zoom The LNG trade is undergoing a transformation driven by new players, a growing tanker fleet and changing patterns, which emerged amid an increase in the number of LNG importing nations, according to DNV GL.Until recently, the LNG seaborne trade represented only eight per cent of the total gas trade and was limited to a few large importers such as Japan and South Korea. Oil-linked gas prices prevailed and almost all contracts were signed as long-term charters with very few ships involved in spot activities.However, a substantial increase of gas production, combined with significant additions to both liquefaction and regasification capacity have changed the market fundamentals.After years of stagnation, the seaborne trade grew by seven per cent, adding 17 million tonnes of new cargo. The demand growth was driven predominantly by China and India, but also by newcomers such as Pakistan, Egypt and Jordan. These countries will continue to drive demand, however other countries such as Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore are also expected to play an increasing role as importers.“On the one hand, a growing number of importers are generating a steadily increasing demand while, on the other hand, forcing suppliers to demonstrate more flexibility,” DNV GL said.According to IEA, more and more contracts are being signed for shorter durations and smaller quantities, without fixed destinations, and decoupled from oil prices. For the shipping industry this translates to more spot trading and more diversified trade patterns.DNV Gl informed that it may still take a while for LNG carriers to experience higher earnings. The order book is still over 120 ships strong, with deliveries in 2017 and in 2018 set to reach an estimated growth of 10 per cent and 7 per cent, respectively.“In light of the plans for major export terminal expansions in 2018 and 2019 (unless delayed), freight rates are likely to remain low throughout 2017. Nevertheless, the current remodelling of the market creates new opportunities in the longer perspective,” DNV GL said.
zoom Norwegian-based pure play LNG transportation company Awilco LNG has extended charter contracts for two LNG carriers owned by Teekay LNG Partners to December 2019.The contracts, relating to the Wilpride and Wilforce LNG carriers, were previously set to expire in the fourth quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2018.Awilco LNG remains obligated to repurchase the vessels either during or at the end of the charter period, Teekay LNG said.Additionally, as part of this extension, Teekay agreed to defer charter hire payments of an average of USD 15,600 per day per vessel commencing in July 2017 through the end of the charter period, with such deferred amounts added to the purchase obligation price.The deal has enabled Teekay LNG to push the loan facilities associated with these vessels to June 2020, which were previously scheduled to mature in 2018. The debt amounts to approximately USD 180 million.Teekay announced the contract extension on the back of a reported GAAP net loss of USD 16.1 million and adjusted net income of USD 17.9 million in the second quarter of 2017, down from corresponding USD 43 million in income reported a year earlier.“During the second quarter, the Partnership continued to generate stable cash flows supported by a diversified portfolio of long-term charters totaling USD 11.4 billion in forward fixed-rate revenues with a weighted-average remaining contract duration of 13 years,” commented Mark Kremin, President and CEO of Teekay Gas Group Ltd.“Since reporting earnings in May 2017, we continued to execute on our portfolio of committed growth projects,” Kremin continued.“Last week, our Exmar LPG joint venture took delivery of a mid-size LPG carrier newbuilding, the Kruibeke, and during the quarter, our first joint venture LNG carrier chartered to Shell, the Pan Asia, successfully completed sea trials and is expected to deliver in the fourth quarter of 2017 at which time it will commence its 20-year charter contract. In addition, we continue to progress the financing for all our committed growth projects delivering through early-2020.”In July 2017, the Teekay LNG-Marubeni Joint Venture secured short-term charter contracts on two vessels, the Magellan Spirit and the Awra Spirit. The Magellan Spirit commenced a six-month contract (plus two three-month option periods) in July 2017 and the Awra Spirit will commence a 15-month charter contract in the fourth quarter of 2017 As at June 30, 2017, the Partnership had total liquidity of approximately USD 350 million.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Danish bunker company Monjasa has decided to acquire the 3,600 dwt tanker, MT Fredericia, for “continued bunker operation” in the English Channel.The 2008-built MT Fredericia has been on time charter by Monjasa for several years and is currently performing bunkering operations in the Portland, Tongue Anchorage and Falmouth areas.The purpose-built double-hull bunker tanker will from its current position continue fuelling vessels entering and exiting the SECA zone, the company said.According to data provided by VesselsValue, the ship is owned by Germany-based Medallion Reederei and has a market value of USD 4.15 million.In 2016, Monjasa established a niche market in the English Channel as an alternative for shipowners and operators taking bunkers in the ARA hub.“We are seeing a steady demand for our services in the UK and this is also the reason why we decided to acquire the vessel. Monjasa now gains full ownership of the supply chain as we already control all sourcing and storage of oil products at our oil terminal in Portland Port,” Anders Østergaard, Group CEO, commented.As part of the operations, MT Frederica is currently providing several weekly supplies to cruise ships in nearby Southampton. Monjasa has experienced an increase in number of fuel deliveries to this particular customer segment over the past two years and this summer prospects a busy period ahead for the vessel and its crew.In 2017, Monjasa supplied 700,000mts of marine fuel across Northwest Europe – equivalent to 19% of Monjasa’s 3.5 million mts total supply volume.
