zoom P&O Ferries has handled the highest volume of freight in five years on its Larne-Cairnryan service in 2016.The ferry and logistics company, which operates the shortest and most frequent crossings between Northern Ireland and mainland Britain, handled 206,700 freight units on the route during the last 12 months. This figure represents a 7.5 per cent increase on the previous year (192,200 units).In a further indicator of the reliability of P&O Ferries’ service, 2016 was the first ever year in which none of the 4,774 sailings scheduled from the port of Larne was cancelled, with 97 per cent of departures within ten minutes of their published time.P&O Ferries operates seven sailings a day between Larne and Cairnryan in Scotland. The regular daily service provides a bridge for goods being transported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and Britain, and also on to the continent via its connecting services from Dover, Tilbury, Hull and Teesport.P&O Ferries is a pan-European ferry and logistics company, sailing on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium.It operates 20 vessels which carry more than 10 million passengers, 1.6 million cars and 2.2 million freight units every year.
zoom Athens-based dry bulk shipowner Diana Shipping has entered into time charter contracts for three of its vessels, the New York, the Norfolk and the Nirefs.The company’s 2010-built Capesize dry bulk vessel New York started working for Singapore’s Koch Shipping on April 23, 2017.Employed under a gross charter rate of USD 14,450 per day, the 177,773 dwt vessel was hired for a period of six months up to December 29, 2017.The second contract was signed with Singapore-based Trafigura Maritime Logistics for the 164,218 dwt Capesize Norfolk. Under the deal, which commenced on April 26, 2017, Trafigura is hired the 2002-built ship for a gross charter rate of USD 12,000 per day, for a period of six to eight months.Diana Shipping also signed a time charter contract with Jaldhi Overseas, Singapore, for its Panamax dry bulk vessel Nirefs.Under the gross charter rate of USD 9,400 per day, the 75,311 dwt Panamax will start working on May 4, 2017. The ship was hired for a period of thirteen to a maximum os sixteen months.Diana Shipping said that the employments of the three vessels are expected to generate some USD 8.03 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charters.
zoom Japan-based Eco Marine Power (EMP) has started preparing for sea trials of its Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) solution involving several large bulk carriers.Being undertaken in co-operation with strategic partners and compatriot ship owner Hisafuku Kisen K.K., the preparatory work will lead to the world’s first installation of an integrated rigid sail and solar power system for ships using EMP’s patented technologies including the EnergySail.Currently underway is a feasibility study involving several large bulk carriers including the Belgrano, Nord Gemini and Bulk Chile. For each ship an estimate of the propulsive power that could be provided by an EnergySail array will be prepared according to the routes they operate on. In addition the total amount of solar power that could be installed on each vessel will be determined.“This is a major step forward towards a more sustainable future for shipping and is expected to result in the wider deployment of EMP’s solutions on ships ranging from coastal cargo vessels to bulk ore carriers and cruise ships,” EMP said.After the feasibility study is completed one ship will be selected for the sea trials phase. During this phase a trial configuration that will incorporate all the elements of Aquarius MRE will be installed and evaluated during a period of around 12 to 18 months.World first deployment of patented rigid sail and solar power system is set to commence during 2018.
