zoom APM Terminals Tacoma, part of Maersk Group’s terminal operator APM Terminals, has shut down its operations on September 30, 2017 and transferred the lease to Seattle-based SSA Marine.The SSA Marine container terminal operator has formed a new joint venture with Matson Lines, called SSAT, which started operations on October 2, 2017.Matson revealed its Tacoma plans in April this year, saying that it would switch to SSA Terminals for stevedoring and terminal services at the Port of Tacoma from 2018 onward.APM Terminals said that the Tacoma lease was set to expire December 31, 2017 and the contractual language allowed the lease transfer.“We are proud of the service we have been able to provide to our customers, the Port of Tacoma and the Seaport Alliance, and the safety performance recognition consistently received by the Pacific Maritime Association,” said Wim Lagaay, Head of the USA and Europe Portfolio for APM Terminals.APM Terminals Tacoma was used primarily by the Matson Alaska Service, with twice-weekly sailings between Tacoma, Anchorage and Kodiak, Alaska, and a weekly service between Tacoma and Dutch Harbor, Alaska, handling a combined 190,000 TEUs in 2016.APM Terminals’ US portfolio includes operations at APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles, APM Terminals Port Elizabeth at the Port of New York & New Jersey; APM Terminals Mobile, Alabama; and a 49% share in the South Florida Container Terminal, at the Port of Miami, Florida.
Image Courtesy: Royal Caribbean CruisesMiami-based cruise company Royal Caribbean Cruises reported record second quarter results and reaffirmed its full year adjusted EPS guidance.The company’s net income for the second quarter of 2018 surged to USD 466.3 million, compared to a net income of USD 369.5 million reported in the same period a year earlier.The company beat the adjusted earnings per share (EPS) guidance for the second quarter by USD 0.39.“Such a high level of favorability is unusual and was driven by a noteworthy confluence of factors including: better than expected revenue from the global brands, better performance from the joint ventures and lower than expected expenses which were driven by timing,” the company explained.Royal Caribbean Cruises said it expects its full year adjusted EPS to be in the range of USD 8.70 to USD 8.90 per share, noting that this guidance includes a USD 0.35 negative impact from currency and fuel since the April guidance.The company expects a net yield increase in the range of 2.75% to 3.75% in constant-currency.“While we are frustrated by foreign exchange and fuel rates, we are tickled pink that our business continues to excel and overcome these headwinds,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO.Jason T. Liberty, executive vice president and CFO, said that 2018 “is shaping up to be another year of record earnings,” which is being driven by a strong demand environment and effective cost and capital management.“While it is too early to guide on 2019, it is very encouraging to see these positive trends further supporting a strong book of business for next year.”
Calling all songwriters — Sherbrooke Village wil host the inaugural Sherbrooke Now Songwriters Camp, from Monday, July 2, to Thursday, July 5. The camp is being produced in partnership with the Stan Rogers Folk Festival and will feature Maritime writers Dave Carroll, Rose Cousins and Clary Croft along with Jason Wilber from the mid-western U.S. Mr. Carroll and Mr. Wilber are featured artists at Stanfest this year and Ms. Cousins performed a last year’s Stanfest. “Troy Greencorn and Stanfest have been great friends of Sherbrooke Village over the years,” said George Brothers, acting director of the museum. “Since it is our community that Stan Rogers was referring to when he wrote Barretts Privateers we thought it only fitting to give more people a reason to wish they were in Sherbrooke — and this camp should certainly make songwriters want to do just that.” Clary Croft is a name commonly associated with the Lunenburg Folk Festival, but his ties to Sherbrooke are strong, in fact Mr. Croft was once a strolling minstrel in the historic village and also plied the weaver’s trade. Mr. Croft’s remarkable command of Nova Scotia Folklore made him a natural addition to the lineup of the Sherbrooke Now Songwriter’s camp. “We’re very excited to welcome Clary back to Sherbrooke,” said Lynn Hayne, program administrator at Sherbrooke Village, and the person responsible for the logistics of the camp. “Clary is part of our extended musical family and I know he’ll not only be right at home, but will make others feel at home as well.” “We’ve been hosting guests here on learning vacations for many years so the move to a musical learning vacation is not that big a shift,” said Ms. Hayne. “Sherbrooke is a very special place and we know our staff and student writers will all benefit from their time spent with us. We’re pretty confident they’ll leave here singing I wish I was in Sherbrooke Now.” For information or to register, contact Lynn Hayne at 1-888-743-7845 or e-mail email@example.com .
