Congress says party not in flux in Chhattisgarh

first_imgNAGPUR: The Chhattisgarh unit of the Congress party denied rumours of change in its leadership and claimed status quo would be maintained. Speculation was rife in the State after B.K. Hariprasad, AICC general secretary in-charge of Chhattisgarh, tendered his resignation on Monday owning moral responsibility for the party’s dismal performance in the Odisha civic polls. The resignation triggered talks of Mr. Hariprasad being replaced by Congress general secretary Mukul Wasnik. When Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Commitee president Bhupesh Baghel flew to Delhi to meet party leaders on Tuesday, there were rumours of him being replaced too. Some quarters also predicted a possible return of former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi almost nine months after he quit the Congress to form his own party.However, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi put all speculation to rest by refusing to accept Mr. Hariprasad’s resignation on Wednesday. Chhattisgarh Congress spokesperson R.P. Singh said, “Mr. Hariprsad was asked to continue in his post after an hour-long meeting in Delhi on Wednesday with Mr. Gandhi. Mr. Baghel and senior Congress leader Motilal Vohra also attended the meeting. Mr. Gandhi made it clear that there was no question of Mr. Baghel’s removal.” On Wednesday night, on his return from Delhi, Mr. Baghel was given a rousing welcome by supporters at Raipur airport. Mr. Baghel asked party workers to ignore rumours in the media and on social media platforms. However, a senior Congress leader revealed on the condition of anonymity that the State leadership and Mr. Hariprasad could be replaced with new faces once Congress president Sonia Gandhi returned to India.He said, “The changes may not be Chhattisgarh centric. After the Uttar Pradesh election results, there might be new faces in many States. Mr. Hariprasad could not have been replaced in the absence of the Congress president. The status quo will be maintained until her return and the party in Chhattisgarh and other States could see a change of guard.” The speculation about Mr. Jogi’s possible return to the Congress also was fuelled by his trip to Delhi. Mr. Singh said the party had planned to file a criminal case against Mr. Jogi and would not take him back again. “The AICC had asked the State Congress to file a criminal case against Mr. Jogi in the Antagad tape scandal. Our party believes that he was involved in a criminal conspiracy against the party. He has admitted that he won’t return. There is only one party Mr. Jogi can go to and that is the BJP. He is a close friend of Chief Minister Raman Singh.” Mr. Jogi also ruled out any possibility of his return. “Ajit Jogi doesn’t look back. I have nothing to do with that party [the Congress]. It is not possible,” Mr. Jogi told reporters at Raipur airport on Wednesday night after returning from Delhi.Meanwhile, senior Congress leader and Leader of the Opposition T.S.Singh Deo said he would quit politics if Mr. Jogi returned to the Congress. “I don’t think he will return, but the party high command takes all the decisions. It is not possible for me to work along with him,” Mr. Singh Deo told reporters in Ambikapur.last_img read more

CRPF opens help desk at Jammu Railway Station for Amarnath pilgrims

first_imgThe CRPF has opened a help desk at the railway station here to facilitate pilgrims going to the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas. Named ‘Madadgaar’ (helper), the desk has been set up at platform number one at Jammu-Tawi Railway Station and would provide all kind of guidance to pilgrims coming from various parts of the country, Public Relations Officer of CRPF Ashish Kumar Jha said. He said the help desk would remain functional round-the-clock and two personnel of the force would be available to pilgrims for assistance. Jha, who is also commandant of the 166th battalion CRPF, said all kinds of information pertaining to the pilgrimage would be available at the desk, ranging from base camps, stay arrangements, routes, medical facilities and climatic condition. Given the interest of the people in the radio frequency identification tag to track Amarnath-bound vehicles, he said personnel of the force are briefing pilgrims about the new initiative of the state. This year, the CRPF also has introduced a special motorcycle squad keeping in view the security of pilgrims. Some of these specially designed motorcycles are fixed with life-saving equipment and could also double as “small ambulances”, carrying one person at a time besides the rider who is carrying CCTV camera attached to his helmet.last_img read more

Narendra Modi to visit Amethi on February 27

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Amethi, the home turf of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, on February 27, a BJP leader said on February 19. The Prime Minister is likely to visit the ordnance factory in Munshiganj in Amethi and later address a public meeting, BJP’s convenor of Amethi Lok Sabha constituency Rajesh Agrahari said. The Prime Minister may also inaugurate and lay foundation stones for various projects, Mr. Agrahari said.last_img

