first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has received an order for construction of two 300,000-ton very large crude carriers (VLCC) from Greek shipowner Enesel, Korean news site Pulse reported.As disclosed, the newbuildings are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2018 and are estimated to be priced around USD 80 million each.According to the VesselsValue data, the ships were ordered en bloc on February 3rd for USD 83 million respectively.Enesel has four tankers in its fleet, two VLCCs and two Aframaxes, and two containerships, based on the company’s website info.The company also has two 112, 800 DWT Aframax tankers on order at South Korean’s Daehan Shipbuilding Co, scheduled for delivery in 2017.The order comes as prices for VLCCs have dropped amid market downturn prompting owners to avail of the cheap prices and invest in newbuilding capacity.World Maritime News is yet to receive a reply from both Enesel and HHI regarding the order.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgzoom The shipping fleet trading in chemical and vegoil markets is set to accelerate at a much faster pace than demand, weakening earning prospects, shipping consultancy Drewry said.Tonne-mile demand is expected to grow at 2.9% in 2017, and the fleet trading in chemicals/vegoils will expand by 9.5% by the end of this year, representing the highest fleet growth observed in recent years.The chemical shipping market is facing severe oversupply because of new deliveries and swing tankers returning to the chemical/vegoils trade and seeking employment in this market.The orderbook still contains 9% of the existing capacity to be delivered by 2021 and the deliveries of MR tankers will also contribute to rapid growth. Even though the Ballast Water Convention will take effect in 2019, any expected surge in demolitions by that time will not be enough to pull the market out of its current gloomy state, according to Drewry.Combined with a bearish outlook for the CPP market, the shipping consultancy expects the oversupply situation to continue for the next two years which will squeeze freight rates on major routes.Tonne-mile demand is expected to edge down from 2018. Organic tonne-mile demand growth is expected to decline from 6% in 2016 to 3.7% in 2017, while inorganic demand is likely to follow the same trend – a fall from 7.3% in 2016 to 1.2% in 2017. As a result, long-haul routes might face challenges in the next few years.“Although vegoil volume will support the market, weak demand for chemical products during the summer lull and the bearish CPP market continue to encourage swing players to return to the chemicals/vegoils market, reducing freight rates and pushing up lot sizes. The effect of the latter will reduce not only the number of vessels needed, but also the opportunity to find cargoes in the spot market,” Hu Qing, Drewry’s lead analyst for chemical shipping, said.“This quarter freight rates on major routes are facing challenges as there are few drivers to prevent the continuing trend of declining freight rates,” Qing added.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Teekay LNG Partners today launched the Teekay Multigas Pool, a new in-house commercial management structure for ethylene-capable liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels.The Teekay Multigas Pool is expected to bring the company’s seven directly-owned ethylene-capable LPG carriers, some of which are also capable of small-scale LNG shipping, under the new management structure. The pool fleet is expected to reach at least 12 vessels by the end of 2017, including third-party partner vessels.The seven directly-owned ethylene-capable LPG carriers have been part of the Norgas Carriers Pool, operated by I.M Skaugen, and the transition of these vessels into the Teekay Multigas Pool will start immediately.“This is the right time for Teekay LNG to bring commercial management of our seven ethylene-capable LPG carrier fleet in-house,” Mark Kremin, President and CEO of Teekay Gas Group said.“We believe there are opportunities to consolidate the ethylene and small-scale LNG shipping sectors,” Kremin continued.“We see this as fundamentally separate from our successful existing LPG joint venture with Exmar in the fully-refrigerated sector. The semi-refrigerated sector is at a low point in the cycle and we are establishing the Teekay Multigas Pool in readiness for the potential market upturn. The Teekay Multigas Pool is open for business.”last_img read more

