Tourism Ministry bats for easing travel curbs in NE

first_imgThe Tourism Ministry has approached the Union Home Ministry to ease travel restrictions in some States in the Northeast to promote tourism. States such as Sikkim, which do not have such restrictions, have been witnessing a steady flow of foreign and domestic travellers.“Yes, we are in talks with the Home Ministry and suggesting that restrictions in some States of the Northeast be eased. We are spending a lot to develop tourism prospects in the region,” Tourism Secretary Rashmi Verma said in Agartala on Friday.Ms. Verma was here to attend the three-day-long 7th International Tourism Mart which got under way in Agartala on Thursday with over a hundred domestic and international delegates and tour operators participating. Union Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons, Tripura Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki and Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb graced the inaugural session.The Tripura government is the co-sponsor of the seventh edition of the tourism mart, an annual event held in one of the State capitals of the region to highlight and promote the tourism potential of the Northeast in domestic and international markets, officials said. Tripura’s capital has been chosen as the venue for the mega event for the first time.Promotion schemesMs. Verma said the Tourism Ministry is spending more than 10% of the funds earmarked for the region on tourism infrastructure and comprehensive promotion schemes.She cited the case of Sikkim as a case in point. Free from regulations such as the Restricted Area Permit, the Himalayan State notched up 13 lakh domestic and international tourists last year alone, said Ms. Verma.last_img read more

UAAP Starting 5: Week 5

first_imgThe first round of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament is over, but this doesn’t mean teams get to start over with new slates.Oh no, the second round is essentially when the UAAP separates the men from the boys and did the men show up in Week 5.ADVERTISEMENT Clue, the biggest man of the week wore red.Center: Ben Mbala (La Salle Green Archers)FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt’s tough to think that reigning MVP Ben Mbala is still the most dominant force in the UAAP since he put up a lackluster, by his standards, performance in La Salle’s 76-75 loss to Ateneo.Mbala, however, still featured in this list by virtue of sheer numbers—and that practically no center in the league can match up to him one-on-one. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Forward: Matt Salem (NU Bulldogs)Talk about finding your rhythm.Matt Salem found himself in a four-game slump for National University where he averaged a disastrous 4.5 points a game, and in the Bulldogs’ three-game losing streak the captain put up just 3.8 points.And when the Bulldogs desperately needed a win, Salem heeded the call and fired 21 points in their 77-70 victory over University of the Philippines.Guard: Matt Nieto (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Matt Nieto is clutch. That’s that.In the first Ateneo-La Salle game of the season, Nieto showed why he’s an invaluable member of the Blue Eagles roster.If some of the players here in this list got included because of sheer numbers, Nieto became part of this because of sheer fortitude.It was Nieto who stole the inbound pass of Kib Montalbo in the dying seconds of the rivalry game and it was also him who iced Ateneo’s 76-75 win from the free throw line.Take a bow Matt. Take a bow. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The big man from La Salle averaged 28.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, including a career performance of 39 points against University of the East.Forward: Alvin Pasaol (UE Red Warriors)This list relies heavily on numbers, and did Alvin Pasaol bring those digits.Pasaol became the highest-scoring man in the UAAP this century when he put up a career-high 49 points against the Green Archers and he followed it up with a 32-point outing against University of Santo Tomas.And Pasaol is also a reliable figure in the glass as he averaged nine rebounds a game this week together with his ridiculous 40.5 points-per-game mark.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Guard: Jerie Pingoy (Adamson Soaring Falcons)Scoring is fine and all, but helping your teammates score is probably a notch more honorable.And Jerie Pingoy became Adamson’s consummate Soaring Falcon when he recorded this season’s single-game assist mark when he dished out 10 against Far Eastern University.Oh he also was a reliable scorer for the Falcons this week as he put up an average of 10 points in their two games this week.Honorable mentionsPhilip Manalang (UE Red Warriors)Pasaol is UE’s Batman, and Philip Manalang is the Red Warriors’ reliable Robin.Manalang did not put up as gaudy numbers as his heftier teammate, but he did put up an average of 17 points in the two games UE played this week.Jerrick Ahanmisi (Adamson Soaring Falcons)If you’re wondering who benefited the most from Pingoy’s passing, then it would be Jerrick Ahanmisi. The lanky wingman averaged 19 points a game in the Soaring Falcons’ two victories this week while shooting an even 50 percent from deep. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments LATEST STORIES Blue Eagles enter PVL Finals, beat Tigers in 4 sets Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey: India hammer Pakistan 5-1, move to second spot