La Nouvelle-Écosse sera la première province au Canada à utiliser un nouveau certificat de naissance hautement sécurisé et à caractère durable. Le certificat, qui correspond au nouveau standard canadien, est le certificat de naissance le plus sécurisé au monde. La Nouvelle-Écosse délivrera le nouveau certificat de naissance à compter du 3 décembre. Le certificat actuel est utilisé depuis plus de 20 ans. Jamie Muir, ministre de Services Nouvelle-Écosse et Relations avec les municipalités, dit qu’il s’agit d’un certificat ultramoderne et qu’il inclut plusieurs caractéristiques visant à prévenir la fraude et l’usurpation d’identité. « Il s’agit du document de base qui confirme votre identité et qui confirme que vous êtes né au Canada. Il doit donc être protégé, » a dit M. Muir. « Le nouveau certificat inclut plus de 20 caractéristiques de sécurité qui le rendent très difficile à altérer ou à reproduire. » Le certificat a été conçu par l’entremise du Conseil sur la statistique de l’état civil du Canada. Le Conseil, qui est formé de représentants de chaque province et territoire, reconnaît le besoin d’un nouveau standard national pour les certificats afin de les protéger contre les nouvelles menaces à la sécurité. « Nous sommes très heureux de pouvoir offrir à toutes les provinces et à tous les territoires la possibilité d’adopter ce nouveau standard national pour les certificats de naissance canadiens, » a dit Liz Crowley Meagher, présidente du Conseil de la statistique de l’état civil du Canada. « La conception standard permet d’assurer l’intégrité et la fiabilité de nos documents, et d’obtenir la confiance du public. » Dirigée par le Conseil de la statistique sur l’état civil du Canada, la conception du nouveau certificat de naissance a été effectuée par la Compagnie canadienne des billets de banque, en consultation avec des experts en matière de sécurité des documents, notamment la GRC, le Service canadien du renseignement de sécurité et l’Agence des services frontaliers du Canada. La Compagnie canadienne des billets de banque est responsable de l’impression des billets de banque du Canada. Elle est reconnue internationalement pour la qualité et l’innovation dont elle fait preuve en fournissant des systèmes d’identité sécurisés aux gouvernements à l’échelle mondiale. « Nous avons travaillé étroitement avec le Conseil de la statistique sur l’état civil pour concevoir le nouveau certificat de naissance, » a dit Mark Houlton, directeur du développement de la Compagnie canadienne des billets de banque. « Nous avons utilisé notre expertise acquise par la conception de documents d’identité sécurisés pour des pays partout au monde. » Les frais exigés pour l’obtention d’un certificat de naissance de la Nouvelle-Écosse n’augmenteront pas en raison de ce nouveau format. Bien que le nouveau certificat de naissance remplace le certificat actuel, il n’annule pas les certificats de naissance qui ont déjà été délivrés. Ces derniers demeureront des certificats de naissance légaux de la province. La plupart des autres provinces prévoient adopter le nouveau certificat au cours de la nouvelle année.
People on the South Shore will soon have more opportunities and places to be physically active thanks to a $476,820 investment from the province’s recreation facility development program. Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection, announced the investments today, June 11, for community groups, not-for-profit organizations and associations on the South Shore. “Providing children, families and seniors with accessible places to participate in sport and recreation is a key part of our plan to build safer, healthier communities,” said Mr. Barnet. “These groups have worked hard to improve their communities and we are proud to support them with these investments.” The grants will be used to develop trail systems, renovate community centres and construct playgrounds in the region. Recreation facility development is a $3-million program that helps municipalities and community groups plan, construct, renovate, conserve or acquire facilities for public recreation. Eligible projects include community centres, pools, sport facilities, parks, playgrounds, trails and other outdoor facilities. Community groups develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. They work with Health Promotion and Protection staff to plan projects and apply for funding. The recreation facility development grant program provides up to one third of capital costs; communities are responsible for raising the rest. The program will help create about $14.5 million in construction through 84 organizations. “Our goal is to make Nova Scotia the healthiest province in the country,” said Mr. Barnet. “These announcements represent another positive step toward reaching that goal.” Recreation facility development is one part of the province’s commitment to invest $68 million in sport and recreation infrastructure by the year 2017.