Sensex moves up 281 pts to 3-month high

first_imgThe Sensex on Monday rose to 3-month high at over 19,701, up about 281 points on brisk buying in fundamentally strong stocks on expectations of good fourth quarter earnings and a firm global trend.The 30-share Bombay Stock Exchange index, Sensex, shot up 281.34 points to 19,701.73, a level last seen on January 7, on aggressive buying in capital goods, IT and banking stocks. Similarly, the broad-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty shot up 82.40 points to 5,908.45.Brokers said investor sentiment remained positive on expectations that corporate earnings, as well as overall economic growth will be strong despite the recent surge in oil prices that moved up last month in view of political turmoil in West Asia.Besides, they said a firm trend in other Asian stock markets and higher openings in Europe bolstered the trading sentiment.The rally was led by Hero Honda, Mahindra and Mahindra, Maruti Suzuki, BHEL, Larsen and Toubro, Infosys, Wipro, Reliance Industries and ICICI Bank.The two most heaviest, with 23 per cent weightage, on the Sensex – Reliance Industries and Infosys surged. While RIL gained Rs 14.55 at Rs 1,049.85, Infosys was up Rs 65.65 at Rs 3,283.85. Wipro led gains among software exporters after its last week’s announcement to buy SAIC’s IT unit.Hero Honda Motors, the largest motorcycle maker rose for the 10th day, adding Rs 15.65 to RS 1,618.30 after its sales surged 24.41 per cent to a record in March. Mahindra and Mahindra, the largest maker of sport-utility vehicles and tractors, increased Rs 33.75 to Rs 743.85.Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, the biggest maker of power equipment rose Rs 59.95 to Rs 2,173.80 and Larsen and Toubro by Rs 39.10 to Rs 1,690.05.The capital goods sector index gained the most, adding 2.38 per cent to 13,662.20, followed by IT index that was up 2.18 per cent at 6,659.54. Tech index rose 1.84 per cent to 3,915.18 and auto index by 1.83 per cent to 9,527.37.advertisementlast_img read more

New deal ‘soon’ as NBA in multiple discussions to bring back games to Philippine TV

first_imgMOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:283 Maguindanao cops nabbed in drug bust facing dismissal01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:11Makabayan 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 Becoming his own man “We’ll have an announcement soon, but right now I really can’t talk about specific discussions taking place.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architect “We think television is an integral part of our distribution strategy and we are in discussion, as you guys may have heard from different sources, with both local groups and international groups,” said Singson in a media round table Friday in the NBA’s Manila headquarters in Bonifacio Global City.READ: NBA disappears from pay TV; Sky Cable, Cignal negotiating new dealFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“Facebook and Twitter are two of those international groups, but we are in discussion with multiple groups.”The NBA has stopped broadcasting its games in Philippine televisions ahead of the 2019-2020 season after nearly two decades long agreement with Solar Entertainment ended. NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson during a roundtable discussion at the NBA PH office on Friday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—The NBA may be returning “soon” to Philippine television.NBA Philippines managing director Carlo Singson said the league is in “discussion with multiple groups” to bring back the world’s premier basketball association to the local cable and free broadcast.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicscenter_img Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ As a stopgap solution, the league has started airing its games through the NBA Philippines Facebook and Twitter accounts with one game each getting live-streamed per day during Tip-off Week.READ: NBA to livestream select games in PH for free on Facebook, TwitterThat schedule, though, will change once Tip-off Week is over with NBA Philippines set to live stream a game each every Mondays and Thursdays.Singson admitted the negotiations are taking time, but fans should expect an update about the fate of the NBA airing here soon.“I think the discussions, unfortunately, are quite complex and will take a lot of time,” said Singson. “Ideally it would’ve been done by the start of the season but like I said discussions and talks take time.”ADVERTISEMENT Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Ferrari aims for pole and to avoid team duel in Mexico Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Sports Wrap: Virat Kohli eyes milestone, Lionel Messi misses record and more

first_imgKohli, Cheteshwar Pujara approach key milestones in Test cricketA win or a draw at Wankhede and India will equal their longest streak without a defeat.Back injury forces Yasir Shah out of Australia tour matchYasir Shah hurt his back during a training session at the Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns and is now battling to be fit for the first Test of the three-match series against Australia beginning December 15 at the Gabba.England retain Saqlain Mushtaq as spin consultant for India ODIsSaqlain Mushtaq has signed a contract to assist English spinners, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, during the three-match ODI series against India starting January 15.Champions League: Arda Turan upstages Messi as Barcelona crush Borussia Moenchengladbach Arda Turan grabbed a hat-trick to lead Barcelona to a 4-0 rout of Borussia Moenchengladbach. Barca ended Group C as table toppers.Champions League: Lucas Perez hat-trick in Basel seals top spot for Arsenal The Gunners enter the last 16 as group winners for the first time since 2011 and at least know they cannot face favourites Barcelona, who won their group, in the first knockout round.last_img read more

