However, the Port of Townsville added that the after effects of Cyclone Debbie linger on at the port.The cyclone has also closed several coal export terminals in the region, threatening coal exports from Queensland, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported. zoom Ports of Abbot Point, Hay Point and Mackay have been closed after severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit the North Queensland coast, North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) informed.Steve Lewis, NQBP Chief Executive Officer, said the corporation’s Whitsunday ports were all experiencing large swells, high winds and heavy rains on March 28.Lewis said NQBP has been working closely with port partners and emergency services to secure the port and begin planning for the resumption of safe port operations.“In addition to landside inspections, a survey of seabed assets such as navigational channels and berth pockets must be carried out to the satisfaction of the Harbour Master and our own expert marine pilots before ports can re-open for shipping,” Lewis explained.NQBP’s emergency response team has started inspecting port assets.“The southern breakwater at Port of Mackay has suffered some damage. But considering the extreme conditions, it has weathered the storm,” NQBP said in an update on Facebook.“Conditions remain severe, and the breakwater remains closed to public access,” NQBP added.Vessel traffic has resumed at Queensland’s Port of Townsville, the port tweeted.Port of Townsville is now at Condition Green, shipping to resume this morning. #CycloneDebbie— Port of Townsville (@townsvilleport) March 28, 2017
Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, the 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon, completed its final sea trials in the Adriatic Sea earlier this week in anticipation of its inaugural cruise in April 2018.Currently in the final stages of construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, the 3,974-passenger vessel had a full contingent of officers, technicians and engineers on board who thoroughly tested Carnival Horizon’s sophisticated technical, mechanical and navigation systems, the company said.As the newest ship in the fleet, Carnival Horizon is set to debut on April 2, 2018, with a 13-day Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona – the first of four round-trip departures from that port.The ship will then re-position to the US with a 14-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Barcelona to New York from May 9 to 23, 2018.Following its summer schedule of four-day Bermuda and eight-day Caribbean departures from the Big Apple, Carnival Horizon will shift to Miami and kick off a year-round schedule of six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises beginning September 22, 2018. Carnival Horizon will also offer a special two-day cruise to Nassau from Miami from September 20 to 22, 2018.Launched in March this year, the 133,500 gross ton newbuilding is the company’s second Vista-class ship. The first ship from the batch, Carnival Vista, was handed over to the company in April 2016. In addition, the third Vista-class vessel is currently under construction at the shipyard in Marghera.Featuring a length of 321.5 meters and a width of 37.2 meters, Carnival Horizon will be able to accommodate a total of more than 6,400 people on board.Image Courtesy: Carnival
zoom South Korea’s Polaris Shipping has become the latest shipowner to join Navig8’s Alpha8 Pool.The company’s two 2018-built Aframax tankers have been added to the pool, Navig8 said.The newbuildings in question are the 129,918 cbm Polar Ace and Polar Bright.Being built at Korean shipyard Daehan Shipbuilding, the 115,802 dwt vessels will fly the Marshall Islands flag.Polar Ace and Polar Bright are scheduled for delivery in February and August 2018, respectively.Including the two newbuilds, Navig8’s Alpha8 Pool currently comprises eighteen tankers.World Maritime News Staff
zoomImage Courtesy: Royal Caribbean Cruises Azamara Pursuit, the latest fleet addition of the Azamara Club Cruises, a brand of Royal Caribbean Cruises, has been christened in Southampton, U.K., marking its official debut.“Since the announcement of Azamara Pursuit in September 2017, we have eagerly awaited this special moment to celebrate the ship’s debut,” said Larry Pimentel, President & CEO of Azamara Club Cruises. “Azamara Pursuit’s two godmothers both have a fearless dedication to adventure, and we could not be more pleased for them to lead us in this ceremony.”Namely, Azamara Pursuit’s two Godmothers are Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio and Lucy Huxley.The perfect end to the perfect @AzamaraPursuit naming ceremony day! We’re now setting sail to Cherbourg, France. Stay tuned for more excitement tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/hv2bXhEiws— Azamara Club Cruises (@AzamaraVoyages) August 28, 2018 Azamara Pursuit will now journey from Southampton, U.K. to Barcelona, Spain on a 13-Night Wine & Romance Voyage.The ship is one of the four new cruise ships joining Royal Caribbean Cruises this year aside to Symphony of the Seas , Mein Schiff 1, which have already been delivered, and Celebrity Edge, to be delivered later this year.It is the third ship in Azamara Club Cruises’s fleet, joining Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, which are designed for approximately 700 guests. The 180-meter ship was built in 2011 for Renaissance Cruises. It was acquired by Azamara Club Cruises back in September 2017, and following an extensive refurbishment, has joined the brand, boosting its fleet capacity by over 50 pct.The naming ceremony can be watched at the link below:
zoomImage Courtesy: AET Petroleum and chemical tanker owner and operator AET has named its first two LNG dual-fuel Aframax tankers. The 113,000 dwt vessels, Eagle Brasilia and Eagle Bintulu, were inaugurated today at a ceremony held at the Samsung Heavy Industry (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, South Korea.Both vessels have been taken on long-term charter by Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (Shell), primarily for operations in the Atlantic Basin, and will begin operating for the company from Q4 2018.Being in compliance with NOx Tier III emission when operating in gas mode, the vessels are equipped with conventional single screw propulsion with two-stroke main engine, three auxiliary engines and two auxiliary boilers, all equipped for LNG dual fuel capability.LNG fuel is supplied through two type-C tanks of 850 cubic meters each arranged on the main deck aft port and starboard. Each LNG tank is equipped with two LNG feed pumps which provide full redundancy for operation.The vessels are designed to receive LNG fuel from LNG bunkering vessels — via ship-to-ship transfer. The vessels will be able to trade with LNG fuel for approximately 6,000 nautical miles.“AET has worked for many years in close cooperation with industry partners to develop these LNG dual-fuelled Aframaxes, which are amongst the very first in the industry (…) Eagle Brasilia and Eagle Bintulu are proof that as an industry, we needn’t see increasing environmental requirements as a threat to how we operate, but rather as an incentive to develop new, more innovative and sustainable shipping solutions,” Yee Yang Chien, AET Chairman, and President/Group CEO of parent company MISC Berhad, commented.Image Courtesy: AETBoth vessels have been awarded the “Green Passport” and “GFS” notations and have been fitted with an IMO-compliant ballast water management system.“Shell has been an advocate of LNG as a marine fuel for many years, and as an organisation, we have invested considerably in supporting the development of a comprehensive and reliable LNG bunkering infrastructure. We share AET’s commitment to exceeding the IMO’s 0.5% sulphur emissions requirements wherever possible, and we are very pleased to take these vessels on charter to serve our global energy shipping requirements,” Lars Wogen, Global Crude Freight Trading Manager, Shell commented. “We welcome these vessels as the first in what will be an expanding fleet of LNG dual fuelled vessels in the years to come, as part of our group’s Green Sustainability Agenda. This seeks to deliver environmental efficiency alongside operational excellence. This is a point of critical importance, as ensuring that these LNG dual-fuelled Aframaxes are designed to operate with optimum efficiency, the highest standards of safety and compliance has been and remains top priority for us,” Captain Rajalingam Subramaniam, President & CEO of AET, said.Featuring a length of 244 meters and a width of 43 meters, each of the two tanker newbuilds has a market value of USD 44.14 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.
zoomPhoto: Finnlines Finnish RoRo and passenger services operator Finnlines, part of the Grimaldi Group, revealed plans to order more environmentally-friendly ships. The new order would follow a number of initiatives launched by the company to promote environmental sustainability, including the order of three new RoRo vessels.“Further resources will be invested in a new series of modern large green RoPax vessels to be delivered in a 3-4 years time span,” Emanuele Grimaldi, President and CEO, announced.“Finnlines has made a whole series of concrete investments and actions to promote environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility. These actions include scrubber installations on 21 ships, slow steaming, fleet changes and route optimisation, fuel monitoring, hull silicon treatments, propulsion improvement and vessel lengthening investments, developing multiple newbuilding projects aimed at reducing fleet emission/ton footprint,” Grimaldi said.“Already a decade ago, we were forerunners when we invested over EUR 1 billion into very modern fleet and as reported in spring, we have ordered three modern and green ro-ro vessels to add up further 17,500 lane metres to our services. This way we continue our efforts on further improving our operational and environmental efficiency and invest around EUR 200 million in these technologically and environmentally advanced 5,800 lane meters ro-ro vessels,” he added.Finnlines unveiled new investment plans in its financial results for the period from January to September 2018. During the nine-month period, the company’s result increased to EUR 75.3 million from EUR 67.8 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier.What is more, revenue rose to EUR 447.9 million in the first three quarters of 2018 from EUR 404.5 million posted in the same period of 2017.The cargo volumes transported during January–September totaled approximately 575 (530 in 2017) thousand cargo units, 114 (101) thousand cars (not including passengers’ cars) and 933 (962) thousand tons of freight not possible to measure in units. In addition, some 530 (496) thousand private and commercial passengers were transported.During the third quarter, Finnlines operated on average 20 vessels in its own traffic.“We are pleased with our current progress both operationally and financially and we are on track to deliver an excellent result – once more – in 2018,” Grimaldi concluded.
