NTSB Actions of Pilot Tug Captain Led to Collision

first_imgzoom An investigation into a collision between a bulk carrier, a tug and a tank barge, which occurred in late January 2016 in the Lower Mississippi River, showed that the actions of the pilot aboard the bulker and the tug captain led to the incident, ​the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said.In the evening hours of January 31, 2016, the bulk carrier Aris T collided with tank barge, towing vessel Pedernales, and two facility structures, all of which were located on the left descending bank of the Mississippi River at Norco, Louisiana.Also damaged during the collision were one additional shoreside structure, another towing vessel, and two other tank barges, bringing the total damage cost to more than USD 60 million. No pollution resulted from the accident, however, two dock workers reported injuries.Following an investigation, the NTSB determined that the probable cause of the collision was the failure of the pilot on the Aris T to take early and effective action to mitigate the risk presented by the developing upriver traffic situation, and the distraction of the captain on the Loretta G. Cenac from safety-critical navigational functions as a result of his cell phone use.Based on information from the involved parties, investigators concluded that the navigational equipment, steering, propulsion, and other vital systems on the Aris T, Elizabeth M. Robinson, and Loretta G. Cenac operated satisfactorily at the time of the accident.last_img read more

More Troubles for DSMEs Orderbook

first_imgzoom South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) said on Monday that its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Iran for the construction of offshore plants has been terminated as no progress was achieved on the deal.The MoU, signed in September 2016, was intended to provide the much-needed boost to DSME’s depleted offshore engineering orderbook, which has been one of the reasons behind the shipbuilder’s financial woes.The MoU was linked earlier to the construction of at least five jack-up rigs worth around USD 205 million each for the oil producer Iranian Offshore Oil Co. (IOOC).The deal came on the heels of the lifting of sanctions against Iran in January 2016, a move which saw international delegations rush to the country to negotiate shipbuilding deals as Iran looked to renew its outdated fleet.The post-sanction cooperation between the two nations has also seen DSME sign a business agreement on operation and technology instruction with the Iranian government for Iran Shipbuilding & Offshore Industries Complex Co. (ISOICO).The offshore industry downturn and the overall slump in the shipbuilding industry stemming from oversupply across the board have seen DSME resort to debt restructuring measures aimed at cost-cutting.DSME has achieved two profitable consecutive quarters in the first half of this year, returning to black after last year’s red ink.The sales for the first half of the year amounted to KRW 6.1 trillion (USD 5.4 billion), the group’s operating profit came at KRW 888 billion, while its net income reached KRW 1.448 trillion.DSME and its two compatriot yards suffered a major blow last year in their order intake, which stood at USD 10 billion in 2016, slashed from USD 24.3 billion in 2015.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

NYK Lines Profit Rises in Third Quarter

first_imgzoom Japan’s Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) ended the first nine months of fiscal year 2017 with a net profit of JPY 16.8 billion, compared to a net loss of JPY 226.1 billion posted in the same period last year.For the period from April 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017 consolidated revenues amounted to JPY 1.63 trillion, rising by 15.3 percent from JPY 1.41 trillion reported a year earlier. NYK Line posted an operating profit of JPY 24.8 billion for the nine months, compared with operating loss of JPY 15.5 billion.Conditions in the maritime shipping market were positive overall during the nine-month period of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018.In the container shipping market, an upswing in spot freight rates stalled somewhat as the total supply of tonnage remained at similarly high levels as the previous year. While shipping traffic was brisk along transpacific and European routes, the upswing in spot freight rates largely came to a standstill due to the impact of growing shipping capacity, caused by the production of new ultra-large container ships.In the dry bulk shipping market, although excess tonnage still exists, market conditions improved compared with the same period of the previous fiscal year owing to steady shipping traffic and the increased imports of iron ore to China.For the year ending March 31, 2018, NYK Line said that it expects its net profit to be at JPY 11 billion, while the revenues are forecast to rise by 12.9 percent to JPY 2.17 trillion.The company also revised its dividend forecast for fiscal year 2017 after determining that the company has sufficient prospects for regaining profitability. Although the payment of a fiscal year-end dividend had not been decided thus far, the company now plans to pay a year-end dividend of JPY 20 per share.In a separate release, NYK Line that it adopted a resolution on the changes to its representative director, effective as of March 31, 2018. Naoya Tazawa would take up the position of Director, moving from its present position of Representative Director and Executive Vice-President Corporate Officer, due to the changes of the new positions and responsibilities scheduled as of April 1, 2018.last_img read more