I-League kicks off in backdrop of impending restructuring

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 25 (PTI) Its future uncertain due to the impending restructuring of the country’s football structure, the I-League kicks off Friday with a lot of promise following a fantastic previous season and a fair amount of buzz due to Real Kashmir’s debut in the top division. The All India Football Federation’s development side Indian Arrows and Chennai City FC face each other in the opening match at the Nehru Stadium in Coimbatore on Friday. Eleven clubs from 10 states will vie for top honours in the league which will continue for over six months. Srinagar-based Real Kashmir FC are making their debut in the I-League after winning the second division league earlier this year. There is quite a buzz in the Kashmir Valley in anticipation of the first I-League coming to Srinagar and also after the two-year-old club scooped a major sponsorship deal with global sportswear major Adidas. Since the launch of the cash-rich franchise-based Indian Super League in 2013, the I-League has been the poor cousin of the ISL, though the All Indian Football Federation would still describe it as the top league in the country. In terms of the spectators turning out during matches or the playing conditions and pitch, the I-League seemed to be inferior to the ISL though majority of its matches were also telecast live. But surprisingly, the competitiveness among the teams and even the quality of football, according to experts, were almost similar in both the leagues last season. In the previous season, the I-League went down the wire with four clubs — Minerva Punjab, Neroca, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal — in title contention going into the final match day. Minerva Punjab eventually lifted their maiden title with three points ahead of Neroca, who in turn, secured just one point more than third and fourth placers Mohun Bagan and East Bengal.advertisement Churchill Brothers, who finished ninth out of 10 teams last season, were to be relegated as AIFF’s developmental side Indian Arrows were immune to this rule, but the Goan side got a breather and were retained this season. “Now that the restructuring is going to happen, we thought there was no harm in retaining Churchill Brothers (for this upcoming season) as relegating them would see no representation from the whole of West India,” AIFF senior vice-president Subrata Dutta said at the I-League launch ceremony. The AIFF has for some time been seized with this issue of restructuring of domestics football structure and from the hints dropped by the brass of the national federation, including its president Praful Patel, a final decision is on the cards. Current I-League sides and easily the two clubs with the most popular fan-base Mohun Bagan and East Bengal are set to join the ISL bandwagon next season. With the departure of the two biggest clubs in the country, the stature of the I-League will fall a notch down though the AIFF officials sought to play down this kind of eventuality. The name — I-League — itself may be change and is most likely to relegated to the second tier status. For the current season, however, it is hard to pick the favourites to dominate the league though as usual the Big Two of Kolkata have the star power of individual brilliance. Haitian International Sony Norde, who helped Mohun Bagan win their lone I-League title in 2014-15, is back to don the Green and Maroon colours. Norde left Mohun Bagan after suffering a knee injury midway last season but now he has signed a new contract and is likely to be available from his side’s second match. With I-League’s best striker in the last two seasons, Cameroonian Aser Dipanda Dicka in their ranks also, Mohun Bagan’s lethal strike force should be a worry for other clubs. They won the Kolkata League this season at the expense of arch-rivals East Bengal. East Bengal, meanwhile, has strengthened its defence by signing Costa Rican World Cupper Jhonny Acosta Zamora in search of their maiden I-League title. The 5-year-old Zamora played in all of the Costa Rica’s group matches in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Defending champions Minerva Punjab will continue their reliance on the young players from their academy and domestic players with some quality foreigners. Last year also, they did not have many big names in their ranks but went onto win the title. “Just like last year, we will play as a team and try to defend the title,” Souvik Das said. Manipur side Neroca, which finished second in their first season last year, have signed a new coach Manuel Retamero Fraile and the Spaniard is set to herald a change in playing style from his predecessor Gift Raikhan’s direct football to possession and short passing system.advertisement “We want to win the I-League this time, or at least we cannot go down the second spot. The football-crazy people of Manipur will not accept a position lower than that from the last season. We have a new coach and with it a new playing style,” Lalit Thapa, captain of the Imphal-based side, said. The I-League this year will be broadcast live on the Star Sports Network and their digital platform Hotstar along with Jio TV. The 12th edition will also be rewarding for the players with significant prize money at stake for the top teams. The champions will pocket Rs 1 crore while the runners-up, third place and fourth place teams will get Rs 60 lakh, Rs 40 lakh and Rs 25 lakh respectively. 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Atletico report Barca over €80m Griezmann fee

first_imgAtletico Madrid have reported Barcelona to La Liga as they continue to pursue an €80 million (£72m/$90m) addition to the transfer which has taken Antoine Griezmann to Camp Nou.A World Cup-winning forward has completed a move from the Spanish capital to Catalunya.Barca have paid out the €120m (£108m/$135m) required to trigger the release clause that existed in his Atletico contract. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? They believe they have done nothing wrong , but domestic rivals are arguing that an agreement was reached with Griezmann when his exit fee stood at €200m (£179m/$224m).Atletico vowed when a move was announced that they would be opening legal proceedings .Club president Enrique Cerezo claims to have evidence of wrongdoing and is determined to get what those at Wanda Metropolitano feel they are entitled to.That fight has now been taken to La Liga officials and those in power at the Spanish FA (RFEF).Atletico had been planning to take their case to FIFA, in the hope that world football’s governing body could rule in their favour.They have, however, been informed that FIFA has no jurisdiction in a dispute between two teams from the same association.That has led to the appeal which the Rojiblancos hope will see them given a fair hearing.The dispute is unlikely to be resolved easily, though, as representatives from both Atleti and Barca sit on the six-person La Liga committee.With there a clear conflict of interest, it may be that both officials are forced to stand down.The case is set to be heard on Thursday, with no official comment being made as yet.Whatever happens, Griezmann will be cleared to open a new chapter in his career at Camp Nou.The France international had come close to making a switch to Barcelona in the summer of 2018, only to then commit his future to Atletico in an infamous video reveal.The 28-year-old then went a step further by signing a new contract but has completed just 12 months of that agreement before moving on.He is joining the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at the Spanish champions, while there is still a chance that Neymar could be drafted into a star-studded attacking unit – with Barca exploring the possibility of bringing the Brazilian back onto their books from Paris Saint-Germain.last_img read more