Atlantic cod and farmed salmon fish cakes are being served for breakfast Friday, June 4, at the Cunard Centre as the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture helps CBC Radio’s Information Morning celebrate its 40th birthday. The seafood offering has been part of the radio show anniversary for more than 20 years. The fish cakes, prepared by local chefs BeeChoo Char and Matt Pennell, will be available hot-off-the-grill from 6 a.m to 8:45 a.m. Nova Scotia’s fishing and aquaculture industries create good jobs in coastal communities around the province. These sectors help grow the economy by generating more than $1 billion, primarily in exports, every year. “We produce some of the highest quality seafood in the world,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau. “Partnering with CBC Radio’s Information Morning is a great opportunity to reach out to the community, promote our seafood to families in Nova Scotia and talk about the health benefits of adding seafood to diets.” Nova Scotia seafood recipes will be available and staff will answer questions on where to buy, select, handle and cook Atlantic fish and seafood. The curious can check out the aquaculture aquarium containing rainbow trout and Atlantic halibut, and learn more about aquaculture species farmed in Nova Scotia. Visitors can also win tickets to the upcoming Catch the N.S. Seafood Festival being held on June 19-20. For fishcakes and other Nova Scotia seafood recipes, go to www.gov.ns.ca/fish/marketing/recipes/seafood/ .
Le Bureau de gestion des urgences demande aux Néo-Écossais de faire preuve de prudence, particulièrement dans les régions côtières. « Nous avons déjà eu notre part de tempêtes majeures et des dangers qu’elles apportent au cours de cette saison, a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. Il n’est pas nécessaire de prendre des risques. Rappelons-nous les risques et respectons les conditions météorologiques qui entraînent ces risques. » Mme Jennex demande à tous les Néo-Écossais de se préparer en vue d’interruptions possibles des services et de conditions dangereuses le long des côtes. Le niveau de l’eau dans les régions côtières pourrait être plus élevé que la normale. Les grands vents et les vagues déferlantes rendent le littoral dangereux. La ministre demande également aux gens de rester loin des points d’observation tels que Peggy’s Cove où les vagues et les marées imprévisibles accompagnent les tempêtes de vent. Environnement Canada prévoit que les vents et les pluies abondantes se poursuivront mardi et mercredi sur toute la Nouvelle-Écosse. Certaines régions pourraient recevoir jusqu’à 70 millimètres de pluie et des vents du sud-est avec des rafales de 100 kilomètres à l’heure, à l’exception de la région de l’ouest des hautes terres du Cap-Breton où les Suètes souffleront en rafales jusqu’à 140 kilomètres à l’heure. Les grands vents atteindront le Cap-Breton ce soir. La pluie abondante se déplacera plus lentement en direction est et atteindra le Cap-Breton mardi matin. Selon les renseignements actuels, les réseaux hydrographiques absorberont la majorité des précipitations prévues au cours des 48 prochaines heures. Toutefois, les personnes situées dans les régions de faible élévation ou les régions sujettes aux inondations doivent continuer de surveiller les conditions. Le BGU a collaboré avec Environnement Canada au cours de la dernière semaine pour surveiller l’approche de cette tempête et continue de recevoir des mises à jour régulièrement. Les partenaires, incluant les municipalités et les responsables des infrastructures essentielles, ont été avisés et sont au courant de la nécessité de réagir rapidement, s’il y a lieu. « À l’approche de toute tempête, le BGU examine attentivement les risques qu’elle pourrait entraîner, a dit Mme Jennex. La météo et ses impacts peuvent être imprévisibles. Nous encourageons fortement tous les Néo-Écossais à être prêts en tout temps et à surveiller les conditions météorologiques. »
There were 196 fewer hours of overall emergency department closures and unscheduled closures were down by 1,195 hours last year according to the annual Accountability Report on Emergency Departments. Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health and Wellness, tabled the report in the Nova Scotia legislature today, May 19. The report, which provides data to enhance understanding of the challenges facing the province’s emergency care system, will help government provide better health care to families across Nova Scotia. “This report tells us that there has been some progress in reducing emergency department closures, but there is more work ahead,” said Ms. MacDonald. “The data contained in this report helped us develop Better Care Sooner, our plan to improve emergency care in Nova Scotia.” Over the past year, government has taken a number of actions under Better Care Sooner which will lead to more improvements in emergency health services, such as: According to the Accountability Report on Emergency Departments, in 2010-11 emergency departments in hospitals across the province were open 94.3 per cent of the time. Twenty-five of the province’s 38 hospitals had no closures over the past year. Thirteen hospitals did have closures, for a total of 18,920 hours. Scheduled emergency department closures, which are predicted and planned for well in advance, increased in 2010-11 by 999 hours. The annual report is required under the province’s Emergency Department Closures Accountability Act, introduced by Ms. MacDonald in 2009. It requires district health authorities consult with their communities about closures during public forums and to consider solutions proposed by the community to keep emergency departments open. The annual Accountability Report on Emergency Departments will also serve as a benchmark so data can be compared and progress charted annually. The report is available at www.gov.ns.ca/health . introducing Nova Scotia’s first Collaborative Emergency Centre in Parrsboro, with three more centres to be launched this year diverting almost 1,200 patients from the QEII emergency department to the new Rapid Assessment Unit hiring paramedics to work at nursing homes so seniors can be treated where they live, rather than making the frail and elderly wait in ambulances at the ER training Advanced Care Paramedics under the RESTORE program so that they can immediately give life-saving drugs to Nova Scotians having heart attacks, rather than waiting until they arrive at hospital launching the Supportive Care Program, which gives low-income seniors and their caregivers greater control and flexibility to organize homecare launching a Healthlink 811 public awareness campaign so people know they can call a nurse 24 hours a day and receive professional advice over the telephone
Nova Scotians in rural communities can count on their emergency departments staying open thanks to a program announced by Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson today, Sept. 19. The emergency department coverage program helps patients access care by making a pool of physicians available to fill emergency room shifts in hospitals across the province. “We said we would keep emergency departments open, and that’s exactly what this government is doing,” said Mr. Wilson. “This is another innovative solution that will help protect rural emergency rooms across the province.” “This government is making the changes needed to provide better care sooner and ensure Nova Scotians have access to the care they need, when and where they need it now that we’re better able to cover these difficult to fill shifts.” The improved scheduling system takes a more focused, provincially co-ordinated approach to streamline processes and meets a key commitment of the Better Care Sooner plan. The $200,000 program is part of the province’s recently released Physician Resource Plan that identified several ways to improve patient care through better planning and management of Nova Scotia’s physicians. This creates opportunities for physicians to work in several emergency departments across the province. To participate, physicians must have appropriate clinical training and experience to match each designated facility. Doctors must also agree to maintain current commitments to emergency departments where they regularly provide service. “This improved scheduling system, together with Better Care Sooner, will provide Nova Scotians in rural communities with more reliable and consistent care,” said Mr. Wilson. The province has partnered with Emergency Medical Care, which also manages the province’s ground ambulance, medical communications centre and air medical transport operations, to deliver the program for one year. Emergency Medical Care works with the province and district health authorities to ensure physicians are not recruited from underserved areas. A request for proposals will be issued to continue the service after the initial contract is complete. “We know how important our emergency departments are to our communities and work hard to keep them open,” said Lynne Harrigan, vice-president of medicine, Annapolis Valley Health. “This program helps us fill unplanned or hard-to-fill vacancies that may otherwise result in closures.” The new program supports other existing programs that provide temporary support to doctors across Nova Scotia. Physicians deliver care to the patients of colleagues who must be away from their practices due to education, maternity, vacation, illness or other types of leave. For more information on the province’s Better Care Sooner and Physician Resource Plans, visit www.novascotia.ca/dhw .