Essar Ports Eyes Cargo Throughput of 60 Mn Tons in FY20

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Essar Ports Following a successful first quarter, India’s port operator Essar Ports expects to meet its target of handling 60 million tons (MT) of cargo in FY 2020.For the quarter ended June 30, 2019, Essar Ports reported a 17.4 percent growth in cargo volumes across its four terminals.The combined throughput stood at 13.5 million tons, up from 11.5 million tons recorded in the same period last year.As explained, higher capacity utilization at the company’s recently commissioned terminals at Salaya and Vizag, and an increase in third-party cargo were the two key factors that will help the company achieve its target of handling 60 million tons of cargo by March 31, 2020. With throughput being 47 MT in FY19, this would translate to a growth of 27 percent, the port operator said.“Our business is on a record growth trajectory with all terminals operating in full swing. Significant boost in third-party business and enhanced capacity utilisation of our anchor customers has been the key driver for the growth in volumes,” Rajiv Agarwal, MD & CEO of Essar Ports, commented.“We have consistently surpassed the average sectorial growth rate and are confident of achieving our target by March 2020,” Agarwal added.Essar Ports is one of India’s largest private sector port and terminal developers and operators. Its current operations span four terminals with a combined capacity of 110 MTPA, which is roughly 5 percent of India’s port capacity.Outside India, Essar’s port assets include a liquid terminal in the UK and a coal terminal which is in the development stage at Mozambique’s Beira port.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Hants County

first_imgEAST HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Uniacke Mines Road west to Lakelands South Rawdon Road will have one-lane closures for patching and sealing from Thursday, July 26 to Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2927 -30- EAST HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 14 Trunk 14 from Cheese Factory Corner (Route 202) to Beaverbank Road (Route 354) will have one-lane closures for patching and sealing from Thursday, July 26, to Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. WEST HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 14 Trunk 14 to the Lunenburg County line will have one-lane closures for patching and sealing from Thursday, July 26, to Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2927last_img read more

Mike Duffy to Speak at Export Achievement Awards

first_imgNova Scotians will have the opportunity to hear from a familiar Canadian face. Mike Duffy, host of Mike Duffy Live on CTV, will be the guest speaker at the 2008 Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards (EAA). The awards gala will take place on Thursday, May 22, at the World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax. Mr. Duffy is a member of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He has received numerous awards as well as three honourary degrees from the University of P.E.I., Niagara University, Niagara Falls, N.Y. and Wilfred Laurier University, Brantford, Ontario. Mr. Duffy has also been nominated twice for the Best in Business award by the Washington Journalism Review, and was selected by Chatelaine magazine as one of Canada’s 10 sexiest men. The awards, presented by Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, are designed to honour exporters’ growth, innovation, partnerships and business volume, and to recognize contributions exporters make to the economy. “Nova Scotia has been recognizing its top exporters for the past 25 years through the Export Achievement Awards,” said Peter MacKay, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency . “The annual EAA gala underlines the value our governments place on exporting, while promoting exporting to a broader audience.” Mr. Duffy has been exporting his knowledge of Canada’s political life across the country and is considered an Ottawa insider. “Mr. Duffy is an excellent addition to this year’s Export Achievement Awards,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “We’re excited to have a person with Mr. Duffy’s knowledge and experience join us for this year’s event gala.” The Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards ceremony is the province’s foremost annual exporter-recognition event, attracting more than 500 people. It showcases the successes of Nova Scotia’s talented export companies. For more information on the awards and to purchase tickets, visit www.exportachievementawards.com . Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital.last_img read more

Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia Resolve Crown Share Adjustment Payments

first_imgOn behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, and Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald today, July 13, announced the resolution of an outstanding obligation respecting the province’s Crown Share Adjustment Payments for oil and gas projects in the Nova Scotia offshore. “Last October, Prime Minister Harper and Premier MacDonald announced a process to finally resolve this dispute and today I am pleased to announce we have a resolution,” said Minister MacKay. “Together, our governments sat down, rolled up our sleeves and set out to make good on a 22-year-old obligation to Nova Scotia.” Accepting the recommendation of an independent panel, the Government of Canada will provide Nova Scotia with $234.4 million for past payments up to March 31, 2008. Going forward, the two governments have agreed to work together to take the steps necessary to implement the Chair’s recommendation enabling the calculation of Crown Share Adjustment Payments for future years. The panel estimates the value of those payments for future years for the Sable Offshore Energy Project and the Deep Panuke Offshore Project to be approximately $633 million. “This is an historic day for the people of Nova Scotia,” said Premier MacDonald. “Today we are taking a major step toward achieving our goal of sustainable prosperity. I want to thank Prime Minister Harper and Minister MacKay and the many others who worked with me to seize the opportunity to resolve this longstanding issue.” Federal legislation implementing the 1986 Offshore Accord, including provisions for Crown Share Adjustment Payments, has been in place since 1988. Previous governments were unable to come to an agreement on how to put the Crown Share Adjustment Payment provisions into effect. On October 10, 2007, the Panel was asked by Prime Minister Harper and Premier MacDonald to provide guidance to both governments on the methodology for calculating Crown Share adjustment payments to Nova Scotia. The panel, chaired by the Honourable Lorne O. Clarke, former Chief Justice of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, presented its recommendations to both governments earlier this month. Other panel members were Dr. Brian Lee Crowley, founding President of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, and Dara L. Gordon, Q.C., a partner at McInnes Cooper. For more information on Crown Share Adjustment Payments, including the agreement, backgrounder and the chair’s recommendations go to the website, www.gov.ns.ca/govt/crownshare/ .last_img read more

