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first_imgPeople in India and China are more optimistic about 2018 as compared to their Europeans counterparts. In a satisfaction survey performed by market research and consulting firm Ipsos, 87 percent of Indians and 88 percent of Chinese people believe that 2018 will be better than 2017.On average, 76 percent of the world’s population feels that 2018 will be better than 2017.Read it at Money Control Related Itemslast_img

first_imgThe scarcity of jobs in the Indian aviation sector is forcing pilots to move overseas in search of jobs. While there are jobs available abroad for Indian pilots, working conditions may not be suitable for forcing them to elsewhere or come back to India.According to a report in the Statesman newspaper, Indian pilots often reach out to airlines in the Middle East or South-East Asia as countries there have several domestic and international airlines that readily hire Indian pilots. Lion Air, Silk Air, Scoot, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways are a few top airlines that offer jobs to Indian pilots.This news comes at a time when an Indonesia Lion Air flight captained by Indian Bhavye Suneja crashed into the sea two days ago killing everyone onboard. He had joined the low-cost carrier in March 2011.The newspaper quotes Captain Vikram Yadav, a former official of Indian Commercial Pilots Association, as saying, “Job security is just one of the primary reasons why pilots go abroad.”He told the publication that as pilots are facing job shortage in India, they are attracted toward the aviation job markets of other countries. To work as a pilot abroad, Indian pilots need a license from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).With India having a good domestic aviation safety record, foreign airlines are inclined to hire Indian pilots.After obtaining a commercial pilot license (CPL), pilots need to accumulate flying hours to keep their license intact so many pilots end up taking jobs at every available airline or country. Aviation is a risky and costly business. There was a time when Indian airlines hired foreign pilots due to lack of domestic pilots and there have been times when foreign airlines hire Indian pilots due to a shortage of pilots in their own countries.A pilot who did not want his name to be revealed told the newspaper that “Small countries are short of skilled airline pilots, so they hire from India and other countries.”The pilot also said that as bigger airlines prefer pilots from their own countries, Indian pilots are left with only nine airlines across the world. He also said, “Lion Airlines has a contract with a flying academy in India and there are many more Indian pilots working in the airline.”In another news report, India’s largest airline IndiGo has asked French-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR to postpone the delivery of aircraft because of the shortage of pilots that can fly ATR turboprops.A senior official of IndiGo confirmed to Economic Times that airline is facing a shortage of pilots that can fly ATR aircraft. Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES Inactive since suiting up in his final game with Kaohsiung Truth in the ASEAN Basketball League back in March, Jose came out with a leaner body in his first game in a Hawkeyes jersey.“I really slimmed down when I was in Taiwan because we were dieting there,” he said with a chuckle, while saying that he’s still far from his desired game shape. “I’ll try to bring back my old size.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingJose also didn’t look like he missed a beat, displaying his signature grit as he racked 19 points and 14 rebounds in his 28 minutes on the floor.Unfortunately, the game ended in a sorry 86-84 defeat to Flying V after Jeron Teng drained the game-winning play. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 athletes Avenido on playing coach role: ‘I’m not Jawo’ Raymar Jose. PBA IMAGESRaymar Jose felt good hitting the hardcourt once again as he made his debut for Cignal HD in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.“It was great. I felt great to play once again,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPcenter_img “It was unfortunate. We played good but we fell a little short. I think we’ll be able to bounce back,” he said.Jose and the rest of Cignal will try to bounce back on Thursday against Tanduay. MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gameslast_img read more

first_imgLeicester City must look past ensuring their survival in the Premier League next season and set themselves higher goals, manager Craig Shakespeare has said.Leicester found themselves in a relegation scrap last season under former manager Claudio Ranieri before Shakespeare took over as interim manager in February and led the team to seven wins in their final 12 league matches to secure a 12th-placed finish.But the club also progressed to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League only to be beaten by Spanish side Atletico Madrid. They failed to qualify for the competition next season.Shakespeare signed a three-year permanent contract in June and is looking to take the team to new heights.”Premier League survival is good, but I look at the squad and the players we’re trying to attract – I want to be better than that, and I think the players want to be better than that,” Shakespeare told the club’s website.”I think our aim is to try and be competitive in every match, whether we’re playing Chelsea as Premier League winners last season or a team that’s just come up.”There will be targets internally and privately and I think it’s important that the players know what’s required.”Shakespeare’s first game in charge as permanent manager will be a pre-season trip to Hong Kong where the team will face fellow league rivals West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League Asia Trophy on July 19.last_img read more

