zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Crude oil tanker owner and operator DHT Holdings has entered into a USD 485 million secured credit facility agreement for the refinancing of 13 of the company’s VLCCs. The new credit facility, with a six-year tenor, will bear interest at a rate equal to Libor + 2.40 pct and will have a 20-year repayment profile.The credit facility was provided by ABN Amro, Nordea, Credit Agricole, DNB, ING, Danish Ship Finance, SEB, DVB and Swedbank.The vessels concerned are Sundarbans, Taiga, Redwood, Hawk, China, Falcon, Condor, Leopard, Lion, Panther, Puma, Mustang and Bronco.In addition, DHT has entered into an agreement with ABN Amro to increase the company’s revolving credit facility to USD 57 million from the current USD 43.4 million. The revolving credit is currently undrawn.Commenting on the refinancing deal, the co-CEOs Svein Moxnes Harfjeld and Trygve P. Munthe said that the facility has supported the company’s focus on robust cash break even levels for the fleet.The facility extends the maturity for the refinanced facilities to the second quarter of 2024 and increases DHT Holdings’ liquidity position.
zoomImage Courtesy: DNV GL Classification society DNV GL has awarded an Approval in Principle (AiP) for the design of a 93,000-cubic meter (cbm) very large ethane carrier to Chinese shipyard Jiangnan.The AiP certificate for the flexible, efficient and environmentally friendly design was presented at the Gastech trade fair in Barcelona. The “PANDA E” design was developed by Jiangnan Shipyard in cooperation with GTT, DNV GL and major equipment manufacturers.“With this latest AiP, we have laid a solid foundation for introducing this ship type to the market and will further enrich our product portfolio in gas carriers and gas-fuelled ship types, which will benefit our clients and, at the same time, reduce emissions. Both Jiangnan and DNV GL will gain from the deeper and broader cooperation that this AiP represents,” said Hu Keyi, Chief Engineer of Jiangnan Shipyard (Group).The vessel will utilize GTT’s reinforced Mark III cargo containment system with a design temperature of minus 104 degrees centigrade. Four standard cargo holds are capable of carrying ethane, ethylene and liquid petroleum gas (LPG), with a capacity of 93,000 cubic meters in total.Significantly reduced fuel consumption was achieved after several rounds of hull form optimizations. The proposed dual-fuel ethane/fuel oil main propulsion system with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) meets the IMO NOx Tier III requirements. Other features include a deck tank, shaft generator and an LNG ready concept. Additionally, a USCG-certified ballast water treatment system has been applied to meet the upcoming regulations.
State-owned Qatar Petroleum and the Netherlands-based oil and gas company Shell are forming a joint venture for global LNG bunkering services.Signed by Qatar Petroleum’s Wave LNG Solutions and Shell Gas & Power Developments B.V. on September 18, the agreement paves the way for the establishment of the joint venture company owned equally by both parties.The new company will focus on the procurement of LNG, setting up LNG bunkering infrastructure (storage and bunker vessels) at various strategic locations around the world, and facilitating the sale of LNG as marine fuel to end customers around the world.“We see LNG bunkering as a promising solution for the shipping industry in light of a continuously evolving regulatory environment, and as an important opportunity to enhance LNG’s position as a clean energy source, particularly in maritime transportation,” Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs, the President & CEO of Qatar Petroleum, said.He added that LNG demand for bunkering was expected to grow significantly over the coming years, with a potential for such demand to reach 35 million tons per annum by 2035.The joint venture announcement is in line with Qatar Petroleum’s push to expand its LNG business. Earlier this month, the company signed a long-term LNG unloading services agreement for Zeebrugge LNG terminal with Fluxys Belgium.Earlier this year, Qatar Petroleum issued a tender that could see shipyards eventually build over 100 LNG carriers in the next decade.An increasing number of ship owners and operators are turning to LNG over traditional marine fuels in response to tighter sulfur and nitrogen oxide emissions regulations. In October 2016, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced the introduction of a global 0.5% sulfur cap from 2020.Wave LNG Solutions LLC was established by Qatar Petroleum for the purpose of market development and investment in LNG as a transportation fuel, especially for the marine transportation sector. Shell Gas & Power is part of Royal Dutch Shell responsible for energy and natural gas trading.
