zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license German shipping major Hapag-Lloyd will not use the Arctic shipping passages which are now open as the sea ice in the Arctic is melting.“Hapag-Lloyd does not use the Northwest Passage or the Northeast Passage as shipping routes right now, nor are there any plans to do so in the future,” Jörg Erdmann, Senior Director Sustainability at Hapag-Lloyd, pointed out.With its stance on the possible route through the Arctic, the German carrier joins French container shipping company CMA CGM. In August, CMA CGM said that none of its 500 vessels would use the Northern Sea Route along Siberia as it would represent “a significant danger to the unique natural ecosystems”.“The particles produced by the combustion of carbon-based fossils and fuels contribute to global warming, which can in turn harm our ecosystems. As long as there are no guarantees that these passages can be navigated without negatively impacting the environment, using them is out of the question for Hapag-Lloyd, as well,” Erdmann explained.According to Erdmann, the significance of the above sea passages for container shipping is still limited as the window of time during which ships can navigate through the Arctic region continues to be relatively narrow. At present, it would be difficult to use these routes regularly.“What’s more, since container ships operate in liner services, we must take a long and hard look at whether the time one might save from the shorter distances offered by using the Northwest Passage and Northeast Passage would result in genuine economic benefits, especially when taking into account the draughts of larger ships or the fact that ships would likely need to have the appropriate ice classes,” he continued.“Thus, all things considered, the desirability of using these passages much be very carefully weighed from both the ecological and economic perspectives.”With shipping routes across the Arctic being significantly shorter than the traditional ones, more and more shipping companies are investing in ice class vessels that are able to operate without icebreaking assistance.At the beginning of September 2019, the first working meeting of the NSR Public Council was held at the 5th Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok. During the meeting, Rosatom director revealed that about 80 million tons of goods is planned to be shipped annually via the Northern Sea Route by 2024.
New Delhi: As many as 293 big dams in the country are more than 100 years old, Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said on Monday as he introduced a bill on dam safety in Lok Sabha.The bill seeks to set up the National Dam Safety Authority for proper surveillance, inspection and maintenance of specified dams as well as address unresolved issues between states. Besides the National Dam Safety Authority, the government has proposed setting up a National Committee on Dam Safety to prevent dam failure-related disasters. According to the bill, the committee would maintain standards of dam safety and also evolve policies for ensuring the safety of dams.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 7, 2016 -Flights resumed to South Caicos today after a near 24 hour halt to service brought on by airline company, InterCaribbean Airways.The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority said in a statement issued to media only moments ago that the island of South Caicos is a priority and its airport is undergoing a significant upgrade which called for radio services to pilots at the site to be paused.Well, aeronautical radio services for the all clear for landings are now re-instated and InterCaribbean Airways flights are now resumed according to the regular schedule.South Caicos lost significant flight connection to Provo and Grand Turk on Tuesday when InterCaribbean Airways decided to stop service into the fishing capital, which is now also home to at least two resorts. It had some of the candidates talking, in fact outraged at the decision by the domestic airline and the seemingly sluggish pace by officials to see the service restored. A Former MP, South Caicos native and running independent for the seat is McAllister Hanchell, who with former Premier Michael Missick today issued comment which said in part:“This is a serious blow to South Caicos and the people of South Caicos that depend on regular schedule flight to get food, service, workers and tourist in and out of the Island. In fact, even the regular weekly visit by the bank was disrupted today. We understand that the issues are between the Airline and the Airports Authority. We call on both parties to put ego and differences aside in the interest of the people of South Caicos in particular and the wider public in general and resume schedule flights immediately.” InterCaribbean Airways yesterday explained that it has been asked to perform flyovers to alert contractors on the air strip that they want to come in for a landing; the airline refused to do it citing it is dangerous and illegal. PDM Candidate, Keno Forbes said the disruption was unprofessional and unacceptable.“There are elderly folks with doctor’s appointments, there are people with connecting flights, there are tourist on the island that had to make connecting flights to get back to their home, and they have all had to pay additional funds and take a boat ride to get back to Provo. This type of behavior is not acceptable.” The Airports Authority also explained, “risk assessments were completed, mitigations implemented, and regulatory approval was obtained prior to the start of works.” ICA had said the fly-overs, which were requested by the Airports Authority were unauthorized. #MagneticMediaNews
SIGNIFICANT NUMBERS SERIOUSLY DEPRESSED Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 7, 2017 – Providenciales – Under the theme “Depression let’s talk” and in observance of the day the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit partners with Gracebay Pharmacies and Scotia Bank. There was Depression Screening, neck massages and an information booth set up at Scotia Bank main branch yesterday between 9 am and noon.Today at all Gracebay pharmacies there will be information booths, promotion of aroma therapy, calming teas, acupuncture and massages at the main gracebay pharmarcy and Depression screening at all pharmacies from 2pm – 4pm. Depression screening will also be offered at the government clinics at the hospitals on Grand Turk and Provo from 9am to 12 noon.Activities will be carried out throughout the month that will involve all other islands.#worldhealthday2017#tcihealth#depression#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #tcihealth, #worldhealthday2017, depression
