Francis D’Souza (64), former Goa deputy chief minister and BJP MLA from Mapusa constituency in North Goa died on Thursday at a city hospital after a prolonged battle with cancer. His death brings the strength of the ruling BJP to 13 MLAs in the 38-member truncated Goa Assembly as against the Congress party’s 14. The Goa government has declared a holiday on Friday and a three-day State mourning. D’Souza was one of the senior-most Catholic legislators of the BJP in Goa. As news of his death spread, condolences poured in from political parties and leaders. “Extremely pained to hear about the demise of my dear childhood friend, colleague and former Dy. CM of Goa advocate Francis D’Souza. A wonderful human being and a leader loved by all. He devoted himself to public service. His demise is a great personal loss,” Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar tweeted. Both D’Souza and Mr. Parrikar hail from Mapusa in North Goa.BJP spokesperson Damodar Naik said the party had lost an “iconic” leader. President of Goa Congress Girish Chodankar said that D’Souza was a humble soft-spoken leader who discharged his duties as a social worker and a legislator well. In their condolence message, Aam Aadmi Party called D’Souza a “gentleman politician”. After hospitalisation at a US cancer treatment facility, D’Souza had been recently admitted to a local health facility after his health deteriorated. D’Souza was a Deputy Chief Minister in the Parrikar-led government in 2012. In 2017, he was a Cabinet Minister in charge of Urban Development but was dropped some time back as Minister on health grounds.
Toward the end of his life, Mahatma Gandhi, who had taken a public vow of celibacy at age 37, undertook what he described as his “last yajna (ritual)” to test his sexual impulses by sleeping naked with young women in his ashram, including his 19-year-old grandniece Manu Gandhi and Abha Gandhi, the 16-year-old wife of his grandnephew Kanu Gandhi. He acknowledged “that this experiment is very dangerous indeed,” but insisted “that it was capable of yielding great results.” He was unpersuaded by the criticisms of such theological contemporaries as Swami Anand and Kedar Nath Kulkarni, asserting: “You have all been brought up in the orthodox tradition. According to my definition, you cannot be regarded as true brahmacharis…. I claim that I represent true brahmacharya, better than any of you. You do not seem to regard a lapse in respect of truth, nonviolence, nonstealing, etc., to be so serious a matter. But a fancied breach in respect of brahmacharya, i.e, relation between man and woman, upsets you completely. I regard this conception of brahmacharya as narrow, hidebound and retrograde.”Having resisted and conquered his carnal impulses by living a celibate life for four decades, in 1946 Gandhi was determined to test the outer boundaries of both his public and private life, indifferent to the angst it generated among his religious and political followers. “To avoid the contact of a woman, or to run away from it out of fear, I regard as unbecoming of an aspirant after true brahmacharya. I have never tried to cultivate or seek sex contact for carnal satisfaction,” he retorted to critics.He defined a true brahmachari as: “One who never has any lustful intention, who, by constant attendance upon God, has become proof against conscious or unconscious emissions, who is capable of lying naked with naked women, however beautiful, without being in any manner whatsoever sexually excited … who is making daily and steady progress towards God and whose every act is done in pursuance of that end and no other.” Mahatma Gandhi with Hermann Kallenbach and his secretary Sonja Schlesin in 1913. Not surprisingly, his controversial experiments drew sharp rebuke from several of his closest associates and some even left his ashram in protest, but Gandhi was undeterred, writing to one of his “dearest and earliest comrades” J.B. Kriplani, with whose wife Sucheta he had also shared his bed: “The whole world may forsake me, but I dare not leave what I hold is the truth for me. It may be a delusion and a snare. If so, I must realize it myself. I have risked perdition before now. Let this be the reality if it has to be.”By comparison, the controversy that erupted recently following media reports that a new book by Joseph Lelyveld, titled Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India, portrayed Gandhi as a homosexual, is relatively tame. Any suggestion that Gandhi might have had homoerotic attraction to a German Jew Hermann Kallenbach, among his earliest disciples in South Africa, is scarcely sensational compared to charges of pedophilia that were leveled against Gandhi in earlier books and even during his lifetime. In truth, the book neither insinuates nor implies that Gandhi and Kallenbach had a homosexual relationship. On quite the contrary, it specifically rebuts such a reading of the relationship and suggests it was platonic, something that Lelyveld was at pains to underscore in an interview with Little India.In his six-page discussion of their friendship, which Lelyveld describes as “the most intimate, also ambiguous, relationship of his lifetime,” he references a statement attributed to James D Hunt that the relationship was “clearly homoerotic while not homosexual.” He adds, “If not infatuated, Gandhi was clearly drawn to the architect.”Lelyveld’s exploration of the physical relationship between the two men centers around a letter to Kallenbach from London on Sept. 24, 1909, in which Gandhi wrote: “Your portrait (the only one) stands on my mantelpiece in the bedroom. The mantelpiece is opposite to the bed. The eternal toothpick is there. The corns(?), cottonwool and vaseline are a constant reminder.” M.K. Gandhi in South Africa. Lelyveld writes: “The point, he (Gandhi) goes on, ‘is to show to you and to me how completely you have taken possession of my body. This is slavery with a vengeance.’”In his interview with Little India, Lelyveld denounced the “irresponsible trashing” of Gandhi by the Wall Street Journal reviewer Andrew Roberts, who painted Gandhi as “a sexual weirdo, a political incompetent, and a fanatical faddist,” and London’s Daily Mail whose cover story titled “Gandhi Left His Wife To Live With A Male Lover, New Book Claims,” which, Lelyveld complained, “brought it down to the gutter.” The two articles lit the spark for the media frenzy that