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MSC Cruises ARTA to Develop LNG Bunkering System

first_imgzoom Swiss-based cruise line MSC Cruises and manufacturer of gas and liquid transfer solutions ARTA have agreed to partner for the development of the LNG bunkering system for MSC Cruises ships. Under the joint program, unveiled at the 2017 LNG Bunkering Summit in Amsterdam, the parties said they would develop a tailor-made LNG bunkering system that takes full account of the cruise industry’s specific needs.MSC Cruises’ EUR 9 billion (USD 9.7 billion) investment plan for the construction of eleven new next-generation cruise ships in the next ten years will include four LNG-powered cruise ships of the World Class.To this end, the cruise company has been exploring the market for the most suitable LNG bunkering solution.“With up to four LNG-powered cruise ships scheduled to join our fleet, we are highly committed to developing the best possible technologies and systems to support the introduction of LNG to cruising,” Yves Bui, MSC Cruises’ LNG Project Director, said.Bui added that the result of the cooperation with ARTA is a system that features “a newly developed coupling and decoupling mechanism as well as a double-walled hose that will allow us to conduct bunkering operations without disrupting the activities taking place on board the ship.”In June 2016, MSC Cruises signed a letter of intent with the STX France shipyard for the construction of up to four LNG-powered cruise ships that will feature more than 200,000 gross tonnes.The four ships, the first one of which will be delivered in 2022, will be based on a new advanced next-generation prototype and will form what will be known as the MSC Cruises’ World Class.The newly developed LNG bunkering system is planned to be implemented on these World Class ships.last_img read more

APM Terminals Gothenburg Taps Into New Labor Pool

first_imgzoom Swedish APM Terminals Gothenburg has signed an agreement with the staffing agency Adecco to hire temporary personnel effective October 1, 2017 to address adhoc extra staffing needs at peak times.The main work carried out at the container terminal will continue to be performed by the permanent staff, the terminal operator said, adding that the collaboration with Adecco enables APM Terminals to increase reliability and flexibility during those times when extra staffing are required to handle customer requests “in a faster, more responsive, customized manner.” “In our business, we see weather conditions affecting ship schedules, last minute changes to supply chains or unplanned absences making it essential for us to be able to adjust the size of our workforce to keep pace with our customer requests. We believe this new option can translate into more customer success that will grow our business,” Henrik Kristensen, APM Terminals Gothenburg Managing Director, said.Until this deal, APM Terminals Gothenburg has been involved in an arrangement known in Sweden as the Blixtsystem, in which additional personnel were shared with three other port facilities in Gothenburg. Just over 300 people are currently employed temporarily on an hourly basis in the Blixtsystem, which is shared by APM Terminals, Logent Ports & Terminals AB and Gothenburg Ro/Ro Terminal AB in the Port of Gothenburg.APM Terminals’ involvement in the Blixtsystem will cease at the end of the year.“We are looking forward to supplying skilled personnel through our partnership with APM Terminals Gothenburg. We have now started recruiting new personnel, and our aim is to work closely with the company to build up an effective staffing solution for them,” Niklas Evheden, Branch Manager at Adecco in Gothenburg, said.The move comes on the back of a series of industrial actions which hit APM Terminals Gothenburg over a period of a year from mid-2016. Nine days were lost to strikes and 14 trade union blockades following one after the other were organized during the period, leading to a loss of several customers.In June 2017, the operator served a notice of termination to 160 staff members, out of a total of 450 employees, citing “a sharp fall in volumes over the past year” as the reason.last_img read more

