Algoma’s New Equinox Bulker Reaches Canada

first_imgCanadian provider of marine transportation services Algoma Central Corporation informed that its first Equinox Class self-unloader, the seaway-max size Algoma Niagara, arrived at the Port of Sept Iles, Quebec, on November 1.The Algoma Niagara is the fifth Equinox Class vessel in Canada and it joined four gearless sister ships in the company’s fleet. The vessel was scheduled to undergo inspections and re-flagging as a Canadian vessel before beginning commercial operations.The 225.6-meter-long bulker loaded its first cargo of iron ore from Port Cartier past weekend and departed for Hamilton shortly thereafter.Delivered in September this year, Algoma Niagara is the first of three Equinox Class self-unloaders currently under construction at the Yangzijiang shipyard in Jiangsu China. The ship is a traditional boom-aft twin belt self-unloader with a deadweight capacity of approximately 39,000 tons at design draught.The Algoma Sault is nearing completion at the Yangzijiang shipyard, and the Algoma Conveyor, which the company acquired at auction from the failed Nantong Mingde shipyard earlier this year, is undergoing refurbishment and final construction. The Algoma Sault is expected to arrive in Canada in time to start the 2018 navigation season and the Algoma Conveyor is expected to be completed and delivered in early 2019, according to the company.The Equinox Class represents the new generation of Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Waterway bulk cargo vessels. The ships have been designed to optimize fuel efficiency and operating performance thus minimizing environmental impact, the company said.Separately, Algoma released its financial results for the third quarter of 2017 which show that the company saw a drop of almost 15 percent in its net earnings. During the quarter, Algoma’s net earnings dropped to CAD 32.8 million (USD 25.7 million) from CAD 38.5 million posted in Q3 2016.The company experienced a 23.5% increase in net earnings from continuing operations for the third quarter over the same period in 2016 – excluding the net gain on the cancellation of the shipbuilding contracts recognized in 2016. Inclusive of this net gain, net earnings from continuing operation were CAD 22.5 million in the third quarter of 2016, against CAD 24.4 million reported in the corresponding period of 2016.Revenues for the period rose to CAD 136.6 million from CAD 118.2 million recorded in Q3 2016.Algoma Central Corporation operates the largest Canadian flag fleet of dry and liquid bulk carriers on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Waterway and also owns ocean self-unloading dry-bulk vessels operating in international markets. The company has begun an expansion into international short-sea markets through its 50% interest in NovaAlgoma Cement Carriers and NovaAlgoma Short-Sea Carriers.last_img read more

I used to be on the police drug squad. Here’s why I’m voting against legalising cannabis

first_imgStuff 7 September 2020Family First Comment: Whoops!! – this messes up another argument for legalisation from Chloe, Helen and the Drug Foundation….“The reality of policing the drug world is that police do not actively target end users of drugs, they target the manufacturers and dealers, those who are the main contributors to the harm. This applies especially in the gang-world driven methamphetamine scene, and for MDMA, where MDMA mimics and synthetics have caused deaths in New Zealand and overseas.. Anyone in prison for possession of cannabis or utensils, will be there for  other more serious charges as well, involving offences such as dealing, manufacture, possession of firearms etc. The commentary that people end up in prison for smoking cannabis is misleading, they do not. It is only the dealers.OPINION: I am a former member of a police drug squad, in one of New Zealand’s major cities. I will be voting against legalising cannabis.I agree that for the end users of drugs, where the use of that drug begins to affect a person’s health or mental wellbeing, medical or other intervention is very important, rather than putting that person before the courts.But the reality of policing the drug world is that police do not actively target end users of drugs, they target the manufacturers and dealers, those who are the main contributors to the harm. This applies especially in the gang-world driven methamphetamine scene, and for MDMA, where MDMA mimics and synthetics have caused deaths in New Zealand and overseas.Methamphetamine is well known to cause massive social harm, and with MDMA and mimics, the main problem and danger there is that the end user never knows what is actually in the drug. They have to trust the drug dealer, and who would trust one of them?As far as cannabis is concerned, again, police do not target end users, and despite the social media commentary, I do not know of any end user of cannabis who has ever been imprisoned for simply smoking a joint. That simply does not happen.Anyone in prison for possession of cannabis or utensils, will be there for  other more serious charges as well, involving offences such as dealing, manufacture, possession of firearms etc. The commentary that people end up in prison for smoking cannabis is misleading, they do not.It is only the dealers.The proposed legal purchase of 14 grams of cannabis per day per day is 10-plus joints. Who smokes that much? I’ve only ever encountered a very few, and they were basically permanently stoned.  It is way too much and a major step from decriminalising the possession of a simple joint.READ MORE: read more