first_imgBoston, Aug 21 (PTI) Scientists have identified a bacteria in the digestive tracts of elite runners and rowers which aids their performance, an advance that can help develop improved probiotic supplements for athletes.”We are more bacteria than we are human. The bugs in our gut affect our energy metabolism, making it easier to break down carbohydrates, protein and fibre,” said Jonathan Scheiman, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in the US.”They are also involved in inflammation and neurological function. So perhaps the microbiome could be relevant for applications in endurance, recovery and maybe even mental toughness,” Scheiman said.Researchers collected fecal samples on a daily basis from 20 athletes training for the 2015 Boston marathon one week before and one week after the race.They sequenced the genomes of the sampled bacteria, using computational metagenomic methods to figure out how many and what types of microbes inhabited the fecal samples.On comparing the pre-race and post-race samples, they found a sudden spike in the population of one particular type of bacteria after the marathon.”This bugs natural function is to break down lactic acid,” Scheiman said.They found that during intense exercise, the body produces more lactic acid than usual, which can lead to muscle fatigue and soreness. This bacteria could potentially help with that.Researchers are now feeding the bacteria to mice to measure its effects on lactic acid levels and fatigue.In another set of experiments, the team is comparing the bacteria from ultramarathoners to those found in rowers training for the Olympics.advertisementThey found a type of bacteria in ultra-marathoners that can help break down carbohydrates and fibber – which is key during a 100-mile run – that was not present in the rowers, suggesting that different sports may foster niche microbiomes. PTI APA SAR SARlast_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Dan Haren pitched a lot better than he bunted, which was fortuitous for the Los Angeles Dodgers.Haren overcame a leadoff homer by Curtis Granderson and a pair of failed sacrifice bunts to help the NL West leaders beat the error-prone New York Mets 6-2 on the night of Aug. 22.Granderson drove Haren’s third pitch into the Mets bullpen in right field for his 28th career leadoff homer and fourth this season — the most by a Mets player since Jose Reyes had four in 2008.The right-hander allowed only two singles after that.“I was really mad. Kind of a stupid pitch to Granderson,” Haren said. “He’s not your typical leadoff hitter, he’s got a lot of power, and I kind of laid one in there. I got a couple of outs after that and then really settled in pretty good.”Haren (11-10) struck out six and walked none over seven innings, helping the Dodgers maintain their 3 1-2 game lead over San Francisco. The victory was his third in four starts after going 0-5 with a 10.03 ERA in his previous five outings.Jonathon Niese (7-9) allowed five runs — two earned — eight hits, and three walks in 6 2-3 innings. The unearned runs were the result of a throwing error by shortstop Wilmer Flores on a routine grounder by Adrian Gonzalez.“It’s part of the game, A lot of us have had bad days, and we’ve all been there,” Niese said. “I’ve made a ton of errors that have cost us games. So you can’t point the finger at (Flores). If I struck out Gonzalez, then he wouldn’t have had to make that play. So it’s on my shoulders.”The Mets tied a season high with four errors, including a dropped foul pop by first baseman Lucas Duda.“We had a bad night. It happens,” Manager Terry Collins said. “When you look up (after eight innings) and you have as many errors as you’ve got hits, that’s not a good feeling. We looked a little ragged, but that shouldn’t affect us.”The Dodgers got their first two batters on in the third inning before Haren bunted into a double play started by Niese. But Dee Gordon slapped an opposite-field RBI single inside third to tie it 1-1.“I think the main thing Dee has done is stay within his approach,” Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. “He’s hit numerous balls down the third-base line, and that tells you he’s letting the ball get deep. He’s doing it against righties and lefties.”Haren came up again in the fifth with runners at the corners and tried a suicide squeeze. He bunted through an 0-1 pitch, and Justin Turner was erased in a rundown at third, but Haren then singled to drive in Erisbel Arruebarrena and give Los Angeles a 2-1 lead.“I almost made four outs in two at bats,” Haren said. “I haven’t done a squeeze in a long time — since probably spring training — and I just got a little antsy with it. But I was lucky.  