OOCL Christens Final 20413 TEU Boxship

first_imgzoom Hong Kong-based container shipping company Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has christened OOCL Indonesia, a 21,413 TEU boxship newbuilding.The christening ceremony was held at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard on Geoje island on January 17.The ship, which has a length of 399.87 meters and a width of 58.8 meters, is the sixth and the last in a series of the company’s six 21,000+ TEU class ultra large container vessels (ULCVs).OOCL Indonesia will begin its maiden voyage this month and join its five sister vessels on OOCL’s Asia-North Europe Loop 1 (LL1) trade lane. In a 77-day round trip, its port rotation is: Shanghai / Ningbo / Xiamen / Yantian / Singapore / via Suez Canal / Felixstowe / Rotterdam / Gdansk / Wilhelmshaven / Felixstowe / via Suez Canal / Singapore / Yantian / Shanghai.On the occasion of the christening ceremony, Andy Tung, Chief Executive of OOCL, said: “The flexibility provided in our newbuilding program is one of the crucial elements to how we can better manage our fleet and operations in such a dynamic and challenging industry.”Tung further said that the celebration also marked a “wonderful start” to the new year in 2018 as the industry is seeing a much healthier global economic environment not seen in many years since the 2009 financial crisis, and that various governments around the world are continuing to fuel the growth momentum with policy agendas to boost trade and economic cooperation.“In addition to China’s leadership in the One Belt One Road Initiative to help bring markets closer together and opening new opportunities for trade, another policy agenda closer to home is the signing of the Hong Kong-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement just last November,” Tung added.“Once ratified, the new FTA arrangements will not only open opportunities for trade growth, but also facilitate more effective and efficient trade links through the elimination of import duties and streamlining of regulations that would inevitably help improve supply chain flow over the long run. In our industry, speed is of essence and we are very excited to see these kinds of policy directions pushing forward,” Tung pointed out.last_img read more

Klaveness Forms New Combination Carrier Firm

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Torvald Klaveness Norwegian shipping company Torvald Klaveness has, together with its existing investors, established a new company to own and operate modern combination carriers.The new company, Klaveness Combination Carriers (KCC), is envisaged to provide the most environmentally friendly transportation system with the lowest carbon emissions in the industry, according to Klaveness.The existing investors in KCC have raised USD 32 million in new equity to further grow the combination carrier business within the group over the next 18 months.Following the transactions, Klaveness Ship Holding AS will be the largest shareholder with around 70% of KCC and the minority shareholders will hold around 30%.Furthermore, Klaveness Ship Holding AS has through a subsidiary of KCC declared an option for the construction of a combination carrier at Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding (YZJ) in China. With this unit, the company’s fleet will grow to 13 vessels by 2020. The subsidiary already has three sister vessels under construction at the same yard with delivery late this year and early 2019, and also holds options for further vessels.last_img read more

Norwegian Cruise Line Sees Another Record Quarter

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Norwegian Cruise Line Miami-based cruise company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings witnessed a strong start to 2018 as its net income surged by 66.7 percent in the first quarter of the year.The company’s net income reached USD 103.2 million for the period ended March 31, 2018, compared to USD 61.9 million in the prior year.Total revenue was also up in the quarter, rising by 12.4 percent to USD 1.3 billion from USD 1.2 billion in 2017, driven by strong organic pricing growth across all core markets along with an increase in capacity days due to the addition of Norwegian Joy to the fleet.“The year is off to an impressive start with yet another record quarter of earnings, which exceeded expectations,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.Del Rio added that the 2018 Wave Season “was stellar and has further strengthened our overall future booked position with load factor and pricing continuing to be well ahead of prior year for the remaining quarters of 2018 and throughout 2019.”The company expects to generate record earnings for full year 2018 and has increased its outlook, with Adjusted EPS now expected to be in the range of USD 4.55 to USD 4.70.“The strong global demand for our portfolio of brands which we experienced during 2017 has continued, as demonstrated by the successful, record-breaking launch of Norwegian Bliss, which entered the fleet as the best booked Norwegian Cruise Line newbuild in the history of our company,” said Mark Kempa, interim chief financial officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “While our primary focus continues to be to delever to the low 3 times by year-end 2018, our recently announced USD 1 billion share repurchase program reflects our ongoing confidence in our financial position and the long-term strength of our business as well as our commitment to provide meaningful capital returns to our shareholders,” Kempa concluded.last_img read more