Maersk Targets USD 600 Mn in Synergies by 2019
Danish shipping and energy conglomerate Maersk Group has set sights on achieving internal synergies of USD 600 million by the end of 2019, the company revealed on the occasion of its Capital Markets Day.Maersk reaped USD 100 million from synergies achieved in 2017 driven by, inter alia, 11 percent volume growth from Maersk Line in APM Terminals.The objective is being made as the group transforms from a conglomerate to an integrated logistics company focused on container shipping, ports and logistics.One of the key priorities to continue driving the synergies would be further bolstering of volume from Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd in APM Terminals, especially as Hamburg Süd moves its volume from third-party terminals to APMT.The German liner’s integration into the group is anticipated to contribute to synergies worth up to USD 400 million by 2019, according to Maersk.In 2017, Maersk Line’s volume increase in APM Terminals stood at 33.7 percent.Aside from winning more volume and Capex discipline, Maersk has also decided to raise cash from its underperforming terminals.These will, in particular, relate to the selling of minority shares in high-value terminals which provide an opportunity for the company to optimize its portfolio of 74 terminals worldwide.Furthermore, there will be no new greenfield terminal project investments as considerable financing is required to complete the construction of the existing five terminals under implementation.These include projects in Moin in Costa Rica, Tema in Ghana, and TM2 in Tangier which are set for opening in 2019 as well as Vedo in Italy and Abidjan in Ivory Coast which are to set to start operations in 2020.Future initiativesDespite the major impact of the cyber attack from last year, Maersk continues to believe in digitalization and benefits it will bring to its business. These include improved customer experience, cost and productivity gains as well as data monetization. Nevertheless, considerable investments are being assigned to cyber security.To that end, Maersk has teamed up with IBM to establish a joint venture aimed at offering a global trade digitization platform by using blockchain technology.Moving forward the group wants to retain its investment grade status as it moves to complete separation of its energy business, the proceeds of which are set to be distributed to shareholders.Finally, as of the first quarter of 2018, Maersk plans to report one profit and loss statement and EBITDA guidance as its energy business is reclassified.Hence, the disclosure from the Q1 2018 will include the following segments:Ocean: Maersk Line ocean revenue, Hamburg Süd ocean revenue, APMT transshipment hubsTerminals and Tugs: APMT, SvitzerLogistics and Services: Damco, trade finance, inland haulage and other logistics servicesManufacturing and others: Maersk Container Industry, othersIn its guidance for 2018, Maersk expects its EBITDA to range between USD 4-5 bn and its underlying result to be above last year standing at USD 365 million.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Maersk
Fewer Nova Scotians are smoking, yet more than half of us say weare overweight. Nearly all Nova Scotians have a family doctor,and more than 80 per cent are satisfied with the way health-careservices are provided. These are some of Nova Scotians’ views of their own health andtheir health-care system released today, Nov. 30, in a reportentitled A Measure of our Health and Health System. The report is part of a federal/provincial/territorial initiativethat takes a co-ordinated approach to reporting healthinformation. “Working with other governments across Canada to identify healthindicators makes good sense,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister ofHealth. “This collaborative approach allows us the opportunity tolearn from each other and to help us better manage our healthsystem.” Nova Scotia is joining other provinces and territories inreleasing its report today. All reports will provide informationon common health indicators collected by Health Canada, and theCanadian Institute of Health Information. The Nova Scotia data suggests that while we still face challengesin our health and health care system, we are making progress. In 2003: 95 per cent of Nova Scotians aged 15 and over reported having a family doctor; 14 per cent to 26 per cent of Nova Scotians reported having difficulty accessing health information, health services or care at any time of the day; more than 80 per cent of Nova Scotians were satisfied with the way health-care services were provided; only 58 per cent of Nova Scotians aged 12 and over rated their health as very good or excellent; almost 10 per cent fewer Nova Scotians aged 12 and over reported being smokers than in 1994-95; more than half of Nova Scotians aged 18 and over (54 per cent) reported being overweight or obese; almost five per cent more Nova Scotians reported being moderately active to active than in 2001. This is the second report stemming from an agreement made bypremiers and the prime minister in 2000 to report on standardizedhealth indicators.”We believe that health decisions must be based on goodevidence,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “That is why we are sharing thisinformation with the public and our health partners. Nova Scotiais also investing in information management and informationtechnology initiatives so we can deliver better health care toNova Scotians.” For more health information, and the technical specifications ofthis federal/provincial/territorial project will be available onWednesday, Dec. 1, on the website at http://www.cihi.ca/comparable-indicators . Copies of Nova Scotia’s A Measure of Our Health andHealth System Report will be distributed to the district healthauthorities and the IWK Health Centre. The report is alsoavailable online by clicking the reports link athttp://www.gov.ns.ca/health or by contacting the Department of Health at902-424-8291.
