zoom German container shipping line Hamburg Südamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft KG (Hamburg Süd) informed it will begin replacing existing tonnage with reefer newbuildings in the course of 2017. The new containerships will be deployed in the company’s Europe-Mexico-Caribbean Service (EMCS).“We are constantly improving our services and have invested around 350 million US dollars in our reefer container fleet in the past three years, making it one of the youngest in the market,” Peter Frederiksen, Member of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd, said.Currently, the company has four Post Panamax containerships on order. Ordered by Hamburg Süd in 2015, the 3,884 TEU vessels are being built at China’s Jiangsu New Yangzijiang shipyard, according to data provided by VesselsValue.Additionally, Hamburg Süd revealed that the new setup of its SAWC service commenced in February 2017, offering a weekly connection between South America West Coast, the Caribbean, and North Europe.With a total of nine 9,600 TEU vessels deployed, the SAWC service includes the following ports: Rotterdam, London, Hamburg, Antwerp, Le Havre, Puerto Angamos, Valparaiso, Callao, Paita, Guayaquil, Buenaventura, Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT), Cartagena, Caucedo.The company operates 130 container vessels with a capacity of 625,000 TEU.In December 2016, Hamburg Süd was acquired by world’s largest container carrier, Maersk Line A/S.
UK-based containership charter owner Global Ship Lease (GSL) posted a net income of USD 6.8 million in the first quarter of 2017, higher than a net income of USD 4.6 seen in the same period of 2016. EBITDA for the quarter stood at USD 28 million, against EBITDA of USD 29.3 million recorded in 1Q 2016.“During the first quarter of 2017, we continued to execute our core strategy, maximizing the value of our long-term time charters with high-quality counterparties, maintaining high levels of vessel utilization and closely controlling costs. Our success in this regard has enabled us to continue generating strong, stable cashflows,” Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of GSL, pointed out.“With high levels of scrapping and minimal vessel ordering in the year-to-date, we have seen significant improvement in spot market charter rates in the last few weeks. This trend has been particularly pronounced for the mid-sized and smaller vessel classes where we focus,” Webber further said.From January to March 2017, the company’s fleet generated operating revenues from fixed-date time charters of USD 39.6 million, down USD 3 million on operating revenues of USD 42.6 million for the corresponding quarter in 2016.The reduction in revenue is mainly due to 68 fewer operating days, mainly as a result of three dry-dockings in the quarter, compared to none in the prior period, and to the prior period being a leap year, together with the effect of the amendments to the charters of Marie Delmas and Kumasi. The previous charter rate of USD 18,465 per day for these vessels was reduced to USD 13,000 per day.“While most of our vessels continue on their current charters for multiple years, we are encouraged by the improvement in the spot market, which, if sustained, will benefit those vessels that are due to become open later this year and early next,” Webber concluded.As of March 31, 2017, GSL’s fleet comprised 18 on-the-water vessels of which 15 are chartered to CMA CGM and three to Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL).
Cracks have been found aboard another Polaris Shipping-operated very large ore carrier (VLOC), the 1994-built Stellar Queen, following an inspection of the ship which was conducted in Sao Luis, Brazil.A representative of Holman Fenwick Willan Singapore LLP, speaking on the authority of the ship’s operator told World Maritime News that “two small cracks” were found on the Stellar Queen’s deck.The cracks “have been inspected by Port State Control and by Class and repairs are underway,” the representative added.Featuring 304,850 dwt, the VLOC is currently anchored off the coast of Brazil. According to AIS data provided by MarineTraffic, the vessel is scheduled to start its journey to Changdao in China on June 27.The discovery was made on the back of the March 31 disappearance of Stellar Daisy, which prompted the South Korean ship operator to launch a special program for immediate inspection of all vessels currently operated.The 266,100 dwt vessel went missing and is believed to have sunk some 1,700 miles east of the Port of Montevideo, Uruguay. The ship was sailing from the Port of Guaiba, Brazil, to China, carrying 260,003 million tons of iron ore. The 1993-built Stellar Daisy was carrying eight South Korean and sixteen Filipino sailors. Two of the sailors were rescued on April 2.The ship was converted from a crude carrier to an ore carrier, a process that has been put under spotlight as it is believed that a crack in the ship’s hull caused the splitting in half and sinking of Stellar Daisy.In mid-April, the company informed that one of the firm’s vessels reported a crack on the outer hull of a tank while it was en route to the discharge port, near Cape Town. The vessel in question is the 1993-built bulk carrier Stellar Unicorn, which was carrying a cargo of 270,000 million tons iron ore bound for China at the time. The ship was also converted from a crude carrier to an ore carrier.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Floating energy solutions provider Höegh LNG and shipping company Nakilat have agreed to explore collaboration for Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) business.The parties said that they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the cooperation on July 18.“This agreement paves the way for greater business opportunities to create substantial platforms for local players to get involved in the project, exposing them to innovative technologies and expertise that would be beneficial to their growth and the development of Qatar’s energy and maritime industry,” Abdullah Al-Sulaiti, Nakilat’s Managing Director, said.“The alliance with Nakilat is a confirmation of Höegh LNG’s leading position in the FSRU market and offers the opportunity to further accelerate our market presence beyond the projects we undertake on a sole basis,” Sveinung J.S. Støhle, President and CEO of Höegh LNG, said.Image Courtesy: NakilatFSRU is a floating LNG import terminal, which has become a strategic solution for countries without LNG receiving terminal infrastructure, enabling better accessibility of clean energy.Among the significant benefits of FSRU are the ability to serve markets which would otherwise not be able to utilize natural gas, pose lesser transportation risks and have the flexibility to be relocated or used as an LNG carrier.