Our politicians have failed Kiwi kids by not restricting access to online porn

first_imgStuff 4 September 2020Family First Comment: “Ignorance of what can actually be seen very easily online is a major barrier to those of us who are calling for change. We are not talking nudity here, nor even sex really. We are talking about the promotion and escalation of violence towards women. Modern pornography has become aggressive, violent and frequently demeaning to women. Forget Playboy, pornography is now a whole different beast.”And the politicians don’t seem to care You tried, Tracey.Back in June, a draft Cabinet paper asking permission for the Minister for Children, Tracey Martin, to pursue investigating internet filters to keep children from accessing pornography was rejected by her coalition colleagues.She wanted to look into a scheme whereby pornographic material is screened out on all wifi connections unless an adult opts out. There will now be no time for anything to be done in this area in this parliamentary term.Minister Martin has been vocal in her determination to make in-roads in this area. She was “very disappointed” by the reaction.I am disappointed too, Tracey.In the online world we have not placed any restriction on the age porn can be viewed, either accidentally or on purpose. Rectifying this would bring porn into line with other products we believe to be harmful to children, such as tobacco and alcohol.An important omission which needs to be corrected? Apparently not.Ignorance of what can actually be seen very easily online is a major barrier to those of us who are calling for change. We are not talking nudity here, nor even sex really. We are talking about the promotion and escalation of violence towards women.Modern pornography has become aggressive, violent and frequently demeaning to women. Forget Playboy, pornography is now a whole different beast.It is difficult to pin down exact statistics about aggression in porn, because in some research, a behaviour is not listed as violent if the female actor responds favourably to it.The problem with that criteria is that female porn actors are paid to react positively to acts which in real life would be painful, distressing and cruel.For young women who watch porn to find out how sex works, which we know they do, this is literally teaching them to smile at their own abuse. It is setting the bar for male behaviour towards women in a sexual encounter so low we might as well get out a shovel and dig it underground.Minister Martin is not the only person worried about the effects viewing this material is having on our young people who are trying to figure out how sexual relationships work.The Commissioner for Children, Andrew Becroft, has voiced trepidation about what is now facing young people online.“To be honest, in the two years I’ve been in this role, pornography is the most significant underlying concern reported to me by youth workers, community workers and church workers engaged with young people.”The Chief Film Censor, David Shanks, has spoken out often about his concerns, for example the promotion of non-consensual behaviour seen in many videos. He is also troubled by the popularity of the “step porn” genre here, whereby sex is depicted between step parents and children, and step siblings.Shanks believed New Zealand had an opportunity, he said, to be an international leader in getting other countries to join together to force online porn sites to do more to make it harder for young people to access porn.Well, we have just blown that opportunity. Unless the Minister somehow retains her portfolio in the post-election restructuring, we have lost momentum on this.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Trinidad health minister defends decision to continue medical practice