I put a pretty good at-bat together and got us the lead there, and I felt good about that. I was still frustrated that I left J.T. out there hanging.”Gordon hit his major league-leading 11th triple with two out in the seventh and scored on Flores’ second error of the game. Carlos Torres relieved Niese, and Matt Kemp greeted him with a two-run double to make it 5-1.Until then, Mets relievers had stranded 132 of 166 inherited runners (79.5 percent), the best in the majors. “We’ve done a good job there. But Matt Kemp’s a pretty good hitter, so you’ve got to make pitches,” Collins said.(JOE RESNICK)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgPV Sindhu stormed into her second straight World Championship final on Saturday after beating Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the semi-finals.In a match that lasted 55 minutes, Sindhu registered a 21-16, 24-22 win over Yamaguchi.Sindhu, who lost in the World Championship final last year to Nozomi Okuhara, is hoping for a different result this time.”It was a good match overall. I hope this time it would be a better result than the last time. I have to prepare well for tomorrow, so its not yet over,” Sindhu said after the match.Sindhu entered the match with a 6-4 head-to-head record against Yamaguchi, who had defeated the Indian in big-ticket events such as All England Championship this year and Dubai Superseries Final last year. The duo faced off twice this year with each registering a win.Badminton World Championships 2018: Sindhu sets up final against Marin”We know each other’s game, we play very often, we played at the All England Championship. So we needed to be patience and consistent to win. I was prepared for long matches because both Yamaguchi and Okuhara are very good players and can go on and on in the rallies,” Sindhu said.”So I had to be on the court always. In the second game when I was down, I still had hope that till the last point it wasn’t over for me, so I kept trying. I had to work hard to get each point.”The 23-year-old from Hyderabad, who also won two bronze medals in 2013 and 2014, will face Olympic champion and former two-time gold medallist Carolina Marin of Spain on Sunday.advertisement”Tomorrow is going to be an aggressive match. Again we know each other’s game, so no easy matches, no easy points, just have to turn up and give my best tomorrow,” Sindhu said.Marin reached the final after beating China’s He Bingjiao in the first semi-final of the day.The Spaniard dished out a clinical performance as she registered a 21-17, 21-10 win over the home favourite.last_img read more

first_imgChelsea defender Gary Cahill is not enjoying his time as a squad player under new manager Maurizio Sarri and is considering leaving the Premier League club in January.The centre back has not played under Sarri after he took over from Antonio Conte at the start of the season and is now contemplating his future after growing frustrated with the lack of playing time.”As it is now, I’m not really enjoying things. Having been a big part of things for seven years and played a huge part, not just a squad player, I’m definitely finding it difficult this year to deal with that situation,” he told British media.”I don’t want to jump the gun, but as things stand at this time, probably, yes. I’m not a guy who is willing to accept not playing. It’s all about playing.”Your career’s short enough as it is. I’ve got maximum respect for everybody here at the football club, for the fans and all the players. But sometimes you have to make tough decisions to keep your career going forward,” he added, when asked about leaving the club in January.Cahill, who won two Premier League titles, the Champions League and the FA Cup since joining Chelsea in 2012, is out of contract at the end of the season but he is hoping that Chelsea will let him leave in January itself.Chelsea let goalkeeper Petr Cech move to direct rivals Arsenal three years ago, taking into account his years of service and desire for first-team opportunities, and Cahill is hoping for something similar.advertisement”I think with Pete they saw he wasn’t getting the game time he would have liked and they rewarded his professionalism and his attitude by letting him go and get first-team football,” Cahill added.”He could easily have played any moment. He just wanted to… continue playing week-in, week-out. That’s why I used that as an example. I feel I’m in a similar situation.”Chelsea travel to West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgPremier League Martial far better than I was at 21 – Henry Harry West Last updated 2 years ago 23:26 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) AnthonyMartial - Cropped Getty Images Premier League Manchester United Anthony Martial France The young Frenchman has often been compared to his countryman, but the ex-Arsenal icon feels the starlet is superior at his age Thierry Henry, France and Arsenal’s record goalscorer, believes Anthony Martial is a better player than he was at the same age.Martial, still just 21 years old, moved to Manchester United from Monaco in 2015 for a fee that could rise to as much as £58 million – at the time making him the most expensive teenager in history.Over 2.5 goals in Liverpool v Man Utd 4/5 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Henry was 21 and already a World Cup winner when he