zoomImage Courtesy: ICTSI Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), the flagship terminal of International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI), is ready to handle some of the largest boxships with its new cranes.Three new cranes, a pair of Neo-Panamax quay cranes and a Post-Panamax quay crane, arrived at the terminal on June 7. These will be positioned at Berths 6 and 5, respectively.With the new equipment, MICT will be capable of handling containerships of up to 14,000 TEU, the largest in the intra-Asia trade.“With the arrival of the new Neo-Panamax cranes, MICT is ready to address the pressing demand and volume increase by servicing larger vessels,” said Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI Head of Global Corporate and Regional Head of Asia Pacific & MICT.Two more quay cranes are set to arrive in 2019.Manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry (ZPMC), the quay cranes are part of ICTSI’s USD 80 million capital equipment program for MICT.With the new acquisitions, the MICT now has a total of 16 quay cranes, the largest fleet in the country.
zoomAl Gharafa at Revithoussa Terminal. Image Courtesy: Qatargas Doha-based liquefied natural gas company Qatargas has delivered the first LNG cargo on a Q-Flex vessel to Greece’s Revithoussa LNG Terminal.This is the first time that a Q-Flex LNG vessel has called at the terminal ever since it underwent an expansion drive late last year, Qatargas said.The cargo, which was loaded at the Ras Laffan Terminal in Qatar on July 3, 2019, arrived at the Revithoussa Terminal on board the 216,224 cbm Al Gharrafa on July 20, 2019.The Q-Flex cargo is part of a multi-port delivery executed by Qatargas. It is being undertaken in cooperation with the European utility Engie, which will see the second cargo being delivered at the Cartagena LNG terminal in Spain later this month.“This significant delivery is aligned with Qatargas’ strategy to continue growing the ever increasing number of terminals that our Q-Flex and Q-Max vessels can deliver into,” Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chief Executive Officer of Qatargas, commented.The Revithoussa LNG Terminal is the only LNG terminal in Greece and is located in the Gulf of Megara, west of Athens. It was completed in 1999 and is operated by Greece’s National Natural Gas System Operator (DESFA) S.A. The terminal has lately undergone a substantial expansion drive which increased its storage capacity up to 225,000 cubic meters and upgraded its jetty to accommodate up to Q-Flex size vessels. Revithoussa’s third storage tank was inaugurated in November 2018, significantly increasing the capacity of the facility.Up until this point, Qatargas only delivered cargoes to Greece onboard smaller conventional-size LNG vessels.