Women, children and families will continue to receive excellent, uninterrupted care at the IWK Health Centre thanks to a new provincial investment in an emergency power generator. “We are fortunate to have a world-class health-care facility for children in our province and no one should have to worry about their surgery being cancelled because of emergency power not being available,” said Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “This investment provides more assurance around seamless care for families.” Nova Scotia’s district health authorities and the IWK routinely submitted a list of infrastructure needs in November for the 2013-14 fiscal year. At that time, the department received the IWK’s request for funds for a new generator, Wilson said. “We are extremely pleased that the government is committed to funding the purchase and installation of a new emergency generator,” said Anne McGuire, president and CEO, IWK Health Centre. “As the Maritimes’s only tertiary care centre for children and women, it is essential that we have a reliable power source 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” The current generator, which is the size of a half-ton truck, is 35 years old and has had problems over the past year. A request for proposals will be issued for the new generator, including installation this summer. “Just the thought of a power outage occurring during one of my daughter’s heart surgeries would be a nightmare beyond comprehension,” said Yarrow Gillis, mother of a 7-year-old daughter, and Family Leader at the IWK. “Knowing that the emergency power generator is solid and reliable will certainly help patients and families feel more at ease during what is already a very traumatic and stressful time.” The new generator will be running within a year. In the meantime, the IWK Health Centre has increased the frequency and detail of equipment tests.
More small and medium-sized businesses will now have direct access to Dalhousie University engineers to develop and make prototypes of new products. The Nova Scotia Product Design and Development Centre will provide Nova Scotia businesses with product research, development and prototyping services, helping to turn ideas into marketable products. “We had a very beneficial collaboration with Dalhousie University’s engineering design team,” said Colin Deacon, chief executive officer, BlueLight Analytics. “We provided them with a rough prototype design and they turned it into a customer-ready commercial product that took less time to assemble. “One year later, our checkMARC device is being used across North America and in other countries like Germany, the U.K. and Brazil.” The centre merges two Dalhousie Faculty of Engineering groups — Product Research and Design, and the Innovation in Design Lab (iDLab). The merger means the centre will reach more businesses and better co-ordinate activities. Rubber Trails and Surfaces Canada Ltd., is a small company in Upper Musquodoboit that produces products from recycled rubber. It has worked with engineers at Dalhousie on several projects, including a special curb for running tracks that has been accepted by the International Association of Athletics Federation to be used at the Olympics. “Manufacturing businesses in the Maritimes need to innovate to be far more efficient than our competitors who are closer to the larger, more affluent markets,” said Steve Benison, Rubber Trails and Surfaces Canada Ltd. Government is providing $85,000 in one-time funding to help launch the centre. “Finding ways to connect the private sector with the expertise and creativity of our universities will help make our businesses more competitive and profitable,” said Michel Samson, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “This centre can help our young, ambitious engineers gain valuable connections to local businesses and our small businesses reach their highest potential.” For more information about the Nova Scotia Product Design and Development Centre, visit http://www.nspddc.ca .
Government continues to monitor the situation at an aquaculture site in Shelburne Harbour, that reported damage on Feb. 15, due to a major storm. The site has experienced a higher than expected rate of mortality since the storm. Dead fish from the site will not enter the human food chain. As a precaution, aquatic animal health staff of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture took samples of the dead fish. No reportable disease was found. “We continue to receive updates from the operator as we monitor the situation and will update the public as the situation warrants,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. Information on the province’s aquaculture regulations is available at http://novascotia.ca/fish/aquaculture. To report a concern about an aquaculture site contact the Department of Environment at 1-800-565-2224.