first_imgForward SV Sunil scored two crucial goals as India’s hockey team outclassed traditional rivals Pakistan 5-1 to move to the second spot in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup on Tuesday.After Manpreet Singh’s fourth minute field goal was equalised by Muhammad Irfan’s flick in the seventh minute, Sunil scored twice in the 10th and 41st minutes to make it 3-1.Later, Talwinder Singh scored a field goal in the 50th minute, while Rupinder Pal Singh’s goal from a penalty corner gave India the 5-1 win.Rupinder’s penalty stroke miss was probably the only blip on the Indian side coached by Roelant Oltmans.With this win, India moved to the second spot with nine points from four games, while Pakistan remain on the sixth spot with three points from four matches.New Zealand, who lost to Australia and gave their trans-Tasman neighbours a fourth straight win from as many games earlier in the day, dropped to the third position with eight points.Veteran Jamie Dwyer’s 22nd minute strike gave table-toppers Australia a 1-0 win over defending champions New Zealand, who must now beat India in their final group match on Wednesday and hope that their other rivals falter in their upcoming matches. India play their final match against Malaysia on Friday.The top two teams will automatically qualify for the final, while the third and fourth ranked teams play the bronze medal match after the conclusion of the round-robin competition.India, coming into the match with three insipid performances, needed a win over their eternal rivals. And in such a match the start is important and India did just that, aided by Sunil’s pace.advertisementThe 26-year-old’s speed helped him race from the centre of the pitch to the rival circle in a flash. The Karnataka winger then passed the ball to his left to Manpreet, who fired a reverse-flick, beating goalkeeper Imran Butt who remained stranded on the near post in the fourth minute.Pakistan responded strongly three minutes later by earning a penalty corner. The hit was blocked illegally and in the second attempt, Irfan’s 104 km/ph flick managed to beat a diving goalkeeper Akash Chitke on his right.India’s reaction to the goal was quick. In the 10th minute, Manpreet was back in the thick of things as he drilled the ball into the Pakistan goal from the right that was deflected home from a point blank range by Sunil to make it 2-1.The exhilarating first quarter meant that the crowd expected another fiery show in the next 15 minutes. But the second quarter was bereft of clear-cut chances. India got a chance to go 3-1 up but the variation tactic in executing a penalty corner went awry as it ended 2-1 in favour of India at the break.India continued with the momentum even though Pakistan threatened early after the break. However, Sunil delivered a crucial goal at the important juncture. After receiving a pass from Kothajit Singh, Nikkin Thimmaiah squared pass for Sunil, who was lurking in front of the goal at the far post, to tap in with a diving effort.This two-goal cushion was enough to deflate the defensive structure of Pakistan and it played into the hands of the Indians.Talwinder drove a ball home in a goal-melee in the 50th minute that almost sealed the game in India’s favour. However, more drama was still in store as Rupinder stepped up to convert a penalty corner and later missed a penalty stroke to deny India a 6-1 win.last_img read more

Not allowed to grow beard, quit your job: Darul Uloom fatwa tells IAF officer

first_imgThe Darul Uloom Deoband, the country’s prominent Islamic institution, has issued an online fatwa directing an officer of the Indian Air Force to quit his job if he is not allowed to grow a beard.If Prime Minister Narendra Modi and earlier Manmohan Singh can have one, it is unconstitutional to not allow an IAF officer to keep a beard, a Deoband official said.The fatwa says that if the officer’s financial condition is stable then he should quit his job.WHAT WAS THE OFFICER’S QUERYThe fatwa comes on the query of an IAF officer who had approached the institution to help him decide what he should do if he is not allowed to grow his beard: continue shaving it every day or quit the job.ALSO READ: Muslim soldier wants to move SC after being discharged by Army for sporting a beardThe officer had written that while joining the armed forces he did not have a beard. Now, after 10 years in service, he wants to grow one. The IAF however, he said, doesn’t allow its officers to keep a beard.KEEP ASKING FOR FORGIVENESSThe Islamic institution in its fatwa said that if he can support his family financially without the job, then he must quit. However, if can’t do that then he must continue with his current job but keep asking for forgiveness from Allah. The fatwa directs him to continue his search for a new job.ALSO READ: Sepoys dismissal over beard upheld by TribunaladvertisementPRIME MINISTER HAS A BEARDChairman of the online division of the Darul Ullom Deoband Mufti Arshad Farooqui said there is no law in the country that bans armed force personnel from keeping a beard. “The Indian constitution too allows people from different faiths to follow their customs,” Farooqui said.According to Farooqui, if the officer faces pressure from his seniors to not grow a beard then he must go the court and such senior officers should be sacked.ALSO READ: Why Rustom gets the Navy uniform and pretty much everything wrong In a country, said Farooqui, one of the most important positions is that of a Prime Minister, and even he is not stopped from growing a beard. “Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister for several years and he had a beard. Our current Prime Minister Narendra Modi too has keeps one,” he said, adding that it is unconstitutional to not allow and IAF officer keep a beard.ALSO READ: Muslim cop in Kerala moves HC for permission to grow beard ALSO READ: In a landmark declaration, Sikh US Army Captain will be allowed to wear turban while on dutylast_img read more

Ashes 2017: Alastair Cook carries bat with 244 not out to break 45-year-old record