Hundreds of students — including future chefs, hospitalityprofessionals and high-tech welders — are benefiting from a $5-million renovation at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC),Akerley Campus. The expanded facility, which was officially opened today, Nov.24, by Premier John Hamm, is the first completion in the HalifaxRegional Municipality of NSCC’s multi-year, $123-milliondevelopment project made possible by the government of NovaScotia. “This renovation marks the beginning of new trainingopportunities for hundreds of Nova Scotians in Dartmouth and theentire Halifax Regional Municipality,” said Premier John Hamm. “As a government, we are proud to see this important provincialinvestment result in such a positive outcome.” “This is our first completed construction project in metro, andwhat’s so fascinating is that it is a true example of the widediversity of NSCC programming,” said NSCC president Ray Ivany. “Progressive enhancements to college such as the completedculinary and welding facilities at Akerley Campus will enablemore Nova Scotians to develop their potential by acquiring anapplied education that is linked to careers of economic growth inour province.” The $5-million project includes the construction of asophisticated welding facility with 40 work bays, and newculinary facilities with modern learning spaces to benefit 350students in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, boulangerie,food and beverage management, tourism and hospitality management,apprenticeship, and in part-time studies programs such assommelier and gourmet cooking. In addition to formal learningspace, the renovated areas also provide new central areas forstudents, including a cafeteria that accommodates hundreds everyday, and a gourmet dining room that is operated by students forpaying customers to enjoy. Careers in welding, hospitality and culinary professions areamong the top 50 growth occupations in Nova Scotia. Eighty-eightper cent of NSCC graduates are employed, and 95 per cent of thosegraduates are living and working in Nova Scotia. Current NSCC students recognize the opportunities. Jill Burchell, a hospitality student at NSCC, Akerley Campus islooking forward to her career. “The changes under way at NSCC areimportant because students today need to have a modern and ever-evolving learning space that duplicates the real work world –that’s what college needs to be and that’s what I experienceevery day at NSCC’s Akerley Campus.” Welding student, Colin MacDiarmid agreed. “When I was firstthinking about career choices, I tried accounting, but I decidedan office job wasn’t for me. Now I know exactly what I’m going todo in the future. NSCC, Akerley Campus is helping me achieve mygoals due to the quality of the faculty and the modern learningfacilities.” Partners agree this development is an opportunity to profile theculinary and tourism industry and build on relationships. “Ibelieve this is an educational breakthrough,” said Danny Delorme,president of the Nova Scotia’s Chefs’ Association and a graduateof NSCC. “The new facility will result in stronger programs,higher enrolment in the sector, increased involvement inapprenticeship, and it will create more opportunities tostrengthen the relationship between the association and NSCC.” In addition to educating 40 welders on a full-time basis everyyear, the new facilities at Akerley Campus will also be used forapprenticeship programs, and specialized training forprofessionals interested in advancing skills in specificspecialty areas such as offshore fabrication projects that oftenrequire exotic metal training. “The new welding facilities at NSCC, Akerley Campus support thedevelopment of a quality, home-grown Nova Scotian labour forcefor onshore and offshore fabrication,” said Sean Leet, president,of EC Industries. “We regularly employ work-term studentscompleting NSCC’s welding program. Their skills and knowledge area tribute to the learning facilities and quality of theinstruction at the college.” In March 2003, the provincial government announced a $123-million, multi-year investment in NSCC, including a $5-millionenhancement to Akerley Campus, which is the largest campus inNSCC’s provincewide network. This investment is enabling thecollege to modernize facilities, increase student capacity, andenhance skill-driven learning programs across the province. Atthe end of the first phase of the development project, in 2007,NSCC will have the capacity for 4,000 students at three campusesin HRM. The total provincewide capacity will increase to 10,000students annually. The investment is part of the province’s Skills Nova Scotiainitiative, which involves training and skills upgrading, frombasic literacy to the use of the most sophisticated technologies.
CONTINUING WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Carl’s Lake Bridge Carl’s Lake Bridge on Merland Church Road, Merland, is closed toall traffic until further notice for repairs. A detour is available on Monastery Road to Trunk 4 in Monastery.Traffic control consists of signs. KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for majorrepairs. A detour is available. Traffic control consists ofsigns. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 DIGBY COUNTY: Gates Bridge Gates Bridge, near the intersection of Sissiboo Road and GatesLane, will have a 10-tonne weight restriction until bridgerepairs are completed. Heavy vehicles are advised to use Trunk 1 and cross the SissibooRiver at Weymouth. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Coxheath Road Work will continue on the interchange ramps on Coxheath Roaduntil June. Traffic control persons will be in place. A detour is availableon Route 4 and Blacketts Lake Road. -30- Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closeduntil further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detouris available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Work is continuing on the Highway 103 twinning project betweenExit 4 at Hubley and Exit 5 at Tantallon. Motorists crossing Highway 103 on Trunk 3, and on Route 213,Hammonds Plains Road, must detour over temporary structures. Minor blasting may occur near exits 4 and 5 between 9 a.m. and3:30 p.m. until March 31. Efforts will be made to minimize delaysat peak travelling times. Work in the area is expected to continue until the fall.
