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Port of Amsterdam Aims to Cut Shipping Emissions

first_imgzoom Dutch Port of Amsterdam is looking to reduce shipping emissions and minimise the environmental impact by working with the shipping sector. Through its Clean Shipping Vision for 2030, the port intends to achieve its sustainability objectives through concrete actions, such as reducing emissions of docked sea cruise ships by 50 percent. The plan also encompasses emissions from ships themselves and those associated with port activities such as loading and unloading.As the implementation of the vision requires an international approach and long-term commitment, the target year for Port of Amsterdam’s ambitions has been set at 2030.The port’s objective is to achieve a reduction in nitrogen (NOx), sulphur (SOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions of up to 50 percent of sea cruise ships docked in Amsterdam by 2018, the year in which the baseline measurement will be made. It is assumed that by 2030 the environmental performance of all seagoing vessels that enter the port is at least equivalent to that of the current, most environmentally friendly ships.Another objective is to decrease noise and air pollution caused by the use of diesel generators at public berths inside the Amsterdam ring road to virtually zero by 2018.The port plans to invest EUR 10 million until 2021 into its infrastructure, including LNG bunkering facilities and ship-to-shore power, to achieve these objectives. Also, the existing incentive programme for promoting cleaner shipping will be expanded further and LNG-fuelled vessels will receive additional discount on port dues.“The Clean Shipping Vision is an ambitious plan that contributes to making our environment more sustainable and is essential to maintaining our licence to operate and licence to grow. It enables us to contribute to improving the sustainability of the logistics chain and future-proofing our city, our port and our region for current and future generations,” Marleen van de Kerkhof, Port of Amsterdam Harbour Master, said.last_img read more

THE BEST MOMENTS IN CANADIAN MUSIC OF 2018

first_img(L-R) Shania Twain, Gord Downie and Drake. (Getty Images Archive) Shania Twain accepts the CCMA Generation Award at the Canadian Country Music Awards in Hamilton, Ont., on Sunday.  (Peter Power / The Canadian Press) Facebook Man, she feels like a winner.Not only did Shania Twain, 53, host the CCMAs, but she won the most accolades of the night — four to be exact. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In terms of music, 2018 was a massive success. The industry spawned brand new artists, countless smash hits and an abundance of shocking headlines.We were treated to all things Ariana Grande, including the throwback music video we never knew we needed, Eminem starting a lot of fights, Migos on Carpool Karaoke and of course, the raunchy and oddly-specific Beatles‘ sexcapades, sure to leave an unsettling image burning in your mind.Let’s not forget about the Canadian music highlights. From Indigenous singer Jeremy Dutcher winning the Polaris Music Prize to the hilariously brutal breakup of Toronto doom metal band, Witchrot, our nation had a lot to offer in 2018. Here are some of Canada’s greatest triumphs in the music industry this year.When Shania Twain dominated the CCMAslast_img read more

Nova Scotia effluent pipeline into Northumberland Strait will need fresh route

first_imgPICTOU, N.S. – The proposed route of a pipeline that would carry effluent from the Northern Pulp mill into the Northumberland Strait will be changed due to concerns over potential ice damage.Kathy Cloutier, director of communications at Paper Excellence, said Tuesday a sonar study found ice scouring near the proposed location of the pipeline’s outfall off Pictou, N.S.She said that will mean the pipeline may have to go into deeper waters to avoid the ice that scrapes along the ocean bottom.“You’re doing this study to discover unknowns. Nobody would go into a project without full clarity on your proposed route,” she said in a telephone interview.“You’re trying to avoid any impacts and have as clear a route as possible.”In addition, the undersea scans by Marine Geotech and Habitat Assessment in April, May and June found the proposed route was too close to a shipwreck discovered in July 2015 and a collapsed pier.Cloutier said the new information means a delay in the company filing its environmental assessment report, and will lead to higher project costs.Under provincial legislation, the mill has until Jan. 30, 2020, to replace its current wastewater treatment plant in Boat Harbour.The wastewater lagoons contain nearly 50 years worth of toxic waste that provincial Environment Minister Iain Rankin has called one of the worst cases of environmental racism in the province.It has been a major concern for the local Mi’kmaq community, which launched a lawsuit in 2010 seeking to eject the treatment plant from its land.The proposal for a pipeline to transport the treated effluent from a new facility into the ocean has also met with opposition.In February, groups representing fishermen in Nova Scotia, P.E.I., and New Brunswick suspended further meetings with the mill after voicing frustration over its insistence on a pipe.The company has said it had thoroughly investigated the treatment options available to bleached kraft mills like Northern Pulp, which produce a higher quality paper.It calls for a system that would meet all federal environmental standards for suspended solids and oxygen depletion.Effluent would be carried by polyethelyne pipe across Pictou Harbour and released through six dispersal pipes into the Strait.The company said the proposed system would reduce the need for bleaching chemicals by about 30 to 40 per cent.Northern Pulp was originally to submit an environmental assessment to Nova Scotia’s Environment Department sometime in July.However, Cloutier said the latest sonar work means the environmental submission likely wouldn’t be until the fall.“This will mean winter construction,” she said.— Story by Michael Tutton in Halifax.last_img read more