Team Nova Scotia brought home the gold, silver and bronze from this summer’s Canada Games. Medal winners, their coaches and managers, flag bearers and mission staff were honoured today, Oct. 13, by Premier John Hamm and Nova Scotia Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald at Province House in Halifax. “Every Nova Scotian has reason to be proud of the accomplishments of Team Nova Scotia at this summer’s Canada Games,” said Premier Hamm. “Our athletes, coaches, managers and supporters represented our province in an exemplary manner. It’s our pleasure to recognize them here today.” Team Nova Scotia came home with 46 medals and many new personal bests. Medals were won in athletics, canoe/kayak, rowing, women’s basketball, rugby, sailing and swimming. “Today’s reception is to celebrate a job well done,” said Mr. MacDonald. “These athletes inspire all Nova Scotians to strive for their goals, and make physical activity a part of their lives through sport.” Team members were introduced in the legislature and attended a reception in honour of their performance at the Games.
Nova Scotia’s world-class ambulance system has attracted the attention of the government of Panama. A memorandum of understanding to be signed today, Oct. 23, by the government of Nova Scotia, Tri-Star Industries Limited, Dr. Ron Stewart, an expert in pre-hospital emergency care and architect of the Nova Scotia system, and Club Activo 20-30 De Panama, on behalf of the government of Panama, will allow Nova Scotia to share combined expertise in ambulance systems with the Central American country. “It is understandable that other countries would look to Nova Scotia for advice,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. “Our ambulance system is recognized as one of the best in North America. Panama wants to know how we were able to move from a fragmented private system just 10 years ago, to the world-class ambulance system we have today.” The agreement is to discuss and develop opportunities for an ambulance service in Panama. It does not involve a financial commitment from the provincial government. “Together, we have a lot to offer Panama in terms of shared knowledge and expertise related to the development of an excellent ambulance service,” said Keith Condon, president and CEO, Tri-Star Industries. “For our part, our staff in Yarmouth are experts in the production of world-class ambulances used here in Nova Scotia and in 39 other countries.” Tri-Star Industries invited the government of Panama to Nova Scotia to see the ambulance system and the Tri-Star factory earlier this year. Panama signed a contract for 22 ambulances, the foundation of the country’s new system. While the role of the Health Department is mainly regulatory, the partners involved bring expertise in paramedic training, system design, ambulance production and other areas of interest to Panama as they build an ambulance system. “I’m very proud to have been involved in designing the pre-hospital system that we have today in Nova Scotia and I continue to be very involved in emergency health care,” said Dr. Ron Stewart. “Well-trained professionals are crucial to a strong ambulance system, and I look forward to helping Panama set up a training school and registry for their paramedics.” Mr. d’Entremont will join Panamanian Presidential Secretary of Governmental Innovation Gaspar Torte and other partners at today’s signing of the memorandum of understanding. Panama is a Central American country bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, between Colombia and Costa Rica.
Harvesting space tomatoes and cultivating wind energy are two examples of what Nova Scotia students are doing for Youth Science Month. “Science is helping to mold the minds of Nova Scotia’s future inventors and researchers,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “When learning opportunities are presented in a fun and interesting way, there is no limit to the exciting discoveries students can make.” Youth Science Month was created by Youth Science Canada to acknowledge the interesting and innovative discoveries students are making in science. In Nova Scotia, science curriculum promotes hands-on, minds-on learning. Through problem-solving, inquiry and decision-making, science embraces discovery and fun. “Students are naturally curious, and science gives them an opportunity to explore their interests, and make decisions about some really exciting and complex things,” said Joyce Morrison, principal of Greenfield Elementary in New Waterford. “If you give students the right tools and learning environment, they will explore.” Projects like the Tomatosphere work to promote exploration and fun learning. Tomatoshpere is an educational outreach project that teaches thousands of students from across the country about space, food and nutrition. Using tomato seeds that have travelled from Earth to the International Space Station and back, students are meant to discover ways to provide nutritious foods for space living that will support space crews for long periods of time. Hundreds of Nova Scotia students have participated in Tomatoshpere with great success. “Science is no longer predominately about reading and researching, it is about doing and thinking,” said Marilyn Webster, science consultant for the Department of Education. “Exploring using skills and critical inquiry engages the students in their learning and this produces questioners and thinkers.” The Energy Around Us program teaches discovery through experimentation. A joint initiative of the departments of Education and Energy, the program gets Grade 9 students thinking about alternate energy sources and comparing them to wind. A series of resources will be provided to selected classrooms across the province to help students develop a deeper understanding of sustainable development issues, including the connection between energy and climate change. Students will also be challenged to come up with ideas around what they can do to make a difference in their communities through renewable energy. Students will present their findings during a celebration event in June. During this month and April, students will also showcase their talents, abilities and creativity at a series of regional science fairs. The fairs inspire the entrepreneurs and scientists of tomorrow by encouraging science program and innovative learning. For more information about regional science fairs, visit www.sciencefairinfo.ns.ca .
CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 will be closed starting Thursday, April 1, at 10 a.m. until further notice for replacement. Detour from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 -30-
Local residents will get the best possible cancer care with the official opening of an expansion of the Cape Breton Cancer Centre in Sydney. Premier Darrell Dexter today, June 23, officially opened the expansion of cancer centre in Sydney. “Government is committed to providing better health care for families,” said Premier Dexter. “I am pleased to be part of the official expansion of the state-of-the-art Cape Breton Cancer Centre that will allow the people of Cape Breton to have access to the quality care they need as they face one of life’s toughest battles.” The province invested $4.35 million in the expansion project, through funds from the government of Canada. The $8-million expansion will increase the cancer centre’s capacity to provide radiation therapy and allow more people to get more advanced treatment in Cape Breton. “Our cancer care team is recognized nationally and has a reputation for excellence in patient care,” said John Malcom, CEO of the Cape Breton District Health Authority. “This expansion gives them the latest technology and enhanced facilities so we can continue to meet the needs of our patients. “The commitment and generosity of people in the community has also been outstanding. And by working with provincial, federal and community partners, we are making a difference for patients and their families.” Premier Dexter recognized the efforts of the people of Cape Breton for raising $4.7-million for the project. “I know we would not be standing here today if it was not for the support of the local community,” said Premier Dexter. “I am truly impressed and amazed by the generosity of the people of Cape Breton and I want to congratulate them on their efforts.” Foundation board chair, Dr. Jacquelyn Scott, said the fundraising campaign helped the hospital expand the scope of the project to include more space for patient care and new ambulance bays. “We really have the generosity of our community and foundation supporters to thank for the success of this campaign,” she said. During the reception, Premier Dexter presented a legacy shovel to patients of the Cape Breton Cancer Centre, Travis Morrison, Emily Long, Shauna MacLean and Irving Schwartz. The shovel was used to break ground during the opening of the cancer centre more than 10 years ago and to turn the sod of the cancer centre expansion in April 2009. When the cancer centre opened in 1998 it was expected to treat 7,000 patient visits a year. In 2009, there were more than 30,000 patient visits. In February, the province announced $10.1 million to expand and purchase new equipment for the Nova Scotia Cancer Centre, which serves Nova Scotians from every region. The province’s colon cancer screening program is now available in five districts, including Cape Breton, and is expected to be provincewide by 2011.
An interim report from an independent review of the automobile insurance system, to ensure Nova Scotians have access to appropriate coverage and premiums that are fair, stable and affordable, is available for public comment. The report has been prepared by review lead Ron L’Esperance. “We want to make sure that the voice of auto insurance consumers is heard,” said Graham Steele, Minister for the Insurance Act.”This opportunity for input will ensure that any potential changes to Nova Scotia’s automobile insurance system meet the needs of today’s families.” People can visit www.gov.ns.ca/autoinsurancereview/ to access the interim report and provide comments. The deadline for feedback is May 17. Government decisions about auto insurance reforms will be made after the final report is released at the end of May and the results are known from actuarial work this summer.
