Crowleys Giant LNG Storage Tanks Arrive in Jacksonville

first_imgzoom Image Courtesy: CrowleyTwo massive cryogenic storage tanks have been delivered and are being installed by Texas-based bulk LNG provider Eagle LNG Partners for Florida’s shipping company Crowley Maritime at a new shore-side LNG bunkering facility at the Port of Jacksonville’s (JAXPORT) Talleyrand Marine Terminal.The LNG bunkering facility, expected to be operational in late summer 2017, is said to be among the first of its kind in the US and will fuel Crowley’s two new LNG-powered, combination container/Roll-on/Roll-off (ConRo) ships.Eagle LNG’s Maxville natural gas liquefaction plant, which also is under construction, will supply LNG for the tanks.The 260-ton tanks, which are 170 feet long – exceeding the width of an American football field – were manufactured by Chart Ferox in the Czech Republic.Crowley’s logistics group managed the transport of the tanks, first via river barge to Hamburg, Germany, and then via a heavy-lift ship that sailed more than 4,000 nautical miles to arrive in Jacksonville on March 26 for offloading.Each of the tanks can hold 1,000 cubic meters of LNG – a sufficient product to fuel Crowley’s two LNG-powered vessels within an eight-hour period.Designed specifically for service between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico, the Commitment Class ConRos, El Coquí and Taíno, will use clean LNG as their primary fuel, providing reductions in emissions as compared to existing fossil fuels.El Coquí, which was launched on March 20, is expected in service in the second half of 2017, and Taíno is expected to begin service in the first half of 2018.The Commitment Class project by Crowley features a USD 550 million investment that includes the next generation ships as well as a new 900-foot pier, three new specialized cranes, and new gate and terminal operating systems at the company’s Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico.last_img read more

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Commission Unveils Champions for the Workplace

first_imgHUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION–Commission Unveils Champions for theWorkplace The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is challenging businessleaders to become champions for human rights in their workplaces. Almost 50 hospitality industry executives gathered today, Jan.14, at Halifax’s World Trade and Convention Centre to learn howrespect for diversity and for human rights can improve theircorporate bottom lines and promote healthy workplaces foremployees. “Ensuring that workplaces are indeed healthy environments foremployees is in keeping with our government’s goal of making NovaScotia the best place in Canada to live, work and raise afamily,” said Michael Baker, Minister responsible for the HumanRights Act. Mayann Francis, CEO of the commission, told the business leadersthat the session is part of a new “Champions for the Workplace”theme. She said the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is askingmembers of the business community to promote respect for humanrights and diversity in their workplaces as part of an effort tocreate a healthy working environment for their employees. “Increased awareness and dialogue among Nova Scotians isimportant if a commitment to human rights is to be shared byevery citizen of our province,” she said. “This morning is afirst for the commission. It is the first time we have held abreakfast meeting targeting the business community.” Marguerite Cassin, of Dalhousie University’s School of Business,said there is a direct connection between a business’s ability tocreate a healthy workplace and its success. “It’s aboutrelationships and how well you understand the needs of employeesto be valued and feel safe in their places of work.” Service industries like the hospitality sector provide 78 percent of the jobs created in Nova Scotia, said Dr. Cassin. “Thatmeans the health of your workplaces is of major pubic interest. It not only matters to you, it matters to all Nova Scotians.” Fred MacGillivray, president and CEO of Trade Centre Limited, wasnamed the N.S. Human Rights Commission’s first champion for theworkplace. “I’m here today to share with you our experiences at Trade CentreLimited in creating a healthy workplace,” said Mr. MacGillivray. He told the audience that respect for human rights must be partof the regular business planning process. “When I arrived atTrade Centre Limited, for example, I set about making humanresources an integral part of the planning and decision-makingprocess by including them on the executive team,” Mr.MacGillivray said. “Today’s successful organizations openly embrace and accommodateemployee differences and human rights to ensure continuedsuccess,” Mr. MacGillivray told participants. The commission is looking for more human rights champions inprovincial workplaces. Champions will be asked to host abreakfast meeting for industry colleagues to encourage dialogueand discussion about the role of human rights in creating healthyworkplaces. “We want to discuss mutual ways that we can stimulate the economyof Nova Scotia through healthy workplaces, co-operation, respectand innovation,” Ms. Francis told the audience today. “I hope oneof you will take the challenge to be our next champion.” As part of its mandate, the commission delivers public educationand training programs to help businesses and community groupswith policy development and recruitment practices that open upemployment opportunities for all Nova Scotians, particularlygroups that have traditionally been disadvantaged.last_img read more