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Ernst Russ Despite posting first-half losses, Germany’s asset and investment manager Ernst Russ closed H1 2019 with a significant expansion in the shipping segment.In June 2019, the company acquired a major shareholding in a ship portfolio comprised of a Handymax bulker and a 3,100 TEU boxship.In the same month, Ernst Russ also expanded its ship portfolio to include a 4,200 TEU containership.As explained, the company’s “further aim is to increase its involvement in directly held vessels.”What is more, Ernst Russ bought further shares in the ElbFeeder portfolio which was fully consolidated as of August 1, 2019. The company now holds 51.995 percent of the shares in ElbFeeder. The joint venture is now operating seven feeder class vessels which “make a significant contribution to future Ernst Russ Group performance.”“We consider the opportunities arising from our strategy, and its optimisation on a regular basis. Our strategic partnerships, like the ‘ElbFeeder’ joint venture, play a crucial role for our portfolio in this respect. We also look into opportunities to engage in strategic partnerships in the Real Estate segment,” Robert Gärtner, Executive Board of Ernst Russ AG, commented.During the first half of this year, Ernst Russ sold three companies as well as a fund and asset management contract in the solar segment.Additionally, in February 2019, the group disposed of shares in ship management company Hammonia Reederei. Specifically, the ER Group sold its 31.37 percent stake in Hammonia to Scandinavian investors.Finally, in June, Ernst Russ disposed of its investor management business, making further progress with its strategy aimed at the group’s core segments, shipping and real estate.Investments made in the first half of 2019 led to an increase in total equity and liabilities of EUR 14.1 million (USD 15.5 million) to EUR 117.5 million.On the other hand, consolidated net loss stood at EUR 0.6 million in the first half of the year, compared to a profit of EUR 2.1 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier.Revenues dropped to EUR 20.8 million in H1 2019 from EUR 27.9 million posted in H1 2018. However, Ernst Russ expects revenue growth in the 2019 financial year due to the acquisition of the majority shareholding in the Elbfeeder ship portfolio.“The half-year performance of Ernst Russ AG is attributable mainly to the streamlining of the group’s structure, which will enhance its ability to act effectively and in a flexible manner in the asset investment and management segment in the long term,” Ernst Russ explained.last_img read more

first_imgSeven Nova Scotia companies won honours at the 23rd Annual Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards. The winning companies had combined export sales that contributed more than $314 million to Nova Scotia’s economy. “I am pleased to congratulate this year’s Nova Scotia Export Achievement Award winners,” said Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt. “By offering globally competitive products and services, these companies are successful and they are making a difference in our economy.” The winning companies and their awards are: New Exporter, Laurentian Steel Fabricators Long-Term Exporter, Neenah Paper Company Export Growth Through New Markets, Neocon International Export Growth Through Product Development, Focal Technologies Corporation Export Growth Through Partnership, AG Research Inc. Export Growth Through Sales, Secunda International Canadian Market Development, Bulldog Interactive Fitness Secunda International also took home the award for Exporter of the Year. “These companies prove that Nova Scotia businesses are truly global competitors,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “They represent some of Nova Scotia’s finest in the export industry and continue to put our province on the map as one of the best places to live and do business.” In addition to the awards, this year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Ivar Mendez, who spoke about his insight into brain repair as a technology of the future. Dr. Mendez is chairman and one of the founders of the Brain Repair Centre in Halifax, as well as a professor in the surgery (neurosurgery), and the anatomy and neurobiology departments at Dalhousie University. He is also the director of research with the surgery department and the director of the only cell restoration laboratory in Canada.last_img read more

first_img A new immigration option for Nova Scotia is designed to attract young newcomers who will benefit the province’s economy. The new stream is for non-dependent children of immigrants already living in the province under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program. “The primary goal is to help meet the labour market needs of the province,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Immigration. “Nova Scotia is facing an aging and declining population and increased immigration is one way to help ensure our economy grows and our communities thrive.” Most potential candidates of the new stream would be in their 20s and 30s, which is a demographic that Nova Scotia needs to attract. “This is great news for families like ours,” said Azhar Swing, a businessman from Dubai who runs a successful children’s hair salon in Bedford. “My daughter manages the business and is here on a temporary work permit. She could apply for permanent residency under this new program.” To be successful, a candidate of the new stream would need the ability to become economically established on their own with the intention of staying in the province. Other criteria include minimum levels of English or French, education and training. Potential immigrants can apply for permanent residency through four other streams within the Provincial Nominee Program: skilled worker, community identified, family business worker and international graduate. Details and application forms for all of the immigration streams can be found at www.novascotiaimmigration.com . FOR BROADCAST USE A new immigration option for Nova Scotia is designed to attract young newcomers who will benefit the province’s economy. The option is designed for non-dependent children of immigrants already living in the province under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program. To be successful, a candidate would need the ability to become economically established on their own with the intention of staying in the province. Minister of Immigration Ramona Jennex says the primary goal is to help meet the labour market needs of the province. -30- NOTE TO EDITORS: Immigration Minister Ramona Jennex will be available for media interviews today, Aug. 25, at 12:30 p.m. at the Office of Immigration, 1741 Brunswick St., Suite 101A, Halifax.last_img read more