Drivers Reminded to Stay Safe During the Holidays

first_imgWith the festive season underway, the province is urging drivers to stay safe and sober behind the wheel. “Keeping impaired drivers off our roads is important all year round,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “However, during the busy holiday season, we’re reminding drivers to take extra care and be responsible.” Campaigns such as Operation Christmas have law-enforcement agencies targeting those who drive while impaired by setting up checkpoints throughout the province. Operation Christmas is a joint effort by government and police agencies to improve highway safety in Nova Scotia. The Insurance Bureau of Canada’s annual Operation Red Nose campaign, which has volunteers drive callers home in their own vehicles, is another important program that encourages responsible drinking and driving behaviour. MADD’s Red Ribbon campaign reminds Nova Scotians to drive safe and sober and that injuries and deaths resulting from impaired driving are completely avoidable. “Ultimately, it’s all about preventing needless deaths and injuries on our roadways,” said Margaret Miller, national president of MADD Canada. “We commend the Nova Scotia government for its recent initiatives and add that, in the end, these measures will help to insure that more Nova Scotian families will be sitting safety around their holiday table.” Ninety-nine people were killed on Nova Scotia roads last year. Of those, 32 were alcohol-related fatalities. Alcohol was the leading contributing factor to fatal collisions in the province last year. “Nova Scotians expect, and deserve, safe highways and streets. And we all share in this responsibility,” said Mr. Scott. “I hope this holiday will be safe and happy for all Nova Scotians.” The province has introduced several legislative, enforcement and awareness initiatives to fight impaired driving, including an alcohol ignition interlock program and the integrated impaired driving enforcement unit. Last month, the province introduced tough, new legislation to fight impaired driving. The proposed legislation would increase the suspension time for people who blow between .05 and .08 on roadside alcohol screening tests.last_img read more

CUPE Hospital Workers and District Health Authorities Reach Tentative Agreement

first_imgDeputy Premier Frank Corbett congratulated negotiators for CUPE hospital workers and district health authorities on the tentative agreement they reached after a weekend of negotiations. “I am pleased that negotiators were finally able to reach this tentative agreement,” said Mr. Corbett. “It addresses the principle of parity while also recognizing the fiscal realities confronting the province.” The tentative agreement avoids a strike in 33 hospitals outside of the capital region. District Health Authorities will begin immediately to re-establish services that had been scaled back in preparation of potential strike action. On Sunday negotiators for CUPE school support staff also negotiated a tentative agreement with school boards outside of Halifax.last_img read more

