WorldBEIJING (Reuters) - A tanker carrying Iranian oil that collided with a Chinese freight ship in the East China Sea was still on fire on Tuesday morning, the Chinese government said, as dozens of rescue boats struggled to control the blaze for a third day. The body of a crew member was found on Monday in the water near the tanker, the ministry said. The tanker hit a freight ship on Saturday night in the East China Sea and burst into flames after spilling oil. The tanker Sanchi (IMO:9356608), run by Iran’s top oil shipping operator, National Iranian Tanker Co, collided with the CF Crystal (IMO:9497050), carrying grain from the United States, about 160 nautical miles off China’s coast near Shanghai and the mouth of the Yangtze River Delta. The Sanchi was carrying 136,000 tonnes of condensate, an ultra-light crude oil that becomes highly volatile when exposed to air and water, to South Korea.
January 09, 2018 04:41 UTC
WorldHONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong court found an ivory trader guilty of illegal ivory possession and imposed a relatively light penalty of an HK$8,000 ($1,022) fine on Tuesday, less than two weeks after China implemented a total ban on ivory sales. Hong Kong trader Lau Sai Yuan was fined HK$8,000 for illegal ivory possession after pleading guilty in Hong Kong’s Eastern Magistrates’ Court. Only “pre-Convention ivory” is allowed to be traded when the ivory is accompanied by a pre-convention certificate. A Hong Kong government-led operation to combat illegal ivory trading in June 2017 found two ivory traders had sold ivory chopsticks with ivory obtained after the 1990 ban. Trade in pre-convention ivory had been thriving in China and Hong Kong since 1975.
January 09, 2018 03:33 UTC
Another reason is the restrictions on the herbicides, pesticides and agricultural fertilizers that enhance the yield, as the farmers claim. Actually those strategies worked out well but due to the use of its high dosage over the optimum level, it created a highly polluted environment and negatively impacted the beneficial microorganisms for agriculture. It changed the composition and abundance of the beneficial microorganisms for agriculture while changing ecology of the soil. These little guys fulfill not only nitrogen requirements of the plants but also other nutrients that are essential for the plant growth. Empowering and managing these microorganisms is a good strategy for that.So let the silent engines be the noisy ones.
January 09, 2018 02:34 UTC
Their early experiments, published in several papers, showed that when taken during pregnancy, all three of these mild medicines affected the testicles of male babies. Testicles and testosteroneTesticles not only produce sperm, they secrete testosterone, the primary male sex hormone. All three drugs then are "anti-androgenic," meaning they disrupt male hormones, explained David M. Kristensen, study co-author and a senior scientist in the Department of Neurology at Copenhagen University Hospital. Of these, 14 were given a daily dosage of ibuprofen that many professional and amateur athletes take: 600 milligrams twice a day, explained Jégou. For the small group of young study participants who used ibuprofen for only a short time, "it is sure that these effects are reversible," Jégou said.
January 08, 2018 20:26 UTC
Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation has been entrusted with this project according to a Cabinet paper submitted by Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera. All philosophies, be it Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Christianity, strive try to correct society.”Nevertheless, the assault of international organizations against the Sri Lanka Government continues. Sri Lanka is in danger of not just standing still on rights, but backtracking on essential reforms. The delegation identified significant challenges to the enjoyment of the right to personal liberty in Sri Lanka, resulting in arbitrary detention across the country. But unrealistic expectations and criteria that are not applied to a multiplicity of conflicts – both current and past – are being imposed on Sri Lanka by elements within the international community.
January 08, 2018 10:52 UTC
SportSri Lanka will bid to hold the Asian Challenge Cup Men’s Volleyball Tournament this year. The final decision will be on Monday (8) at the Asian Volleyball Confederation Board Meeting in Thailand. The Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation is hopeful that the contest will be awarded to them. Sri Lanka has made a request to fix the dates from September 17 to 23, said A.S. Nalaka, Secretary of the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation. The Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation is hopeful of raising this amount from the Government and the private sector.
January 08, 2018 02:03 UTC
SportThis year’s National Sports Festival will take place in Ratnapura from October 11 to 14. The first will be the Divisional Secretariat Level. District Level (Inter-Divisional Secretariat), Province Level (Inter-District) and the National Level (Inter-Province). Over a hundred thousand of sportsmen and women will be involved in the National Sports Festival. The last sports festival was planned to be held in Ratnapura but was not held there as the ground facilities were not sufficient and it was transferred to Matara.