Clarke Responsible For Year of the Veteran
Premier John Hamm announced today, March 6, the appointment ofCecil Clarke as Minister responsible for the Year of the Veteranin Nova Scotia. “Mr. Clarke has a personal interest in paying tribute to the menand women who surrendered their own safety to ensure the safetyof others,” said Premier Hamm. “Like many Nova Scotians, his lategrandfather was a veteran who served in the Netherlands with theCape Breton Highlanders during the Second World War. Mr. Clarkeis aware of the challenges faced by our veterans and the value ofeducating our children on a past that should not be forgotten.” Mr. Clarke is an active supporter of community developmentinitiatives and has a keen interest in veterans affairs. Thisappointment will be an opportunity for Mr. Clarke to engage NovaScotians in a year of remembrance. “It is important that we take this opportunity to salute ourveterans and to remind ourselves of their sacrifices in serviceto our country,” said Mr. Clarke. “Throughout the year, NovaScotians will celebrate, commemorate, honour and realize thesignificance of remembrance. I am honoured by this appointment.” Recently, Mr. Clarke met with Albina Guarnieri, federal Ministerof Veterans Affairs. Ms. Guarnieri expressed interest in meetinglocal veterans and will visit the province in the near future. Nova Scotia is developing a program of activities focussed on theYear of the Veteran and Mr. Clarke will work the Nova Scotiastanding committee on veterans affairs to encourage Nova Scotiansto make the act of remembrance more than a one-day event. The government of Canada declared 2005 the Year of the Veteran tocommemorate the contributions and sacrifices of Canada’sveterans. This year is the 60th anniversary of the end of theSecond World War.
Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0866 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Flooding and Bridge Closures The following roads in Lunenburg County are closed due to flooding and will remain closed until further notice: Crousetown Road — from the Conquerall intersection to Dagley Road Dagley Road — from the Crousetown intersection to Italy Cross Dauphinee Road is closed at the bridge. Haines Road Kingsburg Road — from end of pavement to Hells Point Road Mines Road — from the Mines Road 2 intersection to the intersection of Lapland Road Old Italy Cross — from the intersection of Italy Cross to the intersection of Somerset Road Petite Riviere — Route 331 in Petite Riviere to Tannery Road Shingle Mill Road — no access to campground Veinot Road is closed at Risser Bridge Wentzell Road — from the intersection at Mount Pleasant to the intersection at Petite Riviere These roads are closed to local traffic only. No detours are required. Jersey barriers are in place; solar light units and advance warning signs are in place, where warranted. The following bridges in Lunenburg County are closed due to flooding and will remain closed until further notice: Veinot Bridge on Veinot Road, Wentzell Bridge on Wentzell Road and Petite Riviere Bridge on Petite Riviere Road will remain closed until water levels drop and a more detailed assessment can be made on the condition of each bridge. -30-
National Wildlife Week Art Contest
Elementary school students across Nova Scotia will mark National Wildlife Week, April 9-15, with an art contest. “We’re encouraging our younger students to explore the wonders of their local watersheds,” said Natural Resources Minister Brooke Taylor. “I know there’s great creativity out there, and I look forward to seeing how they interpret the beauty and importance of our wetlands.” Students are invited to create artwork that expresses why they think wetlands are important. Prizes will be awarded in two categories: Grade Primary to 3, and Grade 4 to 6. Every teacher whose class takes part in the contest will receive a wetland information package full of helpful educational resources. The deadline is April 30. First place winners in each category will have their artwork mounted and unveiled at the opening of the Ducks Unlimited Greenwing Legacy Interpretive Centre at the Provincial Wildlife Park in Shubenacadie later this spring. They will also receive an invitation to the opening, a family daypass to the wildlife park and a wetland prize package. Two honourable mentions in each category will receive a family daypass and a wetland prize package. Contest rules have been sent to elementary schools throughout Nova Scotia. The contest is sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources and Ducks Unlimited Canada.