Workers will begin dismantling the Domtar Tank today, May 6. Contractor Clean Harbors Canada Inc. has completed the removal ofthe tank’s contents. Workers have also cleaned the tank and the interior of thebuilding that was constructed around it to contain fumes duringthe removal of the tarry liquids and solids inside. The first step in dismantling will be to remove sheet metalpanels from the containment building. Some of the materials willbe salvaged for re-use. The remainder will be cut up for scrap. The tank is a relic of the Dominion Tar and Chemical Companyplant that operated on the Sydney Coke Ovens site until the late1950s. Clean Harbors expects the dismantling to be completed by the endof May.
It’s a wrap. The inaugural Road to Celtic Colours Music Camp, which coincided with the Celtic Music Festival, wrapped up with a grand finale ceilidh at the Sherbrooke Village Courthouse on Thursday, Oct. Attendance at the music camp was higher than expected, but not as high as organizers are hoping to see in the future. Positive feedback from both instructors Troy MacGillivray and Stan Chapman, as well as students is enough incentive to continue with this project. “What a wonderful experience we had this week. Playing traditional music in a traditional setting was a perfect match and all in a culturally rich environment,” said Siew Wan Khoo who attended the music camp from Squamish, B.C. Tuesday evening’s introduction to Gaelic singing and milling frolic facilitated by Catriona Parsons, Celtic studies professor St. Francis Xavier University was a huge success. More than 40 participants were on hand to waulk the wool, the pounding of cloth in rhythmic patterns. In addition to the daily teaching schedule, informal musical gatherings were held each evening with performances by students. Sherbrooke Village is already seeking support for next year’s event and expects to partner with the Celtic Colours Festival again. “Plans for next years event are already underway with dates being set for early October,” said Lynn Hayne, manager of development and promotions. “We feel the program has great potential for growth and have high expectations for future music camps.” Program organizers plan to expand their partnership with the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) next year along with the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage Cultural Activities Program, which has supported Sherbrooke Village in the past.
Premier Rodney MacDonald today, Dec. 10, announced the creation of the Premier’s Economic Advisory Panel. The 14-member group is made up of business leaders from across the province. Panel members represent a range of businesses including retail, infrastructure, agriculture and economics. Through their business interests, panel members provide jobs for thousands of Nova Scotians. “I want to thank the members of the panel for accepting the invitation to join this important initiative,” said Premier MacDonald. “I know these men and women have very busy lives, and it says a lot that they will take the time to volunteer to help our province through a difficult period.” The advisory panel will be in place for two years and will meet quarterly. Panel member Al MacPhee, president, Nova Scotia Automobile Dealers Association, said he is honoured to be part of such a group. Mr. MacPhee operates one of the largest dealerships in Atlantic Canada and serves on several provincial and national boards. “The people the premier has pulled together to be part of this panel speaks volumes about the business community in our province,” said Mr. MacPhee. “We have representatives from across the province and from a number of sectors. I feel we have something to offer, and am pleased to see the premier reach out to those of us facing economic challenges first hand.” “We have a who’s who of business in our province,” said Premier MacDonald. “Their experience will be invaluable as we work through difficulties caused by the worldwide economic slowdown. And, of course, because many of these people do business elsewhere in Canada and around the world, they may be able to provide input about opportunities that we otherwise might not be aware of.” The panel will provide feedback, information and advice on general economic conditions in Nova Scotia and around the world, including trends and opportunities. The first meeting will be held in January.
