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first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday conducted an aerial survey of Puri and Khurdha districts to get first hand information about the devastation caused by extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani.Expressing shock over the magnitude of damage during a review at Biju Patnaik International Airport, Mr. Modi offered all possible helps to the State to tide over the crisis and wanted the Odisha government to share its disaster management skills so that other States could be apprised on this.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Petroleum and Natural Gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan were present at the meeting. Odisha government sought immediate release of ₹1,000 crore as adhoc assistance. A detail memorandum will be submitted after assessment of the damage. Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Biju Patnaik airport in Bhubaneswar on Monday.  | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement  Seeking central assistance for building disaster resilient infrastructure, Mr. Patnaik laid emphasis on power sector. The coastal Odisha need a fund amounting ₹10,000 crore for disaster resilient infrastructure, he said.Similarly, provision of five lakh disaster resilient affordable houses which would require ₹7,000 crore was sought on behalf of the State government at the review meeting. Odisha government demanded special allotment under Prime Minister Awas Yojna with 90:10 funding ratio.Special interventions such as permission for FCRA clearance for contribution to Chief Minister Relief Fund and contribution of corporates to CMRF should be recognized as corporate social responsibility as allowed in case of PMNRF were sought in the meeting.Taking this opportunity, Mr. Patnaik said the State deserved special category status for being the most disaster prone State in the country. Since 2013, the State government has witnessed disaster of different kinds almost every year.In 2013, the State was hit by cyclone Phailin which was followed by flood, next year in 2014 cyclone Hudhud had caused extensive damage and in 2015, 2016 and 2017, droughts and heavy rain had triggered massive damage. Cyclone Titli in 2018 and Fani this year have impacted the State’s economy badly.Meanwhile, the death toll due to Fani rose 35. Puri is worst affected district leading the table with 21 deaths, according to Special Relief Commissioners office. “The extent of damage could be gauged from the fact that 5030 km of 33 kv lines, 38613 km of 11 kv lines and 11077 number of distribution transformers and 79485 km of low tension lines were damaged,” said Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi.last_img read more


first_imgN. SrinivasanBCCI President-in-exile N Srinivasan was on Thursday formally appointed the first Chairman of the ICC after its 52-member council approved a controversial revamp of the body’s administrative structure.The full council approved the amendments to the ICC’s Memorandum and Articles of Association at the Annual Conference, here.As was widely known before the conference, Srinivasan was elected the Chairman despite being barred by the Supreme Court of India from carrying out his duties as BCCI President due to ongoing investigations into the match-fixing allegations relating to the 2013 edition of the IPL.However, after the Apex court refused to stop his nomination to the ICC position, decks were cleared for his anointment to the newly-created post. The revamp will also hand major executive decision-making authority to the ‘Big Three’ of the game — India, Australia and England.”It is an honour to be confirmed as the Chairman of the International Cricket Council. I will leave no stone unturned in trying to strengthen the pillars and foundations of our sport, both on and off the field,” Srinivasan said in a statement issued by the ICC.”I want to ensure that cricket retains and grows its popularity, and that the ICC plays a leading role in this global growth. I want to see more strong teams in international cricket. For this to be achieved, we all need to work hard to develop local talent in our countries. Naturally, there will be more support to those who first show they can help themselves,” he addedadvertisementSrinivasan congratulated outgoing ICC President Alan Isaac for his contribution.”Mr Isaac has been an inspirational President of the ICC. He provided guidance to everyone during his two-year term and all three international formats remain incredibly popular. The game is unquestionably stronger than it was at the start of his term,” said Srinivasan.The approval of the constitutional changes, which flowed from an ICC Board resolution taken in Singapore on February 8 and finalised on April 10, also means that a new Executive Committee was formed, which will report to the ICC Board.The initial Chair of the Executive Committee will be Cricket Australia’s Chairman, Wally Edwards, while the Chair of the ICC’s Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee (F&CA) will continue to be England and Wales Cricket Board’s Chairman, Giles Clarke.The Annual Conference also saw Mustafa Kamal become the 11th President of the ICC.”This is a memorable and historic day for Bangladesh cricket. On this day 14 years ago, Bangladesh became the 10th Test playing country. Today, a Bangladeshi becomes the 11th President of the International Cricket Council. Thank you for bestowing this honour on Bangladesh and me,” said Kamal.”Over the next 12 months, I look forward to working with the ICC Board and ICC Management, and will be delighted to contribute in any way I can. In Mr Srinivasan and David Richardson, I have absolute trust and confidence that we have a combination that will not only strengthen our sport, but will also take this great organisation to a new level.”From 2016, the ICC Board, which will continue to be the primary decision-making body, will elect the ICC Chairman for a two-year term.The ICC Board confirmed that the USA Cricket Association (USACA) is the recognised member. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and ICC management will, however, continue to work with USACA and other interested stakeholders to assist in overcoming some challenges currently facing the governance and development of the game in the USA.The ICC Board also approved the Development Committee’s recommendation that Oman Cricket (OC) become the 38th Associate Member of the ICC. However, Affiliate Membership of Brunei was suspended, while Tonga was removed as an Affiliate Member. The ICC now has 105 members.The ICC Board also noted the Associate and Affiliate Members’ decision, which re-elected Imran Khawaja and Neil Speight for another two years as their representatives on the ICC Board, while Keith Oliver was replaced by Francois Erasmus.- with PTI inputslast_img read more