first_imgAs Pat Cummins dismissed James Anderson for a duck off the first ball on Day 4, it left Alastair Cook stranded on 244* as England posted 491 in their first innings with a lead of 164 runs over Australia in the fourth Test. Cook set a stack of records during his marathon innings, which started on Wednesday and spanned more than 10-and-a-half hours at the crease.Cook’s score is now the highest by an opener to have carried his bat through an innings surpassing New Zealand opener Glenn Turner’s 223* against the West Indies way back in 1972. The left-hander also became the first batsman to achieve the rare feat in an Ashes series since Geoffrey Boycott at Perth in 1979The 33-year-old is also the first England batsman in 20 years to carry his bat, with Mike Atherton (94 not out) the last to do so against New Zealand in Christchurch in 1997.Cook’s effort was the 52nd time a player has achieved the feat in over 130 years of Test cricket. Only 46 players have ever carried their bat in the longest form of the game.The last to do so was West Indies’ Kraigg Brathwaite, who was 142 not out against Pakistan in Sharjah last year.Cook’s 244 not out is also the highest score by a touring batsman at the MCG. The 208 scored by West Indies’ Viv Richards in 1984 was the previous record.The former England captain is also the first player to carry his bat through a full innings in a Test at the MCG, Test cricket’s oldest ground, having hosted the sport’s inaugural Test in 1877.This is his fifth double hundred and he is now joint-13 with Rahul Dravid and Graeme Smith on the list of batsmen with most double centuries.advertisementCook’s technique became the talking point of the media and for all the pundits out there, some even asking him to be replaced after a dismal show in the first three matches. He could only manage 83 in six innings.He was struggling to deal with the pace and bounce of the Australian quicks, who dominated him and his mind.But form is temporary, class is permanent they say. And as England looked to avoid a second consecutive whitewash Down Under, the old horse’s batting was in full flow. He forged a lone battle for his team, slamming a double ton in 360 balls on Day 3 and gave the visitors a first innings lead for the first time in the series.During his knock he also moved past two West Indies greats to be sixth on the all-time test runs list. He eclipsed Shivnarine Chanderpaul (11,867) and then Brian Lara (11,953) with a sumptuous off-drive for four from the penultimate ball of the day.”I can’t really explain that. I just feel sorry for Brian Lara,” Cook said to raise a laugh from reporters after the end of play on Day 3.”It’s a special moment to see your name up there.”The England opener got quite emotional at the end of day three’s play and acknowledged the fact that his form came back a little too late for his and the country’s liking.”After all the emotion came out yesterday to get a real big one for the team was really important,” Cook told reporters after striding off the MCG to a standing ovation.I’ve doubted myself for 12 years and I’ll probably continue to doubt myself but obviously the longer it goes the harder it becomes,” said Cook.”But I suppose that’s why I can be quite proud…Going to the well again and delivering a performance like that was pleasing. It’s just a shame it’s three-four weeks too late, I’ll have to live with that for a long time but it’s nice to score a few,” he added.last_img read more

Ibrahimovic heads winner for Man United in Community Shield

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares LONDON (AP) — Manchester United hired Jose Mourinho and signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to bring a winning mentality and trophies to a fallen English giant.Barely a month at United and they’ve already made their mark.Ibrahimovic headed in an 83rd-minute winner on Sunday as United beat Leicester 2-1 in the Community Shield — the traditional curtain-raiser to the English season — and give Mourinho his first piece of silverware as Old Trafford.“That’s what it’s all about, winning trophies,” Ibrahimovic said. “This is why I came. Hopefully I can win much more than this.”On the day United moved closer to signing Paul Pogba in potentially a world-record transfer, its most high-profile offseason signing so far made an immediate impact, despite having a quiet game by his high standards at Wembley Stadium.Ibrahimovic was lurking at the back post when Antonio Valencia floated over a cross from the right wing. Beating Wes Morgan in the air, Ibrahimovic planted a downward header against the post and the ball rebounded over the line.The Community Shield is nothing more than a friendly match between the winners of last season’s Premier League (Leicester) and FA Cup (United), but both teams treated it seriously and Ibrahimovic proudly hailed it as the 31st title of his trophy-filled career.“Something big is going on with our team,” Ibrahimovic said, before walking with his teammates up the Wembley steps to lift the shield to explosions of ticker-tape.Eleven weeks after scoring an extra-time winner for United in the FA Cup final at Wembley, Jesse Lingard returned to the stadium to put his team ahead in the 32nd minute with a solo goal that started 45 meters out. He slalomed past both of Leicester’s center backs, Robert Huth and Morgan, darted past Danny Simpson and slid a finish under goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.Jamie Vardy equalized for the league champions in the 52nd, pouncing on a short back pass from Marouane Fellaini, who had done well initially to track back and break up play. However, his pass to goalkeeper David de Gea was underhit, allowing the alert Vardy to round De Gea and shoot in left-footed from an acute angle.Mourinho blamed Fellaini’s mistake on the slowness of the Wembley field.Ahmed Musa, Leicester’s club-record signing this offseason, was brought on at halftime and his pace, allied to Vardy’s, worried United. Eric Bailly, one of United’s three signings so far, lost his composure after a strong first half and was booked for fouls on Musa and Vardy.Musa missed a great chance — a header from five meters out — before Ibrahimovic’s goal.In injury time, Mourinho took off Juan Mata, who had only been on the field 30 minutes as a substitute. Mata, who was sold to United by Mourinho when the coach was at Chelsea, looked unhappy at a decision that was Mourinho at his ruthless best.Victory was all that mattered to the Portuguese coach, who hopes to soon be welcoming Pogba to Old Trafford after United announced earlier Sunday that the Juventus midfielder was set for a medical examination.“It’s an important victory but we have lots of work to do,” Mourinho said. “It was a positive performance for this moment of the season. It’s always important to start with a trophy.”last_img read more