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Federal Government Right to Create Seniors Secretariat

first_img Canada’s seniors need a central federal support agency similar toNova Scotia’s Senior Citizens’ Secretariat, Angus MacIsaac, chairof the provincial body said today, Feb. 18. Media reports out of Ottawa indicate that the federal governmentwill spend $700 million on the creation of a secretariat and aboost to the guaranteed annual income supplement to improve thestandard of living of seniors. The move — expected in next week’s federal budget — will placegreater emphasis on the issues surrounding Canada’s 4.1 millionseniors, said Mr. MacIsaac. “I hope that media reports of this are accurate and that thefederal government announces this positive initiative. Certainly,when I met with the federal minister of state for families andcaregivers I encouraged him to create a federal secretariat,” hesaid. Mr. MacIsaac met with Tony Ianno when the federal minister, whoheaded a federal task force on aging in 2004, was in Halifax inJanuary to host a roundtable. “We’ve found that seniors are much better served under oneumbrella. Our secretariat is now 25 years old. It’s positive tohave one entry point to government that can respond to seniors’issues,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “Having one place they can turn tofor support and direction is very important.” The Nova Scotia Seniors Citizens’ Secretariat also works withseniors to develop plans, policies and programs in partnershipwith the departments of Community Services, Health, Service NovaScotia and Municipal Relations, Health Promotion and Education. The secretariat leads the Nova Scotia Task Force on Aginginitiative, which conducted 34 public consultation meetingsacross the province last fall following the release of adiscussion paper. “The more than 700 people who attended taskforce meetings, and those who submitted written responses, sharedmany of the concerns Mr. Ianno addressed in his report lastyear,” said Valerie White, executive director of the secretariat. “The range of programs being proposed — increased income,affordable housing, caregiver tax credits, and mentoring programs – will have a tremendously positive impact on the lives ofseniors.” SENIOR CITIZENS’ SECRETARIAT–Federal Government Right to CreateSeniors Secretariatlast_img read more

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Legislators Urge US Government to Delay Passport Requirement

first_imgRepresentatives of governments in Eastern Canada and the Northeastern United States are urging the U.S. government to delay the implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. This initiative will require all air and sea travellers to the U.S. to have passports by Dec. 31, 2006. The same requirement comes into effect for those entering at land border crossings by Dec. 31, 2007. The legislators, who are members of the executive committee of the Council of State Governments’ Eastern Regional Conference, are asking that other documentation or passport substitutes be considered. Murray Scott, Speaker of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly and conference co-chair, said all representatives agreed on the issue. “We believe in secure borders, but we believe this measure will have a negative impact and slow down the flow of goods and people.” The Canada-U.S. border relationship is a special one, with more than 300,000 business people, tourists and commuters travelling between the two countries every day. The value of goods crossing the border is more than $1 billion a day. The executive committee will forward its resolution to Prime Minister Paul Martin, as well as to the federal ministers of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Foreign Affairs. It will also be forwarded to the President of the United States, the U.S. Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security. The executive committee of the Council of State Governments’ Eastern Regional Conference is comprised of elected and appointed officials from the 10 northeastern states (Maine to Delaware), the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec. A total of 44 members attended the Oct. 21-23 meeting, including the president of the national Council of State Governments, Delaware governor Ruth Ann Minner.last_img read more

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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

