Chinese aircrew have spotted “suspicious objects” in the southern Indian Ocean whilst looking for vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, the official Xinhua news agency says. They have reported that the crew of the Ilyushin-76 have found “white, square objects” floating in the Southern Indian Ocean at co-ordinates – 95.1113 degrees east and 42.5453 south. The significance of this finding over the satellite images that have been released over the past few days is that this sighting is in “real time” meaning the debris can be tracked and monitored. Satellite images whilst extremely useful can be up to four days old with debris having moved hundreds of kilometers by the time the image is received.As a precaution, the US Navy is sending a black box locator to the area. Commander William Marks, a spokesman for the US Seventh Fleet, said in an email “If a debris field is confirmed, the Navy’s Towed Pinger Locator 25 will add a significant advantage in locating the missing Malaysian aircraft’s black box,” The Chinese icebreker Xuelong is now making its way to the area and should reach there tomorrow.The area where the devris has been spotted is 2174 kilometres from PerthAirlineRatings.com will continue to update this story as it develops
The Supreme Court on Friday directed the West Bengal government to ensure that no obstruction or restraint of any kind is imposed on the public viewing of the film Bhobishyoter Bhoot in local theatres.A Bench of Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Hemant Gupta also directed the Chief Secretary, the Principal Secretary, Department of Home and the Director General of Police, and the State government to ensure that adequate arrangements for security are made to facilitate the film’s screening.The Bench also ordered to ensure that the viewers and the audience are not endangered and there is no danger to the property of the theatres where the film is being or would be screened.The order came after the producers of the film moved the top court alleging that the State government was “obstructing the film from being exhibited in the cinema halls of Kolkata in a highly back-handed and arbitrary manner”.The Intelligence Unit of Kolkata Police had asked for a pre-screening of the film for senior officials on the ground that “the contents of the film may hurt public sentiments which may lead to political, law and order issues”.CBFC certificationThe producer had responded that the film, directed by Anik Datta, has been certified for public viewing by the Central Board of Film Certification and has a U/A certification. It claimed that the film, released on February 15, 2019, has been taken off a majority of theatres and out of 48 exhibitors, only two are presently displaying the film.The Bench remarked that “once a film has been duly certified by CBFC, it is not open to any authority either of the State government or otherwise to issue formal or informal directions preventing the producer from having the film screened”. “Such actions of the State directly impinge upon the fundamental right to the freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India,” it added.The Bench further sought response from the State government and other authorities on the petition and posted the case for further hearing on March 25.
Aston Villa boss Smith warns Man Utd off McGinnby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa boss Dean Smith has told Manchester United to forget about John McGinn.McGinn is believed to be on a shortlist of players United want to sign over the next two transfer windows.But Smith said: “The big clubs can come calling but they’ll get a short, swift reply! He’s a player we want here at Aston Villa.“His value shot up from the moment he stepped out onto the Villa Park pitch and showed just what a player he is.He has an unbelievable energy level and a big, big heart, but people don’t see the technical side of it as well – he’s got that in abundance.”McGinn is contracted to Villa until July 2024, so the midlands club are under no pressure to sell.Smith added: “He’s a really top player and pivotal to us getting promoted last season. He’s continued that form in the Premier League and his value would have certainly shot up.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Everton fullback Digne: Silva can be among best in the worldby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton fullback Lucas Digne insists manager Marco Silva has the players’ full confidence.The Toffees picked up only their third league win of the campaign last weekend after beating West Ham 2-0.”He gave a lot of confidence to the players and very good advice,” Digne told the Liverpool Echo, in reference to the West Ham clash. “For me he is one of the best coaches I’ve had and I am sure he can be one of the best in the world.'”The mood [in the build-up] was perfect.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
