Marseille Fos Reaps the Fruit of Its Strategic Plan

first_imgzoom Midway through its 2014-2018 strategic plan, the French port Marseille Fos has reported a 9.7 increase in 2016 turnover which rose to EUR 148.7 million.The surge was reported over the first two years of a growth initiative based on diversification of trades, tight cost control and developments to boost income from logistics and industrial tenants, the port said.Since 2014, a heightened drive to complement the port’s oil and gas activity has seen increases of 12% in ro-ro volumes, 10% in passenger numbers and a notable 7% in containers.Box throughput outstripped the European growth average with rises of 4% in 2015 and 3% in 2016 to reach last year’s port record of 1.25 million TEU.Meanwhile internal and external costs fell 4.8% from EUR 117 million in 2014 to EUR 111.4 million in 2016, helping the gross operating surplus to almost double over the two years from EUR 22 million to EUR 42.1 million.Additionally, the port of Marseille Fos informed that work on drawing up the next strategic plan, covering 2019-2023, is scheduled to start this year.last_img read more

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Eagle Bulk Confirms Purchase of Nine Ultramaxes

first_imgzoom Connecticut-based operator of dry bulkers Eagle Bulk Shipping has received an approval to acquire up to nine Ultramax dry bulk sister vessels for a price of USD 153 million from Greenship Bulk.Under the deal, which was first unveiled in late February 2017, Eagle Bulk Shipping reached an agreement to acquire six Crown-63 Ultramaxes, while an additional 3 ships were contingent upon final approval from Greenship’s unit holders.“We are pleased to have been able to secure this fleet acquisition of 9 quality Ultramax vessels, and look forward to having them join Eagle’s fleet over the coming months,” Gary Vogel, Eagle Bulk’s CEO, said.Eagle Bulk said that all 9 vessels would be renamed after Connecticut coastal towns. Out of the nine ships, seven were constructed in 2013, while the remaining two were built in 2012 and 2015, respectively.With the addition of these nine vessels, the Eagle Bulk fleet will consist of 50 owned vessels, ranging in size from 50,000 to 65,000 dwt.last_img read more

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ABS Grants AIP for Hyundai Heavys FPSO Hull Design

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has received an Approval in Principle (AIP) for its floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) hull design from classification society ABS.ABS and HHI worked together with the objective of developing a technically feasible and class compliant FPSO hull design, using the latest technologies while maintaining high safety standards.The AIP demonstrates the design substantially complies with Class and Regulatory requirements, giving regulatory agencies and other key stakeholders confidence in the design, according to ABS.The design basis is storing 2 mbbl of crude oil in the barge-shaped hull, applying mainly shipbuilding standards, and combining offshore production facility features, such as a 25-year lifetime without drydocking, and structural reinforcement for topside structure installation.“The newbuilding conversion FPSO hull design can be built for about half the cost as compared to a conventional FPSO hull,” Jae-Eul Kim, HHI Senior Vice President, Shipbuilding Division, said.“In the current difficult energy market, the competitive ready-to-convert FPSO hull, with AIP from ABS, offers a practical approach to floating production units—enabling stakeholders to take confident financial investment decisions,” Kim concluded.last_img read more

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Equinor Inks Deal for Two Shuttle Tanker Newbuilds

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Flickr-Kees Torn under CC BY-SA 2.0 license Norwegian oil major Equinor, formerly known as Statoil, has entered into contracts for two newbuilt shuttle tankers with the compatriot shipowner Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers AS (Knutsen). The tankers will be built at Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea.The shuttle tankers are intended for the Roncador field, the third largest producing field in Brazil, in which Equinor recently acquired 25 percent interest.The Equinor’s equity production in Brazil is increasing to around 100,000 boe per day, an increase of around 60,000 boe per day, the company said.The newbuilt shuttle tankers will be used to transfer the crude to conventional tankers, and the crude will then be marketed around the world.“We have now secured the long-term solution for the lifting of the Roncador crude,” says Kjetil Johnsen, head of Shipping in Equinor.  “With these modern and fuel-efficient vessels, we will evacuate the crude oil in a safe, sustainable and cost-efficient way.”The vessels are designed for operations in Brazilian waters and will come in operation in 2020.In addition to the new shipping capacity for the Roncador production, Equinor has seven conventional tankers on long term contracts in operation for the Peregrino field.Image Courtesy: Flickr-Kees Torn under CC BY-SA 2.0 licenselast_img read more