Progress Begins in Southwestern Nova Scotia

first_imgNova Scotians in rain-soaked areas of the southwestern part of the province are seeing more stability and some progress today, Nov. 11. Water levels have receded on most rivers and lakes, and Nova Scotia Power reports that the pressure on Vaughn Lake Dam, also called the Tusket Falls Main Dam, has been reduced. The water at the dam fell by about 25 centimetres (10 inches) overnight to eight metres (26 feet). Nova Scotia Power officials will inspect it today and will gradually reduce the flow through the gates. They will also inspect the Carleton Dam where water levels have also moderated. The local state of emergency has been lifted in Quinan in Argyle. Environment Canada forecasts no rain for the remainder of this week and on the weekend. “Everyone is relieved that the situation in southwestern Nova Scotia is beginning to improve,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Emergency Management. “Residents, first responders, local leaders, emergency managers and private partners have worked hard to keep their communities safe. They have shown tremendous community spirit over the last few days.” Four families near the Carleton Dam returned to their homes Wednesday, Nov. 10, after a four day absence. It is expected that about 30 more families from Quinan will return to their homes today. Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal workers will build a walkway today to enable pedestrian traffic in and out of Quinan. Local businesses are offering shuttle bus services to take people to Yarmouth for supplies. About 20 families from the Raynardton area below the Tusket dam remain out of their homes. All dams continue to be monitored closely, while water levels remain high. Areas of Barrington and Yarmouth remain under a local state of emergency. Premier Darrell Dexter toured the area by helicopter Wednesday, Nov. 10, and indicated that the province will be seeking federal aid. The Department of Agriculture continues to monitor affected farms along the Annapolis River and the St. Mary’s River and in Quinan. Nova Scotians are asked for patience as road and bridge closures continue until flood waters recede and they are inspected by an engineer for safety. Closed bridges that have displaced residents will be inspected first. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is bringing in additional bridge inspectors and staff from around the province to complete inspections and reduce the inconvenience to residents as quickly as possible. Motorists should continue to use caution and watch for closed roads and water on roads. As residents in southwestern Nova Scotia begin to return to their homes, the Emergency Management Office reminds homeowners to make safety the first priority. Check carefully for signs of damage, broken glass and other debris and ensure local officials have deemed the property safe before returning. Homeowners and residents are asked to keep the following information in mind: –Contact your insurance agent as soon as possible. Find out if your policy includes clean-up costs and if the insurance company will arrange for a contractor to do the clean up. The province may offer a disaster financial assistance program. Recording damages will also help when a claim is filed. Make a list and include photographs or videotape of all damages and items that had to be disposed of after the flood. Keep a record of flood-related activity, such as the amount of time spent cleaning and keep copies of all invoices and receipts. –Do not use flooded appliances, electrical outlets, switch boxes or fuse/breaker panels until they have been checked by your local utility. Do not reconnect gas, pump or electrical supplies. Arrange for qualified personnel to inspect and connect these services. –Leave and contact the gas company immediately if gas is smelled. –Be prepared to make difficult decisions about what to keep and what to throw out. Household items that have been contaminated by sewage, or that have been wet for a long time, will have to be bagged, tagged and discarded according to local regulations. Some items must be discarded after a flood. Items such as mattresses, pillows, sofas and upholstered furniture that have been soaked with flood water are no longer safe from harmful bacteria. –Any food that has come in contact with flood water must also be discarded. This includes fresh or frozen food, food in boxes or jars, all bottled drinks and any cans that show signs of damage. –It is recommended that homeowners with private wells for drinking water test their water. As a precaution, individuals should boil their water for three minutes. Test kits are available at the Department of Environment district offices. The department is working with municipalities to have test kits available through municipal offices. –Once the water recedes, homeowners are encouraged to check their on-site septic systems. Anyone who finds that their system is not working, should contact the local Environment office. –Homeowners should check their oil tanks to ensure they are still secure and haven’t lost any oil. If there are concerns, homeowners should contact their insurer and the local Environment office. –Anyone who is in need of financial assistance to meet basic needs can apply for Income Assistance by contacting the local office of the Department of Community Services. All requests are assessed on an individual basis to determine need. In the event that a person is not eligible, staff can advise of other community supports that may be able to help. For more detailed information on flood clean up and safety visit www.gov.ns.ca/emo . Set up a step-by-step action plan to: remove all water, mud and other debris dispose of contaminated household goods rinse away contamination inside the home and remove the rinse water clean and dry out your house and salvageable possessions as quickly as possiblelast_img read more

Creative Nova Scotia Awards Winners Named

first_imgJazz musician Jerry Granelli accepted the Portia White Prize and filmmaker Fabien Melanson accepted the Prix Grand Pré at the 2016 Creative Nova Scotia Awards gala today, Nov. 5. Ninety thousand dollars in grants and awards were presented at the annual celebration in Halifax. Mr. Granelli began his career as a drummer, teacher and composer in San Francisco in the 1960s. He is best-known for his performance with the Vince Guaraldi Trio on A Charlie Brown Christmas, but he has long dedicated himself to more cutting-edge music, performing with some of the greatest jazz musicians of the 20th century and recording an album a year since 1987. “When I recall the effort that members of the arts community took to get me landed in Nova Scotia and how I felt so welcomed, and how over the years you have trusted me with teaching your children and supported the Creative Music Workshop as well as my performances, I feel such enormous gratitude,” said Mr. Granelli. “And now to be honoured with an award inspired by the work and humanity of Portia White, all I can really say is thank you. I will not stop!” The Portia White Prize is named for the Nova Scotia artist who was considered one of the best classical singers of the 20th century. The prize recognizes cultural and artistic excellence on the part of a Nova Scotian artist who has attained professional status, mastery and recognition in their discipline. The award includes a $7,000 protégé prize that the winning artist donates to an emerging artist or a supportive institution. Mr. Granelli chose the 1313 Music Association in Halifax for that prize. “Nova Scotia’s culture is an intimate part of who we are in the province, and we’re proud to recognize these outstanding artists,” said Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “The Portia White Prize is a fitting recognition of outstanding dedication in a Nova Scotia artist.” The $5,000 Prix Grand Pré recognizes creative and interpretive artists working in any medium whose work reflects Acadian cultural values, while demonstrating excellence and originality. The $25,000 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Award, the largest annual award to any work of art in Nova Scotia, went to Canvas 5 x 5, which was created by choreographer Tedd Robinson and dancers Jacinte Armstrong, Rhonda Baker, Susanne Chui, and Ruth-Ellen Kroll-Jackson. Other prizes presented on Saturday were the $10,000 Community Arts and Culture Award, to the Town of Lunenburg; and five $5,000 Established Artist Recognition awards to visual artist Bonnie Baker, Annapolis Royal; writer and comedian Christian Murray and dancer and choreographer Jacinte Armstrong, both of Halifax; visual artist François Gaudet, Clare, Digby Co.; and conductor and composer Mark Hopkins, Wolfville. More information about the awards and winners is available at artsns.ca/grants-awards/awards/grand-pré-prizelast_img read more