In a time dominated by smart technology and automation being applied across the board, from industrial production to our homes and smart phones, we are witnessing an advancement of this technology in the marine sector as well aimed at making even ships autonomous. Oskar Levander, Vice President of Innovation, Marine at Rolls-RoyceWorld Maritime News spoke with Oskar Levander, Vice President of Innovation, Marine at Rolls-Royce about what might the rise of the smart steel giants of the sea bring to the table and when could this happen. Here is what we found out:WMN: Given that the smart ship concept has been investigated by a number of companies for some time now, when could we expect a more proactive move to autonomous shipping to launch and what is needed for this to happen? Levander: We envisage a remotely operated vessel in local waters as the first stage and in operation by 2020. By 2025 we hope to have a remotely operated vessel at open sea and five years after that we expect unmanned ocean going vessels to be a common sight on the ocean. Tugs, along with road ferries, are likely to be one of the first places we will see the commercial use of remotely operated and autonomous vessels. Tugs and road ferries are most likely to fall under the control of individual flag states. These have the capacity to make special dispensation for their operation. WMN: What is key technologically speaking for it to become a reality? Levander: The technologies needed to make remote and autonomous ships a reality exist – the sensor technology needed is sound and commercially available and the algorithms needed for robust decision support systems – the vessels’ ‘virtual captain’ – are not far away.For remote and autonomous shipping to become a reality we need change at all regulatory levels. To secure regulatory approval, the support of ship owners, operators and seafarers, as well as wider public acceptance, the operation of remote and autonomous ships will obviously need to be at least as safe as existing vessels.The legal challenges of constructing and operating a demonstration vessel at a national level need to be explored, while simultaneously considering appropriate rule changes at the IMO.WMN: Having in mind the current tonnage overcapacity and lack of capital for new investments, how would you assess the interest of owners in investing in this type of ships? What are the benefits for owners when compared to the current type of ships?Levander: Growing worldwide interest in remote and autonomous shipping has been driven by the potential benefits. They are expected to be safer, more efficient and cheaper both to build and to run.According to a report published by insurance company Allianz in 2012 between 75 and 96 percent of marine accidents are a result of human error. This is often as a result of fatigue. Remote controlled and autonomous ships don’t get tired and will reduce the risk of injury and even death amongst ship’s crews and the potential loss or damage of valuable assets.Remote controlled and autonomous vessels can be designed with a larger cargo capacity, better hydrodynamics and less wind resistance. With no crew to accommodate certain features of today’s ships, for example, the deck house, the crew accommodation and elements of the ventilation, heating and sewage systems can be removed. This will make the ship lighter, cutting energy and fuel consumption, reducing operating and construction costs and facilitating new designs.As a consequence an autonomous general cargo vessel might reduce transport costs by approximately 20% compared to a more traditional vessel.Intelligent ships will also provide a response to a growing maritime skills shortage. Ships are becoming increasingly complex with more systems, needing more skilled, operatives.WMN: How will the future of smart ships affect the seafarers in regard to diminished need for workforce? Could the future intelligent shipping fleet endanger the enormous maritime workforce?Levander: Some ships, such as cruise ships, are always likely to need crew if only in a customer service, safety and reassurance capacity.Technology developed for unmanned ships, such as intelligent awareness systems, will be used to improve the safety and operations of manned vessels too.At the same time changes in lifestyle and expectations are reducing the attractiveness of seafaring as a career with fewer people wanting to spend weeks at a time away from home and family. Remote and autonomous operations could see the transfer of seafaring jobs, requiring high levels of education and skills, from sea to remote operations centres on land and make them more attractive to young people entering the industry.WMN: Rolls-Royce unveiled its vision of land-based centers which would monitor and control smart ships around the world. Would the entire autonomous fleet be controlled the same way? What might be other potential options?Levander: It is unlikely that there will be a single autonomous solution applicable to all vessel types but a blend of autonomous and remote control; sailing autonomously in open water independently picking the best route and speed and remotely controlled where more advanced manoeuvres are required – navigating in congested waters and entering and leaving port. Some, such as cruise ships, and those carrying potentially hazardous cargos are always likely to need