first_imgNova Scotians will see better access to care and cost savings from projects that improve how hospitals manage beds and schedule staff. The province today, May 5, released requests for proposals for two information technology projects for district health authorities, to be carried out over the next year. The projects reflect government’s plan to provide better care sooner and get the province’s finances back to balance by finding savings and efficiencies. “Information technology can improve patient care while lowering costs,” said Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health and Wellness. “This is another example of the work we do each day with the district health authorities to ensure we can provide excellent health care now and into the future.” One request for proposals is for a province-wide electronic bed management system. It will provide health authorities up-to-date information on vacant beds. That will minimize emergency room backlogs, ensure patients are in hospital only as long as they need to be, and improve the ability to forecast the need for home care and long-term care. Annapolis Valley District Health Authority is providing support for the bed project. “Having provincial co-operation on this project will ensure more appropriate bed use throughout Nova Scotia’s health system,” said Janet Knox, president and CEO of Annapolis Valley Health. “This project will help identify practices in hospitals that keep patients in hospital too long or for the wrong reasons. It will determine appropriate use of resources, improve patient flow and help physicians and health teams to adopt more effective practices in patient care.” A second request for proposals is for an online staff scheduling system that should lead to more efficient and effective use of health care workers. Three district health authorities are participating: Capital District, IWK and the Cumberland Health Authority. Schedules will be centralised and hosted online, which streamlines the process, improving workplaces and ultimately improving patient care. Support for the project comes from Capital District Health Authority. “This will help ensure that our limited health human resources are used optimally, while reducing costs, improving staff productivity and retention, and facilitating practices to support safe, quality patient care,” said Chris Power, president and CEO of Capital Health. “At the same time, the sustainability of the overall health system is being improved because we can reduce costs for overtime, sick time and recruitment.” The requests for proposals close in 30 days. The successful bidders will have about a year to build and implement the new systems.last_img read more

first_imgUn programme provincial de subventions qui vise à améliorer la santé et la sécurité des aînés accepte maintenant les demandes pour 2013. La Subvention pour la sécurité des aînés offre jusqu’à 20 000 $ aux programmes de sécurité communautaires à but non lucratif qui informent, conseillent et appuient les aînés. « Nous nous engageons à favoriser la sécurité et le bien-être des aînés, a dit Marilyn More, ministre par intérim des Aînés. Dans le passé, ce programme de subventions a permis d’améliorer la qualité de vie des aînés et de leurs familles, et nous sommes ravis d’offrir ce soutien encore une fois cette année. » Le financement provincial aborde les enjeux sur la sécurité des aînés et permet des activités de sensibilisation et d’éducation dans les domaines tels que la violence à l’égard des aînés, la prévention du crime, les questions de santé et de sécurité et le renforcement des relations entre les aînés et la police. « Ces subventions permettent d’améliorer les programmes existants et de les offrir dans les régions de la Nouvelle-Écosse où de tels programmes ne sont pas encore offerts, a dit Ross Landry, ministre de la Justice. La prévention du crime a lieu au niveau communautaire, et nous avons tous un rôle à jouer dans la sécurité de nos citoyens, de nos communautés, de nos rues et de nos foyers. Les organismes appuyés par ces subventions contribuent à cet objectif. » La subvention fait la promotion de la Stratégie sur la violence envers les personnes âgées et de la Stratégie pour un vieillissement positif, et contribue à la prévention et à la réduction du crime. Pour obtenir plus d’information et les formulaires de demande, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/seniors ou composez le numéro sans frais 1-800-670-0065 ou le 424-0065 sans la région d’Halifax. Les demandes sont acceptées jusqu’au 15 octobre.last_img read more