moved to Arsenal from Juventus in 1999, before going on to surpass Ian Wright as the Gunners’ most prolific marksman.Despite his excellent early-season form for United – with five goals in nine appearances across all competitions despite only four starts – Martial was left out of Didier Deschamps’ squad for France’s World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Belarus.Blessed with blistering pace and regularly used out wide on the left, Martial has often been compared with his compatriot, who feels the younger man is ahead of where he was at a similar point in his career.”Anthony Martial is a far better player than I was at that age,” Henry said.”Martial can be world class.”Jose Mourinho may opt to give Martial a rare start upon the Premier League’s resumption after the international break, with several first-team stars currently in action for their national sides, as Man Utd travel to Anfield to face bitter rivals Liverpool. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard pleased with 2-goal Batshuayi: We need himby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard was pleased with striker Michy Batshuayi for his two goals in their Carabao Cup win over Grimsby.The Blues ran out 7-1 winners to set up a round of 16 tie with Manchester United.Lampard said, “He has worked hard and trained well. He came on at Wolves and made an impact, came on against Liverpool and nearly made an impact and that is great for me when you give a message and someone shows they can train daily and improve there. “Michy has talent, he can hold the ball up and use both feet and can score goals, and he is important for us. He got his chance and scored goals tonight which is good because we need options up front.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgA general view of the Dallas Cowboys StadiumARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 24: A general view of the field during the game between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 24, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Dallas Cowboys officially moved on from offensive coordinator Scott Linehan this weekend, opening up a major hole on staff.According to the latest reports, the Cowboys could fill that vacancy internally by promoting quarterbacks coach Kellen Moore. A former Boise State star, Moore played for Dallas from 2015-17 before assuming QB coaching duties this year.If Moore is indeed promoted, the Cowboys could be looking at another one of their former signal callers to take over his old role. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has stated that Jon Kitna is a potential candidate for a staff position in Dallas.Kitna would take over for Moore as quarterbacks coach.I’m told “don’t laugh, this is a legitimate candidate” in Dallas— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) January 20, 2019Kitna played for the Cowboys from 2009-11 and then once again in 2013. Since 2012, he’s been a high school head coach at three different stops, most recently Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, Arizona.Kitna compiled a 36-16 record as a high school coach. Back in June, he was hired as the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Fleet of the new Alliance of American Football, which is set to begin play later this year.One has to think that if the Cowboys come calling, it will be tough for Kitna to turn that opportunity down.last_img read more

first_img Press Trust of India JaipurSeptember 24, 2019UPDATED: September 24, 2019 19:36 IST Dinesh Karthik with a brisk knock of 52 not out helped Tamil Nadu beat Rajasthan. (AP File Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTamil Nadu beat Rajasthan by six wickets in its opening Group ‘C’ match of the Vijay Hazare TrophyDinesh Karthik with a brisk knock of 52 not out saw the team home in the companyAll opening round matches of the Vijay Hazare Elite Group ‘B’ were washed out onHalf-centuries by out-of-favor India opener Abhinav Mukund (75, 83 balls, 7 fours) and Baba Aparajith (52, 67 balls, 2 fours) helped Tamil Nadu put it across host Rajasthan by six wickets in its opening Group ‘C’ match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy here on Tuesday.Skipper Dinesh Karthik with a brisk knock of 52 not out (52 balls, 4 fours, 1 six) saw the team home in the company of M Shahrukh Khan (47 not out, 39 balls, 6 fours).The left-handed Mukund and Aparajith set the platform for Tamil Nadu after the aggressive N Jagadeesan (7) fell in the seventh over to left-arm pacer Aniket Choudhary.Mukund played some fine shots while Aparajith preferred to be watchful and rotated the strike well.Earlier, sent in to bat by Tamil Nadu, the home team recovered from 53 for 4 to post 261 in the 50 overs, thanks to a stroke knock of 77 by right-hander Arjit Gupta.Gupta, who hit seven fours and three sixes in 82 balls, was involved in an 87-run partnership with Ashok Menaria (35).Medium-pacer K Vignesh bowled well to start with and got opener Chetan Bist (4) in the second over. He dismissed the other opener Manender Singh (7) and the key wicket of captain Mahipal Lomror (11, 27 balls) to reduce Rajasthan to 53 for 4.In other matches on Tuesday, Tripura defeated Jammu & Kashmir by two wickets and Gujarat beat Bengal by 38 runs.Brief scores: Rajasthan 261 for 9 in 50 overs (Arjit Gupta 77, Rahul