A high school student who helps immigrants settle in Nova Scotiaand managed a small business at his school is this year’s winnerof the Dr. P. Anthony (Tony) Johnstone Memorial Fund EntranceScholarship. Ryan Livingston accepted the $6,000 scholarship today, June 25,at the Prince Andrew High School graduation ceremony. The scholarship honours the life and work of the late TonyJohnstone, a long-time educator and human-rights advocate in NovaScotia. Dr. Johnstone devoted his life to promoting multiculturalunderstanding and social equality. The scholarship is the largestuniversity-entrance scholarship awarded by the Nova Scotiagovernment. “This scholarship encourages young people to learn more abouthuman-rights issues in Canada and get involved in continuing thesocial change Dr. Johnstone worked so hard to achieve,” saidEducation Minister Jamie Muir. “Mr. Livingston is an excellentexample for other young Nova Scotians and I’m pleased tocongratulate him on this award.” Mr. Livingston is the 13th winner of the scholarship. A selectioncommittee chooses one recipient annually who demonstratesoutstanding academic achievement and active involvement instudent and community affairs. Mr. Livingston helps immigrants learn English and founded theInternational Student Community Support Group in the HalifaxRegional Municipality. He is currently helping a Korean familyadjust to life in Nova Scotia. He managed a second-hand clothingstore at his school and is the skip for his team at the DartmouthCurling Club. “I think it’s important for people from around the world to cometogether because they learn about themselves while learning abouteach other,” said Mr. Livingston. “I’d like to encourage highschool and university students to get to know internationalstudents and help them adjust to life here because that helps ushave more open minds.” Applicants are required to submit an original essay on positivesolutions to resolve current human-rights issues that confrontCanadians. In his submission, Mr. Livingston suggested theCanadian government should give refugees more opportunity toplead their case for entry into the country. He also believespolice officers should have more training to prevent theexcessive use of force, particularly against visible minorities. Recipients of this award must plan on immediately entering thefirst year of a bachelor’s degree program at any maritimeuniversity. Mr. Livingston will pursue a bachelor of commercedegree with a major in global business management at Saint Mary’sUniversity. Students eligible to apply for next year’s Tony JohnstoneScholarship may obtain applications from their school guidancecounsellors or at ednet.ns.ca early in 2005. The applicationdeadline is March 31, 2005.
Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Coxheath Road Coxheath Road will have occasional daytime lane closures untilWednesday, Dec. 15, while the Coxheath Road Bridge is replaced.New interchange ramps will also be constructed. Work willcontinue until June 2005. Traffic control persons will be in place. A detour is availablevia Route 4 and Blacketts Lake Road. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Highway 125 The shoulder lanes on the four-lane section of Highway 125 nearSydney River will be closed 24-hours a day until Wednesday, Dec.15, while the highway and the Sydney River Bridge are widened andthe Coxheath Road Bridge is replaced. Work in the area willcontinue until June 2005. Traffic control will consist of traffic drums and concretebarriers. A detour is available via Route 305. Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Furlong Bridge The Furlong Bridge on Trunk 2 near Southampton will be closeduntil Tuesday, Nov. 30, while the bridge is replaced. Traffic will be rerouted to a temporary two-lane panel bridgeparallel to the existing bridge. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103, Exit 5 (HammondsPlains Road) The existing bridge at Exit 5 (Hammonds Plains Road) has beenremoved and work has begun on its replacement. Motorists crossingHighway 103 on Hammonds Plains Road (Route 213) are asked todetour, with caution, over a temporary structure. Efforts will bemade to minimize delays at peak travelling times. Work will continue until the end of January 2005. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Work will continue on two sections of Highway 102 untilWednesday, Nov. 24 while road crews complete bridge repairs. Section one is about eight kilometres south on Highway 102 fromExit 2 (Kearney Lake) to Ralston Avenue, off Bayers Road. Section two is about three kilometres north on Highway 102 fromRalston Avenue to Exit 1A (Highway 103). Motorists may experience minimal delays. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 CONTINUING WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 There will be one-lane closures on Highway 104, on the West RiverBridge in Antigonish, near the intersection of Church Street andthe highway, until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Road crews will be carryingout replacement work and repaving. Traffic control persons will be in place and motorists are askedto use caution. HALIFAX COUNTY: Route 333 Road crews will be carrying out shouldering work on Route 333,from Brookside Road south to Burkes Road, until Friday, Nov. 26.Motorists will experience only minor delays. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons, signsand cones. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Port Clyde Bridge The Port Clyde Bridge on Route 309, located 3.4 kilometres southof Highway 103, will have a 12-tonne weight restriction until thebridge is replaced. Heavy vehicles are advised to use the Clyde River Bridge onHighway 103. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Blasting will take place on Highway 103, between exits 4 and 5,between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Larger blasts are planned for 10 a.m on Tuesday, Nov. 23 and 10a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24. Delays of up to half an hour at thesetimes could occur for both eastbound and westbound motorists.Motorists on Trunk 3, near Exit 4, may also experience delays.Traffic controllers will be in place. Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103, Exit 4 (Hubley) The existing bridge at Exit 4 (Hubley) has been removed and workhas begun on its replacement. Motorists crossing Highway 103 onTrunk 3 are asked to detour, with caution, over a temporarystructure. Efforts will be made to minimize delays at peaktravelling times. Work will continue until the end of January 2005. KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for majorrepairs. A detour is available. Traffic control consists ofsigns. DIGBY COUNTY: Gates Bridge The Gates Bridge, located near the intersection of Sissiboo Roadand Gates Lane, will have a 10-tonne weight restriction untilbridge repairs are completed in 2005. Heavy vehicles are advised to use Trunk 1 and cross the SissibooRiver at Weymouth. Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closeduntil further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detouris available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. -30- Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860
Another case in Nova Scotia’s Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was announced today, March 23. The Department of Justice will offer cash rewards of up to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for the following case: – Sergei Kostin of the Halifax Regional Municipality, missing person Sergei Kostin, a 40-year-old taxi driver, for Bob’s Taxi, was dispatched in the afternoon of January 17.to pick up passengers at 21 Gaston Road, Dartmouth. He has not been seen or heard from since. Investigators are interested in speaking with two males who are believed to be his customers at this location. On January 20, his burned taxi was located at the end of Downey Road, North Preston. He drove a green Impala, licence plate DPS 968, car number 367. An extensive search of the surrounding area failed to locate him. At the time of his disappearance, Mr. Kostin was wearing brown boots, jeans and a green short style jacket. His personal banking and communication devices have not been accessed since his disappearance. Justice Minister and Attorney General Cecil Clarke said he hopes the program will encourage people with relevant information to come forward. “The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program is important because it reminds Nova Scotians of the responsibility we all share in terms of building safer communities,” said Mr. Clarke. “It gives us an opportunity to help bring criminals to justice.” Those who do come forward with information will be expected to provide their name and contact information. In addition, they may be called to testify in court. All calls to the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program will be traced and recorded. The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was launched in October 2006 as another tool for law enforcement to use in solving crime.