January 07, 2018 18:56 UTC
I am telling you this story to illustrate how there are levels of risks—and responses—to consider when discussing a subject like integrated risk management. What does integrated risk management mean for households? The poorest Sri Lankan families are vulnerable to shocksUnlike some other countries in this region, Sri Lanka doesn’t have a problem with extreme poverty. It’s not just when disaster strikes that these households need attention. Better risk management will produce positive outcomes for the households:Since the risks are clear, why should Sri Lanka still pursue reforms?
January 07, 2018 17:03 UTC
NewsFormer Presidents and some of their spouses will have their cash allocations for 2018 renewed. About Rs 43 million has been allocated in this year’s budget for provision of various facilities. Those entitled are former Presidents Mahinda Rajapaksa, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and the widows of former Presidents Ranasinghe Premadasa and D.B. Around Rs 25 million from the allocated funds will go towards retirement benefits and the provision of building and vehicle facilities. About Rs 16 million has been allocated to former President Kumaratunga as retirement benefits whilst Mrs Hema Premadasa will receive Rs 1.5 million.
January 07, 2018 06:45 UTC
Fertiliser crisis: Issue with Pakistan averted By Namini Wijedasa Mishandling of imports by Lankan Govt. This is outlined in Pakistan’s national fertiliser policy and was known to the Sri Lankan industry, including Agriculture Ministry officials. One Sri Lankan company had sought 20,000MT but only 7,000MT were forthcoming. The attempted spot purchase (brought on by Pakistan’s urea freeze) was more than double the quantity of the previous purchases for Yala. It caused a procurement delay that added on to the situation with Pakistani urea imports.
January 07, 2018 01:06 UTC
Tackling a forbidden topic View(s):It’s an issue which is normally not discussed and this is one of the reasons young film-maker Rehan Mudannayake chose to explore it through his latest film which he hopes will get his viewers thinking. The premiere of Red Mustang was held at the National Film Corporation recently. Anu is working with his father at his company, and has taken on the role of CEO. The Red Mustang also features prominently in the film, and Rehan feels it’s almost a third character. Dulika Jayamanne stated that taking on the role of Anu made him realise that people who sexually harass, may have been victims themselves.
January 07, 2018 01:03 UTC
Bye bye 2017, hello 2018 View(s):2018 arrived with a bang as most city hotels and those in Negombo and Kandy hosted lavish New Year’s Eve parties to bid farewell to the old and usher in the new. Here our Sunday Times photographers Indika Handuwala, Amila Gamage, Priyantha Wickramaarachchi, M.D. Nissanka and Ushan Malshika capture the scenes as young lovers, families, friends and all those party people celebrated in style. Grand Kandyan, KandyCinnamon GrandAmaya Hills KandyGaladari HotelKingsbury HotelHilton HotelJetwing Blue NegomboJetwing Sea Negombo
January 07, 2018 01:03 UTC
Ruvin ruins Moratu batting By Aubrey Kuruppu View(s): View(s):Right arm pacie Ruvin Peiris (8 for 22) hastened Trinity to their third win of the season by skittling out Moratu Vidyalaya for 41 in 16 overs at Asgiriya, yesterday. Trinity won by an innings and 139 runs. The visitors made 98 in their first inning and were undone by spinners Vimukthi Nethumal (3 for 35) and Kavishka Senadheera (2 for 30). This is one of the matches school cricket that shows the vast disparity in standards. The match ended by 1 p.m. on the second day.
January 07, 2018 01:00 UTC
NewsIn today's News Athletics: National Sports Festival in OctoberLike US President Donald Trump, SriLankan Airlines Chief Executive Officer Suren Ratwatte, has chosen to dub a “number of articles in the mainstream print media” as ‘fake news.’ No wonder many see a similarity between the two. n The headline in another popular English language daily, that a major international financial institution was extending a USD 200M loan to the Company. We have confirmation from the bank in question that no such credit facility has been requested or extended to the airline. n The same daily last week stated that there is a “USD 200M Bailout” for the airline. The former Emirate Airlines pilot’s expert views on the media are contained in a “message” he sent to the Airline Pilots’ Guild of Sri Lanka (APGSL).
January 07, 2018 00:56 UTC
This week, its website – the official portal of the Ministry – made Sri Lankans believe there was an All Party Group from Britain visiting the country. This is what it said:“A four member delegation of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Sri Lanka (APPG-SL) in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament, is currently visiting Sri Lanka at the invitation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. John Lamont, MP….” The ministry release has made every British MP a Right Honourable (Rt.Hon.) This group of four MPs is being touted as representatives of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka. All four are members of the Conservative Party whereas the APPG on Sri Lanka has as Vice Chairs the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats, Ulster Unionists and Democratic Unionist Party (of Northern Ireland)So to describe this as a delegation of the APPG is surely to misleadRead more Cafe Spectator
January 07, 2018 00:56 UTC