first_img Share 13 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharecenter_img HealthLifestyle Trinidad health minister defends decision to continue medical practice by: – July 26, 2011 Sharing is caring! Flag of Trinidad. Photo credit: mapsofworld.comPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Trinidad and Tobago Minister of Health Dr Fuad Khan on Sunday defended his decision to continue his medical practice as a urologist while holding a ministerial portfolio, saying he has not broken any law or compromised his responsibilities.The minister’s statement followed a Guardian newspaper report.In a statement, the minister said he was called to serve in the Cabinet at short notice.“This request came at a time when the health sector was in crisis and it was my belief that given my experience as a medical doctor, my knowledge of the system, my proficiency in management, coupled with my background in mediation, I possessed the requisite skills to make a positive impact on the system, to enforce change to bring about a vastly improved public health care for the benefit of all citizens,” Khan said. “It was on this basis that I accepted the call to serve.”Khan said he informed his patients he would be suspending his medical practice because of his ministerial responsibilities. He also advised his patients to seek other urologists for assistance but was already overwhelmed with requests to conduct surgeries which he had already committed himself to.As a result, Khan said he felt it was appropriate for him to continue to clear the backlog of patients who were already scheduled for surgery under his care.He said he conducted surgeries on Saturdays and saw patients after 4 pm on Tuesdays. Stating neither of these activities compromised his ability to function as Health Minister, Khan said he has been advised by his lawyers he was not in breach of the Integrity in Public Life Act.“One cannot expect me as a medical practitioner to abandon my patients at the stroke of a pen and while some have expressed some ethical concerns in this matter, I can assure the public that my responsibilities as minister have not been compromised in any way,” Khan stated.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Michael, Smith are Summer Nationals IMCA winners at Outlaw

first_imgBy Paul SzmalDUNDEE, N.Y. (July 27-28) – Rich Michael Jr. and Brad Smith were IMCA Modified winners at Outlaw Speedway’s Scorpion Security Products Summer Nationals.Michael made the move past Keith Jack Lamphere on lap eight to take the lead in the Friday Mar­ion Decker Agency Modified show. Lamphere was left to duel with Rodney Morgan, who picked up a ride in Ray McClure’s car after engine troubles had sidelined him after the heat races.Michael was easily able to pull away for his second win in a row as Morgan took the borrowed ride to a second place finish.  Keith Jack Lamphere held off Brandon Smith at the line for third with Keith Lamphere just behind them.Will Ward led until lap 10 on Saturday, when Brad Smith made his way by for the top spot. Smith led the rest of the way to take the win over Ward, Michael, Morgan and Keith Jack Lamphere.last_img read more

Pellegrini: Title hopes fading

first_imgManuel Pellegrini conceded that Manchester City’s title hopes have suffered a serious blow after they were held to a 2-2 draw at home by bottom club Sunderland. Press Association Pellegrini blamed Sunday’s defeat at Liverpool for affecting the players. He said: “Of course the chances are less than before the match. It was very important for us to win the three points, for different reasons we couldn’t but we continue fighting to the end. “I think we couldn’t take out of the mind the game against Liverpool and that was the consequence why the team didn’t play well. “We needed more intensity but our mind maybe was not in the moment to do it. “Maybe at the moment Liverpool and Chelsea have better chances than our team because we are in third position but we still continue fighting until the last game.” Pellegrini insisted however the players would keep going to the very end of the season – and pointed out they had come from six points behind to win the title in 2012. “We have to play five games more so we continue having chances, less chances than before this game, but we continue having chances,” he added. “Remember this team two years ago were six points behind the leaders and they won the title at the end. So it is difficult – but it is not the last game we play today.” Sunderland’s boss Gus Poyet admitted his fellow Uruguayan Luis Suarez would be delighted with the result – and the Black Cats now have to face Chelsea away at the weekend. Poyet said: “We got a point and now I’m sure all the players are believing they can get at least that if they play the same way at Chelsea. “We are playing for ourselves – we are not playing for Liverpool. Maybe we helped them, and I am sure that Luis Suarez is going to be happy tonight because there is one team less.” Poyet did rue City’s late equaliser – agonising for Vito Mannone who got a hand to the ball but saw it squirm over the line. Poyet added: “It’s one more blow. I tell you what, I’m testing my heart this year. Every week. I’m realistic and I’m not going to change now. We played a great game and took something from it. “I thought for a few minutes we were going to get all three points, but we didn’t because of an incredible moment again. “I think everyone was expecting us to collapse and concede five or six, but we didn’t. “We won’t stop or give up because the players know how important it is for the fans and the club to keep going until the end.” Poyet also refused to be drawn on his own future, saying the speculation was just “stupidity”. He added: “There has been so much stupidity in the last two days about Sunderland that it’s getting unbearable really. Apparently nobody talks about Sunderland apart from when we play against the top teams. “Then everybody uses this time to talk stupidity and try to imagine things.” It could have been even worse for City who needed a late equaliser by Samir Nasri to avoid defeat, but Liverpool are now six points ahead having only played a single game more while Chelsea are four points in front. Sunderland’s survival chances remain slim but Connor Wickham’s double – his first league goals for Sunderland since October 2011 – after Fernandinho had given City an early lead keeps their hopes alive. last_img read more

