as well as an electrically driven azimuth propeller system.The project also involves port upgrade works required for the reception of the new vessel at the ferry terminals in the cities of Vaasa and Umeå.last_img read more

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All 100series Highways Open

first_imgAll 100-series highways are now open to traffic but only passable with caution as work crews continue clearing after awinter storm today, Jan. 24. Blowing snow in some areas is causing drifting. It may beTuesday, Jan. 25, before some local roads throughout theprovince are open. For recorded information on highway conditions call1-800-307-7669. -30-last_img

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Tar Ponds Agency Meets Deadline

first_imgThe Sydney Tar Ponds Agency has answered hundreds of questions from the public and the joint review panel about the environmental impact statement on its plan to clean up the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens sites. The questions are contained in 55 submissions from the public, and an additional 34 from the federal review panel which will conduct public hearings on the environmental impact statement this spring. Each submission contained multiple questions. Wilfred Kaiser, acting director of environmental services was assisted by teams from AMEC and Earth Tech, two engineering firms involved in providing support to the preparation of responses. A team of two dozen experts worked day and night, over two weeks, to answer all the questions by the March 2 deadline. “It’s really encouraging to see that so many people took the time to read the environmental impact statement,” said Frank Potter, acting CEO of the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency. “It shows the high level of interest people have in the cleanup. Their questions will help us refine our plan, and make it better.” Mr. Potter said the questions came from a broad spectrum of the public, and while many questions submitted related to the proposal to incinerate PCB contaminated material, many more dealt with a wide range of topics. The review panel must now evaluate the responses provided by the agency, to determine whether they have enough information to proceed to panel hearings. Once the panel is satisfied it has the information it needs, it will give 21 days notice of the start of the public hearings. It is possible public hearings could begin as early as April. The panel’s final report is due on June 30.last_img read more

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Trunk 6 Tatamagouche Closed

first_img Local Area Office: 902-890-1538 Fax: 902-657-9254 COLCHESTER CO. Trunk 6, Tatamagouche Trunk 6 between Maple Avenue and Church Street in Tatamagouche, Colchester Co., will be closed Thursday, April 24 from 8 a.m. until noon to install wiring for overhead crosswalk lights. Signs will indicate the detour route. -30-last_img

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Winter Sportfishing Season Announced

first_imgThe province is expanding winter sportfishing opportunities when the season opens on New Year’s day. A total of 38 waterways across Nova Scotia will open for rainbow trout, chain pickerel or perch on Thursday, Jan. 1. “Winter sportfishing has a strong history in Nova Scotia,” said Ronald Chisholm, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “I am pleased to announce there will be three new lakes opened for rainbow trout and two opened for chain pickerel and perch this season.” The new waterways open this year for rainbow trout are Oathill, Maynard and Penhorn lakes in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Lake George and Lake Paul in Kings County are open for chain pickerel and white and yellow perch. “I encourage all winter anglers to enjoy the season,” said Mr. Chisholm. “Whether they are fishing from shore, in boats or through the ice, anglers should note changing conditions which could compromise their safety.” A 2008 general fishing licence is needed to winter fish. Licences can be purchased at Department of Natural Resources offices throughout the province, Access Nova Scotia’s Maritime Centre location, or selected authorized vendors. Licences are valid until March 31. The annual winter sportfishing weekend takes place Saturday, Feb. 14, and Sunday, Feb. 15. During that weekend, resident and non-resident anglers can fish in areas that are open for winter sportfishing without a general fishing licence. For more information, visit the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture website at www.gov.ns.ca/fish/sportfishing/angling/winterangling.shtml .last_img read more

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Cyberbullying Task Force Work Extended to February

first_imgSupport for the Cyberbullying Task Force has been so positive that it will take longer than expected to process all the feedback and recommendations from Nova Scotians. The task force will have until the end of February to deliver its report and recommendations to help with the problem of cyberbullying. “I have been very impressed with the high level of public interest and the willingness of many parts of our community to partner in finding better responses to the growing problems of bullying and cyberbullying,” said Wayne MacKay, Cyberbullying Task Force chair. “Forging these partnerships takes time but is well worth the effort.” Along with presentations from experts in the fields of bullying and cyberbullying, the task force received more than 5,000 responses to the online survey and conducted 35 focus groups involving about 1,000 students from across the province. The chair also had several speaking engagements on the topic, including meetings with the public. “Since the task force began, the response from Nova Scotians has been tremendous,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “Our partners recognized from the onset that the original timeline was ambitious, and I acknowledge the need for more time to process the enormous amount of input, especially from students.” To get a better picture of the scope and prevalence of the problem, and to find out what students think are possible solutions, the task force increased the number of student focus groups from eight to 35. The Cyberbullying Task Force and Working Group are analyzing the information collected from the expert presentations, focus groups and online survey for use in the overall report. For more information, visit cyberbullying.novascotia.ca .last_img read more

