Image Courtesy: NGO Shipbreaking PlatformA total of 128 end-of-life ships were sold for scrap to the South Asian beaches during the first quarter of 2017, according to the data collected and analysed by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.The number represents 65 percent of ships which reached the shores of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, out of a total of 196 vessels sold for demolition worldwide during the three-month period.This quarter 22 ships were sold for breaking at Pakistan’s Gadani yard, “one of the world’s most dangerous places to work,” despite a number of incidents at the yard including a major explosion on the tanker Aces in November 2016, a fire on a Greek-owned LPG tanker, and a lifeboat fall from the UK-based Zodiac owned Snowdon, which together claimed at least 34 workers’ lives.A further 37 ships were sold to Bangladesh’s Chittagong breaking yards, where as many as six accidents struck the industry in the first months of 2017 killing three workers and seriously injuring another three.The Alang beach in India was by far the most popular destination for end-of-life ships this quarter, with 69 ships sold for breaking. The yards in Alang have recently been portraying their practices as improved compared to Bangladesh and Pakistan, but the overall unnecessarily risky conditions of breaking ships on tidal beaches remains, the Platform said, adding that serious accidents were reported in Alang this quarter, resulting in at least two fatalities.Image Courtesy: NGO Shipbreaking Platform“Beaching yards offer cheap, but dangerous and polluting scrapping. Ship owners have been aware of the detrimental effects of breaking ships on tidal beaches for more than 20 years, yet the ease with which existing environmental laws can be circumvented for the sake of the extra profit the shipping industry makes by selling to the beach yards allows the worst practices to persist,” NGO Shipbreaking Platform said.European companies accounted for half of the vessels beached in South Asia the first quarter. For the first time, German owners topped the list with 26 ships sold to South Asian breakers, followed by Greek owners with 17 beached end-of-life vessels.German ship owners, Hansa Mare Reederei GmbH & Company KG and Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG, “top the list of the worst dumpers this quarter with each having beached five end-of-life ships,” according to the Platform.Whilst grey- and black-listed flags, such as Comoros, Palau and St Kitts and Nevis, continue to be particularly popular for end-of-life ships, also ships registered under the flags Malta and Cyprus ended up on the beaches.
zoom The US has decided to extended the limited Jones Act Waiver on the back of the severe disruptions of the oil supply system resulting from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.The waiver, which was initially signed on September 8, was extended at the recommendation of the Departments of Defense and Energy.Effective immediately, the waiver will facilitate movement of refined petroleum products, including gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel, to be shipped from New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas to Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico.The extension applies to covered merchandise laded on board a vessel through and including September 22, 2017.The Jones Act prohibits the transportation of cargo between points in the US, either directly or via a foreign port, or for any part of the transportation, in any vessel other than a vessel that has a coastwise endorsement.The last Jones Act waiver was issued in December 2012, for petroleum products to be delivered for relief assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
zoomImage Courtesy: Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Cruise Line has reached an agreement in principle with the Canaveral Port Authority on a new terminal able to accommodate its new 180,000-ton ship set to debut in 2020.The terms of the agreement are expected to be included on the agenda of the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners’ meeting on August 29, 2018.If approved, the agreement will clear the way for Carnival Cruise Line’s plans to homeport the as-yet-unnamed 5,286-lower berth ship at Port Canaveral.“We are very excited about the prospects of homeporting our largest ship at Port Canaveral, a valued business partner for more than 25 years,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.The vessel, the largest ever constructed for the line, will be the first North American-based cruise ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), part of Carnival Corporation’s “green cruising” design platform.Construction of the 180,000-ton cruise ship is scheduled to begin in November 2018 with the official steel-cutting ceremony at the Meyer-Werft shipyard in Turku, Finland.The line currently has three year-round ships based in Port Canaveral carrying upwards of 650,000 passengers a year. In October, Carnival Cruise Line will also reposition the newer Carnival Breeze to homeport at Port Canaveral.