The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is alerting investors that Dennis Cockerill Jr. is not registered to sell securities in Nova Scotia. Mr. Cockerill has solicited Nova Scotia residents by placing ads on Kijiji.ca to invest in a patented recycling product. He has advised an interested investor that a 200 per cent return on investment will be paid within 90 days, with the option to roll the investment into shares pre-initial public offering. “Remember, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is,” said Stephanie Atkinson, senior enforcement counsel with the commission. “Always take the time to check registration and understand the risks and costs involved with your investments. Becoming an informed investor is the best way to protect your money.” The commission urges people to exercise extreme caution when dealing with firms that are not registered in Nova Scotia. It is illegal to solicit investments in Nova Scotia without registering with the commission and complying with Nova Scotia securities laws. To see if a company or person is registered, you can check the Canadian Securities Administrators’ National Registration Search at http://www.aretheyregistered.ca . If you have had contact with Dennis Cockerill Jr. please contact the commission. Nova Scotians can always contact the Commission to report any scams or what is believed to be suspicious behavior from anyone offering investment opportunities on our website http://nssc.novascotia.ca . The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating the investment industry in the province.
London: Justin Langer has hailed the West Indies’ “Calypso cricket”, admitting they were his heroes when he was growing up as he prepares Australia to face their current battery of fast bowlers. The two teams, who have won seven out of the 11 World Cups so far between them, meet at Trent Bridge on Thursday after both cruised to comfortable opening victories. Head coach Langer said defending champions Australia would need to adjust their mindset to take on the West Indies quicks and other fast bowlers at the tournament in England and Wales. “We’ve probably spent four months thinking and playing against spin bowling,” he said on Tuesday. “We have to adapt to West Indies no doubt, who have got a number of good, fast bowlers. South Africa will be same. England will be the same. Have to adapt our game plan and adapt pretty quickly. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun”Obviously a very dangerous team the way they bat and aggressive bowling, but they’ve got weaknesses as well and we’re playing pretty good cricket.” West Indies, who won the first two World Cups, in 1975 and 1979, were the dominant force in the world game for two decades and boasted a succession of world-class fast bowlers and thrilling batsmen. “When I was a kid it was Calypso cricket, and I think we’re seeing plenty of signs of Calypso cricket,” said Langer said. “Running and bowling fast. They’re not necessarily going to be bowling the same spot every ball, but going to be exciting to watch. They all try to hit sixes most balls so Darren Bravo’s probably a little bit more unorthodox. “Always exciting playing the West Indies. When I was growing up they were my heroes.” Langer described Chris Gayle, who scored 50 in the West Indies’ seven-wicket victory against Pakistan, as a “brilliant player”.
New Delhi: A Delhi Police personnel was attacked with a sword by a tempo driver in North West Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar area, According to Delhi Police, an accident was caused by a Gramin Sewa tempo to a police vehicle. Thereafter, a police officer was also assaulted on the head by the tempo driver with a sword. Further, the tempo was driven dangerously and caused injuries to a policeman in the leg. “Matter being personally enquired into by Addl DCP & prompt follow up action will be taken,” said police in their statement. In a CCTV video of the alleged incident, it can be seen that a man holding a sword in his hand was talking to policeman. Later the police personnel went back to the police station. Later several policemen came to the spot. A person in plain clothes held a man wearing a turban (holding sword) from the back. The turban man attacked the man in plain clothes. Once the sword is taken from his hand he was beaten by policemen.
