zoom A state-owned shipping operator China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) said that it expects a 450 to 500 percent rise in its net profit for the 2015 financial year.CMES’s net profit should amount to some USD 180 million, compared to a net profit of USD 30.5 million in 2014, the Shanghai-listed company said in a stock filing.CMES attributed the surge to a positive international tanker shipping market, as well as the revenue accumulated through China VLCC, a joint venture between CMES and Sinotrans & CSC.Additionally, the company said that Chinese government’s subsidy, received in September to boost the company’s efforts to dispose of the aging vessels and replace them with new tonnage, should bolster the 2015 net profit.In October, the company said that it expects the net profit to be 400 to 430 percent higher for the first three quarters of 2015, compared to the same period a year earlier.CMEC recently received official clearance from the Chinese government for the acquisition of Sinotrans & CSC Holdings Co., under which Sinotrans & CSC will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of China MerchantsWorld Maritime News Staff
Marshlands will be managed more efficiently with amendments introduced to the Agricultural Marshland Conservation Act today, April 30. The act allows management of dykes and marshlands in the province for agriculture. The proposed amendments were identified by the marshland administrator. “Marshlands are an important part of agriculture and the landscape of Nova Scotia,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Agriculture. “These changes are primarily administrative, but they will ensure that the act is current and addresses the existing needs for marshland management.” Some of the changes include permitting marshland owners to form groups to collectively manage the marshland, as well as allowing construction, repair and maintenance to protect, drain and improve marshlands. The province took over management of marshlands from the federal government in 1967.
New Delhi: Over 80 cases of malaria have been reported in Delhi this year so far, more than double the number of people affected by dengue, a municipal report released on Monday showed. About 39 of these malaria cases have been recorded in July. According to the report, till July 27 this year, 34 cases of dengue have been reported — 12 in July, 11 in June, three in May, two in April, four in March and one each in February and January. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Last year, 2,798 dengue cases and four deaths were recorded by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), which tabulates the data on vector-borne diseases in the city. Cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between July and November but the period may stretch to mid-December. Also, of the 83 cases of malaria, 35 were recorded in June, eight in May and one in April. And 19 cases of chikungunya nine in July, five in June, two in February and one each in March, April and May have been recorded. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings The dengue victims last year included a minor boy. Three of the victims were identified as Aman Tiwari (13), Sanskriti (21) and Gagan (23). Doctors have advised people to take precautions and urged them to wear full-sleeves and use mosquito nets. Water coolers should be dried up when not in use as mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus usually breed there, a doctor said. Civic bodies had also organised a workshop recently on prevention of vector-borne diseases. Mosquito-breeding has been reported in at least 48,039 households and 46,580 legal notices have been issued this year. Of the total number of dengue cases last year, 141 were recorded in December, while 1,062 in November, 1,114 in October, 374 in September, 58 in August, 19 in July, eight in June, 10 in May, two in April, one in March, three in February and six in January. The rest of the cases were reported from areas outside the jurisdiction of the three municipal corporations of Delhi. Also, 473 cases of malaria and 165 cases of chikungunya were reported last year. According to the SDMC, 10 people died due to dengue in Delhi in 2017, of whom five were not residents of the national capital. Overall, the vector-borne disease had affected 9,271 people in the city in 2017.
JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, announced today the appointment of nine celebrities to its 2016 Celebrity Ambassadors Program.These new ambassadors are positive role models and leaders in television, music, sports and theater, who share a common passion for JDRF’s mission and a commitment to T1D advocacy.The JDRF Ambassadors Program is a new initiative designed to help raise awareness about T1D, enhance local and national fundraising efforts for our mission and help better engage the T1D community. One key goal of the program aims to drive awareness for better therapies to help improve the quality of life of those impacted by T1D. The program also aims to inspire adults and children through the personal and compelling stories of each ambassador as they talk openly about managing their career, while overcoming the challenges associated with the disease.JDRF Ambassadors will lend their talents and their voice to enhance fundraising, advocacy and education efforts in the fight against T1D. National Ambassadors will participate in national multimedia campaigns and special events such as Children’s Congress, an event that brings together children from across the U.S. to Washington, DC to rally in support of Federal Government funding for diabetes research. Similar to National Ambassadors, Regional Ambassadors will make personal appearances and serve as spokespersons at local awareness and fundraising events, and lend their support to traditional and social media campaigns.JDRF National Ambassadors include: Brec Bassinger, Nickelodeon star of Bella and the Bulldogs; Anne Burrell, celebrity chef and television personality and Adam Schefter, NFL Insider. Regional Ambassadors are Austin Basis, star of CW’s award-winning series, Beauty and the Beast; Jake Byrne, professional football player and author; Conor Daly, IndyCar driver; Brandon Denson, professional football player and sports trainer; Taylor Louderman, star of the Broadway musical, Bring It On and Elliott Yamin, recording artist and American Idol finalist.“We are excited and honored to have the support of such remarkable role models who share our commitment to achieve a world without type 1 diabetes,” said Derek Rapp, President and CEO of JDRF. “With their collaboration and the power of their voices, these ambassadors can raise awareness for JDRF’s important mission to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. We respect how they are thriving despite facing the challenges of T1D, and we know their important work will have a positive and lasting impact on millions of people in the T1D community.”JDRF Ambassadors will begin to collaborate on initiatives immediately, including participation in JDRF OneWalk events and galas during the early fall. In November, they will unite with JDRF to raise awareness during National Diabetes Awareness Month (NDAM).
Rabat – Marc Andre Ter Stegen has renewed his contract with Barcelona, committing himself with the Catalans until 2022.Barcelona announced on Monday that the German 25-year-old international goalkeeper had extended his contract with the team. The club added that the official signing of the contract extension will be held on Tuesday at the Club Offices.The German star managed to win nine trophies in three seasons with his current team, including Copas del Rey, Club World Cup, Spanish Super Cup and European Super Cup. Barcelona signed Ter Stege away from the German team Broussia Monchegladbach in 2014.According to FC Barcelona’s official webpage, the goalkeeper is “now without doubt one of the leading players in the world in his position.”The same source added that the youngster has recorded 71 wins, 10 draws and 12 defeats, conceding a total of 90 goals during his 93 official matches for Barcelona.#TerStegen2022Blaugrana until 2022 pic.twitter.com/CCTyQNegWu— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) May 29, 2017
by The Associated Press Posted Feb 26, 2014 5:11 am MDT Philip Seymour Hoffman’s friend creates foundation under lawsuit settlement with The Enquirer NEW YORK, N.Y. – A close friend of Philip Seymour Hoffman has settled a libel lawsuit against The National Enquirer by creating a playwriting foundation to be initially funded by the tabloid.In a one-page ad Wednesday in The New York Times, The Enquirer said it “responsibly acknowledged its error” for a story that purported to be an exclusive interview with David Bar Katz. The Enquirer also apologized to Katz, a playwright who discovered Hoffman’s body.The actor died of an apparent heroin overdose Feb. 2.The Times (http://nyti.ms/1frmpjz ) reported on the settlement and said the ad was part of the agreement.The American Playwriting Foundation will award $45,000 yearly for an unproduced play that embodies Hoffman’s “passion for truth.” Katz’s lawyer told the Times the amount won’t be disclosed. In this Jan. 19, 2014 photo, Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait in Park City, Utah. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Victoria Will/Invision AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