The province has received the final report of the Deloitte review of Nova Scotia’s finances. The Province of Nova Scotia Financial Review – Phase 2 looks at technical questions related to accounting and budgeting in government departments and third-party agencies. The report completes the work of consultants from Deloitte, who released findings of the first phase of their independent review on Aug. 17. Areas studied in phase two include: — the feasibility of separating capital and operating budgets — accounting options for government operating grants or other funding to boards and agencies — options to resolve the Auditor General’s qualification and scope limitation related to budgeting of third-party revenues — options to improve the timeliness and approval processes for grants and business plans for district health authorities and regional school boards Deloitte consultants made recommendations on each issue. Overall, they said government accounting should continue to comply with generally accepted accounting principles as expressed by Public Sector Accounting Board guidelines. Finance Minister Graham Steele said government will consider the options presented as it moves forward with the next budget. The Deloitte Phase 2 report is available at www.gov.ns.ca/finance .
Ten Nova Scotian businesses and municipalities in the South Shore region are receiving more than $570,000 for projects that will help reduce greenhouse gases and air pollutants. The funding, from the ecoNova Scotia Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change, was announced today, May 28, in Liverpool by Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “The funding for these projects will help Nova Scotia reduce the air emissions that lead to climate change and help make life better for families in every region,” said Mr. Belliveau. “As we look forward to Environment Week, beginning Sunday, we are showing genuine leadership in the protection of our environment and the growth of the green economy.” The Region of Queens Municipality is receiving $137,150 toward the energy-efficient construction of the new Queens Place Recreation Centre, as well as $10,000 for an energy audit. South Shore businesses receiving funding are Clare Machine Works in Clare, Digby Co., which will get $107,000 to develop lobster trap improvements that could lead to less boat travel to set and retrieve the traps and Rainbow Net and Rigging, which will receive $94,000 toward a new facility in Chester to sanitize and repair nylon aquaculture nets. The Mersey Tobeatic Research Centre will get $56,526 to retrofit a field station to demonstrate a carbon-neutral building. In other municipal grants, the Town of Bridgewater will receive $105,000 to install solar hot air and water panels for five municipal buildings, and upgrade lighting for the Bridgewater Arena. Other municipalities are receiving $5,000 to $28,000 for an array of projects involving solar hot air and water panels, refrigeration-plant retrofits, installation of wind turbines, and more. These projects are expected to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by about 17,000 tonnes — equal to taking 3,900 cars off the road — and cut more than 450,000 kilograms of major air pollutant emissions, including sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions. The projects, supported by ecoNova Scotia, with funding from the Government of Canada, further the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act and the Climate Change Action Plan. They will also help Nova Scotia be recognized as a leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy technology. With this announcement, ecoNova Scotia has funded about 100 projects since it was established in 2007. For more information on the fund, visit www.gov.ns.ca/ecoNovaScotia .
Premier Darrell Dexter announced more than $2 million today, July 15, to help Nova Scotia move closer to a cleaner, greener environment The funding is part of the ecoNova Scotia Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change. “Investing in a greener economy is the right decision for Nova Scotia, and for the entire Atlantic region, as climate change is an issue that affects all of us,” said Premier Dexter. ” Government is showing genuine leadership by supporting the development of leading edge technologies that are good for the environment, and good for Nova Scotia’s economy.” The Lafarge cement plant in Brookfield received $670,000, helping it become the first in North America to produce lower carbon cement. Carbon Sense Solutions in Halifax received $467,000 to capture carbon dioxide in pre-formed concrete on an industrial scale. “The ecoNova Scotia fund has helped more than 140 businesses, municipalities and organizations reduce air emissions that contribute to climate change,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “We are making life better for families in every region by improving the health of our environment and our economy.” “The ecoNova Scotia program represents a dynamic partnership between government and industry,” said Scarth MacDonnell, plant manager at Lafarge’s Brookfield Cement Plant. “The funding allows Lafarge Canada Inc. to move forward installing new equipment to continue to make top quality cement using fewer raw materials and reducing fossil fuel demands. “This initiative extends the life of the Brookfield quarry, reduces fossil fuel consumption and plant emissions, and expects to reduce overall CO2 emissions by more than 70,000 tonnes a year.” Other businesses receiving funding include Scotian Windfields Inc., CADtech Innovations Inc., and N-Viro Systems Canada LP. Municipalities receiving funding include Colchester, East Hants, West Hants, Halifax Regional Municipality and the Town of Truro. The projects announced today are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 81,000 tonnes — equal to taking 18,000 cars off the road — and cut almost 350 tonnes of major air pollutant emissions. Projects funded by ecoNova Scotia help meet the objectives of the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act and the Climate Change Action Plan. The ecoNova Scotia fund administers funding from an original $42.5 million grant from the government of Canada. For more information on the fund, visit www.gov.ns.ca/ecoNovaScotia .