‘Bale will find it easy in China’

first_imgGareth Bale will find it “easy” if a move to China is made, says Mousa Dembele, with the former Tottenham team-mate of the Wales international hoping to see a transfer completed from Real Madrid.A switch to Asia continues to be mooted for a man who is in danger of being frozen out at the Santiago Bernabeu.Zinedine Zidane has brought Bale back into his plans during pre-season, but the Blancos are still looking to move the 30-year-old on if a suitable bidder can be found. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? A lucrative switch to the Chinese Super League is considered to be the most likely option at present, with Jiangsu Suning reported to have tabled a £1 million-a-week offer to the four-time Champions League winner.Dembele, who spent a year alongside Bale at Spurs, would like see a mooted deal pushed through.He believes a man who has been unfairly scapegoated in Spain could thrive in the CSL, with there no questioning his ability despite the struggles he has endured in recent years.Belgium international Dembele, who is on the books at Guangzhou R&F, told BBC Sport of the Bale talk: “I know him. He is a very good guy. I think he will do very well here. It is a league where he will fit in. “In China, they really want players who can create something from nothing.“If you are a stable player who just goes sideways it isn’t really what they want because you can only have three [overseas players] on the pitch. “Gareth is a player who can beat three people and shoot. For him it will be easy.”Bale has showcased that match-winning ability on a regular basis down the years.He had become a Premier League superstar prior to making a move to Madrid in the summer of 2013.While on Real’s books he has recorded over 100 goals, while helping the Blancos to an enviable haul of La Liga, Champions League, Copa del Rey and Club World Cup honours.Zidane has continued to hint that his days at the club are now numbered however, with a move expected to be made before the current transfer window slams shut.last_img read more

The Iowa Football Schedule For 2023 Season Has Been Revealed

first_imgKirk Ferentz waits with his team before game.MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 11: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes waits with his team prior to a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)The Iowa football program is looking strong after a 9-4 season that included an Outback Bowl upset win over Mississippi State. While head coach Kirk Ferentz is undoubtedly hard at work preparing for the 2019 season, we now have some insight as to what the future holds for the Hawkeyes.On Friday, Blair Sanderson of Rivals revealed the 2023 schedule for the Iowa Hawkeyes.The slate opens with three non-conference games against Western Michigan (MAC), Iowa State (Big 12), and Utah State (MWC).Iowa has an annual rivalry with Iowa State, but last played Western Michigan and Utah State in 2013 and 2002 respectively.Iowa completes 2023 schedule9/2 Western Michigan9/9 at Iowa State9/16 Utah State9/23 Purdue (FW)9/30 at Wisconsin10/7 Rutgers (HC)10/14 at Northwestern10/21 Michigan State10/28 at Penn State11/4 Minnesota11/11 Open11/18 Illinois11/24 at Nebraska— Blair Sanderson (@BlairRIVALS) January 11, 2019The Hawkeyes’ Big Ten conference schedule will begin on September 23 at home against Purdue, followed by a road game against Wisconsin.Iowa’s homecoming game will be on October 7 against Rutgers, and will be followed by games against Northwestern, Michigan State, Penn State, and Minnesota.November 11 will be an open week.Iowa’s final home game of the season will be against Illinois, while the season finale will be played on the road against Nebraska.last_img read more

PAHO/WHO Supports a Smoke-Free Environment

first_imgThe Jamaica Office of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) recognizes the efforts made by the Ministry of Health to protect the rights of local citizens to a tobacco free environment. Last week on National World Diabetes Day, Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, committed to bringing the Tobacco Control Act to Parliament early in the next financial year. The legislation will include the banning of smoking in public and workplaces. In this regard, Jamaica will be positioned amongst the countries taking the lead in this area in the Caribbean. PAHO/WHO sees this as an important move in keeping with obligations under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which Jamaica ratified in July 2005. The treaty’s provisions include rules that govern the production, sale, distribution, advertisement, and taxation of tobacco.  According  to Ms. Margareta Skold, PAHO/WHO Country Representative in Jamaica,  “This is a signal to the international community of the commitment of the Ministry of Health to honour the conditions outlined in the FCTC treaty. Furthermore, this commitment has also signaled a critical step in protecting the lives of thousands of Jamaicans exposed to tobacco smoke.” The tobacco epidemic remains a serious public health threat across the world . Of the nearly 6 million lives a year claimed by tobacco, more than 600 000 are nonsmokers exposed to second-hand smoke. The detrimental effects of second hand smoke on health, including premature death, have been well documented.  As  Jamaica approaches festivities of the holiday season and new year,  PAHO/WHO stands with the Ministry of Health and other institutions working assiduously in tobacco control in the aim to create smoke-free environments for generations of Jamaicans to enjoy. Links:   PAHO Tobacco Control;       WHO Country Profile For further information please contact Soroya Julian, Pan American Health Organization  (PAHO) Jamaica, Telephone:927-1540/41 or 970-0016 Email: julians@paho.orglast_img read more