followed, prompting the Gujarat government to ban the book in Gandhi’s home state. A search on Google for “Gandhi gay” throws up 6.4 million web links; “Gandhi gay lover” offers up 1.36 million links. By contrast, “Gandhi non violence” and “Gandhi satyagraha,” for which he became internationally renowned, led to just 737,000 and 255,000 links respectively.While Lelyveld, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and former executive editor of the New York Times, handled the Gandhi-Kallenbach relationship sensitively in his book, bending over backwards to offer more innocent explanations (which some reviewers felt strained credulity), his research and reporting on the subject is skimpy and the casual, shallow and ambiguous treatment likely contributed to the exaggerated and false stories it spawned.In the book he admonishes readers: “In an age when the concept of Platonic love gains little credence, selectively chosen details of the relationship and quotations from letters can easily be arranged to suggest a conclusion.” But he then proceeds to undertake selective quotes from the letters himself: “What are we to make of the word ‘possession’ or the reference to petroleum jelly, then as now a salve with many commonplace uses? The most plausible guesses are that the Vaseline in the London hotel room may have to do with enemas, to which he regularly resorted, or may in some other way foreshadow the geriatric Gandhi’s enthusiasm for massage, which would become a widely known part of the daily routine in his Indian ashrams, arousing gossip that has never died down, once it became clear that he mostly relied on the woman in his entourage for its administration.” He reports, “The conclusions passed on by word of mouth in South Africa’s small Indian community were sometimes less nuanced. It was no secret then, or later, that Gandhi, leaving his wife behind, had gone to live with a man.”He then proceeds to deconstruct the “playful undertone that might easily be ascribed to a lover” in what he describes as a “mock-serious agreement” in 1911 in which Gandhi makes Kallenbach pledge “not to contract any marriage tie during his absence” nor “look lustfully upon any woman,” pledging “more love, and yet more love … such love as they hope the world has not yet seen.”At this point, Lelyveld steps back and proposes, “We can indulge in speculation, or look more closely at what the two men actually say about their mutual efforts to repress sexual urges in this period.” He points out that Gandhi’s influence on Kallenbach was so great that one year earlier, in 1908, he wrote to his brother Simon Kallaenbach in Germany, “For the last two years I have given up meat eating; for the last year I also did not touch fish any more and for the last 18 months, I have given up my sex life.”Gandhi was celibate three years before he met Kallenbach in 1904 and in 1906 took a public vow of celibacy, which he frequently discussed at his communal farms and in his writings, disclosing perceived failures when he experienced arousal or “involuntary discharges.” If Gandhi had any sexual relationship or experienced homoerotic attraction toward Kallenbach there is little doubt he would have publicly addressed the subject. He discusses far more embarrassing details about his sex life in his autobiography My Experiments With Truth, such as, for instance, his shame at the carnal lust for his wife when his father lay dying. Even Jad Adams, whose unflattering 2010 book Gandhi — Naked Ambitions, dredged through Gandhi’s “bizarre sexual history,” and even expressed “suspicion of a homo-erotic attachment on the part of Kallenbach, who was two years younger than Gandhi and never married,” dismisses any homosexual or homoerotic undertones on Gandhi’s side: “If Gandhi committed acts of homosexuality, there would be ample evidence, either justifying them or expressing shame for them,” he said. It is implausible that Gandhi, who at the time he wrote the 1909 letter, was prodding Kallenbach into celibacy and who rebuked residents of his communes for excessive tickling, would use references that might potentially inflame any passions in his disciple, which Lelyveld readily conceded to Little India (See interview). In a 1911 letter to Kallenbach, Gandhi wrote, “I have, I think, often told you that no man may be called good before his death. Departure by a hair’s breadth from the straight and narrow path may undo the whole of his past. We have no guide that a man whom we consider to be good is really good except after he is dead.”Lelyveld admits, “You can accuse me of having it both ways. I build a case and step away from it.”In fact, one can undertake entirely innocent readings of the letter, which has thus far not been published in its entirety by any media outlet, but was carried in Volume 96 of the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi (CWMG). Little India acquired a copy of the original letter handwritten by Gandhi from the National Archives of India and is reproducing it here. Lelyveld said he had not examined the original letter, but had read it in the Collected Works. The letter makes reference to what was transcribed as “corns” by the editors of the CWMG immediately before the words vaseline and cottonwool, although the word is difficult to decipher and might well be read as urns. Lelyveld said he has no idea what corns or urns might allude to and he did not include the word in the extract he excerpted in his book, even though he expressed equal befuddlement at the words vaseline and cottonwool that followed. Nor did he include the several sentences Gandhi devoted in the letter to discussing what appears to be his promise to Kallenbach not to use torn envelopes to blow his nose, but to use a “kerchief” instead, which precede the reference to Kallenbach having “taken possession” of his body. Mahatma Gandhi and Hermann Kallenbach (with dog) in front of “The Tent” at the living quarters orchards of Tolstoy Farm near Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1910.Photo: ISA SARID/GANDHISERVE Little India also dug up several letters by Gandhi in which he recommends the use of vaseline for various medical treatments. In a December 1928 letter to Chhaganlal Joshi, for instance, he advises, “Gangabehn should put her feet in hot water with soda bicarb mixed in it and massage them long with vaseline before going to sleep.” In another April 1933 letter to Narandas