The province wants to hear ideas on how to recognize and honour the contributions that people of African descent have made in Nova Scotia. The Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs will visit communities across the province from March 17-30 to gather suggestions on ways to pay tribute to African Nova Scotian experiences and achievements. “We want to establish a lasting form of recognition that honours both the struggle for human rights and the many contributions that African Nova Scotians have made to the history, culture and development of this province,” said Percy Paris, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “The time is right to do this, especially with 2011 being the International Year for People of African Descent. We will work with communities to determine the most fitting form of recognition.” Consultation sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the following locations: Public input can also be shared online, by visiting www.gov.ns.ca/ansa or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31. March 17, Menelik Hall, 88 Laurier St., Whitney Pier March 21, Lincolnville Community Centre, Lincolnville Loop, Lincolnville March 21, Ward One Recreation Centre, 387 Brother St., New Glasgow March 22, Black Employment Partnership Committee office, 103 Water St., Yarmouth March 23, Highland AME Church, 236 Church St., Amherst March 28, Cornwallis Street Baptist Church, 5457 Cornwallis St., Halifax March 30, Black Cultural Centre, 1149 Main St., Dartmouth
Big 8 Beverages, Stellarton Premium Seafoods Group, Arichat, Richmond Co. Sara Bonnyman Pottery, Tatamagouche Advanced Glazings Ltd., Sydney Randsland Farms Inc., Canning, Kings Co. Wedgeport Lobsters, Yarmouth Blue Ocean, Halifax Van Dyk’s, Caledonia, Queens Co. Acadian Seaplants of Cornwallis, Annapolis Co. took home the award for Exporter of the Year at the 31st annual Export Achievement Awards, held today, May 21, in Halifax. “Congratulations to Acadian Seaplants for being named the 2015 Exporter of Year, and to all of the companies recognized today,” said Business Minister Mark Furey. “Export success like we are seeing exemplified by these companies will help us reach the goal set out by the OneNS Commission to increase the value of our exports by 50 per cent, creating more jobs and a more prosperous future for our province.” Acadian Seaplants and eight other Nova Scotia companies, recognized in their communities by regional chambers of commerce, received honours at the ceremony. They were: “Congratulations to Acadian Seaplants and all the nominees. Exporting is about relationships and understanding best practices, that’s why events such as the Export Achievement Awards are important,” said Laurel Broten, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “Nova Scotia Business Inc.’s mandate includes working with export companies and being focused on generating a return on taxpayer investment because every $1 million of exports can create between five and 15 new jobs.” The event took place at the World Trade and Convention Centre and included information sessions for participants throughout the day. A technical briefing on Canada-U.S. cross-border business affairs for seasoned exporters was presented in the morning by Birgit Matthiesen, and an afternoon session on Going Global for first-time exporters was put on by Nova Scotia Business Inc. The Export Achievement Awards are presented by Nova Scotia Business Inc., and a number of other sponsors. For more information about the awards, visit www.exportachievementawards.com .
Drivers are asked to be extra cautious over the next 24-to-48 hours as dramatic drops in temperature will produce slippery road conditions. “Yesterday’s wet roads, plus snow we’re getting today, will quickly ice over making driving treacherous,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Geoff MacLellan. “You’re really going to need to slow down and allow extra travel time. Leave plenty of room between yourself and the car ahead of you.” While winter maintenance crews are salting today, salt is not as effective in extremely cold temperatures. Sand will be used once the mercury dips below -10 degrees Celsius. In addition, snow squalls are expected to produce winter white-out conditions in many areas of the province. Drivers should drive to conditions and turn their lights on so tail lights are visible. It is also a good idea to keep an emergency kit in your car and have winter tires installed. Winter tires improve stopping time and provide better grip on snow and ice covered roads. During any winter event plow operators work 24/7 to ensure roads are safe. The department has more than 400 pieces of snow and ice clearing equipment deployed across the province. Nothing is held back. Nova Scotians can check road conditions, view highway cameras, plowing priorities, and track plows using the live plow-tracker tool, and much more at novascotia.ca/tran/winter. During a storm or any winter event, follow @NS_TIR on Twitter and 511 for the latest road condition updates.