MOSPI orders revamp merges NSSO CSO into NSO

first_imgNew Delhi: The Statistics and Programme Implementation has decided to merge the Central Statistics Office (CSO) and the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) into National Statistical Office (NSO) in a major restructuring move. The ministry in an order issued on May 23 regarding the restructuring of the ministry (MOSPI), stated, “In order to streamline and strengthen the present nodal function of MOSPI with respect to Indian official statistics system and bring in more synergy by integrating its administrative functions within the ministry.” Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsAccording to the order, Statistical Wing, comprising the NSO with constituents as the CSO and the NSSO, to be an integral part of the main ministry. It stated that the NSO would be headed by Secretary Statistics and Programme Implementation, with various divisions reporting to the Secretary through Director Generals (DGs). The CSO headed by a DG brings out macro economic data like economic (GDP) growth data, industrial production and inflation. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefThe NSSO conducts large-scale surveys and brings out reports on health, education, household expenditure and other social and economic indicators. The NSSO and the CSO were functioning independently. The MOSPI order also stated that with the reorganisation of the CSO and the NSSO within NSO as part of the main ministry, the administrative functions will be streamlined with the involvement of DG level officers in administrative and overall coordination of the ministry. The Data Processing Division (DPD) of the present NSSO would be renamed Data Quality Assurance Division (DQAD) and have the responsibility to bring out quality improvements in survey data, as well in data of non-survey source like Economic Census and administrative statistics (provided by various department or bodies). The Field Operation Division (FOD) of the present NSSO will be subordinate office of the MOSPI, and all other divisions of present CSO, NSSO and the administrative wing to exist as division of the ministry. However, the order did not speak anything about the National Statistical Commission (NSC), which was overseeing statistical works in India. The government had set up the NSC through a resolution on June 1, 2005. The setting up of the NSC followed the decision of the Union Cabinet to accept the recommendations of the Rangarajan Commission, which reviewed the Indian Statistical System in 2001. The NSC was constituted on July 12, 2006 with a mandate to evolve policies, priorities and standards in statistical matters. The NSC has four Members besides a Chairperson, each having specialization and experience in specified statistical fields.last_img read more

After Easter attacks Sri Lanka mulls new fake news law

first_imgColombo: Sri Lanka’s government will introduce five-year jail terms for those caught spreading fake news and hate speech on social media, the government said Wednesday, following a surge in online vitriol and disinformation after the Easter suicide attacks. The cabinet of ministers approved a proposal by the acting justice minister, which will also see offenders fined one million rupees (USD 5,715), the government said in a statement. It did not immediately release a definition of the two offences, but said the penal code will be amended to introduce the new penalties. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’The move follows repeated government allegations that platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp have been used to spread online hate, in a country where ethnic divisions still linger after decades of war. Sri Lanka shut down internet access in March last year to prevent further violence when anti-Muslim mobs went on the rampage in the island nation’s central region, killing three people and destroying hundreds of homes, shops, vehicles and mosques. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaDuring the violence, mobs used social media platforms to organise attacks against minority groups. Sri Lankan social networks also saw a surge in fake news after the Easter suicide bombings that left 258 people dead and nearly 500 wounded. A nine-day ban on platforms including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and WhatsApp was introduced following the Islamic State-claimed attacks on three churches and three hotels on April 21.last_img read more