World Cup 2018: More penalties in group stage than entire 2014 tournament

first_imgThe 2018 FIFA World Cup has been a neutral’s delight till now. The so-called smaller nations have been giving the footballing powerhouses a run for their money and records are being broken with almost every match.The smaller nations’ disciplined tactics have strangulated the bigger names and the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has been a common name in the matches.From right to contested decision, VAR has been playing an immensely important role in the World Cup in Russia.Apart from a few glitches, the technology has been well received and people are saying that given some peaceful time, it will only get better.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEOn Friday, as Brazilian star Neymar went down in the box against Costa Rica, the referee signalled for a penalty. However, after VAR review, the decision was overturned. Neymar has exaggerated.Though the penalty for the star PSG forward did not happen, this edition has already surpassed the number of penalties in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.In Russia, a total of 14 penalties have been awarded while Brazil saw 13 penalties in the entire tournament. And the group stage matches are still on!FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEOn Saturday, the penalty taken by Mexico’s Carlos Vela against Korea Republic was this tournament’s 14th and the 11 of them have been converted.The first penalty of the tournament was awarded on the second day itself and in the high-octane clash between Spain and Portugal.In the 4th minute of the match, Cristiano Ronaldo earned the penalty and scored it, paving way to a host of spot-kicks in the following days.advertisementThe first penalty to be awarded through VAR review was the second of the tournament and during France vs Australia. Antoine Griezmann stood up and converted that too.In fact in the same match, even Australia got a penalty and Miles Jedinak scored off it. If not for Paul Pogba’s late strike, France would have been held to a draw.The first penalty to be missed in Russia was by Argentinean talisman Lionel Messi. In the match right after Griezmann had scored for France, Messi got a penalty with the score tied at 1-1 against Iceland.Messi missed and so did Argentina, they are now staring at an early World Cup exit since they lost their second match to Croatia 3-0.The third day of the tournament turned out to be a massive one. In the final match of the day — Peru vs Denmark, Peru were also awarded a penalty and with two scored and one missed on the day, Christian Cueva missed his chance and Peru lost 1-0.Since then, nine more penalties have been awarded and barring Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson (against Nigeria), all have scored off their golden opportunities.Here is the list of all penalties awarded in the 2018 FIFA World Cup:Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Portugal vs SpainAntoine Griezmann scored for France vs Australia (VAR review)Miles Jedinak scored for Australia vs FranceLionel Messi missed for Argentina vs IcelandChristian Cueva missed for Peru vs Denmark (VAR review)Luka Modric scored for Croatia vs NigeriaAndras Granqvist scored for Sweden vs Korea Republic (VAR review)Ferjani Sassi scored for Tunisia vs EnglandShinji Kagawa scored for Japan vs ColombiaMohamed Salah scored for Egypt vs RussiaMile Jedinak scored for Australia vs Denmark (VAR review)Gylfi Sigurdsson missed for Iceland vs Nigeria (VAR review)Eden Hazard scored for Belgium vs Tunisia (VAR review)Carlos Vela scored for Mexico vs Korea Republiclast_img read more

Shakib Al Hasan wants to bat at number three for Bangladesh

first_imgBangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan on Friday expressed his desire to bat at number three position in the limited-overs format ahead of the upcoming World Cup.”There was a time when I had to come on to the crease before the first 10 overs even if I batted at No.5. But now things have changed, I don’t get a chance to bat before 35-40 overs if I bat at the No.5 position,” International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Hasan as saying.”For me, I think, the earlier the better. So, personally speaking, I want to play at No.3. I have also expressed my desire to the coach and the captain. But I don’t have any problem to play anywhere for the team,” he added.Hasan has batted at number three position for Bangladesh in 13 ODIs, scoring 492 runs at an average of 41.This average is higher than his career average of 35.45 and Shakib cited that playing at number three position would give him more opportunities to make an impact in the match.The player recently underwent a change in his training regimen to get in shape for the upcoming World Cup. He said sometimes a kick is required in order to achieve the desired results.”Sometimes in your life, you need a kick. I have got the kick. I won’t say how. That’s a secret. It has come in a way that has awakened me. I was fit up to 2011. After that, I didn’t get much chance to work on my fitness and I didn’t feel any push too. But I have got the kick now,” Hasan said.advertisementBangladesh is currently playing in the tri-nation series against hosts Ireland and West Indies. The team got off to a winning start in the tournament as they quite easily defeated West Indies by eight wickets and their next match against Bangladesh got abandoned due to rain.The team next takes on West Indies in the tri-series on May 13.Bangladesh will play against South Africa in their opening match of the World Cup on June 2 at The Oval.Also Read | Shai Hope has been our most consistent player: West Indies skipper Jason Holderlast_img read more

Roger Federer happy to return to clay after three-year hiatus

first_img Next Reuters MadridMay 6, 2019UPDATED: May 6, 2019 17:03 IST Roger Federer will be returning to clay surface at the Madrid Open. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer will be returning to clay surface at the Madrid Open this weekFederer last competed at clay in Rome in May 2016Federer, 37, said he will not burden himself with expectaions on this surfaceFormer world number one Roger Federer said he was glad he made the decision to return to clay courts as he prepares for the Madrid Open this week, three years after his last match on the surface.Federer had skipped the clay court season the past two years since last competing in Rome in May 2016 but confirmed his participation for the tournament in Madrid earlier this year.”I’m happy that the decision I took last December, when I started feeling like I definitely want to play on the clay, was the right one,” Federer, 37, told reporters.”I haven’t looked back yet during the clay court build-up, thinking, ‘Ah, maybe I shouldn’t have.’ I’m happy I’m here, I’m happy I am on the surface.”It takes some time getting used to how to construct the points a little bit more because there is more baseline (play), a possibility to play with more angles and height. It’s been interesting and fun, but not so challenging.”Federer, who recently won his 101st singles title in Miami, is the tournament’s fourth seed behind world number one Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Alexander Zverev.However, the 20-times Grand Slam singles champion said he was not trying to burden himself with expectations when he steps out on court at the Caja Magica.”It will be interesting to see how this tournament goes,” Federer added. “I do not have high expectations in some ways.”But at the same time I also know that things are possible. Madrid always plays fast with the altitude here. I’m intrigued to find out.”advertisementHaving received a bye to the second round, Federer will play the winner of the match between France’s Richard Gasquet and Spanish teenager Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, who reached the semi-final of the Estoril Open last week.Also Read | Maria Sharapova pulls out of Italian Open with shoulder injuryAlso Read | Simona Halep favourite to win French Open: Justine HeninAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Roger FedererFollow Madrid OpenFollow Grand SlamFollow French Open Roger Federer happy to return to clay after three-year hiatusAfter missing the clay court season for the past two years, Roger Feder will be returning to the same at the Madrid Open. Federer, who has won 20 Grand Slams, has only one French Open title, which is a clay-court tournament.advertisementlast_img read more