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Woodlot Owners of the Year Field Days

first_imgThe Department of Natural Resources will host three woodlotevents in September and October to recognize the provincial andregional winners of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owner of the Yearaward. “Field days are a wonderful opportunity for the public to enjoythe outdoors while seeing the results of good forest managementpractices on private woodlots,” said Natural Resources MinisterRichard Hurlburt. “The Department is pleased to recognize theextra thought and care that all nominees for the Woodlot Owner ofthe Year award have put into their woodlands.” Richard Irving, of Baxters Harbour, Kings Co., is the 2003provincial winner and winner of the western regional title. Afield day will be held Saturday, Oct. 4 on his woodlot. The day’s activities will include displays and demonstrations ofsmall-scale equipment. Tours of the woodlot will show specialwildlife corridors as well as harvesting and silviculture workthat Mr. Irving has done himself. For more information contactBruce Carter at 902-584-2229 or by e-mail at carterbm@gov.ns.ca . The eastern region winner is Phillip Clark of Brophy, AntigonishCo. A field day is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6 on hiswoodlot. For more information contact Tim Bailey at 902-863-7373or by e-mail at baileyta@gov.ns.ca . David Meehan of Rawdon Gold Mines, Hants Co., is the centralregion winner. A field day will be held on his woodlot onSaturday, Sept. 13. For more information contact Don Cameron at902-893-5629 or by e-mail at cameronds@gov.ns.ca . Admission to these events is free and open to the public. Formore information contact Dale Glennie at 902-424-5444 or by e-mail at woodlot@gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

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Nova Scotia Communities Receive First Building Canada Funding

first_imgResidents of the Nova Scotia communities of Lyons Brook and Harbourview will benefit from improved drinking water and wastewater treatment thanks to a shared investment by the government of Canada and the government of Nova Scotia. These communities are the first to receive funding under the Communities Component of the Building Canada plan. The $7.6-million investment, which will be shared between the two communities, was made in Lyons Brook, Pictou Co., today, March 25, by Premier Rodney MacDonald and Peter MacKay, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on behalf of Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “Building a strong, healthy province starts at the community level,” said the premier. “It is through our continued partnerships that we are able to build for our families now and for the year to come. “These investments further demonstrate government’s commitment to building stronger, more vibrant communities in Nova Scotia and across Canada,” said Mr. MacKay. “Today’s project, announced under the Building Canada plan, reflects our commitment to improving infrastructure and providing a cleaner environment.” Under the Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund, the federal, provincial and municipal governments anticipate investing $111 million in infrastructure projects in smaller communities across Nova Scotia, by 2014. Lyons Brook is receiving $2.1 million each from the government of Canada, the province and the Municipality of Pictou County to design and build a wastewater collection system, and to decommission an old treatment plant in nearby Scotsburn. About 250 households with aging septic tanks will have wastewater collected and sent to the Town of Pictou’s treatment plant, which is under construction. Eligible project costs are $6.2 million. The government of Canada, the province of Nova Scotia and the Municipality of the County of Inverness are each contributing $1.7 million to design and construct an extension of the Port Hood water and wastewater systems to the neighboring community of Harbourview. About 70 households will have sewage transported to an upgraded facility and will be added to the Port Hood drinking water system. Eligible project costs are $5.2 million. “We are pleased to see the continued support and investment in infrastructure at the community level from both the federal and provincial governments,” said Robert Wrye, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. Each project will begin after formal acceptance of the agreement and completion of an environmental assessment. On Nov. 9, 2007, the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia signed a framework agreement under Building Canada, which is the government of Canada’s $33-billion plan to invest in infrastructure that will support a growing economy, a cleaner environment and stronger communities. Through the framework agreement, the government of Canada is committing to a new investment of more than $634 million towards infrastructure needs in the province, between 2007 and 2014.last_img read more