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Minister Asks Workplaces To Refocus on Safety

first_imgSeven workplace deaths in just over a month should make Nova Scotia employers and employees think twice about the risks they face in the work they do. Between 2007 and 2011, an average of 25 workers died on the job, so this many deaths so early in the year is cause for concern. “This is a tragic start to 2012 and all of us must take immediate action to avoid further injuries, illnesses and deaths in our workplaces,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “Whether one works on a hectic shop floor or a seemingly safe office, we need to change our ‘I’ve done this a million times so it must be safe’ mindset.” To date, two truckers died in separate motor vehicle accidents, two fishermen drowned while checking on lobster crates at low tide, a farm worker was killed by a falling tree and a sandblaster was crushed underneath equipment he was cleaning. All of these incidents remain under investigation. A shipyard worker also had a fatal heart attack. In recent years, almost half of all workplace deaths were caused by chronic illnesses, such as heart or lung disease. So far, only one workplace death resulted from a chronic illness this year. Keeping workplaces safe is a joint effort between government, employers and employees. Government investigates injuries and illnesses, enforces the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and promotes safe work practices. It works closely with the Workers’ Compensation Board, safety organizations and industry safety associations across the province. Employers and employees likely have the greatest impact on workplace safety because they usually have an intimate knowledge of the work they do, and the materials and practices that are used. “Employers and employees need to remain vigilant to the risks facing them at work,” said Jim LeBlanc, executive director, Occupational Health and Safety division. “In so many investigations, we find that most injuries could have been avoided if more consideration had been given to the task and how it was to be done.”last_img read more

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More Spaces for Early Intensive Behavioural Analysis Program

first_imgChildren with autism preparing to start school in 2016 at age six will benefit from the Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention program. In September government will add between 20 and 25 new spaces in the program, creating a total of 110 spaces. This means 110 children will be able to receive the program each year. Government will now be investing a total of $10 million each year in this program. “Before, our daughter would enter a crowded room, go to a corner and put her fingers in her ears. Now she walks in and wants to be the centre of attention,” said Lori Fancy, whose six-year-old daughter finished the program in May 2014, and started school the following September. “If I had to do it all again, I would do it in a heartbeat. On the first day of school, she was the first one in line and overall she’s transitioned into school seamlessly.” There are currently 25 children on the waitlist who will enter school at age six in 2016. “As parents, we all want what’s best for our children. For children with autism, this program provides the best start possible before they begin school,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “I recognize it can be a difficult choice for some families to delay school entry, but this program provides valuable skills that will better prepare these children for the learning environment at school.” Last fall, Mr. Glavine appointed an expert panel to review the program to ensure the province was providing the best treatment possible to children with autism before they start school. The panel concluded that the program is effective in helping children develop communications skills, follow directions, pay attention and control their emotions. These skills are often very weak or non-existent for children with autism, and they are important for success at school. The report is available at novascotia.ca/dhw . “Giving children the best start in the early years will help them reach their full potential,” said Mr. Glavine. The Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention program began in 2005, to help children with autism get treatment before they entered school. At the time, about one in 150 people were diagnosed with autism, according to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. That number has now more than doubled, with an estimated one in 68 people being diagnosed.last_img read more

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39th Provincial 4H Show in Bible Hill

first_imgNova Scotia 4-H members will be in Bible Hill, Friday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 2, for the province’s 39th annual 4-H Show at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Grounds. The event is the largest 4-H show in Canada with 40 projects, 90 classes, and 2,400 entries expected to be displayed this year. Admission is free for the public. “The annual show is a wonderful display of the hard work and talent of 4-H members across the province,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “I wish all the participants in this year’s show success.” 4-H members, ages nine to 21-years-old, qualify to compete at the event after achieving top honours for their life skills or livestock projects at local exhibitions. Highlights this year include livestock classes, market animal auctions, a fashion show, dog obedience and handling trials, tug-of-war, a cake decorating competition, grand champion showmanship class, and dairy and beef cattle selections for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. 4-H alumni, like 18-year-old Ian MacLellan of the West River 4-H Club in Antigonish County, see the show as an important part of their overall experience as members. “In my nine years with 4-H, I have learned about leadership, teamwork, work ethic, determination and so many other skills that I will hold with me for the rest of my life,” said Mr. MacLellan. “The feeling you get when you have the opportunity to display the work that you have put into your projects all year, to people from across the province, truly makes the effort worth it. “Whether you are there with a project, a competition, hosting, or supporting a club member, there is always time to connect and build relationships with like-minded people, and industry partners.” Each year a different county or region hosts the 4-H show. In 2016, the Central Region 4-H Leaders Council, made up of Colchester, Halifax, East Hants and Cumberland counties, is responsible for site arrangements, security, fundraising and promotion. The public is invited to view the 4-H livestock and life skills projects from Friday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. to Sunday, Oct. 2 at noon. Information and the program for this year’s show is available at http://novascotia.ca/agri/programs-and-services/educational-resources/4h/provincial-events/.last_img read more