Port of Los Angeles: New Incentive Program for Shipping Lines

first_imgzoom The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners yesterday approved a new incentive program to reward shipping lines that bring new container business to the Port of Los Angeles in 2014.The Ocean Common Carrier Incentive Program adds to the advantages of moving cargo through America’s No. 1 container port at a time when the fundamentals of shipping are changing and international carriers are rethinking traditional business practices.Separately, the Board also established a two-member ad hoc committee on Port Industrial and Economic Development dedicated to identifying and advancing the best economic practices for maintaining the Port’s top position. Vice President David Arian and Commissioner Patricia Castellanos will serve on the ad hoc committee.“Both of these steps we’re taking today move us forward in our commitment to maintaining our No.1 status,” Arian said. “We will continue to develop new and innovative strategies to make sure we are as efficient and competitive as possible.”Under the incentive program, an ocean carrier will earn $5 per 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) for each incremental container it ships through the Port in calendar year 2014. The rate jumps to $15 per TEU for all TEUs, if a carrier’s container volume grows by 100,000 or more units for the same 12-month period.The baseline for measuring the increased volume will be the total number of containers each carrier moved through the Port in calendar year 2013. Carriers will receive their incentive in a lump-sum payment in early 2015. Port staff will monitor the program on a monthly basis to evaluate its effectiveness and whether to recommend its extension beyond the first year.While Trans-Pacific trade is projected to grow, international shipping is undergoing sweeping change. With larger vessels and increased global shipping capacity, carriers are revisiting the traditional business model of calling at a dedicated marine terminal.“Carriers are rethinking their routes and relationships to be as competitive as possible,” said Port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D. “This incentive gives them another reason to strengthen their ties with the Port of Los Angeles.”World-class terminal facilities, deep-water berths, superior on-dock rail infrastructure and an unmatched supply chain network are among the reasons the Port of Los Angeles is the nation’s premier international trade gateway. Under a five-year $1.2 billion capital improvement program, the Port is modernizing terminals, increasing rail capacity and improving roadways to maintain its facilities and meet industry’s future needs.The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves. As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates more than 830,000 regional jobs and $35 billion in annual wages and tax revenues. The Port of Los Angeles – A cleaner port. A brighter future.Port of Los Angeles, November 8, 2013last_img read more

Port of Gothenburg Ushers In LNG Bunkering

first_imgzoom Ships running on liquefied natural gas (LNG) are going to be able to bunker this environmentally-friendly fuel at the Port of Gothenburg, as new regulations for LNG bunkering have been introduced by the Gothenburg Port Authority in collaboration with the Port of Rotterdam and the Swedish Transport Agency. The regulations will allow cargo ships to bunker LNG at a cargo terminal and are the first general regulations to be introduced in Sweden.“We firmly believe that liquefied natural gas is the marine fuel of the future. The new regulations will have a key role to play in bringing added momentum to our region,” said Dan-Erik Andersson, Vice President Operations at the Port of Gothenburg Energy Port.The regulations cover bunkering from land using a road truck and from a bunker vessel. Requirements governing safety zones, weather, bunker vessels, receiving vessels, terminals and other aspects are included in the new operating regulations.“It is particularly pleasing that many ports in Sweden and in other countries have shown great interest in what we have done and are formulating their regulations using our regulations as a template. Even public agencies such as the US Coastguard have contacted us and are interested in an exchange of knowledge,” said Andersson.As informed by the port authority, by next year, the Port of Gothenburg will be visited regularly by LNG-powered ships, as tanker operators Terntank, Furetank and Thun Tankers are all due to launch new ships that will be equipped to run on LNG.“We expect to receive a visit from an LNG-powered ship once or twice a week next year and many will take the opportunity to bunker in Gothenburg,” Andersson added.For the time being, natural gas will come from terminals outside Gothenburg although eventually there will be an import terminal for LNG at the Port of Gothenburg.At the turn of the year a new port tariff was introduced at the Port of Gothenburg, which means that LNG-powered ships will receive a 30 per cent discount on the port charge when they visit the port.“Our considerably discounted port charge, together with the new regulations, will provide an excellent incentive for our shipping company clients to switch from oil to liquefied natural gas,” Dan-Erik Andersson concluded.last_img read more

Its been a tough journey Arjun Kapoor opens up about battle with

first_imgMumbai: Arjun Kapoor on Tuesday opened up about his struggles with obesity, calling it a “tough journey” that he navigated right from childhood. The actor took to Instagram where he shared a couple of his workout pictures and urged people battling with weight issues to keep working hard to achieve their goal. “It’s been a tough journey for me ever since I was a kid when it comes to my battle with obesity. Everyone has their own struggles I have had and continue to have mine. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “But the whole point of life is that we fall, we get back up and try again. Efforts will pay off eventually if not today then in a week month or even a year,” Arjun wrote. The actor recalled how at the age of 20 he vowed to never give up for three years that took him to lose 50 kgs. “I sure as hell won’t be giving up and letting go now… Keeping the belief is key, you gotta keep at it and one day you will reap the benefits… We all gotta keep the faith and keep at it cause what we do today will echo in time and reflect within us eventually…” he added. Arjun said training for period drama “Panipat” managed to “lay a foundation” for a fitter and healthier life for him.last_img read more

The Tuesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Tuesday, Feb. 6———LEGAL POT ON TRACK FOR JULY, MINISTER SAYS: The Trudeau government insists it’s on track to legalize recreational pot in July — but that will require co-operation from senators who don’t appear to be in any hurry to pass the legislation. Three federal ministers — Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale — are making a rare appearance in the Senate, where they’re fielding questions from senators on Bill C-45. Petitpas Taylor says provincial and territorial governments have indicated they’ll need eight to 12 weeks after the legislation has received royal assent before they’ll be ready to implement the new regime for legalized and regulated cannabis. That would mean the Senate would have to pass the bill by no later than the end of May, if the legislation is to go into effect by the end of July. Conservative Senate leader Larry Smith says his senators won’t be obstructionist, but they will insist on rigorous and thorough examination of the bill.———SPACEX’S NEW ROCKET BLASTS OFF ON ITS FIRST TEST FLIGHT: SpaceX’s big new rocket blasted off Tuesday on its first test flight, carrying a red sports car aiming for an endless road trip past Mars. The Falcon Heavy rose from the same launch pad used by NASA nearly 50 years ago to send men to the moon. With liftoff, the Heavy became the most powerful rocket in use today, doubling the liftoff punch of its closest competitor. The three boosters and 27 engines roared to life at Kennedy Space Center, as thousands jammed surrounding beaches, bridges and roads to watch the rocket soar, delayed more than two hours by high wind. Two of the boosters were recycled and programmed to return for a simultaneous touchdown at Cape Canaveral, while the third, brand new, set its sights on an ocean platform some 300 miles offshore. SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk owns the rocketing Tesla Roadster, which is shooting for a solar orbit that will reach all the way to Mars. As head of the electric carmaker Tesla, he combined his passions to add a dramatic flair to the Heavy’s long-awaited inaugural flight. Typical ballast for a rocket debut: concrete or steel slabs, or experiments.———CANADA SELLING HELICOPTERS TO THE PHILIPPINES DESPITE HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNS: The Canadian government is facilitating the sale of 16 helicopters to the Philippine military, which human rights groups have accused of killing civilians and committing other atrocities while waging a war on two rebel groups. The Canadian Commercial Corporation, whose role includes selling military goods to other countries on behalf of the government, says the Philippines agreed to buy the Canadian-made Bell helicopters at the end of December. While the Crown corporation would not reveal any other details about the deal, citing commercial confidentiality, reports say the Philippine government had set aside nearly $300 million for the purchase. And while the deal represents another win for the Canadian defence industry following the sale of eight other helicopters to the Southeast Asian country in 2015, it has also sparked concerns from human-rights groups. They say there is evidence that the Philippine military has committed numerous human-rights abuses while fighting Islamist militants and communist rebels in the country, and want a suspension of military sales.———GROUPS READY FOR NEW LYRICS TO O CANADA: School districts, a police department and the National Hockey League are just some of the groups preparing for the new gender-neutral lyrics of O Canada, which could get Rideau Hall’s seal of approval just in time for Friday’s start of the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Once the legislation changing the lyrics receives royal assent from Governor General Julie Payette, it will be the first time the official wording has been altered since the song was enshrined as the country’s national anthem in 1980. The update applies only to the English version and will see the second line “in all thy sons command” replaced with the gender-neutral “in all of us command.” The Canadian Olympic Committee has asked athletes competing in the games to use the new wording. National Hockey League spokesman Gary Meagher said adjustments will be made once the new lyrics become official.———ALBERTA TO STOP IMPORTING B.C. WINE: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the province will stop importing wine from British Columbia. It’s the latest move in a growing dispute over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that would carry more Alberta oilsands bitumen to the B.C. coast. B.C. has said it will restrict increased shipments of bitumen while it further studies the effectiveness of spill response and cleanup. Notley says Alberta currently imports about 17 million bottles of wine worth $70 million annually from B.C. wineries. She also says the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission will step up enforcement of sales from B.C. directly to consumers in her province. Last week, Notley said Alberta was ending any further talks on power purchase agreements with B.C.