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Indemnité de soignant

first_img Les critères d’admissibilité pour le récipiendaire des soins incluent : être résident de la Nouvelle-Écosse, être âgé de 19 ans ou plus et posséder une carte santé de la Nouvelle-Écosse valide; avoir une déficience ou une invalidité considérable, ce qui est déterminé par une évaluation des soins à domicile; faire l’objet d’une évaluation du revenu puisque l’indemnité est uniquement offerte aux soignants qui offrent des soins à une personne à faible revenu. Les soignants admissibles en Nouvelle-Écosse pourront recevoir de l’aide financière en reconnaissance de leur rôle important et à l’appui de leurs efforts visant à aider leurs proches ou leurs amis. « Nous reconnaissons le rôle très important que les soignants jouent dans la vie des gens auxquels ils offrent des soins, a dit Maureen MacDonald, ministre de la Santé. Nous savons que les soignants ont eux-mêmes besoin de soutien afin de pouvoir continuer à offrir des soins aux membres de leur famille ou à leurs amis. » Pour être admissible à l’indemnité de soignant, d’une valeur de 400 $ par mois, le soignant et la personne qui reçoit les soins doivent tous deux répondre aux critères du programme. Les critères d’admissibilité pour le soignant incluent : être âgé de 19 ans ou plus, être résident de la Nouvelle-Écosse et posséder une carte santé de la Nouvelle-Écosse valide; offrir des soins pendant 20 heures par semaine ou plus à une personne qui répond aussi aux critères. Des renseignements supplémentaires sur l’indemnité de soignant sont disponibles au www.gov.ns.ca/health. Toute personne qui souhaite présenter une demande ou obtenir plus d’information peut composer le numéro sans frais 1-800-225-7225.last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img COLCHESTER COUNTY: Coldstream Road Coldstream Road, from Alton Road south for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-890-7085 CONTINUING WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Hillside Road from Trunk 22 south for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2247 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, East of Exit 27A Traffic on Highway 104 will be detoured east of Exit 27A for about half a kilometre until Saturday, July 28, to complete construction work for the twinning project. Detour will be 24 hours a day. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have occasional lane closures until Aug. 31, during construction of a bridge. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 KINGS COUNTY: Shore Road, Oglivie Wharf Shore Road will be closed for repairs to Oglivie Wharf until Friday, Aug. 31. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-670-0762 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from the Annapolis-Kings county line, east to Greenwood Road, will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be periodic lane closures. Expect delays. Traffic control people are on site. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2, Springhill Junction Structure The Springhill junction bridge on Trunk 2 will be reduced to one lane for road repairs until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 KINGS COUNTY: Aylesford Brooklyn Street from Morden Road easterly to New Road, Aylesford, will be closed for replacement of the Busby McMahon Bridge until Friday, July 27. Detour is in place. The bridge is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 from Exit 5A, westerly six kilometres to start of Twinned Highway will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people on site. Stop and go traffic will be in place. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge on Marble Mountain Road in Valley Mills will be closed for repairs until Friday, Aug. 10. Detour signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-625-4050center_img PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 106 Highway 106, from Exit 2 north to the Pictou Rotary, for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and signals are on site. The speed limit is reduced in the work zone, expect delays. Hours of work: Monday to Thursday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Twinning Project Route 245, Trunk 4 and Thorburn Road, near Exit 27, Highway 104, will be periodically reduced to one lane for paving work for the Highway 104 twinning project. Construction is expected to be finished by Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2, for about six kilometres from West Brook Road to Southampton, will be reduced to one lane for maintenance until Monday, July 30. Traffic control people are on site. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Starting Monday July 9, Trunk 4 and Route 245 traffic will access Highway 104 via the new Exit 27 Interchange, formerly Exit 27A. Temporary traffic control will be in place in various locations along Highway 104 in Sutherland’s River during this period. Motorists should anticipate traffic delays and one-lane closures until Tuesday, July 31. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Twinning from Sydney River, Exit 6, to Grand Lake Road until June 30, 2013. Expect slow moving traffic. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, from West Dalhousie Road north to Trout Lake Road, about eight kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, driveway pipe installation, paving and patching until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Highway West Bay Highway, from 100 metres east of Black River Bridge for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for maintenance until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control and a pilot vehicle are on site. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 PICTOU COUNTY: Weirs Bridge Closed Weirs Bridge on Shore Road in the Waterside-Caribou Island area of Pictou County is closed to traffic. Two paved detour routes are available on R. Grant Road and Shore Road, and a gravel road detour on Otter Road. Drivers should use extra caution and allow for extra time when travelling in this area. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be closed to replace the bridge and approaches. A detour is in place until Aug. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge will be replaced this construction season. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 -30-last_img read more