Mumbai: A person was electrocuted and three were killed after being struck by lightning as rain pounded Mumbai and many parts of Maharashtra for the fourth consecutive day, disrupting normal life and hitting air, road and rail traffic, officials said on Monday. A 30-year-old man, Mohammed Ayub Kazi, was electrocuted inside his home in Shivajinagar, Govandi suburb in north-east Mumbai. He was rushed to the Rajawadi Hospital where he was declared dead. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief Three others, including a woman, were killed and two injured after being struck by ligtning as they took shelter from heavy rain in a shed in Solapur on Monday afternoon. “The five victims were waiting for the rains to subside in a shed near the Mandrup village when suddenly lighting struck them. The three killed are Parvati M. Kore, 55, Chatursingh J. Rajpu, 41 and Sanket D. Chormule, 17. The other two have been rushed to the district hospital,” Mandrup police official Baburao Rathod told IANS. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC Overnight heavy spells of rain inundated at least 137 spots all over Mumbai, including Dadar, Sion, Matunga, Parel, Wadala, Mahim, Santacruz, Andheri, Jogeshwari, Malad, Dahisar and virtually halted all traffic movement, leading to huge traffic snarls since daybreak. Flights to and from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport were delayed by 35 minutes owing to heavy rain and low visibility, said an official. Long-distance services on the Central Railway’s Mumbai-Pune sector were hit following the derailment of at least four wagons of a goods train between Jambrung and Thakurwadi in the Monkey Hill section of the Western Ghats early on Monday. Several Mumbai-Pune trains were cancelled, some diverted and other long-distance trains hit at various locations en route as the CR made frantic efforts to restore normalcy. Railway tracks were flooded at locations like Sion, Matunga and Kurla, impacting the CR’s suburban sector with trains running behind schedule, delaying lakhs of office-goers and students. On the Western Railway (WR), some material from ongoing construction work fell and broke the overhead electric wires at Marine Line, hitting services on the slow line between Churchgate-Mumbai Central around 8 a.m. Restoration was taken up on a war-footing and services were restored at 11 a.m., said a WR official, while heavy rains led to cancellation of several outstation services today. Road traffic took the brunt of the heavy rain with water-logging in several areas of the city, eastern and western suburbs, though a majority of the subways escaped flooding as the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation activated pumps to throw out the gushing rain water. As students were stranded in the rain in different areas, some schools in and around central Mumbai declared a precautionary holiday. In Palghar district, the Surya River was hovering near the danger mark, posing a risk to at least 26 villages on its banks even as relief agencies were kept on standby. Thane city and district were also lashed by heavy flooding several parts of the city, including housing complexes, stranding people and halting vehicular traffic. The IMD has forecast heavy to very heavy spells in and around Mumbai on Monday, with rainy conditions likely to continue for the next four days, and temperatures at a maximum of 28 degrees and 23 degrees.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court will on Monday hear a plea seeking formulation of a Uniform Civil Code (UCC).The court had issued notice to the Home Ministry and Law Commission on May 31 but neither has filed a response as of now.A Division Bench of then Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Brijesh Sethi had listed the matter for hearing on July 8.A public interest litigation (PIL) was filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsIn his plea, Upadhyay sought direction to the government to set up a judicial commission or a high level expert committee to draft within three months the UCC in the spirit of Article 44 of the Constitution, while considering the best practices of all religions and sects, civil laws of developed countries and international conventions.He also sought direction to publish the draft on a government website for at least 60 days to allow for extensive public debate and feedback. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe PIL sought direction to the Law Commission to draft the UCC and direction to the government to secure gender justice, gender equality and dignity of women.In his plea, Upadhyay said: “The objective of Article 44 is to introduce a common civil code, which is essential to promote fraternity, unity and national integration. It proceeds on the assumption that there is no connection between religion and personal laws in a civilised society.”He asserted that the Constitution guaranteed freedom of conscience and of religion while divesting religion from personal laws and social relations and from laws governing inheritance, succession and marriage just as it has been done even in Muslim countries like Turkey and Egypt. “The object of Article 44 is not to encroach upon religious liberties guaranteed under Article 25,” the plea said.Upadhyay added that the several enactments, which had been made by Parliament since independence on marriage, succession, adoption and guardianship, related only to Hindus (including Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs) in the name of the Hindu Code.He argued that these enactments excluded Muslims, who were the major slice of the minority communities and who most vociferously objected to a common civil code.