The province has appointed an acting commissioner to oversee potential conflict of interest matters. Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, was appointed Acting Conflict of Interest Commissioner effective today, July 31. He will take on the role in addition to his chief justice duties. The role of the commissioner is to provide advice and recommendations on possible conflicts of interest involving provincially elected officials and public servants. Chief Justice Kennedy has been sitting on the Nova Scotia Supreme Court since 1998 and brings over 40 years of experience, skill and expertise to this position. The appointment follows the retirement of Mr. Nunn in June. Mr. Nunn held the position for almost 21 years. Under the Conflict of Interest Act, the next commissioner will be appointed by cabinet upon consultation with the leaders of the recognized parties in the House of Assembly and subject to the approval of the house.
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Friday said that they have arrested a cab driver who turned gun runner and supplied firearms to various gangsters in Najafgarh, Dwarka and Uttam Nagar area as per demand.Police said that the cost of the sophisticated pistol is approx 50-60,000 each and country made pistol is 6-7000. Police identified the accused as Rahul Singh (41). He was nabbed in Sector-13, Dwarka area. Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ajit Kumar Singla said that the accused Singh came to Delhi in search of livelihood and started working as a driver with the cab company,” added Additional CP. During this period, he came in contact with budding criminals of Najafgarh area. They asked him to supply illegal arms for them from Aligarh. Lured by their offer and because of hefty margin in this illegal trade, the accused Rahul Singh started supplying illegal arms from his contacts in Aligarh UP on demand to various gangsters in Najafgarh, Dwarka and Uttam Nagar area. The arrest was made by the team of Dr. Joy N. Tirkey, DCP (Crime). 36-year-old nabbed for killing his ex-colleague A 36-year-old man was arrested for allegedly killing his former colleague over monetary dispute last week, police said Friday. The accused was identified as Ajay Singh Raghav, a resident of West Ghonda, they said.
Kolkata: The junior doctors of NRS Medical College and Hospital and other medical colleges who have been on a strike for nearly a week, have finally responded to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s invitation and expressed their wish to hold talks with her.Banerjee has called the agitating junior doctors for a meeting at Nabanna at 3 pm on Monday. Sources in the state secretariat said that 28 representatives – two each from the 14 medical colleges and hospitals in the state, have been asked to attend the meeting. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceThe junior doctors have demanded that the discussion with the Chief Minister should not be held behind closed doors and the media should be allowed to cover the meeting. Following a general body meeting on Sunday, the junior doctors of NRS Medical College and Hospital said: “We want an immediate end to this impasse through a discussion with the Chief Minister, which, to maintain transparency, shouldn’t be held behind closed doors but open to media under camera coverage.” Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics PrizeThe junior doctors said that they were ready to meet Banerjee at a venue fixed by the government. They also placed certain demands saying that junior doctors from all the medical colleges would be representing during the meeting. “We want to resume our work as early as possible in the best interest of the common people. We hope that our Chief Minister will be considerate enough to solve the problems,” reads a statement issued by the junior doctors. Meanwhile, Nabanna sources said that the meeting is likely not to be held in the presence of media as demanded by the junior doctors. However, the agitating doctors can address the media after the meeting. Senior officials from the state Health department will also be present during the meeting. Banerjee on Saturday had again urged the agitating doctors to initiate dialogue to overcome the deadlock that has been affecting thousands of patients at various hospitals. She also clarified that she would not take any coercive steps like implementing the Essential Services Maintenance Acts (ESMA). It has been learnt that the Director Medical Education Dr Pradip Mitra has formally informed Health Secretary Rajiva Sinha about the stand taken by the junior doctors. The matter was immediately informed to the government.