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River Hebert Renovations Now in Provincial Hands

first_imgThe province will take over the management of renovations at River Hebert District High School starting today, Sept. 12. “The community is eager for this project to move forward and government feels this is the best way to proceed,” said Carole Olsen, deputy minister at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. The renovations will create a Primary to Grade 12 school. River Hebert Elementary students will then move into the improved and expanded school. As part of the project, the province will examine how the concept of a community hub school can be applied to the current design to provide the best educational experience for the children and maximum long-term benefit to the community. Chignecto-Central Regional School Board was notified today it is no longer responsible for the project. The project has faced delays, including an unexpected pause to review a tender that came in more than 45 per cent above the budget estimate of $6 million. Tenders for the second phase of the project are expected to go out in the next few weeks.last_img read more

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Nova Scotians Urged To Show Respect and Support for All

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is encouraging Nova Scotians to show support and act compassionately in response to recent terrorist activity. “As Canadians, we belong to a human family whose rights are no different than our own,” said Eunice Harker, chair of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. “Violence motivated by racism, discrimination and fear threatens to worsen what is already a tragic circumstance for many. This is a time for understanding. “Attacks and violence, motivated by discrimination on the basis of race or religion, demonstrate a need for solidarity and reflection upon our individual actions.” As a member of the Canadian Statutory Human Rights Associations, Nova Scotia supports last week’s statement by the Canadian Human Rights Commission calling for balance between human rights and security measures. Religion, race and colour are protected characteristics under the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act. Incidents of racism or discrimination can be addressed by contacting the Human Rights Commission. Visit http://humanrights.gov.ns.ca to learn more.last_img read more

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Emergency Alerting System to be Tested

first_img You can find helpful tips on preparing for emergencies at http://novascotia.ca/dma/emo/prepare_for_an_emergency/#knowtherisks Nova Scotia will test the new national emergency alerting system for radio and television broadcasters on Wednesday, March 16. The Alert Ready system allows emergency management officials to send out public alerts in times of emergency. This national system includes private and public broadcasters in conjunction with government organizations. “It is important to be able to provide information to the public in times of emergency,” said Zach Churchill, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. “Alert Ready is one of the many tools we use to help keep Nova Scotians safe.” The Emergency Management Office will issue a test at 1:55 p.m. on Wednesday, which will result in a loud noise followed by a message on radio and television. EMO also uses social media and email broadcasts to emergency management leaders and first responders in times of emergency. For more information on the national Alert Ready system, visit http://www.theweathernetwork.com/alert-readylast_img read more

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Big snub Only two Minister of State slots for Bengal BJP

first_imgNEW DELHI: With BJP’s sterling show in Bengal, it was widely speculated that it would get at least a cabinet berth in Modi’s new cabinet. However, it ended up with two ministers of state. Babul Supriyo, the singer- turned politician who fended off actress Moon Moon Sen in Asansol returns as a minister of state. Debasree Chaudhuri the BJP MP from Raiganj was also inducted as an MoS in the Modi cabinet. This is being viewed by political analysts as a royal snub to the BJP party cadre in Bengal. The BJP increased its tally in Bengal from two in 2014 to an impressive 18 seats this time around.last_img