first_imgNon-profit and voluntary organizations are joining forces to better meet the needs of people and communities across Nova Scotia. “The people who work in non-profits give so much to our communities,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “This workforce is 24,000 strong and is an important contributor to the province’s economy. “I’ve met with staff from various non-profits and they told me that, like other sectors, they are facing challenges with recruitment, training and retention.” The province is investing $450,000 towards a new Community Sector Council to help build stronger non-profit organizations. The sector council will bring non-profits together to learn from each other and share human resource and financial expertise, training practices, and research. “The positive impacts of the Community Sector Council will be far-reaching,” said Arlene MacDonald, chair of the Community Sector Council. “The province’s support will help non-profit and voluntary organizations address staffing and training needs, as well as help them grow and prosper in our province.” “Non-profit organizations are an important part of our Workforce Strategy and jobsHere plan. We want to help ensure that they have the resources and training needed to continue their great work,” said Ms. More. Non-profit organizations provide a wide range of services to Nova Scotians, from child care to career counselling, to co-ordinating sports teams, running shelters for the homeless, to managing museums. For more information on the Community Sector Council, visit www.gov.ns.ca/lae/volunteerism/ .last_img read more

first_imgThe province recognized more than 70 outstanding volunteers from across Nova Scotia at the 39th Annual Volunteer Awards ceremony today, April 15. “Volunteers are critical to making our communities strong and caring,” said Marilyn More, Minister responsible for the Voluntary Sector. “All Nova Scotians benefit from their contributions of time, energy, skills and leadership.” Nova Scotia continues to have a high participation rate for volunteering, and one of the highest rates of youth volunteers in the country. More than 450,000 Nova Scotians generously give their time to a variety of worthwhile causes, programs and organizations. “From youth groups to seniors’ organizations, I’ve been volunteering for more than 50 years in my community,” said Sherbrooke resident Vi Fraser, an award recipient. “Volunteering is a way of life for me and I enjoy every minute of it — helping others and helping my community.” The province is committed to providing training and programs such as the Canadian Red Cross Volunteer Training Centre of Excellence to help volunteers continue their vital contributions. Last month, the province announced its support for the centre, the first of its kind in Canada, to provide better training for volunteers and expand Nova Scotia’s disaster management capabilities. Non-profit organizations also play a valuable role in the Nova Scotia economy. In February, the province invested in the first community sector council, which will help non-profit organizations address staffing and training needs. The council will bring non-profits together to learn from each other and share human resource and financial expertise, training practices and research. Ms. More said the awards ceremony is one of the highlights of the year for her. “It showcases all the work done by outstanding volunteers who go out of their way to make our communities a better place to live,” said Ms. More. “It’s extremely important for us to take time to say thanks, and recognize the dedicated effort volunteers give to our communities.” For more information on the awards and a list of recipients, visit www.gov.ns.ca/lae/volunteerism.last_img read more

first_img “We’ve heard from Nova Scotians that not having to pay the provincial portion of the HST on basic electricity and home energy helps make life a bit more affordable for families, and we want to protect this into the future,” said Finance Minister Maureen MacDonald. “A referendum will ensure they have a direct say in any action that could alter or eliminate these HST exemptions.” The Financial Measures (2013) Act also puts into law other budget measures designed to foster small business growth and jobs, and provide tax relief to low-income seniors. The number of low-income seniors who will get provincial income tax relief will increase to 29,000, from 17,000, as part of the new provincial Age Amount Tax Credit. For the fourth year in a row, the rate of corporate income tax for small business will be reduced by 0.5 per cent to three per cent, while the threshold is lowered to $350,000 as of Jan. 1, 2014. The Corporation Capital Tax Act will be updated to clarify language for taxable capital and repayments of interest on overpayments of corporate capital tax. The Nova Scotia Government Retired Employees Association will gain the right to choose a member of the trustee board of the Public Service Superannuation Plan. Provincial user-fee adjustments, implemented April 1, will also be included in the act, as will the increase in tobacco tax that came into effect April 5. The Financial Measures (2013) Act provides legislative authority for budget measures and is a routine part of the budget process. A fact sheet on the Financial Measures (2013) Act can be found on the Department of Finance’s website www.novascotia.ca/finance/en/home/budget/fma.aspx. For more information on Budget 2013 and how it makes life better for families in Nova Scotia, visit www.novascotia.ca. Nova Scotians will continue to see the benefits of no provincial portion of the HST on home energy and other essential items with proposed changes to the Financial Measures (2013) Act. The Financial Measures (2013) Act, introduced today, April 18, will require a provincial referendum, and the approval of the majority of Nova Scotians, before the provincial portion of the HST can be added back to: home energy children’s diapers children’s clothing children’s footwear books feminine hygiene products first-time home purchases new vehicles for the physiologically impaired computers for the visually and hearing impaired, and mentally and physically challenged firefighting equipment used by municipalities and volunteer fire departmentslast_img read more