Republic boss Martin O’Neill keen to avoid injuries ahead of Euro 2016 play-off

first_img Sunday’s draw pitched the Irish against the third-placed side from Group B, from which Belgium and Wales qualified directly. The Republic have met Bosnia just once before, with the Irish winning 1-0 courtesy of a Shane Long header in May 2012 under previous manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Long is currently sidelined with an ankle injury but with almost a month before the two-legged play-off, which will see the Republic play away first on Friday, November 13 with the return leg at the Aviva Stadium on Monday, November 16, O’Neill knows there is the potential for more setbacks. “I spoke to Shane a few days ago and he is optimistic,” he told Sky Sports News. “Like anything else, sometimes with these particular injuries you are going well for a little while, and then you have three or four or five days where the injury doesn’t seem to be healing up as quickly as you would imagine, so we’ll play it by ear. “We’ve got obviously a few problems to negotiate, we’ve got a couple of suspensions (Jon Walters and John O’Shea) and who knows what might happen in the next couple of weeks with players playing at club level. “Injuries are always a possibility but whatever we have when the time comes we will go for it. We will give it absolutely everything we’ve got in a bid to get to France.” Ireland were not seeded for the draw but avoided the likes of Sweden and Denmark, who will face each other in a Scandinavian derby. And O’Neill believes they can take encouragement from the four points they earned from two matches against world champions Germany in their two qualifying group games. “Those were terrific results for us,” he said. Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is hopeful his side will not be hamstrung by injuries for next month’s Euro 2016 play-off against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Press Association “The late equaliser out in Germany was fantastic considering they were just back a couple of months from winning the World Cup. “But to follow it up in Dublin with a magnificent win has to give you great confidence and from that, because it’s so recent, we should take that confidence into these two games. “There was talk here that there wasn’t a great deal of difference between the seeded and non-seeded sides, but I think that if you asked any of us coaches who were unseeded, I think we would prefer to have been seeded. “If there’s any slight advantage to be had maybe it’s the second game being played in Dublin. “That said, I think that we would need to perform out in Bosnia to make sure that second game means something and that will not be easy.” The other two play-off matches see Ukraine play Slovenia and Norway tackle Hungary. last_img read more