———B.C. TO INTRODUCE AUTO INSURANCE PAYOUT LIMITS: Years of reckless decisions by the previous British Columbia Liberal administration have thrown the public auto insurer into chaos and forced the government to place a cap of $5,500 on accident payouts for pain and suffering, Attorney General David Eby says. Eby said Tuesday the Insurance Corporation of B.C. was created to provide affordable insurance to all drivers in the province, but decisions and inaction by the former Liberal government led the corporation to a projected net loss this fiscal year of $1.3 billion. Eby said the settlement limit on injury claims will not take effect until April 2019, as part of legislation to be introduced by the NDP government. Without these actions, Eby said B.C. drivers could face insurance premiums averaging $400 or more. Immediate changes introduced Tuesday include doubling the amount of money available for care and recovery for accident victims to $300,000. The government said the cost of pain and suffering claims has increased by 265 per cent since 2000 and B.C. is the last province in Canada to place a limit on such claims.———NEW BILL TO EXPAND PROTECTIONS FOR FISH: The federal government will spend $284 million over the next five years to enforce new laws protecting habitat wherever fish are present, Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc says. A number of amendments to the Fisheries Act were introduced in the House of Commons on Tuesday to expand the reach of a prohibition against anything that alters or impacts fish habitat to all waters where fish exist. Changes to the act in 2012 meant the protections were enforced only for fish listed in provincial registries as being part of commercial, recreational or Indigenous fisheries. Officials with Fisheries and Oceans Canada said in Ottawa the 2012 changes resulted in a lot of confusion about exactly what projects would require a federal government assessment, because it wasn’t always clear which fish needed protecting and which didn’t. Under the new law, only major projects will go through a federal assessment with more minor ones, such as smaller things being done on individual farms or in small municipalities, being given guidelines to follow.———AT LEAST TWO DEAD AFTER MAGNITUDE-6.4 QUAKE HITS TAIWAN: A magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck Tuesday near the coast of Taiwan, killing two people and injuring more than 200 others, officials said. The ground floor of the Marshal Hotel in Hualien county caved in, causing the death of one employee. Another person died in a residential building, the national fire and rescue service reported. Other buildings shifted on their foundations and rescuers used ladders, ropes and cranes to get residents to safety. Taiwanese media reported that a separate hotel known as the Beautiful Life Hotel was tilting. The agency also posted photos showing a road fractured in several parts. Bridges and some highways were closed pending inspections after buckling due to the force of the quake. With aftershocks continuing, shell-shocked residents were being directed to shelters, including a newly built baseball stadium, where beds and hot food were provided. Speaking from a crisis centre in Taipei, Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung said rail links appeared to be unaffected and the runway of Hualien airport was intact.———AIDE DEFENDS KEEPING CHAGGER IN THE DARK: Liberal cabinet minister Bardish Chagger has made it clear to her top aides that if they ever hear of sexual misconduct allegations involving anyone in her office, they need to tell her about it. “I have spoken to my chiefs of staff to ensure that I am notified of these matters moving forward, because not only do I want to know, I need to know,” the small business and tourism minister said Tuesday. The direction came after Chagger learned Rachel Bendayan, who was then her chief of staff, did not follow up on allegations that a colleague had made sexually suggestive remarks toward a young woman applying for a job. “I did what I thought was best,” Bendayan said in an interview with The Canadian Press. “There was no further action we could take as an office.” According to HuffPost Canada, Myriam Denis told Bendayan in August 2016 that a policy adviser in Chagger’s office had contacted her about a job opportunity through an online networking site, then made sexual comments during their meetings to discuss it. Chagger, who is also the government House leader, said she did not learn about the allegations until last week.———PARTICK BROWN SAYS ‘TRUTH WILL COME OUT’: The former leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives broke his silence Tuesday, saying “the truth will come out” about the sexual misconduct allegations that prompted him to step down abruptly last month. In a brief message posted on Twitter, Patrick Brown said that while he applauds the #MeToo movement, which has sparked an international conversation on sexual harassment and assault in recent months, false allegations “undermine that good work.” Brown, who had not publicly spoken since his resignation in late January, said he is “immensely grateful” for the support he and his family have received. He has vehemently denied the allegations against him, which were made to CTV News and have not been independently verified by The Canadian Press. His sister, Stephanie Brown, has also denounced the allegations as a “political hit.” Brown’s resignation plunged the Progressive Conservatives into turmoil in late January, forcing the party to select an interim leader and plan a leadership race that will be held before the spring election.———last_img read more

