Goa mulls 50% subsidy on fish sold for household consumption

first_imgThe Goa government is mulling a 50% subsidy on fish sold for household consumption. Goa Fisheries Minister Vinod Palyekar said on the sidelines of a public function here on Thursday that cheaper fish would be ordered from neighbouring States through a proposed fisheries corporation. The State will also put restrictions on export of fish from Goa to make it easily available in the local market.“We will import cheap fish from other States and give it to people at a cheaper rate. If a Kingfish costs ₹500 per kg, we will offer it at half the rate. A corporation will also be formed to sell the fish,” Mr. Palyekar said.He said increase in exports, rising demand from the hospitality industry and rising pollution and sea temperature had resulted in a decline in fish production in the waters off Goa. He said this drove the prices of locally consumed staple fish through the roof. Making subsidised fish available had been the poll plank of the Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Goa Forward, to which Mr. Palyekar belongs to, during the Assembly polls this year. According to the State Fisheries Department, Goa’s fish catch is 1 lakh tonnes and more than one-third of it is exported every year. “We cannot allow excessive exports while locals cannot enjoy fish from their own waters,” Mr. Palyekar said.Mr. Palyekar on Thursday also promised to take up the controversial issue of bull trawling and LED fishing off its territorial waters with the Centre. The Minister ordered a crackdown on indiscriminate fishing using the two banned techniques. At a press conference held in the city, Mr. Palyekar said “clear instructions” had been given to the officials of the Fisheries Department to apprehend those involved in bull trawling and LED fishing within Goa’s territorial waters, up to 12 nautical miles off the coastline. “The measures are being taken to protect the interests of fishermen, who use traditional techniques for catching fish. Indiscriminate fishing techniques like bull trawling and LED fishing are rapidly eliminating fish swarms off Goa.”Locally known as ramponkars, Goa’s traditional fisherfolk have been demanding a ban on fishing with the help of LED lights, which attracts entire swarms of fish with the help of its powerful glow underwater. Environmental experts have time and again warned that the practice leading to indiscriminate fishing would eventually lead to a fish famine in the waters off Goa. State Fisheries have admitted on record in recent years that the fish catch in Goa has been virtually stagnant. Bull trawling is another indiscriminate practice, which is opposed by traditional fishermen, because it involves two trawlers fishing with a common net virtually dregding all fish in its path from the water surface to the bed, including young offspring, taking a toll on fish breeding.A few months back, the city witnessed a major agitation from traditional fisherfolk from across the State who threatened to surrender their fishing boats if the State failed to aggressively monitor these fishing practices and punish the erring vessels.Mr. Palyekar would soon visit New Delhi to meet the Union Minister for Agriculture to impress upon him the need to take strict action against bull-fishing and LED fishing beyond coastal States’ territorial waters. “I am going to request him to evolve a mechanism where fishermen using these techniques are punished. It is not a problem with Goa alone as bull trawling and LED fishing is a problem in other coastal States as well,” said Mr. Palyekar said.last_img read more

ScienceShot: Who Says Sharks Haven’t Evolved?

first_imgMany scientists have presumed that sharks and their kin have evolved little since they first appeared millions of years ago. But newly described, well-preserved fossils of a creature near the base of the shark’s family tree contradict that notion. The remains of Ozarcus mapesae—embedded within chunks of rock (one example, photo) laid down as sediments 325 million years ago in what is now north-central Arkansas—are the first of the shark lineage from that era to be preserved largely intact with body parts in lifelike arrangements. (The flexibility of the shark’s cartilaginous skeletons usually means such carcasses become flattened if they survive decomposition.) Although Ozarcus clearly lies within the lineage of sharks, rays, and their close relatives, high-resolution CT scans of the fossils (one example, digital image) reveal that the archlike structures supporting the creature’s gills (yellow in digital image) were arranged like those in bony fishes (osteichthyans), the researchers report online today in Nature. Furthermore, gill arches in the Ozarcus fossils were separated by small bits of cartilage found in some species of bony fish and their relatives but previously unknown in any living or extinct chondrichthyans. Ozarcus’s unexpected blend of traits indicates that sharks and their kin have evolved substantially since they first appeared. The last common ancestor of sharks and bony fishes probably didn’t have gill arches arranged like those in modern sharks—which, in turn, suggests that the oldest known species of bony fishes can likely provide more information about the earliest jawed vertebrates (a group that today includes humans) than early chondrichthyans can, the researchers contend.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