first_imgEvery year on March 21, people around the world gather in their communities with a common goal–the elimination of racism. Since the 1960 massacre of anti-apartheid demonstrators in Sharpeville, South Africa, the date has been a symbol of the need to protect human rights. In 1966, the United Nations formally recognized the date as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, to commemorate the men, women and children who died on that day. This year, Partners Against Racism (PAR) is asking young people to take an active role in ending racism in their communities. Eliminating Racism: The Power of Youth will engage Nova Scotia youth through discussions, a mini-film festival and inspirational speakers. It will encourage them to reflect on their own actions and come up with positive solutions. “This event is very different from those of previous years,” said Michael Noonan, acting director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. “There is a strong focus on engaging youth participation. Young people have the power to affect their communities in amazing ways.” To coincide with the film festival format, director-producer Sobaz Benjamin will talk to participants about using film as a tool for change. Mr. Benjamin will also accept the Human Rights Award for his positive work with youth and promoting change through film. “Mr. Benjamin has done significant work examining racism and working towards solutions in his films,” said Sandra Smith Muir, co-chair of PAR. “The event will give participants the chance to see some of his work as well as hear, first-hand, why he believes it is so important to spread his message.” Mr. Benjamin will visit elementary and junior high students in Wolfville, Kings Co., on Tuesday, March 20, to discuss issues of racism. In the evening, he will speak at Acadia University for their International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination event. Mr. Benjamin will screen his award-winning film Race is a Four-letter Word at 7 p.m in the KC Irving Centre. The events are sponsored by Acadia’s Equity Office and the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission with participation from the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board. On Monday, March 19, the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, Cape Breton University Human Rights Office and Cape Breton Regional Municipality Affirmative Action Committee will host Stop Racism: A Community Dialogue in Sydney. Highlights include a harmony breakfast, entertainment by the Inspirational Singers, a drama presentation from students of Holy Angels High School, a keynote speech by Mr. Noonan and the presentation of the Carl “Campy” Crawford Award. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room, Cape Breton University. “We are pleased that events are taking place across the province in recognition of this important day,” said Mr. Noonan. “Participation in these events continues to grow. I believe people understand they can be part of the solution by countering racism in their communities.” The Partners Against Racism event will be held at St. Andrew’s Centre, 6955 Bayers Rd., Halifax from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Due to the emotional content it is best suited for participants over the age of 13.last_img read more

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Maritime Museum Announces Winner of LEGO Prize Draw

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Lego Users Group and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic have proven the old adage, it you build it, they will come. More than 7,000 people have visited the LEGO: City by the Sea display since its debut Dec. 9. The 225 sq.-ft. model city was built by talented volunteers from the Nova Scotia LEGO Users Group (NovaLUG). This weekend is the final chance for visitors to enjoy the display as it closes Sunday, Feb. 8. Part of the display was a prize draw for three Lego building sets. Five-year-old Charlotte Adams, of Scotsburn, Pictou Co., was randomly selected from 2,154 entries. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax, will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.last_img

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Halifax accueille des conférences avant le commencement des Jeux

first_imgLes trois conférences qui se tiendront à Halifax sur une période de dix jours accueilleront plus de 160 délégués de partout au Canada en préparation des Jeux de 2011 qui auront lieu en février. Ces conférences permettront aux représentants des équipes de mission de chaque province et territoire, aux conseillers techniques de 20 organisations sportives nationales et aux commanditaires de recevoir une mise à jour des progrès effectués en ce qui concerne la planification et l’exécution des Jeux et l’occasion pour ceux-ci de fournir de la rétroaction à la Société hôtesse. Ces conférences sont les deuxièmes pour chaque groupe: la conférence de mission (M2), la conférence technique (T2) et celle des commanditaires (S2). « C’est une tradition pour la Société hôtesse de tenir ces conférences une à deux fois avant le commencement des Jeux » dit Chris Morrissey, directeur général des Jeux. « Elles assurent que tout est en place au moment de l’arrivée à Halifax des athlètes, des officiels, des dignitaires et des autres invités qui participeront aux Jeux dans à peine plus de quatre mois. » Les délégués visiteront les sites des Jeux et vivront l’expérience de la ville et des communautés. Les Jeux seront l’hôte de la conférence M2 du 28 au 30 septembre, la conférence T2 aura lieu du 30 septembre au 2 octobre et la conférence S2 se tiendra du 4 au 6 octobre. Les Jeux d’hiver du Canada de 2011 seront le plus important événement multisports jamais tenu à Halifax et les premiers Jeux d’hiver du Canada pour la ville. Du 11 au 27 février, plus de 2 700 athlètes prendront part à des compétitions dans plus de 20 sports attirant ainsi des milliers de visiteurs, de dignitaires, d’officiels et de membres des médias. Organisés tous les deux ans, alternant entre l’été et l’hiver, les Jeux du Canada sont un événement capital pour le développement des jeunes athlètes du pays en les préparant à devenir les champions de demain, que ce soit au plan national, international ou olympique.last_img read more