zoomImage by WMN Unionized workers of the Croatian struggling shipbuilder Uljanik Group have decided to resume strike on December 2.The new strike wave comes just two weeks after workers decided to suspend strikes at all company facilities.In line with the decision, the workers have downed their tools but have not yet decided whether they will undertake other industrial measures such as street protests.The workers are disgruntled due to the lack of progress on the restructuring of the company and fear the shipbuilder is on the brink of bankruptcy.President of the striking committee, Boris Cerovac, told N1 TV that the general strike also includes sub-contractors, who have stopped working on the polar cruise ship being built for Australian company Scenic.As explained, unfortunately there is no other solution in sight for workers, who cannot afford to struggle and wait any longer. However, potential bankruptcy would probably signal the end of Uljanik Group, he fears.The delivery of the luxury cruise ship, named Scenic Eclipse, which was ordered in 2015, has been delayed until late January 2019, due to the ongoing issues at Uljanik.Scenic Eclipse was originally scheduled to deploy on its maiden voyage from Athens to Venice on August 31, before sailing to the Arctic and Norwegian Fjords.The Croatian government is in the process of finding a strategic partner for the company’s restructuring.World Maritime News Staff
-30- HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103/Highway 213 (Hammonds Plains Road) Motorists are advised that new traffic lights will be installed today, Nov. 9, at the intersection of Highway 213 and the eastbound on- and off-ramps at Exit 5 on Highway 103. The lights will flash for an introductory period, and begin normal operations early next week. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860
The Department of Energy is shedding new light on school fundraising with the launch of an energy efficiency fundraising pilot project at two schools in Halifax Regional Municipality this fall. Energy Minister Bill Dooks launched the pilot project at Robert Jamison Elementary today, Sept. 26. The project will be launched at John W. MacLeod/Fleming Tower Elementary on Tuesday, Oct. 3. The students will be selling energy efficient items to raise funds for school initiatives. “This fundraising project will be beneficial to the students as they will be learning about energy efficiency in addition to raising funds for the schools,” said Mr. Dooks. Neighbouring residents will also benefit from the campaign as they will have the opportunity to purchase energy-saving compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, light emitting diode (LED) night lights and water conservation kits. “By making a few simple changes around the house, we can all reduce our energy costs and help the environment,” said Mr. Dooks. Karen Webber, principal of Robert Jamison Elementary, said her students, many of whom are active members of the school’s Green Club, are enthusiastic about the fundraiser. “This project provides our students with the opportunity to participate in a fundraising campaign that really means something to them and that has the potential to help others as well,” said Ms. Webber. Plans for a full-scale fundraising campaign will be determined upon the completion and evaluation of the pilot project.