Since becoming Minister of Justice 18 months ago, many Nova Scotians have talked to me about the problem of youth crime. These are troubling situations, and rightly spark debate and discussion on how best to address youth-crime issues and ensure public safety. What we do know is that we need longer-term solutions to address the root causes of crime, and strong enforcement measures to protect citizens. Through the Minister’s Task Force on Safer Streets and Communities, Nova Scotians told us they need additional support and services to prevent and address crime in their neighbourhoods. That’s why we’re acting on the task force conclusions by bringing forward a provincial crime prevention and reduction strategy this fall. Our province has also invested in more enforcement, adding 250 new police officer positions over four years, including an initial allocation of 36 officers for Halifax Regional Municipality. We’ve also introduced a program to electronically supervise offenders in the community, and will be expanding it to include young offenders. There is no doubt that the introduction of the Youth Criminal Justice Act has resulted in more young people being released into the community, either as part of their sentence or while they wait for trial. While the act is working for the majority of young people in conflict with the law, we know it does not address the small number of out-of-control youth who are a danger to themselves and others. These youth need to be taken off the streets and away from negative influences to disrupt their pattern of behaviour. The Youth Criminal Justice Act is letting these youth down and failing to protect Nova Scotians. For the last three years, we have called on the federal government to make changes to the act, and the need for improvements was echoed by Commissioner Merlin Nunn in his report on the McEvoy inquiry. As a province, we have accepted and are implementing all of his recommendations, including developing a provincial youth strategy, and creating new youth-attendance-centre and bail-supervision programs in Halifax. At the same time, we continue to call on the federal government to follow Commissioner Nunn’s recommendations, and listen to Nova Scotians and other Canadians calling for changes to the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Changes that better protect the public and serve young people. I appreciate the leadership shown by the federal government in introducing new federal legislation to strengthen penalties under the Criminal Code, changes that will allow the courts and law enforcement to better deal with crime in our country. I encourage all Nova Scotians to call on their member of Parliament to support any legislation that will improve the safety of our communities. At the same time, we need action on the Youth Criminal Justice Act. We are fortunate in Nova Scotia to have some of the brightest, kindest and hardest-working young people anywhere. We need changes to the Youth Criminal Justice Act to ensure the very small number of youth who are a danger to themselves or others are dealt with appropriately and effectively. -30-
À la suite des pannes d’électricité causées par l’ouragan Earl, de nombreuses personnes ont des questions au sujet de la salubrité des aliments que contiennent les réfrigérateurs et les congélateurs. Voici des conseils généraux du ministère de l’Agriculture au sujet de la sécurité alimentaire : Tout aliment périssable qui reste à la température de la pièce pendant plus de deux heures doit être jeté. Tout aliment dans un congélateur plein est bon pendant un délai d’environ deux jours après une panne d’électricité. Tout aliment dans un congélateur à moitié plein est bon pendant un délai d’une journée après une panne d’électricité. Les détaillants alimentaires sont avisés de conserver les aliments à une température de moins de 4 C (40 F). Tout aliment périssable conservé à une température supérieure pendant plus de deux heures doit être jeté immédiatement. Les représentants du ministère de l’Agriculture soulignent que les aliments qui causent le plus souvent des maladies d’origine alimentaire incluent : la viande crue ou cuite, la volaille, les fruits de mer et les viandes froides; les casseroles, les ragoûts ou les soupes; le lait ou le fromage à pâte molle; la mayonnaise ou les vinaigrettes maison; les pâtes, les pommes de terre ou le riz cuits; les salades faites avec les aliments ci-dessus. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur la sécurité alimentaire, consultez les fiches de renseignements intitulées « La sécurité alimentaire après une panne d’électricité » et « La conservation des aliments lors d’une panne d’électricité » à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/agri/statspubs/frenchlang.shtml ou composez le 902-424-1173. Le ministère de l’Environnement signale que les services d’eau des municipalités continuent de fournir un approvisionnement en eau potable. Pour les gens qui ont leur propre puits, si le puits est endommagé d’une façon quelconque ou si vous doutez de la qualité de l’eau, il est recommandé de faire bouillir l’eau pendant au moins une minute avant de la consommer et de faire vérifier l’eau du puits dès que possible. -30-