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Nods for Adani coal mine in 3 weeks Oz states premier

first_imgMelbourne: The process to obtain final approvals for Indian energy giant Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in Australia will be settled within three weeks, the leader of the country’s Queensland state said on Friday as she sought to expedite the controversy-hit project. If given the green light, Adani could begin breaking ground at its Carmichael mine site within weeks, after more than eight years of planning.Adani group entered Australia in 2010 with the purchase of the greenfield Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland, and the Abbot Point port near Bowen in the north. The massive coal mine in Queensland state has been a controversial topic, with the project expected to produce 2.3 billion tonnes of low-quality coal. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsIn addition to its impact on Climate Change, environmentalists have argued the mine could do serious damage to Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Another major concern about the environmental impacts of the proposed mine has been that it would wipe out the most important habitat of the threatened black-throated finch. Queensland’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that the two last final approvals involving groundwater and endangered black-throat finch will be settled within the next three weeks. According to media reports, Palaszczuk said the black-throated finch plan decision is due by the May 31, the groundwater management plan decision is due by the June 13th this year. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief”I know initially people thought this was months, and what I’m announcing today is it’s in a matter of weeks,” she said in Cairns. “Everybody needs to have these issues resolved. That’s the timeframe the Coordinator General has set,” she added. Earlier this week, Palascczuk ordered the state’s Coordinator-General to bring Adani and the state environmental authority together for discussions stating that she was ‘fed up’ with the ongoing delays. While the post the final approval, the mining giant could start the work on the mine within weeks the coal exports could take up to two years. “Now it’s really a case for the independent regulator to work through their internal processes and then they can make a determination and then we will be in a position to then start construction,” ABC news quoted Chief Executive of Adani Australia Lucas Dow as saying. “We’re not expecting any significant surprises. Our construction activity will start as almost immediately as we’ve got these approvals,” he said. Dow said over the past 18 months the company had so far produced 11 versions of its groundwater plan and seven for the black-throated finch. The groundwater management plan has failed to meet key environmental requirements, including identifying the source of protected desert springs. Last month, the Federal Government granted its final environmental approvals for the project days before the election was called. While construction at the mine could begin with approvals, Adani’s proposed railway line plan is yet to be finalised. Dow said the state’s Coordinator-General would also be publishing dates for other key activities, including the deadline of completion for the rail line’s deed of access and required sublease. “That will also give us certainty and will also give the folks of central Queensland certainty of our project being able to proceed and deliver those jobs,” he said.last_img read more

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Microsoft Oracle join hands to take on AWS Cloud

first_imgSan Francisco: In a rather unusual arrangement, two Cloud rivals Microsoft and Oracle have announced an interoperability partnership enabling customers to migrate and run mission-critical enterprise workloads across Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud. Enterprises can now seamlessly connect Microsoft Azure services, like Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI), to Oracle Cloud services, like Autonomous Database. The move is seen as an effort by Oracle to offset losses in the fierce competition coming its way from Amazon’s Cloud arm Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app AWS has offloaded Oracle as its Cloud vendor and would soon be 100 per cent reliable without the need of hosting Amazon workloads on Oracle Cloud. Don Johnson, Executive Vice President, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) said that Oracle and Microsoft have served enterprise customer needs for decades. “With this partnership, our joint customers can migrate their entire set of existing applications to the cloud without having to re-architect anything, preserving the large investments they have already made,” he said in a statement late Wednesday. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails Taken together, Azure and Oracle Cloud offer customers a one-stop shop for all the cloud services and applications they need to run their entire business. “As the cloud of choice for the enterprise, with over 95 per cent of the Fortune 500 using Azure, we have always been first and foremost focused on helping our customers thrive on their digital transformation journeys,” said Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and AI division. “With Oracle’s enterprise expertise, this alliance is a natural choice for us as we help our joint customers accelerate the migration of enterprise applications and databases to the public cloud,” he added. Connecting Azure and Oracle Cloud seamlessly allows customers to extend their on-premises data centres to both clouds. This direct interconnect is available starting today in Ashburn (North America) and Azure US East, with plans to expand additional regions in the future, the companies announced.last_img read more