Employers and job seekers in Nova Scotia are about to get better connected thanks to a new initiative called Opportunities Nova Scotia. “There are good job opportunities right here in Nova Scotia,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “We hear about Nova Scotians going west to find work but the fact is, there are many jobs going unfilled closer to home. “The key is bringing people looking for work together with employers, and working with both groups to make sure they can meet one another’s needs.” Through Opportunities Nova Scotia, the province will partner with regional development authorities, industry and community-based organizations to host a series of signature events across Nova Scotia. The goal will be to connect job seekers and employers with one another and to the education and training they need. “We know there are community organizations across the province doing good work in this area,” said Ms. Casey. “We want to enhance what they are doing by bringing more resources to the table, particularly on the education side. It’s also about co-ordinating the work of many partners to maximize the impact on our labour market. “Job seekers may not have the right skills for the jobs available. We can make them aware of the training they need. Likewise, employers need to better understand the realities of today’s labour market and come to the table prepared to win employees in a very competitive climate.” The first Opportunities Nova Scotia event will be held March 27, in Truro. It is being delivered in partnership with FutureWorx Society, the Colchester Regional Development Authority and Service Canada. Job seekers will have the opportunity to meet with employers who are seeking employees. At the same time, job seekers will be able to explore options to upgrade skills in key areas, and employers will participate in sessions to help them attract and retain employees in today’s highly competitive job market. Similar events will take place across the province in partnership with jobboom.com, the PeopleBank Keep it Atlantic Roadshow, the Halifax Regional Municipality and local municipalities. Dates and locations include: Wolfville, May 1; Halifax, May 3; Sydney, May 8; and Port Hawkesbury, May 10. “We will have the opportunity to speak with job seekers throughout the province,” says Donald Rankin, director of human resources for Eastlink. “As an employer, we can help them find positions that are rewarding, or identify training programs that will provide them with tools to advance their career. This will help Nova Scotians understand they do not have to leave the province to secure a good job.” Rankin said it is important to focus on people who may want to return to Nova Scotia. “Businesses are growing and there are excellent positions here at home,” he said. “EastLink is pleased to join government and other progressive employers in talking with ex-patriots and other interested Canadians about the exciting career possibilities in our province.” In addition to recruiting workers within Nova Scotia, Opportunities Nova Scotia plans to take its show on the road, partnering with industry to target ex-patriots living and working in places such as Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton. “Our first priority is to help Nova Scotians stay home and find fulfilling work here,” said Ms. Casey. “And to tell those who have gone away that there are more reasons than ever for them to come back home to stay.”
Nova Scotia is taking action to ensure Nova Scotians are adequately prepared for emergency situations. Nova Scotia will promote three key public safety initiatives as it co-chairs a meeting of deputy ministers responsible for emergency management in Ottawa next week. “We’ve had significant events in Nova Scotia that highlight the need to make improvements,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Emergency Management. “Public alerting, disaster mitigation strategies and broader disaster financial assistance programs would give Nova Scotians added security.” Craig MacLaughlan, CEO of the Emergency Management Office, says the Ottawa meeting of federal, provincial and territorial representatives is an opportunity to advance practical solutions for even greater public safety. “We’re committed to taking an all-hazards approach to emergency management, which means our residents need to be prepared to handle any kind of emergency, at any hour of the day,” he said. “That’s why we continue to promote the need for individual preparedness, and will also consult with our local and regional broadcasters to find the most effective means of public alerting.” Ministers responsible for emergency management set the three priorities at their annual meeting last January in Vancouver. Nova Scotia will host their next meeting, scheduled for January 2008.
Premier Rodney MacDonald is offering his personal condolences and those of the province to the family of the late John Abbass, who died today, July 4, in Cape Breton. He was 84. “Mr. Abbass always brought a smile to your face,” said premier MacDonald. “You always knew he was going to speak his mind and say it with humour, but there was always much thought in what he said. My condolences go out to his family, who always offered him so much support over the years in his various endeavours.” Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Abbass founded Abbass Studios in 1946 and was a contract photographer for the Cape Breton Post. He was involved in the Progressive Conservative party, serving as provincial party president from 1985 to 1988. In 2006, the provincial party named him honourary president. -30-
Nova Scotia has joined the federal government and other provinces and territories in endorsing a Canada-wide strategy for managing municipal wastewater effluent. The agreement was reached at a meeting of the Council of Canadian Ministers of Environment, or CCME, in Whitehorse, Yukon that ended on Tuesday, Feb. 17. “The department looks forward to collaborating with municipalities, and the federal government, to implement the wastewater strategy in Nova Scotia,” said David Morse, Minister of Environment. The strategy sets out a framework to be followed by all participating jurisdictions to manage discharges from more than 3,500 wastewater facilities in Canada. There are 128 in Nova Scotia. Many facilities in Canada need repair and upgrading. The unified approach to improvements will increase protection of human health and the environment. “I was also pleased to bring Nova Scotia’s Climate Change Action Plan to the CCME table, to help find common areas of interest with the other jurisdictions so we can work together to combat climate change,” said Mr. Morse. The plan’s 68 actions include a commitment that Nova Scotia participate in national and international discussions on clean air and climate change, including those taking a North American approach. The provincial, territorial, and federal environment ministers agreed to discuss a unified approach in the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December, and in future Canada-U.S. discussions on climate change. Mr. Morse and the other ministers also went over strategies to keep more commercial products, packaging and other wastes out of landfills. Nova Scotia is a recognized leader in recycling and solid-waste management. The ministers were also briefed on plans for a collaborative approach to manage air quality in Canada.
