zoom The 2016-built Arctic shuttle tanker Shturman Albanov, owned by Russian shipping major Sovcomflot, delivered its first shipment of crude oil produced at Gazprom Neft’s Novy Port field to the port of Murmansk on September 16.The cargo, comprising 34,000 tonnes of crude oil, was loaded at the Arctic Gate terminal, near Cape Kamenny in the Gulf of Ob, earlier last week.Shturman Albanov is the lead ship in a series of Arctic shuttle tankers ordered by Sovcomflot Group under a long-term contract with Gazprom Neft.Featuring around 42,000 dwt, a length of 249 meters and a width of 34 meters, the vessels are designed to carry crude oil from the Yamal peninsula to the port of Murmansk all year-round.The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) assigned the vessels an ice class Arc7, while the construction of three vessels of the series was financed by Sberbank CIB under a 14-year USD 340 million credit facility agreement signed in December 2015.The Russia-flagged Shturman Albanov joined SCF’s fleet on 16 August, after which it sailed to its loading point in the Gulf of Ob.“The successful start to the operation of SCF’s Arctic shuttle tanker Shturman Albanov is really a landmark event. In fact, Sovcomflot’s new tankers will enable the year-round transportation of oil from the estuary of Ob for the first time in history,” Sergey Frank, Chairman and CEO of PAO Sovcomflot, said.
Facebook The Toronto Transit Commission said enforcement officers came across the men a couple of times earlier this month and issued the warnings.“We have not received any formal complaints through our customer service department,” spokesman Stuart Green said Friday. “What we have seen is the online chatter and people posting videos.”Busking on trains is not allowed, Green said, and players must be approved before they can perform in designated areas on TTC property.“We have a TTC subway musicians’ program — auditions of which are actually open right now,” he said. “So if these guys are interested, they can apply to get a three-year licence to legally perform in the TTC system and earn some money at the same time.”Green said the men, who he identified as brothers, could be issued tickets if their on-train performances continue.Transit customers “have the right to enjoy a relatively peaceful ride,” Green said, adding that a common complaint from riders is about people playing their music too loudly without headphones.The accordion players have received both love and loathing from their audiences.One transit rider recently tweeted, “thank you accordion man on the subway for making this rainy commute home a little more entertaining.”Thank you accordion man on the subway for making this rainy commute home a little more entertaining. Also, all in favour of making #Despacito the official song of the #TTC ??♀️? #ILoveToronto pic.twitter.com/h4OsNskqwm— Alejandra Ortiz (@0rtizAle) April 3, 2018Another tweeted, “I’m getting a little tired of this Despacito accordion player riding the subway. Nothing fails to sour me faster.”I swear to god @TTChelps I’m getting a little tired of this Despacito accordion player riding the subway. Nothing fails to sour me faster. #TTC— Jack (@JackCox) April 17, 2018A Toronto-based professional accordion player who has seen the videos of the two men said “Despacito” isn’t a particularly difficult song to play, but performing on a moving train can make a performance more challenging.“The accordions are pretty heavy and it’s probably a bit difficult because on the subway you need to hold on to something when there is an abrupt stop,” said Claudio Santaluce. “It should definitely be a little bit tiring, because apparently they play for long periods of time standing up.”Santaluce added that he had personally enjoyed watching videos of the subway players.“I might be biased because I’m a musician, but if I was on that train, I’d actually enjoy it and I’d tell all my friends about it,” he said.“Despacito,” by Luis Fonsi, featuring Daddy Yankee, became the most viewed clip of all-time on YouTube last summer and the most-streamed track of all-time. However, the record-breaking video did not feature vocals by Canadian pop star Justin Bieber that appeared on a remix.A little subway accordion to brighten your afternoon! #toronto #ttc #busking pic.twitter.com/096rxLrE8i— Astoria (@Local_Ginger) April 18, 2018 Advertisement Advertisement A busker is seen on a subway car in Toronto in this image taken from video. (Source: @Local_Ginger/Twitter) Advertisement
Darjeeling: With the tripartite talks failing in Uttar Kanya, the Joint Forum of Tea Trade Unions have called for a three-day bandh of all tea estates in Terai and Dooars in the plains and stopping of tea dispatch in all the tea gardens of the Hills. They also started a sit-in demonstration inside the Uttar Kanya compound in the Jalpaiguridistrict, which was lifted after assurance from the assistant labour commissioner that the meeting would continue on Tuesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIncidentally, the tea trade unions have been demanding the implementation of minimum wages in the tea gardens. A minimum wage advisory committee was also constituted by the government in 2015. Several meetings have been held since then to resolve the issue.Tripartite talks between the state government, management and tea trade unions was held in Uttar Kanya, the mini secretariat in Jalpaiguri on Monday.”From the government’s side, we proposed a minimum wage amount of Rs 172. As per the demand of the trade unions, we had reviewed and increased the food basket and clothing component as the earlier rates were of 2014. There has been a 56% increase of these components, resulting in the increase from Rs 158 to Rs 172,” stated Jawaid Akhtar, labour commissioner, who is the member secretary of the minimum wage advisory committee. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe labour commissioner stated that a group of trade unions have put forward fresh proposals like decreasing the amount of rice grains being given and instead add the cost of fruits in the food basket.”They have proposed a new rate. We have to review this rate, discuss it with the government and then continue talks. Another round of talks will be held on August 20 in Kolkata, where other components like medical and housing will be discussed. Some trade unions were satisfied with this and have confirmed their participation for the August 20 talks,” added the labour commissioner. He, however, did not want to disclose the rate put forward by the Union. The Joint Forum has proposed an amount of Rs 239. The Joint Forum had sat on a dharna immediately after the meeting ended at around 3:40 pm, demanding that the meeting continues.”All tea gardens in the plains will be closed for the next three days. Tea dispatch will be stopped in the Hills. The dharna in Uttar Kanya will continue and tea garden workers from the Hills and the plains in masses will march to Uttar Kanya to join the dharna from Tuesday,” stated Zia Ur Alam, convenor of the Joint Forum, a conglomeration of 26 tea trade unions.