Families now have a single point of access to more than 3,000 government, community and social programs provincewide, thanks to government investment in the new 211 information and referral system. The 211 service is live today, Feb. 11. “There are Nova Scotians who are looking for information on resources to help them care for their children, their aging parents and themselves. 211 can help them find the right government service or community program when they need it,” said Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell, on behalf of Premier Darrell Dexter. “Through 211, government is keeping its commitment to make life better for families.” Cape Breton Nova MLA Gordie Gosse will attend an event celebrating the 211 service in Cape Breton on Tuesday, Feb. 12, and will speak about the benefits the program will have for people in rural areas. In 2011, government committed $585,000 for start-up funding, which will gradually increase over the next five years to $945,000. 211 differs from other similar numbers in that it connects Nova Scotians to non-emergency government, community, and social programs and services. “With the launch of 211, we’ve reached a major milestone on the path to connecting Nova Scotians with the community and social services they need, as soon as they need them,” said Chuck Hartlen, chair of the 211 Nova Scotia board and senior vice-president, customer experience, Bell Aliant. “Whether it’s through 211’s highly trained information specialists or the website, the service offers access to the most thorough database of community and socials services in Nova Scotia. “It’s a great, collaborative system that will save valuable time for the organizations involved, and, most importantly, for Nova Scotians who call in looking for help.” While the 211 service is confidential, it will serve a valuable role in gathering data and helping government and community planners identify any gaps in services. “I’ve looked forward to this moment from the day I arrived at United Way,” said Catherine Woodman, president and CEO of United Way Halifax Region. “Since 2002, we’ve been advocating for a 211 service. We brought together people and organizations from across the province to help make 211 a reality. “From now on, Nova Scotians don’t have to struggle through a complex network of services and service providers to find the help that is available. Help is literally now at our fingertips.” 211 is available in English, French and a variety of other languages, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Nova Scotians can access 211 by phone, e-mail at email@example.com, or online at ns.211.ca .
Traffic Advisory Ferry Service update
PROVINCIAL FERRY SERVICE: The Tancook Island, LeHave, Grand Passage, Petit Passage and Little Narrows ferries are all in service. The Englishtown and Country Harbour ferries are out of service until further notice due to ice in channel. Please monitor 511 for the latest ferry service status. -30-
The province and Halifax Regional Municipality announced today, June 24, the appointment of the first board of directors of the Halifax Convention Centre Corp. “This board brings the right mix of skills, expertise and business background to ensure the organization’s success now and into the future,” said Business Minister Mark Furey. “They will play a key role in ensuring the Halifax Convention Centre creates a positive impact for Nova Scotia well beyond its opening.” The board includes a mix of Nova Scotia business and community leaders who will provide strategic guidance to the organization. “It was a very hard choice between extremely well-qualified candidates,” said Mayor Mike Savage. “The result is a board that will serve the Halifax Convention Centre and the broader community with experience and professionalism.” The provincial appointees are: Louise-Anne Comeau, co-founder and managing director of CM Advisory, a business consultancy company Jeff Forbes, president and managing partner of Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette and a member of the Trade Centre Ltd. board of directors Greg Keefe, former chief financial officer for Halifax Regional Municipality and has held deputy minister roles with the province Nancy MacCready-Williams, chief executive officer of Doctors Nova Scotia The Halifax Convention Centre Act, which came into effect on April 1, requires the two levels of government to jointly appoint the board of directors. The 10-member board consists of eight appointed members in addition to the deputy minister of the Department of Business and the chief administrative officer of Halifax Regional Municipality. The board’s primary role is to oversee the strategic direction of the organization and ensure it carries out its mandate effectively. The legislation also requires reporting to the provincial and municipal governments, including annual audited financial statements, a report on the effectiveness and competitiveness of the centre’s operations, and a five-year strategic plan. The municipal appointees are: Wayne Crawley, senior advisor for a number of private companies and current vice-chair for Trade Centre Ltd. board of directors James MacNeil, managing partner of the law firm BOYNECLARKE LLP Barbara Manning, past president and CEO of Genieknows , a digital advertising service provider Justin McDonough, partner and certified financial planner with Matthews McDonough Financial Planning and the current chair for Trade Centre Ltd. board of directors