IRISL Linked to Three Tankers at Sadra

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy of Shaah Shahidh on Unsplash.  Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) was tied to an order for three 113,000 dwt tankers at compatriot shipbuilder Iran Marine Industrial Company (SADRA), according to Intermodal shipbroking report.The newbuilds are said to be scheduled for delivery in 2020. Further details about the price and specifications of the ships were not disclosed.Update: IRISL has since denied the reports saying the company did not order any ships at Sadra.The rumor emerged ahead of the entrance into force of U.S. sanctions against Iran affecting the country’s shipping, shipbuilding and port sectors. The new wave of sanctions follows the 180-day wind-down period set to end on November 4, 2018.There is still uncertainty over the sanctions’ actual impact on Iran’s oil production as the US recently signaled that it would consider giving waivers on Iranian oil. Iran’s oil production declined to 3.63 mbpd in August 2018 from 3.81 mbpd at the beginning of the year, Drewry‘s data shows.On the other hand, the European Union, China and Russia voiced their intentions to keep their trade relations with Iran despite the recent withdrawal of the United States from the nuclear deal.The parties said that they were working on concrete measures to secure payment channels with Iran, and continue Iran’s export of oil and gas condensate, petroleum products and petrochemicals.To that end, it has been proposed to establish a Special Purpose Vehicle, to facilitate payments related to Iran’s exports, including oil, and imports.Meanwhile, numerous container shipping companies pulled back from the Iranian market, including PIL, MSC, CMA CGM and Maersk Line.World Maritime News StaffThis article has been updated with the statement from IRISL since its initial publishing on October 24.last_img read more

Sovcomflot Gets USD 297 Mn Loan for Atlanticmax LNG Carriers

first_imgzoomIllustration; LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie. Source: Flickr – under the CC BY-SA 2.0 license; Image by: Kees Torn Russian shipping company Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has signed a new USD 297 million limited recourse credit facility to finance its two next-generation LNG carriers.The financing deal, with a duration of up to ten years, was concluded with three international banks – ING Bank, KfW IPEX-Bank, and Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank.As informed, the funds will be used towards pre- and post-delivery financing of two new 174,000 cbm Atlanticmax LNG carriers, which will operate under long-term charters to Shell.The first of these vessels is scheduled for delivery in H2 2020 and the second one in H1 2021.The addition of these vessels, which feature a slow-speed dual-fuel X-DF diesel engine and gas boil-off partial liquefaction system, will increase the group’s LNG carrier fleet to sixteen vessels.“SCF Group is pleased with this new LNG project financing with its long-standing financial partners…With the conclusion of this deal, the group has addressed in full its capital expenditure funding requirements for the next two years,” Nikolay Kolesnikov, Executive Vice-President & CFO of Sovcomflot, said.This deal follows a similar USD 149 million credit facility signed between SCF Group and the three abovementioned banks in November 2018. With these funds, Sovcomflot is to finance the construction of an LNG carrier, which will operate on long-term charter to Total.Sovcomflot currently has a fleet of 147 vessels with a total deadweight of over 12.8 million tons. Over 80 vessels have an ice class.last_img read more

BBC Oregon Refloated after Grounding off Newfoundland

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Canadian Coast Guard The 12,660 dwt general cargo vessel BBC Oregon has been refloated after it ran aground in the Bay Bulls harbor on June 30.According to the Canadian Coast Guard, the CCGS Edward Cornwallis and the tug Beverley M towed the 138-meter-long ship off its grounding location to a safe anchorage in the harbor.There were no reports of injuries or pollution following the incident.The officials conducted an assessment of the vessel, whereby no damages to the hull structure were found.Operated by BBC Chartering, the general cargo ship ran aground shortly after unmooring in Newfoundland, Canada.According to AIS data provided by VesselsValue, the ship is currently at anchor in Bay Bulls harbor.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

HapagLloyd Ships Will Not Use Arctic Sea Routes

first_imgzoomIllustration. 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.last_img read more

Irish Emigrant Tall Ship to Visit Halifax

first_imgWATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT CORP.–Irish Emigrant Tall Ship to VisitHalifax The Jeanie Johnston, a replica of a 19th-century Irish emigranttall ship, arrives at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 29 for a four-day visit in Halifax. While in port, the Jeanie Johnston will be docked at Queen’sWharf North on the Halifax waterfront. The ship will be open forpublic tours Saturday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 1 between10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. The original Jeanie Johnston was built in Quebec by notedScottish-born shipbuilder John Munn, in 1847. The current replicais an exact copy of the original square-sterned, three-mastedbarque. It was built at Blennerville, County Kerry, Ireland. During port visits, the ship transforms into a museum-qualityexperience, featuring artifacts and the lives of the crew as itwas during voyages in the 19th century. The vessel was launchedin Ireland in 2002 and for the past six months has been involvedin a tour of North American ports. The ship arrives in Halifax from St. Andrews, N.B. It departs onTuesday, Sept. 2 for Miramichi, N.B. then travels on to Montrealand Quebec City before heading back to Atlantic Canada for avisit to St. John’s, NL. The Charitable Irish Society sees the visit of the JeanieJohnston as an opportunity to highlight Halifax’s rich Irishculture and heritage. The society will be helping the captain andcrew with ticket and merchandise sales and with staffing of thegangways. Admission fees for tours are $8 for adults, $5 for children over10 years and free for children 10 years and under. The familyrate is $20. The visit of the Jeanie Johnston was organized by Waterfront Development Corporation Limited, a provincial Crown corporation,as part of its Visiting Ships Program. For more information on the visit, contact the corporation at902-422-0341 or by e-mail at janet@wdcl.ca . Information on the Jeanie Johnston is available on the Web siteat www.jeaniejohnston.com .last_img read more