Gandhi, he writes: “Vaseline will help Amina better than ghee can. She should thoroughly mix a little boric acid powder with it.”Lelyveld said he had been contacted by a Gandhi scholar who had pointed out that Gandhi shaved with vaseline and after researching the use of vaseline for such purposes on the Web, “I actually will make a change in the later edition” of the book, currently in its third printing, to indicate such a possibility as well. Lelyveld said he did not anticipate that his discussion on the relationship between Kallenbach and Gandhi would attract such attention as it “does not seem to me news or a great revelation. It’s been discussed a lot more loosely in various places than it was by me.”People thought “that I was insinuating that Gandhi was gay, but that was not on my mind,” Lelyveld said. “I am interested in Kallenbach for other reasons.” Mahatma Gandhi with his grand daughter Manu (left) and the wife of his grand nephew Kanu Gandhi, Abha, at Birla House, New Delhi, in December 1947.Photo: ISA SARID/GANDHISERVE Lelyveld’s reporting is equally wanting in other sections of the book, some of which have not attracted media attention. At the end of the book, for example, he discusses Gandhi’s assassination, during which Gandhi is widely believed to have uttered the words “Hey Ram,” which Lelyveld mocks as the popular “hagiographic note” on which most biographers bookend Gandhi’s life. He points out that “Gandhi anticipates his impending death so many times in his final days that he almost seems party to the conspiracy,” bringing up the subject 14 times over 10 days. Gandhi repeatedly expresses the hope that if he were killed he would die with Rama’s name on his lips. The day before his assassination, Lelyveld writes, “[H]e again tells (his niece) Manu: ‘If an explosion took place, as it did last week, or someone shot at me and I received his bullet on my bare chest, without a sigh and with Rama’s name on my lips, only then you should say that I was a true Mahatma.’”Lelyveld questions the testimony provided by Manu, who was physically closest to Gandhi and was knocked down by the assassin Nathuram Godse: “[S]he hears what for weeks she’d been trained to expect: ‘Hei Ra…ma! Hei Ra…” She writes, ‘The sound of bullets had deafened my ears,’ but also says that she distinctly heard the prayer that Gandhi said could validate his mahatmaship.” Mahatma Gandhi with Hermann Kallenbach (left of Gandhi) and his secretary Sonia Schlesin soon after his arrest in South Africa on Nov. 6, 1913Photo: VITHALBHAI JHAVERI/GANDHISERVE Noting that “the killer Godse and Vishnu Karkare, one of his cohorts stationed nearby, testified that all they heard from the victim was a cry of pain, something like ‘Aaah!’” Lelyveld wonders: “Whether a seventy-eight-year-old man who had taken two slugs fired at point-blank range in the abdomen and one in the chest could conceivably have uttered four or five prayerful syllables as he fell is a forensic question not easily answered at a distance of more than six decades. If he could, it might qualify as something of a miracle, of a sort not infrequently ascribed to saints.”Lelyveld is justified in being skeptical, as, he points out, some Hindu nationalists were, of the popular “belief that [Gandhi] fulfilled his ambition of dying with the name of God on his lips.” In fact, the subject has been the subject of media and scholarly scrutiny as well, such as in the paper “Hey Ram: The Politics of Gandhi’s Last Words” by Delhi University and University of California at Los Angeles Professor Vinay Lal in the January 2001 issue of Humanscape.But Lelyveld himself demonstrates little inclination to investigate the issue in any depth, explore new evidence or shed any fresh light on the subject. He seems content to plough the ground just enough by juxtaposing the competing versions of Gandhi’s closest aides against those of his killer, so it fits his narrative on Gandhi’s ambiguous legacy. He told Little India, “I am satisfied to be agnostic on that question…. I don’t know who I could interview and what I could read that I have not read that would clarify. In some ways I think that the mystery of that instant should be allowed to remain a mystery….” Lelyveld’s journalistic shortcomings in these key areas (which unfortunately ended being trivialized and sensationalized) notwithstanding, his book is a valuable addition to the voluminous literature on one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century. He brings Gandhi’s South African experience and how it shaped his evolution as the preeminent leader of India’s independence movement into focus as well as his quests as a “social reformer, with an evolving sense of his constituency and social vision, a narrative that’s usually subordinated to that of the struggle for independence.” In fact, Lelyveld vividly demonstrates, toward the end of his life, Gandhi’s overweening emphasis on social reform and his personal and spiritual pursuits caused him to subordinate (and at times compromise) the Independence struggle. Lelyveld writes: “I’m more fascinated by the man himself, the long arc of his strenuous life, than by anything that can be distilled as doctrine.”Unfortunately, these fascinating explorations have now been obscured by the Gujarat government’s censorship of the book, the controversy over Gandhi’s sex life and what one reviewer denounced as Gandhi’s “implacably racist” attitudes toward Africans (a subject Little India will explore in the next issue). Ironically, Gandhi might have delighted in the public curiosity over his sexual life from a century ago. He was undeterred by the discomfort his sexual practices and pronouncements created among his closest disciples, including his political heir and the first Prime Minister of independent India, Jawaharlal Nehru, who found them “abnormal and unnatural.”Gandhi was so obsessed over his chasteness throughout his life that he frequently tested his resolve and repeatedly chastised himself publicly when he was unable to meet his lofty ambitions. In 1936 he wrote: “I have always had the shedding of semen in dreams. In South Africa the interval between two ejaculations may have been in years. Here the difference is in months. I have mentioned these ejaculations in a couple of my articles.” Gandhi’s samadhi in New Delhi featuring his last words “Hey Ram.” Sudhir Kakar, a psychoanalyst, who has explored and written