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Rooster was caricature idea of me Harrison Ford on Secret Life of

first_imgLos Angeles: Veteran actor Harrison Ford believes he was typecast in the role of Rooster from the animated feature, “The Secret Life of Pets 2”, but he has no qualms about it. The 76-year-old actor voice stars as Rooster, a tough Welsh Sheepdog, in the upcoming film, which is a sequel to 2016’s “The Secret Life of Pets”. The project marks Ford’s foray in the animation world and when asked why he came late to this party, the veteran actor said, “I had never been asked before.” Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ “My first instinct was to ask, Well, do you want me to do a voice? A dog voice?’ And they said no, just my regular voice. I figured out pretty quickly that Rooster was kind of a caricature idea of me; it was celebrated as typecasting. Usually, that’s something you want to stay away from, but in this case, it was encouraged,” Ford said in a statement. The actor, who has headlined films such as the “Indiana Jones” franchise and “Star Wars” series, said working on the new animated feature was fun for him. Also Read – ‘Always looking for that one great love’ “I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun it was. It was really a pleasure to do it. They made it great fun for me. You’d go in, do a scene or a bunch of scenes, and then you come back. “You start to see pictures of the character in action. I don’t think I ever spent more than 45 minutes or an hour in the recording studio at any one time. They work really hard to get it where they want it, and you…don’t. It’s too easy. And fun. Really fun,” he added. “The Secret Life of Pets 2”, also featuring the voices of Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Tiffany Haddish and Lake Bell, will release in India on June 14 in English and Hindi in 2D, 3D & 4DX.last_img read more

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Lanka to execute four drug convicts Sirisena

first_imgColombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday signed the death warrants to hang four drug convicts, ending a four-decade-long moratorium on the capital punishment in the country. Sirisena said he was committed to bringing back capital punishment for drug offenders, months after vowing a tougher line on spiralling narcotics-related crime. The last execution in Sri Lanka was 43 years ago. “I have signed the relevant documents and forwarded them to the concerned authorities,” Sirisena told reporters on Wednesday. He said he treats the drug menace as main problem in the country where over 60 per cent of the island’s 24,000 people in jail are sentenced due to drug addiction. Drug trafficking is a capital offence in Sri Lanka, which authorities believe is being used by peddlers as a transit hub. “I will not announce the dates for hanging because it can create problems in the prisons,” Sirisena said, adding that “they will be carried out soon”. Sirisena’s signing of death warrants have come during the ongoing ‘Drug Prevention’ week from June 23 to July 1.last_img read more

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ATF price cut by 58 pc subsidised LPG by Rs 3

first_imgNew Delhi: Jet fuel price was on Monday cut by a steep 5.8 per cent to a four-month low on softening international oil prices, according to state-owned fuel retailers. Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) price in Delhi was cut by Rs 3,806.44 per kilolitre to Rs 61,200.36 per kl. This is the second straight monthly price reduction. State-owned fuel marketing companies revise ATF prices on 1st of every month based on average of benchmark international oil price in the previous month. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep In Mumbai, home to country’s busiest airport, ATF price was cut to Rs 61,199.79 per kl from Rs 64,946.04 per kl, according to a price notification issued by oil companies. Rates were last cut by a marginal Rs 61.05 per kl on June 1. Reduction in ATF rates will bring relief to cash strapped airlines. Simultaneously, oil firms also cut the price of cooking gas LPG. Subsidised LPG rate was reduced by Rs 3.02 per 14.2-kg cylinder to Rs 494.35 in Delhi. In Mumbai, the subsidised 14.2-kg bottle will cost Rs 492.04 as compared to Rs 495.09 till Sunday. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs The rate cut has come after four monthly increases since March. In all, rates have gone up by Rs 3.84 per cylinder. Following the same pattern, the cost of non-subsidised LPG – the one that consumers buy after exhausting their quota of 12 bottles of 14.2-kg at below market price, was cut by Rs 100.5 to Rs 637. The monthly 25 paise per litre increase in kerosene price continued for the 24th month in a row. While Delhi has been declared kerosene-free city after LPG penetration reached 100 per cent of the population, the subsidised fuel in Mumbai now costs Rs 32.18 per litre as compared to Rs 31.92 a litre last month. Rates have been increased by 25 paise per litre every month since July 2016 with a view to eliminating subsidy on the cooking fuel. Price of subsidised kerosene, sold through the public distribution system on ration cards, has more than doubled since the 25 paisa hikes were introduced. The fuel was priced at Rs 15.02 per litre in Mumbai before the hike was introduced. Non-subsidised or market priced kerosene rate was cut to Rs 61,926.40 per kl (Rs 61.92 per litre) in Mumbai from Rs 63,932.40 per kl (Rs 63.93 per litre) in June. At the current rate, it would take another two years to eliminate all the subsidies on kerosene.last_img read more