first_imgLegislation that sets standard time limits to file civil lawsuits will come into force Sept. 1. The Limitation of Actions Act was introduced last fall with amendments added this spring. “This modernized legislation is simpler and provides more certainty and better protections for victims of sexual abuse,” said Justice Minister Diana Whalen. “This is the first time this legislation has been significantly updated in decades.” The act establishes a two-year basic limitation period, including for personal injury or breach of contract. It also creates an ultimate limitation period of 15 years for claims, which may not be discovered right away, such as undetected medical complications from surgery. This gives Nova Scotians up to 15 years from the date of an action or omission to start a civil lawsuit. Victims of sexual misconduct and those abused in an intimate or dependent relationship can now file a civil lawsuit against their abuser no matter when the event happened. More information can be found at http://novascotia.ca/just/documents/Limitation-of-Actions-Act.pdf .last_img read more

first_imgThe development of a community-based sexual violence prevention and education working group, and youth-led prevention programs are among the projects in the Antigonish, Sydney and Whitney Pier areas receiving grants through the Sexual Violence Strategy. Derek Mombourquette, MLA Sydney-Whitney Pier, on behalf of Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard, announced more than $40,000 in Prevention Innovation Grants today, April 18, for four organizations that work with youth, people with disabilities and sex workers. “These organizations do very important work in the community including education around sexual violence and fostering support for women,” said Mr. Mombourquette. “I look forward to the positive results that I’m sure will flow from these investments.” The grants are a commitment under government’s Sexual Violence Strategy. An additional $600,000 for these one-time grants will be made available again in the fall, for a total investment of more than $1.2 million over two years. The grants help community groups and organizations, including youth and underserved populations such as African Nova Scotians, First Nations and the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community, to reach out to their peers and help put creative prevention initiatives into practice. The Boys and Girls Club of Cape Breton-Whitney Pier is receiving $11,000 to provide a safer space where youth can engage in open conversations about sexual violence, media influence, healthy relationships and prevention strategies. “Many of our teens don’t have a clear understanding of what consent means or what constitutes as sexual violence,” said Nathan Brewer, youth outreach worker with the club. “We challenged them to come up with ways to help address this. “They responded with a program that incorporates art and other creative projects as a way of identifying with their peers and opening up the conversation.” The Ally Centre of Cape Breton is receiving $20,000 to develop a sexual violence prevention and education working group with people involved in the sex industry. The Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association is receiving $5,000 to support Grade 8 girls in the development of social action projects. Asia van Burren, of Antigonish, is also receiving a $5,000 grant to conduct research that will help identify gaps in sexual health education for people with disabilities. Government also announced about $150,000 in funding for prevention initiatives for four Aboriginal groups from the Antigonish and Cape Breton areas at the Nova Scotia Sexual Violence Strategy Mi’kmaq Community Engagement Gathering in Truro today. Nearly 100 applications were received. The names of other communities and organizations receiving grants will be announced soon.last_img read more