Chahar 48, Ashok Menaria 35, K Vignesh 3/34, M Mohammed 2/58, R Sai Kishore 2/66) lost to Tamil Nadu (Abhinav Mukund 75, B Aparajith 52, Dinesh Karthik 52 not out, Shahrukh Khan 48 not out, Aniket Choudhary 1/53) by six wickets.advertisementPoints: TN: 4, Rajasthan: 0.Gujarat 253 for 8 in 50 overs (Bhargav Merai 63, Manprit Juneja 47, Kathan D Patel 36, Ashoke Dinda 3/58) beat Bengal 215 all out in 46.2 overs (Shreevats Goswami 79, Anustup Majumdar 39, Rush Kalaria 4/34, Axar Patel 1/47) by 38 runs.Points: Gujarat: 4, Bengal: 0.Jammu & Kashmir 197 all out in 43.2 overs (Qamran Iqbal 43, Fazil Rashid 38, Harmit Singh 3/32) lost to Tripura 198 for 8 (Bishal Ghosh 62, Milind Kumar 77, Umar Nazir 3/45) by 2 wickets.Points: Tripura: 4, J&K: 0.All opening round matches of the Vijay Hazare Elite Group ‘B’ were washed out on Tuesday without a ball being played due to wet outfield.The overnight rain caused all six teams — Delhi, Vidarbha, Maharashtra, Himachal, Baroda, and Odisha — to get two points each.The tournament will see several India internationals trying to leave a mark while competing for the top honors.Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant and pacer Navdeep Saini, who recently made his India debut, will feature in the Delhi side.While Karnataka vice-captain KL Rahul, who has been out of favour in India’s Test side, will also look to re-establish his white-ball credentials.A total of 38 teams are vying for the title this season with Chandigarh being the new entrants.The top five teams from Groups A and B combined (sorted by points tally), the top two teams from Group C, and the Group D leader will qualify for the quarter-finals. The final will be played on October 25.Also Read | 12 years later, Yuvraj Singh relives moment of T20 World Cup triumphAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Vijay Hazare TrophyFollow Tamil Nadu Vijay Hazare Trophy: Mukund, Dinesh Karthik shine in Tamil Nadu’s win over RajasthanThe opening day of Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019-20 saw Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram registering wins, while six matches were abandoned due to rain.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

first_imgzoom Shipowners, Salvors and Insurers – through their respective trade associations – have jointly called for the prompt and proper implementation of international measures to provide a Place of Refuge for stricken vessels, following a series of incidents where casualty vessels have been delayed in accessing a safe harbour.The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) says that it has noted “with dismay” the refusal by some coastal States to make places of refuge available, thereby risking lives and the environment even after the high profile cases of the Stolt Valor and the MSC Flaminia in 2012. And the plight of the Maritime Maisie presently off the coast of Japan has brought this subject back into sharp focus. The 44,000 dwt chemical tanker is being held at sea by six tugs after a collision and fire on 29 December 2013. The cargo fire has now been extinguished through the efforts of the salvors in the face of difficult conditions at sea.The vessel has been seeking a place of refuge in either the Republic of Korea or Japan for more than a month. The salvors have indicated that it is a priority to take the vessel to calm waters to manage the remaining cargo in a safe manner and so to minimize potential damage to the environment.The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI), the International Salvage Union, (ISU) and ICS all recognise that the issue of Places of Refuge for casualty vessels is sensitive and that the risk of pollution from casualties cannot be completely removed. They also recognise that decisions with regard to handling casualty vessels carry political implications and may impact coastal communities.At the same time, failure to offer a suitable Place of Refuge may prevent successful salvage intervention and therefore allow a casualty’s condition to worsen and ultimately lead to pollution that might otherwise have been prevented, and that pollution may affect a wider area than need have been the case.Peter Hinchliffe, ICS Secretary General, said: “Guidance on the handling of requests for places of refuge was agreed at IMO but often when a case arises the coastal states concerned take a ‘not in my backyard’ attitude. This is in marked contrast to attitudes to aircraft in need of assistance. This current case shows that recent lessons have simply not been learned.”Commenting on the matter, President of the ISU, Leendert Muller said: “Our members are right on the front line of this issue. Too often they are unable to follow the best course of action which is to take the casualty into shelter, which does not necessarily have to be a port. We have seen infamous cases like Castor and Prestige and more recently the MSC Flaminia and Stolt Valor and now the Maritime Maisie where our members, attending damaged vessels, experienced great difficulty in finding an authority willing to accept the casualty.”Ole Wikborg, President of the IUMI, points out: “The potential impact of environmental damage has to be reduced as much as possible and the safety of crews is paramount and we have to minimize material damage to ships and equipment. Coastal states