At the Nova Scotia Sea School in Lunenburg, teens are not just learning to sail – they are starting to soar. Every year, youth between 12 and 19 years old with mental illness, addictions and cognitive disorders take part in Sea School youth sailing and wilderness programs. The program is available for all young people, regardless of experience or personal background. Young Nova Scotians who are at risk of developing mental illness, or who have a diagnosed mental illness, take part alongside other participants. They are guided by instructors, and peer leaders like Rebecca Campbell. “In our day-to-day lives, there are struggles. Having to experience those moments with people you don’t know, who you might not normally ask for help, builds your confidence,” said Ms. Campbell, 17, who went on her first Sea School trip two years ago. “You’ll say out loud that you can’t do something, and you’ll believe it. But then you do it. And it feels great. It really pushes you to redefine your own limits.” Today, July 20, the province announced a $20,000 community mental health grant to support those participants. It is one of a series of community mental health and addictions grants to be awarded over the coming months. “Programs like this help young people learn coping skills and resiliency, and build their confidence,” said Lunenburg MLA Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “By learning new skills, they’ll understand they are capable of so much more than they might have thought before – both on and off the water.” The Nova Scotia Sea School has been running youth programs for 22 years, since it was founded in 1994. Every year, it provides over 130 multi-day trips for youth, and reaches over 500 young people in workshops and day programs. “Our students sail, build boats, learn to navigate on land and on water, and develop wilderness survival skills,” said Heather Kelday, executive director of the school. “While they’re doing all that, they’re meeting others, some of whom may be living with mental illness, addictions and cognitive disorders, among other risk factors. “By working together and mastering new skills, they develop a sense of belonging and positive coping strategies they can apply to their daily lives.” In total, the province will award more than $600,000 worth of community mental health and addictions grants this year.
March is Fraud Prevention Month and the Nova Scotia Securities Commission is reminding investors to do their due diligence when investing, especially in cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings. Recently attention was given to the rise and fall in the value of Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings grabbing the moniker as the next big thing in investing. There are legitimate investments in cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings, but their sudden rise in popularity has also made them a breeding ground for scam artists and fraudsters. “Whenever a new investment gains media exposure you can be sure fraudsters and scam artists are not far behind,” said Heidi Schedler, senior enforcement counsel with the commission. “We have seen this with cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings, Bitcoin as well as binary options, gold options and Forex. Investors should exercise extreme caution with these fad type of offers.” Despite their rise in popularity and increased coverage in the media, people’s knowledge around cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings remain low. Fraudsters typically target people with this lack of knowledge, using it against them to push illegitimate or fraudulent investments. “The popularity and tremendously volatile valuation of Bitcoin also helps scam artists,” said Ms. Schedler. “People see these huge valuations of Bitcoin on the news in the thousands of dollars and fear that they might be missing out on an investment opportunity. Scam artists are ready and willing to take advantage of that fear with schemes that can cause an investor to lose a lot of money.” To help investors avoid investment frauds and schemes the commission has developed a new Investment Fraud Protection Checklist. This checklist includes information an investor should check before purchasing any investment. This checklist is available on the commission’s website, nssc.novascotia.ca, and is part of the Fraud Prevention Month campaign that also includes a look at famous fraudsters and how the swindled their victims, blog posts on market misconduct, and a social media series of fraud tips. “Our website is a great source for investors looking for information on identifying and avoiding investment fraud, as well as novice investors looking for basic information on investments and the markets,” says David Harrison, investor education and communications officer with the commission. “We recommend any investor in Nova Scotia to visit our website to learn more, and we also encourage them to reach out to us with any questions they might have.” The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating the investment industry in the province.