‘Playoff mode’ Ginebra ready for anything, says Tenorio

first_img“We’ll just take it one game at a time,” he said. “The most important thing is we know how to play in the playoffs. We just have to be in the right frame of mind and to really keep our focus every game from start to finish. We can’t afford to commit mistakes right now.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Tenorio poured in a game-high 27 points and had five rebounds and 11 assists and the Batangueño playmaker believes that wins like this one helps in building the team’s confidence moving forward.“It doesn’t matter who we face as long as we’re in playoff mode. It doesn’t matter if it’s the number one team or the last team. We really have to be playing our game, playing it the right away, and playing it on how we’re supposed to play the game as a team,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAt 5-4, the Gin Kings are tied in fifth place with NLEX and will face Meralco and Rain or Shine in their remaining games in the elimination round.Tenorio, though, doesn’t want Ginebra to get too ahead of itself with the team still has a lot of work to do. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:29Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me?00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo 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 City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Read Next Lyceum, San Beda top groups as PCCL Final Four is set LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLA Tenorio said that getting the twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals is already the least of Ginebra’s concerns going into the homestretch of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“We no longer think about that. Our target is to really win these last two games,” he said coming off its 93-78 victory over TNT on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Chessboard game on to succeed Dalmiya as interim BCCI chief

first_imgSharp and smart chessboard moves have started in the BCCI to fill the slot left vacant by the death of board president Jagmohan Dalmiya, with the names of Sharad Pawar, Rajeev Shukla and Amitabh Choudhary doing the rounds as possible claimants.As per the Board of Control for Cricket in India constitution, the interim president has to be chosen though a special general meeting in case of the death of the incumbent. The BCCI secretary (in this case Anurag Thakur) will have to announce the date of the SGM within 15 days of the death of the president (in this case, Dalmiya, who passed away on September 20), giving three weeks’ notice to the affiliate units.With the six east zone units of the BCCI now having their turn to field the candidates for the president’s post, the contenders would have to get proposers (and not any seconder, as it is a by-election) to jump into the fray. If the candidate gets a proposer and is backed by the other five units, he would sail through.While media reports have claimed that Pawar, now president of the Mumbai Cricket Association, has called it quits from the race for the big post, those who know him closely say the wily Maratha could not be written off.Also read: East Zone wants Amitabh Chaudhary as BCCI presidentA day after Dalmiya’s death, Pawar attended his funeral, and then airdashed to Mumbai to hold parleys in Mumbai with his loyalists to gauge the emerging situation. Though he was now touring rural Maharashtra, it could well be that the shrewd former BCCI and ICC chief was playing a wait and watch game before taking the plunge.advertisementHowever, Pawar could face difficulty in getting a proposer from East Zone, with CAB and National Cricket Club strongly opposed to him. The Odisha Cricket Association is controlled by loyalists of former BCCI boss N. Srinivasan, who had to quit following a Supreme Court directive to facilitate investigation into the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) betting and spot fixing scam.Though Srinivasan is not in a position to throw his hat in the ring due to the apex court ruling, he could try to control the proceedings from behind the scene by fielding his confidant and Jharkhand State Cricket Association chief Choudhary. Being an east Zone affiliate, JSCA can propose BCCI joint secretary Choudhary’s candidature for the president’s post.Tripura and Assam are till now fence-sitters, but the latter could decide to root for its president and present BCCI vice president Gautam Roy in the coming days. Though Roy has so far ruled out contesting for the BCCI president’s slot citing his ministerial commitments in Assam, observers feel he may enter the fray in the coming days.Current IPL chairman Shukla had wanted to fight the BCCI presidency earlier this year, but was forced to settle for the vice president’s post later on.”If Choudhary and Shukla contest, votes in the east zone could be divided,” said a former BCCI office-bearer, now with an east Zone unit.last_img read more

Hawaii to become sister state of Goa: Parsekar

first_imgPanaji, Mar 31 (PTI) The island state of Hawaii in US will become the “sister state” of Goa soon for attracting tourists and foreign investments in the coastal state.Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said an MoU would be signed between Hawaii and Goa to formalise the across-the-border partnership.”The MOU is already vetted by Ministry of External Affairs,” he said.Parsekar said,”the sister-state programme” will promote tourism and also increase the prospective opportunity for economic, social, cultural, educational and environmental exchange.He said the collaboration will also help to minimise the barriers in attracting foreign investment in tourism and the film production sector.The CM said US Congress member Tulsi Gabbard had expressed her view on strengthening the relations between two states during her visit to Goa in December 2014.The policy-makers from both the regions are interested in joining hands on various fronts like promotion of trade, tourism, sports, technology, pharmaceuticals, yoga, Ayurvedic, pilgrimage, Hawaiian products and world peace, he added. PTI CORR NSK RGlast_img read more