Kolkata: Mani Sankar Mukherjee, a babu (court clerk) of Noel Fredrick Barwell, a barrister-at-law who used to visit the High Court everyday in the early 1950s, never thought that he will be sworn in as the city’s 245th sheriff on Monday at Calcutta High Court.The outgoing sheriff Dr Sanjoy Chatterjee administered the oath of office to the octogenarian writer, who is popularly known by his pen name Shankar. Mukherjee came to fame because of his novel Koto Ajanare. Satyajit Ray had also made two films based on his novels Shimabaddha and Jana Aranya. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe post of ‘Sheriff’ was created for the city in 1775 and James Macrabey was the first to hold the chair. The first Indian appointed as “The Sheriff of Calcutta” was Manakjee Rustomjee in 1874, while the first Bengali to have adorned the post was Raja Digamber Mitter in 1875. Mukherjee said on Monday: “It is a remarkable day in my life, making me feel very humble as the new Sheriff, as I pay my respects to all my predecessors who have been great sheriffs of a great city called Calcutta.”
New Delhi: Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers has denied that he made any demand to be included in the national squad for the ICC World Cup in England and Wales. de Villiers, who retired from international cricket in May 2018, said that he had been asked at the time if he would be available if South Africa needed him for the World Cup. He had said that he would be and had repeated the same during a private conversation with Proteas captain Faf du Plessis during the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “Faf and I have been friends since we were at school together and two days before the World Cup squad was announced, I contacted him for a chat,” de Villiers said in a statement the screenshots of which were posted on his social media handles. “I had been in decent form during the Indian Premier League and casually repeated what I had said when asked a year earlier, that I was available if required… but only if required. I made absolutely no demand at all. I certainly did not try to force my way into the World Cup squad on the eve of the tournament, and did not expect to be included. There was no burning issue from my side, and no sense of injustice,” he said. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open The controversy arose after it was revealed that de Villiers had allegedly demanded to be included in the South Africa squad just after their defeat to India in the World Cup. The Proteas had a dismal tournament in England and Wales as they crashed out of the group stage with just three victories in nine outings. de Villiers came in for criticism after the story broke and while the 35-year-old clarified that he had not demanded anything from du Plessis or the South African team management, he held no grudge against anyone for leaking the story. “Out of the blue, on the evening after the Proteas lost to India, suffering a third successive World Cup defeat, elements of our private conversation were disclosed to the media, and distorted to cast me in the worst possible light. The story was not leaked by me, or anybody associated with me, or by Faf. Maybe someone wanted to deflect criticism. I don’t know,” he revealed. “As a result, I was unfairly described as arrogant, selfish and indecisive, but with all humility, my conscience is clear. I retired for honest reasons and, when asked if I could be available for the World Cup, I agreed to keep the door open. In the event, understandably, the team moved on. No problem. I am not angry with anybody,” de Villiers said.
Hyderabad/Vijayawada: Healthcare services at government-run hospitals across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh were paralyzed on Thursday as the doctors went on strike to protest against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2019. Patients in major hospitals in both the state suffered as doctors boycotted duties except emergency services. The 24-hour-long strike called by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) began at 6 a.m., adding to the hardships of poor patients in the government hospitals where the healthcare services remained affected due to strike by junior doctors for over a week. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The services came to a standstill at Osmania General Hospital, Gandhi Hospital, Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), Niluofer Hospital, Fever Hospital in Hyderabad, MGM Hospital in Warangal and other government-run hospitals in Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Adilabad, Khammam and other towns of Telangana. The healthcare services also came to a halt at hospitals in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. Patients at King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam, Ruia Hospital in Tirupati and other hospitals in Vijayawada, Guntur, Kurnool and other towns were also suffering due to doctors’ strike. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K IMA has 1,500 member doctors in the two Telugu states. The doctors staged protests at their respective hospitals, calling the NMC anti-poor and anti-doctor. They sought amendments to the NMC Bill, which was passed last week by both Houses of Parliament. Doctors and medicos say the Bill will promote quackery as it allows non-MBBS graduates to become licensed practitioners. They believe the Bill would affect the quality of medical education and thereby working against the interests of the poor. Meanwhile, the indefinite strike by junior doctors entered the eighth day on Thursday. They intensified the strike by staging ‘maha dharna’ at Indira Park in Hyderabad. “We are fighting for people not for us. This Bill will damage the entire system affecting the people’s interests,” said one of the protesting medicos. The junior doctors said the changes to be brought in medical education would affect its quality and many youngsters aspiring to become doctors will not be able to afford it.