San Diego gun owners take action to save Del Mar Gun Show Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 1:51 PM Posted: May 22, 2018 Carlos Amezcua May 22, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsTuesday, Carlos Amezcua interviewed Michael Schwartz, Executive Director of San Diego County Gun Owners, about the Crossroads of the West Gun Show and what they are doing to make sure it continues.Schwartz showed his stack of 3,000 letters that were collected at the gun show this past weekend, all voicing support for continuing the show.Schwartz says the key points made in the letters are:— Please renew the gun show contract with Crossroads of the West with no new restrictions or limitations.— The gun show is a safe and legal place for enthusiasts to attend and learn more about firearms, firearms safety and firearms training.— The gun show event is a great place for couples and families to spend time together learning more about an American sport and tradition. The educational and entertainment value is immeasurable.— Do not ban this resource for the public, which helps keep San Diegans law-abiding and safe.— Do not villainize my family and discriminate against us, it is nothing short of bigotry.— To blame me for crimes involving guns is insulting to hundreds of thousands of gun owners in Southern California. We resent the uninformed opponents to the gun show painting gun owners as dangerous. Carlos Amezcua,
Dear Editor,In Fall of 2003, as I was finishing up three years of service in the United States Army, my wife returned home to Massachusetts with our infant son to look for a house. After a Paul Revere-like ride through “every Middlesex village and farm,” she told me that she wanted to move to Wilmington. I will be eternally grateful that Jomarie found this community as it has given us so much over the years, most especially the dear friends and neighbors that we have been blessed to make.I wanted to write and thank all of those people who have been supportive of Jomarie’s campaign for Selectman. Being the father of two daughters, I am very glad that those girls can see the names of women running for elected office on the placards in yards around town. As those children grow into young adults, I hope that they will have candidates like Jomarie to represent them.Jomarie is always looking for ways to help people in the community she cares so deeply about. As an attorney, she chose to practice an area of law that seeks to protect the most vulnerable members of our society, namely those children who have been abused or neglected. As a volunteer, she is moved by the sentiment of the famous quote about Robert F. Kennedy: “Some men see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say why not?.” As a mother and a wife, she is always striving to make our small corner of the world a better place.In closing, I would ask that all those who read this letter to consider supporting Jomarie with a vote on election day. I would also ask those people to support the candidacy of incumbent Selectmen Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira. In Greg and Kevin, I see the same spirit of volunteerism and love for this community that animates Jomarie, and I think that they could tap into a synergy that would continue this town on the path that made it one of the best places to live in the Commonwealth.Very truly yours,David O’MahonyLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: State Rep. Dave Robertson Endorses Jomarie O’Mahony For SelectwomanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: O’Mahony Brings People Together, Always Helping Others With A SmileIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Shawsheen Tech School Committee’s Robert Peterson Sr. Endorses O’Mahony For SelectwomanIn “Letter To The Editor”
Ajith vs Vijay.PR HandoutTamil actor Ajith Kumar is celebrating his 48th birthday on Wednesday, 1 May. Like every year, it will be a low-key day for him, but it is not going to stop his fans from celebrating the occasion in a big way.What makes the fans special is the Tamil TV channels trying hard to attract the viewers’ attention by screening his movies. The leading channels have lined up some of his hit movies to be aired from the morning till the midnight on 1 May.Jaya TV is going to telecast some of his recent hit films that include Vedhalam. Among all the movies, Sun TV has planned for the world premiere of this year’s superhit movie Viswasam.The interesting part of the story is that rival Zee Tamil has decided to telecast Vijay’s blockbuster movie Mersal around the same time. By scheduling it, the channel is apparently trying to draw the attention of the loyal Thalapathy’s fans even though it is not the world premiere of the Tamil flick.TRP Battle Ajith’s Viswasam will be aired at 6.30 pm on Sun TV. Whereas Mersal will be aired at 5 pm on Zee Tamil.Viswasam: The Siruthai Siva-directorial movie has turned out to be the biggest hit of 2019 in Tamil Nadu. The movie won the hearts of the rural and family audience. It is about a father trying to reunite with his wife and daughter.The movie was packed with mass elements peppered with romance, comedy and emotions. Nayanthara played Ajith’s wife in the flick, which has reportedly earned over Rs 130 crore in Tamil Nadu.Mersal: Thalapathy Vijay’s Mersal was directed by Atlee Kumar. The film raised serious questions about our healthcare industry and how the loopholes in the industry exploit the people in the country. Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha and Nithya Menen played female leads in the flick.
Bangladesh’s new anti-graft hotline has been overwhelmed with tens of thousands of calls about acts of corruption in its first week, an official said Thursday.Hotline number 106 was launched last Thursday by state authorities in an effort to crack down on graft in Bangladesh, which has been listed by a global watchdog as one of the world’s most corrupt nations.“Since 27 July around 75,000 people called our hotline,” Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) spokesman Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told AFP.The hotline is manned by just five government employees, with a substantial number of calls being forwarded to a voicemail messaging system.Bhattacharya said most callers who got through had complaints that were beyond the agency’s jurisdiction, including personal family disputes and dowry demands.The commission is empowered to investigate bribes in government offices and agencies, misappropriation of state assets or money, embezzlement of state funds, amassing of wealth through illegal means, money laundering and bank fraud.More than 200 relevant complaints were forwarded to the ACC to investigate. “Most complaints are related to land,” Rajib Ahsan, an official at the ACC’s hotline cell, told AFP.Some women had complained of dowry demands from their husbands, he said.Last year Bangladesh was ranked as the 13th most corrupt nation in the world, according to the graft perception index prepared annually by Berlin-based Transparency International.Last week Bangladesh’s finance minister AMA Muhith, while inaugurating the hotline, acknowledged the depth of the problem and said in the past corruption was an act of shame but it had now taken root in the country of 160 million people.“We are all overwhelmed by corruption. Those in power spread corruption,” he said. “It could not continue if everyone were not involved. We are all indirectly involved.”