first_imgThe United States triumphed over Europe on the last day of the Ryder Cup, the golf tourney held every two years and played out this week at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska.The US team had a three-point lead starting the second and final day of play on Sunday, which included 12 singles matches, reports Efe.The European team came close to beating the Americans in the early going on Sunday, racking up a quick three points in the morning rounds and pulling even in the overall tally. (Ryder Cup: ‘Captain America’ Patrick Reed downs Rory McIlroy in duel of rare quality)Successive wins by Sweden’s Henrik Stenson over Jordan Spieth (3-2), Belgium’s Thomas Pieters over J.B. Holmes (3-2) and Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello over Jimmy Walker (3-2) gave the Europeans a little breathing room — and a good bit of momentum.However, Patrick Reed knocked off Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy in a fabulous face-off that wasn’t decided until a birdie putt on the 18th hole, and — with other wins during the day — the Americans were finally able to reclaim the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008.Although the Europeans had got off to a fabulous start in the first three matches on Sunday, later in the day, US captain Davis Love had Brandt Snedeker, Brooks Koepka and Ryan Moore going up against their rivals, and it was Moore who triumphed over Lee Westwood and sealed the US victory, prevailing 17-11. (Lee Westwood questions Tiger Woods’ role in US Ryder Cup team)advertisementThat score recalls the leadership of the legendary Arnold Palmer, who died a few days ago and was paid tribute to by the US team all week. He had headed the memorable US victory in the Cup competition in Laurel Valley in 1975.Although European captain Darren Clarke said that he and his teammates were “obviously very disappointed”, he added that they all had to acknowledge the great achievement of Love and his team.With this year’s win, the US brings a halt to Europe’s three-Cup streak, including its wins in Celtic Manor in 2010, Medinah in 2012 and Gleneagles in 2014, and it will next defend its newly-recovered title in Paris in 2018.last_img read more


first_imgARIESYou are likely to travel and cope with multifarious activity today as you are gifted in all levels of communication. Your intelligence and humour are scintillating and endear you to friends. Be aware of superficial connections and shallow people. Lucky number 6. Colour pastels. TAURUSLove and romance are on the cards today as true feelings are shared and expressed! A Leo person has a strong influence in your life. Health and energy are good as you participate in sport. You draw attention at a meeting while expressing dynamic ideas. Lucky number 11. Colour yellow. GEMINIThere is a song in your heart and lightness to your step. Good luck attends material affairs. You complete an important project that brings gain. A triangular financial or business collaboration is gainful. A Scorpio person can be exciting but demanding. Lucky number 9. Colour green. CANCERYou achieve success at work today. Accept a challenge that life offers you and keep going through ups and downs realizing that this too shall pass’. Change is the constant in life and one has to learn to flow with it. Enjoy every moment of life. Lucky number 6. Colour saffron. LEOYou can gain from communication and creativity as various projects are revived. A logical approach is necessary to arrive at your objectives. Many a brilliant idea or person can confuse you when you have all your plans laid out; its best to stick to them. Lucky number 6. Colour lilac. VIRGOYou go through ups and downs today! You are ambitious and indulge in an activity that can further your career. You can climb the highest peak with a light and playful approach rather than a heavy one. Remain balanced and playful to get the best response. Lucky number 15. Colour brown.advertisement LIBRAThe Priestess’ brings positive changes in relationships and business aspects after a short period of fluctuation in business, increase and decrease in finances and alternation in moods. Your presence makes all the difference, be where you are needed. Lucky number 2. Colour green. SCORPIOMessages and visitors can be expected. Business transactions and meetings can keep you busy. Some happy surprises in relationships add a silver lining to dark clouds. Loved ones bring joy and celebration in your life. Brilliant ideas and minds inspire you. Lucky number 1. Colour blue. SAGITTARIUSYou stand in the middle of the doorway trying to make decisions about personal and professional matters today. Do what is good for you rather than be manipulated by others. You can gain from being realistic in business and authentic in relationships. Lucky number 20. Colour violet. CAPRICORNCare in all things is advisable today. However, beware of penny-wise and pound-foolish attitudes in business. Building a professional foundation can be challenging! Loving relationships should be treated with tender, loving care. Children bring joy. Lucky number 8. Colour red. AQUARIUSYou experience the luxury of emotions and feelings today, as four golden Cups full of light greet you. Relationships flower with a special quality of love. As business booms, new opportunities for expansion are on the cards! A special trip materializes. Lucky number 4. Colour pink. PISCESBusiness projects move ahead smoothly. You juggle with different interests and opportunities before making decisions. Take one step at a time to climb the ladder of success when situations around you are shaky and unpredictable. Listen to your intuition. Lucky number 2. Colour pink.last_img read more