extensively on Gandhi’s sexuality, has written: “We can … never know whether Gandhi was a man with a gigantic erotic temperament or merely the possessor of an overweening conscience that magnified each departure from an unattainable ideal of purity as a momentous lapse.”In any event, Kakar concluded: “The only way Gandhi could ever lose the high regard, even reverence, in which he is held all over the world would not be because of the discovery of any byways of his sexuality, but if it was found that he had lied about them or, by Gandhi’s own high standards, that he had not told the truth loudly enough. Such a discovery would strike at the heart of what made him a Mahatma: his uncompromising integrity.”Whatever else we may know or not know about Gandhi, of this we can be sure: He most surely would not have discouraged debate or criticism of any aspect of his fascinatingly complex life. On quite the contrary, he would have actively encouraged and engaged it. Lelyveld points out in his book how Gandhi rebuked his interpreter Nirmal Kumar Bose for “glossing over in his Bengali interpretation his attempt at one of his prayer meetings to offer a frank public account” of his controversial practice of sleeping with naked young women toward the end of his life.Even more remarkably, when his stenographer Parsuram quit over the sexual experiments, expressing concern that the resulting gossip would undermine his public image and social objectives, Gandhi wrote, “I like your frankness and boldness…. You are at liberty to publish whatever wrong you have noticed in me and my surroundings. Needless to say you can take whatever money you need to cover your expenses.”Those words alone are eloquent testimony to Gandhi’s genius — and greatness. Mahatma Gandhi’s Letter to Hermann Kallenbach Sept 24, 1909Dear Lower House,Your letter to hand. I will not now use any adjectives for the reasons explained last week. Your portrait (the only one) stands on my mantelpiece in the bedroom. The mantelpiece is opposite to the bed. The eternal toothpick is there. The corns*, cottonwool and vaseline are a constant reminder. The pen I use (you see the pencil has disappeared) in each letter it traces makes me think of you. If, therefore, I wanted to dismiss you from my thoughts, I could not do it. My nose — well it won’t stop its action. Each time I blow it I take out my ’kerchief (is the ’kerchief mine except by appropriation!) and say ‘no I must not use a torn envelope if I am in the office and I must not settle the dust on the road as Polak would say it because you would not like it.’ Yes, I have never departed from the contract. The result is I use a ’kerchief per day. That however is in passing. The point to illustrate is to show to you and me how completely you have taken possession of my body. This is slavery with a vengeance. But then the reward, what is to be?The unwritten contract is you take the body and give the mind by way of study. You cannot take ‘no’ for an answer from yourself.I am glad you went to the Chinese meeting. Your presence must have greatly cheered them.I hope the Buffer House is keeping well both in mind and body.My congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy. I wish them a happy life. May Mrs. Kennedy be ‘helpmeet’ in the real sense of the term. How is Mr. Kennedy’s brother? I am looking forward to your impressions of Hari Lal.Yours sincerely,Upper HouseJuly 29, 1911 Articles of Agreement between Lower House and Upper House Lower House is to proceed to Europe on a sacred pilgrimage to the members of his family during the month of August next. Lower House is not to spend any money beyond necessaries befitting the position of a simple-living poor farmer.Lower House is not to contract any marriage tie during his absence. Lower House shall not look lustfully upon any woman.Lower House is to travel 3rd-class whether by sea or land. Lower House may, if the exigencies of his business in Johannesburg permit it, visit India with Dr. Mehta. In the event of his so doing he will travel the same class as Dr. Mehta.Lower House will not tarry long in London or any other place, save the homes of the members of the family.The consideration for all the above tasks imposed by Lower House on himself is more love and yet more love between the two Houses, such love as, they hope, the world has not seen. In witness whereof the parties hereto solemnly affix their signatures in the presence of the Maker of all this 29th day of July at Tolstoy Farm.Upper HouseLower House Related Items
Mumbai, May 10 (PTI) Actor Irrfan today shared the first official poster of his upcoming socio-political drama “Madaari”, which has been directed by Nishikant Kamat.The poster shows the 49-year-old actor sporting an intense look. The tagline of the film is “Sshhh… Desh so raha hai”.The film is reportedly based on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. It has been shot in Delhi, Rajasthan, Dehradun, Shimla and Mumbai.The movie also stars Jimmy Shergill and marks actor Neil Nitin Mukeshs debut as a producer, who also shared the poster on his Twitter page.The movie is set to arrive in theatres on June 10. PTI PSH PSH
Liverpool Coutinho substitution inspired Leicester to win over Liverpool, claims Shakespeare Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 16:55 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Liverpool Leicester City v Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Leicester City League Cup The Foxes were boosted by the absence of the Brazilian playmaker and went on to win the game in the second half Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare described his delight at seeing Liverpool withdraw Philippe Coutinho at half-time in Tuesday’s EFL Cup win over the Reds.Second-half goals from Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani at the King Power Stadium guided the Foxes into the fourth round at Liverpool’s expense.Leicester 16/1 to win League Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Coutinho played from the start, following on from his first Premier League outing of the campaign against Burnley at the weekend, after an opening to the season that saw the Brazilian pursue a move to Barcelona and spend time sidelined by a back injury.Jurgen Klopp revealed after the match that his plan was always to withdraw Coutinho, but Shakespeare says emerging for the second half and not seeing the playmaker involved gave his side a welcome boost.”We led a charmed life in the first half,” he said.”We know that our goal was under threat. I was just delighted to get in at half-time and then even more delighted to see they took Coutinho off.”That was one of the main contributions to us for the second half.”A good performance.” @okazakiofficial was delighted to make an impact during #LeiLiv .Watch in full https://t.co/cIjjv4AqLO pic.twitter.com/SdXSWY54VH — Leicester City (@LCFC) September 19, 2017 “You worry about your own team’s performance and we asked them to be more aggressive in the second half. We needed better hold up play from the centre forwards in the second half.”We wanted to play on the front foot a bit more. Shinji got his chance due to an injury to Leonardo Ulloa, but I thought that was key moment for us as well.”You could see the response in terms of Shinji getting in and around people and it was a major factor in contributing to the win.