first_imgCommunities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine is leading a mission to China and Japan to explore business and export opportunities for Nova Scotia’s growing culture sector. This is Nova Scotia’s first culture sector mission to Asia and builds on the strong relationship the province has with China in other sectors such as seafood and agri-food. The government and business delegation will meet with Chinese and Japanese government officials, cultural organizations, and business leaders from May 10-17, with a goal to increase the growth of culture sector exports to China and Japan. They will also attend an International Cultural Industrial Fair in Shenzhen to learn more about China’s culture industry. “Nova Scotia has a strong culture sector that contributes significantly to our provincial economy,” said Mr. Glavine. “Our culture sector is already having some success in Asia, and we know the market is growing and has interest in Nova Scotia culture. The market represents a tremendous opportunity for Nova Scotia’s culture sector, including our creative businesses which are seeking new opportunities to grow. “We are now ready to build on this momentum, and take the exporting of Nova Scotia’s culture sector to the next level.” In 2016, Nova Scotia’s culture sector was valued at $874 million and supported almost 14,000 jobs. Nova Scotia exported $141.5 million worth of culture products in the same year. This represents a 61 per cent growth in culture product exports since 2010. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia has been working in China since 2014, where it currently generates 25 per cent of its earned revenues. Mermaid recently signed an agreement expanding its theatre tours in China. “The expansion of our markets in Asia-Pacific has enabled us to offer an impressive touring showcase for Atlantic Canada’s artists, while providing our creative teams with unique opportunities for professional development,” said Jim Morrow, managing artistic director for Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. “It’s especially rewarding to evoke the same enthusiastic response from family audiences throughout China as we enjoy in rural Nova Scotia.” Mr. Glavine will be accompanied on the mission by Halifax-based 2B Theatre which is looking to build on the international success they are having in other parts of the world. “The Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage has really stepped up its game in terms of supporting and providing opportunities for Nova Scotian culture here at home and around the world,” said Christian Barry, artistic co-director. “Our recent off-Broadway success in New York City serves notice that Nova Scotian performing arts are ready to share the stage with the world’s best. We are looking forward to duplicating that success in Asia.“ The Nova Scotia Culture Action Plan, launched in 2017, includes a focus on growing the province’s culture sector and culture exports; and in turn create more jobs in the sector and provide more business opportunities for Nova Scotia companies. The federal Department of Canadian Heritage led a creative industries mission to China in April, which also focused on export opportunities for Canada’s culture sector. In April 2016, Nova Scotia introduced Partnering for Success: The Nova Scotia – China Engagement Strategy, aimed at enhancing the province’s relationship with one of the world’s fastest growing markets. The economic impact of the province’s relationship with China has been significant. In 2017, Nova Scotia exported a record $611 million in goods to China, an increase of $461 million compared to 2012. Nova Scotia will build on this success with the signing of a letter of intent on developing a sister province relationship between Nova Scotia and Fujian, China during the visit. For more information on the strategy visit http://www.NovaScotia.ca/china .last_img read more

first_imgBishkek: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met Russian President Vladimir Putin here and the two leaders reviewed all aspects of bilateral relations to further strengthen the strategic relationship.This is the first meeting between the two leaders after Modi’s re-election following the stunning victory of the BJP in the general elections last month. “PM @narendramodi and President Putin had a wonderful meeting in Bishkek. Various subjects pertaining to India-Russia relations were discussed during the meeting,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceExternal Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the two leaders “reviewed all aspects of bilateral relations to further strengthen the strategic relationship.” Briefing the media after the meeting, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said that it was a “brief but very very rich” meeting in terms of content. He said that defence and energy were a key focus during their talks. The two leaders also reviewed trade and investment ties and noted that they’re on an upward trajectory. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics PrizeModi thanked the Russian President for his support for the AK-203 Kalashnikov rifles manufacturing unit in Amethi, an India-Russia joint venture. Gokhale said there will be a Russia, India and China trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan later this month. President Putin invited Prime Minister Modi formally to be the main guest at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia in early September, and he warmly accepted the invitation, Gokhale said. Earlier, Chinese president Xi Jinping accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to visit India later this year for an informal summit, the foreign ministry said Thursday after the two leaders held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation or SCO summit. PM Modi had reached Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, earlier Thursday to take part in the two-day summit that focuses on trade and security issues. “PM Modi invited Xi (to India) for the next informal summit. Xi confirmed his readiness to visit India this year and that both sides should begin preparations,” said foreign secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale. Modi raised the issue of cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan during his talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping here and said India expects “concrete action” by Islamabad to create an atmosphere free of terror for the resumption of dialogue. Modi’s comments came ahead of President Xi’s meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is also here in the Kyrgyz capital to attend the SCO summit. Khan has twice written to Prime Minister Modi, seeking resumption of dialogue on all issues, including Kashmir. Responding to Khan’s overtures, Prime Minister Modi told his Pakistani counterpart that creating trust and an environment free of violence and terrorism was essential for fostering peace and prosperity in the region. India has not been engaging with Pakistan since an attack on the Air Force base at Pathankot in January of 2016 by a Pakistan-based terror group, maintaining that talks and terror cannot go together. Early this year, tensions flared up between India and Pakistan after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir’s Pulwama district. With agency inputslast_img read more