first_imgPatna, Oct 28 (IANS) Star defender Surender Nada was on Sunday appointed assistant coach of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) outfit Haryana Steelers, whose Head Coach is Rambir Singh Khokhar.Nada, who was injured in the Steelers’ opening game this season, will lend his expertise off the mat for the remainder of the ongoing sixth season.This change in leadership was prompted due to the resignation of previously appointed Assistant Coach Narender Kumar, who had to return to his post in the Services.Delighted at his new role, the former captain of the Steelers said: “Injuries are always part of sport and I am aware of that. However, post injury I was determined to stay associated with the team and it was decided that I join the team as mentor and adviser.””I would specifically be working with the defenders for the rest of the season, as that part of our team seems to be slightly unsteady this season and I am hoping that years of experience and knowledge as a strong defender would be beneficial to the team,” Nada added.Nada, who was injured during the opening leg of the tournament in Chennai, has been working with the team of experts at Inspire Institute of Sport in Bellary post his surgery for a broken arm. He rejoined the team in Pune and will continue with his recovery with the team’s sports therapist while on the road.Head Coach Khokhar also highlighted the benefits Surender would bring to the team: “Surender has been one of the strongest defenders in the country and we could not have found someone more appropriate to be working with our team.””He is highly respected by the boys, having been a part of the team since the last season and I am sure he will have a strong and positive influence on the boys,” he added.–IANSdm/kk/shsadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd draw up plans for four new signingsby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United plan to make four new signings for the start of next season.The Manchester Evening News says United want to sign a full back, midfielder, a forward and a striker to add depth and quality to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.United chiefs ‘held a recruitment meeting’ at the start of last month to begin drafting a shortlist of targets for the January transfer window and next summer.It is claimed that James Maddison, Jadon Sancho, Ben Chilwell and Declan Rice are principal targets as they look to continue their recent transfer strategy of purchasing young, British players.The club know that those deals would require significant negotiating and therefore the club is also drafting a longer list of targets. last_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Christian Pulisic flop? Why the US whiz on outer at Chelseaby Chris Beattie23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: He can’t say he was never told. Christian Pulisic and his far from hoped for start at Chelsea. The advice now being relayed through the press is spot on. Well, at least some of it is…First, let’s put the fantasists to one side. There’s no anti-American bias at Cobham. And there’s no belief amongst the coaching staff, including manager Frank Lampard, that Pulisic is the wrong fit for his system. Such claims, as we’ve seen in recent days, is simply the stuff of mischief-making.Indeed, the opposite is true. Lampard and his backroom team know they have a potential world-beater on their hands. They know the ability Pulisic possesses. But they need the American to come out of his shell more. To stretch himself amongst his teammates and on the training the pitch. “He needs to fight for it”, as one Cobham source told this column a week ago.As mentioned, no-one doubts Pulisic’s ability inside Chelsea. Like us on the outside, they’ve already seen it in glimpses in preseason and the limited action Lampard has handed him thus far. And we say handed, as for the moment the consensus amongst those pushing the witches hats around is that Pulisic isn’t doing enough in training to warrant selection. And it’s not so much what he does in drills and bounce games – “he keeps it all nice and tidy” – but in his overall drive to get himself ahead of teammates currently occupying what should be his place. As Jurgen Klinsmann, the former USA coach, put it this week, Pulisic needs to get “nasty”.If Pulisic doesn’t have Klinsmann’s number, then you hope his father, Mark, can reach out to the German great and have him call his son. Klinsmann’s interview this week discussing Pulisic’s problems nailed it. He hit many of the points our source made last week. Not just the need for the 21 year-old to show a willingness to compete for his place, but also how he is in unchartered water. As we were told, this is the first time in Pulisic’s career where set expectations are waiting to be met. The staff at Chelsea understand this. They’ve seen it before. But it’s up to the player to cut loose from what he’s known.As Klinsmann says, “He’s a very special player, he’s tremendously talented, but this is a big step, because Borussia Dortmund was also basically the club where he got formed into a professional player.”He came out of the youth system there, he moved himself up, he had all the support within the club and now going to London…”We’d also add Pulisic’s international career to Klinsmann’s assessment. The German capped Pulisic at 17, with no great expectation. At that stage in his career, everything he achieved at senior level was a bonus. It was all about learning his craft, gaining experience. He was given the time and space to adjust to international