African Nova Scotian Exhibit Now Online

first_img Nova Scotians and others will now have a new and exciting way offinding out more about African Nova Scotian history. The Nova Scotia Archives is launching a virtual exhibit andonline resource called African Nova Scotians in the Age ofSlavery and Abolition. The exhibit coincides with the UnitedNations’ designation of 2004 as the International Year toCommemorate the Struggle Against Slavery and Its Abolition. “This new resource will contribute to a greater public awareness,understanding and appreciation of African Nova Scotian historyand culture,” said Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Cultureand Heritage. “This site will be accessible to people from aroundthe world, and will raise awareness of our province as a heritagetourism destination.” Visitors to the exhibit can search a database containing about5,000 names. The database was created from official records ofAfrican American immigrants who came to Nova Scotia in 1783 andin 1815-16. “About 10,000 people of African descent came to Nova Scotiabetween 1749 and 1816. This exhibit provides remarkable insightinto their experiences,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of AfricanNova Scotian Affairs. “It reflects an amazing story of struggleand accomplishment in the face of adversity.” The exhibit pieces together the story of early African NovaScotians through digitized government documents, letters,newspapers and other unofficial sources. It includes strikingimages of everyday life, such as a watercolor of a family,probably from Upper Hammond Plains, heading to the Halifax marketon a Saturday morning in 1835. “The exhibit has been designed to appeal broadly to everyone,including general-interest visitors, genealogists, secondary andpost-secondary students, and especially those interested inAfrican Nova Scotian history,” said Brian Spears, provincialarchivist. “We believe it will be a popular addition to ourwebsite, which already receives more than 400,000 visits everyyear.” Visitors will also find a virtual photo exhibit depicting some ofthe original black settlements and descendants of the earlysettlers in the 1880-1955 time period. Among the communitiesphotographed are Preston, Upper Hammond Plains and Five MilePlains. There are also memorable individual portraits. With funding from Canadian Heritage, the exhibit provides accessto a wide variety of documentary sources relating to earlyAfrican Nova Scotian history and settlement. It is available atwww.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/africanns . TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–African Nova Scotian Exhibit NowOnlinelast_img read more

Premiers To Meet On Offshore Revenues

first_imgNova Scotia Premier John Hamm and Newfoundland and LabradorPremier Danny Williams will meet today, Nov. 8, to discuss waysto ensure the federal government fulfills offshore commitmentsthat Prime Minister Paul Martin made during this year’s federalelection. “The federal government has all the information it needs to dothe right thing and deliver on the commitment made by four primeministers of Canada, including Mr. Martin, that Nova Scotians,Newfoundlanders and Labradorians would be the principalbeneficiaries of our offshore,” said Premier Hamm, who haschampioned the cause of offshore revenues since 2001. “Bothprovinces must speak with one voice, that we will not accept lessthan what we are guaranteed by federal-provincial law and by theword of Prime Minister Martin.” Monday’s meeting in St. John’s, NL, marks the first time the twopremiers have met privately on offshore issues since October’sFirst Ministers’ Meeting. They have frequently engaged intelephone discussions on the subject over the last two weeks. “The prime minister was very clear to both provinces in June ofthis year that the people of Newfoundland and Labrador and NovaScotia would receive 100 per cent of offshore oil and gasrevenues, no caps, no fixed time frames and no caveats,” saidPremier Williams. “This is about the federal government keepingits word to allow two provinces to use the benefits of theiroffshore resources to become strong, financially self-reliantpartners in Confederation. We will not say yes to less.” In the mid-1980s, the federal government passed legislation underthe Atlantic Accord and the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Accord toguarantee full revenue benefits for both Nova Scotia andNewfoundland and Labrador. The current federal offer falls farshort of 100 per cent offshore oil and gas revenues.last_img read more