Well-known musician and businessman Brian Doherty has been appointed Honorary Consul of Ireland with jurisdiction throughout Nova Scotia. Members of the Consular Corps represent their country’s interests while promoting mutually beneficial relationships. “Fostering positive and productive international relationships is an important objective of this government and honorary consuls play a key role in advancing our shared interests,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Mr. Doherty is an important figure in Nova Scotia’s music and business communities. We are very fortunate to have him in this role and I look forward to working together.” “I’m delighted and humbled by my appointment as Nova Scotia’s first Honorary Irish Consul and look forward to working with the province and the Irish diaspora in fostering and developing greater economic and cultural links with Ireland,” said Mr. Doherty. In recent years, Nova Scotia has increased economic links with Ireland in strategic areas including renewable energy, clean technology, digital media services, culture and financial services. Nova Scotia has also welcomed visiting dignitaries from Ireland and Nova Scotia officials have participated in missions to Ireland to advance mutual interests in immigration, air transport, tidal energy and aquaculture. “I am delighted that Brian Doherty has been appointed as Ireland’s first Honorary Consul of Ireland in Nova Scotia. The province of Nova Scotia and Ireland have enjoyed a long and close relationship and today’s appointment marks a further major step in strengthening these bonds,” said Ray Bassett, Ambassador of Ireland to Canada. “I greatly look forward to working with Brian in his new post. Brian has been working for many years to build bridges between Nova Scotia and Ireland and richly deserves this new honour.” Mr. Doherty is president and owner of The Old Triangle Alehouse, president of Music Nova Scotia, the Irish Society and of Eastern Entertainment Agency Inc. He has been a member of the musical duo Evans and Doherty for 26 years. An honorary consular officer is a voluntary position. The appointment is for three years and is renewable. There are 30 members in the Consular Corps of Nova Scotia.
Lockview High School, Halifax Regional School Board St. Margarets Bay Elementary School, Halifax Regional School Board Madeline Symonds Middle School, Halifax Regional School Board Park West School, Halifax Regional School Board Portland Estates Elementary School, Halifax Regional School Board Ridgecliff Middle School, Halifax Regional School Board Sackville Heights Elementary School, Halifax Regional School Board Bedford South School, Halifax Regional School Board Eastern Passage Education Centre, Halifax Regional School Board École Beaubassin, Conseil scolaire acadien provincial École Bois Joli, Conseil scolaire acadien provincial Enfield District School, Chignecto-Central Regional School Board Le gouvernement provincial a avisé Scotia Learning Centres qu’il exercera son droit contractuel d’achat de 12 de ses 13 écoles en juin et en août 2020, à la fin des contrats de location. Le gouvernement a entamé le processus d’achat après plusieurs mois de négociations d’un nouveau contrat de location avec Scotia Learning Centres. Les négociations n’ont pas mené à un meilleur marché que l’option d’achat. Afin de protéger le droit d’achat à un prix inférieur à celui du contrat existant, le gouvernement était tenu d’aviser Scotia Learning Centres de sa décision d’acheter les 12 écoles, de les abandonner ou de prolonger le contrat de location au plus tard le 31 octobre. La date limite pour la treizième école a été remise à plus tard. L’avis d’achat ne signifie pas que des conversations futures ne pourront pas avoir lieu avec Scotia Learning Centres avant la fin du contrat de location en 2020. Le prix d’achat des 12 écoles s’élève à 85,9 millions de dollars. « Le Halifax Chignecto-Central School Board et le Conseil scolaire acadien provincial ont indiqué que ces écoles sont celles qui doivent rester ouvertes pour répondre aux besoins des élèves des collectivités environnantes en matière d’éducation », souligne Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. « Dans ces cas, l’achat est plus abordable que la prolongation des contrats de location, offre une solution à long terme pour les écoles dans ces régions, et le gouvernement en devient propriétaire, ce qui constitue un avantage supplémentaire. » Voici les écoles en question : Scotia Learning Centres continuera d’exploiter les écoles jusqu’à la fin des contrats de location. Le gouvernement provincial et Scotia Learning Centres se sont entendus pour prolonger la date de l’avis concernant l’école Pictou Elementary au 30 juin 2017 afin de permettre au Chignecto-Central Regional School Board d’effectuer un examen de l’école. La province compte 39 écoles en PPP. « Des négociations sont en cours avec les autres promoteurs dans le but d’offrir les meilleures options au gouvernement provincial et aux élèves, et ce, dans l’intérêt supérieur des contribuables et des élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse », affirme Mme Casey. Les dates des avis concernant les écoles appartenant à Nova Learning, Ashford Investments, Scotia Learning et Hardman Group varient de novembre 2016 à août 2018.