With only a few minor exceptions, the Nova Scotia Museum familyof provincial museums will reopen to the public today, Oct. 2,after several temporary closures due to Hurricane Juan. At Uniacke Estate Museum Park, Mount Uniacke, the Post Road gateddriveway, which usually serves as the main entrance, will beclosed to cars and pedestrians for the remainder of the season. Visitors are asked to use the service entrance to access theparking lot. Uniacke House will reopen for regular hours, from Monday toSaturday, between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and Sundays, from 11a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The walking trails, however, except for aportion of the Lake Martha Loop trail, will remain closed untilfurther notice as a safety precaution. Uniacke House closes for the season on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Lawrence House Museum in Maitland will remain closed untilfurther notice. Lawrence House also closes for the season onWednesday, Oct. 15. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax is now open forbusiness, with the exception of the museum wharves and CSSAcadia, which are closed for the season. The museum’s hours are:Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 8p.m.; Wednesday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; andSundays from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Museum of Natural History in Halifax reopens to visitors forregular hours today, Oct. 2. Society meetings normally scheduledfor Thursday evening are cancelled for this week only. Societymeetings resume on Friday, Oct. 3. The Nova Scotia Museum family of provincial museums includes 27sites throughout the province. Complete details on the museums,hours of operation, and events can be found on the Web site atmuseum.gov.ns.ca .
COLCHESTER COUNTY: Fred Tupper Bridge There will be closures on the Fred Tupper Bridge until Friday,March 5 while repairs are being carried out. The bridge will beclosed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. It will beopen evenings and on weekends. There are detour routes in placeon Meadowvale Road, South Branch Road and Cove Road. Local Area Office: 902-671-2614 Fax: 902-671-2787 -30-
The Nova Scotia Utility and Review board has approved an application by Acadian Intercity Coaches LP to continue transportation service along the Halifax to Yarmouth line run currently serviced by DRL Coachlines Ltd. Acadian Intercity Coaches LP applied to the Utility and Review Board on Tuesday, July 19, for a temporary authority to provide the transportation services. The services include passenger transportation between Halifax and Yarmouth, via Highway 3 and Highway 103, and return, and parcel delivery along the same route. The board approved the application today, July 20. Acadian Intercity Coaches LP may begin its service effective Sunday, July 24. The existing service schedule will remain in effect. Rates will be in accordance with the rate schedule for Acadian Intercity Coaches LP. -30-
Nova Scotia’s film heritage will be preserved for future generations thanks to a new, specially equipped vault at Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management. Nova Scotia’s first cold vault for the long-term storage of archival film footage was officially opened today, May 26, at the public archives building in Halifax. “This new film preservation vault is a reality thanks to the collaborative efforts and persistence of a number of individuals and organizations,” said Brian Speirs, provincial archivist. “Now we can ensure that both archival film and colour footage produced by today’s vibrant film industry in Nova Scotia will be secure.” The archives staff have been working with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Council of Nova Scotia Archives to obtain a facility to store at-risk colour film that was produced in Nova Scotia over the last 70 years. The new climate-controlled, 600 square-foot vault was purchased with assistance from the departments of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, Education, and Transportation and Public Works. It will store more than 18,000 film cans from the provincial archives, the CBC and the Council of Nova Scotia Archives, and may also rent some space to commercial film producers. Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management acquires, preserves and makes available the province’s documentary heritage, including archival film footage. More information and sample film clips are available on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm .
Nova Scotians will have a chance to explore, study and enjoy nature in a new protected wilderness area next to the province’s largest urban population. Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area will be within the boundary of Nova Scotia’s capital, Halifax Regional Municipality. The province will designate 1,350 hectares (3,350 acres) of Crown lands between Highway 103 and the Bicentennial Highway, adjacent to the Bayers Lake Business Park. “This unique wilderness area, located within city municipal boundaries, will ensure that people can more easily experience the rejuvenating powers of nature within their own community,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour, at a ceremony today, Oct. 30, in Hammonds Plains, Halifax Regional Municipality. The Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Actcommits the province to protecting 12 per cent of Nova Scotia’s land mass by 2015. Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area will help meet that provincial goal. The wilderness area designation will protect numerous interconnected, undeveloped lakes and wetlands; rugged woodlands with old red oak and red spruce stands; and a rare arctic-alpine plant called Mountain Sandwort. It will also help protect exceptional outdoor education and wilderness recreation opportunities such as hiking, swimming, cross-country skiing, canoeing and angling. “I would like to thank the Department of Natural Resources, led by my colleague David Morse, for helping to make this unique near-urban wilderness area a reality,” said Mr. Parent. Blue Mountain–Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area will complement Halifax Regional Municipality’s regional planning strategy, which includes creating a large park in that region. “I’m very pleased with the province’s collaborative approach and support for HRM’s regional plan,” said Mayor Peter Kelly. “This will help us move forward with HRM’s plans for a regional park in the area.” The environmental value of the lands was highlighted in an environmental assessment report into the proposed Highway 113. The independent report notes that the proposed highway routeis outside the area worthy of protection. The wilderness-area designation addresses the report’s recommendation that lands south of the proposed highway route be protected. For more information about Nova Scotia’s 34 protected wilderness areas, visit the Environment and Labour Department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/protectedareas .