The 30-day countdown has begun for the largest international festival in North America in close to a decade. Activity and venue details were announced today, June 17, for the Halifax Harbour portion of Tall Ships Nova Scotia 2009. Ships arrive on Thursday, July 16; activities for the public take place Friday, July 17, to Monday, July 20. Bluenose II, Nova Scotia’s ambassador Tall Ship and part of the event, was the backdrop for the announcement. “It takes a whole community to welcome the world and we are ready to do just that in 30 days,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO of Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd., which is organizing the event. “Our partners, volunteers, and outport communities have certainly helped bring us to this exciting point.” Highlights this year include fireworks, an international crew parade organized by the Downtown Halifax Business Commission, Canadian Navy Centennial programming, entertainment stages, family fun zones and the closing parade of sail. Dartmouth waterfront will once again be home to the popular Pirate’s Landing. The fireworks Night Cap will be set off Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, north of Georges Island, at about 9:30 p.m. Two entertainment stages, Keith’s Festival Plaza and Pogue’s Wharf, will offer live Maritime music daily until midnight. “The Halifax waterfront will look amazing,” said Leanne Strathdee, event director for Tall Ships Nova Scotia 2009. “Whether you stand at the Casino, or the Seaport, looking north or south, you will see spars, masts and rigging, all the way up, and down the waterfront. “We want to provide information for everyone to have the best possible Tall Ships experience.” There will be four zones on the Halifax side and one in Dartmouth offering information booths, kiosks for ticket to board ships, family rest areas, merchandise, food, entertainment and activity options. The kiosks will also serve as lost child centres. On the waterfront, advance ticket holders can obtain boarding bracelets as a priority ticket holder. In addition to Pirate’s Landing on the Dartmouth side, Amistad, Peers Fancy, and a Kingston Class vessel from the Canadian Navy will be open to the public. “We are proud to welcome these ships and exhibitors,” said Bea MacGregor, executive director of Alderney Landing. “On Sunday, as part of the Canadian Naval centennial celebration, shore re-enactors participating in the Longboat Flotilla will cross the harbour to Alderney Landing and join the community for a breakfast.” A key element of a large-scale event like this is transportation alternatives. Metro Transit is partnering with organizers to provide additional bus and ferry services as well as a waterfront shuttle. “We want to ensure people have a variety of transportation options during Tall Ships and to ensure safe and easy access to the downtown core,” said Lori Patterson, manager, public affairs, Metro Transit. The visit to Nova Scotia is part of the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge. Ships are currently headed towards Charleston, South Carolina. Opening ceremonies will be July 16 at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The highlight July 20 will be the Parade of Sail as most of ships race off to Belfast. Some of the ships will visit outport communities across the province. For updates, event schedules and tickets, visit www.tallshipsnovascotia.com or call the Tall Ships office at 902-405-7700.
establishing a single entry point for programs and services, for continuing care and services for persons with disabilities launching a demonstration project to help families develop their own community-based housing solutions developing new legislation that will replace the outdated Homes for Special Care Act and provide more modern, people-centred, community-focused support for persons with disabilities, seniors, and people with mental health issues. “Living independently and being included in your community is a basic right for everybody,” Premier Dexter said. “But over the years, programs became inflexible, impersonal, and unable to respond quickly to many people’s needs. “Nova Scotia is moving in a new direction, developed by, and for, the people directly involved, that will put people first and help them lead the lives they deserve in their communities.” This past spring, Nova Scotians shared their ideas about how to improve the supports the province offers to people requiring longer-term care. The report, Putting People First: What We Heard, summarizes those consultations. At the same time, a 19-member advisory committee of government and community organizations, including advocates, service providers, frontline workers and families, developed a roadmap to refocus and improve the services and supports for persons with disabilities. Action plans to address the recommendations raised through both projects will be released in the coming months. “This is a very exciting and hopeful day,” said Wendy Lill, co-chair of the advisory committee and the parent of a child with special needs. “In order to start meeting the needs and unlocking the potential of our family members and neighbours with disabilities, we need a vision of equality and good lives in inclusive communities. “This is just the beginning and I look forward working together to realize this vision.” The actions are part of a larger strategy to change the way the province provides support for those who receive continuing care. The advisory committee has also made 10 recommendations to improve services in a report released today. Sheila Henman, whose 59-year-old sister Ellie Chisholm has Down syndrome and lives in an assisted living setting in Waverley, welcomed the province’s commitment to provide families with more community options and greater independence. “Ellie lived with us for many years. She was loved and supported at home, but as her health deteriorated and stresses on her increased, we knew we had reached a point where we had to shift from looking after her to looking out for her and we couldn’t find the right fit for her,” said Ms. Henman. “But in the end we were heard, and Ellie is now in a fantastic place in the community close me that she loves.” “It is so important that everyone with a disability and every family struggling, or looking for the right kind