Shelburne residents will have a new bicycle lane with support from the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2. Acting Energy Minister Mark Furey announced today, Nov. 2, $50,000 for the Town of Shelburne to develop a bicycle lane along Water Street. “We know that people are more likely to cycle when there is good infrastructure in place,” said Mr. Furey. “This project will help residents of Shelburne access the downtown shops and services, without getting in their cars.” The bicycle lane will connect to historic Dock Street, which is a multi-use street with a low speed limit. “The Town of Shelburne is the fastest growing community in southwestern Nova Scotia,” said Mayor Karen Mattatall. “With the assistance of Connect2, we are improving our cycling infrastructure for residents of all ages.” Connect2 aims to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometres or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province. This year, Connect2 will support about 22 projects across the province. All projects will be completed by the end of March. For more information about Connect2, visit novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation.
Eleanor Beaton of Windsor and Charlotte Murray of Halifax were announced as new members of Invest Nova Scotia’s board of directors today, Jan. 22. Ms. Beaton has spent her career helping professional women and business owners build the confidence, presence and influence needed for success, while Ms. Murray has co-founded, coached and managed various startups. They will both serve four-year terms on the board. “We are pleased to welcome Eleanor and Charlotte to the board, and look forward to working alongside them as we continue to help innovation thrive in our province,” said Kenneth Deveau, chair of Invest Nova Scotia. “Eleanor and Charlotte have made their mark on the business community, here in Nova Scotia and across Canada,” said Business Minister Geoff MacLellan. “Their experience in both leading businesses and helping businesses grow, will help guide Invest Nova Scotia as they continue to fund innovative projects to grow our economy.” Invest Nova Scotia was established in 2014 as an independent decision-making board for granting economic incentives. Projects must spark innovation, be measureable and sustainable, and advance the strategic goals of the ONE Nova Scotia Coalition. For more information on Invest Nova Scotia, visit www.novascotia.ca/business/invest/.
London: An Indian-origin man in the UK has been found guilty of being part of a criminal gang believed to be one of the world’s most prolific smugglers of anabolic steroids. Gurjaipal Dhillon acted as a fixer for the group, arranging dozens of unlicensed shipments of drugs from India into Europe, according to Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) which led the investigation into the gang. The 65-year-old from Southall in west London faces years in jail after he was found guilty of conspiring to import a Class C drug following a six-week trial at the Old Bailey court in London on Wednesday. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’He, alongside Mumbai-based Danish national Jacob Sporon-Fiedler who has earlier pleaded guilty, are due to be sentenced on July 15. “Gurjaipal Dhillon was part of a conspiracy to illegally import huge amounts of anabolic steroids into the UK on an unprecedented scale. His role in that conspiracy was a crucial one, essentially organising the transport for the drugs and enabling them to be shipped to the UK, said Rob Burgess, NCA regional head of investigations. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China”We believe this organised criminal group to be the most prolific of its kind ever uncovered, probably the biggest global players in the illicit anabolic steroid market, he said. National Crime Agency officers believe the group, headed by Jacob Sporon-Fiedler as the CEO of an India-based pharmaceutical firm, have smuggled at least 42 tonnes of illicit anabolic steroids into the UK. The NCA investigation began in 2014, following a seizure of around 300 kilos of the Class C regulated drug by Border Force officers at Heathrow Airport. The load was destined for an address in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Following that, NCA investigators began to piece together the movement of dozens of unlicensed shipments of drugs, many of which were organised by Dhillon. Rob Burgess added: “They had the ability to move tonnes of anabolic steroids into Europe where they would be sold on the black market, pocketing millions of pounds in profit. These drugs were completely unregulated and not subject to the usual stringent checks, therefore they posed potentially major health risks to those who used them. At the heart of the network lay Jacob Sporon-Fiedler, the CEO of the pharmaceutical company manufacturing the product itself. NCA said that while its investigation had identified importations totalling almost 42 tonnes of illegal steroids, it is likely the gang were responsible for far more. Intelligence supplied by the NCA has led to further seizures and criminal investigations by law enforcement partners across Europe. Nick Jariwalla, Director Border Force Heathrow Airport, said: Border Force works hard to keep individuals and communities safe from the illegal importation of illicit drugs like these. By making seizures Border Force not only disrupts the supply chains, but, as was the case here, can also provide the crucial first evidence that helps bring those responsible to justice.” The illegally imported drugs – made by Sporon-Fiedler’s pharmaceutical company in India – were shipped using Dhillon’s contacts. Once in the UK they would be distributed by Nathan Selcon, 44, to be sold to body builders and fitness fanatics on the black market. Selcon has also pleaded guilty to the crime earlier and is due to be sentenced next month.
