Bluenose II to Get Test Drive

first_imgBluenose II will go for a test drive to check a number of systems before its sea trials. “There is concern about the performance of the vessel’s steering system, and we need to get these issues resolved,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “Although we’ve been advised the system should meet regulatory requirements, we need to be satisfied with it. “After consulting with the builders, project managers and designers, we have decided we need to take Bluenose II on a test drive before sea trials.” The test drive in Lunenburg harbour will assess how the steering gear and other ship systems perform when the ship is in motion. It will also help determine if it is ready for sea trials, the final phase of the project. “While this project is already late, we’re not willing to compromise on safety and quality,” said Mr. Ince. “Once the tests are finished, we’ll move ahead and address any issues that are identified.” The test drive is weather dependent, but will likely take place in the next few weeks. The province will provide an update after the test.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka must fulfil the rights of families of the disappeared –

“The widespread use of enforced disappearances for many decades has left profound wounds in the society and a deep sense of mistrust among the relatives,” the group said in preliminary observations at the end of a 10-day official visit to Sri Lanka.The Geneva-based independent human rights experts noted “an almost complete lack of accountability and decisive and sustained efforts to search for the truth – in particular the determination of the fate or whereabouts of those who disappeared.”They flagged the absence of a comprehensive and effective reparation program and social, psychological and economic support for the relatives.The Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances is comprised of Houria Es-Slami (Morocco), Bernard Duhaime (Canada),Tae-Ung Baik (Republic of Korea), Ariel Dulitzky (Argentina) and Henrikas Mickevicius (Lithuania). The group was established by the UN Commission on Human Rights in 1980 to assist families in determining the fate and whereabouts of disappeared relatives.In their statement, the experts welcomed the commitments made by the new Government of Sri Lanka to embark on comprehensive measures to ensure truth, justice and reparation for victims, as well as prevent any recurrence of disappearances in the future. They also noted “encouraging steps such as the official invitation to visit the country, the “excellent cooperation” received during the visit, the government’s increasing openness, and the commitments expressed by various authorities they met, including to establish a dedicated Office for Missing Persons.“These promises and commitments must now be followed by concrete efforts and tangible results,” according to the group. “Sri Lanka must seize this historic opportunity and adopt urgent and profound measures to satisfy the rights of the victims as a fundamental step which will help lay the ground for a sincere reconciliation process,” it said.As one first measure, the experts urged the authorities to give clear instructions at all level of the military, security and law-enforcement forces that all type of threats, harassment and intimidation towards families searching for their loved ones must immediately cease, will not be tolerated and will be severely sanctioned.The Working Group visited – in addition to Colombo – Batticaloa, Galle, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Matale, Mullaitivu and Trincomalee. They met with the President, the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and other high-level State authorities, as well as representatives of civil society organizations, and with hundreds of relatives of disappeared and missing throughout the country.A final report on the visit will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2016. read more

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Season is over for Roberto Garcia Parrondo

BM Atletico MadridGarcia ParrondoRoberto Garcia ParondoSpain handball BM Atletico Madrid and Spanish NT will have to reach their goals without experienced right wing, Roberto Garcia Parrondo (32). Left handed player, who is playing on right wing position will be out of the court for about 12 weeks, which mean that current season is over for him. Madrid’s player was on MRI which confirmed that undergoes extensive partial rupture of the left rectus femoris muscle in its distal third. ← Previous Story Bring Cup 2012 in Norway Next Story → Now officialy: Ivan Čupić three years in Vive Targi Kielce

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