of support for a loved one with a disability, be heard,” said Premier Dexter. “People told us that bureaucratic and inflexible government programs don’t work. They have good ideas about the kind of care and support they need to live with independence and dignity. “While this type of full-scale change will take time and hard work to achieve, we are committed to it. We will work closely with families, advocates and our staff to ensure that our services work for the people they’re meant to help, not the other way around.” To see the Putting People First: What We Heard summary and the report from the joint advisory committee, visit http://novascotia.ca/coms/putpeoplefirst. Persons with disabilities, seniors and people with mental health issues will be able to choose the kinds of services and supports they need to live with greater independence in their own communities, as a result of changes announced today, Aug. 29, by Premier Darrell Dexter. The premier outlined a commitment to provide a more modern, community-focused support system that gives people from the province greater choice and control over where they live and the kind of care they receive. He also shared three immediate actions in keeping with this new direction. They are:
INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15 tonne weight restriction. DIGBY COUNTY: Salmon River Bridge The Salmon River Bridge, on Trunk 1, in Salmon River, is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. The bridge has an 18 tonne weight restriction. Vehicles over 18 tonnes must use the detour route on Salmon River Road, Exit 32, Highway 101 to Exit 31. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross, West Big Intervale, and Hatchery roads. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Martins Brook Bridge Martins Brook Bridge, Trunk 3, about 900 metres north of Hermans Island Road, is closed for replacement until Friday, Feb 19. Detour on Trunk 3 to Fauxburg Road, Northwest Road, Schnares Crossing Road back to Trunk 3. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. QUEENS COUNTY: Milton Bridge, Milton Milton Bridge on Bridge Street in Milton is closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for steel repairs until Wednesday, Jan. 27. The bridge will be open on Saturday, Jan. 23 and Sunday, Jan. 24. Detour route on Potanac Bridge, about one kilometre north of Milton Bridge. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Four Mile Brook Bridge Four Mile Brook Bridge on Lake John Road, about eight kilometres north of Highway 103, will be closed until 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23, for repairs. CONTINUING WORK YARMOUTH COUNTY: Gavel Bridge Gavel Bridge on Gavel Road over Gavels Lake is closed for replacement until the end of January. Use an alternate route. -30-
Kolkata: Shovan Mandal from Birbhum Zilla School, who has jointly ranked first along with Rajarshi Barman of Jenkins School in Cooch Behar, has expressed his desire to become a cardiologist to serve poor people in the villages. Rajarshi on the other hand wants to study Physics. Both of them have scored 498 marks out of 500.Shovan, who had stood eighth in the Madhyamik Examination in 2017, was a little surprised when his name was announced. “It was surprising for me as I didn’t expect that I could rank first. It is, however, a great feeling for me. Human physiology is my favourite subject and I want to become a doctor. I have appeared for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) this year. I have seen that a large number of patients in the villages suffer from heart related ailments. All the patients cannot bear the cost of treatment. I want to treat the patients in the villages at a lesser cost.” Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaShovan also spoke on one of the keys to his success, saying: “I always used to read the text books thoroughly. I also used to practice question-answer series that has paid dividends in the examination. I like to watch cricket and read story books in my leisure time.” Rajarshi, who appeared for the exam from Jenkins School, wants to pursue studies in Physics. He also stressed on the reading of text books minutely to succeed in the exam. His father Bishnupada Barman is a teacher by profession. “I thought that I would get around 475 marks. The number has jumped to 498 in the final examination. I used to read whenever I had time on hands. I always followed text books. I was taken aback when I saw my name flashing on the TV screen,” he said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSanjukta Bose of Bidhannagar Govt High School, who is among the six students securing second position, used to study 17-18 hours per day before the exam. She aspires to be a teacher. One of her relatives said that she wants to study Economics. A resident of Baguiati, Sanjukta has succeeded in the examination despite financial constraints affecting her family. She has received 98 in Economics, 100 in English and 93 in Bengali. All the second rankers have obtained 496 marks. The other students who have jointly ranked second are Tanmay Maikap of Bajkul Balai Chandra Vidyapith of East Midnapore, Swarnadip Saha of Dinhata High School in Cooch Behar, Hritam Nath of Krishnagar Collegiate School, Md Mausam Akhtar of Sundarban Adarsha Vidyamandir and Anatap Mitra of Jenkins School. Tanmay Maikap said that he wants to be a doctor. Mathematics has been his favourite subject. He has scored 100 marks in Mathematics and Chemistry, whereas in English and Physics he has got 99 and 98 respectively. Shreyashi Sarkar of Taki House (Govt Sponsored) Multipurpose Girls High School has jointly ranked fourth and she aspires to be an engineer. She has obtained 492 marks, while Rakesh Dey from Sainthia Town High School, another co-ranker said he wants to study History and become a professor. Satyam Kar from Jadavpur Vidyapith, who has ranked fifth along with 13 others securing 491 marks, said that an extensive reading of text books was his key to success. He wants to be a doctor as well. He had ranked sixth in the Madhyamik Examination in 2017. “I used to study whenever I felt like it. Bio-science is one of my favourite subjects. HS examinees should read the text books thoroughly to get good marks. I want to serve people in the villages after becoming a doctor,” Satyam said.