Vanquished Oz Oppn shifts Left with new leader
Sydney: Australia’s opposition is set to anoint Anthony Albanese as its new leader, hoping to win back the working class after a shock election defeat to the conservative government. The Australian Labor Party unexpectedly lost to incumbent leader Scott Morrison on May 18, despite leading in the polls running up to the election. Albanese, from Labor’s left faction, replaced Bill Shorten when the former union chief stepped down hours after losing the vote. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’The 56-year-old will be officially confirmed by the Labor caucus on Thursday after the uncontested leadership ballot. Albanese vowed to create a “larger, more inclusive party” amid soul-searching within the ranks over the defeat. “I understand that it is a big mountain that we have to climb,” Albanese told reporters in Sydney, where he holds his lower house seat, on Monday. “I want to build relationships between the Labor Party and those people who voted for us, but also those people who wanted to vote for us, who were open to vote for us, but who felt like they couldn’t.” Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaLabor’s large and progressive policy reform agenda, which it campaigned heavily on, as well as Shorten’s unpopularity with voters, have been blamed for the election upset. Morrison successfully cast Labor’s proposals, including tackling climate change, as too risky and damaging to household finances at a time when the national economy is slowing down. The Labor party performed particularly poorly in Queensland state, where Shorten was perceived to be lukewarm about a potential large India-backed mine that promises to create thousands of jobs. But Albanese argued it was possible to grow the economy, and create jobs while still pursuing a progressive agenda. “The economy must work for people, not the other way around. I view unions and business as having common interests,” he said. “But… we can’t judge the economy separate from the people it’s meant to serve. I believe in an inclusive society, one that looks after the most vulnerable.” Albanese was raised by a single mother in public housing in Sydney and has previously touted his roots as helping him connect with lower-income voters, who deserted Labor in droves at the last election.
RLD says it will fight UP assembly bypolls alone
Lucknow: A day after the SP and the BSP decided to contest alone all 11 seats in the upcoming assembly bypolls, their third alliance partner in the recent Lok Sabha elections – RLD – Wednesday announced it too will go solo.Rashtriya Lok Dal UP president Masood Ahmad, however, expressed hope that the ‘gathbandhan’ remains intact. “The Rashtriya Lok Dal will contest the UP assembly bypolls on its own whenever they are held. However, it is too early to comment on the political scene of the state,” he told PTI. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCParty chief Chaudhary Ajit Singh and Jayant Chaudhary will decide on the number of seats the party will contest and the matter may be discussed during a meeting in the next few days, Ahmad said. When asked about the RLD’s role in the new political landscape of the state, which sends the highest number of 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha, Ahmad said, “The RLD was with the Samajwadi Party. We got the seats from the quota of Akhilesh”. The UP RLD chief said the Congress should also be a part of the ‘gathbandhan’. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsWhen asked who will gain from the recent spate of political developments, Ahmad said, “The profit and loss analysis will be done later. Our wish is that the gathbandhan should increase its ‘kunbaa’ (clan), so that we can emerge as a strong anti-BJP force”. The UP assembly bypolls will be important for the RLD as it has no representation in the UP Legislative Assembly. In the just concluded Lok Sabha elections, the RLD had contested from three constituencies, but faced defeat on all. RLD candidates Ajit Singh and his son Jayant Chaudhary lost from Muzaffarnagar and Baghpat Lok Sabha seats respectively, while Kunwar Narendra Singh lost from Mathura. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, RLD candidates had to forfeit their deposits in six of the eight Lok Sabha seats they contested from Uttar Pradesh. The party managed to poll only 0.86 per cent of total votes in the state.