Naoya Inoue going for KO vs Nonito Donaire

first_imgWhat’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? That’s also what the fight means for Donaire who is trying to resurrect his career that dipped substantially since he won Fighter of the Year award in 2012.They fight Nov. 7 at Saitama Super Arena in Japan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Inoue was aptly dubbed the “Monster” having won all 18 professional fights, including 16 via knockouts.He blasted through the WBSS quarterfinal and semifinal needing just five minutes and 29 seconds of total ring appearance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“No I never imagined it,” said Inoue when asked if he expected to finish off former champ Juan Carlos Payano in 70 seconds in the quarters, before stopping Emmanuel Rodriguez in two rounds in the semis.“I’m prepared to fight for 12 rounds with Nonito Donaire, but if I see an opening, I will aim for a knockout.” Japan’s Naoya Inoue celebrates his win over Juan Carlos Payano of Dominican Republic after their WBA world bantamweight title match in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture on October 7, 2018. (Photo by JIJI PRESS / JIJI PRESS / AFP) / Japan OUTYoung Japanese champion Naoya Inoue is eyeing a knockout win against Filipino star Nonito Donaire when they clash for the Muhammad Ali trophy in next week’s World Boxing Super Series bantamweight title.And based on his credentials, the 26-year-old Inoue has got everything to back up his claims.ADVERTISEMENT Robert Bolick undergoes surgery to repair torn ACL MOST READcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Priority legislation in the 18th Congress His straight out fighting style poses danger for the 36-year-old Donaire.But then again, Donaire scored his biggest KO wins against explosive, attacking fighters like Vic Darchinyan, Jorge Arce and Fernando Montiel.“I have been watching Donaire throughout his career and was stealing his moves when I was starting out in boxing. I have a lot of respect for Donaire,” said Inoue. “I have idolized him and that’s why he was the one I wanted to fight the most in this tournament. But now it’s time for a change of generations.”However, through the years Donaire has developed the bad habit of chasing KO wins with minimum punch possible as opposed to slow, crafty set-up that made him very successful in the past.“This final will be the biggest highlight of my career thus far,” the Japanese said. “It will also be like a crossroad fight for what lies ahead for my future. I’m just looking forward to seeing what is waiting ahead in my career after winning the Ali Trophy.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rice industry paralysis Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’last_img read more

Ronaldo a ‘big role model’ for Spurs star Kane

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo ‘a big role model’ for Spurs star Kane Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 15:42 10/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Real Madrid v Tottenham, Champions League 2017/18 Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Harry Kane Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur Real Madrid Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Champions League The Tottenham striker grabbed a prized memento following a Champions League clash with Real Madrid, having traded jerseys with the Portuguese forward Harry Kane is a superstar in his own right at Tottenham, but he admits that Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo is a “big role model”.Kane 15/8 to be PL top scorerThe Spurs striker locked horns with the Portuguese icon in Champions League competition on Tuesday, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side leaving Santiago Bernabeu with a credible 1-1 draw. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Kane also departed the Spanish capital with a prized memento of the occasion, having traded shirts with Ronaldo at the full-time whistle.The 24-year-old England international intends to treasure that jersey, having grown up idolising the Portuguese forward, but admits that he is unsure what the former Manchester United ace will do with his.Kane told reporters on his meeting with Ronaldo: “I asked for his shirt.“He’s a big role model of mine, watching him when I was growing up.“It’s a nice shirt to get and frame. I gave him my shirt. I don’t know what he’ll do with it. We just said, ‘See you in a couple of weeks’.”Harry Kane Cristiano Ronaldo role model shirt swapSpurs had an inspired showing from Hugo Lloris to thank for taking a point from Real, with the French goalkeeper keeping them in the game after a Ronaldo penalty had cancelled out an own goal from Raphael Varane.Kane feels Tottenham can take plenty of positives from their performance, with the Premier League title hopefuls looking to make their mark at home and abroad in 2017-18.He added: “It was a great night for us.“We can be proud of it, the fans can be proud and the whole club can be proud.“It was a big statement. A few years ago we were playing Europa League and to come here to the Bernabeu and put in a performance like that — we drew and maybe could have won — shows what kind of team we are.“It will give us confidence for the Premier League. We’ve shown we can do it against the best team in the world. It’s a good incentive for us.“Everyone put in an amazing shift. For the majority of the game we matched them. We wanted to prove to everyone we are a very good team and we want to take that on for the rest of the season. We have to keep improving.”Kane has also welcomed the praise which continues to be lavished on him, with Real coach Zinedine Zidane billing him as a “complete player” ahead of a continental clash.He said: “I try to use it as motivation. Positive comments help a striker.“It’s not just me, we’ve got a whole squad working very hard, but when you’ve got a striker scoring goals it’s natural for people to talk about that.”While he drew a blank in Madrid, Kane does have 11 goals in as many appearances across all competitions this season.last_img read more