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Gross NPAs may reduce to 8 by March 2020 Report

first_imgMumbai: Higher recoveries and slowdown in fresh bad loans are likely to reduce banks non-performing loans (NPAs) to nearly 8 per cent by March 2020, says a report. NPA in the banking system had peaked at 11.5 per cent in March 2018 and then declined to 9.3 per cent in March 2019. “Asset quality of banks should witness a decisive turnaround this fiscal (FY20) with gross NPAs reducing by 350 basis points (bps) over two years to around 8 per cent by March 2020. This will be driven by a combination of reduction in fresh accretions to NPA as well as stepped up recoveries from existing NPA accounts,” Crisil said in a note. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIt said public sector banks (PSBs), which account for over 80 per cent of the NPAs in the system, should see their gross NPAs climb down over 400 bps to close to 10.6 per cent by March 2020 from a peak of 14.6 per cent in March 2018. Slippages have been on the wane since last fiscal and the rate of accretion of fresh NPAs halved in FY19 to 3.7 per cent compared with 7.4 per cent in the previous fiscal and is expected to drop to around 3.2 per cent in FY20, the note said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”This is mainly because banks have already recognised around Rs 17 lakh crore of stressed loans as NPAs since FY16, led by accelerated NPA recognition following the Reserve Bank of Indias (RBIs) stringent norms and asset quality reviews. The note estimates for fiscal 2020 also factor in slippages from the stress being witnessed in a few large corporate and financial sector entities. The rating agency said the resolution of some large NPA accounts under NCLT-1 and NCLT-2 is expected to fructify by the end FY20. This could account for almost half of the total reductions in gross NPAs of the banking system by March 2020, it said adding, “Recapitalisation has ensured that a number of PSBs have the balance sheet strength to provide for reasonable haircuts on resolution of stressed assets.” The rating agency’s credit ratio number of upgrades to downgrades increased to 1.81 per cent in H2 of FY19 compared with 1.67 per cent in FY18. “Though the credit ratio could moderate going forward, steady domestic growth and benign interest rates should continue to support credit profiles in the corporate sector,” it said.last_img read more

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Jharkhand lynching Eleven arrests so far

first_imgSeraikela-Kharsawan (J’khand): Eleven people were arrested in connection with the death of a 24-year-old man, who was thrashed by a mob here for alleged theft and is seen in a purported video being forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”, police said. A special investigation team (SIT) has been set up to look into the death of Tabrez Ansari, who was declared “brought dead” by doctors at the Tata Main Hospital in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, on Saturday, the police said. Two police personnel were suspended in connection with the incident. They were officers-in-charge of Kharaswan and Sini police stations, they said.last_img

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News of fatwa against Nusrat found to be fake

first_imgKolkata: The news of fatwa given by Darul Uloom to Nusrat Jahan for wearing bindi and marrying a non-Muslim, which is being circulated in national media for the past couple of days, has been found to be false.An investigation carried out by fact-checking website AltNews has proved that the news regarding Nusrat’s marriage is a fake one. Nusrat, the Trinamool MP from Basirhat who has recently married businessman Nikhil Jain, took her oath in Parliament in Bengali and touched the feet of the Speaker. Nusrat’s gesture was appreciated by social media and media alike. The controversy began after a national television channel telecast the statement of Asad Kashim of Darul Uloom, portraying him as an Ulema. He had allegedly criticised Nusrat’s gesture, her marrying a non-Muslim and wearing bindi. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSome media channels subsequently began telecasting Asad’s statement as a fatwa. AltNews got hold of Asad, who told the reporter that the representatives of two national channels had asked him for his comment on the matter and he had expressed his views, which have nothing to do with a fatwa. He has also denied any connection with Darul Uloom. There is nothing on the fatwa in the official website of Darul Uloom either. When contacted by AltNews, a senior official of Darul categorically denied the issuance of any such fatwa against Nusrat.last_img read more

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Dutch Heineken heirs kidnapper jailed for life for gangland murders