Morocco Former ISIS Member and His Son Jailed

Salé – The investigating magistrate in charge of terrorism affairs at the Appeals Court of Salé on Friday ordered the detention, in Salé prison, of a former member of the radical Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and his son, judicial sources said.The man, called “Abu Hamza,” and his son are sued for forming a criminal gang to prepare and carry out terrorist attacks within the framework of a collective plot to seriously undermine public order by intimidation, violence and terror, belonging to a banned religious group, and holding unauthorized public meetings.The National Brigade of the Judicial Police had previously referred the two men, from the northern city of Tangier, before the public prosecutor at the Rabat appeals court.

26 Percent of Moroccans Suffer from Depression

Rabat – Minister of Health Anas Doukkali has introduced an action plan to promote mental health in Morocco. At the House of Representatives, Doukkali declared that mental health is a priority and presented the ministry’s plan at the House of Representatives, according to state-owned media outlet Maghreb Arab Press.Doukkali revealed to Parliament some alarming statistics about mental health in Morocco. According to his report, 40 percent of Moroccans suffer from mental disorders, 26 percent from depression, and 1 percent from schizophrenia. The minister also emphasized the lack of structure and human capital as Morocco only has 0.67 beds allocated for mental health per 1,000 inhabitants. According to the minister, Morocco has in total only 290 psychiatrists, 5 pedopsychiatrists, and 1,069 nurses trained in psychiatry.Read also: Public Doctors Condemn Health Sector Problems, Threaten to EmigrateThe Ministry of Health, according to Doukkali, seeks to increase and broaden mental health care by creating new specialized departments in public hospitals and using therapeutic alternatives outside of hospitals. Doukkali’s action plan consists of improving psychiatry and psychology services, enlarging mental healthcare coverage, and offering less costly services. The ministry has begun building psychiatric hospitals in Agadir; Kenitra, a city near Rabat; and Beni Mellal, a city near Casablanca. The hospitals will each contain specialized departments for children, teenagers, and individuals fighting addictions. Doukkali also said he would focus on trainings in the mental health sector to train 30 psychiatrists and 10 child mental health psychiatrists per year. The ministry has opened new departments in Marrakech University Hospital specialized in children’s health care. The minister declared that he would work towards mental illness prevention as well by investigating the causes of violence in schools, workplaces, and in the family. A bombshell reportThe need for improvements to Morocco’s mental health facilities hit home last year.In 2017, the Ministry of Health issued a shocking report that 50 percent of Moroccans suffer from mental or psychological disorders. The report led many to question how the country is still standing.Morocco, in 2017, had only 197 psychiatrists for a population of over 35.28 million. On average, only 0.63 psychiatrists are available per 100,000 people. Although the number of psychiatrists increased this year by 100 according to Doukkali, the impact is not significant on the population.Read also: Morocco Seeks Foreign Doctors to Operate in Rural AreasHassan Kisra, director of Errazi Mental Health Hospital in Sale, told Morocco World News in an interview last year that his hospital is not equipped for the high demand. Doctors must waitlist patients who cannot be hospitalized immediately because there are not enough beds.Patients coming to the hospital from other regions are hard hit by the need to wait, due to the lack of mental health hospitals across the country.Causes of mental health problemsWith 41.3 percent of the population living in rural areas with unstable income and no mental health facilities around, the situation is only expected to worsen if the ministry does not take urgent measures. Indeed, a 2017 report from the World Health Organization, found that cases of depression increased by 18.4 percent and cases of anxiety by 14.9 percent in only 10 years.Psychiatric doctor Mohamed El Baroudi told Morocco World News last year that the increasing pressure of modern life might very well be a factor in rise of mental health issues. He also stated that untreated childhood traumas play a big role.Dr. El Baroudi confessed that he has seen a dramatic increase in instances of pedophilia. Last year, he was receiving approximately five victims of pedophilia per day at the Souissi Children’s Hospital in Rabat.Another reason for the increase might also be the alarming rates of drug addiction in Morocco.In 2017, over 600,000 Moroccans were addicted to substances. As many as 16,000 were addicted to hard drugs, such as heroin and cocaine according to study conducted by the Biochemistry, Nutrition, and Cellular Biology group in affiliation with Casablanca’s Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy. Over 70 percent of those addicted to hard drugs are young people aged 18 to 28.Read also: Alcohol 3rd Most Widely Used Drug in Morocco: ONDAAccording to Hassan Kisra, the most common cases he treats at the mental health hospital are children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and phobias.Looking at the chaotic state of the Moroccan mental health sector, the Ministry of Health’s measures, if implemented, will be welcomed by the Moroccan public.Doukkali’s action plan and promises are a step in the right direction, but it remains to be seen whether it will significantly impact the sector. read more

Spanish Police Dismantle Cybercrime Network Moroccan Police Arrest Suspects

Rabat – Spanish police dismantled on Friday, July 12, a new network specialized in cyber fraud. During the police operation 24 people were arrested. The network is made up of 47 people in total, among them Moroccan nationals.According to the Spanish news outlet El Comercio, Moroccan authorities have arrested the 23 remaining individuals in Morocco. The network carried out their criminal activities in multiple countries, including Belgium, the Netherlands, and Morocco.According to an investigation of the Spanish police, the cybercriminals have scammed more than 300 people across Spain and were able to embezzle more than € 1 million a year, which was laundered through the purchase of cryptocurrencies.The investigation first began in April 2018, when victims filed complaints including  fraudulent online purchases and money withdrawal from ATMs. Police found out first the method by which scammers fool their victims.To leave no trace, the cybercriminals used open WIFI networks or hotel or commercial establishments to send their fraudulent emails, telling victims to enter their personal and credit card details.Once obtained, the criminals link the victims’ cards details to a mobile application called “wallet,” which requires the availability of Near Field Communication (NFC) feature on the phone. This allows the scammers to carry out online purchases, contactless payments, and withdraw money from ATMs. Scammers enter the credit card details in the NFC feature, which allows wireless interactions between a phone and another device. Latest payments method adopted the use of NFC allowing the transmission of a credit card details without having the card to hand or needing to access a card terminal. read more

OPP help with attempted murder probe

An attempted murder investigation has been launched into a Jan. 12 shooting that sent a man to hospital with head injuries.The Haldimand OPP major crime unit, under the direction of Det. Insp. Randy Gaynor, is helping Six Nations police with the investigation, the OPP announced Wednesday.The investigation began when Six Nations police were called at about 4:15 a.m.. on Jan. 12 and told a 22-year-old man who had been dropped off at a Sixth Line Road home was bleeding and was being driven to hospital.Police later stopped a vehicle carrying the man, who appeared to have slash wounds to his head. He was conscious but appeared intoxicated and confused, Six Nations police said in a Jan. 14 news release.The man was taken by ambulance to Hamilton General Hospital, where he regained consciousness and was listed in stable condition.Doctors determined the man had been shot in the head, police said.At that time, investigators believed the victim had been involved in an altercation outside of Brando’s Bar in Brantford.OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk said the man had been seen in multiple locations in the Brantford prior to the incident.“We believe someone knows something that could help our investigation and we’re hoping that they’ll come forward.”Anyone with information is asked to call Six Nations police at 519-445-2811 or OPP at 1-888-310-1122.To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. read more