Gunneswaran, Myneni lead Indian challenge at Chennai Open ATP Challenger

first_imgGunneswaran, Myneni lead Indian challenge at Chennai Open ATP ChallengerChennai Open ATP Challenger: India’s top singles player Prajnesh Gunneswaran has been handed a first-round bye and would open his campaign against the winner of the match between Daniel Nguyen (USA) and Daniel Altameir (Germany).advertisement Press Trust of India ChennaiFebruary 3, 2019UPDATED: February 3, 2019 21:25 IST Prajnesh Gunneswaran has got a first round bye (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAll eyes will be on India’s top singles player Prajnesh Gunneswaran in the Chennai Open ATP ChallengerGunneswaran has been given top billing in the 64-player singles drawThe singles winner gets USD 7,200 and 80 points while the runner-up receives USD 4,240 and 48 pointsAll eyes will be on India’s top singles player Prajnesh Gunneswaran in the Chennai Open ATP Challenger tennis tournament, which begins in Chennai on Monday. The Chennai left-hander has been given top billing in the 64-player singles draw, which has a fair sprinkling of players in the top-200 and Indians eyeing ATP points.India’s No.2 Ramkumar Ramanathan will not be featuring in the event as he will playing in a Challenger event in Budapest, Hungary.The 29-year old Gunneswaran is coming off a rather unsuccessful display against Italy in the Davis Cup Qualifier in Kolkata. He would be keen to make amends and head into the long season ahead possibly with a title.Gunneswaran did well to qualify for the Australian Open before falling to Frances Tiafoe in the first round and with his ranking hovering close to the 100-mark, a title-winning run here would prove to be a huge boost after the disappointing losses in the Davis Cup tie.The main challenge for the Indian Davis Cupper is expected to come from second-seed Corentin Moutet of France (ranked 143), the experienced Mohammed Safwat of Egypt (ranked 200), the number three seed and the fourth-seeded Italian Gianluca Mager (no.224).Australian James Duckworth and Korea’s Duckhee Lee, who are among the top eight seeds, will be aim for a strong run here.Gunneswaran has been handed a first-round bye and would open his campaign against the winner of the match between Daniel Nguyen (USA) and Daniel Altameir (Germany).Two other Indians — Saketh Myneni (11) and Sasi Kumar Mukund (16) also figure among the seeds.advertisementMyneni, who qualified for the ATP Tour event in Pune last month, will hope to shrug off injury woes and put up a good performance here.He got a first-round bye and faces the prospect of running into compatriot N Vijay Sundar Prashanth, who meets Spaniard Carlos Boluda-Purkiss in the opener.Myneni has paired up with Arjun Khade in the doubles and the third-seeded duo will hope to challenge for the top prize.Sasikumar Mukund, who has shown a lot of improvement in the past year and taken his ranking to 292, is seeded 16th. He will aim for a good showing and some vital points.The talented, young Sumit Nagal, who has not been at his best in recent times, will be trying to snap up wins and points along with a few other Indians in the fray including the reigning national champion Siddharth Vishwakarma and former national junior champ Manish Suresh Kumar.The singles winner gets USD 7,200 and 80 points while the runner-up receives USD 4,240 and 48 points.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Prajnesh GunneswaranFollow Saketh Myneni Nextlast_img read more

Product Tanker Sector The Safest Bet Are MRs

first_imgzoom Medium ranged product tankers (MRs) are definitely the workhorses of the product tanker shipping industry, being the most widely used vessels that can call at any port in the world including smaller and shallower ports, it was concluded during a webinar organized by Capital Link Shipping on June 1.MRs, capable of carrying multiple cargoes ranging from clean petroleum cargoes, easy chemicals up to edible and vegetable oil, are the most attractive vessels in the product tanker sector at the moment, the panelists said.” I think that the safest bet is in the MRs,” Marco Fiori, Chief Executive Officer d’Amico International Shipping S.A said. “ They have proven over and over to be the most flexible ships… These ships also have a very good second life with vegetable oils, with other products that are not CPP.”“So, considering what is going on in the world regarding the new geographical structure of seaborne product trades because of the new refinery capacity added, et cetera, we think that the vessel that we have benefited most in the product tanker industry, will be the MR, “ Eddie Valentis from Pyxis Tankers said.“Asset values are very attractive at this stage. Owners should look at the second-hand market. The values currently are way below their 10-year average at approximately 30% below their ten-year average. So, it’s a nice attractive entry point for MRs,” he added.Speaking of the current market conditions and the sector’s outlook, Kim Ullman, Chief Executive Officer Concordia Maritime, described the current situation as the “start of the low”.“We had a second half of 2016 that was not very good. We had an okay Q1. We did at least over 14,000. But Q2 and Q3 looks exceptionally challenging, I have to say. There will always be small spikes of course,” he added.As explained, the reason why it is a start of the low is that the inventories are full and with full inventories all arbitrage opportunities are killed. This is in addition to the fact that ships “are flooding the market.”“With the field inventories, arbitrages die, ships are stuck in the same positions and as soon as they have been fixed, they are open again,” Ullman said, adding that what is needed in the medium to longer term is to get rid of the inventory overhang, which is likely to take another two to three-year quarters at least.“We see the market coming up from sometime next year. “According to Valentis, things look very positive for the market going forward.Among the reasons ascribed to that are the projected demand growth for refined products in the region of 2.5% to 3% annually, a modest ton-mile expansion from the changing refinery landscape and a record low orderbook and very little new orders going forward.In addition, owners are confident that there would be heavier scrapping seeing that in the MR sector approximately 13% of the fleet is over 20 years of age.This is also expected due to the new environmental regulations such as the introduction of ballast water treatment systems from September this year and the lower sulfur emissions which is coming in 2020.Therefore, these two catalysts might be a good opportunity for the market to recover.” We believe that most definitely many owners will decide not to go through with that investment and especially regarding the sulfur regulation which is coming in 2020. Of course, we have a long way until then and we don’t exactly know what the situation is, but definitely it’s another major concern for vessels which are above 20 years of age,” Valentis said.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