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
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zoom d’Amico International Shipping, a pure product tankers player operating in MR1 and MR2 sectors, has, through its subsidiary d’Amico Tankers Limited (Ireland), signed a $73.2 million contract for the construction of two Handysize “Eco” vessels.These 50.000 dwt “ECO Design” tankers will allow fuel savings of 6/7 tons per day compared to the older designs. They will be able to transport 8/9 different products allowing an increased operating flexibility for d’Amico customers.The newbuildings will be constructed by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. Ltd. (Korea), through its affiliate in Vietnam, with the advisory of the d’Amico Group marine engineers and are expected to be delivered at the end of 2016.Marco Fiori, CEO of d’Amico International Shipping, said: “DIS’ newbuilding strategy is going to be a key point also in 2014. By adding new vessels able to carry different products simultaneously and safely, and by holding the costs down and ensuring a reduced environmental impact, DIS is constantly showing its strong ability to be not only more competitive at an international level, but also to perfectly understand the needs of a changing market.”d’Amico Tankers fleet includes 40 double-hulled tankers (MR and Handysize product tankers) with an average age of about 5.6 years. The company has currently a total of 9 “ECO design” product tanker shipbuilding contracts, which include 5 MRs and 4 Handysize vessels, with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. Ltd.In addition to this, the company has one further vessel under construction at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. Ltd., in JV with Venice and Shipping Logistics S.p.A. damico, April 4, 2014
zoom Bermuda-based shipowner Teekay has contracted Sembcorp Marine’s wholly-owned subsidiary Sembawang Shipyard to convert one of its shuttle tankers into a Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) vessel.Under the S$56 million contract, Sembawang Shipyard will work closely with Teekay to convert the shuttle tanker Randgrid into an FSO vessel.Many oil companies’ internal regulations prescribe that shuttle tankers cannot exceed 20 years in age and still operate under their contracts. This year, Randgrid will have 20 years of shuttle tanker operations under her belt.The vessel is expected to arrive at Sembawang Shipyard in June 2015, with completion in 11 months, after which the FSO Gina Krog will head towards the Norwegian North Sea under a charter contract between Teekay and Statoil.Major conversion works include installation of a new helideck, hull reinforcements, refurbishment of submersible turret loading (STL) compartment, installation of offshore crane, loading hose reel package, azimuth thruster and replacement of two generators, as well as associated piping and additional cabling works. The yard will also fabricate and install new living quarter decks on the vessel.“As on-time delivery is a priority, this fast track project will require our project team to demonstrate strong commitment to meet deadlines, innovative engineering solutions and close collaboration with the vessel owners to meet stringent North Sea offshore regulations,”said Ong Poh Kwee, Managing Director of Sembawang Shipyard.
The most visited destination in Nova Scotia now offers free wireless service in key Halifax Harbourwalk areas from the Cable Wharf to Tall Ships Quay. “The activity of the waterfront has historically connected Nova Scotians with the world and the wireless waterfront develops upon this,” Colin MacLean, president and CEO, Waterfront Development Corporation said today, Sept. 16. “From our shores, a person can connect with anyone in the world, for free.” The wireless waterfront provides yet another attractive feature for residents, tourists, and marine services users. Access is easy: connect to Wireless-Waterfront through a wi-fi utility, choose a browser, review and agree to the user terms and conditions. “Wireless capability is the perfect enhancement for anyone choosing to live, shop, work and play along the waterfront,” said Gordon Laing, president, Southwest Properties, developer of Bishop’s Landing. “Visitors will have access to luxurious retail outlets and residences, and also the ability to connect online in this vibrant part of Halifax.” Until Oct. 31, when Waterfront Development staff spot someone surfing the Internet on the Harbourwalk, the person will get a code to log in to the my-waterfront.ca website to enter a contest. The grand prize is an Apple iPad. Splice Training will provide two hours of training and accessories. The wireless infrastructure was built using Cisco Outdoor wireless technology, a robust system installed by Unis Lumin. The Corporation invested $85,000 to purchase the network of antennae. This service will drive new traffic to the waterfront, increase marine services business, and enhance visitor experience. The infrastructure provides an opportunity to develop new revenue streams and can support other functions such as security. Waterfront Development Corporation is a provincial Crown corporation developing the strategic potential of the four waterfronts in Bedford, Dartmouth, Halifax and Lunenburg. Revenues are directly reinvested in the waterfronts to drive economic opportunity, enhance tourism, provide experiences and reflect and protect marine heritage.