Belgrade: Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic said Thursday he was “99 per cent” sure a Paris summit aimed at reviving talks with Kosovo would be cancelled, as the former war foes remain stuck in an acrimonious diplomatic deadlock. Belgrade and Pristina leaders were expected to meet in Paris in early July in an effort to reboot the dialogue aimed at normalising relations. Twenty years after they were divided by war, the Balkan neighbours still have a tense relationship as Belgrade refuses to recognise the independence that Kosovo, a former province, unilaterally declared in 2008. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London”I can say with 99 percent certainty that the Paris (meeting) will not take place,” Vucic was quoted as saying by Beta news agency. He said he expected the summit to be cancelled after Kosovo signalled that “Europeans are not the ones who should solve the Kosovo problem.” In recent weeks Pristina leaders have been insisting on the need for involvement from the United States, their top ally, in a dialogue that so far has been mediated by Brussels. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassadorOne major roadblock to restarting negotiations has been a 100 percent tariff on Serbian exports that Pristina levied in late 2018. Vucic refuses to talk until Kosovo lifts the tax, while Pristina says it won’t lift the measure until Belgrade shows a willingness to recognise independence. On Monday, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci said he hoped the Paris summit would be “different” than the last meeting in April organised by France and Germany in Berlin. That summit “did not bring anything concrete. There was no coordination with the US,” he said. Serbia lost control of Kosovo after a NATO bombing intervention forced its troops to withdraw from a war with ethnic Albanian separatists in 1999. The conflict claimed 13,000 lives, mainly ethnic Albanian Kosovars. A decade later Kosovo declared independence, in a move recognised by the US and most of Western Europe. But Belgrade and its allies Moscow and Beijing have never accepted its statehood, effectively shutting Kosovo out of the United Nations.
Ghazni (Afghanistan): A Taliban car bomb in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 12 people and wounded scores more Sunday, officials said, in a massive blast that came amid ongoing peace talks in Qatar. The Taliban are meeting with US negotiators and Afghan representatives in Doha as the US pushes to end its 18-year involvement in Afghanistan, but violence from the insurgents and the US military has continued apace. Sunday’s suicide car bomb attack hit the eastern city of Ghazni and targeted an intelligence unit, Ghazni provincial governor spokesman Aref Noori said. Wahidullah Mayar, a health ministry spokesman, said 12 people had been killed.
Rio De Janeiro: At least 57 prisoners have been killed by other inmates during clashes between organized crime groups in the Altamira prison in northern Brazil with 16 of the victims being decapitated, according to prison officials. Para state prison authorities said on Monday a fight erupted around 7 am between the Rio de Janeiro-based Comando Vermelho and a local criminal group known as Comando Classe A. “Leaders of the (Comando Classe A) set fire to a cell belonging to one of the prison’s pavilions, where members of the (Comando Vermelho) were located,” the statement read. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsState prisons chief Jarbas Vasconcelos said the fire had spread rapidly with inmates held in old container units that had been adapted for the prison while another building is under construction. The fire prevented police forces from entering the building for several hours, he told a news conference. Two prison staff members were held hostage but eventually released. “It was a targeted attack. The aim was to show that it was a settling of accounts between the two groups, not a protest or rebellion against the prison system,” Vasconcelos said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAuthorities have not found any firearms following the riot, only makeshift knives. Prison authorities said 46 inmates will be transferred to other prisons, 10 of which will go to stricter federal facilities. President Jair Bolsonaro was elected on the promise of curbing widespread violence in Brazil, including in the country’s often overcrowded, out-of-control prisons. The Associated Press obtained a July 2019 report from the National Justice Council that it says was filed by a local judge in charge of the facility, showing that the prison had 343 detainees for a maximum capacity of 163. Yet Vasconcelos said the situation did not meet the official requirements to be considered overcrowded. “It is not a unit that has a prison overcrowding, we consider overcrowding when it exceeds 210 per cent,” Vasconcelos said during the press conference. The judge who filed the report described the overall state of the prison in the city of Altamira as “terrible.” In many of Brazil’s prisons, badly outnumbered guards struggle to retain power over an ever-growing population of inmates who can run criminal activities from behind bars.