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New EHS LifeFlight Helicopters In Service

first_img “It is a great privilege for our medical and aviation teams to serve Nova Scotians,” said Steve Crocker, critical care paramedic, LifeFlight. “The new upgrades will better support everyone on the aircraft to provide the high-quality critical care people have come to expect from LifeFlight.” Earlier this year, government announced it had reached an agreement with Canadian Helicopters Limited to outfit and operate two new air ambulance helicopters. The 15-year contract is valued at $105 million. Nova Scotia is a Canadian leader in emergency health services, and has been recognized by Sikorsky for 20 years and 17,000 hours of accident-free medical services with EHS LifeFlight. The new helicopters began service on Dec. 15. Two new medical helicopters are now in service and able to land on hospital helipads. “EHS LifeFlight is a vital part of Nova Scotia’s emergency medical services and provides critical care to people all over the Maritimes,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “For EHS LifeFlight, time matters. These new helicopters can get patients to hospital faster and they have important equipment available to critical care teams when they need it most.” LifeFlight Tango and LifeFlight November are Sikorsky S-76 C+ aircraft with innovative technology that exceeds any emergency medical aircraft in use in Canada today. They have been specifically designed, inside and out, for use by Nova Scotia’s critical care teams. EHS LifeFlight responds to between 700 and 800 calls a year. With two helicopters, LifeFlight will be able to respond more often because there will be minimal downtime for maintenance and scheduled repairs. The new helicopters feature: state-of-the-art navigation and communication systems that improve safety, including automatic voice alerts, surveillance, and real-time Environment Canada weather feed – the first of its kind in Canada back-up life-saving equipment, like oxygen outlets and regulators, and a back-up generator to fuel that equipment a night vision goggle-compatible cockpit climate control that provides a better environment for the patient and crew.last_img read more

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Performance Audit Report Released

first_imgAuditor General Michael Pickup issued a special performance audit report today, Jan. 15. The report contains the findings from his audit work at the Department of Internal Services related to the April 2018 privacy breach of the freedom of information access website that resulted in the inappropriate disclosure of personal information. The purpose of this performance audit was to assess the implementation of the province’s new website and supporting system to handle freedom of information requests. The auditor general found significant weaknesses in the risk management and project management processes used to implement and test the new website and supporting software, leading to the eventual privacy breach and inappropriate disclosure of personal information. Risk management processes were inadequate, with many basic steps not completed. Despite many warning signs, including the fact Nova Scotia was to be the first jurisdiction in the world to implement the new website and software together, the department considered the entire project low risk. This helped lead to many relatively obvious and potentially unacceptable risks not being identified or addressed. In addition, the overall project management was poor, with many key steps incomplete and key contract components not documented. “The April privacy breach is a very clear example of what can happen when government does not protect the personal information entrusted to it by the people of Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Pickup. “The inappropriate disclosure of personal information is actually not surprising given the extent of the failures found during our audit.” The report contains five recommendations which have all been accepted by government. The full report, along with a short summary and highlight video containing five questions that Nova Scotians may want to ask government in the days and months ahead to ensure sustainable improvements occur at the Department of Internal Services, is available at http://www.oag-ns.ca. The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner also released a separate investigation report on this topic today. It can be found at https://oipc.novascotia.ca/.last_img read more