Carey looks forward to World Cup clash against India and calm Dhoni

first_imgNottingham: Nervous to start with at his maiden World Cup, Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey says he now cannot wait to challenge India, especially Mahendra Singh Dhoni, when the two sides clash on Sunday in London. Carey’s 55-ball 45 was good support to Nathan Coulter-Nile’s 60-ball 92 in Australia’s 15-run win over the West Indies here on Thursday. The early nerves of playing at a big tournament taken care of by that effort, Carey made some confident statements about the match against India. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun “Playing against him (Dhoni) in India and Australia, he’s very calm. He always gives himself a chance to finish off the game,” Carey was quoted as saying by the ICC’s official website. “He gives himself time out in the middle. They’re pretty calm heads, they give themselves a chance to finish off an innings. “It’s a World Cup, so I didn’t know too much what to expect. Rolling to the first game in the bus and seeing all the crowd gave me some goosebumps. I thought it was a pretty cool feeling.” Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up Reflecting on his performance against the West Indies, the 27-year-old said it helped that he was batting with Steve Smith at the other end. “I gave myself a fair bit of time to get my innings going. Speaking to Smudge (Steve Smith) there was plenty of time left on the board. “It was a matter of trying to absorb a bit of pressure, just bat and scrap through as many as we could.” Despite being the less experienced of the two, Carey said Smith didn’t give him any particular advice on how to turn things around after Australia had been reduced to 79/5 at one stage. The defending champions recovered to post 288. “I suppose when I was two off 23 balls he gave me no indication I was doing something wrong, backing up what I was trying to do out there. “There was no pressure from him, so we were fine just going together. I think we know at Trent Bridge, if we give ourselves a bit of time we can score freely,” he said. “I didn’t think it was a bad thing at the time, I guess if you get out we’re 80/6 I gave myself a bit of time to assess the conditions and give the tail a chance,” he added.last_img read more

Private hospital doctors shut OPDs in solidarity

first_imgKolkata: Outpatient departments of private hospitals were paralysed on Wednesday as doctors did not attend to patients as a mark of protest against the attack on two junior doctors of NRS hospital. At some of the private hospitals there were patients but no doctors. At some, the OPDs wore a deserted look and there were neither patients nor doctors. The empty seats at the OPD of Woodlands hospital in Alipore outnumbered the occupied ones around 11am. “Most of the doctors are not attending to outdoor patients. The footfall is lower than usual,” a hospital official said. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga Dipak Ghosh, a Bandel resident, was among the few who had turned up at Woodlands. Ghosh was with his wife who suffers from high blood sugar and related ailments. She was at the hospital to consult an endocrinologist. The slot had been booked in the last week of May. But Ghosh who had read reports of the clash at NRS did not take any chance. “I had called up the hospital to check if the doctor would be available. I left home only after getting a confirmation,” he said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers A few blocks away, the CMRI hospital was no different. Most seats on the ground floor OPD were empty. “Usually, there are more than 30 doctors at the OPD on a weekday. Today, it is fewer than five. Not even 25 patients had registered till noon. On other days, a few hundred turn up by 11am,” an executive at the registration desk in the OPD said. Doctors said it was a spontaneous protest in solidarity with the injured doctors of NRS. “We saw only emergency patients and patients who came from far-off places,” Gautam Mukhopadhyay, surgical oncologist and secretary of Bengal Oncology Foundation, said. “We can’t tolerate violence inside hospitals. The state and central governments must think of ways to increase security at hospitals so that doctors are not attacked,” he said. At BM Birla Heart Research Centre, operated by the same group that runs CMRI, the OPD had more patients, but doctors were hard to find. “I had booked an appointment for a family member on Wednesday morning. But when we reached the hospital, the cardiologist was not there. His secretary said he would not attend the OPD and gave us another slot on Thursday,” a septuagenarian Alipore resident said. At private hospitals across the city, doctors attended to patients at various wards but kept off OPDs. Hundreds of patients with prior appointment hadn’t turned up, following reports of the shutdown call given by doctors’ bodies. The CPM-backed Service Doctors Forum had called for a shutdown of OPDs at all private and government hospitals on Wednesday to protest the attack on junior doctors at NRS on Monday. The BJP-backed doctors’ cell, along with some medical practitioner, too, had called for a shutdown of OPDs to protest the assault. The OPDs at private hospitals off the Bypass were more deserted. At Ruby General Hospital, around 1.30pm, most of the patients at the OPD were medical representatives. Mehnaz Hasan had arrived from Dhaka with her mother, a neurological patient. “A doctor saw her yesterday (Tuesday) and she underwent some tests. I have come to collect the reports and show them to the doctor,” Hasan, who works with a medical tourism company that has offices in Bangladesh and Calcutta, said. Hasan was told at the OPD reception to wait in front of the neurologist’s chamber when The Telegraph met her. She had no idea when the doctor would turn up. “There is no other option because I will leave for Dhaka on Thursday,” she said. At AMRI Mukundapur, there are 50-odd seats in the OPD on the first floor. Hardly five were occupied. “The OPD footfall on a weekday is between 350 and 400. But today, the number barely crossed 50. The number of doctors is above 20 at any given point of time. Only a couple of doctors were there today,” a hospital official said. The official responses of hospitals were similar. “We condemn any act of violence in a hospital. However, we would like to inform patients and public at large that all our departments are functioning normally. This includes surgeries, emergencies and daily consultancy. There is a possibility that some doctors may not be available,” a spokesperson for CK Birla Hospitals that runs CMRI and BM Birla Heart Research Centre said. “All our departments, including emergency services, are operational today (Wednesday). Hospital occupancy is very high. OPD footfall is less than other weekdays,” an official of Ruby General Hospital said. “All our doctors and the hospital authorities condemn the attack on doctors and hospital staff.”(With inputs from Telegraph India)last_img read more