football. To meet it’s demands. Just as he was with Dortmund.But now he’s in a very different environment. A reputation needs to be built. New relationships established. And a realisation must dawn that he’s not entitled to anything. No-one is going to give him a free pass. Or better yet, a free place in the manager’s XI.Klinsmann again: “He will go through a phase now where more and more he needs to bring his elbows out to fight himself through the system, at Chelsea it goes from game to game, week to week. “You’re basically in training, and you have to tell the coach: ‘I’m in, I’m going to start this game, you have to become nasty to make yourself a starter.”From what we know, Klinsmann and Lampard aren’t close. But the German was definitely helping Chelsea’s manager this week. Klinsmann essentially parrotting what Lampard had stated after leaving Pulisic on the bench for the home defeat to Valencia.”He’s shown some really good moments,” reasoned Lampard, “but what he has to do, as all the players have to, not just the wingers, is reach levels in training daily that make you sit up and go ‘here’s my team selection and that’s actually affected it, I have seen good stuff’. That’s the same for every player in the squad.”Training ground form and application is what makes Lampard tick. It’s what transformed a chubby, but talented, midfielder at West Ham, into a modern day great at Chelsea. Going through the motions. Doing just enough to get by. It just won’t survive within a Lampard-managed squad.Pulisic has been given some great advice this week. And he can make it at Chelsea – so long as he acts upon what Klinsmann says. last_img read more


first_imgzoom International classification society Bureau Veritas has completed a series of consequence assessments with all the major shipyards in Korea, China and Japan to help them speed up the implementation of the IACS Harmonised Common Structural Rules.The assessments of current yard designs were made using BV’s fully adapted suites of user-friendly software for structural analysis, MARS2000 and VeriSTAR Hull. Christophe Chauviere, head of the development department for Bureau Veritas’ Marine and Offshore division, says, “Because BV played a leading role in the harmonisation of the IACS Common Structural Rules we were able to rapidly update our software for the new standards. As our software tools are not class-specific and many yards already use our tools we were able to help them check out their designs and adjust them to be ready for the entry into force on July 1, 2015.”MARS2000 is BV’s tool for 2D prescriptive requirements assessment. It is free of charge and free access and its fast and user-friendly input process allow quick assessments of designs against the new harmonised rules.MARS 2000 delivers assessment of global yielding, ultimate and residual strength criteria, local scantling minimums including yielding and buckling of strakes, longitudinal and transverse stiffeners for cross sections and bulkheads, fatigue calculations of connections between longitudinal stiffeners and primary structure, assessment of the side frames and grab loads for bulk carriers and assessment of the primary supporting members ring for oil tankers.“We made it easy for the yards by simplifying conversion of databases for the separate CSR rules for tankers and bulkers into a CSR-H database with the necessary extra data,” explains Chauviere.VeriSTAR Hull is the BV rule tool for performing analysis of three dimensional models by finite element calculation. VeriSTAR Hull is already available and compliant with the last version of CSR-H including new requirements concerning buckling, aft most – foremost cargo hold assessment and fatigue check. “During the CSR-H implementation in VeriSTAR Hull, based on our experience of CSRs, a lot of attention has been given to adapting the tools to reduce the time needed for pre and post processing,” says Chauviere. “Yards need to react quickly to new design requirements and these tools deliver rapid and thorough assessment fully compliant with CSR-H. It is the attention to ease of use and speed which makes them stand out.”BV, May 7, 2014last_img read more


first_imgzoom At least 15 ships were delayed at the Port of Adelaide due to nationwide strikes on board Svitzer Australia’s tugs that continued this week, South Australia’s port operator Flinders Ports said.The work stoppages from yesterday prevented five ships from entering or leaving South Australia’s largest port whereas a previous 24 hour stoppage on Saturday impacted 10 vessels carrying millions of dollars of freight, in an ongoing dispute between Svitzer Australia and the Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers (AIMPE).The strikes, which affect all coal carriers, fuel carriers, car importers and bulk container vessels entering port, are being staged by the union amid tug crews’ disagreement with Svitzer’s proposed industrial contract which would force three-person crews, consisting of a skipper, a deckhand and an engineer, under a single industrial agreement.“We have managed to avoid having a regular container ship service diverted to another port and customers incurring higher freight charges. Our marine operations team has been in constant contact with shipping lines and agents, and this vessel will reduce her speed at sea to push back her arrival at Port Adelaide to Wednesday,” said Vincent Tremaine, Chief Executive Officer of Flinders Port Holdings.All ships which could not enter the port during the previous strike on Saturday, including two container ships, were brought into Port Adelaide on Sunday, Flinders Ports added.Flinders Ports tried to unload the ships so that they could leave before the next round of tug stoppages on Tuesday. However, two bulk carriers were not be able to turn-around in the required timeframe.“This is because these bulk cargoes take longer to unload and one of the ships needs a high tide to sail, which occurs on Tuesday, during the strike action. The departure of this ship will be delayed until later in the week, when high tide conditions return to the port,” the port operator added.With potentially two bulk carriers stuck in the port until later this week, Flinders Ports is concerned about the available berth space to accommodate other ships that were forced to wait out at sea on Tuesday and enter the port on Wednesday.“Our marine operations specialists are looking at options to free up berth space for the ships hit by strike action. We are doing everything we can to mitigate the impact of the tug dispute on our customers and the wider South Australian community,” said Tremaine.In 2015, around 14.6 million tonnes of cargo including 296,402 containers moved through Port Adelaide. It is South Australia’s busiest port and handles most of the state’s key exports.Flinders Ports operates seven ports located at Port Adelaide, Port Lincoln, Port Pirie, Thevenard, Port Giles, Wallaroo and Klein Point.last_img read more