African Heritage Month Celebrates No 2 Construction Battalion

first_imgNova Scotia’s No. 2 Construction Battalion, the only predominantly African-Canadian battalion since Confederation, is this year’s centrepiece for African Heritage Month. The No. 2 Construction Battalion, also known as the Black Battalion, was created after the British Empire renewed its call for soldiers during the First World War. A separate battalion was the military’s response to black men who wanted to enlist but were turned away from recruiting offices. Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant, Premier Stephen McNeil and African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Tony Ince joined guests from across the province at Province House today, Jan. 27, to launch African Heritage Month 2016 in Nova Scotia. The theme is No. 2 Construction Battalion: the Legacy of Commitment – They Fought to Fight. “Despite the great prejudice that they faced, the brave men of the No. 2 Construction Battalion voluntarily stepped-up to fight for king and country,” said Lt.-Gov. Grant. “Their courage and legacy continue to inspire 100 years later and it is vital that all Nova Scotians know this history.” “African Heritage Month is a celebration of culture, history, longevity and progress,” said Premier McNeil. “This year’s theme of overcoming adversity to participate in the broader society resonates in all communities, but African Nova Scotians know it well.” The battalion was formed on July 5, 1916 in Pictou. Most of the more than 600 men accepted came from Nova Scotia, but others came from New Brunswick, Ontario, the West, the United States and the Caribbean. “African Nova Scotians, like the men of the No. 2 Construction Battalion, have fought the fight for generations,” said Mr. Ince. “Their determination to help defend a way of life still inspires us today.” “We are proud to help promote and preserve the legacy of the battalion,” said Russell Grosse, executive director of the Black Cultural Centre of Nova Scotia. “They are a symbol of commitment in the face of adversity for all Nova Scotians.” More information on African Heritage Month and a calendar of events can be found on the African Nova Scotian Affairs website, ansa.novascotia.ca . Nova Scotians can also keep up to date on African Heritage Month events on Facebook.com/AfricanNSAffairs and Twitter through @OfficeofANSA.last_img read more

Phone of Solicitor General Tuhsar Mehtas wife snatched near Mandi House

first_imgNew Delhi: Two bike-borne men allegedly snatched the mobile phone of Solicitor General of India Tuhsar Mehta’s wife in front of the FICCI auditorium in Mandi House, police said on Monday. In a complaint registered with the police, Aparna Mehta said the incident occurred around 8.30 pm on Sunday while she was walking on the road. When she reached in front of the FICCI auditorium in Mandi House, two bike-borne men snatched her mobile phone, the police said. “A case has been registered and we are looking into the matter,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Eish Singhal said. Police said they were also collecting the CCTV footage of the area.last_img read more

Global Gathering Focus on Europe

International Services invites you to participate in the Global Gathering: Focus on Europe event on Wednesday, Nov. 5 in Cairns 207 and the Scotiabank Atrium. This year’s Global Gathering will be focused on Europe.The presentations begin at 11 a.m. and run until 12:15 p.m. Presentations include:• In search of the Manx sea-kings, by Dr. Andrew McDonald, Professor, Department of History• Approaching War: Childhood, Culture and the First World War project by Dr. Lissa Paul, Professor, Department of Undergraduate & Graduate Studies in Education• Student Mobility Trends in Europe, by Christina Bosilo, manager, International Learning Programs, International Services & Programs Abroad• Conservatism accounting and information environment following IFRS Adoption, by Dr. Samir Trabelsi, Associate Professor, Goodman School of Business• Music in France, by Dr. Scott Henderson, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film• To Russia with Love: Brock’s Partnership with Moscow State University, by Dr. David Schimmelpenninck, Professor, Department of HistoryPosters will be displayed in the Cairns Complex Scotiabank Atrium from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. A networking luncheon will be held in the Scotiabank Atrium from 12:15 p.m.-1 p.m.On Thursday, Nov. 6, John Paul Kleiner from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Information Centre in Toronto will deliver the Research Opportunities in Germany faculty information session from 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. in Plaza 600F. Earlier in the day, from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., history Professor Michael Driedger and his DAAD colleagues will be giving a student information session on study opportunities in Germany.All are welcome to attend all events. read more

Haiti two UN peacekeepers killed at check point

The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said that the trio was manning a check point when they came under fire.One of the peacekeepers was reportedly killed on the spot.The other two were taken to hospital, where one of them died of his wounds shortly afterwards. The third peacekeeper’s condition is said to be serious.Haiti has turned into one of the most hazardous locales for UN personnel with at least six staff members meeting violent deaths last year.Armed gangs have been a constant concern of MINUSTAH since it was set up by the Security Council to help to re-establish peace in the impoverished Caribbean country after an insurgency forced elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile in February 2004. read more