Man arrested following another robbery last Friday in Fort St John

first_imgIn a release, Cpl. Saunderson said the suspect is facing two counts of Robbery, two counts of possessing a dangerous weapon, and two counts of intent to commit an indictable offence with face masked. Cpl. Saunderson added that the man’s identity has not been released, as charges have not yet been laid.The suspect remains in police custody and is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court on Thursday, April 19th.Anyone with information about the two robberies is asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250 787- 8140 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — One man has been arrested after allegedly robbing a business in Fort St. John, and police believe it was his second robbery in three days.At around 10:30 p.m. last Friday, members of the Fort St John RCMP responded to report of a robbery at a local business whose name is not being disclosed by police. Officers quickly apprehended a male suspect, recovering money, cigarettes and liquor that are believed to have been taken during the robbery. Cpl. Madonna Saunderson with North District RCMP stated that police believe the man person is also behind another robbery that occurred last Wednesday evening at Wink’s Convenience Store.last_img read more

Only 9 of 14k selected for civil judge interview in Haryana

first_imgNew Delhi: With only nine candidates making it to the interview level out of the 14,000 aspirants who gave the preliminary examination for post of Civil Judge in Haryana, the Supreme Court Friday appointed its former judge Justice A K Sikri to assess the evaluation of the main written exam.The top court directed the Punjab and Haryana High Court to place the answer scripts of all the candidates who appeared in the main written examination before Justice (retd) Sikri. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghA bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta did not fix any time-frame but requested Justice Sikri to communicate his views and findings at the earliest. The bench said: “We request a former Judge of this Court, Justice A K Sikri to look into some of the answer scripts of the main written examination at his discretion to make an assessment whether the evaluation undertaken should be accepted by the Court. “The High Court will place before Justice A K Sikri, the answer scripts of all the candidates, who have appeared in the main written examination, out of which at his discretion, His lordship (Justice Sikri) may select some of the answer scripts for further evaluation.” Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadIt will take up the matter after summer vacation of the top court. Senior advocate Maninder Singh, appearing for Registrar General of the high court said that for 107 advertised vacancies of civil judge (junior division) in Haryana, more than 34,000 candidates had applied. He said that more than 14,000 aspirants out of 34,000 appeared for the preliminary examination out of which 1,282 candidates qualified for the main examination. “Only 1,195 candidates appeared out of 1,282 aspirants for the main examination in which only nine of them qualified. The results were declared on April 11, 2019,” Singh said and submitted a note to the bench. The top court’s order came on a plea filed by 92 aspirants to the post of Civil Judge (Junior Division) in Haryana, seeking quashing of the result of its Main (Written) Examination. The apex court had on April 29 restrained the Punjab and Haryana High Court Registry from appointing any civil judge in Haryana without its nod. The petition challenged the selection process and evaluation method adopted in the examination on the grounds of being “unreasonable, arbitrary and mala fide”. It alleged that if the examination’s selection process was not stayed, it would cause irreparable damage to the petitioners and other un-successful candidates. The petitioners have alleged that various RTI applications were filed immediately after the result of the main examination seeking disclosure of marks, copies of answer scripts, model answers and marking criteria, but to no avail and the interview tests were scheduled on the basis of the already declared results. The petitioners have also alleged that there was a “serious problem” with the evaluation method being conducted for selecting judicial officers in Haryana. The plea further said that it was “surprising” and “invited disbelief” that at least 20-30 candidates, who had appeared for the main exam but were not selected for the interview are those who have already cleared judicial examinations of other states or are sitting judges in their respective states. “Some of the candidates who have not been found fit for the interview are the toppers and gold medalists in their respective reputed law colleges, the plea has said. Through the information obtained under RTI Act, it is clear that in the last examination cycle leading to appointment of successful candidates to state judicial services, there was “no marking criteria” for the evaluation of answer scripts in the related mains examination and the performance of the candidate in the written examination depended solely on discretion of the examiner, the plea has alleged. It also alleged that the Punjab and Haryana High Court had further responded that information was not available with the concerned branch about existence of model answers or their copies and principles governing grace marks. The petition said the high court has already scrapped the entire preliminary examination held earlier on July 16, 2017 on account of paper leak and had issued direction for an enquiry in to the entire issue. It said that unless the selection process is re-examined to make it more rational and reasonable, one of the most important factors responsible for “huge pendency” and “delay in justice”, which is lack of sufficient number of judicial officers, will not be tackled.last_img read more