Yara Acquires Majority Stake in Green Tech Marine

first_imgzoom Yara International will expand its emissions control business by acquiring a majority 63% stake in Green Tech Marine (GTM), a leading sulphur oxide (SOX) scrubber supplier to the marine industry.“New International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations are being implemented, and combining GTM with our existing Nitrogen Oxide (NOX) portfolio will help the maritime industry cleanse their emissions and be compliant,” says Yves Bonte, Senior Vice President and head of Yara’s Industrial Segment.Within the next ten years, ships worldwide will need equipment to comply with the latest IMO exhaust gas emission rules. Starting January 1st 2015, SOX Emission Control Areas will be established in the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, The North American Atlantic Coast and in the Caribbean. According to the DNV “Future Development in Maritime Shipping” report, more than 15,000 ships are expected to be equipped with SOX scrubbers by 2020, representing a potential market of roughly one billion euros. GTM, a subsidiary of Marine Global Group, is an independent provider that has developed the smallest footprint SOX scrubber that can be retrofitted into any seagoing vessel.“The synergies we have with Yara on technology development and market reach for maritime business, as well as their global reach, will allow us to take this business a step further and establish ourselves as a leading player in the global market,” says Peter Strandberg, CEO of Green Tech Marine.The GTM investment is Yara’s third investment targeting leading technologies on emissions to air.“In combining our existing portfolio of NOX technologies with SOX technologies, as well as with related supply of nitrogen based chemicals and services, we bring a unique total solution to the marine segment. This improves our delivery of a profitable business solution to harmful emissions to air,” says Bonte.Certified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), the GTM technology is a single stream technology which can be installed on ships instead of silencers. Easy to retrofit, it also benefits from a small physical footprint, and has already been selected by several companies, including Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Lines.Sulphur oxides cause a wide variety of health and environmental impacts. With asthma being the largest chronic disease of children in the Western world, authorities are addressing this issue through legislation. By using GTM scrubbers, ship owners can continue to operate on heavy fuel oil instead of more costly marine gas oil, while staying below the strict IMO requirements regarding sulphur emission. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Print  Close Yara, April 7, 2014last_img read more

Nova Scotia Contributing to Philippines Disaster Relief

first_imgNova Scotia is contributing $50,000 to disaster relief efforts in the Philippines after typhoon Haiyan, Premier Stephen McNeil announced today, Nov. 14. “All Nova Scotians were saddened to see the incredible devastation inflicted on the people of the Philippines by the recent storm,” said Premier McNeil. “Our contribution to the relief efforts will help provide some comfort and support to survivors.” On Nov. 8, the Philippines was severely affected by the typhoon, with lives lost and extensive damage, including landslides and flooding that have left many people homeless. The provincial donation will go to the Red Cross, which is working to meet the needs of those affected by the storm. “Every Filipino in Nova Scotia, more than 2,000 strong, is bound to know of some friend or relative whose life has been forever altered by the wide swath of destruction brought about by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan),” said Leslie Gatan, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to Canada. “I am very much heartened by the outpouring of support and solidarity from our friends in Nova Scotia, and the generosity of the provincial government, led by Premier Stephen McNeil, during these very trying times. “The contribution conveys a truly sincere and genuine compassion towards the Filipino-Canadian residents of Nova Scotia, and will certainly go a long way in facilitating the delivery of the basest of needs of those severely affected by the storm, and further sustain their courage to meet the challenge of rebuilding anew.” “Our thoughts are with the people of the Philippines and their families and friends in Nova Scotia,” said Premier McNeil. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to donate, if they can, to help provide relief in this catastrophic situation.” To donate, visit www.redcross.ca/donate/donate-online/donate-to-the-typhoon-haiyan-fund .last_img read more