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More bodies found as Hungary lifts sunken tourist boat from river

first_imgBudapest: Hungarian police recovered more bodies on Tuesday as they lifted a sightseeing boat that sank in the river Danube in Budapest last month in an accident that has claimed at least 24 lives. Police were seen removing another four bodies from the vessel while four people are still missing about two weeks after the tragedy, the worst such incident in Hungary in 75 years. The lifting operation began at around 6 am (0400 GMT) and six hours later the Mermaid tourist boat was almost entirely out of the water. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Early on in the operation, police were seen by an AFP photographer at the site removing four bodies from the vessel. Several dozen rescue workers could be seen taking part in the operation, including members of a team sent from South Korea. The Mermaid was carrying mostly South Korean holidaymakers when it capsized and sank on the evening of May 29, just seconds after colliding with a bigger river cruise boat on a busy stretch of the river. Those on board included a six-year-old girl travelling with her mother and grandparents, and the Mermaid’s Hungarian captain. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaOnly seven of the 35 people on board are known to have survived the accident, with the prospect of finding any more passengers alive seen as practically zero. Hungarian police, who are leading the salvage operation, initially estimated the lifting operation would take around six hours, but work is expected to continue well into the afternoon. Temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) and strong river currents have slowed the operation, which has been stopped several times. At one point, one member of the rescue crew fell into the fast-flowing water and had to be rescued after almost being swept away. Divers have periodically been entering the vessel to search the bodies of any victims still inside. Damage was visible to the rear part of the Mermaid where the collision occurred. Since the accident divers had been unable to enter the submerged boat due to the strong current in a river swollen from weeks of rain. The salvage crew instead focused on fixing wire harnesses underneath and around the vessel to prepare it for hoisting by a crane mounted on a barge.last_img read more

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DCW forms transgender cell to look into various complaints

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) set up a Transgender Cell on Monday to look into complaints of violence, abuse, harassment and discrimination against the transgender community as well as to create awareness and advocate the cause of the community.DCW Chief Swati Maliwal with member Promila Gupta met several transgenders on Saturday to seek their advice on the role and responsibilities of the cell as well as to gain an in-depth understanding about the issues being faced by the community. The meeting was held with the help of an NGO. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsDCW in a statement said that in the meeting with DCW Chief, the community members expressed issues and concerns about their safety and security. They narrated instances of extreme abuse, physical and sexual harassment, violence, discrimination and social stigma faced by them throughout their lives. “They also informed that lack of proper healthcare services, harassment by police and immense violation of basic human rights make their lives miserable on a daily basis. The community members mentioned that they walked in groups even for small household chores such as grocery shopping,” reads statement. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAlmost all members of the community described instances of gruesome discrimination and insensitivity of the police towards the community. The community members informed the Commission that the police often refused to register complaints dismissing them as culprits without even hearing them. The community suggested that the Cell should be guided constantly by the members of the Community. The suggestion has been accepted by the Commission which shall involve transgender members as well as the LGBTQ community in the functioning of the cell. The Commission had announced to set up a transgender cell during its Mahila Suraksha Padyatra in March this year when Swati Maliwal walked along with transgenders and hundreds of volunteers and received several complaints from them. DCW Chief stated, “It pains my heart to see the condition of the Transgender as well as the LGBTQ community in our country. The transgender especially are suffering a lot. The Transgender Cell shall focus on the problems faced by the transgender community. It shall also look into complaints of abuse from LGBTQ community.”last_img read more

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UK economys worst month since Brexit vote

first_imgLondon: A closely watched survey of business activity in the UK is showing that the economy contracted in June at its steepest rate since the immediate aftermath of the country’s vote three years ago to leave the European Union. The survey from financial information firm IHS Markit and The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply also found the second-steepest fall in output since the height of the global financial crisis a decade ago. The survey’s main “all-sector” purchasing managers’ index fell in June to 49.2 from 50.7 the previous month.last_img read more

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Noida Authority to plant over 187 lakh saplings on Independence Day

first_imgNoida (UP): The Noida Authority will plant 5,04,953 new saplings in 2019-2020 in the city, with a target of 1,87,808 on August 15 alone with the help of community participation, officials said Wednesday. The authority has in 2018-19 planted 4,64,000 saplings, up from 1,49,504 in the previous year, the officials said. The Gautam Buddh Nagar adminsitration will be planting nearly 7,49,000 plants this fiscal year in the district as part of the Uttar Pradesh government’s efforts to improve green cover in the state. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items This time around, the plantation drive will be carried out at underground and multilevel parkings also, Noida Authority’s General Manager Rajeev Tyagi said. “Seventeen areas have been identified in the city where the drive will be carried out on August 15 for 1,87,800 plantations, up from 1,04,918 on August 15 last year,” he said. Of this, 90,500 will be in Biodiversity Park in Sector 91, 12,000 in Sector 43, 10,309 at the Underground Parking in Sector 3, while 10,300 along the DSC Road, he said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Among other areas, the drive will be carried out at the mutlilevel-parking in Sector 18, Rajnigandha Underpass in Sector 16, Ajnara Roundabout and Sectors 5, 17, 18, 23, 34, 52, 72, 150 and 155, Tyagi said. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is expecting large scale participation of the public for the afforestation drive this year also with a target planting of 22.55 crore saplings in 2019-20 and 11.27 crore on August 15 alone across the state, according to an official communication earlier this year.last_img read more