Kolkata: Nandan Bhattacharya, former managing director of Webel passed away in the wee hours on Sunday.Bhattacharya was a visionary who crafted today’s Sector V popularly known as the IT Hub , the pride of Kolkata. He was instrumental in Bengal’s transition from Electronics to IT. The technocrat till his last days was a social worker and was a pillar of support for the challenged sector of the society. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. The body of Bhattacharya has been kept in Peace World. The last rites will be performed at Nimtala Crematorium around 11 am on Monday.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined an urgent hearing of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) which sought safety and security of doctors, observing that the medicos have already called off their strike in West Bengal and other states. A vacation bench, comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant, said there was no urgency now in the case and it should be listed after the summer break before an appropriate bench. Petitioner Alok Srivastava insisted the matter needed urgent attention, contending that effective measures have not been taken regarding doctors’ safety and security at government hospitals. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The court rebutted, saying: “We are not against doctors’ security but we cannot pass an order on it now.” Srivastava persisted on an urgent hearing on the matter and urged the court to issue a notice. The court however, declined to entertain the matter, stating it cannot pass orders apprehending a situation. “Tomorrow we pass an order nobody should be murdered?… We only pass orders which could be implemented,” it said. The court said it was well aware that security of doctors was paramount, but it cannot pass an order at the cost of others. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize The counsel representing the Indian Medical Association (IMA) contended that doctors’ safety and security is an extremely important issue, and “we seek a central legislation on this matter, although some states have laws”. The court replied: “We need a holistic view on the matter” and listed it for regular hearing. A PIL was filed on June 14 seeking direction for the Centre and the West Bengal government to provide a secure environment for doctors to perform their duties. A junior doctor at NRS Hospital in Kolkata was attacked on June 10 by relatives of a patient who had died in the hospital, allegedly due to medical negligence, triggering protests by doctors in West Bengal. On June 14, several doctors boycotted work across the country as a sign of solidarity with their counterparts in West Bengal. The petition cited media reports of the brutal attack on the junior doctor identified as Paribaha Mukherjee who sustained severe injuries. The petition cited a study by the IMA, stating that more than 75 per cent of doctors across the country have faced some form of violence. This study concluded that 50 per cent violent incidents took place in the Intensive Care Unit of hospitals, and in 70 per cent of the cases, the relatives of the patients were involved. Srivastava said the petition has been filed under Article 32 of the Constitution. He claimed that it was his public duty to move the apex court and seek its urgent intervention to address issues which led to the strike and protests by doctors of various medical colleges and hospitals across India. The petition sought government-appointed uniformed security personnel at every government hospital in India for the safety and security of the doctors. It also demanded strict action against the perpetrators of the attack on the doctor in West Bengal. In the aftermath of the Kolkata incident, junior doctors in several states reportedly boycotted work affecting medical services in various parts of the country. The strike was called off on Monday.