Co-op education programs in 33 high schools for more hands-on learning opportunities through neighbourhood employers; 10 additional schools offering the Options and Opportunities O2 program, to bring the total to 44; Skilled trades education delivered in Skilled Trades Centres at 11 schools, beginning next semester; Expanding the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program to a 13th school, Ecole du Carrefour, the first for the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, the province’s French-language school board; A new Exploring Technology 10 curriculum and materials to offer students a wide range of hands-on activities and introduce them to a broad spectrum of technological concepts, including robotics, “green” technology and engineering. It will be offered in 75 high schools. French first-language schools will pilot the new Technologie 8 & 9 and the Technologie 11 courses; A new hands-on science curriculum and textbooks for Grade 6 for English first language schools. This program was launched in francophone schools in 2006; A new geometry curriculum and materials for Grade 8 in both English and French first-language schools; New advanced courses in grades 11 and 12 for English, Chemistry, Music and Visual Arts in English first-language schools; and Schools Plus pilots offering students at risk quick access to professional services and support. Schools across Nova Scotia will welcome the largest group of Primary students in almost a decade when the 2008-09 school year begins this week. Almost 134,000 public school students — including more than 10,000 Primary-age students — begin school today, Sept. 3, or Thursday, Sept. 4. “I am pleased to welcome all of our students back to school for what I know will be another school year filled with many wonderful learning opportunities,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “I especially want to welcome all our new Primary students who for the first time will now experience the wonder and excitement of school.” About 2,100 four-year-olds are eligible to attend public school now that children who have their fifth birthday on, or before, Dec. 31 can enter Primary. The date change puts Nova Scotia in line with the majority of Canadian provinces and allows more young students to benefit from an earlier start to their formal education. To prepare for expanded Primary, teachers participated in professional learning and training sessions to address the particular learning needs of younger students. New resources and teaching methods have also been introduced to add more play-based approaches to the Primary curriculum. Also new this fall, thousands more students will be hitting gym mats, tossing stability balls and breaking a sweat inside and outside gym walls as the province continues to emphasize student health and fitness. “Government has moved forward on its commitment to make physical education compulsory at the high school level,” said Ms. Casey. “Investing in a strong physical education program, delivered by qualified teachers, is all part of our effort to provide our students with a healthy, physically active school experience from Primary right through to graduation.” Three new physical education courses are being introduced to give high school students more opportunities to earn the mandatory physical education credit. Students entering Grade 10 will be required to have a high school physical education credit to graduate in 2011. Physical education is compulsory from Primary to Grade 9. The new courses for the English first-language schools include Physical Education 10, Physically Active Living 11 and Fitness Leadership 11. A fourth physical education course, Physical Education Leadership 12 will be piloted next September and implemented in September 2010. Éducation physique 10 à 12 will be offered in French first-language schools Other new or expanded programs this year include:
Seniors in Scotsburn, Pictou Co., will soon be teaching young people to play shuffleboard and “pickle ball” as part of a seniors’ socialization and fitness project. The project, by Scotsburn Recreation’s 55+ Club, is one of 59 — including nine in northern Nova Scotia — to receive a portion of nearly $440,000 in funding being awarded to support seniors’ participation in communities across the province. The grants were announced today, Feb. 2, by Len Goucher, Minister of Seniors. “These grants represent more than just funding for community-minded organizations,” said Mr. Goucher. “These initiatives have been selected because they’ll offer new opportunities for seniors, often by seniors, that are sustainable and which bring together different generations.” Forty-two non-profit organization projects will be supported through the Positive Aging Fund and 17 projects will be co-funded by municipalities through the Age-Friendly Communities Program. The Positive Aging Fund helps non-profit community organizations create projects that advance Nova Scotia’s Strategy for Positive Aging. The strategy is a long-term guide for planning for the province’s aging population, with a focus on the health, well-being and community participation of seniors. Successful applicants can receive up to $10,000 for projects through the fund. The Age-Friendly Communities Program helps municipalities create or adapt structures