Canadas medal count now at 4 at Winter Olympics

first_imgJustine Dufour-Lapointe took the silver medal in women’s moguls at the Pyeongchang WinterOlympics.Dufour-Lapointe scored 78.56 on a fast and aggressive final run.France’s Perrine Laffont won with 78.65, while Kazakhstan’s Yulia Galysheva took bronze with 77.40.Andi Naude of Penticton, B.C., skied last in the final but did not finish.Dufour-Lapointe, from Montreal, won gold four years ago in Sochi, Russia, with sister Chloe finishing second.Only Canada’s Alex Bilodeau has defended an Olympic moguls title,winning in 2010 and 2014.Canadian long-track speedskater Ted-Jan Bloemen (BLOO’-mehn’) has won a silver medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.  Bloemen wasedged off the top of podium in the men’s 5,000 metres by legendary Dutchman Sven Kramer.Kramer who broke his own Olympic record to take his third straight gold in the event in six minutes 9-point-7-6 seconds.Canadian snowboarders Max Parrot and Mark McMorris have won Canada’s first medals of the Pyeongchang Olympics.Parrot captured silver in men’s slopestyle while McMorris took bronze.Redmond Gerard of the United States won the gold.Parrot fell in his first two runs but nailed his third to bump McMorris out of the silver medal position with a score of 86.00.McMorris had been sitting atop the standings after his second-run score of 85.20 before Gerard surpassed him with 87.16 points in his final attempt. McMorris fell in his final trip down the course.It’s the second Olympic bronze for McMorris, who is coming back from life-threatening injuries suffered in a backcountry crash less than a year ago.The 24-year-old from Regina suffered breaks to his jaw and left arm, a ruptured spleen, a stable pelvic fracture, rib fractures and a collapsed left lung. He spent 10 days in hospital and was on a liquid diet for six weeks.From the start of his recovery, he was determined to get back to his previous snowboarding form. McMorris showed he could do it by winning a World Cup just eight months after the crash.McMorris won bronze four years ago at the Sochi Games when slopestyle made its Olympic debut.Tyler Nicholson of North Bay, Ont., finished 7th while Sebastian Toutant of L’Assomption, Que., ended up 11th.The women’s slopestyle qualification is set for Monday afternoon. The final rounds will go Tuesday morning.last_img read more

Canadians told to avoid nonessential travel to Sri Lanka following Easter Sunday

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Ottawa has upgraded its travel advisory and is telling Canadians to avoid non-essential travel to Sri Lanka following the deadly bombings in that country on Easter SundayThe government notes the decision to travel is your own choice, and adds your personal safety is also your responsibility.More than 350 people were killed on April 21st when three churches and three luxury hotels were attacked in the greater Colombo area. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but authorities have said they remain unsure of its involvement.The Canadian government says the situation remains volatile, and warns other attacks could take place.For those living in or currently visiting Sri Lanka, the Government of Canada is urging people to avoid the areas impacted by the recent attacks, to remain extremely cautious, and to limit their movements as much as they can.Ottawa is posting travel advisories about the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in #SriLanka, adding they “may be compromised.” @NEWS1130 @BT_Vancouver https://t.co/CBCBCbavPW— Sonia Aslam (@SoniaSAslam) April 24, 2019Canadians are also being told to give themselves extra time at airports for increased security measures, as well as to be aware of their surroundings at all times.Sri Lankan authorities have declared a state of emergency, and a curfew had been imposed. Dozens of people have been arrested so far in connection with the attacks.Meantime, Sri Lanka’s president has asked the defense secretary and national police chief to step down. This marks a dramatic internal shake-up after security forces shrugged off intelligence reports warning of possible attacks before the bombings, the president’s office said.The president announced on Wednesday that he planned to change the head of the defense forces within 24 hours.The scale of the bloodshed recalled the worst days of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war, in which the Tamil Tigers, a rebel group from the ethnic Tamil minority, sought independence from the Buddhist-majority country. During the war, the Tigers and other rebels carried out a multitude of bombings. The Tamils are Hindu, Muslim and Christian.last_img read more

Wilmer Valderrama To Be Honored At Dreamer Dinner

first_imgOn Sunday, March 20, the third annual “Dreamer Dinner” will take place at the Skirball Cultural Center to benefit I Have a Dream Foundation Los Angeles’ (IHADLA) ongoing efforts to provide educational support for local at-risk youth.This year’s dinner will recognize the extraordinary contributions of Terence Carter (Executive Vice President Development & Programming at Fox), Wilmer Valderrama (“That ’70s Show,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), and the Board of Directors of SHARE, Inc.Melissa Peterman (“Baby Daddy,” “Reba”) will emcee the event. Empire’s Jussie Smollett will present.IHADLA chooses entire classes of students (known as “Dreamers”) and supports them from early elementary school all the way through college – with financial support, afterschool tutoring, college preparation, field trips, and mental and social encouragement. Since 1987, IHADLA has worked directly with more than 1,000 students through 19 class sponsorships benefitting over 7,000 others including families, communities, and schools. IHADLA’s most recent sponsorship is a class of third graders in Boyle Heights. IHADLA is also currently sponsoring students at schools in Watts and Inglewood.The philanthropic endeavors of Terence Carter and Wilmer Valderrama, along with the programming Terence has championed at FOX and Wilmer’s charitable commitments, make them outstanding honorees. SHARE, Inc. is an outstanding nonprofit philanthropic organization that raises funds for at-risk youth and children with disabilities. The vision of its Board of Directors has made a positive difference in the lives of Los Angeles youth.“IHADLA has just sponsored a new class of third graders in Boyle Heights; 40 of these ‘Dreamers’ will be at the event,” said Debra Fine, CEO of IHADLA. “This year’s benefit includes a live auction, where attendees can support the greatest needs on the spot at the event, like clothes, healthy snacks, books, or field trips. Contributions will also go a long way to support a new college assistance program, which includes an important mental health component.”Find out more about the event here.last_img read more