Major fire at furniture market in Delhi metro services disrupted

first_imgNew Delhi: A major fire broke out at a furniture market near Kalindi Kunj metro station in south Delhi early Friday, prompting DMRC authorities to suspend metro services on a section of the Magenta Line for nearly four hours, officials said. However, no one has been injured in the incident, fire officials said. The blaze was reported at 5.55 am and 17 fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames, Chief Fire Officer Atul Garg said. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Metro services which began early on Friday to facilitate passengers in reaching venues for International Yoga Day events, suffered a major disruption on the Magneta Line due to the incident. Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line connects Janakpuri West in Delhi and Botanical Garden in Noida. The fire officials said flames from the blaze had spread to pillar numbers 205 and 206 as well, so the metro officials were also alerted to carry out a thorough check to ensure public safety. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize “Soon after the incident was reported, movement of trains were stopped temporarily between Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh and Kalindi Kunj metro stations due to smoke and fire from underneath the aqueduct. “Short loops were run between Janakpuri West and Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh till normal services were resumed,” a senior Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DRMC) official said. “There was no service between Kalindi Kunj and Botanical Garden stations temporarily,” the DMRC had said soon after the fire. Botanical Garden station is an interchange facility between Blue Line and Magenta Line. The Blue Line connects Dwarka in Delhi to Electronic City in Noida. After about four hours, the DMRC tweeted, “Train services have resumed between Botanical Garden and Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh.” However, it advised passengers earlier to use Blue Line to continue their journey. “The furniture market is spread over 2,000 square yards and the fire had spread rapidly as a large amount of wood and plastic material was stored in the area. Several furniture shops were gutted. However, no one was injured as the fire broke out early morning and the shops were yet to open,” a senior official said. Police and DMRC officials were at the spot and nearly 70 firefighting officials carried out the operation. The fire was brought under control by 7.45 am. However, four fire tenders were still at the spot carrying out cooling process, officials said.last_img read more

RD Burmans 80th birthday celebrated with gusto

first_imgKolkata: The 80th birth anniversary of RD Burman, one of the finest composer India has ever produced, was observed with great enthusiasm in Kolkata.The statue of RD Burman on Southern Avenue was garlanded in the morning by musicians. The programme was organised by Amit Kumar Fan Club. The statue is situated on the boulevard opposite Nazrul Mancha which is located close to South End Park where RD popularly known as Pancham was born to a musical family. His father was music composer and singer SD Burman and mother lyricist and singer Meera Dev Barma. India Post released a special cover to mark the occasion. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaIn the evening, Centre Stage organised Aati Rahengi Baharen, a musical programme featuring Javed Ali, Akriti Kakkar, Sudesh Bhosle and Sailaja among others at Nazrul Mancha. Shyam Sarkar and Cozmik Harmony hosted another musical programme titled Pyar Dewani Hota Hai featuring Jolly Mukherjee, Kishore Sodha, Franco Vaz and Sujoy Bhowmick among others at Deshpriya Park. In both the programmes, the vocalists presented some of the popular songs of RD Burman. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersFrom 1960 to 1990 RD had composed musical songs for 331 films. RD, Rajesh Khanna and Kishore Kumar became an immortal trio in Indian cinema with Pancham composing songs for 32 films. He had composed songs for 40 films where the hero was Rajesh Khanna. RD took lessons in sarod from Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and tabla from Samta Prasad. He was a brilliant harmonica and mouth-organ player and often took part in the orchestra of Salil Chowdhury whom he considered to be his musical guru. In the famous song Hai Apna Dil Tu Aawara composed by SD Barman and sung by Hemant Kumar in the feature film Solva Saal, the mouth organ was played by RD. He was the musical assistant in many popular films such as Chalti Ka Naam Gaddi, Kaggaz Ke Phool, Bandini, Teen Devian among others. In some of the all-time great music composed by him for feature films, which included Teesri Manzil, Pyar ka mausam, Yaadon ki baarat, Parichay, Andhi, Kati Patang, Aap ki Kasam and Sholay. RD was very close to poet and lyricist Gulzar and their friendship lasted till the untimely demise of RD Burman.last_img read more