crew if only in a customer service, safety and reassurance capacity.WMN: Speaking of safety and reliability of smart ships, do we have the necessary technology for such ships to operate worldwide? Could these be more prone to malfunctions, accidents or even piracy while at sea?Levander: Significantly more standardised and reliable ships will be essential if they are to operate at sea for several weeks without on board engineers.The standardisation of ship systems, the collection and analysis of significant quantities of operating data and the development of enhanced analytic capabilities (through equipment health monitoring ) will be crucial to the development of remote and autonomous ships by providing a massive set of historic statistical data from which robust trends can be drawn and valid predictions of ship reliability made.WMN: On the topic of piracy, have you considered potential technological solutions for smart ships in cases of attacks?Levander: Uncrewed ships could potentially be more secure than traditional vessels by design, as they can be built to be very difficult to board. Even if pirates got aboard, access to the controls could be made unavailable. Indeed, the computers in command could immobilize the ship or have it steam in a circle, making it relatively easy for naval authorities to reach it. Recapture would also be easier than is usually the case in such situations, because there would be no crew held hostage.And without a captured crew to ransom, the target of the piracy is significantly less valuable.Cybersecurity will be critical to the safe and successful operation of remote and autonomous vessels. Rolls-Royce will exploit nearly 20 years’ experience of cyber security in our Nuclear and Aero Businesses.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Rolls-Royce
Kolkata: A police constable was shot dead by some miscreants post-Thursday midnight at Chopra in North Dinajpur. The constable, identified as Sabbir Ali, was on patrolling duty along with other police personnel of Chopra police station when he was shot.According to sources, around 2:30 am the patrolling van carrying four persons including an officer and the driver was standing on State Highway 31 at Kalagaj More near Dolua primary health centre. While sitting inside the van, the mobile phone of Ali rang and he got down from the van to receive the call. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersA few minutes later, all of a sudden, other police personnel heard a shot and got down from the van. They saw Ali lying on the ground, bleeding profusely. He was immediately rushed to Dolua primary health centre where the doctor declared him brought dead. Ali was shot on his head just beside the ear. Some local residents who had came out from their houses after hearing the gunshot claimed that two persons were seen running away from the spot. Questions were raised about the fact that why the other police personnel were not able to see anybody if the locals could. Ali’s family members are pointing fingers at his colleagues who were performing night patrolling with him. Later Ali’s body was sent to Islampur Sub-Divisional Hospital for autopsy examination. His family members demanded a videography during the autopsy examination.
NEW DELHI: A 19-year-old boy, accused of killing three persons including his own grandfather within a span of 7 days, has been arrested by Delhi Police. According to police, Vikas, a resident of Rohtak in Haryana was nabbed by Dwarka police after the cops were on a security alert due to elections. Police said that the accused is wanted by Haryana police for three murders in their state. One pistol and some cartridges has also been recovered from his possession. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plastic”During interrogation, he disclosed that he belongs to Sandeep alias Kala Jathedia Gang of Haryana and he had committed three murders within a short duration of seven days along with his associates. He also disclosed that on March 7, he along with two accomplices shot dead his real grandfather Ram Pal in his Village Gaddi Kheri, Rohtak,” said Anto Alphonse, DCP Dwarka. The Delhi police was also shocked when he disclosed that he also committed two more murders one on March 9, two days after he killed his grandfather. This time he along with his accomplices murdered a bus driver, in Sonipat. Five days later, on March 14, he along with his eight accomplices, all armed with deadly weapons, committed the horrible murder of one liquor contractor Narender @ Nanda at Bhalgarh, Sonepat by firing multiple rounds on him. Sources said that these two murders were part of a gang rivalry between his group and another. The Haryana police has been informed by Delhi police about the arrest and soon they would move court to take the custody of the accused. “He murdered his grandfather because of the property dispute as his grandfather wanted to sell the property and the accused felt it belonged to him. All the murders were committed by shooting the victims, the accused is also wanted in six other cases including Haryana and Delhi,” said an officer privy to investigation.