Province Targets Impaired Drivers

first_img develop an impaired driving countermeasures course; provide resources to train an additional 48 Datamaster technicians to operate breathalyser equipment throughout the province; purchase 20 additional screening devices to help front-line officers detect and process impaired drivers and 10 in-vehicle video cameras, which allow officers to capture and retain relevant evidence when interacting with impaired drivers. “Impaired driving is the leading cause of criminal death in Canada,” said Insp. Matt Lowther, officer in charge of traffic services with the RCMP in Nova Scotia. “Police in Nova Scotia are working together in various operations to stop impaired drivers and make our roads safer year round.” Mr. Scott said these measures are in addition to other provincial efforts to stop impaired driving, including the spring 2008 launch of the alcohol ignition interlock program; changes to the graduated licensing program which require that drivers with less than five years’ experience have a zero blood alcohol content; and awareness campaigns aimed at educating young drivers about the consequences of driving while impaired. The province is introducing new enforcement and training programs and purchasing state-of-the-art equipment in the fight against impaired driving. In December, the province will launch a one-year integrated impaired driving enforcement pilot project in southwest Nova Scotia. It will involve the establishment of a dedicated, joint RCMP–municipal police mobile unit that will target impaired drivers and other offenders. Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, said the pilot program complements other government initiatives to provide safer streets and communities for all Nova Scotians. “What so many people commonly call road accidents are often preventable events, especially those caused by impaired driving,” said Mr. Scott. “The enforcement and training initiatives and new equipment will target those who continue to get behind the wheel while impaired.” In addition to the integrated impaired driving enforcement pilot project, the province will also:last_img read more

Act Strengthens Procedures of Regulated Professions

first_imgComplaints and disciplinary material in records of health professional regulators will be protected from disclosure in legal proceedings under new legislation. Health Minister Chris d’Entremont introduced An Act Respecting the Protection of Confidential Disciplinary Proceedings of Health Professions today, April 25. Private information provided by regulated health professionals during investigative and hearing processes will remain confidential and used only for its intended purpose. “We have already made changes to legislation to provide this privilege to some groups in the health-care industry,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “This bill extends that privilege to other health professions.” During the fall 2007 sitting of the House of Assembly, the Medical Act was amended to create a privilege that protects investigative and disciplinary material in the records of the College of Physicians and Surgeons from disclosure in legal proceedings. The same privilege also has been included in the most recent registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and respiratory therapists acts. This legislation extends that privilege to chiropractors, dentists, dental assistants, opticians, medical lab technologists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, dieticians, dental hygienists, midwives, occupational therapists, optometrists, paramedics and psychologists. Other legislation introduced today would amend the Emergency Health Services Act to establish a long-service medal for paramedics and other persons involved in the provision of emergency health services.last_img read more

Mise à jour sur les précipitations dans le sudouest de la NouvelleÉcosse

first_imgLes états d’urgence locaux ont été étendus à des régions de Barrington, Yarmouth et Argyle en raison d’inondations et de dommages causés par la tempête. La région a reçu plus de 200 millimètres de pluie au cours des derniers jours. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences signale des dommages à des ponts et des routes fermées dans ces régions, incitant des évacuations. « Les autorités continuent de surveiller la situation et font leur possible pour assurer la sécurité des résidents, a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. Je sais que les résidents se joindront à moi afin de remercier les autorités pour leur travail et leurs efforts inlassables. » La Croix-Rouge a ouvert des centres de bien-être au Club des Audacieux, à Quinan dans la Municipalité du district d’Argyle, et à la caserne de pompiers de Lake Vaughn, à Tusket dans le comté de Yarmouth. Environ 120 familles ont été évacuées de leur maison en raison des inondations et les autorités locales sont prêtes à évacuer encore plus de gens, au besoin. Nova Scotia Power, le ministère des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure et les représentants régionaux de la gestion des urgences continuent de surveiller étroitement le barrage du lac Vaughn, le barrage Carleton et le barrage Gardner Mills alors que les niveaux d’eau continuent d’augmenter. Les plus récentes prévisions d’Environnement Canada indiquent que la pluie a cessé ou cessera bientôt dans les régions touchées de la province. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences de la Nouvelle-Écosse travaille en étroite collaboration avec les municipalités afin de s’assurer que tout appui provincial nécessaire est offert rapidement et efficacement.last_img read more