first_imgThe Hague: A Dutch court jailed the country’s most notorious gangster for life on Thursday for ordering the “liquidation” of five people, including his accomplice in the 1980s kidnapping of a Heineken beer tycoon. Willem Holleeder’s “life was determined by greed, lust for power and violence”, judges said as they convicted the 61-year-old at a hearing in a secure court in Amsterdam dubbed “De Bunker.” Holleeder, nicknamed “The Nose” because of his prominent facial feature, became a minor celebrity following the abduction of beer heir Freddy Heineken and his driver in 1983. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’The burly ganglord appeared on television and was even known as the “huggable criminal” for posing for selfies with fans on Amsterdam’s beer terraces. But the public image masked the brutal reality of a gangland enforcer who ruthlessly wiped out anyone who threatened his position as king of the Amsterdam underworld. In scenes reminiscent of Hollywood mob movies the Godfather and Goodfellas, he ordered the murder of Cor van Hout, his former friend and partner in crime in the Heineken abduction. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingVan Hout was the father of the children of Holleeder’s sister Sonja but was nevertheless gunned down outside an Amsterdam restaurant in 2003, after two earlier attempts on his life. Holleeder — who has been detained since 2014 — was also convicted of ordering the murders of so-called “banker for the mob” Willem Endstra in Amsterdam in 2004, gangster John Mieremet in Thailand in 2005, building contractor Kees Houtman, also in 2005, and associate Thomas van der Bijl in 2006. Judges said Holleeder “had an unscrupulous and indifferent attitude to life and death.” He will appeal against the life sentence, his lawyers said. Holleeder is further accused of ordering “hits” on his two sisters Sonja and Astrid after they testified against him. They were foiled after a fellow prisoner told police. “He doesn’t tolerate being crossed,” his sister Astrid, who wore a wire to record her brother’s confessions and now lives in hiding, told Dutch newspaper NRC in 2016. The Heineken kidnapping is one of the country’s best-known crime sagas and was turned into a movie starring Anthony Hopkins. Freddy Heineken and his driver were released after a ransom of 35 million Dutch guilders (15.8 million euros, 18 million today) was paid. Most of the money was never recovered. Holleeder — whose alcoholic father worked for the Heineken brewery in Amsterdam — was sentenced to 11 years in 1987 for the abduction and released five years later.last_img read more

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Bike thief hid stolen bike in well arrested

first_imgNEW DELHI: Where do you expect a stolen bike to be hidden, in abandoned lands or old garages or lonely lanes but Delhi Police has caught a bike thief who used to hide stolen bikes inside a well.When Dwarka district police whle working on a bike theft case caught the accused Raja, he led them to an agricultural land in Nirmal Vihar. When the police went to trace the stolen bike to the agricultural land, they were shocked to see that the accused had hidden the bike in a surprisingly secret location, a well. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe bike was found stolen from Baba Haridas Nagar in Delhi. According to police, the accused hid the bike in a well to hide it from the eyes of the police until a buyer was to be found. However he was traced near Anaj Mnadi, Najafgarh on a stolen scooty. “Our team noticed a person riding a white Scooty coming towards them but seeing the police persons and picket checking, he took a U-turn in order to get away from the clutches of policemen. However sensing the instant movement of the suspect, our team chased him for 50 to 60 meters and caught the hold of him,” said DCP Dwarka, Anto Alphonse. The accused is a resident of Najafgarh and a drug addict. Police have found his involvemet in several other cases of bike theft as well.last_img read more

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Black day in constitutional history union of states idea in danger Cong