must be able to make the best possible decision to prevent further damage following a maritime accident. Some countries have a system that seems to be functioning. IUMI is of the strong opinion that the prevailing regulations as set out, for example, by IMO and the EU are sufficient but that the necessary steps have to be taken to make the rules work.”ISU, ICS and IUMI all note the international legal context for the issue and the significant relevant legislation that is in place internationally and regionally, in particular, IMO Resolution A.949, “Guidelines on Places of Refuge for ships in need of assistance”; Resolution A.950 (23) (recommending all coastal States to establish a Maritime Assistance Service) and the 1989 Salvage Convention as well as the European Union vessel traffic monitoring and information system (Directive 2002/59/EC as amended by Directive 2009/17/EC) which prevents member States from issuing an outright refusal to provide a place of refuge and states that safety of human life and the environment are of over-riding concern.The industry bodies do not see merit in pursuing additional international legislation which will be a lengthy process and will consume resources. Instead they will campaign for better application of, compliance with and enforcement of existing rules and guidance. ISU has already formally presented views on Places of Refuge to EU member states through the EU Commission; the issue will be raised in IMO fora this year and there will be direct engagement with the governments of individual coastal states.In short, coastal states should be encouraged to recognise that granting a Place of Refuge to a casualty vessel may be the most appropriate course. States should establish an authority to assess each case on its merits without political interference. Such an assessment must include a visual inspection and conclude with recommendations for managing and mitigating the risk of any impact on local coastlines and communities. The assumption should be that a Place of Refuge will be granted if needed and that there should be “no rejection without inspection”.IUMI, ICS and ISU would like to see wider adoption by coastal states of simple, robust, “single point” command and control models akin to that of the United Kingdom’s SOSREP system. Print  Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 ICS, February 13, 2014last_img read more

first_imgzoom The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) has invited parties to submit their expression of interest for the concession of the an integrated container and multipurpose terminal in the port of Takoradi, Ghana.The authority said that the concession, which is set at a period of 20 years, or more, depending on the level of proposed investment, provides the right and obligation to develop, equip, finance, operate and maintain the Integrated Terminal over the concession period.The principal objectives are to introduce an independent terminal operator into the Port of Takoradi to handle containers, multi-purpose and general cargoes; increase the container, multi-purpose and general cargo throughput capacities and the operational efficiency of the Port of Takoradi; as well as increase employment opportunities for Ghanaians.GPHA said that the deadline for the submission of statements of qualifications is February 17, 2017. “The new integrated terminal will allow for the largest container vessels currently calling in Western Africa to be handled in the port with modern loading/unloading equipment, which is a substantial improvement over the current operations at the port of Takoradi,” according to GPHA.The terminal combines the handling and storage of containers, general cargo, project cargo, Ro-Ro, food-related and other specialised cargo. It has an initial phase of 30 hectares of land and a 795-meter quay wall at CD -14 meters, while Phase 2 consists of another 32 hectares and 700-meter quay wall.GPHA said that it started the Takoradi Port Expansion Program’s construction works in 2010. The works included the extension of the breakwater, deepening of the access channel and port basin, and construction of the infrastructure for the dry bulk terminal with a depth at the quay of CD -16 meters.The tender procedure to select and contract a private dry bulk terminal operator is currently ongoing. Four companies have been shortlisted to take part in the next stage of the concession award process for the dry bulk terminal. The companies are scheduled to submit their final proposals in January 2017.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The South Delhi Municipal Corporation’s Waste to Wonder Park initiative is fast becoming popular as an attraction for residents and tourists alike, SDMC Mayor Suneeta Kangra on Thursday said. The tourist spot was developed under the guidance of former SDMC Commissioner Punit Kumar Goel and was opened on February, earlier this year. Since February 22, the park has collected more than Rs 2 crore in through ticket sales and it saw a huge footfall on Eid, with 12,437 people visiting the park on the day. The park collected over Rs 5 lakh in ticket revenues on Eid alone. The amusement park, where SDMC has built replicas of all seven wonders of the world with scrap metal saw the highest footfall on Jun 2, when over 15,000 people visited the park.last_img read more