According to the report,Aiming Higher: Policies to Get Immigrants into Middle-Skilled Work in Europe, while some countries have made sizeable investments in labour market integration policies throughout the past decade, they have focused primarily on getting immigrants into work. As a result, these policies have struggled to facilitate career progression over time.“As our findings demonstrate, despite some promising innovations in some countries there is clearly no quick fix to the problem of immigrants stuck in low-skilled work or unemployment,” said Christiane Kuptsch, Senior Specialist in Migration Policy with the ILO. “However, strengthening employment and migration policy coherence could yield significant benefits for migrant workers, employers and labour markets,” she added.The report examines the labour market progression of recent immigrants in six European Union (EU) countries – Czech Republic, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom – and analyzes policies related to integration and workforce development, with a focus on public employment services and language and vocational training.Specifically, the report outlines the difficulty foreign-born workers face in gaining a secure foothold in the labour market during their first decade after arrival, with many experiencing lengthy periods of unemployment, inactivity or stagnation in low-skilled work.Indeed, the report found that the employment gaps between native and foreign-born workers not only persist but have widened since the onset of the global economic crisis, with particularly significant effects on women, migrants who come on a visa other than a work visa, and immigrants from outside the European Union.While Europe has experienced considerable immigration throughout the past 25 years from within and beyond the continent, a majority of immigrants were not selected for their skills and instead arrived through humanitarian channels or as part of family reunification, according to the report. Many who came with sought-after skills found work with ease, particularly during the economic boom of the mid-2000s. Many newcomers, however, have struggled to progress out of the lowest-skilled jobs into stable, middle-skilled positions, in some cases despite having substantial qualifications and experience, the study found.“Europe’s demographic prospects make clear that countries can ill afford to squander the potential of their residents – wherever they come from,” said Demetrios G. Papademetriou, President Emeritus of the Migration Policy Institute. The report is the result of a research initiative carried out by the Migration Policy Institute in collaboration with the ILO and with funding from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. It also examines strategies to address the labour market integration of immigrant workers in Europe – including programmes targeted directly at immigrants and mainstream services available to the whole population.While targeted programmes allow policymakers to design services for new arrivals’ specific needs, including orientation and job coaching, they are often small in scale and focus on particular groups, such as refugees or family immigrants, the report found. As a result, they run the risk of excluding many others with similar needs. Some countries have thus turned to mainstream institutions, such as public employment services and training institutions, to provide more inclusive services at a greater scale, the research found.In addition, the report offers a series of recommendations for policymakers to consider, including improving incentives for public employment agencies to serve the needs of migrants and developing a better-trained and/or more specialized workforce of advisors to provide both short- and longer-term career advice.Funding partnerships between employers and training institutions to assist employers willing to facilitate language instruction or support apprenticeships and work experience programmes, and improving the coordination of policies enacted at federal, state and local levels, are among the other recommendations in the report.
EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #FINE GAEL: Eight Fine Gael TDs have stepped away from the party line with a joint opinion piece in today’s Irish Examiner in which they question the Government’s perspective on the Croke Park Agreement.2. #NO SCRUBS: TheJournal.ie has learned that medical staff in the emergency department of Dublin’s Mater hospital have to buy and clean their own scrubs because of cutbacks – leading to fears about infection and contamination.3. #CAR INSURANCE: The AA has told TheJournal.ie that female drivers are to face large hikes in their car insurance premiums after December because of an EC guideline on gender discrimination. Traditionally, young male drivers have had to pay more than their female counterparts because statistics show they are more high-risk candidates for accidents.4. #LOCAL AUTHORITIES: Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan is to unveil major reforms for local authorities tomorrow. The Irish Independent says that 500 council staff to be made redundant while the Irish Times says that councillors will have the power to overturn planning decisions taken from them, a move recommended by the final report of the Mahon Tribunal.5. #SCOTLAND: Scottish people will be