first_imgMelbourne: Terminally ill Australians can for the first time apply to end their own life, after new laws went into effect in the state of Victoria Wednesday. The country’s second most populous region made voluntary euthanasia legal under closely specified circumstances, a first for the country. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews — who supported the bill after his father’s death from cancer in 2016 — said the laws were about giving patients a “dignified option at the end of their life”. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London “We’ve taken a compassionate approach,” Andrews told commercial broadcaster Channel Nine, adding that he hoped it would bring people the dignity of a “good death.” Assisted suicide is illegal in most countries and in Australia until Victoria state introduced laws to legalise the practice in 2017. The scheme will be accessible only to terminally ill adult patients with fewer than six months to live — or one year left to live for sufferers of conditions such as motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador Multiple restrictions will be put in place, including residency requirements and assessments from multiple doctors, meaning around 12 people are expected to use the law this year. Andrews said that up to 150 might use the law each year after that. An independent review board and a coroner will track and monitor all deaths. Other states in Australia have debated assisted dying in the past, but the proposals have always been defeated. But experts said other states will now be watching closely to see how the law is implemented and whether they should follow suit. “Although over forty attempts to change the law in Australia have failed in the past, more recent reform efforts appear to be getting closer to laws changing,” Ben White from Queensland University of Technology’s Australian Centre for Health Law Research said. “Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia (states) all have inquiries considering change.” The law has been criticised for being both too permissive and too stringent. Prominent Australian euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke told Melbourne’s The Age that the safeguards were “too strict and onerous” and could result in “challenges to the law pressing to broaden access”. The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne said in a statement that the law was a “new, and deeply troubling chapter of health care in Victoria”. “Pope Francis has encouraged ordinary Catholics everywhere to resist euthanasia and to protect the old, the young and the vulnerable from being cast aside in a ‘throw-away culture’,” the Archbishop of Melbourne Peter Comensoli and three other Victoria bishops said.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: “Rape is the key reason emerging for school dropouts,” reveals a study conducted on 100 child rape victims by Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR). According to child rights body, the study found that 52 per cent of the total child victims are currently studying in schools and the corresponding shares of school goers among girls and boys are 51 per cent and 67 per cent respectively. “There is, however, a huge gap in educational attainment, as could be noticed in the share of dropped out children, who form 42 per cent of the total sample,” revealed report. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe report further added that 55 per cent of families of victims face different types of challenges in providing education to their children. The two key challenges are the low income of families (57 per cent) and the safety and security of children (47 per cent). While the study could establish desire of child victims for upward social and economic mobility, the inability of the majority of children to share their future career plans is indicative of their ignorance as well as the inability to set goals of life. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”11 per cent of children would like to join administrative services and 8 per cent would like to be in the teaching profession. While 5 per cent of children would like to be doctor, 4 per cent each would like to become a lawyer and engineer. While 3 per cent children each would like to be a player and dancer, 6 per cent children,” report revealed. 56 per cent respondents out of the total sample could not share their future career plan. Out of the total 100 child victims of rape covered in the study, only 15 per cent have received compensation money from the government. Analysis of data on the nature of livelihood challenges reveals job loss as a major challenge that has affected nearly half (49 per cent) of the total number of families that are facing the crisis. Out of the total, 26 per cent of children suffers from different types of physical illness that can be linked to the incidence of rape. The study found that families of 55 per cent child rape victims are poor with the monthly family the income of Rs 10,000 or less. The 52-page study report was prepared under the guidance of Ramesh Negi (chairperson DCPCR) and Jyoti Duhan Rathee (member DCPCR). More than 50 areas in 10 districts were covered during the study. They collaborated with Human Development Society. The child rights body conceived a community-level intervention named “Smile Clubs” to be implemented in all the districts of the National Capital Territory (NCT). The commission intends to make these children smile by rehabilitating and reintegrating them with society so that the consequences of rape and sexual abuse do not deprive them of happiness and preclude their development.last_img read more