Pakistan level series after crushing England by 10 wickets

first_img(REUTERS)Leg-spinner Yasir Shah took five wickets to help Pakistan crush England by 10 wickets in the final Test at The Oval on yesterday and level a fluctuating series 2-2.The touring side bowled England out for 253 in their second innings, Shah completing figures of 5-71, before Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam eased them to a simple target of 40 in 13.1 overs to complete an emphatic win.“It was special, keeping in mind it was Independence Day, it was something special to draw the series here after being 2-1 down, losing the second Test badly and losing the third,” Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq told the BBC.“But the way the team fought back, I’m a really happy captain.”England had resumed on 88 for four and Gary Ballance soon fell for 17 but Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali shared a sixth-wicket partnership of 65 to give the hosts hoping of saving the match.Shortly before lunch, however, Shah deceived Moeen with a quicker delivery and the left-hander, on 32, nicked another catch to a gleeful Sarfraz.Chris Woakes was run out following a mix-up with Bairstow, who drove the next delivery from Wahab Riaz straight to extra cover, his departure for 81 ending any realistic chance of England saving the match.Stuart Broad reverse swept Shah straight to Younus Khan at slip and after Steven Finn and James Anderson shared a defiant last-wicket partnership of 32, Anderson was trapped lbw by part-time off-spinner Iftikhar Ahmed for 17.Azhar smashed Moeen for a huge six to take Pakistan to 42-0 and clinch victory, punching the air in delight before leaving the field with Aslam to warm applause from the sun-baked crowd.“You expect to win your home series, but Pakistan showed their class – we knew Younus was going to get us eventually as you don’t average 50 in more than 100 tests if you’re not a class player,” England captain Alastair Cook said, referring to the innings of 218 by Younus Khan which set up Pakistan’s victory.Pakistan won the first Test at Lord’s and England were victorious in Manchester and Birmingham.ENGLAND 1st innings 328 (M. Ali 108, J. Bairstow 55; S. Khan 5-68)Pakistan 1st innings 542 (Y. Khan 218, A. Shafiq 109)England 2nd innings (Overnight: 88-4)A. Cook c I. Ahmed b Riaz 7A. Hales lbw b Shah 12J. Root lbw b Shah 39J. Vince c Misbah-ul-Haq b Shah 0G. Ballance c S. Ahmed b So. Khan 17J. Bairstow c Az. Ali b Riaz 81M. Ali c S. Ahmed b Shah 32C. Woakes run out (, Riaz) 4S. Broad c Y. Khan b Shah 5S. Finn not out 16J. Anderson lbw b I. Ahmed 17Extras (b-8 lb-10 nb-5) 23Total (all out, 79.2 overs) 253Fall of wickets: 1-14 A. Cook,2-49 A. Hales,3-55 J. Vince,4-74 J. Root,5-128 G. Ballance,6-193 M. Ali,7-209 C. Woakes,8-209 J. Bairstow,9-221 S. Broad,10-253 J. AndersonBowling: M. Amir 21.4 – 7 – 65 – 0,So. Khan 15 – 2 – 50 – 1,W. Riaz 11.2 – 1 – 48 – 2(nb-5),Y. Shah 29 – 4 – 71 – 5, I. Ahmed 2.2 – 1 – 1 – 1.PAKISTAN 2nd innings (Target: 40 runs)S. Aslam not out 12Az. Ali not out 30Extras 0Total (for no loss, 13.1 overs) 42Fall of wickets:Did not bat: I. Ahmed, Y. Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, A. Shafiq, S. Ahmed, M. Amir, W. Riaz, Y. Shah, S. KhanBowling: C. Woakes 4 – 0 – 11 – 0, S. Finn 0.2 – 0 – 0 – 0,M. Ali 5.5 – 0 – 30 – 0,J. Root 3 – 2 – 1 – 0.last_img read more