The province will hire more teachers as part of its commitment to ensure class sizes for the youngest students remain at the lowest level in a generation. “I am pleased to announce that government will hire about 45 new elementary teachers,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex today, Sept. 27. “Keeping class sizes low gives our youngest students the early attention and support they need. More teachers in our classrooms and smaller class sizes for students in grades Primary to 3 means every student will have an equal opportunity to be successful.” This month, school boards submitted class sizes. Those numbers showed that most Primary to 3 classes were well below historic averages, but some were too large. “While 85 per cent of Primary to 3 classes have fewer than 25 students, some classes are simply too big,” Ms. Jennex said. “Government said it would keep class sizes low, and today we are doing exactly that. It is not fair for young students to face higher class sizes because they live in an area of growing enrolment or other reasons beyond their control.” Ms. Jennex said the new board data shows that about 45 new teachers are needed to ensure Primary to Grade 3 classes won’t exceed 25 students. School boards will begin reducing class sizes. To ensure they remain low, the province will require school boards to cap the number of students at 25, where possible. “I talked to parents, teachers, and met with the new teachers’ union president,” said Ms. Jennex. “Together we were able to identify where support was needed and ensure class sizes will be low. “Our students are lucky to have such passionate and dedicated teachers at the front of their classes. We value their hard work and are pleased to be able to bring more of them into our schools this year.” Nova Scotia Teachers Union president Shelley Morse applauded the announcement. “We are pleased that Minister Jennex has listened to teachers and parents about the concerns with class-size caps in the lower elementary grades,” said Ms. Morse. “This helps to ensure that our excellent educators in classrooms across the province are being supported in meeting the learning needs of students in grades primary to 3.” Reducing class sizes will mean changes in class makeups. Ms. Jennex asked that parents, students and teachers work together to ensure a smooth transition to smaller classes. “Our young people need to have a good start at school,” said Mat Whynott, ministerial assistant for Youth. “That’s why government is taking this action, in addition to new initiatives under the Kids and Learning First plan, like programs to help struggling readers with literacy and a new curriculum for math.”
New Delhi: As the encephalitis death toll in Bihar is set to reach 150-mark, the state’s BJP unit chief and Union Minister Nityanand Rai on Friday asked the party’s all 17 Lok Sabha members to establish Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in their respective districts.Terming the move as a step to strengthen the state’s health infrastructure to avoid Muzaffarpur like incident, Rai has also directed party MPs to contribute Rs 25 lakh from their MPLAD fund for establishing PICU in their parliamentary constituencies. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaNotably, Rai, who is also MoS Home in Modi cabinet, had already allocated Rs 25 lakh from his MPLAD fund for the setting up PICU in Samastipur district hospital on June 19. “Both the governments – Centre and state — are seriously handling the issue of the outbreak of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) disease in Muzaffarpur. Both the governments have taken several steps to provide better and affordable healthcare services to the residents of the state,” the Union Minister said. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah”All MPs of the party has been asked to stay active in their areas and provide all needed support to deal with AES. Even all party workers have also been directed to help children suffering from the deadly disease in their neighbourhood and nearly villages,” Rai said. “Undoubtedly, the move by state’s BJP president is very impressive. It would help in bettering the health system in Bihar. We are also hoping a similar move by JD(U) president as the party has 16 MPs in Lok Sabha,” a resident of Muzaffarpur said.