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Middleorder overhaul on cards could be end of road for Kedar Karthik

first_imgLondon: A complete revamp of the brittle Indian middle-order is expected with stop-gap solutions like Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav gone for good in the upcoming Indian squads as focus will firmly shift from ODIs to the shortest format, keeping next year’s World T20 in mind. The policy from the time when Mahendra Singh Dhoni took over as captain has been to prepare teams at least two years in advance for ODIs and may be around 18 months for T20s. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherIndia’s next big limited-overs assignment will be the World T20 in Australia next year and it will be happening after a gap of four years. The selection committee, led by MSK Prasad, will be in charge till the BCCI elections are held but it is expected that it will handle the transition phase with focus for the next 14 months being more on the shortest format. A fragile middle-order with over-the-hill players like Jadhav and Karthik, completely ill-equipped to handle pressure situations outside the sub-continental conditions, has been the current team’s biggest weakness and the World Cup semi-final result was a disaster waiting to happen. It was only human that the troika of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul would have an off day in unison and too bad, that it happened on a knock-out day. The Indian ODI team’s nucleus was formed just after their defeat in the 2017 Champions Trophy final to Pakistan with two wrist spinners being match winners as the core philosophy of coach Ravi Shastri and Kohli. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenIt gave India tremendous success in bilaterals even though Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal didn’t exactly set the World Cup on fire with their performances. It was not that World Cup was the only event whene India didn’t have a Plan B. They have not had a Plan B in place for two years. It didn’t matter till Kohli and Rohit would notch up one hundred after other. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s waning abilities at the death could be papered over despite the absence of a solid middle-order due to Hardik Pandya’s consistent at No.7 final assaults. Players like Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer were dumped from the World Cup scheme of things without being given a proper run which could have boosted their confidence. Young Shubman Gill, touted as one of the biggest batting hopes of the next decade and half, was given a game in New Zealand and set aside. However, the World Cup has been a lesson that players like Karthik or Jadhav may have an odd Nidahas night or a rampaging evening in Pune but that would be more of an exception than the rule. Karthik of 2019 didn’t have the game for English conditions and was persisted with on the basis of his wicket-keeping skills while Jadhav, despite lack of explosive power-hitting abilities at the death, was heavily invested upon even after factoring in his dodgy hamstrings. For Dhoni’s game to succeed, one needs players like Jadeja and Pandya at the other end, who are much more than “bits and pieces”.last_img read more

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PCB decides not to renew coach Mickey Arthurs contract

first_imgLahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday decided not to renew the contracts of head coach Mickey Arthur and his support staff, including batting coach Grant Flower, a move that was expected after the team’s World Cup debacle. The PCB announced that it will be “immediately undertaking a robust recruitment process” after refusing to renew the contracts of Arthur, Flower, bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, and trainer Grant Luden. The PCB Cricket Committee, which met on Friday, was unanimous in its recommendations for the change. Pakistan narrowly missed out on making the knockout stages of the June-July World Cup in England after winning five and losing three of their nine matches. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”As part of the recruitment process, the PCB will now advertise the four available roles and will invite high level applications from interested candidates,” the Board said in a statement. The recommendations were forwarded and discussed with PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani. The PCB cricket committee is headed by Managing Director Wasim Khan and includes former captains Wasim Akram, Misbah-ul-Haq, Urooj Mumtaz and Mudassar Nazar (PCB’s Director academies) and Zakir Khan (head international cricket operations). Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”The unanimous recommendation of the Committee was that it was time for new leadership and a fresh approach. I am happy to accept their strong recommendations,” Mani said. “On behalf of the PCB, I want to sincerely thank Mickey Arthur, Grant Flower, Grant Luden and Azhar Mahmood for their hard work and unwavering commitment during their tenures with the national men’s team. We wish them every success in their future endeavors,” he added. The team was heavily criticised after the early World Cup exit and speculation continues on the future of captain Sarfaraz Ahmed. South African Arthur, in his assessment of the team’s performance, had sought Ahmed’s removal from the leadership position. Arthur who became the head coach of the Pakistan team in mid-2016 had asked the committee members to renew his contract for two years and assured far better results with the team.last_img read more

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