With its focus no longer diverted by the aircraft formerly known as the C Series, Bombardier Inc. says it is working to improve the profitability of its regional jets and turboprops by boosting sales and cutting costs.The Montreal-based transportation giant’s regional aircraft order backlog rose to 116 planes, enough for three years of production that sets it up for the potential to increase production rates. Its commercial aircraft segment won orders for a total of 16 Q400 aircraft and 35 CRJ Series equipped with its new cabin design.“Adding a little bit of volume here also is very beneficial to those programs as you add units especially at the current rates — that does improve the cost structure,” chief financial officer John Di Bert said Thursday during a conference call about its second-quarter results.“It’s about continuing to focus on adding volume, it’s about leaning out the cost structure and make sure we have very efficient programs, really focusing on that aftermarket and then we’ll take it from there,” said Di Bert.Bombardier’s shares increased nearly five per cent at $4.99 in Thursday trading after the company posted strong results and signalled that its turnaround plan remains on track.“Our solid performance positions us to achieve our free cash flow break even target for this year and more importantly to sustain cash generation well into the future,” Di Bert added.Bombardier, which reports in U.S. dollars, said overall revenues increased three per cent to $4.26 billion in the second quarter.Most of the improvement was due to an 11 per cent increase in revenue at Bombardier Transportation, which accounted for $2.26 billion of the total. Revenue fell at Bombardier’s commercial aircraft and business aircraft divisions.The company achieved a second-quarter profit of $70 million as it posted a $232 million increase free cash flow, helped by $600 million net proceeds from the sale of Downsview airport in Toronto.Net income was equal to two cents per share and compared with a year-earlier loss of $243 million or 11 cents per share.On an adjusted basis, Bombardier earned $87 million or three cents per share.Analysts had estimated one cent per share of net income and an adjusted loss of one cent per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.“With our heavy investment cycle largely behind us, our focus is now on ramping-up production and improving operational efficiency to accelerate growth,” CEO Alain Bellemare told analysts.The results were “impressive” with solid free cash flow and plenty of momentum for the second half of the fiscal year, said Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets.Bombardier concluded a number of key strategic actions in the quarter, including closing a partnership deal with European giant Airbus.Under the partnership, the European aircraft manufacturer acquired a majority 50.01 per cent stake in the C Series commercial jet program effective July 1.Airbus has since renamed the two models of C Series passenger jets to the A220-100 and A220-300.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)
That country’s Board of Investments announced on March 21 that Singaporean company Silver Park, held by the family of Jagathrakshakan, had committed to implementing the project. Oman Oil Company has proposed to take an up to 30% equity stake. Documents accessed by ET from the Singapore company regulator ACRA show that Jagathrakshakan had been a director and shareholder in Silver Park but exited it in September 2018.His wife, daughter and son continue to hold positions in the company. In his electoral affidavit filed on March 25 for Lok Sabha polls — he is DMK’s candidate from the Arakonam constituency — Jagathrakshakan disclosed assets, including of wife J Anusuya, of ?114.7 crore. He also revealed that he and his wife had agreed to purchase shares in Silver Park but the acquisition had not been done yet. Jagathrakshakan S, the senior DMK leader whose family owns the company that recently agreed to build a $3.8-billion oil refinery in Sri Lanka, said the investment plan for the project was in a “very preliminary stage” and that it could see several more investors once the details were worked out, the Economic Times reported.The proposed refinery near the Hambantota port is the largest foreign direct investment project in Sri Lanka. Queried about the progress of the project, Jagathrakshakan, a former union minister, said: “What I can say now is that we have shown our interest, and they (Omani Ministry) have also said they are interested. This is not a project just two entities can implement. As I see it, it will have about 15 people investing in it.” He refused to name other potential investors as the terms of the deal were just evolving, the Economic Times report said.The project is expected to take a little over 40 months for completion of construction, a Sri Lankan government official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe laid the foundation stone on March 24 for the project, which he claimed would be a cornerstone development in making Hambantota a multinational investment zone.
by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 7, 2017 3:54 am MDT Last Updated Mar 7, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OECD raises economic growth outlook for Canada this year to 2.4 per cent TORONTO – Canada’s economy is projected to grow this year by 2.4 per cent, equalling what’s now expected in the United States and ahead of the other Group of Seven countries, according to estimates released Tuesday by the OECD.The Paris-based organization had previously said Canada’s economy was expected to rise by 2.1 per cent this year — better than last year but still modest compared with past economic recoveries from downturns.The OECD also raised its estimates for several of the world’s biggest economies, including the U.S. and China, but kept its world economic estimate unchanged at 3.3 per cent — just slightly better than last year’s rate of 3.0 per cent.“Confidence has improved, but consumption, investment, trade and productivity are far from strong, with growth slow by past norms and higher inequality,” the OECD said.The think tank said Canada’s economy will be supported this year by export growth, a better market for commodities and government spending initiatives.However, it again raised a red flag about the rapid increase in house prices in Canada and other countries including Australia, Sweden and the United Kingdom.“As past experience has shown, a rapid rise of house prices can be a precursor of an economic downturn,” it said.The OECD works with the governments of 35 member countries, including Canada, and major non-member countries including China, India and Brazil to collect data and analyze economic trends around the world.The modest pickup in global growth in 2017-18 reflects the effect of ongoing and projected fiscal measures, notably in China and the U.S., and initiatives in other economies such as Canada, the report says.“These are expected to catalyse private economic activity and push up global demand.”“Exiting the low-growth trap depends on the joint impact of macroeconomic, structural and trade policy choices, as well as on concerted and effective implementation of existing initiatives.”The OECD report said the U.S. and Canada are projected to lead the Group of Seven countries in economic growth this year, with the next highest G7 country being Germany at 1.8 per cent GDP growth.Next year, the U.S. economy is projected to grow by 2.8 per cent and Canada’s is expected to expand by 2.2 per cent, ahead of the other G7 countries. Global economic growth for 2018 is forecast to be 3.6 per cent.In its previous report issued in November, the OECD estimated Canada’s economic growth for 2016 would be 1.2 per cent, but that was upgraded Tuesday to 1.4 per cent, in line with what Statistics Canada reported last week.