Iconic Toronto drag performer Chris Edwards dead at 54

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: Remembered as a “brilliant entertainer” and “mentor,” members of the LGBTQ community are mourning the loss of Chris Edwards, a popular Toronto drag entertainer, after his passing on Tuesday.“(He) was a very special person, that I have had the pleasure of knowing for over 27 years,” Dean Odorico, general manager of two Church St. bars — Woody’s and Sailor — told the Star.On Aug. 26, Edwards was performing at the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre when he collapsed during the show, theatre staff told the Star. He was rushed to Toronto General Hospital Twitterlast_img read more

Focus on the Markets

The Canadian dollar closed at 88.87 cents U-S, up 29-100ths from Monday’s close.The S-and-P/T-S-X composite index was up 58.24 points to 15,073.65.Volume at 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time was 434.80 (m) million shares.The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 2.96 points to 17,814.94.The Standard-and-Poor’s 500 index was down 2.38 points to 2,067.03.In the New York Mercantile Exchange, the gold futures for December closed at 1,197 dollars, 10 cents U-S per ounce, up one dollar, 40 cents.The January crude contract closed at 74 dollars, nine cents U-S per barrel, down one dollar, 69 cents.(The Canadian Press, The Associated Press)—ADM by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 25, 2014 2:58 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Focus on the Markets read more

UN humanitarian partners launch health plan in crisistorn eastern Ukraine

The $14 million dollar humanitarian response plan, developed by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners, aims to restore access to healthcare, provide medicine and equipment and strengthen community‐based mental health support services. “We are tailoring our response activities to care for each of these communities, and to prepare in advance for the coming of winter, which will only exacerbate the health crisis people will face,” said Dorit Nitzan, WHO’s representative in Ukraine in a statement. Overall, up to 400,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in other areas of the country are without access to health services. The already fragile Ukrainian health system is completely overstretched in the areas with high IDP density and health service provision is insufficient. Vulnerable groups, such as the Roma, children, pregnant and lactating women, the elderly and disabled, are at high risk with the health system’s limited capacities, according to the UN. “Many people have no access to health services, and in some areas hospital and clinical services have collapsed, while those who managed to get out now have no access to water, health, food,” said Dr. Nitzan. In the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, some 15 hospitals have been damaged in the fighting and so far 20 health facilities have closed. Up to 70 per cent of health care workers have fled while the crisis prevents patients from accessing much needed health care. It is estimated that 5,000 people in that region have been wounded. Dr. Nitzan also warned that major health risks could arise from insufficient access to emergency and primary health care including water‐borne and communicable diseases and mental health disorders. He said that the ongoing uncertainty and violence as well as loss of family members, friends and livelihoods continue to take a heavy toll on the population’s mental health. Meanwhile, care for people with non‐communicable diseases, tuberculosis and HIV has become very limited. It is estimated that TB patients are getting only one of the four drugs needed. WHO is responding to these challenges by procuring essential medicines, including emergency drugs, vaccines and equipment for the national health care system as well as expanding the scale of the early warning system for infectious disease outbreak prevention and control. read more