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Rural Bengal is open defecationfree CM

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has declared rural Bengal as Open Defecation Free (ODF) and said the target has been achieved much ahead of the schedule. She further added that the state government will now focus on solid waste management.Banerjee in a post wrote: “I am happy to share with you that rural Bengal is now open defecation free. Govt of India has confirmed our achievement which was our mission towards a cleaner and greener environment and safe living. 1.35 crore households have been covered under this Mission Nirmal Bangla programme. Our next focus would be solid waste management. My best wishes to all.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to the information available with the Panchayats and Rural Development department, in Mission Nirmal Bangla, the department had provided toilets to 65.96 lakh households since 2013-14 taking the total to 135.35 lakh households with toilets as found during the baseline survey. All villages, Gram Panchayats, blocks and districts are now Open Defecation Free. It may be recalled that Nadia was the first district in the country to be declared ODF by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySenior officials of the Panchayats and Rural Development department said now the biggest job would be to create awareness among the rural people to ensure that they use the toilets. Some NGOs have been deployed to conduct awareness campaigns along with the P&RD department. Maintenance of the toilets will be another important issue as no money will be given if the toilets become defunct. The state government is now emphasising on solid waste management. The Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department has asked all the municipalities and civic bodies to segregate garbage at source.last_img read more

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Dubai jobs firm dupes Indian family friends

first_imgDubai: Six Indians, including a brother-sister duo, were duped by a bogus recruitment firm in Dubai which took money from them on the pretext of providing jobs, a media report said Monday. Ishrat Fathima, an HR professional from Tamil Nadu, told Khaleej Times that she persuaded her younger brother, a cousin and three of their friends to pay Rs one lakh (around Dh 5300) to be hired by the same HR consultancy company where she worked. “I did not know it was a trap as I worked for the company for a month and they paid me my salary on time. Now my family is furious and they are all demanding money from me. But how will I cough up Rs 500,000 when I myself lost money and got cheated?” Fathima, 27, said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe woman said she came on a visit visa to Dubai on April 2018 and stayed with a family member. “I had applied for jobs online and got a call from a company called Great Channel HR consultancy. After the interview, they offered me a job for Dh2,500 plus incentives.” According to Fathima, her harrowing experience began when the company refused to stamp her employment visa and also did not pay her. “They asked me to pay Dh3,500 as a security deposit for my employment visa. I knew it was against UAE labour law but they insisted it will be reimbursed,” said the woman, who has a Business Management degree and five years’ experience as an HR professional in India. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”I was sent back to India on the promise that I will receive my employment visa soon. But a month later, the company asked me to come back again on visit. When I questioned them, they said the employment visa can only be stamped on my passport and refused to send a soft copy. I had no choice as I had already paid them Dh3,500.” The ordeal did not end for Fathima as even during her second visit, she was not paid any salary. “I knew things were fishy. So, finally I took up another job offer from one of their clients, and thought that was the end of all my troubles in the UAE. But I was wrong.” Fathima said she was paid her first months’s salary and was awaiting her employment visa to come through.last_img read more

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With no live coverage till finals Duleep back to red ball format