“Let us be under no illusion. This is a crisis. A threat to us all. Our economies. Our security. And the well-being of our children and those who will come after,” Mr. Ban said at the start of the high-level segment of the 18th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).“The danger signs are all around,” he added, pointing to the unprecedented melting of icecaps, rising sea levels, and land degradation and drought in various parts of the world.“No one is immune to climate change – rich or poor,” he stated. “It is an existential challenge for the whole human race – our way of life, our plans for the future. We must take ownership. We, collectively, are the problem. Then we should have the solutions.”The two-week conference brings together the 195 Parties to the UNFCCC, the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Under the Protocol, 37 States – consisting of highly industrialized countries and countries undergoing the process of transition to a market economy – have legally binding emission limitation and reduction commitments. Delegates at the two-week conference – that ends this Friday – will, among other goals, try to extend the Kyoto Protocol, whose first commitment period expires at the end of 2012.“I urge all Parties to work with a spirit of compromise – to take the long view and avoid getting bogged down in minutiae,” Mr. Ban told participants. “Let us ensure that we stay on track for an effective, fair, ambitious and universal climate agreement by 2015.”The Secretary-General said he hoped for five key “deliverables” by Governments in Doha this week, beginning with the adoption of a ratifiable second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. “The Kyoto Protocol remains the closest we have to a global, binding climate agreement. It must continue. It is a foundation to build on. It has important institutions, including accounting and legal systems, and the framework that markets sorely need. Its continuation on 1 January 2013 would show that governments remain committed to a more robust climate regime.”He also expected progress on long-term climate finance, and ensuring that the institutions set up in Cancun and Durban to support mitigation and adaptation by developing countries – including the Green Climate Fund and the Climate Technology Centre and Network – are fully equipped and effective.In addition, he expected governments to demonstrate, with no ambiguity, that negotiations on a global and legally binding instrument remain on track, and to show how they intend to act on the gap between mitigation pledges and what is required to achieve the two degrees target.Recent UN-led reports have pointed to the urgency of keeping global average temperatures from rising beyond an internationally agreed level of two degrees Celsius, beyond which climate change would have serious impacts.“The gap can be bridged. But time is not on our side,” Mr. Ban warned.The President of the General Assembly, Vuk Jeremic, told the meeting that addressing the problem of climate change must become a core national interest of every UN Member State.“The window of opportunity to prevent the effects of climate change from spiralling out of our control is closing,” he said. “When future generations look upon the choices we made, let them not be forced to exclaim that we failed to act in time. Let them not have to suffer the consequences of the inability to answer the clarion call to act with conscientious foresight.”Speaking to reporters in Doha today, Mr. Ban emphasized that “we are in a race against time,” adding that every delay will require greater future effort or will mean greater future harm.“If we act together with clear purpose, we can meet this challenge. But we need to be united – governments from all regions, business and civil society. We have a clear choice: stand together, or fall together.”
The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Feb. 4 to 8.All are open for the University community to attend.Applied Disability Studies MA thesis defenceApplied Disabilities Studies student Catherine McHugh will defend the thesis “A Comparison of Modified Food Chaining and Simultaneous Presentation plus Nonremoval of the Spoon for the Treatment of Food Selectivity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder” on Monday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. in TH 150.The examination committee includes Dawn Zinga, Chair; Kathryn Peterson, External Examiner (Assistant Professor in the University of Nebraska Medical Center); Kimberley Zonneveld, Supervisor; Maurice Feldman, Graduate Program Director and Committee Member; and Ivy Chong, Committee Member.Geography and Tourism Studies MA thesis defenceGeography and Tourism Studies student Khuraam Farrukh will defend the thesis “Social Media Representations of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, and their Relation to Metropolitan Domination: The Case of Attabad Lake” on Monday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. in WH 147.The examination committee includes Mary-Beth Raddon, Chair; Shafqat Hussain, External Examiner (Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Trinity College); David Butz, Supervisor and Graduate Program Director; and Nancy Cook and Jeff Boggs, Committee Members.
Outotec has signed a contract with Norilsk Nickel for the delivery of minerals processing technology and equipment to the second phase expansion of the Talnakh copper-nickel concentrator in the Krasnoyarsky Region in Russia. The value of comparable deliveries is typically €60-80 million. Outotec will deliver a fully automated flotation complex with performance guarantees including Outotec TankCell® flotation cells in different sizes as well as Outotec® High Rate thickeners, electrification and a process control system. In addition, Outotec provides plant commissioning services and spare parts for two years. Deliveries are scheduled to be completed in early 2015. Once fully operational in 2016 the Talnakh concentrator complex will process annually over 10 Mt of ore. The Talnakh phase 1 already uses Outotec flotation technologies.“Outotec and Norilsk Nickel have established a trusted partnership over the decades by completing a number of projects together. It is delightful that our flotation and thickening innovations have proved their performance at the existing Norilsk Nickel operations and we can again serve as a partner in implementing modern technology for reduced processing costs and higher efficiency”, notes Peter Weber, President of EMEA region at Outotec.
This is a further demonstration of the warm and positive relationship that now exists between Ireland and the United Kingdom.The State Visit in April, following on the very successful visit to Ireland by Queen Elizabeth in 2011, will be a wonderful opportunity to deepen this even further. Queen Elizabeth II made a historic visit to Ireland in May 2011, visiting places such as the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin, the Guinness Storehouse and the National Stud in Kildare.Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh admire a pint of Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse during the second day of her State Visit to Ireland. (Arthur Edwards/PA Images)At the time of the visit, Mary McAleese was President of Ireland.Speaking during her visit at the State dinner, Queen Elizabeth said Ireland and the UK are becoming “as good neighbours should be”.Read: Duking it out, part deux: Who wants to stop for a Guinness?>In pictures: The second day of the Queen’s historic visit>Read: What the international media is saying about the Queen’s visit> PRESIDENT MICHAEL D. Higgins has been invited by Queen Elizabeth II to visit the United Kingdom.Áras an Uachtaráin confirmed that President Higgins will go to the UK for a state visit from 8-10 April 2014.State visitIn an interview with TheJournal.ie last year, President Higgins stated that he had hoped to return the State visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland last year by visiting the UK either in 2013 or early in 2014.The statement released today said President Higgins was “very pleased to accept” the invitation from Queen Elizabeth.The President will be accompanied on the State visit by his wife, Sabina Higgins.No further details about the president’s schedule were released but it stated that details of the president’s programme will be announced jointly by Áras an Uachtaráin and Buckingham Palace.Taoiseach Enda Kenny said in a statement this evening that he warmly welcomes the news, stating:
Share206 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 1:19 PM By Cianan Brennan 10% of Irish households are using four times as much water as the rest of the country New figures from the CSO show that usage of water in Ireland is heavily skewed by a small fraction of consumers. 116 Comments Apr 25th 2017, 1:19 PM http://jrnl.ie/3357264 Source: Shutterstock/nikkytokJUST 10% OF households in Ireland are using a huge proportion of the country’s water, new statistics show.The stats, released today by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), show that just 3.4% of all customers consumed a huge 31% of water monitored in 2015.The top 10% of consumers meanwhile accounted for 43% of all consumption, an average of 1,665 litres per day per water meter compared to the overall average of 383 litres.The data was measured using installed water meters.771,348 such meters had been installed in Irish properties at the end of 2015. The figure has since passed the 800,000 mark.The lower levels of consumption can be accounted for by vacant properties and the likes of one-occupier households according to a spokesperson for the CSO. Domestic public water consumption by 10% of population, 2014 and 2015 Source: CSOClick here to view a larger image“As you move further up the chart, larger households, and especially leaks, come into play,” they said.County Cavan had the lowest average consumption in the country with 313 litres consumed on average throughout 2015, with Kerry and Tipperary sporting the highest of 430 litres. Cavan also had the lowest monthly average in March 2015 of 288 litres per metre.Longford meanwhile, struck the highest monthly average in June of 474 litres.In the capital, Dublin 2 had the lowest annual average of 283 litres per day. Dublin 6 meanwhile had the highest average daily consumption in the city at 488 litres per day for the year, though that usage actually decreased across the year from 516 litres in January to 455 litres in December.The decision as to how average water consumption is to be measured under Ireland’s next water regime was one of the largest bones of contention for the Oireachtas Water Committee in compiling its final report, with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil ending up at loggerheads as to whether the 133 litre per day limit for excessive use should apply per person or per household.Read: Graphic image shows garda’s injury after ‘vicious assault’ by prisonerRead: Gardaí appeal for witnesses after cars damaged in Castleknock 17,491 Views Short URL
Apple store : le troisième magasin français ouvre samedi à Paris OpéraParis – C’est au 12 rue Halévy, dans le 9e arrondissement, que le troisième Apple Store français ouvrira ses portes samedi prochain.Proximité des géants du shopping que sont les Galeries Lafayette et le Printemps Haussman, station de métro desservie par plusieurs lignes, à la fois chic et branché, le quartier de l’Opéra Garnier semble être un choix judicieux pour l’ouverture du troisième magasin de la marque à la pomme. La boutique, qui proposera tous les produits stars d’Apple, de l’iPhone 4 à l’iPad, en passant par les iPod et les iMac, est certes proche de celle du Carrousel du Louvre, mais elle ne devrait pas manquer d’attirer elle-aussi de nombreux aficionados des hautes technologies made in Apple. Rendez-vous samedi à 10h pour l’inauguration du magasin, qui sera ensuite ouvert du lundi au mercredi de 8h à 20h et de 9h à 21h du jeudi au samedi. Le 28 juin 2010 à 15:25 • Emmanuel Perrin
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, March 14, 2018 – Andros –Photo – NICHOLL’S TOWN, Andros, The Bahamas — Arts and Crafts Adjudicator Katrina Cartwright (left) and her adjudication assistant and Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture representative Melissa Allen-Maynard discuss a piece entered into the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival, at Huntley Christie High School in Nicholl’s Town, Andros, on March 8, 2018. (MOYSC/BIS Photo: Eric Rose)Photo – Ninth-grader Tamari Wallace proudly shows off his creation, as Arts and Crafts Adjudicator Katrina Cartwright is pictured in the background, during the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Adjudications at Huntley Christie High School. (MOYSC/BIS Photo: Eric Rose)Photo – Arts and Crafts Adjudicator Katrina Cartwright (left) and eighth-grader Elli Evans discuss one of her pieces she entered into the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival, at Huntley Christie High School in Nicholl’s Town, Andros, March 8, 2018. (MOYSC/BIS Photo: Eric Rose)Photo – Eighth-grader Elli Evans showcases one of her two pieces. (MOYSC/BIS Photo: Eric Rose)Photo – Arts and Crafts Adjudicator Katrina Cartwright (right) and art teacher Elkino Dames share a laugh, during the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Adjudications in Nicholl’s Town. (MOYSC/BIS Photo: Eric Rose)
BOCA RATON, FLA. (WSVN) – Two men were caught on camera working to rescue a driver who was unconscious after he crashed along Interstate 95.The man who helped to save a South Florida driver said he felt hesitant to speak with reporters at first because he didn’t want recognition for just doing the right thing.A video showed the rescue that happened along I-95’s southbound lanes in Boca Raton. That video has since gone viral.“Did what I had to do,” said Gregory Glenn, who saved the driver. “The guy, of course, wasn’t responsive.”Glenn said he’s thankful that he had his baseball bat in the car, which he used to help smash out the window after the driver of a Jeep sped right by him before crashing.“I’m thinking I’m going 55, and he slams his car into the wall and then it got up on the wall,” Glenn said. “It looked like it was gonna flip, and thank God it didn’t. Then when it came down, I was looking over, and the car was racing. The engine was full roar like he had his foot on the accelerator.”By the time these good Samaritans turned off the engine, cleared the smoke and flagged down paramedics, they realized the driver of the Jeep was unconscious. “I knew I was taking a risk because that vehicle could have come off that wall any second because, like I said, the wheels were turning, so I knew I was taking a risk, but I did what I had to do,” Glenn said.Driver Adam Turetsky, who was stuck in the resulting traffic said he was touched by what he saw.“I didn’t want to get in the way,” Turetsky said. “I took out my phone and started recording the situation.”But Glenn said he’s not looking for accolades. “I just happened to be at the right place at the right time, and I hope that somebody’s in the right place at the right time when I need that same help one day,” he said.Police have identified the man behind the wheel of that Jeep as 53-year-old Victor Sanchez from Fort Lauderdale. They said he passed out while driving, causing the accident.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.