Men’s basketball: Badgers look to continue hot streak versus Northwestern

first_imgWisconsin (13-16, 6-10 Big Ten) will visit Northwestern (15-14, 6-10 Big Ten) Thursday as the Badgers finish up their season series versus the Wildcats.The first game didn’t go well for the Badgers — the three-ball didn’t drop and they were unable to stop forward Dererk Pardon, who went a perfect eight for eight in the matchup facing star forward Ethan Happ.But this Badger team was playing at a much higher level than the one Northwestern faced earlier. Brevin Pritzl, who went zero for nine from deep in the teams’ first matchup, was shooting 59 percent on threes since Feb. 1 when the two teams met up.Men’s basketball: Wisconsin takes care of business in overtime thriller versus MinnesotaThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (13-16, 6-10 Big Ten) finished off the University of Minnesota (14-15, 3-13 Big Read…Wisconsin forced seven turnovers against senior point guard Bryant McIntosh, an event unlikely to happen again in this contest.McIntosh has been the Wildcats’ most efficient facilitator since their Cinderella tournament run last year. He led the team with 5.2 assists to just 2.4 turnovers.For the Badgers, who have already clinched a first-round bye in the Big Ten tournament, there are no statistical incentives to win the game. But defeating Northwestern would provide keen insight into how the team will fare in the upcoming conference tournament.Winter Olympics: Joint Korean team creates major questions on international stageThe 2018 Winter Olympics theme has got to be an underlying current of precariousness. I’m not only referring to the Read…This season has had its ups and downs, to say the least.  After losing starting point guard D’Mitrik Trice to injury, there was a strong sense of hopelessness in Madison.  At its worst, the Badgers went through a five-game skid where the team often found itself down by double digits within the first few minutes of play.With the current two-game win streak, the future is beginning to look bright for the Badgers. The new starting point guard Brad Davison showed he possessed the abilities of both an off-ball shooter and a facilitator.While Davison struggled at first with turnovers — totaling 45 alongside 45 assists in his first 14 games as point guard — he averaged an incredible one turnover to 2.3 assists over the past six games.Frank Kaminsky returns to Kohl Center for “Frank Kaminsky Night”After Thursday night’s ceremony, Frank Kaminsky’s No. 44 joins Ab Nichols No. 8 — the only numbers immortalized in the Kohl Center Read…While Trice’s return this season seems dubious, this is an encouraging sign for Wisconsin Coach Greg Gard in how he will form lineups when the starting point guard returns.Tipoff will start 6 p.m. from Evanston with live coverage available on ESPN 2.last_img read more

Jerome Champagne to challenge Blatter at FIFA presidential election

first_imgLong-time FIFA incumbent Sepp Blatter will have at least one rival for next year’s presidential election as former senior FIFA executive Jerome Champagne confirmed on Monday he would contest it.The 56-year-old Frenchman, who worked closely with Blatter between 2002 and 2005 when he was deputy secretary-general, said on Twitter he had sent a letter to FIFA headquarters in Switzerland that he would be a candidate confirming his initial declaration in London back in January.Champagne had said at the time of the original declaration that he did not think he could beat 77-year-old Blatter, who has been in charge since 1998, if he ran but he had a chance if UEFA chief Michel Platini was a candidate.Since then, though, Blatter has declared himself as a candidate despite stating beforehand he would not stand again and Platini pulled back from the brink even though he declared in Brazil prior to the World Cup finals in June that he could no longer support Blatter.Champagne, a former diplomat who worked on France’s successful bid for the right to host the 1998 World Cup before joining FIFA as an international advisor, said he was delighted that a debate had begun about the future of FIFA and football and thought more candidates would throw their hat into the ring.”I have the honor of informing you that I have just written to the FIFA Ad-hoc Electoral Committee and its president, Mr. Domenico Scala, to confirm my intention to run for FIFA president,” said Champagne in a letter to football federations posted on his website. “This confirmation has of course been made in accordance with the current FIFA regulations and in line with the announcement of my candidature of 20 January 2014 in London, in the same location where The Football Association was founded in 1863, the first of the 209 FIFA member associations.”On a personal level, I am happy that the debate about the future of FIFA and football has finally begun with the prospect of various candidates.”First and foremost, debating about issues is a normal process in an institution based on democratic principles.”Then, this debate is particularly indispensable for football. We have to take clear and informed decisions on whether we want to continue with the current economic polarization, and the sporting imbalances it brings in its wake, or be willing to rebalance the game in our globalised twenty-first century.”Champagne, who is funding his own campaign, helped to organise Blatter’s victorious election campaign in 2002 and later worked as FIFA’s director of international relations before leaving the organisation in 2010. He has since worked as an independent football consultant, helping Kosovo to gain recognition from FIFA and working on a potential rapprochement between Israel and Palestine.The election itself takes place next May at the FIFA Congress.last_img read more