asked by the end of 2014 to decide whether they want Scotland to remain in the UK. The question of independence will require a simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ vote, The Scotsman reports.6. #WAR? The Business Secretary of the British government, Vince Cable, envisaged a stark worst-case scenario over the weekend in the event of the collapse of the euro: a new war in Europe.7. #STABBING: A man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing of a man in Cavan town on Saturday night.8. #MALALA: Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban last week, is currently being transferred to the UK for further medical treatment, the BBC reports this morning.9. #WATER WASTE: It’s not just domestic users who will be targeted for water charges – the business section of the Irish Times today says that only half of businesses in Ireland are currently paying for their water. The Commission for Energy Regulation’s Denis Cagney also said there was a huge level of leakage here – around 41 per cent compared to the UK’s 28 per cent.NEW! The Dredge: When Ronan Keating’s wife and mistress met – The day’s best celebrity dirt over on The Daily Edge>
Participez à l’opération Delphis pour recenser les cétacésL’association Rimmo (Réserve internationale maritime en Méditerranée occidentale) renouvelle son opération Delphis destinée à compter les cétacés évoluant dans les eaux méditerranéennes qui aura lieu le 24 juillet prochain. Jusqu’à demain mardi, il est encore possible de s’inscrire en tant que bénévole pour y participer. L’association Rimmo a annoncé que le 24 juillet, plusieurs centaines de bénévoles partiront de Corse et de la Côte d’Azur pour participer au comptage des cétacés et pour observer le milieu marin. Pendant toute une journée, sur un périmètre compris entre Marseille et le golfe de Gênes, les “sentinelles volontaires” vont recenser dauphins, cachalots, baleines, tortues et méduses, ainsi que les macro-déchets flottants, rapporte TV5monde. Pour les plaisanciers qui le souhaitent, il est d’ailleurs encore possible de participer à l’opération en s’inscrivant jusqu’à demain mardi sur le site de l’association : www.rimmo.org.À lire aussiUn plongeur se fait attaquer par un lion de merSi des opérations similaires auront lieu en Italie, en Tunisie et au Maroc dimanche, l’opération Delphis française a dû être reportée au week-end suivant à cause d’une météo défavorable, a indiqué l’association. Une fois l’exploration effectuée, les résultats et les analyses scientifiques seront rendus publics lors d’une conférence internationale sur les cétacés en Méditerranée en novembre à Sophia-Antipolis (Alpes-Maritimes), a ainsi précisé à l’AFP le président de Rimmo, l’océanographe Antoine Mangin.Par ailleurs, cette année, de nouvelles mesures interviendront : plus précisément, celle de la transparence de l’eau et celle des courants de surface. Des données qui vont “permettre d’améliorer les données scientifiques actuelles” en la matière, explique M. Mangin. Depuis 1996, ce sont entre 100 et 200 bateaux qui, chaque année, participent à cette opération en France. Ils quadrillent un sanctuaire pour mammifères marins de 88.000 mètres carrés baptisé “Pélagos”.Le 18 juillet 2011 à 17:31 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target Marine biologists were stunned to find that a dead male Cuvier’s beaked whale that washed up in the Philippines had ingested more than 80 pounds of plastic bags.The D’Bone Collector Museum in Davao City, in the Philippine island of Mindanao said in a Facebook post Sunday that they found “40 kilograms (about 88 pounds) of plastic bags, 16 rice sacks, four banana plantation-style bags, and multiple shopping bags” in the whale’s stomach after conducting an autopsy. “This whale had the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale,” the museum said in the post.Images posted by the museum on Facebook showed a numerous piles of trash being removed from inside the whale, which was recovered on March 16. Officials said the juvenile whale died from “gastric shock.”Darrell Blatchley of the D’Bone Collector Museum pulls plastic out of the male Cuvier’s beaked whale. (Photo Credit: D’Bone Collector Museum/Facebook)Darrell Blatchley, who owns the D’Bone Collector Museum, told the Guardian that in the 10 years they have examined dead whales and dolphins, 57 of them were found to have died due to accumulated rubbish and plastic in their stomachs.In recent years, marine biologists and ocean activists have grown alarmed about the seaborne plastic that fouls the shorelines. The use of of single-use plastic is particularly rampant in Southeast Asia.Late last year, a dead sperm whale washed up in Indonesia and was found to have ingested 1,000 pieces of plastic.According to a study published in the journal Science in February 2015, China, Indonesia, and the Philippines are the world’s top sources of plastic bottles, bags, and other trash clogging up global sea lanes.More on Geek.com:Dead Whale With 1,000 Pieces of Plastic in Stomach Found in IndonesiaWatch: Dead Humpback Whale Discovered in Brazilian JungleConservationists Capture Rare Footage of Giant Pangolins in the Wild Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’