or services to be accessible, and inclusive of seniors, so they are able to lead healthy, active lives. Participating municipalities jointly fund the grants, which can also be up to $10,000 per project. “At a time when there are more seniors than ever before, these municipalities are recognizing the value of making sure seniors have full enjoyment of all the community has to offer,” said Mr. Goucher. “It’s equally important that communities have the benefit of all that seniors have to offer them.” The Department of Seniors received more than 120 applications for funding under the grant programs. Applicants will have another opportunity to apply in the fall. More information on the program and full lists of grant recipients are available at: www.gov.ns.ca/scs/agefriendlyComm.asp and www.gov.ns.ca/scs/positiveagingfund.asp .
The provincial government is restoring forests in Cape Breton’s Mabou Highlands ravaged by the spruce bark beetle. The Department of Natural Resources has authorized the harvesting of two sites on crown land, located in the northern end of the Mabou Highlands, Inverness County. Harvesting on the 95-hectare area has begun and will last about two to three weeks. “The spruce bark beetle is native to Nova Scotia and widespread throughout the province, but it has been particularly damaging to the white spruce in the Mabou Highlands and surrounding area,” said Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell. The harvesting will reduce the amount of white spruce trees, which are being killed by the spruce bark beetle. It will be done in a manner that encourages the natural regeneration of hardwood trees such as yellow birch and sugar maple, indigenous to the highlands region. The effort will have the added benefit of curtailing forest fires which could be fueled by the dead trees and providing easier access for firefighters. “Removing these infested trees will help reduce the potential for fires, help maintain parts of the trail system, and promote the growth of hardwood trees,” said Mr. MacDonell. Department of Natural Resources officials met with stakeholder and interest groups in the region last month. “We have studied this issue closely and listened to the concerns of those in the area,” said Mr. MacDonell. “We feel confident that this is the best approach to dealing with the problem.” Once completed, the department will assess the harvested areas prior to proceeding with the restoration of as many as five additional sites and a further 305 hectares next spring and summer.
Every regional hospital must develop a plan to shorten time frames for moving patients from ambulance into hospital, and from triage to a hospital bed or departure. Health professionals will be supported in working to the full extent of their training, abilities and experience. Patients will get more information and be made more comfortable as they wait. More nurse practitioners are being hired to work in nursing homes, and paramedics will provide more care for seniors in nursing homes and at home so they will not have to got to emergency. A public education campaign will be launched so that people will have a greater understanding of 811 nurse line and 911 paramedics. Paramedics will get additional training and equipment to enhance their life-saving skills. This includes training to deliver a clot-busting drug for heart attack patients. Dedicating a plane and a new two-stretcher ambulance to save valuable driving time for paramedics and transport patients comfortably and cost-effectively. Health-care funding will be changed to reward better health results for patients. Nova Scotians will have the emergency care they need, when they need it with the province’s Better Care Sooner Plan. The plan, announced today, Dec. 7, by Premier Darrell Dexter and Minister of Health Maureen MacDonald, will improve the quality of emergency care, reduce overcrowding and wait times for patients in emergency rooms, and provide better health care for families. “This plan keeps emergency rooms open and gives communities access to emergency care day and night,” said Premier Dexter. “Communities that once had closed doors will soon have services matched to their needs. It will ensure people in this province get the level of care they need and deserve.” The Better Care Sooner Plan is based on the recommendations of Dr. John Ross, the province’s emergency care advisor. The plan includes the following themes to improve the province’s emergency care system: Improve access to primary care, especially in smaller communities. This will lessen the burden on emergency rooms and provide better care to patients. Make emergency care more patient-centred and streamlined. This will shorten wait times and provide good quality care across the province. Provide care that is better tailored to those whose needs are more complex, like seniors and people with mental illness. Increase public awareness of 911 and healthlink nurse line 811. This will ensure people can access the care and support they need sooner. “We want patients to be able to see their doctor more quickly and get better care from health care teams, so they can avoid going to an emergency room,” said Ms. MacDonald. “For those who do require emergency care, we want their journey through the emergency department to be as short, safe and comfortable