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 5 (PTI) Describing the revoking of Article 370 as a “black day” in the country’s constitutional history, the Congress on Monday alleged that the government “dismembered” Jammu and Kashmir by “mischievously misinterpreting” articles in the Constitution, and cautioned that the idea of India as a union of states is in “grave danger”. The government on Monday revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and proposed that the state be bifurcated into two union territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Senior Congress leader and former home minister P Chidambaram alleged that the Modi dispensation’s move amounted to “constitutional monstrosity” and the decision marks the “beginning of the disintegration of India if the government continues on this path”. Flanked by leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and other opposition leaders, Chidambaram told reporters outside Parliament: “We anticipated a misadventure, but did not think in our wildest dreams that they will take such a catastrophic step.” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “Today is a black day in the constitutional history of India,” he said. Azad, in his remarks, accused the BJP of taking the decision “for votes”. and also alleged that the saffron party is “playing” with unity and integrity of the state. “A border state, which is culturally, geographically, historically and politically different was bound together by Article 370. Drunk on power and to get votes, the BJP govt scrapped 3-4 things in one stroke,” Azad said. He said that since morning, the Congress, Trinamool Congress, CPI(M), CPI, DMK, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Kerala Congress, Samajwadi Party, Kerala’s Muslim League, Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), has been protesting and will continue do so against this “black law”. “We will keep fighting both inside and outside Parliament,” Azad said. Speaking in Rajya Sabha, Azad said the entire Kashmir Valley is under curfew and three former chief ministers of the state and political leaders have been placed under house arrest. He called for the situation to be discussed first but Naidu allowed Shah to move the resolution. Chidambaram told reporters that the government has not simply got rid of Article 370, but has also “dismembered” the state of Jammu and Kashmir by “mischievously misinterpreting Article 3 and Article 370 of the Constitution”. “If this can be done to Jammu and Kashmir let me caution you that this can be done to every other state in India. All that they have to do is dismiss the elected government, impose President’s rule, dissolve the elected assembly, Parliament takes the power of the state assembly. The government moves a resolution, Parliament approves it and the state can be dismembered,” Chidambaram said. He claimed that every state can be broken up and Union territories can be created out of the states by the “mischievous interpretation” of Article 3 and 370. “It will not stop here. What they have done is a constitutional monstrosity. People of India and people of every state must wake up to the grave danger that is set as an example today by these completely unconstitutional and illegal resolutions,” Chidambaram said. “I want to warn, every party, every state and every citizen in India that the idea of India as a union of states is in grave danger. They can dismember every state and break it up. This is the beginning of the disintegration of India if this government continues on this path,” he said, adding that this was “the worst day” in the constitutional history of India. Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill said that legally, as per proviso to Article 370(3) of the Constitution, it cannot be scrapped by the President without the recommendation of the state assembly. Currently there is no valid assembly and the BJP has been avoiding elections, scrapping Article 370 in current manner is “unconstitutional”, he said in a tweet. He also cited a Supreme Court judgement to drive home his point and added that probably the “era of law and Constitution is over”. Meeting a long-held promise of the BJP, Union Home Minister Amit Shah moved a resolution in the Rajya Sabha that Article 370, which allowed Jammu and Kashmir to have its own Constitution, will no longer be applicable. “The president on the recommendation of Parliament is pleased to declare as from 5th of August 2019, all clauses of the said Article 370 shall cease to be operative… ,” stated the resolution moved by the Home minister. Shah also moved a bill proposing bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.last_img read more

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13 killed 16 missing as Typhoon Lekima hits China

first_imgBeijing: At least 13 people were killed and 16 others missing after Typhoon Lekima made landfall in the early hours of Saturday in China’s Zhejiang province, according to state-run media here said. The typhoon will move north at a speed of about 15 km/h, with gradually weakening force, the National Meteorological Centre (NMC) was quoted as saying by the China Daily. The storm will sweep through Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces before making another landfall in the southern coastal areas of the Shandong Peninsula late Sunday, the NMC said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US At around 1:45 am local time, Lekima made landfall in Zhejiang’s Wenling city with a maximum wind force of 187 km/h. So far 13 people were killed and 16 others missing, the report said. The NMC issued a red alert as the super typhoon approached on Friday, before downgrading the level to orange as the winds eased to 144 km/h on Saturday morning. The storm on Friday past the northern tip of Taiwan, where nine people were injured, thousands of homes lost power temporarily and more than 500 flights were cancelled. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Meanwhile, the Shanghai Disney Resort, including the Shanghai Disneyland, was closed on Saturday for safety reasons. It is the first time that the Shanghai Disneyland, which was opened in June 2016, has been closed due to inclement weather conditions, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. People who have booked tickets for the Shanghai Disneyland on Saturday can visit the park on any other day within the next six months, according to the resort. Those who have purchased tickets for the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ musical on the day can contact the purchasing channels to reschedule or apply for a refund, it added. More than one million people, including 253,000 people in Shanghai, were evacuated before the storm struck, the Xinhua said. In Zhejiang province alone, 288 flights were cancelled, and ferry and rail services were suspended as a precautionary measure. Local authorities have deployed rescue teams of nearly 1,000 members, with 150 fire engines and 153 boats on call. More than a quarter of a million people were relocated in Shanghai, where the high-speed maglev train that links the city to one of its airports was suspended. The typhoon blew down nearly 3,000 trees and snapped about 100 power lines, 80 of which have been restored so far. Shanghai is hit by heavy rainstorm since Friday afternoon. The Lekima is expected to move at about 15 km/hr northward and westward with abatement of wind.last_img read more