first_imgNew Delhi: The season-opening Duleep Trophy, which has been India’s only day-night first-class tournament with pink ball for the last three seasons, is set to go back to the day format with red ball due to lack of TV coverage. The blue-riband tournament, which will feature India’s top domestic stars, will be played from August 17 to September 9 at Bengaluru’s Chinnaswamy Stadium. India’s next superstar in making Shubman Gill, India A regular Priyank Panchal and Vidarbha Ranji champion skipper Faiz Fazal will lead Blue, Red and Green teams respectively. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh However, the BCCI’s GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim confirmed that save the final from September 5-9, which will be telecast live on Star Sports, all the other matches will be traditional red-ball games like the old times. “We have floodlights at the Chinnaswamy but we are not playing with pink ball under lights as there is no live coverage. Only the final match will be a day/night affair as that’s the only match to be aired live” Karim told PTI on Tuesday. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Asked if this will be a roadblock in moving towards pink ball Tests in future, Karim disagreed. “I don’t think so. If everyone associated with Indian cricket is on the same page, may be we can think of having India A first class games with pink balls. I am not saying anything is confirmed but you never know if everyone comes on same page,” Karim said. However, a senior BCCI official said the decision to scrap pink balls save the final has been done keeping bigger picture in mind. “The Indian team is not playing any pink ball cricket in near future. All our Test engagements are a part of World Test Championship. And we are not playing any Day/Night games in World Test Championship,” the senior official, who is privy to Indian team management’s selection policies, told PTI on condition of anonymity. “So what’s the logic of our supply line of players playing a tournament with pink ball when they are in any case going to play red ball cricket if selected for India,” he said. On the three Duleep squads formed, most of the current India A players along with performers from Vidarbha and other Ranji teams have got a chance. The likes of Abhimanyu Easwaran, Anmolpreet Singh, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Gopal, Jayant Yadav, Axar Patel, all of whom have played at least one format for India A in the West Indies A tour, are there. India discards like Karun Nair and Varun Aaron are also in the mix just like last season’s highest run-scorer Milind Kumar of Sikkim or talented left-arm seamer from Rajasthan Tanveer ul Haq.last_img read more

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Methi Malai Cranberry Chicken

first_imgIngredients Chicken (cut into large pieces)250 g Saltto taste Cranberry Puree1 cup Red Chili Powder1 tsp Garam Masala1 tsp Coriander Powder1 tsp Cumin Powder1 tsp Chaat Masala1 tsp Corn Flour1 tsp Dry Fenugreek Leaves1 tbsp Besan1 tbsp Ginger1 tsp Garlic1 tsp Cream1 cup Greek Yogurt or Hung Curd½ cup Butterto brush on top Preparation Blend all ingredients except the chicken and the butter. Marinate the chicken with the blended marinade. Rest for 2 hours. Cook in an oven for 25 minutes or even in a non stick frying pan. Garnish with cranberries and mint yoghurt. (Courtesy: Chef Vicky Ratnani, US Cranberries)last_img

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Since 2016 Delhi airport received over 20 hoax calls

first_imgNew Delhi: More than 20 times, since 2016, security officials at IGI airport has received hoax calls mostly related to bomb threats. Meanwhile, the Delhi Police, during their investigation, registered seven cases and arrested several persons.An investigator told Millennium Post that the hoax calls affect operations at the airport. Elaborating more about the hoax callers, Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia told Millennium Post,” Arrests were made in such incidents. Interrogation of accused persons revealed various reasons behind making hoax calls.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAdding further, DCP Bhatia said that most of the callers were mentally disturbed. The Delhi Police data accessed by Millennium Post revealed that in the year 2016, as many as 15 calls (IGI airport-11 and Domestic Airport-4) were received in the year 2016. Whereas in 2017, four hoax calls were received in the airport. Last year, around three calls and in the current year till August 15, as many as five calls were received. More than five cases were registered in over three years. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsElaborating more on calls filed, DCP IGI said that they received hoax calls in which caller did not provide proper details about the threat. “In one of the calls, the hoax caller only told us that ‘there is a bomb in-plane’. But he did not give us further details like the name of the flight or for which country/state it was bound to go. In such case, we do not register any case,” an officer said. The Delhi Police data further added that nine calls were transferred to other states or other departments. “Sometimes, if we receive hoax calls about any bomb threat at the airport of other state, we transfer the call to the security agencies of the concerned state,” said an official. According to an officer, in some threat related calls, they conducted detailed search operation at airport to ensure safety and security at the airport. Recently, the Special Cell of the Delhi Police has arrested a man, who made a hoax call on August 8, saying his wife was on her way to set off a bomb at the Delhi airport. Last year, a 23-year-old employee of an airline was arrested by IGI police for making the hoax call. Police claimed that he wanted to teach a lesson to the airlines as he had been given verbal notice to improve his performance in three months or face the departmental action.last_img read more

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