first_imgLondon: Eight-time men’s champion Roger Federer moved into the third round at Wimbledon. Defending women’s champion Angelique Kerber went out in the second. Federer advanced as expected on Thursday, beating wild-card entry Jay Clarke 6-1, 7-6 (3), 6-2 on No. 1 Court. But unseeded American Lauren Davis pulled off the unexpected, defeating Kerber 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 on No. 2 Court. “I told myself you’re strong, you can do it, you belong here,” said Davis, who only entered the tournament as a lucky loser. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherKerber beat Serena Williams in last year’s final. Federer won his eighth title at the All England Club in 2017 and was eliminated in the quarterfinals last year. Despite his pedigree at Wimbledon, Federer played his British opponent on the second biggest court on the grounds instead of his usual spot on Centre Court. “I really enjoyed myself on Court 1 today with the roof,” Federer said. “I couldn’t really tell if it was Centre Court or Court 1, actually.” Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenTwo-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, No. 9 Sloane Stephens and No. 15 Wang Qiang also advanced to third round. Kvitova beat Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 6-2, Stephens defeated Wang Yafan 6-0, 6-2, and Wang ousted Tamara Zidansek 6-1, 6-2. Sam Querrey, a Wimbledon semifinalist in 2017, reached the third round in the men’s draw. The unseeded American defeated Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Later, all eyes will be on the marquee matchup between Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios. It is a rematch from 2014, when a 19-year-old Kyrgios upset then-No. 1 Nadal at the All England Club. Andy Murray will make his debut at this year’s tournament, playing men’s doubles with Pierre-Hugues Herbert against Marius Copil and Ugo Humbert.last_img read more

first_imgAntigua: India A’s top-order, led by opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, fired in unison to steer the team to a convincing eight-wicket win in the fifth and final unofficial one-dayer against the West Indies A, completing a 4-1 series triumph here. Rahul Chahar (2/53) and his cousin Deepak (2/39), alongwith pacer Navdeep Saini (2/31) — all of whom made the cut for India’s limited over squad on Sunday — picked up two wickets each to help India A dismiss West Indies A for 236 in 47.4 overs. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhGaikwad (99) then led the chase but missed out on a well-deserved century. His fellow opener Shubman Gill (69) and first-down Shreyas Iyer (61) also blasted half-centuries as India A overhauled the target in 33 overs at Coolidge Cricket Ground here. Gill hit eight fours and three sixes in a 40-ball 69 to share an opening stand of 110 with Gaikwad. He was dismissed by the off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall in the 12th over. Gaikwad then took India A to the brink of victory before being removed by Keemo Paul with the visitors needing just 15. His 89-ball innings was laced with 11 fours and three sixes. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterIyer, who added 112 runs for the second wicket with Gaikwad, remained unconquered with 61 off 64 balls. He had three hits to the fence and cleared the ropes twice. Earlier, electing to bat, West Indies A made a good start with opener Sunil Ambris cracking a 52-ball 61 studded with seven boundaries and two sixes to give the team early momentum. But India A’s bowlers triggered a collapse, reducing the hosts from 77 for no loss to 103 for six. Sherfane Rutherford then came up with a 70-ball 65 to lift West Indies A to 236. Khary Pierre hit four boundaries and a six in his unbeaten 35 off 34 balls before running out of partners.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Air India has been spreading its wings to connect homes and hearts for generations as India’s most trusted flying ambassador at home and abroad. Taking a step further to strengthen its bond with young passengers, Air India has rolled out its magic carpet to make the flying time of its long-haul flight a breeze for the youngsters. A colourful magazine cum workbook for children aged 2-12 will be offered to keep them engaged in creative, fun-filled activities during the flight. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalBesides, Maharajah mementos and memorabilia will also be handed over to them. The highlight of the initiative is a log-book to be presented to each and every children of the long-haul flights where the Commander of the flight will give his stamp along with a Maharajah insignia. An innovative idea of the Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani, this initiative will go a long way in cementing the emotional bond the Maharajah shares with children and make them eagerly look forward to take the long duration flights operated by Air India from Delhi and other destinations. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe initiative was launched on the night of July 22, 2019, for the Delhi-New York flight AI 101 at the IGI Airport by the Commercial Director and other senior executives and received overwhelming appreciation from passengers from all age group. Since the first flight on October 15, 1932, Air India has grown to become a mega international airline with a network of 46 international destinations across the USA, Europe, Far-East, South-East Asia, Australia and the Gulf.last_img read more