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CAPF officers seek HMs intervention to end alleged IPS obstruction

first_imgNew Delhi: A number of CAPF officers have written to Home Minister Amit Shah seeking his intervention to end alleged discrimination at the hands of IPS officers in getting their service benefits. The officers of the five Central Armed Police Forces, also called paramilitary forces, have also launched a social media campaign, saying that despite a recent Supreme Court order and subsequent approval by the Union Cabinet, their headquarters are creating impediments in the process of granting them organised service benefits and sanction of more posts in supervisory ranks by reducing those manned by the IPS. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’PTI has accessed a number of such official communications made to Shah where they seek his intervention to take “desirable action” so that their recruitment rules (RRs) are amended and a fresh cadre review is done in line with what is valid for a organised central service. The framing of new RRs will allow these officers to have more positions in supervisory ranks, at present manned majorly by Indian Police Service (IPS) officers. “A number of officers, who are unhappy by the obstructive manner of their supervisory IPS officers, have written to the home minister asking him to ensure that their financial and social upgrade is taken care of as this is directly linked to their morale. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The officers have requested the minister to ensure the due service benefits to them announced recently, as boldly as a decision where he announced the abrogation of the Article 370, that gave special benefits to Jammu and Kashmir,” a senior CRPF cadre officer said. He said the officers are making direct representations to Shah as despite a Union Cabinet approval, the headquarters of these forces are either going slow or are reluctant to finish proceedings that will give them full benefits, as this affects career prospects of IPS officers who join these forces on deputation. A senior IPS officer, looking after these proceedings for cadre officers in one of the CAPFs, countered their contention, saying the revision of RRs is not being done immediately as some “clarificatory appeals” are pending in the Supreme Court.last_img read more

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Committed to complete Kartarpur Corridor despite tense ties with India Pakistan

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan is committed to complete the Kartarpur corridor project for Sikh pilgrims ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak despite the tensions in relations with India, a senior aide to the Pakistani Prime Minister said on Sunday.The Kartarpur corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Baba Guru Nanak. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSpecial Assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan in a series of tweets said that Kartarpur is a sacred place for Sikhs and is the perfect example of interfaith harmony.She dismissed reports that Pakistan had stalled work on the corridor due to fresh strain in ties with India.She said irrespective of India-Pakistan relations Pakistan’s doors are open to Sikh pilgrims visiting the Darbar Sahib Kartarpur.In the world of growing extremism and intolerance, Kartarpur corridor resonates the message of respect and tolerance, she was quoted as saying by Radio Pakistan. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAwan said the white colour in the Pakistani flag represents minorities and it is as dear to the government as the green is.She said the corridor would be inaugurated in November this year as per the schedule and terms of reference finalised with India.Tension between India and Pakistan has escalated after New Delhi revoked Article 370 of the Constitution which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories on August 5. Reacting to India’s move on Kashmir, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi. Pakistan is building the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak up to the border will be constructed by India.last_img read more

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Slew of plans for passengers ease at Sealdah station

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata East-West Metro is giving special emphasis on Sealdah station considering the huge number of passengers converging at one place.A separate underpass will be constructed to connect Sealdah railway station and Sealdah metro station. The Sealdah station observes nearly 12 lakh footfall on a normal day. However, during Durga puja the rush of passengers goes up to 15 lakhs. Every year, the Eastern Railway runs Durga Puja special trains to cater the rush of passengers. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAs per plans, Sealdah metro station will also have three platforms in a bid to give avoid harassment of passengers during technical snag. It will also have 18 escalators and five lifts. While, the Kolkata Metro East-West corridor is 16.6 km long stretching from Salt Lake Sector V and Howrah Maidan, the prime attraction is the underwater tunnel that will go beneath the Hooghly river. According to sources, the East-West Metro corridor is expected to make its commercial run from Sector V metro station to the Salt Lake Stadium metro station soon. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway The rail tracks have already been laid. “The project is being implemented by Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. We have conducted the trial run from Sector V metro station to the Salt Lake Stadium metro station, It will be thrown open to the common public soon,” said an official. It might be mentioned that six stations in the route that include Sector V, Karunamoyee, Central Park, City Centre, Bengal Chemical and Salt Lake Stadium. East-West Metro corridor will connect two iconic Indian Railways stations – Howrah Junction railway station (HWH) and Sealdah railway station (SDAH). Trains moving between Howrah metro station and Mahakaran (iconic Writers’ Building) metro station pass through underwater river tunnel.last_img read more

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