first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Bermuda-based shipowner Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) invested USD 1.2 billion in new assets in 2018, continuing its fleet renewal efforts.As explained, these transactions added USD 1.3 billion in future contracted charter revenue.The company intends to seek further growth opportunities and maintains a strong liquidity position “in order to be able to act decisively.”“We believe the combination of a challenging banking market for many players and low asset prices will create significant opportunities for Ship Finance in finding investment opportunities with limited downside on asset values,” SFL said.SFL had a fleet of 86 vessels comprising tankers, bulkers, containerships and rigs at the end of 2018, with only one of the original tankers remaining.“We have continuously renewed and grown our portfolio and diversified our charter revenue backlog across multiple segments and counterparties. SFL has transformed from a pure vessel leasing company, serving one related party, to a multi-faceted organization with USD 3.8 billion in contracted future revenues,” Ole B. Hjertaker, CEO of Ship Finance Management AS, commented.SFL reported a net income of USD 3.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, down from the net income of USD 29.7 million seen a quarter earlier. The decrease was due to a USD 35.7 million non-cash impairment related to offshore supply vessels.On the other hand, total operating revenues were USD 118.6 million in Q4 2018, higher when compared to revenues of USD 111 million posted in Q3 2018.During the fourth quarter, the company delivered the third 10,600 TEU container vessel on long term charter to Maersk Line. SFL also acquired two 19,400 TEU container vessels on long term charters to MSC.The company concluded more than USD 840 million lease financings in Asia for eight container vessels in Q4 2018.At the end of the quarter, SFL had ten debt free vessels, with a combined charter free value of USD 200 million.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: According to a survey conducted by the Centre, Bengal has ranked second only after Gujarat in the ease of doing business. Rajasthan and Haryana jointly occupy the third spot. Bengal had ranked 10th in 2018.The Centre will check the financial reforms that have been carried out by the Bengal government in the past few years. The senior officials, however, are confident that the Centre will not be able to spot any discrepancies in the claims made by the state government. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe Centre is giving special importance to the rank given by the World Bank in terms of foreign investment. In 2015, India’s rank was 142 while in the next three years it got elevated to the ranks of 130, 100 and 77 respectively. The Centre wants India to occupy its position among the first 50 countries and with the improvement in position, the possibility of foreign investment in India will also shoot up. To reach the achievement it is mandatory for the states to perform well and improve their business investments. The Centre has decided to hold competitions among the states in terms of possible investment destinations. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayInitially, it had fixed the last date for the evaluation of the states to be March 31, 2019, but later, it was extended to August 14. It was learnt that the Centre has expressed satisfaction over the Bengal government’s initiative to bring about administrative transparency and e-governance. It may be mentioned that after coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced a slew of measures to improve the investment scenario in Bengal which included the banning of industrial strikes and protests. This resulted in bringing loss of man-days to zero. The state government also set up a land bank from where industrialists can buy plots at market price. The improved law and order situation has also helped to woo the investors. The state government has constructed two convention centres at New Town and in the coastal town of Digha. The Biswa Bangla Convention Centre in New Town is the biggest of its kind in the country. The Dighashree Bengal International Convention Centre was inaugurated by Mamata Banerjee last week. The state government holds the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) to woo investors all over the world. The next edition of the BGBS will be held in 2021. Bengal is coming up as a major IT hub in the country. The state government has allotted 200 acres of land at New Town where IT parks will come up. Infosys has already started construction of its office complex on 50 acres of land and Wipro is also coming soon. At the Bantala Leather Complex, the tannery units are likely to generate jobs for 6 lakh people. The MSME industries have given a major boost to the state’s economy. Along with industry, the state government has also laid considerable emphasis on horticulture, floriculture and fish culture to help the rural folk become financially strong.last_img read more