as possible. That is what Better Care Sooner is all about.” A critical component of the plan includes creating new collaborative emergency centres, which will match the level of services with the needs of residents in the community. Patients will have access to a team of health-care professionals including nurses, doctors and paramedics to provide the level of care that is required. That will enable patients to get same or next day appointments. “I believe that nurse practitioners, along with family-practice nurses, paramedics — all of us working together as a team — makes a lot more sense in today’s health-care environment,” said Dr. Ajantha Jayabarathan. “As a doctor, I can’t be all things to all people. I need my colleagues to work with me. So I think building capacity and expanding the reach of health care through different people doing the work makes a lot of good sense.” Including the collaborative emergency centres, the plan outlines 33 actions that will be fully implemented between now and 2014. They include: Cape Breton District Health Authority CEO John Malcom welcomes the province’s effort to unclog crowded emergency rooms. “In order to improve emergency care in Nova Scotia, we need to enhance things outside of the hospital — primary care, access to 911, access to 811 … so there is a variety of options to respond to patients needs,” said Mr. Malcom. “The Better Care Sooner Plan helps do just that.” For more information or to download a copy of the report visit www.gov.ns.ca/health/bettercaresooner .
“With clarity of ownership, residents will be in a better position to enjoy and use their land and resolve problems that can result from lack of clear land ownership,” said Agriculture and Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell, on behalf of Natural Resources Minister Margaret Miller. “This plan is a response to recommendations from the communities, and we believe this new approach offers good options and resources to help people get clear title.” For more information on the project and the application process go to https://novascotia.ca/natr/titles-clarification/. funding to assist with legal and other fees and costs associated with clarifying ownership of land hiring two community liaison officers to help residents in the land title clarification areas to navigate the process to obtain clear title hiring a surveyor and two survey technicians to complete surveys and/or compiled plans in support of Land Titles Clarification Act applications administrative support from Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission for issuing certificates to applicants support for clarifying ownership of land through the Land Titles Clarifications Act, estate administration through the Probate Act and Intestate Succession Act, and migration under the Land Registration Act government will also consider amending legislation to reduce barriers. Government will invest about $2.7 million over two years to help residents in five communities get clear title to land on which they live. The support includes funds to assist with legal fees and costs related to estate administration and migration, and new full-time positions dedicated to the land title clarification areas of North Preston, East Preston, and Cherry Brook in Halifax Regional Municipality and Lincolnville and Sunnyville in Guysborough County. “Our government is taking action with new ways to address disparities and systemic discrimination that African Nova Scotians have faced,” said Tony Ince, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “We’re turning a corner with new supports that will help remove the barriers to the legal title to the land on which many African Nova Scotians live.” The new initiative includes:
Tourism Nova Scotia will expand its marketing presence in China this year with help from a marketing agency based in Beijing. Tourism Nova Scotia has partnered with SinoMedia, one of China’s leading media corporations, to deliver a sales and marketing strategy that will inspire Chinese travellers to purchase more Nova Scotia holidays. “China is a significant trading partner for Nova Scotia and an important part of our economic strategy,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Having a strong presence in this growth market for business and tourism will help attract more visitors to experience our accessible coast, amazing seafood and rich culture.” China is the world’s fastest growing, and highest spending international travel market. The Canadian and Chinese governments have named 2018 the Canada-China Year of Tourism and are simplifying and promoting travel between the two countries. “China is a complex market with considerable opportunity,” said Tourism Nova Scotia CEO Michele Saran. “I am thrilled to announce we have partnered with local expert SinoMedia. “Their understanding of China’s customs and business climate will help secure the sales connections, advertising opportunities and media coverage we need to attract visitors from this lucrative market.” The value of Tourism Nova Scotia’s contract with SinoMedia is $150,000. In addition to its partnership with SinoMedia, Tourism Nova Scotia will continue to work closely with its national partner, Destination Canada, to promote Nova Scotia as a Canadian destination of choice for Chinese travellers.