NITI Aayog’s Health Index 2019 has several takeaways for the country in its bid to strengthen the health sector and coverage. The second edition of ‘Healthy States, Progressive India’ report, recently released by NITI Aayog ranked all states and UTs in three categories for rational comparison of states. Unsurprisingly, Kerala topped the list but was classified as a “not improved” state despite the first position and laudable work in achieving UN sustainable development goals on infant mortality rate and under-five mortality rate way ahead of the deadline – 2030. Tamil Nadu followed on similar lines as Kerala and due to government’s formula for computing performances, both states will be allocated a lesser share of India’s health funding – National Health Mission (NHM). Since the Ministry of Health has linked NHM with the performance of states in this health index, states like Kerala and Tamil Nadu, whose performance deteriorated in 2017-18 as compared to 2015-16 are entitled to the lowest share of the Rs 34,000 crore NHM fund. While it is important that such an index is developed to identify areas of improvement and conduct a comprehensive analysis, such gaps where states may end up not benefitting much from the Central fund is a matter of concern. It is not like the poorer states will benefit much either. UP and Bihar have again taken the bottom position and it is important to note how performance in parameters has deteriorated signalling lesser share to them despite in grave need. For a minute, if Kerala can still end up managing health expenditure with little share from NHM, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar can’t. But being tagged as “not improved”, similar to Kerala, means even they will not be getting the major chunk of NHM irrespective of the fact that they really need it. And, this is not only a computation lacuna but rather poor performance on an average. Bihar and UP have abysmal readings of various parameters that NITI Aayog takes into consideration for developing such an index. Consistently appalling performance has led them to where they are in the index. Even so, efforts can be directed to change the ‘not improved’ status and put these needy states in the trajectory of registering positive shift in parameters and entitled for a bigger share of the NHM. The index grossly shows a snapshot of health in Indian states. The Hindi heartland states of UP, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh show a similar trend of poor performance. Interestingly, this is the belt which also houses a higher percentage of children with stunted growth, malnutrition and poor health delivery in general. Bihar is a case in point following the dangerous AES epidemic that has claimed over 100 lives alone this year besides being a persistent problem for over a decade now. While novel governance is required to take these states out of the poverty shadow they reel under, extending government support for identifying and utilising state-sponsored schemes remain necessary. Many a time people are unaware of facilities that they can avail and suffer due to lack of knowledge. Ayushman Bharat, though in effect, is yet to be understood by a large populous of poor people, for whom it is targetted, simply because they cannot understand how to avail it. Such gaps need to be filled at the grassroots for a grand health scheme like Ayushman Bharat to work in full effect. While it is only the beginning year of Ayushman Bharat and much has to be done before it gets reflected in the health index, analysing the gaps will ensure reinforced attention towards implementation hereafter. Also Read – A compounding difficultyNITI Aayog’s health index is a good way to identify poor performing states and accordingly adjust schemes, conduct extensive research and initiate steps to ameliorate the situation. For instance, Bihar now has effectively allowed the entire country, and perhaps the world, to criticise its poor implementation of government measures amidst administration failures which have collectively combined to give rise to AES outbreak. Medical science will take its own path in solving the encephalitis conundrum but administration has nothing to hide from. Likewise, all states will now have to focus on implementation since basic parameters will now define how much funds these states get from the Central fund. In essence, the government’s logic of linking NHM with the health index is not faulty since the only way right now to ensure state commitment in doubling efforts in the health sector is to outrightly award a fitting status – for poorer performers it should be the commitment to rise and for the better ones it should be that to excel. The latter can be role models for the former as a combined effort – shared learning and administrative advice – will ensure the healthy development of all states progressing to achieve the nation’s dream in health coverage and delivery!
London: Andy Murray and Serena Williams will form a mixed doubles dream team at Wimbledon, his management announced Tuesday, as he gradually returns to tennis following career-saving surgery. Murray, who is easing his way back into the sport following a radical hip resurfacing, will join forces with Williams in an all-star partnership when the draw is announced on Wednesday. The Scot is already entered into the men’s doubles at Wimbledon where he is playing alongside France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together The two-time Wimbledon champion’s partnership with seven-time winner Williams will make them instant favourites for the title. “We’re a lot alike on the court. I’ve always liked that about him,” Williams said of her fellow former world number one. “His work ethic is just honestly off the charts. That’s something I’ve always respected about him. His fitness, everything. “To do what he’s done in an era where there’s so many other great male tennis players, so much competition, to rise above it, not many people have done it. He’s actually one of the few. There’s so many things to be admired.” Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open She added: “Above all, he really stands out, he really speaks up about women’s issues no matter what. You can tell he has a really strong woman in his life. I think above all that is just fantastic.” Murray had been searching for a mixed doubles partner but had complained that he had been turned down by a number of players. “I do want to play,” the 32-year-old said on Saturday at a pre-Wimbledon media day. “We’ve had a number of conversations with a few players. Yeah, the plan’s definitely to play. “Conditions look like it’s supposed to be good for the fortnight, which is a positive thing. “I was speaking to some of the doubles guys, asking them why they don’t play mixed. It was for the reason that they had some years where they’ve been backed up. Sometimes the mixed is not the priority to get on the court.” Murray played mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2006 where he teamed with Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens and reached the second round. He was also a silver medallist with Laura Robson in the London 2012 Olympics which were played at the All England Club. Serena is a two-time mixed doubles champion at the Slams. In 1998, she partnered with Max Mirnyi to win Wimbledon and the US Open. Some 64 pairings compete in the mixed doubles, which is disputed over the best of three sets.