Rabat- Moroccan summer vacationers leaving Morocco from Tangier Med Port have been stuck in a 10-kilometer-long traffic jam.Moroccan expats returning to their homes in Europe have been waiting for more than 24 hours to board ferries to Europe through Tangier Med Port, due to the high number of travelers heading home at the same time.Video of the traffic jam which have been circulating social media show long lines of vehicles on the road leading to the port. Some travelers can be seen waiting outside of their cars.  On Wednesday, 53,200 travelers left Morocco from Tangier Med Port, the highest single-day number since Operation “Marhaba” launched, according to the secretary of state to the minister of equipment, transport, logistics, and water, Najib Boulif.Boulif’s prediction that “the registered number of travelers on Thursday will most likely” be as high as that of Wednesday has come to life.Tangier Port authorities expect that the high volume would continue through the upcoming days until September 15, the last day of Operation Marhaba, which began on June 5 to welcome home Moroccans living abroad.In a Facebook statement, Boulif apologized to travelers for the ordeal, saying that Morocco and Spain are working together to find solutions to the situation, considering adding another ship to the ferry route to reduce overcrowdedness.Meanwhile, Tangier Port authorities warned passengers that the waiting period before boarding ferries may exceed ten hours. They invited travelers to postpone their trips until after September 15 to avoid the traffic jam.According to Tangier Med Port Authority, a total of 842,698 passengers entered Morocco through Tangier Med from June to August. During the same period, 371,861 passengers, 118,579 vehicles, and 1,695 buses left Morocco through the same port which is a veritable gateway to Africa and Europe. read more


The police have raided a brothel operating in Colpetty and arrested three Chinese Nationals, the police media unit said today.Following information received by the police on the brothel operating along School Lane in Colpetty, a police team raided the brothel and made the arrest. The police said that the manager of the brothel, a Chinese woman and two other Chinese women who were engaged in the sex trade were arrested.All three Chinese Nationals are to be produced before the Fort Magistrate. (Colombo Gazette) read more


In the run-up to International Women’s Day on 8 March, the UNESCO eAtlas of Gender Inequality in Education shows that girls are still the first to be denied the right to education despite all the efforts and progress made over the past 20 years. “We will never achieve any of the Sustainable Development Goals without overcoming the discrimination and poverty that stunt the lives of girls and women from one generation to the next,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in a press release. “We must work at all levels, from grassroots to global leaders, to put equity and inclusion at the heart of every policy so that all girls, whatever their circumstances, go to school, stay in school and become empowered citizens,” she added. Gender disparities remain highest in the Arab States, sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia. Across sub-Saharan Africa, 9.5 million girls will never set foot in a classroom compared to five million boys, according to UIS data. In total, more than 30 million children aged of six to 11 are out of school across the region. Some will start at a later age, but many more will remain entirely excluded with girls facing the biggest barriers. The gender gap is even wider in South and West Asia, where 80 per cent of out of schoolgirls will never enter formal education compared to 16 per cent of out-of-school boys. This affects about four million girls compared to less than one million boys. Girls form the majority of the millions of children excluded from school in the Arab States, although precise estimates are impossible to produce due to conflicts in the region. The eAtlas of Gender Inequalities in Education shows gender gaps from primary to tertiary education using the latest available data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. With about 100 interactive maps and charts, the eAtlas shows the educational pathways of girls and boys in more than 200 countries and territories. “We clearly see where the injustices begin and how they accumulate through the lives of the most marginalized girls and women,” said Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. “But the data also show that girls who do manage to start primary school and make the transition to secondary education tend to outperform boys and continue their studies.” The UIS produces annual data on the number of out-of-school children and estimates concerning their likelihood to start school in the future. UNESCO is highlighting the importance of noting that the numbers of girls and boys likely to remain excluded from education can vary considerably from one year to the next due to fluctuations in population estimates. read more


Ohio State freshman forward Samantha Bouley skates toward the puck against Minnesota in Minneapolis on Jan. 21. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s hockey team split a two-game series with No. 4 Minnesota (17-5-3, 12-4-3) in Minneapolis this weekend, losing the first game 2-1 and tying the second 1-1,  ending in a 2-1 shootout victory. Saturday’s game marked the first time OSU has earned points against the Golden Gophers since Jan. 11, 2015. The Buckeyes moved to 11-12-3 overall and 5-12-3 in conference.On Friday night, Ohio State had a 1-0 lead through the first two periods. After a scoreless first period, junior forward Julianna Iafallo scored the first goal of the game off an assist from sophomore forward Maddy Field to put Ohio State up 1-0 in the second. Minnesota was kept out of the net for the remainder of the second period thanks to 18 saves from Buckeye goalie Kassidy Sauve.The Scarlet and Gray got off on the wrong foot in the third period with a penalty to put Minnesota on the power play. At 10:48 on the game clock, the Gophers