Province Invests in Annapolis Royal Area Students

first_imgStudents and families from Annapolis Royal and surrounding communities will have more learning opportunities, thanks to a $6.9 million investment from the province. The province will work with the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board to upgrade and renovate Annapolis West Education Centre to become a Grade 6 to Grade 12 school. “Putting kids and learning first means providing the best learning environment for students to be successful,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “By working with our partners, we will ensure Annapolis West Education Centre meets the needs of students for many years to come.” “The province is investing in this school now so the work can begin immediately and benefit students sooner.” Once the renovations and upgrades are completed, the school will be home to all Grade 6 to Grade 12 students from the area. The renovations include improvements to instructional spaces and the expansion of the Skilled Trades program. “I am pleased that this funding is coming to our area,” said Sandi Millett-Campbell, member of the School Advisory Council. “The renovations to Annapolis West Education Centre will definitely be an asset to our community, and it will bring benefits for all of the students from the town and the surrounding area.” The province will allocate $1 million to the project for the 2012-13 fiscal year. The school board will manage the project in collaboration with the Department of Education. About 440 students will attend the renovated school. The project is expected to be completed in the 2014-15 school year.last_img read more

Curiosity rover finds clay cache on Mars

first_imgWashington: NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has unveiled the highest amounts of clay minerals ever found during its mission on the Red Planet, the US space agency said. The rover recently drilled two samples at rock targets called “Aberlady” and “Kilmarie” in a region of Mars called the “clay-bearing unit”. Both drill targets were unveiled in a new selfie taken by the rover on May 12, the 2,405th Martian day, or sol, of the mission, NASA said in a statement. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’This clay-enriched region, located on the side of lower Mount Sharp, stood out to NASA orbiters before Curiosity landed in 2012, the US space agency said. Curiosity is exploring Mount Sharp to see if it had the conditions to support life billions of years ago. Clay often forms in water, which is essential for life. The rover’s mineralogy instrument, called CheMin (Chemistry and Mineralogy), provided the first analyses of rock samples drilled in the clay-bearing unit. CheMin also found very little hematite, an iron oxide mineral that was abundant just to the north, on Vera Rubin Ridge. Other than proof that there was a significant amount of water once in Gale Crater, what these new findings mean for the region is still up for debate, according to the US space agency.last_img read more

Delhi court allows Robert Vadra to travel abroad

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday allowed Robert Vadra, accused in a money laundering case, to travel abroad for six weeks for health reasons.Special Judge Arvind Kumar allowed him to travel to the US and the Netherlands and directed him to submit his travel schedule. It also imposed various conditions on him. The court, however, did not allow Vadra, brother-in law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, to go to United Kingdom (UK).During the arguments, Vadra’s counsel KTS Tulsi told the court that Vadra will not go to the UK, as per his earlier prayer, “in view of objections raised by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) regarding his UK visit”. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCSolicitor General Tushar Mehta and advocate Nitesh Rana, appearing for the ED, had opposed Vadra’s plea in which he had sought permission to travel to the UK and other countries citing health reasons. The agency had expressed apprehension that the accused may destroy the evidence if allowed to go to UK. Vadra is facing allegations of money laundering in purchase of a property in London at 12, Bryanston Square, worth 1.9 million pounds. In its order, the court directed Vadra to submit the address of his stay abroad, along with his contact numbers, to the court before his departure. The court also directed him to furnish a bank guarantee for Rs 25 lakh, and inform the court about his arrival in India within 24 hours. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations”He shall not tamper with the evidence nor try to influence any witness in any manner and shall not use the permission granted to him contrary to the rules. The applicant shall join the investigation within 72 hours of so informed by the investigating officer (IO),” the court said. Vadra had told the court that as per Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, he has a “small tumour in the large intestine for the further management of which he can take a second opinion in London if he wishes so”. ED had opposed the application, saying the medical condition was merely a pretext to go where laundered money is parked.last_img read more