Salem (TN): Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” slogan, saying the country’s market was now flooded with Chinese products.Addressing a poll rally here, he referred to unemployed youth of Tamil Nadu, saying Modi had hurt them in the last five years, giving “huge amounts of money from the banks to the richest people but not to them.” “He gave you an empty slogan called Make in India but wherever we look we see Made in China products,” he said. Be it phone, shoes or shirt “you see made in China,” he added. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Now we want real made in India and real made in Tamil Nadu,” Gandhi said. Under Modi, “Make in India” if a young Tamil entrepreneur wanted to start a business he had to knock on the doors of different government offices where “he had to pay bribes,” the Congress chief alleged. “By the time he got his permissions the business is already failed,” he said. Hence, the Congress came up with a new idea in its manifesto for entrepreneurs, he said adding “when you want to start a new business you will not have to take permission from any government department for three years.” They could take the permission once the business was established and till such time the focus could be on making the business work and consolidating it, Gandhi said. “Once your business is established take permission.” Terming the GST as Gabbar Singh Tax again, he said it comprised five different taxes and a tax rate of 28 per cent wherein “even weavers had to pay tax if they had to buy thread or material.” The moment his party was voted to power it will be removed and we will give you a “real GST, (envisaging) one tax, minimum tax and a simple tax.”
Kolkata: The Chief Election Commissioner has received a complaint on Monday from an advocate who has expressed concern regarding the arbitrariness of the Election Commission over the appointment of Central Police Observer Vivek Dubey and Ajay V Nayak as the Special Observer for Bengal in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.The letter addressed to the Chief Election Commissioner highlights that the EC is empowered to nominate an Observer under Section 20B of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and states: “The Election Commission may nominate an Observer who shall be an officer of the government to watch the conduct of the election or elections in a constituency or group of constituencies and to perform such other functions as may be entrusted to him by the Election Commission.” He states that it is “abundantly clear from the provision above, that a person who may be nominated as an Observer, ‘shall be an officer of the government’. The phrase ‘shall be’ as used in Section 20B of the Act is mandatory and has been used in the present tense and therefore, a retired IPS officer does not fulfill the mandatory requirement as laid down under Section 20B of the Act.” The letter further mentions: “Hence, under Section 20B of the Act serving officer of the government can only be appointed as an Observer and it is unequivocally clear that a retired officer is barred from being appointed as an Observer since he ceases to be an officer of the government after his retirement.” Vivek Dubey and Ajay V Nayak who were nominated by the Election Commission have retired from government services in 2015 and 2018 respectively. They “cease to be an officer of the government and hence their nomination is patently illegal, null and void and contrary to the provisions of the Act”. In such a circumstance, all actions taken by them are “illegal, null and void ab-initio and hence any and all actions taken in pursuance of Vivek Dubey and Ajay V Nayak’s recommendations are also void ab-initio and ought to be reversed and/or set aside immediately.” The advocate has demanded immediate steps to “remove Vivek Dubey from the position of Central Police Observer for the states of West Bengal and Jharkhand and Ajay V Nayak from the position of Special Observer for the state of West Bengal and to immediately reverse/set aside all actions taken pursuant to their recommendations by the Election Commission of India”.
Cleveland Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore will participate in an exhibition game with the Columbus Clippers against Ohio State on Tuesday, according to a press release. Sizemore is rehabbing a left-knee injury he suffered during the 2010 season. He had microfracture surgery on June 6, 2010, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday (retroactive to March 29), before the start of the 2011 regular season. During spring training, Sizemore played in four games, going 1-10 with two walks. He played in just 33 games during the 2010 season, hitting .211 with no home runs, 13 RBIs and 35 strikeouts. Sizemore also missed 56 games during the 2009 season because of injuries to his left elbow and lower left abdomen. Before injuries derailed both seasons, he played in at least 157 games in each of his previous four seasons. In 2006 and 2007, he played in all 162 regular-season games and all 11 of the Indians’ games in the 2007 playoffs. From 2005 to 2008, Sizemore played in 382 straight games. Indians reliever Joe Smith also will suit up for the Clippers, rehabbing an abdominal strain. Smith went 2-2 with a 3.83 ERA in 40 innings pitched in 2010 for the Indians. The Clippers play the Buckeyes at 6:35 p.m. at Huntington Park.