Le gouvernement veut connaître l’opinion des parents et des tuteurs alors qu’il se prépare à apporter des améliorations au service de transport scolaire public. À compter d’aujourd’hui 14 novembre, les parents et les tuteurs peuvent répondre à un sondage en ligne au sujet de leur expérience avec le service d’autobus scolaire dans leur région. « Les parents sont en droit de s’attendre à un service de transport scolaire sûr et fiable, précise Zach Churchill, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. J’ai hâte de recevoir les commentaires, qui nous aideront à apporter les changements nécessaires pour améliorer cet important service. » Le sondage est l’un des éléments d’une consultation à plus grande échelle qui inclura les comités d’école consultatifs, le Conseil consultatif provincial de l’éducation, les directeurs d’écoles, le Conseil consultatif ministériel sur les problèmes des élèves, le SCFP, le NSGEU, le comité sur les programmes et les services d’éducation spéciale, ainsi que le Conseil pour l’amélioration des conditions en salle de classe, qui est formé d’enseignants et de spécialistes de l’éducation et coprésidé par le Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Tous les commentaires et les résultats du sondage seront compilés dans un résumé, qui sera publié et utilisé pour rédiger une nouvelle politique sur le transport scolaire public dans la province. Le sondage est affiché en ligne au http://www.ednet.ns.ca/fr/bussurvey et les gens peuvent y répondre jusqu’au 5 décembre.
NEW DELHI: Delhi government’s Services department has issued directions for implementation of 10 percent reservation for economically weaker sections in all direct recruitment effective from February 1 this year. In January, ahead of Lok Sabha polls the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared 10 percent quota in education and government jobs to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), a key demand of upper castes. In a circular of Services department, dated May 28, issued by deputy Secretary (services) Biju Raj on behalf of the competent authority (Lieutenant- Governor), all the departments and other bodies of the Delhi government have been asked for compliance of the quota provision. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”This is for compliance by all the departments, Corporations, Boards, Public Sector Units and Autonomous Bodies of Government of National Capital Territory (GNCTD) of Delhi,” the circular said. The office of Lt Governor presently exercises jurisdiction over the Services department. The dispute between the Lieutenant -Governor office and ruling Aam Aadmi Party dispensation, on control over Services matter in Delhi, is sub-judice. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had supported 10 percent reservation to EWS after the Modi government announced it in January and sought Constitutional amendment for its implementation. He had asked the Modi government to extend the Parliament session for passing a Constitutional Amendment Bill in this regard, saying AAP will support it.
Bristol: Sri Lanka were forced to split points for the second successive time in the ongoing World Cup after their match against Bangladesh was called off without a ball being bowled due to persistent rain here Tuesday. Both the teams came into the match with one win from three matches and now each will get a point for the washout. Sri Lanka now have four points from as many games, while Bangladesh have three points from four games. After two defeats, Bangladesh were looking for resurgence against Sri Lanka and now they will be wary of their semifinal chances. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun “For all the teams, coming to the ground and not playing is disappointing and frustrating,” said Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza. “This is how the tournament is going, we got our chances against New Zealand, we couldn’t get going in the England match, but it was frustrating today.” The result will leave Sri Lanka frustrated too as it is the second instant of a wash-out for the Island nation. “The last few games have been washed out, so these kind of tournaments aren’t easy. It is a bad time for us,” Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne said. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up “It isn’t easy, we have to switch on and off all the time. These kind of things can happen but we have to get used to it. We can keep practicing and train harder for the Australia game. Definitely in every match we need to play for a win,” he added. This is the third match to be abandoned in the ongoing World Cup, the most in the history of the tournament, exceeding the two games at the 1992 edition in Australia and New Zealand and the 2003 event which was co-hosted by South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya. The 10-team showpiece event doesn’t have any reserve days. Asked if there should be reserve days, Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes said: “Yes, I would (have them). “I know logistically it would have caused problems. But we can put a man on the moon, so if we have to travel a day later, so be it.” On Tuesday, both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were left staring at the sky, waiting for some divine intervention after the start of their key match was delayed due to heavy rains. The inspection was postponed twice even as groundsmen tirelessly worked on draining out the water on the covers with the sucking brooms and mops. At 13:57 local time, the umpires finally decided to officially abandon the match. While for Bangladesh, it is there first World Cup match to be washed out, Sri Lanka were forced to split points with Pakistan in their last game after the match was called off due to rains. On Monday, a struggling South Africa had to share points with the West Indies after their World Cup match was washed out due to persistent rain at Southampton. Sri Lanka will next take on defending champions Australia at London on June 15, while Bangladesh will face West Indies on June 17 at Taunton.