Kolkata: World Environment Day was observed by various institutions and organisations across the state on Wednesday.Eastern Railway (ER) organised a number of activities on the occasion throughout its zone, including an awareness campaign, a tree plantation drive, seminars etc. for reducing environmental pollution and fulfilling the commitment of Eastern Railway towards environmental sustainability. S S Gehlot, additional general manager, Eastern Railway, planted saplings at ER’s Sports Academy compound in Majerhat, where many other ER officials also participated in the tree plantation drive. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAwareness campaign and tree plantation programmes were also organised at different places by the Howrah and Sealdah divisions, as well as in three workshops at Jamalpur, Kanchrapara and Liluah. In ER’s Asansol division, a rally was organised from the DRM’s office building to Asansol station to create awareness among the people and commuters towards the protection of environment. Public Awareness campaign, shramadan for cleaning, technical seminar on combating air pollution and a tree plantation programme were organised by the officers and staff members at Malda division. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe ER also made its pledge towards a green environment through its sustained and ongoing activities which include maintenance and beautification of gardens inside workshops and at various railway stations. An emphasis has been given on the use of solar energy, rain water harvesting, creation of green zones inside workshops, provision of waste converter and water recycling plants, provision of bio-toilets in train coaches and afforestation. Meanwhile, the Kolkata Port in association with PUBLIC (People United for Better Living in Calcutta) took up an ‘Urban Forestry Drive’. An area of about 1,700 sq. metres at Dhobitalao is being developed as a mini forest. Vinit Kumar, chairman, Kolkata Port Trust, inaugurated a plantation programme. It has been learnt that the barren area is now being used for storing empty containers. KoPT expects that pollution levels will go down and birds will find resting place in the forest, which will be set up being surrounded by a waterbody. Another area of around 2,000 sq. metres in Taratala Labour Colony will also be developed as a landscaped forest. State Bank of India has joined hands with KoPT this year by taking up tree plantation at Millennium Park as a part of its year-long plantation programme. Kolkata Port has also provided land to a fishermen’s cooperative for maintenance of 10 large waterbodies with surrounding lush green vegetation and trees where migratory birds flock in winter. Kaushik Bhattacharjee, airport director, Kolkata Airport and other senior officials from AAI and airlines presented saplings to the passengers arriving at Kolkata Airport on the occasion. Medical Bank also organised an awareness event against the use of plastic. Free bags made of clothes were distributed among the people by the organisation.
Taunton: David Warner had feared not scoring a hundred in international cricket following his ball-tampering ban but the Australian opener dispelled those fears by making a match-winning 107 against Pakistan in the World Cup here. The dangerous opener has made a successful comeback alongside Steve Smith after serving a one-year ban for ball-tampering. Warner revealed his innings, which proved the foundation of Australia’s 41-run win on Wednesday, filled him with both joy and relief after wondering whether he would ever get the chance to enjoy a similar moment ever again. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”Yes, definitely, there was always that going through my mind,” nodded the left-hander when asked about the possibility that his hundred in the Boxing Day Test against England in December 2017 might have been his last in the baggy green. “That’s what drove me to keep being as fit as I can, to keep scoring as many runs as I can in the Twenty 20 tournaments I played in, and really enjoy playing in grade cricket. I think going through these tough times and regrouping put myself in the best way to come back into international cricket.” Also Read – Mandhana ruled out of South Africa ODI seriesWarner had stayed away from the spotlight during his time away but opened up after this triumphant performance while paying tribute to his wife Candice who was his “rock” in tough times. “I was always coming back to international cricket if selected. The thing that kept me going was my wife and two young kids. I got great support at home from the family. My wife at home, she’s been my rock — she’s unbelievable, disciplined, selfless. “I hold a lot of credit to her, she’s a strong woman. She got me out of bed a lot in those first 12 weeks and got me back running and training as hard as I could. Just to maintain my level of fitness and hard work, she nailed that into me.” Warner, now the second highest scorer in the tournament with 255 runs, quickened his scoring rate at Taunton after his slowest-ever ODI fifties in previous knocks against Afghanistan and India.