scored their first goal of the game to tie things up 1-1. Shortly after, Minnesota scored again at 16:23 to take the 2-1 lead. The Gophers held off the Buckeyes for the remaining minutes and won 2-1. Sauve had 31 saves against Minnesota but the OSU offense had only eight shots on goal the entire game.On Saturday, the game started out in a similar fashion with another scoreless first period. At 9:38 in the second, Minnesota scored the first goal of the game to take a 1-0 lead. The two teams had a combined seven penalties in the first two periods. At 1:27 in the third period, OSU senior forward Katie Matheny scored off an assist from Field to tie the game 1-1. Sauve defended the Minnesota attack perfectly for the rest of the period and the two teams went into overtime at Ridder Arena. The Buckeye goaltender had 26 saves through regulation.Through five minutes of overtime, the teams remained scoreless and went to a shootout. Minnesota’s Lee Stecklein shot first and scored for the Gophers, but junior defenseman Dani Sadek responded with a goal of her own. The teams went through seven shooters until Iafallo got one past the Gopher goalie to secure the Buckeye win, 2-1. Due to NCAA rules, all shootout wins are recorded as ties in the record book.Minnesota, the best power play team in the NCAA, had seven power play opportunities this weekend, all of which were killed by the Buckeyes. OSU went 0-3-1 against the top-ranked Golden Gophers this season which is an improvement from last year’s 0-4-0.Next up, the Scarlet and Gray will travel to Duluth, Minnesota, for a two-game series against conference opponent No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth. read more


first_imgMs Sturgeon said the Scottish Government would continue to take decisions “in an orderly and responsible way” but the Tory Government could not be allowed to “act against Scotland’s wishes and our interests, and reject all attempts at compromise”.She added: “It seems the Westminster Tory Government now think they can do anything to Scotland and get away with it. They must start to understand how wrong they are. The UK Government cannot be allowed to take us out of the EU and the single market, regardless of the impact on our economy, jobs, living standards and our reputation as an open, tolerant country, without Scotland having the ability to choose between that and a different future. “With her comments today, the Prime Minister has only succeeded in making that choice more likely.”Ms Davidson said the Prime Minister had made clear that she would “prioritise the protection of our own union of nations” and said all parts of the UK should now be pulling together.She added: “There is no reason why both Britain and the European Union cannot emerge from the negotiations in stronger shape.”The SNP should have the good grace to accept that many of its own demands – including the protection of workers’ rights, and the protection of rights for EU citizens in Britain and cross-border cooperation on tackling crime – have been recognised by the UK Government.”Ever since the Brexit vote, the SNP has tried to use the result as an excuse for holding a divisive second referendum on independence. It has failed to persuade people in Scotland of that case. Now that the UK Government has spelled out this plan of action, that case has collapsed altogether.”Kezia Dugdale, the Scottish Labour leader, said the speech would increase the divisions in the country and accused the Tories of putting the Union at risk by “furthering the sort of divisions the SNP thrives on”.But she also said it would be the wrong reaction to the speech to call for another referendum. “It’s illogical to react to the UK leaving the EU single market by calling for Scotland to leave the UK single market too. Remaining in the UK is even more important to Scotland than being part of the EU. Scotland’s economy, jobs and public finances are all boosted by remaining in the UK. “Under independence, Scotland would face the prospect of being out of the EU and out of the UK. That would be a disaster for Scotland.” Nicola Sturgeon has warned a new vote on breaking-up Britain is now even “more likely” after Theresa May used her Brexit speech to rule out membership of the single market.The First Minister said that for all the Prime Minister’s “warm words” about the Union, the UK was heading for a hard Brexit that “threatens to be economically catastrophic”.She accused Mrs May of ignoring Scotland’s wishes, adding: “Decisions are being driven not by the rational best interests of the country, but by the obsessions of the hard-right of the Tory party.“It is also becoming clear that a more fundamental issue is emerging – not just whether the UK is in or out of the EU, but what kind of country it is going to be. Theresa May says she wants a stronger UnionCredit:EPA Theresa May “The Prime Minister gave the game away towards the end of her speech when she talked of the potential for the UK to become a low wage, low tax, deregulated economy. That would see a race to the bottom replace our membership of the single market and everyone – perhaps apart from the very wealthiest – would be worse off as a result.”Opposition parties urged the SNP to rule out another referendum and claimed they wanted a new vote at any cost, while Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, said Mrs May had set out a “clear and reasonable plan” that would see UK businesses continue to “trade freely in Europe after we leave the EU”.The Scottish Government set out its own Brexit proposals before Christmas when it called for the UK to remain in the single market, or for Scotland to remain in the single market while still part of the UK.Ms Sturgeon said that while talks on the proposals were continuing, and the Prime Minister had promised to give them proper consideration, there was still no evidence that “Scotland’s voice was being listened to or our interests taken into account”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. She first warned the day after the Brexit vote last June that a new vote independence referendum was “highly likely” and said Mrs May’s position would have to change quickly if there was to be “any confidence that Scotland’s interests can be met within the UK”.The First Minister also said that if the UK was leaving the single market there would have to be serious engagement on her proposal to allow Scotland to stay in.last_img read more