NEW DELHI: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hits out at the BJP after Karnataka floor test 14-month-old Congress-Janata Dal Secular coalition collapsed on Tuesday”One day BJP will discover everything cannot be bought,” Ms Gandhi said. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hit out at the ruling BJP on Tuesday after the 14-month-old Congress-Janata Dal Secular government in Karnataka collapsed and tweeted that the party would discover one day that “everything cannot be bought”. After multiple exits over the past two weeks, the HD Kumraswamy-led coalition lost a test of strength in the assembly, managing only 99 votes compared to the BJP’s 105. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”One day the BJP will discover that everything cannot be bought, everyone cannot be bullied and every lie is eventually exposed,” Priyanka Gandhi tweeted last night.”Until then I suppose, the citizens of our country will have to endure their unbridled corruption, the systematic dismantling of institutions that protect the people’s interests and the weakening of a democracy that took decades of toil and sacrifice to build,” the 47-year-old said in another tweet. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa is set to become Karnataka Chief Minister for the fourth time. Twenty lawmakers did not attend the floor test in the 225-member Karnataka assembly. Among them were 16 rebels who firmly refused to back down on their resignations. The BJP called the defeat of HD Kumaraswamy government a “Game of Karma”, describing the Congress-JDS coalition as an “unholy alliance” formed solely to block the BJP in Karnataka. (With inputs from NDTV)
Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has sought prompt steps to launch direct flight services between Bhubaneswar and Dubai to boost the development of Odisha, which is emerging as a “growth-engine”. Noting that the government has created “ground- breaking” progress in developing regional air connectivity through the UDAN scheme, the Petroleum and Steel Minister said at present Bhubaneswar is only connected to Bangkok via direct flight service. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ In a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, he said Odisha is “emerging as a growth-engine for eastern India under Prime Minister’s ‘Purvodaya vision'”, and improving direct international connectivity will further give a fillip to the region’s developmental prospects. There has been a long-pending request from various quarters for introducing a direct flight from Bhubaneswar to Dubai, Pradhan said in the letter dated September 17. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “I am made to understand that there are more than 15,000 Odia people residing in different parts of the United Arab Emirates, who are forced to undertake an indirect route for travelling to Odisha. “I also understand the Odia Society of UAE had a meeting with GM Air India Middle-east and Africa regarding viability of a direct Air India flight between Bhubaneswar and Dubai, based on favourable traffic data between these destinations,” the minister said. Pradhan also emphasised that Bhubaneswar is an educational, healthcare and cultural hub with rich potential for medical tourism, cultural tourism and educational exchange programmes. “Keeping in mind the welfare of communities to and from Bhubaneswar – Dubai and the larger potential for development of Odisha, I request your personal intervention in launching a direct fligt between Bhubaneswar and Dubai at the earliest,” he added.
QUEBEC CITY, Que. – Quebec provincial police are investigating after 19 dead dogs were found by the side of a road near Quebec City.A citizen called police after finding the decomposing carcasses last week in Cap-Sante, about 50 kilometres southwest of the provincial capital.Police spokeswoman Helene Nepton says she don’t know how long the dogs were there before they were found.She says an investigation is ongoing and it’s too soon to say what caused the animals’ deaths.