The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) today reported the death of one of its civilian staff members who was under investigation for alleged sexual exploitation and abuse of minors.Dale Fosnight, a United States national, died on 24 August at his home in the capital, Monrovia, according to a statement issued by the Mission, which added that the circumstances of his death are being investigated.The staff member was the subject of an investigation into allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse of minors. “The United Nations takes all allegations of sexual crimes against children extremely seriously and is committed to preventing this abhorrent practice, in compliance with the Secretary-General’s zero tolerance policy,” the Mission said.While the Mission is cooperating fully with the Liberian Government’s investigation into the allegations, the UN, in accordance with its own policy concerning allegations of staff member misconduct, also conducts an independent investigation.“UNMIL reiterates strongly that it is the UN’s policy and practice to promptly investigate every single allegation of misconduct by its staff and to take appropriate action if a staff member is found guilty.” 26 August 2009The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) today reported the death of one of its civilian staff members who was under investigation for alleged sexual exploitation and abuse of minors. read more

Mr. Ban also urged all concerned to act with restraint.The diplomatic Quartet of the UN, European Union, Russia and United States, which seeks a two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, condemned the killings “in the strongest possible terms.”“The Quartet offers their condolences to the loved ones of the victims and to the Israeli people. Attacks on any civilians are completely unacceptable in any circumstance,” the Quartet said in a statement.“The Quartet calls on those responsible to be brought to justice and welcomes the strong condemnation of this attack by [Palestinian] President [Mahmoud] Abbas and the Palestinian leadership.”It stressed the need to expedite efforts to achieve Israeli-Palestinian and comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace.Media reports said the killings occurred in the settlement of Itamar, near the city of near Nablus. The victims were reportedly stabbed to death by an intruder who broke into their home.The Israeli army radio said the killer had spared two other children, and that the murder was discovered by another one when she came home. 12 March 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations diplomatic partners in the search for peace in the Middle East today condemned the shocking murder of an Israeli family of five, including three children, in a West Bank settlement overnight and called for the prosecution of the perpetrators of the crime. read more

OTTAWA — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the annual pace of housing starts ticked higher in October, boosted by construction of multi-unit homes.The housing agency says housing starts for the month came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 222,771 units in October, up from 219,293 units in September.The annualized pace of urban starts increased by 2.5 per cent in October to 205,935 units boosted by a 12.5 per cent jump in multiple urban starts to 149,593.Single-detached urban starts fell 17.1 per cent to 56,342 units.Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 16,836 units.The six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates of housing starts was 216,770 units in October, up from 215,153 units in September. read more

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today denied claims there is a split in the party despite differences of opinion.SLFP MP Dilan Perera said that all SLFP members will join hands to ensure the party wins the Local Government elections under the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) ticket. A group of SLFP members are part of the joint opposition which is working against the coalition Government. (Colombo Gazette)

Sri Lanka today said it unequivocally supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Spain, and considers Catalonia as an integral part of Spain.The statement was made after the unilateral declaration of independence by the regional Parliament of Catalonia. The Foreign Ministry said that Sri Lanka and Spain enjoy an enduring friendship, and Sri Lanka considers Spain as an important member in Sri Lanka’s partnership with the European Union. “The Government of Sri Lanka unequivocally supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Spain, and considers Catalonia as an integral part of Spain. The Government of Sri Lanka urges the pursuit of dialogue for a united Spain in accordance with the rule of law, and within the Spanish constitutional framework,” the Foreign Ministry said. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday announced the immediate sacking of Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and his Government and called for new elections in the region on December 21.This followed the decision taken by the Catalan Parliament earlier in the day to unilaterally declare independence of the region in the northeast of Spain. (Colombo Gazette) read more