Will withhold Brexit bill as PM Boris warns EU
London: Boris Johnson, considered the frontrunner to succeed British Prime Minister Theresa May, said on Saturday he would refuse to pay the country’s Brexit bill until the EU agrees better withdrawal terms. The former foreign secretary — the leading contender to replace May after her resignation as Conservative leader Friday — also signalled he would scrap a controversial provision for the Irish border contained in the current divorce deal. “Our friends and partners need to understand that the money is going to be retained until such time as we have greater clarity about the way forward,” he told The Sunday Times. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”In getting a good deal, money is a great solvent and a great lubricant,” Johnson added, in his first newspaper interview since launching his bid to become Britain’s next premier. May stepped down as Conservative Party leader on Friday and formally triggered the race for a successor — currently being contested by Johnson and 10 other MPs — but will remain prime minister until a new leader is chosen. The leader of the party, which won the most seats at the last general election in 2017, automatically becomes prime minister. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe battle is expected to conclude by the end of next month, with ex-London mayor Johnson the bookmakers’ favourite. In a boost to his campaign, several cabinet members this weekend joined a growing number of centrist Tory MPs in declaring they were ready to throw their support behind him. They included Communities Secretary James Brokenshire, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns. Johnson argued Saturday that only he could defeat leftist Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and anti-EU populist Nigel Farage, whose new Brexit Party has been poaching Tory voters disgruntled at their party’s handling of Brexit. “This can only be achieved by delivering Brexit as promised on October 31,” he said. Britain’s departure from the European Union has been delayed twice under May amid parliamentary gridlock over her withdrawal agreement with Brussels, with the end of October the latest deadline. The so-called Irish backstop provision has proved a key stumbling block in the process. The arrangement would prevent the return of border checks between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland if the sides fail to agree a free trade pact at the end of a transition period after Britain leaves the bloc. Contenders for the Conservative Party leadership have been setting out their visions for Britain’s future relationship with the EU. But several MPs have also faced questions over their past behaviour. Michael Gove, one of Johnson’s main rivals for the leadership, faced turmoil in his campaign this weekend after he admitted to using cocaine two decades ago. The environment secretary said in a newspaper interview it happened “on several occasions at social events” about 20 years ago and that he deeply regretted it. But the MP faced accusations of hypocrisy for having continually supported tough drug laws. Meanwhile a former senior drug adviser to the government warned in The Observer newspaper that the admission could see him barred from entering the United States in the future under its strict anti-drugs immigration laws. Gove tried to turn the conversation back to policy by using an interview in The Sunday Telegraph to announce he would scrap a key sales tax in Britain if he became prime minister.
New Delhi: E-commerce giant Amazon India is the most attractive employer brand in the country followed by Microsoft India and Sony India, says a survey. According to the Randstad Employer Brand Research (REBR) 2019, released Monday, Amazon scored high on financial health, utilisation of latest technologies and a strong reputation. Microsoft India emerged as the runner-up, followed by Sony India. Others in the top 10 most-attractive employer brands in India for 2019 include Mercedes-Benz at 4th position, IBM (5th), Larsen & Toubro (6th), Nestle (7th), Infosys (8th), Samsung (9th) and Dell (10th). In line with the REBR philosophy, Google India had been inducted into the Hall of Fame category last year, for winning the coveted title for three consecutive years. The Randstad Employer Brand Research, covered 75 per cent of the global economy with 32 participating countries and more than 2,00,000 respondents worldwide. The top driver for the Indian workforce while choosing an employer are salary and employee benefits, followed by work-life balance and job security. “Employer branding has emerged as a crucial positioning tool for both companies seeking talent with must-have skills and candidates seeking organisations that can support their aspirations of realising a meaningful career,” said Paul Dupuis, MD and CEO Randstad India. The survey further noted that a vast majority (55 per cent) of Indians prefer to work for a large multi-national corporation, while a negligible 9 per cent preferred start-ups.
New Delhi: The Delhi minorities commission (DMC) has formed a five-member committee to probe the alleged assault on a tempo driver by policemen in Mukherjee Nagar.The fact finding committee will be headed by Tabish Sarosh, a member of legal panel of the DMC, chairperson of the commission Zafarul Islam Khan said. The committee has been given 30 days time to complete the probe, he said. A video of the incident showing the tempo driver threatening policemen with his kirpan and being beaten with sticks in turn by the cops went viral, inviting widespread condemnation. Three policemen were suspended in connection with the incident that took place on June 16.