A World Cup Sleeper May Be Lurking In Group H

Thomas MullerBayern Munich0.43 In qualifying, Rodríguez scored and assisted on more goals than any of his teammates, while also having the most shots and touches of the ball. While he may not have become a Galactico in Madrid, he is indisputably his country’s most important player.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. PlayerTeamExpected Assists per 90 Kingsley ComanBayern Munich0.29 Mario GotzeBorussia Dortmund0.29 Franck RiberyBayern Munich0.29 Leon BaileyBayer Leverkusen0.30 James RodríguezBayern Munich0.30 Fin BartelsWerder Bremen0.27 Mahmoud DahoudBorussia Dortmund0.32 Rodríguez is one of Germany’s top creatorsBundesliga leaders in expected assists in open play (excluding penalty shots and direct free kicks) per 90 minutes, 2017-18 FiveThirtyEight is examining each of the eight groups in the 2018 World Cup, which begins Thursday in Russia. Read about Group A, Group B, Group C, Group D, Group E, Group F and Group G.Group H is potentially the most interesting in Russia this summer. While the average group difference in FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index score between the best and worst teams is about 25, Senegal’s SPI rating of 66.0 is only 14.5 points lower than Colombia’s 80.5. Poland (73.3) and Japan (71.4) are rated very similarly in the middle of the group. On top of this, the teams are filled with exciting attacking players from Europe’s strongest leagues: Poland’s Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Colombia’s James Rodríguez (Bayern Munich), Japan’s Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund) and Senegal’s Sadio Mané (Liverpool) will all be battling to make an impression on the world’s biggest stage.Paper tiger or legit contender?After missing three straight World Cups, Colombia made a big impression in the 2014 World Cup — even without Radamel Falcao, who was unable to recover from injury in time to play. Four years later, Los Cafeteros’ talismanic striker is back, but he is no longer the star of the team: After finishing as the top scorer with six goals in Rio, Rodríguez has become the focal point of an exciting Colombian attack, which boasts a 69 percent chance of making it to the knockout stage.José Pékerman’s squad likes to attack directly in open play — in 41 matches tracked by data firm Opta Sports since the 2014 World Cup, Colombia reached the opposition via playing a string of 10 or more successful passes only 75 times, just less than twice a game. Instead, the side relies more on attacks in which at least 50 percent of the movement is toward the opposition goal, with a ratio of these “direct” to “slow” attacks of 4.2-to-1.8. Defensively, they operate a medium block, regaining the ball in the middle area of the pitch 23.3 times per game — more than any other team in South American qualifying.Poland, marginally the second favorite in Group H with a 55 percent chance of finishing first or second, is even more reliant on its star player, Lewandowski.1Lewandowski and Rodríguez were teammates this season during Rodríguez’s loan from Real Madrid. In qualifying, the towering striker was Poland’s top shot taker and goal scorer, and he also created the most Opta-defined “big chances” for his teammates. With 16 goals, he scored more than any other player in European qualifying, either scoring or assisting on 61 percent of Poland’s goals.Underdog or also-ran? Japan, with a 43 percent chance of getting through the group, is something of an unknown given that it changed manager in April, with Akira Nishino taking charge. The side’s two main attackers, Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa, have a wealth of experience representing their country on the international stage, but they have been somewhat ineffective over the past few years, both being dropped by previous managers. With an average age of 28.6, the squad is severely lacking in young talent.Skillful wingers Keita Baldé and Mané offer Senegal’s main threat in attack, while the towering defensive presence of Kalidou Koulibaly makes the spine of the team seem stronger than its 33 percent chance of progression may suggest. Given the relative equality of the group, a strong performance from Senegal in its opener against Poland could dramatically change expectations.Player to watchIn 2014, James Rodríguez was a relative unknown who went on to become the archetype of a World Cup breakout. But after a disappointing move to Real Madrid culminated in a loan to Bayern Munich this year, the left-footed magician returns to the international stage with a point to prove.Rodríguez is coming off the back of a redemptive season in which he was one of the best creators in Germany and played a similarly dominant attacking role: He completed more passes per 90 minutes than any attacker in the Bundesliga to have played more than 25 percent of available minutes. He was also tied for fifth in expected assists per 90 minutes in open play, and he assisted the second most shots per 90 from set pieces. Jadon SanchoBorussia Dortmund0.33 Minimum of 600 minutes playedSource: Football Whispers Karim BellarabiBayer Leverkusen0.35 read more