Are we ready for change

first_imgEven though India boasts of universalisation of primary education, with almost 100 per cent Gross Enrolment Rate (2014-15), quality of education in the last decade has gone down. While ASER 2008 revealed that 50.6 per cent grade 3 children in India could read a grade 1 text, this number reduced to 42.5 per cent by 2016. With India committed to the Sustainable Development Goal of achieving equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030, this backward trend is a cause of concern. Also Read – A special kind of bondPadhe Bharat Badhe Bharat scheme launched in 2014 under the aegis of SSA aims to improve the reading and writing skills of children in grades 1 and 2. The recently released draft New Education Policy 2019 also talks of foundational literacy and age-appropriate pedagogical practices. It not only talks of revamping the current educational structure, but also promotes massive teacher education and professional development reforms. The draft NEP also talks about remedial education, primarily for those who have been left behind and struggle with the daily challenges of curriculum in class. Also Read – Insider threat managementDespite the new era of reforms that might soon be pushed, one question that largely remains ignored in this discussion is: are we ready for change? The concept of literacy is expanding and is not confined to development of basic reading writing abilities alone. Literacy today talks of the ability to access information from multiple sources, deal with multiple perspectives and layered meaning in a text and form an informed opinion. The objective today is to ensure the development of independent learning skills in children and this can only be achieved on a strong foundation of early grade literacy. Unfortunately, stakeholders at various levels today seem to be ill-prepared or ill-equipped on multiple fronts. Firstly, there is a general lack of understanding about ‘science of reading’, among teachers, both public and private. This is not to pass on the blame to the teachers in any way. On the contrary, the attempt is to provide a sympathetic view. Most of the pre-service teacher education courses use obsolete content with minimal focus on reading pedagogy. The result is often an unprepared teacher having to deal with children speaking multiple home languages and coming with minimum or no quality preschool experience. Add to it the fact that they are pressured to teach multi-level, multi-grade classrooms with ill-designed curriculum, poorly designed textbooks and still show results. The in-service teacher training does little to help alleviate the problem. Secondly, the state government also provides a cadre of academic officials known as Block Resource Persons (BRPs) or Cluster Academic Coordinators (CACs) to monitor and support the teachers in delivery of effective classroom instruction. However, owing to less than adequate academic capabilities and conceptual knowledge, they seem to be unable to do justice to their defined role. Also, in most of the states, they are largely seen to be involved in administrative tasks that provides them with no challenge and zeal to focus on quality education. Lack of understanding of early grade literacy exists even at the highest level of government machinery, with senior officials ‘demanding’ results; rather than working to improve systemic inefficiencies and capabilities. Thirdly, parents from humble backgrounds, proud of being the first ones to send their kids to school, more often than not are satisfied with their children just ‘attending school’ and do not ‘demand’ quality. These first generation learners themselves come completely unprepared for the school and are lost amidst the textbooks and rote learning of the script. Lastly, most of the government schools have inadequate infrastructure and non-functional libraries stacked with low-quality inappropriate reading material for early graders, if any. The missing culture of reading both in our schools and our communities does not help either. There is an urgent need today to ensure quality education in primary grades, or else our demographic advantage may very soon turn to ‘demographic burden’. Language experts must be involved in the development of a broad literacy framework based on scientific pedagogical principles that provides scalable sustainable inputs with in-built flexibility for state-specific contexts. Based on the framework, early grade curriculum needs to be reworked on and textbooks revised. Teacher education courses and in-service training need to be made more relevant and closely linked to ground realities. There should be creation of government recognised MOOC courses focusing on pedagogy, in teachers’ own language. The structure and content of in-service teacher training need to be changed. These should be followed by regular long-term mentoring and support on the ground, which is not possible unless there is a cadre of trained academic coordinators. Hence, focused training for BRPs/CACs on pedagogy and mentoring skills remains a non-negotiable. Schools need to be filled with relevant and appropriate reading material for primary grades, either through school libraries or classroom libraries. Lastly, all of this can only be done if sufficient awareness and sensitivity about early grade literacy is brought about not only at the level of the community, but also at the highest bureaucratic and political level. The draft New Education Policy 2019 needs to ponder over these issues and provide appropriate solutions. One can only hope that the new era of reforms would help India provide quality learning opportunities to those we fail most often, our children. (Amit Kapoor is chair, Institute for Competitiveness, India. Nidhi Vinayak, educationist, is co-author for the piece. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more