Sitapur (Uttar Pradesh): Eight persons were killed and more than 24 injured when a milk tanker hit a tractor trolley here. The accident took place on Monday night on the Sitapur Lakhimpur road in the Kotwali police circle. All the passengers of the tractor trolley were going to attend a wedding to Machrehata. Six persons died on the spot while more than two dozen were seriously injured in the accident. Some of the critically injured persons were reffered to the Trauma Centre in Lucknow. All the deceased persons are residents of Dalwal village under Kotwali area. Superintendent of Police L.R. Kumar said that while the administration and police rushed to the District Hospital after the accident, people created a ruckus after which PAC personnel were deployed at the hospital.
Visakhapatnam: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy reviewed the ongoing infrastructure projects and proposals of the Indian Navy at the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) in the state. Singh arrived here by a special aircraft Saturday and held a meeting with the chief minister and officials of the state and district administration. He also reviewed the progress of infrastructure projects, a government release said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The Union minster directed the naval officials to continue proactive civil-military synergies and cooperation to expedite the naval projects. After attending a dinner hosted by the naval officials at the Eastern Naval Command, Reddy left for Vijayawada Saturday. During his visit, Singh would be apprised on the operational readiness of the Command and other relevant aspects of maritime and coastal security in the Eastern Seaboard at ENC headquarters, according to the release. He is also scheduled to visit ships and submarines of ENC and interact with the naval personnel and defence civilians prior to his departure to New Delhi Sunday noon.
New York: Auto industry icon Lee Iacocca, once one of America’s highest profile business executives and credited with rescuing Chrysler from near-bankruptcy in the 1980s, has died. He was 94. He was instrumental in the creation of the Ford Mustang and the Chrysler minivan. Iacocca’s youngest daughter confirmed he passed away of natural causes Tuesday. He is survived by two daughters and eight grandchildren. Born Lido Anthony Iacocca in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on October 15, 1924, to Italian immigrant parents, he would go on to lead two major American car companies. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIacocca started working at Ford Motor Company in 1946, and was a major figure in the development of the Ford Mustang — the first vehicle of its kind. He was named president of Ford in 1970, but was fired by Henry Ford Jr. in 1978. “I began my life as the son of immigrants, and I worked my way up to the presidency of the Ford Motor Company,” Iacocca wrote in his 1984 autobiography. “When I finally got there, I was on top of the world. But then fate said to me: ‘Wait. We’re not finished with you. Now you’re going to find out what it feels like to get kicked off Mt. Everest!'” Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsHe was then hired by Chrysler Corp. in 1978 and became the company’s CEO in 1979. He is credited with saving the company from bankruptcy. Iacocca urged Congress to authorize the Treasury Department to guarantee $1.5 billion in bank loans for Chrysler. Chrysler needed the bailout to survive back to back recessions in the early 1980s. Chrysler repaid the loans early. Treasury made money on the stock it received as part of bailout packages. With the help of more fuel efficient and competitive products such as the so-called K-cars — which included the Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant — Chrysler became strong and profitable again. Iacocca led Chrysler during an era in which Asian and European imports first started to take a significant share of the US automakers’ portion of the American car market. The American consumer may remember him best from a series of Chrysler TV commercials, in which he said, “if you can find a better car, buy it.” He retired from Chrysler in 1992. In 1995, Iacocca sued the company accusing it of illegally preventing him from exercising stock options. Chrysler then filed suit against him, saying he gave confidential information to Kirk Kerkorian — who tried to take over the company. Chrysler and Iacocca settled their lawsuits in 1996. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said in a statement that it was saddened by the news of Iacocca’s passing. “He played a historic role in steering Chrysler through crisis and making it a true competitive force,” FCA said in a statement. “He was one of the great leaders of our company and the auto industry as a whole. He also played a profound and tireless role on the national stage as a business statesman and philanthropist.” Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, said Iacocca was “truly bigger than life and he left an indelible mark on Ford.” Ford said he appreciated Iacocca’s encouragement during Ford’s early career. “He was one of a kind and will be dearly missed.” Iacocca was from another era of American business. In his autobiography Iacocca explains why he adopted the name Lee in place of his Italian birth name Lido. It was the 1950s and he was traveling throughout the East Coast teaching Ford employees how to sell trucks. “As part of my job, I had to make a lot of long-distance calls,” he said in his autobiography. “In those days, there was no direct dialing, so that you always had to go through an operator. They’d ask for my name, and I’d say ‘Iacocca.” Of course, they had no idea how to spell it, so there was always a struggle to get that right. Then they’d ask for my first name and when I said ‘Lido,’ they’d break out laughing. Finally I said to myself: ‘Who needs it?’ and I started calling myself Lee.”