“We are appealing for information from those who were out and about in the area at the time of the attack and saw anything of note.”My team is particularly keen to trace a light skinned black male, about 6ft tall who was seen near the scene at the time of the incident. Did you see him? Do you know who he is? Anyone with information on his identity or whereabouts is urged to contact police.”Mr Hands later tweeted praise for the passers-by who had tried to save Nathaniel:  London’s knife crime epidemic continued as a 29-year-old man was stabbed to death just yards from the Fulham home of murdered TV presenter, Jill Dando.  The man, named locally as Nathaniel, was fatally knifed in the early hours of Saturday, Scotland Yard said, and becomes the 27th person in the capital to be killed with a blade this year.He was a former engineering student at the University of Southampton and a ‘good guy’, friends have said.     Police were called to the scene at around 12.27am to reports ‘of a fight in progress’ by ambulance crews. Neighbours reported they had heard an argument break out before police and paramedics arrived.   The 29-year-old was found with stab wounds and later pronounced dead at the corner of Gowan Avenue and Munster Road just before 1am – despite initial attempts by members of the public and later paramedics, to save his life.   Ms Dando was 37 and engaged when she was shot in the head on the doorstep of her home in Gowan Avenue on April 26 1999. The scene of the latest stabbing is understood to be just 80 yards from her former home.Detectives are searching for a ‘light skinned black man’ of 6ft in height who was in the area at the time.    This shows how close crime has gotten to my Fulham constituents. Last night, I, my family & many others were having dinner at this restaurant. A few hours later, the fatal stabbing occurred 20 metres up this road. The car breaking in the background is being diverted. pic.twitter.com/XRvQxdjlSb— Greg Hands (@GregHands) March 16, 2019 DCI Lloyd said the victim’s next of kin have now been informed, and a post-mortem will take place in due course.He added: “Enquiries including forensic analysis and the review of local CCTV footage at the time of the incident continue.”A white forensic tent remained at the scene on Saturday and several police officers stood guard at the cordon.Barry George was convicted of Ms Dando’s murder in 2001 but cleared at a retrial in 2008 after doubts emerged about the reliability of gunshot powder, found in his pocket, which was relied upon by the prosecution at his first trial. Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference 179/16 March. The Metropolitan Police told The Telegraph that the murder was not believed to be gang related.  Conservative MP for Chelsea and Fulham, Greg Hands tweeted:     Scene of crime officers at the scene in FulhamCredit: Ben Cawthra/London News Pictures Ltd Scene of crime officers at the scene in Fulham A friend of Nathaniel described him as a ‘good guy’.   The friend, who visited the cordon on Saturday morning, said: “It’s still processing, he was a good guy, he was a big man, 29, you don’t do silly things like this, knife crimes.”The friend, who asked not to be named, said he was not aware of similar violent incidents in the largely quiet residential area but added: “There might have been a stabbing in this area, don’t get me wrong, but they are normally with kids, not people our age.”Even if there was a little problem it should not have led to this.”A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “I heard an argument but not very loud screams, not a violent argument, no tussling and then they just wandered off. Have thanked the local Fulham man who gave CPR to the victim in the fatal stabbing last night. A hero – and the group of girls from New Zealand (ironically) who helped too. A traumatic experience for all of them, but we thank them.— Greg Hands (@GregHands) March 16, 2019 “I heard no screams at all, you expect a fight and a scream but there was not really any of that, just loud voices.”Det Chief Insp Glen Lloyd, who is leading the investigation, said: “This murder investigation continues apace. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more


first_imgBURLINGTON, MA — The Shawsheen Tech Class of 2009 will be holding its 10-year reunion on Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 6pm to 10pm, at Tuscan Kitchen (2400 District Avenue) in Burlington.In addition to traditional Tuscan hor d’oeuvres and drinks, there will be live music and the opportunity to relax on a private patio.The event will be a semi-formal event with no kids. So bring your significant other, close friend, or come solo and dress to impress in what will be an incredible evening to remember filled with great drinks & food, conversation and dancing into the evening.TICKET INFORMATIONTickets include entry, hor d’oeuvres + 1 drink ticket$45 – *Early Bird* Single Ticket purchased by May 1$80 – *Early Bird* Couples Ticket purchased by May 1$60 – Single Ticket purchased after May 1$100 – Couples Ticket purchased after May 1A ticket is required to attend and will not be sold at the doorSpecial Promo: Volunteer at the All-Night Grad on June 6 and receive $25 off $60 / $100 tickets.Purchase your ticket(s) online HERE.Questions? Email svthsclassof2009@gmail.com.(NOTE: The above information is from the Shawsheen Tech Class of 2009’s Reunion Eventbrite page.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, June 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Shawsheen Tech Class of 2013 To Hold 5-Year Reunion On November 24In “Education”Shawsheen Tech Class of 1991 25-Year Reunion Set For October 1In “Education”last_img read more