Aston Martin invests in new apprentices

Over recent weeks Aston Martin has welcomed 14 new young people to join its expanded apprenticeship scheme.The Gaydon-based manufacturer already trains apprentices in a range of highly skilled areas, such as product development, maintenance, manufacturing systems and support, paint operations and design. However, these latest apprentices mark a new direction for Aston Martin’s manufacturing methods. Two of the scheme’s latest recruits are new clay modelling apprentices, who will learn to take designs from an initial concept to full-size models. In addition, the manufacturer appointed its first set of craft apprentices in 2014 to develop artisan trim and sewing skills within the trim shop.Having begun his own career as a technical apprentice, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer is a strong advocate of the apprenticeship scheme. He said, “The future success of the business lies, in part, with our ability both to maintain and develop our traditional craftsmanship skills and to continue to explore new technologies and ways of working.“Apprenticeships are a great way to ensure we can do that, and I’m very happy to see such a vibrant programme of learning and development here.”In the UK more than 160,000 people are currently employed by automotive manufacturers. However by the end of this decade 50,000 will need to be replaced by new employees, not to mention any new jobs that might be created. To ensure that the UK is able to meet this demand, the government and the automotive industry are committed to developing the next generation of skilled workers through schemes such as apprentices. Members of the UK Automotive Council are looking to recruit 10,000 apprentices and 2,000 graduates over the next five years. For more information visit the Automotive Council website.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Chester hospital baby deaths Nurse Lucy Letby arrested on suspicion of murdering

The Countess of Chester Hospital, which is under investigation Police officers at the house being searched in Westbourne Road But the review, by the Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health, was unable to explain the deaths, despite the fact consultants noted similarities between the cases.The report, dated November 2016, highlights a failure to investigate the cases. Although most of the infants underwent a post-mortem, these did not include systemic tests that would have found traces of poisons, or changes in blood sugar levels. 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. The number of baby deaths under investigation could make it the largest such scandal in NHS history. A nurse has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of another six newborns at one NHS hospital.Lucy Letby, 28, is in custody, with police searching her home and car in connection with the deaths at Countess of Chester Hospital.Police said they are investigating the deaths of 17 babies and 15 non-fatal collapses between June 2015 and June 2016.Ms Letby has been arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to eight of the babies and attempted murder in relation to six of the babies.It is not known whether the police are investigating any other suspects. Officers were seen searching her home in Chester and plain-clothes officers were seen at her parents’ home in Herefordshire. A blue police tent in the front garden of the semi-detached house in ChesterCredit:Paul Cousans/Zenpix House search The nurse had worked at the hospital’s neonatal unit since graduating from University of Chester in 2011 with a degree in child nursing, and spent time at the unit during her training. In July 2016, the Countess of Chester Hospital commissioned an independent review of the unit because of concerns about a rise in “unexplained” deaths.In the same month, the trust also stopped treating the most premature babies, with all those in need of intensive care or high dependency cots sent elsewhere. The police investigation was opened in May 2017 after the trust said it continued to be concerned about the unexplained deaths.It was initially looking at the deaths of 15 babies between June 2015 and June 2016, but has now been expanded to examine 17 deaths and 15 non-fatal collapses. Police activity at the property on TuesdayCredit:Paul Cousans/Zenpix Ian Harvey, the hospital’s medical director, said he was confident the unit was currently operating safely.He said: “We are continuing to support Cheshire Police with their ongoing investigation. Asking the police to look into this was not something we did lightly, but we need to do everything we can to understand what has happened here and get the answers we and the families so desperately want.”The Countess is now equivalent to a Level 1 Special Care Baby Unit and we are confident the unit is safe to continue in its current form.” Det Insp Paul Hughes, in charge of the investigation for Cheshire Police, said: “This is a highly complex and very sensitive investigation and, as you can appreciate, we need to ensure we do everything we possibly can to try to establish in detail what has led to these deaths and collapses.”As a result of our ongoing inquiries we have today arrested a healthcare professional in connection with the investigation.”While this is a significant step forward, it is important to remember that the investigation is very much active and ongoing.” Police officers at the house being searched in connection with the investigationCredit:Paul Cousans/Zenpix A blue police tent in the front garden of the semi-detached house in Chester on Tuesday The Countess of Chester HospitalCredit:Peter Byrne/PA Toxicology tests are not routine, but are often used when a cause of death cannot be established and would show any drugs or chemicals in the system.The same report notes that “mention of installing CCTV on the unit without explanation had unsettled the nursing team further”.In December, the hospital went further issuing patients and staff with electronic tracking wristbands in a bid to monitor free beds.An NHS source said Ms Letby was moved into administrative duties in late 2016, saying: “They moved her into admin, they didn’t move her to another nursing position.”If they did think she was suspicious why didn’t they suspend her?” read more