Clareo Managing Partner offers views on innovation from PDAC

first_imgPeter J. Bryant, Managing Partner of Clareo and Board Chair, Development Partner Institute, recently attended the PDAC in Toronto, and wrote an article about the necessity for innovation after meeting with more than 25 international mining ministers.Bryant attended PDAC 2017 to launch the transformative Development Partner Institute, of which he is the Board Chair, and speak about ‘The Innovation Imperative’ to the International Mining Ministers Summit, hosted by the World Economic Forum and PDAC at BMO’s Executive Center in Toronto.He says his message was simple and consistent: “The innovation imperative is the greatest it has ever been. The surge in prices should not be viewed as a panacea, but rather the stimulus to accelerate commitment, urgency and investment towards the necessary innovation agenda. It is an opportunity that should not be squandered.”The Mining Ministers Summit was attended by Ministers from more than 25 countries, such as Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Colombia, Canada, Botswana, Mongolia, Kenya, Mali, Ecuador and many more.As one of only three speakers, Bryant centred his remarks “on how we can improve the social, environmental and economic outcomes for all stakeholders, particularly the surrounding communities, from the development of the non-renewable resources with which each and every country had been endowed. A new level of prosperity, sustainable beyond the life of a mine, can only be achieved through innovation. This innovation must deliver something that creates value, but must not be confused with invention.”He continues: “The innovation imperative is stronger than ever. The industry continues to face the same serious headwinds that conspire to undermine the value it delivers to all stakeholders, including:A continuously declining social license to operate, as societal demands rapidly outstrip the progress being made. There has been a dramatic decline in trust between communities, government and mining companies;Increasing environmental expectations for stewardship of the ecosystems from communities, indigenous peoples and other stakeholders;Poor economic performance. Just prior to this recent surge, when prices were trading at 2-5x the lows of 2000, the industry was struggling to provide the returns of capital and free cash flow that investors expected. The recent surge has not alleviated the persistent economic underperformance of the last 15 years, which has largely resulted from collapsed productivity and spiraling costs in development and operations.This is not a normal “boom and bust” cycle, and is not just a problem for the mining companies, but for governments, communities and suppliers as well.”Bryant said that the Ministers understood this and were universally focused on two key priorities: how do their governments deliver better outcomes to the communities in and around mining projects, and how do they drive innovation in their respective countries?He offered two perspectives for consideration:Build shared purpose through a new collaborative approach: The only way to deliver better outcomes for communities is to create an environment where all stakeholders come together in a mutually respectful way, in order to understand what each wants from mining development and arrive at a shared purpose. This requires a radically different mindset from all stakeholders. Following the same old approaches with some incremental changes and hoping for substantially different outcomes simply won’t work. The Development Partner Approach offers a set of guiding principles on how to achieve this.The government’s role is to create a ‘sandbox with the appropriate guardrails’, so that conversations will accommodate the differences of each development/project yet still align with the same accepted set of principles. The risk is that the more prescriptive that policy and regulations become, the more restrictive they are, perpetuating issues on the ground.“We had a robust conversation on how this can be achieved. A Minister of Mines from Latin America described his country’s new mandate that 60% of all revenue from mining projects (taxes and royalties) must be invested back into the local communities. There were mechanisms in place to make sure this happened, and that the funds were invested in necessary infrastructure that would underpin future prosperity. A Minister from Southern Africa noted that this approach must accommodate the artisanal miners in and around company operations. He remarked that in his country, there are two million artisanal miners that depend on mining for their economic well-being. Another Minister added that this still must overcome the challenge of his indigenous people’s view that mining was mistrusted and equaled destruction, rather than opportunity.”In many cases, this approach requires technology to enable new mining methods that can radically reduce the negative environmental and social impacts of current methods, lower production costs, and drive up productivity.Stimulate innovation and new business development to catalyse greater economic prosperity: “The second perspective I shared was how to stimulate innovation within countries to help develop new technology and businesses across all market segments. Stimulating innovation unleashes the potential of their entrepreneurs in the process, and leverages the wealth generated from mining to act as a catalyst for economic prosperity beyond the mine. This is especially important in order to overcome the long term and persistent under-investment in new technology by the industry. New methods and technologies are critical to address the declining economic performance and increasing demands around the environment.“The industry must also start supporting and stimulating new businesses that support other vital and strategic sectors for the region, such as agriculture, healthcare, and tourism. One Minister from a major Latin American country lamented how little mining had changed in the last thirty to fifty years, and questioned why there had been so little innovation. Yet another spoke of the increased fragility of ecosystems that demand new technology to minimise the negative impacts of mining.“The government must provide springboards in order to create an environment for entrepreneurism to thrive and avoid smothering the very baby it is trying to nurture. How can they do this?Make it easy to create a new businessImprove access to venture capital, encourage and catalyse the establishment of professionally managed Venture capital funds and avoid picking winners by making direct investments in new companiesCreate hubs and catalyse ecosystems around specific challenges, avoiding duplicationProvide the right infrastructure, particularly communications“Almost all stakeholders are incentivised and eager to make this happen. It demands an entirely new level of public and private sector collaboration that is based on trust and shared purpose. A new mindset is necessary – one that will challenge existing orthodoxies – because continuing to follow the same paths with incremental adjustments will simply no longer work. Governments will need to work collaboratively with mining companies, communities and other stakeholders to drive towards their shared purpose. Investing the wealth from mining projects in such a way so as to provide for prosperity beyond the life of the mine.”Bryant concludes: “It is only through embracing innovation, while providing the ‘sandboxes with guardrails’ and ‘springboards’, that we can truly deliver the improved social, environmental and economic outcomes for all stakeholders, especially the surrounding communities, that mining companies and governments seek.”last_img read more

Les Européens utilisaient déjà des épices pour cuisiner il y a 7

first_imgLes Européens utilisaient déjà des épices pour cuisiner il y a 7 000 ansUne équipe internationale d’archéologues vient de retrouver les plus anciennes traces de l’utilisation d’épices de l’Europe préhistorique.La quête d’épices a poussé les Européens à voyager vers les Amériques, l’Afrique et l’Asie. Mais l’utilisation de ces aromates pourrait être encore plus vieille qu’on ne pensait. Les plus anciennes traces écrites de cette utilisation en Europe remontent à 3.000 ans avant Jésus-Christ. Des chercheurs viennent maintenant de trouver des fossiles attestant que dès 5.000 avant JC, la cuisine européenne était déjà parfumée aux épices. Les archéologues de l’université de York, en association avec des scientifiques danois, allemands et espagnols publient leurs travaux dans la revue en ligne PLoS ONE. Ils y décrivent les traces de graines d’Alliaire officinale, ou herbe à ail, retrouvées dans des pots à nourriture provenant du Danemark et de l’Allemagne, et datant de la période Mésolithique-Néolithique, là où la transition chasseur-cueilleur vers l’agriculture s’est effectuée.Les fossiles, des phytolithes, sont des empreintes minérales que les tissus végétaux laissent en mourant. Jusqu’à présent, les archéologues recherchaient des traces d’amidon dans des résidus carbonés et non-carbonés. La recherche de phytolithes permet de déterminer la présence de composés plus sensibles, comme les feuilles ou les écorces, qui servent à produire des épices. De par leur nature minérale, les phytolithes résistent très bien à l’usure du temps.Cultiver aussi pour le goûtÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le Dr. Harvey Saul, de l’université de York, explique :”l’idée classique est que vers le début du Néolithique, on ne cultivait les plantes que pour leurs vertus nourricières et énergétiques, plutôt que pour le goût”.Mais “les graines d’herbe à ail ont une saveur très prononcée et peu de valeur nutritive”, ce qui suggère plutôt qu’elles étaient appréciées pour leur goût et non leur vertus. “Nous les avons trouvées dans des pots contenants des restes de viandes et de plantes, notre découverte est la première preuve directe de l’utilisation d’épices dans la cuisine préhistorique européenne”, conclut ainsi le chercheur.Le 28 août 2013 à 11:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more