Kolkata: Eight persons, including two customers, were apprehended on Tuesday night from a brothel which used to operate in disguise of a luxurious spa.Out of the three girls who were engaged in the business two are from Thailand. According to sources, on Tuesday evening the anti-human trafficking squad of Kolkata Police got a source information about a sex racket being operated under the banner of a spa identified as The Thai Retreat. Based on the information, police raided the spa located at 56 Sarat Bose Road in Ballygunge area and found two customers in compromising position with two girls. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring the raid, police found two girls from Thailand who were brought as sex workers. It is alleged that a businessman who went to Thailand sometimes before proposed the Thai girls who used to work in a spa to come to Kolkata and work here. As per the contract two Thai girls came to the city in tourist visa and were allegedly engaged as sex workers. Apart from the two customers, the manager, assistant manager and a pimp was were also arrested on Tuesday night. However, police came to know that there are several spa and beauty parlours are running across the city which run sex rackets. Thai girls working as sex workers is a new trend which was completely unknown to the police. After finding out the details, police are checking with the spas in the city in order to put an end to flesh trade.
Al-Qahtaniya (Syria): A car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed five people, including three children, in a Kurdish-held town in northeast Syria on Wednesday, a war monitor said. The explosive-rigged vehicle detonated in Al-Qahtaniya, a town in Hasakeh province, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor. Hoker Arafat, a security official, said the bomb was detonated remotely in front of the town post office. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Three children were killed in the bombing because it was very close to a primary school,” he said. A member of the local security forces was wounded in the attack, he added. State news agency SANA also reported the bombing, saying it killed several people, including children. IS claimed the attack on its Telegram channel. The jihadist group routinely claims attacks in northeast Syria, despite its territorial defeat earlier this year. Such attacks have included arson against wheat fields and deadly car bombs. IS maintains a presence in the country’s vast Badia desert, as well as in areas controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in the country’s northeast and east. The SDF, backed by the war planes of a US-led coalition, announced the end of IS’ self-proclaimed “caliphate” in March in the village of Baghouz, in Syria’s far east.
New Delhi: Real estate major DLF has almost completely leased its commercial project in Gurugram, Haryana comprising 2.5 million sq ft area, and expects to earn a rental of about Rs 375 crore annually, a senior company official said. The 12-acre project ‘Cyber Park’ has been developed by DLF Cyber City Developers Ltd (DCCDL), a joint venture between DLF and GIC, at an estimated cost of about Rs 1,500 crore. It has office space with a small retail area. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We have pre-leased nearly 100 per cent area in this Grade-A commercial project,” DLF group MD (Rental Business) Sriram Khattar said. The company expects to get occupancy certificate for this project soon, he said. DCCDL expects a rental income of Rs 365-375 crore per annum from this project, Khattar said. In an investors presentation, DLF had last month said that the rental income from this project would start from October. Khattar said the demand for quality office space is high across major cities from corporates and co-working companies. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIn 2016, DLF had given a contract to L&T to construct this project, comprising three towers, as per LEED platinum green certification norms. According to market sources, corporates which have taken space in this project include Bank of America, Reckitt Benckiser, Siemens, E&Y, Sterlite, Trilegal, WPP, JLL and WeWork, among others. DCCDL currently earns a rental income of over Rs 2,900 crore from 30 million sq ft of leased commercial properties. With this project becoming operational, the rental income will go up further. In 2017, DLF-GIC JV was formed when the promoters of the realty firm sold their stake in DCCDL to the Singapore sovereign fund GIC.
Toronto: Taika Waititi’s version of Adolf Hitler in satirical comedy Jojo Rabbit is nowhere close to the real-life German dictator, but the actor-director said he felt “annoyed and ridiculous” when he dressed up as the character. The Thor: Ragnarok helmer said he never wanted to portray Hitler in an “authentic” way. “I was not prepared to go that deep. Also, because he’s an imaginary friend, he’s conjured by the mind of a 10-year-old boy, so he is a 10-year-old. The thing that struck me the most is that, as he’s putting on that costume and looking in the mirror and realising how childish and immature a lot of how they built their world was. If you look at the details on the uniforms, there’s lightning bolts on the belt buckles, a skull and crossbones on their hats. So it was like this make-believe type of thing, which is a boy’s fantasy when they were creating all that stuff. (But) It annoyed me a lot catching my reflection in the mirror and seeing myself. I felt so ridiculous,” Waititi said.