San Francisco: Some Apple products like AirPods, Apple Watch, HomePods and iMac computers were likely to get costlier as the new 15 per cent US tariffs on Chinese products came into effect from Sunday. Apple has its products assembled by Foxconn in China. “For products covered by Annex A of the August 20, 2019 notice (84 FR 43304), the rate of additional duty will be 15 per cent on the current effective date of September 1, 2019. For products covered by Annex C of the August 20 notice, the rate of additional duty will be 15 percent on the current effective date of December 15, 2019,” read the statement from US Federal Register. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Apple iPhones may also be around $100 more expensive in the US once the next set of 15 per cent tariff comes into place from December 15. “TVs, speakers, digital cameras, lithium-ion batteries and flash drives are just a few of consumer electronics that will be subjected to a 15 per cent tariff beginning Sunday,” reports TechCrunch. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently told US President Donald Trump that tariffs on China will help South Korean tech giant Samsung gain more as it does not need to pay any tariffs. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Trump, in a conversation with reporters, said he has “had a very good meeting with Cook.” “I have a lot of respect for Tim Cook, and Tim was talking to me about tariffs. And one of the things, and he made a good case, is that Samsung is their number-one competitor, and Samsung is not paying tariffs because they’re based in South Korea,” Trump recently told the media. The ongoing trade-war between the US and China has caused Apple’s iPhone production costs to rise as much as 3 per cent because of the new retaliatory tariffs imposed by Beijing. Trump earlier met Cook during a dinner, saying that Apple would be spending “vast sums of money in the US.” “It’s tough for Apple to pay tariffs if they’re competing with a very good company that’s not. I said, How good a competitor?’ He said they are a very good competitor. So Samsung is not paying tariffs because they’re based in a different location,” said Trump. Samsung has most of its manufacturing base in South Korea and Vietnam. “iPhone sales in the US, China and other markets could fall by 8 million to 10 million,” CBS News reported earlier this month. Apple XS Max starts at $1,099 and new 10 per cent tariff would mean a roughly $110 hike. In May, Fortune quoted a Wedbush analyst Dan Ives as telling investors that tariffs on the device’s Chinese-made batteries and other components would increase Apple’s manufacturing cost by 2 to 3 per cent.
Shahjahanpur (UP): The student who levelled rape charges against BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand recorded her statement before a magistrate here on Monday.The special investigation team (SIT) probing the case took her to the court, where her statement was recorded before Judicial Magistrate Geetika Singh, official sources said here. She remained in the court for around four hours and told PTI that the magistrate recorded her in 10 to 12 pages. “I have told the magistrate about the rape complaint I gave in New Delhi, my missing spectacles and a chip from the hostel room. I also informed about the bedding and liquor bottles, which were removed from the Chinmayanand’s room,” she said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Meanwhile, a lesser known organisation, Chhatra Shakti Sangathan, has announced a Rs 50-lakh award to anyone who chops off the tongue of Swami Omji, who on Sunday had equated the woman with a “vish kanya”. Self-styled godman Omji was a contestant in the reality TV Show, Bigg Boss. Office-bearers of the organisation also burnt an effigy of Omji and made the announcement before the media. Another organisation, Bhartiya Yuva Parishad, burnt an effigy of Swami Chinmayanand and demanded his arrest. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSwami Chinmayanand’a lawyer Om Singh said a team had been formed for keeping an eye on social media. He said a complaint would be lodged against those making indecent comments against the BJP leader. “Till proven, no one could be termed a rapist,” he said. The Supreme Court-appointed SIT had on Sunday examined three friends of the victim besides some employees of her college. The victim’s friends who were examined included the one who was with her when she was located in Rajasthan after having gone missing last month. The SIT called them to the Police Lines here and recorded their statements, official sources said. The SIT had also examined principals of the two colleges where the girl studied. Two other college employees were also quizzed. A video footage given by the woman to the SIT had also allegedly leaked out. The girl’s father on Sunday had termed it a “conspiracy” and said he would request the court to order a probe into it. “From where have the screenshots and videos appeared on social media? The screenshots have been posted on various social media platforms. These were given to the SIT by my daughter. This is a conspiracy,” he said. The law student had on Saturday given a pen drive containing 43 videos to the SIT to support her allegations after the sleuths asked her to submit whatever evidence she had against the former Union minister. The SIT had taken the woman to Chinmayanand’s bedroom on Friday morning and had collected evidence.