New Delhi: The initiatives announced by the government for start-ups in the Union Budget would significantly improve flow of funds and encourage budding entrepreneurs, a top official said. Secretary in the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) Ramesh Abhishek said the Budget proposals have also resolved angel tax issues of start-ups. “Major tax reforms have been announced for start-ups that will significantly improve flow of funds to them and address many tax related issues they have been facing,” Abhishek said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe Budget has proposed special administrative arrangements to be made by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) for resolving pending tax assessments of start-ups and redressal of their grievances. The government will ensure that no inquiry or verification in pending cases can be carried out by the assessing officer without obtaining approval of his supervisory officer. These measures, he said, would help budding entrepreneurs focus more on their businesses and not on regulatory matters. “Overall, it is seen that the Budget has addressed important issues such as improving the flow of funds and credit growth,” the secretary said. In February, the DPIIT and the CBDT gave a major relief to budding entrepreneurs by relaxing the definition of start-ups and allowing them to avail full angel tax concession on investments up to Rs 25 crore. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThis was done as several start-ups claimed to have received angel tax notices, impacting their businesses. Various start-ups have raised concerns on notices sent to them under the section 56(2)(viib) of Income Tax Act, 1961 to pay taxes on angel funds received by them. Section 56(2)(viib) of the Income Tax Act provides that the amount raised by a start-up in excess of its fair market value would be deemed as income from other sources and would be taxed at 30 per cent.
Mumbai: The rupee on Monday advanced by 15 paise to close at 68.54 against the US currency, tracking gains in domestic equities and weakness in the greenback overseas.At the interbank foreign exchange market, the rupee opened at 68.59 a dollar and advanced to a high of 68.51 during the day. It finally settled at 68.54, up 15 paise against its previous close of 68.69. Forex traders said Indian rupee gained taking cues from the higher Asian currencies. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”Asian currencies gained after China’ economic growth data came in line with estimates and factory output and retail sales data for June beat the estimates, hinting at a recovery in the economy,” said V K Sharma, Head PCG and Capital Markets Strategy, HDFC Securities. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, slipped 0.01 per cent to 96.80. Rajesh Cheruvu, the Chief Investment Officer of Validus Wealth stated that the US dollar weakened post China’s GDP data for the second quarter. According to analysts, Chinese data confirms slowdown fears which could play a role in tinkering of interest rate by the US Federal Reserve. Meanwhile, the 10-year government bond yield was at 6.43 per cent on Monday.
New Delhi: Raising concern over growing farmers’ suicide in the Lok Sabha, the Congress Tuesday said the government is only paying lip service to their problems and issues and not addressing them.Initiating the debate on Demand for Grants for Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, and Rural Development Ministry, Uttam Kumar Reddy (Cong) said nearly 12,000 peasants commit suicide every year in the country and the average suicide is 30 per day due to compulsion. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Low priority meted out to agriculture sector by the present government has pushed them to existential crisis, he said. With regard to doubling farmers’ income scheme, he said, the Economic Survey released in 2018 revealed that income in the last four years in the sector remained flat. In a such a scenario, the government’s promise of doubling farmers’ income by 2022 remains a far cry, he added. He also said the calculation of Minimum Support Price (MSP) is faulty and that the government has failed to ensure Minimum Support Price (MSP) to farmers. Farmers are compelled to sell their crops at less than the MSP announced by the governmen, the Member said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedCiting example of cotton, he said farmers are getting one fourth of the cost. It seems that present government is just paying lip service to the farmers rather than actually attending to it, he said. On PM-KISAN scheme, Reddy said, Rs 6,000 per annum that too in three quarters is too little for a farmer and does not serve any purpose. The cost of farming has gone up significantly and Rs 6,000 per annum to farmers is of no help to them and are not able to save them from going to the money lender, he added. Besides, he said, this is not available for tenant farmers who number about 2.1 crore across the country. With regard to PM Fasal Bima Yojana, Reddy said it is benefiting insurance companies rather than farmers. Claims of farmers are not being attended to, he said, adding, insurance companies have made a profit of Rs 3,000 crore from PM Fasal Bima Yojana as per the IRDAI report 2017- 18.