New line of SPECTRO XEPOS spectrometers

first_imgSPECTRO Analytical Instruments has announced its new line of SPECTRO XEPOS spectrometers, representing, the company states, “a quantum leap in energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (ED-XRF) technology and providing breakthrough advances in the multi-elemental analysis of major, minor, and trace element concentrations.“New developments in excitation and detection introduced with the new SPECTRO XEPOS ED-XRF spectrometers deliver outstanding sensitivity and detection limits and yield remarkable gains in precision and accuracy. The analysers excel at demanding applications in geological science – and more.Features include spectacular sensitivity. Innovations in adaptive excitation plus tube and detector technologies that dramatically improve sensitivity — often by ten times or more — boost precision, realise significantly lower detection levels, and deliver a fast and accurate analysis of a wide range of elements, from sodium to uranium. Enhanced with new high-count detector and tube designs, new sensitivity, and minimised backgrounds, the new analysers’ proprietary adaptive excitation technology enables exceptionally low limits of detection (LODs) for a wide range of elements.Unlike most ED-XRF elemental analysers, the X-ray tubes in SPECTRO XEPOS spectrometers remain powered on between measurements to prevent on/off variations from affecting readings. This ensures long-term stability, realises an exceptionally high degree of precision in elemental analysis — up to three times better than before, and delivers substantially improved analytical accuracy for concentrations from trace elements to major components.For operators who require speed more than utmost precision, SPECTRO XEPOS units can dramatically cut measurement times, while still maintaining precision levels comparable to traditional ED-XRF spectrometers. The system’s high speed helps to achieve analyses of most samples within a few minutes.Redesigned operating software provides proven ease and power, while the unique new TurboQuant II software quickly and accurately analyses practically any unknown liquid, powder, or solid sample. In addition, the new SPECTRO XEPOS spectrometers exhibit a significantly lower cost of ownership than wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence (WD-XRF) spectrometers — thus delivering WD performance at an ED price for many applications.Optional AMECARE M2M (machine-to-machine) support extends the new analysers’ self-diagnostic functions with proactive alerts, backed up by direct connection with a remote SPECTRO service expert’s PC.The new line of SPECTRO XEPOS ED-XRF spectrometers is available immediately from SPECTRO Analytical Instruments. Four advanced versions are available, enabling users to prioritise their selection according to measurement speed, ultimate precision, or groups of targeted elements in specific matrices.last_img read more

Bjerringbro Silkeborg celebrate away win in Schaffhausen

← Previous Story NO ONESTA PARTY IN PARIS: Dinart will lead France at WCh 2017! Next Story → Italian Serie A: the opening of the 2016/17 season bjerringbro-silkeborgEHF CL The best Danish team Bjerringbro Silkeborg celebrated an important win at the start of the VELUX EHF Champions League Group A. Danes beat Swiss Kadetten Schaffhausen 25:24 (10:12). Despite good shooting mood of Hungarian playmaker Gabor Csaszar, who netted 11 times, away team had more players on the level necessary for important success.Johan Hansen netted seven goals, Nikolaj Markussen and Sebastian Skube added five each to ruin handball party in front of 2.100 domestic fans.In two opening matches of Group C and D, there were no winners. Chehkovskie Medvedi played 28:28 with Naturhouse La Rioja, while HBC Nantes survived a long trip to Ukrainian East – Zaporozhye, where they played 26:26 against home side – Motor. read more

Trump appoints his third pick as national security advisor

first_img Feb 21st 2017, 7:17 AM Trump with HR McMaster Image: Susan Walsh/AP Tuesday 21 Feb 2017, 7:17 AM Trump with HR McMaster Trump appoints his third pick as national security advisor McMaster is another name on the long list of Trump advisors who have been plucked from the military. 23 Comments Image: Susan Walsh/AP Short URLcenter_img DONALD TRUMP HAS tapped respected Army lieutenant-general H.R. McMaster as his national security advisor, hoping to course correct after his first pick resigned and his second turned down the vital post.Trump announced the counterinsurgency strategist’s appointment at his Florida estate Mar-a-Lago, ending a one-week search to replace Michael Flynn, who lasted less than a month on the job.Flynn was forced to resign on February 13, after questionable contacts with the Russian government and revelations that he lied about them to the vice president and the FBI.Trump scrambled to replace Flynn after retired vice-admiral Robert Harward turned down the post, amid a wrangling over lower-level National Security Council appointments and a meandering Trump press conference.The White House said that Trump “gave full authority for McMaster to hire whatever staff he sees fit.”The 54-year-old McMaster is known for his criticism of the US military’s handling of Vietnam War and his own service as a commander in northern Iraq in 2005.A 1997 book he authored is pointedly titled “Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies That Led to Vietnam.”House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes was prompt to praise McMaster’s “history of questioning the status quo and infusing fresh thinking and new approaches into military affairs.”His experience in Iraq’s Tal Afar is likely to come in useful as US and allied forces attempt to retake nearby Mosul from the Islamic State group.McMaster, still dressed in uniform, appeared with Trump on a sofa in the glitzy living room of Mar-a-Lago as music played overhead.TalentTrump described McMaster as “man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.”“He is highly respected by everyone in the military and we’re very honored to have him.”McMaster is another name on the long list of Trump advisors who have been plucked from the military.Among others, Trump has named retired officers as his defense secretary and homeland security secretary.McMaster was most recently the deputy commanding general of the Futures Center at US Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis.Trump said McMaster would work in a “very, very special” collaboration with Keith Kellogg, a retired three-star general who had served as acting national security advisor since Flynn resigned a week ago.Kellogg will act as NSC chief of staff.Former president Barack Obama’s last national security advisor, Susan Rice, congratulated McMaster on his appointment.“I wish you every success,” she said.© – AFP 2017Read: Mornings with Donald Trump: Watching TV news and Tweeting non-stop from his unsecured Android Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 12,471 Views http://jrnl.ie/3250130 Share39 Tweet Email By AFPlast_img read more