Mens basketball Jeremiah Francis commits to UNC

Class of 2019 four-star point guard Jeremiah Francis will not follow in the footsteps of his father, Jerry Francis, and go to Ohio State as he announced Friday he had accepted an offer to play basketball at the University of North Carolina. Jeremiah is ranked as the top prospect in the state of Ohio in the 2019 class by the 247Sports Composite rankings. The site also ranks the 6-foot-3, 190-pound point as the seventh-best at his position in the country and the 61st-best national player.He received an offer from UNC just nine days ago on Aug. 2, the 12th offer he had received from a school. Ohio State had offered him a scholarship on Feb. 18, 2017 during the Thad Matta era. He also paid Butler an unofficial visit on April 14 when now-Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann was the head coach of the Bulldogs.Jeremiah’s father Jerry spent four seasons playing for the Buckeyes from 1985 to 1989. During his career, he totalled 1,486 points, placing him 20th on the all-time scoring leaders list. read more

Liverpool Alisson Ill be ready for Premier League opener

first_imgLiverpool’s latest signing Alisson Becker is confident he has settled into life at Liverpool stating that he already sees Liverpool as home even as he prepares for Premier League opener in August.The former AS Roma shot-stopper became the most expensive goalkeeper in the world when agreed a deal with Liverpool earlier this month. Liverpool has had goalkeeping problem for a while mostly as a result of errors by Loris Karius.However, even though the Premier League is just a few days away, Alisson believes he will ready to face West Ham United.The 25-year-old is quoted by Sky Sports News as saying:“Although these two weeks don’t seem like a long time, it’s enough for us to be ready for our first game against West Ham.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We’ll play two friendlies before this game and I’m sure the hard work the team have put in so far is going to help me become a member of the squad as quickly as possible so that I am 100% ready for our first game to kick off the Premier League in a good way.“My first impression tells me it won’t be difficult for me here – it’s a great squad formed by great players and brilliant professionals. I’m sure it’s going to be a great season for us all.”Alisson could feature when Liverpool face Napoli on Saturday.last_img read more

Matej Vydra aims for ten goals in the EPL

first_imgThe Czech recently joined Burnley in the English Premier League after winning the Championship Golden Boot with 21 league goalsMatej Vydra joined Burnley in the English Premier League a few weeks ago.And the Czech Republic national is already aiming high in the EPL.The 26-years-old forward believes he can score at least ten goals this season in the Premiership.“I was fighting for the Premier League the last four years. It’s hard to be in the Premier League. I’m there now but it’s even harder to stay there,” Vydra told The Lancashire Telegraph.“Now it’s up to me but also up to gaffer for him to give me the chance.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“For Czech boys from a small city everyone is dreaming of the Premier League because it’s the best league in the world, with the best players,” he added.“It’s a big difference between the Championship and the Premier League. I hope I’m ready for that. I’m a more experienced player now.”“I think everybody watched the Premier League when I was growing up. Everyone had dreams of playing in the Premier League. It was the same for me,” he continued.“I watched Didier Drogba when he played for Chelsea. He’s not the same striker as I am but I loved the way he scored goals, how strong he was when he challenged with defenders.”“If I score 10 goals in the Premier League it would be nice for me. Fingers crossed I can do it,” Vydra concluded.The 2017-2018 final English Championship Top Goalscorers table.The 2017-2018 final English Championship Top Goalscorers table.last_img read more

Alyeska SeasonOpener On Friday Has Been Cancelled

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alyeska ski resort has cancelled their scheduled season-opener this Friday due to a lack of snow. The Alyeska Ski Resort reopened its doors in November for the season after a brief closure for maintenance. Alyeska general manager Brian Burnett said in a release: “We are committed to opening as soon as we receive ample snowfall. We are set up and ready to go, teams have been trained and are ready to operate. We have been diligently working to capture every snowmaking window. However, we do not have enough snow coverage to (open) as originally scheduled.”Photo Credit: Sean Flanagan Alyeska Ski Area says they will be open for winter operations as soon as snow conditions allow. For updates on Alyeska, check the resort’s mountain report. Under new management, the Alyeska Resort is nearing the finalization of a contract to sell its assets to Canadian company Pomeroy Lodging. Both parties expect the transaction to close before year end.last_img read more