Des révélations sur Steve Jobs dans sa biographie

first_imgDes révélations sur Steve Jobs dans sa biographie ?La biographie de Steve Jobs est sur le point de paraître en France. Et avec elle quelques révélations concernant la concurrence féroce entre la firme de Cupertino et Google. La biographie de Steve Jobs paraîtra la semaine prochaine en France. Dans cette dernière, on pouvait notamment lire que Steve Jobs était prêt à mener une guerre totale contre Android, le système d’exploitation conçu par Google.Le succès rencontré par Google avait irrité Steve Jobs au plus haut point. En fait, Steve Jobs avait déclaré : “nous ne sommes pas allés sur le marché de la recherche. Ils sont venus sur le marché de la téléphonie. Soyez assurés qu’ils veulent tuer l’iPhone. Nous n’allons pas les laisser faire.” Des propos qui dateraient de la présentation de l’iPad.  Selon le biographe de Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson, le fondateur d’Apple avait déclaré : “je consacrerai jusqu’à mon dernier souffle si nécessaire, je dépenserai chaque centime des 40 milliards de dollars qu’Apple a en banque pour corriger cette erreur. Je vais détruire Android parce que c’est un produit volé. Je vais leur faire une guerre thermonucléaire”.  Google aurait tout de même tenté de désamorcer le conflit à l’amiable, sans résultat. Le 21 octobre 2011 à 20:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fully Autonomous Car Still Not Ready for Prime Time

first_imgStay on target New Florida Law Nixes Need for Autonomous Vehicle OperatorsScania Unveils Multi-Purpose Autonomous Vehicle Concept The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has confirmed what many people already know: Current autonomous vehicle systems aren’t ample substitutes for human drivers.For a recent “Reality Check” study, the nonprofit tested five driver-assist systems from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, and Volvo.The results are, well … varied.“We have found situations where the vehicles under semi-automated control may do things that can put you and your passengers at risk, and so you really need to be on top of it to prevent that from happening,” IIHS chief research officer David Zuby said in a statement, as reported by the Associated Press.Humans have a love-hate relationship with technology. While devices like computers, smartphones, and interactive speakers have made our lives better, they’ve also opened the door to new risks. The same goes for autonomous cars.According to the Virginia-based nonprofit, when test vehicles didn’t perform as expected, the outcomes ranged from “the irksome” (too-cautious braking) to “the dangerous” (veering toward the shoulder because sensors didn’t detect lane lines).IIHS focused its evaluations on adaptive cruise control and active lane-keeping—each with consumer pros and cons.Adaptive cruise control (ACC) maintains a set speed and following distance, slowing for cars ahead, or coming to a full stop when necessary. Unfortunately, it may not react to already-stopped vehicles.During an experiment with ACC turned off and autobrake turned on, Tesla’s Model S and Model 3 vehicles (moving at 31 miles per hour) were the only two cars that failed to stop in time, embarrassingly hitting a stationary balloon.How does your favorite autonomous system stack up? (via Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)But when the same test was repeated—this time with ACC engaged—the Model S and Model 3 braked earlier and avoided the target.On the road, test engineers found that all vehicles except Tesla’s Model 3 failed to respond to stopped vehicles ahead.The five vehicles—BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Volvo S90, and two Teslas—each have automatic emergency braking systems rated “superior” by IIHS.“At IIHS we are coached to intervene without warning, but other drivers might not be as vigilant,” senior research engineer Jessica Jermakian said. “ACC systems require drivers to pay attention to what the vehicle is doing at all times and be ready to brake manually.”Manufacturers are careful to remind drivers that the shorthand “hands off” shouldn’t be taken literally. But titles like “Autopilot” (Tesla) or “Pilot Assist” (Volvo) can give people a false sense of security.“They will help you with some steering or speed control but you really better be paying attention because they don’t always get it right,” Zuby said.Especially BMW owners: In active lane-keeping challenges, the 5-series “steered toward or across the lane line regularly,” IIHS revealed, forcing drivers to override the steering support. The car failed to stay in the lane on all 14 trials.This doesn’t spell doom for autonomous vehicles, though. The Institute continues to run tests and compile its consumer rating system for advanced driver assistance systems.“We’re not ready to say yet which company has the safest implementation of Level 2 driver assistance, but it’s important to note that none of these vehicles is capable of driving safely on its own,” Zuby said.“A production autonomous vehicle that can go anywhere, anytime isn’t available at your local car dealer and won’t be for quite some time,” he added. “We aren’t there yet.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more